January 26, 2011 |
The challenge now is making "The King's Speech" into the lingua franca. With a dozen Oscar nominations under its belt, the movie's executive producer and distributor Harvey Weinstein is ready to unleash a new marketing strategy that aims to rope in more movie-going commoners who normally wouldn't go near a historical drama about a British king. FOR THE RECORD: "The King's Speech": An article in the Jan. 26 Calendar section about efforts by executive producer Harvey Weinstein to broaden the audience for "The King's Speech," including considering alterations to win the film a lower rating, said Weinstein last year unsuccessfully appealed the Motion Picture Assn.
December 16, 2010 |
Bob and Harvey Weinstein are back in business with Miramax Films. The independent film-mogul brothers, who this year lost out on a bid to buy back from Walt Disney Co. the specialty label they founded, have signed a deal to partner with the new owners of Miramax to produce sequels and spin-offs to 10 movies that they made in the 1990s and early 2000s. Initially, Weinstein Co. expects to produce new installments of the Oscar-winning romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love," the dark comedy "Bad Santa" and the 2005 remake of "The Amityville Horror.
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July 28, 2010 |
Canadian actor Maury Chaykin, who was perhaps best known in the United States for his startling cameo in "Dances With Wolves" and who more recently spoofed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on HBO's "Entourage," died on Tuesday, his 61st birthday. Chaykin died at a Toronto hospital, said his manager, Paul Hemrend. The actor had been battling kidney problems, said Mark McKinney, who produced Chaykin's most recent series, the HBO Canada sitcom "Less Than Kind." "He was one of our greatest actors," McKinney said.
June 24, 2010 |
Weinstein Co. has struck a deal to restructure its debt in the wake of several film flops, but the arrangement leaves the independent production company with a formidable task if it is to turn around its fortunes. The settlement calls for the New York studio, run by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, to turn over about 200 titles from its film catalog to Goldman Sachs and insurance company Assured Guarantee, which were owed $450 million as part of a $1.2-billion financing package the investment bank arranged for Weinstein Co. when it launched in 2005, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday.
May 22, 2010 |
Harvey and Bob Weinstein's bid to reclaim Miramax Films, the pioneering independent studio they founded in 1979, has been thwarted at the last minute. In a major blow to the brothers, whose own movie studio Weinstein Co. is facing financial problems, their negotiations with Miramax owner Walt Disney Co. broke down Friday, the same day that the Burbank media giant hoped final deal points would be worked out and long-running talks would come to a conclusion, according to three people familiar with the situation.
April 1, 2010 |
Once again Walt Disney Co. has pushed back the deadline for bidders making offers to acquire the specialty label Miramax Films, to Monday, according to people with knowledge of the situation. As the deadline approaches, one prospective bidder has dropped out: Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, whose RedZone Capital investment firm decided not to submit an offer after reviewing documents and having discussions with Disney executives, two people close to the process said. That leaves Miramax founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who sold the company to Disney in 1993, as among the remaining potential bidders.
September 29, 2009 |
Deal or no deal? When it comes to distribution rights to "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," a federal judge has told Harvey Weinstein that he doesn't have one. Poised to become one of the fall's most talked-about dramas when it premieres Nov. 6, "Precious" landed in a legal skirmish days after the film was sold following the Sundance Film Festival in January. Lionsgate Films announced that it had acquired director Lee Daniels' harrowing account of a young African American woman's personal life.
August 24, 2009 |
Amid questions about their company's financial viability, Bob and Harvey Weinstein showed that they still can do what they always have done best: sell a risky, independent drama. Quentin Tarantino's bloody World War II action film, "Inglourious Basterds," sold about $37.6 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, exceeding industry estimates based on pre-release polling. The weekend's other three new movies, meanwhile, showed little life at the domestic box office.
March 24, 2009 |
For all of us Beatles fans, the news last week that the Weinstein Co. had acquired "Nowhere Boy," a coming-of-age tale about John Lennon's tumultuous teenage years in Liverpool, was cause for high hopes.