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Harvey Weinstein Planning 'The Senator's Wife,' An Anti-NRA, 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'-Style Film With Meryl Streep

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 16, 2014 2:43 PM
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While Harvey Weinstein didn't have such a great morning today, with rising producer Megan Ellison roundly trouncing the awards season veteran with her movies tallying 17 nominations, he's still likely pleased that the reliable Meryl Streep was once again given a nod, this time for her work in his "August: Osage County." And now it looks like the pair are lining up their third project together (you forgot about "Music Of The Heart," didn't you?), one that will draw no shortage of controversy.

Speaking on "The Howard Stern Show" (via Washington Times/Collider), Weinstein revealed: “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take [gun rights] head-on. And [the NRA is] going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.” Wow... so what is this project?

Deadline shares that the project is called "The Senator's Wife" and it will chronicle the NRA's efforts to defeat legislation introduced following the Aurora and Newtown shootings that would expand background checks on gun buyers. The NRA used a well orchestrated campaign and robocalls to kill the bill, and Harvey wants everyone to see how dirty the tactics President Barack Obama called “intimidation” and “lies" really were.

No word yet on a screenwriter or director, but Harvey sounds fired up and with Streep on board, we're curious to see who else will want to come along to tell this story.

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  • Flu-Bird | July 11, 2014 7:32 PMReply

    And Hitler had Joesph Gobbels as his Minister of Propeganda loyal to the end Weinstein is no different

  • Jim | April 22, 2014 5:15 AMReply

    Sounds boring. Who cares?

    I know I won't watch Propaganda, sounds like watching one of those late night infomercials on Cable...BORING!!!

    Stick to simple Entertainment for Entertainments sake please!

  • ERIC | April 22, 2014 12:25 PM

    You're right Jim. Not only will it be boring, but stupid and chock full of lies as well. The gun control lobby operates on a platform of pure lies and misinformation.

  • Spurwing Plover | March 28, 2014 6:23 PMReply

    I hope his movie bombs big time i hope no one goses into the theaters or buys the crap when comes out on DVD

  • ERIC | March 29, 2014 12:06 AM

    Not to worry,the stupid issue of gun control, one of the greatest scams ever devised by the elites upon the American people, will be a distant, inconsequential memory when the Republicans keep the House and take the Senate this year as Nate Silver has predicted.

  • Jane | February 4, 2014 4:17 PMReply

    You do realize that the movie is not trying to take your guns away, right? No one has actually tried to take your guns, as much as the NRA would like to scare you into thinking that everyone is so anxious to get their hands on your guns. The movie appears to be based on the failed legislation to require background checks on all gun purchase. You know, a totally basic, common sense law, supported by 85% of all Americans. But keep shouting about how everyone is trying to take away your guns. And definitely go buy more, for sure. But oh my gosh...if you buy more, than those scary boogey men who the NRA says are coming to get your guns...well they'll have more guns to take then! Maybe that's the liberal elite of Hollywood's goal then? To make a movie that forces you to buy more guns...only so when they come for your guns...and they are TOTALLY coming for your guns...they'll have more to take? Holy smokes, I think we figured it out!! Good thing the NRA doesn't play on paranoia or anything!!

  • ERIC | February 4, 2014 10:59 PM

    Oh please Jane! You make me laugh! Liberal nanny statist gunphobe ,handwringing idiots would be the last people to try to take guns as 99% of them would be unarmed in the first place.
    The Manchin-Toomey background check bill failed because: A) It would have required a Federal registration to operate effectively, which except for NFA items, is already illegal per the FOPA of 1986. B) There was no provision in the legislation to allow private sellers in states that allow such to have ocassional access to the FBI NICS background check system. Without that, a background check is not possible. Until the Feds resolve that issue, private sales, many without background checks will continue unabated . The NICS can only be used by federally licensed gun dealers(FFL"s),all of which conduct background checks. Nearly, if not all NRA members support background checks on gun sales, but not at the expense of a federal gun registration. A nationalized gun registration is a clear and present danger to gun ownership as gun owners have seen in other countries such as the UK and Australia which nationized registration ,which led to subseuent gun confiscations. If individual states or municipalities want to register guns, fine, but no Federal registration, period. It's clear at this point you are quite misinformed about how gun legislation, gun sales, actually works or the forces involved with such. You should do yourself a favor and do alot more research on the subject instead of listening to the clueless misinformed liberal sources you get your (mis)information from. Take a look at Senator Dianne Feinstein's legislation in 2013, the bill she sponsored was clearly a "gun ban", a twelve year old could conclude that. And the people of CA keep electing this relic, hysterical I tell you! As Forrest Gump would say: "stupid is as stupid does".

