When a book makes the jump from print into the large screen, it is not unusual for filmmakers to shoot a few liberties with the adaptation. When that book is your Bible, nevertheless, those liberties can bring in a little more attention.
At least, that is true for director Ridley Scott’s recent movie Exodus: Exodus and Kings — that, based on this BBC, has only been banned in Egypt for that which censors knew as”historic inaccuracies.” The censors took issue with the movie’s depiction of this parting of the Red Sea, which, despite the Book of Exodus, happens by earthquake instead of divine intervention. Censors will also be upset with the movie’s suggestion that Jews needed a hand in constructing the pyramids.
Maybe in a moment of prescience, NPR’s Robert Siegel talked Monday with Hebrew professor Robert Alter to find his shoot the movie’s historical accuracy. “It is not just Exodus,” Alter said. “It is panorama and pageantry, and that’s exactly what movie does — and why should not it do it? And I’d say it is a tiny bit like a Clint Eastwood Western.”
The Contra Costa Times reports that Robert D. San Souci, the California native supporting heaps of novels, has died at age 68 from supposed complications linked to a collapse.
San Souci often collaborated with his brother, Daniel, who regularly illustrated the stories for which Robert supplied the text. Robert San Souci remains famous for his work with all the Disney movie Mulan, which he wrote the narrative for and later reworked to a book of his own, known as Fa Mulan.
“It is a shock, obviously,” Daniel told the Contra Costa Times. “We loved him to bits.”
Ventura V.’American Sniper,”’ Round two: The legal struggle over American Sniper has recently opened a second front. The publication, a bestselling memoir from the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has become the focus on two suits.
Aside from the lawsuit attracted — and won — from Ventura contrary to Kyle’s property this summer, Ventura additionally filed a defamation lawsuit against Kyle’s publisher, HarperCollins only last week.
Details about Taya Kyle’s allure are few, as stated by the StarTribune, and it’ll probably be weeks before a judgment is rendered. Meanwhile, her husband, who had been murdered at a shooting range in 2012, has been played on the big-screen by Bradley Cooper — at a movie adaptation of American Sniper that started on Christmas Day.
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