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'White God' uses an unorthodox fable to discuss serious issues

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Taking his cue from a 1999 novella by South African writer J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" brings us a cautionary, surreal vision of a "once and future" Eastern European society where the superior few rule the others, and the others rise up in rebellion.

Coetzee explores the idea of animal rights in his book of essays. After reading Coetzee's novella, Mundruczo, who also co-wrote the script for "White God," wondered how stray dogs were treated in Budapest.

Meet the Muslim actor playing Jesus in Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Jesus'

"Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him."

This was the reaction of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman's mother after she learned that her son had been cast as Jesus in National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus." The three Abrahamic religions will collide on Palm Sunday, when the television special premieres with a 24-year-old Muslim actor playing Jesus.

'Do You Believe?' is not mainstream entertainment; it is mainstream Sunday school

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Following up on their success with last year's triumphalist "God's Not Dead," screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon have written "Do You Believe?", an interconnected drama for Christians that features 12 lives colliding in a life-changing event.

It is nighttime in downtown Detroit. A man, Malachi (Delroy Lindo), is carrying a large cross when he confronts a man in a car at an intersection. He asks: "Do you believe in the cross of Christ?"

Elephant paintings: amazing display of intelligence

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I am taking a trip through Southeast Asia and currently am in northern Thailand where several of us visited an Elephant park.  Part of the elephant show involved five elephants who were stood behind paint easels and for 15 minutes each painted as their handlers handed them bushes. The results were amazing and moved me to wonder once again what precisely separates humans from other beings, in this case highly intelligent mammals. Following the conclusion of this remarkable show I took photos of each elephant's work.

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