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‘Deadpool’ Heading to $100 Million Holiday Weekend

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Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool” is heading into record territory with $100 million at the U.S. box office over the Presidents’ Day weekend, topping the record set by “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Estimates showed an opening day of $35 million on Friday, which includes $12.7 million from Thursday night screenings that set a record for an R-rated… Read more »

EuropaCorp Shakeup: Christophe Lambert’s Journey From Ad Man to Bullfighter to Dethroned CEO

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To Hollywood, Christophe Lambert was best known as the colorful and outspoken right hand of EuropaCorp founder Luc Besson, the director behind “The Fifth Element” and “The Professional.” But the spotlight turned to the CEO himself this week following his shocking departure from the Paris-based film and production company. In France and much of Europe, the news… Read more »

Berlin: Benedict Cumberbatch to Narrate Doc ‘Naples ’44’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Benedict Cumberbatch has been recruited as voice talent to narrate high-profile docu “Naples ’44” by Italian director Francesco Patierno, based on the eponymous diary by British travel writer Norman Lewis about his experience as a British intelligence officer in the southern Italian port city following its liberation from Nazi forces. Cumberbatch is voicing Lewis who… Read more »

Janusz Kaminski Grabs Director’s Chair for ‘The Postcard Killings’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Steven Spielberg’s regular cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who has been Oscar-nominated six times and won twice, is attached to direct crime thriller “The Postcard Killings,” which Good Films will finance and produce. Sierra Affinity is handling international sales. Liza Marklund and Tove Alsterdal penned the screenplay, based on James Patterson and Marklund’s 2010 novel. The film… Read more »

Berlin: Global Screen Picks Up ‘The Journey of the Elephant Soliman’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to English-language animated movie “The Journey of the Elephant Soliman,” and has started pre-sales at the European Film Market in Berlin. The film, which is directed by Sandor Jesse (“Little King Macius,” “Raven the Little Rascal — The Big Race”), is set in 1548, and follows the… Read more »

Disney/FilmSharks Back ‘Dumbass’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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In a notable Disney push into local production, a growth business for Hollywood studios, Buena Vista Intl. has acquired Latin American rights to “I Married a Dumbass” (Me case con un Boludo), produced by Disney-co-owned Argentine powerhouse Patagonik. FilmSharks Intl. will bring “Dumbass” onto the open international market at Berlin, in a studio/indie collaboration increasingly… Read more »

Berlin: Red Bull Media House, Sender, Team on ‘Dawn Wall’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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BERLIN – Sender Films is teaming with Red Bull Media House for “The Dawn Wall,” the 2015 story of the first free ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Deal sees Red Bull Media House, the world’s action sports movie industry driver, fully financing, distributing and selling “Dawn Wall,” according to Philipp Manderla, RBMH head of feature films. Seven years in… Read more »

Berlin: Theodore Herzl Biopic Set with Peter Medak Directing (EXCLUSIVE)

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H2O Motion Pictures is producing the biopic “Herzl,” based on the life of political activist Theodore Herzl — one of the key players in the creation of the state of Israel — with a fall shoot planned, Variety has learned exclusively. “Herzl” will shoot on location in Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, London, Paris and Jerusalem. Hungarian-born… Read more »

Berlin: Strand Grabs North American Rights To Sundance-Winning ‘Spa Night’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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BERLIN — Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Ahn’s feature debut “Spa Night” which world premiered at Sundance. A critically-acclaimed pic, “Spa Night” earned its star Joe Seo a special jury prize for breakthrough performance in Park City. Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, “Spa Night” explores a Korean-American family’s dreams and… Read more »

Harry Belafonte: Race Relations Are a ‘Reversal’ From the 1960s

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Harry Belafonte says the Oscar controversy is a symptom of the troubling race relations in the country, which are in a “retrogression” since the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. On Fareed Zakaria’s Sunday-morning CNN interview show, airing Feb. 14, the host asks Belafonte if the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations is simply… Read more »