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Global Showbiz Watch 26: The Berlinale To BAFTA Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch ep 26In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom catch up after Nancy’s whirlwind weekend across Europe, where she covered an audience-friendly, Asian-flavored awards night at the Berlin International Film Festival, as Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice led a large contingent of winning Chinese and Japanese films and performances alongside Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC Two Picks Up Tom Rob Smith Thriller Series ‘London Spy’; EU Admissions Down 4.1% In 2013; More

BBC Two Acquires Tom Rob Smith Thriller ‘London Spy’
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author Tom Rob Smith has created a new drama series that’s been picked up by BBC Two. London Spy is a five-part contemporary thriller that sees an innocent young man drawn into a dangerous world of BBC_Two_logo1espionage. In the center of London is a street with the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other. A chance romance between two people from opposite sides of that street takes a turn when one of them disappears. The series will shoot this year and air in 2015. Smith is producing; Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are exec producing for Working Title Television. Polly Hill exec produces for BBC Two. Smith’s Child 44 is being adapted as a feature directed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Ridley Scott. The film stars Tom Hardy, who signed on Friday for the second season of BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders. Read More »

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Berlin: Amplify Picks Up Musical ‘God Help The Girl’ For U.S.

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 9:10am PST

godhelpthegirlAmplify, the new all-rights distribution company formed in a merger between Variance Films and GoDigital, has acquired U.S. rights to Stuart Murdoch’s pop musical God Help The Girl. Pic received a World Cinema Dramatic BerlinFilmFestival_badge__140204155938Special Jury Award when it premiered this year at Sundance. It opens the Generations section of the 64th Berlinale this weekend and will continue its festival run at SXSW this March. God Help The Girl stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray as three friends joined together by music and its possibilities over a summer in Glasgow. God Help The Girl was written, directed, and features all original songs by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch. Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) produced. Singer Films’ Carole Singer co-produced and Chris Curling and Phil Robertson of Zephyr Films exec produced. Amplify will release the film across the U.S. early this fall, with a home video release to follow.

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Berlin: Vertical Entertainment Picks Up Thriller ‘Mindscape’ For North America

MindscapeThe company launched last year by Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin has made a pre-emptive strike ahead of Berlin, grabbing all North American rights to the psychological thriller. Vertical Entertainment picked up the Ombra Films production Mindscape from StudioCanal on the eve of EFM. Produced by Jaume Collet-Sera, the pic stars Sherlock Holmes heavy Mark Strong as a memory detective who enters people’s minds to help them recall details in order to solve crimes or investigate trauma. But when he suffers a stroke during a session gone wrong, he is left a broken shell of his former self. Brian Cox and Taissa Farmiga co-star in Mindscape, which is director Jorge Dorago’s feature debut. The filmmaker, who has helmed many award-winning shorts including La Guerra and has AD credits including Bad Education and Talk To Her, signed with WME after Cannes last year.

Related: ‘Mindscape’ Is A Go; Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga Star

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Time In Between’ Finale Sets Records; Fox Int’l Channels Airing Super Bowl Live In Europe; More

‘The Time In Between’ Finale Sets Records In Spain
the time in betweenDeadline readers who follow international closely will know that I’ve been high on Spanish period miniseries The Time In Between. The 11-part mini debuted in Spain in October as the best local drama premiere of the last eight years. It concluded its run on Antena 3 on Tuesday night with an all-time record high of over 5.5M viewers and a 27.8% share. It also hit a peak of 5.88M viewers. The series overall averaged 5M viewers and had a 25.5% average share. Produced by Boomerang TV for Antena 3, it led among over 35s with a 25.2% share, and reached a 37.7% share among audiences aged 55-64. Based on María Dueñas’ novel, The Time In Between is set during the Spanish Civil War and the run-up to World War II. It’s the story of a woman raised by a poor single mother and taught to be a seamstress. When she falls for a handsome young man, she moves with him to Morocco and spends months living the high life. But when the money runs out and she falls pregnant, he leaves. She ultimately builds a new life and becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. She also begins working for the British government, passing information to the Secret Service. Interest from abroad has been high: The series already is running in Romania and offers on remake rights and/or the original are in from the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Portugal, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Croatia, and several territories in Latin America and Africa.

