When last we left Mike McDermott he was in a New York City cab, heading down Broadway, on his way to Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker. The year was 1998 and Miramax’s poker movie Rounders, starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, made a paltry $23 million at the box office. Fortunately for us, the movie was ahead of its time. Soon after the film’s release, the world of poker changed drastically. The invention of card cameras and the 2003 $2.5 million Main Event victory of everyman Chris Moneymaker, who cites Rounders as one of his biggest influences, made the game of poker boom in a huge way. In 1999, the year that Damon’s Rounders character would have played in the World Series Main Event, 393 people competed and the winner made $1 million. Seven years later, 8,773 competed in the same event with the winner taking home $12 million.

So though Rounders was a theatrical bust, the poker boom made it a home video smash, grossing $70 million in profit for Miramax. The film was recently on a list of catalog titles Miramax was hoping to sequelize along with The Weinstein Company and this week Harvey Weinstein himself, a producer of the original movie and former head of the studio that released it, said he’s still trying to get a sequel to Rounders made. Read More »

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Miramax is pimping out its impressive list of catalog titles all over the Internet. Recently, they signed a deal with Netflix to stream films many of their best classic films and now they’ve signed a similar agreement with Hulu Plus. Twenty-seven Miramax films are now available on the premium subscription service with hundreds more becoming available in the coming weeks. Right now, like literally right now, you can watch Clerks, Cop Land, From Dusk Till Dawn, My Left Foot, Pulp Fiction, The Crow, The Crying Game, The English Patient, Reservoir Dogs, Scream, Swingers, Trainspotting and more with the click of the mouse. Pretty impressive. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Miramax Signs Deal With Netflix

Miramax has signed a multi-year agreement to distribute their films on Netflix’s Instant Streaming service for U.S. subscribers. Several hundred Miramax movies will be available beginning in June 2011, with “dozens of titles being added on a rotating basis.”

Through this partnership, the Netflix library gains a variety of films which collectively have 284 Academy Award nominations, across 83 films, with 68 wins, including the Best Picture winners “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love.” Iconic titles such as “Bad Santa,” “Chasing Amy,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “Clerks,” “Cold Mountain,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Kill Bill” Volumes I and II, “Muriel’s Wedding,” “The Piano,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Reindeer Games” and many of the “Halloween,” “Scary Movie,” “Scream” and “Spy Kids” movies will be available over time.

Read the full press release after the jump.

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Ever since Kill Bill Volume 1 was released in 2003, we’d been hearing that writer/director Quentin Tarantino ultimately planned on releasing both halves in one epic package. Kill Bill Volume 2 came out a year later and it seemed like a logical time for the big reveal. Nope. Then, in 2004, Tarantino showed a combined version of the film at the Cannes Film Festival that became known as Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair. We thought that meant general audiences would finally get to see it in some way but alas, that was not the case. Amazon put up a page about it, images of box art leaked online and Tarantino himself said they were working on a new animation sequence but still, there was nothing. Years passed and finally Tarantino’s theater, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, was permitted to show the film theatrically for the first time in the United States.

The print, which was the exact one that screened at Cannes – complete with French subtitles – played from March 27 (Tarantino’s birthday) through April 7 to mostly sold out audiences. After being out of town for the majority of the run, I was finally able to see the film on its final evening and it was a near perfect movie going experience. Four plus hours of bliss that make Kill Bill better than you ever thought it could be.

After the jump, we’ll discuss the changes and how those changes improve the original theatrical releases. Read More »

Netflix Nearing $100 Million Deal With Miramax

Executives at Netflix have been working hard in the past few weeks. First, they spent an insane amount of money to get into the original programming business then Starz and Showtime renegotiated their deals with the online movie provider cutting back the availability of their products. Now, it appears they’re close to signing a $100 million deal with Miramax that would give Netflix users access to their eclectic 700 plus title catalog which includes Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Clerks, Swingers, Good Will Hunting and many more. Read about the collaboration after the break. Read More »

Billy Bob Thornton in Talks For ‘Bad Santa 2′

Last year, The Weinstein Company announced that it would partner with Miramax to make some sequels to titles in the Miramax library. One that was mentioned, and which has come up previous to that announcement, was Bad Santa 2. Billy Bob Thornton is often asked about the possibility of a sequel, and has said he’d be willing to do one.

Now that seems to be happening. as both Mr. Thornton and a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company says the actor is in talks to make the film. Read More »

Scream 4 is done. It’s out there. And as we ride a wave of publicity, press screenings and more leading up towards the April 15 release, fans will have to dodge an obstacle course of spoilers revealing who dies, when they die, how they die and, of course, who or what is Ghostface this time around. For the record, I have no idea – I’m also avoiding spoilers at all costs – so feel free to read on.

Besides the onslaught of spoilers, one of the film’s biggest controversies was the reported creative differences surrounding franchise creator and the screenwriter of this fourth film, Kevin Williamson. We heard that sometime in the middle of production he left and Ehren Kruger (who wrote Scream 3 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) came in. Director Wes Craven has finally spoken out on these issues and while you can read his comments below, beware that we’re also going to include some new photos, one of which is surely considered a spoiler. Feel free to read the quotes below but then watch out for the spoiler warning. Read More »

I wonder what’s been happening with Kevin Smith lately. The filmmaker hasn’t been in the news at all. There’s that small instance of deciding to self-distribute his latest film Red State and take it out on the road, there-by reinventing himself as both a filmmaker and a person. Then there are the records the tour has broken and the creation his own online radio station filled with his SModcasts, but beyond that, Smith hardly tweets at all and has been a pretty tough nut to crack.

Due to that prolonged radio silence, we figured it was a good time for a Kevin Smith update. The man best known for writing and directing Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma just announced that a script he wrote a few years back for The Six Million Dollar Man is going to be adapted into a comic book and that his new podcast station, called S.I.R. (SModcast Internet Radio) will feature podcasts on the history of Saturday Night Live with co-host Jon Lovitz as well as the history of Miramax, with co-host producer Jon Gordon. Read more after the break. Read More »

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