The role of Alan Dershowitz in Epstein case prejudicial here?

A so-called $44 million “global settlement” announced in May of the claims of dozens of women against Weinstein has seemingly hit the skids after various accusers cried foul over the hefty sums being paid out to lawyers and other reps for the now defunct board of the bankrupt The Weinstein Company.

A now July 15-set hearing in front of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath in the District of Delaware may see the settlement matter revived in a discussion over the TWC estate appointing law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann as special litigation counsel.

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The money comes from insurance policies.

“We now have an economic agreement in principal that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG’s office, the defendants and all of the insurers that, if approved, would provide significant compensation to victims, creditors and the estate, and allow the parties to avoid years of costly, time consuming and uncertain litigation on all sides,” Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge in Wilmington, Delaware, on May 23 2019.

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Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a $44 million settlement with a number of UK and US women over allegations of sexual harassment. Mr Weinstein will pay out £24million in compensation and an additional £11million in legal fees.

The money will be divided between 15 alleged victims and creditors who lost money when Mr Weinstein’s studio collapses following the allegations.

According to the Wall Street Journal the settlement was revealed by Adam Harris, a lawyer to Mr Weinstein’s brother.

Addressing a bankruptcy court in Delaware on Thursday he asserted: “We now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the New York attorney general’s office, the defendants and all of the insurers.”

[2010 Things that aren’t quite deserving ]

Michelle Williams, Alex Orlovsky, Blue Valentine

Michelle Williams, Alex Orlovsky, Blue Valentine

The party was for “The King’s Speech,” which, like “Blue Valentine,” is distributed by the Weinstein Company. So there Derek Cianfrance was, glass in hand, gamely chatting with every comer. “The film deserves it,” Jennifer Ehle, who plays Myrtle Logue, wife of the speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) said. “It must be such a pleasure if you’re somebody who has a film that you feel getting it out there won’t embarrass you in any way and you can be proud of it. These people –” she gestured to the various publicists and Weinstein assistants lingering over the mixed nuts at the bar -– “must have to do that all the time for things that aren’t quite deserving of it.”

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Ashley and Harvey  1997

Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein accusing him of sexual harassment in violation of a California law barring such conduct by a person in a “business, service or professional relationship” with another has been dismissed.
In a footnote to his ruling on January 9, District Judge Philip Gutierrez said he was not determining whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein “in the colloquial sense of the term”.
The California Legislature revised the law last year, specifically adding film directors and producers to the categories of people who can be liable under the measure. Judd refiled the harassment claim under the revised law, which took effect Jan. 1.

Gutierrez ruled January 9 2019 that the changes were so significant that they fundamentally modified the California law — making it, in effect, a new law. And because the Legislature didn’t specify that the modified law should be applied retroactively, Judd can’t use it to pursue her sexual harassment claim, he ruled.

[October 28 2017 “There’s no oral sex” Harvey Weinstein on Blue Valentine… ]
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Harvey Weinstein took a private jet from Van Nuys Airport bound for Arizona. He’s set to land in the city of Wickenburg near the highly respected Meadows rehab center.

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Winona Ryder at Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party in Beverly Hills 01/08/2017 with Stranger Things cast

I have chosen to leave my husband.
Harvey Weinstein’s Wife Georgina Chapman Is Leaving Him: ‘My Heart Breaks for All the Women Who Have Suffered’

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days” the board informed “Weinstein that his employment is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in an email Sunday, October 8.

Harvey Weinstein won’t physically be a part of the awards race, not in 2017 and probably never again. But his fingerprints will be all over it. The push for “Wind River” will continue without Weinstein. And if the campaign seems more muted, the reason may less be Weinstein’s absence than the cash-flow problems that in recent years have made it impossible for TWC to carry out the kind of scorched-earth campaigns for which he was once known.

[October 6]

The Weinstein Company said it has retained an outside legal firm to conduct an independent investigation into the NYT allegations. TWC has retained John Kiernan of the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton “to undertake a thorough and independent investigation.” Kiernan will be assisted by his partners Matthew Fishbein, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney, and Helen Cantwell, a former federal prosecutor who also has worked for the New York County District Attorney’s sex crimes unit.
Weinstein and his brother Bob own 42% of the company,[or Harvey Weinstein owns 23% of TWC with Bob Weinstein owning the same and the board holding the remainder].; other investors include Goldman Sachs, French TV company TF1, and ad firm WPP Group. The Weinstein Company Inc. operates as a subsidiary of The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC. 345 Hudson Street. 13th Floor. New York, NY 10014.

