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Bradley Cooper’s Chef Pic Whips Up New Title, Adds Uma Thurman

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 10:38am PDT

Bradley Cooper’s Chef Pic Whips Up New Title, Adds Uma ThurmanThe Weinstein Company has kicked off production today on Adam Jones, the culinary pic that stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller about a bad-boy Michelin chef who must turn it around. The project was originally titled The Chef until Jon Favreau’s food truck pic Chef came along; there was confusion among buyers that led to a cease-and-desist order and eventually a resolution.

Adam Jones has added Uma Thurman as the final ingredient in an ensemble that includes Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scarmacio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene and Alicia Vikander. The plot: Chef Adam Jones (Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Miller). Read More »

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TWC To Premiere Uplifting Opera Tale ‘One Chance’ On Yahoo Screen

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 4:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

TWC To Premiere Uplifting Opera Tale ‘One Chance’ On Yahoo ScreenOne Chance, the David Frankel-directed film about opera singer Paul Potts, will make its first performance on Yahoo Screen, an advertiser-supported online service from Yahoo. In a new wrinkle about finding an audience for a crowd pleasing film with no big stars, Yahoo has made a deal with The Weinstein Company to air the film on its Yahoo Screen service ten days before it rolls out in theater this fall. The plan is different from the multi-platform strategy used by RADiUS-TWC on films like Snowpiercer, which has broadened to 356 screens and grossed $3.5 million theatrically. Here, Yahoo will show a commercial movie to its audience, making it available free, before TWC takes it to movie screens. The film opened last year overseas and grossed $9.9 million.

Potts was an assistant who dreamed of being an opera singer. His audition for Britain’s Got Talent became a YouTube sensation. He went on to win the competition and has a thriving career. James Corden, who won the Tony for Orie Man, Two Guvnors and who co-stars in the TWC release Begin Again, plays Potts. Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper and Alexandra Roach also star.

How wide the film opens after its Yahoo bow remains to be determined when the film opens later this fall. Exhibitors don’t love the multi-platform model, and as is often the case with some multi-platform releases, and it will be interesting to see how they greet an online showing. TWC will four wall some theaters to reach … Read More »

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Bear Necessity: Ben Whishaw To Voice CG ‘Paddington’

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 4:21pm PDT

Bear Necessity: Ben Whishaw To Voice CG ‘Paddington’After parting company with original star Colin Firth, The Weinstein Co.’s fast-approaching Paddington Bear pic has found a new voice for its furry London-dwelling protagonist. Ben Whishaw has stepped in as the voice of Paddington, starring alongside Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Sally Hawkins in the live action/CG big-screen adventure adapted from UK author Michael Bond’s beloved children’s books. King’s Speech Oscar-winner Firth was set to play the CG bear for producer David Heyman and helmer Paul King before his voice was deemed not quite right for the character. His departure was announced last month. The Weinstein Co. releases the pic Christmas Day stateside, but overseas there’s more of a time crunch: Paddington opens in the UK, home base to the Peruvian-born Paddington Bear himself, on November 28.

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‘Southpaw’ Adds Ex-Champ Victor Ortiz To Cast

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 10:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

‘Southpaw’ Adds Ex-Champ Victor Ortiz To CastEXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have added a little ring credibility to their boxing pic Southpaw. Former world welterweight champion boxer-turned-actor Victor Ortiz has been added to a cast that has Jake Gyllenhaal starring with Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker. Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wrote the script. Ortiz signed on to portray Ramone, a flyweight kid from the streets with real sparring potential. The character parallels Ortiz’s own rags-to-riches story of rising from childhood as a foster kid, to brawling his way to the championship belt in 2011. It’s the second significant role for Ortiz, who makes his feature film debut later this summer as one of the Young Expendables in Expendables 3. He was personally selected for the role by Sylvester Stallone. Shooting on Southpaw just began in Pittsburgh. Ortiz is repped by Gersh, The Syndicate, Xtreme Couture Management and lawyer Chad Christopher at Stone Meyer.

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Shirley MacLaine Joins ‘Wild Oats’

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 4:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

maclShirley MacLaine is now set to join Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Judd Hirsch and Billy Connolly in Wild Oats, the Andy Tennant-directed comedy that just got underway in Spain. Blythe Frank is producing and Michael Mailer and Re’Shaun Frear are executive producer.

