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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A few new details surface about that Mary Magdalene movie


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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Chiwetel Ejiofor to play the apostle Peter in Mary Magdalene


With Rooney Mara playing Mary Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix playing Jesus, there has been some concern that Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene movie might give us yet another “whitewashed” version of the New Testament. But this latest bit of news could put that to rest: Deadline reports that Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was Oscar-nominated for his starring role in 12 Years a Slave, is in talks to play the apostle Peter.

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Review: The Holy Family (dir. Raffaele Mertes, 2006)


The Young Messiah, which came out on DVD yesterday, isn’t the first movie to spend more than a scene or two on Jesus when he was a boy. It isn’t even the second. A few months ago I reviewed A Child Called Jesus, a 1987 film that has some striking parallels to The Young Messiah. Now I’d like to take a brief look at The Holy Family, a two-part TV-movie that has fewer parallels but is still interesting in its own way.

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Easter Mysteries and the rarely-ever-dramatized appearance of the resurrected Jesus to Peter


My friend Steven D. Greydanus is going to be on the big screen tomorrow night, as one of the co-hosts of a panel discussion following a special-event screening of Easter Mysteries, a stage musical about the death and resurrection of Jesus — and to mark the occasion, Steve has written a short round-up of the year’s Jesus movies.

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Brief notes on some of the deleted scenes from Risen


Take a look at the photo above — one of the many Risen-themed images that Sony Pictures has released. There are two rather remarkable things about it.

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