Box office: North Americans go for the ghosts, while foreign audiences go for a tale of humans battling orcs

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Audiences sure haven’t lost their taste for things that go bump in a dark theatre.

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Watch: New bits of chariot-race footage in Entertainment Tonight’s profile of the upcoming Ben-Hur remake

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As is often the case with big-budget Bible movies, there are two marketing campaigns, running in parallel, for the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur.

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Watch: A clip from The Making of The Young Messiah

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The Young Messiah comes to Blu-Ray this coming Tuesday, and to whet our appetites, the distributor has released a clip from the disc’s making-of documentary.

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Is Mel Gibson making a sequel to The Passion of the Christ?

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More than one film has tried to position itself as a sequel to The Passion of the Christ.

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Watch: New Ben-Hur trailer has even more footage of Jesus

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Ben-Hur comes to theatres on August 19 — that’s just over two months from now — so it’s time for another trailer. And the newest trailer features even more footage of Jesus, whose face was famously kept hidden in the earlier films based on this story.

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Exclusive: James Wan on his return to horror, respecting the experiences of those who encounter the paranormal, and getting a priest to bless the set of The Conjuring 2

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Many directors dream of launching one hit franchise. James Wan has launched three.

The Malaysia-born, Australia-raised filmmaker first made a name for himself with Saw, a psychological horror film that spawned six sequels, all of which Wan produced but did not direct. Then he directed Insidious and its first sequel; a fourth film — again, produced but not directed by Wan — is now in the works. And then he directed The Conjuring, a huge hit that led to a prequel-ish spin-off called Annabelle.

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