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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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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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Cannes: Weinstein Co. Unveils a Slate of Singles and Doubles, Unlikely Oscar Contenders

"Harvey was off his game," observed one attendee at the latest Cannes presentation from The Weinstein Co. It's a Cannes tradition to unveil the latest movies that weren't ready for Cannes at the Majestic. One TWC upcoming release was conspicuously missing: Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, which was scheduled as the Cannes opener without Harvey's blessing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2014 3:32 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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Once in a Lifetime 'The Hateful Eight' Live Read with "Tarantino superstars!"

"These are the Tarantino superstars!" the writer-director cried. The audience roared to its feet as already announced Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson strode onto the stage, script tucked under his arm, all in black with a black straw hat and a cigarette. He dominated the proceedings as a pipe-smoking "bald Lee Van Cleef type," ex-Cavalry major Marquis Warren, who enjoyed fighting for the Union and wiping out "white southern crackers," but now functions as a bounty hunter who prefers to bring in his quarry dead rather than alive.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2014 6:19 AM
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Weinsteins Take Rights to Italian Crime Series 'Gomorra'

The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2014 11:51 AM
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Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver Make Love Among the Outback in New 'Tracks' Poster

Though Venice Film Festival favorite "Tracks" won't be hitting theaters until May 23, get a taste of the wilds of the outback with a new poster for the film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2014 1:25 PM
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