New details about — and a new trailer for — The Shack

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With seven weeks to go before the film comes out, new details about The Shack — and a new trailer for the film — have come online.

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Box office: Hidden Figures nearly beats Rogue One

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A movie about the space race nearly beat Star Wars at the box office this week.

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Martin Sheen replaces Robert Redford as Oral Roberts

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Three years ago, I passed along a news item to the effect that Robert Redford was in talks to play televangelist Oral Roberts in a movie called Come Sunday. Today, Deadline reports that the part will go to Martin Sheen instead — and that’s not the only thing that has changed about the film since the last time I blogged it.

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Does the chariot race sequence in Ben-Hur need dialogue?

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There are many problems with Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur, but one of the more emblematic ones, I think, is the way he insists on adding dialogue to the chariot race. Bekmambetov can’t rely on the thrill of movement alone: instead, he has to pump the soundtrack full of exposition and dull action-movie banter.

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Watch: Ten clips from The Purple Rose of Cairo

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“Heaven, I’m in Heaven…”

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Box office: Rogue One is now the #2 movie of 2016 in North America (but only the #9 movie worldwide — so far)

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Rogue One ruled the box office for a third straight week as 2016 came to an end.

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