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Red-Carpet Video Interviews: Jack Huston, Roma Downey, Mark Burnett for ‘Ben-Hur’

23 August 2016 10:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com brings you our red-carpet interviews with Jack Huston (“Judah Ben-Hur”), executive producer Roma Downey, executive producer Mark Burnett and Wilfredo “Pastor Choco” De Jesus from the Chicago premiere of “Ben-Hur” on Aug. 19, 2016 at Kerasotes ShowPlace Icon Theatre.

The film, which stars Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, opened on Aug. 19, 2016.

Interviews by: Adam Fendelman, Publisher

Video filming by: Jason Madeja

Video editing by: Jeff Doles, 238 Studios

Trailer and stills (used with permission): Paramount Pictures, MGM

© 2016 HollywoodChicago.com LLC

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Movie Review: Ben-Hur

22 August 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

It can be very difficult to judge a film on its own merits, especially when it is a story that has been retold several times, and when one of those times was one of the most heavily awarded films in the history of cinema, it has a lot of baggage to live up to. While Ben-Hur has been updated for modern audiences, who wouldn’t dare watch a film older than the 21st century in a serviceable adaptation, it is still a flawed film. Ben-Hur is a film that is merely decent, when it could’ve been great.

Descended from a rich Jewish family, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) has everything he could ever want, including friendship in his adopted Roman brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), and a happy family home until one evening Messala, when feeling an outcast from the family, goes off to become a soldier in the Roman army. »

- Seth Paul

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Unsurprisingly, the Ben-Hur remake bombs at the box office

22 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but the remake of Ben-Hur did not have a good opening weekend at the box office.

With a production budget of $100 million, Ben-Hur managed to earn the least of the new releases over the weekend, and was also toppled by Suicide Squad in its third week and Sausage Party in its second. The movie earned just $11 million from 3,000 screens, with another $10 million coming from 23 international markets.

Ben-Hur is still to be released in a few key markets, including UK and Korea, but it will need to do exceptionally well to recuperate its budget and marketing costs.

Ben-Hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. »

- Luke Owen

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Suicide Squad Stays #1 at the Box Office for the 3rd Week in a Row

21 August 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Most expected Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad to dominate at the box office throughout the month of August before it hit theaters three weeks ago. However, after suffering a huge second weekend drop of 67.4% last weekend, many believed that its reign would come to an end this weekend, with three new releases hitting theaters, the epic remake Ben-Hur, the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings and the true story adaptation War Dogs. As it turns out, all three of those newcomers underperformed leading to Suicide Squad winning for the third week in a row with $20.7 million.

Suicide Squad's $133.6 million made it the fourth-highest opening of the year. The debut falls below Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million), Warner Bros./DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Disney Pixar's Finding Dory ($135 million). Disney Pixar's Finding Dory is still the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, with $473.8 million, »

- MovieWeb

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Meet The Characters Of HBO’s Westworld With These New Images

20 August 2016 11:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Though it hit a couple of snags along the way, HBO’s upcoming remake of Westworld is now on course for an October 2nd premiere, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Set to bring Michael Crichton’s sci-fi tale to a new audience, the show focuses on a western theme park where human-like androids begin to exhibit eerie artificial intelligence outside of their intended parameters.

With star Evan Rachel Wood promising that we have no idea what’s coming and the latest trailer managing to intrigue us with its creepy and dark tone, we’re certainly eager for the fall to roll around. And now, to whet our appetite a bit more, HBO has rolled out several new images from the show, which can be see in the gallery above.

The photos give us a good look at cast members Anthony Hopkins, Rodrigo Santoro, »

- Josh Wilding

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HBO’s Westworld gets a new batch of images

20 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With its premiere set for October, HBO has released a batch of promotional images from its hotly-anticipated sci-fi series Westworld; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Westworld here

 

The one-hour drama series Westworld kicks off its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO. Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing, the series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton.

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins (Academy Award® winner for “The Silence of the Lambs”; Academy Award® nominee for “Remains of the Day, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Left in the Dust by ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘War Dogs’ with $4 Million Friday

20 August 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After pulling in about $4 million on Friday, “Ben-Hur” is looking at a dismal opening weekend at the box office in the range of $11 million at 3,084 locations.

The film, from Paramount and MGM, is eyeing a fourth or fifth place finish this weekend despite a big budget of about $100 million.

Warner Bros. is staying on top as “Suicide Squad” will most likely keep the throne with a third weekend in the $20 million range at 3,924 locations. The same studio’s “War Dogs” is looking at about $15 million at 3,258 locations after pulling in $5.5 million on Friday.

Sony and Annapurna’s second weekend of “Sausage Party” is eyeing a second weekend in the $15 million range at 3,103 locations after a $5 million Friday.

