OWN Licenses Weinstein Co’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 11:32am PST

mandela5Oprah Winfrey Network has secured the network television rights to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom from The Weinstein Company, the network announced this morning.

OWN has licensed the first broadcast window, behind pay TV, starting in 2017. The movie, … Read More »

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Miramax TWC Linkup Homecoming Means ‘Shakespeare In Love’ And ‘Rounders’ Sequels, And ‘Good Will Hunting’ Series

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 8:01am PST
Mike Fleming

skaeBREAKING The Weinstein boys are back at Miramax. Colony Capital principal Tom Barrack Jr and The Weinstein Company co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein have set an alliance that will exploit the creative properties in the library that the brothers left behind when they exited Disney. The deal will span 20 years and multiple titles for films, TV series and live stage productions. Qatar Holding and Miramax will finance these, with TWC steering development and distributing domestically while Miramax distributes internationally. Qatar Holding and Colony Capital bought the Miramax library in 2010 for around $660 million.

They’ve been successful librarians, but now Colony Capital needs the talent relationships and development expertise of the Weinsteins to become content generators. “Sure, we own the intellectual property in the library, and most of the intellectual properties in development, but we didn’t have the art form. If I called Quentin Tarantino and said, I have a great idea how to do a Pulp Fiction TV series, chances are it would be a very short conversation,” Barrack told me. “The ability to take all these threads and sew them into a tapestry, is really the magic elixir. We’ve all decided it’s time for a quantum leap and that’s why we’re all together.” Read More »

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Wong Kar Wai On China’s Growth, Kung Fu, Oscar Contenders & Bruce Lee

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 10:00am PST

oscar__130923143016As one of the maestros of modern cinema, Wong Kar Wai’s return to the martial arts genre this year after two decades was — as you would expect from the director of Chungking Express and In The Mood For Love Read More »

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TWC Adds ‘Trailer Park’ To TLC’s ‘Welcome To Myrtle Manor’ Name, For Spinoff Sake

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 12:46pm PST

TLC loves programming threads. It used to have lots of shows about families with boatloads of children, though it has slimmed down on that TLC_logo__130912234353thread. It also has its wedding-dress thread, its hoarders thread, its Amish thread.  And, The Weinstein Company hopes, it will soon have a trailer park thread. Today, TWC announced it is renaming its doing-okay-but-not-a-hit TLC reality series Welcome To Myrtle Manor, which will henceforth be known as Trailer Park: Welcome To Myrtle Manor, starting with its second season. TWC says it’s making this change in order to spawn lots of  trailer park spinoffs, set in other U.S. locations. Ginning up more ratings would help too, but that’s another story, and we hear they’ve tweaked the show for next season.

“The Trailer Park spinoffs that we’re developing promise to bring new twists on the same types of lovable, zany characters and entertaining scenarios,” TWC TV president Meryl Poster said in this morning’s announcement, noting they did something similar with Project Runway All Stars, Project Accessory and the recent Under The Gunn — all Project Runway spinoffs.

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SAG Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ And ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead Way

SAG Awards 2013 Nominations ListUPDATED WITH FULL LIST: The nominations for the 20th annual SAG Awards for film and television were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Rizzoli & Isles‘ Sasha Alexander and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Clark Gregg, who were introduced by SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, unveiled noms in 13 acting categories — five for film and eight for TV. There also are noms for outstanding action performances by TV and film stunt ensembles, with winners for those to be announced 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announcementduring the SAG Awards pre-show January 18. Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave led the way with four nominations on the film side, including one for Outstanding Performance By A Cast — the group’s sort-of equivalent to the Best Picture category, though it doesn’t like to say so. Joining that pic in the category are American Hustle, August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The Weinstein Company led the studios list with seven total noms. Last year, SAG voted Argo as winner of its Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which helped launch that pic’s run to the Best Picture Oscar at the end of the season. On the TV side, Breaking Bad earned a leading four nominations for its final season, and HBO had a leading 13 noms among the networks.

Related: SAG Awards Film: Robert Redford Shocker Shakes Up Race

After today’s announcement, the guild is mailing out voting information Monday to every active paid-up member across the country, and final votes from the nominees’ peers must be received by Friday, January 17, 2014. Winners will be announced at the SAG Awards ceremony January 18 at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS. Here are this morning’s nominations:

