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Finally, Venice Makes 'The Master' Official

Harvey Weinstein likes to milk his PR. We all know that Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which made its LA debut at an unannounced 70 mm screening at the Aero Theatre last Saturday (TOH review here), was set to show at the 69th Venice Biennale. Sure enough, the official release finally arrived, announcing four new titles including "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, which will be shown in 70 mm. Chances are also good the film will turn up in Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2012 11:41 AM
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Paul Thomas Anderson Sneak Previews 'The Master' in 70 mm in Santa Monica

Friday night I got an email tipping me that Paul Thomas Anderson was previewing "The Master" in 70 mm at The Aero in Santa Monica. Scheduled at 10:30 PM, the movie unspooled after 11 PM; I did get a writer into the house and will post something later today.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2012 11:14 AM
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The Weinstein Co. Moves 'The Master' Up and 'Killing Them Softly' Back

As the Weinsteins send mixed messages about where Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will wind up on the festival circuit, we can now rule out New York. The new September release (9/14 limited and 9/25 wide) could still mean a Venice or Telluride bow or a screening at Fantastic Fest (9/20-27). The Weinsteins are notorious for shuffling their release plans as it suits them, often infuriating exhibitors. But this fall they have plenty of high-profile projects to juggle, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directd by Quentin Tarantino.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2012 4:01 PM
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Dani Weinstein Replaces Sarah Greenberg Roberts at The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Comapny has moved to replace publicity chief Sarah Greenberg Roberts, who left TWC in May after leaving Lionsgate last year to move to New York. They're bringing back 11-year Weinstein veteran PR exec Dani Weinstein to be president of publicity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2012 9:44 PM
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The Weinstein Brothers Honored with PGA's Milestone Award

Awards season maestros Bob and Harvey Weinstein are recipients of the Producers Guild of America's 2013 Milestone Award. The brothers will be presented with the award at the 24th annual PGA Awards on January 26, 2013...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 1:26 PM
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Trailer Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master,' Starring Hoffman and Phoenix

Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (as someone a lot like Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard) and Joachim Phoenix, is coming. And here's the trailer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2012 8:34 PM
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Why Weinsteins Want Their Lost Library Back, from 'Inglourious Basterds' to 'Scary Movie 4'

Global investment bank Goldman Sachs is selling its stake in a number of Weinstein Company films, which means that Weinstein could begin profitting again from recent titles such as "Vicki Christina Barcelona" and "Inglourious Basterds."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Malick Producing Lincoln Youth Biopic with Kruger; Lewis Joins Streep & Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Roger Moore landed some juicy casting news when interviewing Diane Kruger on "Farewell, My Queen" and "The Host" at Comic-Con. She said she'll play Sarah Bush Lincoln in (yet another) Abraham Lincoln biopic titled "Green Blade Riding." None other than Terrence Malick is producing (no writer or director has been named) the project...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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Tarantino and 'Django Unchained' Gang Hit Comic-Con: How Serious is This Movie?

Saturday morning Comic-Con's cavernous Hall H was packed with 6000 fans, many of whom stayed up all night to gain a seat, to get a gander at an eight-minute sizzle reel of clips from the first half of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (slated optimistically for release by Weinstein Co. on December 25).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2012 1:56 PM
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Trailer Watch: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Hits Web

A group of journalists in Cannes saw much of the footage from Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" that hit the web in its first trailer Wednesday. The trailer leaked before a planned Fandango launch today. The Weinstein Co. and Sony are partnered on the film which is still in mid-production and is set to finish in mid-July for December 25 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 8:05 PM
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