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Nothing like trading the rustic cold of Park City for the urban freeze of Berlin as you move from Sundance to the Berlinale running Feb. 5-15. Last year’s Oscar contender, Grand Budapest Hotel took its bow there, just don’t expect this year’s most talked about world premiere, Fifty Shades of Grey, to do the same. Among 2015’s hopefuls are Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, as well as Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson. Whether you’re a player or a schlepper, read on to find out where to
- Jordan Riefe, Scott Roxborough
The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.
German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to historical drama Woman In Gold from The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu and Ingrid Pittana for SquareOne Entertainment with TWC.
Directed by Simon Curtis‘ (My Week With Marilyn), the film stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. Co-stars include Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Katie Holmes and Max Irons.
The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15) where the film debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote Woman In Gold, which is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
It tells the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
In the conference room that launched 1 million entertainment careers, one huge decision was definitely addressed: the star's name. In Elton John's case, Reginald Kenneth Dwight was ditched for a much catchier Elton John, of course. Whoopi Goldberg trumped the actress's given name Caryn Elaine Johnson (no surprise there!). The stars we think we know everything about, like Miley Cyrus - who is no stranger to sharing the intimate cleavage selfie - are actually complete strangers to us, with sometimes very ordinary names. Cyrus was born Destiny Hope but legally changed her name to Miley (in honor of her nickname »
- Amy Jamieson, @mylomickey
London — German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to Simon Curtis’ historical drama “Woman in Gold” from The Weinstein Company. The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote the screenplay. Pic is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier. It is executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
“Woman in Gold” is the true story of a woman’s fight to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her »
- Leo Barraclough
Festival boss Dieter Kosslick said Tuesday that Rush actor Daniel Bruhl, The Host director Bong Joon-ho, "Hannibal" producer Martha De Laurentiis and Claudia Llosa, the director of The Milk of Sorrow, will also be among those deciding who gets the Berlinale's Golden Bear and Silver Bears awards.
The jury will be led by director Darren Aronofsky, who was previously announced.
The Berlin event, which runs Feb. 5-15, is the first of the year's major European film festivals.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
The Berlinale’s greater emphasis on television this year should not be interpreted as the first step towards a German Mip, according to festival director Dieter Kosslick.
In an exclusive interview with ScreenDaily, Kosslick said: ¨We don’t want to make a Mip TV or Mipcom, that’s as sure as day follows night and anything more would overstretch us.¨
He pointed out that that the Berlinale had had successful screenings of quality TV in the past with such productions as Dominik Graf’s Im Namen des Verbrechens, Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz.
“We have now been working for the past two years on this programme which is composed of two parts: a series of discussions on new trends at the Efm and two days of drama series integrated into the festival programme and shown at Haus der Berliner [link=tt »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Manuel here to offer some random box office facts about the acting races. The big Oscar box office story continues to be American Sniper’s unprecedented success, so much so that Bradley Cooper garnered a shoutout last night at the SAG Awards despite not being nominated. I’m starting to feel the Best Picture category might not be the only three-way race as we wade deeper into Phase 2. Numbers and statistics junkie that I imagine myself to be, I was curious to see whether the past fifteen years’ worth of box office numbers in the acting categories could help us gleam anything about potential outcomes. Spoiler alert: not much, but enjoy the following random tidbits below.
