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Box Office: 'Rio' First 2011 Release To Crack $40 Million Opening Weekend; 'Scream' Goes Quiet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 6:18 AM
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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: it’s been a dismal year at the box office. Studios have their fingers crossed in regards to a tepid-looking summer schedule, but many were hoping the season could be kick(punch)-started early with a strong April, as two new films were tracking well over $40 million this weekend. And it looks like those hopes are for naught, as the number one movie for this period looks to be Fox and Blue Sky’s animated “Rio,” clocking in juuuust about at $40 million for the three day weekend. Yes, Hollywood, it's taken more than four months to register year's first $40 million opening weekend.

'Fraggle Rock' Director Cory Edwards Says Project Is In A "Deep Coma," Has Moved On

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 8:08 AM
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Well, the writing on the wall for this was there last summer. A big screen take on "Fraggle Rock" has been in the works for a long time now, but the production hit a bump last summer when writer/director Cory Edwards revealed that he was "struggling to stay in control of my own movie" and that The Weinstein Company wanted a new writer to take on the project to make it, uh, "edgier." And things have not gotten better.

'Apollo 18' Gets Dumped On Jan. 6, 2012; 'Our Idiot Brother' Moves In On August 26th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 7:43 AM
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'Piranha 3DD' Takes A Bite Out Of ThanksgivingThe Weinstein Company have announced some new dates on their calendar for this year and one film has noticeably been taken off.

Magnolia Picks Up ‘Tim And Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie’; The Weinsteins Are 'Undefeated'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2011 8:57 AM
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If we didn't know any better, it's looks like Magnolia is making moves to become some serious players in the indie film biz. They've already snatched up the rights to Lars Von Trier's forthcoming "Melancholia" and now they've added another buzzworthy film to their slate.

Kenneth Branagh To Direct Film About The 1936 U.S. Olympic Crew Team

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 8:44 AM
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Where there's smoke, there's fire, and The Weinstein Company must have seen the smoke. Deadline reports that bidding for the upcoming book "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown had fierce competition between publishers Viking and Random House with bids going up to $750,000. Well, the Weinsteins know a hot project when they see one as they've snatched up the film rights and it's already attracted a director.

Tom Hooper Adds 'Tulip Fever' To List Of Possible Follow-Ups To 'The King's Speech'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2011 2:20 AM
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The Roman statesman Cato The Elder, when asked about his legacy, responded "I would like the world to say 'why didn't they put up a statue to him?' rather than 'why did they put up a statue to him?'" "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper now doesn't have the option, having beaten David Fincher, and the predictions of most Oscar prognosticators, and won the Best Director prize at Sunday's Academy Awards. Now, the young director, on only his third film, has to pick his follow-up without disappointing those invested in him.

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

  • By The Playlist
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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.

The Weinstein Company Acquire Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus'; Actor May Adapt 'Antony & Cleopatra' Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 15, 2011 2:30 AM
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The Berlin Film Festival is firmly underway, and yesterday saw the first big high-profile premiere of the Berlinale; namely, Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." Debuting yesterday to mostly strong reviews, it looks as though Fiennes' contemporary re-up of the play, originally set in Rome, has come off, with Vanessa Redgrave's performance as the hero's mother Volumnia already gathering early Oscar talk for 2012.

'Scream 4' Trailer Arrives To Announce Your Horror McFranchise Is Back Just How You Like It

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 16, 2011 8:40 AM
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New decade, new rules, huh? Not exactly. Pop quiz: what would a "Scream" movie be without its movie in-jokes, exactly? Hmm, perhaps an original film? A Canadian trailer for the Weinstein Company's desperate franchise cash-in has arrived and get it while it's hot because the studio keeps taking down various trailers on YouTube only for them to spring up again five minutes later. They should probably realize the wildfire has spread and it's best to just release an official version already.

Weinstein Company Snatch Up 'Cogan's Trade' For 2012; James Gandolfini May Appear

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2011 4:22 AM
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Comic Crime Caper To Hit Theaters In Early 2012When Harvey Weinstein aggressively goes after something he usually gets it. Case in point. The Weinstein Company honcho has acquired domestic distribution rights to Aussie director Andrew Dominik's follow-up to “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” (a picture that won Brad Pitt one of his first major awards; 2007's Best Actor prize in Venice). Thanks to his new bevy of investors, Harvey has dollars and clout and apparently slapped down a $20 million dollar promise for promotion and advertising alone for Dominik's latest, "Cogan's Trade," a pretty weighty pledge for TWC.

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