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WGA Awards: ‘Spotlight’ & ‘The Big Short’ Take Marquee Film Honors; ‘Mad Men’, ‘Veep’ & ‘Mr. Robot’ Top TV – Full List

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Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy took the Original Screenplay honor tonight for Spotlight and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay won the trophy for Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short at the 2016 WGA Awards. Alex Gibney took the Documentary Screenplay honor for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief for HBO Documentary Films. On the TV side, AMC’s Mad Men took the Drama Series trophy, HBO’s Veep the Comedy Series nod. USA Network’s Mr. Robot won the best New Series… »

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

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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)

12 February 2016 10:00 PM, PST | 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

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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

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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 .

Operation Chromite” is »

- 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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Madonna dancer doc 'Strike A Pose' strikes deal

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Exclusive: Film premieres in Berlin’s Panorama Documentary strand.

In advance of its Berlin premiere in Panorama Documentary, Madonna dancer doc Strike A Pose has been acquired for Benelux distribution by Cinemien. 

The film, directed by Reijer Zwaan and Ester Gould, tells the extraordinary story of seven young male dancers who joined Madonna on her Blond Ambition tour in the early 1990s ands who featured in the Truth or Dare documentary.

They became celebrities in their own right and were regarded as role models by many young gay fans. The film looks at how they adapted to life after their time with Madonna.

Five of the dancers are due in Berlin for the premiere. Attending are Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes III, Jose Gutierez, Carlton Wilborn and Salim Gauwloos. Kevin Stea couldn’t make it. (The seventh dancer Gabriel Trupin died of Aids-related illness in 1995.)

“We’ve been very much in touch with them and they’re really »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Attraction snaps up Berlin Generation titles

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Exclusive: Canadian distributor takes Blue Bicycle and Fortune Favors The Brave from Berlin’s strand aimed at teenagers and children.

Montreal based kids’ movie specialist Attraction Distribution has picked up two films in Berlinale’s Generation section, both world premieres in Berlin.

The two films are Blue Bicycle [pictured], a Turkish film by debut director Ümit Köreken, and Fortune Favors The Brave by German director/producer Norbert Lechner

Also new on Attraction’s Efm slate is Mr Frog, adapted from the best selling novel by Paul van Loon (author of Fuchsia The Mini Witch) and directed by Anna van der Heide. Attraction has a promo here for the film, which recently received Eurimages backing. The film is produced by Bosbros and coproduced by Prime Time. The scriptwriter is Mieke de Jong. »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Archstone harvests Berlin hat-trick

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Exclusive: Company is selling Lindsay Lohan-starring The Shadow Within, as well as The Harvesting and Bastard.

Los Angeles-based Archstone Distribution is introducing three titles to international buyers in Berlin.

Archstone handles worldwide sales on the Lindsay Lohan [pictured] horror-thriller The Shadow Within. Tiago Mesquita directed from Mark Morgan’s screenplay about a private investigator forced to reveal her werewolf alter-ego when faced with evil-doers.

Archstone’s Brady Bowen brokered the deal with producer Ross Otterman.

The slate includes worldwide rights on The Harvesting, about a troubled young family that retreats for the summer to Amish Country where they encounter a malevolent presence.

Bastard hails from the 8 films To Die For horror banner and was released in the Us via AfterDark. Archstone holds international rights to the story about a masked murderer on the rampage in a secluded mountain town. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'A Few Less Men' rolls into Berlin

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Exclusive: Mark Lamprell’s sequel to A Few Best Men is being introduced at Efm.

Arclight Films is showing first footage to Berlin buyers on A Few Less Men, the comedy sequel to its hit A Few Best Men [pictured].

Executive producer Gary Hamilton and his team have already struck deals in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), pan-Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), pan-Middle East (Italia Films), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings), and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Producers Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers, Share Stallings, and Gorean Films Limited produce the story based on a screenplay by Dean Craig about two friends who must transport their friend’s coffin to London after they are stranded in the Australian bush.

Mark Lamprell directed A Few Less Men and Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, and Kevin Bishop reprise their roles.

Arclight Films’ Efm sales slate includes psychedelic thriller Happy Birthday featuring an appearance by Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, and 3-D horror »

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X Filme planning first global digital release for German film

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Exclusive: Punk Berlin 1982 will become the first German feature to have a global release on digital platforms.

X Filme Creative Pool is to join forces with the Goethe Institute, alleskino.de and Under The Milky Way to launch its production of Oskar Roehler’s Punk Berlin 1982 (Tod den Hippies!! Es lebe der Punk) next month as the first German feature film to have a global release on digital platforms.

The film will be available worldwide in German, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese subtitles on the iTunes, Google, Sony, Amazon, Vudu and Microsoft online VoD platforms as well as via the Goethe Institute’s website and libraries.

Commenting about this new distribution channel and marketing model, X Filme producer Stefan Arndt pointed out that “everybody is talking about how the industry should adapt to the ever-changing challenges of digitisation while the international distribution of German films is becoming increasingly difficult”.

“As a result, we are taking »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Silver Sword acquires 'Surveillance Revolution'

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Exclusive: La outfit take Ben Wagner’s action film for UK and North America.

Michael A Calace’s Los Angeles-based Silver Sword International has acquired in Berlin all Us, Canadian and UK distribution rights to Ben Wagner’s action film Surveillance Revolution.

The story takes place in a ravaged European city-state where a CIA agent scrambles to find his missing partners and top secret information under the eyes of two surveillance teams. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Oration closes deals on 'Mekko'

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Exclusive: La outfit inks deals for Sterlin Harjo’s thriller and is talking up Idan Haguel’s Inertia.

