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What ‘Exodus’ Could Learn From Noah, Lincoln and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Guest Column)

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In what was supposed to be the year of the “faith-based film,” after a few moderate successes like “Son of God” and “Heaven Is For Real,” we have now seen a dozen box-office duds. On Dec. 12 there’ll be another attempt, a film about Moses called “Exodus: Gods & Kings.”

Efforts to reach the allegedly unpredictable traditionalist filmgoer began in earnest a decade ago when the Variety and the Los Angeles Times predicted a $15 million-30 million opening for “The Passion of The Christ” and it ended up raking in $125 million over its five-day debut. That opening was the movie biz equivalent of a 13-year-old boy arriving barefoot at Yankee Stadium with his homemade bat and hitting 400 home-runs leaving only two possible conclusions: a) He was an anomaly or b) there was a different way to bat baseballs.

Having been a part of that film and other similarly-situated movies, and having written »

- Mark Joseph

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Ridley Scott Talks "Exodus" Whitewashing

27 November 2014 6:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Aside from Christian Bale's psychoanalysis of Moses, the most controversial aspect about Ridley Scott's upcoming Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is that for a film set in ancient Egypt, it boasts a surprisingly caucasian cast including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul. The film does boast a handful of actors of color like Ben Kingsley, Dar Salim and Indira Varm in smaller roles.

In a new Variety profile piece on 76-year-old Scott about the film, he was asked about the issue and revealed that he never even considered hiring non-white actors for the film. Why? Financing:

"I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up."

Biblical films have generally »

- Garth Franklin

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Ridley Scott Addresses 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Race Controversy

26 November 2014 7:46 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When the cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings was coming together a few years ago, some fans started to complain that this Biblical re-telling of Moses' story was happening with all white actors, which include Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul. While we still have a few weeks left until this epic adventure hits theaters, it remains to be seen if the caucasian cast will be criticized even more. When asked about the "whitewashing" in an interview with Variety, director Ridley Scott revealed that he never even considered hiring non-white actors, claiming that his movie would never get financed.

"I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up."

This »

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Director Ridley Scott on Creating His Vision of Moses

25 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.

Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.

“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”

Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »

- Scott Foundas

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Mel Gibson, Andrew Garfield in Talks for World War II Drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

20 November 2014 2:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in early talks to come on board World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.”

If the deals go through, Gibson will direct the movie, based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic.

Garfield would portray Doss, who was a Seventh Day Adventist and received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

David Permut and Bill Mechanic are producing with Cross Creek PicturesBrian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Cross Creek is also financing.

Walden Media had been involved with backing the project but is no longer doing so.

Doss’ story was made into the 2004 TV documentary “The Conscientious Objector.”

Garfield starred in “99 Homes,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Gibson’s directing credits include “Apocalypto,” “Braveheart” and “The Passion of the Christ. »

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First Look: See the Actor Who Will Play Jesus for NBC

5 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

This Messiah should have no problem attracting followers. Meet Juan Pablo di Pace, the latest in a long line of actors who have played Jesus Christ for the big and small screen. The easy-on-the-eyes actor from Argentina - who last appeared on NBC's Camp and TNT's Dallas - will play the King of Kings in NBC's sequel to The Bible, titled A.D. Scheduled to premiere on Easter Sunday 2015, the miniseries will pick up from where The Bible left off, after the crucifixion. The new miniseries will focus on the fallout and the impact the crucifixion had on Jesus's mother, »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Roland Joffe to Head Camerimage Jury

2 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Roland Joffe, helmer of “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is to be president of the main competition jury at Camerimage film festival, which focuses on cinematography.

Joffe is joined on the jury by cinematographer Christian Berger (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”), director and screenwriter Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation,” “The Closed Circuit”), photographer Ryszard Horowitz, and production designer David Gropman (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Life of Pi”).

Others on the jury are cinematographer-producer Arthur Reinhart (“Crows,” “Tristan + Isolde”), cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (“The Cider House Rules,” “Pay It Forward”), cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (“Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac”) and sound engineer David MacMillan (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Speed,” “Apollo 13”).

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be jury president for the Polish Films Competition. He’ll be joined by cinematographer Affonso Beato, producer Scott Franklin, curator-film programmer-producer Ellen Harrington, cinematographer Phil Meheux, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

31 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance);  USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs  - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »

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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

31 October 2014 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac »

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"Exodus" Posters, Comments Stir Debate

27 October 2014 4:49 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Three new posters from Ridley Scott's upcoming Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" have arrived courtesy of 20th Century Fox and The IMDb. Christian Bale's Moses and Joel Edgerton's Rameses take center stage in the one-sheets for the December 12th release.

These hit as a very minor controversy is being chewed over on Christian websites according to THR. Talking with a group of reporters last month in Los Angeles, Bale spoke about his role as Moses and says: "I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life."

That line, along with a comment by Ridley Scott that the famed parting of the Red Sea sequence will apparently be due to an earthquake in the film has caused a bit of a stir.

With the success of productions like "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Bible" mini-series, »

- Garth Franklin

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5 indie movies with the worst box-office openings of all time

23 October 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Last weekend, Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children opened in wide release to poor reviews and lackluster ticket sales. In fact, after earning only $306, 367 on its opening weekend, the film now holds the distinction of being the fifth-worst opening movie from 1982 to the present, according to Box Office Mojo. It's an unfortunate turn for Reitman, a talented director who seems to be in a bit of a rut (see also: his previous film, Labor Day). But what about the four indie flicks that performed even worse than Men, Women & Children—did they get what was coming to them, or were »

- Joshua Rivera

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Whiplash, Bypass in Camerimage competitions

16 October 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.

Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 15-22), has revealed the line-up of films screening in three of the festival’s competition sections including Cinematographers’ Debut, Directors’ Debut and Student Etudes.

