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


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.”

'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.

Watch the trailer below:

'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.

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.

The Weinstein Company signs exclusive streaming deal with Netflix

Netflix’s movie library just got a little (or a lot) bigger.

The Weinstein Company, which already has a deal in place with Netflix covering select films, has now signed an exclusive multi-year streaming contract with the popular service. Netflix is currently the pay TV home to TWC documentaries and foreign films, along with movies released by RADiUS-TWC, but as of 2016, new TWC and Dimension Films titles will be available for instant streaming exclusively on Netflix. READ FULL STORY

'Lovelace' wins in $10 million lawsuit over 'Deep Throat' trademarks

Just days before Lovelace is scheduled to open in theaters, The Weinstein Company and Millennium Films were sued for $10 million by the trademark rights owners of the 1972 adult film Deep Throat. But Lovelace emerged victorious on Wednesday evening.

Arrow Productions filed a complaint in a federal court in New York City on Tuesday, claiming that the new biopic of Linda Lovelace, the onetime sex star who became an anti-porn crusader, violates their copyright by using “Deep Throat” and “Linda Lovelace” without their permission.

“We are relieved that common sense prevailed,” Millennium Films President Mark Gill told EW in a statement. “The suit was completely unwarranted. We believe this case was an insult to the legal safeguards in place maintaining our right to freedom of speech. It was without merit on every level. Arrow Productions’ complaint was transparent about its desire to control discussion about Deep Throat — a film they describe as a ‘watershed’ in American popular culture — and to hinder projects that would compete with theirs. The law does not support either of these motives.”

In addition to damages, Arrow asked for a court-ordered injunction that would prevent the release of the film.

“More than five minutes of footage in Lovelace are copyrighted material taken from Deep Throat,” Arrow argued in the suit. “Defendants use that footage without license or permission. In fact, the title Lovelace derives its market appeal entirely from decades of cultural cache embodied in the trademarked name Linda Lovelace. … Rather than negotiating licenses for Deep Throat IP, rather than deferring to Arrow’s vision for the Deep Throat brand, Defendants have simply taken what they wanted and crossed their fingers.”

'The Butler' feud: Warner Bros. wins and Weinstein needs a new title [Updated]

Editor’s note: Variety reports that Warner Bros. won in arbitration and the Weinstein Company will need to choose a new title for “The Butler.”

It seems once you have a good Butler, you just don’t want to let him go.

The Weinstein Company’s upcoming movie The Butler, which stars Forest Whitaker as the African-American servant who worked in the White House for more than 40 years, has tripped over an industry obstacle on the way to its Aug. 16 release in theaters. As Deadline reported Monday, Warner Bros. is claiming protective rights to the film’s title due to a 1916 silent short film with the same name that resides in its archives, and both sides are heading to arbitration to reach a resolution.

Technically, this isn’t a legal issue, since you can’t typically copyright or trademark a movie title. But the MPAA has a voluntary Title Registration Bureau that the industry uses to self-regulate and avoid title conflicts that might confuse audiences. In this case, it’s unlikely that moviegoers are even aware of the 1916 silent film that Warner Bros. is citing, but TWC apparently never cleared the title.

More than likely, The Butler will be released as The Butler, but there’s a a good chance Warner Bros. will gain something in return via arbitration.

Here’s the trailer for director Lee Daniels’ star-studded movie:

'Salinger' trailer features Edward Norton, Martin Sheen, more celeb fans -- VIDEO

“We all like a mystery,” says a voice in the just-released trailer for Salinger, the first major documentary that attempts to illustrate Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger’s life after he retreated from the public eye in 1965.

Directed by Savages scribe Shane Salerno, Salinger promises revealing, never-before-seen photographs and interviews with people close to the late, reclusive author. It’s also sprinkled with celebrity interviews as well, including Martin Sheen, Danny DeVito, Edward Norton and John Cusack.

Over nine years in the making, The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for the documentary on Thursday. Its tense style paints a picture of Salinger’s cultural impact and speculates why, perhaps, that was too much of a burden for him. Check it out after the jump:

'Grace of Monaco' starring Nicole Kidman gets release date


Get ready to salivate over the costumes.

The Weinstein Company has just announced the acquisition of biopic Grace of Monaco, a film about Grace Kelly. Directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose), the movie stars Nicole Kidman as Kelly and Tim Roth as Kelly’s husband, Prince Rainier III. The film also features Milo Ventimiglia, Frank Langella, Parker Posey and Paz Vega.

“More than thirty years after her death, Grace Kelly’s story continues to be one of insurmountable allure and we are so happy Olivier Dahan has brought it new life,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein in a release. “As always, Nicole Kidman’s commanding performance is the perfect portrait of a woman who was not only royalty, but who also remains a legend of the silver screen and fashion icon.”

The film will have a theatrical release Dec. 27.

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The Weinstein Company picks up Idris Elba Mandela biopic

The Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has found an American distributor in The Weinstein Company. Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), the film stars Idris Elba (Luther) as Mandela and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) as his wife Winnie.

The film is based on Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which covers his early life to his political ascendance. Producer Anant Singh had been trying to get the film made for years. Earlier in the film’s life, Les Miserables director Tom Hooper was attached to the project. He’d gone so far as to meet with Mandela in 2009, but scheduling conflicts prevented that from moving forward. Though less of an awards juggernaut, Chadwick was a known quantity for Singh, who’d worked with the director and Harris on the 2010 drama The First Grader.

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