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‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival

‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival
Director Adina Pintilie’s “Touch Me Not,” a daring and highly personal exploration of intimacy, has won the Golden Bear award as the best film at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. Silver Bear acting awards went to Anthony Bajon for “The Prayer” and Ana Brun for “The Heiresses,” while the prize for the festival’s best director went to Wes Anderson for his animated film “Isle of Dogs.” Accepting on behalf of Anderson, Bill Murray said, “I never thought I would go to work as a dog and come home with a Bear.” “Mug” and “The Heiresses” also won Silver Bear awards. The awards were...
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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is set to score about $102 million from 4,020 North American locations in its second weekend, for the fourth-highest second weekend gross in history.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film will come in behind the second frames of only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $149 million, “Jurassic World” with $106.6 million, and “The Avengers” with $103 million.

The second frame total will mark a 49% decline from the previous weekend, a smaller decline than most other Marvel titles, which Disney noted Friday slow by an average of roughly 53% from their first to second weekends. “The Avengers” declined by 45% into its second weekend.

Black Panther” has earned the highest day total for a Marvel film each day for the past week, including $14.2 million on Thursday. It’s earned over $520 million globally in its first seven days and $320 million domestically. With the addition of this weekend’s number, “Black Panther” will have earned more domestically in its first two weekends
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Netflix, Matt Reeves To Win Auction For Matthew Baker Futuristic Short Story ‘Life Sentence’

Netflix, Matt Reeves To Win Auction For Matthew Baker Futuristic Short Story ‘Life Sentence’
Exclusive: Netflix is closing a deal for Life Sentence, the short story by Matthew Baker, sources said. Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner will develop the project as producers. Reeves, who’ll next direct the stand-alone iteration of Batman, recently moved his deal from Fox (where he made two Planet of the Apes films) to Netflix. The deal is six figures against seven figures if the film gets made. That seems a strong likelihood given the ravenous bidding that took…
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Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner Join Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Instant Family’

Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner Join Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Instant Family’
Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, Iliza Shlesinger, and Tom Segura have joined Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne in the Paramount comedy “Instant Family.”

Wahlberg and Byrne will play a couple who decides to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented. Moner, who starred in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” will play one of the foster children.

Variety first reported Wahlberg’s attachment in September. “Daddy’s Home” helmer Sean Anders is directing from a script he wrote with John Morris. Anders and Morris wrote “Instant Family” and will produce alongside Wahlberg and Steve Levinson.

Paramount is fast-tracking the project and will start shooting in March. The studio will release “Instant Family” on Feb. 15, 2019.

Spencer received her third Academy Award nomination last month in the best supporting actress category for “The Shape of Water.” She won for
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Film News Roundup: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ Sells to Netflix

Film News Roundup: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ Sells to Netflix
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix buys Maggie Gyllenhaal’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” and production starts on Mads Mikkelsen’s “Polar” and the horror film “irl.”

Acquisition

Netflix has bought North America rights to Maggie Gyllenhaal’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” a month after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sara Colangelo won Sundance’s directing award in the dramatic film category. Gyllenhaal plays a Staten Island kindergarten teacher who becomes obsessed with a gifted 5-year-old in her class.

The movie is a remake of the Israeli film written and directed by Nadav Lapid. The cast includes Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Baryshnikov, Michael Chernus, and Gael Garcia Bernal.

The film was financed and co-produced by Pia Pressure, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Manhattan Productions, and PaperChase Films. Producers are Gyllenhaal, Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren of Pie Films, and Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures.

Production Starts
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Berlin: 'Profile' Wins Panorama Audience Award

Berlin: 'Profile' Wins Panorama Audience Award
Timur Bekmambetov's Profile, a thriller about a European journalist who goes undercover as a Jihadi bride for Isis, has won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The drama is told entirely on the journalist's computer, using FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, video downloads and various web pages and social media platforms. Bekmambetov, whose Hollywood output has included Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Ben-Hur, has been a regular in Berlin. He previously screened his breakout Russian horror fantasy Night Watch and its sequel Day Watch at the festival.

The Panorama Audience Award for best documentary went to...
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‘The Shape Of Water’s Guillermo Del Toro On The “Biggest Missing Piece” Co-Writer Vanessa Taylor Brought To The Table

‘The Shape Of Water’s Guillermo Del Toro On The “Biggest Missing Piece” Co-Writer Vanessa Taylor Brought To The Table
Now a four-time Oscar nominee with the spectacular success of his fantastical creature romance The Shape of Water, which took 13 Oscar nominations last month, writer/director Guillermo del Toro will always remember the first time he saw one of his project’s primary inspirations, the 1954 black-and-white monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. “Every Sunday, Channel 6 used to show all the Universal monster movies,” the director explained. “It was going to church and…
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‘The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling’ Trailer: Judd Apatow Digs into the Comedian’s Life and Legacy

‘The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling’ Trailer: Judd Apatow Digs into the Comedian’s Life and Legacy
Next month will mark two years since we lost comedian Garry Shandling all too soon at the age of 66. But rather than stewing about it this whole time, director Judd Apatow decided to pay tribute to the comedian who brought us fantastic stand-up comedy, The Larry Sanders Show, and a memorable senator turned Hydra […]

