The Weinstein Co is unhappy about the R rating slapped on its awards-season hopeful and has launched a second salvo in its battle against the MPAA. Last week it unveiled a clip with Judi Dench reprising her Bond role as M, and now she’s back again — but this time M is deploying a secret weapon: Agent 002, aka Philomena writer, producer and co-star Steve Coogan. After initially confusing MPAA for the little orange guys who worked for “a guy called Wonka,” Coogan naturally assumes he’s being contracted for a hit on the ratings group. Read the background on Philomena vs. the MPAA here, then check out the new clip:
Listen to (and share) episode 10 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom from Cannes, France, where Nancy is covering Mipcom, the massive international TV market. Show trends include the U.S. networks’ urgent search for successors to their fading reality-show stalwarts as highly interactive Israeli upstart Rising Star wins a lot of attention; the Weinsteins’ go to War, and Peace, marching into the growing business of prestige international TV co-productions; and notable names among this year’s International Emmy nominees, led by France’s The Returned. And, in a final kick, Nancy and David discuss the FIFA decision to consult its media partners about a possible date change in the 2022 World Cup to avoid the baking summer heat of host country Qatar.
The overseas trailer for the Weinstein Co Django Unchained went out today — the Quentin Tarantino pic bows Christmas Day in the U.S. but lands internationally in January via Columbia Pictures (in the UK on January 18). It’s a tightened version of the teaser unveiled last week but gives a …
Wildly successful in France, The Intouchables is set to open in the U.S. on May 25, courtesy of The Weinstein Co. The film is based on a true story of a man who was left a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, which transformed him from an aristocratic business and social …
NEW YORK, NY August 2, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Rainmaker Entertainment announced today the all-star voice cast for ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH which includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson. The 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production.
The announcement was made today by Donna Gigliotti, TWC’s President of Production, and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment. Both Gigliotti and Winder serve as producers on the animated feature film.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH is directed by Cal Brunker, best known for his work on the animated feature films DESPICABLE ME, 9 and HORTON HEARS A WHO! Producers Gigliotti and Winder are joined by Rainmaker’s Luke Carroll as a producer on the film. TWC Co-Chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers. The film was written by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen based on an original screenplay by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards.
The Weinstein Co. now has a three-film winning streak with the MPAA appeals board after successful lobbying on behalf of Oscar winner The King’s Speech (from R to PG-13) and Blue Valentine (from NC-17 to R). Miral opens March 25.
LOS ANGELES — The Classification and Rating Appeals Board today