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The Weinstein Company teams up with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay on 'Plus One'

The Weinstein Company has found some surprising new bedmates in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The famously awards-focused company announced Thursday that they have acquired the rights to April Prosser’s Plus One, a female-driven comedy about a recently single lady whose go-to wing-women have all gotten married, forcing her to team up with a bawdy last resort. Gloria Sanchez Productions, the female-focused arm of Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, will produce under the supervision of executive Jessica Elbaum, who also produced Bachelorette.

“We’re thrilled to be on board with this hilarious and smart film by talented up-and-comer April Prosser. Her script drew one of the strongest responses from our team that I’ve seen in a while,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “Female-driven comedies continue to be a tremendously exciting force in film these days and we couldn’t be more delighted to be behind one of this caliber alongside the amazing comedic minds at Gloria Sanchez.”

Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' gets fall 2015 release date

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Ever since the original script leaked for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, there have been doubts about the film ever making it to the big screen. But after a poster and a theater-released teaser, it looks like Tarantino’s post-Civil War western is perhaps more difficult to kill than some thought. And now, The Weinstein Company has officially signed on to distribute the film.

The Weinstein Company announced its partnership with Tarantino along with the news that The Hateful Eight—which will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in more than 20 years, according to a press release—will begin principal photography in January with a domestic release slated for the fall of 2015.

The Weinstein Company previously partnered with Tarantino on 1992’s Reservoir Dogs and 2012’s Django Unchained.

SXSW Grand Jury winner 'The Great Invisible' gets U.S. distribution

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RADiUS-TWC has acquired the U.S. rights to the The Great Invisible,  the eco-documentary which won the Grand Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year. Written and directed by Margaret Brown, the film chronicles the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast through the perspectives of the area’s survivors, fishermen, and oil men. Brown travels through towns in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, interviewing residents still reeling from the damage to the environment and the local fishing industry.

The Great Invisible is slated for release later this year.

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'Once' director joins with Bono and The Edge for Dublin-set 'Sing Street'

Once director John Carney will collaborate with U2’s Bono and The Edge on a Dublin-based musical titled Sing Street, The Weinstein Company announced today.

Carney wrote and will direct the film, based on his own rough-and-tumble childhood. “It’s kind of a memoir of my days in school and a school-band back in the ’80s in Dublin,” Carney told EW earlier this year. “A very rough, yellowing, coming-of-age diary entry of what my life was as a kid in the band.”

Bono and The Edge will write songs and contribute to other musical elements of the film, which is about a kid named Cosmo who is forced by the depressed economy to leave his posh private school. After moving to a tough inner-city public school, music becomes his outlet and salvation as he forms a band, shoots music videos, and falls in love with a beautiful girl.

Carney was an early member of The Frames, an Irish band founded by Once star Glen Hansard in 1990. Carney’s most recent film, Begin Again, which stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, opens on June 27.

The Weinstein Company pulls 'Grace of Monaco' from schedule

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There may be trouble in Monaco.

The Weinstein Company pulled their Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco from the release calendar Thursday. It’s the third release change in the past six months. Directed by Olivier Dahan and starring Nicole Kidman as the late princess, the film was originally set for a Nov. 27, 2013, release. In late September, it was pushed to March 14.

Now, it’s unclear when audiences will get to see the film.
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'The Hobbit' lawsuit: Weinsteins and Miramax sue Warner Bros. over profits

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After months of legal harrumphing from all corners, Miramax sued Warner Bros. and New Line for $75 million over claims to profits related to The Hobbit sequels. Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who ran Miramax when it was developing The Hobbit in the 1990s and retained a financial piece of Peter Jackson’s 2012 movie, are part of the lawsuit.

“This case is about greed and ingratitude,” the plaintiffs claim in papers filed today in Manhattan. “It arises in connection with a decision by Warner Bros. and New Line executives to divide a motion picture based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit into three installments and Warner Bros and New Line’s claim that, as a result of that unilateral decision, Plaintiffs are not entitled to their previously agreed upon share of revenue from The Hobbit film.”