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Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRUCE DERN / Woody Grant – “NEBRASKA” (Paramount Pictures)
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR / Solomon Northup – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
TOM HANKS / Capt. Richard Phillips – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (Columbia Pictures)
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Ron Woodroof – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)
FOREST WHITAKER / Cecil Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
CATE BLANCHETT / Jasmine – “BLUE JASMINE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
SANDRA BULLOCK / Ryan Stone – “GRAVITY” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JUDI DENCH / Philomena Lee – “PHILOMENA” (The Weinstein Company)
MERYL STREEP / Violet Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (The Weinstein Company)
EMMA THOMPSON / P.L. Travers – “SAVING MR. BANKS” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
BARKHAD ABDI / Muse – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (Columbia Pictures)
DANIEL BRÜHL / Niki Lauda – “RUSH” (Universal Pictures)
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Edwin Epps – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
JAMES GANDOLFINI / Albert – “ENOUGH SAID” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
JARED LETO / Rayon – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Rosalyn Rosenfeld – “AMERICAN HUSTLE” (Columbia Pictures)
LUPITA NYONG’O / Patsey – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
JULIA ROBERTS / Barbara Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (The Weinstein Company)
JUNE SQUIBB / Kate Grant – “NEBRASKA” (Paramount Pictures)
OPRAH WINFREY / Gloria Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 YEARS A SLAVE (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
PAUL DANO / Tibeats
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR / Solomon Northup
SARAH PAULSON / Mistress Epps
ALFRE WOODARD / Mistress Shaw

AMERICAN HUSTLE (Columbia Pictures)
AMY ADAMS / Sydney Prosser
CHRISTIAN BALE / Irving Rosenfeld
LOUIS C.K. / Stoddard Thorsen
PAUL HERMAN / Alfonse Simone
JACK HUSTON / Pete Musane
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Rosalyn Rosenfeld
ALESSANDRO NIVOLA / Federal Prosecutor
MICHAEL PEÑA / Sheik (Agent Hernandez)
JEREMY RENNER / Mayor Carmine Polito

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (The Weinstein Company)
CHRIS COOPER / Charles Aiken
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / “Little” Charles Aiken
EWAN McGREGOR / Bill Fordham
JULIA ROBERTS / Barbara Weston
SAM SHEPARD / Beverly Weston
MERYL STREEP / Violet Weston

DENIS O’HARE / Dr. Sevard

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (The Weinstein Company)
MARIAH CAREY / Hattie Pearl
JOHN CUSACK / Richard Nixon
JANE FONDA / Nancy Reagan
CUBA GOODING, JR. / Carter Wilson
LENNY KRAVITZ / James Holloway
JAMES MARSDEN / John F. Kennedy
DAVID OYELOWO / Louis Gaines
ALEX PETTYFER / Thomas Westfall
VANESSA REDGRAVE / Annabeth Westfall
ALAN RICKMAN / Ronald Reagan
LIEV SCHREIBER / Lyndon B. Johnson
ROBIN WILLIAMS / Dwight D. Eisenhower
OPRAH WINFREY / Gloria Gaines Read More »

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‘Chicago’ Re-Team For Craig Zadan, Neil Meron And Harvey Weinstein On ‘Pippin’

Mike Fleming

pippinEXCLUSIVE: Storyline Entertainment partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on with The Weinstein Company to produce Pippin, the screen adaptation of the musical that recently won Best Revival of a Musical among a four-Tony Award haul. This puts Zadan and Meron back with Weinstein, with whom they most successfully teamed on Chicago, the 2002 screen adaptation that won Best Picture among six Oscars. The duo also produced the hit movie musical Hairspray.

chicWith book by Roger O. Hirson and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin originally launched in 1972 with Bob Fosse directing. It focused on the existential journey of the title character, a son of King Charlemagne trying to find his place in the Middle Ages. The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt is writing the screenplay adaptation of Pippin. Read More »

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Weinsteins Decide ‘Philomena’-NY Post Dust-Up Makes For Great Ad Copy

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 5:31pm PST

Related: The Real ‘Philomena’ Answers New York Post Critic

philomenaGotta hand it to Harvey: When he sees an angle to boost the profile of his movies, he goes for it. The Weinstein Company is placing an ad in tomorrow’s New York Times referencing the skirmish between NY Post reviewer Kyle Smith and the real-life Philomena Lee, the subject of the distributor’s Oscar-season pic Philomena directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench as Lee. That’s the rift Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. told you about first last week by publishing Lee’s response to Smith’s review that called the pic among other things an attack on Catholics.  The NYT ad excerpts Lee’s letter to Smith that Fleming ran full and comes complete with a a call to action — “Decide For Yourself” — even though the movie’s been in the marketplace since the week before Thanksgiving. Click over for the ad: Read More »

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‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Returns To Theaters Friday For Awards Season Push

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 9:15am PST

Lee-Daniels-The-Butler-poster__130723170234-275x308The Weinstein Company said today it’s putting Lee Daniels’ The Butler back in theaters this Friday, December 6, for those who missed it on the big screen the first time around. Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo star … Read More »

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‘Mandela’s’ Long Walk To Oscar Race: With Renewed Heat And A+ CinemaScore Now Was Rushing It To Make Toronto Fest A Misstep? (Video)

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: When Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom had its World Premiere in early September at the mandela-movie-posterToronto International Film Festival, the critical reaction and audience buzz wasn’t exactly all what distributor The Weinstein Company was hoping for. The … Read More »

