Robert Powell will mark the 40th anniversary of Jesus of Nazareth with a new documentary miniseries

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Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth — still regarded by many as one of the best Jesus films ever made — and to celebrate this milestone, the Smithsonian Channel has announced that it will air a new documentary series featuring scenes from the film and brand-new footage of its star Robert Powell touring the Holy Land and talking to scholars about the historical Jesus.

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If the “virtual reality” Jesus movie is full of distractions, can it still help pastors teach and evangelize?

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The Catholic News Agency has a new story about Jesus VR, the “virtual reality” Jesus movie that was previewed at the Venice film festival earlier this month.

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Lost star Jeremy Davies to play Jesus in American Gods

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Except for a few shows that are well within my wheelhouse, I don’t follow TV very closely, but it looks like I might have to pay attention to American Gods, the upcoming Starz series based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel. Entertainment Weekly reports that Jeremy Davies, of Lost and Justified fame, has been cast as Jesus.

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The first reviews of the “virtual reality” Jesus movie are here

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The first reviews of Jesus VR: The Story of Christ — the “virtual reality” movie being previewed in Venice this week — are here. And they’re not very positive.

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Review: Ben-Hur (dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 2016)

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In theory, there is no reason why anyone shouldn’t make a new version of Ben-Hur. Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel has been dramatized several times already, and the most famous film of them all — the 1959 adaptation with Charlton Heston — deviated from the book in ways that arguably made it a less-than-definitive adaptation of the source material. (Among other things, the Heston film is less overt about its Christianity than the silent 1925 version.) So I was prepared to give the new movie a chance.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Lots and lots of interviews!

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Ben-Hur comes to theatres tonight. Here’s one last pre-release news round-up.

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