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'SEAL Team Six' Director John Stockwell Talks Fact and Fiction, Harvey Weinstein, 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Rushing out the fast-and-dirty TV movie of a big news story before the Hollywood class-act hits is nothing new. It's just odd that Harvey Weinstein got into the act with fiction film "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Bin Laden." This is hardly Oscar or even Emmy fare. What exactly motivated the movie mogul to jump into this low-budget run-and-gun TV movie at last year's Cannes?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 6:58 PM
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Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh Takes Legal Action Against 'New Yorker' Burkle Profile, UPDATE

Following journalist Connie Bruck's Ron Burkle profile published Monday in The New Yorker entitled "Cashier du Cinema," which depicts Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh as an incompetent businessman (which Hollywood insiders have long suspected) who has lost control of his company to Burkle, Kavanaugh and his lawyer are protesting, calling the piece "false and malicious."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 2:40 PM
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Busy Jennifer Lawrence Balances Franchise Paydays with Indie Fare; Wanted for 'Ends of the Earth'

With both David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21) and Suzanne Bier's "Serena" (2013) in the bag, Jennifer Lawrence is a lock for two "Hunger Games" sequels (going from $500,000 to some $10-million for number two) and a reprise of her role as Mystique in an "X-Men: First Class" sequel, but her future indie pursuits are less certain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:35 PM
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Finally, Venice Makes 'The Master' Official

Harvey Weinstein likes to milk his PR. We all know that Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which made its LA debut at an unannounced 70 mm screening at the Aero Theatre last Saturday (TOH review here), was set to show at the 69th Venice Biennale. Sure enough, the official release finally arrived, announcing four new titles including "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, which will be shown in 70 mm. Chances are also good the film will turn up in Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2012 11:41 AM
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Paul Thomas Anderson Sneak Previews 'The Master' in 70 mm in Santa Monica

Friday night I got an email tipping me that Paul Thomas Anderson was previewing "The Master" in 70 mm at The Aero in Santa Monica. Scheduled at 10:30 PM, the movie unspooled after 11 PM; I did get a writer into the house and will post something later today.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2012 11:14 AM
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Dani Weinstein Replaces Sarah Greenberg Roberts at The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Comapny has moved to replace publicity chief Sarah Greenberg Roberts, who left TWC in May after leaving Lionsgate last year to move to New York. They're bringing back 11-year Weinstein veteran PR exec Dani Weinstein to be president of publicity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2012 9:44 PM
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The Weinstein Brothers Honored with PGA's Milestone Award

Awards season maestros Bob and Harvey Weinstein are recipients of the Producers Guild of America's 2013 Milestone Award. The brothers will be presented with the award at the 24th annual PGA Awards on January 26, 2013...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 1:26 PM
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Why Weinsteins Want Their Lost Library Back, from 'Inglourious Basterds' to 'Scary Movie 4'

Global investment bank Goldman Sachs is selling its stake in a number of Weinstein Company films, which means that Weinstein could begin profitting again from recent titles such as "Vicki Christina Barcelona" and "Inglourious Basterds."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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Tarantino and 'Django Unchained' Gang Hit Comic-Con: How Serious is This Movie?

Saturday morning Comic-Con's cavernous Hall H was packed with 6000 fans, many of whom stayed up all night to gain a seat, to get a gander at an eight-minute sizzle reel of clips from the first half of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (slated optimistically for release by Weinstein Co. on December 25).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2012 1:56 PM
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Trailer Watch: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Hits Web

A group of journalists in Cannes saw much of the footage from Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" that hit the web in its first trailer Wednesday. The trailer leaked before a planned Fandango launch today. The Weinstein Co. and Sony are partnered on the film which is still in mid-production and is set to finish in mid-July for December 25 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 8:05 PM
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