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PAGE 16A Happy Passover! "At Southeast Steel YOU get the best deal" APPLIANCE WAREHOUSE SHOWROOM 63 W. Amelia St. Orlando, FL 32801 " (407) 423-7654 Happy and Pea{ 00iul P , as, m00ter to all our friends Andy, Karen, Nathaniel and Gabrielle Reiff Wishing You A Happy Passover I From Mardi, Ron, Ben Shader &amp; Kimberly & Steve Ha rassover r Harri tt & She.[, ey 00a<e " HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 11, 2014 i Hollywood's revisiting Passover's _."'- indus a part of throwback 'Year of the Bible' By Sean Savage In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hol- lywood has declared 2014 the "Year of the Bible." From Ridley Scott's "Exodus" starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new inno- vations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. "It's definitely a throw- back to the 1950s and early '60s," Dr. Stephen J. Whit- field, an American Studies professor at Brandeis Uni- versity, told Starting with "The Robe" in 1953 and Charlt0n Hes- ton's 1956 Passover-related epic "The Ten Command- ments," and continuing with Heston's other bibli- cally themed films--1959's "Ben-Hur" and 1965's "The Greatest Story Ever Told"- the post-war erawas packed with movies that appealed to the conservatism of the era. "One of the reasons bibli- cal epics were [so] popular in the 1950s and '60s was because of the general atmosphere of piety of the era," Whitfield said. Advances in technology also played a role, according to Whitfield. "The second reason [for the popularity for Bible- related films] was television, which was in black and white for most of this era," he said. "What movies could do is provide rich living color on a very big screen." But in an age of increasing secularism, will the latest biblical epics be able to cap- ture the attention of a new generation of Americans? One of the first bibli- cally inspired films on the docket for 2014, scheduled for February release, is "Son of God" by British-American producer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey. The devout Christian couple made headlines last year for their acclaimed History Fanpop via Wikimedia Commons Christian Bale will star as Moses in December 2014's biblical epic film "Exodus," directed by Ridley Scott. Channel TV mini-series "The Bible," which drew polarized reactions over its literal interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. Produced by 20th Century Fox, "Son of God" seeks to trace the life of Jesus of Nazareth while also telling the story with "the scope and scale of an action epic," according to the film's trailer. Coming on the heels of this story about Jesus will be the March release of Jewish-American director Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," starring Russell Crowe as the biblical patriarch who saved mankind from the Great Flood. Joining Crowe are other Hollywood stars Jennifer Connelly, playing Noah's wife Naameh, Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame, playing Noah's ad- opted daughter Ila, and Sir Anthony Hopkins playing Methuselah, Noah's grand- father. Aronofsky has garnered criticism over his movie's environmental slant and other creative licenses. "Noah is a very short sec- tion of the Bible with a lot of gaps, so we definitely had to take some creative expres- sion in it. But I think we stayed very true to the story and didn't really deviate from the Bible, despite the six-armed angels," the film's producer, Scott Frankliri, told Entertainment Weekly. With a massive $130 mil- lion budget, "Noah" will feature all the usual Hol- lywood computer-generated special effects and the action scenes that moviegoers have become accustomed to over the past few decades. "Hollywood's return to biblical stories can also be explained by the huge advances in computer- generated graphics, similar to the role color played in the 1950s," Whitfield told "These massive special effects have already been demonstrated in revisiting science fiction and comic book stories," he said. "Now they can put this into rec- reating the ancient world." Another highly antici- pated 2014 biblical epic is famed director Ridley Scott's "Exodus," starring Christian .Bale as Moses and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul as his lieutenant Joshua, which won't hit the- aters until December. There have been few details leaked about the direction Scott will take movie in. Neverthe- less, it has been described by Scott as "F****** huge." Whitfield said that by focusing on major figures in the Bible and using Holly- wood megastars, Hollywood is not gambling too much on these films, despite the many changes in America today. "By producing movies focusing on major figures like Jesus, Noah or Moses, these are individuals that even the most ill-educated know of compared to most other historical figures," he told Whitfield added that the movies, by using biblical stories that take place in the Middle East, are also able to feature diverse casts and weave modern political themes into the stories, "Because it is set in the Middle East, you can also have a multiracial and mul- tiethnic cast that appeals to Hollywood's values," he said. 20th Century Fox Studios via Wikimedia Commons Charlton Heston starred in biblical epic films includ- ing "The Robe" (1953), the Passover-related "The Ten Commandments" (1956), "Ben-Hur" (1959), and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965). Also in slated for release in late 2014 is "Mary, Mother of Christ." The film, which bills itself as the "true pre- quel of [Mel Gibson's] 'The Passion of the Christ,'" stars 16-year-old Israeli actress Odeya Rush as Mary, Ben Kingsley as King Herod, and recently deceased Pe- ter O'Toole as Simeon,- a prophet from the Gospel of Luke. The trend of biblical epics on the big screen is likely to continue for sev- eral more years. A number of other biblical movies are also under consideration, including Will Smith direct- ing a movie on Cain and his fratricide victim Abel, and a film starring Brad Pitt as Pontius Pilate, the vil- lainous Roman governor of Judea who sentenced Jesus' to a painful death. "Despite increasing secu- larism today, the Bible is still a very strong part of Ameri- can culture," Whitfieid said. "There is more of a chance [for biblically inspired films] with recognition and wide- spread appeal, than [there is for] another movie about an American president or any other historical figures." Carmel Winery introduces sel00,,cted line just in time for Passover Award winning Carmel director of Carmel Winery, Thecompany'sWinemaker Winery launched its newest awareness of Israeli wines is Lior Lacser says that Carmel line in the U.S. market. Car- continuing to grow at a fast Winery has vineyards in all melWineryisthehistoricwin- past in the U.S.: "In the last the leading wine regions in ery of Israel. It was founded 10 years, Israeli wines have Israel: "We focus on making in 1882 by Baron Edmond de really developed. As Israel's wineswhich reflectthe Medi- Rothschild, ownerofChateaia largest winery, we are proud terranean terroir and respect Lafite in Bordeaux. Carmel to have been able to play a thefruitweharvest.Thewines owns the two largestwineries significant role in this tran- are made inastte-of-the-art in Israel, at Rishon Le Zion, sition. 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