Box office: Manchester by the Sea leads a pack of Oscar hopefuls in limited release in an otherwise slow week

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There was very little change among the top ten movies at the box office this week.

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The Star — the first major-studio animated feature based on the New Testament — has a plot synopsis now

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Every now and then, I like to check in on the Sony Pictures Animation website to see if there’s any new information about The Star, the animated Nativity movie coming out in eleven months. Today I noticed that the website now has more story details.

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The Nativity Story marks its 10th anniversary today

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Today marks the tenth anniversary of the theatrical release of The Nativity Story — the first attempt by a big-ish Hollywood studio to replicate the box-office success that Mel Gibson had found two years earlier with The Passion of the Christ.

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Watch: Sam Worthington gets a visit from the three persons of the Trinity in the first trailer for The Shack

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First it was coming out in August, then it was coming out in November. But now the film version of William P. Young’s The Shack is set to come out in March — on March 3, to be precise — and today we finally have our first trailer for the film.

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Watch: The making of the sea-galley sequence in Ben-Hur

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The chariot race isn’t the only big action sequence in Ben-Hur. The story also includes a naval battle that has played a big part in nearly all dramatic versions of the story. And now, to promote the newest film’s Digital HD release, we have a clip from one of the new featurettes that looks at how the sea-galley sequence was put together.

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Watch: The stars of Ben-Hur (now on Digital HD) talk about the dangers of chariot driving — including gassy horses

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Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur came out on iTunes, Google Play and other digital platforms today. I’m still waiting for the Blu-Ray, so I won’t be able to check out the bonus features until then, but for now, USA Today has a clip from one of the making-of featurettes that focuses on — what else? — the chariot race.

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