Written by Claudia Myers and Gary Knew, with revisions by Kenneth Lonergan, the film is about a widow (MacLaine) who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law, in a cross between The Bucket List and Thelma And Louise. The Weinstein Company is distributing domestically and Sony overseas. MacLaine was most recently seen in The Secret life Of Walter Mitty, Glee and Downton Abbey. She’s repped by ICM Partners.

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Weinstein Co Sets March 2015 Release For Cannes Pickup ‘The Coup’, Moves ‘Paddington’ To Christmas Day

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 2:35pm PDT

the-weinstein-company-logo-1__140502172505-275x153The Weinstein Company made one of the biggest purchase of last month’s Cannes Film Festival when it scooped up The Coup, the John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle international thriller that stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. The deal for U.S. distribution rights topped a bidding battle that topped out at $5 million. Now that pic has a release date: March 6, 2015. The plot centers on an American family that relocates to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves in the middle of a violent coup. They struggle to find an escape route because the new parties in control are executing foreigners as quickly as they can round them up. Bold Films produced, and Drew Dowdle, Michel Litvak and David Lancaster produced.

TWC today also shifted dates for a couple of its pics already on its schedule. It has moved its Paddington to a Christmas Day 2014 release after previously slotting it for December 12. It also has pushed back Underdogs, its animated comedy from Juan Jose Campanella, from August 27, 2014 to January 16, 2015.

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TWC Taps Judi Dench For ‘Tulip Fever’

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 1:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

judiThe Weinstein Company is back in business with its Philomena star Judi Dench, who joins the cast of the Justin Chadwick-directed drama Tulip Fever. Dench will play The Abbess of St. Ursula’s, a rescuer of orphan children. Also joining the production, which is currently shooting in the U.K., are Glee‘s Matthew Morrison as drunken bohemian artist Mattheus, Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) as artists’ model Annetje, and Cressida Bonas as Mrs. Steen, a merchant’s young wife. Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Christoph Waltz and Zach Galifianakis are already in the cast.  Tom Stoppard adapted Deborah Moggach’s popular romance novel and Ruby Films’ Alison Owen is producing. It’s TWC’s tenth pic with Dench, who got an Oscar nom for Philomena. Vikander plays a 17th Century Amsterdam woman who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together.

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Katie Holmes Joins ‘Woman In Gold’

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 11:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

katieholEXCLUSIVE: Katie Holmes has been set to join Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, and Antje Traue in The Woman In Gold, the Simon Curtis-directed drama from Worldview Entertainment, BBC Films and The Weinstein Company. Scripted by Alexi Kaye and Alex Campbell, the story is set in 1998 and follows a holocaust survivor who solicits the help of her newly minted lawyer grandson to help her sue the Swiss government to get back priceless artwork stolen by the Nazis. Holmes, who’s repped by ICM Partners and Untitled, next will be seen in The Giver. She previously starred with Mirren for TWC’s Teaching Mrs. Tingle, a dark comedy by Kevin Williamson about students seeking revenge on a tyrant teacher.

Related: Katie Holmes Joins ABC’s Richard LaGravenese Pilot

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Cannes: Weinstein Co In Exclusive Talks For Russell Crowe-Helmed ‘The Water Diviner’

Mike Fleming

croweEXCLUSIVE: I’m back on my feet after an awful case of jet lag, in time to lob a couple end-of-day stories as the Cannes Film Festival continues supplying splashy deals into the waning days. The Weinstein Company tonight is now in exclusive negotiations to acquire The Water Diviner, and is in position to land the directorial debut of Russell Crowe. This comes after Crowe traveled to the Croisette and presented about 12 minutes of footage to an array of distributors at the Majestic. He then hung around and met with them. The distributors I spoke with all came away very impressed by what Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)Crowe had done. In the end, he and his WME Global reps felt that Harvey Weinstein would be the right man for the job of releasing the film. TWC has offered $4 million with the promised of a wide release. Crowe and Weinstein worked together years ago on Master And Commander.

