Watch: The second trailer for Risen, starring Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton as Roman soldiers and Cliff Curtis as Jesus

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Four months ago, we got our first good look at Risen (formerly known as Clavius), the film that stars Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton as a couple of Roman soldiers who investigate the disappearance of Jesus’ body. Now, today, with the film’s January 22 release less than five months away, we have a second, even longer, trailer, which consists almost entirely of new footage. Check it out below the jump.

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A brief note on two important characters whose presence in the new version of Ben-Hur has not yet been confirmed

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Earlier this year, I kept fairly close tabs on who was being cast in the new film version of Ben-Hur, but I didn’t pay much attention at the time to who wasn’t being cast in the film. Which is to say, I didn’t notice at the time that there were was no news whatsoever regarding certain major characters or who might play them.

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Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Odysseus for Lionsgate

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Is it safe to say that Hugh Jackman has sailing ships on the brain right now?

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The Story of Judas is coming to the Toronto film festival

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Just a quick note to say that it was announced yesterday that The Story of Judas, the French film that takes a sympathetic view of Judas Iscariot, will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Details here. There is no word yet on whether the similarly minimalist Last Days in the Desert, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, will play there.

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Watch: Three clips and a trailer for The Gospel of John

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The Lumo Project’s Gospel of John has been available on Netflix for several months, but for those who don’t subscribe to Netflix — and for those who want a copy that they can watch offline — the film will be coming out on DVD in seven weeks.

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Ray Winstone on family, politics, and that injury he got while playing King Saul in Of Kings and Prophets

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I have always liked Ray Winstone as an actor, but I didn’t really know much about him as a person until I came across this interview with him that The Telegraph ran today.

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