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Weekend Box Office: Audiences Stay Home In Droves As 'The Help' Defeats Weak New Releases

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 21, 2011 4:53 AM
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Credit a canny expansion strategy that nabbed “The Help” the number one spot at the box office in its second weekend of release. Disney wisely banked on the film having more buzz than the slate of underwhelming new releases (not all of it positive), and after two weekends, it’s easily one of the season’s big success stories, as the picture has crested $70 million after only twelve days of release. The establishment has been encouraged - stories of the struggles of minorities highlighted by the heroism of a plucky white person of higher social strata are surefire earners, particularly if you market to families. Institutionalized racism at its most efficient.

The Weinsteins Prep Broadway Musical Versions Of 'Finding Neverland,' 'Chocolat' & "Cinema Paradiso'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 16, 2011 8:22 AM
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There's no shortage of films that have been adapted into Broadway musicals, so why stop now?

Watch: Juno Temple is Harvey Weinstein's 'Dirty Girl' In New Trailer

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 26, 2011 2:22 AM
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British actress Juno Temple (daughter of documentarian Julien) started out with memorable roles in “Atonement” and “Notes on a Scandal,” and she’s quickly made a name for herself on this side of the Atlantic too. She may have starred in Harold Raimis’ toxic “Year One,” but managed to nimbly sidestep the fallout from that project, in large part by nixing any expectations she might flower into an English Rose in the Keira Knightely stable, and getting her kit off in Gregg Araki’s spectacularly nuts “Kaboom” earlier in the year and landing a role in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The Weinstein Company Obtain Distribution & Remake Rights To French-Language Film 'Untouchable'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 9, 2011 3:33 AM
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The Weinstein Company has been taking risks left and right this year after its Oscar success with "The King's Speech." They're looking to make a big splash with Oscar fare like "The Iron Lady" (though last week's trailer was ridiculous), "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and Madonna's "W.E." However, they also have picked up smaller films that might be harder to sell to a wide audience like Michael Hazanavicius' "The Artist" and now, according to THR, the French-language film "Untouchable."

'Dirty Girl' Starring Juno Temple Gets Drastic Re-Edit & October 7th Date By The Weinstein Company

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 5:46 AM
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Shocker: Bruce Willis/50 Cent Movie 'Set Up' Going Straight-To-DVDIt's no secret that Harvey Weinstein aka Harvey Scissorhands likes to maximize the movies under his roof to make sure they make the most bang for their buck. There is already the case of Tom Hooper's "The King' Speech" which was edited without his consent down to a PG-13 rating for a post-Oscar re-release. And Harvey admitted he was thinking about tinkering with Richard Ayoade's "Submarine" before it his theaters earlier this year (though wisely, he ultimately kept his hands off). But one recent acquisition has undergone a major overhaul on its way to theaters this fall.

Oscar Contender? The Weinstein Company Sets Madonna's 'W.E.' For December 9th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 6:35 AM
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Looks like Harvey Weinstein has an embarrassment of Oscar riches this year. Just a couple weeks after The Weinstein Company peppered the awards season slate with release dates for "The Iron Lady," "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and "The Artist" he's throwing one more potential contender into the mix.

Weinsteins Set Oscar Dates For 'The Iron Lady,' 'Coriolanus,' 'My Week with Marilyn' & 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2011 10:27 AM
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'Scary Movie 5' & 'Halloween 3D' Set For 2012We may be right in the heart of summer blockbuster season, but Harvey Weinstein is already looking ahead to Oscar campaigns that he will mount this fall and he's dropped dates for a bunch of new films, including four which could be heavy contenders for statues. So let's get started, shall we?

The Weinstein Company Picks Up Madonna's 'W.E.,' Official Synopsis Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 5:25 AM
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We'll give it up to Madge. She's certainly ambitious. After whiffing pretty hard on her directorial debut "Filth & Wisdom" she raised the stakes for her sophomore effort, the dual narrative "W.E." and now she's got some major players to help get it out there.

'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Man Of Steel' & More Skip Comic-Con As Major Studios Stay Away This Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 3:09 AM
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Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney & The Weinstein Company Pass On San Diego; Marvel On The FenceThe comic/geek crowd are either the most important group to court for genre films or their influence is overstated; it really depends on who you ask. In recent years, the very vocal contingent has generally been thought of as essential to making sure more challenging or niche fare finds an audience or least makes its budget back, but a series of disappointments and flops have the studios reconsidering. Last year, Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" was met with widespread geek acclaim only for the Universal film to sputter at the box office (though to be fair, the marketing for that film did little to embrace anybody outside the core of fans). "Sucker Punch" got major buzz and died on the vine this past spring, while "Tron: Legacy" played modestly despite nerds flipping for footage that Disney teased as early as 2008 (though yes, it has done enough to convince the studio get a sequel moving). And both "Skyline" and "Let Me In" faltered when they hit screens later in the year, after doing the San Diego Comic-Con rounds.

'Tetro' Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. Is Shooting Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2011 1:30 AM
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Shooting Will Partly Be On 65MM: Also, Is There A Scientology Conspiracy Afoot?Pretty much since day one, Paul Thomas Anderson fanboys, god bless their hearts, have been scrambling to turn over any breadcrumb clue they could find for further insight and details into PTA's upcoming untitled project, colloquially known as "The Master." First off, a very early, unfinished draft of the script leaked last summer (our in-depth look at it still seems to be the most authoritative piece on it out there).

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