April 24, 2014

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” confirmed for Venice; Is Toronto next?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Once The Weinstein Company moved the limited release date of Paul Thomas Anderson’s hotly anticipated “The Master” up to Sept. 14, awards trackers began speculating that the drama would land on programming lists for the major fall film festivals.
One of them already nabbed PTA’s film. Will the others follow?
Venice Film Festival executives confirmed that “The Master” will hold its European premiere at the September event. In reporting this news, HitFix claims that Toronto should be next to add the film.
I have to agree. If “The Master” will be in select cities the week after TIFF opens, there’s no reason for the Weinstein Company not to have it make a splashy debut in Canada (where the bulk of the awards press will be covering every beat of the ongoing awards race).
We don’t know too much about “The Master” just yet, other than the fact that it stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the leader of a powerful religious cult that already is drawing comparisons to Scientology. Joaquin Phoenix returns to full-time acting to play a wayward man pulled under Hoffman’s wing. Amy Adams co-stars, though really, we’re all geared up because PTA has delivered such masterpieces as “Boogie Nights,” “Punch-Drunk Love” and “There Will Be Blood.” We all want to see what he does next. That amazing cast is just the whipped cream and cherry on top of what’s bound to be a challenging but delicious dessert.
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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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Killing Them Softly New Photos – Brad Pitt

HollywoodNews.com: KILLING THEM SOFTLY, a new thriller from The Weinstein Company about three guys who cause the local criminal economy to collapse after robbing a Mob protected card game. The film, starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini recently had it’s debut at the Cannes Film festival

Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (?The Sopranos?), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, “Cogan’s Trade.”
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Anthony Katagas produced the film, with Roger Schwartz, Matthew Budman, Will French, and Douglas Saylor Jr. serving as co-producers. Director of photography Greig Fraser, and production and costume designer Patricia Norris led the creative behind-the-camera team.
Casting for KILLING THEM SOFTLY was handled by Francine Maisler, and Brian A. Kates, A.C.E., served as editor. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Marc Butan, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna.

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Oscars: “The Artist” cast speaks! — AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Before we put the Academy Awards to bed, I wanted to repost our interviews with the cast and crew of “The Artist,” last night’s winner for Best Picture.
Over the course of the lengthy (lengthy) awards marathon, I was lucky enough to interview Best Director winner Michel Hazanavicius, Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin, Best Supporting Actress nominee Berenice Bejo, and Oscar czar Harvey Weinstein. All had a very successful evening last night at the Oscars, and most talk about the ceremony during our conversations.
It was a fruitful Oscar season, one with welcome surprises and delightful outcomes. Let’s all take a breather, gather ourselves, and dive right into Cannes … where the next “Artist” could be waiting.
- Here is Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company talking “The Artist” and “My Week With Marilyn.”
- This is my conversation with Jean Dujardin , winner of the Best Actor Oscar.
- Here’s Best Supporting Actress nominee Berenice Bejo.
- And finally, my interview with Hazanavicius, winner of the Best Director Oscar and the guiding force between this year’s Best Picture winner.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
- Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”
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Why getting a PG-13 for Bully is more important than fighting the MPAA on its lone ironclad rule.

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: You can’t have more than one ‘f-word’ in your movie and still get a PG-13. There have been a few exceptions over the years, but generally it’s one ‘f-word’ in a non-sexual context. Anymore than that, and its an automatic R-rating. We can debate the morality/practicality of that specific rule. Hell, I’d probably agree with you that it’s a silly arbitrary requirement, especially considering the sort of violent content that ends up in PG-13 movies. But at the end of the day, it’s one of the MPAA’s few ironclad rules. Thus I have little sympathy when Weinstein films keep trying to skirt that ‘one rule’ and still get their PG-13. Their new documentary Bully may indeed be must-see viewing for teenagers. It may shed light on a major problem, affect the national conversation, and save lives. But if Harvey Weinstein and director Lee Hirsch want that PG-13, they should just bleep out the offending f-words. Period. We may not like the rules, but those are the rules as they stand at the moment.
Furthermore, even if the MPAA does reserve their decision and grant that PG-13 rating to Bully, the Weintstein Company will still have missed a major opportunity. I wrote about this in August 2010, when the studio fought the same battle over The Tillman Story. Point being, I’m sure that altering or bleeping a few choice profanities will not irrevocably harm Bully’s impact as a probing study of the current problem with school-related harassment and assault. And I’d argue that eliminating said language would actually help the film achieve its goals, as such a film could actually be shown in schools where it could be the subject of in-class discussion and debate. This isn’t about artistic freedom. The film will be released in theaters on March 30th, be it with an uncut R-rated version or an altered-PG-13 cut. But, however we might disagree with said ratings guidelines, Weinstein and company surely knew what they were and made the choice to intentionally flaunt them while they were editing their finished product.
I may not agree with the MPAA’s stance on profanity, but I’d rather a film like Bully be able to be used as a teaching tool than be a ‘restricted’ title based purely on an unwillingness to budge. It’s not a [...]

