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'Toni Erdmann' producers partner with Sony Pictures on 'Love Virtually' (exclusive)

Komplizen Film will work on Vanessa Jopp’s adaptation of Daniel Glattauer novel.

Komplizen Film, the producer of Maren Ade’s offbeat comedy Toni Erdmann, is to partner with Sony Pictures on Vanessa Jopp’s forthcoming adaptation of Austrian writer Daniel Glattauer’s international bestseller Love Virtually.

Sony’s German production arm will serve as Komplizen Film’s co-producer alongside Erfttal Film, with Sony Pictures releasing the film theatrically in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Former European Shooting Star Alexander Fehling (Three Peaks) and Nora Tschirner (Rabbit Without Ears) are to headline the cast which will also include Swiss actress Ella Rumpf who appeared in last year’s Panorama title Tiger Girl.

UK-born, Hamburg-based screenwriter Jane Ainscough has adapted Glattauer’s epistolary novel about a love affair conducted entirely by email for Jopp, whose previous films include drama Happy As One.

“I would like to make a wonderful, warm and profound romantic film which will have poetic, magic moments
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Canadian doc wins Viewster charity fest

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Canadian, UK and Brazilian films win at online film festival.

Canadian documentary Davids and Goliath, about the trade of organ harvesting in China, has scooped the $50,000 first prize of the Viewster Online Film Fest charity edition, #VOFF4: Share It Forward.

Second place and $20,000 was awarded to Chris Godwin for Deafening Silence, a Icva Award-winning drama short showing the trauma of still birth from a mother’s perspective.

Cacau Rhoden of Brazil won third place and $10,000 for Drops of Joy, a documentary that focuses on the importance of maintaining one’s playful spirit from childhood into one’s adult years, and Us documentary Baja’s Secret Miracle won the festival’s Audience Award, which resulted in a $20,000 donation to The Climate Reality Project.

The charity edition of the festival, which received 230 submissions from 47 countries, was launched to build awareness around human rights, social, economic and environmental issues.

Kai Henniges, CEO, Viewster, said:
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First Poster & New Images from Til Schweiger’s Schutzengel

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Perhaps best known internationally for his part in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, the German writer-director-actor Til Schweiger returns behind the camera next month with Schutzengel (roughly translated: Guardian Angel).

The first poster and a handful of new images, along with hi-res versions of a few that have already surfaced, have now made their way online.

“A troubled former soldier works to protect an orphan who witnessed a murder from the assassins out to get her.”

Schweiger stars in the lead as the troubled former soldier, once more alongside his daughter Luna Schweiger (Keinohrhasen, or Rabbit Without Ears), and Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run).

Schweiger is directing from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Paul Maurice and Stephen Butchard (Vincent).

Schutzengel will be released by the German arm of Warner Bros. on 27th September, and as yet, there’s no word on if/when it will arrive in the UK or Us.
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New Europe: help us pick Germany's best films

Do the movies that best represent modern German cinema have crossover appeal, or are they lost in translation?

Scanning overseas box office charts is like strolling the aisles of a foreign supermarket. The old familiar produce is still there and still prominent, although it sits cheek-by-jowl with local cuisine that can seem exotic, enticing or off-putting, depending on your predilections.

So yes, German audiences, like their British counterparts, are currently devouring The King's Speech, Rango, Black Swan and True Grit. They are also partial to films such as Der ganz grobe traum, Dschungelkind and Ya Sonra? The year's biggest hit, meanwhile, is Kokowääh, which has earned a phenomenal €26m (£22.5m) after just five weeks on general release.

So what is Kokowääh, and what makes it so good? A cursory investigation leaves me none the wiser. "Anybody who likes KeinOhrHasen or ZweiOhrKüeken will love Kokowääh," promises an enthusiastic user on IMDb.
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Around-the-World Roundup: French Comedy Nips at 'Tangled's Heels

Around-the-World Roundup: French Comedy Nips at 'Tangled's Heels
With one of its best weekends so far, Tangled placed first at the foreign box office for the fourth time in the past month. The big story, though, occurred in France, where local comedy Rien a Declarer (Nothing to Declare) dominated with one of the top openings ever there. The Green Hornet, The King's Speech and Black Swan expanded to new locations and held their ground. For the first weekend in a long time, it appears that the box office was nearly on par with last year, when Avatar led with $79.4 million. Playing at around 85 percent of the international marketplace, Tangled added $23.7 million to bring its impressive foreign total to $285.1 million. The fairy tale had great first place debuts in Spain ($5.7 million), Sweden ($1.8 million) and Norway ($936,000). It also held well in the United Kingdom, dipping just nine percent to $7.4 million. Tangled has earned over $477 million worldwide (domestic plus foreign), and,
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Top 5 Most Anticipated German Films for 2011

