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Bo Report: Sequel fatigue hits ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Terminator: Dark Fate.’

The latest iterations of Maleficent, Godzilla, Men in Black, The Angry Birds and Rambo flopped or under-performed in cinemas this year and Terminator: Dark Fate is the latest victim of moviegoers’ sequel fatigue.

It might be an exaggeration to say the sixth edition of the franchise self-destructed but the opening figures in Australia, the Us and 38 other markets last weekend weren’t pretty.

James Cameron’s name in the credits as one of the five “story by” writers and the novelty of seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton together on screen for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day counted for very little.

Speaking of sequels no one wanted or asked for, Roadshow’s 47 Meters Down: Uncaged sank without trace, mirroring its Us fate.

Meanwhile Transmission Films launched writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Brittany Runs a Marathon on 20 screens three weeks before the dramedy starts streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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Haugesund Prizes ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Him,’ ‘Ballon’

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Haugesund Prizes ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Him,’ ‘Ballon’
Haugesund, Norway — Celine Sciamma’s intellectually dexterous, bittersweet love tale “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” has claimed another heart, taking home The Norwegian Film-Critics’ Prize at the Haugesund Film Festival’s closing night on Thursday.

The festival, which runs over August 17-23, capped its 47th edition with a screening of André Løyning and Kristian Landmark’s documentary

Sciamma’s revisionist romance won the screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will next head to Toronto, where it will screen as a Special Presentation.

“With elegance, sophistication and courage, the film explores how love and vitality can – at least momentarily – throw off the shackles of an oppressive social order. Exquisite acting performances and cinematography, combined with a soupcon of mythological symbolism, add up to a work of serious artistic merit,” noted the jury members in their verdict.

The Eurimages Lab Award went to director Guro Bruusgaard’s “Him.
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Balloon review – airborne escape caper crash lands

Michael Herbig’s overwrought drama sucks the thrills out of this story of two families fleeing communist East Germany

You could probably choose a less conspicuous method of defecting than floating across the border in what looks like a giant glowing lightbulb. Yet a spectacular nocturnal breakout from communist East Germany by hot-air balloon is exactly what two families did in September 1979 – the basis of this glossy mainstream thriller released in Germany for last year’s reunification anniversary. Sadly, director Michael Bully Herbig – a well-known German comedy star – does them no favours with a frantic shooting style that somehow manages to render this terrifying endeavour both bombastic and trivial.

Friedrich Mücke and Karoline Schuch play the Strezlks, a disaffected electrician and his wife who, desiring an unfettered future for their two sons, decide to Montgolfier it out of the Gdr. When a northerly wind rears up, they break out the
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Tom Zickler Pays Tribute to Defa with ‘Traumfabrik’

“Traumfabrik” marks the return of one of Germany’s most successful producers back onto the film stage in more ways than one.

A period-piece love letter to East Germany’s famed Defa film studios, now known as Studio Babelsberg, “Traumfabrik” is a romantic drama set in 1961 that follows a young studio extra’s ambitious efforts to reunite with the French girl he loves after being separated by the construction of the Berlin Wall.

It’s also the name of a new Studio Babelsberg shingle headed by veteran producer Tom Zickler and Christoph Fisser, Studio Babelsberg vice president and COO.

Zickler launched the joint venture in 2017 after nearly 20 years of working with actor-director Til Schweiger on some of Germany’s most successful films of the past two decades. Overseeing production at Barefoot Films and Mr. Brown Entertainment, Zickler produced such hits as 1997’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”; 2010’s “Friendship!” and 2014’s “Head Full of Honey.
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Homegrown Hits Have German Box Office Humming

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German films have continued to perform strongly at the box office this year despite record high temperatures over the summer, usually a death knell for local cinemas, and not to mention World Cup soccer, which kept many potential moviegoers at home or in sports bars across the country.

Local pics have benefitted from a strong mix of comedy, children’s fare and drama. German productions accounted for some 11.3 million admissions in the first half of the year, compared with 10.6 million in the first six months of 2017, resulting in a 22.4% market share, up from 18.2%.

“German films have been able to increase both their revenue and market share in a difficult market environment, which is already a special achievement,” Peter Dinges, CEO of the German Federal Film Board (Ffa), tells Variety. “And with some high-profile movie launches in the second half of the year, I am extremely confident that this trend will
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German Audiences Look Away From ‘Never Look Away’

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German Audiences Look Away From ‘Never Look Away’
Despite its selection as Germany’s entry for the Oscars and a glitzy premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “Never Look Away” is struggling to get viewers to look at it on home ground.

Henckel von Donnersmarck won an Oscar in 2007 for his freshman feature outing, the critically acclaimed East German drama “The Lives of Others.” He went on to make 2010’s “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. “Never Look Away,” his highly anticipated third film, follows a young painter through three turbulent eras of German history.

