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Weinstein Co. acquires distribution rights for 'The Butler'

The Weinstein Company has acquired the domestic distribution rights to Lee Daniels’ upcoming film The Butler.

The picture features Forest Whitaker as the titular butler, who served in the White House for 30 years under the administrations of eight different presidents. The rest of the cast consists of a litany of A-list talent from Hollywood and beyond: Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, and Robin Williams.


Brad Pitt crime drama 'Killing Them Softly' moves to November

If you’re keen on seeing Brad Pitt step into the dark side as a lethal mob enforcer in Killing Them Softly — and, really, who doesn’t want to see Pitt get a little dirty? — you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

EW has confirmed that the Weinstein Company has pushed the crime drama, which reunites Pitt with director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), from its Oct. 19 release date to Nov. 30. (Deadline first broke the story.) The move pits the film against The Frozen Ground, a true crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack (instead of Alex Cross and Paranormal Activity 4, which open Oct. 19), and also places Pitt more firmly in the thick of the Oscar season. It’s also a bit of a risk; typically, the weekend after Thanksgiving faces a roughly 50 percent drop off in box office receipts.

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Sean Penn drama 'This Must Be the Place' gets November release date -- EXCLUSIVE

You may remember the photos of Sean Penn resembling a Robert Smith-like ’80s goth-rock star in director Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place, which The Weinstein Co. acquired last September several months after its premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Well, the distributor has finally set a Nov. 2, 2012 release date for the drama, about a faded rock star (Penn) who takes up his dying father’s search for a former Nazi who once did his father wrong in a WWII concentration camp.

Fellow Oscar winner Frances McDormand plays Penn’s significant other. This Must Be the Place is the first English-language film for Sorrentino, an Italian filmmaker who may be best known for 2008’s Il Divo, a biopic of Italian politician Giulio Andriotti that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup in 2010.

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'The Master' leaps forward in the Oscar race


The Weinstein Company is looking to get a jump on this season’s Oscar competition. The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama about a cult-like figure who resembles the father of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, has been moved up a month and will now open in theaters on Sept. 14. The movie, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a dynamic guru and Joaquin Phoenix as a troubled World War II vet, was originally slated to open on Oct. 12.

The studio also announced that Killing Them Softly, which was to debut on Sept. 21, has been pushed back to Oct. 19. That underworld action-thriller, with Brad Pitt playing a mob enforcer, was well received when it opened at Cannes earlier this year.

Watch a trailer of The Master below. READ FULL STORY

The Weinsteins to receive Producers Guild of America Milestone Award

Bob and Harvey Weinstein will be presented with the Producers Guild of America Milestone Award at the 2013 PGA Awards, held at the Beverley Hilton on January 26th. The brothers will join the elite rank of filmmakers who have previously received the guild’s most prestigious honor, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney and James Cameron.

“We’re deeply honored and humbled for this recognition from the Producers Guild of America for our life’s work,” the Weinsteins said in a statement.

Producers Guild National Board Member and Awards Chair Michael De Luca praised the pair, stating “Bob and Harvey consistently seek out, nurture and help bring audiences the stories that others are often afraid to tell.”


First teaser poster for 'Django Unchained'...unveiled!


Did you see what I did there in the headline? Get ready for all the “un-“ puns you can handle, now that the first teaser poster has been released for Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s impending old-timey bloodbath about a slave turned bounty hunter who must rescue his wife from a sadistic plantation owner. Another typical Christmas Day release.

The teaser features two gun-brandishing silhouettes underneath a broken chain, about the only clue to the movie’s title, which is conspicuously missing from the poster. The silhouettes most likely belong to Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, who respectively play the titular former slave and his skip tracing German dentist companion. Check out the full poster below:  READ FULL STORY

Parents Television Council criticizes MPAA for 'Bully' special treatment

After yesterday’s surprising announcement that the MPAA granted a PG-13 rating to a re-edited cut of The Weinstein Company’s Bully, the Parents Television Council is calling out the film ratings organization for its “special treatment” of the teen bullying doc.

“When it comes to the MPAA’s content rating system, what was, at one point, a standard has devolved into a double-standard and now into no standard,” said PTC President Tim Winter in a press release. “Moving the yardstick from one ‘f-bomb’ to three essentially removes the yardstick altogether.”

Winter is referring to the newly edited version of the documentary, which managed to earn its desired PG-13 rating after cutting three of the film’s six F-words (while keeping intact a key scene, involving a teenager being harangued on a school bus, which featured the other three uses of the word).

At the core of the PTC’s argument is an accusation against TWC that the insistence on a lowered rating was purely for profits, rather than a genuine desire to help children. The PTC split its disdain equally between Weinstein and the MPAA, criticizing the former for not waiving admission for children, and calling for the latter to reform its content rating system “so it reflects the sense of the nation and not just the sense of Hollywood powerbrokers.”

The interesting note here is that the PTC had previously warned that releasing the film as an unrated feature, as was initially TWC’s plan, would threaten to undermine the entire MPAA system. Now that Bully will in fact be released with an MPAA rating, the Council is still unhappy and has shifted its protest towards urging the organization “to allow greater input from the public rather than just Hollywood insiders.” It appears as if the Council would only have been happy with an R rating for the film, or no release at all.

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MPAA grants slightly re-edited 'Bully' a PG-13 rating; director Lee Hirsch calls it an 'historic decision'

In a surprising turn of events, the Weinstein Company announced Thursday that a re-edited version of Bully has been granted a PG-13 rating by the MPAA.

The edits consisted of removing three of the movie’s six F-words. These edits do not involve a key scene in which teenager Alex Libby was verbally harassed on a school bus — that scene, which was at the center of the MPAA rating controversy, has been left fully intact and unedited. Instead, the cuts came from other moments, including one use of “motherf—er” toward the beginning of the film, director Lee Hirsch told EW. The remaining two F-words cut were heard in the background of other scenes. READ FULL STORY

'Bully': Carmike Cinemas to screen unrated doc as if it were R rated

Carmike Cinemas, the country’s fourth-largest movie theater chain, will release the contentious documentary Bully as an R-rated film, as it was initially designated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

A rep for Carmike Cinemas told EW: “It’s just like any other movie content that’s out there being distributed. It was originally rated an R picture. We certainly respect the MPAA and all that they do and how they evaluate and review pictures, and that’s the rating that it received, and that’s how we’ll handle it. It was rated R and that’s how we’ll present it in theaters.” The decision means minors will need to be with a parent or guardian to see the film.  READ FULL STORY

'Bully' will open with a wave of publicity, but what are the box-office prospects for an unrated doc?

Releasing a theatrical film without an MPAA rating is a challenge, to say the least. Many major theatrical chains will not screen unsanctioned films, so it was a shock to many when The Weinstein Company elected to release Bully, its heartwrenching and critically lauded documentary about the timely issue of teen bullying, as an unrated film rather than submit to the MPAA’s R rating. TWC argued that the R rating — presumably applied for the film’s repeated profanity — would exclude the very audience that most needed to see this documentary — high-school teens. Their end-around, buttressed by a national online campaign and celebrity support, has been labeled a threat to the industry’s ratings system by the right-leaning Parents Television Council, which called on all movie theaters to ostracize the unrated film. But some theaters have refused to bow to the pressure: Bully will open Friday in five theaters, and TWC has plans to expand to as many as 150 theaters in coming weeks.

But what exactly are the financial prospects for an unrated documentary? READ FULL STORY

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