Over the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on on Twitter. Many of us are too busy sitting around with our families, eating big meals or maybe going to the movies. If you fall into that category, you probably missed Kevin Smith‘s tell-all tweet marathon revealing an interesting story of how Ben Affleck asked him to direct a non-Miramax movie, why Fletch Won never happened, and more. But don’t worry. We’ve got it all embedded for you after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
At 165 minutes, Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained is hardly what you’d call brief. But it’s still shorter than the version we could’ve gotten, in some alternate universe.
During a press day in New York City, Tarantino revealed that Harvey Weinstein had once suggested splitting Django Unchained into two films, a la Kill Bill. And while Tarantino ultimately decided against it, he hasn’t entirely given up hope on getting some of that extra footage out there, possibly in the form of an extended cut. Read his comments after the jump.
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In the late Nineties, Chris Tucker was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He was making over $20 million to star in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour films but then he faded away. This was a guy who proved he was a comedy genius in the film Friday, could be awkward and great in a sci-fi film like The Fifth Element, but he more or less dropped off the face of the Earth after 1998’s Rush Hour, only returning for its two sequels. What happened? It seems he got a bit full of himself.
Harvey Weinstein appeared on Sirius XM’s The Opie and Anthony Show Wednesday morning and said that he and Quentin Tarantino approached Tucker to make and release a movie showcasing the actor’s stand-up comedy. It didn’t happen because of Tucker’s greed. Read the details below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
The battle between The Weinstein Co. and the MPAA over the rating for Lee Hirsch‘s Bully could finally be winding to a close, as sources claim that The Weinstein Co. is preparing a PG-13 cut of the anti-bullying doc after all. The unrated, unedited version of the film opened in five New York and Los Angeles-area theaters this past weekend to solid box office numbers, and is expected to roll out to 23 more markets on April 13 with the new cut. More details after the jump.
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OK, this is getting absurd. First, let’s recap. Lee Hirsch made a documentary called Bully that takes on the issue of bullying in schools, spurred in part by the suicides of several kids who were victims of bullying. The Weinstein Company is distributing the film, but found the picture tagged with an R rating by the MPAA, thanks to scenes in which kids talk like kids. (Read: there’s some dirty words in there.)
Last week TWC appealed the rating and lost by one vote. At that point Harvey Weinstein threatened to break from the MPAA entirely. Harvey, Hirsch and others have continued to campaign for the film, which they want to be able to show in schools. A young woman named Katy Butler — herself a victim of bullying — also launched her own petition on Change.org to ask the MPAA to give the film a PG-13 rating.
Now, as Harvey talks about releasing the film unrated, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is threatening to have association members treat the movie as if it is rated NC-17. Rarely is the argument over the release of a film so ironically captured by the film’s title as it is here. Read More »
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The MPAA began, in slightly different form, to act in part as a tool for the early Hollywood studios. But it also quickly became a self-regulating arm of the film industry, an attempt to pacify those who accused movies of moral lapses without letting control over the business pass to a government agency. The MPAA has seen its share of controversy over many decades of existence, but in the last ten years has seemed more and more out of touch with common standards. Cite, if you will, the board’s inflexible approach towards ‘foul’ language, or a permissive attitude towards violence that contrasts with a severe distaste for sex, especially if the film in question is the product of a major studio.
Harvey Weinstein has had several battles with the MPAA in recent years, and the latest is over the documentary Bully. The film, a trailer for which we showed you yesterday, was rated R for scenes in which kids speak like kids do — that is, with some bad language. Weinstein appealed the R rating today, and lost by a single vote. Now he is threatening to do something that perhaps only Harvey could get away with: a wholesale break from the MPAA.
Update: The MPAA has released a statement in response to Weinstein’s threat. Read that below.
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Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 by Angie Han
Hollywood is a town that thrives on publicity, so much so that it feels at times like I know more about certain overexposed stars than I do my own family members. And yet within that world, there are still a few power players that manage to remain (relatively) in the shadows. Harvey Weinstein is one of the most successful producers working today, with hits like Pulp Fiction and the classic Miramax catalog, not to mention credit on other projects like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has prominence and influence matched by few other industry vets, and yet he’s maintained such careful control over his public image that not much is known about the “real” Harvey Weinstein.
Fascinated by this widely recognized yet secretive figure, documentarian Barry Avrich set out to uncover the true story behind the industry giant in a documentary titled Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project. Sounds interesting, right? Unfortunately, the first trailer isn’t very enticing. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Scream 4 was enough of a box-office disappointment when it opened this spring that it seemed to curtail all the rumors about it being the first of a new Scream trilogy. But like its plucky heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), the Scream franchise isn’t one to die easily. The fourth installment ultimately ended up pulling in about $97 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, apparently enough that director Wes Craven is now saying that a Scream 5 is very likely to happen. Read his comments after the jump.
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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 »