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Michael Rooker Reteams With His ‘Henry’ Director On ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find’

Michael Rooker Reteams With His ‘Henry’ Director On ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find’
Michael Rooker, of Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Walking Dead fame, is reuniting with his Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer director John McNaughton on a film adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find. The Passion Of The Christ scribe Benedict Fitzgerald wrote the screenplay. The O’Conner story, a duel between The Grandmother and The Misfit, revisits familiar territory for Rooker and McNaughton; the author’s 1950s character The Misfit is cut from the…
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The Passion Of The Christ Will Be Resurrected With A Sequel

Every once in a while we bear witness to the cinematic resurrection of the messiah. He is absent from the silver screen for a period of years, and then, all at once, it’s as if Hollywood suddenly remembers that there is a market for film adaptations of Bible stories. We find ourselves on the cusp of one such movie wave, as last year saw the release of Last Days In The Desert, February gave us Risen by Kevin Reynolds, news has broken of a Mary Magdalene biopic in development, and now, Oscar nominated screenwriter Randall Wallace has confirmed plans for a sequel to 2004’s The Passion Of The Christ.

Directed by Academy Award winner Mel Gibson, and co-written by Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald, The Passion Of The Christ is a brutal, graphic depiction of the final 12 hours of the life of Jesus Of Nazareth – featuring torture and crucifixion – adapted
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Required Reading: The Story of Hollywood and a ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “The Story of Hollywood in 10 Films” — Robbie Collin at The Telegraph attempts a simply/impossible feat of boiling down American industry filmmaking into .000000001% of its output. “The industry grew into itself, the star system formed, and filmmakers from around the world fluttered, moth-like, to Hollywood, bringing European elegance and style with them. Some, like Ernst Lubitsch and F W Murnau, were already successes at home. Others, like the Italian-born Francesco Capra, arrived in America as children and were seduced by Hollywood on its home turf. The film of 1934 was Capra’s It Happened One Night, and the Oscars agreed. (It was the first to win in all five major categories.) Here was another comedy that centered on an ordinary man on the make – in this case, Clark Gable
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Director rallies for Parer's War

  • IF.com.au
Director Alister Grierson acknowledges ABC1 has given his film Parer.s War a tough time-slot next Sunday night, programmed against the finale of Downton Abbey on Seven and the Logie Awards on Nine.

So he.s keen to bang the promotional drum for the dramatised saga of WWII cameraman Damien Parer, whose work almost cost him the woman he loved.

.It.s a very romantic movie, a nice change from my movies which usually show people getting blown up,. said Grierson, whose first feature was Kokoda, the story of Australian soldiers stranded in the Papua New Guinea jungle in 1942, which screens on SBS1 on Saturday night.

The director credits the ABC with giving him, producer Andrew Wiseman, screenwriter Alison Nisselle and DoP Mark Wareham a lot of creative freedom on the $4.5 million production, a generous budget for a telemovie. Matt Le Nevez plays Parer with Adelaide Clemens as the woman he loved,
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Peter O'Toole tipped to make comeback in The Passion of the Christ prequel

Mary Mother of Christ! A prequel to Mel Gibson's biblical film is currently casting, with script by Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi

File under growing trend for origins stories and new glut of biblical films: a prequel to The Passion of the Christ is in the works. Mary Mother of Christ (hopefully they'll add an exclamation mark) is currently casting, from a script by Benedict Fitzgerald (who co-wrote Mel Gibson's crucifixion movie) and Barbara Nicolosi.

The role of Mary has already gone to 15-year-old Odeya Rush, a veteran of miracle baby films, following her role in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Peter O'Toole is tipped to come out of retirement to play Simeon, who reportedly blessed the infant Jesus, while Julia Ormond is pencilled in as Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.

Ben Kingsley is apparently circling the role of original baddie King Herod. The producers are
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Ben Kingsley Considering a Role of King Herod In Mary Mother Of Christ

  • Filmofilia
I was wondering how come nobody has thought to make a sequel to Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, but thank God it seems a prequel is getting into full swing.

Oscar winner Ben Kingsley is circling the role of King Herod, one of the nastiest Biblical troublemakers, in Mary Mother of Christ.

After co-scripting Gibson‘s hit epic drama writer Benedict Fitzgerald has teamed with Barbara Nicolosi on a sequel titled Mary Mother of Christ and they’ve already managed to get a major star circling: Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) as Mary, Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia) as Symeon and Julia Ormond (Man of Steel) as Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth.

Directed by Sanctum helmer Alister Grierson the film would follow Mary attempts to defy the evil Herod to protect her young son, Jesus.

The cast may also include Judi Dench (Casino Royale
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Ben Kingsley to play Herod in 'Mary Mother Of Christ'?

