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Exclusive trailer and preview for Titan Comics’ Babylon Berlin Graphic Novel

Coinciding with the release of the highly-anticipated TV series Babylon Berlin, coming to Netflix on the 30th January 2018, Titan Comics will be publishing a graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired the TV show, with Arne Jysch (Wave and Smile) on both writing and artistic duties. Below you can we have an exclusive look at the trailer and pages for the upcoming Babylon Berlin graphic novel…

Following an unfortunate incident of manslaughter and at a moment of radical change in Germany, Detective Inspector Gereon Roth moves from his old position in Cologne to a new appointment in Berlin. He stumbles into an ever-growing criminal investigation into a pornographic sex ring, discovering that he can trust no one, not even the police.

Set in the 1920s, at the birth of the Weimar Republic amid great economic and political difficulties, this is a tale of corruption, trafficking, and scandal.

Babylon Berlin TV series,
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The thing about evil by Anne-Katrin Titze

Roberto Andò on Connie Nielsen's character Claire: "I based her on someone like J.K. Rowling but also on others who have become hugely wealthy through their writing" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At his hotel on Central Park South, director Roberto Andò discussed with me the connections to Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess and Torn Curtain in his latest film, which character was inspired by Jk Rowling, the majestic location where he filmed, and how "evil serves no purpose."

The Confessions (Le Confessioni), co-written by Angelo Pasquini, shot by Maurizio Calvesi, and starring Toni Servillo (Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning The Great Beauty and Andò's Viva La Libertà) has an exceptional ensemble cast including Connie Nielsen (Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman), Marie-Josée Croze (John Michael McDonagh's Calvary), Daniel Auteuil (Michael Haneke's Caché), Moritz Bleibtreu (Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run), Lambert Wilson (Jérôme Salle's L'Odyssée), Pierfrancesco Favino (Roger Michell
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Titan and Hard Case Crime announce Babylon Berlin graphic novel

Coinciding with the premiere of Babylon Berlin on Netflix, Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime have announced a graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired the acclaimed TV series.

Titan’s Babylon Berlin – written and illustrated by Arne Jysch – is brand-new graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired the new TV series by international-bestselling writer, Volker Kutscher. Set in Berlin, 1929, the story centers on Detective Gereon Rath pulled into a web of drugs, sex, political intrigue and murder.

The TV series, which aired in Europe in October 2017 to huge critical acclaim, is a 16-part crime drama set in the hedonistic days of 20s and 30s Weimar Germany. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), Babylon Berlin is the most expensive drama in European history, costing a reported $47 million and filmed over seven months in 300 locations. The New York Times ​has praised the show’s “lavish production” and said
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Frankie Shaw of Showtime’s ‘Smilf’ on That Season Finale

Frankie Shaw’s Golden Globe-nominated work on Showtime’s “Smilf” is multifaceted, to say the least. In the comedy, she’s Bridgette Bird, a Bostonian flailing as she tries to both provide for her child and find something resembling fulfillment. The show sometimes trades in fantasy—one episode is an homage to “Run Lola Run”—but it also depicts Bridgette’s traumas in an unvarnished fashion. (The season ended with the character resolving to confront the father who sexually abused her after matching with someone who looks like him on Tinder.) But Shaw’s responsibilities on set aren’t just limited to performing. She’s also a writer, executive producer, and sometimes director. Backstage spoke to her about her unusual style of preparing for auditions, and the recent Season 1 finale of “Smilf,” which was renewed for a second season. How does it feel being nominated for a Golden Globe?Oh my god.
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Franka Potente Joins "Claws" Season 2

Franka Potente Joins
No stranger to playing tough-as-nails badasses, Franka Potente has landed a juicy role on TNT’s Claws.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the Run Lola Run actress will recur in the crime dramedy’s upcoming second season as Zlata Ostrovsky, the newly reformed, former black sheep daughter of a powerful Russian mob family who does business in Florida.

Potente’s recent TV credits include stints on FX’s Taboo and The Bridge, as well as Syfy’s Dark Matter and BBC America’s Copper.

Claws, which wrapped its breakout debut season in August, stars Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer is a German director who has made a number of films that were successful on the international stage, with examples ranging from Run Lola Run to Cloud Atlas. Recently, his name has been showing up because of the announcement that he will be the head of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival, which speaks volumes about how far he has come in his chosen career. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Tom Tykwer: Fascinated by Films as a Child Tykwer has been fascinated by films and filmmaking since he was

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tom Tykwer
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Sliff 2017 Review – Bye Bye Germany

Bye Bye Germany screens Wednesday, November 8th at 9:15pm and Friday November 10th as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Both screenings are at The Plaza Frontenac.

