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

21 hours ago | 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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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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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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Mackenzie Davis in Talks to Join Matt Damon in The Martian; Jack Huston Lands Ben-hur Lead

16 September 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Matt Damon is getting some company in the sci-fi survival film The Martian.  The Wrap reports that Halt and Catch Fire star Mackenzie Davis is in talks to join director Ridley Scott’s next film in a “small but crucial role”.  Scripted by Drew Goddard based on an e-book by Andy Weir, Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to return home.  Jessica Chastain is set to co-star in the pic in another unspecified role, but one imagines Damon will hold most of the screentime by himself.  Davis has proven to be a formidable talent to watch in films like Breathe In and most recently the romantic comedy What If, and The Martian is certainly her highest profile role to date. In addition to The Martian, The Wrap notes that Davis is currently filming Anna Axster’s indie A Country Called Home »

- Adam Chitwood

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MGM and Paramount Tap Jack Huston to Play ‘Ben-Hur’

16 September 2014 6:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MGM and Paramount Pictures seem to have found the man to take over the reigns of biblical character Judah Ben-Hur in the remake of the 1959 classic.

Sources tell Variety that Jack Huston has been tapped to star in “Ben-Hur” that Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) is directing.

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

The film is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.

The pic is set to bow on Feb. 26, 2016.

Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have either bowed or are set to bow in the next couple of years. Paramount had already seen success from this genre with “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky »

- Justin Kroll

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Jack Huston lands the role of Ben-Hur in upcoming remake

16 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

You might remember Jack Huston as the masked war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, but something tells me in a few years you’re going to know him for a lot more. MGM and Paramount have settled on Huston for the title role of Ben-Hur for director Timur Bekmambetov’s (Wanted) upcoming remake. Tom Hiddleston was eyed for the role at one point so it’s unclear if he’s out of the movie completely or will appear in another »

- Graham McMorrow

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Morgan Freeman Will Teach Ben Hur to Become a Champion Chariot Racer in MGM's Reboot of the Classic

12 September 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Morgan Freeman has joined the cast of MGM's completely unnecessary reboot of the classic sword-and-sandals epic "Ben-Hur," based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ." That Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterWanted") is attached to direct, makes this an even tougher pill for me to swallow, given the filmmaker's usual style. This reboot will probably be closer in look and feel to films like "300" than anything resembling the 1959 Charleton Heston film, directed by William Wyler, that cleaned up at the Oscars that year (there was an »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Morgan Freeman joins Ben-Hur remake

12 September 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After news reached us earlier in the week that Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman is to star in Ted 2, it has emerged over the last 24 hours that the actor is keeping himself even busier, with word that the actor has become the first actor signed on to co-star ithe remake of Ben-Hur.

MGM and Paramount’s upcoming film, which is to be directed by Night Watch and Wanted director  Timur Bekmambetov, will see Freeman play Ildarin, the man who trains Ben-Hur. Earlier in the month, rumours had spread that Loki/ Thor star Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the lead role, but as of yet no official word on whether those rumours are true.

The new take on Ben-Hur was originally scripted by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), but has been having re-writes done by  Academy Award-winner John Ridley, who wrote last year’s Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, and is »

- Scott Davis

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Morgan Freeman Cast in New Ben-hur Film

12 September 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The first official casting announcement has been made by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov for MGM's Ben-Hur. He has cast Morgan Freeman in the role of Ildarin, "the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion caliber chariot racer." Freeman will be awesome in the film. Why wouldn't he be? The actor is great in everything he's in. 

The studio and director are still looking to cast the main character in the story, Judah Ben-Hur, and his friend turned rival Messala. A few weeks ago it was reported that Tom Hiddleston was wanted for the lead role, but there's no word on whether that is still the case. 

