Watch: Miracles and rebels abound in several new clips and trailers for A.D.: The Bible Continues

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It’s been a while since I posted any videos from A.D.: The Bible Continues, but that doesn’t mean the producers have stopped releasing them! Included in this post are the first clip from the film, plus four new ads and a couple of TV interviews as well.

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Casting news: The Shack, Of Kings and Prophets, Ben-Hur

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1. Big news regarding Stuart Hazeldine’s adaptation of The Shack: Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for The Help, has been cast as God — or at least as one of the manifestations of God. (In the book, God appears as a black woman, a Middle Eastern carpenter, and an Asian woman.) Back when Forest Whitaker was going to direct the film, it was widely buzzed that his The Butler co-star Oprah Winfrey might get this part, but Spencer is probably a better choice: more versatile, less baggage.

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Ray Winstone to play Saul in ABC’s Of Kings and Prophets

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Ray Winstone is going back to the Bible. The British actor — who played Quintus Arrius in the TV version of Ben-Hur and the villainous Tubal-Cain in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah — has signed on to play Saul, the paranoid first king of Israel, in Of Kings and Prophets, the ABC pilot that is being written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, the original writers of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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Watch: Thirteen new videos mark the Digital HD release of Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Exodus: Gods and Kings came out on Digital HD today, and the studio has revamped its official website so that it now features three new image galleries and several new videos on the making of the film. At least three other websites have posted new video clips to mark the film’s digital release, too. Check ’em all out below the jump.

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The Arts & Faith Top 25 Films on Memory

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The Arts & Faith community released its fifth Top 25 list today — and the theme this time is “Films on Memory”. You can get a sense of what the list is all about by reading this introductory essay by my friend Ryan Holt. As before, with our lists on divine comedies and films about marriage, I wrote two of the blurbs: one on Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon (1950), in which I sneak in a reference to his later film Ikiru (1952); and another on Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line (1988).

Two shows about the Ten Commandments are in the works, including a “reimagining” of Kieslowski’s Dekalog

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When we think of “The Ten Commandments” in a cinematic context, we typically think of the Charlton Heston-starring life-of-Moses movie produced by Cecil B. DeMille (and remade by others, sometimes using that very same title). But there have also been a number of films about the actual commandments themselves.

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