Related: Russell Crowe Sets ‘The Water Diviner’ For Directing Debut

In the film, Crowe plays an Australian man who travels to Turkey to find his three sons, who went missing after the brutal Battle of Gallipoli during WWI. I am told that the-weinstein-company-logo-1__140502172505-275x153there is an epic quality to the subject matter in the script by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, covering a war that absolutely decimated a generation of young Australian men. Anyone who saw Peter Weir’s Gallipoli knows the scale of carnage. I’ve heard The Water Diviner has a Braveheart quality to it. Read More »

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Cannes: ‘Lion’ To Roar In $12 Million TWC Deal After Quiet Auction

Mike Fleming

sarooUPDATE: TWC has confirmed this deal, and I had it right except that Australian rights are excluded. Release is below original scoop.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal that was done in stealth mode, The Weinstein Company is nearing a $12 million deal for Lion, a Luke Davies-scripted adaptation of the Saroo Bierley book A Long Way Home. The film will be directed by Garth Davis, who helmed Top Of The Lake, and the deal is for world rights, I’ve heard. There have been almost no rumblings about the project at the fest, but the two studios who were battling ferociously for this were TWC and Fox Searchlight. No comment yet from the principals but I expect this one to be done before day’s end.

the-weinstein-company-logo-1__140502172505-275x153It’s easy to see why each party was eager. The project has undeniable sweep and Oscar potential. It is most easily compared to Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi, and it reunites TWC with the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. The producers and attorney Craig Emanuel have been guiding this deal. It is a truly fascinating true story, spanning India and Australia. The protagonist is Saroo Brierly, who was separated from his family in India at age 5. The family lived in desperate poverty after the father deserted them, and Brierly and his older brother one day went to a railway station to scavenge for food and spare change. Saroo wound up separated from his brother, and having no idea where it was going, boarded a train that took him far from his home. Hopelessly lost, he wound up on the streets of Calcutta. After a harrowing survival ordeal, he eventually was rescued, and was adopted and grew up with an affluent family in Australia. He never forgot his origins, though. As an adult, he decided to reunite with his mother. Using scraps of memory and Google Maps, he was able to figure out where home was, and 26 years later was finally reunited with a birth mother who never stopped hoping. Read More »

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Cannes: The Weinstein Company Near Deal For John Carney’s Next Pic ‘Sing Street’

Mike Fleming

begiEXCLUSIVE: After another vigorous bidding battle, The Weinstein Company goes into Saturday morning Cannes time near a deal for Sing Street, the next movie that will be directed by John Carney. The deal is U.S. rights for around $3 million, and it keeps TWC in business with Carney after they first teamed up on the Toronto Film Festival’s biggest deal, for Can A Song Save Your Life, which is being released under the title Begin Again. That film sold for $7 million in vigorous bidding. This film, which had Fox Searchlight and A24 chasing as well after buyers read a script and met with Carney, sounds closer in spirit to Carney’s superb directorial debut Once. Sing Street is described to me as an Irish musical set in a high school. It’ll be populated with unknown actors and U2′s Bono and The Edge are involved. WME Global is brokering this deal and Anthony Bregman is producing the film (he worked with Carney on Begin Again). EBF and PalmStar Media Capital are funding the film.

Related: Harvey Weinstein Defends Actions On ‘Grace Of Monaco’

Cannes2014_badgeIt’s one of three films that TWC bid aggressively on Friday night at the Croisette. As Deadline revealed last night, the bidding is up to $6 million for U.S. rights on The Coup, the John Erick Dowdle-directed thriller that stars Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan. The Weinstein Company is the front-runner, but it is battling it out right now with Relativity, with Paramount a lurking dark horse. The Bold Films-backed film was scripted by the director and his brother Drew. It is about an American family that relocates to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves in the middle of a violent coup. They struggle to find an escape route because the new parties in control are executing foreigners as quickly as they can round them up. WME Global and UTA are co-repping that film, which should close Saturday morning.

Related: Cannes 2014: A Look At Hot Titles; Was It Over Before We Got Here And Paramount Made Record Deal?

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Cannes: Weinstein Company Highlights 2014 Slate Including First Extended Footage From ‘Paddington’, ‘Macbeth’ And Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’

Pete Hammond

Despite the whole Grace Of Monaco controversy that has 'The Immigrant' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festivaloverwhelmed early coverage of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Weinstein Company showed off an impressive slate of their other films tonight. Harvey Weinstein hosted as usual and brought up stars Naomi Watts who co-stars with Bill Murray in the upcoming (and very funny, based on the footage shown) St. Vincent. And also Ryan Reynolds who is co-starring in Woman In Gold, a 2015 title.

