Big-budget remake: The remake of the biblical epic Ben-Hur cost more than $100 million to make and early box office projections pegged its opening weekend gross at less than $15 million.


Author’s leadership noted: Author Laura Cross has been named a 2016 “40 Under 40” honoree for demonstrating outstanding leadership in ministry. Greene County Daily World


Atheism movie’s claim: Evangelist Ray Comfort believes that his latest movie, The Atheist Delusion, patently proves the existence of God “in a very simple, yet powerful way.” Deseret News


Alar’d State adds: Altar’d State, a women’s clothing store with a Christian-based operation, is opening a store in the Mall of America. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal


Winter Jam news: Matthew West, Crowder, Britt Nicole, and Mandisa are among the acts in this year’s Winter Jam tour. The Fresno Bee


Greater Love lineup: Some of the best-loved Christian performers from across North America will take part in Canada’s No Greater Love music festival. Calgary Herald
Pastor’s childhood memoir: In his memoir, All But Normal: Life on Victory Road, pastor Shawn Thornton tells the story of his chaotic childhood. Charleston Gazette-Mail


‘Bold’ Ben-Hur: The remake of the classic Ben-Hur is “perhaps the boldest move in the Christian movie genre.”


Faith film partners: Erik Weir and Bill Reeves are partners in the faith-based film business, working with movies like War Room. Upstate Business Journal


A young writer: Christian fiction writer Kim Vogel Sawyer submitted her first historical story when she was in the fifth grade. The Kansan


Christian acting guide: Acting in Faith: A Christian’s Guide to the Acting World is “a mix of practical advice and devotional meditations” by Arizona performer and theater professor Michael Kary. The Arizona Republic


Fish Fest returns: Fish Fest, Oregon’s largest Christian Music Festival, returns for a third year to Salem’s Riverfront Park. Statesman Journal


Christian movies’ ‘moment’: Christian filmmaking is “having a moment, eclipsing even movies about superheroes.” MacLean’s


Sheriff’s memoir coming: Nationally known Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is to write his memoir, Rebel Sheriff: Beyond the Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics, for Worthy Publishing. Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal