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Weinstein Company Partners with BBC for Six-Hour 'War and Peace' Mini-Series

International TV co-productions are on the rise. The Weinstein Company has made a "major deal" to partner on the BBC's upcoming mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 12:33 PM
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'Philomena,' Starring Dench and Coogan, Nabs Stateside Release

The Weinstein Company has slated Stephen Frears' "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, for a November 22 stateside release. The film gained terrific awards buzz out of Venice and Toronto for Dench's performance as a mother who enlists a journalist in Washington to help find her long-lost son.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 12:30 PM
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Weinsteins Will Hold Nicole Kidman's 'Grace of Monaco' Until 2014, Out of 2013 Oscar Race

The Weinstein Company has opted to wait on "Grace of Monaco" and release the title in the spring, keeping it out of the already overcrowded 2013 Oscar season. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which stars Nicole Kidman in the title role, needs more time to be completed.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 12:06 PM
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RADiUS Snaps Up Mike Myers' Directorial Debut 'Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon'

Weinstein boutique label RADiUS has taken North American rights to Mike Meyers' directorial debut, "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon." The doc, which centers on longtime music manager Gordon's "legendary life in the uber fast lane," premiered at TIFF.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 20, 2013 12:40 PM
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Telluride and Toronto Winners and Losers: Who Came Out Ahead?

The fall film festivals are a crucible that send winners out into the award fracas and losers to lick their wounds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2013 6:19 AM
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In the Works: Weinstein Company Adopts 'Paddington'; Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear, Nicole Kidman Joins Cast

The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to "Paddington," the first live-action feature based on the classic children's book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 2:25 PM
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Review and Roundup: Weinstein Acquisition 'The Railway Man,' Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

The Weinstein Company recently closed a deal for US rights to "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The film is directed by Aussie Jonathan Teplitzsky, and centers on a World War II veteran who tracks down the wartime men who tortured him. Per THR, it's a $2 million buy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 3:38 PM
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'Salinger' Catches Solid Opening Numbers

This weekend is usually the calm before the storm as a range of upcoming significant films get attention at Toronto. Normally otherwise occupied distributors avoid this post-Labor Day date like the plague. Nonetheless a likely record 30 new specialized/indie releases found theaters in New York and Los Angeles, including six from this year's Sundance Film Festival and two from the currently running Toronto Fest. Of the films reported grosses, only one -- Weinstein's "Salinger" -- showed significant strength, unusual for this time of year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 8, 2013 3:23 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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Zhang Ziyi In Talks for 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel, Legendary Fight Choreographer Yuen Woo Ping to Direct UPDATED

UPDATE: Zhang Ziyi ("The Grandmaster") is in talks to return as her character Jen Yu in flashback sequences for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- The Green Destiny," reports Entertainment Weekly. The Weinstein Co. is developing the sequel, which is penned by John Fusco ("Hidalgo"). Action star Michelle Yeoh is also on board, returning as Yu Shu Lien, with Donnie Yen set to play Silent Wolf. Legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (whose choreography is on ravishing display in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster") will helm the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2013 12:38 PM
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