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President Obama to Host White House Screening of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

President Obama has a special White House screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" planned, with an impressive guest list: stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, as well as Nelson Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2013 3:47 PM
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'Grace of Monaco' Director Fighting with Harvey Scissorhands Over Re-Edit: "They want a commercial film smelling of daisies"

Harvey Scissorhands is at it again. The latest tale of cuts, snips and re-edits comes from "Grace of Monaco" director Olivier Dahan, who isn't too happy about Weinstein's decision to re-cut the Grace Kelly biopic, starring Nicole Kidman. Dahan says that two versions of the film exist -- "his and mine."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2013 1:48 PM
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WATCH: Savory Clips and Video Interview from French Foodie Film 'Haute Cuisine'

Clips from the French foodie film "Haute Cuisine," based on the true story of pioneering chef Danièle Delpeuch, have arrived. These appetizing teases give us a glimpse at some of the gorgeously shot food of the film, which has been making its way through film festivals since 2012 and opens September 20.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 19, 2013 1:23 PM
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In the Works: Weinsteins to Develop 'Salinger' Doc Into Feature Film

Surprise! Harvey Weinstein is partnering with "Salinger" director Shane Salerno to develop a feature narrative film adaptation of his documentary, which hit theaters September 6.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 18, 2013 3:00 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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Harvey Weinstein Cuts a Swath Through the Fall Fests, from 'August: Osage County' to Pick-Ups

The Weinstein Co. was on the move on the fall festival circuit. They unveiled hyped documentary "Salinger" to mixed response and Stephen Frears' Judi Dench vehicle "Philomena" to raves in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. They world-premiered at TIFF not only sprawling dysfunctional family drama "August: Osage County," which will factor in the Oscar race for Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and possibly even supporting stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper, but "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, which failed to achieve take-off, the well-received "One Chance," based on the true story of a Welsh coal miner who goes on Britain's Got Talent and turns world class opera singer, and Maverick Series doc "12.12.12."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 3:13 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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'The Butler' Close to 'The Help''s Opening Numbers; Holdovers 'We're the Millers' and 'Elysium' Beat Other Newcomers

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" delivered as a major number one success for The Weinstein Co., exceeding most predictions. But the overall weekend marked another summer disappointment. Three of this week's four openers fell from their Friday starts, showing bad word of mouth and lack of interest. "Kick-Ass 2" was supposed to compete for number one with "The Butler," but underperformed relative to expectations. "Jobs" and especially "Paranoia" (which didn't even make the top 10) were real bellyflops. The second weekend for both "We're the Millers" and "Elysium" outgrossed all newbies except for "The Butler."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 18, 2013 1:36 PM
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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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