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Review: 'I Don't Know How She Does It' Is A Pained, Unfunny, Politically Questionable Bore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 13, 2011 10:58 AM
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One of the "charmingly neurotic" tics of the main character of "I Don't Know How She Does It," played brittlely and with affected strain by Sarah Jessica Parker, is making to-do lists. Since the year is 2011 and editing software has come a long way, we see her visualize the list as the prepares for sleep – everything from arranging her daughter's play date to doing some Kegel exercises (yes, seriously) – with words and small images appearing tattooed on the ceiling of her bohemian chic Boston apartment (accompanied by a never-ending stream of voice-over narration). While watching "I Don't Know How She Does It," which at a swift 89 minutes still feels longer than the "Three Colors" trilogy combined, you'll be tempted to make a similar mental inventory of things that you could (and should),instead of watching this wretched claptrap, which we're fairly certain has single-handedly set the feminist cause back a good 35-40 years.

The Weinstein Company Starting A VOD Operation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 2:23 AM
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The numbers are fuzzy when it comes to VOD receipts, but if it wasn't profitable for someone, people would stop trying to push it, right? VOD is a wonderful gift for film lovers, giving more obscure fare that might not otherwise escape the big cities a chance to reach people and convert new movie fans. And it looks like the format just found a big-time participant, as The Weinstein Company has entered the fray with their own VOD shingle.

Weekend Box Office: Three Straight Weeks At #1 For 'The Help'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 4, 2011 3:53 AM
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There are all sorts of qualifiers to this summer becoming the most financially robust in box office history. Chief amongst them are both the inferior product, but also the illusion of 3D prices, which do an excellent job of covering up the consistently-dropping attendance numbers. In other words, money is money, inflated or otherwise, and not enough people balked at the enhanced prices, even though a number of 3D films loudly flopped this summer.

Telluride Adds Jennifer Garner's 'Butter'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • September 3, 2011 1:34 AM
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Part of the fun of the prestigious Telluride Film Festival is its secret lineup that's only revealed at the last minute, as only yesterday, did organizers reveal the slate of programming -- less than 24 hours before the event kicked off today. As longtime attendees know, there are usually one or two secret or surprise screenings revealed over the weekend, and THR reports that "Butter," starring Jennifer Garner, will most likely get the open slot on Saturday night at the same time as the George Clooney retrospective, having its world premiere at Telluride instead of Toronto.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Help' Defeats Tepid Newcomers And Hurricane Season For Another Week At #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 28, 2011 4:37 AM
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Usually, studios will look for any possible reason to blame the weather for a film’s poor box office showing. Heat waves only mean audiences will seek the air conditioning of a theater, at least when something exciting is playing. And people will withstand non-apocalyptic snowstorms simply to get away from the cold while enjoying the blockbuster of their choice. But there aren’t a whole lot of options when almost half of a movie’s proposed locations are under siege by a vicious hurricane. Many large chains didn’t even bother to stay open during Irene’s reign, meaning that these quiet end-of-August releases could find no traction heading into the typically-comatose Labor Day weekend.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Stay Home In Droves As 'The Help' Defeats Weak New Releases

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 21, 2011 4:53 AM
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Credit a canny expansion strategy that nabbed “The Help” the number one spot at the box office in its second weekend of release. Disney wisely banked on the film having more buzz than the slate of underwhelming new releases (not all of it positive), and after two weekends, it’s easily one of the season’s big success stories, as the picture has crested $70 million after only twelve days of release. The establishment has been encouraged - stories of the struggles of minorities highlighted by the heroism of a plucky white person of higher social strata are surefire earners, particularly if you market to families. Institutionalized racism at its most efficient.

The Weinsteins Prep Broadway Musical Versions Of 'Finding Neverland,' 'Chocolat' & "Cinema Paradiso'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 16, 2011 8:22 AM
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There's no shortage of films that have been adapted into Broadway musicals, so why stop now?

Watch: Juno Temple is Harvey Weinstein's 'Dirty Girl' In New Trailer

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 26, 2011 2:22 AM
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British actress Juno Temple (daughter of documentarian Julien) started out with memorable roles in “Atonement” and “Notes on a Scandal,” and she’s quickly made a name for herself on this side of the Atlantic too. She may have starred in Harold Raimis’ toxic “Year One,” but managed to nimbly sidestep the fallout from that project, in large part by nixing any expectations she might flower into an English Rose in the Keira Knightely stable, and getting her kit off in Gregg Araki’s spectacularly nuts “Kaboom” earlier in the year and landing a role in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The Weinstein Company Obtain Distribution & Remake Rights To French-Language Film 'Untouchable'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 9, 2011 3:33 AM
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The Weinstein Company has been taking risks left and right this year after its Oscar success with "The King's Speech." They're looking to make a big splash with Oscar fare like "The Iron Lady" (though last week's trailer was ridiculous), "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and Madonna's "W.E." However, they also have picked up smaller films that might be harder to sell to a wide audience like Michael Hazanavicius' "The Artist" and now, according to THR, the French-language film "Untouchable."

'Dirty Girl' Starring Juno Temple Gets Drastic Re-Edit & October 7th Date By The Weinstein Company

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 5:46 AM
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Shocker: Bruce Willis/50 Cent Movie 'Set Up' Going Straight-To-DVDIt's no secret that Harvey Weinstein aka Harvey Scissorhands likes to maximize the movies under his roof to make sure they make the most bang for their buck. There is already the case of Tom Hooper's "The King' Speech" which was edited without his consent down to a PG-13 rating for a post-Oscar re-release. And Harvey admitted he was thinking about tinkering with Richard Ayoade's "Submarine" before it his theaters earlier this year (though wisely, he ultimately kept his hands off). But one recent acquisition has undergone a major overhaul on its way to theaters this fall.

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