Weinsteins close to snatching Miramax back from Disney?

According to THR, the Weinsteins are close to a winning bid in the Miramax auction and could take back operating control of the arthouse studio they founded in 1979, then sold to Disney for $80 million in 1993. Disney’s recently shuttered niche division boasts a 611-title film library. Miramax founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein have …
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Gossip Girl gets gobbled up by Piranha 3D

Dimension Films has confirmed that “Gossip Girl” Jessica Szohr, has joined previously announced cast members Elisabeth Shue, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Adam Scott and Dina Meyer in the upcoming film PIRANHA 3D. E Online broke the news earlier today, that Szohr will appear in the Alexandre Aja-directed remake of the cult classic horror film. As …
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Anne Hathaway to play Judy Garland in biopic

Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway is attached to star as iconic performer Judy Garland in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, which The Weinstein Company has optioned the film and stage rights. The announcement was made today by TWC co-chief Harvey Weinstein. Get Happy is …
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Brat Pitt to play a Bastard for Tarantino

According to Variety, it’s now official that Brad Pitt will star in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards epic. The WWII drama is being distributed by the Weinstein Company and Universal. Pitt will play a Tennessee hillbilly who assembles a team of eight Jewish-American soldiers to take on the Nazis. The site also reports that Nastassja Kinski …
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The Weinsteins Get Blueberry Nights

The Weinstein Company is proud to announce that it has acquired all U.S., Australian and New Zealand rights to the romantic comedy My Blueberry Nights from award-winning director Wong Kar Wai, (In the Mood for Love, Happy Together and Chungking Express) who was this years jury president of the Cannes Film Festival. This film marks Wong’s English-language feature film …
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Dixie Chicks to Shut Up and Sing

The Weinstein Company has acquired the worldwide rights to Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, a documentary from two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) and director Cecilia Peck, which will be featured as a Gala Presentation at the 31st Toronto Film Festival. The film, which is produced by Kopple and Peck, is a presentation of Cabin …
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BET Founder and The Weinstein’s Team Up

Robert L. Johnson, founder of BET and owner of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, today announced that it has entered into a new venture with The Weinstein Company to create a film company that will produce titles in the African-American family comedy genre. The announcement was made jointly today by Robert L. Johnson and Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of The …
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Knight Rider Returns

If quality and not ticket sales are any indication, revivals of old TV shows are improving dramatically. We’ve gone from The Mod Squad (1999) to Mission Impossible III (2006). I think that film didn’t live up to expectations, because of the changing landscape in the U.S. For one thing, as baby-boomers age, they simply don’t want to go to …
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