The tight box office race is only squeezed tighter by Focus’ launch of the animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strongs” from Laika, which looks to open to about $12 million at 3,260 locations. Its »

- Seth Kelley

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New Photos from HBO’s Westworld Series

19 August 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

More characters from the sprawling story of HBO’s Westworld series are featured in new photos from the series ahead of its October 2nd premiere.

Press Release: The one-hour drama series Westworld kicks off its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO. Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing, the series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton.

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Co-creator Nolan explains, “Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could »

- Derek Anderson

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 19, 2016)

19 August 2016 1:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 19. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Ben-Hur

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Toby Kebbell

Synopsis: The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army.  Stripped of his title, »

- Steve Greene

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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Trailing Rivals With Dismal $12 Million U.S. Weekend

19 August 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount-mgm’s costly remake of “Ben-Hur” is headed for a dismal fourth place domestic launch at about $12 million at 3,084 locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Warner Bros. third weekend of “Suicide Squad” will probably win a tight race for the top spot with as much as $20 million, followed by Warner Bros. launch of dark comedy “War Dogs” at $18 million and Sony’s second weekend of “Sausage Party” at $16 million.

Ben-Hur” is battling Focus’ launch of Laika’s animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strings” for fourth.

Suicide Squad” is declining by about 59% and will wind up the weekend with about $260 million at the domestic box office. Warner Bros. announced earlier in the week that the supervillain tentpole had crossed the $500 million mark in worldwide box office.

It’s a decent start for “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers in a project with a $45 million budget. »

- Dave McNary

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A Boat Load Of Photos From HBO's Westworld Are Here!

19 August 2016 1:11 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Lrm has been provided with a batch of photos for the the upcoming HBO drama series Westworld. The TV series stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth And Clifton Collins, Jr.

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing, the series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Executive producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

The one-hour drama series kicks off its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9:00 p. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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‘Westworld’ First Look: Who Are All the Characters on HBO’s Sci-Fi Western? (Photos)

19 August 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Westworld is the name of a futuristic amusement park with a Wild West theme. Its inhabitants are both human and android, but differentiating the two appears to be a central plot point. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal plays the character Armistice, a savage fighter and brutal bandit, on HBO’s “Westworld.” James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood as Teddy and Delores, two central protagonists. Thandie Newton plays Maeve, the sharp madame. Evan Rachel Wood as Delores, one of the robotic attractions . Ed Harris plays the mysterious Man in Black on HBO’s sci-fi Western drama. Rodrigo Santoro plays Hector Escaton, the “most wanted” bandit. »

- Linda Ge

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'Ben-Hur' Review: A Remake Disaster of Biblical Proportions

19 August 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The last of the summer's movie epics is a digitalized eyesore hobbled in every department by staggering incompetence. I'm talking about Ben-Hur, a remake of William Wyler's 1959 milestone (there was also a 1925 silent version) that won Charlton Heston an Oscar in the title role and put the climactic chariot race in the action-movie canon. No time capsule inclusion or little gold men for this pisspoor reboot, however. Executive producers Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey have been pushing projects — The Bible on TV, Son of God in theaters »

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Box Office: ‘War Dogs’ Leaves ‘Ben-Hur’ in the Dust With $1.3 Million on Thursday Night

19 August 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Warner Bros. comedy “War Dogs” has opened with $1.3 million on Thursday night, easily topping Paramount-MGM’s remake of “Ben-Hur,” which earned a muted $900,000 at 2,389 locations.

Focus Features’ animated “Kubo and the Two Strings” also launched quietly on Thursday night with $515,000 at 2,100 locations.

The trio of new entries are expected to trail Warner’s third weekend of “Suicide Squad” at the domestic box office with the supervillain tentpole leading the pack at around $22 million.

It’s a decent start for “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers in a project. The film, which carries a $45 million budget, is expected to take in around $12 million to $14 million at 3,258 locations amid mixed reviews that earned it a 60% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

R-rated “War Dogs,” helmed by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips, is based on Guy Lawson’s book “Arms and the Dudes” about »

- Dave McNary

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Ben-hur (2016) – Review

19 August 2016 12:06 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

© 2016 Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The movies have long been fascinated by Ben-hur, Lew Wallace’s 1880 bestselling novel – two silent versions, a 1907 short one and a spectacular 1925 feature film, and the familiar 1959 Technicolor classic with Charlton Heston. This will be at least the 4th movie version.

