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Miramax has closed – Long live Miramax?

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2010

Bob and Harvey Weinstein started Miramax (named after their parents Max and Miriam) about 31 years. They championed many indie films and helped start the careers of people such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino.

Now news over at The Warpsays that Disney are closing the Miramax offices and over eighty people will be out of work.

There are also six films sat on the shelf which include.

– Last Night, which revolves around a married couple separated for the night and resisting former lovers

– The Debt, a film that follows three Mossad agents as they set out to capture a notorious Nazi War criminal.

– The Tempest, a big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s play that features Helen Mirren and comedian Russell Brand.

No word on whether they’ll be bought from another company or if they are buried forever.

About the closure, Harvey Weinstein stated, “I’m feeling very nostalgic right now. I know the movies made on my and my brother Bob’s watch will live on as well as the fantastic films made under the direction of Daniel Battsek. Miramax has some brilliant people working within the organization and I know they will go on to do great things in the industry.”

Still this may not be the end as the Weinsteins may try and buy the name back.

How do you feel about the closure of Miramax?

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Youth in Revolt – Micheal Cera not happy about being interviewed while Bob Weinstein makes the drinks

Posted by LiveFor on December 31, 2009

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Michael Cera seems to enjoy doing these staged interviews and set ups (another example below) and the documentary, Paper Heart, he starred in was pretty much one great big staged piece. Still Youth in Revolt looks like it could be good and actually shows a different side to Cera’s acting ability with his characters alter ego, Francois Dillinger.

YOUTH IN REVOLT is an outrageous and heartwarming tale of Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) and his quest to win the heart of Sheeni (newcomer Portia Doubleday) and hopefully lose his virginity along the way. Based on C.D. Payne’s cult-hit novel of the same name, YOUTH IN REVOLT is directed by Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl”) and features an all-star ensemble cast including: Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, Jean Smart, Ari Graynor, Fred Willard, Zach Galifianakis, Mary Kay Place and more.

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Nowhere Boy – First look at Aaron Johnson as a young John Lennon

Posted by LiveFor on October 20, 2009

nowhereboy-intposter-medsizeHere are a couple of photos of Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) as a young John Lennon in the film, Nowhere Boy. They are from First Showing who have a couple more pics.

The coolest thing about the photos is the fact that I know where they were shot and some of the places are only a few minutes from where I live.nowhereboy-firstphotos-full-02
John Lennon is an ordinary 15 year old boy on the streets of Liverpool. Funny, smart, naughty, a real edge to him. But life is not simple for John – he grew up in a family of secrets and was raised by his Aunt Mimi from the age of five. When he is suddenly reacquainted with his mother, Julia, they form an unbreakable bond. A bitter war rages between the two sisters for John’s love. But his mother gives him one great gift – music. A wayward boy finds his voice, and walks into The Beatles. Nowhere Boy is directed by Sam Taylor Wood and is being distributed by The Weinstein Company early next year
I am still not sure whether Johnson is the right fit for a young Lennon but it all sounds very promising.

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Halloween 3D is on hold – Halloween 2 to be released again

Posted by LiveFor on September 30, 2009

h2Pre-production on “Halloween 3D” at Dimension Films has come to a halt says Deadline Hollywood Daily

Todd Farmer turned in his script on Friday, however Dimension head Bob Weinstein feels the production is being rushed and has decided to wait until director Patrick Lussier (“My Bloody Valentine 3D”) is free so they can take their time with the project.

Lussier signed on to the film but had to begin shooting by November so he could start work on the Nicolas Cage film “Drive Angry” early next year.

As a result, the film will move from an October 2010 to a release sometime in 2011.

TWC is re-releasing the $31m grossing Halloween 2 on…wait for it…Halloween. Those marketing guys are on the ball with that one.

Source: Dark Horizons

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Weinstein talks Scanners, Hellraiser and An American Werewolf in London remakes

Posted by LiveFor on September 25, 2009

weinsteina_1130Bob Weinstein has said “I’m going back to doing what I do best,” that seems to mean going back to genre films for Dimension, with familiar faces onboard, such as Neve Campbell back for Scream 4, and a new emphasis on 3D.

