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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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Things I Learned at Cannes Part One, from Campion's Feminism to Leigh's Stunning 'Mr. Turner'

I'm in Cannes, checking out films and the state of things, per usual. Here's what I've learned so far.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2014 7:11 PM
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Cannes Opening Night: 'Grace of Monaco' Arrives

The announcement this morning that Harvey Weinstein had negotiated himself a better deal on the US distribution rights for "Grace Of Monaco" (by $2-3m, according to Variety) must have been bittersweet for the film's producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogom, director Olivier Dahan and star Nicole Kidman.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 14, 2014 9:56 AM
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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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Cannes Lineup: Veteran Auteurs, Newcomers and Awards Hopefuls; Who Missed the Cut?

Speculation about what would play at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) has been rampant. Well, now we know. Some movies that weren't finished or didn't make the cut will wind up in Venice or the fall film festivals. What we will see in the Official Selection of 49 titles (out of 1800 submissions) announced Thursday by Thierry Fremaux is a mix of established auteur perennials who keep coming back to competition lineup, year after year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 9:33 AM
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What Are Grace Kelly's Best Films? We Give the Top Three to Hitchcock

Grace Kelly is having a comeback this year. The Weinsteins' "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, is opening Cannes. And a new six-film DVD collection is set to arrive later this summer, celebrating the quintessential icy blonde. Which leads us to ask: What are Kelly's best films?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 1:26 PM
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Cannes Selects Opening Night Film: 'Grace of Monaco,' Starring Nicole Kidman

Olivier Dahan's Grace Kelly biopic "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, is set to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 14.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2014 11:20 AM
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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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