Watch: The visual effects of the Ben-Hur chariot race


If there’s one thing the cast and crew of Ben-Hur wanted us to know, it’s that the actors were really driving those chariots that we see in the climactic chariot race. But of course, the scene was not without its visual effects: there’s no need for matte paintings and a cast of thousands when you can digitally add a crowd full of spectators to the background of some shots, and of course it’s a lot safer to go digital when the script calls for the humans or the horses to do anything particularly dangerous.

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Box office: A few new milestones in an otherwise slow week


The summer tentpole season is over and the fall awards season has yet to begin, but a few films hit significant milestones at the box office in an otherwise slow week.

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Lost star Jeremy Davies to play Jesus in American Gods


Except for a few shows that are well within my wheelhouse, I don’t follow TV very closely, but it looks like I might have to pay attention to American Gods, the upcoming Starz series based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel. Entertainment Weekly reports that Jeremy Davies, of Lost and Justified fame, has been cast as Jesus.

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The first reviews of the “virtual reality” Jesus movie are here


The first reviews of Jesus VR: The Story of Christ — the “virtual reality” movie being previewed in Venice this week — are here. And they’re not very positive.

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Watch: A new faith-oriented featurette for Queen of Katwe


Queen of Katwe tells the true story of a poor girl from Uganda who becomes a chess-playing champion with the help of a Christian missionary. For the most part, the marketing around the film has shied away from the “faith-based” aspects of the story, and it remains to be seen whether the film itself will get into them in any detail — but as of today we have a new featurette that features the real-life missionary and his protégé, and yes, it includes a brief nod to the missionary’s faith.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Interviews with the Irish press!


A few more Ben-Hur-themed news items as the film continues to roll out overseas.

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