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WATCH: First Trailer for 'The Giver' -- Weinsteins Give YA Drama 'Butler' Slot

A first trailer for "The Giver" has arrived, adapted from Lois Lowry's classic YA novel of the same title. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges both star (with Bridges playing the Giver), along with Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brendan Thwaites. The Weinsteins are aiming at August--for now. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 12:09 PM
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Weinstein Co. To Release Dubbed Argentinian Animated Sports Adventure 'Underdogs' (TRAILER)

The Weinstein Co. plans to dub into English and release in various territories the Argentinian animated sports adventure "Underdogs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2014 4:02 PM
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WATCH: Mia Wasikowska Schleps Through the Outback in New Trailer for 'Tracks'

The latest trailer for director John Curran's "Tracks," about a young woman's treacherous journey across the wilds of the West Australian desert and starring the sublime Mia Wasikowska, has landed. Release date via distributor The Weinstein Company forthcoming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 6:46 PM
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Helen Mirren Set to Reclaim Art Stolen by Nazis in 'The Woman in Gold'; Weinsteins On Board

Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company is on board period drama "The Woman in Gold"; the film is set to star Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 21, 2014 12:37 PM
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Netflix Partners with Weinsteins on New Original Series, Heads for Sundance with Docs in Mind (TRAILERS)

Netflix not only partnered with the Weinstein Co. for their Golden Globe after party but on several new TV series as well. Ted Sarandos has always been close to the indie film community. In fact, he picked up Oscar doc contender "The Square" and plans to make it available for streaming on January 17 and heads for Sundance with opening nighter "Mitt" and plans to buy more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 1:04 PM
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Weinsteins Catch 'A Speck in the Sea'

The Weinstein Company has picked up film rights to author and journalist Paul Tough's gripping New York Times Magazine piece "A Speck in the Sea," the magazine's cover story last Sunday.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 10, 2014 5:29 PM
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'Grandmaster' Wong Kar-Wai Mourns 35 MM, Honors Fading Martial Arts (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love") is an engaging and articulate man. He's happy that after two years of research travel around Asia meeting the grandmasters of martial arts, his film "The Grandmaster" is not only his second to be submitted by Hong Kong for the best foreign Oscar, but made the shortlist of nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2014 12:59 PM
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Why 'August: Osage County' Is Moving Off Its Christmas Opening

The Weinstein Co. confidently debuted John Wells and Tracy Lett's entertaining no-holds-barred R-rated film adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning stage hit "August: Osage County" at the Toronto Film Festival. Since then TWC has been working their SAG and Golden Globes magic, but the movie hasn't been getting love from year-end critics groups. (So far it's at 67% on Metacritic.) The Weinsteins already pulled back from a wide to a limited Christmas break and are switching things up again, moving those engagements back two days to December 27. Why?
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 17, 2013 4:35 PM
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Weinsteins Go New Media with 'August: Osage County' as Streep Limits Press Access, Pursue Awards Influencers in New Way (STREEP TALKS VIDEO)

What does the mighty New York Times do when there's no Meryl Streep interview? They do a write-around. Streep was a no-show at the "August: Osage County" unveiling and press conference at the Toronto Film Festival, allowing others to speak for her. (Early press reaction was mixed.) Instead she did the one thing press-shy folks must do: a press conference posted on YouTube (below). And the Weinstein know this movie's most enthusiastic supporters will be actors, so they are courting them in an innovative new way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 1:10 PM
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After Years in Shadow, Oscar Winner '20 Feet From Stardom' Lets Backup Singers Take Center Stage (UPDATED)

"20 Feet From Stardom"
It was a big task for a little documentary to go up against the likes of "Man of Steel," "Monsters University" and "World War Z." In a way, though, it's a fitting role for Morgan Neville's film. Those big popcorn flicks can hold up a mirror to our lives, but "20 Feet from Stardom" goes deeper. By asking questions about sex, race and the American dream, it challenges us to look critically at our collective, national soul. In doing so, it's one of the most important films of the year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • November 26, 2013 4:01 PM
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