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Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool’ Set to Smash Box Office Records With $47 Million Friday

10 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ryan Reynolds‘ ultra-violent “Deadpool” blew away expectations, rivals and records with a $47.5 million first day Friday, making a bloodbath of the Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend box office race. The R-rated saga of the sardonic and foul-mouthed Marvel Comics superhero — a mercenary who develops super healing powers, a scarred mug and a very cynical attitude after a failed operation to cure his cancer — was on pace for an eye-popping $130 million over the four-day holiday for Twentieth Century Fox. That would obliterate the records for a three-day February opening ($85 million) and Presidents Day weekend ($93 million) set last year »

- Todd Cunningham

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Berlin: ‘A Prophet’ Star Tahar Rahim Joins Harrison Ford in ‘Official Secrets’ (Exclusive)

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

French actor Tahar Rahim, who toplined “A Prophet,” is circling the star-studded espionage drama “Official Secrets,” Variety has learned.

Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer and Martin Freeman have already joined the project, produced by Elizabeth Fowler. Justin Chadwick will direct from a screenplay by Sara and Gregory Bernstein based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion.”

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing, and handling the financing and international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated to begin shooting in May in the U.K. The story is set in 2003 in the months before the Iraq War with Dormer playing a British intelligence officer and Rahim in the role of her husband. »

- Dave McNary

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Rudd, Coogan To Play A Married Couple

12 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan are set to star in Andrew Fleming's comedy "An Ideal Home" for Remstar Studios.

Rudd and Coogan play a bickering couple with an extravagant life, Coogan's a celebrity while Rudd is his hesitant partner. When the grandson of Coogan's character shows up and has nowhere to go, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.

Fleming wrote the script while Gabriella Tana, Maria Theresa Arida, Maxime Remillard and Aaron Ryder will produce.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Deadpool looking at $170 million plus global opening weekend

12 February 2016 2:26 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox’s Deadpool has been rolling out this week, with the film opening in the UK on Wednesday and making its way across the Pond to North America today.

Early tracking had suggested the film would be looking at a $55 million domestic opening weekend, but it looks like the Merc with a Mouth is set to blow that figure out of the water; it pulled in $12.7 million on Thursday previews, a record for an R-rated film, and is looking at around $30 million on Friday, with a four-day weekend of $90 million or more predicted.

Deadpool has a shot of setting more February records, with Fifty Shades of Grey currently holding the opening day ($30.28 million), three-day ($85.2 million) and four-day ($93 million) records.

Internationally, Deadpool could pull in a further $80 million; it is performing well in all 42 markets, and here in the UK it has given Fox its biggest ever opening day »

- Gary Collinson

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Berlin: Liam Neeson’s ‘Operation Chromite’ Lands Multi-Territory Deals

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s Splendid Film has struck a multi-territory purchase of “Operation Chromite,” the Liam Neeson-starring Korean War action film that is now in production.

Splendid acquired rights for Germany, Austria and the Benelux region from Finecut, the Seoul-based sales company handling global rights.

Finecut’s early business at the European Film Market also included sales for ex-Yugoslavia to Discovery Film & Video and for Taiwan to Moviecloud.

Neeson plays General Douglas MacArthur who led a seemingly impossible marine landing at Incheon in the company of a South Korean lieutenant and seven soldiers from the covert Klo intelligence unit. Korean heart-throb Lee Jung-jae plays the lieutenant.

Production got underway in December — Neeson has now completed his scenes – and will wrap next month.

Direction is by John H. Lee, who previously made award-winning Korean War film “71: Into The Fire” with the same producer and Finecut on board in 2010 .

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- Patrick Frater

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Berlin: German Producer Philipp Kreuzer Says Direct Relationships Key to Success

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German producer Philipp Kreuzer and his partner Jorg Schulze recently launched Munich and Berlin-based Maze Pictures, which is making its Efm debut after joining forces with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Television on thriller TV series “The Crimson Rivers” and several film projects. Kreuzer is a lawyer and former top exec at Bavaria Film Intl.

There is a digital-driven wave of consolidation sweeping the European film and TV industry, with bigger players like Fremantle snapping up smaller companies and dictating new business models. How is this affecting the market?

