EXCLUSIVE: Dimension Films is planning a big splash for its Aug. 22 release Sin City: A Dame To Kill For down at San Diego’s Comic-Con. In addition to the film’s Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 26 from 2:50pm – 3:50pm with directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Rosario Dawson; six of the film’s classic picture cars will be parked against a 102-foot long Sin City skyline over at the Petco Park parking lot throughout the confab (July 24-27). Present from the film will be the 1985 Dodge Diplomat, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1960 Chevy Corvette, 1959 Cadillac el dorado, 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible and 1949 Cadillac Sedanette. There will also be a Sin City style photo booth, a live DJ every day, not to mention the Suicide Girls will be available for photos. Stop by for branded promo giveaways (t-shirts, poker chips, playing cards, mini posters and books). Event is sponsored by Suicide Girls, Dodge, VSN Mobil, Zico Water, IGN and Time Warner Cable. Two years ago in Petco Park, Weinstein Co. set up a faux western village to promo the release of Django Unchained. Also, on Thursday July 24, from 1:30-2:30 PM in Hall H, Weinstein Co. will be showcasing the Walden Media sci-drama The Giver with Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry. The Giver opens on Aug. 15.
If you’re a young boy in need of someone to look up to, well, there’s no one like Bill Murray. While he played a flawed elder to Jason Schwartzman’s smart aleck ex-private school student in Rushmore, here we find Murray in the Walter Matthau-like curmudgeon role as St. Vincent de Van Nuys, who endearingly tends to Oliver, the young boy next door, by exposing him to horse track gambling, strippers and boxing. Written and directed by Theodore Melfi, St Vincent opens stateside on October 24 and stars Melissa McCarthy as Oliver’s straight-laced single mom, Chris O’Dowd as the boy’s Catholic School teacher and Naomi Watts hamming it up as Vincent’s stripper girlfriend.
Pinewood Studios is today confirming its ambitious offshore strategy with the official launch of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios. Already open for a handful of months, the studio is currently hosting The Weinstein Co. and Netflix series Marco Polo. Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy tells me, “You have a UK studio in Malaysia with Weinstein the production company and Netflix the distribution platform – I think that says it all about the new world.”
Along with Malaysia, the Pinewood family now includes the flagship South Buckinghamshire location, nearby Shepperton Studios, and outlets in the Dominican Republic, Toronto, Berlin and Atlanta — where Marvel’s Ant Man is colonizing. The group is also advising Wanda Dalian on a new film and TV studio complex, Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis, which is expected to open in 2016.
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 Weinstein Company will release the superstorm Sandy benefit docu 12-12-12 in NY and LA theaters on November 1. TWC will also hold a New York premiere screening of the film on October 28, the eve of the one-year anniversary when Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The pic features a behind-the-scenes look at the show which took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012. Spearheaded by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman Jim Dolan, and Clear Channel Entertainment President John Sykes, the concert featured performances by some of the music industry’s most iconic acts including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and others and helped to raise over $50 million in one night for the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. All box office profits from the documentary’s theatrical run also will go to the relief fund which supports organizations helping victims in the affected states. 12-12-12 was produced by Amir Bar-Lev, Charlie Lightening and Meghan O’Hara. Victoria Parker was the executive in charge of the project at TWC and Paul McCartney and Scott Roger are executive producers of the film, which recently held its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The televised concert, 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief, was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
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 slightly clearer picture of the storyline.
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 leader into a helpless, tragic figure. With the help of an unlikely caregiver — an unemployed, hot-headed and uninhibited Algerian immigrant who turned out to be as lonely and lost as his employer — Philippe was able to return to the world of the living. The film gained renewed notoriety recently when ultra right-wing French politician Jean Marie Le Pen condemned it for shining a positive light on France’s immigrant community. That drew a sharp rebuke from TWC’s Harvey Weinstein.
March 26, 2012 – New York, NY – After a recent plea to the MPAA by BULLY teen Alex Libby and The Weinstein Company (TWC) Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein failed – by one vote – to get the film its deserved PG-13 rating, TWC is choosing to move forward with releasing the film unrated by the MPAA on March 30. BULLY will be released in theaters on Friday, March 30th in New York at the Angelika Film Center and AMC Lincoln Square and in Los Angeles at The Landmark, ArcLight Hollywood and AMC Century City.
The Weinstein Co’s Oscar front-runner The Artist will make its pay TV debut on Netflix rather than on traditional cable as part of a multi-year licensing agreement announced today. The deal will make Weinstein foreign-language films, documentaries and other titles available exclusively to Netflix’s streaming subscribers in the U.S. within a year of their theatrical release. It’s the first such agreement between Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s indie distributor and Netflix; terms weren’t disclosed. Undefeated, nominated for a Documentary Feature Oscar, also will make its pay-TV debut on the streaming service. Other Weinstein titles included in the arrangement are Sarah’s Key, W.E. and Coriolanus. ”It is a fantastic coup for Netflix to acquire The Artist and the package of additional titles,” Weinstein co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said today in a release announcing the pact. “With this deal, a company that loves movies, Netflix, joins forces with a company that is built on that same love.”
The Weinstein Co in full awards-season glory thanks to this year’s Best Picture Oscar frontrunner The Artist leading the distributor’s 16 overall nominations. But the black-and-white silent film hasn’t been a blockbuster at the box office, having taken in only about $28 million domestically to date. So it’s not surprising to see that Bloomberg is reporting that the indie studio is looking to raise $150 million to support film operations and retire debt. The sources cited in the report said that amount could change, but that the loan would be backed by the company’s library and Union Bank is leading the deal. The studio restructured its debt in 2010 and has been working its way back up the ladder, winning the Best Picture Oscar last year with The King’s Speech and receiving critical praise this season with The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn.
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 overturned the R rating given to the movie Miral. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie an R rating for “some violent content including a sexual assault.” The film is now rated PG-13, on appeal, for “thematic material, and some violent content including a sexual assault.”