Watch: Andra Day’s (spoiler-ish!) music video for Ben-Hur

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Ben-Hur now has three — not one, not two, but three — music videos to its name.

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Win tickets to an advance screening of Ben-Hur (in Canada)!

benhur2016-posterfinalHeads up to my fellow Canadians: I have tickets to give away to advance 3D screenings of Ben-Hur that will be taking place in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto on the evening of Wednesday, August 17. If you want a free double-pass to one of those screenings, send me an e-mail at filmchatgiveaways@gmail.com and let me know which city you’ll be in that night. (I’ll be seeing the film in Vancouver. If you see me in the theatre, feel free to say hi.) I’ll pick the winners in a random draw and send them their tickets via e-mail on Friday, August 12. For more info on the film, check out its main website at BenHurMovie.com and its ‘faith-based’ website at ShareBenHur.com. The film opens in theatres across the continent on Friday, August 19.

Ben-Hur news round-up: Is the film in box-office trouble?

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

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Box office: Jason Bourne shoots his way to the top

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A rogue former assassin fought his way back to the top of the box office this week.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes twenty-seven and twenty-eight

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Synopsis. Amenhotep holds a public ceremony to promote Joseph to one of the highest positions in the land, and Joseph tells the people his plans for getting through the upcoming seven years of famine. The priests of Amon try to sow seeds of doubt in the crowd, but every time they raise a question about Joseph’s plans, Joseph happens to say something that answers their question. Later, Joseph organizes a team of assistants that includes his former prisonmates, his fellow ex-slave Nemisabu, and Malek, the Ishmaelite who sold him to Potiphar nearly twenty years earlier. Potiphar’s health is failing, and the priests convince the queen mother Tiye to tell her son that an officer named Horenhob should get Potiphar’s job if and when he passes away.

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Is Ben-Hur in box-office trouble?

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With tickets on sale and the release date only three weeks away, it is now possible to get a sense of how big an audience the new Ben-Hur might have. And the news at this point isn’t very encouraging, as The Hollywood Reporter says the big-budget Bible epic is currently on track to gross only $14-15 million in its first weekend.

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