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‘The Shape Of Water’ Sound Teams On The Sonic Dimension To Creature Creation

‘The Shape Of Water’ Sound Teams On The Sonic Dimension To Creature Creation
Elegantly designed and impeccably shot, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water would need a strong, immersive sonic experience to cross the finish line, ending up as it did with 13 Oscar nominations in the strongest showing for any film this year. Set primarily within 1960s Baltimore laboratories, this romantic fantasy between a fish-man and a mute janitor would require not only period accuracy in its depiction of its central locations, but also a believable…
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‘Best F(r)iends’ Trailer: Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Return From ‘The Room’ With a Bizarre Mortician Drama — Watch

‘Best F(r)iends’ Trailer: Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Return From ‘The Room’ With a Bizarre Mortician Drama — Watch
Lest you dismiss Tommy Wiseau as a one-trick pony, know that the writer, director, producer, and star of “The Room” is back with a new project. He and Greg Sestero, who co-starred in the notoriously bad movie that serves as the basis of the Oscar-nominated “The Disaster Artist,” have collaborated once again. As evidenced by the new trailer for “Best F(r)iends,” their latest team-up looks almost as odd as their first. Watch below.

Here’s the synopsis: “When a drifter (Sestero) is taken in by a peculiar mortician (Wiseau), the two hatch an underground enterprise off the back of the mortician’s old habits. But greed, hatred, and jealousy soon come in turn, and their efforts unravel, causing the drifter to run off with the spoils and leaving the mortician adrift. An expedition across the South West introduces wild and crazy characters through a series of twisted and
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‘The Bachelor,’ ‘Celebrity Big Brother,’ NBA All-Star Game Lead Winter Olympics Counterprogramming — Ratings Watch

NBC’s Winter Olympics juggernaut from PyeongChang, South Korea, continued to dominate the primetime ratings for the week ending February 18, but audiences not feeling the Olympic fever had plenty of other options — particularly of the unscripted variety.

The night of Tuesday, Feb. 13 was the most-watched night of the Olympics last week, featuring Shaun White and Mikaela Shiffrin going for gold. All seven nights of the Olympics were the top-rated programs of the week, among both adults 18-49 and viewers. Viewership is down from the 2014 Sochi Games, although still solid. Here’s a side-by-side comparison so far from NBC:

Winter Olympics Primetime Total Audience Delivery

2018 Viewership 2014 Viewership

Opening Thur. 17.2 million 20.0 million

First Fri. 28.3 million 31.7 million

First Sat. 24.2 million 25.1 million

First Sun. 26.0 million 26.3 million

First Mon. 22.3 million 22.4 million

First Tues. 22.6 million 23.7 million

First Wed. 19.2 million 20.8 million

Mid. Thur. 19.3 million 22.9 million

Mid. Fri. 19.2 million 19.2 million

Mid. Sat. 16.1 million 17.1 million

Mid. Sun. 18.2 million 21.3 million

2nd Mon.
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'Touch Me Not' wins Golden Bear at 2018 Berlin Film Festival

'Touch Me Not' wins Golden Bear at 2018 Berlin Film Festival
Wes Anderson wins festival’s best director.

The awards of the 68th Berlin Film Festival were handed out this evening (Feb 24), with the Golden Bear for best film going to Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not, which also scooped best first feature.

Scroll down for the full list of winners

Wes Anderson won the festival’s Silver Bear best director prize for his competition programme opener Isle Of Dogs.

This year’s international competition jury was headed up by German director Tom Twyker, he was joined by Cécile de France, Chema Prado, Adele Romanski, Ryūichi Sakamoto and Stephanie Zacharek.

There were 24 films in this year’s competition section, 19 of which were eligible for the Golden Bear.

Speaking at the beginning of the ceremony, outgoing festival director Dieter Kosslick said that he did not need to repeat the #MeToo debate, which has been prominently discussed at the festival, but that he hoped that the festival’s “films have shown diverse
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Berlin Film Festival 2018 winners (updating live)

Berlin Film Festival 2018 winners (updating live)
The awards of the 68th Berlin Film Festival are being awarded this evening (Feb 24).

The awards of the 68th Berlin Film Festival are being awarded this evening (Feb 24).

This year’s international competition jury was headed up by German director Tom Twyker, he was joined by Cécile de France, Chema Prado, Adele Romanski, Ryūichi Sakamoto and Stephanie Zacharek.

There were 24 films in this year’s competition section, 19 of which were eligible for the Golden Bear. The selection opened with Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs.

One of the first awards given out on the night went to Romanian director Adina Pintilie, who took the first feature prize for Touch Me Not.

The Panorama audience award was presented to Timur Bekmambetov for best fiction film and The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar for best documentary.
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‘Catwoman’ Screenwriter Blasts His Own Creation as a ‘Very, Very Bad’ Movie With ‘Zero Cultural Relevance’

‘Catwoman’ Screenwriter Blasts His Own Creation as a ‘Very, Very Bad’ Movie With ‘Zero Cultural Relevance’
Catwoman” is a bad movie, and everyone involved knows it. That includes Halle Berry, who thanked her agent for getting her “this shitty-ass movie” when she accepted her Razzie Award for Best Actress, and at least one of the many credited screenwriters.

