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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

J.D. Salinger biopic on the way, based on 'Salinger' documentary

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Though reviews have been mixed, director Shane Salerno’s documentary about The Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger is extremely cinematic, and imagining a feature film about the mysterious recluse, who passed away in 2010, is irresistible. It turns out you won’t have to wait long. The Weinstein Company, which distributed Salinger and today announced plans to insert new footage into the doc when it expands Sept. 20, is collaborating with Salerno on a separate narrative film that focuses on Salinger’s life between World War II and the 1951 release of The Catcher in the Rye, which made Salinger a literary sensation.

That particular period of Salinger’s life is the crucible that many scholars believe formed everything that came afterward, from his literary work to his aggressively reclusive nature. Salinger stormed the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 and witnessed brutal carnage and atrocities that culminated in the liberation of German concentration camps. Salerno’s documentary attempts to connect the dots between those traumatic experiences and the formation of Holden Caulfield, Catcher‘s teenage narrator who sneers at a world of “phonies.”
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'One Chance' trailer: How 'Britain's Got Talent' made Paul Potts a star -- VIDEO

From an unknown to perhaps one of the best-known opera singers around the world, the story of 2007 Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts proves it can all happen with just one shot.

On Thursday, The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for One Chance, the biopic of Potts’ rise to fame from a Carphone Warehouse store manager to blowing away the judges (and the public) on Britain’s Got Talent.

In the film, directed by The Devil Wears Prada‘s David Frenkel, James Corden (Tony winner for One Man, Two Guvnors) stars as Potts, alongside Julie Walters and Colm Meaney as his mom and dad, Alexandra Roach as his wife, and Mackensie Crook as his best pal and Carphone Warehouse colleague.

Potts was the first winner of the television talent show in 2007 after shuffling on the stage with dodgy teeth and whispering that he just wanted to “sing opera.” Simon Cowell served as a producer on the movie, with his production house Syco Entertainment, in collaboration with The Weinstein Company.

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'The Grandmaster': Ziyi Zhang on her intense kung fu training schedule -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS, VIDEO

Ziyi Zhang is no stranger to serious kung fu moves, after her starring roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and 2004’s House of Flying Daggers. But training with kung fu master and choreographer Yuen Wo Ping for the upcoming film The Grandmaster? That was a whole other story, she tells EW.

“It was very intensive because [director] Wong Kar-wei didn’t want us to pretend we know a little bit about kung fu — he really wanted us to be the master,” she tells EW about the six-month-long training process. “For this reason, we had to train many hours a day from 4 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. I had three different kung fu masters to train me. It was like boot camp.”

One scene in particular was very challenging to film. Shot in freezing cold temperatures in northern China, the train-fight scene below took nearly three months to film, Zhang says. Producer Harvey Weinstein is calling the scene “the best fight scene in cinema since the ‘Crazy 88s scene’ in Kill Bill” — which was also choreographed by Ping.
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Ziyi Zhang in talks for 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel -- EXCLUSIVE

Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang is in talks to reprise her role as badass warrior apprentice Jen Yu in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which will begin shooting in March 2014.

A source close to the film says Zhang’s part would be shot as flashbacks to explain what happened to her character. As previously announced by The Weinstein Company, Michelle Yeoh will return as Yu Shu Lien and Donnie Yen will star as Silent Wolf in the sequel, titled Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon — The Green Destiny. Yuen Wo Ping will direct; Ang Lee directed the original, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000. John Fusco is writing the screenplay, based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy series on which the original film is based.

Ping and Zhang also recently teamed up for Wong Kar-wai’s upcoming film The Grandmaster, opening August 23, which Ping choreographed.

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