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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Will there be demons in Mel Gibson’s Resurrection movie?

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Mel Gibson has been making the rounds this week to promote Hacksaw Ridge, and last night Stephen Colbert asked him about his rumoured sequel to The Passion of the Christ. Gibson replied that the film, currently titled The Resurrection, is “probably about three years off,” and he dropped a few other hints about it as well.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes twenty-three and twenty-four

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Synopsis. Apopis is about to be executed. An officer tells the crowd that Apopis will die a slow death — hung from a pole with a wound in his feet so that he bleeds to death and the birds devour what’s left — and that he will be deprived of the afterlife because his body will never be mummified. Apopis replies by declaring his belief in God and his hatred for the Egyptian gods. Malek, who has been in Egypt ever since he sold Joseph to Potiphar a dozen years ago, is in the crowd, watching. Back in the prison, Joseph predicts that Ninifer Keptah will be set free, and sure enough, it comes true. Potiphar suffers a couple of mild heart attacks. His servants remark among themselves that Potiphar and Zuleikha don’t seem to love each other any more. Seven years go by, and the Pharaoh dies. His mummified body is sent across the Nile.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes fifteen and sixteen

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Synopsis. Jacob is still mourning the loss of Joseph. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Zuleikha decides that, if Joseph can serve Potiphar as a “consultant”, then maybe she can “consult” with him too, nudge nudge wink wink. Joseph is standing in Honifer’s room and looking at his late mentor’s empty bed when Zuleikha’s servant summons him; en route to Zuleikha’s room, Joseph soothes a crying baby named Kisin, whose mother is one of Zuleikha’s kinswomen. Joseph resists Zuleikha’s attempts to woo him, and Zuleikha goes on a journey to the Nile along with her entourage, hoping that she can forget about Joseph. But the Nile holds no joy for her now, so she returns home.

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Watch: Four new clips from The Young Messiah, plus a clip from one of the bonus features coming to Blu-Ray tomorrow

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I just learned that WingClips, a website that specializes in film clips for sermons etc., has yanked four of the videos that they originally posted from The Young Messiah and replaced them with four new clips, to go with a new “family study guide”.

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Review: Last Days in the Desert (dir. Rodrigo García, 2015)

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People go to movies for many reasons, but what I look for most is some sort of experience. I want to feel what it’s like to live in another world, and I want to get a sense of what it’s like to live inside someone else’s head.

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