The Nativity Story movie won free publicity from CBS' Katie Couric as she sat down with director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter Mike Rich. Bible-based epics "dried up for a few decades" after the heyday of Cecil B DeMille, Couric recalled, as she played a punning reference to the parting of the Red Sea. Getting a green light for the nativity tale would have been "a miracle" before Mel Gibson's $1bn smash hit The Passion of the Christ. "Lights, camera, Allelujah!"
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