The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, and according to Deadline,

"This version plays up the parallel storyline of Jesus Christ, but the focus is the blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, »

- Joey Paur

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Morgan Freeman Joins Ben-Hur Remake

11 September 2014 11:26 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Hot on the heels of joining the cast of Ted 2, Morgan Freeman has been announced as the first cast member of Timue Bekmambetov's (Night Watch, Wanted) Ben-Hur remake. Freeman will play Ildarin, the men who trains Ben-Hur. The title role has yet to be cast, but Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the role last month, but no official decision has been announced yet. Written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), with revisions from 12 Years a Slaves' John Ridley, Bekmambetov's no doubt incredibly stylish Ben-Hur is set for release on February 26th 2016. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain eyeing 'villain' role in Xavier Dolan film

11 September 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• After singing his praises on Twitter, Jessica Chastain has been approached by director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) to play a part in his first English-language feature The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Chastain would play the “villain,” an editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. The satirical film follows an American movie star with a secret correspondence with an 11 year-old in London. [The Wrap]

Morgan Freeman has reportedly been offered the role of Ildarin in the Ben-Hur remake. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film that will be based more on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ than the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston. »

- Jake Perlman

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Russian Cinema: Local Pics Up VFX Ante

8 September 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russian audiences have an enthusiasm for 3D, large formats and visual effects, says Paul Heth, CEO of leading Russian exhibition chain Karo.

That lines up Russians with audiences in much of the world, where such spectacle films lead the box office.

But their hunger for such films has forced Russian producers and visual effects companies to step up or risk losing out to Hollywood imports.

But while other territories are lagging in that area, Russian companies are stepping up. It’s not just Hollywood’s big-budget, 3D, vfx-heavy tentpoles thriving at the box office, but Russian spectacles as well.

Some of the biggest Russian box office hits in the past year have been 3D vfx pics with budgets far above average for local productions. World War II epic “Stalingrad 3D,” for example, grossed 1.66 billion rubles ($45.8 million) in Russia, and fantasy horror “Viy 3D” took $33.2 million.

“The visual effects (on ‘Stalingrad »

- Leo Barraclough

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2014 Baltimore Comic Con Boom! Studios Panel

7 September 2014 8:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On Saturday, the publishers and creators of Boom! Studios assembled for a panel in which they discussed Boom!’s founding and some fun stories from its early days as well as its vision going into its ten year anniversary. There were a few announcements for some potentially groundbreaking projects from creators you may recognize. The panelists were Boom! founder/CEO Ross Richie, publisher Filip Sablik, editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, and writers Mark Waid (Irredeemable), Marguerite Bennett (Sleepy Hollow), and James Tynion IV (The Woods). Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) made a surprise appearance, and other creators showed up via pre-recorded video.

Ross Richie opened up the panel by talking about how he founded Boom! in his own bedroom with prompting from comics veteran Keith Giffen (Justice League International, Annihilation) based on the principle of partnership between a company and its creators. Publisher Filip Sablik said that over the past year, Boom! has »

- Logan Dalton

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Wanted 2 Could Happen Without James McAvoy

27 August 2014 9:21 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the more entertaining action flicks I’ve seen in the last few years is Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy as bullet-bending assassins fighting for their lives. Between Bekmambetov’s visual prowess and the film’s gleeful amount of gun-firing intensity, I walked out of the film like I’d just hopped off an amusement park thrill ride, ready to give the whole ordeal another go around.

After finding box office success, producers were also keen to give the property another go, and the studio hired back original writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to delve deeper into J.G. Jones and Mark Millar’s source comic for an even more explosive sequel – then everything went dark on Wanted 2. The only real bit of concrete news we learned was that Angelina Jolie wouldn’t be reprising her role for the sequel, because, »

- Matt Donato

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The Essential Films & TV to Stream This Week – August 26th 2014

26 August 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Not a lot to say in the pre-amble to this week’s selection of titles. Should probably apologise for the negativity in advance because a lot of the below is dreck this week across any content provider apart from the occasional bright spot and a new Netflix exclusive. Hopefully you will be able to at least find something worth a look that floats your boat.

This week’s titles of note are as follows:

Gravity (2013)

There really isn’t anymore praise that I can heap on Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thrill ride that hasn’t been heaped upon it already. Upon repeat viewing what impresses more and more is the technical marvel that this film represents with Gravity being a massive leap forward in the use of virtual sets as well as animation that looks like real people.