The 1925 version has the most thrilling chariot race, with a raw energy and real sense of danger – very real danger as the director hired Italian men skilled with horses to essentially run a chariot race, with all the inherent dangers (if you have never seen it, you really should). Memories of that gripping, cinematic chariot race helped prompt director William Wyler to remake Ben-hur in 1959, in full color and sound, with a top-star and all the epic “cast of thousands” grandeur of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Now a new technology has its say with the old story -with CGI effects and 3D. »

- Cate Marquis

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Ben-Hur Review

18 August 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s a moment at the very end of Ben-Hur that almost wrecks everything that came before; as two characters ride horses, spurring them on, galloping into a warm desert sun, a neo-soul singer named Andra Day is suddenly crooning in the background. It’s jarringly anachronistic, side-splittingly funny, and absolutely awful, the kind of last-second studio-executive decision that will ensure the last minutes of Timur Bekmambetov’s already risky remake of the 1959, Oscar-dominating classic will be accompanied by peals of incredulous laughter at each and every screening.

Choices like that soundtrack addition would seem to belie any claims that this Ben-Hur was greenlit for any reason other than to run a cinematic classic through the grubby Hollywood-blockbuster grinder, turning out something that could capitalize on the brand name, show off some pricey special effects, and easily sell audience members on an inferior update of a film universally regarded as one of the best. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Ben Hur’ Critical Roundup: Reviews Shrug at Epic Remake

18 August 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Almost six decades ago, Charlton Heston embodied Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, in the Academy Award-winning blockbuster of the same name. Winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, this drama became a classic in cinema history. Now, the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur returns to the big screen in Timur Bekmambetov’ remake. As the helmer takes audiences back to the chariot races, it seems like critics aren’t up for the ride.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls the film “chariots of misfire” and states that “Jesus dies for our cinema sins in this biblical epic.” He also notes that “if each new “Ben-Hur” is a reflection of the time in which it was made, this one may remember 2016 time as a grim time for blockbuster entertainment.”

Read More: ‘Ben-Hur’ Review: Jesus Dies For Our Cinema Sins In This Redeemably Garish Biblical Epic

Owen Gleiberman of Variety »

- Liz Calvario

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Ben-Hur Review #2: The Good Far Outweighs The Bad

18 August 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Charlton Heston is not spinning in his grave. Paramount's remake of Ben-Hur isn't on par with the 1959 classic, but certainly stands on its own as a decent film. The Heston-led Ben-Hur won eleven Oscars and is widely considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made. It would have been a miracle if this version met that standard. There were some glaring issues for me, but the good far outweighs the bad in this Paramount Pictures release. Russian Director Timur Bekmambetov delivers a solidly entertaining, well-shot, biblical epic.

Set in Jerusalem in the time of Christ, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) is a Jewish prince from a wealthy family. He and his adopted brother, Messala Severus (Toby Kebbell), race horses for sport in their patrician lives. Judah has fallen in love with Esther (Nanazin Boniadi), the daughter of a servant. Messala, who isn't a Jew and prays to the Roman gods, »

- MovieWeb

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‘Posthumous’ Exclusive Clip: Jack Huston And Brit Marling Star In Rom-Com About a Struggling Artist’s Mistaken Suicide

17 August 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Everyone knows that dying is the best thing that can happen to an artist, but what happens if everyone just thinks you’ve died. Lulu Wang’s romantic comedy “Posthumous” explores that premise, focusing on a struggling artist who’s mistakenly thought to have committed suicide. The film stars Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire,” “American Hustle”) as the artist in question whom the public believes is dead. He decides to keep up the charade and pose as his brother, but when he meets a reporter, played by Brit Marling (“Another Earth,” “The Keeping Room”), his plan falls into jeopardy, especially after they start falling for each other. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Exclusive: Brit Marling and Jack Huston Pair Up in ‘Posthumous’ Poster

Wang says that while she and her team “set out to make a classic romantic-comedy,” “Posthumous” isn’t a story “about two people falling in love, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Roma Downey, ‘Ben-Hur’ Cast at L.A. Premiere: The Film is Not a Remake

17 August 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stars gathered in Hollywood for the L.A. premiere of the new epic film “Ben-Hur” on Tuesday evening.

Celebrities including Omarosa Manigault, Terry Crews and Jon Voight joined cast members Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro and Ayelet Zurer for a star-studded red carpet. Zurer, Kebbell and producer Sean Daniel were all quick to note that the film is not a remake of William Wyler’s 1959 masterpiece of the same name.

“We wouldn’t think of trying to remake the 1959 ‘Ben-Hur,’” said Daniel. “It’s a re-imagining based on the book. Obviously we’re drawing from the same book, and of course we’re portraying some of the same epic scenes, but I wouldn’t call it a ‘remake.’”

Executive producer Roma Downey also stated that the film isn’t a remake, though she felt the time was right for another adaptation of Lew Wallace’s iconic book.

“It »

- Arya Roshanian

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