Ridley Scott, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul Talk About Bringing EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS To Life

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2015 is going to be a big year at Collider.  Behind-the-scenes I’ve been working on a number of things that will make the site an even better place to get your news, reviews and interviews.  I can’t wait to launch all the cool upgrades and reveal what I’ve been doing.

While you’ll have to wait for most of that to take effect, we are launching one of the upgrades today.  As most of you know, when we interview people at press junkets, we run the full interview.  While we’re going to continue offering that option, we’re also going to offer highlights from all the interviews in one video and mix in footage and graphics.  Curious about what I mean?  Then hit the jump to see Ridley ScottChristian BaleJoel Edgerton and Aaron Paul talk about bringing Exodus: Gods and Kings to life.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Review

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Set aside biblical accuracy and historical accuracy.  Ridley Scott‘s Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t need to be a chapter-and-verse retelling of the Book of Exodus nor does the movie need to back everything up with empirical evidence.  It just needs to tell a compelling story, and it fails miserably.  The Exodus story is a rich narrative filled with betrayal, discovery, destiny, and freedom.  All of these aspects technically exist in Scott’s film, but in the most perfunctory manner possible.  The director couldn’t care less about exploring these emotions and themes in a meaningful way, and it’s only in his desire for big set pieces that he inadvertently stumbles upon the curious viewpoint of seeing the Exodus story as one driven primarily by violence.  The movie is a “biblical epic” not in that it reaches for some grand theme or is willing to consider the role of the divine.  It’s a biblical epic because it’s based off a Bible story and cost a lot of money, and it’s more enthusiastic about letting you know the latter than the former.

Joel Edgerton Talks EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, Working with Ridley Scott, Shooting with Multiple Cameras, Deleted Scenes, LIFE and BLACK MASS

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Now playing in select markets around the world and opening this weekend in North America is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.  As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer.

Last week at the big press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Joel Edgerton.  He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, what he learned on set that he could apply to other movies, working with multiple cameras at the same time, deleted scenes, what he stole from the set of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Anton Corbijn’s Life with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch 3 Clips and 17 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

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20th Century Fox has released three clips and nearly 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.  The film is, of course, Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  If nothing else, the film certainly looks to be visually impressive, as Scott returns to the scale of his previous period epics like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven.

Check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings clips and behind-the-scenes footage after the jump.  The film also stars John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters in 3D and 2D on December 12th.

JANE GOT A GUN Release Date Delayed … Again

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First Joel Edgerton replaced Michael Fassbender in Jane Got a Gun, then director Lynne Ramsey left the project after not showing up for the first day of shooting.  After that, Jude Law dropped out and then Bradley Cooper opted out as well.  However, the film did finally move forward and scored an August 29, 2014 release date.  Clearly that never happened and the film wound up in the February 20, 2015 slot.  Well, it looks as though that’s not happening either.  It’s being reported that Jane Got a Gun has been pushed to September 4th instead.

It’s actually a much better spot because now it’s only up against The Kitchen Sink instead of going head-to-head with Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Lazarus and McFarland, USA, but after all those bumps in the road, you can’t help but to wonder if Relativity and The Weinstein Company have any shot at salvaging this thing.  Hit the jump for more.

Thanksgiving Trailer for EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Is Undeniably Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Thanksgiving trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings to try and pull you out of that turkey coma.  The film is director Ridley Scott’s take on the Biblical story of Moses, and while the lack of diversity in the casting (and Scott’s doubling down on his choices) is troubling, there’s no denying that this new trailer is positively epic.  Scott has made an absolutely massive film here; one that harkens brings to mind the scale of Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator.  The visuals continue to be kind of spectacular, so now the question is whether Scott can bring something new to the table emotionally for this age-old story.

Check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer after the jump.  The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben KingsleyExodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters in 3D and 2D on December 12th.

Christian Bale Gets Romantic and Joel Edgerton Gets Angry in 2 New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clips; Plus New Featurette

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20th Century Fox just released a brand new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette in which director Ridley Scott states the obvious, that his latest is epic in scale, but the studio also just unveiled two new clips that offer up a taste of some of the quieter, more intimate moments of the film.  The first gives us our first good look at Maria Valverde’s Zipporah as she runs through what makes Moses (Christian Bale) happy – while her bracelets jingle incessantly – and then the second shows what happens when you lie to Ramses (Joel Edgerton).

They’re both quality clips, but I also can’t say there’s anything particularly mind-blowing about them that’ll have you eager to see the film as soon as it comes out.  Hit the jump to check out both Exodus: Gods and Kings clips as well as that aforementioned featurette.  The film hits theaters on December 5th and also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.

Joel Edgerton Rides into Battle in New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clip

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The marketing campaign for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings has delivered loads of stunning imagery, but it’s tough to assess the film’s potential based on pretty pictures and quick-cutting trailers alone.  I thought that might change after seeing a clip from the film, but the big takeaway from the one that just dropped isn’t the tone or the dynamic between Christian Bale’s Moses and Joel Edgerton’s Ramses, but rather the incredible mid-battle imagery, especially those aerial shots of Ramses’ army about to pummel the enemy with an onslaught horse-drawn chariots.  It’s also a frustratingly brilliant move to have the piece end so abruptly.  It certainly left me eager to find out what goes down after the clip wraps up.

