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Arthouse Audit: 'Silver Linings' and 'Anna Karenina' Start Steady, Not Stellar

Two anticipated openings dominated art houses this week, as both “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Anna Karenina” launched in multiple cities as part of a strategy to push audience response in advance of wider playoffs. Both faced – as do all limited releases at the moment – massive competition from wider release studio films that are drawing the same target adult audience. Both showed strength despite all the alternative films in play.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 18, 2012 4:16 PM
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The Weinsteins Sail with 'Kon-Tiki,' Norway's Oscar Entry

The Weinstein Co. has acquired "Kon-Tiki" for US distribution. The film, which recently played at AFI Fest, is Norway's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and screened at Toronto earlier this fall...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2012 5:38 PM
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AFM, Day 1: Seyfried & Dempsey, Morton & Hunt, Weinstein, Wiig, Wan & More Titles in the Mix [UPDATED]

As the American Film Market (AFM) kicks off November 1, IM Global has come on board to produce Joe Carnahan's "Stretch." Patrick Wilson stars in the action film, with frequent IM Global partner Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions ("Paranormal Activity") co-producing.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 3:06 PM
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'SEAL Team Six' Director John Stockwell Talks Fact and Fiction, Harvey Weinstein, 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Rushing out the fast-and-dirty TV movie of a big news story before the Hollywood class-act hits is nothing new. It's just odd that Harvey Weinstein got into the act with fiction film "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Bin Laden." This is hardly Oscar or even Emmy fare. What exactly motivated the movie mogul to jump into this low-budget run-and-gun TV movie at last year's Cannes?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 6:58 PM
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Critics Groups Will See 'Django Unchained' Well Before Mid-December Press Junket

Now that three trailers and a slew of character posters have accumulated, anticipation for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is at a high. The press is chomping at the bit for the film's official junket days, announced by the Weinstein Company as December 15 and 16. Weinstein reps assure us that despite the mid-month junket dates for "Django," the NYFCC, LAFCA, HPFA, National Board of Review et al will see the film in time for their voting deadlines.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 6:09 AM
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BFI London Announces Industry Programme, Keynote By Harvey Weinstein

The 56th BFI London Film Festival's Industry Programme includes a keynote address by Harvey Weinstein and a conversation with director Roger Michell. Panels and talks range from the challenges and opportunities of digital platforms, how film culture affects the film industry, film piracy and the insights into the script-to-screen- to-market process.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 8, 2012 12:21 PM
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Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh Takes Legal Action Against 'New Yorker' Burkle Profile, UPDATE

Following journalist Connie Bruck's Ron Burkle profile published Monday in The New Yorker entitled "Cashier du Cinema," which depicts Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh as an incompetent businessman (which Hollywood insiders have long suspected) who has lost control of his company to Burkle, Kavanaugh and his lawyer are protesting, calling the piece "false and malicious."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 2:40 PM
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The French Choose Weinstein's 'The Intouchables' for Foreign Oscar Race

In a change of direction, a markedly younger seven-member film commission including Cannes director Thierry Fremaux has chosen heart-tugging crowdpleaser "The Intouchables" as their official Oscar submission, their first comedy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 1:09 PM
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Busy Jennifer Lawrence Balances Franchise Paydays with Indie Fare; Wanted for 'Ends of the Earth'

With both David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21) and Suzanne Bier's "Serena" (2013) in the bag, Jennifer Lawrence is a lock for two "Hunger Games" sequels (going from $500,000 to some $10-million for number two) and a reprise of her role as Mystique in an "X-Men: First Class" sequel, but her future indie pursuits are less certain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:35 PM
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Posters for PT Anderson's 'The Master' Play with Perception

Two posters for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" have recently landed. Both are brilliant. Which is your favorite? If you can't wait until September 14 for more, Beth Hanna reviewed the film at its surprise Aero Theater screening last weekend.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:29 PM
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