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Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes

Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes
Changes are afoot on the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated American remake of “Toni Erdmann.” The film, which was set to star Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson, as the father-daughter duo at the center of the story, is in the middle of some big changes as the film moves forward towards production, according to The Wrap.

First, and probably foremost in the minds of film fans, Jack Nicholson has left the production for an unknown reason.

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‘Toni Erdmann’: Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner No Longer Writing the Paramount Remake

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‘Toni Erdmann’: Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner No Longer Writing the Paramount Remake
Former “Girls” collaborators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner will not make their studio screenwriting debut with Paramount’s English-language take on “Toni Erdmann.” Last June, the duo was negotiating to adapt Maren Ade’s 2016 dramedy of the same name, which vied for the Palme d’Or and Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (Germany). However, co-producer Adam McKay told IndieWire that “it didn’t work out with them.”

Paramount confirmed that the new writers are Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, Oscar nominees for their “The Kids Are All Right” screenplay. Cholodenko, who directed that film, will also direct “Toni Erdmann.” “We just got our first draft of it,” said McKay.

He added that the project is “on track” and lead producer Jessica Elbaum — who conceptualized Gloria Sanchez Productions as the female-centric counterpart to McKay and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions — is “really happy” with the initial script, which now requires McKay’s notes.
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Lena Dunham Compares Donald Trump to Charleston Mass Shooter Dylann Roof

Lena Dunham Compares Donald Trump to Charleston Mass Shooter Dylann Roof
Lena Dunham has never been one to follow rules. That includes the Goldwater Rule, which dissuades mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures if they have never treated them in person. Luckily, the “Girls” creator has no such obligation, and the outspoken mental health advocate tweeted yesterday: “Not only is [Donald Trump] a racist, but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness. So under diff[erent] circumstances, he’s Dylann Roof.” The comment came in response to a thread by “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” writer Travon Free urging journalists to call out Trump’s blatant racism.

Dunham was referring to the convicted murderer responsible for the 2015 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Not only is he a racist but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness. So under
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Movie News: More 'Unbreakable' Stars Return for 'Glass'; Tom Hanks Stars in Remake of Oscar Nominee

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Glass: Spencer Treat Clark, the former child actor who played Bruce Willis's son in Unbreakable, will reprise his role in M. Night Shyamalan's sequel, Glass. Fortunately, the now nearly 30-year-old actor has kept in the business, most recently appearing as a regular on the series Animal Kingdom. Charlayne Woodard will also be reprising her Unbreakable part as the mother of Elijah "Glass" Price (Samuel L. Jackson). [THR] A Man Called Ove: Another of last year's foreign-language Oscar nominees is being remade. Joining the Jack Nicholson-led Toni Erdmann now is a Tom Hanks-led version of A Man Called Ove, about a grumpy old man and the friendship he forms with some new neighbors. Hanks will also produce the remake of...

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‘Groundhog Day’: Bill Murray Was Moved to Tears by the Broadway Show of His Iconic Film

‘Groundhog Day’: Bill Murray Was Moved to Tears by the Broadway Show of His Iconic Film
Bill Murray revisited one of his most beloved roles Tuesday night at the August Wilson Theater in New York City, where he watched the musical adaptation of “Groundhog Day.” Joining Murray were his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who played Buster in the original film, and screenwriter Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the 1993 film as well as the Broadway adaptation.

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Widely considered one of the greatest comedies of all time and one of Murray’s most iconic performances, “Groundhog Day” follows pompous weatherman Phil Connors (Andy Karl int he musical) who must relive the same day over and over again in the podunk town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Murray appeared deeply engaged throughout the night, the New York Times reports. Murray bobbed his head to the music, pumped his fist in the air, and even once let out an audible “Wow!
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Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner in Talks to Write the ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake

The showrunner of HBO’s Girls, Jenni Konner, and its creator, Lena Dunham, may write the Toni Erdmann remake. The remake of the German drama is coming from Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Gary Sanchez production company and Paramount and is set to star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Below, learn more about the Toni Erdmann remake. According to Tracking Board, Konner and Dunham are […]

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Dunham and Konner May Pen "Toni Erdmann" Remake

Robert here! Remember a few months ago when we all learned that Jack Nicholson was making a long-awaited return to the silver screen to star with Kristen Wiig in an American remake of bonkers German comedy Toni Erdmann? No, no, it was not a St. Elsewhere style coma dream. That possibly brilliant, possibly ill-advised project is still well underway, and there has been a new development: universally beloved and totally uncontroversial creator, writer, director, and star of HBO's Girls Lena Dunham and her co-writer Jenni Konner are in talks to pen the script. More after the jump...
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‘Toni Erdmann’ remake: Lena Dunham to write Jack Nicholson comeback

