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The third coming of Ben-Hur

The third coming of Ben-Hur

Since Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly ignored for decades.

Last week in Los Angeles, the show business publication Variety co-sponsored another of its occasional programs called "PURPOSE: The Family Entertainment and Faith Based Summit." The summit's goal is to encourage filmmakers...

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