The villain joins the action in a new Ben-Hur poster


The first poster for the new Ben-Hur featured the titular hero leaning over the edge of his chariot. Now a British poster puts his nemesis Messala in the picture.

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


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


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


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


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


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

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