Meek's Cutoff opens April 11

Meek's Cutoff opens April 11

The Weinstein Co. bought a 25 percent stake in the pay TV channel Starz Media, the home entertainment unit of Starz LLC. At the same time, Starz’s sister firm, Anchor Bay Entertainment, signed a deal with the dynamic Tinseltown duo to distribute DVD, Blu-ray and Internet streaming versions of Weinstein Co. movies — including the studio’s latest hit, “The King’s Speech” — as well as theatrical releases from Dimension Films.

Kelly Reichardt-directed western Meek’s Cutoff release date is April 8, 2011 distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures, founded by Beastie Boys singer Adam Yauch.

The ABC Nightline interview was edited so that it appeared as if I were breaking some kind of silence and sitting down with the express purpose to discuss something that is very private to me.

Michelle Williams at Angelika

Michelle Williams at Angelika

As the Miramax sale closed this fall, the Weinsteins were put in touch with Miramax’s new chief executive Mike Lang by Jim Wiatt, the former chief executive of talent agency William Morris who knows all three men.Miramax, which is newly owned by private equity company Colony Capital, investor Ron Tutor, and the Qatar sovereign wealth fund, will have the right to co-finance the movies and own a 50% stake in the new movies produced by Weinstein Co., a person familiar with the agreement said. If Miramax declines to provide the funding, the company will receive 5% of the movies’ gross revenue.

The deal terms are similar to ones Weinstein Co. made with Disney for sequel rights to 16 movies from the Miramax library including “Scream” and “Spy Kids” as part of their settlement in 2005. Weinstein Co. will release “Scream 4” and “Spy Kids 4” next year.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams on Daily Show

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams on Charley Rose

SANTA MONICA and LOS ANGELES (December 16, 2010) –Miramax and The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced an agreement to create sequels to some of Miramax’s best- known properties and to partner on potential new television shows and special edition home entertainment products. Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, stated: “We are thrilled and honored to work with Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

Michelle Williams Natalie Portman

Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman

Blue Valentine will hit U.S theaters on December 31. Optimum Releasing has taken UK rights from The Weinstein Company for Blue Valentine, and will co-distribute the film with TWC. The UK release date is set for Jan 21, 2011. Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan may have inadvertently saved the upcoming Derek Cianfrance flick, Blue Valentine, from box office disaster. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play characters that get drunk and their problems intensify when he wants to have sex and she doesn’t, but will to get him off her back. That hurts his pride and the result is an upsetting scene that makes you squirm, (there is a split-second of full-backal Gosling, and as often happens in independent films, Michelle Williams is simultaneously despairing and topless), but is an honest one that establishes clearly that this couple has nothing left and isn’t going to make it because love has turned into contempt. “You want hot cunnilingus? Go see Black Swan.” Stephen Garrett

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

 

 

 

 

The Weinstein Company is close to signing film finance veteran David Hutkin to join the company and oversee a new division called Strategic Initiatives, Investments & Banking Group.  Hutkin will come aboard as executive vice president, and will bring with him longtime colleague Vivian Tarn. Hutkin has spent 15 years working in senior structured and corporate debt underwriting within the entertainment industry at numerous banks. Most recently, he has been head of entertainment finance for the First California Bank, and before that worked for Bank of America, ICB Entertainment Finance and The Lewis Horwitz Organization. Hutkin has worked on financing for hundreds of films that include My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Monster, The Illusionist and Showtime’s The Tudors.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

Singling out a particular drunken scene featuring stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, The Motion Picture Association of America’s Classification and Rating Administration awarded the movie a restrictive NC-17 rating.
But Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co. is distributing the movie, has vowed to fight the ruling, claiming it could damage the marital drama’s box office performance when it’s released on December 31.

Icon funds Weinstein Co.

13 October, 2010

Michelle Williams

 

Len Blavatnik’s investment in the Weinstein Co. movies signals the Ukrainian-born businessman’s desire to expand his foothold in Hollywood. Blavatnik has agreed to invest in a new three-year film fund for the Weinstein Co. for a slate of movies with budgets of $5 million to $20 million. Initially, Blavatnik would invest $25 million into a revolving facility but could ultimately put up as much as $100 million, people close to the deal said.
Under the agreement, the Weinstein Co. will release the movies in the U.S. and Canada and also control rights in Australia, Germany and France. Blavatnik’s U.K. based production, distribution and foreign sales company Icon Entertainment, headed by foreign distribution veteran Stewart Till, will release the films in Great Britian and handle all other international markets.
Profits from the films will be split evenly between the companies.