Box office: Ben-Hur is one of the summer’s biggest flops

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Ben-Hur turned out to be an even bigger flop than many people expected this week.

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Review: Ben-Hur (dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 2016)

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In theory, there is no reason why anyone shouldn’t make a new version of Ben-Hur. Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel has been dramatized several times already, and the most famous film of them all — the 1959 adaptation with Charlton Heston — deviated from the book in ways that arguably made it a less-than-definitive adaptation of the source material. (Among other things, the Heston film is less overt about its Christianity than the silent 1925 version.) So I was prepared to give the new movie a chance.

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Fan-made Star Wars trailer taps Ewan McGregor’s Jesus

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Last Days in the Desert is out on video now, so it was probably only a matter of time before some enterprising Star Wars fan took the footage of Ewan McGregor sitting in the desert and turned it into a “trailer” for a film about the time Obi-Wan Kenobi spent on Tatooine between Episodes III and IV of the space-opera saga.

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Ben-Hur earns $900,000 in Thursday-night previews

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Ben-Hur may have had the worst reviews of the year’s three main Jesus movies, but it outdid the other two at the box office, at least, when it came to theatres last night.

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Watch: Warships ram and get rammed in a clip from Ben-Hur

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There are two main action sequences in every version of Ben-Hur — the chariot race and the sea battle. The makers of the new film have already released two clips from the chariot race. Now, with the film opening tonight, they have released a clip from the sea battle — though it’s more of a mix of clips, since it includes footage of Ben-Hur’s ship preparing to ram another boat, footage of a third boat ramming Ben-Hur’s ship, and a voice-over from an entirely different scene that takes place before the battle.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Lots and lots of interviews!

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Ben-Hur comes to theatres tonight. Here’s one last pre-release news round-up.

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