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Pathe 'Lol'-ing all the way to the bank

Pathe 'Lol'-ing all the way to the bank
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Berlin -- Pathe International has closed a string of deals at the European Film Market on its market titles, with more pending on its festival entries, the company said Sunday.

Neil Marshall's "Centurion" has presold to Constantin in Germany, Aurum in Spain, Hopscotch in Australia, Scanbox in Scandinavia and Odeon in Greece. The ancient Britain-set actioner, which stars Michael Fassbender, will start principal photography later this month in Scotland.

Pathe also sealed deals on "Lol (Laughing Out Loud)," directed by Liza Azuelos, with Mediaset in Italy, Maywin for the Cis, Delphi in Germany and Alta in Spain. The film opened in France last week on 430 screens, grossing 550,000 euros in its first two days, the highest per-screen average of the top 10 films.

Alta also has picked up Mona Achache's "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" from Pathe, with a German deal expected to be in place before the end of the market.
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Berlinale takes wraps off complete lineup

Berlinale takes wraps off complete lineup
Berlin -- Richard Loncraine's "My One and Only," a '50s-era comedy starring Renee Zellweger and Kevin Bacon, was squeezed into the competition lineup for this year's Berlin International Film Festival, barely a week before the event kicks off.

Zellweger plays a glamorous single mom on the hunt for a rich man to foot the bill for her and her sons' lifestyle. Produced by Merv Griffith Entertainment and Ray Gun Prods., "My One and Only" will have its world premiere in Berlin. Essential Entertainment is handling international sales.

Berlin also added Lone Scherfig's Sundance favorite "An Education" with Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson and Davis Guggenheim's music documentary "It Might Get Loud" for its Berlinale Special Galas, ensuring the films will get the red carpet treatment without any of the pressure of competition.

All three films should give an added boost of star power to
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Berlin competition titles take shape

Berlin competition titles take shape
Berlin -- Stephen Frears' period epic "Cheri," rap biopic "Notorious" and the omnibus project "Deutschland 09," featuring a who's who of German directing talent, have made the cut for next month's Berlin International Film Festival.

As the Berlinale rushes to close its competition lineup, director Dieter Kosslick has secured several high-profile titles for the race for the 2009 Golden Bear.

These include Francois Ozon's "Ricky"; "Storm," from German art house favorite Hans-Christian Schmid ("Requiem"); and "Happy Tears," Michael Lichtenstein's hotly-anticipated follow up to his breakthrough debut, "Teeth."

The fresh faces will be joined by several old masters including Andrzej Wajda, who returns to Berlin with "Sweet Rush"; Bertrand Tavernier, whose Civil War drama "In the Electric Mist," starring Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman, will have its world premiere in Berlin; and Costa-Gavras, who will close the festival with his out-of-competition entry "Eden Is West."

Other competition titles include Danish director Annette K.
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