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Ortenberg Leaving Weinsteins

Tom Ortenberg has left the Weinstein Co. eight months after he joined them. The Weinsteins gave the story to Deadline Hollywood Daily.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2009 12:22 PM
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Overture Buys Brooklyn's Finest; Senator Slate in Flux

Overture Buys Brooklyn's Finest; Senator Slate in Flux
Antoine Fuqua's operatic cop drama Brooklyn Finest, starring Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke, debuted at Sundance in January and was instantly acquired by neophyte distrib Senator, whose CEO Marco Weber invested in a new cut of the film, seven minutes longer, which just screened at the Venice Film Festival. (Fuqua isn't happy with that cut, which boasts a new ending, and wants to spend more time in the editing room.) Now Senator is under financial duress and several of its films, including Brooklyn's Finest, are finding new homes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2009 7:20 AM
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Weinsteins Pre-Buy The King's Speech, Starring Colin Firth

Signaling that it is in the hunt and willing to pay for projects, The Weinstein Co. has pre-bought various international and North American rights to The King's Speech, Tom Hooper's biopic about King George VI (father of Queen Elizabeth II), who suffered from a severe stammer. Geoffrey Rush plays the man who helps the king take control of his speech. The See-Saw Films and Bedlam production is set to start shooting later this year; the Weinstein Co. is slating it for 2010 release. Firth and Rush co-starred in the Weinsteins' Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2009 9:13 AM
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Apparition Picks Up Boondock Saints II

Apparition's Bob Berney is adding another movie to his burgeoning release slate, which kicks off September 18 with Jane Campion's Toronto-bound period romance, Bright Star. The latest release is Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, set to open October 30, marking yet another distribution deal with Sony Worldwide Acquisitons Group, which also pacted with Apparition to release Black Dynamite. Other releases include Toronto closing nighter The Young Victoria and Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life, starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2009 7:47 AM
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Disney/Marvel Reaction Around Web

The reaction around the web to the news that Disney is buying Marvel for $4 billion was swift--and mixed. Here's a sampling of reporting and culled Tweets:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2009 9:00 AM
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Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 Billion

Marvel Entertainment was so successful as an independent studio that it's a surprise to see it gobbled up by the Mouse House. Disney announced early Monday that it plans to acquire the comics company that spawned Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and The Hulk, among some 5,000 Marvel characters. “We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” said Disney chairman Robert Iger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2009 4:34 AM
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LACMA Update

As the dust settles around the film program controversy at the Los Angeles County Museum, it's starting to look like director Michael Govan was as clever as a fox. Clearly, he wasn't happy with the way the film program was going. Announcing that he was shutting it down was a way to alert the media, improve attendance this summer, designate the film program as a curatorial department, and raise some badly needed funds to expand the programming. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Warner Warner Cable and Ovation TV saved the program through 2010 with $150,000 in pledges. The NYT reports.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 10:15 AM
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Video: Obama Eulogizes Ted Kennedy

President Barack Obama delivers a heartfelt eulogy to Ted Kennedy, saying he was "the greatest legislator of our time."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 6:47 AM
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LACMA Film Program Saved, Housing Unit for Aged to Close

There's good news and bad news.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2009 8:19 AM
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John Carter of Mars Adds Morton, Walker, West

I was brought up in Manhattan by a single Dad. His best pal Jerry Rubenstein's idea of a birthday present for an eight-year-old, girl or boy, was Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I scarfed it up and read every single book ever written by Burroughs, especially his Barsoom Martian novels. I read The Chessmen of Mars over and over. Burroughs took you into an exotic world, much as Burroughs fan James Cameron does in Avatar, or Wall-E writer-director Andrew Stanton will do in his first live-action feature, a film take on John Carter of Mars. In both stories, an American visits a faraway planet inhabited by strange creatures. In John Carter of Mars, co-written by Mark Andrews, Civil War hero John Carter is transported to the red planet Barsoom, where he must adapt, and meets a princess.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2009 6:48 AM
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