What we see overall is the pressure on the distribution chain. Today’s consolidation and convergence means there are more direct relationships between networks and producers, more multi-territory deals. While having close ties with the creative talent is key, it becomes much more important as a producer to have the direct relationship with a network and the digital players. You also have to think more European, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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WGA Award Winners List – Live

54 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Writers Guild of America is honoring its best tonight in simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. We’ll be updating the 2016 WGA Awards winners list live, so refresh here for the latest. Original Screenplay Spotlight Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films Episodic Drama "Uno" (Better Call Saul) Written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould; AMC Children's Script – Episodic And Specials "Gortimer and the Surprise Signature" (Gortimer Gibbon's Life… »

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Deadline’s 2016 WGA Awards Live Blog

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

We are here live from both the Hyatt Regency in Century City, CA and the Edison Ballroom in New York City at the 2016 Writers Guild Awards. In regards to its history as an Oscar predictor in the adapted and original screenplay categories, traditionally at least one winner in that slot goes on to win the Oscar. The difference between the Oscars and WGAs is that the guild relegates its nominations to members only. Case in point: last year Birdman won best original… »

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Sundance Hit ‘Little Men’ Goes To U.K.’s Altitude

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – In a major territory deal on a Sundance hit, Altitude Film Distribution has acquired U.K. rights to Ira Sachs’ Sundance crowd-pleaser “Little Men.”

Marking Altitude’s second Sachs’ title after releasing “Love Is Strange,” deal was struck by Altitude Film Entertainment’s Ellie Gibbons and “Little Men’s” sales agent, Charlotte Mickie at Mongrel International.

Charting the unlikely friendship between Jake (Theo Tapitz), a sensitive middle school, and brash young neighbor Tony (Michael Barbieri), “Little Men” chronicles the moments when young teens begin to become the people they’ll be in adulthood.

Warmly reviewed at Sundance – Variety’s Peter Debruge called it “a little movie brimming with little truths about modern life” – “Little Men” co-stars Oscar-nominated Greg Kinnear (“Little Miss Sunchine”), BAFTA-nominated Jennifer Ehle (“50 Shades of Grey”) and Berlin best actress winner Paulina Garcia (“Gloria”).

“Following in the steps of ‘Love Is Strange,’ I’m very pleased to »

- John Hopewell

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How Baftas stole a march on the ‘so straight’ Oscars

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The British academy has put the Oscars to shame with a more diverse list of nominations, from lesbian love story Carol to transgender drama The Danish Girl

The tuxedos, the swishy dresses, the loaned jewels, the thousands of glasses of heavily branded champagne handed to stars and guests; and now also, of course, the political soundbites. The Baftas, like all leading film award ceremonies, were once pure escapism – window dressing for the entertainment industry. Yet somehow social campaigning has crept up the agenda. On Sunday, when the biggest names in British and Us film gather at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, the evening will be freighted with serious questions about the diversity of mainstream show business. This year, the British Academy of Film and Television arts will be judged partly on how it represents its audience in terms of colour, gender and sexual orientation.

Related: #OscarsSoMainstream: »

- Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent

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Urban Hymn: Essex writer’s drug-fuelled youth inspires drama

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Set against the summer riots of 2011, Nick Moorcroft’s coming-of-age movie about a young offender draws on his own troubled past

A scriptwriter from Essex who has gone on to make a name for himself in Hollywood has revealed that his own violent, drug-fuelled past provided material for the plot of his new film, Urban Hymn.

A coming-of-age movie that will have a gala screening in Glasgow on FridayFebruary 19, ahead of a UK charity premiere, Urban Hymn is set during the UK’s summer riots of 2011 and tells the story of a young female offender, Jamie, and her relationships with her care worker, Kate, and her “bad girl” friend, Leanne. It features a cameo from musician Billy Bragg and is directed by Michael Caton-Jones, whose work includes the 1990 wartime bomber crew drama Memphis Belle.

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- Dalya Alberge

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Altitude takes UK on Ira Sachs' 'Little Men'

1 hour ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Love Is Strange director reunites with UK distributor.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the UK distribution rights to Sundance drama Little Men.

The deal was negotiated between Altitude Film Entertainment’s Ellie Gibbons and Mongrel International’s Charlotte Mickie.

The acquisition is the second between Sachs and Altitude, having previously released the highly acclaimed Love is Strange.

Little Men follows Jake (Theo Taplitz), a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Michael Barbieri) at his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off.

The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s parents, Brian and Kathy (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle), and Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina Garcia), threatens to become contentious.

Sachs co-wrote the screenplay with Mauricio Zacharis (Love is Strange).

Producers are Lucas Joaquin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Sachs, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos ([link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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