The film boasts a strong cast led by Tom Schilling (“Oh Boy”) and Sebastian Koch (“The Lives of Others”) and a reported budget of around $20 million – high for a German film and evident in its lavish production values. The three-hour movie has enjoyed positive and often glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, including from Variety,
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Amazon Partners With Warner Bros On First German Local Language Pic ‘Bullyparade’

Amazon Partners With Warner Bros On First German Local Language Pic ‘Bullyparade’
Amazon Prime is partnering with Warner Bros Germany on its first German language film with the feature adaptation of cult German TV series Bullyparade. The e-commerce giant will partner with German star Michael Bully Herbig’s banner herbX Film and Warner Bros’ German division for the project, which will be screened exclusively on Amazon’s streaming platform six months after its theatrical release. The film version of the series comes two decades after the original…
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Amazon boards first German feature

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Amazon boards first German feature
Bullyparade – Der Film will be based on the German cult TV series.

Amazon Prime is to become a partner on German comedy star Michael Bully Herbig’s latest feature film Bullyparade – Der Film, based on his eponymous cult TV series [pictured].

As part of their collaboration, the co-production between Herbig’s Munich-based herbX Film and Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany will receive its exclusive small screen premiere on the streaming service six months after its 2017 theatrical opening by Warner Bros. and before its release on DVD and other outlets.

“Our customers love German series and films,” said Amazon Video Germany MD Christoph Schneider. “The cooperation with Michael Bully Herbig and Warner Bros. is our next step to further expand our commitment to German films and series and make them available exclusively to our customers.”

The collaboration between Herbig and Amazon has been announced just a month after the streaming service revealed that it signed a deal with another
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Beta takes German riots drama

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Beta takes German riots drama
Exclusive: Munich based Beta Cinema has arrived in Cannes with new pick-ups that could provoke heated debate.

Beta is launching We Are Young, We Are Strong by young Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani in the Cannes Marché. The film explores the driving forces of xenophobia during the violent riots of 1992 in freshly reunited Germany

Based on historical facts and currently in post-production, it recounts the violent xenophobic riots in Rostock in 1992 from the perspectives of three different characters: a Vietnamese woman settled in Germany, a young hooligan involved in the night’s riots and his father, a local politician, trapped in the dilemma of advancing his career or standing up for his ideals.

Devid Striesow, Jonas Nay and European Shooting Star Saskia Rosendahl headline the cast of the film, which is a Ufa Fiction production in co-production with cine plus, Zdf and Arte.

It marks the follow up to Qurbani’s Berlinale competition title, Shahada.

Also
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Beta boards Jim Broadbent drama

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Beta boards Jim Broadbent drama
Exclusive: Beta Cinema will handle international sales on German director Isabelle Stevers’ grotesque drama Cooking Cats, which began shooting in Cologne last week.

UK actor Jim Broadbent has been cast as a British ambassador in the drama set in the world of international aid schemes with Maria Furtwängler as an Un aid worker caught between the contradictions of a jetsetting life and tackling Third World poverty.

Other cast members include former European Shooting Star Dorka Gryllus and newcomer Mehmer Sözer.

Stever’s previous films include the feature films Erste Ehe and Gisela and an episode of the omnibus film Deutschland ‘09.

The co-production between Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion, cine plus Filmproduktion and broadcasters Wdr, Br and Ndr will be released theatrically in Germany by Movienet.

Shooting will continue at the Hürth-based Medienparks Nrw studio, in Düsseldorf and Jordan’s Amman until the beginning of June.

Schipper thriller and love story

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‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ Review

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Stars: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Mason Cook, Luke Vanek, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Herbig | Written by Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis | Directed by Don Scardino

Of all the genres the hardest one by far to critique is comedy. With genres like drama, action, and suspense there is a stable of universality to them where we can recognize certain distinct qualities that make them great. When it comes to comedy the bottom line is typically—is it funny—which is where the subjectivity lays. What one person finds funny someone else may find mind-numbingly offensive. Just think there was an actual time and place when people thought Pauly Shore was a legit comedian. On the other hand there are certain uniform factors comedies need to be successful. When looking at a film like The Incredible Burt Wonderstone it is not hard to determine it
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‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ Review

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Stars: Steve Carell, Luke Vanek, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Herbig, Mason Cook | Written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley | Directed by Don Scardino

Of all the genres the hardest one by far to critique is comedy. With genres like drama, action, and suspense there is a stable of universality to them where we can recognize certain distinct qualities that make them great. When it comes to comedy the bottom line is typically—is it funny—which is where the subjectivity lays. What one person finds funny someone else may find mind-numbingly offensive. Just think there was an actual time and place when people thought Pauly Shore was a legit comedian. On the other hand there are certain uniform factors comedies need to be successful. When looking at a film like The Incredible Burt Wonderstone it is not hard to determine it
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New ‘Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ Movie Delivered Great Comedy And Pretty Good Storyline

