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WGA Awards: ‘Spotlight’ & ‘The Big Short’ Take Marquee Film Honors; ‘Mad Men’, ‘Veep’ & ‘Mr. Robot’ Top TV – Full List
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… »
Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool’ Set to Smash Box Office Records With $47 Million Friday
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
Rudd, Coogan To Play A Married Couple
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.
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- Garth Franklin
Berlin: Liam Neeson’s ‘Operation Chromite’ Lands Multi-Territory Deals
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
NBC Greenlights Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show, Targets May Premiere (Exclusive)
NBC has formally given the greenlight to a long-gestating variety show to be co-hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and produced by Lorne Michaels. The Peacock is targeting a premiere in late May.
NBC confirmed the series order but details about the number of episodes and format are still being sorted out. It’s expected to air live from NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters in New York.
The show, tentatively titled “Maya and Marty in Manhattan,” was a topic of conversation Thursday night among the current and former “Saturday Night Live” troupers who were on hand at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the center’s American Songbook tribute to Michaels, recognizing his long »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Vinyl’ Review: Mick Jagger-Martin Scorsese Music Drama Rocks Hard
Sex, drugs, rock and roll — three tried and true components to telling a classic story of debauchery and downfall, and three things HBO’s new entry “Vinyl” relies heavily on. Luckily it works — to a point. The series, which had a long gestational period in development, brings star power both in front and behind the scenes. Showrunner Terence Winter and director Martin Scorsese are back together following their “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” days, with Mick Jagger on board as an executive producer. In front of the camera Bobby Cannavale lends leading man credit as record »
- Amber Dowling
‘Deadpool’ Blows Up Box Office With R-Rated Record $135 Million Debut
Ryan Reynolds‘ trash-talking vigilante “Deadpool” wreacked record-breaking havoc on the box office this weekend, cracking wise and skulls while rolling up a stunning $135 million in its first three days of release. It was the best debut ever for an R-rated movie, and the best President’s Day and February debut as well . The numbers were stunning, the biggest opening ever for distributor Twentieth Century Fox. It more than doubled the pre-release projections of distributor Twentieth Century Fox and, with Monday’s President Day still to come, the off-beat and ultra-violent saga of the sardonic superhero could hit $150 million. The trash talking. »
- Todd Cunningham
Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Obliterates Records With $135 Million Debut
Filmed for an economical $58 million, the 20th Century Fox release has already made back its production budget and then some, racking up $135 million over its first three days in theaters. It could make $150 million over the four-day holiday. That easily surpasses the previous President’s Day weekend and February record holder, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which set a high-water mark with its $85.2 million debut last year.
But just as “Fifty Shades of Grey” used whips and handcuffs to reinvigorate the tired erotic drama genre, “Deadpool” relied on raunchy humor and a fourth-wall breaking central character to apply a fresh gloss on superhero movies at a time when costumed avengers threaten to reach saturation levels. It also stands as the biggest ever bow for an R-rated movie, sailing »
- Brent Lang
Melissa McCarthy on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See
Melissa McCarthy returned for her fourth time as host at Saturday Night Live, and deservedly so: She's one of a handful of people that essentially has an open invite to come on whenever she feels like it, with a skill set perfectly equipped to engage with the cast and also put entire sketches on her back when the need arises.
So it was interesting, in a bad way, to see her more or less recede to the background in last night's installment. It's not that McCarthy did a bad job, »
Watch Kanye West Debut 'Pablo' Tracks, Rap Battle on 'SNL'
Kanye West capped off a feverishly busy week in New York – a week that also featured the premiere of both his LP The Life of Pablo and his latest Adidas collection at a Madison Square Garden event – by debuting a pair of Pablo tracks live as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Keeping with West's memorable versions of "Wolves" and "Only One" on the SNL40 special, the rapper again completely transformed the SNL set to match his vision, which in the case of "Ultralight Beam," Pablo's opening track, meant »
Berlin Film Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Based on a recent Chilean scandal in which the son of a right-wing senator managed to maneuver his way out of a drunk-driving fatality while his friends took the fall, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “Much Ado About Nothing” recreates both the night in question and the sordid aftermath from the p.o.v. of the “backseat driver.” In what might as well be Chile’s Chappaquiddick incident, the case ruffled enough feathers that one would expect a more indignant satire, whereas Almendras indulges his indifferent characters their youthful folly, acknowledging how a night of carefree drinking can have life-changing consequences. The fact that “Much Ado” doesn’t take a more overtly moral stand could backfire on the film back home, though such a blase attitude has been quite fashionable of late on the festival circuit, where this clumsily subtitled offering should acquit itself well.
Similar to, yet not nearly so stylistically »
- Peter Debruge
'Silence of the Lambs' at 25: The Complete Buffalo Bill Story
You never know what's going to happen with an audition," actor Ted Levine remembers of the first time he portrayed Jame Gumb, The Silence of the Lambs villain also known as "Buffalo Bill." "I just pulled something out. It was scary. It felt kind of magical."
"I read with the three final guys who were going to be Buffalo Bill," says Brooke Smith, who played Catherine Martin, the U.S. senator's daughter whom Gumb abducts in the movie. "When Ted walked in, it was so crazily obvious. I asked him, »
Berlin: Protesters Oppose Political Meddling at Busan Festival
Senior executives and filmmakers from many of the world’s top film festivals showed their support Sunday in Berlin for the beleaguered Busan Intl. Film festival in South Korea. At a protest brunch, held at the Sony Centre in Potsdamer Platz, they waved placards, made statements and posed for group photographs.
