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Robert Redford Blames Harvey Weinstein For Celebrity Overkill At The Sundance Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 9:22 AM
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In the 35 years that have passed since the Sundance Film Festival first started as the Utah/US Film Festival, it has gone from a quaint shindig in the mountains to one of the most important movie events on the calendar. Every year, press, actors, directors, paparazzi, PR companies, brand ambassadors and more descend upon the Beehive State, where the talk becomes equally split between the films trying to get some attention, and who's being seen around town. And through it all has been Robert Redford, who has been integral in giving the festival standing not just in the United States, but around the world, as Sundance is now growing into global offshoots, such as Sundance London. However, for all that success, Redford would prefer the focus to be on the movies, not on the stars.

'Grace Of Monaco' Gets Not-So-Awards-Friendly Spring 2014 Date, Harvey Weinstein Wants 'Scream 5' To Happen

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 1, 2013 10:22 AM
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Last week saw the latest Weinstein Company-backed biopic “Grace of Monaco” formally drop out of this year’s Oscar race with Harvey Weinstein citing the film’s incompletion for the delay, saying it “just wasn’t finished, the sound, anything.” While Weinstein promised a full-court press for the Nicole Kidman-led film when it was released, we’re not sure the film’s new date bodes well for the biopic.

Harvey Weinstein Calls 2013 Awards Race "The Most Competitive Season I've Ever Seen," Praises 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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If there is one person who knows the ins and outs of any award season, it's Harvey Weinstein. The producer extraordinaire has been behind countless campaigns, and knows how the system works backwards and forwards, and more than any prognosticator, his feelings on the 2013 race certainly carry with them some tremendous weight. And if Harvey is sensing the field is one of the toughest he's been part of, then you know it's going to be an interesting few months leading up to the Oscars.

Harvey Weinstein Says Martin Scorsese's Original Final Cut On 'Gangs Of New York' Was 3 1/2 Hours (But You Won't See It)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 10:43 AM
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Post-"Goodfellas," there's are few misfires in Martin Scorsese's oeuvre more ambitious than "Gangs Of New York." An epic, sprawling tale of the rise of modern day New York City from its gritty, earthy and violent beginnings, the film required a big canvas to tell the story, but with Harvey Weinstein producing the movie, it was inevitable there would be a battle over the length.

Harvey Weinstein Says 'The Hobbit' Is Real Reason WB Is Giving Him Grief Over 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 3:50 PM
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It seems that barely a month can go by without Harvey Weinstein getting himself embroiled in one controversy or another and as per usual, he's the master of spinning it into a good publicity opportunity. As you may have heard, he's currently beefing with Warner Bros. , over the title of the upcoming Lee Daniels' movie "The Butler." WB is absurdly staking their copyright claim to the name because it's the same as a 1916 silent short in the studio's vault that they didn't even produce, but merely acquired eons ago. TWC basically lost their MPAA hearing, which gave rights to the title to Warner Bros and Harvey has been fighting ever since, hiring a high priced lawyer to represent him and so on. But what's really at the heart of this? Money. Of course.

David O. Russell Wants Christian Bale To Team With Jennifer Lawrence For 'The Ends Of The Earth'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 4, 2013 9:24 AM
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George Clooney aside, it's been a strong trend in David O. Russell's career to secure great performances from actors and then continue to bring them back for further projects. The director's latest instance of such is with the Weinstein-backed romantic drama, “The Ends of the Earth,” reteaming with his “Silver Linings Playbook” actress Jennifer Lawrence, and now another previous collaborator is slated to come onboard.

Jennifer Lawrence Apologizes For "Brain Fart," Thanks David O. Russell & Harvey Weinstein In Oscar Speech Addendum

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 3:59 PM
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So, we picked Jennifer Lawrence as our Woman Of The Year for 2012, and....toldja. If there was any doubt last fall, the actress secured her place as America's sweetheart Sunday night by being the awkward nerd we all wanted to be at the Oscars. From falling up the stairs to get her Best Actress award, to totally freaking the fuck out when Jack Nicholson smoothly hits on her backstage and handling the idiotic questions from the press corps with aplomb, it seems there's one more way for Lawrence to endear herselves to us.

Megan Ellison Hates Harvey Weinstein & More: 7 Highlights From The Juicy Vanity Fair Profile On The Annapurna Scion

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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Vanity Fair’s 2013 Hollywood issue is kind of the gift that keeps on giving. It not only has an awesome oral history of “Pulp Fiction” (highlights of which you can read here), but it also has some pretty in-depth and juicy profiles. But, the most tantalizing is about Megan Ellison, the 27-year old daughter of the third richest man in the U.S. She’s rumored to have been given a bankroll as large as $2 billion from her Dad on her 25th birthday (though her reps deny the figure), with the movie buff using the amount to help bankroll her slate of films.

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.

The Director of 'House Party' Partly Inspired 'Django Unchained'; Harvey Weinstein Describes How He Would Have Split The Film In Two

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 2:42 PM
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The latest issues of Empire and Entertainment Weekly are on newstands now and both have Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" on the cover. Over the weekend we found out from Tarantino himself at the New York press day for the film that the filmmaker has an extended version of his Spaghetti Western film that he could one day release. He also revealed that, much like the "Kill Bill" films, TWC's Harvey Weinstein suggested breaking the long "Django Unchained" (almost three hours) into two parts. Ultimately, Tarantino decided that breaking the films in half wouldn't work for this more linear story, but it's an idea they evidently explored.

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