Weinsteins May Lose Miramax Deal, Kerrey Mulls MPAA, IFC and Sony on Cannes Buying Spree

by Anne Thompson
May 21, 2010 10:10 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood
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.

Two Brit women sitting next to me on Air France were taking advantage of the free-flowing wine during the entire flight. Jolly indeed. And I slept quite a bit. It's been a lot of five-hour nights at Cannes. No complaints.

Meanwhile, news is breaking that the Weinstein/Miramax deal, as I had been hearing, is falling through. At the Blue Valentine rooftop party at Cannes, where Ryan Gosling was in good spirits (talking about having been offered pajamas on the Lufthansa flight on the way over), Harvey wasn't able to revel in the festival success of the film (trimmed slightly from Sundance). When I approached him, he groaned and said, "Have you ever seen The Last Angry Man? That's me." (The movie's famous line is "The bastards just won't let you live.") He seemed to feel assailed by me. Well, I was hoping he'd land their old library. Now Disney will likely return to the Gores brothers who have been talking to Overture's Chris McGurk about putting together a Starz Media package. UPDATE: Ron Burkle and the Weinsteins insist they are still working on closing a deal with Disney for the Miramax library.

Looks like Robert Kerrey, the former Nebraska Governor and Senator, is mulling over taking on the MPAA chairmanship. He's a strong, charismatic guy who I best remember from the Lincoln, Nebraska set of Terms of Endearment, when he was visiting Debra Winger--a lot. She was madly in love with him at the time. But it's news to the MPAA, which has no comment and is checking into the matter.

Sony adds one new Cannes buy, Of Gods and Men, to its acquisition of Mike Leigh's Another Year, while IFC has acquired U.S. rights to Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier, Gregg Araki's Kaboom and We Are What We Are to their shopping cart. They're always the two big Cannes buyers.

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More: festivals, Independents, News, Cannes, Weinsteins

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2 Comments

  • robert not so wise | May 22, 2010 6:30 AMReply

    It's La Pizza.

  • tom brueggemann | May 22, 2010 6:09 AMReply

    Welcome back Anne - enjoyed your Cannes coverage; nothing beats being there, but you do a solid job of giving a sense of what it is like on the ground. (And you reminded me how much I miss Le Pizza).

    On Bob Kerrey - St Bob of Nebraska a multi million dollars a year lobbyist? That's too funny.

    I really would like to be a fly on the wall when he meets with studio bosses - if you thought New School was a bit out of his depth, it will be nothing like this gig.

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