Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Odysseus for Lionsgate


Is it safe to say that Hugh Jackman has sailing ships on the brain right now?

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Four Jesus films make Pop Classics’ “ancient movies” list


Juliette Harrisson, who writes about films and TV shows with a Greco-Roman hook at the always enjoyable Pop Classics blog, has posted a list of her ten favorite “ancient historical movies and TV shows” — and it includes four Jesus films. Check it out here. (And if you haven’t checked out her post on Pontius Pilate in film yet, do.)

Lionsgate sees “franchise” potential in Homer’s epic poems


It took ten years for the Greek hero Odysseus to come home from the Trojan War, and if Lionsgate has its way, it could take that long to tell his story on the big screen.

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Timur Bekmambetov says the chariot race in his version of Ben-Hur will be inspired by YouTube videos


Timur Bekmambetov is currently out there promoting the horror movie Unfriended, which he produced, and along the way he has been fielding questions about the remake of Ben-Hur, which he is currently shooting in Rome. And, just as Unfriended was inspired by Skype, Bekmambetov has revealed that his own version of Lew Wallace’s “tale of the Christ” will be influenced by social media too.

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The Hunger Games team prepares to go on an Odyssey


The final Hunger Games movie isn’t even finished yet, but the people making it have already got their next would-be blockbuster lined up.

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Box-office update: Guardians of the Galaxy breaks more records while the “faith-based” genre underperforms

guardiansofthegalaxyThis is my first box-office update since July, and a lot has happened since then.

The big news, of course, is the phenomenal success of Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that was based on one of the more obscure Marvel properties, had no major stars, and revolved around some pretty wacky ideas (like a talking, machine-gun-toting raccoon), yet still managed to become the top-grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe movie without Iron Man, at least in North America.

Overseas, it ranks behind all of the Marvel sequels, but ahead of all their other “original” films except for The Avengers — and that was really kind of a super-sequel, too. So you could say that, worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy is the top-grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that introduced a new set of characters.

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