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From ‘Noah’ to ‘Exodus': How Hollywood Fared in its Year of the Bible

14 December 2014 1:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From “Noah” to “Exodus: Gods & Kings,” 2014 was supposed to be the year that Hollywood found religion.

Though the faithful have flocked to the multiplexes at times, proving that films that embrace the Bible and its teachings can find an audience, the conversion hasn’t always been smooth.

“These movies do draw an audience, but they’re expensive to make,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. “These films are still finding their way and trying to find the right voice, and they’re going to have to watch the bottom line.”

“Exodus” could end up being a success for 20th Century Fox, if it does robust business overseas and builds an audience over the Christmas holiday, but the film opened to a mediocre $24.5 million. With a production cost of $140 million plus tens of millions of dollars in advertising and marketing costs, it faces a long road to profitability.

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- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Exodus: Gods & Kings’ Tops Charts With $24.5 Million

14 December 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings” toppled “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ from its perch atop the box office, but its opening weekend results fell short of heavenly status.

The biblical epic picked up $24.5 million from 3,503 locations. That was in line with projections, but bringing the story of Moses to life carried a hefty $140 million price tag. The 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment production will need to perform well overseas and will have to build an audience stateside if it’s going to be profitable.

The debut audience was 54% male and 65% over the age of 25, and the film played particularly well to hispanic and African-American moviegoers, who made up 18% and 20% of the crowd.

“We got the religious audience, but the opening audience was much more diverse than just that,” said Spencer Klein, executive vice president of theatrical distribution at Fox.

Its opening also fell short of other religious themed films »

- Brent Lang

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New James Bond Movie ‘Spectre’ Expected To Spend More Than $60 Million On Rome Shoot

12 December 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — With cameras rolling in London on “Spectre,” Rome is now preparing to host the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise for five weeks of shooting due to start in the Italian capital in mid-February 2015 and expected to bring a local windfall of roughly Euros 50 million ($62 million).

That is a substantial chunk of MGM’s reported more than $300 million budget for “Spectre,” according to hacked Sony emails. The sum, reported by Rome daily La Repubblica, will go for complicated car chases, parachute drops and helicopter scenes, set in different parts of the Eternal City. A large stretch of one of Rome’s main avenues, the Via Nomentana, will be closed to traffic for several nights and lit up night-for-day.

Rome/Lazio Film Commission topper Luciano Sovena told La Repubblica that “Spectre” will cause limited disruption to the lives of regular Romans because most of the shooting will take place at night. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Bond 24: Meet the new cast of Spectre

4 December 2014 11:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

2012's Skyfall was one of the most acclaimed Bond chapters in history, and when director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan both confirmed their returns for Bond 24, you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief among 007 fans and movie buffs alike.

At Pinewood Studios this morning (December 4), Mendes announced five new cast members for Bond 24, aka Spectre, who will join Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear.

Below, Digital Spy rounds up some key facts about the actors, and what little we know about their respective characters.

Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser

While he's probably the biggest name on this list, the Austrian-born Waltz was more or less unknown to English-speaking audiences until 2009, when he starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

His performance as the charismatic, sociopathic SS agent Hans Landa (aka 'The Jew Hunter') earned him an Oscar and a tidal wave of offers from Hollywood. »

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Daniel Craig Back as Bond With Sexy French Actress Lea Seydoux (photos!)

4 December 2014 6:37 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Daniel Craig is return for his fourth turn as rugged, square-jawed secret agent James Bond in a new Sam Mendes-Directed film that will also star Italian actress Monica Bellucci, French actress Léa Seydoux and Austrian Christoph Waltz. Seydoux is best known for her acclaimed role in the 2013 French film “Blue is the Warmest Color,” with Adèle Exarchopoulos. Bellucci is best known in the United States for such Hollywood films as “Tears of the Sun” (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), “The Passion of the Christ” (2004), “The Brothers Grimm” (2005), “Don’t Look Back” (2009) and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010). Waltz has been a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino. He starred in Tarantino’s World War II drama, “Inglorous Basterds,” playing a Nazi Jew hunter, and a bounty hunter in the 2012 spaghetti western “Django Unchained.” ...Read More »

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Monica Bellucci And Andrew Scott Rumored For Roles In Bond 24

3 December 2014 7:05 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

On Thursday, the official title and cast of Bond 24 will be revealed during an event on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios, but us journalists are an impatient bunch, so it’s hardly surprising that the rumor mill continues to churn with regard to actors who may or may not have roles in the upcoming spy thriller. Recently, two intriguing rumors began making the rounds online, from Deadline and The Mirror.

Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline reports, “I’ve also heard that Monica Bellucci may be in the mix.” The acclaimed Italian actress appeared in The Matrix ReloadedThe Passion of the Christ and Don’t Look Back, but her most famous role may be in the brutal Gaspar Noé mystery thriller Irréversible. No details on her role, but it doesn’t take much to guess that Bellucci would be playing a Bond Girl – and honestly, given her long-held status as »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Bond 24: Monica Bellucci & Sherlock Star Andrew Scott To Join The Cast?

2 December 2014 5:00 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  When the official title and cast are announceed on Thursday you can put all Bond 24 rumors to bed, but until then, anything is fair game. Which brings us to two casting rumors that were reported today by Deadline and The Mirror. Nancy Tartaglione from Deadline reports, "I’ve also heard that Monica Bellucci may be in the mix." The Italian actress is best known to mainstream audiences for her roles in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Passion of the Christ (2004). The Mirror believes Irish actor Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty in BBC's Sherlock, "is set to appear in the new James Bond movie as a villain." They believe the Irish actor is looking to make the leap from TV to film, just like his Sherlock co-stars, Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies"). The Mirror's inside source added, "Andrew »

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

28 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | 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 »

- Mark Joseph

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Oscar-Nominated Cameraman Caleb Deschanel on Raising His Famous Actress Daughters

28 November 2014 6:25 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Balancing life and work has been a constant struggle for cinematographer and five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel. In between lensing such blockbusters as The Right Stuff, The Natural and The Passion of the Christ, Deschanel managed to maintain his Hollywood marriage – 42 years and counting – to actress Mary Jo Deschanel and to raise two overachieving children: Emily Deschanel, star of Fox's long-running procedural Bones, and Zooey Deschanel, the face of New Girl, another Fox primetime hit. Deschanel received a lifetime achievement award at the Camerimage Festival in Poland this month and sat down with THR to

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- Karsten Kastelan

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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."

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- 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."

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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. »

- Dave McNary

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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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