Egypt Bans Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Controversy continues to engulf Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings more than two weeks after its theatrical release.
The religious epic — which tells the tale of Moses and the Jews' escape from slavery — was met with loud criticism for a principal cast made up of predominantly white actors, despite the film being set in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Now, the Egyptian government has decided to ban the movie for what it calls "historical inaccuracies."
The film, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, has been doomed from the get-go. It received tepid reviews upon its release and failed to make a dent at the box office, despite an enormous budget and considerable star power.
Exodus: God and Kings is just the latest American film to ruffle the feathers of a foreign government. Last week, Sony pulled The Interview amid terrorist threats from a hacker group believed to be affiliated with North Korea's government. We all know how that turned out.
As foreign countries continue to take umbrage with Hollywood's cinematic undertakings, we shudder to think what international incident might occur when the Entourage movie hits theaters next summer. (BBC)

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