Related: Harvey Weinstein Defends Actions On ‘Grace Of Monaco’

Cannes2014_badgeHe also gave a solo spot to debuting director Ned Benson whose The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby premieres in Cannes on Saturday night as a single film. It will be released that way in September after being picked up as “a work in progress” by TWC at last September’s Toronto Film Festival where it was actually shown as two different movies, each from the point of view of one of the main characters played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. All three versions – Him, Her and Them – will be seen in Cannes during the festival, but it’s the new combined and streamlined Them that will get the most commercial play and, in my opinion, real Oscar consideration. In fact, it is one of TWC’s strongest Academy Award prospects and highlights remarkably fine performances across the boar, especially Chastain, McAvoy and William Hurt, and marks the emergence of a real talent in Benson.

Related: Weinstein To Unspool Footage From Host Of Fall Films On Friday

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CANNES UPDATE: Weinstein Co To Unspool Footage From Host Of Fall Films On Friday

the-weinstein-company-logo-1__140502172505-275x153UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: I’ve just gotten word that added to the below will be a new promo for Macbeth. Justin Kurzel’s version of the Shakespeare tale stars Michael Fassbender as the iconic eponymous antihero and Marion Cotillard as his scheming Lady.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: In what’s become a highly anticipated annual event, The Weinstein Co is gearing up for tomorrow’s screening of first-look footage from its upcoming films. Two years ago, TWC first rented a plush room in the Majestic Hotel to show about 20 Cannes2014_badgeminutes of three of its 2012 awards contenders: Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook and The Master. It was a prescient move that got the awards conversation started. Last year, the reel was bumped up to 40 minutes and included clips from such pics as The Butler, The Grandmaster, One Chance, Fruitvale Station, August: Osage County and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Harvey Weinstein has increasingly used this invite-only Cannes reception as a platform to tout the company’s slate and whet the appetite for releases later in the year. He’s also trotted out talent from the movies. This year’s event, co-hosted by Worldview Entertainment, goes down tomorrow at the Majestic replete with cocktails and a special press conference.

Related: Cannes: Matthew McConaughey Talks First Movie Since Oscar Win

begin againAmong those set for the preview reel are Toronto sensation Begin Again, the John Carney-directed pic starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine. Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse just acquired the Chinese theatrical and all platform rights. It opens in North America and Europe this summer. Also due is a new trailer from The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young-adult novel that stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, the disappearance of eleanor rigbyKatie Holmes and Taylor Swift. It releases in August. Also with an August release, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is getting a teaser trailer, and animated soccer movie Underdogs is screening a new trailer. Un Certain Regard title The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby is unspooling a new trailer. The movie screens in UCR on Saturday in the third version to appear at a festival after two versions played Toronto, one titled Him and the other Her. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star as a married couple whose relationship disintegrates.

Related: How New Version Of  ‘Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’ Found Its Way To Cannes

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Cannes: Why Harvey Weinstein Will Miss ‘Grace Of Monaco’ Premiere

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 3:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

monacEXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Considering the drama involved in Grace Of Monaco, many have been asking whether Harvey Weinstein will be there walking the red carpet tonight at the Palais premiere. Deadline has the answer. Weinstein’s team including COO David Glasser will be there, but Harvey will not. He’s got a good excuse. Weinstein explains: “My wife Georgina and I have been in Jordan visiting two Syrian refugee camps, Cannes2014_badgeAl Zaatri yesterday and Azraq today. This was a long planned trip with the UNHCR and our friend Neil Gaiman to bring attention plight of refugees who have been forced to flee Syria and the incredible work of UNHCR,” Weinstein said. “I’m wishing Olivier, Nicole, Pierre Ange and Uday and the Grace Of Monaco team all the best for the screening in Cannes tonight.”

EARLIER: Despite it being one of the noisiest negotiations in recent memory, The Weinstein Company is closing its deal to release Grace Of Monaco, which premieres tonight as the opening film of the Cannes Film Festival. This deal will be smaller than the original $5 million struck, back when the film was skedded to be released in early 2014 and before it got selected for Cannes. Read More »

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Cannes: How New Version Of Toronto Pic ‘Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’ Found Its Way To Croisette In Un Certain Regard

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ned Benson, who made his feature directorial debut on The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, eleanrecalls his beleaguered editor Krissy Boden paraphrasing fellow editor Walter Murch that, “we write one film, we shoot one film, and we cut another film.” Murch was talking about the process of making a single film and not what Benson has done, which is to carve out three distinctly different versions of the same movie. The latest will play in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes.

