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It actually has an animated gif in it.
...which is an image.
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'Realism' is the new face of Bible epics
By Patrick Ryan, USA Today - Mar. 28, 2015

Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood's holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where three TV projects —National Geographic Channel's Killing Jesus, NBC's A.D. The Bible Continues and CNN's The Jesus Code— were filmed on neighboring sets last year.

"You got this kind of Life of Brian-esque world you're living in, where on all of our days off, there's 36 disciples sitting around the pool and three Jesuses at the bar," says Stephen Moyer (True Blood), who ditched the fangs to play Roman governor Pontius Pilate in the Ridley Scott-produced Killing Jesus (Sunday. 8 ET/PT).

Based on Bill O'Reilly's follow-up to the books he co-wrote with Martin Dugard, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, Jesus tracks the last days of the Messiah. Played by Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman, he is portrayed less as a miracle worker and more as a political threat, and the script heightens the sexual tension between Jesus and follower Mary Magdalene (Klára Issová).

"It plays with the idea that Jesus' teachings are more important than the doing of miracles, that the idea behind what he's saying is the point and it doesn't need to have out-of-body, magical elements happening," Moyer says.

The $12 million production is one of the latest endeavors to give Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection a grittier, more realistic feel — an approach Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ introduced in 2004 to earn more than $370.3 million. History's 10-part 2013 miniseries The Bible took a similar approach and drew 13.1 million viewers for its Easter Sunday finale.

Though The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Story Ever Told have become Easter staples, new faith-oriented entertainment has mostly failed to cross over in recent years, with exceptions in The Da Vinci Code, Fireproof and The Nativity Story in the mid-2000s.

But after the success of The Bible (and religion-themed films Rentrak says earned $400 million last year, the most since 2006), studios have recognized demand and ordered more, including ABC pilot Of Kings and Prophets and TV One's To Hell and Back (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET/PT).

Not like 'Sunday school'

The Bible was created by producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and his wife, actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel); they repurposed the series' section on Jesus for a stand-alone feature film Son of God. It totaled $59.7 million at the box office last spring, thanks in large part to grassroots marketing in churches nationwide. It's now being followed with an NBC sequel, A.D. The Bible Continues (April 5, 9 p.m. ET/PT), a 12-episode event that takes, Burnett says, a Game of Thrones-approach to the Bible's book of Acts, about the early church after Jesus' resurrection.

With The Bible, "we didn't make Sunday-school programming. We made stuff that was accurate to the Bible, but realistic, and didn't feel like it had been made on a shoestring budget," Burnett says. "You have to treat every hour of television you're given like a $100 million movie, and with A.D., we stepped it up even a stage further."

The couple also promoted diversity in A.D. — 15 nationalities are represented in the cast, Downey says — and in their CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT), led by Chilean actress Cote de Pablo, formerly of NCIS. It's adapted from Alice Hoffman's 2011 historical novel following four Hebrew women during the siege of Masada more than 2,000 years ago. While not explicitly biblical, it incorporates themes of bravery and honor into a desert romance.

"Oftentimes, history is written about men for men, but what's appealing about this story is that it's told through the eyes of these very courageous women," Downey says. "There's such a poignancy to that, and we realize that there's something more important to these people than being taken and being killed — that their faith and their families came first."

But a spiritual message doesn't always translate to divine success. Last year, Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings recruited A-listers for biblical blockbusters but earned just $101 million and $65 million, respectively, though overseas box office was more robust. Left Behind ($14 million) and Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas ($2.8 million) didn't have a prayer with audiences or critics, either.

"I don't think Christian audiences, especially younger ones, are going to rush to the theater to support something just because all Christians are supposed to go see it," says S. D. Kelly, a writer for the website Christ and Pop Culture. "Younger audiences want more nuance and are a lot more forgiving of a Noah, and are interested in revisiting (Bible stories). They almost want to have their faith challenged."

Walking a fine line

Juan Pablo Di Pace, the Argentinian actor who plays Jesus in A.D., says, "What's been done in the past has been very textbooky, and it's great to inject doses of fantasy into these things, and creativity."

But the glossy commercialization of the Gospel isn't for everyone.

"It is kind of an uncomfortable bargain for some people, because they really want to support it and they are entertained by it, but it also feels a little over the top in how we tend to think of Scripture," Kelly says.

Others embrace it. The Rev. Ray Johnston, pastor of the multi-campus Bayside Church in the Sacramento area, praises Downey and Burnett for the accuracy and meticulous care they brought to A.D. Like Son of God, which Bayside rented out an entire theater to watch last year, the congregation is getting behind A.D. and has collected $100,000 in donations to buy teaching kits for churches that can't afford them.

"For some reason, Christians are known for what they're against and not what they're for," Johnston says. "Anything that triggers conversation about faith and values in America is a really good thing," even if some take liberties with their narratives.

"I tend to feel like, man, if something's worth it, let's get behind it and support it."
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Wait, people are upset about interjecting fantasy into a show based on fiction?
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post
...which is an image.
Well, an image that moves. Might require a different kernel of code than an image that doesn't move in order to make it move and some browsers may choke on it. I dunno, but I did watch '24' so I know a little about "kernels".

Well, not really.
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The ability to store multiple images in a single GIF and specify how many milliseconds each image should display was always part of the format. That's how websites showed animated advertisements in the 90s before Macromedia introduced Flash. The ability to show animated GIFs in an infinite loop was introduced by Netscape Navigator 2.0 in the mid 90s.

Animated PNG support, on the other hand, is much less prevalent. MNG is rarely supported (and was officially discontinued by Mozilla in FireFox), while Mozilla's APNG was officially rejected by PNG's creators. No suitable animated GIF successor was ever made, so we're still using GIFs today.
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It has an image in it. Try clearing your cookies and cache.
The AVS software is not displaying the image correctly in my browser. I edited my response and removed the IMG and replaced it with text. Now it shows up as a link that is followed correctly.

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