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Win an Archery lesson with Ben Hur

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To celebrate the release of Ben-Hur we are giving away one complimentary archery lesson for 2 winners provided by Experience Archery based in Archway North London. The 2 lucky winners will have 6 months to use their voucher for 1 Archery lesson – the perfect prize for any fan of Ben-Hur.

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. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Academy Award® winner* Morgan Freeman.

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Win Ben Hur on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Ben Hur on 16th January, we’ve been given copies to give away on Blu-ray.

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. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Academy Award® winner* Morgan Freeman.

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Ben-Hur Review

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With Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A tale of Christ spawning a 1907 and 1925 silent film, the 1959 Oscar Winning epic we all known and love, and a 2003 animated feature I only just found out about that somehow saw Charlton Heston reprise one of his most famous roles, going after Timur Bekmembetov’s new version of the classic story for being a remake is a bit redundant at this stage. And any way, this is a “reimagining”, a “re-adaption”, a “new interpertation”. But what does that mean exactly? Well, if Ben-Hur 2016 is anything to go by, it means generic, soap opera-esque story telling, and clinging onto the memory of the past. Some changes have made to the original story, with Jewish nobleman Judah Ben-Hur's (Jack Huston) long-time friendship with adoptive brother Messalla (Toby Kebbell), a soldier in the Roman army, shattered when he is betrayed after taking the blame for
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‘Ben-Hur’ review: “An unjust, empty husk”

Ben-Hur review: Timur Bekmambetov adapts Lew Wallace’s novel – but can it match the 1959 masterpiece?

Ben-Hur review by Matthew Ceo, September 2016.

Ben-Hur review

How do you alienate an audience from wanting to see future historical dramas on the silver screen? By pointlessly remaking 50’s classics such as Ben-Hur (the film based on Lew Wallce’s 1880 novel).

What sounds like a bitter jab at cinematic revisionism is actually an accurate reflection on how unnecessary the newest in a slew of remakes is. Timur Bekmambetov‘s reiteration of the Wyler remake, or the ’25 original (or source novel) is an unintentional insult. From the outset, what we see is an amateurish effort of a film, one that takes an original tale and bleeds it dry. I’d say that what’s most upsetting about Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur is that it disappoints in almost every aspect of it’s production – making it seem like an incredibly well-funded direct-to-video title.
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‘Ben-Hur’ Could Lose $100 Million at Box Office

‘Ben-Hur’ Could Lose $100 Million at Box Office
Ben-Hur” could lose $100 million after collapsing at the box office last weekend.

The biblical epic cost well over $100 million to produce and tens of millions to market and distribute globally. That amounts to a hefty price, one that stands little chance of being recouped following “Ben-Hur’s” paltry $11.2 million domestic debut. The film will be lucky to top out at $30 million when it finishes its stateside run, and will almost certainly shed screens next weekend as theaters try to move more popular films onto that real estate.

Those estimates come from executives at rival studios. Sources close to the film, however, believe the ultimate losses will likely be between $60 million and $75 million, because they think that the film could do well on DVD and other home entertainment platforms. “Ben-Hur” seemed to resonate more strongly in the South, particularly with faith-based consumers.

Overseas, “Ben-Hur” may fare better. The film kicked off to $10.7 million from 18 international markets,
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'Ben-Hur' Fallout: Film, TV Biblical Epics in Need of Redemption

'Ben-Hur' Fallout: Film, TV Biblical Epics in Need of Redemption
The wheels are coming off in Hollywood's race to make biblical epics that galvanize faith-based moviegoers and TV viewers on a grand scale, as well as general consumers interested in ancient tales (otherwise known as sword-and-sandals films). Case in point: Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur delivered an abysmal $11.2 million opening at the North American box office over the Aug. 19-21 weekend, despite a production budget of nearly $100 million. The movie is based on Lew Wallace's classic 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, and not the Oscar-winning 1959 film famously starring Charlton

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Ben-Hur remake suffers grim weekend at the Us box office

Ryan Lambie Aug 22, 2016

The $100m Ben-Hur remake didn't have a great weekend in the Us, with a meagre take of just over $11m...

