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Roaring '20s Are Back at Berlin Film Festival Parties. Inspired by Tom Tykwer's TV hit 'Babylon Berlin,' locals are donning spats and flapper dresses to celebrate the decadent charms of an era when "the beautiful and the damned" ruled the German capital. You see them everywhere in Berlin these days: men in spats, topped with a bowler or trilby. Ladies in flapper dresses with feather boas -- or in tux and tails. Knocking back a glass of absinthe at the cabaret or tearing it up on the dance floor, swinging to the Charleston or the Black Bottom. In Berlin, the Roaring '20s are back. At least at the parties, clubs and cabarets that have sprung up around the city, feeding a hunger for everything -- fashion, music, nightlife -- linked to a gilded age when the city was the world capital of cool. "What was subculture has gone mainstream," says Else Edelstahl, a 30-something Berliner who started holding 1920s salon parties in her living room 15 years ago and now runs both Boheme Sauvage, a rolling series of sellout period balls that attract hundreds of costumed fans, and, with local artiste Le Pustra, the wildly popular Cabaret of the Nameless, a burlesque show that aims to recapture the period's decadent ethos. "Leave your inhibitions at the door!" says Le Pustra by way of introduction to the show, "and dance the night away with the beautiful and the damned." The success of Tom Tykwer's TV series Babylon Berlin has spread Weimar fever across Germany. The show's music supervisors have formed the Moka Efti Orchestra, a 1920s-style big band, and will kick off a national tour this year. Boheme Sauvage holds events in Hamburg and Cologne and as far away as Vienna and Zurich. "There's just something about that period," says Arne Krasting, whose guide group, Zeitreisen, handles official Babylon Berlin tours. "1920s Berlin is far away but somehow seems modern, more relatable and very, very cool." (Hollywood Reporter)

Bradley Cooper Tells Oprah Winfrey He Was "Embarrassed" by Oscars Directing Snub. Despite his remarkable year, Bradley Cooper still faced embarrassment. While the first-time director and celebrated actor captivated audiences and launched Lady Gaga's film career with his critical darling, A Star Is Born, he was -- for many -- surprisingly snubbed of a Best Director Oscar nomination for this year's ceremony. For Cooper, however, he felt more embarrassment than shock. "I was not surprised. I'm never surprised about not getting anything," he told Oprah Winfrey during a taping of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations. The star recalled how he had been in a coffee shop with a friend when someone had sent him a congratulatory text but didn't tell him the "bad news." "The first thing I felt was embarrassment actually," he admitted. "Well, think about it. I felt embarrassed that I didn't do my part. I'll work on that." "I went, 'Oh, gosh. I didn't do my job,'" he added. "But, you know you did," Winfrey pointed out. Cooper responded, "I do." Still, the actor has much to be grateful for, including an Oscar-nominated first film, his fourth Oscar acting nod and even his first two Grammy nominations. To boot, he got to sit down with Winfrey, who he admitted was a childhood role model. After moving to California, the actor and his parents even tried to scope out her home. "We're driving...and I think there's a TV in front of her gates,'" Cooper recalled. "We drove around trying to find your house." The episode of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations will air on February 16 at 8 p.m. on OWN. (Eonline)

Red carpet interviews canceled for Liam Neeson's 'Cold Pursuit' premiere. Liam Neeson has canceled red carpet interviews ahead of a Cinema Society screening of his new movie "Cold Pursuit," slated to take place at AMC Loews Lincoln Square. The move to pull the star comes after controversial remarks he made in an interview that came out Monday in the UK's Independent about wanting to kill a "black bastard" to avenge the rape of a friend of his 40 years ago. A source tells us the decision to pull Neeson from interviews was made by the film's studio, Lionsgate. Another source tells us, "Liam seems to feel that he's said what he needed to say." We're told none of the cast will be interviewed. Neeson went on "Good Morning America" Tuesday in what appeared to be an attempt at damage control, but seemed to make the situation worse. "I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon," he said. "It shocked me and it hurt me ... I did seek help, I went to a priest ... Luckily no violence occurred." He continued, "If she had said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit or a Lithuanian, I know I would've had the same effect. I was trying to show honor to (and) stand up for my dear friend in this terrible, medieval fashion." "I'm a fairly intelligent guy," he added. "That's why it kind of shocked me when I came down to Earth after these horrible feelings. Luckily, no violence occurred ever, thanks be to God." We hear Neeson is still scheduled to attend the night's premiere. Reps for the actor could not be reached for comment. (PageSix)

Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly Team for Opioid Thriller 'Dreamland' The film, making its market debut in Berlin, comes from 'Arbitrage' writer/director Nicholas Jarecki. The European Film Market just got a little more star-studded thanks to Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer and Evangeline Lilly, who are set to team up for Dreamland, an "opioid thriller" from Nicholas Jarecki and the follow-up to his 2012 debut Arbitrage. German actress Veronica Ferres will also star in the project, written by Jarecki and billed as the first theatrical film to tackle the international opioid crisis. Principal photography is underway in Montreal and Detroit, with Lisa Wilson due to introduce buyers to the project in Berlin through her Solution Entertainment Group. William Morris Endeavor represents US rights with LGNA Legal. In Dreamland, three stories about the world of opioids collide: a drug trafficker arranges a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the US, an architect recovering from an OxyContin addiction tracks down the truth behind her son's involvement with narcotics, and a university professor battles unexpected revelations about his research employer, a drug company with deep government influence bringing a new "non-addictive" painkiller to market -- all in a thinking person's gangster tale of high and low. "The devastating impact of the opioid crisis reaches all corners of society," said Jarecki, who saw Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, become both a critical and commercial hit, setting a record as the highest-grossing independent day and date release of all time. "Gary, Armie, and Evangeline are the perfect performers to bring the human face of this epidemic to audiences everywhere." Producers are Jarecki and Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) who financed together through Jarecki's Green Room Films and its continuing relationship with MUFG Union Bank. Michael Suppes and Tony Hsieh executive produce along with Douglas Urbanski. Mohammed Al Turki, Lisa Wilson, William Rosenfeld, Sam Slater, and David Bernon also executive produce. Co-executive producers are Kean Cronin, Robert Kapp, and Samuel Reich. Dreamland is a production of Green Room Films in association with Tuesday Films, Matisse Pictures, Construction Film, and Burn Later Productions, and is a Canadian-Belgian co-production of Les Productions LOD and Bideford Productions. (Hollywood Reporter)

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