Those in attendance in Berlin include Alberto Barbera from the Venice festival, Nashen Moodley from Sydney, Charles Tesson from Cannes Critics’ Week, former Rotterdam chief Simon Field and Berlin festival section heads Wieland Speck and Christoph Terhechte. Also attending were French producer Isabelle Glachant, critic Jean-Michel Frodon, Martin Schweighofer from the Austrian Film Commission, and Jennifer Jao from the Taipei Film Commission.
The Busan Festival has been battered by political forces since October 2014 when it took the decision to show activist documentary “Diving »
- Patrick Frater
Berlin: Drama ‘The Confessions’ Starring Toni Servillo Closes Global Deals
True Colours, the new Italian sales outfit founded by Lucky Red and Indigo Film, has sealed a slew of sales at Efm for Italo helmer Roberto Ando’s political thriller “The Confessions,” toplining Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) and boasting a stellar international cast.
True Colours’ topper Catia Rossi has sold “The Confessions” to Spain (Wanda); Latin America inluding Brazil (Cdi with Mares); South Korea (JinJin Pictures); Benelux (Imagine); Greece (Danaos); Hungary (Cinenuovo); former Yugoslavia (Stars-Media); and Taiwan (Swallow Wings).
Servillo plays a mysterious monk called to a high-powered G8 meeting by the International Monetary Fund head, played by Daniel Auteuil, to receive his confession. Cast also comprises Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino and Moritz Bleibtreu.
Pic, believed to be a meditation on power and wealth inspired by “The Confessions of St. Augustine,” is an Italian-French co-production with Angelo Barbagallo’s Bibi Film, Gaul’s Barbary Film and Italy’s Rai Cinema. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Berlin Braced for Benjamin Netanyahu
Berlin will be on security alert Monday as the city awaits the official visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu. He is expected to head a ministerial delegation for talks on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of her cabinet.
The festival expects to be stirred but not shaken. The heart of the festival at Potsdamer Platz is barely a mile away from the Reichstag, key ministries and the Chancellor’s offices. That means the possibility of temporary roadblocks and increased security service personnel on the city streets.
Public screenings at the Zoo Palast theater will continue, though the festival has avoided programming major premieres at the venue for the two days of the Netanyahu visit. “Since we had been informed in time about the visit we already took it in account when scheduling premiers. Therefore we don’t have to modify our planned programming,” the festival told Variety. »
- Patrick Frater
Berlin: German Producer Philipp Kreuzer Says Direct Relationships Key to Success
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
BAFTA Awards 2016: What time does the show start?
The BAFTAs begin at the Royal Opera House in London at 7:00 pm Sunday (Feb. 14). However, the BBC won't air the show until 9 pm local time. And it won't go out on BBC America until 5 pm Pt/8 pm Et. But we will have the results here at Gold Derby as they unfold, beginning at 11:00 am Pt/2:00 pm Et. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our exclusive odds are predicting that "The Revenant" will go four for eight, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Cinematography. Allsp predicted to take home four awards is "Mad Max: Fury Road." Though this seven-time nominee was snubbed in the marquee categories, we expect it to win: Best Makeup and Hairtsyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. These predictions are based on a combination of four sets of f. »
Saturday Night Live Review: Melissa McCarthy Hosts
Our host tonight is Melissa McCarthy, who allegedly burst onto the scene in 2011’s Bridesmaids, but anyone who tells you that doesn’t know about Sookie from Gilmore Girls and thus probably shouldn’t be trusted. Since Bridesmaids, McCarthy has been a consistent force in the American comedy scene, largely due to her collaborations with director Paul Feig on The Heat, Spy, and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot with SNL’s own Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig. This is her fourth time hosting in the last five years, clearly marking her as a favorite among the cast and crew, and it isn’t hard to see why-- she tends to turn out memorable characters and her extensive background in sketch comedy lends an air of professionalism and an ability to stay on her toes. Cold Open: As a group of restaurant diners discuss their likelihood to vote for Bernie Sanders, »
- Emilie Sowers
Berlin: TrustNordisk Inks Deals On ‘The Model,’ ‘Magnus,’ ‘Pyromaniac’
“The Model,” directed by Sundance-winning director Mads Matthiesen, stars Maria Palm as a young model struggling to make it in the Parisian fashion industry. Her passion for a young photographer (Ed Skrein) turns into an obsession and propels her downfall.
Pic sold to Latin America (California Films), China (Hgc Entertainment), Russia Cis (Voxell Media), Hungary (Vertigo Media), Turkey (Ozen Film), Estonia (Estin Film), Lithuania (Incognito Film) and Former Yugoslavia (2i Film d.o.o.) with more territories currently in negotiation.
Previous sales include France (Ab Groupe), Poland (Kino Swiat), Korea (Scene & Sound), Bulgaria (Pro Films) and Middle East (Gulf Film).
“Magnus” turns on the life of chess player Magnus Carlsen, who went from being bullied by his classmates to becoming World Chess Champion. It got sold to both Germany and Austria (Nfp), Hong Kong (Edko films Ltd. »
- Elsa Keslassy
James Schamus and Joshua Oppenheimer Join The Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Event
U.S. multihyphenates James Schamus and Joshua Oppenheimer have been added to the high-caliber lineup of masters recruited by the Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra event which blends creative workshop and festival elements.
Schamus recently made his well-received directorial debut with an adaptation of Philip Roth’s “Indignation” which bowed at Sundance in January and is screening at this year’s Berlinale in the Panorama section. During Qumra’s second edition, which will be held in Doha March 4-9, he will present and discuss Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which Schamus produced as part of a longstanding collaboration.
Oppenheimer, who is Us-born and Denmark-based, will hold a masterclass on his potent docu “The Look of Silence,” which is centered around the 1960s Indonesian genocide and nominated for an Oscar this year.
This year’s other Qumra masters are revered Russian auteur Alexander Sokurov (“Francofonia”), Turkey’s pluriprized »
- Nick Vivarelli
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