When Benson unveils his film on the Croisette on May 17, it will be his second international festival and the third version to appear at a festival. At Toronto last fall where The Weinstein Company bought the film for around $3 million, Benson debuted two versions of the film that stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as a married couple whose relationship disintegrates. One version, which they call Him, showed it from the husband’s vantage point, while a second film shown right after, Her, explored it from the perspective of the wife. The Cannes version, which Benson called Them,  will follow the more traditional form and clock in at two hours. All three versions will be released by TWC in some form this fall.

benson“Insane is probably the best way to describe all this,” Benson told me. “The idea of creating a third way to see this story, to have a two-hour relationship film or give the viewer the choice of seeing it in the three hour, two-part perspective is one of the most educational film experiences I’ve had in my life. And the outcome is mind-blowing, like hitting the lottery.”

This is just one of the Cannes films TWC is involved in with issues. The fest’s opening-night film, Grace Of Monaco, was pulled from an early 2014 release date because of disagreements the distributor had with director Olivier Dahan. TWC probably won’t make a decision regarding the release of that film until the new cut is seen at the festival, and the battle has become contentious. Distributors often nudge filmmakers to consider making cuts on films they acquire, hoping to reach the widest possible audience. Though a single film clearly has a better shot at a wide audience than two long separate versions telling the same story, Benson said he wasn’t pressured by TWC to come up with the third cut.

“At Toronto, it was this hanging question that lingered,” Benson said. “It wasn’t until this year that I saw with my editor and my producing partner Cassandra Kulukundis and then talked with Harvey Weinstein about it, and he gave me the opportunity to see if it an omnipotent version could function as its own film. We got in a room and created the film that will premiere in Cannes.” Read More »

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The Weinstein Company Makes 5-Year Co-Fi Deal With Worldview Entertainment

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 7:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Weinstein Company will partnerworldviewlogo with Worldview Entertainment in a five-year multi-picture partnership. Worldview has already co-financed four upcoming TWC films including Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever, Simon Curtis’ The Woman In Gold, and two others that will be announced at Cannes. Worldview partners Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners will get four domestic theatrical and ancillary distribution slots per year with P&A commitments from TWC over the term of the partnership and act as sales agent on a number of Worldview films accessing TWC’s key international relationships and output deals.

twc“We love working with Worldview, they are savvy about movies and the business of movies,” said TWC Co-Chairman, Harvey Weinstein, and COO, David Glasser. “We greatly look forward to strategically joining forces with them and look forward to a long and prosperous business relationship.” Read More »

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‘Spring Breakers’ Producers Slapped With $1.3M Lawsuit By Early Investor

DJP LEGAL BADGESpring break is over, but the party hasn’t stopped for Spring Breakers. No, I’m not talking about the proposed sequel of sorts that Wild Bunch reportedly is bringing to Cannes this year. Instead, today an early investor in the Harmony Korine-directed 2013 bacchanalia has spring breakerssued the producers for at least $1.39 million in damages over profits and monies due from the pic.On or about February 16, 2012, Walker entered into a written contract with SBLLC (Spring Breakers LLC) whereby Walker put up $700,000.00 in financing for Spring Breakers in exchange for certain rights, including without limitation certain repayment and credit rights,” claims the 26-page Breach of Written Contract complaint (read it here) from Wicks Walker and his Division Films. The complaint names as defendants producers Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner and their Muse Productions from the movie starring James Franco and Selena Gomez.

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Weinstein Company Dates Three Pics

the-weinstein-company-logo (1)The Weinstein Company has dated three more films on its 2014 slate, all in prime position for awards season. TWC has set a September 26 limited release for The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, a November 21 limited release for The Imitation Game and a Christmas Day bow for Big Eyes. Ned Benson’s Eleanor Rigby stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a once happily married couple who suddenly find themselves as strangers trying to understand each other in the wake of a tragedy. It faces off against Focus Features’ animated pic The Boxtrolls, Sony/Columbia’s The Equalizer, A24′s romcom Laggies, Relativity’s Hector And The Search For Happiness and Five And Two Pictures’ A Matter Of Faith. The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. It’s pitted against Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Buena Vista’s McFarland. Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Immigrant’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 2:46pm PDT

Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner star in the James Gray period drama The Immigrant. It centers on Ewa Cybulski (Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan), who immigrate to New York from their native Poland to start a new life. The two women are separated when doctors discover Magda is seriously ill and she is quarantined. Ewa then falls into the hands of Bruno (Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. She later meets Bruno’s cousin Orlando (Renner), a magician who sweeps her off her feet and is her best chance to escape the nightmarish life she’s been enduring. Have a look at the new trailer for the Weinstein Co pic, which opens May 16 in limited release:

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