An American remake of the Oscar-nominated German film “Toni Erdmann” has enticed Jack Nicholson out of semi-retirement; his last film was “How Do You Know” in 2010 for director James L. Brooks. The original version of this comedy-drama about a father’s decision to reconnect with his adult daughter vied for the Palme d’Or at the […]
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Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner In Talks To Pen ‘Toni Erdmann’ Redo

Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner In Talks To Pen ‘Toni Erdmann’ Redo
Girls cohorts Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in early talks to pen Toni Erdmann, Paramount’s English-language remake of the German pic that was Oscar-nominated in the Foreign Language category this year. This is early days, we’re told, but this is the project that Paramount is eyeing Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig to topline. Gloria Sanchez is producing. The original pic is a bittersweet comedy that revolves around an older man who begins to play pranks on his adult…
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Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig

Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig
We could hardly believe it either when news arrived earlier this year that a remake of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” was in the works. We were even more surprised that it would star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Well, the bombshells don’t end there.

The Tracking Board is reporting that “Girls” duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in talks to write the film.

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12 Actors Over 80 Still Killing It in Hollywood, From Ed Asner to Morgan Freeman (Photos)

12 Actors Over 80 Still Killing It in Hollywood, From Ed Asner to Morgan Freeman (Photos)
Morgan Freeman just turned 80 years old, but that’s not going to be slowing him down any. Here are 12 other actors that are part of the 80 club and still killing it. Morgan Freeman (born 1937) The Oscar winner was recently seen in a remake of “Going in Style.” Jack Nicholson (born 1937) Other than being the most male nominated for an Academy Award, Nicholson is starring in the 2017 remake of Toni Erdmann. George Takei (born 1937) Best known for his role on the hit TV series “Star Trek,” Takei most recently voiced Ohga in the upcoming 2017 film “Blazing Samurai.” Burt Reynolds (born...
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Bill Murray Dives Into Classical Music With New Stage Show

Bill Murray Dives Into Classical Music With New Stage Show
Bill Murray has found a new passion: classical music. The actor has teamed up with acclaimed German-born cellist Jan Vogler to put together a stage show, titled “New Worlds,” which will premiere in the summer, according to The New York Times. The show will be accompanied by an album, to be released in August.

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Accompanied by Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, Murray will sing an array of songs, including some selections from “West Side Story” and Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair.” The actor will also read fragments of Walt Whitman and Ernest Hemingway, while the trio, led by Vogler, plays Schubert, Bach and Piazzolla.

New Worlds” will premiere on July 20 at Festival Napa Valley, followed by a North American tour, which will include a performance at
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Jack Nicholson Turns 80: All of His Major Roles, Ranked (Photos)

Jack Nicholson Turns 80: All of His Major Roles, Ranked (Photos)
Jack Nicholson has had a long career playing brooding rebels, crazed villains and sneering charmers on screen. Soon he’ll star opposite Kristen Wiig in a remake of “Toni Erdmann.” He’s a fixture of American cinema and the Lakers courtside seating. For his 80th birthday, we aimed to rank all of Jack’s major, already iconic roles, from worst to best. “Man Trouble” (1992) “Man Trouble” is a ridiculous screwball crime comedy in which Nicholson and Ellen Barkin get upstaged by horny dogs. It seems impossible the same guy who did “Five Easy Pieces” made this. “A Safe Place” (1971) This bizarre,
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Jack Nicholson’s Art of Anger is Explored in a New Video Essay

Jack Nicholson is one of those actors where if you ask someone to do an impression of him, it probably involves yelling or displaying some form of anger — or, my personal favorite, his ‘he learned it on the television’ line from The Shining, but that’s okay. This is because the veteran actor has spent the last 60-odd years crafting a filmography that focuses on — among other things of course — ranges of anger and outrage. From his famous declaration to Tom Cruise about truth to the gnawing, cheese-eating’ f^*king rat speech to Leonardo DiCaprio, and so many in between, Nicholson has been pluming the range of human facial expressions and physical tics to embody the essence of anger.

