Watch: The second (spoiler-ish!) music video for Ben-Hur

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If there’s one thing all versions of Ben-Hur have had in common, it’s the chariot race, which Judah Ben-Hur wins while his old nemesis Messala gets trampled by some horses. But what happens after the chariot race has varied from film to film.

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Hail, Caesar! and the road-to-Damascus experience in film

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Is Hail, Caesar! the first movie from a major Hollywood studio to depict Saint Paul’s road-to-Damascus experience on the big screen? I think it might be.

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The first four clips from Ben-Hur are now online, and a few other things we learned about the movie today

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A lot of new footage from the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur went live today.

First, the ShareBenHur.com website posted four clips from the film as part of a “faith-based” discussion guide. And then, a 20-minute montage of film clips was included in a simulcast hosted by Rick Warren and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey that was streamed to churches and other venues across the country.

These clips give us our best look at the film yet, and they reveal some of the ways that this new version of Ben-Hur will differ from the versions that came before it.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: the need for forgiveness, and more

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Just a few quick notes about some Ben-Hur things that popped up last week.

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Ben-Hur Superstar: two films that end on the same note

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I watched the 1959 version of Ben-Hur with my kids today — it was the first time they had ever seen the film — and I noticed something that had never occurred to me before: the final shot in the film shows a shepherd guiding his flock beneath the empty cross at Golgotha, just like the final shot in Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Bekmambetov on shooting the chariot race in Ben-Hur

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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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