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CBN NewsWatch: August 19, 2016

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 19: Viral image sparks questions about disastrous war in Syria; Trump expresses regret over past remarks on campaign trail; Obama's a no-show in Louisiana but mainstream media remains silent about it and more. Read Transcript


Caitlin: TODAY ON

"NEWSWATCH," PRESIDENT

OBAMA UNDER FIRE OVER

IRAN.

THIS TIME FOR DENYING

MONEY WAS PAID FOR THE

RELEASE OF AMERICAN

PRISONERS.

WE'LL BREAK DOWN THE

DETAILS.

> PLUS...RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM DYING.

HEAR WHY BEST-SELLING

AUTHOR ERIC METAXAS SAYS

IT IS A DANGEROUS SIGN OF

THINGS TO COME.

> AND MEET THE CAST AND

CREW BEHIND THE

$100 MILLION BLOCKBUSTER

BEN-HUR, WHY THE PRODUCERS

SAY IT WAS TIME TO REMAKE

THIS POWERFUL STORY OF

FAITH.

THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR

CBN "NEWSWATCH."

I'M CAITLIN BURKE.

AN IMAGE OF A RESCUED BOY

IN SYRIA IS PROVING THE

POWER OF A PICTURE.

IT HAS GONE VIRAL, AND IT

IS REMINDING THE WORLD

ABOUT THE TRAGIC WAR IN

SYRIA.

MEANWHILE IN WASHINGTON,

REPUBLICANS ARE

CRITICIZING PRESIDENT

OBAMA FOR WHAT THEY SAY IS

RANSOM PAID TO IRAN IN

EXCHANGE FOR AMERICAN

PRISONERS.

GARY LANE HAS MORE.

Reporter: IT'S A

VIDEO IMAGE THAT IS

TOUCHING HEARTS AND MINDS

AROUND THE WORLD, ONE THAT

REFOCUSES ATTENTION ON THE

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR.

RESCUERS PULLED THIS

5-YEAR-OLD FROM THE RUBBLE

OF HIS BOMBED OUT

APARTMENT BUILDING IN

ALEPPO.

INJURED AND IN SHOCK AS A

RESULT OF A SYRIAN

GOVERNMENT AIRSTRIKE, THE

BOY WIPES HIS BROW AND

DISCOVERS HE IS BLEEDING.

[YELLING]

Reporter: THEY

INCLUDED THE CONTINUED USE

OF CLUSTER BOMBS AND

CHEMICAL WEAPONS, DESPITE

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DRAWING

OF A RED LINE AGAINST

THEIR USE THREE YEARS AGO.

UNDER THREAT OF U.S.

AIRSTRIKES, THE SYRIAN

GOVERNMENT BACKED DOWN.

AND SAID IT WOULD EITHER

TURN OVER OR DESTROY ITS

CHEMICAL WEAPONS

STOCKPILE.

ALTHOUGH EVIDENCE SUGGESTS

THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL

USING THE WEAPONS, THE

U.S. HAS TAKEN NO ACTION

TO STOP THE REGIME.

FIGHTING HAS INTENSIFIED

IN ALEPPO, WHERE THE

GOVERNMENT WANTS A VICTORY

AGAINST ANTI-REGIME

REBELS.

A MAJOR WIN HERE MAY LEAD

TO AN END TO THE FIVE AND

A HALF-YEAR-OLD WAR.

BUT ON AGAIN/OFF AGAIN

PEACE TALKS IN GENEVA

CENTER ON PRESIDENT ASSAD

AN HIS PEOPLE BEING FORCED

FROM POWER.

MANY CHRISTIANS HERE SAY

THEY WANT ASSAD TO STAY.

BUT NEGOTIATORS MEETING IN

GENEVA SAY THEIR WON'T BE

PEACE UNTIL HE GOES.

AND THAT MAY MAKE THE WAR

DRAG ON FOR MONTHS OR

YEARS TO COME.

REPUBLICANS ARE SLAMMING

OBAMA FOR MAKING A

$400 MILLION PAYMENT TO

IRAN IN RELEASE OF THREE

PRISONERS.

RYAN'S REMARKS CAME

THURSDAY AFTER THE STATE

DEPARTMENT ADMITTED THAT

THE PAYMENT WAS MADE, ONLY

AFTER THE PRISONERS WERE

RELEASED.

