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Writer John Ridley talks about crafting a Ben-Hur that's unique

10 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While no one is exactly clamoring for a remake for one of Charlton Heston's most beloved roles, I think it's safe to say that director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted) is really going to deliver something different to the sword and sandal arena with his take. Screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, Three Kings) recently spoke out about the kind of film they're making and how it will differ from the original classic. John Ridley's words via Coming Soon: »

- Sean Wist

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer #2: Manners Maketh Man

19 hours ago | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Kingsman: The Secret Service is the second film on which director Matthew Vaughn has teamed up with comic book writer Mark Millar – the first was Kick-Ass – and the third based directly on one of the author’s books – the other was Wanted, directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Kingsman: The Secret Service follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), who is introduced to the secret world of espionage by Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Though Egerton was the main focus of the film’s first trailer, Millar spoke at San Diego Comic-Con this year that Firth’s character allowed the actor “to do some cool stuff.”

In fact, Firth’s jump from romantic comedies and historical dramas has been the most talked about aspect of Kingsman: The Secret Service. For those that may have doubted the actor’s ability to play a character ...

Click to continue reading ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer #2: Manners »

- Molly Freeman

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Ridley Talks "Ben-Hur" Remake Changes

22 September 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One of the more surprising remake announcements in recent years has been that of "Ben-Hur," a new take by MGM and Paramount on the Lew Wallace novel.

The Timur Bekmambetov-directed new version will follow the book much closer than the Charlton Heston-led previous (and iconic) film adaptation in 1959. John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave") is penning the script and recently spoke with Coming Soon about the project and how it will differ from the William Wyler classic:

"It's going to be different in the sense that the original writer Keith Clarke wrote an amazing script and then went back to the Lew Wallace novel and really excavated the relationship between the two main characters, Ben-Hur and Messala.

It's interesting to a degree. It's kind of like going after Jimi Hendrix, because there are things about the 1959 movie that we think we remember, there are things that really happened, including obviously the chariot race, »

- Garth Franklin

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MGM Buys 55% Of Roma Downey And Mark Burnett’s Empire; Relaunches United Artists

22 September 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

In a deal that follows Roma Downey and Mark Burnett coming aboard the MGM/Paramount epic Ben-Hur that Timur Bekmambetov will direct with Jack Huston in the title role, MGM has acquired a 55% interest in Downey, Burnett and Hearst Entertainment’s One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, including all of their interests in such hit shows as Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Bible and The Apprentice. All this will be consolidated into a new media venture called United Artists Media Group. MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber made the deal with Burnett, Downey and Steven Swartz, Hearst Corp’s president and CEO. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Uamg will primarily focus on developing, producing and financing premium content across all platforms, including scripted and non-scripted television programs, motion pictures and digital content. Burnett will serve as the CEO of Uamg. Downey will serve as president of LightWorkers Media, the »

- Mike Fleming Jr and Anita Busch

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MGM Acquires Stake in Mark Burnett/Roma Downey Production Companies, Revives United Artists Banner

22 September 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MGM has acquired a 55% stake in the production companies jointly owned by Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment and has revived the United Artists banner to house the investment.

Burnett will serve as CEO of the newly formed United Artists Media Group. Downey will be president of LightWorkers Media, the faith and family unit.

The latest incarnation of the UA brand aims to produce TV shows, films and digital content for a wide range of global platforms. The partners also intend to launch an over the top channel aimed at the faith-based audience.

“I am extremely pleased to be partnering with Mark, Roma and (Hearst CEO) Steve (Swartz) in this incredible new venture that we believe will be accretive to MGM’s business,” said MGM chairman-ceo Gary Barber. “Mark and Roma are without a doubt the most successful and dominant players in unscripted television and faith-based content and we »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Casting Net: Channing Tatum to be 'Struck by Genius' in new drama

18 September 2014 4:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as Ptsd and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]

• Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is in talks to join the Ben-Hur remake starring Jack Huston. Kebbell would play the villainous Messala, »

- Jake Perlman

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Kebbell In Talks For Messala In "Ben-Hur"

18 September 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Toby Kebbell ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "The Fantastic Four") has begun early talks play the best friend turned villain Messala in Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur" for MGM.

The remake will reportedly be a closer adaptation of the original 1880 novel by Lew Wallace and centers on the betrayal of Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) by his childhood friend Messala, a betrayal that leads Ben-Hur being sold into slavery.

