- Title: FILM-EXODUS/EGYPT BAN Egypt bans biblical epic 'Exodus', 20th Century Fox says
- Date: 27th December 2014
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 3, 2014) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** FANS ACTOR, BEN KINGSLEY, ARRIVING (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, BEN KINGSLEY, SAYING: BEN KINGSLEY AND WIFE, DANIELA LAVENDER, POSING FOR PHOTOS ACTRESS, MARIA VALVERDE, TALKING TO REPORTERS ACTRESS, GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI, POSING FOR PHOTOS CAST POSING FOR PHOTOS CLOSE OF DIRECTOR AND CAST PHOTOGRAPHERS VARIOUS OF JOEL EDGERTON AND BALE POSING FOR PHOTOS
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- Story Text: Egypt has banned Hollywood's big screen biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings", a 20th Century Fox spokesman said on Friday (December 26).
The studio, owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, declined to give a reason for the ban, but films that depict biblical figures have been prohibited before in the Muslim country.
Paramount Pictures' Bible tale "Noah" was banned in several countries in the Middle East this year for its depiction of a prophet, which is forbidden in Islam.
"Exodus", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, dramatises the Bible's Book of Exodus about Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt.
The film, which has an estimated $140 million budget, has come under criticism for casting mostly white actors in the lead roles and some historical anachronisms.
Morocco has also reportedly banned the film, which has so far grossed $107 million in two weeks in world-wide release.
The film's ban comes as Sony Pictures faced a devastating cyber attack blamed on North Korea for "The Interview," a raunchy comedy that depicts a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.
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