December 29, 2005 |
Former Miramax Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, who spent seven months collaborating with the producers of the Chinese fantasy epic "The Promise" on its upcoming North American release, pulled out of the project, according to co-producer Moonstone Entertainment. The decision by Weinstein Co.
April 5, 2013 |
The critical darling of this year's Sundance Film Festival will arrive in theaters sooner than expected. "Fruitvale," which won the festival's Grand Jury and Audience awards in January, is set to hit the big screen on July 26 -- three months before it was initially slated to debut at the box office. The Weinstein Co., which purchased the drama for $2 million at Sundance, quietly changed the film's release date last month. Starring newcomer Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale" is based on the 2009 shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, an African American who was killed by a BART transit police officer in Oakland.
September 8, 2013 |
Certainly one of the most interesting recent stories for box-office watchers has been the success of the Spanish-language film “Instructions Not Included.” After opening to a surprising $10.4 million on 347 screens last weekend, this weekend the film expanded to 717 screens to bring in just over $8 million for a new total of $20.3 million. “Instructions Not Included” is a comedy of a playboy who unexpectedly becomes a single father, starring, directed and co-written by Eugenio Derbez.
April 17, 2007 |
I miss Harvey Weinstein. Not the Harvey Weinstein you see today, the slimmed-down mogul who's acquired the Halston fashion brand, invested in a MySpace-style website for the rich and famous and bought the Ovation arts channel. Not the Harvey Weinstein who told the Hollywood Reporter last year that "we are focused on other areas outside of film."
December 6, 2013 |
Nelson Mandela was revered around the world, but the South African leader also enjoyed a particularly passionate following in Hollywood. The movie business' interest in Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, yielded a number of documentaries and, just this year, two feature films about Mandela and his wife: "Winnie Mandela," which opened Sept. 6, and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," which debuted Nov. 29. Following Mandela's death, several filmmakers, executives and actors reflected on Mandela's life and work, and shared their memories about his influence and having met him. FULL COVERAGE: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
November 14, 2005 |
Get ready for Harvey Lite. For nearly 20 years now, Harvey Weinstein has cast his formidable shadow over pretty much every Oscar season. As a scrappy underdog in his pre-Walt Disney Co. days, Weinstein mastered the art of getting publicity for his Miramax films by trumpeting critical adulation ("My Left Foot") or exploiting unconventional plots ("The Crying Game").
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.
November 16, 2006 |
Video store giant Blockbuster Inc., struggling to regain its footing amid online competition and DVD sales by big retail chains, will be the exclusive renter of movies made by the Weinstein Co. under a deal announced Wednesday. The partnership -- set to begin in January -- is the first of its kind in the movie rental market and appears to be another in a series of attempts by Blockbuster to stave off online DVD rental giant Netflix Inc.
June 6, 2009 |
In a move that is likely to further fuel speculation about its financial condition, Weinstein Co. has hired consulting firm Miller Buckfire & Co. to restructure its debt and raise funds to cover operating costs, said a person close to the company. The film studio behind such critically acclaimed movies as "The Reader" has struggled to find its footing since brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein formed their own company in 2005 after parting ways with Walt Disney Co.