Prophet Joseph — episodes twenty-nine and thirty

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Synopsis. A servant overhears one of the priests of Amon discussing their plot to kill Joseph, and warns the Pharaoh. Joseph says he’s not worried, and says they need to focus on preparing for the famine — but he also asks Amenhotep which god he worships. Amenhotep says he worships the one true God and asks if he can call this God Aten; Joseph agrees. At a ceremony for Amon, Amenhotep reveals that he now worships Joseph’s God, and he tells the priests of Amon to carry their idol out of the palace; he also reveals that he has changed his name to Akhenaten. Joseph goes outside the palace in disguise, to visit the slums of the city; disturbed by what he sees there, he vows to erase the barriers between rich and poor. When Joseph returns to the palace, Ninifer Keptah tries to attack him, but Joseph is saved by Nemisabu and Malek, the latter of whom kills Ninifer Keptah at the end of a short swordfight.

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A few new details surface about that Mary Magdalene movie

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Various Australian news outlets are reporting that local producer Liz Watts has joined the team behind Mary Magdalene, an upcoming film that currently has Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara attached to play Jesus and the Magdalene, respectively.

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Watch: Pilate addresses the crowd in a new Ben-Hur clip

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Last week, the studio behind the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur released five clips from the film, all of which touched on the movie’s religious themes. Today we get our first “mainstream” clip from the film, in which Judah Ben-Hur and his nemesis Messala have one last exchange before the iconic chariot race begins — but you can still get a hint of the movie’s themes thanks to a speech by one Pontius Pilate.

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Mel Gibson reportedly cuts profanity from his World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge to make it more Christian-friendly

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I’ve been saying for a while that Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of a Seventh-Day Adventist who refused to carry a weapon yet nevertheless saved dozens of lives during the Battle of Okinawa, could be the “Christian World War II movie” that many people hoped Unbroken would be a couple years ago.

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Watch: Andra Day’s (spoiler-ish!) music video for Ben-Hur

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Ben-Hur now has three — not one, not two, but three — music videos to its name.

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Win tickets to an advance screening of Ben-Hur (in Canada)!

benhur2016-posterfinalHeads up to my fellow Canadians: I have tickets to give away to advance 3D screenings of Ben-Hur that will be taking place in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto on the evening of Wednesday, August 17. If you want a free double-pass to one of those screenings, send me an e-mail at filmchatgiveaways@gmail.com and let me know which city you’ll be in that night. (I’ll be seeing the film in Vancouver. If you see me in the theatre, feel free to say hi.) I’ll pick the winners in a random draw and send them their tickets via e-mail on Friday, August 12. For more info on the film, check out its main website at BenHurMovie.com and its ‘faith-based’ website at ShareBenHur.com. The film opens in theatres across the continent on Friday, August 19.


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