Ben-Hur news round-up: Lew Wallace’s novel has been “modernized” by his great-great-granddaughter, and more

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Another week, another round-up of Ben-Hur-related news items.

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Box office: Star Trek, Ice Age come down with sequel fatigue

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Sequel fatigue hit two venerable franchises at the box office this weekend.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes twenty-five and twenty-six

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Synopsis. Inarus goes to the prison to set Joseph free and take him back to Pharaoh, but Joseph refuses to leave until his name is cleared; he says he does not want to be “forgiven” for a crime he never committed, instead he wants it known that he never committed the crime in the first place. At Joseph’s suggestion, Amenhotep summons Zuleikha and the women who visited her palace and cut their hands when they saw Joseph several years ago. Zuleikha confesses that she has been in love with Joseph for years, and the women confess that they tempted Joseph but he would not give in to them. Amenhotep sends the women to prison and summons Joseph again, and this time Joseph comes to the palace. Malek sees Joseph from a distance and rejoices that he has finally found Joseph after looking for him for almost 20 years. Amenhotep summons the priests of Amon and says he wants them to “test” Joseph.

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Tahar Rahim in talks to play Judas in Mary Magdalene

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Deadline reports that Tahar Rahim, a French actor of Algerian descent best known for his starring role in Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet (pictured above), is in talks to play Judas Iscariot in Garth Davis’s upcoming Mary Magdalene movie.

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Watch: The second (spoiler-ish!) music video for Ben-Hur

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If there’s one thing all versions of Ben-Hur have had in common, it’s the chariot race, which Judah Ben-Hur wins while his old nemesis Messala gets trampled by some horses. But what happens after the chariot race has varied from film to film.

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Flashback: More than 20 years of Star Trek reviews!

Note: This is a revised and updated version of a blog post I wrote in May 2013.

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I grew up with the Star Trek series. When I was six years old and living with my family in Poland in the mid-1970s, three of my favorite and most-read books were the David C. Cook Picture Bible, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, and Stephen E. Whitfield’s The Making of Star Trek, which covers the first two seasons of the original TV show. (I wondered sometimes what Mister Spock, with his emphasis on logic, would make of Lewis’s logic-based arguments for the Resurrection, etc.)

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