Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’

Looks like another Biblical epic on the way.

Hope it’s better than that Darren Aronofsky’s /Russel Crowe Noah Movie nonsense! Talk about a let down! I’m ever sorry I went to go and watch that one.


The Vatican


Showtime has ordered “The Vatican,” a contemporary drama thriller centered around the Catholic church, the network announced Thursday.

“The Vatican” is the cable network’s first pilot order for 2013, written by Oscar-nominated Paul Attanasio and set to be directed by Sir Ridley Scott. The project will be Scott’s television directorial debut.

According to Showtime, the drama focuses on “spirituality, power and politics –- set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. The series will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world’s most hidden institutions.”

Attanasio and Scott will executive produce, along with “The Good Wife’s” David Zucker. Production on the pilot will begin in 2013 for series consideration.

According to Deadline, the project has been compared to “The Sopranos” and “Upstairs Downstairs” and has been a passion project for Attanasio for a number of years.



Hollywood Planning Film about Pontius Pilate

A trend in biblical epics continues:

Deadline reports that Warner Brothers has purchased a script called Pontias Pilate  from Woman on Top writer Vera Blasi, a new take on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as told through the eyes of the man who ordered it to happen. The film will follow Pilate’s journey as a soldier who gains power under the Roman Emperor Tiberius, but screws up along the way and finds himself desperate for public approval when the time comes to make the choice as to the fate of Jesus of Nazareth…

…No director is attached to Pontius Pilate yet, but Darren Aronofsky, Ridley Scott,Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, and even Woman in Black helmer James Watkins all have Bible-based films in various stages of development, and this one could drum up enough publicity from religious groups to cause a bit of controversy and attract more attention to it, which of course would please the studio.

It remains to be seen whether or not the films in this trend will actually continue all the way to the big screen or remain languishing in development hell, but we know for sure that we’ll at least be getting Darren Aronofsky’s take on Noah coming to theaters in 2014.

Read the rest.



Bible Archaeology

Russell Crowe to Play Noah

Russell Crowe will play Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah’s Ark movie, fittingly called “Noah.” Of course, you’re not surprised by this, since Crowe’s casting was first reported two months ago. Fortunately, now it’s official, with a press release and everything.

“I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure,” Aronofsky — who last directed “Black Swan” — said in a statement. “It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day.”

Crowe’s involvement in “Noah” was initially revealed back in February by, and the actor took to Twitter to confirm the news that he was “eyeing” the project. The potential casting was re-confirmed by in March.

Liam Neeson was also rumored to star — something both and Crowe himself alluded to — but as yet, the wolf-boxing thespian hasn’t been added to the cast.

Production on “Noah” begins this summer. Paramount has set the film for a March 28, 2014 bow


Well, if it’s to be anything like his Gladiator performance, then I for one will be very keen to see it.



Witney Houston Dead

We wake up to the sad news this morning. She was 48 years old:

Beverly Hills, California (CNN) — Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel, officials said. She was 48.

The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton hotel despite resuscitation efforts, a police spokesman said.

Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent” and that the cause of her death is being investigated.

Houston’s bodyguard found her body, said Courtney Barnes, publicist for hip-hop artist Ray J, who was dating the pop diva.

Famed music producer Clive Davis, a longtime mentor of Houston’s, held his annual pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday night — hours after Houston’s body was found at the hotel.

Guests at the party included Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, Penny Marshall, Jimmy Jam, Paul Shaffer, David Foster, Adam Lambert and Britney Spears.

Houston was scheduled to attend the party, but was not scheduled to attend the Grammys on Sunday, her spokesperson said…

According to her official website, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos. But she also struggled with addiction problems over the years…

More here.


I rather liked this song by her. They often played it on the Gospel radio station.

While she grew up in the Church and knew of Jesus, she struggled in life. Now, may God in His mercy, look kindly on her, and may she, at last, have found her peace and rest.


Mel Gibson Making Judah Maccabee Film

Should be fantastic:

Of all the filmmakers you might expect to make a film about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, Mel Gibson is probably not at the top of the list. So consider this a Hannukah surprise.

Deadline broke the news that Gibson and Warner Bros. are teaming on a film about the hero who led a small band of Jews against mighty Seleucids armies and, among other things, liberated Jerusalem. Gibson will produce the picture, and potentially direct, too.

It would seem a curious choice for Gibson, who has a past checkered with accusations — and admitted utterances — of anti-semitic sentiment. His 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ,” was a blockbuster hit but proved wildly divisive, with Jewish audiences taking offense to the way Israelis were portrayed.

In the midst of the controversy over the film, Gibson defended himself against the charges, saying, “For me, it goes against the tenets of my faith, to be racist in any form. To be anti-Semitic is a sin. It’s been condemned by one Papal Council after another. There’s encyclicals on it, which is, you know — to be anti-Semitic is to be unchristian, and I’m not.”

In 2006, he was recorded, during a DUI arrest, drunkenly blaming Jews for all the wars in the world.

According to the LA Times, Gibson has long wanted to do a film about Maccabee, and considering doing so as a followup to “Passion.”

He’ll be collaborating with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who has been honored for his work recognizing the atrocities of the Holocaust…

The whole news report is in the Huffington Post here.

Mel Gibsonis interviewed about his Maccabean movie here.