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For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster,' Weinstein Plans Subtitled Wide Release, Oscar Campaign

Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," now being officially presented by Martin Scorsese, is getting an ambitious release from the Weinstein Company, taking the chance that subtitles won't be a barrier in reaching a wider audience. They have not had much access to high-budget prestige martial arts films since Ang Lee's spectacular success with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 15, 2013 4:29 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' Starring Idris Elba

The first trailer for Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" has landed, starring Idris Elba in the title role as the former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary. Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") also stars as Mandela's wife of 39 years, Winnie. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 19, 2013 11:34 AM
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RADiUS-TWC to Release 2006's 'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,' Starring Amber Heard, This Fall (TRAILER)

Better late than never. RADiUS-TWC will be releasing "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," starring Amber Heard, on demand September 6 and in theaters October 11. The horror-thriller, directed by Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies," "50/50"), actually premiered in the Midnight section at Toronto in 2006, at which point the Weinstein Co. picked it up and shelved it.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2013 11:36 AM
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Cannes Market: Weinstein Co. Nabs Stephen Frears' 'Philomena,' Starring Dench and Coogan

More news is coming in from the ever-busy Cannes Market. The Weinstein Company has snapped up the latest Stephen Frears film, "Philomena," a drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, with plans for an Oscar-friendly fall 2013 release.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 12:53 PM
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Tim Burton Could Be Back on Track With Artist Biopic 'Big Eyes,' Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

Tim Burton is on board to direct his next film, "Big Eyes," which will star Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of big-eyed children were a mass-market phenomenon in the 1950s and '60s. Burton himself uses a similar big, dark-eyed aesthetic in both his animated films and the makeup design in his live-action films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2013 1:04 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Reteam for Terrio's 'The Ends of the Earth'

Oscar worlds collide as Jennifer Lawrence reteams with "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell for "The Ends of the Earth," a fact-based original penned by Oscar-nominated "Argo" screenwriter Chris Terrio. It's an American epic--with a "Django"-scale TWC budget-- centering on Ernest Marland, an oil tycoon who loses everything when caught in a scandalous affair (like General Petraeus?). The Weinstein Company has finalized worldwide rights to the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 12:20 PM
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Weinsteins Face Challenging Oscar 'Playbook'

The Weinsteins have long followed the same Oscar playbook: line up a thick stack of Oscar-worthy potential contenders, give them a shot and see what sticks. They're usually pretty sharp about what's going to play with Academy voters. Nobody does it better. But this year things may not be panning out as they had planned. The studios have mounted an arsenal of powerful players for the fourth quarter that have been eating into the indie share of the adult audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2012 6:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Stylish, Vivid Martial Arts Epic 'Wu Xia' from Peter Chan

Peter Ho-Sun Chan's martial arts epic "Wu Xia" received glowing reviews out of Cannes in May and, following its domestic release in China this past summer, is dropkicking its way to VOD on October 26, and to US theaters next month. The film stars Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2012 3:35 PM
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Casting Watch: McGregor Joins Streep and Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Ewan McGregor is joining the cast of John Wells' "August: Osage County," with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts already onboard. The Weinstein Co. film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 5:44 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Massive Opening for "Moonrise Kingdom" Shows that Festivals Matter (UPDATED 4 DAY FIGURES)

"Moonrise Kingdom" opened with some of the best platform grosses ever, even adjusting for inflation, but it isn't the only good news out there. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" had a terrific expansion, while the massive international hit "Intouchables" had a lesser, if still encouraging, NY/LA opening.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 28, 2012 5:36 PM
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