  • Kay | February 4, 2014 3:56 PMReply

    Think this story and the possibility of a movie pulling back the curtain on the joke that is the current NRA is making some of the NRA nuts a little nervous...why else respond with such vitriol?

  • ERIC | February 4, 2014 11:21 PM

    The movie will be a joke and mostly people who know nothing about guns and fear them will watch it if it even makes it to the theaters. A few NRA types may watch it out of curiosity. I'm not anti-semitic in any way, but it does seem American Jews have a penchance for controlling people and "banning things" , I don't know, perhaps I'm wrong there is a very pro-gun Jewish organization in the US, though. The NRA is no more guilty of fear mongering than gun control groups like Brady and CSGV. If you examine the real truth through research, again, most mass shooters of late are of the leftist persuasion.

  • Kay | February 4, 2014 10:53 PM

    You may laugh, but it seems many of your fellow NRA supporters express anti-Semitic views here in light of the announcement. So again, why the aggressive attacks if the movie is a big joke? Unless....wait a it couldn't be...that the NRA targets slightly unbalanced individuals with their messages, riles them up with scare tactics, and sits back and watch them wreck havoc. Because I'm sure you can read thru the responses on here, and it must make you so proud of your fellow gun rights advocates.

  • ERIC | February 4, 2014 10:12 PM

    Not nervousness at all, we laugh at the hypocrisy of Hollywood idiots with more disposable income than common sense. Since the NRA gained over one million members in the past year and once again, the queen gun grabber herself, Dianne Feinstein's piece of horrid legislation that violates the Constitution was defeated, I'd say the NRA's efforts were hardly a joke, more like a resounding success.

  • JDX | January 30, 2014 1:37 PMReply

    Dearie me. Al these NRA supporting people really are parodies of themselves. Such anti-Jewish views too, and they have the cheek to say Obama is like Hitler! Someone should tell them that 'irony' isn't something their mom does to press their clothes.

    The worry is these people have ready access to guns.

  • ERIC | January 31, 2014 8:54 PM

    They'll be fine with their guns "aunt Edna", they don't need your armchair, or shall I say, keyboard evaluation. The only "parody" here is a guy who makes millions off the portrayal of criminal gun violence yet has a problem with real law abiding citizens owning guns by their Constitutional right. H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E!

  • justin | January 18, 2014 8:27 PMReply

    Hey tea baggers…settle down. No one one is going to take your guns.
    just go back and beat your wife some more
    "1776!" idiots!

  • J_Wales | January 18, 2014 11:43 PM

    Clearly, the answer to my question is "no".

  • ERIC | January 18, 2014 9:28 PM

    Go back to your latte and gay film, real men are talking here.

  • Gary Goaziou | January 18, 2014 2:51 PMReply

    The wanna be god Antiochus IV would be proud of this Synagog of Satan worshiper Harvey Weinstein. Hitler would be proud of this POS Jew.

  • justin | January 18, 2014 1:56 PMReply

    You NRA nuts are all the same....go back watching Walker Texas Ranger shows and support Ted Nugents albums....If Thomas Jefferson could see in the would have been written differently....wake up a bit-most of you are all racists anyways so its not surprising

  • ERIC | January 18, 2014 2:09 PM

    You sound like the typical "white guilt" liberal, always pulling out your badge of honor race card when you know you don't have an argument.

