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Tom Hooper Adds 'Tulip Fever' To List Of Possible Follow-Ups To 'The King's Speech'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2011 2:20 AM
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The Roman statesman Cato The Elder, when asked about his legacy, responded "I would like the world to say 'why didn't they put up a statue to him?' rather than 'why did they put up a statue to him?'" "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper now doesn't have the option, having beaten David Fincher, and the predictions of most Oscar prognosticators, and won the Best Director prize at Sunday's Academy Awards. Now, the young director, on only his third film, has to pick his follow-up without disappointing those invested in him.

Harvey Weinstein May Have His Groove Back & The Greatest Hits From Recent Vanity Fair Profile

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  • February 16, 2011 3:01 AM
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Watch Out British Helmer Richard Ayoade, Harvey Scissorhands May Be BackAdmittedly, we might be behind the times and some of us just started parsing Vanity Fair's fairly massive Hollywood Issue tome. Written by Bryan Burrough, (the author of " Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34" which spawned Michael Mann's 2009 movie) the thesis of the article is essentially what you see in its (and our) headline: Harvey Weinstein is back. Maybe a slightly more mature, warm and fuzzy Harvey Weinstein with 70% less temper tantrums and outbursts, but one that still knows how to make noise and get his hands dirty with his films for better or worse.

The Weinstein Company Acquire Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus'; Actor May Adapt 'Antony & Cleopatra' Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 15, 2011 2:30 AM
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The Berlin Film Festival is firmly underway, and yesterday saw the first big high-profile premiere of the Berlinale; namely, Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." Debuting yesterday to mostly strong reviews, it looks as though Fiennes' contemporary re-up of the play, originally set in Rome, has come off, with Vanessa Redgrave's performance as the hero's mother Volumnia already gathering early Oscar talk for 2012.

'Scream 4' Trailer Arrives To Announce Your Horror McFranchise Is Back Just How You Like It

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  • January 16, 2011 8:40 AM
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New decade, new rules, huh? Not exactly. Pop quiz: what would a "Scream" movie be without its movie in-jokes, exactly? Hmm, perhaps an original film? A Canadian trailer for the Weinstein Company's desperate franchise cash-in has arrived and get it while it's hot because the studio keeps taking down various trailers on YouTube only for them to spring up again five minutes later. They should probably realize the wildfire has spread and it's best to just release an official version already.

Weinstein Company Snatch Up 'Cogan's Trade' For 2012; James Gandolfini May Appear

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2011 4:22 AM
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Comic Crime Caper To Hit Theaters In Early 2012When Harvey Weinstein aggressively goes after something he usually gets it. Case in point. The Weinstein Company honcho has acquired domestic distribution rights to Aussie director Andrew Dominik's follow-up to “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” (a picture that won Brad Pitt one of his first major awards; 2007's Best Actor prize in Venice). Thanks to his new bevy of investors, Harvey has dollars and clout and apparently slapped down a $20 million dollar promise for promotion and advertising alone for Dominik's latest, "Cogan's Trade," a pretty weighty pledge for TWC.

Kevin Smith On Miramax/Weinstein's 'Clerks' Sequel Plans

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2010 8:07 AM
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Some interesting news cropped up yesterday morning. The new owners of Miramax struck a deal with the old owners of Miramax, the Weinsteins, to put into production sequels and or potential television offshoots for some of the most high profile titles in the film library. "Bad Santa," "Rounders" and "Shakespeare in Love" are the first batch to titles to be exhumed but plenty more are waiting in the wings including, “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Shall We Dance?,” “The Amityville Horror” and "Clerks." The news took many by surprise as pretty much no one actually involved with those films knew about any pending spinoffs or sequels until yesterday's press release. But ever quick to have his voice heard, Kevin Smith responded to questions about a potential third "Clerks."

Weinsteins & Miramax Make Deal For Sequels To 'Bad Santa,' 'Rounders,' 'Shakespeare In Love' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 3:54 AM
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And who says originality in Hollywood is dead. Oh wait.

The NC-17 Rating For 'Blue Valentine' Has Made Ryan Gosling Start Talking About The Patriarchy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2010 6:57 AM
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With The Weinstein Company being handed a double dose of bad news for Oscar season with their contenders "Blue Valentine" and "The King's Speech" being handed NC-17 and R ratings, respectively (the former apparently for a scene where Ryan Gosling performs oral sex on Michelle Williams, the latter for a sequence where Colin Firth stutters a bunch of f-bombs), the indie arm isn't taking this lying down.

Fox Buys 'Predators' Writers' Deep-Space Action Pitch; Timur Bekmambetov Could Direct

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  • November 8, 2010 1:23 AM
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Weinstein Company Also Picks Up Separate Bekmambetov-Produced 'Apollo 18' Film For March 4, 2011 ReleaseFiguring out how many fingers in various pies Timur Bekmambetov has is quickly becoming a Ridley Scott-like pop-quiz that your editor might spring on you one day and you're likely to fail. The "Wanted" director is developing myriad projects, including "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (separate from the David Fincher one), a sci-fi film with "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards, and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (among many others) which is his next directorial vehicle and is already slated for a June 22, 2012 release date.

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