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Locarno: German-Kurdish Director Huseyin Tabak Set for Talking Donkey Pic ‘Grisella’ (Exclusive)

Germany’s Maze Pictures and Red Balloon and Italy’s Palomar have teamed up to co-produce promising family pic “Grisella,” based on a German classic about a talking donkey. German-Kurdish helmer Huseyin Tabak is attached to direct.

The project is being developed in English with financing from an Italy-Germany co-development fund. “Grisella” is being pitched to prospective partners at the Locarno Festival’s Alliance For Development initiative which aims to help develop and co-produce projects from France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Tabak, who studied film with Michael Haneke in Vienna, has made a splash with hit drama “Your Beauty is Worth Nothing,” which provided a 12-year-old Turkish boy’s perspective on how he and his family contended with challenges of immigration in Austria.

Described in promotional materials as family entertainment for a broad audience, “Grisella” is about an eponymous donkey with the magical gift of human language who bonds with Tino,
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Locarno: German-Kurdish Director Huseyin Tabak Set for Talking Donkey Pic ‘Grisella’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Germany’s Maze Pictures and Red Balloon and Italy’s Palomar have teamed up to co-produce promising family pic “Grisella,” based on a German classic about a talking donkey. German-Kurdish helmer Huseyin Tabak is attached to direct.

The project is being developed in English with financing from an Italy-Germany co-development fund. “Grisella” is being pitched to prospective partners at the Locarno Festival’s Alliance For Development initiative which aims to help develop and co-produce projects from France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Tabak, who studied film with Michael Haneke in Vienna, has made a splash with hit drama “Your Beauty is Worth Nothing,” which provided a 12-year-old Turkish boy’s perspective on how he and his family contended with challenges of immigration in Austria.

Described in promotional materials as family entertainment for a broad audience, “Grisella” is about an eponymous donkey with the magical gift of human language who bonds with Tino,
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Win An ‘Iceman’ Movie Poster Ahead Of Its Release This Friday

On Friday 27th July, the epic and unique revenge thriller Iceman is released in UK cinemas. Staring Juergen Vogel (The Wave), Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy), André Hennicke (Downfall) and Franco Nero (Django), Iceman is brought to the screen by writer/director Felix Randau.

Inspired by the discovery of ‘Ötzi The Iceman’, the oldest known human mummy found in 1991, approximately 5300 years after his death, Iceman is an immersive, universal story of survival told with minimal dialogue in an extinct dialect and without subtitles, offering a unique and fascinating cinematic experience which walks in the footsteps of ancestry to investigate a five-thousand-year-old murder mystery.

The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled nearby a creek.

It is their leader Kelab’s responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are brutally murdered,
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Constantin Film Greenlights Courtroom Thriller 'The Collini Case'

German mini-major Constantin Film has greenlit an adaptation of The Collini Case, the best-selling legal drama from German lawyer turned novelist Ferdinand von Schirach.

German box-office magnet Elyas M’Barek (Suck Me Shakespeer) will star as a young defense lawyer charged with representing a 60-year-old Italian man who, apparently without cause, brutally murders Hans Meyer, one of Germany's richest business tycoons. As he investigates he uncovers dark secrets in Meyer's past that could prove the key to understanding the case.

Marco Kreuzpaintner (Sommersturm, The Trade) will direct the adaptation, which will co-star Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall) and Heiner Lauterbach. Kreuzpaintner ...
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‘Tag’ Film Review: Entertaining Action Comedy Chases in Too Many Directions

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‘Tag’ Film Review: Entertaining Action Comedy Chases in Too Many Directions
It’s been said that “We don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.” What a great ethos for a film like “Tag” to have, since it gives every character an excuse to act like an immature child, and it gives the rest of the movie an excuse to run around like a chicken with its head cut off, from one genre and tone to another.

TV director Jeff Tomsic’s new comedy stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson and Jeremy Renner as boyhood friends who still play the game of tag, every year, throughout the month of May. They’re not just messing around either. They’ll infiltrate each other’s businesses, jump out of windows and absolutely annihilate each other’s lives just to slap their hands on one another and say, “You’re it.”

Adults are playing a children’s game,
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30 Best World War II Movies for D-Day Anniversary (Photos)

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Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb.