Fox International Channels Airing Super Bowl Live In Europe
While Europeans eagerly await this summer’s World Cup, they’ll be able to check out the biggest game of the year for the other kind of super_bowl_48.mgnfootball in just a few weeks. Fox International Channels is bringing the Super Bowl to the continent. When the Seattle Seahawks face off with the Denver Broncos on February 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., NFL fans in Europe will be able to watch the full Fox coverage beginning at 12:25 AM on February 3. More than 12 million households in Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia will have access to the game. This will be the first time the Super Bowl is broadcast live on the FIC channels in Europe. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the halftime act. Separately, Fox International Channels said today that it has appointed Fabrizio Salini to managing director of its Italian operation, effective February 17. Salini was VP Entertainment Channels for FIC Italy from 2003 and 2011, and returns after a two-year stint serving senior management roles at SKY Italia, Discovery Communications Italia and Switchover Media. Read More »

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Myriad Pictures Taking Hilary Swank-Emmy Rossum Starrer ‘You’re Not You’ To EFM

> on October 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.The company said today it will handle international rights to the drama from Nights In Rodanthe director George C. Wolfe. You’re Not You stars two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as an accomplished thirtysomething whose life is upended by a sudden ALS diagnosis. When she and her husband (Josh Duhamel) hire a full-time caregiver (Emmy Rossum) who has a chaotic personal life, the women bond overMyriad logo their challenging circumstances and are able to unlock the best in each other. Marcia Gay Harden, Julian McMahon, Jason Ritter, Frances Fisher, Loretta Devine, Ali Larter and Ernie Hudson co-star in the pic written by Shana Feste based on Michelle Wildgen’s book. Myriad Pictures will introduce the film next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. You’re Not You is produced by DPP — the company run by Prince Azim, son of the Sultan of Brunei — in association with Di Novi Pictures and 2S Films, the latter led by Swank and Molly Smith, daughter of FedEx founder Fred Smith. The film’s Sundance party was held at his estate. CAA is handling domestic rights.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Berlin Fest Picks 300 For ‘Berlinale Talents’ Mentorships; Sky Atlantic HD Gets ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season Premiere Day After U.S. Bow; More

Berlin Festival Taps 300 ‘Berlinale Talents’ For 2014 Mentoring Program
An international jury has selected 300 people from 79 countries to take part in the 12th annual Berlinale Talents program. The “talents,” selected fBerlin_c__131105201243rom across the filmmaking spectrum, are invited to the HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin from February 8-13, where they will meet with experts under the theme “Ready to Play? Breaking the Rules.” Mentors include cinematographers Agnes Godard, Franz Lustig and Christopher Doyle. Berlinale Talents will be represented for the first time at the European Film Market and will have the opportunity to pitch their film projects to industry professionals in the Berlin House of Representatives, venue for the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The 64th annual Berlin International Film Festival runs February 6-16.

Sky Atlantic HD To Bow New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season On April 7
gameofthronesSky Atlantic HD said Friday that the fourth season of HBO’s drama Game Of Thrones will return to the channel at 9 PM April 7, less than 24 hours after its U.S. premiere. The 10-episode new season of the series, based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, features such returning cast members as Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington and newcomers including Mark Gatiss. Joel Fry, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Indira Varma and Pedro Pascal.

