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Berlin Q&A: Director Joshua Oppenheimer

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“The Act of Killing” director discusses winning the backing of Werner Herzog, his daring documentary methods, and why it’s important to recognize the humanity of mass murderers.

American filmmaker and human rights advocate Joshua Oppenheimer has made numerous shorts and experimental documentaries, but The Act of Killing will likely be seen as his big breakthrough.

As Werner Herzog s...

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Russian Box Office Hits $1 Billion Mark Faster Than in 2011

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The entire year’s figure is predicted to be up 13 percent.

The Russian box office hit the $1 billion mark two weeks earlier this year than in 2011, and the entire year’s figure is likely to exceed that of last year by up to 13 percent.

On Oct. 21, the total box office gross of all movies released in the country theatrically reached $1...

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Berlin Q&A: Director Abhishek Kapoor

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The Indian filmmaker discusses his take on Indian youth culture and the excitement of getting his first festival premiere at this year’s Berlinale with “Kai Po Che.”

Abhishek Kapoor first made a splash with his 2008 award-winning hit Rock On!!, which captured a slice of urban India's youth culture. His latest film Kai Po Che is based on the best-selling novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan B...

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Australian Box Office Tops $1.07 Billion in 2012

Led by “The Avengers,” total box-office revenues were 2 percent short of the 2010 all-time record, while Australian films increased their share to 4.3 percent overall.

SYDNEY — Australian audiences shelled out over AUS$1.1255 billion ($1.07 billion) at the box office in 2012, a 2...

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'Dark Knight Rises' Opens Big in Japan But Falls to Local Film

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Japanese films continue to dominate box office in first half of year, taking seven of top 10 slots in revenue rankings.

TOKYO – Dark Knight Rises failed to knock local hit Brave Hearts Umizaru off the top spot in its opening weekend in Japan, but still managed to take in 455 million yen ($5...

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China Box Office: 'Journey to the West' Dominates During New Year Holidays

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After pulling in 640 million yuan ($102 million) in 7 days, Stephen Chow’s fantastical comedy is expected to surpass the all-time earnings record for a Chinese production set by “Lost in Thailand” just two months ago.

HONG KONG – What a bumbling businessman and a primitive pancake-maker can do, the Monkey King can do better...

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Berlin 2013: Fortissimo Catches 'Linsanity'

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The Hong Kong-Amsterdam company lands world rights, excluding North America and China, for the well-received documentary about the rise of Taiwanese-American NBA star Jeremy Lin.

BERLIN — Fortissimo Films has secured worldwide rights, excluding North America and China, to Linsanity, the documentary about the Taiwanese-American NBA star Jeremy Lin.

Evan Jackson Leong´s film — a joint production f...

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China Box Office: Stephen Chow Smashes Opening-Day Record for Domestic Film

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Taking 78 million yuan ($12.5 million), the actor-director’s “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” tops the 70-million high mark held by last year’s “Painted Skin: Resurrection.”

BERLIN – Stephen Chow Sing-chi has entered the Year of the Snake with a bang, with his fantasy blockbuster Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons earning 78 million yuan (US$12...

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Hugo Weaving to Head the Cast of Craig Monahan's 'Healing'

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The pair have worked together on two other Australian features, “The Interview” and “Peaches.”

SYDNEY - Hugo Weaving is reteaming with Australian director Craig Monahan to star in his new prison feature, Healing, alongside Xavier Samuel and Don Hany.

Healing, a tale of redemption and the discovery of hope, centers on real-life prison inmate Viktor Khadem’s (Hany) last 18 months before release af...

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'Life of Pi' Blows Away Chinese Box Office


20th Century Fox never expected the movie to become a cultural phenomenon in the country, where it’s outgrossed the North American take.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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Call it the year of the tiger.

Not even 20th Century Fox expected Ang Lee’s Life of Pi to become a cultural phenomenon in China, where after two weeks ...

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