WE, OF COURSE, SOUGHT

TO MAINTAIN MAXIMUM

LEVERAGE UNTIL AFTER

AMERICAN CITIZENS WERE

RELEASED.

THAT WAS OUR TOP PRIORITY.

Reporter: AND THAT

LED TO A REBUKE OF

PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM

DONALD TRUMP.

HE SAID, WE DON'T PAY

RANSOM, BUT WE DID.

HE LIED ABOUT THE HOSTAGES

AND BLATENTLY, JUST LIKE

HE LIED ABOUT OBAMACARE.

Reporter: NO WORD YET

FROM HILLARY CLINTON ABOUT

THE IRAN EXCHANGE AND THE

STATE DEPARTMENT

ADMISSION.

PRESIDENT OBAMA INSISTS

THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO.

CRITICS SAY EVEN IF THE

PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT, THERE

WAS NO MONEY EXCHANGED FOR

PRISONERS, IT APPEARS

THERE WAS, AND THAT MEANS

MORE AMERICANS MAY HAVE A

BOUNTY ON THEIR HEADS IN

THE FUTURE.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Reporter: DONALD

TRUMP APOLOGIZED FOR PAST

REMARKS ON THE CAMPAIGN

TRAIL.

HE DID ADMIT HE HAS NOT

ALWAYS CHOSEN THE RIGHT

WORDS.

SOMETIMES IN THE HEAT

OF DEBATE AND SPEAKING ON

A MULTITUDE OF ISSUES, YOU

DON'T CHOOSE THE RIGHT

WORDS OR YOU SAY THE WRONG

THING.

I HAVE DONE THAT.

AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I

REGRET IT.

Caitlin: TRUMP ALSO

SPOKE ABOUT HILLARY

CLINTON'S RECORD WHEN IT

COMES TO TELLING THE

TRUTH, SAYING SHE IS THE

EXACT OPPOSITE.

MEANWHILE, TRUMP'S POLL

NUMBERS ARE ON THE RISE.

HE IS NOW FOUR PERCENTAGE

POINTS BEHIND CLINTON.

OTHER POLLS HAVE SHOWN HIM

TRAILING BY MORE.

BILL CLINTON SAYS THE

CLINTON FOUNDATION WILL

STOP ACCEPTING FOREIGN

DONATIONS IF HILLARY IS

MADE PRESIDENT.

NOW THE HEAD OF THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY SAYS THIS

LOOKS LIKE AN ADMISSION OF

GUILT FROM THE CLINTONS.

MEANWHILE, THERE ARE

POSSIBLE INDICATIONS THAT

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION'S

COMPUTERS WERE HACKED.

REUTERS REPORTS THAT THEY

ARE CONCERNED HACKERS MAY

HAVE GOTTENEMOS AND VOICE GOTTEN MEMOS AND

E-MAILS.

> AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

RECOVER FROM FLOODS THAT

NEARLY DESTROYED

LOUISIANA, THE MEDIA

REMAINS SILENT ABOUT

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S

RESPONSE.

FOX NEWS REPORTS THAT

WHILE THE PRESS FIERCELY

ATTACKED PRESIDENT OBAMA

IN 2005 ABOUT O HIS HIS HANDLING

OF HURRICANE KATRINA,

MEDIA OUTLETS ARE SILENT

ABOUT OBAMA'S RESPONSE TO

THE FLOODS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS YET TO

RETURN FROM THIS GOLFING

VACATION AND CURRENTLY HAS

NO PLANS TO VISIT

LOUISIANA.

SOME LOUISIANA RESIDENTS

ARE BEGINNING TO RETURN

HOME TO SEE THE

DEVASTATION CAUSED BY THAT

RECORD FLOODING, AND

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

STEPPING UP TO HELP THOSE

IN NEED.

YESTERDAY "OPERATION

BLESSING" BOATS WENT DEEP

INTO THE FLOODING TO

DELIVER FOOD AND WATER TO

FAMILIES WHO WERE STILL

LEFT STRANDED.

