'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

ABC Pulls 'Of Kings and Prophets' from Fall Schedule

"Of Kings and Prophets" has been postponed
"Of Kings and Prophets" (ABC)
Hopefully this is a good thing. With Hollywood's latest obsession with the Bible and biblical themes, ABC had announced that the network would be adding the drama, Of Kings and Prophets, to the 2015 fall schedule. The program has been described by the network as “an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.” In other words, it show about King Samuel, Saul, David, Jonathan. On paper, this sound like a really cool idea but what the creators have come up with so far isn't.

Deadline reported today that ABC has decided to pull the show off the fall schedule in favor of turning it into a mid-season replacement. The reason given is that the show is undergoing cast changes. However, the show received mixed reactions at the ABC upfront earlier this year as it was a late addition and the pilot for the series had not been completed before then. The promotional video for the show exposes a lot of problems with show's biblical accuracy. (See below)

Of Kings and Prophets is being produced by Jeffrey Nachmanoff known for his work with Traitor (2008), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Tourist (2010). The writers behind the show, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, are known for their treatment of the Moses story in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). If you saw the Christian Bale movie, you know how they took great liberty in “improving” the Bible story. Here, they plan to do the same. One can only hope that the pair go back to the original source for their inspiration.

As of now, Of Kings and Prophets stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab, but cast changes are coming to the show.


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