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Picture Tree Adds ‘Cold Feet’ to Berlin Market Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)

Picture Tree Intl. has added German romantic comedy “Cold Feet” (Kalte Füsse) to its market lineup at the Berlin Film Festival, where the sales agent will screen the film as a market premiere. Sony Pictures released the pic, directed Wolfgang Groos, in Germany on Thursday, and it garnered 100,000 admissions over its opening weekend. “Cold […]

Metra Union Pacific West Trains Halted After Freight Train Hits Person Near Lombard

CHICAGO (CBS) — Metra has halted Union Pacific-West trains near Lombard, and riders were being urged to take another train route, after a person was hit by a freight train Thursday morning. A Metra spokesperson confirmed a person hit by a freight train near Lombard was killed. Inbound and outbound service on the UP West line was halted west of Lombard, causing significant delays Thursday morning. “Customers will incur extensive delays. UP West customers should consider using the BNSF this morning or drive to Villa Park,” Metra stated on its website.

Outbound UP West line trains were ending their routes at Villa Park, and turning back around.

‘Upside’ Director Neil Burger Sets Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ as Next Project

“The Upside” director Neil Burger is set to direct sci-fi thriller “Voyagers” as his next project. The film will be fully financed and co-produced by Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios, and produced by Burger’s Nota Bene Productions and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films. AGC also handles international sales on the new film. Written and directed by […]

M-Appeal Acquires Berlin Panorama Title ‘Greta’ (EXCLUSIVE)

M-Appeal has acquired world sales rights to “Greta,” the feature debut of Brazil’s Armando Praça which will world premiere in this year’s Berlinale Panorama section. The Berlin-based film industry has also dropped an international trailer, to which Variety has had exclusive access. Produced by Carnaval Filmes, whose credit include major titles by Marcelo Gomes, one […]

Governor JB Pritzker To Sign Gun Dealer Licensing Law

CHICAGO (CBS) — Just days after being sworn in as governor, JB Pritzker is expected to sign a sweeping gun reform bill into law. The legislation would require firearms dealers in Illinois to obtain state licenses. The measure also would mandate that all gun dealers run background checks on their employees, install video surveillance systems inside stores, and maintain an electronic database of all firearm sales. State lawmakers have been debating gun dealer licensing legislation for 15 years. They passed a similar measure last February, but Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill, calling it unnecessary and redundant. The Illinois General Assembly later passed another version of the legislation, but held it back until Pritzker took office, after he said he would sign it. Supporters have called it common sense legislation, but opponents have said it’s classic government overreach. Gun rights advocates said the measure would run small dealers out of business, due to the cost of the new regulations. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, who has gone to Springfield in support of stricter gun laws, said the legislation will save lives, noting 40 percent of guns seized from Chicago crime scenes were sold in Illinois. “It baffled me that something as simple as this – requiring gun shops to be accountable – is difficult to do,” Johnson said. Pritzker is scheduled to sign the measure at a ceremony at Ella Flagg Young Elementary School at 9 a.m.

Netflix and Amazon on Different Sides Over Self Censorship in India

Leading streaming video platforms have signed an agreement to self-regulate content in the booming Indian market. Signatories include Netflix, Hotstar, Sony Liv, Eros Now, Arre, Alt Balaji and Voot have signed an agreement to self-regulate content for the booming Indian market. But Amazon and Facebook are among those OTT companies which so far have not. […]

Kew Media Boards Michael Jackson Documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ for International

Kew Media Distribution has boarded controversial Michael Jackson sex-abuse documentary “Leaving Neverland” ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Kew Media has taken international distribution rights (excluding U.K. and U.S.) to the two-part documentary, which is a co-production of HBO and British broadcaster Channel 4. Directed by BAFTA-winner Dan Reed, “Leaving […]

Nordic Film Market Selects Latest Palmason, Hakonarson, Hafstrom, Ganslandt

The 20th Nordic Film Market in Göteborg, unspooling Jan. 31-Feb 3, will showcase 17 works in progress including Hlynur Pálmason’s “A White, White Day”, Grímur Hákonarson’s “The County”, Mikael Håfström’s “The Perfect Patient” and Jesper Ganslandt’s “438 Days.” Iceland is well represented this year with top directors and festival darlings Pálmason (“Winter Brothers”), Hákonarson (“Rams”) […]