Pearl Harbor” (2001).

The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

Saving Private Ryan” (1998).

Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

The Thin Red Line” (1998).

Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

A Midnight Clear” (1992).

The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.
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Antony Beevor: the greatest war movie ever – and the ones I can't bear

He groaned at Valkyrie and despaired at Saving Private Ryan. The award-winning historian takes aim at the war films that make him furious – and reveals his own favourite

For a long time now, my wife has refused to watch a war movie with me. This is because I cannot stop grinding my teeth with annoyance at major historical mistakes, or harrumphing over errors of period detail. She only made an exception when Valkyrie came out, with Tom Cruise playing Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg. Such a folly of miscasting was bound to be a hoot, and we were not disappointed, especially when Cruise saluted in that downward cutaway style as if he were still in Top Gun. But I was soon grinding away again when the director and screenwriter felt compelled to improve on history, by making it look as if the 20 July plot to blow up Hitler had still very nearly succeeded.
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A Harvey Weinstein Accuser Looks Back From the Eye of a Storm (Guest Blog)

A Harvey Weinstein Accuser Looks Back From the Eye of a Storm (Guest Blog)
Last October, model and actress Zoe Brock joined dozens of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct in a powerful essay about her encounter with the mogul at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Now that Weinstein has been arrested on three felony charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Brock reflects on her experience. (Weinstein has pleaded not guilty.)

I’ll never forget the first time someone told me they thought I was brave for speaking out. I remember feeling awkward and confused, as if I was being given a compliment I didn’t deserve. I was dismissive and brushed the sentiment away. I probably even came across as rude. You see, I didn’t feel brave, not one iota, I felt compelled. There was zero bravery in any of my actions because there was zero forethought.

And that was naive on my part.

I told my story on October
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Rose McGowan on Harvey Weinstein Arrest: ‘The World Could Use That Face Being Gone’

Rose McGowan on Harvey Weinstein Arrest: ‘The World Could Use That Face Being Gone’
Hours after disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was arrested Friday morning, actress and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan shared her reaction to seeing him in handcuffs.

“I don’t ever want to see him again,” she told Megyn Kelly on “Today.” “I think the world could use that face being gone.”

Weinstein was arrested in New York City on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct stemming from a months-long investigation by the NYPD into accusations by multiple women. Weinstein, 66, surrendered to authorities at Manhattan’s first precinct in Tribeca, just blocks away from the offices of his former film and TV empire, The Weinstein Company.

Also Read: Watch Handcuffed Harvey Weinstein Perp-Walked After Arrest (Video)

Kelly sat down with McGowan for the first half of her show Friday, where the #MeToo activist spoke about the arrest and her crusade to take down the man who she
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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’
Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is among those celebrating the disgraced Hollywood producer’s arrest in New York City this morning on sexual assault charges.

“Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell,” the Italian actress wrote on Twitter Friday. “We, the women, finally have real hope for justice.”
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Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City

Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City
Harvey Weinstein was arrested on Friday in New York City on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct stemming from a months-long investigation by the NYPD into accusations by multiple women.

Though the Hollywood mogul has been accused of misconduct by more than 80 women, the criminal charges by New York prosecutors stem from the accusations of two women. The first-degree criminal sex act charge comes from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, according to law enforcement officials. We do not yet know who filed the complaint that led to the rape charge.

Weinstein will be released on $1 million bail. He will have to wear a monitoring device around his ankle, and is expected to surrender his passport and have restrictions placed on his travel.

Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A rep for Weinstein said he sought
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Harvey Weinstein Scandal: A Timeline of a Hollywood Mogul’s Downfall (Photos)

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Harvey Weinstein Scandal: A Timeline of a Hollywood Mogul’s Downfall (Photos)
A few weeks after the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals brought us most of the films that would be competing for awards this year, Hollywood faced the fact that its culture was broken. It began with bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, leading to his ouster from both his company and the Academy, but it expanded to include Kevin Spacey and many others. It killed some awards movies, helped others and led to a black-clad Golden Globe Awards and a movement that promises to fundamentally alter the way the movie industry goes about its business. As awards season nears its conclusion, here’s a breakdown of four months that shook the industry to its core.