Hit the jump to check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings clip.  The film arrives in theaters in 3D on December 5th and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Featurette Has Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Extolling the Virtues of Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette online.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and chronicles what happens when Moses rises up and leads the slaves out of Egypt.  In this featurette, Bale and Edgerton relate anecdotes from the set and explain why they admire director Ridley Scott, but I’m still struggling to get excited for this movie.  Edgerton can talk about how the battles are about “ethics”, but it looks like they’re really about a big visual effects budget.  This movie seems to be a biblical epic removed from the Bible.  It’s like Scott wants to seize on the grand themes of the story but not mention God or Jews or anything that might make people uncomfortable.  I understand that perhaps they’re hiding the religious aspects from the marketing, but all I’m seeing now are archetypes and set pieces.  Hopefully, the finished film has more to offer.

Hit the jump to check out the Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette.  The film opens in 3D on December 5th, and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.

Rebecca Hall to Lead Joel Edgerton’s Feature Directorial Debut

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Joel Edgerton is ready to make the leap to “feature film director”, and he’s got a pretty solid actress lined up to star in his first film.  The Wrap reports that Iron Man 3 and The Town actress Rebecca Hall is set to star in an untitled suspense thriller to be written and directed b Edgerton.  In addition to raising his profile as an actor with roles in films like The Great Gatsby, Warrior, and Animal Kingdom, Edgerton has also been working as a writer on films like Felony and The Rover, and he has two shorts under his belt as a director.

Plot details are under wraps for this contemporary suspense thriller, but Edgerton will also co-star in the film and Blumhouse Productions is onboard to produce.  Filming is scheduled to begin early next year, but you’ll be able to see Edgerton onscreen as an actor next month in Ridley Scott‘s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, in which he plays Ramses.

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Go Head-to-Head in Latest EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Posters

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Come December 5th, Christian Bale’s Moses and Joel Edgerton’ Ramses will go head-to-head in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, and these latest posters for the film really play up the conflicting tactics of the two.  Even though they grew up together, almost like brothers, Ramses is the one who’s born to rule Egypt whereas Moses is destined to lead 600,000 slaves out of the region.

Similar to just about every single promo we’ve seen from the film thus far, including the first set of posters, the visuals here are bold and striking, but we’ve still got a little over a month to go until we find out if the heavy eyeliner and flashy armor translate into a worthy retelling of the story – although I am very hopeful Scott pulled it off.  Hit the jump to check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings posters.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.

Joel Edgerton Talks FELONY, the Moral Ambiguity of the Film, Screening Reactions, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More

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Now available On Demand and opening in select cities this weekend is director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) crime drama Felony.  Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition.  One of the men is guilty of the crime, one wants to uncover the truth, and one is trying to cover it up.

Last week in New York City I landed an extended video interview with Joel Edgerton.  He talked about what it’s like winning the “actor’s lottery,” the realness of the people and situations in Felony, the moral ambiguity of the film, reactions from screenings, how he hopes audiences will react after seeing the movie, what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, the challenge of adapting The Bible, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Exclusive FELONY Clip Finds Joel Edgerton Confessing His Troubles

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Today, we have an exclusive clip from the upcoming drama FelonyJoel Edgerton stars as Malcolm Toohey, a celebrated detective who becomes embroiled in an investigation when a tragic accident occurs.  I’m a big fan of Edgerton, and always want to see him take on more lead roles.  The movie premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and you can click here to see Edgerton’s interview with Steve.

Hit the jump to check out the Felony clip.  The film also stars Jai Courtney, Melissa George, and Tom WilkinsonFelony is now available on VOD and will be in theaters on October 17th.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Preview; 30 Minutes of Footage Reveals Epic Scope

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Last night I drove down to Fox to attend a special preview of footage from director Ridley Scott‘s upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.  While I can’t really offer any opinions on the film since what we saw was both incomplete and a relatively small snippet (around 30 minutes) of the overall experience, I will say that this film looks massive and that they got an impressive amount of ground covered in their relatively brief (for a movie of this scale) 72 day production.  The trailer that hit this morning covers some of this ground, but there’s a lot more that you’re not seeing.

Scott’s epic stars Christian Bale – who was there to answer a few questions – as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses.  Hit the jump to check out our Exodus: Gods and Kings footage preview.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.   Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer: Christian Bale’s Moses Rises Up

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A brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings just dropped and it’s far more comprehensive than the last one.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and chronicles what happens when Moses rises up and leads 600,000 slaves out of Egypt.  We’ll have our thoughts on the new trailer up shortly, but we wanted to make it available as quickly as possible.

Hit the jump to watch the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer and click here to catch Evan’s thoughts on the recent footage preview.  The film arrives in theaters on December 5, 2015 and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.

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