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10 Russian Films Unspooling at the Berlin Film Fest

10 February 2017 11:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After You’re Gone

Director: Anna Matison

Screenwriter: Anna Matison, Timur Ezugbaya

Producers: Sergei Bezrukov, Alexei Kublitsky, Anna Matison

Key cast: Sergei Bezrukov, Anastasia Bezrukova, Karina Andolenko

Sales company: Central Partnership

Logline: Renowned ballet dancer Aleksey Temnikov discovers he will soon lose the ability to walk. For him, this means only one thing — death. Before this happens, he sets out to choreograph a ballet.


Director: Fedor Bondarchuk

Screenwriter: Oleg Malovichko, Andrey Zolotarev

Producers: Fedor Bondarchuk, Dmitriy Rudovskiy, Mikhail Vrubel

Key cast: Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Oleg Menshikov

Sales company: Art Pictures

Logline: An unidentified flying object, allegedly of extraterrestrial origin, is shot down over Moscow.

Fantastic Journey to Oz (animation)

Director: Vladimir Toropchin

Screenwriter: Alexandr Boyarsky

Producers: Anton Zlatopolsky, Sergey Selyanov, Alexander Boyarsky

Sales company: Wizart

Logline: Urfin, a troubled carpenter, makes an army of wooden soldiers to invade the Emerald City. Dorothy and her friends come to the rescue of the city dwellers. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Russia's Timur Bekmambetov Looking for Sales After Box-Office Disappointments

10 February 2017 7:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Timur Bekmambetov’s Russian company, Bazelevs, is bringing two new titles to the European Film Market in Berlin, betting on international sales even following recent box-office disappointments at home.

Bazelevs' Efm titles are Dmitry Kiselev's space drama Vremya pervykh (Time of the First) and family animation Moy super papa (My Super Dad), directed by Viktor Glukhushin, Stanislav Shakhov and Olga Baulina.

The two movies are likely to attract substantial interest from international buyers, Valeria Dobrolyubovа, head of sales at Mirsand Ltd., an international distribution company that exclusively works with Bazelevs, told The Hollywood Reporter.

"My Super Dad is a family CGI »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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Box Office Bomb Ben-Hur Left Star Jack Huston Heartbroken

25 January 2017 8:24 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Are remakes almost always doomed? Ben-Hur star Jack Huston tends to think so. While Disney had a stellar year at the box office, other studios weren't so lucky. And Paramount suffered one of the biggest casualties when its big budget blockbuster Ben-Hur failed to connect with an audience of any kind, going onto be one of last year's biggest financial disasters. It was an outright bomb. And it broke Huston's heart.

Jack Huston is perhaps best known for his role as Richard Harrow on HBO's hit drama Boardwalk Empire, which ended its run in 2014. Ever since, Huston has been hard at work trying to become one of Hollywood's leading men. He took on the lead role in a remake of The Crow, but the studio behind that movie filed for bankruptcy and he soon departed the fledglinging project. He settled on another remake as his big breakout, with the biblical themedBen-Hur, »

- MovieWeb

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The First Image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in 'The Current War' Is Here

21 January 2017 8:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The first photo of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Current War is here -- and it's a little bit darker than we anticipated.

The 40-year-old actor stars as Thomas Edison in the upcoming Weinstein Company film, which focuses on the rivalry between Edison and George Westinghouse as the two race to "create a marketable and sustainable electricity system" in 19th century America.

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch's Wife Sophie Hunter Pregnant With Second Baby

Michael Shannon takes on the part of Westinghouse, while Nicolas Hoult will be playing Nikola Tesla. Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfayden and Tuppence Middleton have roles in the Alfonso Gomez Rejob-directed film as well.

See the first image below:

The Weinstein Company

The Current War marks a return to biopics for Cumberbatch, who won an Academy Award nomination for his role as Alan Turing in 2014's The Imitation Game. Basil Iwanyk, Timur Bekmambetov and Harvey Weinstein are producing the film, while Cumberbatch »

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Mark Burnett’s Ties to Trump Put Him in Tricky Situation

19 January 2017 11:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Donald Trump brings a wealth of diverse business connections with him to the White House. From his years in the entertainment industry, there’s no more significant relationship that he forged than his ties to the prolific and wildly successful TV producer Mark Burnett.

Burnett courted Trump for the role that vaulted the media-savvy billionaire onto the national stage — as the star of NBC’s reality-competition series “The Apprentice” — by emphasizing the inspiration he had drawn from the 1987 book “Trump: The Art of the Deal.”

Starting in early 2004, Burnett and Trump turned “The Apprentice,” and later “The Celebrity Apprentice,” into a global juggernaut that minted profits through brand integration deals and international format licensing. Local-language productions of the show became hits in the dozens of territories to which it traveled. The U.K. edition remains a top draw for the BBC.

Jake Chessum for Variety

In almost any scenario, having a personal connection to the U.S »

- Cynthia Littleton

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