Timothy O’Brien’s Los Angeles-based sales company Oration Films has cut first deals on Sterlin Harjo’s thriller Mekko [pictured] and is talking up Idan Haguel’s Israeli film Inertia that screens in Forum on Monday.

Vendetta Films has licensed all Australasian rights to Mekko, which received its international premiere in Toronto.

Chad Burris of Indion Entertainment produced Mekko with Jasper Zweibel of Jasper Z Presents. The film follows a released convict who falls in with a troubled community.

Oration handles worldwide sales on Inertia in association with Claudia Landsberger of Baseworx For Film.

The story tells of a woman going through an existential crisis when her husband disappears without any explanation.

The Oration slate includes New Zealand director Rebecca Tansley’s documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff, which had its international premiere at Fipa in January. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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More In swings with 'The Monkey King 2'

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Exclusive: Korean sales outfit is selling the China box office hit and Dejan Zecevic’s The Rift at Efm.

Korean sales company More In Group is handling international sales on Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 2, which grossed $60m on its opening three days in China.

Produced by Hong Kong’s Filmko Entertainment and Chinese partners, the 3D fantasy epic stars Aaron Kwok and Gong Li. Filmko has already sold the film to around 15 territories. It opened in China on February 8, the first day of the Chinese New Year holidays.

More In Group is also selling Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller The Rift, which it co-produced with Serbia’s Viktoria Film and Slovenia’s Bbo Star.

The English-language thriller stars Us actor Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead) and Slovenian actress Katarina Cas (The Wolf Of Wall Street). It tells the story of an astronaut who mysteriously disappears following a space shuttle crash in Eastern Serbia.

The »

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France deal for sci-fi 'Time Lapse'

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Exclusive: Devilworks inks deal on thriller starring The Flash’s Danielle Panabaker.

Genre sales outfit Devilworks has inked a French deal with Condor Entertainment for sci-fi thriller Time Lapse.

Danielle Panabaker, who plays Killer Frost in superhero series The Flash, George Finn (Lol) and Matt O’Leary (Stung) star in the film about three friends who discover a huge camera which takes pictures of the future. However, a fun toy soon turns up disturbing images and the trio descends into a dark future they have no control over. 

Bradley King directs. Producers are Bp Cooper and Rick Montgomery.

Devilworks CEO Matteo Rolleri and Condor’s president Alexis Mas negotiated the deal.

Condor has previously released titles including Extinction, The Shamer, Victoria and The Guard. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Filmmakers show solidarity for Oleg Sentsov

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Ukrainian filmmaker was sentenced to 20 years in a Russian jail for alleged terrorist activities.

German actresses Meret Becker and Katja Riemann have joined an initiative of the European and German Film Academies and Amnesty International to show continued solidarity with the imprisoned Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov at this year’s Berlinale.

A demonstration to highlight the case of Sentsov, who was transferred to a hard labour camp in Siberia last week, will be held before the world premiere of Mantas Kvedaravicius’s documentary Mariupolis in the CineStar 7 cinema at the festival on Sunday (Feb 14).

In August 2015, Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by a Russian military court for alleged “terrorist activities”. »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Vision Films takes 'Hedda Gabler'

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Exclusive: Period drama stars Rita Ramnani.

Los Angeles-based Vision Films has acquired worldwide rights to Matthew John’s Henrik Ibsen adaptation Hedda Gabler and is in talks with Efm buyers.

British actress Rita Ramnani stars in the renowned period drama about an aristocratic woman who is bored in her marriage to an academic and encounters a former love.

Vision Films’ slate includes the 3D family theatrical feature Aldabra: Once Upon An Island, eco doc Breath Of Life, and David Hasslehoff musical Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.

Hedda Gabler depicts a woman ahead of her time. This film brings the story many of us learned in English literature to life in a new way,” said Vision Films managing director and CEO Lise Romanoff. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Fritz Lang's 'Destiny' heads to Us

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Exclusive: Restored version of 1921 classic will get limited theatrical in late spring.

Kino Lorber has acquired all Us and Canadian rights to the digital restoration of Fritz Lang’s Destiny (Der Müde Tod), which received its world premiere in Berlinale Classics on Friday.

Lil Dagover plays a young woman who meets Death (Barnhard Goetzke) and is given three chances to reverse destiny and find her missing fiancé.

Destiny will get a limited theatrical run in late spring ahead of a multi-platform release. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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FilmExport picks up Rubini’s 'Let’s Talk'

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Exclusive: Italian sales company has also acquired street art documentary Vertical Conquests.

Italian sales company FilmExport has acquired world sales rights to Italian director Sergio Rubini’s couples comedy Let’s Talk (Dobbiamo Parlare) and street art documentary Vertical Conquests.

Let’s Talk revolves around two couples – one conventionally married, the other cohabitating — whose friendship and lives are laid bare over the course of one evening following the revelation that one of the partners is having an affair.

Rubini plays 50-year-old writer Vanni who lives in a beautiful central Rome loft with his 30-year-old girlfriend Linda, played by former Efp Shooting Star Isabella Ragonese.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio co-stars as Alfredo, a heart surgeon conventionally married to Constance, played by Gomorrah co-star Maria Pia Calzone.

The film grossed $600,000 when it was released in Italy at the end of 2015.

Other new titles on FilmExport’s slate include found footage French Riviera-set thriller Wax: We Are The X and In The »

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