Like in several other territories, commercial juggernauts will win it big in 2011. This should be the case for Germany. Til Schweiger, for example, is going to churn out family-oriented Kokowääh (no, that's not a word) and Keinohrhasen 3. As always, comedians are going to try to translate their concert hall fame into tickets, like Tom Gerhardt and Hilmi Sözer, who have teamed up for buddy-cop-com Die Superbullen, or Kurt Krömer, who's trying his luck in a movie called Eine Insel namens Udo - titles you won't have to memorize altogether, as they will hardly be exported to non-German-speaking countries. Pina, in contrast, will be: It's Wim Wenders' bow to the late Pina Bausch, a 3D dance theater experience running out of competition at coming February's Berlinale, dreaded in advance by arthouse purists. Meanwhile, these are some of the most promising German films that do show up on the horizon: #.5 Memory
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Newmarket Remakes German Rom-Com "Rabbit"

Newmarket Entertainment has scored the remake rights to the 2007 German romantic comedy hit "Keinohrhasen" (Rabbit Without Ears) reports Variety.

The original followed a woman-chasing, tabloid journalist who meets his match in a children's daycare manager. The film grossed nearly $58 million in Germany, while its sequel has already taken in $40 million thus far.

Til Schweiger, who starred in and directed the original, produced with Tom Zickler through their Berlin-based Barefoot Films. No word yet on who might be cast in the U.S. remake.
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German Flick to Get American Remake

Newmarket Entertainment has inked a deal with Til Schweiger and Tom Zickler’s Berlin-based Barefoot Films for remake rights to the 2007 romantic comedy hit “Keinohrhasen” (Rabbit Without Ears). Helmed by and starring Schweiger, pic grossed nearly $58 million in Germany and spawned a sequel that has already become one of the biggest hits of the year with a $40 million cume (and still going strong). “Rabbit” centers on a skirt-chasing tabloid journo who meets his match in a children’s daycare manager.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118014016.html?categoryId=3768&cs=1
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Newmarket Entertainment Picks Up the Remake Rights to Keinohrhasen

Variety reports that Newmarket Entertainment has signed a deal with Til Schweiger and Tom Zickler's Berlin-based Barefoot Films to buy the remake rights to the 2007 romantic comedy hit Keinohrhasen (Rabbit Without Ears).Keinohrhasen was directed by and starred Schweiger. It grossed nearly $58 million in Germany. The sequel has already become one of the biggest hits of the year grossing $40 million so far.Keinohrhasen follows a woman-chasing, tabloid journalist "who meets his match in a children's daycare manager." There is no word yet on who the cast might be for this U.S. remake.
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No Country For Foreign Blockbusters

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Even though it's made $100 million in the rest of the world and is based on a global bestseller, it took months for Swedish murder mystery "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" to find a U.S. distributor. The film was finally picked up earlier this month by Music Box Films, known for previously saving the French crowdpleaser "Tell No One" after other distributors passed in fear of poor returns.

In America, with few exceptions, the fact that a film is subtitled means it's destined for the arthouse. Populist entertainment -- action, romantic comedies, thrillers -- has struggled to find a place and an audience. Like most blockbusters, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is guaranteed a sequel -- it's adapted from the first installment of the "Millenium" trilogy, written before author Stieg Larsson passed away in 2004. As Anne Thompson reported, the only reason an American remake hasn't been set into
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Mr. September: Eli Roth

Interview by Staci Layne Wilson

Eli Roth is a cutie — he's got those dark-chocolate brown eyes and a sweet smile that could charm even the most hard-hearted Hannah. But Roth is also a complete, total and utter Basterd. He's best-known for making some of the most violent, grisly, and controversial horror movies of the 00's. His feature length horror films Hostel and Hostel II shocked the mainstream, as did his over-the-top fake movie trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse double-dip (in his slasher-trailer Thanksgiving, Roth gives 'cheerleader splits' and 'stuffing the turkey' whole new meanings). He’s also gearing up make a feature-length version of Thanksgiving and a PG-13 creature-feature called Endangered Species.

