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Emblem3 on Why They Reunited, What Fans Need to Know (Video)

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The boys of Emblem3 are back — and they’re letting more than the music tell the story behind their reunion. Brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg and bandmate Drew Chadwick visited TheWrap to discuss the motives behind reforming as a band and their new self-titled app for fans — and they even staged a quick performance. After auditioning on “The X Factor” in 2012, the Strombergs and Chadwick released their debut album “Nothing to Lose” via Columbia Records and Simon Cowell‘s record label Syco Music. Also Read: Watch Emblem3 Perform New Song 'End of Summer' at TheWrap Studio (Video) A year later, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Telefonica Studios Furthers Drive Into Latin America (Exclusive)

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Telefonica Studios, the film and TV production arm of telco giant Telefonica, already a key player in Spain and Argentina, is taking another step into Latin America by teaming with Cactus Flower and Mono Films on the Colombia-shot romantic thriller “Orbita 9.”

Pic is the anticipated debut of Hatem Khraiche, screenwriter of the Cactus Flower co-produced “The Hidden Face.” “Orbita 9’s” use of cash rebates and relationship with Colombia’s top movie producer Dynamo, which provides services, reps one further step, however, in Telefonica Studios’ Latin American drive.

“Latin America is the natural territory of the Telefonica Group. Anything that touches or takes advantage of a presence in countries where Telefonica operates is for us always positive,” said Gabriel Arias-Salgado, Telefonica’s Spain-based film production head.

“For Axel Kuschevatzky (Telefonica international film production head) and for me, ‘Orbita 9’ is an opportunity to explore co-production possibilities with Latin America,” he added, citing »


- John Hopewell

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Berlin: ‘Tracer’ Keeps Korea’s Cj on Track of Success in Vietnam

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Featuring a female detective who infiltrates a dangerous gang in order to get close to the kingpin, “Tracer” is typical of how contemporary films from Vietnam are becoming more commercially savvy, challenging stereotypes and engaging record audience numbers in the still emerging country.

The thriller is being launched at the Efm in Berlin by Korea’s Cj Entertainment, which is handling international sales and which will release the picture in Vietnam in April.

Cj’s theatrical exhibition giant sister company Cj-cgv became a top player in Vietnam in 2011 when it acquired the largest and most modern cinema chain in the country. Since then the box office has expanded to over $100 million per year and local films have flourished alongside certain Hollywood blockbusters.

In response to growing competition and the expansion of the market, Cj has become increasingly involved in Vietnamese distribution – certain Korean-language titles do well – while also taking the more laborious local production route. »


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Berlin: Gaumont Embarks On ‘Journey Through French Cinema’ (Exclusive)

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Berlin – Gaumont has acquired international sales rights to vet helmer Bertrand Tavernier’s “A Journey Through French Cinema,” a feature documentary charting the history of French cinema from the 1930s through to the early 1970s.

Tavernier, who is president of Lyon’s Lumiere festival along with Cannes fest’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux, said Martin Scorsese’s “Personal Journey through American Movies” and “My Voyage to Italian Cinema” inspired him to make “A Journey Through French Cinema.” Through the doc, Tavernier will also shed light on the political and historical context of certain movies as well as share anecdotes about some directors.

Delving into French classics, the documentary includes interviews and footage from Jean Renoir, Claude Sautet, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut and Jacques Becker.

“I am not a professor or college don. This voyage is primarily meant to be an entertaining, leisurely and non-economic stroll through the cinema I have learned to love, »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Berlin: Film Movement Takes U.S. on ‘Ardennes’ (Exclusive)

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Berlin — New York-based Film Movement has acquired all U.S. rights to Toronto Discovery player “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront’s first feature film. Pic stars Veerle Baetens ( “The Broken Circle Breakdown”) and Jeroen Perceval (“Bullhead”).

Produced by Savage Film’s Bart Van Langendonck, whose credits include Michael Roskam’s “Bullhead,” and a new entry in a burgeoning line of gritty Flemish family crime sagas, “The Ardennes” narrates a tale of betrayal between two working class criminal brothers, which erupts in unexpected violence.

Arthouse genre, one of the dominant trends in international’s newest cinema, “Ardennes” was written by Perceval and Pront, adapting Perceval’s screenplay.

