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Will 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Anger Christiansc Bale Calls Moses "Schizophrenic" & "Barbaric"

30 October 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It seems Ridley Scott is going the opposite direction Darren Aronofsky went with Noah when it comes to interpreting the more magical and mystical events to be told in his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Aronofsky made use of rock monsters to explain how one family could construct an ark that would carry two of all the world's species of animals, but when it comes to the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus, Scott turned to science rather than magic. "You can't just do a a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them," Scott told Entertainment Weekly, saying he wasn't convinced when he saw Charlton Heston do it in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956). "I didn't believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling, and thought that I'd better come »

- Brad Brevet

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How Ridley Scott looked to science -- not miracles -- to part the Red Sea in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

23 October 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If there's one Old Testament image everyone knows, it's the parting of the Red Sea. And when shooting that scene in Exodus: Gods and Kings (in theaters Dec. 12), director Ridley Scott knew that he want to treat the incident as realistically as possible. "You can't just do a a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them," says Scott, who remembers scoffing at biblical epics from his boyhood like 1956's The Ten Commandments. "I didn't believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling, and thought that »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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Exodus: To Links and Blogs

22 October 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Let my readers go... to other places. Here are a bunch of articles I enjoyed elsewhere or which are worthwhile for their informational newsiness. But come back soon, okay? Okay.

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Dissolve a new Pee Wee Herman movie is "imminent"  

The Dissolve rights to John Carter of Mars have reverted to the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Do you think we'll get another film... and will it be better? 

The Guardian on Renée Zellweger and 'the Actor's face as His/Her brand'. I made a point of not talking about Zeéeeee's looks yesterday in my own post about the photo but this is an interesting non-aggressive non-misogynist piece about movie stars and how shifts to their brand work (or don't).

I was going to link to another Guardian piece about Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's lesbian drama Freeheld experiencing bigotry already banned from filming at a Catholic school but the »

- NATHANIEL R

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How The Sphinx From The Ten Commandments Went Missing For Almost A Century

19 October 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Back in 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille did his part to define what a cinematic epic could be. Telling the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt, The Ten Commandments was an absolutely giant production, forced to build everything practically simply because visual effects weren't really an option. Hollywood legend has said that the remnants of the film were destroyed after the feature was completed, but now a very cool archeological find has uncovered not only a massive piece of set decoration, but also the truth behind the myth. LiveScience is reporting that a dig out in Guadalupe, California has uncovered one of the 21 giant Sphinx statues that was made out of plaster for set decoration on The Ten Commandments (which DeMille later remade with Charlton Heston as Moses). It's a pretty massive find, given that there has long been a rumor in the movie industry that all of the sets »

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‘Ten Commandments’ Sphinx Unearthed After 91 Years

18 October 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Archaeologists have rediscovered a 15-foot-tall, 91-year-old giant sphinx used as a prop in “The Ten Commandments” hidden in the sand dunes of Guadalupe, Calif., Live Science reports.

The plaster sphinx was one of 21 featured prominently in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 epic. The legendary director remade the silent film in 1956, starring Charlton Heston as Moses.

The unearthed sphinx, which lined the path to Pharaoh’s City in the movie, will be put on display at the Dunes Center in mid to late 2015 once it’s reconstructed following almost a century of weather damage.

“[The film] was one of the largest movie sets ever made because they didn’t have special effects,” Doug Jenzen, the executive director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, told Live Science. “So anything that they wanted to look large, they had to build large.”

Jenzen said the facade to Pharaoh’s City was an estimated 12 stories tall and 720 feet wide. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Exodus: Gods and Kings Preview: Can Ridley Scott Make a Contemporary Biblical Epic?

17 October 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

We at Lr had a chance to check out about 40 minutes of director Ridley Scott’s new historical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings last night. Here’s what we thought.

The series of clips shown went from massive battles to small, intimate character moments that really tried to give you a sense of the grand scale the film is trying to work on as well as the personal story it’s trying to tell beneath it. Bible stories seem to be the new avenue for filmmakers to go down these days, and though Darren Aronofsky’s Noah left a little to be desired it looks like Ridley Scott is embracing his usual overblown sword and sandals method to tell this timeless biblical tale of Moses and Ramses.

