Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings—which stars Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley—is facing a similar criticism as many other high-profile Hollywood Bible adaptations: Its casting of predominantly white actors. Now, in an interview with Yahoo, director Ridley Scott has addressed the controversy:
Egypt was—as it is now—a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.
As SlashFilm points out, his answer isn’t exactly going over well with everyone. Along with commenting on the casting decisions, in the interview, Scott also discusses the religious tension that drew him to the Old Testament story: “The magnitude of Moses’s story, and what he believed, was very compelling. If you place yourself at that particular time—and it was savage times—to believe in one being or higher order, when the Egyptians had a thousand Gods, is incredible” ... Discuss
You may remember last summer when Jon Stewart took some time away from hosting The Daily Show to direct his first feature film, Rosewater. Now, we’re getting our first look at the unsettling movie that tells the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was imprisoned and tortured for 118 days, shortly after appearing on the Comedy Central talk show. The movie, which is based on Bahari’s book about the incident Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, hits theaters this November ... Discuss
Here’s the trailer for the upcoming dramaTrash, based on a best-selling novel about three young, impoverished boys who survive by digging through garbage. In the film, a priest (Martin Sheen) and his assistant (Rooney Mara), help the trio after they find a mysterious wallet in a Brazilian dump belonging to someone who could change the country’s history. If director Stephen Daldry’s track record is any indication (Billy Elliot, The Hours, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Trash has the potential to be pretty great ... Discuss
A new film is promising to put “Christ back into Christmas" once and for all—because, evidently, the holiday must finally be saved from the politically correct. And, yes, you guessed it, there is only one man who can save it. And that man is Kirk Cameron. The actor—who stars in Saving Christmas, which he produced with Liberty University—told The Blaze, “I assume [atheists] are going to get frustrated to see some of their best arguments deflated by this movie, because we take on some of the most commonly parroted myths about the origins of Christmas.” It’s probably best that you just make your own judgments about how effective the film will be at deflating atheists (because we guess that's part of the goal here?), and just watch the trailer for yourself, which, honestly, like the poster, is extremely confusing ... Discuss
A new spot for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi adventure Interstellar has been released, and like the first full-length trailer, it gives few clues to the actual plot. Visually though, the film looks spectacular. The Matthew McConaughey space epic hits theaters in November ... Discuss