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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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Weinstein Co. To Release Dubbed Argentinian Animated Sports Adventure 'Underdogs' (TRAILER)

The Weinstein Co. plans to dub into English and release in various territories the Argentinian animated sports adventure "Underdogs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2014 4:02 PM
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Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee Meet the Pope, 'Philomena' to Screen in the Vatican

Talk about Oscar campaigning. 80-year-old Philomena Lee, whose son was sold for adoption by nuns in 1955 and whose tearjerking story is front and center in current Best Picture Oscar contender "Philomena," has met with Pope Francis in Rome. Lee was accompanied on her papal visit by her daughter and actor Steve Coogan, who co-stars and also wrote the film.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2014 1:29 PM
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Weinsteins Catch 'A Speck in the Sea'

The Weinstein Company has picked up film rights to author and journalist Paul Tough's gripping New York Times Magazine piece "A Speck in the Sea," the magazine's cover story last Sunday.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 10, 2014 5:29 PM
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'Grandmaster' Wong Kar-Wai Mourns 35 MM, Honors Fading Martial Arts (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love") is an engaging and articulate man. He's happy that after two years of research travel around Asia meeting the grandmasters of martial arts, his film "The Grandmaster" is not only his second to be submitted by Hong Kong for the best foreign Oscar, but made the shortlist of nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2014 12:59 PM
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Weinstein Arm TWC-Dimension to Take on Ira Levin Stage Thriller 'Veronica's Room'

Bob and Harvey Weinstein announced today that they have secured rights to executive produce, finance and distribute a screen adaptation of author Ira Levin's 1973 Broadway thriller "Veronica's Room" through their new label TWC-Dimension.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 4, 2013 7:03 PM
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Weinsteins Go New Media with 'August: Osage County' as Streep Limits Press Access, Pursue Awards Influencers in New Way (STREEP TALKS VIDEO)

What does the mighty New York Times do when there's no Meryl Streep interview? They do a write-around. Streep was a no-show at the "August: Osage County" unveiling and press conference at the Toronto Film Festival, allowing others to speak for her. (Early press reaction was mixed.) Instead she did the one thing press-shy folks must do: a press conference posted on YouTube (below). And the Weinstein know this movie's most enthusiastic supporters will be actors, so they are courting them in an innovative new way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 1:10 PM
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Tim Gunn Lands His Own Fashion Competition Reality Series, Harvey Weinstein Executive Producing

"Make it work!" maestro and dubious-glare expert Tim Gunn (of "Project Runway" fame) has landed his own fashion competition reality series on Lifetime, appropriately titled "Under the Gunn." And Harvey Weinstein is executive producing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2013 1:58 PM
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