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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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Arthouse Audit: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Conquers More Box Office; Specialized Success of The Year

The news this week is in the expanding films. Two huge hits-- a phenomenal second week for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and more success for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"-- joined with two other decently grossing expansions-- "Intouchables" and "Bernie"-- to provide an even better early June than last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 3, 2012 2:55 PM
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Cannes 2012: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Looks Like a Hard-Ass Sergio Leone Western [Updated]

The Majestic Salon Diane was packed with the top movie press in Cannes, notebooks poised, as the King of Cannes, Harvey Weinstein, introed and unveiled footage from three upcoming Oscar hopefuls that weren't ready for the Croisette this year: Paul Thomas Anderson's $35 million "The Master" (here's how the footage played; it's set for an October 12 release, which TWC is releasing globally, financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna), David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC, November 21) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," a global partnership with Sony (slates for December 25, we'll see if it happens).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 3:41 PM
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Cannes Market: The Weinstein Co. Continues Its Torrid Buying Pace

The Weinstein Company acquired the U.S. rights to a political documentary on the fall of Gaddafi: 'The Oath of Tobruk.' Directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, the film covers the eight-month conflict that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi's reign in LIbya.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 10:30 AM
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'The Intouchables' Wins Unprecedented Top Two Prizes at COL-COA

At the City of Lights, City of Angels (COL-COA) festival in LA, "The Intouchables" won the two top prizes, the COL-COA Audience Award and the Critics Special Prize. This two-honor coup is unprecedented in the festival's history.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 25, 2012 9:50 AM
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Cannes 2011 Box Office Recap: Some Played, Most Didn't

As we anticipate savoring the various sections of Cannes 2012 (official and sidebar), let's dig into the level of success of last year’s entries – including the first Best Picture Oscar-winner launched at the festival, and two others also nominated in the same category.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 21, 2012 7:15 AM
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'Django Unchained' Update, Casting, Poster, Release Plans: Is Tarantino's Taboo-Buster a Holiday Movie?

Well, the official stateside poster for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is out, and I like it. Why? In a simple, Saul Bass way, it tells you what the movie is about--slavery in the ante-bellum South. And it plays on the title.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2012 4:11 PM
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New York Yankees Take Stand Against Bullying (Video)

As "Bully" breaks wider this weekend, Harvey Weinstein has pulled in the heavy hitters to sell his anti-bullying message. He persuaded the top of the New York Yankee batting order to do a 30-second PSA against bullying during spring training in Tampa, Florida. Whether team manager Joe Girardi and Yankees Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Curtis Granderson will get people to show up to see a documentary about the subject of bullying is another matter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2012 6:17 PM
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Weekend Box Office: What the Indie Numbers Really Mean UPDATED

The weekend marks the return of two veteran filmmakers who were established in specialized theaters in the 1990s – Whit Stillman and Nanni Moretti. Films from both directors (who have always made pointed observations about their surroundings) opened to respectable if not spectacular grosses this holiday weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 10, 2012 1:52 PM
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