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Harvey Weinstein Stands Behind Quentin Tarantino's Decision To Halt 'The Hateful Eight,' Sue Gawker

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 20, 2014 11:23 AM
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Quentin Tarantino,
Whether or not he’s actually rewriting it, the controversy surrounding the script leak for “The Hateful Eight”—aka script-leak-gate—rages on and one of Quentin Tarantino’s oldest and staunchest champions has thrown in his two cents on how everything shook out. Meanwhile, the “Django Unchained” director’s lawsuit against Gawker looks to have gotten a bit trickier.

Unpopular Opinion: Maybe Harvey Weinstein Should Cut 20 Minutes From ‘Snowpiercer’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 14, 2014 2:30 PM
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Snowpiercer
In case you’re not a totally dialed-in geek for this one, a battle has been raging in the press for several months over a movie that few journalists have actually seen. That film is South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming sci-fi graphic novel adaptation, “Snowpiercer,” featuring an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Korean actors Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-sung and many more. And the drama percolating over the last few months has been pitted as a classic David and Goliath story of art versus commerce.

'Snowpiercer' Heads To Berlin Film Festival, Check Out New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 8:44 AM
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Snowpiercer
Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" continues to roll out around the world... except in territories where The Weinstein Company has distribution rights. With no U.S. release date and the battle of the theatrical cut of the movie still presumably unresolved, perhaps this is a sign that there's hope on the horizon?

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 2:43 PM
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The Senator's Wife Harvey Weinstein Meryl Streep
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.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

Harvey Weinstein Says Matt Damon To Return For 'Rounders 2,' Robert De Niro Eyed For Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 11:48 AM
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Rounders 2
Ready for some new old news? Here we go: Way back in 2010, The Weinstein Company and Miramax announced a deal that would find TWC putting into production sequels for some of the biggest movies from the studio they once started, as well as developing television offshoots too. Nothing happened. But thanks to new money and investors, these are now back on the docket.

Weinsteins Kept 'Snowpiercer' From TIFF, Wanted Neil Gaiman To Write New Voiceovers For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 10:09 AM
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Snowpiercer
A massive hit in South Korea, a big success in France, winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematographer from the South Korean Film Critics Circle and a winner of Best Production Design from the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival, the accolades keep rolling in for Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" (read our review of the director's cut too). And yet, looming over the movie are the Weinsteins, who have nabbed the rights to the film for North America and a handful of other key territories around the world, but more crucially, have a say in the final cut.

‘August: Osage County’ Didn’t Change Its Ending; Watch 1-Hour-Plus Q&A With Cast & Producer George Clooney Plus New Photos

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 26, 2013 5:09 PM
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August: Osage County
Expectations can be a bitch or a nice surprise when you’re out of synch with the conventional wisdom. Reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival (including ours) might have led some to believe (myself included) that “August: Osage County” is shrill, pitched up to one volume and disjointed. While it’s unclear if it’s been through an editing process in the three months since the September festival circuit, the “August: Osage County” I saw last night was unexpectedly funny. This is pure Tracy Letts (the playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for ‘August’ onstage in 2008). A corrosive and toxic look at family, “August: Osage County” is unrelentingly dark, but it’s also a black comedy with the most delicious of evil barbs. Family is a four letter word? Hell, yes.

Harvey Weinstein In Another MPAA Fight, This Time Over 'Philomena' R-Rating For F-Bombs

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 18, 2013 10:40 AM
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Philomena Judi Dench
The MPAA should probably go ahead and dedicate a special seat in their boardrooms to Harvey Weinstein, as the notoriously testy producer and Weinstein Company exec has begrudgingly filed into their offices a shocking number of times. Occasionally it's been to overturn a harsh NC-17 rating on a film — “Blue Valentine” in 2010 or “Clerks” in 1994 — but more recently it's been to soften an R-rating for language, as he attempted for 2012's “Bully” or “The Kings Speech." The Tom Hooper film was eventually released in a cut PG-13 version for awards season audiences, and now Weinstein is hoping to avoid a similar outcome for another contender as it nears release.

Harvey Weinstein Now Battling Director Olivier Dahan Over Cut Of 'Grace Of Monaco'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 9:03 AM
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Grace Of Monaco, Nicole Kidman
Harvey Weinstein's reputation precedes him, but it's a complicated one. While the producer has been known for championing difficult movies, and using the full power of the PR machine to get the word out about his movies, he's equally reputed for his battles with filmmakers over the edits of their films. And it's the latter quality that's getting the most attention in the past couple of months. Word of Bong Joon-ho's displeasure at having to recut "Snowpiercer" for Harv is already surfacing, and now another director is airing his grievances about the producer meddling with his film.

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