WE'RE COMPLETELY

SURROUNDED BY WATER HERE,

DELIVERING WATER,

SANDWICHES, TOILET PAPER

TO FOLKS WHO ARE STILL

STRANDED IN THEIR HOMES

AND NOT WANTING TO LEAVE.

Caitlin: RESIDENTS

ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP

BECAUSE AID HAS BEEN

SCARCE DUE TO THE

DANGEROUSLY HIGH

FLOODWATERS.

"OPERATION BLESSING" SAYS

IT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK

TIRELESSLY TO BRING THE

LOVE OF CHRIST WHERE IT IS

NEEDED.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP,

YOU CAN FIND OUT HOW TO

DONATE OR EVEN VOLUNTEER

AT ob.org.

> TARGET IS ADDING

PRIVATE BATHROOMS TO ALL

OF ITS STORES.

THE COMPANY SAYS IT IS

TAKING THE ACTION

COSTUMERS SAID THEY WERE

UNHAPPY OVER THEIR NEW

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM

POLICY.

IT WOULD HAVE LET

TRANSGENDERS USE WHATEVER

BATHROOM CORRESPONDED WITH

THEIR DENT THETITY. IDENTITY.

TARGET SALES DROPPED IN

THE LAST QUARTER, BUT THE

COMPANY DENIES THAT THE

BATHROOM CONTROVERSY HAD

ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.

> COMING UP, A CULTURE

WARRIOR'S CALL TO ACTION

FOR EVERY AMERICAN.

"NEW YORK TIMES"

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ERIC

METAXAS TELLS US WHAT

NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE WE

LOSE WHAT MAKES OUR

COUNTRY GREAT.

Caitlin: AMERICA'S

FOUNDING FATHERS HAD A

POWERFUL VISION FOR A NEW

NATION BASED ON FREEDOM

AND JUSTICE.

TO LOOK AT OUR COUNTRY

TODAY, YOU HAVE TO WONDER

IF WE'RE STILL LIVING UP

TO THEIR IDEALS.

DURING THE DRAFTING OF THE

AMERICAN CONSTITUTION IN

PHILADELPHIA, BENJAMIN

FRANKLIN WAS ASKED, WHAT

DO WE HAVE, A REPUBLIC OR

A MONARCHY.

TO WHICH FRANKLIN FAMOUSLY

REPLIED, "A REPUBLIC, IF

YOU CAN KEEP IT."

ERIC METAXAS SAYS THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE

LARGELY FORGOTTEN WHAT IT

TAKES TO MAINTAIN THE

WORLD'S MOST SUCCESSFUL

DEMOCRACY.

AND HE SAYS IT IS TIME WE

REDEDICATE OURSELVES TO

THE IDEAS THAT THE

FOUNDING FATHERS SET FORTH

IN 1787 BEFORE WE LOSE

THEM FOREVER.

HIS NEW BOOK, "IF YOU CAN

KEEP IT," IS A STIRRING

CALL TO ACTION FOR EVERY

AMERICAN TO UNDERSTAND THE

IDEALS BEHIND THE NOBLE

EXPERIMENT IN ORDERED

LIBERTY THAT IS AMERICA.

SO WHAT IS THE CONDITION

OF LIBERTY IN AMERICA

TODAY?

AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR

OUR FUTURE AS A NATION.

FOR SOME ANSWERS, HEATHER

SELLS SPOKE WITH ERIC

METAXAS.

Heather: SB1146 IS

THE CALIFORNIA BILL THAT

SAYS TO CHRISTIAN COLLEGES

ADHERE TO YOUR RELIGIOUS

BELIEFS AND YOU WON'T GET

STATE FUNDING.

THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY

BILLS.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS?

IF PEOPLE DON'T

UNDERSTAND WE'RE IN

TROUBLE AS A COUNTRY

BECAUSE OF THIS RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY, THEY NEED TO GET

IT.

THIS IS VERY SERIOUS.

I TALKED ABOUT THIS, AND I

WRITE ABOUT THIS IN MY

BOOKS.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT

WHEN IT HAPPENS, WHEN WE

START LOSING THINGS LIKE

WHAT YOU JUST SAID -- WHEN

CHRISTIAN COLLEGES ARE

AFFECTIVELY GOING TO BE

PUT OUT OF BUSINESS, THAT

THIS IS A FACT, THIS IS

HAPPENING NOW.