Chariot Races. Big wooden ships rowed across stormy seas by topless men. Morgan Freeman in voluminous dreadlocks. To quote Russell Crowe in Gladiator, "Are you not entertained?" 

If the opening weekend for Timur Bekmambetov's glossy remake of Ben-Hur is anything to go by, the answer appears to be a resounding "Not really, no." The fifth in a string of adaptations of Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ by Lew Wallace, the epic action drama made a rather dismal $11.35m over the weekend according to Box Office Mojo - which isn't great news, considering the film's estimated $100m budget. 

In a late summer line-up comprising such movies as bawdy foodstuff comedy Sausage Party, comedy-drama War Dogs and Laika's animated film Kubo And The Two Strings, Ben-Hur had
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Suicide Squad Stays #1 at the Box Office for the 3rd Week in a Row

Suicide Squad Stays #1 at the Box Office for the 3rd Week in a Row
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,
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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Flops With $11.4 Million, ‘Suicide Squad’ Still on Top

Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Flops With $11.4 Million, ‘Suicide Squad’ Still on Top
Ben-Hur” derailed spectacularly at the multiplexes this weekend, as the latest attempt to revive the chariot racing epic opened to an anemic $11.4 million. That’s a disastrous result for the $100 million production, putting “Ben-Hur” in the ranks of the summer’s biggest flops.

Metr0-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount co-produced the remake of Lew Wallace’s novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”; the book was the basis for the 1959 blockbuster that followed Charlton Heston into the arena. Here Jack Huston took the reins as a Jewish prince who must exact his revenge after his adopted brother (Toby Kebbell) betrays him.

“This is the bomb of the summer,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They went big and they went home.”

Although MGM put up roughly 80% of the budget for the film, its failure will be felt at Paramount. The studio has had a bad streak at the box office of late,
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'Ben-Hur' Review: A Remake Disaster of Biblical Proportions

'Ben-Hur' Review: A Remake Disaster of Biblical Proportions
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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Ben-hur (2016) – Review

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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.
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Movie Review: The new Ben-Hur gets better (and bolder) as it races to the finish line

Bear with Ben-Hur. At first, the new adaptation of Lew Wallace’s New Testament soap opera seems impersonal, as dusty and ornamented as any movie in which robed Jews and Romans argue about gods and kings in accents of vaguely British origin. But wait, because there will come a moment when the hero is accused of conspiracy and sentenced to row a warship as a slave—at which point the movie jumps forward five years, into a terrifically grotesque galley sequence, with Jack Huston’s Judah Ben-Hur abruptly transformed from a princely non-entity into a long-haired, dirt-seamed wild man of vengeance, his voice permanently hoarse.

From the galley slaves’ point of view (which is all this Ben-Hur shows), the Roman trireme is an insane war machine, where orders to row are repeated from above even as arrows zip through the oar-holes and hot tar drips from the deck, until an
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Box Office: Can Christians Prevent ‘Ben-Hur’ From Flopping?

Box Office: Can Christians Prevent ‘Ben-Hur’ From Flopping?
The producers of “Ben-Hur” are holding out for a miracle.

The $100 million Biblical epic is battling devastating pre-release tracking that suggests the story of a prince who is betrayed by a Roman nobleman may be one of the year’s most painful flops. Paramount, which co-financed the film with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, is hoping that the picture can hit $20 million when it debuts across 3,100 locations this weekend. Outside tracking agencies are less bullish, pegging a debut in the $10 million to $15 million range, a disastrous result considering the film’s steep budget.

“That would qualify it as possibly the bomb of the summer,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “A hundred million dollar film opening in the teens is unacceptable.”

It will also likely mean that “Suicide Squad,” the critically loathed comic book adaptation, will top the box office for a third consecutive weekend, pulling in $21 million. That will
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Review: Ben-hur Races Against Expectations

Vividly re-imagined, the new Ben-Hur is a lot of fun to watch, in part because it follows the outline of William Wyler's famed film while injecting fresh new elements. It's not a classic, by any means, but it certainly exceeds expectations. Some things can't be improved upon, such as the legendary chariot race. To be fair, that epic sequence from 1959, directed by Yakima Canutt and Andrew Marton and influenced heavily by the 1925 silent version, is burned into my brain from more than two dozen viewings and still sends chills down my spine, so I can't imagine any restaging would ever come close. Taken as a whole, however, this is a more than respectable staging of the material. It all started with Lew Wallace's...