Robert Rodriguez is writing “Spy Kids 4,” which he will direct in 3D. The movie will be made in partnership with Disney and will start shooting in March, Weinstein said.

In addition, the company wants to shoot “Halloween III” in 3D, aiming to release it in October 2010.

“I’m heading back to my franchise films,” Weinstein declared, citing plans to shoot sequels to “Hellraiser” and “Scanners” in 3D. Also on the slate are remakes of “Short Circuit” and “An American Werewolf in London.” “These films are our strength, and we are committed to doing them in style.”

The first two “Scream” pictures grossed more than $100 million each, while “Scream 3” grossed $89 million in the U.S.

Weinstein also said that “The Road” will open wide Nov. 25 in some 800 theaters.

In response to a query, Weinstein said, “There is no question that financing is readily available to produce and market these films.” He added: “I am eager to expand our scope in the 3D business.”

I think jumping on the 3D bandwagon is a bit silly as there is still no guarantee this is not just going to be a flash in the pan.

Plus Hellraiser and Scanners have probably been picked as they have chains flashing out to you and exploding heads to smash out at you. As for remaking An American Werewolf in London I really, wish they would leave that well alone.

What do you think about the list of remakes Dimension are working on?

Source: Variety

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Halloween 3D has a director and Children of the Corn to be remade

Posted by LiveFor on September 8, 2009

children-of-the-corn-child-cultBob Weinstein is hoping to add a whole new dimension to genre label Dimension Films with artier fare such as Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road, while staying true to the company’s core audience with a new version of Stephen King’s The Children of the Corn and the third part of its revamped “Halloween” franchise in 3-D.

“I can work with my brother Harvey on the artistic side of the film, which has the potential for awards,” Bob Weinstein told Variety. “There are also people out there who may not have read the book but would love the aspects that deal with the basic survival story and are like an action thriller.”

The Weinstein Co. is planning a domestic Thanksgiving release for the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee.

However, the company isn’t about to give up on the genre pics that have brought it such success over the years.

Weinstein has tapped Ehren Kruger (“The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) to adapt Stephen King short story “Children of the Corn,” which tells the story of a boy preacher who persuades the children in a Nebraska town to kill all the adults. “Corn” was previously made into a feature in 1984 by New World Pictures.

“We felt the New World film was a missed opportunity,” said Weinstein. “If you read the short story, it’s got such a strong feeling to it and there’s this religious overtone to it as well. Ehren wants to hit it hard. It’s popular in Hollywood to say you re-envisioning a project but a lot of the time they’re just carbon copying the original. We are bringing something new to the story.”

Weinstein is also in negotiations with Patrick Lussier (“My Bloody Valentine”) to write and direct a third “Halloween” franchise in 3-D. Weinstein is hoping to release the pic next summer.

“Our core business is always going to be family films like ‘Spy Kids,’ comedies like ‘Scary Movie’ or horror films,” added Weinstein. “I’m not going to start making ‘Shakespeare in Love’ but if something like ‘The Road’ comes along then I’ll do it.”

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Inglourious Basterds will be 1 minute longer and there may be sequels and prequels.

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Inglourious Basterds is almost with us, but not after a little bit of tweaking in the editing room.

Eli Roth who plays Bear Jew in the film told MovieWeb that the film was going to be five to six minutes longer than the version that played at Cannes.

He also hinted that Quentin Tarantino has already planned, not only a sequel, but also a prequel that would reunite Bear Jew with Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine.

This is what Roth had to say about the new length of the theatrical version:

After Cannes, Quentin always said that he wanted to do some cutting, and pruning, and that he was going to be changing things. There was a lot of stuff left out before. He felt that he had over cut. There were certain scenes that were taken out for Cannes that will come back into the final version. Because it plays better like that. I think the final version of the film is five or six minutes longer than the version shown in Cannes. From what Quentin has told me, he has fleshed it out a little bit more. Cannes running length was at two hours and twenty-five minutes. I think this is a little over two hours and thirty minutes. Something close to that.