The entries are:

Cinematographers’ Debut Competition

Duane HopkinsBypass;

UK, 2014; Cinematographer: David Procter

Sidney Lexy Plaut’s Dark Samurai;

Denmark, 2014; Cinematographer: Sidney Lexy Plaut

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Difret;

Ethiopia, USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska

Krzysztof Skonieczny’s Hardkor Disko;

Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: Kacper Fertacz

Arild Østin Ommundsen’s It’s Only Make Believe;

Norway, 2013; Cinematographer: Arild Østin Ommundsen

Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s Ruin;

Australia, 2013; Cinematographer: Ari Wegner

Ester Martin Bergsmark’s Something Must Break;

Sweden, 2014; Cinematographers: Lisabi Fridell and Minka Jakerson

David Pablos’ The Life After;

Mexico, 2013; Cinematographer: José De- La-Torre

Saar Klein’s Things People Do;

USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Matthias Koenigswieser

Jonas Alexander Arnby’s When Animals Dream;

Denmark, 2013; Cinematographer: [link=nm »

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The Overnighters Review

14 October 2014 9:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Early in 2014, many film columnists penned pieces about how, ten years after the box office behemoth of The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood studios were finally starting to embrace the dollars of Christian audiences through films that openly approached religious themes. Two films with sanctimonious declarative sentences in their titles – God’s Not Dead and Heaven is For Real – led this surge in faith-based titles. However, since those hits, audiences have abandoned films aimed at the devout, resulting in a stream of flops that included one-weekend wonders like Persecuted and The Identical.

The newest film with a religious angle is a documentary, The Overnighters. The title refers to a large group of stragglers from around the United States that found refuge on the floors and in the parking lot of a Lutheran church in the town of Williston, North Dakota. Many came to town with the promise of making a »

- Jordan Adler

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10 Times The Simpsons Really Did It

9 October 2014 5:29 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


When you have been around for over twenty years in the television world, as The Simpsons has, it’s safe to say that you’ve done a lot – so much so that competing shows have a hard time coming up with original ideas that you haven’t already covered.

The Simpsons Did It” has been a nitpick used against similar (and not-so-similar) shows for years, to the point that South Park did an entire episode dedicated to it. Sometimes, it’s a legit criticism, sometimes not. Take, for example, Mel Gibson. The Simpsons had an episode featuring Mad Max himself, “Beyond Blunderdome,” back in 1999. Gibson guest starred, so was clearly in on the jokes in advance.

Just a few years later, in 2002, Family Guy was returning from the dead – or at least cancellation. Their first show back after strong DVD sales saved the franchise? North by North Quahog, which featured, »

- Jay Anderson

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5 Reasons Why Mel Gibson Should Direct Iron Man 4

5 October 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras with five reasons why Mel Gibson should direct Iron Man 4…

Robert Downey Jr. set the internet ablaze with crazy and wild speculation after making a comment about the liklihood of his involvement in Iron Man 4 should certain factors fall into place. When asked about his long time friend Mel Gibson directing the movie, Downey responded with an honest and playful answer:

“Why not? That movie would be bananas.”

You’re god damned right it would. Can you even imagine an Iron Man movie directed by Mel Gibson? It wouldn’t just be bananas. It would be a metric ton of bananas soaked in kerosene and hurled into the stratosphere by a catapult made from the remains of the little people who played the Munchkins in Wizard of Oz, lit into combustion by a flaming arrow fired by the ghost of Andy Kaufman.

To be honest, I would have »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Bart & Fleming: On 70s Films, UA Resurrection, Goat Horns And Glory

28 September 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.

Fleming: I found it interesting that audiences turned up their noses at A Walk Among The Tombstones, a thriller that had what should have been all you need for a hit — Liam Neeson on a one-sheet, holding a gun. The filmmaker Scott Frank made a throwback to the ’70s films he grew up loving. The title didn’t help: didn’t it evoke memories of being dragged to the cemetery to pay posthumous respects to Grandpa? In my view, it got maligned unfairly by critic squeamishness over grisly scenes that weren’t there. Kenny Turan called it Eli Roth torture porn, though Roth told me last week the critic told him he’d never actually watched a Roth film. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 10 years on: A ground-breaking blockbuster

27 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.

Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.

"At the time I was working as a freelance »

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50 bizarre examples of movie tie-ins and merchandise

25 September 2014 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Movie merchandise is big business. But some people will try and slap the name of The Avengers or Batman on anything...

Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?

Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.

Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…

1. Spider-Man 3 / The Dark Knight – Burger King’s Dark Whopper

In Spider-Man 3, Peter »

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Huston to Follow Heston as Ben-Hur Casting Announced

17 September 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »

- Andre Soares

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Shia Labeouf, Gary Oldman and Kate Mara Join 'Man Down'

4 September 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Shia Labeouf (Transformers, upcoming Fury), Emmy nominee Kate Mara (Netflix's House of Cards, upcoming The Fantastic Four) and Oscar nominee Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight Rises) are set to star in the psychological thriller, Man Down, it was announced today by producers Dawn Krantz (Doonby), Stephen McEveety (The Passion of the Christ) and Jon Burton (The Lego Movie).

Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) will direct from a screenplay by Adam Simon (Synapse).

Currently in pre-production, principal photography is scheduled to start on October 30th in Louisiana.

The Solution Entertainment Group ("The Solution") is handling international rights and will present the project to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel from The Solution are also executive producing the project alongside Roger Goff. Also slated to executive produce are Russell Geyser and Clay Pecorin. Patrick Hibler will co-produce the feature film. »

- MovieWeb

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