Ben Kingsley to play Herod in 'Mary Mother Of Christ'?
Sir Ben Kingsley has been linked to the role of Herod in Mary Mother of Christ. The Iron Man 3 and Ender's Game actor is eyeing the role of the villainous king in the tale of the birth of Jesus, reports The Wrap. The script was penned by The Passion of the Christ co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi. Odeya Rush will play Mary, with Peter O'Toole as Symeon and Julia Ormond taking on the (more)
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Ben Kingsley Linked with Passion Of The Christ Prequel

The Passion Of The Christ might not be the obvious candidate for the prequel treatment, but it's in the works, and the producers want Sir Ben Kingsley to play the biblical villain, King Herod. The movie, dubbed Mary Mother Of Christ, is being written by Passion's co-writer, Benedict Fitzgerald, and will focus on Mary (Odeya Rush) and her efforts to save her son despite Herod's demand to kill all babies in his search for the son of god. Julia Ormond is signed on to play Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, while Peter O'Toole has also been linked with a role.
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Ben Kingsley Considering A Role In Mary Mother Of Christ

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was so successful it's amazing that nobody has thought to make a sequel to it before, but now it would appear that a prequel is getting into full swing and its even courting its first Oscar winner. Sources close to the production are saying that Sir Ben Kingsley is currently circling the upcoming film Mary Mother of Christ, which is being directed by Australian filmmaker Alister Grierson. Should Kingsley sign on The Wrap says that he would play the role of King Herod, who will be the villain in the story as Mary defies him in order to project her son, Jesus. The script was written by Benedict Fitzgerald (who co-wrote The Passion of the Christ with Gibson) and Barbara Nicolosi, and the cast already includes Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) as Mary, Peter O'Toole as Symeon, and Julia Ormond
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Ben Kingsley To Play King Herod?

  • Dark Horizons
Ben Kingsley is reportedly circling the role of King Herod in Alister Grierson's “Mary Mother of Christ” project at Lionsgate reports The Wrap.

An unofficial prequel of sorts to the events seen in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” the story revolves around Mary’s attempts to defy King Herod in order to save her son, Jesus. Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote 'Passion' with Mel Gibson, is co-writing this script with Barbara Nicolosi.

The cast already includes Odeya Rush as Mary, Peter O’Toole as Symeon and Julia Ormond as Mary's cousin Elizabeth. Producers are seeking Judi Dench for the role of Anna the Prophetess and Hugh Bonneville for Satan.
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Ben Kingsley Could Be Herod

Ben Kingsley Could Be Herod
Ben Kingsley isn’t often evil on screen, but when he is, it’s usually fun to watch. Tony Stark is set to face him as a villain in Iron Man 3 and now he’s considering playing one of the nastiest Biblical troublemakers, King Herod in Mary Mother Of Christ.Though the name sounds like something heavy fell on the writer’s fingers while they were typing the title, Mary is actually being dubbed an unofficial prequel to Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ.Co-written by Passion’s Benedict Fitzgerald alongside Barbara Nicolosi, the eventual film will chart Mary's (Odeya Rush) attempts to defy Herod and save her son. Peter O’Toole is attached to play Symeon, and Julia Ormond is Mary’s cousin Elizabeth.Sanctum director Alister Grierson is on board to call the shots and the producers are also looking at offering roles to Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville.
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Ben Kingsley Circling Mary Mother Of Christ

  • Collider.com
Usually when I say Mary Mother of Christ, it's due to a bout with Tourette's or just after smashing my thumb with a hammer. In this case, the film is actually a prequel of sorts to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. The Alister Grierson-directed picture has reportedly interested Sir Ben Kingsley, who is eyeing the role of King Herod. The story involves Mary's impassioned defiance of the King in order to save her son, Jesus. Mary Mother of Christ was written by Barbara Nicolosi and Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote The Passion of the Christ with Gibson. Hit the jump for more on this picture. The Wrap reports that Kingsley is circling the role of King Herod for Mary Mother of Christ. The rest of the cast includes Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) as Mary, Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia) as Symeon and
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Ben Kingsley Compelled By The Passion Of The Christ Prequel

Sir Ben Kingsley is touted to be sniffing after the role of King Herod in the prequel to Passion of the Christ, imaginatively-titled, Mary Mother of Christ. If successful in bagging the part, Kingsley would portray evil King Herod in the story which plots Herod and Mary at loggerheads over her son, Jesus.

Kingsley’s last family-friendly persona, George Melies in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo would soon become distant memory if he donned the crown of King Herod. As he’s got the thespy chops to eat the hind legs off Shakespeare’s donkey, the notion of Ben Kingsley going Biblical evil is one which could lead to nods and noms.

