Is Egypt Banning ‘Exodus’ To Make It More Popular?

exodus banned

BBC | Egypt bans ‘inaccurate’ Exodus film:

The head of the censorship board said these included the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids (the Pyramids are believed to have been built about 1,000 years before the story of the Exodus), and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part.

There have also been reports that the film is banned in Morocco.

I’m honestly worried that this is just a ploy to generate interest in a failing movie, akin to how the Sony hack ended up being “good” for The Interview (at least in terms of popularity).

I know it’s a baseless theory, but some things about this whole thing don’t add up. It seems strange that the movie would be banned outright like this, despite some inconsistencies that are frankly not that big of a deal.

And the timing is suspicious too. Exodus has been out for a few weeks now, and it’s not doing well. The film has only gone on to collect about $100 million worldwide, which isn’t close to the production budget alone. Once you add marketing expenses, Exodus is in big trouble of flopping.

I’m currently researching to find out if there’s a precedent for this in Egypt and Morocco. Is it normal for them to ban an inaccurate adaptation of a true story? That’s what I want to find out ASAP.


Google Glass Has Been Banned in Movie Theaters.


James Eng | NBC News

Wearing Google Glass at the movies never was cool to begin with, and now it’s official: You can’t use the smart eyewear inside theaters. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners on Wednesday said they were officially banning the use of Glass and other wearable recording devices in the cinema as part of an updated “anti-theft policy.” The MPAA has said the movie industry loses billions of dollars a year due to piracy.

Didn’t realize Google Glass was being misused this way, especially due to the high price tag ($1500 a pop). But the move makes perfect sense as we enter an age in which it’s easier than ever to rip off the people who make our movies.

That said, I wonder how (and if) movie theater ushers will enforce this. In those dark theaters, telling Google Glass apart from normal eyeglasses could be a challenge, even if you are tech savvy to know what they look like. The glow could be a giveaway, though.

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