New 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone' movie delivered great comedy and pretty good storyline. New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) released their new comedy flick, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out,and thought it was very entertaining and served up a better storyline than I thought it would. It stars: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully Herbig. In the new flick ,characters Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) grew up to become a successful magic act in Las Vegas. However, their act starts to loose interest and ticket sales when the new,popular,street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), shows up on the scene with his new brand of shocking and dangerous magic that seems to captivate audiences beyond belief. In an effort to compete, Burt and Anton try to perform a
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Exclusive: Steve Buscemi Talks The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Exclusive: Steve Buscemi Talks The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Steve Buscemi talks Anton Marvelton in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, in theaters this weekend

(From contributing writer Todd Gilchrist)

Steve Carell. Jim Carrey. Steve Buscemi. Which of these things don't (seem to) fit?

Steve Buscemi is, perhaps oddly, one of the most versatile and unique performers in Hollywood. He's played a guy who lamented being named Mr. Pink. A foul-mouthed, Jos&#233 Feliciano -loving kidnapper. A former high-school outcast who holds a grudge against his classmates as an adult. A dim-witted bowler with a weak heart. A lazy-eyed eccentric. A misanthropic blues fan. A chameleonic lizard. A political animal who wields control of Atlantic City. And in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a childhood best friend who becomes co-star of the title character's Vegas magic act.

We sat down with Buscemi in Las Vegas to talk about The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. In addition to discussing his affinity for comedic material, Buscemi offered
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Funny Clip from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

"I'll tell ya what... pretend I'm still here, and tell me all about it."

Here's a little clip from Warner Bros' upcoming magic comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The movie tells the comedic tale of rival Las Vegas magicians who are competing for a highly competitive gig. The clip features a fun scene between Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, and Jim Carrey.

The movie was directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock) and scripted by Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Frances Daley (Horrible Bosses). It also stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully Herbig.

The comedy will magically appear in theaters on March 15th, 2013! I haven't heard the best things about this movie, but I'm still looking forward to seeing it.

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Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in
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Exclusive: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Writers Interview

Exclusive: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Writers Interview
Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein take us inside the magical world of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, in theaters March 15

Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein both took very different paths to where they are today as one of Hollywood's hottest writing teams. John Francis Daley got his start in acting with the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks and films such as Waiting before landing a role as Dr. Lance Sweets on the hit Fox series Bones in 2007. Jonathan M. Goldstein started out writing for TV shows such as Big Wolf on Campus and The Geena Davis Show, which is where he met John Francis Daley for the first time. In 2011, their writing skills were put on the map with the hit summer comedy Horrible Bosses (they're also writing Horrible Bosses 2), and they return to the silver screen this weekend with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
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Giveaway: Win Big from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone!

Giveaway: Win Big from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone!
Steve Carell is The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a Las Vegas lounge magician who's lost his luster, and may now lose his act to an up and coming street performer named Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). Directed by Don Scardino and also starring Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini, this hilarious comedy arrives in theaters Friday, March 15th. To celebrate, we're offering you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to become your own self-made magician. That's right, we're throwing a contest were you could win a very cool, custom magic kit. But that's not all! We're also throwing in a six pack can cooler and a beer pong set, along with a T-shirt and a hat. Show your love for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and his partner Anton Marvelton, enter our contest today! Details are below.

Enter for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

Six Pack Can Cooler

Beer
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review

Director: Don Scardino.

Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Bully Herbig.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: After spending years at the top of their game on the Las Vegas strip, childhood friends Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are losing their audience to outrageous street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). With the help of their assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde), the duo search for the ultimate illusion to win over a new generation of fans.

Having directed nearly forty episodes of 30 Rock, Don Scardino is no stranger to offbeat comedy, but The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a refreshing surprise for an audience who have become increasingly comfortable amongst the current run of Apatow-schtick. Penned by two of the writers behind Horrible Bosses, there are some thigh slapping one-liners, but the film is all the richer for not completely saturating itself with jokes,
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Meet The Incredible Burt Wonderstone's Anton Marvelton: Magician and Philanthropist

Meet The Incredible Burt Wonderstone's Anton Marvelton: Magician and Philanthropist
Meet Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). He is not only the partner of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, he is also a master magician who has devoted his free time to making the world a better place. When he is not performing at Bally's in Las Vegas, he travels across the globe, giving children who have neither food nor water something more life affirming...He brings them magic!

Anton Marvelton: Magician and Philanthropist

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone comes to theaters March 15th, 2013 and stars Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Herbig. The film is directed by Don Scardino.
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Funny New Promo for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

"Feel the heat of their magical wands!"

Warner Bros. has released a great new promo for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The movie tells the comedic tale of rival Las Vegas magicians. This video is cut together like a cheesy Vegas magician ad, and it's got some funny new footage.

This is a fun concept, and it looks like it will be an entertaining film. It stars Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully Herbig. Here's the synopsis...

Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose
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