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Harvey Weinstein: Jews Must Go After Anti-Semites

Movie mogul says it would be a mistake to sit back, as happened around WWII

(Newser) - Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein picked up a humanitarian award this week from the Museum of Tolerance, notes Variety , and he delivered a message about anti-Semitism that shows his particular brand of tolerance is, well, Weinstein-esque. "We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass," he said,... More »

10 Most-Thanked People in Oscar History

And the winner is ... Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - In anticipation of the Oscars on Sunday, Vocativ analyzed all 1,396 acceptance speeches the Academy has archived on its website to figure out which Hollywood bigwigs get thanked the most. The results:
  1. Steven Spielberg: He's been thanked 42 times—and even by people who have simply been inspired
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Here's Why Judi Dench Put Weinstein on Her Butt

She wanted to thank producer, wasn't sure how

(Newser) - There's a longstanding Hollywood rumor that Judi Dench has Harvey Weinstein's name tattooed on her butt—and Weinstein himself recently revealed to BBC's The Graham Norton Show that the rumor is basically true. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Dench stuck to television and stage roles for quite... More »

Kidman's Grace Humiliated at Cannes

It's absolutely slammed by critics

(Newser) - To say the premiere of Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman in the title role, did not go well last night at Cannes would be an understatement. In an absolutely scathing review at the Guardian , Peter Bradshaw calls the biopic "a breathtaking catastrophe ... a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that... More »

Weinstein: I'll Give NRA a Death Wish in 'Big Movie'

He says he's working on it with Meryl Streep

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein thinks he's got the NRA's number. The movie mogul went on the Howard Stern Show yesterday to discuss among other things his upcoming directorial debut, which he described as a "Jews with guns" movie set during the Holocaust. When Stern asked Weinstein if he owned... More »

Weinsteins Sue Warner Bros Over 3-Part Hobbit Film

They say it was a plot to deprive them of money

(Newser) - If you thought you were annoyed when you heard Warner Bros. was turning a 300-page children's book into three epic movies, well, you're probably not quite as annoyed as the Weinstein brothers. In fact, Bob and Harvey are suing Warner over the decision to make three Hobbit movies,... More »

Prince Pays $500K for 15 Min. With Kristen Stewart

The royal donated to Sandy relief fund

(Newser) - Kristen Stewart has always been inexplicably popular with a certain set, but this is above and beyond: A Middle Eastern prince paid $500,000 to talk with her for 15 minutes. Vulture spots the bizarre story in a longer New York Times article about Harvey Weinstein and the Sunday premiere... More »

SEAL Team Six Sucks

Critics yawn over Harvey Weinstein's political thriller

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein is trying to give President Obama an electoral boost with SEAL Team Six , a feature airing tonight on National Geographic about the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound. But critics had trouble staying awake:
  • "As either propaganda or realist fiction SEAL Team Six is ineffective,"
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Bin Laden Movie to Air 2 Days Before Election

National Geographic picks up Seal Team Six

(Newser) - National Geographic plans to air a feature-length docu-drama about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Nov. 4, just two days before the presidential election, the New York Times reports. The film will be up on Netflix the next day. National Geographic says that the film, titled Seal Team ... More »

Hollywood Bit Actor Accused of Extortion Death Plot

Vivek Shah threatened to kill targets' kin, say feds

(Newser) - A small-time Hollywood actor has been accused of attempting to extort millions of dollars from wealthy individuals by threatening their relatives with death if they didn't pay up, reports the Wall Street Journal . Vivek Shah, 25, mailed extorting letters to five people, according to court documents. He demanded wealthy... More »

Obama Rings Hollywood's Cash Register for $2.3M

President attends Conn. fundraiser with Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin

(Newser) - President Obama was again feted by Hollywood VIPs last night, from Jerry Springer to Anne Hathaway, but this time Hollywood came to his coast for a Connecticut fundraiser. Harvey Weinstein hosted the fundraiser at his home, and the 60 attendees—who paid $38,500 each—also included Aaron Sorkin, Joanne... More »

Clinton: Romney Did 'Good Work' at Bain

Bill becomes the latest Democrat to undermine Obama attacks

(Newser) - Et tu, Bill? That's what the Obama campaign might be thinking after the former president pulled a Cory Booker last night on CNN, telling Harvey Weinstein that Mitt Romney "had a sterling business career" at Bain Capital. "If you go in and you try to save a... More »

Michael Moore Sues Over Fahrenheit 9/11

Filmmaker says Harvey and Bob Weinstein kept profits from him

(Newser) - Fahrenheit 9/11 cemented Michael Moore’s reputation as a high-profile documentary filmmaker—but he claims he didn’t get enough money for the 2004 movie, and now he’s suing Harvey and Bob Weinstein over it. In the suit, Moore seeks at least $2.7 million and accuses the Weinsteins... More »

Weinstein Letter Ridicules 'Boring' Director

In newly revealed diatribe, says he'll hire actor to portray him

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein’s a notorious character who’s notoriously hard to work for; just ask Errol Morris, director of The Thin Blue Line. Gordon and the Whale has uncovered a letter Weinstein sent Morris in 1988—now going viral on BuzzFeed —complaining that the director had given NPR a... More »

Why Inglourious Basterds Will Win Best Picture

Tarantino's flick has the best shot at top Oscar

(Newser) - Though everyone is buzzing about Avatar’s best-picture prospects, Tom O'Neil was an early predictor of Inglourious Basterds snagging the top Oscar prize—and now he’s defending his position. Even though it came out eons ago (in August), the disappointing performance of many much-hyped late-year films leaves Basterds in... More »

Roman Polanski Will Fight Extradition: Lawyer

French, Polish ministers ask Clinton for leniency

(Newser) - Roman Polanski is “shocked and dumbfounded” by the Swiss government’s decision to arrest him but is “in fighting mood” and won't be extradited easily, his lawyer said today. Diplomatic wrangling continued over Polanski’s fate, as the French and Polish foreign ministers said they had written to... More »

Weinstein Co. in Trouble, Despite Success of Basterds

Company needs more hits to pull itself out of debt

(Newser) - Inglourious Basterds’ success has provided a stay of execution for Weinstein Co., but the firm needs several more blockbusters like it to stay afloat, sources tell the Wall Street Journal reports. The 4-year-old company hasn’t released as many films as it thought it would, but it’s burned through... More »

Weinsteins to Basterds: Please Save Our Careers

Fallen Miramax founders desperate for Hollywood comeback

(Newser) - Once Hollywood’s highbrow hitmakers, Bob and Harvey Weinstein are hitless, humbled, and hoping that a movie about Nazi-killers can save them, the New York Times reports. They once raked in Oscars by producing films like Pulp Fiction and The English Patient, but since leaving Miramax to start their own... More »

HBO's Unlikely New Series Offers No Sex, Violence

Network looks to PG series to rekindle viewers' interest

(Newser) - HBO's newest series one has nothing to do with single New Yorkers or mobsters in New Jersey. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, based on the novels by Alexander McCall Smith, is more like a younger, Botswanan version of Miss Marple—in a good way. R&B singer Jill Scott... More »

Off-Screen Bickering Spoils Project Runway

No designers at Friday's finale as 6th season stuck in court

(Newser) - Cattiness on Project Runway is part of the show's distinctive flavor, but it's legal wrangling between networks and producers that has kept the whole 6th season off the air. As a result, the finale, a live event tomorrow at New York Fashion Week, will be completely anonymous: Designers will be... More »

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