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Netflix's Latest Coup: Debut of Crouching Tiger Sequel

Martial arts movie part of deal to shake up movie biz

(Newser) - The sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set to deliver a high-flying kick to the movie business as we know it with a first-of-its kind distribution deal. The deal with the Weinstein Co. will see the martial arts movie released simultaneously on Netflix and in some Imax theaters next... 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 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 »

Basterds' Opening Day Is Tarantino's Best

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein can breathe a sigh of relief. Inglourious Basterds mowed down the competition at the box office yesterday with an estimated haul of $14.3 million, reports Variety. That makes it Tarantino’s best opening ever, and the second-highest R-rated opener August has ever seen—behind American Pie 2... 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 »

Doubling Best-Pic Nominations a Winning Move

Dark Knight , Wall-E would have been in running

(Newser) - We should all thank the Academy for its decision to double the number of Best Picture nominees next year, writes Lane Brown in New York. A few reasons why:
  • More “crowd-pleasing hits” will be in the running, meaning a ratings jump—which in turn means more exposure for the
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NBC Releases Project Runway to Lifetime

Legal jousting over, show back in summer to face Bravo knockoff

(Newser) - After a nearly season-long hiatus, Project Runway will finally be back on air this summer, the Washington Post reports. In an out-of-court deal, the Weinstein Co. has agreed to pay NBC for allowing the show to move to Lifetime. And—as is common in the fashion world—NBC plans to... 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 »

Weinsteins Sign 7-Year Deal With Showtime

Films will replace slate lost when Paramount bailed in April

(Newser) - Showtime and the Weinstein Company have inked an exclusive 7-year movie deal, giving the pay TV network a replacement for the slate of films it lost when Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate decamped in April and teamed up to launch a rival network, Variety reports. Showtime had balked at what it... More »

Weinstein Reaches WGA Deal

'We need to get people back to work,' mogul says of interim pact

(Newser) - The Weinstein Company, a prominent Hollywood independent film company, has reached an interim agreement with the striking writer’s guild, the New York Times reports. The deal is supposedly similar to that reached by United Artists last week, and its particular terms are designed to be superseded by any deal... More »

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