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11 items from 2014

Mike Bassett: Interim Manager turns to Kickstarter to complete funding

13 October 2014 4:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mike Bassett: Interim Manager has turned to Kickstarter to complete its funding.

The sequel to 2001's cult comedy will raise the remaining 8% of its budget through the crowd-funding website.

Kickstarter backers have until November 20 to donate to the project, which will see Ricky Tomlinson reprise his role as the beleaguered football boss.

Bradley Walsh will also be returning as Bassett's assistant Dave Dodds, with Amanda Redman also back as the manager's wife Katine Bassett.

Inglourious Basterds star Til Schweiger is reportedly in advanced discussions for the role of German manager Jorgen Mannstein.

Fans can pledge from £5, getting them an audio recording of Bassett, to £5,000 which will land them a speaking part in the film.

Director Steve Barron said of the sequel: "I had such a great time making the first movie, and watching Bassett become such a football icon over the years has been wonderful. With the Germans dominating football again, »

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Casting Net: Orlando Bloom may be back on board for 'Pirates 5'

9 September 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

• After taking a break from the franchise, Orlando Bloom has revealed that he has been in discussions to return as blacksmith-turned-pirate Will Turner in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Johnny Depp has already signed on to reprise his Oscar-nominated performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth film of the Disney series, which seems to be what has sealed the deal for Bloom. Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are taking the commands of the ship from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). The film is scheduled for a July 2017 release date. »

- Jake Perlman

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Toronto: Til Schweiger, Fedor Bondarchuk Team Up for 'Antalyagrad'

9 September 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The political leaders of Germany and Russia may be at loggerheads over the crisis in Ukraine but the two countries' biggest film stars are joining forces. German actor/director Til Schweiger and Russian multi-hyphenate Fedor Bondarchuk, the biggest box office draws in their respective countries, have signed on to co-star in the culture clash comedy Antalyagrad. The film's set up has Schweiger as a divorced dad traveling with his son to the Turkish coast, a popular destination with both German and Russian tourists. There he meets Bondarchuk's character, a Russian businessman hoping for a few days' sun and sex

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First Photos from Punk's Dead: Slc Punk 2

8 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Liberty Spike Productions has released eight photos from director James Merendino's new film Punk's Dead: Slc Punk 2. The film was successfully crowd funded through IndieGoGo, and it's awesome to see this movie taking shape! I'm a huge fan of the original 1990s film, which over the years has become a cult classic. It's going to be really awesome to be able to revisit some of these characters. 

The photos include a huge mosh pit, Bob's ravaged headstone, Hannah Marks as Penny, Ben Schnetzer as Ross, Michael Goorjian returning as Heroin Bob, and more. Devon Sawa will reprise his role and Til Schweiger is rumored to be returning as well. 

The story will revolve around a new character, who happens to be the child of Heroin Bob and Trish. Merendino went into a little more detail in a previous interview saying, “It’s about him interacting in this world with »

- Joey Paur

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German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal

4 July 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the Dfff ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.

In a first reaction, the German Producers Alliance said that it welcomed the statement by the new State Minister for Culture and Media Monika Grütters that she would push in future budget negotiations for the current level of €60m to be retained.

However, the German film community had already been disappointed by Bernd Neumann’s successor earlier this year when she seem to go back on pronouncements made at the Berlinale in February to keep the Dfff’s budget at €70m when she indicated at the German Film Awards in May that €60m would be her goal.

It remains to be seen whether she has the political clout to hold her own - and the interests of the German »

- (Martin Blaney)

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Barefoot | Review

20 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sterile Cuckoo: Fleming’s Latest a Series of Rotund Clichés

Director Andrew Fleming returns with his first film since 2008’s neglected Hamlet 2, a road trip/mental illness comedy romance called Barefoot, which happens to be a remake of a 2005 German film directed by and starring Til Schweiger. Odd, cumbersome, and chock full of awkward moments that will have you cringing in embarrassment for certain cast members, Fleming seems to be aiming to hit too many marks, tethering a painfully earnest look at vague mental illness tropes with romantic quirk.

