Several Israeli actors join the cast of Mary Magdalene


The Hollywood Reporter says Israeli actress Hadas Yaron has joined the cast of Mary Magdalene as the title character’s sister-in-law Sarah. The film’s previously announced co-stars include Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas Iscariot.

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A new production company takes charge of The Alchemist


Remember The Alchemist?

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Box office: Sully soars high as the fall awards season begins


A tale of real-life heroism got the fall awards season off to a good start this week.

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Brad Pitt still wants to make that movie about Pontius Pilate


Longtime readers of this blog might recall that Brad Pitt was once attached to a movie about Pontius Pilate. He was said to have abandoned that project two years ago, but now comes word via The New York Times that Pitt still wants to make that film.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: More press from overseas, plus an update on how much money the studios could lose

Round-ups: Jun 27 | Jul 4 | 18 | 25 | Aug 1 | 8 | 11 | 15 | 18 | 22 | 25 | Sep 1


Ben-Hur opened in several new countries this week, so the news keeps rolling in.

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Mel Gibson’s Passion sequel will jump back and forth in time between the Resurrection and the Old Testament


Deadline has a long, long interview with Mel Gibson up today. The primary focus of the interview is Gibson’s new film, Hacksaw Ridge, which opened to mostly good reviews and a ten-minute standing ovation at the Venice film festival this week — but along the way, Gibson talks about the other films he’s made, and about the films he wants to make. And that includes his sequel to The Passion of the Christ.

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