There are apparently whole entire scenes here featuring Sandra Bullock and »

- Chris Holt

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Comic Book Review – The Multiversity #1

23 August 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras reviews The Multiversity #1…

Grant Morrison is one of the most polarizing writers in comics. There are those who hail him as genius, and those who believe he is quite insane. Chances are, they’re both right. His work has always created strong opinions and generated passion from comic fans. For me, there’s very little nuance to his work. There’s no such thing as an average Grant Morrison story. Either you dive in head first buying into the insanity he consistently weaves, or you cut bait after an issue or two declaring the whole thing an epic disaster. I don’t know a comic fan who doesn’t really enjoy a Morrison story like the amazing All Star Superman. On the other side, you’ll be hard pressed to find a fan who will sing the praises of Final Crisis.

Multiversity is going to be one of »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Chris Pratt Shares A Glimpse Of His Homeless Past

17 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Chris Pratt, before he was a successful TV and film actor, was homeless and living in Maui.

Chris Pratt's Homeless Past

Pratt shared a picture of a van – complete with a decal of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo – that he lived out of when he was homeless before he made it big as an actor. “Can’t believe I found this picture!!!!This is the van I lived in!!!” Pratt captioned the throwback snap on Facebook. “In my hand is the script for the movie that got me out of Maui. Crazy.”

After leaving high school, Pratt headed to Maui where a friend of his was living at the time. ”I had a friend who was like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to come out here,”’ Pratt told Entertainment Weekly. ”We set up camp on the beach and lived the dream.”

Post by Chris Pratt.

While living in Maui, Pratt made ends »

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Is Tom Hiddleston Chariot Ready For ‘Ben Hur’?

13 August 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It looks like Tom Hiddleston is being eyed up for the lead role in Ben-hur with direction coming from Wanted and Night Watch’s Timur Bekmambetov

The Thor actor is said to be a firm favorite with Timur Bekmambetov to play Judah Ben-Hur, in the forthcoming screen adaption of Lee Wallace’s classic 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. However, there are rumours that this might not come together at the moment due to Hiddleston’s other work commitments with I Saw The Light and High-rise

Scheduled to be released in cinemas 2016, this new version of the film will follow the younger years of Jewish prince Judah, and his friend Messala, who both grew up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire took over. The original Ben-hur was a silent film in 1925, which was then remade in 1959 starring Charlton Heston. The film had the biggest sets ever made for a film at the time, »

- Louise Tooth

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Transcendent Entertainment Sets ‘Magdalena’ for the Bigscreen (Exclusive)

13 August 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles-based Transcendent Entertainment, run by Peruvian-born Danny Rodriguez, will be taking the little-known true story of Peruvian French resistance member Magdalena Truel to the bigscreen.

The drama, tentatively titled “Magdalena,” is based on nonfiction bestseller “Final Stop” by former CNN Espanol journalist Hugo Coya who recounts stories gleaned from five years of research on the 21 Peruvians who perished in Nazi camps. Truel saved hundreds of lives from Nazi persecution during World War II through her forgery skills.

Pic is budgeted at an initial $30 million and will likely shoot in France and Peru, where Truel spent the first 18 years of her life.

New York-based helmer-scribe Francis Delia will pen the screenplay. Production designer Thomas Voth, who worked on “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Wanted” among others, is on board to serve as art director of the pic slated to shoot by next year.

Rodriguez is in talks with potential helmers »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted for Ben-hur

13 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is in the process of developing a Ben-Hur film for MGM and Paramount Pictures. According to Deadline, they've set a release date for February 26, 2016, and they are looking to cast Tom Hiddleston as Judah Ben-Hur.

The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, so it's more of an adaptation than it is a remake. I think it's great, too. As big a fan as I am of the original movie, I think a new vision of the story with today's filmmaking technology could be incredible. 

No offer has been made yet, so the actor hasn't officially been cast. According to the report, there are other film offers that he's considering, and he can't do them all. A movie like Ben-Hur seems like it would be a huge deal, though. I mean… it's Ben freakin' Hur! 

I think it'd »

- Joey Paur

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