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Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-Contending Short ‘Dear Basketball’ Launches On Verizon As His Iconic Lakers Jersey Numbers Are Retired

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Kobe Bryant Oscar winner? The basketball great is one step further along to that improbable feat, with his first attempt at filmmaking since his retirement from the game and the Los Angeles Lakers has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Animated Short this year. Ten films were named, and Dear Basketball — from Bryant’s poem, about his love for the game and having to let it go — is one of 10  shorts to make the cut for a shot at being one of the five nominees when the… »

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Berlin Film Festival Sets Gus Van Sant, Benoît Jacquot On Early Competition Roster

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The first group of titles selected for the Berlin Film Festival competition have been unveiled with new offerings from Gus Van Sant and Benoît Jacquot among them. Two Berlinale Special Galas have also joined the lineup. Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs was previously announced as the opening night film, which will also play in competition. New films added to the roster include Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Rooney… »

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‘Early Man’ Trailer: Nick Park’s Prehistoric Misfits Rock The Stone Age

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Aardman and Studiocanal have dropped the first full trailer for their prehistoric family film, Early Man. Eddie Redmayne voices the lead character, plucky caveman Dug, who, along with his best friend Hognob, must unite their tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Nick Park directs the stop-motion comedy adventure which reteams Aardman and Studiocanal after 2015's hit Shaun The Sheep Movie which grossed $106M… »

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Lincoln Plaza Cinema Owner: Space To Stay A Movie Theater After Renovations

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Milstein Properties responded to the uproar over the news that its longtime tenant, Lincoln Plaza Cinema, will close in January by telling Deadline it plans to preserve the space as a movie theater after vital renovations are completed. The company today gave no exact timetable for the planned closing and reopening and did not confirm whether Toby and Dan Talbot, widely respected film business figures for more than 60 years, would remain involved as programmers. Even so… »

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

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In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live.  The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj… »

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