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WGA Awards: ‘Spotlight’ & ‘The Big Short’ Take Marquee Film Honors; ‘Mad Men’, ‘Veep’ & ‘Mr. Robot’ Top TV – Full List

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Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy took the Original Screenplay honor tonight for Spotlight and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay won the trophy for Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short at the 2016 WGA Awards. Alex Gibney took the Documentary Screenplay honor for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief for HBO Documentary Films. On the TV side, AMC’s Mad Men took the Drama Series trophy, HBO’s Veep the Comedy Series nod. USA Network’s Mr. Robot won the best New Series… »

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Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool’ Set to Smash Box Office Records With $47 Million Friday

13 February 2016 7:53 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ryan Reynolds‘ ultra-violent “Deadpool” blew away expectations, rivals and records with a $47.5 million first day Friday, making a bloodbath of the Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend box office race. The R-rated saga of the sardonic and foul-mouthed Marvel Comics superhero — a mercenary who develops super healing powers, a scarred mug and a very cynical attitude after a failed operation to cure his cancer — was on pace for an eye-popping $130 million over the four-day holiday for Twentieth Century Fox. That would obliterate the records for a three-day February opening ($85 million) and Presidents Day weekend ($93 million) set last year »

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Rudd, Coogan To Play A Married Couple

13 February 2016 5:19 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan are set to star in Andrew Fleming's comedy "An Ideal Home" for Remstar Studios.

Rudd and Coogan play a bickering couple with an extravagant life, Coogan's a celebrity while Rudd is his hesitant partner. When the grandson of Coogan's character shows up and has nowhere to go, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.

Fleming wrote the script while Gabriella Tana, Maria Theresa Arida, Maxime Remillard and Aaron Ryder will produce.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Deadpool looking at $170 million plus global opening weekend

12 February 2016 2:26 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox’s Deadpool has been rolling out this week, with the film opening in the UK on Wednesday and making its way across the Pond to North America today.

Early tracking had suggested the film would be looking at a $55 million domestic opening weekend, but it looks like the Merc with a Mouth is set to blow that figure out of the water; it pulled in $12.7 million on Thursday previews, a record for an R-rated film, and is looking at around $30 million on Friday, with a four-day weekend of $90 million or more predicted.

Deadpool has a shot of setting more February records, with Fifty Shades of Grey currently holding the opening day ($30.28 million), three-day ($85.2 million) and four-day ($93 million) records.

Internationally, Deadpool could pull in a further $80 million; it is performing well in all 42 markets, and here in the UK it has given Fox its biggest ever opening day »

- Gary Collinson

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Berlin: Liam Neeson’s ‘Operation Chromite’ Lands Multi-Territory Deals

13 February 2016 4:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s Splendid Film has struck a multi-territory purchase of “Operation Chromite,” the Liam Neeson-starring Korean War action film that is now in production.

Splendid acquired rights for Germany, Austria and the Benelux region from Finecut, the Seoul-based sales company handling global rights.

Finecut’s early business at the European Film Market also included sales for ex-Yugoslavia to Discovery Film & Video and for Taiwan to Moviecloud.

Neeson plays General Douglas MacArthur who led a seemingly impossible marine landing at Incheon in the company of a South Korean lieutenant and seven soldiers from the covert Klo intelligence unit. Korean heart-throb Lee Jung-jae plays the lieutenant.

Production got underway in December — Neeson has now completed his scenes – and will wrap next month.

Direction is by John H. Lee, who previously made award-winning Korean War film “71: Into The Fire” with the same producer and Finecut on board in 2010 .

Operation Chromite” is »

- Patrick Frater

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Top 20 Stories of the Week: Batman v Superman, Super Bowl Spots, Deadpool & More

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The Top 20 Stories of the Week are the stories we think you should check out on /Film from the previous week. Thanks to the Super Bowl, we got sneak peeks of a bunch of this summer’s biggest blockbusters, in addition to new trailers for The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of […]

The post Top 20 Stories of the Week: Batman v Superman, Super Bowl Spots, Deadpool & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Mongrel Int’l seals Efm deals on 'Little Men'

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Exclusive: Ira Sachs’ Generation Kplus selection has proved a strong draw at Efm as Charlotte Mickie and her team have closed further key sales.

