Watch: A featurette on Morgan Freeman’s Ilderim in Ben-Hur


One of the promotional hurdles faced by the new Ben-Hur is its relative lack of star power. Nearly everyone in its cast is best known for working on television or for minor roles in other films. The main exception is Morgan Freeman, who plays Ilderim, the sheikh who sponsors Judah Ben-Hur in the film’s climactic chariot race.

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Sony’s TriStar to produce the fourth Narnia film with eOne


Narnia is coming back to the big screen. Deadline reports that TriStar Pictures is teaming up with Entertainment One (aka eOne) to produce and distribute The Silver Chair, an adaptation of the fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

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Win an iTunes copy of Last Days in the Desert (in Canada)!

lastdaysinthedesert-dvd-aGood news for Canadian Jesus-movie fans: Last Days in the Desert, which came out in various video formats in the United States last week, will be coming out digitally in Canada on August 30, with a DVD release to follow on September 13. And to mark the occasion, I will have five iTunes copies of the film to give away next week, courtesy of D Films. (Note: these copies will work for Canadian iTunes subscribers only.) Just post a comment down below, saying what your favorite Jesus movie is and why, and send your e-mail address to so I know how to contact you if you win. Contest closes August 16.

Watch: Chariots flip and crash in a new clip from Ben-Hur


If there’s one thing the studio behind Ben-Hur wants you to know about their film, it’s that it has a chariot race. The race has been featured prominently in trailers and featurettes, and now it is central to the first two “mainstream” clips from the film.

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Watch: Trailers for faith-based films Priceless and New Life


Last month, I posted trailers for eight “faith-based” films that are coming out between August 12 and October 21. Now there are two more films coming out in October.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: The premieres have begun!


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

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