January 18, 2013 |
Re-imagining the slave narrative should be left to the professionals. That was the word Friday when the Weinstein Co. announced that it has asked toymaker NECA to discontinue the "Django Unchained" action figure dolls after receiving complaints that the dolls were offensive and trivialized the horrors of slavery. According to the studio, action figures for all of Tarantino's films have been made, including those for "Inglourious Basterds," which featured figurines of Christoph Waltz as Nazi Col. Hans Landa and Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine.
January 5, 2011 |
Weinstein Co. is getting into the home entertainment business ? again. Bob and Harvey Weinstein's New York-based independent film studio has agreed to acquire 25% of Starz Media, the home entertainment division of mogul John Malone's Liberty Media Corp., for an undisclosed sum. The arrangement includes a five-year distribution deal under which Starz's Anchor Bay Entertainment will release new Weinstein Co. films on DVD and Starz Digital Media will handle online downloads and streaming.
February 22, 2013 |
EXCLUSIVE: “Southpaw,” the Antoine Fuqua movie about a boxer whose life takes some rough turns, has followed a path not unlike that of its hero. DreamWorks was going to make the gritty drama back in 2011 , then dropped it. Soon after, MGM picked it up and was set to distribute the film via Sony -- then put the project in turnaround. Now the movie will live to fight another round courtesy of the Weinstein Co., which has bought rights to the scrappy project, according to Fuqua.
March 1, 2013 |
Sure, “Argo” walked away with the big kahuna Sunday night at the Oscars. But in a year of anomalies, it's fitting that the director and producer of the best-picture winner is not the leader in the final Heatmeter rankings for top 2012-13 personalities. With Ben Affleck out of the running for best director at the Oscars, he missed out on some key points and finished in third. Instead, Daniel Day-Lewis, winning nearly every acting prize known to man this year, soared to the top, followed closely by Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook.
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.
August 15, 2009 |
If Miramax was the house that Quentin Tarantino built, is Weinstein Co. the house that Tarantino will save? That answer may become clearer next weekend when the director's 153-minute, campy World War II action movie "Inglourious Basterds," starring Brad Pitt, opens. A lot more than the fate of the free world is riding on whether Tarantino's renegade soldiers succeed in their mission to kill Hitler. A hit could give Bob and Harvey Weinstein some much needed breathing room and perhaps quiet -- at least temporarily -- speculation that their production company is on the ropes.
October 25, 2006 |
Independent movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose cigarette habit was once so extreme he was fined for lighting up in a restroom on a British Airways flight, has become Hollywood's newest anti-smoking messenger. On Tuesday, California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer announced that Weinstein Co. was the first movie company to agree to insert anti-smoking advertisements in DVDs that depict smoking.
October 3, 2010 |
The gig: Co-founder of Amoeba Music, the world's largest independent record retailer, with close to 1 million albums in three California locations ? Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco. Rolling Stone magazine in September named it among the nation's 25 best record stores, calling it "simply the most thorough and welcoming place a record lover could hope to shop. " Personal: Met his wife, Valenta, 17 years ago at the first Amoeba Music store in Berkeley. Likes to listen to Jaga Jazzist, Scorch Trio, Miles Davis, John Coltrane.
October 2, 2008 |
THE "KILLSHOT" collaboration certainly looked intriguing on paper: John Madden, the director of best picture winner "Shakespeare in Love," adapting a colorful crime novel by Elmore Leonard, the author of "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight," with Quentin Tarantino serving as executive producer. Add screenwriter Hossein Amini ("The Wings of the Dove") and uncredited revisions by Oscar winners Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, and what does "Killshot" add up to? The way the Weinstein Co.
October 27, 2006 |
A new documentary on the backlash against the Dixie Chicks after critical remarks the group's lead singer made about President Bush has brought disharmony between the film's distributor and two TV networks. On Thursday, Weinstein Co. alleged that NBC and the CW had refused to air nationwide commercials to promote "Shut Up & Sing." Weinstein said NBC wrote that the network "cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush."