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‘Louder Than Bombs,’ ‘The Wave’ Take Top Norwegian Film Prizes

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Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s “Louder than Bombs,” which in 2015 was Norway’s first Cannes Competition entry in 36 years, won four Norwegian national film prizes, dubbed the Amandas,  Aug. 26 on the closing night of the 44th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway. Trier’s third feature, and first English-language pic, starred an international cast: Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert,… Read more »

Helmer Zwart Treks to Norway’s Arctic Circle for ’12th Man’ Shoot

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Director Harald Zwart, who last made a feature in the country eight years ago, has returned to Norway with “The 12th Man,”which has begun its local shoot for producer Aage Aaberge and Nordisk Film Production. Co-produced by Norway’s Motion Blur (co-owned by Zwart), the $6.8 million tells the story of Norwegian war hero Jan Baalsrud, who was… Read more »

Julianne Hough Returning to ‘DWTS’ Season 23 as Judge, Derek Hough as Pro Dancer

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Julianne Hough and Derek Hough are both returning to “Dancing With the Stars” Season 23, insiders confirm to Variety. Julianne will return as a judge, while Derek and be back in ballroom as a pro dancer. Both Hough siblings took a hiatus last season, and did not appear on Season 22. While ABC has not announced the judges… Read more »

Richard Branson Crashes Bike: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die’

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Richard Branson said he narrowly survived a bicycle crash that could have been deadly. The Virgin Group mogul was cycling around the British Virgin Islands when he crashed his bike and suffered a cracked cheek and torn ligaments. Branson says he thought he was “going to die” after “flying head-first” off his bike and onto the concrete road… Read more »

Ty Burrell Joins Scarlett Johansson in Raunchy Comedy ‘Rock That Body’

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“Modern Family” star Ty Burrell has joined Scarlett Johansson in the raunchy comedy “Rock That Body,” with shooting underway in New York. The cast includes Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoe Kravitz and Demi Moore. Sony has set the release for June 23, when it will open against Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” “Rock… Read more »

Norwegian Fest Honors Pernilla August as Doc ‘Magnus’ Takes Top Prize

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The Norwegian Intl. Film Festival handed out its prizes Aug. 25, with Norwegian director Benjamin Ree’s documentary “Magnus” nabbing the Ray of Sunshine prize from the the Norwegian Exhibitors’ Assn. A hit at several international festivals, “Magnus” tells the story of 26-year-old Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen’s rise to the top. For the first time the International Film Critics… Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams on Shorter Season 7: ‘Good Things Must Come to an End’

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“Game of Thrones” has one of the strongest ensembles on television, but until now, its accolades have generally been reserved for its older cast members. This year, 19-year-old Maisie Williams has broken into the Emmy race for her harrowing turn as the embattled Arya Stark, rising from a blind beggar to the equivalent of “a… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Eyes $20 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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Sony’s horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe” is dominating moviegoing this weekend with more than $20 million at 3,051 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday. Sony remained more cautious abut the forecasts, opting in the early afternoon for a projection in the mid-teens while other trackers offered forecasts as high as $24 million. Even at the lower… Read more »