Horses fall to their doom in a new Exodus: Gods and Kings clip, and four other new videos

exodus-prince-convincedMy computer has been out of commission for the past few days, so I haven’t been able to keep up with the Exodus: Gods and Kings video clips as closely as I’d like, much less capture any of the new images, but I figured I might as well round up what’s out there. The new batch includes a clip from the film, three TV spots and a collection of soundbites from the film’s world premiere last Wednesday.

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Bible movies snubbed by the Oscars’ visual-effects branch (plus four new pictures of the Exodus plagues)

exodus-locustsOuch.

The Academy has released a list of the ten films that are still in the running for the Oscar for best visual effects this year, and neither of the year’s big Bible movies made the cut.

As Jeffrey Wells puts it, the Academy favoured “nine fantasy films about exotic creatures and monsters plus one serious, intensively researched sci-fi film (i.e., Chris Nolan’s Interstellar)” rather than the “novel and in some ways genre-expanding” effects in Noah and the “impressive” effects in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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Watch: Egyptologists promote Exodus: Gods and Kings, plus new footage in ABC’s Nightline report about the movie

exodus-facebook-141202-vidWith all the grumbling these days about the biblical and historical accuracy of Exodus: Gods and Kings, it makes sense that the studio would release a new featurette in which Egyptologists discuss the historical basis for the film.

The Egyptologists in question — William Schniedewind, Lynn Swartz Dodd and Kara Cooney — don’t address any of the current controversies, though, nor do they stir up any new ones. Instead, they speak in broad strokes about the reign of Ramses, Egyptian empire-building, and the role of slaves in Egyptian society.

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A brief comment on the Exodus: Gods and Kings casting controversy

exodus-yahoo-3Three months ago, Ridley Scott noted that the actors he hired for Exodus: Gods and Kings represent a range of different ethnicities, and hardly anyone noticed. Last week, he made an off-the-cuff remark about how he couldn’t cast some obscure Middle Eastern actor as the lead in a massively expensive movie such as this, and the internet went berserk.

Scott’s comment was quickly assumed by many people to mean that he was justifying hiring an “all-white” cast. Many people claimed, dubiously, that it would be more historically accurate if the villainous Egyptian slave masters, many of whom are killed by an act of God at the Red Sea, were played by black actors instead. (Just think what sort of controversies there would be if the film had gone that route.)

Jonathan Merritt even went so far as to say today that no Bible movie — not even The Nativity Story, which cast a Maori girl as the Virgin Mary, a Palestinian as her mother and Iranians as her father and cousin Elizabeth — has made any progress when it comes to casting ethnically-appropriate actors. Apparently the fact that Keisha Castle-Hughes was born in Australia disqualifies that film somehow. Seriously?

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: early reviews are a mixed bunch

exodus-ramses-09With the film set to open in South Korea, Spain, Australia and a few other countries this week, the first reviews of Exodus: Gods and Kings went online today — and they’re a mixed bag, as reviews of Ridley Scott films are wont to be.

One of the recurring themes in these reviews is that the film offers a lot of spectacle but not as much character development as it should — which leads one to wonder if an even longer, better “director’s cut” awaits us, à la Kingdom of Heaven.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: new interviews and behind the scenes footage in the electronic press kit

vlcsnap-2014-11-26-12h41m27s105The electronic press kit for Exodus: Gods and Kings is here, and with it, some new behind-the-scenes footage that hints at things we have not yet seen in any of the ads or clips released so far. It also has lots of soundbites from key cast and crew members. Check it out below the jump.

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