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Enough Moses already: 5 other Bible stories that deserve a Hollywood epic

When it comes to Bible stories, Hollywood likes to play favorites. The upcoming Christian Bale-starring epic Exodus: Gods and Kings will be the latest in a long line of high-profile onscreen adaptations of the Old Testament’s Moses story, including Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments and the 1998 animated hit Prince of Egypt. Earlier this year, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah became the third screen adaptation of the Biblical Noah’s Ark story in the last 15 years. The many films about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus merit their own category page on Wikipedia.

But when’s the last time anybody made a big-budget feature film about Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale, then spit out alive on the shore of Nineveh three days later? Or Mary Magdalene—or even David and Goliath? There’s an abundance of compelling Bible stories without their own epic-proportioned film adaptations, so I asked some religion scholars which other Biblical characters’ stories deserve to be told on the silver screen. Here’s what they suggested.  READ FULL STORY

UPDATE: Man behind anti-Islam 'Innocence of Muslims' arrested on investigation of violating probation

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The California man behind the anti-Islamic, poorly made video Innocence of Muslims which has fueled massive protests and outrage in the Middle East has been arrested on investigation of violating the terms of his probation, a federal official confirmed to EW on Thursday.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was set to appear in U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon, said Thom Mrozek, a United States Attorney’s Office spokesman in Los Angeles.

“Mr. Nakoula was arrested pursuant to allegations made by the United States Probation Office that he has violated the terms of his supervised release,” Mrozek said.

Controversy and mystery have swirled around Nakoula, who has been identified as the man behind a 14-minute trailer posted to YouTube for Innocence of Muslims, which depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and womanizer. Nakoula is a Coptic Christian based in Southern California.

Multiple actors and actresses in the low budget film have spoken out against it, including actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who has sued Nakoula, YouTube and its owner Google to get the trailer removed, saying she was duped, and that the original script did not mention Muhammad.

Update:

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Mrozek told EW that the U.S. District Court judge, during Nakoula’s hearing Thursday, had ordered Nakoula detained without bond. “The judge in the case will schedule a hearing to consider the allegations and determine if he violated the terms of his release,” said Mrozek. Nakoula was placed on probation for a bank fraud conviction in 2010. He has since allegedly used various aliases.

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UPDATE: Judge denies ‘Innocence of Muslims’ actress request to have YouTube video removed

UPDATE: Judge denies 'Innocence of Muslims' actress request to have YouTube video removed

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A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Thursday denied a request by an actress in the controversial Muhammad-mocking film Innocence of Muslims to have the trailer removed from YouTube, the woman’s attorney told EW.com.

Judge Luis Lavin rejected California actress Cindy Lee Garcia’s request to remove the offensive trailer because there was “not a sufficient showing of evidence,” citing a federal law called the Communications Decency Act, confirmed Garcia’s lawyer Cris Armenta.

Garcia said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the film’s producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacile, YouTube, and its owner Google, that Nakoula had duped her, that there was no mention of Muhammad during filming, and that she had “suffered severe emotional distress, the destruction of her career and reputation, the loss of her family and her livelihood” as a result of the widespread response to the video, including violent protests in the Middle East.

Emails to a YouTube spokesperson seeking comment to Thursday’s court ruling were not immediately returned.

Update:
Garcia’s attorney Armenta released an additional statement later Thursday on behalf of Garcia, stating, “By speaking publicly, Ms. Garcia has done the best she can to protect herself from harm. … Ms. Garcia has received numerous credible death threats. Her family and life have been completely disrupted, and she intends to tell the world that she does not condone the manner in which her performance was puppeteered into making it appear that she is a bigot.” Garcia intends to file a motion for a preliminary injunction, and a hearing will be within the next month, depending on the court’s schedule, according to Armenta.

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‘Innocence of Muslims’ actress sues film’s producer, YouTube, Google

'Innocence of Muslims' actress sues film's producer, YouTube, Google

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A California actress in the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked violent outrage in the Middle East after clips and a trailer were posted online, has sued the film’s controversial producer and YouTube, claiming fraud, slander and overall emotional distress.

Cindy Lee Garcia, who has told multiple outlets that she and her family have received death threats over the film, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday against the movie’s murky producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacile, YouTube, its owner Google and 200 unnamed defendants, according to court documents obtained by EW.com.

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