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President Obama to Ellen DeGeneres: Washington Is ‘Depressing’ (Watch)

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President Obama, while taping an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, said that he doesn’t really miss campaigning except for one aspect of it: Getting out of Washington, “which can sometimes be a little depressing.” “Well to get out of Washington or what part is depressing?” DeGeneres asked. “Well, Washington,” he said, drawing… Read more »

‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Martian’ Win Final Draft Awards

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The screenplays for “Ex Machina”and “The Martian” have won the Final Draft Screenwriters Choice Awards as the top scripts written last year. The winners were announced Thursday night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot, hosted for the second year in a row by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben… Read more »

Berlin: Dardenne Brothers Key To Mohamed Ben Attia’s ‘Hedi’ Being Made (EXCLUSIVE)

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For Tunisian director Mohamed Ben Attia, whose first feature “Hedi” screened in the Berlin competition on opening day, having Belgium’s Dardenne brothers as co-producers truly turned out to be the stuff that young Arab auteurs’ dreams are made of. His film, a love story set against Tunisia’s post-revolutionary backdrop, had been languishing in development hell for… Read more »

‘Scandal’: Darby Stanchfield Teases Abby’s ‘Major Change’ in the White House

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the Feb. 11 episode of “Scandal,” titled, “It’s Hard Out Here for a General.” In the Season 5 midseason premiere of “Scandal,” Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia (Kerry Washington) didn’t come in contact, but the president did get closer to Abby (Darby Stanchfield) —… Read more »

Berlin: Lunchtime Talk With Gabriela Bacher of Film House Germany

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Gabriela Bacher, CEO of Berlin-based Film House Germany and managing director of Summerstorm Entertainment, knows the Berlinale better than most. “I knew it even before Dieter Kosslick ran it — as a student growing up in Vienna, when the headquarters were in the Bikini building,” she recalls. Now working mainly from her firms’ L.A. outpost,… Read more »

Michael Bloomberg Shares Spotlight at Lorne Michaels’ Lincoln Center Tribune

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg found more than a little encouragement for his potential run for president Thursday night when he attended Lincoln Center’s American Songbook tribute to Lorne Michaels. Bloomberg nearly stole the show from the honoree at the after-party at Alice Tully Hall, when high-wattage fans including Steve Martin urged him… Read more »

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Meredith Attacked — What’s Next?

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Meredith was brutally attacked on Thursday night’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which marked the midseason return for Season 12 of the long-running medical drama. The 12th season of “Grey’s” — the first without Derek (Patrick Dempsey) after his shocking death — started off with a lighter tone, focusing on Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) newfound life as… Read more »

Berlin: Shingle Strengthens Indian-German Connection

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Indian-German shingle Bombay Berlin Film Production is set to continue its collaboration with director Sudhanshu Saria following the success of the helmer’s debut feature, “Loev.” The Indian film, a gay love story about two longtime friends who discover their mutual desire over a weekend trip, premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival late last… Read more »

Rachel Nichols Stars in ‘Inside’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Rachel Nichols, who starred in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian,” is attached to topline psychological thriller “Inside,” from director  Miguel Angel Vivas, and Spain’s latest English-language genre movie teaming talents behind the “[REC]” franchise, one of Spain’s biggest genre exports, “Buried” and “Kidnapped,” the first feature from Vivas. London-based… Read more »

Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital to Host First Awards Show

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All Def Digital (ADD), a multi-platform hip-hop and youth culture brand, will hold its first ever All Def Digital Awards. The new media network — which was created by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons — will hold its inaugural event Feb. 24 at Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre. Tony Rock, the actor-comedian brother of 2016 Oscars host Chris Rock, will… Read more »