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Rachel McAdams Exits 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves, The Weinstein Company Drops Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 14, 2014 9:43 AM
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The long-gestating 2007 Black List-approved “Passengers” finally got some life last year when TV vet Brian Kirk and The Weinstein Company aligned themselves with the Keanu Reeves-starring and produced sci-fi film and a release date was set for April 2015. Of course, just as quickly as a deal can come together in Hollywood, it can fall apart.

Unpopular Opinion: Maybe Harvey Weinstein Should Cut 20 Minutes From ‘Snowpiercer’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 14, 2014 2:30 PM
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Snowpiercer
In case you’re not a totally dialed-in geek for this one, a battle has been raging in the press for several months over a movie that few journalists have actually seen. That film is South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming sci-fi graphic novel adaptation, “Snowpiercer,” featuring an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Korean actors Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-sung and many more. And the drama percolating over the last few months has been pitted as a classic David and Goliath story of art versus commerce.

'Snowpiercer' Director's Cut Coming To The U.S., But Only In Limited Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 10:50 PM
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Chris Evans, Snowpiercer
They say a good compromise is one where no one leaves the table happy, and that probably best describes the truce reached between The Weinstein Company and director Bong Joon-Ho. After months of rumor, anger and speculation that saw the filmmaker's fans, key cast members and the director himself lay public their displeasure about Harvey Weinstein's rumored plans to cut "Snowpiercer" by twenty minutes and add voiceover, the good news is that the director's cut of the film will get a U.S. The bad news? It might not play a theater near you.

Nicole Kidman's 'Grace Of Monaco' Pulled From Release Calendar, Film Hasn't Been Delivered To The Weinsteins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 6:19 PM
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While Harvey Weinstein's battle with "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-Ho has nabbed the headlines, you may forgotten about another fight he's been having, with another foreign director: Olivier Dahan. Viewed early as a potential Oscar hopeful, "Grace Of Monaco" was pushed from a fall date to this spring, and not long after, word emerged that the director and Weinstein, were butting heads over the cut of the movie. And it seems they haven't found a solution.

The Weinsteins Reportedly Want Ben Affleck & Matt Damon For 'All Is Lost'-Esque Drama 'A Speck In The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 1:39 PM
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Who doesn't want Batman and Jason Bourne in their movie? That's really the question when it comes to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two of the most in-demand dudes and nice guys around town. And no doubt, Harvey Weinstein has been big boosters of the pair ever since getting behind "Good Will Hunting," and working with them on a handful of projects since. So perhaps it isn't surprising he wants to team them in a movie that would be fitting in with recent run of survival movies.

Weinsteins Kept 'Snowpiercer' From TIFF, Wanted Neil Gaiman To Write New Voiceovers For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 10:09 AM
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Snowpiercer
A massive hit in South Korea, a big success in France, winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematographer from the South Korean Film Critics Circle and a winner of Best Production Design from the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival, the accolades keep rolling in for Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" (read our review of the director's cut too). And yet, looming over the movie are the Weinsteins, who have nabbed the rights to the film for North America and a handful of other key territories around the world, but more crucially, have a say in the final cut.

Review: '12-12-12' Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert Doc Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 15, 2013 5:30 PM
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12-12-12
Earlier this week, Alicia Keys presented "12-12-12" at the Ziegfeld Theater to a New York audience, who reportedly "clapped, cheered and swayed their heads to the music." With a line-up including Keys, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, The Who, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and more, the film has one of the best soundtracks of the year. Opening in limited release today, the film captures the spirit of 12-12-12, the Hurricane Sandy relief concert—a quickly made, star-studded event for a great cause.

Harvey Weinstein In Another MPAA Fight, This Time Over 'Philomena' R-Rating For F-Bombs

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 18, 2013 10:40 AM
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Philomena Judi Dench
The MPAA should probably go ahead and dedicate a special seat in their boardrooms to Harvey Weinstein, as the notoriously testy producer and Weinstein Company exec has begrudgingly filed into their offices a shocking number of times. Occasionally it's been to overturn a harsh NC-17 rating on a film — “Blue Valentine” in 2010 or “Clerks” in 1994 — but more recently it's been to soften an R-rating for language, as he attempted for 2012's “Bully” or “The Kings Speech." The Tom Hooper film was eventually released in a cut PG-13 version for awards season audiences, and now Weinstein is hoping to avoid a similar outcome for another contender as it nears release.

Weinsteins Developing Salinger Biopic & Add “New Footage” To ‘Salinger’ Doc As Ploy To Get People To See It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 18, 2013 4:02 PM
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J.D. Salinger
The Weinstein Company modus operandi of late when a film doesn’t receive spectacular notices at a film festival seems to be: add new footage, send out shiny new press releases suggesting a new cut or you’re missing out on something (in the case of Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster,” which doesn’t appear to be drastically different from the festival cut, the move seemed like a ploy to receive 2nd-look reviews for a movie that was met with tepid responses in Berlin).

Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Gets Picked Up, Sequel In The Works & More TIFF Acquistions

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 10:58 AM
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The feeding frenzy that is the backstage wheeling-and-dealing at a major film festival has come to Toronto, and bobbing up from the churning waters are a number of intriguing bodies... We hear from our friends at Hitfix that CBS Films has nabbed “The F Word,” not (sadly?) the feature-length Gordon Ramsay movie we've all been waiting for, but rather a “(500) Days of Summer”-esque rom-com, starring Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe, and word around the fest has been pretty positive by those who've seen it. It's directed by Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Take Me Home Tonight") and also features Rafe Spall and “Girls” star Adam Driver.

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