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Alice To Pass $1 Billion, Hollywood for Sale, Bale Talking Hillcoat Flick

-Disney's Alice in Wonderland will cross the $1 billion worldwide box-office threshold tomorrow, marking the sixth movie to do so and a record for a springtime release. With over $332 million domestic and $667 million foreign, Alice in Wonderland is Disney's second-highest grosser behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion worldwide).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2010 3:25 AM
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Sorkin's Facebook Script, Disney Calls Off Miramax-Weinstein Deal, Howard Stark in Tights

- The Daily Beast blogger Choire Sicha got hold of an unofficial copy of Aaron Sorkin's screenplay about Mark Zuckerberg which portrays the Facebook founder as a "selfish, sexist, back-stabber," writes Sicha. Zuckerberg and Facebook are no strangers to user discontent over site changes followed by apologetic reassurances. Sorkin's script follows Zuckerberg from his Harvard dorm days and doesn't make any excuses for him, portraying him as an angry, "maybe-shy but maybe-unfeeling, inhuman, awful, back-stabbing, shallow little code monkey with about as much insight into human relations as a poorly developed friend-recommending algorithm." The David Fincher film will be released in October. There's no need to feel sorry for Zuckerberg. As The Wrap points out, the current privacy issues are "barely a hiccup for Facebook," which will continue to grow, because most users choose to use the service and disregard the fine print anyway.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2010 4:22 AM
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Weinsteins May Lose Miramax Deal, Kerrey Mulls MPAA, IFC and Sony on Cannes Buying Spree

I'm sitting in a JFK airport restaurant charging my computer, my BlackBerry and my iPod, steeling myself for another long flight. I flew into NY a month ago, so I have to fly back to LA from here, too. Sigh.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2010 10:10 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Berney Leaves Apparition, Seeks New Gig in Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Berney Leaves Apparition, Seeks New Gig in Cannes
Bob and Jeanne Berney are back in Cannes, staying in the same Croisette apartment overlooking the Palais as they did last year. Only this time, they are the subject of much conjecture about why they abruptly pulled out of their year-old distribution company Apparition, funded by River Road producer Bill Pohlad. Contrary to some reports, Berney is neither back in bed with Newmarket (where he enjoyed his greatest freedom and success, now aligned with Lionsgate) nor shacked up with Harvey Weinstein, although the mogul has called him and they will probably meet during the fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 10:33 AM
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Disney Sale of Miramax to Burkle Not Closed, Three Miramax Films Hung Up

It's all in the spin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2010 2:58 AM
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Disney's Iger Meets with Weinstein, Gets Cash Offer

It would be great to see Disney chairman Robert Iger--the subject of a recent lionizing profile in the NYT--do the right thing where Miramax is concerned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 7:42 AM
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Miramax and Overture: Gores vs. Weinsteins

Two sets of brothers are vying for Disney's Miramax library and it looks like the $550-million cash-offer from billionaire Tom and Alec Gores (advised by their Paradigm Agency chief brother Sam) boasts the advantage over the $600-million bid from Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who only look liquid relative to financially-beleaguered third bidder David Bergstein (described by one attorney as the "Enron of the entertainment world"), whose $700-million offer has to be a deluded fantasy, given the fact that a long line of creditors have taken him to bankruptcy court, which actually appointed a trustee for Bergstein's assets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2010 5:15 AM
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Disney Weighs Three Miramax Offers

Disney Co. is weighing three offers for Miramax Films. The company could decide not to accept them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2010 1:19 AM
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Weinsteins Acquire Company Men, Return to Indie Basics

Weinsteins Acquire Company Men, Return to Indie Basics
Signaling that they are still in the acquisition game, The Weinstein Co. closed its pick-up of U.S. rights to writer-director John Wells' directorial debut The Company Men, a timely film about corporate downsizing starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones. The movie played well at Sundance (trailer on jump).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 4:25 AM
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Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.

Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.
The Oscar party circuit continued Saturday night with HBO's Peninsula party, presided over by documentary doyenne Sheila Nevins. (Five out of the eight doc Oscar-nominees are connected to HBO.) Rob Kenner admitted that he's never been involved with a movie that has done as much publicity as Food Inc., while Roadside Attractions co-heads Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff were crossing their fingers that Oscar predicters are right to place The Cove as the front-runner to win the doc Oscar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2010 9:09 AM
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