“’The Ardennes’ is raw and powerful,” said Film Movement’s prexy Michael E. Rosenberg, who closed the U.S. pick-up with Xiaojuan Zhou, president of Attraction Distribution. “We look forward to introducing fans of ‘Bullhead’ and ‘Borgman’ to a strong new voice in Belgian cinema. »


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Berlin: The Match Factory Picks Up Bohdan Slama’s ‘Ice Mother’ (Exclusive)

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World sales company The Match Factory, which has four films in competition and three in Panorama at the Berlin Film Festival, has picked up the international sales rights for “Ice Mother,” helmed by director Bohdan Slama.

“Ice Mother” tells the story of 67-year-old Hana who is the underappreciated, good soul of her family constantly helping her two sons and their children. One day Hana rescues a man, Bronia, floating in the river, unable to move. After helping him out of the icy water she makes many new friends in the winter swimming club. With Bronia’s help Hana starts to change her life.

Slama’s previous films include “Wild Bees,” “Something Like Happiness,” “Country Teacher” and “Four Suns.”

The film, which is shooting now, is produced by Negativ (Czech Republic), Artileria (Slovakia), and Why Not Productions (France), in co-production with Ceska Televize (Czech Republic), Barrandov Studio (Czech Republic) and Rtvs »


- Leo Barraclough

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Justice Antonin Scalia’s Death Dominates CBS Gop Debate

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Tonight’s Republican presidential debate from Greenville, South Carolina, on CBS started off with a tribute and moment of silence for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died at age 79. The first question of the night went to Donald Trump, whom moderator John Dickerson asked if he would name a new justice to replace Scalia if he was in President Barack Obama’s place now. “I think he’s going to do it whether I’m okay with it or not,” Trump said, adding that the name of the game on Capitol Hill should be “delay, delay, delay” for Republicans. »


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Writers Guild Awards exclusive: Watch 8 WGA red carpet interviews with nominees

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Gold Derby was on the red carpet at Saturday's Writers Guild Awards as top film and TV nominees and winners did interviews. We have eight exclusive chats with such people as Oscar nominees Drew Goddard ("The Martian"), Adam McKay and Charles Randolph ("The Big Short"), and Josh Singer ("Spotlight"). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2016 Writers Guild winners and nominees Click each gold link to watch the fun chats: Rachel Bloom, actress on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and presenter Drew Goddard, writer and nominee for "The Martian Marta Kauffman, life achievement winner for creating "Friends" and "Grace and Frankie" Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, writers and winners for "The Big Short" Kumail Nanjiani, actor on "Silicon Valley" and presenter Josh Singer, writer and winner for "Spotlight" Moira Walley-Beckett, writer and creator of "Flesh an...' »


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Gop Debate Turns Ugly as Candidates Spar, Get Personal

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Even the sudden death of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia earlier in the day didn’t manage to contain the fighting during Saturday’s Gop debate in Greenville, South Carolina. The face-off was contentious, loud and at times downright brutal. The six candidates — real-estate developer Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — clashed over George W. Bush, immigration, eminent domain and who is the bigger liar. The event was hosted by CBS and moderated by “Face the Nation” anchor John Dickerson, with »


- Itay Hod and Brian Flood

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Antonin Scalia’s Death Draws Shock From Pundits, Mockery From Celebrities

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death at age 79 shocked the news media and political class — and brought about a much more expected stream of colorful responses on social media Saturday. The jurist courted controversy through his pointed rulings opposing gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, affirmative action and other liberal causes during his nearly 30-year tenure on the high court. Policians, pundits, comedians and regular fans and foes of the conservative firebrand took to Twitter with their thoughts on the news, which is sure to shake up the 2016 presidential election. Also Read: The 2016 Election Just Got a »


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Writers Guild Awards 2016: Complete list of winners (and nominees)

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The Writers Guild Awards were presented on Saturday, February 13, during a ceremony hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt. -Break- Film Original Screenplay "Bridge of Spies" Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen "Sicario" Written by Taylor Sheridan X -- "Spotlight" Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy "Straight Outta Compton" Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff "Trainwreck" Written by Amy Schumer Adapted Screenplay X -- "The Big Short" Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis "Carol" Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy Based on the novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith "The Martian" Screenplay by Drew Goddard Based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir; &quot »


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‘The Big Short’ and ‘Spotlight’ Win Writers Guild Awards: Complete Winners List

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The Big Short” and “Spotlight” have been named the best screenplays of 2015 by the Writers Guild of America. “The Big Short” won in the adapted screenplay category, while “Spotlight” won as the best original screenplay. The Writers Guild of America West and East handed out the awards at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York, though quirks of timing meant that the awards were rarely handed out at the same time. “Spotlight” came into the awards as a strong favorite in the original screenplay category, as did “The Big Short” in the adapted screenplay race. Both are among the favorites. »


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

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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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