Christianity Today speaks to the director and star of the indie Jesus film Last Days in the Desert

lastdaysinthedesert-51253The film won’t premiere at Sundance for another 13 days, but Christianity Today’s Alissa Wilkinson posted an exclusive interview tonight with Last Days in the Desert director Rodrigo Garcia and his star Ewan McGregor, who plays both Jesus and Satan in the low-budget film — and along the way, she offers a few review-ish opinions of the film itself, all of them positive.

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Newsbites: The Dovekeepers meet the press! Ben-Hur gets another actor! And A.D. gets a new TV spot!

dovekeepers2Today was a big day for news about movies and TV shows set in first-century Judea and produced (or co-produced) by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

1. First, Downey and several actors from The Dovekeepers met with reporters to promote their miniseries, which concerns four Jewish women who live through the Roman siege of Masada.

The presentation, which took place at the Television Critics Association’s Winter TV Press Tour in Pasadena, was covered by Deadline, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Associated Press and others.

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Box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings slips some more, but is now the third-highest-grossing Bible movie worldwide

exodus-DF-02915_2917RExodus: Gods and Kings continued to fall down the charts in its fifth week at the North American box office.

Ridley Scott’s Moses movie earned just $1.1 million this week, which represents a drop of 71.2% since last week. That was easily the steepest slide in the Top 20, and the film’s per-screen average of $963 was also the lowest in the Top 20 this week.

Exodus has seen its audience shrink every week since its underwhelming debut last month — even over the holidays, when most films get a box-office boost. Despite opening at #1 less than a month ago, this week it landed at #18.

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Watch: the first ad for National Geographic’s Killing Jesus

KillingJesus_NGC_01An Old Testament movie directed by Ridley Scott is currently fizzling at the box office. Will a New Testament movie produced by him fare any better when it premieres on television this spring?

That was the question some reporters were asking at the Television Critics Association today, as they met some of the cast and crew from Killing Jesus. Like its predecessors Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, the film is based on a book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, and it was produced by Ridley Scott (and others) for the National Geographic Channel.

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Box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings falls out of the top ten

exodus-bale-battle-aThere’s good news and bad news for Exodus: Gods and Kings at the box office this week.

First, the good news: despite having a smaller opening weekend, Ridley Scott’s Moses movie has now outgrossed Son of God in North America, with its $61.2 million edging past the other film’s $59.7 million. Exodus was already doing far, far better overseas, of course, where it has earned $141.5 million in contrast to the other film’s paltry $8.1 million.

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Noah, Exodus: Gods and Kings make the Razzies shortlist

exodusgodsandkings-141110 noah-posterThe nominees for the next Razzie awards won’t be announced until January 14, i.e. one day before the Oscar nominations come out, but the Gold Derby website got its hands on one of the ballots — and, perhaps surprisingly, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which has a “fresh” rating of 77% at Rotten Tomatoes, has been shortlisted in four categories while Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, which has a “rotten” rating of 28%, has been shortlisted in only one.

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