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'Gods of Egypt' Filmmakers 'Sincerely Apologize' for Cast's Lack of Diversity

4 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Unlike Ridley Scott with "Exodus: Gods and Kings," director Alex Proyas has chosen to issue an apology for casting a bunch of white people from Europe and Australia as Egyptians in "Gods of Egypt." Interestingly enough, studio Lionsgate also offered an apology and a promise to do "better." It's too late to do "better" for this particular film, which comes out February 26, 2016, but cynics could see this as an attempt to avoid the fate of Scott's "Gods and Kings."

"Gods of Egypt" is a fantasy film inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, and Brenton Thwaites. Here's how director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate responded to the calls of whitewashing (via Forbes):

Alex Proyas:

"The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those »

- Gina Carbone

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New American Horror Story Season 5,Episode 8 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By FX

18 November 2015 10:24 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, FX delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "American Horror Story: Hotel" episode 8 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "The Ten Commandments Killer," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff take place as March and Sally's situation gets exposed. John closes in on the Ten Commandments murderer, and more! In the new, 8th episode press release: John will get close in on The Ten Commandments Killer. Sally's arrangement with March is going to get revealed. Episode 8 is set to air on Wednesday night, November 25th at 9pm central time on FX. »

- Andre Braddox

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Remake Of The Ten Commandments Coming

30 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If Christian Bale’s recent performance as Moses wasn’t enough to fill your Biblical pallet, you’re in luck. In an exclusive report, The Tracking Board is breaking news that Paramount studios will be remaking The Ten Commandments.  A director is still being sought but word is the producers want someone who will take a new vision […]

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- Jeff Bricker

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‘The Martian’: Box Office Hits and Best Picture WInners

26 October 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

In its fourth weekend at the box office, The Martian has once more claimed the number one spot. The Matt Damon-led sci-fi film reclaimed the top position after a short stint at number two last week and has been as well received by critics as it has been with audiences.

With best picture hopes, director Ridley Scott has the possibility of having the first major commercial hit win the award since Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars in 2004.

In recent years, there has been a growing divide between what is considered artistic gravitas in a film and its success at the box office, according to the Academy.

In the old days of the studio system this schism between artistic films and big studio hits was not nearly as evident, with most best picture winners »

- Patrick Shanley

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The Week in Disappointment – Fantastic Four, Die Hard 6, Thor: Ragnarok, The Ten Commandments, Star Wars and more

17 October 2015 5:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras with this week’s disappointments from the entertainment world…

“Fox denies rumour that Fantastic Four rights are back at Marvel, still planning sequel”

Oh thank God. I was worried it would wind up in competent hands. I can’t imagine anyone who thinks this is a good idea, except executives at Fox who seem to be the studio most likely to double down on something awful. Speaking of which…

Len Wiseman developing Die Hard 6 as a reinvention of the series”

This is like asking an arsonist to draw up the blueprints and serve as architect for the building he torched.

“The Hulk confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok

I’m all for these superhero crossover movies, but can we just end the charade and call them all ‘Avengers’. If 75% the Avengers are in Captain America: Civil War, it’s an Avengers movie. If Thor and Hulk are teaming up, it’s an Avengers movie. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Paramount to remake The Ten Commandments

16 October 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings didn’t satisfy your appetite for seeing the story of Moses on the big screen, then you may be in luck as The Tracking Board is reporting that Paramount Pictures is developing a remake of 1956’s The Ten Commandments.

The site reports that, unsurprisingly, the new film will “center around the Exodus story of Moses, and his leading the Jewish people out of Egypt, freeing them from the oppressive rule of the Pharaoh Ramses.”

The remake of the Charlton Heston classic is being produced by Mary Parent and Distruption Entertainment, who were also involved in Darren Aronofsky’s recent Old Testament movie Noah.

Maybe Disruption is eyeing a Biblical cinematic universe that will ultimately lead to a team-up movie as Moses, Noah and company assemble to do battle with Satan? Okay, probably not…


- Gary Collinson

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"Ten Commandments" Gets Another Reboot

15 October 2015 5:29 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The failure of Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods And Kings" doesn't seem to have deterred Disruption Entertainment who are reportedly working on a contemporary reboot of "The Ten Commandments" for Paramount Pictures.

Tracking Board broke the story saying the pair are teaming up for the project, not a surprise as they were behind Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 and 1956 versions and made a solid $362.6 million around the globe with "Noah" last year.

No talent is yet onboard the project. The film would dramatize the biblical story of the life of Moses, an adopted Egyptian prince who becomes the deliverer of his real brethren - the enslaved Hebrews. He leads the Exodus to Mount Sinai where he receives the Ten Commandments.

