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Oscar Contender? The Weinstein Company Sets Madonna's 'W.E.' For December 9th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 6:35 AM
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Looks like Harvey Weinstein has an embarrassment of Oscar riches this year. Just a couple weeks after The Weinstein Company peppered the awards season slate with release dates for "The Iron Lady," "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and "The Artist" he's throwing one more potential contender into the mix.

Weinsteins Set Oscar Dates For 'The Iron Lady,' 'Coriolanus,' 'My Week with Marilyn' & 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2011 10:27 AM
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'Scary Movie 5' & 'Halloween 3D' Set For 2012We may be right in the heart of summer blockbuster season, but Harvey Weinstein is already looking ahead to Oscar campaigns that he will mount this fall and he's dropped dates for a bunch of new films, including four which could be heavy contenders for statues. So let's get started, shall we?

The Weinstein Company Picks Up Madonna's 'W.E.,' Official Synopsis Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 5:25 AM
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We'll give it up to Madge. She's certainly ambitious. After whiffing pretty hard on her directorial debut "Filth & Wisdom" she raised the stakes for her sophomore effort, the dual narrative "W.E." and now she's got some major players to help get it out there.

'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Man Of Steel' & More Skip Comic-Con As Major Studios Stay Away This Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 3:09 AM
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Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney & The Weinstein Company Pass On San Diego; Marvel On The FenceThe comic/geek crowd are either the most important group to court for genre films or their influence is overstated; it really depends on who you ask. In recent years, the very vocal contingent has generally been thought of as essential to making sure more challenging or niche fare finds an audience or least makes its budget back, but a series of disappointments and flops have the studios reconsidering. Last year, Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" was met with widespread geek acclaim only for the Universal film to sputter at the box office (though to be fair, the marketing for that film did little to embrace anybody outside the core of fans). "Sucker Punch" got major buzz and died on the vine this past spring, while "Tron: Legacy" played modestly despite nerds flipping for footage that Disney teased as early as 2008 (though yes, it has done enough to convince the studio get a sequel moving). And both "Skyline" and "Let Me In" faltered when they hit screens later in the year, after doing the San Diego Comic-Con rounds.

'Tetro' Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. Is Shooting Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2011 1:30 AM
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Shooting Will Partly Be On 65MM: Also, Is There A Scientology Conspiracy Afoot?Pretty much since day one, Paul Thomas Anderson fanboys, god bless their hearts, have been scrambling to turn over any breadcrumb clue they could find for further insight and details into PTA's upcoming untitled project, colloquially known as "The Master." First off, a very early, unfinished draft of the script leaked last summer (our in-depth look at it still seems to be the most authoritative piece on it out there).

The Weinstein Company Close To Picking Up 'The Wettest County,' Film Will Land Before End of Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
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Cannes is one of the biggest markets, if not the biggest, for acquisitions in the film calendar, with hundreds of deals made, ranging from pre-sales for star-laden properties to distribution rights to terrible B-movies. This year, as with the unusually busy Sundance, has already been packed with deals, happily suggesting something of a renaissance in the independent film world. On top of the news that landed over the weekend that Rian Johnson's "Looper" heads up a pack of high-profile buys also including "Playing the Field," "Arabian Nights" and "The Iron Lady," another of our most anticipated films of the moment looks to have landed an American distributor.

TWC Picks Up 'The Iron Lady' While FilmDistrict Nabs 'Playing The Field' And 'Arabian Nights'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2011 5:24 AM
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The Weinstein Company may have another Oscar darling on their hands. A year after grabbing $400 million worldwide and scads of major awards for “The King’s Speech,” The Brothers W paid $7 million for the domestic rights (via Deadline) to another film about British aristocracy, nabbing “The Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Producers only showed five minutes of the film before the bidding started between the Weinsteins, Summit and Relativity, though all someone had to say was “Streep as Thatcher” to ensure this would be a major purchase and, as planned by TWC, a high profile late ‘11 release. Expect it to be a big dog in the awards race.

The Weinstein Company Make First Big Buy At Cannes, Pick Up Black & White Silent Film 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 2:02 AM
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While the Weinsteins are no strangers to picking up movies that are tough to market, they've really outdone themselves this time. But we have to applaud the distributors for taking on a film that frankly, not many would take a chance on.

Paul Thomas Anderson To Shoot 'The Master' In June With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 6:55 AM
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Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Lena Endre & Laura Dern Contenders For Supporting RolesExcuse us a second, our brains just exploded. Not only does Paul Thomas Anderson's brewing untitled quasi-Scientology flick, formerly known as "The Master," now have a distributor in The Weinstein Company, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are set to star, according to Deadline, with a June start now scheduled.

Will Smith Circling Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 6, 2011 12:51 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson Closing In On Role Of Evil Plantation Owner's Right-Hand SlaveHere's a surprise move we weren't initially expecting, though perhaps thinking on it a beat it makes sense. Will Smith has apparently emerged as Quentin Tarantino's top choice to play the lead character in his slavery/Spaghetti Western epic, "Django Unchained."

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