Harvey Weinstein is facing calls to be stripped of his CBE over revelations he has sexually harassed female employees and movie stars for decades. Weinstein, 65, was named an honourary Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by the Queen for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004. THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (UK) LIMITED,  71 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4BE.   “The reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values”.   France has started the process of stripping Harvey Weinstein of his Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian distinction, after allegations of sexual harassment against the film producer, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Saturday, October 14.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/harvey-weinstein-apology/542193/

The Weinstein Company had a “code of silence,” and that contracts included a “non-disparagement” clause that applied to the company itself and its leader. Additionally, “most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/10/ashley-judd-rose-mcgowan-harvey-weinstein-sexual-harassment

Harvey Weinstein Won’t Be Charged In Alleged Groping Incident – Update

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‘It won’t happen again.’

BURBANK, Calif., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ARCHSTONE PICTURES – Principal/Partner Michael Slifkin announced that the company has entered into an agreement with Ambra Battilana during the final days of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to co-produce a film based on the events pertaining to her experiences with Silvio Berlusconi the former prime minister of Italy.

The untitled feature film, a political drama, highlights the demise of one of the most powerful, wealthy and influential leaders in Italian History. The film will chronicle Berlusconi from the height of his power and political reach as the Billionaire Italian Prime Minister and owner of world renowned football club, A.C. Milan, to his dramatic and public fall from grace for corruption and sexual misconduct.

Production is scheduled for early 2017 with worldwide distribution to be handled exclusively by Archstone Distribution.

Archstone Pictures’ Michael Slifkin and Scott Martin will be producing the film along with Executive Producers Scott Weissman and Ambra Battilana.

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Ambra Battilana Who Once Accused Harvey Weinstein of Groping Her in Bikini at a Beach in Miami 10/09/2017

harvey-weinstein-georgina-chapmanThe movie mogul, 65, and the fashion designer, 41, are together at a hotel in Los Angeles.

Of his wife, Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman, Weinstein added, “She stands 100 percent behind me.”

[November 19 2010]Aspiring actress Lucia Stoller (now Lucia Evans), Italian actress Asia Argento

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

“Blue Valentine,” a dark romantic look at two young lovers in a crumbling marriage, was given an NC-17 rating because of a scene involving oral sex. “It’s just a credit to the persuasiveness of Derek Cianfrance’s directing skills. There’s no oral sex. Michelle Williams isn’t even naked. It looks like she is, but it’s just the angle of the shots.”
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Michelle Williams, Eddie’s love interest and attorney, Anne Weying, who becomes She-Venom in the comics

Off a phenomenal China performance, Sony’s Venom continued to course this frame and has now crossed $800M worldwide. At $822.5M, it is the 2nd highest grossing superhero origin movie ever globally, behind Black Panther. Of $610.8M at the international box office, $242.9M is from the Middle Kingdom.
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $211,807,482 25.7%
+ Foreign: $611,228,468 74.3%
= Worldwide: $823,035,950

as of Nov. 27, 2018:

 

[ October 23   ]

In China, “Venom” scored $87.2 million, a drop of just 14% from its opening weekend. Its 10-day cumulative score is $187 million. “Venom” carried the global box office this weekend, thanks to its massive $111 million debut in China.

That ranks as the second biggest opening ever for a superhero film in that territory, behind just “Avengers: Infinity War.” Its performance in the Middle Kingdom powered “Venom” to $673.5 million worldwide, including $467 million internationally. Though its impressive run in the U.S. is largely coming to a close, audience reaction overseas could propel the antihero film past $700 million globally.

[ October 23 2018 ]
Venom is still a record holder after Halloween gave the symbiote a bit of a fright this weekend. Halloween enjoyed an impressive $76.2M opening weekend but fell short of the October record Venom set a couple weeks ago with $80.3M. To date, Venom has earned $171.1M domestic and $461.8M worldwide.

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With the mid-budget Hollywood programmer mostly dead, a supporting role in a comic book flick is the best shot at a major studio payday for most working actors. – Scott Mendelson, Forbes

Venom dropped just 55% in its second weekend.   Venom held on even better than expected, delivering a second weekend at #1.

[October 9 2018]

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“buddy flick/romcom vibe” Scott Mendelson

With an estimated $80 million, Sony’s release of Venom into 4,250 locations not only topped the weekend box office, but it topped the previous October opening weekend record of $55.7 million set by Gravity in 2013 by over $20 million. It’s benefiting from being the shiny new superhero movie in a while. While Sony contends that the production cost was net $100M before P&A, it’s said to be around $116M with Georgia tax credits. Either way, it’s still cheap enough. If Venom had launched to $150M-plus globally –that’s even if the film had broken down stateside with a $55M-$60M opening–Venom would have still been safe. Internationally, Venom delivered $125.2 million from 58 markets for a record October global opening over $205 million. We’re told that a $450M global take ultimately gets Venom to break-even during its theatrical release. China’s Tencent is reportedly covering around a third of the production cost, however, a China release for Venom has yet to be announced. “If Venom is a big hit, maybe it’ll make it easier for a filmmaker like Kelly Reichardt to get her movie made. “

[October 3 2018]

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Anne, who is played by Michelle Williams with no distinguishing characteristics apart from her short tartan skirt and long blonde wig.

