December 09, 2016

Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein on “The Intouchables,” “The Artist” and Quentin Tarantino’s plans for Comic-Con

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Harvey Weinstein knows a good movie the minute he sees it. His instincts for backing the right film projects has made his name – and The Weinstein Company – synonymous with the Oscar race.

Last year, Weinstein’s support for Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” helped that black-and-white, silent film climb the Academy Award mountain and walk away with five coveted trophies including Best Picture, Director and Actor (for Jean Dujardin). This year, Weinstein’s backing a number of prestigious titles with Oscar dreams, including the latest films from Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”), Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”), David O. Russell (“The Silver Linings Playbook”).

Weinstein called us, though, to talk about “The Intouchables,” an extremely popular French film that The Weinstein Company is bringing to the States. We discussed the film’s emotional impact, the evolving plans to potentially remake the film, and we ended by discussing the company’s plans to present “Django Unchained” at Comic-Con next week.

Below is our exclusive conversation with Harvey Weinstein – AUDIO
AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein on “The Intouchables,” “The Artist”
and Quentin Tarantino’s plans for Comic-Con

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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