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Berlin Buys: '52 Tuesdays' Goes to Kino Lorber, eOne Takes 'Watermark' and More

Buyers are lining up at the Berlin Film Festival, now in full swing until February 14. The latest acquisition is Sundance Best Director winner (World Cinema Competition) Sophie Hyde's "52 Tuesdays." Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky's "Watermark" will be distributed in the US by eOne Films International.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 8, 2014 12:48 PM
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Berlin: Watch an EXCLUSIVE Clip from Occupy Wall Street Doc 'Another World'

TOH! has scored an exclusive clip to documentary “Another World,” which premieres in Berlin February 8 in the fest's Panorama section. Co-directed by Fisher Stevens (producer of "The Cove") and Rebecca Chaiclin, and written by Mark Monroe (“The Cove”), the film looks at the tumultuous journey of the individuals behind the Occupy Wall Street movement. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2014 1:26 PM
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Werner Herzog Lines Up Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson for 'Vernon God Little'

The marvelously unpredictable Werner Herzog is assembling quite the cast for "Vernon God Little," his adaptation of the darkly comedic novel by DBC Pierre about the aftermath of a school shooting. Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson are all set with roles in the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2014 1:19 PM
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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Claudia Llosa's 'Aloft,' Film Movement Nabs 'To Kill a Man'

Sony Pictures Classics made the first major deal of the Berlinale, nabbing US and Latin America rights to the competition title "Aloft." The film is the English-language debut of Peruvian filmmaker Claudia LLosa (Oscar-nominated "The Milk of Sorrow") and stars Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent and William Shimell.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2014 12:10 PM
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Open Road Acquires Barry Levinson's All-Star 'Rock the Kasbah'

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to independently-financed original comedy "Rock the Kasbah," starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel. The film is written by Mitch Glazer and directed by Barry Levinson and will be selling at the European FIlm Market in Berlin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2014 7:32 PM
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Berlin: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Press Conference Sets the Bar High, with Anderson, Fiennes, Murray, Swinton and More

Things are bound to go downhill at the 64th Berlinale, at least in terms of press conferences. The festival opened today with Wes Anderson’s "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and when you have Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe flanking Anderson on the dais, you’re not likely to improve on either the form or the content.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 6, 2014 2:17 PM
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Berlin Film Festival to Tribute Philip Seymour Hoffman and Maximilian Schell

The Berlin Film Festival, kicking off today, has added two last-minute screenings to honor the memory of actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Maximilian Schell, who both died last weekend.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2014 11:43 AM
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Tom Hiddleston Set to Star in 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's JG Ballard Adaptation

Svelte stud Tom Hiddleston has been cast in the leading role in Ben Wheatley's upcoming "High-Rise," an adaptation of the 1975 JG Ballard novel from a script by Amy Jump.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 5, 2014 3:40 PM
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Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart Join Boxing Flick 'Bleed for This'

Miles Teller is taking on a film that is being sold in Berlin that veers close to his own experience. In true story "Bleed for This," written and directed by "Boiler Room"'s Ben Younger and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Teller plays young boxer Vinny Panzienza, who has to recover from a terrible automobile accident.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2014 12:49 PM
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Fortitude International Launches, with Berlin in Sights

Veteran foreign sales agent Nadine de Barros, financier-producer Daniel Wagner (Sundance entry “Young Ones”) and producer Robert Ogden Barnum (“All Is Lost”) have partnered to launch Fortitude International, an LA-based sales and financing outfit. De Barrosis set to meet with film buyers at the upcoming European Film Market at the Berlinale.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2014 1:35 PM
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