Watch: Our first look at The Young Messiah, based on Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt


When did Jesus come to realize that he was different from other children? How did his parents teach him about his unique relationship to God the Father? These and other questions are explored in The Young Messiah, the upcoming film adaptation of Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, and Focus Features has just released our first look at the film and the people who made it. Check it out below the jump.

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A brief note on two important characters whose presence in the new version of Ben-Hur has not yet been confirmed


Earlier this year, I kept fairly close tabs on who was being cast in the new film version of Ben-Hur, but I didn’t pay much attention at the time to who wasn’t being cast in the film. Which is to say, I didn’t notice at the time that there were was no news whatsoever regarding certain major characters or who might play them.

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Watch: Six new clips give us one last look at Killing Jesus


Missed your chance to see Killing Jesus tonight? Want to revisit a scene or two? No worries — several new clips from the film were released over the last few days, and you can watch them all, or at least follow the links to them, below the jump.

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Christmas musical Black Nativity releases its first pictures

Four years after I first mentioned that a film version of the Langston Hughes musical Black Nativity was in the works — and three months after cameras finally started rolling on the adaptation — we now, at last, have some images from the film, courtesy of USA Today. Alas, all four of the pictures in question seem to be set pretty firmly within the real world, so we’ll just have to wait to see the “dream sequence” that re-tells the story of the birth of Jesus. The article that accompanies the new images does describe at least one part of that sequence, though:
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Putting a bit of the New Testament into the Old

I just came across a few more videos from The Bible, the mini-series that premieres on the History Channel next month.

In one, the actress who plays Samson’s mother describes her character as “a woman who’s been given a gift from God of a very special child who’s predestined to do very special things, and I guess that’s a little connection to another story that we all know very well.” She goes on to say, “I guess I found it difficult to embody a character who knows that her child is going to die.”

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Review: The Nativity Story (dir. Catherine Hardwicke, 2006)

The Passion of The Christ was an independent movie, paid for entirely out of Mel Gibson’s pocket. The Prince of Egypt was an animated film that emphasized the common ground between Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Last Temptation of Christ was a low-budget art-house flick based on a heretical novel.

You would have to go back at least as far as King David, the mid-1980s box-office flop starring Richard Gere, to find another live-action movie produced by a major Hollywood studio and based directly on the Bible. And you would have to go back even further — to the bathrobe epics of the 1960s, at least — to find a mainstream biblical movie that was as blatantly Christian as The Nativity Story.

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