the weinstein company
9:45AM John Cook | Two filmmakers have sued Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s studio for more than $US114 million, claiming that the Weinsteins ruined five animated film projects with their “indecisiveness and general incompetence.” More »
8:40AM Ryan Tate | Weinstein Company is selling its exclusive social network for rich people to a Swiss heir, the Los Angeles Times is reporting. At last, circumstances have forced the company to do what it should have done years ago. More »
7:30AM Foster Kamer | Or so goes today’s lacerating NYT piece on The Weinstein Company’s fate, “The Weinsteins Scamble to Regain a Golden Touch in Hollywood.” Like old Miramax films, it’s juicy, exciting, illuminating, and troubling. It also lays their survival strategy bare. More »
6:00AM STV | Any director worth a damn has faced it: Flop Grief, that five-stage process that varies by studio and box-office disappointment but never gets any easier. Especially if you’re Kevin Smith.
3:28AM STV | A note taped to Defamer HQ’s door greeted us this morning — not an eviction notice as we feared, but rather just another Weinstein news dump announcing Inglourious Basterds‘ [sic] eyebrow-raising late-summer ’09 release date. More »
8:47AM STV | Apparently not encouraged by the spit-take and crotch-veil buzz surrounding its forthcoming releases, the struggling Weinstein Company axed “roughly two dozen” employees this afternoon. The New York Post reports that human resources broke the news to the staffers — about 11% of the Weinsteins’ workforce — in a purge related not to the studio’s ongoing money woes, but rather a bit of bearish anticipation of the fast-approaching recession. Still, we’re as shocked as you are: The Weinstein Company has a human resources department? More »
5:23PM STV | The successful Cheech and Chong reunion tour has found precisely the messiah you’d expect to bring the pot-culture icons to the wider audience that slipped away from them almost 30 years ago: The Weinstein Company. Harvey and Bob today announced they are clearing space on their cluttered basement shelf for The Cheech and Chong Concert Movie, which the brothers acquired for worldwide theatrical, DVD and TV release in 2009. And the really funny thing? This may turn out to be their most profitable release of the year. More »