Taking a look at potential Best Foreign Language Feature contenders                Can we learn anything about this year's Oscar race from the Gotham nominations?                "What They Had" finds welcome humor in a tragic setting                Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman and Director Damien Chazelle to Receive Hollywood Film Awards                Ben Foster continues a hot streak with “Galveston”                Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan have captured brilliance with "Wildlife"                Amandla Stenberg, John David Washington, Yalitza Aparicio, Felix Van Groeningen & Crazy Rich Asians To Receive Hollywood Film Awards                David Gordon Green puts his stamp on "Halloween" and crafts a terrific sequel                "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" deliciously pairs Richard E. Grant with Melissa McCarthy                "22 July" sees Paul Greengrass effectively depict another tragic historical event                Timothée Chalamet and Rachel Weisz to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet are gunning for awards with "Beautiful Boy"                "Bad Times At The El Royale" is overstuffed yet pulpy fun from Drew Goddard                87 films will contend for Best Foreign Language Feature this year                "First Man" is another stunning achievement for Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling        

Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy Depression-era drama going to Weinstein

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Harvey Weinstein always has been a major player in the annual Oscar game, and 2011 appears to be no different.

Fresh off his company’s Best Picture win for Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” (in addition to other Oscars including Best Director and Best Actor), Weinstein, by all accounts is reloading for another multi-faceted run through the marathon Oscar season. He recently grabbed the U.S. distribution rights to Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady,” a Margaret Thatcher biopic that cast Meryl Streep in the lead role and paired her with Jim Broadbent as the British Prime Minister’s husband, Denis.

Monday morning in Cannes, Weinstein added another potential Oscar chaser to his arsenal of anticipated films. The L.A. Times reports that Weinstein is “closing a deal to acquire the Shia LaBeouf-Tom Hardy period dramatic thriller ‘The Wettest County in the World’ for between $4 million and $5 million, according to a source familiar with the deal who asked not to be identified because the acquisition had not officially been announced.”

John Hillcoat of “The Road” is directing the story of bootleggers (LaBeouf, Hardy and Gary Oldman) who attack their fiercest rivals during the Depression. Based on Matt Bondurant’s novel, the film also Mia Wasikowska (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Jessica Chastain (“The Tree of Life”).

The Times adds that Weinstein “would release the movie widely, hoping to capitalize on the thriller genre and the movie’s star power.”

Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.

Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News

Photo courtesy of PRPhotos.com.

About HollywoodNews.com

Doing our best to bring you "The Pulse of New Hollywood®." Follow us @hollywoodnews

Follow us

Breaking Hollywood News   


Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.