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With Trailers and Premieres, Lars von Trier Promises Audiences a Savage “House That Jack Built”

For anyone keeping tabs on the international film scene, two of the biggest announcements of the 71st Cannes Film Festival came a week after this year’s official lineup of films competing for the coveted Palme d’Or was unveiled. The first: Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, after decades of disastrous production issues and legal battles that seemingly threatened to put Mr. Gilliam in an early grave, would close the festival. The other: Lars von Trier, the notorious enfant terrible of Danish cinema and a general staple of the Cannes scene, would walk the Croisette seven years after his unprecedented ban – as a fast reminder, when he premiered Melancholia in 2011, amidst the horrified looks adorning the faces of Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mr. von Trier suggested he “understood” Adolf Hitler and sympathized with the Nazi ideology because of his German ancestry, leading to his immediately
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The 25 Best Foreign-Language Movie Scenes of the 21st Century

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Earlier this year, the IndieWire staff counted down our favorite English-language movie scenes of the 21st century. Now that due attention has been paid to Llewyn Davis’ heartbreaking audition, Daniel Plainview’s heartless approach to milkshakes, and several more of the most unforgettable moments in recent memory, it’s time to broaden our horizons.

It’s a big world out there, but great cinema has the power to bring it a little closer together. From an accordion jam session led by Denis Lavant, to an intimate slow dance in a small Parisian bar, these passages are too perfect for anything to get lost in translation.

These are our picks for the 25 best foreign-language film scenes of the 21st century.

25. “Holy Motors” (Entracte)

Midway through Leos Carax’s surreal and beautiful look at a man (Denis Lavant) who undergoes a series of disguises over the course of a very strange night,
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Mac Miller Arrested for DUI One Week After Split From Ariana Grande (Report)

One week after his unexpected split from Ariana Grande, Mac Miller was reportedly arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene of the accident. The "Dang!" rapper was driving his 2016 G-Wagon around 1 a.m. Thursday morning when he hit a power pole, causing it to fall over. According to TMZ, Mac (real name: Malcolm McCormick) fled the scene with his two passengers on foot. Eyewitnesses called the police, who ran the cars' plates and proceeded to go to Mac's address. Once there, he allegedly confessed to drinking and driving — and was charged with a DUI and hit-and-run. However, according to one law enforcement source, "He was the most polite and nice intoxicated person we've ever seen." That's good to know... A post shared by Mac (@larryfisherman) on Dec 17, 2017 at 9:12am Pst The hip-hop star is currently behind bars and his bail is set at $15,000. This arrest comes just a few
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‘The House That Jack Built’ Film Review: The Real Shocker Is How Dull Lars von Trier’s Film Is

‘The House That Jack Built’ Film Review: The Real Shocker Is How Dull Lars von Trier’s Film Is
Of all the shocking things about Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” the most shocking might have been this: At the film’s Tuesday-morning Cannes Film Festival press screening at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, hardly anybody booed.

This has been a surprisingly boo-free Cannes, but von Trier seemed to be a lock to get a theater full of derision from the notably cantankerous press corps. And when you see the reports that 100 people walked out of the Monday night premiere, from which the vast majority of press were excluded, it came as a real surprise that the end of the long, violent, gleefully transgressive film was met with polite applause and only the smallest sprinkling of naysayers.

But the reaction fit the film — because in between various killings and vivisections, “The House That Jack Built” is kind of a bore. As much as von Trier loves to
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Outraged Audiences Walked Out of Lars Von Trier's Brutal Serial Killer Film The House That Jack Built at Cannes and Here's the Trailer

The first trailer has been released for Lars Von Trier’s latest film, The House That Jack Built. The film stars Matt Dillon as Jack, who is a brutal serial killer, and Uma Thurman, who ends up being one of his victims. In fact, he bashes her face in with a car jack. It looks like an insane and demented movie but there's also a little humorous flair that makes the whole thing seem so much more uncomfortable. But then that's exactly the kind of film that you should expect from Von Trier!

