April 22, 2014

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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TIFF ’12: Jackie Chan co-hosting Asian Summit at this year’s Toronto fest


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: East meets West in the Great White North this season as the Toronto International Film Festival plays host to a rare networking event for Asian film industry executives visiting Canada.

Renowned film star Jackie Chan will headline the inaugural Toronto Asian Film Summit, scheduled to be held on Sept. 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. Chan will join MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd as headliners for the gathering, which is meant to bridge the gap between filmmaking communities in North America and Asia.

The Asian Film Summit recognizes the importance of Toronto on the film landscape.

“As both a key launch pad for films in North America and home to huge audiences for Asian cinema, we think Toronto can be a prime meeting place for the Asian and western film industries,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey said in a statement.

Other summit guests will be announced shortly as TIFF executives continues to establish ties with the Asian film industry. Passes to the Toronto Asian Film Summit go on sale July 20. This year’s Toronto International Film Festival begins on Thursday, Sept. 6 and rung through Sept. 16.

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Exclusive: Hollywood In Five – Breck Eisner, director of ‘The Crazies’

The Crazies

BY SEAN O’CONNELL

Hollywood is a busy town. Movers bump into shakers on their way to the next power meeting. You have to move quickly if you want to keep up.

HollywoodNews.com is here to help. Our interview feature, “Hollywood In Five,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love, and corners them for five quality minutes. Or, at least, as close to 5 minutes as we can manage!

Click here to listen to our interview with “The Crazies” director Breck Eisner.


Breck Eisner, son of Hollywood executive Michael Eisner, cut his teeth directing psychological thrillers (2003’s “Thoughtcrimes”) and big-budget, tentpole vehicles (“Sahara,” with Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz). This weekend, audiences will see a different side of the storyteller as he tackles a stripped-down, chilled-to-the-bone adaptation of George A. Romero’s 1973 horror fave, “The Crazies.”

The film follows the denizens of a quiet, Midwestern farm community who must fight for their survival once a toxin in the water turns townfolk into malicious zombies. Eisner spoke to HollywoodNews.com on his way to the airport on the day his movie hits theaters.



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‘Sherlock Holmes’ box office sparks sequel talk

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By SEAN O’CONNELL
Lost in the hoopla over “Avatar’s” staggering box office is the quiet success of Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes.” Based on weekend estimates posted by Box Office Mojo, the literary franchise reboot has taken in $204.3 million at the domestic box (on top of an additional $203 million overseas), making it one of only 10 films release in 2009 to cross the $.200 million mark.

For most of the talent involved, this shatters previous records. Ritchie’s highest grossing film before “Sherlock” was “Snatch.” It earned $30 million. Jude Law, who plays the esteemed Dr. Watson, was part of the $118-million-grossing “Lemony Snicket” … as the narrator. As for Holmes himself, Robert Downey Jr. has only one film that has outgrossed “Sherlock,” and that’s Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man.” Expect this summer’s “Iron” sequel to top both “Holmes” and the original “Iron” adventure.

Speaking of sequels, talk of a “Sherlock” second act has circulated. The Hollywood Reporter recently wrote that Brad Pitt – who worked with Ritchie on “Snatch,” has “had discussions” about playing Moriarty in the next film. But on the L.A. Times’ blog, “Holmes” producer Joel Silver was quoted as saying, “Well, I mean, we talked about that at one point, but you know as of right now we’re not sure what we’re going to do. We’ll see what happens.”
We certainly will.

Can Chris Nolan save Superman?

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BY SEAN O’CONNELL
Look! Up on the Warner Bros. lot! It’s … Christopher Nolan, swooping in to potentially save another DC Comics franchise that has lost its way.

Deadline Hollywood has reported that Nolan – fan-fave director or “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” – has been approached by Warner to serve as a guiding “Godfather” on a planned “Superman” reboot. It’s unlikely Nolan would direct the picture, as the article also states that Nolan has “hatched an idea” for a third Batman movie and probably would move on to that project instead.

The story does it make it clear, however, that the new Superman movie would not be a sequel to Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” which was well-received by critics and fans but considered a financial disappointment thanks, in part, to its lofty budget. This would be a complete reboot, a la Batman when Nolan first took over or the current reboot on Spider-Man, Daredevil and countless other superhero characters. It’s a good time to be in the comic-book business. More on the Superman story as it develops.