WE JUST DODGED A BULLET.

THIS IS REALLY GENERALLY

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

I DON'T THROW THAT TERM

AROUND.

IT IS UNAMERICAN.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, GENUINE

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, YOU

WILL EVENTUALLY LOSE ALL

OF THE LIBERTIES.

IT IS BASICALLY HAPPENING

RIGHT NOW.

SO CHRISTIANS IN

PARTICULAR NEED TO GET

VERY SERIOUS.

BUT IT IS NOT ABOUT

CHRISTIANS.

IT IS ABOUT AMERICA.

IF WE LOSE OUR RELIGIOUS

LIBERTIES, ALL AMERICANS

ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR

LIBERTIES.

THIS IS THE WAY IT WORKS.

IT IS WHAT THE FOUNDERS

TALK ABOUT.

IT IS SOMETHING WE REALLY

HAVE TO GET KEYED IN ON

THIS.

Heather: AND HOW DO

YOU MAKE THE KEY THAT IF

WE LOSE RELIGIOUS

LIBERTIES, WE'LL LOSE ALL

OF OUR LIBERTIES.

THE FOUNDERS UNDERSTOOD

UNLESS YOU HAVE PEOPLE OF

FAITH IN LEADERSHIP,

YOU'LL LOSE LIBERTY.

THIS WILL NOT WORK.

THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT

WILL FAIL.

THEY ALL UNDERSTOOD THIS.

BEN FRANKLIN SAID IN A

WILLING STATEMENT, AND A

WOMAN ASKED HIM, WHAT HAVE

YOU GIVEN US, A MONARCHY

OR A REPUBLIC.

AND HE SAID, "A REPUBLIC,

MADAM, IF YOU CAN KEEP

IT."

ALL THE FOUNDERS

UNDERSTOOD IF YOU TAKE

FAITH AND VIRTUE OUT, THE

WHOLE THING FALLS APART.

PEOPLE NEED TO GOVERN

THEMSELVES AND DO THE

RIGHT THING BECAUSE IT IS

THE RIGHT THING.

NOT BECAUSE SOMEBODY IS

LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER

WITH A GUN.

YOU DO IT BECAUSE IT IS A

VIRTUOUS THING.

THE FOUNDERS UNDERSTOOD IT

CANNOT WORK, THE WHOLE

THING WILL FALL APART, IF

WE DON'T HAVE PEOPLE OF

VIRTUE AND FAITH.

FRANKLIN AND JEFFERSON AND

ALL OF THEM UNDERSTOOD IT.

AND ALL OF THE GOOD WE

HAVE DONE AS A NATION HAS

COME OUT OF THESE

RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS.

I WANT TO HELP SOMEBODY

WHO IS SUFFERING.

I WANT TO DO AWAY WITH

INJUSTICE.

WE DID AWAY WITH SLAVERY

AND JIM CROWE LAWS.

WHY?

BECAUSE WE BELIEVED THEY

WERE WRONG.

IT IS MAINLY OUT OF

CHRISTIAN CONVICTION THAT

WE DID THOSE THINGS.

BUT YOU'RE NOT HEARING

ABOUT THAT IN THE MEDIA.

AND YOU DON'T HEAR ABOUT

THAT IN SCHOOLS.

I'M HERE TO TELL YOU, THE

FOUNDERS GOT IT, LINCOLN

GOT IT.

THIS IS WHAT HAS MADE US

WHO WE ARE.

AND WE'RE LOSING THAT.

IF PEOPLE DON'T TAKE THAT

SERIOUSLY, IT WILL BE TOO

LATE.

Heather: I HAVE A LOT

OF PEOPLE HAVE THE SENSE

WE'RE AT A FRAGILE STATE

RIGHT NOW.

LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT

OVERSEAS IN RUSSIA, THEY

HAVE A NEW LAW THAT IS

SEVERELY PROHIBITING

CHRISTIANS AND NOT

ALLOWING THEM TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL.

IS THAT SOMETHING

AMERICANS SHOULD BE

CONCERNED ABOUT?

IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE.

IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND

HOW THESE THINGS WORK --

MY ARGUMENT IS MOST

AMERICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND

IT.

