Box office: Sing soars over several other new releases


A Disney-owned blockbuster and a non-Disney animated film ruled the box office over the Christmas weekend as a few other new films struggled to find an audience.

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Sony Animation’s The Star — a Nativity film coming out next year — warms up its online marketing campaign


Is it too early to think about next year’s Christmas movies?

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Box office: Rogue One hits while Collateral Beauty flops


The Star Wars franchise had another big hit at the box office this week, while a once reliable box-office draw had the worst opening of his entire career.

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Watch: Jack Huston and Timur Bekmambetov sing Morgan Freeman’s praises in a clip from a Ben-Hur bonus feature


Ben-Hur was one of the year’s biggest flops, and director Timur Bekmambetov thinks he knows why: he recently told a Russian news agency that the film failed at the box office because audiences prefer stories of revenge to stories about forgiveness.

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Mary Magdalene director Garth Davis says Rooney Mara’s version of the character will not be a prostitute


Garth Davis is making the rounds to promote his first feature film Lion, which tells the true story of an Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian couple and then, as an adult, used Google Earth to find the village of his birth.

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Ben-Hur: some quick notes on the Blu-Ray bonus features


Ben-Hur is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. My take on the film hasn’t changed much since I wrote my review — if anything, I was even more struck by the casually anachronistic dialogue this time (“Wow,” “Oh my God,” “opinion-makers,” etc.) — but I did want to jot down a few quick notes about the Blu-Ray’s bonus features.

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