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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. What are they?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: Why 'The Giver' Is Like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'John Carter'

The Comic-Con footage for "The Giver" looks good once you get past the all-too similar dystopian subject matter. Even though Lois Lowry's book paved the way for all that young adult fiction 21 years ago, can the Weinsteins make audiences want to see it?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2014 4:33 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers

Thirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical route with Bong Joon-ho's action adventure "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, seizing the chance to try something new. Weinstein's decision to open the movie via subsidiary RADiUS with a video-on-demand release two weeks after its release in theaters is a seismic distribution event.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 21, 2014 5:21 AM
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Behind Weinsteins' Three Weekend Winners: Surprising 'Snowpiercer,' 'Begin Again' & 'Yves St. Laurent'

This weekend belongs to The Weinstein Company, which opened three films: John Carney's original musical "Begin Again," Radius's rave-reviewed Bong Joon-ho actioner "Snowpiercer," and fashion biopic "Yves St. Laurent." Could TWC have done even better with "Snowpiercer"?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2014 4:29 PM
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WATCH: Silver-Haired Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges Go Dystopic in 'The Giver'

A new, longer trailer for "The Giver" has landed, and while it looks all-too similar to its recent fellow-dystopia cousins, it should give some hope to fans of Lois Lowry's iconic novel.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 12:48 PM
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Weinstein Co's 'Woman in Gold' Starts Filming with Mirren and All-Star Cast in Austria, UK, and US

Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth McGovern, Charles Dance, and Tatiana Maslany star in 'Woman in Gold"- a true story of a woman reclaiming her family possessions after a Nazi siege.
  • By Katelyn Trott and Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2014 1:29 PM
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Weinsteins Know What They're Doing: This Eva Green 'Sin City' Poster Is Too Racy for the MPAA

Well, this is clearly a calculated move from the Weinstein Co. They've been playing the MPAA rating card with their upcoming "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" from the beginning. Their latest move is to plant a story -- here, a sizzling poster of star Eva Green revealing too much of her breasts for the comfort of the MPAA -- with Page Six, and send out as a press release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2014 1:27 PM
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Weinsteins at Cannes: Still Resolving 'Grace of Monaco,' and a New Five-Year Partnership

As the Weinstein Company heads to Cannes next week, things may be finally coming together for the troubled festival opener "Grace of Monaco." Following months of not-so-secret feuding over the film between Harvey Weinstein and the Grace Kelly biopic's director, Olivier Dahan, Weinstein is in final negotiations for stateside rights.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 7, 2014 5:21 PM
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Weinstein Release Calendar Reveals Awards Itinerary, But Don't Place Any Bets Just Yet

The Weinstein Company has announced Fall release dates for three of the most anticipated films on the 2014 docket, all of which have been strategically placed in the thick of awards season. But is the calendar written in ink? Don't bet on it.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 2, 2014 2:47 PM
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Cannes Opener 'Grace of Monaco,' Starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, May Seek New Stateside Distributor

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco"
Well, it looks like Harvey Weinstein hasn't worked his Oscar wiles on filmmaker Olivier Dahan, who directed Marion Cotillard to an Oscar in "La Vie en Rose." The American distributor had wanted to craft another Oscar contender. But the French director likes his own final cut--which is opening the Cannes Film Festival on May 14. If TWC drops the release, the producers of the Nicole Kidman biopic may be in search of a new stateside distributor. It is not mentioned in any of Weinstein's advance Cannes email pitches so far.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2014 3:02 PM
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