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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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Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces

Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces
The Sundance Festival unfolds in two parts: what gets seen during the festival itself, and what happens afterwards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2010 1:55 AM
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Oscar Talk 22: Dueling Oscar Producers, Weinstein's Inglourious Basterds Push, Bullock Talks

Kris Tapley and I dig into the meat of the matter this week as the Oscar season goes into overdrive. Are voters trying to rig the top ten? What has a better shot of winning, The Hurt Locker, Avatar or Inglourious Basterds, which Harvey Weinstein has been relentlessly flogging? Are Oscar producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic (who aren't getting along) going to be able to put together a strong show with ten best picture nominees and no Oscar-nominated songs?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2010 10:04 AM
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Film Department, Overture, Apparition, Weinsteins Sell Sizzle In Tough Economy

As Mark Gill and Neil Sacker's Film Department seeks new funding via an IPO, they're announcing that they're plunking down some of their remaining cash on a new script produced by Michael De Luca, the original action-comedy True Memoirs of an International Assassin, written by Jeff Morris. Why telegraph this news?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 11:33 AM
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#Sundance: Weinsteins Buy Blue Valentine, Chase The Tillman Story

#Sundance: Weinsteins Buy Blue Valentine, Chase The Tillman Story
Harvey Weinstein, who has been ubiquitous at Sundance, has finally bagged a big catch: Derek Cianfrance's $5-million Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a married couple on the rocks. As Disney closed the doors Friday on the Weinsteins' old company Miramax (named after their parents), the newly invigorated TWC is also nearing a deal on Sundance doc fave The Tillman Story. TWC was also in the bidding for The Kids Are All Right, which went to Focus Features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2010 7:06 AM
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