Non-Stop has acquired rights for Scandinavia, Rialto for Australia, and Golem for Spain.

Magnolia Pictures recently acquired Us rights and Altitude UK rights for the coming-of-age drama that received its world premiere last month at Sundance.

Little Men stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia and newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri and tells of two youngsters whose budding friendship is put to the test when a rent dispute erupts between their parents.

Sachs produced with Lucas Joaquin, Faliro House’s Christos V Konstantakopoulos and Race Point Films’ Jim Landé and Laura Teodosio.

Little Men has become a phenomenon in Berlin,” said Mongrel International president Mickie. “We’re so excited about the press, the audience response at the screenings and the wonderful support from our distributors. We’re in great »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watch: First Teaser For Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, And Leslie Jones

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These days, blockbusters are usually marketed at least half-a-year in advance, if not more, which makes it all the more intriguing that aside from a few stills and posters, Sony has been keeping Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" under wraps. Even more, the first full trailer won't even drop until March 3rd, just over four months from when the film will hit theaters. It's a bold move, and given the anticipation, you can bet fans will be taking apart this new teaser. Featuring snippets of footage, and a more intense tone than you might've expected, this teaser leans more toward blockbuster action movie, than the sort of comedic supernatural lark starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. It'll be interesting to see how Paul Feig mixes the tone of the originals with the kind of scope audiences expect when handing over their hard earned dollars at the multiplex. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Obliterates Records With $135 Million Debut

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Deadpool,” a loose-limbed comic book adaptation, ravaged the President’s Weekend box office, torpedoing records and re-igniting the career of star Ryan Reynolds.

Filmed for an economical $58 million, the 20th Century Fox release has already made back its production budget and then some, racking up $135 million over its first three days in theaters. It could make $150 million over the four-day holiday. That easily surpasses the previous President’s Day weekend and February record holder, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which set a high-water mark with its $85.2 million debut last year.

But just as “Fifty Shades of Grey” used whips and handcuffs to reinvigorate the tired erotic drama genre, “Deadpool” relied on raunchy humor and a fourth-wall breaking central character to apply a fresh gloss on superhero movies at a time when costumed avengers threaten to reach saturation levels. It also stands as the biggest ever bow for an R-rated movie, sailing »

- Brent Lang

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Debbie Harry to co-star in 'I Am The Pretty Thing'

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Osgood Perkins’ film also stars Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban and Lucy Boynton.

Music icon and actress Debbie Harry (Hairspray) will co-star in Osgood PerkinsI Am the Pretty Thing That Lives In The House.

Already announced cast members include Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr Banks), Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom) and 2015 Screen Star of Tomorrow Lucy Boynton (Sing Street).

The film follows a young nurse (Wilson) who has to care for a reclusive horror author (Harry) who decides to live out the final chapter of her life in a 19th century farmhouse that holds its own spooky secrets.

Rob ParisParis Film, Inc. is producing and co-financing the project with Robert Menzies’s Zed Filmworks, and Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films.

Paris is producing the project with Menzies, while Ghossein is exec producing.

