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Harvey Weinstein Says 'Wettest County' Will Go To Venice, Was Moved To Capitalize On Tom Hardy's Post-'Dark Knight Rises' Fame

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 6:11 PM
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Usually, it's only after Cannes announces their slate that we even begin thinking about the Lido, but it looks like one of our most anticipated films of the year is headed to Venice.

Watch: Paul Rudd Presents 'Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 2:04 AM
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There is probably no better (or controversial) marketer or movie hustler in the business than Harvey Weinstein. The man is capable of spinning almost anything into buzz about his movies (see last year's NC-17 rating of "Blue Valentine" which he promptly turned into a rallying point around the film), and putting Harvey into the awards season with a project to shill is like putting together peanut butter and chocolate. It's a no-brainer. And while movies that come out during the rest of the year may not get the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, if they can turn a modest profit and live a long life on DVD and digital, the honcho is more than happy. But that said, we don't think we've ever seen him personally get involved in promoting a film like has here.

Harvey Weinstein Keeps Hope Alive, Says He Still Wants To Do A 'Rounders' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 6:51 AM
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Talk about a sequel for "Rounders" seems to have been around forever, and while movement hasn't really happened at all on a followup to the 1998 film, the prospect of one is still very real. The last time we heard about the possibility of a sequel was late last year when the Weinsteins made a deal with the new owners of their old label, Miramax, to help develop new movies based on a big portion of their back catalog (other films mentioned included “Shakespeare in Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance” and “The Amityville Horror”). And really, we didn't expect to hear anything else but Harvey Weinstein has tossed it back in the ring.

Harvey Weinstein Says His "Favorite Mistake" Was Not Buying Rights To 'Dragon Tattoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 8:21 AM
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Also Talks About His Pre-Facebook Social Networking SiteEven though he's easily one of the most divisive figures in Hollywood -- he's currently facing lawsuits from Michael Moore and producers from an aborted animated film "Escape From Planet Earth" -- it's hard to deny that Harvey Weinstein is also one of the most influential and successful moguls around town. But everyone makes mistakes and in a piece he recently penned for Newsweek, Weinstein reveals a couple of his biggest doozies.

Oscar Winner Tom Hooper To See PG-13 Cut Of 'The King's Speech' Today

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2011 5:23 AM
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Harvey Weinstein Noticeably Goes Unmentioned In Acceptance SpeechWalking away from last night's Oscars with three big awards -- including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture -- the buzz around "The King's Speech" won't stop anytime soon, but some of that hype may be for an issue that continues to pit producer Harvey Weinstein against the film's director and the cast.

Oscarbation: The Road To The Oscars 2011 & Predictions

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 7:52 AM
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Last year, the Academy Awards expanded the field of Best Picture nominees to ten, ostensibly to give the public the feeling of having influence on what awards committees deemed the finest films of the year. Some argued the move was intended to level the populist playing field in 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was not nominated for a Best Picture award, and the public seemed to be outraged over this move. But one could say the strategy backfired, as the winner was Kathryn Bigelow’s tense war picture “The Hurt Locker,” one of the lowest grossing Best Picture winners in the last few decades. And of course it lost out to the MOR-player "Avatar," now the highest grossing film of all time.

Harvey Weinstein May Have His Groove Back & The Greatest Hits From Recent Vanity Fair Profile

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  • February 16, 2011 3:01 AM
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Watch Out British Helmer Richard Ayoade, Harvey Scissorhands May Be BackAdmittedly, we might be behind the times and some of us just started parsing Vanity Fair's fairly massive Hollywood Issue tome. Written by Bryan Burrough, (the author of " Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34" which spawned Michael Mann's 2009 movie) the thesis of the article is essentially what you see in its (and our) headline: Harvey Weinstein is back. Maybe a slightly more mature, warm and fuzzy Harvey Weinstein with 70% less temper tantrums and outbursts, but one that still knows how to make noise and get his hands dirty with his films for better or worse.

Michael Moore Takes The Weinsteins To Court Over Money Owed For 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2011 9:00 AM
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It looks like the friendly relationship between Michael Moore and Bob and Harvey Weinstein -- who have been involved with the director's last three films -- has come to an abrupt halt.

Tom Hooper Says He Won't Cut 'The King's Speech' For PG-13 Rating; Weinstein Says F-Bombs Hurt Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 7:08 AM
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With "The King's Speech" now the odds on favorite to take home a significant chunk of Oscar gold in a few weeks, Harvey Weinstein is looking to ride that momentum by getting as many eyeballs on the film, and asses in the seats as possible. Just this past weekend -- the first Friday after the Oscar nominations were revealed -- the film expanded to over 2,500 screens but there's just one little problem. An R-rating -- mostly found in one key sequence -- is keeping the film away from even bigger crowds and apparently educators who want to screen the film for their students. Last week, Harvey Weinstein revealed his desire to re-cut the film to pass the MPAA's rigorous standards, but director Tom Hooper isn't having it.

Harvey Scissorhands Wants To Honor Top Oscar Nominee 'King's Speech' By Cutting It For PG-13 Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 11:43 AM
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After this morning's Oscar nominations, where "The King's Speech" stacked up a dozen nods, it seems Harvey Weinstein still isn't quite done maximizing the potential of the product he has out there in the theaters.

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