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Art & Media
"A.D. The Bible Continues" features a decidedly more multicultural cast, the result of honest conversations between black church leaders and the filmmakers.
Review: "Woman in Gold," starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is an elegant David-and-Goliath story.
Review: While the story includes most of the key narrative elements from the Gospels, the writers have imagined additional dialogue and intrigue.
Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood's holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where three TV projects -- National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus," NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" and CNN's "Finding Jesus" -- were filmed on neighboring sets last year.
Piero di Cosimo "presents an interesting case study of an artist who was very well-respected in his day ... but he has lost the attention."
Review: Audiences will see a film with fine acting, crisp dialogue and excellent production values. But it severely lacks elements of religious faith.
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.
Just Catholic: Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana face a boycott because Dolce said children need a mother and a father.
"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.