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Movie Review: ‘Ben-Hur’
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Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Screenwriter: Keith Clarke and John Ridley
Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Haluk Bilginer, Rodrigo Santoro.
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 123 minutes
Release Date: August 19, 2016

Since studios are big on remakes that use expensive CGI to achieve looks or stunts that couldn’t have otherwise been achieved when the film was first released, it only made sense that we get a remake for Ben-Hur. But just because it sounds good on paper doesn’t exactly mean that it should be made. Then again, if done well, it could avoid being a complete disaster.

And so that is where the new Ben-Hur from director Timur Bekmambetov finds itself. The film starring Jack Huston as the title character finds itself following other contemporary remakes that just don’t quite measure up to the originals despite their well-intentions to update the age-old story for a modern audience.

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About ‘Ben-Hur’ Starring Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman
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Jack Huston in Ben-Hur

Yes. Ben-Hur is indeed another remake in the long line of remakes. The original 1959 film starring Charlton Heston ended up winning 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It may seem difficult to follow that up with a remake of the film, but Timur Bekmambetov‘s telling doesn’t seem to have any intentions of doing that. Instead, Keith Clarke and John Ridley‘s adaptation of the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace draws inspiration from the previous two big-screen films that came before it, while also being sold as a faith-based film.

We were invited to sit down with a group of journalists to talk to Jack Huston, who plays the title character; Toby Kebbell, who plays Messala, Ben-Hur’s adoptive brother; and Morgan Freeman who plays Sheik Ilderim. The three talked about their experience on the set, the training they went through to prepare for the role, and the hesitations of remaking a classic. Check out the top five things you need to know about the film below.

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Trailer For New ‘Ben-Hur’ Starring Jack Huston
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Jack Huston in Ben-Hur

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Ben-Hur, which is directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

The movie stars Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Warcraft), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en), Rodrigo Santoro (300, Love Actually), Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland, The Next Three Days), Ayelet Zurer (Daredevil, Man of Steel), Sofia Black D’Elia (Project Almanac, The Messengers), Pilou Asbæk (The Borgias, Lucy), and James Cosmo (Game of Thrones, Braveheart).

You can read more about Ben-Hur and watch the trailer below.

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First U.S. Trailer For ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Bennet Sisters

Earlier this month, the UK Trailer was released for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adapted from the Quirk Books title of the same name.

Now, Sony Pictures has released the U.S. trailer for the film, which is a take on Jane Austen’s literary classic Pride and Prejudice, and centers on the Bennett sisters — Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) — and their zombie-killing abilities in Regency-era England.

Watch the new trailer here below, and check out the new movie poster.

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New Images From ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Released
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Bennet Sisters

Last October, we got the first look at main stars of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s horror-classics mash-up of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. That first photo featured the Bennett sisters — Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) — ready to do battle against zombies in pre-Victorian-era England.

Now, new images from the upcoming film have been released via EW. Check them out here below in the image gallery.

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Andrea Riseborough To Play Villain In ‘The Crow’ Remake
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Andrea Riseborough in Oblivion

It’s being reported that Andrea Riseborough is in negotiations with Relativity Studios to join the cast of the long in development remake of the 1994 cult classic The Crow.

Assuming a deal gets all worked out and ink meets page Riseborough will play a villain in the movie, a character named Top Dollar, who was played in the original movie by Michael Wincott. The character was the main villain in the first movie, but is not in the graphic novel the movies are based on by James O’Barr.

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston Cast As Lead In ‘The Crow’ Remake
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Jack Huston in Outlander

Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston has reportedly been cast in the remake of The Crow, according to Dread Central, who got the scoop directly from Crow creator James O’Barr.

The site caught up with O’Barr, who’s a consultant on the new film, this weekend at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention, where they asked him about who would be filling the lead role of Eric Draven aka The Crow.

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First Image Of Bennet Sisters In ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The first image from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s horror twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, has found its way online.

The image shows the Bennet sisters—Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse)—dressed as proper ladies, and weapons at the ready.

Click on over to the other to check out the image.

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Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal In Talks For ‘Ben-Hur’
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Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones

A pair of actors have entered into negotiations to join Ben-Hur, the latest adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The book was of course previously turned into the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston that went on to win 11 Academy Awards.

It’s being reported that Gal Gadot, who’s best known (though only seen in a single image so far) as the new Wonder Woman for upcoming DC Comics movies beginning with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Pedro Pascal, who won many fans as Prince Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne, on the most recent season of Game of Thrones, are both in talks for the movie. Gadot would play the female lead, Esther, a slave Ben-Hur is in love with. Pascal is up for the role of Pontius Pilate.

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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Grabs ‘Game Of Thrones’ Stars
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Charles Dance and Lena Headey In Game of Thrones

A pair of Game of Thrones stars have joined the cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s horror twist on a classic novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Lena Headey (300, Dredd) and Charles Dance (Dracula Untold, Alien 3), who play the father-daughter duo of Cersei Lannister and Tywin Lannister on Thrones, have both signed on for currently unspecified roles in Zombies. It’s also been announced that Screen Gems has acquired the rights to U.S. distribution for the movie.

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