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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.

The Weinsteins Recut 'Seal Team Six' To Better Position Barack Obama, Claim It's Not Politically Motivated

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 24, 2012 12:56 PM
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It’s election season. Hurray for democracy! So far that’s had a slight impact on the movie world, other than the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis (in this writer’s opinion laughless) comedy “The Campaign” arriving in theatres this summer. And while much more powderkeg type movies in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" won't arrive until after election day to prevent any accusations of trying to sway the vote, it seems that loveable old scamp Harvey Weinstein isn’t worried about falling into the same trap. He's gone ahead and recut the television drama “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” to more prominently feature President Barack Obama.

Paul Thomas Anderson Cut The Marketing For 'The Master' Himself, Talks Working With Harvey Weinstein

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 11:46 AM
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At times it seemed like it would never happen, but "The Master" is almost (finally) here. Paul Thomas Anderson's long-in-the-works pseudo-Scientology story, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joquain Phoenix, is set to hit theaters in limited release on September 14th (following a string of secret screenings and an official world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and an appearance at TIFF). In anticipation of the film's release, the usually cagey Anderson is on the press circuit, and in a lengthy and fascinating interview with the Village Voice, talks about how he single handedly created the marketing for the movie and what it was like working with the sometimes controversial Harvey Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein Says Long Delayed 'Shanghai' Coming This Year, Still Wants To Make 'Shakespeare In Love 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 7:04 PM
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While Harvey Weinstein usually lets his marketing department do the work for him, he's been working the press pretty hard himself the past few weeks. Not only does he have his little arthouse hit "The Intouchables" to stump for, but a slate of eagerly awaited films including John Hillcoat's "Lawless," Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and of course, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which hits Comic-Con Saturday, promising a brand-new batch of footage to wow the crowds. But in talking with Movies.com, he dropped some little nuggets about two particular films from the past that are still kicking with life.

Harvey Weinstein Says "Surprise" Co-Stars Could Still Join 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2012 6:22 PM
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We've all got to hand it to Harvey Weinstein. The guy plays an Academy voter room like a fiddle and he knows exactly what to say to entice the press as well. The Weinstein Company just showed off roughly 10 minutes of Quentin Tarantino's Western/slave drama "Django Unchained" to press today in Cannes, which we described as, "pure Tarantino through and through. Longtime fans of the director are going to be thrilled."

The Mix: Rooney Mara Unveils New Look For 'Bitter Pill'; Katniss Everdeen Gets Turned Into A Barbie & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 6:16 PM
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Steven Soderbergh's "The Bitter Pill" is now rolling in front of cameras and it looks like the girl with the dragon tattoo is now the girl with a new haircut (or wig). Rooney Mara has been snapped walking around the New York City set with some new brunette-ish locks, and combined with a frumpy trench coat, it's a far cry from her previous Hot Topic look.

Don't Blame It On Harvey: Terrence Malick Gave 'Wettest County' Its Blessing To Use 'Lawless' Title

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2012 6:50 PM
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Earlier today we revealed and essentially confirmed what was quietly in the cards for a few weeks now: John Hillcoat's Prohibition crime flick "The Wettest County" starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and many more is changing its name to "Lawless."

Remember That Paul Potts Biopic? Harvey Weinstein Wants Katy Perry Or Adele To Play His Wife

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 12:27 PM
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Does anyone still listen to Paul Potts? In case you forgot, he made a brief cultural splash a few years ago when he showed up on "Britain's Got Talent" and wowed audiences Susan Boyle-style, leading to a brief run of concerts and fame, before everyone moved to something else. But a movie about his life was in the works anyway, and the last we heard about it was all the way back in the fall of 2010, when "The Devil Wears Prada" director David Frankel was attached to direct. Well, belive it or not, this thing is still happening.

Harvey Weinstein Threatens To Leave MPAA, Wants Lady Gaga & Michelle Obama To Help Him Get People To See 'Bully'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 12:22 PM
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The saga between Harvey Weinstein and MPAA deepens today. As you might remember, the ratings board slapped an R on the upcoming documentary "Bully," effectively preventing the very kids it was made for from seeing the film. Yesterday, Harvey attended an appeals hearing accompanied by Alex Libby, one of the bullied kids in the picture. The MPAA re-voted on the matter, and once again, came back with an R-rating for the film, another decision that once again shows this mysterious body to be hugely out of touch. Apparently, Harv needed a 2/3 majority to get the rating overturned, but lost by one vote. And that was the straw that broke the camel's back.

The Amazing Race: Jean Dujardin, Martin Scorsese & Octavia Spencer Get Boosts From The Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 9:01 AM
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The third Monday in January is popularly known in Hollywood circles as "hungover-as-shit Monday," as it immediately follows the Golden Globes, the award season's drunker, more badly-behaved little cousin. Among all the questions raised by the Golden Globes last night (What was the point of asking a defanged Ricky Gervais back? How did we get to the point where "W.E" can legitimately be described as an award-winning film? Is Johnny Depp Irish now or something? What is "Episodes"?), the one we come back to here is whether or not the Globes are really a force when it comes to predicting how the Oscars will turn out.

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