One of them, John Rogers took to Twitter last night after a contributor to the Federalist asked a bad-faith question about why the ill-fated comic-book movie didn’t receive the kind of praise Michelle Obama doled out to “Black Panther,” holding nothing back in the process: “As one of the credited writers of Catwoman, I believe I have the authority to say: because it was a shit movie dumped by the studio at the end of a style cycle, and had zero cultural relevance either in front of or behind the camera,” he said.

“This is a bad take. Feel shame,” Rogers added before elaborating on his experience with the film.
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Duncan Jones on ‘Mute’, Its Connection to ‘Moon’, Netflix vs. Theatrical, and ‘Warcraft 2′

Duncan Jones has been a pretty busy guy the last few years. His feature directorial debut Moon put him on the map back in 2009, then he stepped up to the mid-range budgeted Source Code for Summit Entertainment, and after that it was going full-blown studio blockbuster with Warcraft. But even while he was busy with those opportunities, there was a story on his mind that he was eager to bring to screen, and after 16 years, it finally happened. Mute stars Alexander Skarsgard as Leo, a mute bartender who gets caught up in the dangerous underground scene …
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Berlin Film Festival Winners: ‘Touch Me Not’ Is Golden Bear; Wes Anderson Takes Best Director For ‘Isle Of Dogs’

Berlin Film Festival Winners: ‘Touch Me Not’ Is Golden Bear; Wes Anderson Takes Best Director For ‘Isle Of Dogs’
Refresh for latest…: The 68th Berlin Film Festival draws to a close tonight with winners of the Golden and Silver Bears to be unveiled as the awards ceremony kicks off at the Berlinale Palast in the German capital. The festival ran over 10 days of wintry weather and began with Wes Anderson’s opening night film, in competition, Isle Of Dogs from Fox Searchlight. Bill Murray is in the house tonight, meaning a prize could be afoot. Other titles that have generated buzz…
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Heather Graham on Her Directorial Debut Comedy ‘Half Magic’ and Celebrating Women

Written and directed by Heather Graham, the comedy Half Magic is a story of female empowerment, in which three women turn their frustration over male dominance into a sisterhood, where they can lean on each other as they learn to love themselves without defining their own worth through the men in their lives. At the center of the story is Honey (Graham), an aspiring writer who just isn’t having her voice heard at work, and her personal life is also reflecting that. With the help of friendship and a female sexual empowerment class, Honey, Eva (Angela Kinsey) and Candy (…
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Berlin Festival Awards: ‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

Of the 24 films that screened in the 68th Berlin Film Festival’s competition section, 19 vied for the Golden Bear, among them such international productions as Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” starring Joaquin Phoenix; and David and Nathan Zellner’s Western comedy “Damsel,” starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

A six-person jury, headed by German director Tom Tykwer, selected the winners.

A total of 396 films unspooled in all of the festival’s various sections. With approximately half a million admissions and more than 300,000 tickets sold, the Berlinale is considered the largest publicly attended film festival in the world.

Winners of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival

Golden Bear for Best Film: “Touch Me Not,” Adina Pintilie

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: “Twarz” (“Mug”), Małgorzata Szumowska

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: “The Heiress,” Marcelo Martinessi

Silver Bear for Best Director: Wes Anderson, “Isle of Dogs

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Disney Parks Bits: ‘Up’ Bird Show Coming to Animal Kingdom, Lamplight Lounge Replaces Cove Bar

Disney Parks Bits: ‘Up’ Bird Show Coming to Animal Kingdom, Lamplight Lounge Replaces Cove Bar
Walt Disney World and Disneyland always have something new and exciting to offer us. Whether it’s a Star Wars land not so far, far away, or the upcoming 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom, Disney Parks always has something new a-brewin’. Disney Parks has unleashed a slew of announcements for its theme parks. From an Up-inspired bird show, […]

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Berlin: Netflix, Multiple Foreign Distributors Take Alpha Violet’s ‘Dovlatov’

In the run-up to Saturday evening’s prize ceremony at the 2018 Berlinale, Alpha Violet has secured multiple major territory sales at Berlin on Alexey German Jr.’s Russian dissident drama “Dovlatov,” led by a Netflix deal for English-speaking territories (U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K. and Ireland) and Scandinavia, as well as a slew of foreign distributor deals.

One of this year’s Berlin competition front-runners and a Disney release in Russia. the Alpha Violet-sold “Dovlatov” entered Berlin with three pre-sales: China (Times Vision), Greece (Ama Films) and the Baltic states (Estin Films). It looks set to leave with 23 territory sales, according to Alpha Violet’s calculations, playing off an upbeat critical reaction.

“Six days in the life of Soviet dissident writer Sergei Dovlatov are evocatively conjured in this visually enthralling tribute to one artist’s refusal to conform,” Variety wrote in its review.

With “Dovlatov” punching the second highest score of any Berlin competition entry, many distributors
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