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Watch: First Clip From Oscar-Contender 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steven Coogan, Weinsteins Set Xmas Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 10:42 AM
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So just how hot a ticket is Stephen Frears' "Philomena"? Well, after earning rave reviews out the Venice Film Festival (including a strong one from us), word was that The Weinstein Company were ready to sneak the film into Telluride this past weekend. But apparently TIFF organizers weren't pleased at the prospect of another hot premiere being yanked out from under them (following the surprise additions of "12 Years A Slave" and "Prisoners" to Telluride), so Harvey and co. switched gears and showing "Salinger" instead. But no matter where this lands first, it's one that's going to be talked about all season long

Telluride Review: Shane Salerno's 'Salinger' Documentary Makes For A Compelling Mystery Yarn

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 2, 2013 6:10 PM
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J.D. Salinger
Making a documentary about the 20th (and 21st) century’s most notorious recluse is rife with both hazards and rewards for filmmaker Shane Salerno, whose “Salinger” has to make do without a single video or audio clip of its titular subject — not because of rights restrictions, but because they apparently don’t exist. That’s an awfully big hole to compensate for, but then again, as anyone who ever enjoyed “The Usual Suspects” could tell you, having a central figure whom everyone talks about but hardly anyone has ever seen can make for a pretty compelling mystery yarn.

Listen: Margaret Salinger Confirms J.D. Salinger Has New Material Ready To Be Published

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 27, 2013 8:00 PM
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There has been a bit of buzz around the internet about a few as-of-yet unpublished J.D. Salinger manuscripts. Rumor has it that the reclusive author had at least five to-be books finished before his death and plans for them to be published after his passing, starting in 2015 (or by 2020). With a timely documentary on the horizon and already fanning the speculation, The Weinstein Company has added some more fuel to the Salinger fire.

Is This The Weinstein Secret? 'Salinger' Biography Says More Books To Be Published, TWC Makes Preview Audiences Sign NDAs & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 26, 2013 9:43 AM
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Aside from netting screenplay duties on Hollywood efforts like “Savages” and James Cameron's “Avatar" sequels, Shane Salerno has traveled the world for the past nine years, intent on creating the most revealing documentary on one secretive icon: J.D. Salinger. Featuring never-before-seen "footage, photographs, and biographical information," “Salinger” finally hits theatres next week, but first, it seems a major surprise regarding Salinger's unpublished material will serve as an appetizer. (Note: the photo above is a recently uncovered snap of Salinger after the invasion of Normandy with a group of counterintelligence buddies dubbed The Four Musketeers.)

Review: The U.S. Cut Of Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 20, 2013 11:04 AM
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Exquisitely crafted, as visually stunning as you’d imagine and virtuosic in its meticulously gorgeous fight choreography (which acts as a kind of throwdown to comers like the Wachowski siblings), acclaimed Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” is nevertheless still an uneven and unbalanced affair that doesn’t track and cannot negotiate its various aims. Ostensibly a chronicle of the the story and struggles of Ip Man (played by longtime WKW collaborator Tony Leung), the seminal Chinese martial artist who famously taught Bruce Lee, “The Grandmaster” is both his story, and a type of martial arts history lesson concerning Ip’s self-defense-based discipline Wing Chun. But this being a Wong Kar-wai film, a moody, familiar unrequited love story with the daughter of a rival Grandmaster, Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), also materializes to only minimally convincing (and emotional) effect. But none of these three stories add up to much of an engaging experience, outside of relishing the action sequences and admiring the elegance of the aesthetic drapes as it were.

The Weinstein Company Reportedly Wants To Melt 20 Minutes Off Record Breaking Hit 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 9:18 AM
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While we continue to wait for a U.S. release date for Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic "Snowpiercer," it's smashing records at home. It reached 1 million viewers in less than two days in release, breaking a previous record set by the director's "The Host," and becoming the first film to do so in South Korean history. And yet, while the picture seems to doing just fine overseas, Harvey Weinstein reportedly wants to make some changes before he drops it in English speaking territories.

Shaw Brothers Martial Arts Classics ‘The Avenging Eagle’ & ‘Come Drink With Me’ Get Remake Treatment From Weinsteins

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 24, 2013 11:36 AM
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Time to put on your black-striped yellow jumpsuit and prepare yourself for some high octane action of the punching and kicking variety. Two classic martial arts films from the '60s and '70s are getting the remake treatment courtesy of The Weinstein Company and Celestial Pictures.

Kevin Smith Says He Won't Kickstarter 'Clerks 3'; Waiting On Weinsteins For Greenlight, Aiming For Sundance 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 2:50 PM
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While folks like "Veronica Mars," Zach Braff and Charlie Kaufman made waves by using crowdsourcing efforts to fund their next projects, had history turned out differently, Kevin Smith would've beaten them to the punch. The filmmaker, who wears his indie cred and outsider(ish) status like a badge of honor has never turned to fans to ask for their hand in funding a movie. But as he reveals in a recent interview with KCRW, he once did consider it for his horror "Red State," but gave it a second thought when even the mere suggestion caused some negativity to stir on the internet.

New Images & Poster For Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Weinstein Acquired 'The Young And Prodigious Spivet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2013 5:33 PM
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During the hustle and bustle of the Cannes Film Festival you may have missed it, but Jean-Pierre Jeunet's upcoming 3D English-language film "The Young And Prodigious Spivet" recently dropped a pretty charming trailer and it seemed to impress the right people. Over the weekend, Deadline reported that none other that Harvey Weinstein swooped in to grab the U.S. rights to the picture for his The Weinstein Company and now a few more pics have emerged for the movie.

Bradley Cooper Enlists 'Chef' John Wells For New Cooking Drama

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 2, 2013 6:52 PM
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John Wells, Bradley Cooper
The story of “Chef” is rather complicated, but let’s have a go at it. And before we get there, do not confuse this with the very-similarly sounding “Chef” project that Jon Favreau is now attached to. Written by “Eastern Promises” screenwriter Steven Wright, “Chef,” is a cooking comedy/drama that’s been in development for some years. It interested David Fincher and Keanu Reeves for a while a few years back, but the project never gained enough traction (Fincher’s short attention span went elsewhere). Owned by the house of Weinstein, Bradley Cooper became involved in the lead after Harvey Weinstein figured their “Silver Linings Playbook” went swimmingly well (Oscar noms for Cooper, over $100 million domestically, etc.). Cooper then tried to enlist his “Place Beyond The Pines” director Derek Cianfrance, and while he toyed with the idea of making it his next film, the “Blue Valentine” filmmaker eventually decided it was not for him (you can read about that in our interview with him here).

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