Harvey Weinstein (born 19.03.1952) Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company and Miramax.
Childhood: Harvey Weinstein was born in Flushing, New York. His parents were Max Weinstein, a diamond cutter, and Miriam. He was raised in a Jewish household. He attended the John Bowne High School and the University at Buffalo.
Film career: Harvey Weinstein began his career producing rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions with his brother Bob Weinstein and their friend Corky Burger. They founded an independent film distribution company called Miramax (an amalgam of their parents' names). They released films such as Paul McCartney's 'Rockshow'. Their movie for Amnesty International 'The Secret Policeman's Other Ball' in 1982 was credited with raising the profile of the charity in the US. The company received national attention in 1988 after releasing Errol Morris's crime documentary 'The Thin Blue Line'. They became the most successful independent film studio in the US with the release of Steven Soderbergh's 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' in 1989. 1989 also saw Miramax release 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover' and 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' which were both X-rated by the MPAA, though Weinstein attempted to sue the ratings computer and it was later changed to NC-17 rated. Following the release of 'The Crying Game' in 1993, Disney bought the company for $80 million and released Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' in 1994 and distributed 'Clerks'. Miramax won an Academy Award with 'The English Patient' in 1996 and soon followed many other successes including 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'Good Will Hunting'. In 2005, the Weinsteins left Miramax and formed the production company The Weinstein Company garnering Academy Award nominations with 'Transamerica' and 'Mrs. Henderson Presents'. They did the documentary film 'The Oath of Tobruk' about the 2011 Libyan revolution. He was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his efforts in the British film industry. He has been criticized for his editing of the Asian films 'Shaolin Soccer', 'Hero' and 'Princess Mononoke', detailed in Peter Biskind's book 'Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film'. He has a reputation for anger, once putting a reporter in a headlock while throwing him out of a party and once attacking Julie Taymor over a screening her movie 'Frida'. He has been involved in a variety of charities regarding poverty, AIDS, juvenile diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. In 2009, singer Sam Moore attempted to sure The Weinstein Company for allegedly basing the comedy 'Soul Men' on his career. In 2011, Michael Moore took the company to court alleging that he was owed millions for the 2004 documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11'. Harvey Weinstein:
Personal life: Harvey Weinstein married his assistant Eve Chilton in 1987. They divorced in 2004 after having had three children; Lily, Emma and Ruth. In 2007, he married Georgina Chapman with whom he has two children; India Pearl and Dashiell. In 2012, he was the victim of an attempted extortion by Vivek Shah who threatened to murder his family if they did not pay millions of dollars. He was soon arrested.
Harvey Weinstein and guest - A variety of stars were photographed at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival as they attended the De Grisogono Party at the Hotel De Cap in Cannes, France - Tuesday 19th May 2015
Gary Barlow, Kelsey Grammer, Harvey Weinstein, Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly - Opening Night of Broadway's Finding Neverland, sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Chase, iHeartMedia and USA TODAY, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre - Curtain Call. at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 15th April 2015
ITV is looking to expand its TV portfolio.
ITV is reportedly in talks to acquire the lucrative television arm of the Weinstein Company for a reported $1 billion. The channel appears to be on a buying spree, having purchased television company Talpa Media for $355 million last month - it has also been mulling over an offer for the Grey's Anatomy production company Mark Gordon Co.
Harvey Weinstein may sell the TV arm of his company to ITV for almost $1 billion
Should a deal with Weinstein go through, ITV would likely pay an upfront payment of $300 or $400 million though earn-out and profit target bonuses could take the deal to around $950 million.
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The actor is said to signed on to help produce the musical, which opens later this year.
‘Breaking Bad’ star and Tony award winning actor Bryan Cranston is said to have signed on as a producer for Broadway musical Finding Neverland, after saying he “cried with joy” following a preview of the show earlier this month.
Walter White has moved on to Neverland
Page Six reports that the actor has signed up to help produce the show, with a source quoted as saying “Rarely do celebrities invest in projects, so this is a big sign of [Bryan’s] faith in the show.” Cranston had seen a performance of the show early February after which he tweeted, “I saw this new musical in Boston and cried with joy... But anyone thinking of repeating that better Tread Lightly. “
Rumours of a slanging match between actress and director emerged on Tuesday, but Lawrence and studio representatives deny it.
The ‘Hunger Games’ star is currently filming Joy, her third collaboration with Russell and actor Bradley Cooper, and rumours earlier this week suggested that there was a noisy falling-out on set between actress and director on Tuesday. According to some reports, the pair were seen screaming at each other.
Jennifer Lawrence has denied rumours of a fight on set with David O. Russell
Harvey Weinstein is stepping up his Oscars campaign for 'American Sniper'.
In a late bid to expunge any lasting doubts of American Sniper ahead of the Oscars this month, Harvey Weinstein has gone out on the attack in response to those critical of Clint Eastwood's drama. The film's subject, sniper Chris Kyle, has been called a "hate-filled killer" and the movie has been criticised in some circles for its flag waving.
