Newsbites: The Jesus movies past and future edition!

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A few quick items about three recent and upcoming movies about Jesus.

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Watch: Jack Huston and Timur Bekmambetov sing Morgan Freeman’s praises in a clip from a Ben-Hur bonus feature

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Ben-Hur was one of the year’s biggest flops, and director Timur Bekmambetov thinks he knows why: he recently told a Russian news agency that the film failed at the box office because audiences prefer stories of revenge to stories about forgiveness.

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Watch: The making of the sea-galley sequence in Ben-Hur

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The chariot race isn’t the only big action sequence in Ben-Hur. The story also includes a naval battle that has played a big part in nearly all dramatic versions of the story. And now, to promote the newest film’s Digital HD release, we have a clip from one of the new featurettes that looks at how the sea-galley sequence was put together.

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Watch: The stars of Ben-Hur (now on Digital HD) talk about the dangers of chariot driving — including gassy horses

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Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur came out on iTunes, Google Play and other digital platforms today. I’m still waiting for the Blu-Ray, so I won’t be able to check out the bonus features until then, but for now, USA Today has a clip from one of the making-of featurettes that focuses on — what else? — the chariot race.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: More press from overseas, plus an update on how much money the studios could lose

Round-ups: Jun 27 | Jul 4 | 18 | 25 | Aug 1 | 8 | 11 | 15 | 18 | 22 | 25 | Sep 1

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Ben-Hur opened in several new countries this week, so the news keeps rolling in.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Interviews with the Irish press!

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A few more Ben-Hur-themed news items as the film continues to roll out overseas.

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