Miramax owned the rights to Tolkien’s novel — and its Lord of the Rings trilogy follow-up — briefly in the 1990s before selling them to New Line in 1998. As part of that deal, however, Miramax retained a stake in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, a claim that earned the Weinsteins more than $100 million after Peter Jackson’s films became billion-dollar blockbusters. However, New Line and its parent companies argue that that agreement extended only to the first Hobbit film — not its sequels. “This is about one of the great blunders in movie history,” said Warner Bros. in a statement. “Fifteen years ago, Miramax, run by the Weinstein brothers, sold its rights in The Hobbit to New Line. No amount of trying to rewrite history can change that fact. They agreed to be paid only on the first motion picture based on The Hobbit. And that’s all they’re owed.”
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White House denies report shutting down official movie screenings during Oscar season -- UPDATE

When you’re president of the United States, literally everything you do or don’t do has political ramifications — even the movies you watch. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the White House will curtail official movie screenings so as not to impact the Oscars race. Some industry heavyweights are sensitive to the fact that Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was welcomed at the White House with a special screening, while a movie like 12 Years a Slave has not been invited. Since Mandela is a Weinstein Company film, critics implied that the film received such a warm embrace because Harvey Weinstein is a high-profile Obama backer. “If you look at the films they do invite for the big event screenings, it’s obvious you can buy your way into the White House,” a 12 Years exec told the Reporter. “We were not big donors to Obama. Do we wish they would have us? Of course. But it’s not that important.”

UPDATE: Nov. 21, 10:45 p.m. ET. A White House spokeswoman declined to respond to the accusation reportedly made by an anonymous 12 Years a Slave executive, but said in an e-mail, “The White House enjoys the opportunity to screen movies and will continue that tradition. Any reports to the contrary are not accurate.”
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Weinstein Company wins appeal to change 'Philomena' rating to PG-13

The MPAA has had a change of heart, and we have James Bond to thank.

The Motion Picture Association of American originally gave the new Stephen Frears-directed film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, an R rating because more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” was used as an expletive in the film. The Weinstein Company, which produced the film, argued the rating should be changed to PG-13 based on the subject matter and context.

“We felt the MPAA had made the wrong decision in handing the film, which has no violence or lewd material and the bare minimum of adult language, an ‘R’ rating,” said Frears. “I am overjoyed they’ve changed their ruling in order to give families like mine an opportunity to see this film together. Now we can let the whole world see it.”

Dench and Coogan made videos parodying Dench’s iconic James Bond character M, to get the rating changed. Coogan, who also co-wrote the film, was on hand at the MPAA hearing in Los Angeles today to speak on the film’s behalf.
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'Philomena' vs. the MPAA: Adam Sandler could be collateral damage -- VIDEO

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The MPAA ratings war over Philomena, the upcoming Judi Dench movie that was tagged with an R-rating for profanity, is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress and co-star Steve Coogan are plotting some double-O shenanigans to put pressure on the movie organization to lighten up and assign them a more box-office-friendly PG-13 rating. It’s a complex and convoluted plan that also might involve killing Adam Sandler.

Click below for the James Bond-inspired video from The Weinstein Company that posted on Funny Or Die:
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Weinstein Company resurrects M to fight M.P.A.A. on 'Philomena' rating -- VIDEO

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Dame Judi Dench is a revered Oscar-winning actress, but the kids all know her as M, James Bond’s crusty boss who died a good death in last year’s Skyfall. So what better way to promote her buzzy Oscar-hopeful performance in Philomena than resurrecting M for a special mission?

“Just when you thought I was dead,” non-M M says to the camera in the new marketing gimmick for The Weinstein Company’s movie. “I have an important mission for you… Are you familiar with M.P.A.A?” READ FULL STORY

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