Sony’s animated Medusa project loses its director

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Last year, Sony Pictures Animation — the studio behind Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the upcoming “faith-based” movie The Lamb — revealed that it was developing a film about Medusa, the mythological creature who was said to be so ugly that anyone who looked at her would turn into stone.

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Newsbites: Argonauts! Athena! Gods of Egypt!

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Three quick movie-news items, all of which have an ancient-mythological element.

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Watch: George Clooney stars in a Bible movie (sort of) in the trailer for the Coen brothers’ new film Hail, Caesar!

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The trailer for the new Coen brothers movie is here, and it seems that the film — titled Hail, Caesar! — may have a Bible-movie hook.

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Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Odysseus for Lionsgate

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Is it safe to say that Hugh Jackman has sailing ships on the brain right now?

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Four Jesus films make Pop Classics’ “ancient movies” list

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Juliette Harrisson, who writes about films and TV shows with a Greco-Roman hook at the always enjoyable Pop Classics blog, has posted a list of her ten favorite “ancient historical movies and TV shows” — and it includes four Jesus films. Check it out here. (And if you haven’t checked out her post on Pontius Pilate in film yet, do.)

Lionsgate sees “franchise” potential in Homer’s epic poems

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It took ten years for the Greek hero Odysseus to come home from the Trojan War, and if Lionsgate has its way, it could take that long to tell his story on the big screen.

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