Oscars: Weinstein Co. strikes distribution deal with Netflix – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Weinstein Co. knows how to ensure that people (and Oscar voters) see their annual films. Mastering the art of strategic distribution, the company just announced a new pact with Netflix that will mean “The Artist” and a number of other Weinstein titles stream to Netflix subscribers soon, and continue over the course of several years.
The companies announced a joint partnership that will bring foreign-language, documentary and select Oscar contenders to the movie service. Titles will include “The Artist,” Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanius” and the Oscar-nominated football documentary “Undefeated” (which you should seek out of you haven’t yet seen it).
“We couldn’t be happier to be working again with Harvey and Bob, who have an unmatched track record of creating critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“It is a fantastic coup for Netflix to acquire The Artist and the package of additional titles,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, “With this deal, a company that loves movies, Netflix, joins forces with a company that is built on that same love. It’s exciting that we can offer consumers a supremely convenient way to see the kinds of movies that made us want to be in this business in the first place.”
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
- Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”
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LIVE: “The Artist” Star and Director in Live Q & A – Oscars

HollywoodNews.com: The Weinstein Company announced today that they will feature a live Q&A session with director Michel Hazanavicius, and star Bérénice Bejo live online, beginning at approximately 1:30PM PT/4:30PM ET. The event will feature the director and actress, just days after the film was named BEST PICTURE by the Producers Guild of America and the Golden Globes.
The Q&A will be streamed online at www.theartistmovie.net and www.facebook.com/theartist.twc allowing film fans across the world to submit questions and participate in a discussion with the cast and crew on the making of the film. The Weinstein Company hosted a similar event with the ensemble cast of THE ARTIST earlier this month as well as last year with the film, THE KING’S SPEECH and had over 20,000 questions submitted in a 30 minute period during the Q&A. The Artist has been nominated for three SAG AWARDS including Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actress for Bejo.
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), it seems the sky is the limit – major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies. The film opened in U.S. theaters on November 25th.
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius THE ARTIST stars Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Beth Grant, Joel Murray, Ken Davitian and John Goodman. It is written by Michel Hazanavicius and produced by Thomas Langmann.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, including Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; [...]

Golden Globe Awards: Michelle Williams Photos

HollywoodNews.com: Keeping our fingers crossed for Michelle Williams to win the Golden Globe Awards. Her performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.
Click here to see photos of Kenneth Branagh

Photos by PRPhotos and The Weinstein Company
Click here to see photos of Kenneth Branagh
In 2011, Williams took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film was released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. In addition, she stars opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Below video of Michelle Williams receiving her “Hollywood Actress Award” last October, 2011, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh

HollywoodNews.com: Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh in honor of The Weinstein Company film My Week with Marilyn, Tuesday, January 10th at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, CA. The film stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh and documents the brief period filmmaker Colin Clark spent with Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in England during the late 1950s.

The luncheon was attended and honored by many of the founding members of The Actors Studio and those who shared the screen with Marilyn Monroe in her heyday. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch planned and prepared by Cecconi’s and received exclusive gift bags with exciting items such a Byu-Ti Salon gift certificate and products from Pureology® and Smashbox.
IN ATTENDANCE:
Jean Shafiroff, New York Philanthropist and Socialite
Michelle Williams, Actress
Kenneth Branagh, Actor
Colleen Camp, Actress
Dyan Cannon, Actress
Frances Fisher, Actress
Frank Cascio, Author of My Friend Michael
Harry Hamlin, Actor
James Keach, Actor
Jamie Patricof, Producer
Jane Seymour, Actress
Louise Griffiths, Singer
Martin Landau, Actor
Michael Nouri, Actor
Missy Hargraves, Actress
Natasha Sunshine, Celebrity Hairstylist of Byu-Ti Salon
Paul Farberman, Entertainment Manager
Sean Young, Actress
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Michelle Williams PHOTOS: 2011 Hollywood Actress of the Year

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected actress to be our “2011 Hollywood Actress of the Year” is Michelle Williams. Her performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations. Click here to see photos of Kenneth Branagh

Photos by PRPhotos and The Weinstein Company
In 2011, Williams took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film was released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. In addition, she stars opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Below video of Michelle Williams receiving her “Hollywood Actress Award” last October, 2011, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Visit our YouTube page to see videos of this year’s HOLLYWOOD AWARDS GALA winners!
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
For complete Oscar and Film Festival coverage, visit our Awards Alley for the latest news items, reviews and interviews all season long.
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