  • j_wales | January 18, 2014 2:05 PM

    Do progressives ever have anything other than name calling, marginalization efforts, and "the race card" to support thier position?

  • Fuck Weinstein | January 18, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    What a ignorant jew, as if the Nazi Germany didn't teach these fools a damn thing.

  • j_wales | January 18, 2014 12:45 PMReply

    I am often amazed that some jewish folks, like Weinstein and most of the jewish folks I know, are often the most vehement advocates of "gun control".

    Are they really slow learners? They must be.

  • Joe | January 18, 2014 12:11 PMReply

    I'll believe he's sincere when he discontinues collecting residuals...

  • greg | January 18, 2014 12:08 PMReply

    Buy more guns :)

  • greg | January 18, 2014 12:07 PMReply

    Who does this clown think he is??? Hitler?

  • Jim | January 18, 2014 11:26 AMReply

    This is actually funny. Here is a question, "What does anti-gun propaganda do?" It causes people (both gun owners and non-gun owners) to go on gun buying sprees. This film will have the exact opposite effect that he wants. It will serve to galvanize an already irritated gun owning public, drum up support in the upcoming elections for pro-gun rights candidates and generally cause hatred for a successful movie producer and an established actress. This is what happens when a petulant, child like adult throws a tantrum. The movie will no doubt win "Hollywood" awards from a dim witted, highly liberal biased voting block. Hitler was big on anti-gun propaganda too. Look how that turned out.

  • RT | January 18, 2014 9:35 PM

    Why is it that right wingers and church folks never fact check. I hear this "Hitler was antigun" statement all the time and it is totally false. He wanted all Germans to be armed so they could fight if needed. He did in fact take guns and every other possession from Jews but he wanted all Anglo Germans to be heavily armed.

  • Doug | January 18, 2014 12:21 PM

    You think he cares? He'll do and say anything for a buck. He's a Hollywood Jew!

  • Hank Walker | January 18, 2014 10:14 AMReply

    Does Weinstein even get how stupid he sounds? These guys hypocritical piety has no bounds.

  • Danial | January 18, 2014 9:51 AMReply

    I just got my conceiled hangun license, and now im gonna join the NRA. in support of how much a communist idiot Weinstein is.

  • ERIC | January 18, 2014 9:26 PM

    I hear you buddy, watch out though, the grammar sheriff is in town.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | January 18, 2014 1:50 PM

    You spelt 'concealed' and 'handgun' wrong. Really glad you have a gun.

  • Matt | January 18, 2014 9:16 AMReply

    I just bought an AR15 and 2 pistols to celebrate his new movie,thanks Harvey.

  • Rusty Shackleford | January 18, 2014 8:23 PM

    You SPELLED "spelt" wrong, F#cktard!

  • Heather Johnson | January 18, 2014 9:15 AMReply

    What a hypocrite Harvey Weinstein has made some of the most violent films. I refuse to ever see one of his films again or Meryl Streep.
    Last time I checked we still have the right to bear arms in the United States.
    More people have guns than do not. Why would anyone see a film purely based on propaganda.
    What a jerk to want to destroy an organization purely based on their own personal beliefs.
    Celebrity's seem to be delusional on how the world works. Just because you are rich and famous does not give you the right to try and take away the freedoms for the rest of Americans. With all Harvey Weinstien's millions he really need to come down from the cloud he is living on.

  • PatriotGrammy | January 18, 2014 8:47 AMReply

    What a hypocrite. The guy makes millions from films glorifying violence. He's personally responsible for more gun violence than any other person in America.