The first clip began with both Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) preparing to go off to war. We’ll get to »

- Sean Hutchinson

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Krzysztof Kieślowski's 'The Decalogue' Resurges

15 October 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Krzysztof Kieślowski's ten-hour, ten-part interpretation of The Ten Commandments unfolded in 1989 as a drama series on Polish television. But it was too unwieldy for anything outside a limited theatrical run in the Us. The film will finally be shown again in full and in 35mm at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival from October 24 to 26 in New York. And "Decalogue" also looks headed for Criterion release. One of the Polish master's great works, "The Decalogue" explores moral crises in Solidarity-era Poland across ten discrete films with their own visual styles. Kieślowski originally wanted a different director for each short before deciding that the entire omnibus should be his to direct. When "The Decalogue" found its way back to the Us in 2000, Roger Ebert wrote: "The 10 films are not philosophical abstractions but personal stories that involve us immediately; I hardly stirred during some of them. After seeing the series, Stanley »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘Exodus’ is the Classic Bible Epic That’s Nothing Like a Classic Bible Epic

15 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In case you hadn’t realized it from Exodus: Gods and Kings, Noah, The History Channel’s The Bible, that Ben-Hur remake due out in 2016 and the second Bible pic Ridley Scott plans on making sometime in the future, the Bible epic is back in a big, big way. Which hasn’t been the case since the late ’50s/early ’60s, when Bible heroes were as prevalent onscreen as superheroes are today (although they’re basically the same when you think about it: cool capes, mystical powers, characters who totally seem to die yet are retconned back to life for the sequel). Ben-Hur. The Ten Commandments. The Greatest Story Ever Told. King of Kings. Huge films that bore equally huge amounts of profit. But is there some kind of connection between this new Bible craze and our last frenzy to put butts in seats with talk of Christ, God and “In the beginning”? According to Exodus – the »

- Adam Bellotto

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Art Directors Guild Taps Trio for Hall of Fame

15 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production designers John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler .have been selected as inductees into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place at the Guild.’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.

Beckman received his first screen credit as an art director for Charlie Chaplin.’s 1947 black comedy “Monsieur Verdoux” and his designs were used in “Casablanca,” 1927’s “Lost Horizon” and “Les Miserables.” Some of his murals were created for the Grauman.’s Chinese and Egyptian theatres.

Beckman worked on “Gypsy,” “Home Before Dark” and “Calamity Jane” and TV series “Designing Women,” “Nero Wolfe,” “Tabitha” and “The Partridge Family.”

Lisanby is a three-time Emmy winner and is the only art director in the Television Academy.’s Hall of Fame. He pioneered the use of neon lighting for shows and the use of lighted steps »

- Dave McNary

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Art Directors Guild Taps Trio for Hall of Fame

15 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production designers John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler .have been selected as inductees into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place at the Guild.’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.

Beckman received his first screen credit as an art director for Charlie Chaplin.’s 1947 black comedy “Monsieur Verdoux” and his designs were used in “Casablanca,” 1927’s “Lost Horizon” and “Les Miserables.” Some of his murals were created for the Grauman.’s Chinese and Egyptian theatres.

Beckman worked on “Gypsy,” “Home Before Dark” and “Calamity Jane” and TV series “Designing Women,” “Nero Wolfe,” “Tabitha” and “The Partridge Family.”

Lisanby is a three-time Emmy winner and is the only art director in the Television Academy.’s Hall of Fame. He pioneered the use of neon lighting for shows and the use of lighted steps »

- Dave McNary

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Movie Review: Dracula Untold

9 October 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

It appears the train that started with Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy (1999) has yet to fully derail. Coming just four years after the failed revival of The Wolfman (2010), Universal, unable to tear itself away from the action-adventure spectacle when it comes to its movie monster greats, has decided to introduce a new film to the fold, this time revealing the origins of monster favorite Dracula in Dracula Untold. The results? A film that does its job: allows you to watch Dracula destroy everything around him in epic fashion, throws in a little romance, a dash of creepiness and gore, all while making you root for the lord of all the undead…and all in about 90 minutes. In other words, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it’s short and to the point.

Raised from a young age in the Turkish army, Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) rules his kingdom »

- Seth Paul

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Tech Support: Visual effects Oscar race features apes, raccoons and 'Interstellar'

9 October 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Best Visual Effects is often the place where the Academy recognizes what it is frequently accused of avoiding elsewhere: mainstream spectacle. Blockbusters reign in this category, at least at the nomination stage, with fantasy films, franchises and other money-makers always featuring prominently. The branch also has its specific fetishes, at least historically (talking animals immediately jumps to mind), though, in recent years, it has seemingly been all 3D, all the time. There are dozens if not hundreds of individuals who work on a film’s visual effects but the nomination can ultimately be shared by only four of them – usually the special effects supervisor and three visual effects supervisors.  While some names are "favorites" of the branch (John Frazier, Joe Letteri), this branch is hardly the most insular and tends to be more concerned about the work on display. We will receive a hint of the way they are »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Fox Chief On Oscar Contender ‘Exodus: Gods & Kings': “You Don’t See Movies On This Scale Anymore”