As it stands, Bradley, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall (improbably, really) and Meryl Streep hold the title as the highest grossing nominees from their respective races. How might this help Bradley; well, let's take a »
- Manuel Betancourt
abstew here. We might be in the midst of the current Oscar season, but it's never too early to start thinking about...next year already. Now, I can hear you all saying, "Good god, man! The ceremony is still a month away! Can't we at least hand out the statues for 2014 before thinking of 2015?!" Blame these just released pictures from Entertainment Weekly from the set of current Best Director nominee Alejandro González Iñárritu's next film set to come out on Christmas, The Revenant, because they are already screaming, Oscar! The film is based on the novel by Michael Punke and is a grizzly story of revenge! Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper in the 1820s Wild West that is left for dead after a bear attack. He miraculously survives but seeks out vengeance on the men that left him for dead. The film is being shot »
Kristen Stewart has been spreading the word that she would like to get back into action-fantasy movies playing a superhero. But a part that seemed tailor-made for her in a new “X-Men” film has gone to Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones.” Marvel Studios has been minting blockbuster roles for actors and actresses in its Avengers and X-Men movies. A-Listers like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth Paltrow among others have become franchise staples. ...Read More »
One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
A former finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance,” she’ll play one-third of a deadly love triangle
The story follows high school sweethearts Amanda (Gray) and Connor, who are very much in love. When Amanda learns she’s pregnant with Connor’s child, she’s understandably upset, but her »
- Jeff Sneider
6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.
The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?
What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.
Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.
Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…
Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »
The 300 star is eyeing the role of Christ in MGM and Paramount Picture's film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.
Santoro reprised his role as Xerxes last year in 300: Rise of an Empire and will appear with Natalie Portman in the upcoming Western Jane Got a Gun.
Ben-Hur will be released in February 2016. »
Among the additions are Panahi’s “Taxi,” Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, and Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson.
Panahi’s credits include 1995’s “The White Balloon,” which won the Golden Camera for best debut at Cannes, 2000’s “The Circle,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and 2006’s “Offside,” which won the Silver Bear at Berlin.
Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years. Despite this, he has produced two films since, “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which played at Berlin in 2013, and won the Silver Bear for screenplay.
As a writer, Condon won »
- Leo Barraclough
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film is said to have a message of forgiveness and Jesus Christ appears several times in the piece. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.
Jack Huston is playing the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Morgan Freeman also stars, as the man who trains Ben-Hur to win at chariot-racing. Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer also star.
In 1959, William Wyler adapted the book unto the big screen; the film went on to win 11 Oscars. Lately, Hollywood has shown a great deal of interest in religious, bible-based films. Last year we saw Noah, along with Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Ben-Hur hopes to »
- Laura Frances
Santoro would play Jesus Christ, who figures in several key scenes in the film about the titular Jewish Prince, played by Jack Huston, who is forced into slavery by his former friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell).
Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’
- Linda Ge
The Golden Globes will be here before you know it, and that means another three hours of watching flawless celebs glide down the carpet in couture gowns and gorgeous ensembles. It can get pretty monotonous. Everyone takes the fashion at the Golden Globes very seriously, for the most part. Don't you miss the days when they didn't? We sure do! So we dug deep into the Gg vaults and found these 39 amazing photos of your favorite stars from a wonderful era of fashion: 2000 to 2004. These pics will reinvigorate you. Trust us, once you see photos of Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston and Natalie Portman in their (sometimes tragic) early 2000s choices, it will give you enough energy to take on Sunday's carpet, where everyone »
Joining the chorus hailing this year’s prospects for the exhibition sector and the movie biz in general is B. Riley analyst Eric Wold.
“After declining by 5.2 percent in 2014, the domestic box office should rebound sharply by 7-8 percent in 2015 and set a new annual record above $11 billion,” Wold said, adding that he expected Imax and 3-D to be a driving force.
Also Read: After Five Percent »
- Todd Cunningham
Isn’t it so nice to see troubled productions finally come into existence? Whether it’s hearing about Terry Gilliam getting another chance with one of his projects or gazing at promotional images from a Natalie Portman Western following a cast and crew shakeup, such second chances are like hearing that a friend cleaned up and found religion. Of course, that friend seems like a whole other person now, and that can be a bit problematic for your friendship if you can’t get past that. But if you’re willing to open your mind and heart to them, everything will be hunky dory in no time. With that in mind, I invite you to attempt to go into the upcoming movie Accidental Love without prejudice. Pretend you don’t know anything about it. It looks like a lot of fun. The ensemble cast — consisting of Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Marsden »
- Christopher Campbell
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