Along with 'Exodus', which brought in $268 million worldwide, the story was adapted in 1998's animated feature "The Prince of Egypt" which pulled in $218.6 million at the time. »

- Garth Franklin

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The 10 Commandments Is Getting Rebooted, Because Not Enough People Saw Exodus, I Guess

14 October 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For as long as The Bible has been around, there have been people retelling the stories of miracles and supernatural occurrences that are within its pages. So the real surprise in Paramount mounting a reboot of The Ten Commandments isn't that happening, rather that it's coming so quickly after the rather middle-of-the-road release of Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings. Tracking Board has the scoop, in which the studio is linked as co-conspirator to production shingle Disruption Entertainment's plans to bring the biblical epic into modern times. This isn't the first time Paramount will be telling the story of the supreme law of The Lord, as they were also behind Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 and 1956 renditions of the same story. More recently, Paramount spun some biblical gold with Noah, which was released last year to the tune of $362.6 million across the globe. No talent has been sought after to »

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American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Recap: Did You Enjoy Your Stay?

7 October 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In its premiere, American Horror Story: Hotel went for the jugular, serving up everything from a blood-soaked foursome to an eyeless monster with a drill-bit dildo. But did it deliver shock and awe or shock and “eh”? Read on, then we’ll discuss.

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Tourist Trap | As “Checking In” began, two comely Swedish girls — unimpressed by the retro-fabulousness of the Hotel Cortez — were trying to get their money back from bespectacled front desk clerk Iris (Kathy Bates) so that they could stay somewhere else. But, informed that a refund was »

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Criterion Collection: Blind Chance | Blu-ray Review

15 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski’s fascination with allegorical intersections took full flight with his 1987 title Blind Chance, a three tiered narrative metaphor for Poland’s options following the accession of Communist Party suppression in 1981. Filmed in 1982, the film was censored and withheld from release by Polish authorities for five years, premiering in January of 1987 shortly before it appeared at Cannes that year in Un Certain Regard. Denied the same reputation as the titles from the auteur’s notable period working in French cinema, such as 1991’s The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colours Trilogy: Blue, White, Red, it’s a fascinating exploration of the psychological and experimental cinematic techniques Kieslowski would go on to develop. Though significantly informed by the political climate of Poland, it’s also a unique narrative from Kieslowski in that it remains in the perspective of a central male character.

Witek (Boguslaw Linda) is »

- Nicholas Bell

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Four Women Tapped for Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame

9 September 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A quartet of pioneering women — Carmen Dillon, Patricia Norris, Dorothea Holt Redmond and Dianne Wager — .have been selected for induction into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremonies will take place at the guild’.s 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.

“These women made great strides in their craft achieving prominence despite designing in a field dominated by men,” said the guild’s Council Chairwoman Marcia Hinds. “Acknowledgement of their efforts leads to a more balanced and open guild.”

The Hall of Fame honors are are only given posthumously. There are currently 44 members.

Dillon was the first female art director in the British film industry and became the first woman to win an Oscar for set decoration in 1949 for “Hamlet.” Her film credits include “Richard III,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Browning Version,” “The Prince and the Showgirl, »

- Dave McNary

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Movie History Catalina Island Style

30 July 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A long time ago, sometime around 1912, a director by the name of D.W. Griffith packed up his filmmaking wares and took his crew, including favored cinematographer Billy Bitzer and star Mae Marsh, across the water to a relatively mysterious island off the Southern California coast to shoot a short film. The project, Man’s Genesis, subtitled A Psychological Comedy Founded upon the Darwinian Theory of the Evolution of Man (Is that Woody Allen I hear whimpering with envy?), isn’t one for which Griffith is well remembered, in the hearts of either academics or those given to silent-era nostalgia. (One comment on IMDb suggests that no one would ever mistake Griffith’s simple tale of a landmark of human development—man discovers his ability to craft and use tools in order to achieve a specific goal-- for “a serious work of speculative anthropology” and wonders “what the director and his »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Weinstein Company COO David Glasser Exiting

30 July 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Company’s chief operating officer David Glasser has resigned after seven years at the independent studio.

Glasser said he’s leaving the company in search of a new opportunity. He will stay on to find a replacement as TWC prepares for awards season.

“It has been an incredible run at the Weinstein Company, but I have decided to take some time and explore my options in the industry,” Glasser said in a statement. “I will remain with TWC until November, where I will work closely with our team to set up the incredible slate for 2015/2016.”

Bob and Harvey Weinstein said in a statement that they were “disappointed” to hear of Glasser’s decision. “He has been one of the best executives we’ve had the privilege of working with and we have had a tremendous run together,” the Weinsteins said in a statement. “David will be missed at TWC, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Salem’ Renewed For Season 3 By Wgn America

11 July 2015 5:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wgn America has renewed its supernatural drama “Salem” for a third season.

The pickup of the series from Fox 21 Television Studios was unveiled Saturday as part of the show’s presentation at Comic-Con.

Salem,” the first original scripted drama to bow on Wgn America, wrapped its second season on June 28. It averaged 1.1 million total viewers and 545,000 in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings.

The series created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon is set among the witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts. Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg star. Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend were among the additions for season two.

Braga and Simon are exec producers along with Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez of Prospect Park, and Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. Nick Copus is director and co-exec producer.

