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Time Magazine Names 'The Counselor,' 'Only God Forgives' & 'Grown Ups 2' In 10 Worst Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 12:20 PM
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The Counselor
First there was the best....and now the comes the worst. And while Mary Pols stoked internet fury last year by naming "Cloud Atlas" the top stinker of 2012, hardly anyone will argue with her choice this year: "Grown Ups 2." And in fact the rest of her list is pretty debate proof.

Weinsteins Developing Salinger Biopic & Add “New Footage” To ‘Salinger’ Doc As Ploy To Get People To See It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 18, 2013 4:02 PM
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J.D. Salinger
The Weinstein Company modus operandi of late when a film doesn’t receive spectacular notices at a film festival seems to be: add new footage, send out shiny new press releases suggesting a new cut or you’re missing out on something (in the case of Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster,” which doesn’t appear to be drastically different from the festival cut, the move seemed like a ploy to receive 2nd-look reviews for a movie that was met with tepid responses in Berlin).

Daniel Day-Lewis Was Almost Cast In A Narrative Version Of 'Salinger' (And Almost Played Hannibal Lecter Too)

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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J.D. Salinger, Daniel Day Lewis
It took him nearly a decade but Shane Salerno finally scratched his itch to get to the heart of the most infamous literary recluse of them all, J.D. Salinger. Long before his documentary “Salinger,” had the backing of The Weinstein Company Salerno began his journey with an ambitious idea: make a biopic with Daniel Day-Lewis stepping into the famed author’s shoes.

Watch: New Clips And Trailer For Last-Minute TIFF Entry 'Salinger'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 6, 2013 9:45 AM
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Even The Weinstein Company, charged with marketing Shane Salerno's nine-years-in-the-making documentary “Salinger,” wasn't able to suppress before release the film's biggest secret—that legendary author J.D. Salinger had five unreleased novels finished before his death, novels that his estate to are planning to release before 2020. But the documentary purports to be much more than a series of twists, although it does adopt the aesthetic of a thriller. Five new clips and a last-minute trailer have just debuted, showing that Salinger was a symbol that of which we only witnessed a fraction.

10 Films To See In September

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • September 3, 2013 4:02 PM
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10 Films To See In September
We’ve entered September, the point where the films aren’t bombastic enough for summer (but not outright crap reserved for August), and don’t have the longevity or clout to be remembered come Oscar time. Ten movies made the cut, along with a swath of honorable mentions, so September might be a good time to take a break from school or work and go hit the multiplex!

Telluride Review: Shane Salerno's 'Salinger' Documentary Makes For A Compelling Mystery Yarn

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 2, 2013 6:10 PM
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J.D. Salinger
Making a documentary about the 20th (and 21st) century’s most notorious recluse is rife with both hazards and rewards for filmmaker Shane Salerno, whose “Salinger” has to make do without a single video or audio clip of its titular subject — not because of rights restrictions, but because they apparently don’t exist. That’s an awfully big hole to compensate for, but then again, as anyone who ever enjoyed “The Usual Suspects” could tell you, having a central figure whom everyone talks about but hardly anyone has ever seen can make for a pretty compelling mystery yarn.

Listen: Margaret Salinger Confirms J.D. Salinger Has New Material Ready To Be Published

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 27, 2013 8:00 PM
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There has been a bit of buzz around the internet about a few as-of-yet unpublished J.D. Salinger manuscripts. Rumor has it that the reclusive author had at least five to-be books finished before his death and plans for them to be published after his passing, starting in 2015 (or by 2020). With a timely documentary on the horizon and already fanning the speculation, The Weinstein Company has added some more fuel to the Salinger fire.

Is This The Weinstein Secret? 'Salinger' Biography Says More Books To Be Published, TWC Makes Preview Audiences Sign NDAs & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 26, 2013 9:43 AM
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Aside from netting screenplay duties on Hollywood efforts like “Savages” and James Cameron's “Avatar" sequels, Shane Salerno has traveled the world for the past nine years, intent on creating the most revealing documentary on one secretive icon: J.D. Salinger. Featuring never-before-seen "footage, photographs, and biographical information," “Salinger” finally hits theatres next week, but first, it seems a major surprise regarding Salinger's unpublished material will serve as an appetizer. (Note: the photo above is a recently uncovered snap of Salinger after the invasion of Normandy with a group of counterintelligence buddies dubbed The Four Musketeers.)

Watch: Captivating Trailer For Documentary On Famed Literary Recluse J.D. 'Salinger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2013 4:41 PM
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While The Weinstein Company presentation at Cannes this year left a bit to be desired (though, it would be pretty hard to top 2012's unveiling of "The Master," "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook") one title that did stand out was the documentary "Salinger." Harvey showed off the trailer for the first time on the Croisette where our correspondent Jessica admitted that "it certainly looks riveting, with...plenty of emphasis on the mysteries and enigmas that surround Salinger’s life and legacy." And now it's here for the rest of us to see, and we couldn't agree more.

Cannes 2013: The Weinstein Sizzle Reel Showcases 'Grace Of Monaco,' 'Mandela' & More, Only Occasionally Sizzles

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2013 4:43 PM
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Cannes 2013 TWC Sizzle Reel
In what has apparently become something of a tradition on the Croisette, this evening saw a select group of journalists forgo tempting Official Selection screenings to attend instead the starry, champagne-fuelled preview of The Weinstein Company’s forthcoming slate. Perhaps not quite as salivating a prospect as last year’s auteur-heavy brand-new lineup, which included early glimpses of “Django Unchained,” “The Master,” and “Silver Linings Playbook” it’s still a mark of TWC’s high standing on the awards circuit that what is essentially an invite-only marketing event got so many clamoring to attend. Well, that and the canapes (foie gras toastinis, breaded shrimp and mini eclairs, if you must know). Oh, and the presence of the legendary Harvey Weinstein.

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