The script was penned by Passion of the Christ scribe Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi. Saddled in the director’s chair is Alister Grierson whose previous film was the hollow James Cameron-produced mess (not unlike an axe wound) Sanctum.
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Ben Kingsley Circling 'Mary Mother of Christ' (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Ben Kingsley Circling 'Mary Mother of Christ' (Exclusive)
Ben Kingsley is circling the project "Mary Mother of Christ," which has been dubbed as a prequel to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Kingsley would play the role of King Herod in this film, to be directed by Alister Grierson. The story revolves around Mary's attempts to defy King Herod in order to save her son, Jesus. The script was written by Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi. Fitzgerald co-wrote "The Passion of the Christ" with Mel Gibson. Odeya Rush has been cast
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Passion of the Christ Prequel Mary Mother of Christ Snags Sanctum Director

Despite its graphic violence, controversy-courting director and refusal to speak English, Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ went on to earn more than $600 million worldwide, a financial feat that generally inspires a sequel. Of course, that's not exactly possible when it comes to the story of Jesus. So, if you can't top the greatest story ever told, why not make its prequel? That's the thinking behind Mary Mother of Christ, a drama that backers tell Deadline will be a "Biblical prequel to the story of The Passion Of The Christ," in part because it's co-penned by Passion scribe Benedict Fitzgerald and former nun turned screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi. While the feature's financiers may want to play up Mary Mother of Christ's ties to Passion, Gibson will not be involved in this so-called prequel. Instead televangelist Joel Osteen is executive producing the picture, and Sanctum helm Alister Grierson has signed on
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"Sanctum" Director Tackles "Christ" Prequel

Alister Grierson ("Sanctum") is set to helm the Biblical feature "Mary Mother Of Christ" for Aloe Entertainment, Bright Light Pictures and Motive Entertainment says Deadline

"The Passion of the Christ" scribe Benedict Fitzgerald is co-writing the script with Barbara Nicolosi which has lead to remarks from backers that this could be considered a prequel of sorts. The narrative deals with Mary’s attempt to defy King Herod to save her child.

Casting is already underway with Israeli actress Odeya Rush set to play Mary while Julia Ormond and Peter O’Toole will take supporting roles. Lionsgate will distribute States-side.
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‘Mary Mother Of Christ’ In Lionsgate Deal

  • Deadline
‘Mary Mother Of Christ’ In Lionsgate Deal
Sanctum director Alister Grierson will helm Mary Mother Of Christ, which its backers are calling the Biblical prequel to the story of The Passion Of The Christ, perhaps because this film’s scribe, Benedict Fitzgerald, co-wrote the other movie with Mel Gibson. Fitzgerald wrote this one with Barbara Nicolosi. Israeli actress Odeya Rush will play Mary. Julia Ormond, and Peter O’Toole are also in the cast. Lionsgate will distribute the film in North America with Hyde Park handling international sales at Cannes. Texas pastor Joel Osteen signed on the be exec producer. Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment and Shawn Williamson of Bright Light Pictures are producing. Motive Entertainment, which helped sell faith-based pics The Passion Of The Christ and The Chronicles Of Narnia, will provide the same service here. Pic is Mary’s attempt to defy King Herod to save her child. Grierson is repped at CAA, Rush is repped at Wme,
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Cannes: Alister Grierson to Direct Biblical 'Prequel' 'Mary Mother of Christ'

  • The Wrap
Cannes: Alister Grierson to Direct Biblical 'Prequel' 'Mary Mother of Christ'
Australian director Alister Grierson has signed a deal to direct "Mary Mother of Christ," a Biblical story to be distributed in the United States by Lionsgate. The deal was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, where Hyde Park Entertainment is currently handling international sales. Grierson's previous films include the 3D underwater thriller "Sanctum," which was released last year, and 2006's World War II action film "Kokoda." Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote the screenplay for Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," co-wrote "Mary Mother of Christ" with Barbara Nicolosi. Israeli actress Odeya Rush has
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Aloe's 'Mary' has its Joseph

Aloe's 'Mary' has its Joseph
Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado has been cast as Joseph in Aloe Entertainment's "Mary, Mother of Christ."

He joins Camilla Belle, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole and Julia Ormond in the action drama about the biblical journey of young Mary and Joseph during the terrible reign of Herod the Great. James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross") is directing from a script by Barbara Nicolosi and "The Passion of the Christ" co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald.

The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.

Morgado turned up at the end of a global search to cast the lead.

"We saw a huge amount of young actors and a couple were great," Foley said. "We thought we had finished our search when a tape appeared with this incredible guy. A major future star walked in the room, and I knew we had found the one."

Morgado, repped by the Park Noack Agency in the U.
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Mel Gibson Settles Passion of the Christ Lawsuit

Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald sued Mel Gibson and several film companies involved with "The Passion of the Christ" for $10 million in February 2008, claiming that Gibson and others vastly understated the budget for the 2004 blockbuster, which went on to earn over $610 million. The writer's suit claimed Gibson told him the budget for the movie would be in the $4 million to $7 million range, but that it was significantly higher ($30 million). Fitzgerald also claimed that Gibson told him he would not receive any money from the film, but considered it a gift of his faith. His attorneys also claimed Gibson spent tens of thousands of dollars on his children's education while filming in Italy and paid a chiropractor $78,000. They contended those expenses lowered payments to Fitzgerald. Attorneys for the actor and Academy Award-winning director contended that Gibson did not know the intricacies of the film's budget. Now, a settlement has been reached and the
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