Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings — the scholars speak!

moses-noah-b

My friend Matt Page has alerted me to the fact that two collections of essays, on Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, are scheduled to come out in the next year or so.

[Read more…]

Religious motifs in the upcoming Alien and X-Men movies

aliencovenant-a

Two quick notes about Alien: Covenant and X-Men: Apocalypse.

[Read more…]

Sex, violence, and a clear look at the face of Jesus, all in 3D: a new trailer shows this isn’t your grandfather’s Ben-Hur

benhur-trailer-stadium-a

The new version of Ben-Hur has always seemed like a bit of an odd beast. On the one hand, it is directed by Timur Bekmambetov, an action-movie stylist and horror-film producer best-known for Wanted and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. On the other hand, it counts “faith-based” power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — creators of The Bible and A.D. The Bible Continues — among its producers.

[Read more…]

Brazil’s biggest home-grown box-office hit could be a Bible epic about Moses, re-edited from a local TV series

tencommandments-brazil-1-a

Two years ago, five episodes from The Bible miniseries were re-edited into a theatrical film called Son of God. It was, as far as I can tell, the first time a North American TV series had been re-released on the big screen since the rise of home video, and the film did decent business at the box office — about on par with a successful indie film.

That was nothing compared to what’s happening right now in Brazil.

[Read more…]

Sex, diversity, accuracy and more: the Of Kings & Prophets producers speak

ofkingsandprophets-140860_9282-900x600-a

Two weeks ago, I linked to a story about the sex scenes in Of Kings and Prophets and wondered how graphic they could really be, given that this series is being made for network television. Well, now we have a partial answer: the producers, speaking on a panel to promote the series yesterday, said the network might put racier versions of the episodes online, after the more censored versions have aired on television.

[Read more…]

Exodus: Gods and Kings to be released in 4K Ultra HD

exodus-digitalhd-a

4K Ultra HD videos are getting a big push right now, and one film that will soon be available in that format is Exodus: Gods and Kings, which arrives on March 1.

[Read more…]