Several months after she secretly married indie musician Phil Elverum, Michelle Williams, 38, is finally showing off her wedding ring to the world.

[January 22 2011]

Michelle Williams, Golden Globes

Michelle Williams, Golden Globes

In order to be nominated, a film or actor doesn’t need to be considered “good” by everybody, but instead “the best” by a few: academy members are essentially voting for one movie; each member’s ballot is counted towards one film, their number one vote. If that film receives the fewest amount of number one votes, then it’s the second pick that counts, and so on down the ballot so that the ballot is attributed to exactly one movie or performance.

This year, Blue Valentine and Michelle Williams could benefit from this rule. The film itself hasn’t had a huge box-office take, but those who have seen it are rapturous in their praise, particularly for the gutting performances by Gosling and Williams.
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For the fifth spot? Ms. Bening’s co-star Julianne Moore? Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”? Lesley Manville for Mike Leigh’s “Another Year”? Fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, a long shot for “True Grit”?
I’d say Williams is in by virtue of her campaign presence and Weinstein’s wiles;
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (it just got bluer) Falling off the list somehow
Williams being in a tough-to-watch indie …each of them seems equally vulnerable–
I’m thinking that Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) have Oscar nominations in their future.

Michelle Williams at NY Critics Circle Awards

Michelle Williams at NY Critics Circle Awards

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere.

As we enter film awards season this year, a new trick has entered the fray. Cunnilingus: it’s this year’s disabled/abused/gay/mental illness/foreign accent!
While it is always satisfying to see an onscreen acknowledgement that a man might do a little bit more during sex than pump and grunt, I approach this latest cinematic development freighted with qualms, and not just because of the intimation that getting in between a woman’s legs is … edgy and niche… First, it means watching actresses practise, in close-up, at length, their sex faces, which is almost as painful as listening to Nicole Kidman’s English accent in The Hours…
Which brings us back to the point that it is apparently easier, or at least more acceptable, to show cunnilingus between two women than a man and a woman: neither Black Swan nor The Kids . . . were threatened with an NC-17 rating to my knowledge. But then, of course, women don’t mind doing it to each other. They don’t find it so, you know, gross. And it’s probably easier for them, right? What, with their inside knowledge of the area, so to speak. Hadley Freeman

Michelle Williams 2011 Critics Circle

Michelle Williams 2011 Critics Circle

Miramax today announced the first appointments to its new Management team. Steve Schoch has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, responsible for finance and accounting, business development, operations and IT. Mr. Schoch, 52, has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience, with companies in a broad group of industries including entertainment, biotech and the Internet. Prior to joining Miramax, he served as Vice President Global Commercial Operations Financial Planning & Analysis at Amgen. Before joining Amgen in 2001, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at eToys, in particular spearheading their IPO. Earlier in his career, he held various financial leadership positions with the Walt Disney Company and Times Mirror Company. Schoch received his Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

The Weinstein Company has planned another theater expansion for January 14 as Blue Valentine was up 264 percent to $704,339, which translated to a solid $17,608 per-theater average and a 16th place finish on the overall weekend chart. So far, the drama is outperforming past Ryan Gosling limited releases Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl, and has already topped the final tally of Michelle Williams’ Wendy and Lucy. In 12 days in theaters, Blue Valentine has earned $1.15 million.

We need one popular NC-17

23 December, 2010

Michelle Williams Nightline

Michelle Williams Nightline

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Twenty years after introducing the designation, first given to “Henry and June” as a solution to the stigma of the X, the NC-17 is still regarded as a box-office buzzkill. There’s a longtime perception that exhibs won’t screen an NC-17 film and that advertisers deny such pics ad space. Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution” in 2007 was one of the few recent cases where a distributor accepted that rating rather than making cuts. The National Assn. of Theater Owners polled 100 exhibitors to see how many would refuse to screen the movie, and only five said they would not. The Focus Features title went on gross to just under $5 million domestically. Ratings board chair Joan Graves admits moviegoers have a skewed perception of the NC-17 rating. “I do regret that it’s treated as the pariah of the ratings system,” she says. “All we need is one popular NC-17 rating to take that scent away.”

The Weinstein Company is moving up the release of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling-starring Blue Valentine two days to Wednesday, December 29, reports deadline, to get a two-day head start on the New Year’s holiday weekend. Blue Valentine will open on one screen in New York and Los Angeles, with another theater added in New York on December 31, before expanding into 10 markets on January 7.

Michelle Williams interview, Blue Valentine

Michelle Williams interview, Blue Valentine

Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right,
Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right,
Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Mila Kunis in Black Swan
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine.
Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine

see also
Stephen Dorff’ in Somewhere
Nathalie Fay in Somewhere