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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Watch: New bits of chariot-race footage in Entertainment Tonight’s profile of the upcoming Ben-Hur remake

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As is often the case with big-budget Bible movies, there are two marketing campaigns, running in parallel, for the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur.

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ABC cancels Of Kings and Prophets after just two episodes

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Rats. Deadline reports that Of Kings and Prophets — the Saul-and-David-and-Samuel series, which I was really starting to enjoy — has been cancelled after just two episodes. The ABC network had sent copies of the first three episodes to TV critics (including myself), and had even teased that next week’s episode would feature David’s confrontation with Goliath. But now that episode will never air; instead, its timeslot will be taken over by the “reality TV” series Beyond the Tank.

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Sex, violence, and a clear look at the face of Jesus, all in 3D: a new trailer shows this isn’t your grandfather’s Ben-Hur

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The new version of Ben-Hur has always seemed like a bit of an odd beast. On the one hand, it is directed by Timur Bekmambetov, an action-movie stylist and horror-film producer best-known for Wanted and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. On the other hand, it counts “faith-based” power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — creators of The Bible and A.D. The Bible Continues — among its producers.

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to produce live Nativity musical

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Are live musical versions of popular Bible stories the next big thing?

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Video round-up: New ads for Gods of Egypt and Hail Caesar! New interviews about The Bible and The Young Messiah!

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I haven’t got the time or energy right now to write a proper review of the new Star Wars movie, but I’ll try to say something about it soon-ish. In the meantime, here are a few new trailers and interviews re: other films that I’ve been keeping tabs on.

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