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Berlin lights up with star power

Murray, Reeves, Neeson among expected

BERLIN — Hollywood may not be taking front and center at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, but there won’t be a lack of American and European star power at Potsdamer Platz this year.

Joseph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas are expected on the red carpet for Thursday’s premiere of “Man to Man.” Regis Wargnier’s tale of 19th-century anthropologists searching for the missing link opens the fest.

Among other heavyweights expected to attend screenings of their films are Bill Murray (“The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”), Keanu Reeves (“Thumbsucker”), Will Smith (“Hitch”), Kevin Spacey (“Beyond the Sea”), Ian McKellen (“Asylum”), Catherine Deneuve (“Changing Times”), Glenn Close (“Heights”), Dennis Quaid (“In Good Company”), Gerard Depardieu (“Changing Times”), Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (“Tickets”) and Liam Neeson, whose “Kinsey” preems Feb. 19. Fest closes the following day.

Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Christopher Lee are expected at Monday’s Cinema for Peace gala, which, although not an official part of the Berlinale, promotes and celebrates international film as a platform for peace and tolerance.

German gala

Tonight German publishing giant Axel Springer is holding its 40th Goldene Kamera Awards, a film and television ceremony honoring Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Jerry Lewis, Tina Turner and Bryan Adams.

Willis, who is receiving a Goldene Kamera for his work in international film, also will promote his latest pic, “Hostage,” which opens March 11 in the U.S. and hits local screens March 17.

Pic was bankrolled by private German film fund Equity Pictures, which is financing Willis’ upcoming project “Sixteen Blocks,” directed by Richard Donner.

Hawn is getting a prize for her 40 years in film, and Lewis is being honored with a Goldene Kamera for lifetime achievement. Adams and Turner will receive awards for their contributions to international pop music.

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