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Movie Backdrops Move Front and Center in New Museum Exhibit

Production designer Thomas Walsh quotes a saying well-known to scenic artists and designers: “If you really notice the backdrop, it’s a failed backdrop.” Mammoth paintings designed to depict everything from Mount Rushmore to an office hallway or an Austrian mountain range may have been created to fool the eye and fade into the literal background […]

Claude Heater, Opera Singer Who Played Jesus in ‘Ben-Hur,’ Dies at 92

Claude Heater, the famed opera singer who appeared with his face unseen as Jesus Christ in William Wyler's epic 1959 production of 'Ben-Hur,' has died. He was 92.

MGM Beats Earnings Guidance With Full-Year Results, Despite ‘Ben-Hur’ Losses

The parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer posted $61 million in film impairment charges, due mainly to the Biblical-themed epic bombing at the worldwide box office.

‘Ben Hur’ to ‘BFG’: Hollywood’s Biggest Box-Office Bombs of 2016

Fourteen movies from 2016 make the year-end list, including: 'Alice Through the Looking Glass,' 'The BFG.' 'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Ben-Hur.'

‘Ben Hur’ Director Blames U.S. Box-Office Failure on Film’s “Forgive Your Enemy” Message

Timur Bekmambetov says that few people can "understand and accept" that message.

‘Ben-Hur’ Faces Epic $120M Loss as Summer’s Biggest Box-Office Bust

Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' and fellow Disney release 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' are other giant-sized summer tentpoles racking up major losses.

‘Ben-Hur’ Fallout: Film, TV Biblical Epics in Need of Redemption

MGM and Paramount's big screen 'Ben-Hur' bombed in its box-office debut, following troubled results for similarly themed movies and television shows.

Glenn Beck Raves About ‘Ben-Hur’ as Critics Jeer

"This is the movie we hoped 'Noah' would be, which was an abomination," Beck said of 'Ben-Hur,' which is so far bombing at the box office.

Weekend Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Bombing; ‘Suicide Squad’ Still No. 1

'Ben-Hur' — the summer's final big-budget title — looks to be beat by fellow new offerings 'War Dogs' and 'Kubo and the Two Strings'; 'Sausage Party' continues to prosper in its second weekend.

Hollywood Flashback: ‘Ben-Hur’ First Conquered Hollywood in 1959

As a remake heads to theaters Aug. 19, THR looks back at the film starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince-turned-slave-turned-chariot racer: "When a horse went down, there was no room for mistakes. It wasn't digital. All those wrecks were real," says the actor's stunt double.

‘Ben-Hur’ Premiere: Cast Reflects on Family Dynamics, Vengeance and Redemption

"It’s important to say that this isn’t a remake of the incredible William Wyler film. It is our reimagining of Ben-Hur for 2016,” producer Sean Daniel tells THR.

‘Ben-Hur’: Film Review

The latest big-screen iteration of the beloved epic was directed by Timur Bekmanbetov ('Wanted') and stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman.