Watch: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has an actual space battle — and goes to Iceland — in its newest trailer

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Disney released a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story today, and it consists almost entirely of new footage from the film. It also hints at an extra Bible-movie connection that I hadn’t anticipated. Check it out below the jump.

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“Hollywood’s highest-ranking Evangelical Christian” — and a key figure in the Bible-movie revival — leaves Paramount

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From Darren Aronofsky’s Noah to Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur, if there was any major Hollywood studio that committed itself to the recent Bible-movie revival, it was Paramount. (Fox came a close second by producing Exodus: Gods and Kings and distributing Son of God.) And Paramount owed its interest in the genre partly to the fact that its vice chairman, Rob Moore, was an evangelical Christian.

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Is Ben-Hur in box-office trouble?

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With tickets on sale and the release date only three weeks away, it is now possible to get a sense of how big an audience the new Ben-Hur might have. And the news at this point isn’t very encouraging, as The Hollywood Reporter says the big-budget Bible epic is currently on track to gross only $14-15 million in its first weekend.

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Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings — the scholars speak!

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My friend Matt Page has alerted me to the fact that two collections of essays, on Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, are scheduled to come out in the next year or so.

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X-Men: Apocalypse and the legend of Nimrod’s arrows

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Warning: There are some mild spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse here.

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Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (dir. Bryan Singer, 2016)

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Movie franchises are getting increasingly convoluted these days, and the X-Men series is no exception. So, to recap: X-Men: Apocalypse is the ninth film in the X-Men series (counting the Wolverine and Deadpool solo features), the seventh film to have the word “X-Men” in the title, the fourth film in the series to be directed by Bryan Singer (who got the whole thing started sixteen years ago), and the third film to feature the younger cast that was first introduced five years ago in X-Men: First Class.

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