Paris Film and Zed Filmworks recently joined forces in a partnership with Go Insane Films to co-finance and produce a slate of five films over the »

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Daniel Craig To Star In Limited Series Adaptation Of Jonathan Franzen's 'Purity,' Directed By Todd Field

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As befits a critically acclaimed, best-selling author, adaptations of Jonathan Franzen's work attracts big league talent. Noah Baumbauch attempted to wrestle "The Corrections" into a series for HBO, starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Rhys Ifans and Greta Gerwig, but got in over his head. And now another one of Franzen's works is headed to the small screen, with no less big league talent involved. Variety reports that James Bond aka Daniel Craig will star in "Purity." The limited series will be co-written by Franzen and Todd Field ("In The Bedroom," "Little Children"), with the latter directing. We're particularly excited to see Field returning back behind the camera. It has been a decade since "Little Children," and while he's seen a number of projects percolate ("Beautiful Ruins," "As It Happens," "The White Tiger," "The Creed Of Violence," »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will Smith Confirms He'll Be Back With Martin Lawrence For 'Bad Boys 3,' Joe Carnahan Shares Concept Art

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Thirteen years have passed since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence brought some serious mayhem with "Bad Boys II," and Mike and Marcus are gearing up for more. After years of everyone saying there might be another sequel, last summer, it was announced that Joe Carnahan would write and possibly direct "Bad Boys 3," while Sony revealed release dates for "Bad Boys 3" and "Bad Boys 4." And unlike "Independence Day: Resurgence," we're getting the return of the stars who launched the franchise in the first place. Dropping by BBC Radio1Xtra (watch below), Smith revealed that he and Lawrence will "definitely" be back for the next "Bad Boys" movie, and I venture it's safe to say that means the fourth one as well. And it would seem things are picking up around the movie. Carnahan recently shared some pre-visualization work on Twitter, and I'd gamble he will indeed be directing "Bad Boys 3, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Debbie Harry Joins ‘I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House’ – Berlin

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Singer and all-round pop culture icon Debbie Harry (Hairspray) has joined the cast of Osgood Perkins' I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, joining Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Sundance breakout Lucy Boynton (Sing Street). Netflix will be the exclusive streaming home of the thriller, which Perkins wrote and will be directing. Principal photography is set to begin in Ottawa on February 16th.  The project is part of… »

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Lars von Trier Announces New Film, 'The House That Jack Built,' Starts Shooting This Fall

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It was three years ago that Lars von Trier dropped his two-part "Nymphomaniac," and after releasing the picture, the director focused on his next project: himself. The filmmaker started going to AA, and cleaning up, however, he feared that not being under the influence would diminish his creativity, and suggested he may never direct again.  “Who the hell cares about Rolling Stones when you don’t have a sense that they’ve just emptied a bottle of Jack Daniels? That’s nonsense," von Trier said in 2014. "Or Jimi Hendrix without heroin or whatever he was on. That’s rubbish; we can’t be bothered with that. We don’t want that, because we want their special approach through something mysterious, which is still somehow connected to various intoxicants, right? But when I work, I’ll miss the intoxication, or rather, I may come to miss it. That’s the point. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

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Based on a recent Chilean scandal in which the son of a right-wing senator managed to maneuver his way out of a drunk-driving fatality while his friends took the fall, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “Much Ado About Nothing” recreates both the night in question and the sordid aftermath from the p.o.v. of the “backseat driver.” In what might as well be Chile’s Chappaquiddick incident, the case ruffled enough feathers that one would expect a more indignant satire, whereas Almendras indulges his indifferent characters their youthful folly, acknowledging how a night of carefree drinking can have life-changing consequences. The fact that “Much Ado” doesn’t take a more overtly moral stand could backfire on the film back home, though such a blase attitude has been quite fashionable of late on the festival circuit, where this clumsily subtitled offering should acquit itself well.

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- Peter Debruge

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'Spotlight' & 'The Big Short' Take Top Prizes At WGA Awards

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If there is one thing clear about the Oscars, it's that this year, it won't be dominated by any single picture. 2015 saw the love spread out with "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" leading the way with four wins each, and it's looking like the same scenario will play out this year. The guild and precursor awards have seen the momentum shift between a handful of pictures, and last night at the WGA Awards, two underdogs emerged as the big victors of the night. "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" added to their awards season bonafides, taking prizes for Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay, respectively. The win for "Spotlight" certainly indicates they could have some sleeper wins in a couple of weeks. As for "The Revenant," while eligible for Adapted Screenplay, was not nominated here, nor at the Oscars, so if you've got a pool going, you might want to place »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Berlin: Protesters Oppose Political Meddling at Busan Festival

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Senior executives and filmmakers from many of the world’s top film festivals showed their support Sunday in Berlin for the beleaguered Busan Intl. Film festival in South Korea. At a protest brunch, held at the Sony Centre in Potsdamer Platz, they waved placards, made statements and posed for group photographs.

