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Harvey Weinstein Considers Dropping 'Grace Of Monaco' Before Cannes As Battle Over Final Cut Continues

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2014 1:35 PM
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Grace of Monaco
You might have forgotten, but this year's Cannes Film Festival opener "Grace Of Monaco," was originally supposed to be released last fall, and then was pushed to this spring. However, last October, reports surfaced that producer Harvey Weinstein and director Olivier Dahan were battling over the cut of the film, with the filmmaker even more dismayed that Harv actually doesn't have any money invested in the actual production — he's merely the U.S. distributor. The battle caused the film to be removed from the release calendar, but long after, it was selected for Cannes. So, no problem then, right? Wrong.

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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  • 23 Comments
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.

Nicole Kidman's 'Grace Of Monaco' Pulled From Release Calendar, Film Hasn't Been Delivered To The Weinsteins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 6:19 PM
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While Harvey Weinstein's battle with "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-Ho has nabbed the headlines, you may forgotten about another fight he's been having, with another foreign director: Olivier Dahan. Viewed early as a potential Oscar hopeful, "Grace Of Monaco" was pushed from a fall date to this spring, and not long after, word emerged that the director and Weinstein, were butting heads over the cut of the movie. And it seems they haven't found a solution.

The Weinsteins Reportedly Want Ben Affleck & Matt Damon For 'All Is Lost'-Esque Drama 'A Speck In The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 1:39 PM
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Who doesn't want Batman and Jason Bourne in their movie? That's really the question when it comes to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two of the most in-demand dudes and nice guys around town. And no doubt, Harvey Weinstein has been big boosters of the pair ever since getting behind "Good Will Hunting," and working with them on a handful of projects since. So perhaps it isn't surprising he wants to team them in a movie that would be fitting in with recent run of survival movies.

Review: '12-12-12' Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert Doc Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 15, 2013 5:30 PM
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12-12-12
Earlier this week, Alicia Keys presented "12-12-12" at the Ziegfeld Theater to a New York audience, who reportedly "clapped, cheered and swayed their heads to the music." With a line-up including Keys, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, The Who, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and more, the film has one of the best soundtracks of the year. Opening in limited release today, the film captures the spirit of 12-12-12, the Hurricane Sandy relief concert—a quickly made, star-studded event for a great cause.

Review: The U.S. Cut Of Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 20, 2013 11:04 AM
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Exquisitely crafted, as visually stunning as you’d imagine and virtuosic in its meticulously gorgeous fight choreography (which acts as a kind of throwdown to comers like the Wachowski siblings), acclaimed Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” is nevertheless still an uneven and unbalanced affair that doesn’t track and cannot negotiate its various aims. Ostensibly a chronicle of the the story and struggles of Ip Man (played by longtime WKW collaborator Tony Leung), the seminal Chinese martial artist who famously taught Bruce Lee, “The Grandmaster” is both his story, and a type of martial arts history lesson concerning Ip’s self-defense-based discipline Wing Chun. But this being a Wong Kar-wai film, a moody, familiar unrequited love story with the daughter of a rival Grandmaster, Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), also materializes to only minimally convincing (and emotional) effect. But none of these three stories add up to much of an engaging experience, outside of relishing the action sequences and admiring the elegance of the aesthetic drapes as it were.

Bradley Cooper Enlists 'Chef' John Wells For New Cooking Drama

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 2, 2013 6:52 PM
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John Wells, Bradley Cooper
The story of “Chef” is rather complicated, but let’s have a go at it. And before we get there, do not confuse this with the very-similarly sounding “Chef” project that Jon Favreau is now attached to. Written by “Eastern Promises” screenwriter Steven Wright, “Chef,” is a cooking comedy/drama that’s been in development for some years. It interested David Fincher and Keanu Reeves for a while a few years back, but the project never gained enough traction (Fincher’s short attention span went elsewhere). Owned by the house of Weinstein, Bradley Cooper became involved in the lead after Harvey Weinstein figured their “Silver Linings Playbook” went swimmingly well (Oscar noms for Cooper, over $100 million domestically, etc.). Cooper then tried to enlist his “Place Beyond The Pines” director Derek Cianfrance, and while he toyed with the idea of making it his next film, the “Blue Valentine” filmmaker eventually decided it was not for him (you can read about that in our interview with him here).

New Behind-The-Scenes Clip Shows Tantalizing First Footage From Bong Joon-ho's Post-Apocalyptic 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 9:37 AM
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The summer movie season is nearly upon us, but one of the most hotly tipped summer movies (at least for film fans of a certain ilk) still doesn't have a release date in America: Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi extravaganza "Snowpiercer." The Weinstein Company bought the domestic rights to the movie, which concerns a train traversing a post-apocalyptic, snow-covered earth, and initially had planned to release it this summer, when the movie rolls out globally. But they haven't said much, so god only knows when it will wash up on American shores. Until then, a recently released behind-the-scenes clip (courtesy of The Film Stage) gives us our first look at "Snowpiercer" in motion.

The Weinstein Company Booking 'Suite Francaise' With Michelle Williams & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Weinstein Company are carrying an impressive 2013 slate with "Grace Of Monaco," "August: Osage County," "Salinger," "Fruitvale," "The Butler" and "The Grandmaster" all dated, and "Snowpiercer," "Lowlife" and "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" (hopefully) expected this year as well. And it seems they are looking ahead to 2014, as they've picked up a movie that already boasts a promising pedigree.

Watch: Trailer For Jonathan Levine's Debut 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane' Finally Getting U.S. Release This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 4:49 PM
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Let's say you're a first time director, and you go to the Toronto International Film Festival hoping that maybe your film will get noticed and perhaps land a modest distribution deal. Now imagine that it's a hit, and none other than The Weinstein Company come calling with plans to release your movie through their Dimension Films shingle. Awesome! Or so it would seem to anyone, but this was 2006 and director Jonathan Levine -- who would go on to make "The Wackness," "50/50" and "Warm Bodies" -- found himself in a curious situation with "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane." He had a hot distributor for his movie, but they got cold feet after "Grindhouse" flopped, and sold his picture to Senator Entertainment...who went out of business. But now the movie has come full circle.

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