  • common sense | January 18, 2014 8:43 AMReply

    Weinstein is an evil; greedy man who only cares about his wallet. He has made most of his money off of some of the most violent films ever made; yet now he tries to protray how bad guns are...and only because he has been paid off by billionaire elitists such as bloomberg and politicians who think their lives are worth more than ours. . ..I am so sick of these rich elitists and their 'do as I say but not as I do' lies...
    They remind me of the mafia strong arming our rights away from us. The president and his crony billionaire friends make their laws for all of us as long as they themselves do not have to abide by them.
    Bloomberg has armed guards outside his home,
    and barrack, or is it barry?, doesn't even walk without being surrounded by armed security 24/7...
    yet we shouldn't be allowed to protect ourselves in our homes and vehicles?
    Having protection in my car actually saved me from being carjacked by a man with a knife in his hand. This happened after our president went on national news after a man was exonerated by a jury for protecting himself against a thug wearing a hoodie with a criminal record... and insinuated he was on the side of the criminal. It actually emboldens criminals when they hear and see these people saying how they want to leave us defenseless.
    Weinstein said himself if 'his people' were ever under attack again he would be out finding a gun in an interview.
    It disgusts me the way these greedy movie makers and politicians surround themselves with top security that normal people cannot afford; yet they think our lives are not as important as theirs.
    What they are actually doing is showing criminals that law abiding citizens will be sitting ducks for them in their homes and vehicles with no protection. Even the police agree by the time a call goes through dispatch and they find the call for help it is usually too late.
    I hope every person trying to take away our rights become the statistic that they are trying to make of us.
    If you don't want to protect yourselves that is fine; but do not dictate my rights to me.
    Thank God for the NRA and people who defend our Second Amendment rights.
    I hope this movie bombs and no one goes to see it. We already know politicians and rich people think their lives are worth more than ours why pay to have it shoved in our faces.

  • Dirk Diggler | January 18, 2014 8:20 AMReply

    This scumbag Harvey Weinstein has made BILLIONS on films that glorify the illegal use of guns and murder, and has the unmitigated gall to make a film attacking the legitimate advocate of the American citizens right to bear arms, the NRA. I personally have stopped going to movies that provide a living for the hypocritical, leftist, lying sons bitches that propagate the agenda of the Socialist movement! I urge others to try to do the same if you believe in your rights to bear arms, but sadly, many will not for whatever reason. I fully understand many find entertainment from the films in theaters, but to directly or indirectly fund a company or individual that wants to take away your rights given to you by the founding fathers completely boggles the mind! Why?? What is to stop them from making other films that will inevitably take away other rights from us in the future simply because we continue to seek entertainment from those that want to reshape this great country?

    The hypocrisy has reached a boiling point for me, and I urge others to re-think their involvement in providing the funding of the Socialist agenda propagated by the Hollywood elite that is going out of their way to take away our rights! Someone out there may have started petitions or boycotts before, if anyone reading this is as outraged as I am and is willing to start something, speak out and I'm with you!

  • PatriotGrammy | January 18, 2014 8:49 AM

    Amen! My husband and I gave up rewarding these left wing hypocrites with our money a long time ago.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | January 18, 2014 6:15 AMReply

    so now Obama is in a position to talk about intimidation and lies ?

  • IT OUT UP | January 17, 2014 10:43 PMReply

    ---This from the SAME forces who have 'perception managed' you thru
    RED China handover TREASON,
    ---------the resurrection of child labor
    ---------------------------------defacto SLAVERY
    -------------------work camps, labor camps, concentration camps,
    --------------------------and ferocious EUGENICS.

    The SAME forces who've BURIED without a trace
    everything from the Aaron Schwart, Breitbart and Michael Hastings murders,
    to the GE Fukishima world DEPOP kickoff op.

    The SAME forces who've 'mysteriously overlooked' some 5 decades
    of milestone anniversaries for the awesomely relevant -----KOREAN WAR.


  • Steve | January 17, 2014 9:14 PMReply

    Eric and Ed (or should I say Adolf and Heinrich?) go kill yourselves please.

  • ERIC | January 18, 2014 12:12 AM


  • Wildhook | January 17, 2014 8:43 PMReply

    Harvey is nothing more than a fat face worthless hollywood useless F--- that has attempted ruining this country. I am a 25 year veteran who has been involved in the last three conflicts in our life time. While I have defended what Fat Face could put on the silver screen with all his violence, I have lived it in reality. I would like to see Harvey as I attempt to pop his head like a pimple while his armed body guards stop me. Back up HYPOCRITE, try to bring down the NRA. In reality you just strengthened them!!!

