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WATCH: First Clip from Stephen Frears' Oscar Hopeful 'Philomena,' with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

The first clip from Brit director Stephen Frears' dramedy "Philomena," which debuted at Venice to raves and will play TIFF this month, has arrived. The Weinstein Company has slated the film, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, for a December 25 stateside release.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 12:57 PM
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Telluride Review: 'Salinger' Documentary and Joyce Maynard Reaction (TRAILER)

The doc, which took Salerno ten years, is a thorough portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," taking us through his prep school days and early short-story writing--his goal to be published in The New Yorker had to wait until after World War II. He landed in France on D-Day and served 299 days in active combat before V-Day, writing "Catcher in the Rye" by the side of the road when he could. After witnessing the horrors of the holocaust at a concentration camp and doing espionage work in post-war Germany hunting down Nazis, he brought home a Nazi war bride to his Jewish father, but the marriage was annulled after a month.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2013 4:07 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'The Butler,' 'We're the Millers' Lead Solid Late Summer Weekend; 'Mortal Instruments' Another Sony Also-Ran

The end of season returns show that audiences can be satisfied with something beyond just the more hyped franchise entries that dominated most of the last few months, many of which failed to satisfy over a period when increased total grosses came with higher budgets. "The Butler" and "We're the Millers" -- both likely $100 million-plus pictures -- are significant August hits, with neither film considered typical summer fare.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 25, 2013 7:36 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson Joins Martin Scorsese to Present Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' UPDATED (Trailer)

UPDATE: Samuel L. Jackson is joining the previously announced Martin Scorsese in presenting Wong Kar Wai's upcoming kung fu film "The Grandmaster," deeming it "Martin Scorsese and Samuel L. Jackson Present 'The Grandmaster.'" The film hits theaters in limited release this weekend, and has a national roll-out on August 30, via the Weinstein Company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2013 12:22 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Cleans Up, Nothing Else Kicks Ass

At the Friday box office, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" rose above expectations position to score an easy top spot in what was predicted to be a close race for the weekend with poorly-reviewed "Kick-Ass 2" (Universal). The Weinstein Co.'s well-hyped historical epic benefited from the controversy over its title and strong marketing, powered by TV personality Oprah Winfrey, as well as overall favorable reviews. Two other new films, 'Jobs' (Open Road) and 'Paranoia' (Relativity) lagged far behind, demonstrating limited audience appeal.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2013 2:28 PM
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As Zimmerman Verdict Brings Protests, Weinsteins Push 'Fruitvale Station' and BET Special

The Weinstein Company knows that Saturday's verdict of not guilty for George Zimmerman makes the already well-reviewed and well-attended "Fruitvale Station" all the more relevant. On July 15, TWC will air the special "Fruitvale Station: The Story of Oscar Grant" on BET at 7:30pm ET/PT.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2013 1:09 PM
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Unstoppable 'Spectacular Now' Director James Ponsoldt to Adapt 'Pippin' for TWC

Adding to an already overstuffed plate, James Ponsoldt, director of Sundance hits "The Spectacular Now" and "Smashed," has signed on to write the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Pippin" for The Weinstein Company.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 2:57 PM
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Big Year Ahead for TWC's Festival Darling 'Fruitvale Station' (See New Poster)

The first poster for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" has been unveiled. TWC's indie drama has already proven to be a festival darling, as the film will screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar, before the film hits theaters July 12.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 1:11 PM
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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner 'Fruitvale' Changed to 'Fruitvale Station'

The Weinstein Company has announced that the title of its July 26-slated true crime drama, "Fruitvale," has changed to "Fruitvale Station." "Fruitvale" was a hit at Sundance earlier this year, winning the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 11:21 AM
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Weinstein Company Goes Haute-Couture with 'Yves Saint Laurent' Biopic

The Weinstein Company has taken US distribution rights to French-language biopic "Yves Saint Laurent," directed by Jalil Lespert ("Headwinds") and chronicling the rise of the eponymous legendary fashion designer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2013 3:41 PM
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