So what's a nice boy like Eli doing in Tarantino's latest movie, Iglourious Basterds? Why, killing Nazis, of course! And not just killing them… he's beating, scalping, burning, and basically putting on the hurt in every way
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Interview With A Basterd: Eli Roth

Spoilers Ahead!

Atomic Popcorn: So, how honored did you feel when you read in the script that you were going to be the man to blow away Hitler?

Eli is a Basterd

Roth: Oh, it was an incredible honor! It certainly was an honor that I took very seriously, that was actually not originally in the the script. That was something that came about when we were shooting. So it was actually even more of an honor, in fact, because as we were shooting, Quentin adapts to what he likes as things going on, and he was so happy with what I was doing as The Bear Jew and the scene where we were beating Rachtman, he just loved the scene where I was kicking ass, then I shot Nation’s Pride, the film within the film, and Quentin realized that, “Wait a minute, Eli is shooting all the action stuff!
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Schweiger's 'Rabbit' keeps on hopping

Schweiger's 'Rabbit' keeps on hopping
Cologne, Germany -- Til Schweiger’s German comedy “Rabbit Without Ears” keeps hop-hop-hopping along. According to figures released by research group media control, “Rabbit” was the best selling DVD of 2008 in Germany.

The Warner Bros. title beat out Hollywood imports “Mamma Mia!” and “Ratatouille,” complementing Schweiger’s success at the German boxoffice, where “Rabbit” earned more than $55 million.

Multihyphenate Schweiger, who has a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” will add another “Rabbit” trophy to his case on Jan.16, when his film will be honored with the people’s choice prize at the Bavarian Film Awards in Munich.

Schweiger latest, the medieval spoof “1 1/2 Knights,” has taken in $12 million in three weeks at the boxoffice. A sequel to “Rabbit Without Ears” is set to hit German theaters this December.
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Schweiger, Tarantino get German cash

Schweiger, Tarantino get German cash
Cologne, Germany -- German boxoffice king Til Schweiger received a 1.5 million euros ($2.1 million) subsidy boost from the Berlin/Brandenburg Medienboard for his latest project, "Zweiohrkuken" (Two Ear Chick), the sequel to his mega-hit "Rabbit Without Ears."

The first film, a romantic comedy starring Schweiger and actress Nora Tschirner, had a boxoffice take of more than $56 million, making it the number one film in Germany this year. The main cast, including Matthias Schweighofer, will return for the sequel.

The Medienboard also gave Quentin Tarantino an early Christmas present in the form of a $840,000 production subsidy for his World War II film "Inglourious Basterds," currently shooting at Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin.
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Homegrown films hit home run in Germany

Homegrown films hit home run in Germany
Berlin -- One in three movie tickets sold in Germany in the first half of this year was for a homegrown film, an all-time industry record.

Local-language hits including the romantic comedy "Rabbit Without Ears," teen drama "The Wave" and kids franchise "The Wild Soccer Bunch" accounted for a 34% share of Germany's total first-half boxoffice of 373 million euros ($548 million).

Hollywood looks set to make a comeback in the second half, with "The Dark Knight" leading the way with a strong opening last week and James Bond set to follow up with the German release of "Quantum of Solace" on Nov. 6. But everyone here is waiting to see how Bernd Eichinger's new production, "The Baader Meinhof Complex," performs when it opens Sept. 25.
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Fatih Akin's 'Heaven' ascends at Lolas

Fatih Akin's 'Heaven' ascends at Lolas
BERLIN -- German director Fatih Akin proved he's not just the darling of the Festival de Cannes as his cross-cultural drama The Edge of Heaven won big at the German Film Awards on Friday night, taking home four Lolas, including best picture, director, editing and a screenplay nod for his script.

It is the second best film Lola for Akin, whose international breakthrough Head-On swept the awards in 2004.

This year's victory is particularly sweet, however. Akin has repeatedly butted heads with the German Film Academy, criticizing the way the academy selects its Lola nominees.

Hoisting his golden statue Friday night, he made reference to the public spat, addressing star Til Schweiger, who recently resigned from the German academy after his boxoffice smash Rabbit Without Ears was snubbed in the Lola nominations.

"Just watch, Til, we're going to join (the academy) again!" Akin said.

Heaven, a series of interlocking stories set in Germany and Istanbul, beat out the favorite: the moving drama Cherry Blossoms from veteran director Doris Dorrie.

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