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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Behold the first official photos from the new Ben-Hur

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There once was a time when Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Ben-Hur was going to come out on February 26 — mere weeks before The Young Messiah and mere weeks after Risen (and the Ben-Hur parody in Hail, Caesar!). But the film eventually got out of the crowded pre-Easter Jesus-movie season and settled on a release date in August, and now — with that release date just five months away, and with the year’s other major Jesus movies all out of the way — Paramount and MGM have finally released out first look at the newest version of Lew Wallace’s “Tale of the Christ”.

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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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Interview: Juan Pablo di Pace on the humanity of A.D. The Bible Continues and playing Jesus like “a little child”

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A.D. The Bible Continues is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow, so some of the cast and crew are doing the publicity rounds again. I had the privilege of speaking to Juan Pablo di Pace, the Argentinian actor who played Jesus in the series.

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Watch: Eleven-minute ‘Touring the Sets’ featurette from the upcoming Blu-Ray edition of A.D. The Bible Continues

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A.D. The Bible Continues is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray next Tuesday, and I’m happy to say you can get a sneak peek at one of the set’s six bonus featurettes right here.

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War Room is now the top-grossing evangelical movie ever

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War Room has set another milestone.

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