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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

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The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant’s latest film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov, from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival’s Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.

Here are the first 10 Berlin competition films:

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
USA
By Gus Van Sant
With Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier
International premiere

Dovlatov
Russian Federation / Poland / Serbia
By Alexey German Jr. 
With Milan Maric, Danila Kozlovsky, Helena Sujecka, Artur Beschastny, Elena Lyadova
World premiere

Eva
France
By Benoit Jacquot 
With Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel, Julia Roy, Richard Berry
World premiere

Figlia mia (Daughter of Mine)
Italy / Germany / Switzerland
By Laura Bispuri 
With Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier
World premiere

In den Gangen (In the Aisles)
Germany
By Thomas Stuber 
With Franz Rogowski, Sandra Huller, Peter Kurth
World premiere

Mein Bruder heisst Robert und ist ein Idiot
Germany
By Philip Groning 
With Josef Mattes, Julia Zange, Urs Jucker, Stefan Konarske, Zita Aretz, Karolina Porcari, Vitus Zeplichal
World premiere

Twarz (Mug)
Poland
By Małgorzata Szumowska 
With Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Małgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk, Dariusz Chojnacki, Robert Talarczyk, Anna Tomaszewska, Martyna Krzysztofik
World premiere

Organizers also unveiled two special gala screenings Monday. They are The Bookshop by Isabel Coixet, starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson, and Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (The Silent Revolution) by Lars Kraume.

Wes Anderson’s animated feature Isle of Dogs will open the 2018 Berlin festival Feb. 15, organizers had unveiled earlier this month. This will mark the second time Anderson has opened Berlin, following the world premiere of The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2012.

German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) is the president of the Berlin jury for the latest edition of the festival, which runs through Feb. 25.

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Jeff Bridges Gives Big Lebowski Remake His Blessing, On One Condition

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The man, the myth, the Dude himself, actor Jeff Bridges is currently on the press tour for his latest feature Bad Times at the El Royale, and naturally the beloved thespian was asked about The Big Lebowski.

Given Hollywood’s propensity for rebooting, remaking, and reimagining anything that anyone, anywhere even vaguely recollects, Variety decided to get out in front of tinsel town’s favourite business model, and to ask Bridges if  he would be interested in a remake of The Big Lebowski.

“Yeah, if I was in it!” he laughed with a shrug.

To be clear, no remake of The Big Lebowski has been officially announced, but it’s a fairly good bet that some executive somewhere has floated the idea at least once.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cult-classic, which starred Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore in the story of a legendary slacker who is mistaken for a millionaire, and embroiled in a series of darkly comic criminal hijinks. The picture was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, who recently allowed a reimagining/continuation of their 1996 picture Fargo to be adapted to television.

Bad Times at the El Royale also stars Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm. It’s due for release in UK cinemas on the 12th of October, this year.

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls Tops Box Office, Fahrenheit 11/9 Lands With A Thud

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Eli Roth’s family fantasy adaptation of classic children’s novel The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black, has debuted at the top of the domestic box office – surpassing expectations with a very respectable $26.8 million opening weekend.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls is now Roth’s highest-ever opening, beating the previous record of his grisly horror feature Hostel, which opened to $19 million back in 2005. The flick beat out other newcomer Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore’s latest scathing documentary on the Trump administration, which only managed a paltry $3.1 million. The film is the latest in a line of diminishing returns for Moore’s work.

Internationally, Conjuring-spinoff The Nun still held the gold medal at the box office with an impressive $35 million weekly taking, bringing its total earnings to $292.6 million worldwide.

This week’s features should have a pretty comfortable run over the next nine days to continue earning as the Summer movie season officially draws to a close, and studios shift to their Autumn slates. October 3rd will see the next big competition of the year, as Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born opens opposite Tom Hardy’s super-antihero Venom.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx Join Untitled Netflix Sci-Fi

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Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are boarding Netflix’s untitled sci-fi movie which long-time collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing off Mattson Tomlin’s screenplay.

The pic’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix. Newman, who has been behind such productions as the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, and Zack Snyder’s reboot of Dawn of The Dead, has a strong, on-going relationship with Netflix that goes back to the streaming service’s second original series Hemlock Grove.  He also conceived and packaged Narcos for Netflix on which he serves as writer, show-runner and EP.

Unkeless recently produced the three-time Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney; the latter winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Unkeless’ film First Match, which he produced for Netflix, won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year.

Ray Oscar best actor winner Foxx is currently shooting the courtroom drama, Just Mercy opposite Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson for director Destin Cretton.  Foxx can next be seen in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood on Nov. 21 and his Fox show Beat Shazam, which he serves as EP and hosts, was recently renewed for a third season. Gordon-Levitt can next be seen in the airline hijacking thriller, 7500 from Patrick Vollarth. Gordon-Levitt is a two-Golden Globe nominee in the comedy/musical lead actor category for 50/50 and (500) Days of Summer.

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