The film takes place in 1970s USA following serial killer Jack, "and the murders that define his development in this field. Viewers experience the story from Jack’s point of view with each murder described as artwork. As the police close in, he takes more chances and also has revealing conversations about his personal condition with Verge
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‘The House That Jack Built’ Trailer: Matt Dillon Violently Stars in Lars Von Trier’s Serial Killer Thriller With Uma Thurman

‘The House That Jack Built’ Trailer: Matt Dillon Violently Stars in Lars Von Trier’s Serial Killer Thriller With Uma Thurman
Hours ahead of the world premiere Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, the first trailer for the film has been released and it’s a wild one. Opening with images of Matt Dillon smashing Uma Thurman’s face in with a car jack before weeping in the rain discussing his thoughts on art, heaven and hell.

The film takes place in 1970s USA following serial killer Jack, played by Dillon, and the murders that define his development in this field. Viewers experience the story from Jack’s point of view with each murder described as artwork. As the police close in, he takes more chances and also has revealing conversations about his personal condition with Verge, played by Downfall’s Bruno Ganz.

The film, which also stars Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon and Sofie Gråbøl, is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Group in co-production with Film i Väst,
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Bill Cosby’s Kennedy Center Honors Rescinded

The board of trustees for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday that it has rescinded the two awards that it previously presented to Bill Cosby, who was convicted on sexual assault charges last month.

Cosby was a member of the 1998 class of the Kennedy Center Honors and received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009.

Also Read: Bill Cosby Removed From Television Academy Website

“The Honors and Mark Twain Prize are given to artists who, through their lifetime of work, have left an indelible impact on American culture,” the Kennedy Center board said in a statement. “As a result of Mr. Cosby’s recent criminal conviction, the Board concluded that his actions have overshadowed the very career accomplishments these distinctions from the Kennedy Center intend to recognize.”

The announcement comes four days after Cosby was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences along with director Roman Polanski, a fugitive in the U.S. who fled the country after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his drugging and raping of a 13 year old girl and who has since been accused of rape by several other women. The Academy expelled Cosby and Polanski through a bylaw allowing the AMPAS board of directors to immediately expel a member “for cause” with a two-thirds vote.

Also Read: Watch the Hannibal Buress Stand-Up Act That Helped Trigger Bill Cosby's Downfall (Video)

Cosby was convicted on April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004. Each count could result in a sentence of up to ten years, though they could be served concurrently.

Cosby also faces four civil lawsuits from ten other women accusing him of defamation and sexual abuse. Among them is model Janice Dickinson, who claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 1982, and two women who accuse Cosby of assaulting them at the Playboy Mansion, including one who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident.

Read original story Bill Cosby’s Kennedy Center Honors Rescinded At TheWrap
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Watch the Hannibal Buress Stand-Up Act That Helped Trigger Bill Cosby’s Downfall (Video)

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Watch the Hannibal Buress Stand-Up Act That Helped Trigger Bill Cosby’s Downfall (Video)
Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand on Thursday, cementing the public downfall of a once-beloved TV icon — a downfall, which arguably began with a stand-up set by comedian Hannibal Buress in 2014.

Cosby had faced accusations of sexual assault and misconduct long before 2014, but they went largely unnoticed by the public until video of Buress calling him out at one of his shows went viral online.

“Bill Cosby has the f-ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said. ” ‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. But yeah, you’re a rapist.”

Also Read: 60 Bill Cosby Accusers: Complete Breakdown of the Accusations

Once video of the joke (which you can watch above) began circulating online, woman after woman came forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assaults spanning nearly 50 years. More than 60 women have since spoken out against Cosby, including 35 accusers who appeared in a damning New York magazine cover story.

Buress later said he never intended for the joke to go viral, calling his role in Cosby’s downfall “very weird” in an interview with Howard Stern. He also revealed that he had been telling the joke on-and-off for as long as six months, but that one show was the one that happened to have been recorded.

“It was unexpected. I didn’t want to do that, ’cause if I was going to do it, I would have done it on my own,” he said. “That wasn’t my intention, to make it part of a big discussion. It was just something that I was doing at that venue right then. So then for someone to put it to the media — it’s crazy.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby Found Guilty in Andrea Constand Sexual Assault Retrial

It’s apparent even in Buress’s original joke that he didn’t foresee himself outing Cosby to have any effect — at least not beyond making the audience members reconsider Cosby’s status as a comedy legend in their own minds.

“I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch ‘Cosby Show’ reruns,” he said. “If you don’t know about it, trust me. When you leave here, Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.”

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