Jay Wheeler (Scott Speedman), is a playboy on the skids. He’s about $40,000 in gambling debt and has just been arrested once again, this time for aggravated assault. A janitor in a Los Angeles mental hospital, Jay is seemingly on his last leg and is forced to reconcile with his rich and estranged parents (Treat Williams and Kate Burton) in New Orleans. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Film Review: ‘Barefoot’

18 February 2014 12:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“It’s ‘Rain Man’ with a sexy girl instead of Dustin Hoffman!” So likely went the pitch meeting for “Barefoot,” a return to the cinema of adorable mental illness — something that, like the killer in a slasher movie, always seems to lurch back to life just when you think it’s safely dead — that stars Evan Rachel Wood as a possibly schizophrenic waif sprung from the psych ward by Scott Speedman’s jaded ne’er-do-well. Short on charm, not to mention plausibility, Andrew Fleming’s English-language remake of Til Schweiger’s 2005 comedy won’t travel far in theatrical release through Roadside Attractions on Feb. 21 (simultaneous with on-demand launch), but it’s slick enough to score sales as a cable/download time-filler.

An introductory checklist of cliches — one-night stand, the sour morning-after, strip-club visit, bad luck at the racetrack, unpleasant encounter with mob types he owes money — identifies Jay (Speedman) as your standard medium-bad boy, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Charlie Countryman Blu-ray Review

4 February 2014 3:24 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Charlie Countryman Director:  Fredrik Bond Starring: Shia Labeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Til Schweiger, Melissa Leo, Vincent D’Onofrio Running Time: 108 min, Rated R, Available on DVD Special Features: Deleted Scenes and Making of Featurette Charlie (Shia Labeouf) just lost his mother; watched her lover hold her hand as she slipped away…then he had a conversation with his dead mother out in the hallway where she tells him to go to Bucharest.  Charlie boards a plane headed to Romania where his seat buddy is an eccentric older man named Victor (Ion Caramitru)who suddenly dies on the trip. Charlie is forced to sit next to  [ Read More ]

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Charlie Countryman Blu-Ray Review

1 February 2014 8:39 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three days later, I’m still not quite sure what to make of Charlie Countryman. A messy, compelling fever dream of a film, it cleverly blends magical realism and the quest archetype with a Shakespearean love story and pulse-pounding action sequences, but it’s also by no means a home run. Trying to assign the film to a genre proved fruitless, and drawing its plot and characters out on paper in attempt to discern some deeper meaning only left me confused. Clearly, director Fredrik Bond (known for his music videos) prioritized style over substance with his first feature film. And to Bond’s credit, it’s filled with some strikingly beautiful moments. Outside of those moments, however, it’s difficult to get on Charlie Countryman‘s side, given its utter lack of concern for coherent storytelling.

If I had to describe Charlie Countryman to friends, I’d probably call it a dark, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Kosslick talks Berlinale challenges

20 January 2014 3:47 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The return of the Zoo-Palast cinema to the Berlinale’s roster of screening venues is “the greatest challenge facing us this year,” according to festival director Dieter Kosslick.

Kosslick spoke exclusively to ScreenDaily less than three weeks before the 64th edition (Feb 6-16) kicks off with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel on Feb 6, explaining that the festival will now have three centres throughout the city: at the Zoo-Palast where the Berlinale was based until 1999; at the Berlinale-Palast at Potsdamer Platz; and at the Friedrichstadtpalast in the former East Berlin.

“We now have a focus in the Western part of the city which is something we had always wanted: the Berlinale is back in the West! We have a balanced cinema situation in the whole of the city,” he said.

“We had to abandon the original idea of having the Friedrichstadtpalast only as a temporary venue while the Zoo-Palast was being »

- (Martin Blaney)

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Kokowaah 2 scores for WB in 2013

9 January 2014 7:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The Til Schweiger comedy led the way for Warner Bros as the studio’s local-language pipeline generated approximately $270m in the calendar year.

Kokowaah 2 (pictured) grossed $32m in Germany in 2013 and stars Schweiger opposite his daughter Emma. Schweiger co-directed with Torsten Kunstler.

Gary Alazraki’s comedy Nosotros Los Nobles took $28m from its run in Mexico, while Yukihiro Miyamoto and Akiyuki Shinbo’s anime release Madoka Magica led a trio of Japanese hits and finished the year on $20m.

Takashi Miike’s Crime thriller Shield Of Straw (Wara No Tate) took $18m with Hideaki Sorachi’s animation Gintama 2 close behind on $17m.

The Taiwanese gangster comedy David Loman amassed $14m and Giuseppe Tornatore’s crime mystery The Best Offer grossed $13m from Italy, Germany and Austria combined.

Rounding out the top local-language releases are Marcus Goller’s comedy Frau Ella starring Matthias Schweighofer on $12m from Germany and Chen Yu-Hsun’s Taiwanese comedy Zone Pro Site (Zon Po »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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