• This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Rodrigo Santoro who portrays Jesus, left, and director Timur Bekmambetov on the set of "Ben-Hur."  (Philippe Antonello/Paramount Pictures via AP)

    Review: New ‘Ben-Hur’ stands in shadow of Wyler’s 1959 epic

    Remaking a film that won 11 Academy Awards invites inevitable comparison, but the latest adaptation of “Ben-Hur” distinguishes itself from William Wyler’s 1959 epic by retooling key character and story elements. It’s still a big, biblical-era tale of power, loyalty and vengeance, only refocused through rose-colored lenses with an eye toward appealing to the lucrative faith-based audience.