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‘Downfall’s Oliver Hirschbiegel Plots Story Of Failed Hitler Assassin ‘Georg Elser’

‘Downfall’s Oliver Hirschbiegel Plots Story Of Failed Hitler Assassin ‘Georg Elser’Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is returning to familiar territory with Nazi-era drama Georg Elser. Billed as an emotional portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller on November 8, 1939, the film kicked off shooting yesterday in Wackershofen/Southern Germany. Not to be confused with the July 20, 1944, assassination plot against Hitler that was the subject of Bryan Singer’s 2008 film Valkyrie, Elser’s attempt came five years earlier during what was expected to be georg elsera lengthy speech given by the Nazi leader for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. A bomb Elser had placed behind the lectern detonated — 13 minutes after Hitler had left the platform — and ended up killing eight others. A carpenter from Königsbronn, Elser is thought to have opposed Nazism from the beginning of the regime and later told interrogators that the idea of “eliminating the leadership,” including Hitler, Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels, came to him in the fall of 1938. “I reasoned the situation in Germany could only be modified by a removal of the current leadership,” he said. Elser was arrested the day of the failed attempt, interrogated, tortured and sent to Dachau. In 1945, days before the end of the war, he was executed on Hitler’s orders. The film will follow Elser’s path from the the Swabian Alps to the assassination attempt and his last days in the concentration camp. Read More »

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R.I.P. Bernd Eichinger

By | Tuesday January 25, 2011 @ 12:44pm PST

The German producer and screenwriter died in L.A. on Monday at 61. Eichinger headed up Constantin Film and produced, among other titles, the Resident Evil franchise, Fantastic Four, Downfall, The Baader Meinhof Complex and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, which he also wrote. He was 61. His wife Katja is a journalist, and his daughter Nina is a German TV personality.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Declines All Around

Nellie Andreeva

It was a down night for the broadcast networks last night, with all originals posting week-to-week declines and none cracking the 3 rating among adults 18-49. Fox’s two-hour Hell’s Kitchen (2.9/9 from 8-10PM, down 9%), NBC’s two-hour America’s Got Talent (2.9/9 from 9-11PM, down 12% tying its lowest-rated telecast this summer) and ABC’s Wipeout (2.9/10 at 8PM, down 3% from its last telecast) tied as the highest-rated programs of the night. Talent’s lead-in, Losing It with Jillian (1.1/4, down 21%) hit a series low. Wipeout‘s lead-out, Downfall (1.2/3, down 8%), tied its lowest-rated telecast, followed by ABC News Primetime: Family Secrets (0.9/3), which was down 31%. Fox won the night in the demo, NBC in total viewers (8.1 million). CBS airing drama repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins With 2010 MLB All-Star Game

Nellie Andreeva

Fox is expected to easily top the ratings for last night with its broadcast of the MLB All-Star Game, which is down from last year. In overnight household ratings, the drop was 12%. Time-zone adjusted fast nationals will be released later this morning. The regular fast nationals, which could serve as a rough estimate, have the game averaging a 3.4 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall.

Airing against baseball, NBC’s America’s Got Talent (3.2/9, 11.1 million) at 9 PM was down 3% from last week, ranking as the top-rated non-sports program for the night. Two underachievers, NBC’s Losing It With Jillian (1.4/5) at 8 PM and ABC’s Downfall (1.3/4) at 9 PM, which followed a rerun Wipeout (2.7/9), got a ratings uptick, 17% and 8%, respectively. ABC News Primetime: Family Secrets (1.3/4) was also up one tenth from its season premiere last week. CBS aired drama repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Good News For Fox, Mixed Bag For NBC, Bad News For ABC

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s America’s Got Talent and ABC’s Wipeout were the main attractions in primetime last night. America’s Got Talent (3.3 rating/10 share, 11.4 million viewers overall) was the top-rated program of the night, up 10% from last week. However, its lead-in, Losing it With Jillian (1.4/4) hit a series low, down -14% from last week. The season premiere of Wipeout (3.1/10) was down 6% from last year’s debut. ABC’s new reality series Downfall (2.0/6) had a soft start, losing 35% of its Wipeout lead-in. At 10PM, the premiere of ABC News Primetime: Mind Games (1.3/4) was up two tenths from last summer’s premiere of ABC News Primetime: Family Secrets. With a two-hour block of Hell’s Kitchen (2.9/9), Fox won the night in adults 18-49, while NBC was tops in total viewers. CBS aired repeats.

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