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Competition Drama ‘Alone In Berlin’ Acquired By Altitude, Picturehouse In UK

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Berlin Film Festival competition drama-thriller Alone In Berlin stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl in the story of a German couple who began a campaign against Hitler during World War II. One of the more sought out main selection offerings, it’s been acquired by Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution for the UK. Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder’s Cornerstone Films is handling international rights. The Vincent Perez-helmed film is based… Read


Clémence Poésy In ‘Final Portrait’ Frame; TrustNordisk Contracts Ole Bornedal’s Next – Berlin

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Directed by Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait will begin principal photography on February 15. Joining Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer are Tucci’s Big Night co-star Tony Shalhoub, and French actresses Sylvie Testud and Clémence Poésy. The story centers on the relationship between artist Alberto Giacomettii and American writer James Lord. It’s adapted from Lord’s memoir, A Giacometti Portrait. This is Tucci’s fifth time behind the camera with Rush as Giacometti and Hammer as… Read


Hot Berlin Titles: What Buyers Are Buzzing About At The EFM

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The Berlin Film Festival kicked off Wednesday evening as the European Film Market also began to roll. Some execs are cautiously optimistic that there is business to be done following a frenzied Sundance and a ho-hum AFM. Although we heard the usual complaints in the pre-fest weeks that packages are hard to pull together in the wake of the holidays and the party in Park City, there are indeed some prime offerings on the table here in Potsdamer Platz. They come amid intense… Read


Obama & Jeffrey Katzenberg Break Bread After POTUS Fundraisers & Dems Debate

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EXCLUSIVE: There was a lot of talk about big money in politics in tonight’s Democratic debate but after a long day fundraising and taping daytime television, there is nothing the incumbent leader of the free world likes to do more than unwind with a casual meal with an old pal. And, in an almost repeat of last June, that's exactly what President Barack Obama did tonight with Jeffrey Katzenberg. The DreamWorks Animation boss was seen late Thursday at the very hip  and well… Read


Jose Padilha In Negotiations To Direct ‘Entebbe’ For Working Title, Studiocanal – Berlin

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EXCLUSIVE: Jose Padilha is in negotiations to direct Entebbe for Brit production powerhouse Working Title and Euro major StudioCanal. In what is a near-perfect union marriage of filmmaker and subject, this is shaping up to be a major package likely to attract plenty of interest in the marketplace, especially as it starts casting up in the months ahead. Greg Burke, who wrote Yann Demange’s brilliant ’71, is writing the screenplay. It's the true story from 1976, when four… Read


Obama Declines To Dance For Ellen DeGeneres’ Show; Republic Still Standing

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If you had money on Barack Obama becoming the first sitting president to dance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show when he taped his appearance today, we have bad news. “I was watching some of the dance moves backstage,” Obama said when he finally walked onstage, at the Warner Bros lot this afternoon, referencing her audience warm-up entertainment. “You guys were doing pretty good.” No dance, Obama decided. “They set the bar too high,” he said, according to the pool report. “How do… Read


‘Mother’s Day’ Trailer: Roberts, Aniston, Hudson & Sudeikis Celebrate Momhood

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“We’re not who the world thinks we are. We decide who we are.” Here’ s a trailer for Mother’s Day, Garry Marshall’s latest holiday-themed pic. Much like his Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, this film tells intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers (and Mr. Mom) as the title holiday approaches. The ensemble cast includes Julia Roberts (successful work-o-holic host), Jennifer Aniston (a recent divorcee), Kate Hudson (a mom seeking to reconnect with her own… Read


‘Good Place’ NBC Comedy Series Casts William Jackson Harper


William Jackson Harper is set to co-star opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in Good Place, NBC's 13-episode straight-to-series comedy series from Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur. Good Place, which NBC ordered to series last summer based on a pitch, centers on Eleanor (Bell), a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be… Read


Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards Set To Brings Laughs & Honor Oscars Snubs


Days before the 88th Academy Awards, Russell Simmons’ multi-platform digital entertainment outfit All Def Digital is injecting some much needed levity into the conversation about Hollywood’s diversity problem with the All Def Movie Awards, a live event hosted by Tony Rock, (yes, Oscar-host Chris Rock’s brother) happening February 24 at the TLC Chinese Theater. The event will throw some shade the Oscars’ way, while also recognizing some of 2015’s best films. They’re “not… Read

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Michael Moore Sidelined As ‘Where To Invade Next’ Opens – Specialty Preview

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After teasing late last year a bus tour to promote his new film Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore announced last week that he was being hospitalized with pneumonia and asked his fans to take to social media to promote the title’s release this weekend (he’s apparently now resting at home). Tom Quinn, who is leading the title’s release along with Jason Janego and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League, said they are concentrating on getting the film out before announcing a name for… Read


Mark-Paul Gosselaar To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Pitch’

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Former Franklin & Bash star Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set as the male lead opposite Kylie Bunbury in PitchFox‘s baseball drama pilot, written by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer and directed by Paris Barclay. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, follows Ginny (Bunbury), a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Gosselaar will play Mike Lawson, a handsome, charming, self-assured future Hall of Fame MLB catcher. A… Read


Oscar Best Picture Smackdown: Deadline’s Pete Hammond Vs Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil Both Asking, “What The Hell Is Going On?”

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This week’s Oscar Prediction Smackdown between Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and me finds us both exasperated after the DGA awards failed to give us any real definite clues as to what film will ultimately emerge as this year’s Best Picture winner. But nevertheless we explore every possibility and find every clue in the entire history of the Academy Awards to justify our conclusions.  As ballots are about to go out beginning tomorrow it is definitely crunch time, but we remain… Read