Schweiger launching awards show


Complete Berlinale coverage

BERLIN -- In the latest attack in his ongoing public spat with the German Film Academy, German star Til Schweiger has announced plans to launch a new film awards show to compete with the Academy's Lola awards.

Schweiger said his as-yet-unnamed awards would be modeled on the People's Choice Awards, with German film fans voting on their favorite local-language movies. The inaugural event is planned for January 2009. Schweiger said he would unveil details of his new awards show in April.

Schweiger resigned from the Academy in protest earlier this year after his latest film, the romantic comedy "Keinohrhasen," didn't make the Lola nomination shortlist.

Schweiger called the snub a "scandal" given the fact that the movie, which he directed, co-wrote and stars in, has been a massive hit. "Keinohrhasen" has so far taken in more than $40 million at the German boxoffice. That's more than twice the total boxoffice of all the titles on the Lola best film shortlist.

Schweiger is currently in production on the comedy "Zwei Ritter geben Vollgas," and is developing a sequel to "Keinohrhasen."