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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Review: God’s Not Dead 2 (dir. Harold Cronk, 2016)


There’s a joke waiting to be told in the fact that God’s Not Dead 2 is coming out on April Fool’s Day. The Psalms suggest it takes a fool to say in his heart that there is no God, so perhaps the filmmakers thought they were having a private laugh at the unbeliever’s expense when they picked the release date. Thing is, given all the sloppy apologetics, preachy dialogue and silly plot contortions that lie within this “faith-based” film, it isn’t the atheists who come out looking foolish in the end.

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Timur Bekmambetov says his version of Ben-Hur will use “a very grounded style of filmmaking”


Timur Bekmambetov is making the rounds right now to promote Hardcore Henry, an action film he produced that comes out April 8, and along the way he has talked a bit about the new Ben-Hur, which he directed and is due to come out August 12.

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Box office: Batman v Superman breaks records, Deadpool becomes the top-grossing R-rated movie ever worldwide


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been worse than Man of Steel in the eyes of audiences and critics alike (Man of Steel got 56% at Rotten Tomatoes and an A- at CinemaScore, while Batman v Superman got 29% and a mere B), but the new film did a lot better than its predecessor at the box office this week.

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