Leading Korean filmmakers Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Ryoo Seung-wan and Choi Dong-hoon sent a video message.

Those in attendance in Berlin include Alberto Barbera from the Venice festival, Nashen Moodley from Sydney, Charles Tesson from Cannes Critics’ Week, former Rotterdam chief Simon Field and Berlin festival section heads Wieland Speck and Christoph Terhechte. Also attending were French producer Isabelle Glachant, critic Jean-Michel Frodon, Martin Schweighofer from the Austrian Film Commission, and Jennifer Jao from the Taipei Film Commission.

The Busan Festival has been battered by political forces since October 2014 when it took the decision to show activist documentary “Diving »

- Patrick Frater

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Berlin Review: Mia Hansen-Løve's Simple, Sublime 'Things To Come' Starring Isabelle Huppert

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Here's what is great about Mia Hansen-Løve's "Things to Come," apart from everything: In a fit of pique, recently separated philosophy professor Nathalie, played with immaculate transparency by Isabelle Huppert, goes to throw away a bunch of flowers too big to fit in her kitchen bin. The messy and now rather crumpled arrangement is unceremoniously stuffed into one of those bright blue Ikea bags instead which Nathalie huffily crams into the big industrial trash can in her building's basement. She slams the lid shut with finality and leaves. Two seconds later, she comes back for the bag. Read More:  Watch: First International Trailer And 2 Clips For Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Things To Come' Starring Isabelle Huppert It's a tossed-aside moment that is nothing and also everything — certainly to anyone who's ever found it hard to part with a sturdy carrier bag. And the catching of that little tic demonstrates Hansen-Løve's refreshing approach. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Berlin: Drama ‘The Confessions’ Starring Toni Servillo Closes Global Deals

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True Colours, the new Italian sales outfit founded by Lucky Red and Indigo Film, has sealed a slew of sales at Efm for Italo helmer Roberto Ando’s political thriller “The Confessions,” toplining Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) and boasting a stellar international cast.

True Colours’ topper Catia Rossi has sold “The Confessions” to Spain (Wanda); Latin America inluding Brazil (Cdi with Mares); South Korea (JinJin Pictures); Benelux (Imagine); Greece (Danaos); Hungary (Cinenuovo);  former Yugoslavia (Stars-Media); and Taiwan (Swallow Wings).

Servillo plays a mysterious monk called to a high-powered G8 meeting by the International Monetary Fund head, played by Daniel Auteuil, to receive his confession. Cast also comprises Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino and Moritz Bleibtreu.

Pic, believed to be a meditation on power and wealth inspired by “The Confessions of St. Augustine,” is an Italian-French co-production with Angelo Barbagallo’s Bibi Film, Gaul’s Barbary Film and Italy’s Rai Cinema. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Berlin Braced for Benjamin Netanyahu

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Berlin will be on security alert Monday as the city awaits the official visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu. He is expected to head a ministerial delegation for talks on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of her cabinet.

The festival expects to be stirred but not shaken. The heart of the festival at Potsdamer Platz is barely a mile away from the Reichstag, key ministries and the Chancellor’s offices. That means the possibility of temporary roadblocks and increased security service personnel on the city streets.

Public screenings at the Zoo Palast theater will continue, though the festival has avoided programming major premieres at the venue for the two days of the Netanyahu visit. “Since we had been informed in time about the visit we already took it in account when scheduling premiers. Therefore we don’t have to modify our planned programming,” the festival told Variety. »

- Patrick Frater

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