Morgan Freeman is playing Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer, as he seeks his revenge against Messala. A February 26th 2016 release date is being targeted.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Toby Kebbell to Play the Villainous Messala in Upcoming Ben-Hur Remake

18 September 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

British actor Toby Kebbell is on a roll as he’s now in talks to play the villainous Messala in MGM and Paramount’s upcoming remake of the award winning 1959 classic which won Charlton Heston an Oscar.

Kebbell delivered a fantastic performance in an episode of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed Black Mirror and found fame in Hollywood after landing roles in Wrath of the Titans and The Counselor. However, he proved that British actors are always the best choice to play villains as motion-capture creation Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He’ll also suit up next year as the evil Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four.

In Ben-Hur, Kebbell will play Messala, the man that the title character (who will be played by Jack Huston) hopes to take vengeance on after surviving years of slavery because his best friend betrayed him.

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- Josh Wilding

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Toby Kebbell in Talks for Ben-hur, Andie MacDowell Joins Magic Mike Xxl, and Anthony Mackie Set for Our Brand Is Crisis

18 September 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A few casting stories have surfaced this afternoon.  Briefly: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell is in early talks to take on the villain role in the Ben-Hur remake. The lovely Andie MacDowell will bring some femininity to the sequel Magic Mike Xxl. Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in the excellent-sounding political drama Our Brand Is Crisis. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Just after casting Boardwalk Empire alum Jack Huston in the titular lead role, Variety reports that MGM and Paramount have entered talks with Toby Kebbell to play the villainous Messala in the Ben-Hur remake.  Kebbell wowed audiences this summer as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and most recently wrapped the antagonist role of Dr. Doom in The Fantastic FourTimur Bekmambetov is onboard to direct Ben-Hur in anticipation of a February 26, 2016 release »

- Adam Chitwood

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Toby Kebbell Eyes Villainous Role in ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake (Exclusive)

18 September 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having recently wrapped “Fantastic Four,” in which he plays the evil Doctor Doom, Toby Kebbell may have found another bad boy role.

Sources tell Variety Toby Kebbell is in early talks to play Messala in MGM and Paramount’s remake of “Ben-Hur.”

Jack Huston was recently tapped to play Judah Ben-Hur with Timur Bekmambetov set to direct.

The script was written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley and Keith Clarke, who sold the original spec to MGM.

Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” the epic drama follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Kebbell will play that best friend, who was portrayed by Stephen Boyd in the 1959 classic.

The pic arrives in theaters Feb. 26, 2016.

Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have »

- Justin Kroll

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Casting Net: Jack Huston to star as title role in 'Ben-Hur' remake

17 September 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »

- Jake Perlman

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Huston to Follow Heston as Ben-Hur Casting Announced

17 September 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jack Huston cast in ‘Ben-Hur’ remake? ‘Boardwalk Empire’ actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn’t an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace’s 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale of the Jewish Prince Judah Ben-Hur, »

- Andre Soares

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Casting: Billy Bob Thornton & Scoot McNairy Join 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' 'Ben-Hur' Adds Morgan Freeman & Jack Huston & More

17 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The talent keeps growing for "Our Brand Is Crisis." Produced by George Clooney, set to be directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sandra Bullock, now Billy Bob Thornton and Scoot McNairy have joined the cast. Based on the documentary by Rachel Boynton, the story will follow " 'Calamity' Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant who often quotes famous people to help hammer home her talking points." Peter Straughan ("The Men Who Stared At Goats") penned the script, and filming will begin this fall. [The Wrap/Variety] The "Ben-Hur" remake now has the first two dudes in the chariot: Morgan Freeman and Jack Huston. The Timur Bekmambetov-directed movie boasts a rewrite by "12 Years A Slave" screenwriter John Ridley. That said, it will attempt to have Huston (who we love) step into the role made famous by Charlton Heston, with Freeman as Ildarin who teaches him all his skills. So, yeah, this can't go wrong. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jack Huston to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

17 September 2014 3:42 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

MGM and Paramount Pictures have announced that Jack Huston (American Hustle, "Boardwalk Empire") will play the title role in the upcoming "Ben-Hur" remake, which already has Morgan Freeman on board as Ildarin, who teaches Ben-Hur how to race chariots. The new movie will once again be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel that outsold every book (outside of the Bible) until it was eventually beaten by "Gone With the Wind." It's adapted for the big screen by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). "Ben-Hur" will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is expected to begin filming in Europe next year. It's set to hit theaters on February 26th, 2016. »

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Jack Huston Is ‘Ben-Hur’

16 September 2014 11:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After a stunning turn in Boardwalk Empire Jack Huston is pretty hot property. He was recently cast in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and now he taking on the lead role in a true epic. Ben-hur is set to be remade by Wanted and Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov, for MGM and Paramount Studios. Based on the classic novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ’, it follows a nobleman falsely accused of murdering a Roman soldier who endures years of slavery in order to return for his vengeance.

