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Oscars: Germany Selects 'In the Fade' for Foreign-Language Category

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Germany has picked Fatih Akin's terrorist drama In the Fade to represent the country in the 2018 Oscars in the foreign language category.

Diane Kruger made her German-language acting debut in the film, playing a German woman whose Kurdish husband and child are killed in an xenophobic terrorist attack. She picked up the best actress award in Cannes for her performance. The story was inspired by real-life neo-Nazi attacks on ethnic Turks and other minorities living in Germany.

Akin is an established figure on the German arthouse scene —his hard-hitting drama Head-On won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear in »


- Scott Roxborough

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Film Fans Win Shareholder Battle at Germany's Constantin

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The film geeks have beaten the jocks at Germany's Constantin Medien.

Two factions, each representing sizable shares in the company, have been struggling for more than a year over the company's long-term strategy.

One group, lead by executive Dieter Hahn, wanted to the group to spin off its film business —Constantin is one of Europe's leading producers, with local-language hits such as Fack Ju Goethe and Look Who's Back as well as international titles including the Resident Evil franchise—to focus on its smaller, but more profitable, sports business. Constantin owns Sport 1, a German Espn-style TV channel, and Team, the »


- Scott Roxborough

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Lucasfilm Launching 'Star Wars' Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt

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Star Wars fans are already adept at hunting for Easter eggs in movies and scouring the Internet for any scrap of information about the next installment in the franchise. Soon that treasure hunting skill is going to come in handy in the real world (well, technically in the real world).

Disney and Lucasfilm are launching a new augmented reality event that will allow fans to search for Star Wars characters using their smartphones and the Star Wars app. the game, called Find the Force, hits Sept. 1 on Force Friday II, the massive product launch tied to December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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- Aaron Couch

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