I KNOW I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

IT UNTIL I WROTE THE BOOK

AND IT BEGAN TO BE CLEAR

TO ME HOW THIS WORKS.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND

STATE IS TO PROTECT PEOPLE

FROM THE STATE, NOT THE

STATE FROM CHRISTIANS.

IN RUSSIA, THE STATE IS

SAYING WE'RE GOING TO

DETERMINE WHAT THE CHURCH

LOOKS LIKE, WHAT FAITH

LOOKS LIKE.

IF YOU DON'T ADHERE TO

WHAT WE SAY, YOU'RE OUT.

SO IF YOU'RE PART OF THE

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH,

WHICH IS IN MANY WAYS

CONTROLLED OR ALLIED WITH

THE GOVERNMENT -- IF

YOU'RE NOT PART OF THAT,

YOU'RE OUT.

SO THERE IS NO FREEDOM FOR

PEOPLE TO REALLY EXPRESS

THEIR FAITH, TO SAY I'VE

GOT TO EXPRESS IT THIS WAY

OR NOT AT ALL.

THAT'S NOT REAL FAITH.

THAT'S WHAT OUR FOUNDERS

UNDERSTOOD, IF YOU DON'T

HAVE GENUINE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM, THEN FAITH

BECOMES PHONY.

IT IS JUST SOMETHING YOU

DO.

IT IS PART OF, I DON'T

WANT TO GET IN TROUBLE SO

I BETTER DO THIS.

BUT FAITH HAS TO BE FREE.

PEOPLE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO

EXPRESS THEIR FAITH.

AND NOT JUST WORSHIP

FREELY BECAUSE THAT'S JUST

A COUPLE OF HOURS ON

SUNDAY MORNING.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION MEANS

I CAN LIVE OUT MY FAITH

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, IN THE

MARKETPLACE, ON MY JOB, AT

MY SCHOOL.

THE FOUNDERS SAID, WITHOUT

THAT YOU HAVE NO REAL

FREEDOM.

WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN

RUSSIA TODAY IS A CLASSIC

EXAMPLE.

Caitlin: ERIC METAXAS

HAD MUCH MORE TO SAY, AND

HE SAYS NBC HAS GONE OUT

OF HIS WAY TO AVOID POWER

INTERVIEWS WITH ATHLETES

WITH FAITH.

> COMING UP, FIND OUT

HOW THE NEW VERSION OF

BEN-HUR STACKS UP.

Caitlin: JESUS MEETS

THE FAST AND FURIOUS.

THAT'S WHAT CRITICS ARE

CALLING THE REMAKE OF THE

1959 CLASSIC FILM BEN-HUR.

THE HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM

BEHIND THE SERIES "SON OF

GOD," AND "A.D.," OR

PRODUCING THIS FILM, WHICH

HITS THEATERS TODAY.

MARK BURNETT AND ROMA

DOWNEY SAY THIS IS AN EPIC

ADVENTURE FOR ALL AGES.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE

FROM, THAT IS YOUR HOT

SEAT, AND YOUR GOD IS THE

GLORY OF ROME.

Efrem: BEN-HUR IS ONE

OF THE GREATEST STORIES

EVER TOLD.

AND PRODUCERS MARK BURNETT

AND ROMA DOWNEY ARE

DELIVERING NEW TWISTS AND

TURNS IN THIS $100 MILLION

FILM BASED ON THE MORE

THAN 130-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC

NOVEL WRITTEN BY GENERAL

LOU WALLACE.

YOU GUYS DON'T DO ANYTHING

SMALL, DO YOU?

YEAH.

THIS REDEFINES EPIC,

DOESN'T IT?

THAT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE

MOST INTERESTING THINGS

ABOUT BEN-HUR, IS THAT YOU

HAVE THIS FICTIONAL STORY

SET AT THIS TIME IN

JERUSALEM, AND IT GIVES A

REAL HISTORIC AND

POLITICAL CONTEXT TO THE

WORLD INTO WHICH JESUS WAS

BORN.

A VERY COMPLICATED TIME.

A TIME OF GREAT CIVIL

UNREST AND UNJUSTICE AND

HEARTACHE AND HURT FROM AN

ENORMOUS OF PEOPLE.

