Will there be “naturalistic interpretations” of the Red Sea parting and other miracles in Exodus: Gods and Kings?

exodus-redsea-horseThe Exodus: Gods and Kings set-visit reports keep on coming!

Earlier today, I linked to reports that were posted today by the European websites Bad Taste, Total Film and MTV UK. Now there’s one at Yahoo! Movies UK, and unlike the others, it actually says a few new things about the film itself.

Among other things, it tells us that the battle in the film’s first act will be not just any skirmish between the Egyptians and the Hittites; it will be the Battle of Kadesh, the largest chariot battle ever fought. This, it seems, will be another of the movie’s anachronisms, since the historical battle was fought in 1274 BC, five years after the death of the Pharaoh Seti, but in the film it is Seti (played by John Turturro) who sends the Egyptians into battle under the leadership of Ramses and Moses.

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More horses, more costumes, and more pictures of director Ridley Scott directing in Exodus: Gods and Kings

exodus-badtaste-2Another day, another batch of new photos from the set of Exodus: Gods and Kings. And would it surprise you to learn that most of them consist of variations on themes that have already been covered by the other photos that have been released over the last few months? No, didn’t think so. So what we have are more pictures of Moses and Ramses riding chariots and sitting around in Egyptian palaces, a new photo of Maria Valverde modeling Zipporah’s wedding jewelry, and more pictures of director Ridley Scott pointing at things and talking to his actors. Check them all out below the jump.

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Go behind the scenes of Exodus: Gods and Kings in a new featurette

exodus-yahoo2-2-aWith less than three months to go before the film premieres overseas, Yahoo! Movies has released the first behind-the-scenes clip for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. It’s called ‘The World’ and it focuses on director Ridley Scott and production designer Arthur Max, both of whom explain how they went about making what might be the biggest film of their careers.

In addition to the usual behind-the-scenes stuff — actors doing their thing in front of greenscreen backdrops, etc. — the clip includes two shots from the film that were not included in the trailer. Interestingly, however, the dialogue in those shots was heard in the original trailer. Check it all out below the jump.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: the Hebrew slaves speak!

exodus-empire-mosesjoshua-a-aThe October issue of Empire magazine is out, and with it, a new article looking at Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. This time the primary interviewees are Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley, who play the Hebrew slaves Joshua and his father Nun — and they reveal a bit more about the role that their characters play in the story, and in shaping the destiny of Moses.

The article also comes with new pictures, including the one to the right, which gives us our first good sense of what the Moses of the Exodus — as opposed to the Moses who is a prince of Egypt — will look like.

The key thing we learn from the article is how the characters Joshua and Nun become a part of Moses’ life in the first place.

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Ridley Scott discusses the “international cast” of Exodus: Gods and Kings in a new interview (plus: new photos!)

exodus-yahoo-3Three months and a few days before it opens in New Zealand, the publicity campaign for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings continues to step up. The latest example: an interview with Ridley Scott on Yahoo! Australia, accompanied by some brand-new pictures.

In the interview, Scott repeats a few things that he has said before, and it’s kind of hard to resist nitpicking some of his claims. For example, he once again says he wasn’t paying attention in his “religious instruction” classes when he was a boy, and that he had “no idea” how close Moses and Ramses were when they grew up together — but the Bible never says who the Pharaoh of the Exodus was, much less that he was ever close to Moses. Scott also says the story takes place “5000 years ago”, when in actual fact the historical Ramses II reigned just over 3200 years ago.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: the Pharaohs speak!

exodus-royalfamily-3New interviews with John Turturro and Joel Edgerton, who play the Pharaohs Seti and Ramses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, have popped up in the last few days. The actors were giving the interviews to promote other projects, but along the way they made a few comments about their upcoming Bible epic.

First, Turturro, promoting the video release of Fading Gigolo, told The Playlist that he was amazed by the sheer number of cameras that Ridley Scott used while shooting Exodus: “I never worked with that many cameras, or live leopards at my feet. . . . I never had seen that many cameras, and I worked with Michael Bay.” (Turturro made similar comments last year.)

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