A deleted scene from The Bible surfaces in tonight’s Women of the Bible special on the Lifetime network

bible-marymagdaleneI had a chance to watch The Women of the Bible, the two-hour Lifetime special that airs before The Red Tent tonight, and while I don’t have a whole lot to say about the special as a whole — it’s basically a series of interviews with female professors, church leaders and at least one rabbi, interspersed with clips from last year’s miniseries The Bible — one scene did jump out at me that fans of The Bible might want to know about.

Specifically, there is a scene in which Jesus meets Mary Magdalene for the first time — and I don’t believe this scene was included in either The Bible or its big-screen spin-off Son of God.

At the end of the sixth episode of The Bible, Jesus had just one follower, i.e. Peter, and at the beginning of the seventh episode, he had several more, including Mary. Similarly, Son of God used a quick montage to take us from one point to the other, without getting into the details of how Jesus gathered his various disciples.

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Horses fall to their doom in a new Exodus: Gods and Kings clip, and four other new videos

exodus-prince-convincedMy computer has been out of commission for the past few days, so I haven’t been able to keep up with the Exodus: Gods and Kings video clips as closely as I’d like, much less capture any of the new images, but I figured I might as well round up what’s out there. The new batch includes a clip from the film, three TV spots and a collection of soundbites from the film’s world premiere last Wednesday.

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Bible movies snubbed by the Oscars’ visual-effects branch (plus four new pictures of the Exodus plagues)

exodus-locustsOuch.

The Academy has released a list of the ten films that are still in the running for the Oscar for best visual effects this year, and neither of the year’s big Bible movies made the cut.

As Jeffrey Wells puts it, the Academy favoured “nine fantasy films about exotic creatures and monsters plus one serious, intensively researched sci-fi film (i.e., Chris Nolan’s Interstellar)” rather than the “novel and in some ways genre-expanding” effects in Noah and the “impressive” effects in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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Interview: The Red Tent director Roger Young on bringing humanity to Bible stories, the four kinds of love in his new miniseries, and getting Ben Kingsley to play a teenager

rogeryoungIt’s quite possible that Roger Young has directed more feature-length Bible-themed films than any other mainstream filmmaker. Cecil B. DeMille made four or five for the big screen — including two about Moses, one about Jesus, one about Samson and one that takes place shortly after the Book of Acts — but Young, who has worked almost exclusively in television, now has seven such films under his belt.

Between 1995 and 2000, Young directed five installments in the Lux Vide “Bible Collection” series, starting with Joseph — which won the Emmy for best miniseries — and continuing with Moses, Solomon, Jesus and St Paul. More recently, he has revisited some of those stories by directing adaptations of Bible-themed novels.

Last year Reelz aired his adaptation of Par Lagerkvist’s Barabbas, which takes place partly during the ministry of Jesus. And now, on Sunday and Monday night, Lifetime will air his adaptation of The Red Tent, the Anita Diamant novel that tells the stories of Jacob and Joseph through the eyes of their daughter and sister Dinah.

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Watch: Egyptologists promote Exodus: Gods and Kings, plus new footage in ABC’s Nightline report about the movie

exodus-facebook-141202-vidWith all the grumbling these days about the biblical and historical accuracy of Exodus: Gods and Kings, it makes sense that the studio would release a new featurette in which Egyptologists discuss the historical basis for the film.

The Egyptologists in question — William Schniedewind, Lynn Swartz Dodd and Kara Cooney — don’t address any of the current controversies, though, nor do they stir up any new ones. Instead, they speak in broad strokes about the reign of Ramses, Egyptian empire-building, and the role of slaves in Egyptian society.

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Ben-Hur finds its leading lady, starts casting extras

nazaninboniadiThe new version of Ben-Hur has found its Esther.

Deadline reports that the part, which was going to be played by Gal Gadot until her Wonder Woman commitments got in the way, will now be played by Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-British actress who currently co-stars on the TV series Homeland.

Deadline reports that other actresses who were up for the part included: Sofia Boutella, who is Algerian; Moran Atias, who is Israeli; and Natalia Warner, about whose background I currently know nothing.

Boniadi made the news a few years ago when Vanity Fair reported that she briefly dated Tom Cruise between November 2004 and January 2005, after the Church of Scientology conducted some sort of “wife-auditioning process” for him. She no longer belongs to the Church.

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