Production on season three will begin in Shreveport, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The One-Hour Game of Thrones Parody! – Stage Play Coming Soon to St. Louis!

3 June 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Don’t have time to binge watch the entire first season of Game Of Thrones? The lunatics at The Magic Smoking Monkey Theater group have the perfect solution!

In the tradition of their internationally-acclaimed 1-hour productions of The Star Wars Trilogy, The Ten Commandments, Lord Of The Rings, the Smoking Monkeys are proud to present The One-Hour Game of Thrones Parody! And it’s coming to St. Louis this month

St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre adapts a cult film into an onstage farce once a year. Previous adaptions (besides the hour-long ones I mentioned) have included Pan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, and Glen Or Glenda. In 2011 they helped celebrate Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration with a stage presentation of one of the home town horror star’s classics: The Abominable Dr. Phibes  in 3D, a sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody. These guys stage the most »

- Tom Stockman

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U.K. Broadcaster ITV Calls Off Pursuit of TV Arm of The Weinstein Company: Report

26 May 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — U.K. network ITV has ruled out a bid for the TV division of The Weinstein Co., according to a report in Broadcast magazine.

It had previously been reported by several outlets that the U.K. commercial channel was lining up an offer of $970 million for TWC’s TV arm.

ITV has been on a buying spree in the U.S. and Europe over the past five years, acquiring major stakes in producers of both scripted and unscripted shows. In 2013, for example, ITV took a controlling stake in Thinkfactory Media, the U.S. producer of reality, entertainment and drama shows, including the Emmy award-winning “Hatfields & McCoys,” and “Texas Rising,” which premiered Monday on History.

TWC has ramped up its TV activity in the past few years both in the scripted and unscripted arenas. The company’s roster includes Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” VH1’s “Mob Wives,” National Geographic TV »

- Leo Barraclough

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God’s IMDb: A History of Actors Playing the Almighty

22 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

God comes to Broadway this month in the form of Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who will portray the Almighty in the new comedy An Act of God. But he’s not the first to portray the man upstairs. Here’s a history of Gods in movies, TV, and theater.Rex Ingram, The Green Pastures, 1936 Ingram starred as “De Lawd” in this adaptation of several Biblical stories, which featured an all-black cast. Charlton Heston (voice), The Ten Commandments, 1956 Heston wasn’t just Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s classic. He also provided God’s booming voice. John Huston (voice), The Bible, 1966 Along with directing and playing Noah, Huston handled voice-over duties for the Almighty. Jeff Chandler, Elizabeth I, 1972This Broadway show told the story of Elizabethan performers trying to mount a play about their queen. Among other characters, Chandler played an actor playing God. Stephen Elliott, The Creation of »

- Adam K. Raymond

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John Compton, Actor in 'Mildred Pierce' and 'The D.A.’s Man,' Dies at 91

18 May 2015 3:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

John Compton, who appeared in the classic 1945 melodrama Mildred Pierce and then starred in a Jack Webb-produced TV crime series, The D.A.’s Man, has died. He was 91. Compton died May 12 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his niece, Susan Long, told The Hollywood Reporter. Compton also had small roles in such prominent pictures as Pride of the Marines (1945), starring John Garfield; San Antonio (1945), with Errol Flynn; Night and Day (1946), starring Cary Grant; and The Ten Commandments (1956), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. He appeared opposite Jane

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- Mike Barnes

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10 Mistakes Avengers: Infinity War Cannot Afford To Make

13 May 2015 2:57 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Studios

Avengers: Age of Ultron has been in cinemas across the globe for close to two weeks, and now that the dust has settled – and everybody has seen it at least twice (or three or four times) – it’s time to cast an eye on the future with regards to the upcoming sequel.

Avengers: Infinity War has been confirmed for a 2018 release, of course, and will find itself split – in that annoying Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games way – into two parts, the second of which will make its way into theatres in 2019. Unlike those book adaptations, though, Marvel are free to do as they wish, which bodes well for a two-parter.

Age of Ultron was met with mostly positive reviews, of course, but it wasn’t perfect. There were a lot of things about Joss Whedon’s sequel picture that could have been improved; whilst some aspects from the original movie were noticeably better, »

- Sam Hill

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Beauty vs Beast: Full Metal Maria

20 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tis I, Jason from Mnpp, here, with another week's new edition of our "Beauty vs Beast" series. So over the next several days The Film Experience is going to be diving into the cinematic realm of Artificial Intelligence (known as "A.I." to people in a hurry and Haley Joel Osment fans), and to get the ball rolling I figured we'd make ourselves like science-fiction and hop in the way-back machine to the year 1927, when a little chap who went by the name Friedrich Christian Anton Lang, known to his friends as Fritz, made a little movie called Metropolis. In case you don't know the story, it goes like this: Boy meets Girl, Girl Gets Clones Into Evil Robot, Dystopian Nightmare Explodes, and a Kiss, The End. Somewhere in there dancing happens, and it is crazy awesome.

But thanks to a ferocious performance from actress Brigitte Helm you really couldn't get »

- JA

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