Newsbites: Mary Magdalene! Chasing the Star! Jesus VR!

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Three quick items about three new Jesus films coming out later this year.

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Newsbites: The Jesus movies past and future edition!

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A few quick items about three recent and upcoming movies about Jesus.

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Mary Magdalene director Garth Davis says Rooney Mara’s version of the character will not be a prostitute

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Garth Davis is making the rounds to promote his first feature film Lion, which tells the true story of an Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian couple and then, as an adult, used Google Earth to find the village of his birth.

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New pictures: Aviv Alush as Jesus in The Shack, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus with Rooney Mara in Mary Magdalene

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Jesus will be on the big screen in at least two movies next year, and if you want to get a sense of what he will look like, we now have new pictures from both films.

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Newsbites: Mary Magdalene! Edgardo Mortara! Biblically!

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Just a few quick recent news items with a religious hook.

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Several Israeli actors join the cast of Mary Magdalene

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The Hollywood Reporter says Israeli actress Hadas Yaron has joined the cast of Mary Magdalene as the title character’s sister-in-law Sarah. The film’s previously announced co-stars include Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas Iscariot.

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