Watch: A new featurette about the chariot race in Ben-Hur

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Last week, Entertainment Tonight ran a segment on the making of the chariot-race sequence in the new version of Ben-Hur. Now Paramount has released a featurette of its own on that subject, using some of the same footage. Check it out below.

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Watch: New Ben-Hur trailer has even more footage of Jesus

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Ben-Hur comes to theatres on August 19 — that’s just over two months from now — so it’s time for another trailer. And the newest trailer features even more footage of Jesus, whose face was famously kept hidden in the earlier films based on this story.

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Ben-Hur: a new photo and a couple new soundbites

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Can’t let a week go by without another Ben-Hur update!

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Paramount shows exhibitors some more Ben-Hur footage

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Paramount promoted its upcoming films at CinemaCon yesterday, and one of them, of course, was the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur, which comes out August 19.

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The shortest Ben-Hur ever? Timur Bekmambetov says his version will be “two hours”, “not a four-hour story”

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Admittedly, the headline on this post may be a tad misleading. The shortest version of Ben-Hur to date is a 16-minute one-reeler produced in 1907, before feature-length films had really become a thing. And there are also at least two animated versions of this story (made in 1988 and 2003) that are an hour in length, give or take.1

But as far as feature-length live-action adaptations go, the shortest version of Ben-Hur to date is the silent film produced in 1925, which has a running time of 143 minutes. The 1959 version with Charlton Heston runs 222 minutes (including eight minutes of overture and entr’acte music). And the 2010 miniseries runs about 180 minutes.

And it sounds like this year’s version might be shorter than all three of them.

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Box office: Melissa McCarthy beats Batman, while Zootopia becomes one of the top ten animated films in North America

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It was Batman vs. Superman vs. Melissa McCarthy at the box office this week.

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