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Apocalypto buzz and movie tidbits

Apocalypto opens this Friday, and there’s a new TV spot to add to the blizzard of buzz. RottenTomatoes—the ultimate collector of reviews—has the film running at 59%. A Chicago Tribune blog hints at Oscar buzz while not-included-on-RT BlogCritics releases their review (A-) as does SperoNews. Peter Chattaway has some more links to articles about the film at FilmChat, and Looking Closer’s Jeffrey Overstreet collects some more comments on the apparently quite high level of violence in the film. Oiy.

Regarding films with more overt God-talk, Thr3e has its own website and the trailer is official. Matt at BibleFilms reports that The Ten (a satiric-spin on the biblical commandments) will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 19. FilmChat’s Chattaway muses over Nativity’s mediocre box office performance and links to others who do the same. And Looking Closer’s Overstreet points to news about next-Narnia-installment Prince Caspian (which has been bumped to a summer 2008 release) from narniafans who has an interview with Douglas Gresham.

ComingSoon reports that Lionsgate is developing a screen version of gospel and R&B singer Kirk Franklin’s autobiographical Church Boy. Franklin, who will also star in the feature, is working with the company to develop the film.

While at first glance a third installment in the Starship Troopers franchise might not be worth noting either for God-talk potential or artistic relevance (the first film—while a $121 million gross feast for the eyes—didn’t come close to doing justice to Heinlein’s novel and the second went straight to DVD), but ComingSoon has this quip from Moviehole: “Casper Van Dien will be back as Colonel John Rico. There'll be a new bug or two. Also draft riots. Religion makes a comeback. And the Federation has a new weapon.” Religion? Huh.

On the small-screen front, TNT is teaming with Steven Speilberg to make a six-hour miniseries out of Stephen King and Peter Straubs’ The Talisman, which tells (according to ComingSoon) “the story of Jack Sawyer, a boy who goes on a quest through this world and through a parallel world known as The Territories, experiencing both good and evil in each. His goal is to obtain a mysterious talisman that will save his dying mother's life, as well as the life of her twinner, the Queen of The Territories.” Why put that tale on a God-talk blog? Consider other King novels-turned-films which generated a lot of God-talk with their themes and characters: Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and even The Shinning. Worth keeping an eye on, anyway.

(Images: Apocalypto, Touchstone via ComingSoon; Starship Troopers, TriStar/Touchstone via Wikipedia)