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Stringer Bell The Oscar Contender? The Weinstein Company Pick Up 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Starring Idris Elba

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 4:51 PM
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The Oscars are in just over for 48 hours, but man, they feel so yesterday already, amirite? So let's start looking ahead to next year, and one can't ignore the news and start speculating when someone like Harvey Weinstein snaps up a movie about Nelson Mandela.

The Weinsteins Didn't Get 'The Canyons' Because They Wanted Final Cut Over Paul Schrader

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 12:19 PM
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What Harvey Weinstein wants, he usually gets, or at least makes a valiant effort to do so. And certainly, there is no man in Hollywood you want behind your film, because no one will promote, love, market and raise awareness for your movie like he will. But it seems that some of the strings attached to deals involving Harv may be too much for certain filmmakers, as was the case was for those behind "The Canyons."

Harvey Weinstein & Megan Ellison Make Nice, The Weinstein Company Picks Up Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 12:31 PM
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In Vanity Fair's recent and pretty juicy profile of up-and-coming movie producer Megan Ellison, they made it clear that she fell out with Harvey Weinstein over the lower-than-expected returns for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." The veteran head of The Weinstein Company reportedly “brought Megan to tears four or five times,” and they also clashed over "Killing Them Softly," and their relationship became so acrimonious, Ellison "vowed not to work with Weinstein again." Even David O. Russell, whose next film is being produced by Ellison but has his "Silver Linings Playbook" distributed by Weinstein, tried to broker some peace, but those attempts failed. “We did ask her to consider [working with Harvey] in the future, and from there, that’s about her relationship with Harvey,” he said. But it looks like business heals all wounds.

Harvey Weinstein Says He'll Probably Lose Money on 'The Master,' Wishes He Had Marketed It Differently

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 29, 2013 9:45 AM
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With essentially only the Oscars left to lavish praise upon 2012's films, it seems the opaque, askew nature of Paul Thomas Anderson's “The Master” has left voters with just acting nominations to fully commend. Not that Harvey Weinstein hasn't put his entire support behind the picture to garner more; quite the opposite, but according to him, awards recognition is not the only realm the film will come up short.

Sundance: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Magnolia Loads 'S-VHS' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 8:34 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival says farewell today as the 2013 shindig comes to a close, but deals are still being made, and one of the most hotly buzzed movies of the past week has found a home.

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel Is A Go, Starts Filming In May

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 6:16 PM
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So remember a couple of years ago when it was announced that The Weinstein Company and Miramax had made a deal which would basically allow them to sequelize everything in the catalogue, with rumors of follow-ups to "Rounders," "Shakespeare In Love," "Swingers" and more all tossed around? Well, Harvey Weinstein hasn't given up the idea of trying to franchise past ideas, only this time, it's a title he sort of didn't have anything to do with the first time around.

Sundance: Fox Searchlight Lands 'The Way, Way Back' In Big Deal, 'Austenland' Winds Up At Sony

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 22, 2013 9:29 AM
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The economy might be in rough shape, but major spending is taking place at the Sundance Film Festival. Relativity has already promised big bucks to promote Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" with a $25 million P&A commitment on top of a $4 million price tag. But Fox Searchlight may best them as they're reportedly set to pay $10 million for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's directorial debut, "The Way, Way Back."

True Life Drama 'Fruitvale' Is The Weinstein Company's First Buy At Sundance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2013 5:17 PM
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When Harvey Weinstein makes a move, people pay attention. And while he only landed in Park City yesterday, it didn't take long for him for him to make his first buy.

Relativity Media Breaks Records Acquiring Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon's Addiction' For Summer Release

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2013 3:19 PM
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Now that the acquisitions floodgates are open, the buys keep piling up like it's Black Friday in studio shopping baskets, and this afternoon has brought news of the biggest deal yet at the festival, with Variety the first trade to report that Relativity Media are set to put down a what may be a record-breaking sum for "Don Jon's Addiction," the raunchy comedy that marks the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film also stars the "Looper" actor as a modern-day New Jersey Casanova, who's unable to form real relationships with women due to his porn addiction, but begins to soften up after meeting two women, a younger girl (Scarlett Johansson) and an older classmate (Julianne Moore), and we'd picked it out as one of the films likely to spark off a bidding war.

The Weinstein Company Discontinues 'Django Unchained' Toys Following Protests

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 21, 2013 11:19 AM
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Toy company NECA has been no stranger to darker or violent attributes when it comes to their lines of film-related figurines, having drawn content from “Sin City,” “The Evil Dead” and, most extensively, the filmography of Quentin Tarantino. With the director's highest grossing film, “Django Unchained,” it looked like stellar business was in store for the toy company, but now NECA -- and The Weinstein Company -- have been served with the type of controversy wafting off the spaghetti western itself.

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