AND WE'RE FOLLOWING THE

JOURNEY OF THESE TWO

BROTHERS, JUDAH AND

MESALA, AND WE LITERALLY

JUST KIND OF BUMP INTO

JESUS IN THE MARKETPLACE.

Efrem: THE STORY PITS

BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER.

JACK HOUSTON PLAYS JUDAH

BEN-HUR.

YOU STAYED AWAY.

YOU SHOULD HAVE KILLED

ME.

Efrem: YOU INITIALLY

WEREN'T GOING TO TRY OUT

FOR THE ROLE OF JUDAH.

YOU WANTED TO BE MESSALLA,

CORRECT?

YEAH.

I THOUGHT I HAD A BETTER

SHOT AT HIM.

I THINK MESALLA IS ONE OF

THE BETTER CHARACTERS.

IT GAVE ME A VERY DEEP

UNDERSTANDING OF MY

BROTHER AND A DEEP LOVE

FOR MY BROTHER.

Efrem: THE BROTHERS,

JUDAH AND MESALLA, BATTLE

IN A FIERCE CHARIOT RACE,

WHERE LOSING COULD VERY

WELL MEAN DYING.

HOW MUCH HORSE TRAINING

DID YOU HAVE BEFORE COMING

TO BEN-HUR?

A VAST AMOUNT.

I WAS TAUGHT TO RIDE A

HORSE ON PRINCE OF

PERSIAN, BY THE SAME

PEOPLE WHO TAUGHT US NOW

TO RIDE THESE CHARIOTS.

BUT THE TRAINING ON

THIS -- WE ARRIVED I THINK

SIX WEEKS BEFORE THE

ACTUAL PRODUCTION.

AND WE SHOT THE CHARIOTS

FOR THREE MONTHS OF THE

SIX MONTHS.

Efrem: TOBY KEBBELL

AND JACK HOUSTON DID NOT

USE STUNT DOUBLES FOR

THEIR SCENES, EVEN AS

THEIR HORSES REACHED

RACING SPEEDS OF MORE THAN

40 MILES PER HOUR.

THE SPEED AT WHICH YOU'RE

GOING, INTIMIDATING?

YES.

I CHIPPED A TOOTH.

A STONE HIT ME IN THE

TOOTH.

I GOT A WAD -- IT CAN ONLY

BE DESCRIBED AS A WAD OF

MOUTH FROST THAT COVERED

MY WHOLE VISION.

AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE

DUST IS BEING KICKED UP.

IT WAS ACTUALLY WONDERFUL.

I KNOW IT SOUNDS

REPULSIVE.

IT WAS ACTUALLY A GREAT

EXPERIENCE.

Efrem: THE DIRECTOR

GUIDED THE HORSE RACING

EXPERIENCE, WITH CAMERAS

AT EVERY ANGLE.

HE WATCHED HOURS OF

NASCAR, FORMULA ONE, AND

MOTORCYCLE RACES TO

PREPARE.

IN SHOOTING THIS, I

UNDERSTAND YOU GOT A LOT

OF INSPIRATION FROM

YouTube AND INSTAGRAM.

LESS YouTube AND

MORE INSTAGRAM.

IT WAS IMPORTANT TO MAKE

THIS MOVIE LOOK REAL AND

RELATABLE.

IN TODAY'S WORLD, WE'RE

WATCHING YouTube

VIDEOS FOR WHAT WE KNOW

ABOUT THE WORLD, AND HOW

WE KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD,

BECAUSE WE'RE WATCHING

YouTube VIDEOS.

Efrem: THE CHARIOT

RACE IS WHAT MOST REMEMBER

FROM THE CRITICALLY

ACCLAIMED 1959 VERSION OF

THE FILM THAT STARRED

CHARLTON HESTON.

MARK, I'VE HEARD YOU SAY

THAT THIS IS ONE --

BEN-HUR, THE STORY, IS ONE

OF YOUR FAVORITES.

INTIMIDATING TAKING IT ON

AS A FILM?

I MEAN, 11 ACADEMY AWARDS.

ANY INTIMIDATION OR

CONCERN?

ABSOLUTELY.

COMPLETELY.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT ALSO FEELING IT WAS

A CALLING.

