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  • Morocco lifts ban on ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ after edits

    January 7, 2015 | 10:05 am

    Morocco lifted its ban on the movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” after Fox Studios and director Ridley Scott deleted what was considered offensive dialogue.

    “They went ahead and made the desired change, removing two audio passages that alluded to the personification of the Divine,” a...

  • God Goes Hollywood in Exodus: Gods and Kings

    December 18, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Spoiler alert: Morgan Freeman does not play God in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  And this is only one of the many courageous risks that director Ridley Scott took in bringing the story of Moses to life in the just released movie. Instead of trying to depict the literal text of the Bible...

  • A Moses named Christian and a Pharaoh named Turturro

    December 17, 2014 | 5:05 pm

    Generally speaking, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is more biblically respectful than Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which saw Russell Crowe performing a well-paid infomercial for Al Gore’s environmentalism. 

    Yet “Exodus” has been swarmed by critics accusing it of unchecked...

  • Despite artistic and political license, ‘Exodus’ connects to contemporary Jews

    December 17, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    If you are going to see “Exodus: Gods and Kings” because it depicts an iconic cultural narrative that you want to better understand, I would caution against relying on director Ridley Scott’s version.  

    This epic adventure does offer an unparalleled work of digital art that...

  • Christian Bale’s Moses in ‘Exodus’: Insecure? Schizophrenic?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 11, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Christian Bale’s reputation for being mercurial and intense in years past is well known, but during a recent telephone conversation, the 40-year-old actor proved to be thoughtful, even modest, as he described tackling the monumental role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic,...

  • Hollywood calls on Rabbi David Wolpe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 28, 2014 | 7:11 am

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple was pleasantly surprised when the call came that Warner Bros., along with Gulfstream Pictures, was optioning his new book “David:  The Divided Heart (Yale University Press) to be developed into a screenplay not long ago. 

    Wolpe, who was once...

  • Jerusalem Becomes Queen of ‘Kingdom’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In 1986, Oscar-nominated production designer Arthur Max ("Gladiator") visited Jerusalem in the midst of the intifada.

    "People told me not to go almost everywhere, but I went everywhere," said Max, who is Jewish. "Of course, some of the Old City was closed off for security reasons,...