Watch: The first trailer for the Lumo Project’s adaptation of The Gospel of Luke, now available on DVD in the UK

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The Lumo Project’s adaptation of The Gospel of Mark may have played in theatres last month, but it is their adaptation of The Gospel of Luke that came out on DVD.

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Bekmambetov on shooting the chariot race in Ben-Hur

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Time for another snippet from SlashFilm’s interview with Ben-Hur director Timur Bekmambetov. Last week he said the film will be “a realistic, deep drama” that uses a “very grounded” style of filmmaking. In today’s snippet, he talks about how that approach will apply to the story’s famous chariot-race sequence.

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Jack Thorne to write His Dark Materials reboot for the BBC

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Deadline reports that Jack Thorne — writer of such films and TV shows as Skins, How I Live Now, A Long Way Down and This Is England ’86 + ’88 + ’90 — has signed on to write the BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

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The Bible Tour looks back at the History Channel miniseries and ahead to this year’s Ben-Hur remake

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It has been three years since The Bible aired on the History Channel, and the franchise keeps on ticking. Two years ago, to promote the big-screen spin-off Son of God, the producers organized a concert tour that combined footage from the film with live music by Christian musicians — and that tour has become an annual tradition.

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Box office: God’s Not Dead 2 and Batman v Superman both perform below (their not-high-to-begin-with) expectations

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It was a weekend of setbacks for “faith-based” films and superhero movies.

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Review: God’s Not Dead 2 (dir. Harold Cronk, 2016)

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There’s a joke waiting to be told in the fact that God’s Not Dead 2 is coming out on April Fool’s Day. The Psalms suggest it takes a fool to say in his heart that there is no God, so perhaps the filmmakers thought they were having a private laugh at the unbeliever’s expense when they picked the release date. Thing is, given all the sloppy apologetics, preachy dialogue and silly plot contortions that lie within this “faith-based” film, it isn’t the atheists who come out looking foolish in the end.

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