WHEN GARY BARBER, THE

CHAIRMAN OF MGM, CAME TO

US, HAVING SEEN "THE

BIBLE," AND "SON OF GOD,"

AND REAL WISE WHAT WE

BROUGHT TO THOSE PROJECTS,

HE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE A

GOOD ADDITION TO HIS TEAM.

ON BEN-HUR, WE TALKED IT

THROUGH AND PRAYED ON IT

AND DECIDED WE SHOULD TAKE

THE CHALLENGE BECAUSE THE

OPPORTUNITY MAY NEVER COME

ALONG AGAIN.

Efrem: RETELLING THIS

STORY IS AN OPPORTUNITY

MANY CAST MEMBERS HOPED

WOULD COME THEIR WAY.

> THIS IS A BIBLICAL

PERIOD PIECE.

HOW WOULD YOU SAY THIS

STORY IS RELEVANT TO 2016,

WHEN AUDIENCE ARE GOING TO

SEE THIS?

THIS STORY IS SO

RELEVANT TO TODAY.

THERE HAVE BEEN TIME WARS

THROUGHOUT HISTORY, BUT

RIGHT NOW YOU'RE SEEING SO

MUCH NEGATIVITY AND YOU'RE

SEEING SO MUCH HATE SPEWED

OUT IN RESPONSE TO HATE.

MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID IT

BEST, DARKNESS DOESN'T

DRIVE OUT DARKNESS, ONLY

LOVE CAN DO THAT.

AND THIS FILM IS ABOUT

LOVE CONQUERING HATE.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, LOS ANGELES.

Caitlin: BEFORE THE

BREAK, WE BROUGHT YOU THE

CAST AND CREW OF BEN-HUR.

WITH THE MOVIE HITTING

THEATERS THIS WEEKEND, WE

TURN NOW TO OUR FRIENDS AT

"PLUGGED IN" WITH SOME

HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR

YOUR FAMILY.

TAKE A LOOK.

I NEED YOU TO TELL ME

WHO THE ENEMIES ARE.

IN THE MOVIE BEN-HUR,

JUDAH BEN-HUR IS FALSELY

ACCUSED OF TREASON BY HIS

ADOPTED BROTHER, MESALLA,

AND JUDAH IS STRIPPED OF

HIS TITLE AND FORCED TO

BECOME A SLAVE.

SEPARATED FROM HIS FAMILY

AND THE WOMAN HE LOVES,

JUDAH LONGS FOR FREEDOM.

BUT FREEDOM IS MORE THAN

JUST A RETURN TO THE

PROSPEROUS LIFE HE ONCE

HAD AND THE PEOPLE THAT HE

LOVES.

FOR JUDAH, SURVIVING

SLAVERY MEANS SOME DAY HE

WILL GET REVENGE.

BUT WHEN GIVEN THE

OPPORTUNITY TO ESCAPE

BONDAGE AND RETURN HOME,

AN ENCOUNTER WITH A JEWISH

TEACHER, THAT SOME

CONSIDER THE MESSIAH,

PRESENTS ANOTHER OPTION,

ONE THAT IS REDEMPTIVE AND

MIRACULOUS.

THE FILM FEELS MUCH MORE

LIKE AN ACTION ADVENTURE

WITH A STRONG EMPHASIS ON

FORGIVENESS AND

REDEMPTION.

ALTHOUGH JESUS DOESN'T GET

MUCH SCREEN TIME HERE, HE

IS VERY MUCH A CENTRAL

CHARACTER.

BE FOREWARNED THAT THE

VIOLENCE CAN BE INTENSE.

STILL, FOR 12 AND UP, I'M

GIVING BEN-HUR FOUR OUT OF

FIVE FOR FAMILY

FRIENDLINESS.

PLUGGING YOU INTO THE

MOVIES, I'M BOB

WALLASHEFSKI FOR "FOCUS ON

THE FAMILY"PLUGGED IN

MOVIE REVIEW.

Caitlin: THAT'S IT

FOR CB cbnnews.com.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

ABOUT THE STORIES YOU'VE

SEEN HERE.

YOU DO THAT ON Facebook,

TWILTDTWITTER AND INSTAGRAM.

WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US

AGAIN NEXT TIME.

HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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