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

Roma Downey, ‘Ben-Hur’ Cast at L.A. Premiere: The Film is Not a Remake
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
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Ben-Hur Review: It's Not Great, nor Worthy of Hate

Ben-Hur Review: It's Not Great, nor Worthy of Hate
Up until somewhat recently, all of the movie reviews on this site used the five-star grading system. The college newspaper I wrote for also used the star system, and I used to enjoy the economy of language at play there. If you want the tiniest snapshot of an opinion on a film, one just needs to see how many stars were given, and if you wanted to know more, or why, you could just read the review in full. Still, after a number of years, I found myself overthinking everything, second guessing my snap judgment star ratings, because, if I gave this movie this rating, it subsequently would mean I liked it more/less than X amount of movies I gave this other rating to, and on and on it'd go. If we still had the star system in play here, I honestly don't know what I'd give Ben-Hur. I
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‘Ben-Hur’ Review: Jesus Dies For Our Cinema Sins In This Redeemably Garish Biblical Epic

‘Ben-Hur’ Review: Jesus Dies For Our Cinema Sins In This Redeemably Garish Biblical Epic
The good news is that the story of Ben-Hur is so rock solid that not even the director of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” can screw it up completely. The sixth feature-length film or miniseries to be adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ,” Timur Bekmambetov’s take on the religious epic inevitably lacks the grandeur of Fred Niblo’s 1925 silent or the girth of William Wyler’s 1959 Oscar-hoarding classic. After all, this is 2016 (more specifically, the summer of 2016), a time when movies about Jesus are pitched only to the converted, and blockbusters can only be longer than 120 minutes if they end with two iconic superheroes fighting each other to a stalemate.

But if this new “Ben-Hur” was only provided with a fraction of the potential that’s been afforded to its predecessors, it sometimes finds the strength to reach out and scrape against its frustratingly low ceiling.
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Ben-Hur review – rowdy revamp takes a Roman holiday from reality

This retelling of the classic tale, from the director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is unafraid to make wholesale changes, and all the better for it

They finally got the roof fixed.

In every previous adaptation of General Lew Wallace’s wildly successful 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the instigating event stems from Judah Ben-Hur, the Jewish nobleman, accidentally knocking some stray tiles on to the heads of Roman bigshots as they enter Jerusalem. In 1907 (the 15-minute version), 1926 (Fred Niblo’s luxe and still very watchable silent), 1959 (the enormous Charlton Heston classic), 2003 (an animated version featuring Heston’s voice) and 2010 (a TV miniseries) tiles rained from above, shattering the friendship between Judah and his boyhood chum, the striving Roman tribune Messala. It’s not a stretch to call the poorly manufactured shingles at the Casa de Hur a key prop in cinema history – if not quite Charles Foster
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'Ben-Hur': Film Review

'Ben-Hur': Film Review
What's the point of making a cut-rate version of Ben-Hur? Of creating a chariot race so heavily digitized and over-edited that it's the worst scene in the picture? Of casting lightweights in the leading roles? Of laying a wailing modern pop song over the end credits? Since its birth as a novel 136 years ago, Lew Wallace's grand melodrama of a Jewish prince whose life intersects with that of Jesus under Roman rule in Judea has always been a Grand Event — as a best-selling book, a stage spectacle that toured for decades and two spectacular

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‘Ben-Hur’ Review: Chariot Racer Swings Low in Overblown Remake

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‘Ben-Hur’ Review: Chariot Racer Swings Low in Overblown Remake
If each generation gets the movie spectacles they deserve, then we probably had the new “Ben-Hur” — a scattered and hokey, if well-meaning, mess — coming. Marking the improbable collaboration of action-fantasy director Timur Bekmambetov (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer”), devout Christian producing spouses Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), this latest adaptation turns novelist General Lew Wallace’s 1880 “tale of the Christ” — brotherhood, vengeance and gospel writ Roman Empire-large — into a mad movie dash from prince’s palace to slave ship to chariot race. But even in this fertile age for popular...
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