  • rjkatz | January 17, 2014 4:24 PMReply

    Let us hope that Harvey leads by example and disarms his own body guards. It would make anything he had on the subject of gun control more credible. In the mean time any sanctimonious film on the NRA may be entertaining but won't change peoples minds about gun ownership. Give it up Harvey!

  • Warren Gilbert | January 17, 2014 3:17 PMReply

    If he is so against violence why is he making a movie of the Jason Steed series? In book 1, Fledgling Jason Steed, Jason who is 12 has to shoot someone to survive and rescue the prisoners, a great book and will make a great movie, although you wouldn't think that such a gun hating man would make movies like that, but then again he made Kill Bill and Rambo and the Nazi film with Brad Pitt where they scalped people alive.

  • Ronny Manis | January 17, 2014 3:19 PM

    I can't wait to see the Fledgling Jason Steed movie the books are awesome.

  • B. | January 17, 2014 2:24 PMReply


  • j nugent | January 17, 2014 1:04 PMReply

    my grand daddy told me one time " a son of a bitch that don't know what he' talking about is liable to say anything" Weinstein is the run of the mill liberal....Hell Harvey..let's trim a bit more fat from the constitution--- like the speech, religion, and unreasonable search and seizure shit. people like you is what this country needs to be afraid of.

  • Double D | January 17, 2014 12:25 PMReply

    Weinstein is an idiot. It's the gun toting individuals like me that help protect his rights to make the movies that he makes millions of dollars from. The NRA will stand strong reguardless of what one hollywood dumbass does. I agree with Ed. Boycott all of these arrogant bastards in hollywood. I haven't been to a movie theatre in about 20 years. I live my life through my eyes not vicariously through the eyes of movie stars and their directors.

  • Papineau | January 17, 2014 12:17 PMReply

    Harvey, you're about to be given a lesson in how NOT to alienate customers. And using Streep's persona is what we would expect from a hypocrite like you, hiding behind her skirts. I think you will have to learn your lesson the hard way...... at the box office. Didn't you learn anything from the A&E vs Duck Commander snafu a couple of weeks ago?

  • Ed | January 17, 2014 12:00 PMReply

    It's time to start boycotting these arrogant idiots in Hollywood. This man has no idea what he is talking about. He is another rich powerful Jewish man, similar to many in our government like Chuck Schumer who haven't a clue what their life would be like if we didn't fight to keep our second amendment right. After all, the 2nd guarantees the first amendment which this jackass uses to put violence and filth on our movie screens which is why I do not watch .

  • ERIC | January 17, 2014 12:20 PM

    ED: I totally agree. Why are these liberal American Jews like Weinstein, Bloomberg, Schumer, Feinstein so against an American's right to defend them self , yet their Tel Aviv counterparts have no problem carrying and using guns as long as it's done against Arabs? It's likely to further obfuscate public opinion, being the liberal statist, authoritarians at heart they are, they want to point the finger and direct anger away from the fact they're elitists themselves, and instead, have this animosity directed at capitalism and the corporation. The very corporations that line their pockets. The life of the wealthy liberal/progressive is a life of utter hypocrisy.

  • ERIC | January 17, 2014 11:43 AMReply

    Hollywood liberals like Weinstein, Walberg, Damon, and many others, are some of the biggest hypocrites around. Here are people who make millions of dollars portraying blood thirsty gun slingers or making movies of gratuitous gun violence , yet they have the acutely irritating audacity to speak out for gun control,some even suggesting that citizens shouldn't even own guns. While they are entitled to it their opinion, is < a grain of salt and no thinking, proud, freedom loving, rational American would take them seriously.

  • eric | January 17, 2014 11:16 AMReply

    Weinstein is the epitome of the liberal American jew statist hypocrite fool.