In 1946 Frankfurt, David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu of “Run Lola Run” and “Munich”) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough postwar times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen on the horizon. But questions about Bermann’s past catch up with him: Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart, uncompromising U.
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First Look: ‘Dunkirk’ Star Fionn Whitehead in Sebastian Schipper’s ‘Caravan’ (Exclusive)

Variety has been given exclusive access to the first image from the set of Sebastian Schipper’s English-language directorial debut “Caravan.” The film, which stars “Dunkirk’s” Fionn Whitehead, is the follow-up to the director’s Berlinale Silver Bear winner “Victoria.”

HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales on “Caravan,” which wrapped Oct. 31. Studiocanal will release the film in Germany and Rezo Films in France. The pic, described as a “kinetic journey across a changing Europe,” is written by Schipper and Oliver Ziegenbalg (“Friendship”). It is Schipper’s fifth feature as a director.

The film follows William (Stéphane Bak), a young man from the Congo, as he attempts to break through Europe’s borders in search of his brother. By chance he teams up with Gyllen (Whitehead), a wild and sharp-witted British runaway who has fled his family’s Moroccan holiday in his step-dad’s Rv.

Their trip across Europe is “an unpredictable and thrilling ride fueled by the
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Tom Tykwer to Preside Over 2018 Berlin Film Festival Jury

Tom Tykwer to Preside Over 2018 Berlin Film Festival Jury
Tom Tykwer, the director of “Run Lola Run,” “Cloud Atlas” and “A Hologram for the King,” has been chosen to preside over the jury of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.

The 52-year-old Tykwer has had six of his films screen at previous Berlinales. He is also the director of the ambitious new German TV series “Babylon Berlin,” one of the most expensive dramas to be made in Europe.

Tom Tykwer is one of the highest-profile German directors and has established himself on the international stage as a great filmmaker. His outstanding talent and innovative trademark have been on display in a variety of film genres,” said Dieter Kosslick, the festival director.

“The Berlinale has always been my favorite and my home film festival, and has supported me since I began working as a filmmaker,” Tykwer added. “We have a fantastic and broad history with each other. Now I can look forward to two focused and fun weeks of films
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Tom Tykwer Named Berlin Festival Jury President

Tom Tykwer Named Berlin Festival Jury President
German director Tom Tykwer will be the jury president of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.

The director of Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and A Hologram for the King is one of Germany's best-known and most successful filmmakers and one inextricably linked with the city of Berlin, where he lives and where he first started in the film business, initially as a projectionist and programmer for the art house cinema Moviemento and then as a founding partner in leading indie production company X Filme Creative Pool.

Tykwer is also intimately connected to the...
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'Babylon Berlin' Sets Ratings Record for Germany's Sky

Babylon Berlin, a big-budget 1920s crime series co-directed by Run Lola Run's Tom Tykwer, is a hit in Germany.

Sky Deutschland, which is part of pan-European pay TV giant Sky and premiered the series in Germany last week, says 1.19 million people watched the show's first episode, a record for the network.

Just under half of those caught the show on Sky's linear network, with the rest watching on catch-up or on-demand services. The figure marks the best-ever start for a new series on Sky. The company, Germany's largest pay TV player, has around 5 million subscribers.

The series, budgeted...
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The Essential Jared Leto Films

Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential Jared Leto films…

Concluding our build up to Blade Runner 2049 with a series of essentials on the principal cast, we finish with Jared Leto. A musician/actor who seems to have been around for a while now, ageless and when perusing his CV you will find that he’s not done quite as many films as you’d think. Needless to say though, he doesn’t merely flit in every now and again between music just on a whim. Leto takes the acting craft incredibly seriously and has been known in a number of roles to be intensely method in his approach.

So, as I itch with bated breath to see Blade Runner 2049, here is (in no particular order) the essential Jared Leto.

Requiem for a Dream

Leto doesn’t often headline. He’s the antagonist, the support man and a chameleon-esque character actor.
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‘Never Let Go’ Review

Stars: Angela Dixon, Nigel Whitmey, Lisa Eichhorn, Velibor Topic, Heather Peace, Rami Nasr, Sarah Perles, Samantha Bolter, Michael Xavier, Glenn Salvage, Sanita Simms, Darcie Lincoln | Written and Directed by Howard J. Ford

How best to describe Never Let Go? How about a movie that feels like Paul Greengrass directed Taken, with a kick-ass leading female of T2 Linda Hamilton proportions…

In truth, in my humble opinion Never Let Go is actually way better than those Taken movies. I know, I know, I liked them when they first came out as well, but this movie completely took me by surprise… In the best possible way. Ladies and Gents, Angela Bloody Dixon. This leading lady is fantastic, she grips the viewer by the balls and takes you on a thrilling, tour de force ride, leaving you wondering exactly how far would you go for your kids.