Bradley Cooper [L] and Sienna Miller [R] in American Sniper
However, speaking to Indiewire, Weinstein said the movie had captured the American public's imagination and deserved credit because it "introduces America to PTSD".
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The Weinstein company are repackaging Foosball as 'Underdogs'.
Juan Jose Campanella's animated movie Foosball is being repackaged for a worldwide release under the new title Underdogs. The Weinstein Company has acquired rights in the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France and will be released in English on August 27, 2014.
Campanella's 'Underdogs' Will Get An English Release in August 2014
The movie - which will get new Hollywood voiceovers - centres on a reluctant hero whose town is threatened when his long-time rival returns home to avenge an old grudge. When the players from his foosball table are magically brought to life, he recruits them to help him enter into the biggest underdog match ever.
Tracy Letts adapts his own prize-winning play into a blistering depiction of one of cinema's most dysfunctional families ever. It's still rather theatrical, throwing a mob of top actors into a room for what feels like a fight to the death, but it's so well written and so beautifully observed by the actors that we can't look away. And of course Meryl Streep walks off with the show.
Everything kicks off when Beverly Weston (Shepard) goes missing, leaving his ruthlessly straight-talking, pill-popping wife Violet (Streep) to assemble the family in their rambling Oklahoma home. They have three equally feisty daughters: Barbara (Roberts) is a tightly wound bundle of anger with an estranged husband (McGregor) and surly teen daughter (Breslin) in tow; Karen (Lewis) is a free-spirited floater with yet another random boyfriend (Mulroney); and Ivy (Nicholson) is fed up with being the dutiful daughter who stayed close to home. Also on hand is Violet's sister Mattie Fae (Martindale), whose husband (Cooper) is the family patriarch now that Beverly is gone, which means their son (Cumberbatch) feels even more useless than normal.
What plot there is centres on skeletons rattling out of closets and relationships imploding spectacularly. The film is a series of brutally intense encounters between people who probably still love each other in vaguely undefined ways and express it through bitter bursts of witty cruelty. Streep has the meatiest role as the imperious Violet, who knows a lot more than she's letting on. And her chief rival is Barbara, played with unnerving intensity by Roberts. The only person we even remotely like is Mattie Fae, and the always-superb Martindale finds all kinds of layers in the character.
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In addition to his new anti-NRA movie, Weinstein wants to cut down on screen violence as a whole
Harvey Weinstein got tongues wagging this week with the announcement that his production company are making an anti-gun film, one that will star Meryl Streep and take a direct shot at the National Rifle Association. If his stance on gun ownership and violence wasn't already clear, the Hollywood producer has since admitted that he wants to see a crack down on film violence too and he will be at the forefront of this cut down.
Harvey Weinstein wants to see a change in the movie industry
Weinstein is known for producing some of modern cinema's most graphically violent film in recent years, forging a successful working relationship with Quentin Tarantino, with who he helped make the Kill Bill films, Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction, in addition to a host of other violent titles such as Gangs of New York, Sin City and the reboots of Piranha, Rambo and Halloween. Now the Hollywood powerhouse wants to hang up his fake blood and replica weapons for good, as he told CNN's Piers Morgan on Friday (17 Jan.) night that he can no longer advocate these types of films in good conscience.
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Hey NRA. Harvey Weinstein is coming for you.
Harvey Weinstein Has A NRA Movie Up His Sleeve
Speaking on Howard Stern's radio show, the big time movie producer said he plans to make a project that takes on the controversial group. He didn't go into specifics but said that multiple Oscar winner Streep was involved and that it would not be a documentary, but "a big movie like Mr Smith goes to Washington."
In the lawsuit, Harvey and Bob Weinstein are demanding at least $75 million from the trilogy's gross revenue.
The Hobbit trilogy, which has been a highly profitable venture for New Line Cinema, is also causing some problems for the studio – namely a lawsuit from Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The two brothers own Miramax, the company, which sold New Line (part of Warner) the film rights to Tolkien’s story in 1998.
Bob Weinstein (above) and brother Harvey are demanding at least $75 million in gross revenue
However, since New Line announced plans to make just one film, the Winesteins were only paid for the fist movie. According to them, the studio made the book into three separate film “solely to deprive plaintiffs” of agreed revenue.
The Weinstein brothers sold the movie rights of J.R.R. Tolkien's books to Warner Bros for 5% of gross receipts back in 1998. They claim the movie studio is refusing to share the profits from the second and third 'The Hobbit' films.
The Weinstein brothers have filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and its New Line Cinema due to claims that they are owed money from 'The Hobbit' film series.
The documents were filed in New York on Tuesday (Dec 10th).
The allegations stem from 1998 when Miramax, owned by the Weinstein's, sold the movie rights of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' to New Line Cinema, a branch of Warner Bros.