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Read This: Harvey Weinstein Calls Errol Morris "Boring" in 1988 Letter About 'Thin Blue Line' Interview

The Letters of Note blog has unearthed a fantastic 1988 letter from Harvey Weinstein to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris. In it, Weinstein tells Morris that his NPR interview for the yet-to-be-released "The Thin Blue Line" wasn't so hot: "You were boring. You couldn't have dragged me to see 'The Thin Blue Line' if my life depended on it." Ouch. Full letter below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2013 1:05 PM
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David Lowery Recuts 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' With Help from Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Scissorhands. That's a description that the movie mogul will never live down. But he earned the moniker over decades by often demanding that his filmmakers, from homegrown to acquired, get back in the editing room and make their movies better. Most recently, he offered indie filmmaker David Lowery notes on Sundance prize-winner "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2013 4:28 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Previews Awards Slate at Cannes

Harvey Weinstein took advantage of Cannes' many attendees to gather some of them together in order to tease TWC's upcoming films and get a head start on the next round of Awards season. That has been the modus operandi of The Weinstein in recent years, which had held more intimate affairs at swanky flats off the Croisette and today opted for a make-shift screening room.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 17, 2013 5:02 PM
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Weinsteins to Mount Awards Preview in Cannes

The Weinstein Co, is preparing its assault on the coming award season. Step one: like last year, Harvey Weinstein is planning to preview some material from their upcoming award slate at Cannes. We don't know what they'll show, but here's their updated schedule thus far:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2013 4:13 PM
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When Hollywood Met Broadway: Screen Stars Hit the Stage as Stage-to-Screen Musicals (and Vice-Versa) Move Through the Pipeline

Let's face it, movie musicals are usually bad. Don't get me wrong, nobody should love them more than me: I'm a movie nerd and a musical nerd, so a movie musical should be exactly what the doctor ordered. But sometimes the whole ends up a lot less than the sum of its parts. Think pickles plus peanut butter: Just. Don't. Do it. (Or think "Rock of Ages." Exactly.) But every now and again something like "Les Miserables" happens and we remember that movie musicals can be awesome. Sure, they're bombastic and unrealistic. Yes, it's weird that people start singing on the street and orchestral music seeps out of the very air.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 28, 2013 12:35 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Opens Up at Producers Guild Sundance Breakfast, Mistakes and All: 'I Was Worst CEO'

Before Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob accepted their Milestone Award at the January 26 Producers Guild Awards, Harvey sat down at Sundance with PGA chief Mark Gordon for a remarkably candid chat. This year--in the midst of Oscar campaigns for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained," following back-to-back best-picture wins for "The Artist" and "The King's Speech"-- Weinstein came to Sundance with ten staffers to scout movies, and acquire them they did.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2013 4:24 PM
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PGA Awards: 'Argo' Wins Big, Plus 'Sugarman,' 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family'; Tributes to Weinsteins, Abrams & Working Title

"Argo" is on a roll. Ben Affleck's movie won again at the Producers Guild Awards, setting the tone for the weeks leading to the Oscars as one of statistical chances. Without also receiving a Best Director Oscar nomination, four other films have won the PGA's top prize ("Driving Miss Daisy," "Apollo 13," "Moulin Rouge," and "Little Miss Sunshine").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 27, 2013 3:34 AM
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Sundance Dealmaking Heats Up; 'Don Jon's Addiction,' Harvey Lands 'Fruitvale'

In the biggest sale of the fest so far, Sundance newbie Relativity Media is closing a deal to acquire U.S. rights for $4 million, according to sources close to the sale. CAA and WME (who rep Gordon-Levitt and packaged the film) brokered the deal. Relativity committed to a wide release. Companies wanting to make a splash at Sundance often overpay, but clearly Relativity was not the only buyer convinced that this portrait of a sex-addicted bartender (JGL) trying to give up porn for his first love (Scarlett Johannson) was commercial. TWC offered an early bid of $2 million, reports Variety; CBS Films and Lionsgate/Roadside were also in the hunt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2013 4:04 PM
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Post-Golden Globe Nominations: What Do We Know? Weinsteins Score 15, But Will That Translate at Oscars? Kidman Lands 10th Globe Nom

Advantage: Leonardo DiCaprio over "Django Unchained" costar Christoph Waltz in the best supporting actor race, even if Waltz gets the German vote. And SAG "Silver Linings" nominee Robert De Niro, who dissed the HFPA last time he accepted an award, has not been invited back. On the other hand, Globe fave Nicole Kidman scored two 2013 nominations, for both "Paperboy" and HBO's "Hemingway and Gellhorn." While she has three Oscar nominations and one win thus far, the HFPA has nominated her eight times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2012 2:39 PM
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Netflix's Landmark Deal with Disney Revolutionizes Way We Think About TV Content

Following Netflix's landmark pact with Disney on December 4, a three-year output deal that gives the streaming company exclusive access to the live-action and animated features of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, chief content officer Ted Sarandos states that he's eyeing similar deals with Warner Bros., and possibly Sony and Universal.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 4:18 PM
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