So comes the new video essay from Nerdwriter titled Jack Nicholson: The Art Of Anger, which dives into Nicholson’s rich filmography in order to get to the core of
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Kristen Wiig Joins Cate Blanchett in Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’

After a fairly under-the-radar production last fall, Richard Linklater will return this year with his Last Detail sequel Last Flag Flying starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne. We’ve recently heard it’s already been completed, so a debut could be in the works as early as Cannes, but meanwhile the director is quickly gearing up on what he’ll shoot next.

It’s been a year-and-a-half since we last heard Cate Blanchett would lead his adaptation of Maria Semple‘s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and now it’s confirmed to be Linklater’s next next film. With a script adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Spectacular Now, Fault in Our Stars) and a new draft by Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo, the story is narrated by the 15-year-old-daughter of an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette Branch who goes missing prior
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Bill Murray Sings A Happy Tune In Paul Shaffer’s New Animated Music Video — Watch

Bill Murray Sings A Happy Tune In Paul Shaffer’s New Animated Music Video — Watch
As is clear from his stint slinging drinks at the opening of his son’s bar in Brooklyn, Bill Murray would do anything to help out his loved ones. For his latest experiment, the beloved actor and comedian recorded a vocal track on a tenaciously upbeat song from Paul Shaffer’s new album, released today with a cute animated music video.

Shaffer is best known to television fans as Dave Letterman’s music director and sidekick on “The Late Show,” though that position is has been held by New Orleans musician Jon Batiste since Stephen Colbert took over. Reverting to their earlier name, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, Shaffer and his fellow “Late Show” musicians are about to tour a new album, which features an eclectic mix of guest vocalists.

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In addition to Murray,
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The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part I

The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part I
Martin Gropius Bau, one of the sites for the European Film Market

We arrive in a cold, gray, but dry, Berlin Wednesday afternoon, February 8, 2017 for the 67th edition of the Berlinale International Film Festival. As the tribes gather at the Martin Gropius Bau (Mgb), a museum built by the architect father of Walter Gropius, the European Film Market’s international sales agents set up their stands as the Berlinale itself gears up for its Opening Night Gala on Thursday night.

Efm in Mgb

Efm at Martin Gropius Bau

For the next ten days, Mgb will simultaneously host a photography show of Robert Doisneau for the general public and will be largely taken over by the Efm (the European Film Market) which sells some 1,500 to 2,500 films and projects while the festival attracts press coverage and buyers for its 300+ selected titles which will screen in Competition, Out of Competition, in the Panorama,
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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ Trailer: BFI Re-Releasing the Best Picture Winner for Jack Nicholson’s 80th Birthday — Watch

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For the first time in more than 40 years, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has a new trailer. BFI is re-releasing the multiple Oscar winner to mark the occasion of Jack Nicholson’s 80th birthday, which the actor will celebrate on April 14. Watch the new trailer below.

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Miloš Forman’s adaptation of the best-selling novel by Ken Kesey belongs to an exclusive club: “Cuckoo’s Nest” is just one of three films to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay, the other two being “It Happened One Night” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Made for $3 million, it grossed more than $100 million.

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Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, William Redfield, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito co-star in the film.
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Silver linings playback: will Jack Nicholson's return inspire film's dormant veterans?

The role of an eccentric dad in Toni Erdmann has persuaded the Hollywood heavyweight to make his first movie since 2010. Which of his retired peers are also due a comeback?

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So it turns out that Jack Nicholson might un-retire himself and return to the big screen with a Us remake of the recent German hit Toni Erdmann. Before he stopped working in 2010 – after the toothless James Brooks flop How Do You Know – Jack was offering one interesting performance per decade, down from a tally of about one every nine months in the 1970s. But perhaps Erdmann – an eccentric weirdo who creates a bewigged alter ego to try to reconnect with his daughter – is a meaty enough role to rescue his acting talent, now long marooned in lukewarm romantic dramas.

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Bill Murray lost out to Jack Nicholson for Toni Erdmann remake because he mislaid DVD

The actor has said he was approached by Kristen Wiig – now confirmed as Nicholson’s co-star – but by the time he’d watched the German original, it was too late

From the moment German comedy Toni Erdmann premiered at Cannes last May, Bill Murray’s name was linked – if only by critics – to a possible Us remake. Last month, however, Jack Nicholson was announced as coming out of retirement to take on the role of the larky father to a stern businesswoman, who will be played by Kristen Wiig.

But speaking to CNBC, Murray – who doesn’t have an agent – revealed that he was approached with the role in mind by Wiig, but missed out because of disorganisation.

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