Magazine article Variety

Exposure

Magazine article Variety

Exposure

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Berlinale

BERLIN, FEB. 9-18

Launching two months after a terrorist attack in Berlin and at the dawn of a new U.S. political era, this year's Berlin Film Festival figured to be the most politically charged in years. Immigration and the refugee crisis were integral subjects in Aki Kaurismäki's "The Other Side of Hope" and Etienne Comar's opening film "Django." Said fest topper Dieter Kosslick, "Filmmakers are trying to explain why things are the way they are."

'Crashing' Premiere

AVALON, HOLLYWOOD, FEB. 15

A gaggle of comics showed up to support Pete Holmes and his new HBO show, which is based on his breakup with his wife after he caught her having an affair. "It seemed like a sad idea for a show, but [Pete] said he wanted to talk about doing a personal TV show, and that's my favorite thing," said executive producer Judd Apatow. "Pain is the motive for comedy. Happy people are never funny."

'Fist Fight' Premiere

REGENCY VILLAGE THEATRE, WESTWOOD, FEB. 13

On the carpet, director Richie Keen lavished praise on New Line Cinema and the cast, which includes Ice Cube, Charlie Day, and Tracy Morgan. "This is a prison riot movie in a school - the inmates versus the prison guards," Keen said. "And the studio let me do exactly what I said I was going to do. …

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