July 19, 2013 |
Thursday marked Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, and as the South African leader remains in a Pretoria hospital, the Weinstein Co. wants to remind us of the legacy of the Nobel Prize winner, and that it has an upcoming movie on the revolutionary. The company released the trailer for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on Friday (on Yahoo as well as at the U.N. General Assembly, per a release), offering a first extended look at Idris Elba as the icon and Naomie Harris as his wife and, as shown here, cinema-style pillar-of-strength Winnie Mandela.
July 3, 2013 |
Harvey Weinstein loves a good fight -- especially if it helps him promote one of his company's movies. So when the MPAA's title registration bureau decided this week that the Weinstein Co. couldn't use the title "The Butler" on Lee Daniels' upcoming biopic about the life of a longtime White House butler because it's also the title of a 1916 short film owned by Warner Bros., Weinstein immediately went into outrage mode. Today, he announced the hiring of prominent attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 recount fight and gay marriage advocates in the recent Supreme Court challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban, as well as filmmaker Michael Moore when he ran afoul of the Treasury Department after visiting Cuba for the Weinstein Co. film "Sicko.
June 12, 2013 |
An entertainment kingpin named Harvey with a voracious appetite for awards campaigning? And an involvement in multiple hit productions? Hollywood veterans would immediately think of Harvey Weinstein. But the description fits another Harvey: Fierstein, the equally outsized showbiz character who over a long career has proved himself to be a marathon man of awards season with a Midas touch at the big show that ends it. Fierstein, 61, demonstrated his chops again on Sunday with his latest effort, "Kinky Boots.
May 16, 2013 |
Harvey Weinstein says he loved the martial arts blockbuster “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” So now he's making its sequel - albeit without original director Ang Lee. CHEAT SHEET: Cannes Film Festival 2013 The Weinstein Co. announced Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival that it will commence filming on “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 - The Green Destiny” next March in Asia. The sequel will be directed by Yuen Wo Ping (the celebrated fight choreographer in the first film)
April 15, 2013 |
Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman have a new silver lining: The power couple has added its first baby boy to their playbook. Chapman, 37, a co-founder of fashion house Marchesa and a "Project Runway: All Stars" judge, gave birth to the little studio exec last Thursday in New York, Weinstein's rep confirmed to Us Weekly. No word yet on the little guy's name or weight. PHOTOS: Hollywood baby boom In February, Chapman walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards concealing her baby bump in a flowing ivory gown.
January 14, 2013 |
The Golden Globes ceremony is a party all on its own, but the real fun happens at the after parties, most of which take place at different sites at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Because the parties - including those thrown by HBO, Warner Bros./InStyle, Weinstein Co., Fox and NBC Universal - are all within a short walk of one another, the stars can be seen bounding between multiple locations like excitable college kids on rush day. The Warner Bros./InStyle party was among the most buoyant, with Al Roker, Gabby Douglas, Kobe Bryant and more on hand to celebrate Warner Bros.' big wins for "Argo" in the best picture category and Ben Affleck for best director.
December 13, 2012 |
Critiquing the broadcast of the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert on Wednesday night is like assessing the food at a bake sale: Maybe the muffins are oversalted or the cookies are stale, but that's not the point. The point is charity and drawing attention to the cause. In the case of the concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, broadcast on dozens of cable networks, radio stations and websites, the goal was raising money for Superstorm Sandy relief, and the players were some of the monumental names of baby boomer rock and their progeny: the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Roger Waters, Chris Martin and Eddie Vedder.
October 30, 2012 |
Steven Spielberg knows the dust that can be kicked up when Hollywood takes up political themes in the weeks before a closely contested presidential election. So the veteran director didn't take any chances with his new "Lincoln" movie, pushing back the release until the weekend after the Tuesday election. "The movie coming out after the election gives the film at least a chance to stand on its own," Spielberg said in an interview. The filmmaker said he wanted the historical drama to be viewed in the context of its own time, not the present.
August 23, 2012 |
Federal agents have arrested a man suspected of issuing death threats to a slew of business titans, including film mogul Harvey Weinstein, and demanding that they send millions to an offshore bank account. The news was first reported by The Smoking Gun website . The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Vivek Shah, an actor living in West Hollywood, was arrested on Aug. 10 at his parents' house in Illinois. According to a sworn affidavit from Postal Inspector Joshua Mehall, Shah had been sending threatening letters to Weinstein -- co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. -- and four other moguls, in June and July.
February 27, 2012 |
"The Artist" has won the Oscar for best picture and I'm speechless. It's not lack of passion for the film that has robbed me of the power of words; it's that I felt so strongly that my thoughts were geared to how I would react should the worst happen, but like the flabbergasted editors from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," victory was something I didn't expect. I knew, of course, that "The Artist" was considered the favorite, but I wasn't so sure. As someone who first heard about this project while it was quietly filming on the streets and back lots of Hollywood, I was intensely aware of how enormous a leap it would be for what is basically a French silent picture that didn't even think it would get American distribution to walk off with what the ABC telecast called "the most coveted award in motion pictures.