Quentin Tarantino has since said that the new cut is only a minute long, but that does help the film flow a little better. He spoke to BFDealMemo. “The movie is actually a minute longer, in running time, than it was in Cannes. It was 2:28, without end credits, and now it’s 2:29, or 2:32 with end credits.” That means it is now 149 minutes.

Roth also spoke about a possible sequel/prequel

Quentin has an entire universe planned out for Inglourious Basterds. With Aldo and Donny in Italy with a troop of black soliders. He has a whole prequel planned, and most of it is written. If the movie does well, he will make the prequel. I want to see a prequel. Both Brad and I want to be in it. Brad and I were in Cannes screaming, “Prequel, prequel, prequel!” He even has two sequels planned. He’s not necessarily going to make these movies. But he has at least four our five stories centering on these characters that span through the fifties and sixties. He knows exactly where these characters are going. He has this whole universe mapped out in his head.

I can’t wait to see this film. Just got to wait until 21st August.


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Anne Hathaway to Get Happy as Judy Garland

Posted by LiveFor on March 24, 2009

Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway is attached to star as iconic performer Judy Garland in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography “Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland,” for which The Weinstein Company (TWC) has optioned the film and stage rights. The announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of TWC.

“Get Happy,” based on hundreds of interviews plus Garland’s own unfinished and unpublished autobiography, portrays the dramatic highs and lows of the cultural icon’s life– from her tumultuous early years as a child performer to her tragic last days.

“We are thrilled to have the brilliantly talented Anne Hathaway portray stage and screen legend Judy Garland. I have worked with Anne on projects in the past and have known her for many years. She will be a true class act in this challenging role,” said Harvey Weinstein. “Gerald Clarke’s biography is a fascinating and comprehensive look at Garland’s life and is particularly outstanding because of its exclusive details from her own writings. Her story is incredible subject matter for both theatre and film and we look forward to bringing it to audiences.”

Hathaway can sing and dance plus she played a drug addict in Rachel Getting Married so I can sort of see why she would be a good choice for the role. What do you think of the news?

Source: Dark Horizons

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Outlander – New poster which tells you nothing about the film except Jesus is in it

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2009

As an age old battle rages amongst the stars, Kainan’s ship burns brightly as it crashes into the Nordic coast. As his space craft comes to rest in the fjords of ancient Norway, it’s with dismay that Kainan realizes that he wasn’t the only survivor. A second passenger, a Moorwen also emerges from the wreckage. A Fierce and animal-like creature, the Moorwen is intent on causing harm to those it perceives have wronged it. As the Moorwen kills everything in its path, Kainan must work together with the Vikings to destroy the beast before it destroys them all. Starring James Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, John Hurt, and Ron Perlman.

I’ve been looking forward to this film since I first heard about it ages ago and the synopsis above sounds cool. Kind of like Beowulf meets Predator. Vikings and aliens are cool concepts in their own right and when they meet it should be shouted from the rooftops. Therefore, I have to ask the question why is The Weinstein Co once again hiding away one of their films by not really pushing it and releasing it in the nothing movie month of January?

Also if you knew nothing about the film and saw the new poster (above) you would still know nothing about it apart from the fact it could be the second coming of Jesus Christ or just his giant head about to crush Earth. Honestly, where are the vikings? Where is the big alien beastie? Come on poster people, play the game!
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Piranha 3D – Concept Art and Plot synopsis. They eat flesh and blood

Posted by LiveFor on November 24, 2008

Shocktilyoudrop have the news that The Weinstein’s have revealed the conceptual art from Alex Aja’s Piranha 3D which is currently in pre-production. Principal photography begins early next year.

“What do they really eat?”

“You mean besides flesh and blood?”

How is that for brilliant dialogue!

A new type of terror is about to be cut lose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater terror sets free scores of prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers, including hot local cop Julie Forester, must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But out heroine is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.

The first Piranha movie is one of those guilty pleasures I watch when it is on TV. I wasn’t actually aware of this third film in the series. What do you think of the concept art and are you a Piranha fan?
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