  • TWO FACED RHYMES WITH HUNT | January 18, 2014 6:07 AM

    https://www.facebook dot com/photo.php?fbid=1403405509908515&set=a.1387085594873840.1073741827.1386470418268691&type=1&theater

  • Pat | January 17, 2014 10:40 AMReply

    This is the guy who is making FLEDGLING Jason Steed the movie about an 11 year old boy who is left on a desert island and kills 6 people to survive Boer he rescues the marines. How can he on one hand be against violence and then make a movie for young adults based on the YA Novel Fledgling Jason Steed. He also Made the ALex Rider movie Stormbreaker, in that movie 14 year old Alex has a Machine gun and shoots up a museum.

  • Robbie K. | January 17, 2014 7:08 AMReply

    No living human being has done more to glorify gratuitous, criminal gun violence than Weinstein. No living human being has done more to convince young American men and teens that having guns is off the chain macho and manly.

    American gun manufacturers should be required to mail Harvey a royalty check every time one of his movies is shown.

  • Steve Thornton | January 17, 2014 5:19 AMReply

    Mr. Weinstein,
    If you feel so strongly about guns, then we should expect you to no longer promote the gun culture by producing movies that feature gun violence; or does your gun beliefs prostitutes themselves to those movie profits that gun violence will bring to your pockets?

  • MeMeMe | January 17, 2014 4:01 AMReply

    Another statist fool.

  • Phil Esteen | January 16, 2014 4:34 PMReply

    Kudos, Mr. Weinstein

    Please all the safety precautions imaginable since you are dealing with an organization that funds, supports and lives on the fear of 'murder by firearm.'

    You will be fighting the largest, most organized, must heavily funded group of fetishists and fascists on the planet.

  • gerard kennelly | January 18, 2014 6:09 AM

    what did streep use to kill kevin bacon in The River Wild again..

    a bow and arrow was it ?

  • B. | January 17, 2014 2:28 PM

    Hi Phil. Pity he's not making Obama sorry, and Hilliary too, for letting 4 Americans die in Benghazi. Burned, raped, and cattle prodded for 6 hours, our U.S Ambassador Stephens died directly due to their failure as human beings.

  • J Vernice | January 17, 2014 1:17 PM

    Phil, Have you read the other posts? You are in the minority. Why? Because you never had to defend yourself. THE CRIMINALS WILL ALWAYS FIND GUNS. Try defending yourself against a gun wielding criminal with a mere baseball bat. Good luck! His reach is a lot better than yours.

  • pr0gun_n0gun | January 16, 2014 7:06 PM

    It's only fitting that the lead comment to a story about a man blatantly admitting to attempting the subversion of the rights of Americans would be such a nutter response as yours. The NRA, which I'm not a member of, has 5 million American members. To suggest that 5 million Americans organized around the #2 Law Of The Land according to the US CONSTITUTION, are nothing but blatant hyperbolic garbage at best.

    I'm just above 40 y/o and I have only fired weapons a few times in my live. There's only a few things I know for certain. One is that you will never be able to convince American's to simply hand over their Constitutional rights. Do you honestly believe ANYTHING will convince 5 million Americans to just hand over their #2 most important Constitutional right? And let's say you convince 5 million NRA members to sign over their #2 Constitutional Right....what about the other few hundred million Americans? This movie will fail and those involved will be remembered for what they are really trying to do. Subvert the Constitution of the United States and meddle with the rights of almost 400,000,000 Americans.

  • benxpete | January 16, 2014 2:53 PMReply

    I like this. I love this.

  • Enrique | January 16, 2014 2:53 PMReply

    "It will chronicle the efforts of the NRA's efforts to defeat legislation ... to expand background checks on guy buyers."

    So does this mean the NRA are supproting male prostitution rights now?

  • BRAD PITT987654321 | January 18, 2014 6:12 AM

    oh my god

    meryl streep is ''standing up'' to the NRA

    lets all just smile and forget she stood on Walt Disneys grave

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