Berlin Rambling Reporter: Steven Soderbergh’s Secret Project, A Tribute to David Bowie and More

A cabaret-style performance was dedicated to the late English singer-songwriter, plus other sightings from around the film festival.
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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Berlin was abuzz with the secrecy surrounding the project that will return Steven Soderbergh to directing. Buyers have been dubbing Logan Lucky "Hillbilly Heist," "Redneck Robbery" and "Ocean's 7-11," which sources say are all terms used in the script. Another mystery? While the script being passed around says that Soderbergh will direct and Michael Shannon and Channing Tatum will star, it doesn't list a writer. …

Tilda Swinton slipped in to the Ballhaus Berlin club Feb. 10 to check out a cabaret-style tribute to her late friend David Bowie. Swinton stood discreetly at the back of the club, watching the show. “It could have gone on all night,” said a clearly impressed Swinton to the show's presenter afterward. ...

The Coen brothers took time out from opening the festival with Hail, Caesar! to honor indie distributor Ben Barenholtz, who received the lifetime achievement Berlinale Camera award Feb. 12. "He was the only one who didn't tell us to go f— ourselves," said Joel Coen. "He introduced us to powerful people in the industry, … and they told us to go f— ourselves." …

After AMBI Pictures said Pope Francis would appear in the upcoming family adventure film Beyond the Sun, the Vatican said that "the pope is not an actor" and that the film would only be using footage of the pope. That didn't stop AMBI, which is selling the film in Berlin, from making sure their office posters featured the pope's name prominently as "attached" to the project, according to sources in Berlin. ...

Mike Tyson, who plays an evil real estate developer in Hong Kong kung fu flick Ip Man 3, landed the gig in a funny way, it turns out. "I was visiting the Paramount lot and bumped into Mike in the hallway,” says Wang Yu, producer of both Ip Man 3 and Berlin competition film Crosscurrents. “We got introduced and he said, 'I love kung fu films!' So, I asked him if he wanted to be in mine — we decided right there in the hallway that he'd fight Donnie Yen.” 

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