Rounders

The once-independent Miramax catalog is getting a new school Hollywood makeover. Founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who left the company in 2005 and formed The Weinstein Company, just signed a deal to regain creative control over the Miramax library. Colony Capital purchased it from Disney in 2010, for $660 million. Their first two orders of business will be sequels to Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love and cult poker film Rounders. They’ll also develop TV series based on Good Will Hunting, Swingers and Flirting with Disaster, and jumpstart development on scripts by Stephen Colbert, Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack. Read much more below. Read More »

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UPDATE: Kevin Smith has responded to the mention of a Clerks sequel. His note, via Twitter, is after the break. Original article follows.

Now that the handover of Miramax to new ownership is really going forward, the company is making an interesting move. Miramax announced this morning that it will team with The Weinstein Company — aka the men who founded and then left Miramax — to produce sequels to a handful of Miramax titles.

One of the first announced projects is a sequel to Bad Santa, which Billy Bob Thornton had recently discussed as being a project of interest. Rounders and Shakespeare in Love sequels are also in the works, with more possibly to follow. More info after the break. Read More »

The Awesome ‘Toy Story 3′ Oscar Campaign

Disney and Pixar know they can win an Oscar for Best Animated Film. That’s just too easy. So this year, with that award all but locked up once again, they’ve decided to take on the big boys. They want the Oscar for Best Picture.

To that end, an elaborate Oscar campaign for Toy Story 3 has recently been launched in which characters from the film are portrayed in previous Best Picture winners that had something going against them such as being a different genre, a sequel or a plain old underdog. Films such as The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump will all get a Toy Story makeover in the coming months. And though only two of these ads have surfaced so far, they are so awesome, you’ve got to check them out. We’ve got them after the jump as well as quotes from the Disney brass about Toy Story 3′s chances. Read More »

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