Noah news round-up: a new TV spot, an update on which Muslim countries are banning the film, and more

Noah has been out in theatres for almost two weeks now, but that doesn’t mean the news around this film has died down yet. There’s a new TV spot that quotes some of the more positive reviews out there, the people behind popular Bible apps and websites say interest in Genesis has gone up, and we have an update on which Muslim countries are and are not banning the film. Check it all out below the jump.

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Box-office update: Captain America sets a record for April, Noah drops 61%, and God’s Not Dead stays strong

As expected, Noah fell to the #2 spot at the box office this weekend, coming in way, way behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened to $96.2 million: a record for a movie released in April and one of the biggest openings ever for a Marvel Comics movie that doesn’t feature Iron Man or Spider-Man.

Noah earned an estimated $17 million in North America this weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $72.3 million. That represents a 61.1% drop from last week, which is only slightly higher, percentage-wise, than the 59.5% drop that Son of God had in its second weekend, four weeks ago.

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Be as wise as serpents, but stay away from snakeskins!

“Temptation led to sin.”

That’s the second sentence in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. It’s printed on the screen for all to see. It is accompanied by an image of a serpent flicking its tongue at the camera. And it is followed by images of violence and destruction.

To those who are even half-familiar with the story of the Fall, you might think that this would all seem pretty straightforward. But no. Instead, a bizarre idea has surfaced in recent days, to the effect that Aronofsky’s film espouses a kind of Gnosticism.

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Noah music round-up: a featurette on Clint Mansell’s score, an interview with Patti Smith, and… a CCM music video?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been listening to Clint Mansell’s soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah quite a bit since it came out last week. Intimate at times, big and bombastic at other times, it captures the emotional journey of the film rather well. Now Paramount has released a “featurette” on the soundtrack — more of an ad for it, really — and a few websites have posted interviews with Mansell and with Patti Smith, who wrote the film’s theme song ‘Mercy Is’. Plus we now have a music video of sorts with quotes about the film from church leaders and Christian film critics, all set to a praise-and-worship song. Check it all out below the jump.

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Noah news round-up: the studio executives speak, what it all might mean for other Bible movies, and early Oscar buzz?

So, Noah had a great first weekend in North America and many other territories. How did it do so well? What are the film’s prospects going forward? And what does this bode for other possible Bible movies?

First, Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore — who attends a Vineyard church in Los Angeles — has given a few interviews commenting on how his studio beat some of the controversy that some people had whipped up in the months leading up to the film’s release.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said a key “turning point” came when the studio openly admitted that the film was “inspired by” the Bible story but was not a “literal” version of it, whatever that would mean. He also commented on how the film has been received by different communities:
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No, Noah is not Gnostic. (Say that ten times fast!)

Thanks to a lengthy blog post by Brian Mattson, a theologian with the the Center for Cultural Leadership in California, the latest meme to work its way into public discussion of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is that the film is somehow Gnostic, and that it presents a worldview in which God is really Satan and vice versa.

Is there anything to Mattson’s claims? Not really, and here’s why.

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