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Weinstein Co Secures $370 Million Credit Facility

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 10:40am PST

the-weinstein-company-logoBREAKING: The facility announced today by CIT Group will be used to refinance an existing arrangement and provide working capital to pay for the production, acquisition and distribution of future Weinstein Co- and Dimension Films-labeled films. TWC COO David … Read More »

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Weinstein Co. Partners With Fandango On Free Movie Tickets For SAG Award Voters

By | Wednesday November 27, 2013 @ 9:54am PST

fandangoThis is not a new practice for studios to offer free tickets to eligible voters in an effort to get their awards-season movies seen on the big screen — Warner Bros has done this in the past too. It also cuts … Read More »

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WGN & Weinstein Company Team For Ten Commandments Event Series Produced By Bruce Cohen

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 1:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ten Commandments TV Series WGN AmericaEXCLUSIVE: The new WGN America is barely 8 months old, but it already has ordered two original scripted series — Salem and Manhattan — and has made a major off-network acquisition with Person Of Interest. Now the scripted newcomer is adding an ambitious event series to its programming roster. I’ve learned that WGN has teamed with the Weinstein Company for a Ten Commandments 10-part event series, which is being executive produced by Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook, American Beauty). I hear the plan is for each episode to be helmed by a different A-list director, focusing on one commandment and its evolving significance. I hear the project is eying a March start. This would be one of Hollywood’s highest-profile takes on one of the most studied and sacred texts in Christianity and Judaism since the 1956 movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille starring Charlton Heston as Moses. With its structure, the event series is reminiscent of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s acclaimed 1989 Polish 10-part series Decalogue, where each part also focused on one commandment. The Ten Commandments, or the Decalogue, feature a set of biblical principles delivered by God to Moses that include prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, dishonesty, and adultery. On the comedy side, the commandments were famously tackled by Mel Brooks in History of The World, as well as by the 2007 movie The Ten. Read More »

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Weinstein Co Wins MPAA ‘Philomena’ Ratings Appeal

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 1:40pm PST

Related: The Weinstein Co’s ‘Philomena’ Vs. MPAA 2: Judi Dench’s M Enlists Steve Coogan: Video

Looks like a direct appeal from a Bonded up Dame Judi Dench and her Philomena co-star, writer, and producer Steve Coogan can cut a bit … Read More »

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Weinstein & Coca-Cola Team Up For Free ‘Mandela’ College Screenings

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 1:07pm PST

Nelson Mandela is touring America. In conjunction with Coca-Cola, the Weinstein Company will be offering free screenings of its biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom to college students. The eight-city tour starts tonight in NYC … Read More »

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UPDATE: Harvey Weinstein To Further Exploit Dame Judi’s “M” Role To Lose ‘Philomena’s R Rating

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 1:35pm PST

UPDATED, 1:35 PM: A source tells Deadline that a new full version of TWC‘s Philomena-MPAA video is about to drop. This time Judi Dench’s M will be armed with a secret weapon – Philomena co-star, writer, and producer Steve CooganRead More »

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AFM: The Weinstein Company Makes Big U.S. Deal To Reteam With ‘The Others’ Helmer On ‘Regression’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal with a mid-seven figure minimum guarantee and a wide release-caliber P&A commitment, The Weinstein Company-Dimension has acquired U.S. rights to Regression, an elevated suspense thriller that will star Ethan HawkeRead More »

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BBC Crime Saga ‘Peaky Blinders’ Acquired By Weinstein Company

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 9:24am PST
Mike Fleming

The Weinstein Company has acquired US TV and VOD from the Endemol British drama series Peaky Blinders. The deal covers the first three seasons with an option for others. The Steven Knight-created drama stars Cillian Murphy and Sam … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘12-12-12’

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 3:11pm PDT

It’s been a year since Hurricane Sandy came ashore in New Jersey and devastated countless families in the Tri-State area and elsewhere. A little more than a month later, some of rock’s all-time biggest acts and a few of today’s hitmakers hit the Madison Square Garden stage to raise money … Read More »

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Heard It Here First: Weinstein Picks Up ‘Macbeth’ With Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard

Mike Fleming Jr broke this story last week that The Weinstein Company would acquire rights to a new version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Weinstein and Fox Searchlight had been sparring over the pic. Here’s the company’s release today confirming the North American rights deal:

New York, NY (October 23, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they are acquiring U.S. and Canadian rights from Studiocanal for director Justin Kurzel’s (SNOWTOWN) big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s MACBETH. Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso (THE MARC PEASE EXPERIENCE) have penned the screenplay for the film, which will star Michael Fassbender (12 YEARS A SLAVE, SHAME) and Marion Cotillard (THE IMMIGRANT, RUST AND BONE). The project is being produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (THE KING’S SPEECH). STUDIOCANAL is financing and is handling international sales. Film4 developed and is partnering on the project.

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