1 October 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Earlier today Deadline debuted the new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s big Christmas picture Exodus: Gods And Kings. The large-scale biblical drama looks Big. Epic. The kind of movie studios used to thrive on but are simply cost-prohibitive these days. Well, they seem to be making a comeback. Ben-Hur, which took 11 Academy Awards in 1959 including Best Picture, is now being remade. Of course Paramount released Darren Aronofsky’s Noah early in the year. But Gladiator in 2000 was the last big-scale epic of this period to wow Academy voters into giving up their Best Picture vote. It’s no coincidence that Ridley Scott directed that one, which also brought Russell Crowe an Oscar for Best Actor. Now Scott is back doing the impossible for Fox with Exodus.

In a brief conversation before the studio’s special press presentation Tuesday evening at the Zanuck Theatre on its lot, Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos »

- Pete Hammond

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20th Century Fox Releases Epic New Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer

1 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

20th Century Fox has unveiled a new trailer for director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated film, Exodus: Gods And Kings. The movie stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley.

This is a film that requires an IMAX viewing and one that would have been presented in Cinemascope years ago. The scale of it looks like Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and going by the visuals from this new trailer, Scott has mastered Epic as an artform.

20th Century Fox previewed parts of the film for the media on Tuesday. Variety’s Awards Editor Tim Gray writes the film falls into the,

“they don’t make ‘em like that anymore” category, with big battle scenes and aerial panoramas of ancient cities, rustic settlements and military camps, all rendered in 3D CGI glory. And the footage really shifted into high gear »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer #2: God is Greater Than Pharaohs

1 October 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

With Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) is attempting to retell the biblical story of Moses leading the Israelites on the exodus out of Egyptian slavery; a story that has been told and re-told cinematically each and every Easter, in the form of the 1956 film, The Ten Commandments.

In this new version of the story, actors Christian Bale (Dark Knight) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) take over the roles of Moses and Rameses II, which were famously played by Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner in Ten Commandments. If you’ve seen that older film (or any of the previous trailers for this film), then you know the basic layout of the story is still the same: Moses and Rameses start out as brothers; Moses learns he is destined to be leader of the Israelites; God delivers prophecies of Israelite freedom and Egyptian ...

Click to continue reading ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings »

- Kofi Outlaw

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer: Christian Bale Is the Chosen One

1 October 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Let it never be said that Ridley Scott works too slowly. This winter brings the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings, his fourth film in five years. This one stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and if you’ve ever been to Sunday School or caught The Ten Commandments on TV over […]

The post ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer: Christian Bale Is the Chosen One appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Exodus: Gods and Kings — Featurettes on Costume Design and Locations

18 September 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We have two new featurettes that go behind the scenes of production on Exodus: Gods and Kings. These videos focus on the costume design and the locations used in the film.

Exodus has not been without controversy due to the perceived white-washing of the starring cast versus background characters. This has split GeekTyant readers into 3 camps — supporters of the casting, detractors, and the ambivalent. The supporters seem to be the most vocal, but the detractors far outnumber the other 2 camps.

Ridley Scott is a great filmmaker but I'm personally bummed by the insensitivity of the casting. Scott is a master of the details, and this is not something that feels like an oversight. I'm still on the fence about watching the movie. I don't want to support a status quo that advances racial insensitivity. But the film geek in me will watch anything Scott makes (I'm looking at you A »

- Free Reyes

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George Clooney to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

15 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

George Clooney is set to add another trophy to his already-full shelf: The Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Clooney will receive the award at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards ceremony, set for January. The annual honor is bestowed upon "an individual of demonstrated outstanding achievement in film and television entertainment," according to the official announcement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Globes each year.

"Actor, writer, producer, director, activist, practical joker and former Sexiest Man Alive, the 2015 Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe Award recipient, George Clooney, is someone who cannot be pigeonholed," the announcement said. " ... The charming, self-deprecating actor has been nominated for a staggering thirteen Golden Globe awards during his three-decade career."

The release also noted that Clooney was "equally talented behind the camera" and "a gifted filmmaker," making him a fitting recipient of the award, named for legendary director Cecil B. DeMille ("The Ten Commandments," "The Greatest Show on Earth »

- Katie Roberts

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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

- Brian Welk

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Podcast: Race in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus', Celebrity Phones Hacked and Games

2 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We are taking a couple episodes off as Brad will be heading to the Toronto Film Festival for a week so we hope we've done well, though Brad will try to deliver a couple of Toronto reports while he's gone. That said, today we answer your questions, have a couple stories from our weekend to share, plenty of games to be played and more. We discuss violence against women in video games, the race issue in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »

- Brad Brevet

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