Originally starring Charlton Heston, the film is one of those rare occasions where a strong religious theme regarding faith doesn’t become too preachy nor encroach on a riveting story. The film set the bar for Academy Award wins with 11, a number that has only been equalled by Titantic and Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King. Huston joins Morgan Freeman »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Jack Huston to play Ben-Hur lead in remake

16 September 2014 8:10 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston has been added to the Ben-Hur remake.

The Wrap reports that the actor will play the titular character in Timur Bekmambetov's remake of the 1959 biblical movie.

The Paramount and MGM production has already recruited Morgan Freeman for the role of Ildarin, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.

Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ forms the basis for the film, centring on Judah Ben-Hur, a prince in Jerusalem who is betrayed and sold into slavery.

The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.

Charlton Heston played the lead role in the original 1959 film.

Ben-Hur is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »

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A movie star in the making: 'Boardwalk Empire's' Jack Huston is your new 'Ben-Hur'

16 September 2014 7:41 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jack Huston is your new "Ben-Hur." The "Boardwalk Empire" star has been set to play the title role in MGM and Paramount's upcoming remake, according to Deadline. Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is set to direct the epic film, in which Morgan Freeman was previously cast as Ildarin, the man who trains Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer. As we reported last month, Tom Hiddleston had previously been eyed for the lead role. Best known for his role as masked hitman Richard Harrow on the HBO crime drama, Huston has also appeared in a number of recent films including "American Hustle," "Kill Your Darlings" and David Chase's "Not Fade Away." Upcoming big-screen credits for the actor include "Posthumous" opposite Brit Marling, Nicholas Sparks adaptation "The Longest Ride" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," an adaptation of the bestselling mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Based on the hugely popular 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Jack Huston Is The New "Ben-Hur"

16 September 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston has scored the title role in Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming "Ben-Hur" remake at MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures.

The new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel focuses on a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend Messala who betrayed him. Both have to choose between retribution and forgiveness.

The key role of Messala is to be cast next. Morgan Freeman came onboard recently as Ildarin, the character who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer. Also still to be cast is Jesus Christ whose story parallels with Ben-Hur in the film.

Huston beat out Tom Hiddleston who was reportedly linked to the project last month, but at the time the "Thor" actor was considering several offers.

No word on a production start date, but the film is targeting a February 26th 2016 release.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Jack Huston to Star in 'Ben-Hur' Remake

16 September 2014 6:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jack Huston has been tapped to fill Charlton Heston's sandals.  The Boardwalk Empire actor is in talks to star in Paramount and MGM's Ben-Hur remake, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The deal has not yet been finalized and could still fall apart. Filming is set to begin in Europe next year with director Timur Bekmambetov at the helm. Morgan Freeman had been previously announced to co-star in the film as Ildarin, who teaches Ben-Hur how to race chariots.  John Ridley did a rewrite on Keith Clarke's script. Ridley, Clarke, Jason F. Brown and Roma Downey are executive producers.

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- Ryan Gajewski

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'Ben-Hur' Casts 'Boardwalk Empire' Star Jack Huston in Title Role

16 September 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures have decided on Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston to play the title role in their Ben-Hur remake.

We reported last month that the studios were eyeing Tom Hiddleston to play Ben-Hur, but that report revealed the actor was also mulling over a number of other offers, such as MGM's Me Before You.

The studios will set their sights on casting the role of Messala next, the one-time friend of Ben-Hur who frames him for an accident, which causes him to be sold in to slavery. This duplicitous act ignites Ben-Hur's long journey for revenge. Along the way, he meets Ildarin (Morgan Freeman), who teaches the title character to become a champion chariot racer.

The story is said to be much more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel, with the remake including the parallel story of Jesus Christ, which wasn't included in the 1959 Ben-Hur film that starred Charlton Heston. »

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