So I guess I should give
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Franka Potente Stars In New Pro-Vegan Campaign

Bourne Identity and Run Lola Run actor Franka Potente has teamed up with PETA Germany for a new ad and video campaign, in which she shares that going vegan three years ago changed her life.

“I went vegan for health reasons,” she says in the video. “My choice was to either take medication that I didn’t want to take or change the way I eat. And I love a good challenge, so I walked out of the doctor’s office vegan.”

“I felt different pretty much immediately,” continues the German-born Taboo star. “I always had trouble with lingering throat inflammation, and I got rid of that immediately, and my skin cleared up. I slept better.” Now, she’s encouraging others to do the same: “Try it out and see how you feel. If you feel better after a week, try another week.”

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that
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Film Movement Picks Up 'Bye Bye Germany' for North America

Film Movement Picks Up 'Bye Bye Germany' for North America
Film Movement has acquired Sam Garbarski's Bye Bye Germany, a dramedy about Jewish businessmen in post-wwii Germany, for North America.

Moritz Bleibtreu (World War Z, Run Lola Run) stars in Bye Bye Germany as David Bermann, a smooth-taking huckster who, as the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, concocts a plan to raise money to emigrate to the United States. He leads a group of similarly-minded Jewish businessmen as they struggle to make a buck while dealing with the trauma of what they just lived through.

The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.

“Not...
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Watch the First 'Happy Death Day' Trailer, a Horror Twist on 'Groundhog Day'

Groundhog Day popularized the idea of a character (Bill Murray) forced to relive the same day over and over again. The movie was very funny, but also sweet, poignant and romantic.  Ever since then, filmmakers have been drawn irresistibly to the tantalizing premise, adding their own distinctive spins, as in the terrific Run Lola Run, Timecrimes, Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow and this year's Before I Fall. The horror genre has been well-represented as well, with titles like Camp Slaughter, Triangle and Haunter. Now a new approach to the premise is on its way. Happy Death Day starts with a young woman waking up in a college dorm room with no memory of how she got there. Soon enough, however, she discovers that her life is in danger if she can't solve a horrible...

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Watch the First 'Happy Death Day' Trailer, a Horror Twist on 'Groundhog Day'

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Groundhog Day popularized the idea of a character (Bill Murray) forced to relive the same day over and over again. The movie was very funny, but also sweet, poignant and romantic.  Ever since then, filmmakers have been drawn irresistibly to the tantalizing premise, adding their own distinctive spins, as in the terrific Run Lola Run, Timecrimes, Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow and this year's Before I Fall. The horror genre has been well-represented as well, with titles like Camp...

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Netflix Takes German Series 'Babylon Berlin' for U.S.

Netflix has snapped up German period drama Babylon Berlin, one of Europe's most hotly-anticipated new TV series, securing U.S. rights for the show from Run Lola Run and Cloud Atlas director Tom Tykwer.

Based on a series of novels by German writer Volker Kutscher, the Raymond Chandleresque crime story follows German detective, Gereon Rath (played by Volker Bruch), sent to Berlin to investigate a porn ring run by the Russian mafia. The period epic — with a reported budget of $45 million, Babylon Berlin is the most expensive German-language TV series in history — is set against the social and political...
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Road Pictures to produce Chinese version of 'Run Lola Run'

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Zhu Zhu will star in the remake of the cult German thriller.

China’s Road Pictures has unveiled a slate of new productions, including a Chinese-language remake of 1998 German breakout hit Run Lola Run.

Announced at the recent Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), the remake will star Chinese actress Zhu Zhu (Marco Polo), who will also executive produce.

Based in Beijing with an office in Los Angeles headed by Julien Favre, Road Pictures is also co-financing Andrew Niccol’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Anon, starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried, with Germany’s K5 Media Group. The film is currently in post-production for release later this year.

Road Pictures also announced several new projects at the Bjiff event including The Diamond Age, an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s cult sci-fi novel, produced in association with Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Mike Bundlie, which is being scripted by Karl Gajdusek.

Other projects unveiled by Road Pictures include English-language TV series
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Chinese remake of Run Lola Run in development

According to ChinaFilmInside (via The Playlist), Road Pictures have acquired the rights to Tom Tykwer’s 1998 cult classic Run Lola Run, and are developing a Mandarin-language remake of the film.

The site reports that Zhu Zhu (Marco Polo, Cloud Atlas) is set to star and produce the film, which will presumably transport the action from Germany to China.

The original Run Lola Run starred Franka Potente as Lola, a young girl who receives a frantic phone call from her small time criminal boyfriend. He’s just lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss, and if Lola can’t replace the money in twenty minutes, he’ll be killed.

The high-octane thriller received the Audience Award at Sundance in 1999 and was also nominated for the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language.
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