Oscar nominee Rooney Mara may star in Mary Magdalene

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Deadline reports that Rooney Mara, who is currently nominated for an Oscar for her role in Carol, is in talks to star in that new movie about Mary Magdalene.

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Hail, Caesar! and other movies about making Bible movies

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Hail, Caesar!, the newest film from the Coen brothers, opens this Friday. The film is set in 1950s Hollywood, and one of its central plot elements is a movie-within-the-movie — also called Hail, Caesar! — that depicts the crucifixion of Jesus. This got me wondering, how many other films have depicted the making of a Bible movie?

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Will there be a new film about Mary Magdalene next year?

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Four films set during the life of Jesus are due to appear in theatres sometime this year. And there are other films about Jesus, Paul and Pontius Pilate in development, too. Now comes word that a movie about Mary Magdalene is in the works, as well.

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Watch: The second trailer for Risen, starring Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton as Roman soldiers and Cliff Curtis as Jesus

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Four months ago, we got our first good look at Risen (formerly known as Clavius), the film that stars Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton as a couple of Roman soldiers who investigate the disappearance of Jesus’ body. Now, today, with the film’s January 22 release less than five months away, we have a second, even longer, trailer, which consists almost entirely of new footage. Check it out below the jump.

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How two word-for-word adaptations of The Gospel of John use bits from the other gospels (and Acts) as well

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There aren’t that many word-for-word film adaptations of the Bible out there, but the genre — which got its start with The Genesis Project’s adaptations of Luke and the first half of Genesis in the 1970s — has grown to the point where we now have two very different films based on the same biblical text, namely the gospel of John.

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Watch: Cornelius and his family speak in tongues, and more, in two new clips from A.D. The Bible Continues

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Four months ago, I wondered if A.D. The Bible Continues would show Cornelius and his family speaking in tongues before Peter baptizes them. I could think of several other films that had depicted the conversion of Cornelius, but none that had really depicted this particular miracle. And, well, now we have our answer: it does!

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