Schweiger, Tarantino get German cash

'Zweiohrkuken,' 'Inglorious Bastards' get subsidies

COLOGNE, Germany -- German boxoffice king Til Schweiger received a 1.5 million euro ($2.1 million) subsidy boost from the Berlin/Brandenburg Medienboard for his latest project, "Zweiohrkuken" (Two Ear Chick), the sequel to his mega-hit "Rabbit Without Ears."

The first film, a romantic comedy starring Schweiger and actress Nora Tschirner, had a boxoffice take of more than $56 million, making it the No. 1 film in Germany this year. The main cast, including Matthias Schweighofer, will return for the sequel.

The Medienboard also gave Quentin Tarantino an early Christmas present in the form of a $840,000 production subsidy for his World War II film "Inglorious Bastards," currently shooting at Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin.