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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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'Philomena' Off to Strong Start, 'Nebraska' Second Weekend Lags

Weinstein heart-tugger "Philomena," this week's awards-friendly limited opening, scored an initial number comparable to two recent Oscar contenders ("Nebraska" and "Dallas Buyers Club"), just ahead of its rapid expansion this Wednesday. Per usual, the specialty market is getting crowded, with not just new limited films but plenty of wider-releases, including "Catching Fire," grabbing the attention of older audiences. It's a time of high-risk opportunity, as not all releases will achieve their hoped-for maximum attention.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 24, 2013 4:27 PM
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Review and Round-Up: Stephen Frears' Oscar-Friendly 'Philomena' Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (TRAILER)

It's no surprise that the Weinstein Co. is releasing "Philomena," which is one of those movies aimed squarely at the Academy middle. It took a while for writer-producer-star Steve Coogan--who seems to be trying to perform some kind of career rehab by playing a softer-hearted creature than his usual--to persuade Stephen Frears to do the directing honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 4:16 PM
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Weinstein Company Nabs US and Canadian Rights for 'Macbeth,' Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Michael Fassbender is hot. The Weinstein Company has picked up US and Canadian rights to Justin Kurzel's big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" from Studio Canal, which will star Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 11:55 AM
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'The Giver,' Starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, Heads Into Production

The Weinstein Company has announced that principal photography on the big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1994 dystopian YA classic and Newberry Medal winner "The Giver" heads underway on October 7. The film stars quite the cast: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent"), Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan ("Vampire Academy") and Taylor Swift.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 12:39 PM
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Weinsteins Will Hold Nicole Kidman's 'Grace of Monaco' Until 2014, Out of 2013 Oscar Race

The Weinstein Company has opted to wait on "Grace of Monaco" and release the title in the spring, keeping it out of the already overcrowded 2013 Oscar season. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which stars Nicole Kidman in the title role, needs more time to be completed.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 12:06 PM
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Jessica Chastain & Ned Benson Talk the Long Road to TIFF Hit 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

One of the unforeseen but delightful surprises at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." I must confess that, stumbling bleary-eyed into its first 9 am press screening, I did feel slightly concerned about the 190-minute running time of writer-director Ned Benson's debut.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 23, 2013 6:04 AM
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RADiUS Snaps Up Mike Myers' Directorial Debut 'Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon'

Weinstein boutique label RADiUS has taken North American rights to Mike Meyers' directorial debut, "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon." The doc, which centers on longtime music manager Gordon's "legendary life in the uber fast lane," premiered at TIFF.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 20, 2013 12:40 PM
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POLL: Who Should Play J.D. Salinger in New Salinger Biopic?

"Salinger" writer-director Shane Salerno, behind the book and recent documentary that uncovers the reclusive J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), is penning a feature film biopic about the 20th-century author for the Weinstein Co. Take our poll, below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 19, 2013 12:31 PM
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