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‘No Man’s Land’ Helmer Danis Tanovic To Direct ‘Ports Of Call’ Adaptation

26 September 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Oscar winning director and festival favorite Danis Tanovic is set to helm Ports Of Call, based on the bestselling novel by Lebanese-French writer and Académie Française member, Amin Maalouf. The film will be produced by Ron Senkowski (Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Decoding Annie Parker) and Samira Kawas through their Dubai/La-based Symply Entertainment. Also producing is Paul-Gordon Chandler, a Cairo-based Episcopal priest who initially obtained the rights from Maalouf.

Originally published in 1996, Ports Of Call is the story of two ill-fated lovers who meet in Paris during Ww II. Ossyane, an Ottoman prince with a Muslim upbringing, and Clara, a Jewish freedom fighter from Vienna, are ultimately torn apart by the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Tanovic, whose most recent film, Tigers, premiered in Toronto, won the 2002 Foreign Language Oscar for No Man’s Land, as well as the screenplay prize in Cannes. In 2013, he won the Jury Prize in Berlin »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Macondo wins Sarajevo partner prize

25 August 2014 3:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Docu Rough Cut Boutique awards for documentary project also revealed

The 20th Sarajevo Film Festival partner awards were revealed at a ceremony on the Festival Square.

The award of the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (Cicae) went to Macondo by Austria’s Sudabeh Mortezai.

Sinisa Dragin won the Edn Talent Grant for The Forest (Romania-Serbia). This prize was created as co-operation between the Sarajevo Film Festival and the European Documentary Network with the purpose of supporting promising new documentary film-makers from the region.

Emergency Calls by Finnish film-makers Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen has been selected as the Sarajevo Short Film Nominee for the Efa Award.

In the Bosnian-Herzegovinian student programme, Mirna Dizdarevic won the Best Film award for Redemption,.

The Special Jury Award went to Zulfikar Filandra for The Wall. Anja Kavic’s Some Of Us received a special mention.

Cinematographer Mustafa Mustafic received the honorary Ivica Matic Award for contribution to Bosnian cinema.

Danis Tanovic got the »

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“Undateable” Actor David Fynn On His Newly Out Character’s Dating Woes

29 May 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

In a world where a hook up is a phone app away, can a gay man still be clueless about dating?

In the world of NBC’s Undateable, the answer is yes.

In the new sitcom, created by Adam Sztykiel and Exec Produced by Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs), a group of men are coached through their dating woes by a self-proclaimed dating expert, Danny (comic Chris D’Elia). One of the friends is Brett, who is newly out of the closet and equally clueless about dating as his friends.

Actor David Fynn plays Brett and talked to TheBacklot about the new take on the gay character as well as some of the misadventures he’ll endure while trying to make a love connection on the new series.

TheBacklot: The show really presents Brett as just one of the guys. Can you talk about what we’ll see in his journey? »

- Jim Halterman

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The Americans Ep. 2.05 “The Deal” continues to build season’s central conflicts

26 March 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans Season 2, Episode 5 “The Deal”

Written by Angelina Burnett

Directed by Dan Attias

Airs Wednesday nights at 10pm Et on FX


A fundamental lesson for any “budding capitalist” (I’m talking to you, Oleg) is understanding the concept of value: and in the spy world, this idea does not boil down to dollars and cents, but advancements of principles and ideologies. With the life and loyalties of the very valuable mind of a Jewish physicist living in the United States available for trade, “The Deal” is an episode about value – not only what these characters value in their world, but how easy it is to reduce human life to a single metric, fighting a war to “save” humanity in the most inhumane way possible, another fascinating hour in a season of The Americans that’s beginning to build towards larger stories.

For the first time, “The Deal” expands the »

- Randy Dankievitch

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“Looking” Back At “Tales Of The City”

10 January 2014 9:22 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

With the premiere of HBO’s Looking still over a week away, this is the perfect time to remember another TV series about a group of gay (and straight) friends in San Francisco. It was 20 years ago today that Tales Of the City made its American television debut.

Based on the newspaper column–later book series–by Armistead Maupin, Tales centers around a found family living together in a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane. Tenants include Mary Anne Singleton, a naive girl fresh off the bus from Cleveland, Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, a gay emigré from Florida, his best friend Mona Ramsey, a frustrated feminist copywriter, and Brian Hawkins, a leftie lawyer who dropped out and became a waiter. They all live under the eye of enigmatic landlady Anna Madrigal. Tales stars Laura Linney as Mary Anne, Marcus D’Amico as Mouse, Chloe Webb as Mona, Paul Gross as Brian and Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. »

- John

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