Related: HBO Sets Season 4 Premiere Date For ‘Game Of Thrones’
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Weinstein Co., Wong Kar Wai Taking ‘The Grandmaster’ To Comic-Con

If Metallica can rock Comic-Con, why not Wong Kar Wai? The Weinstein Co. is bringing the director to the annual San Diego pop culture confab for promo duties and to host the first US screening of the pic about martial arts legend Ip Man, which TWC snapped up hours before it opened the Berlin International Film Festival. Tony Leung stars in The Grandmaster as the man whose exploits include famously training a young Bruce Lee. Wong co-wrote the actioner, whose exec producers include Megan Ellison of Annapurra Pictures. Your fight coordinator is Yuen Woo-ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix, Drunken Master), which means plenty of high-speed and slo-mo action. Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen and Zhao Benshaw co-star in the pic, which smashes its way into theaters August 23. TWC’s Comic-Con premiere is set for Saturday July 20th at midnight at the Reading Gaslamp 15. Here’s the new trailer:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Prince Avalanche’

David Gordon Green won the Silver Bear for best director at Berlin for this remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way. Now the first trailer is out for Prince Avalanche, the character study about a guy (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother (Emile Hirsch) who form an unlikely friendship after they  decide to spend the summer of 1988 painting traffic lines on a very rural highway. Lance LeGault also stars in the film produced by Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel, James Belfer and Green, who also wrote the script. Magnolia Pictures — which picked up Prince Avalanche after its Sundance premiere in January — opens the R-rated pic in theaters August 9, day-and-date with its iTunes debut:

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Entertainment One Takes North American Rights To ‘Iron Sky’: SXSW

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 1:28pm PST

Entertainment One took all rights to the Berlin International Film Festival world premiere from Stealth Media Group. The Sci-Fi action comedy will have its U.S. debut at the SXSW Film Festival this weekend. Directed by Timo Vuorensolam and produced by Blind Spot Pictures Iron Sky revolves around a colony of escaped Nazis who have been hiding out on the dark side of the moon, preparing an invasion of earth in order to establish a Fourth Reich. The filmmakers raised a portion of the film’s budget through crowd-sourcing. Entertainment One plans a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada this spring.

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‘Caesar Must Die’ Wins Golden Bear: Berlin

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 11:22am PST

Italian film Caesar Must Die capped a good week, taking the Berlin International Film Festival’s top honor the Golden Bear as best film today. Yesterday, Adopt Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the “semi-documentary,” set in Rome’s high-security Rebibbia prison and centering on the rehearsal, staging, and performing of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar — a production cast with actual prison inmates.

In other key awards handed out Saturday in the German capital, Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf’s Just The Wind won the second prize, the Silver Bear. The film takes a look at a group of Roma who face attack and discrimination. Caesar and Wind were two of 18 films competing at the 62nd Berlin festival, which kicked off February 9. Other winners include German director Christian Petzold, who took best director for his film Barbara; a Best Actress win for Rachel Mwanza in Rebelle (War Witch), by Kim Nguyen; and Best Actor for Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in En Kongelig Affære (A Royal Affair), by Nikolaj Arcel. The Silver Bear for Best Script went to Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg for Affair.

A couple of Sundance titles also took prizes: Matthew Akers’ Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present won the Audience Award in the Berlinale’s Panorama section, while Ira Sachs’ Keep The Lights On took the Teddy Award honoring the best gay-centered film. Here’s the complete list of winners:

GOLDEN BEAR FOR THE BEST FILM
Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die)
by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

JURY GRAND PRIX-SILVER BEAR
Csak a szél (Just The Wind)
by Bence Fliegauf

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Christian Petzold for Barbara (Barbara)

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS
Rachel Mwanza in Rebelle (War Witch) by Kim Nguyen

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTOR
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in En Kongelig Affære (A Royal Affair) by Nikolaj Arcel

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‘Off White Lies’ Nabbed for North America

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 10:45am PST

Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Maya Kenig’s directorial debut Off White Lies. The 2012 Berlinale Generations sidebar debut centers on news stories and family events that Kenig experienced as a young mother during the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon. The feature, in Hebrew with English subtitles, will have a New York theatrical debut in third-quarter 2012 followed by a limited national theatrical rollout in addition to a day-and-date VOD release. Film Movement’s VP Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with Virginie Devesa and Keiko Funato of the newly formed French sales company Alpha Violet.

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