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.
Damon condemned Weinstein in the interview, but claimed there was a "spectrum" on which abusers should be condemned and that some did not deserve to lose their careers.
Matt Damon has stirred up controversy with a rather haphazard interview about the state of Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, appearing to argue that men who have groped or harassed women should not be judged as harshly as they haven't molested children or raped women.
The 47 year old star was speaking to ABC News journalist Peter Travers on Thursday (December 14th), and discussion turned to the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the film industry following the revelations of widespread abuse and harassment perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein and others.
He condemned the actions of the disgraced movie mogul, saying that he didn’t know about the details of his behaviour at the time, but admitted that they didn’t surprise him.
Hayek becomes the latest Hollywood star to accuse the disgraced movie mogul of inappropriate and abusive behaviour.
Salma Hayek has added her voice to those of the dozens of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, saying in a new op-ed piece that, “for years”, the disgraced movie producer was “my monster”.
On Wednesday (December 13th), the 51 year old star penned a lengthy essay for the New York Times detailing her ordeals with Weinstein on the 2002 Miramax movie Frida. In it, she gave a detailed account of her history with Weinstein, including allegedly inappropriate on-set demands she refused to co-operate with during shooting of the movie.
They included her saying “No” to “opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with. No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman.”
Zellweger vehemently denied a story attributed to Harvey Weinstein in a new lawsuit that she and other actresses offered "sexual favours" to him for career advancement.
The story stems from a lawsuit filed this week by actress Melissa Sagemiller, which stated that Weinstein used to cite Zellweger’s name in an example of how a sexual relationship with him could help to boost aspiring female actors’ careers.
“Renée Zellweger, Charlize Theron and other actresses gave sexual favours,” the lawsuit claims Weinstein said, along with comments such as: “Don’t you want your career to be more than just this little teen film?”
Anderson was speaking to Megyn Kelly about the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal.
Pamela Anderson has made some controversial comments regarding the sexual misconduct scandal that has rocked Hollywood over the last two months, saying that the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape “knew what they were getting into”.
The former ‘Baywatch’ actress, 50, was speaking to journalist Megyn Kelly in an interview on Thursday (November 30th). When the subject turned to the Weinstein scandal, Anderson remarked that it was an open secret in Hollywood that Weinstein was a predator.
“I think it was common knowledge. That certain people or certain producers in Hollywood are people to avoid privately,” she said. “You know what you're getting in to if you go to a hotel room, alone.”
After an interview earlier this month where she said she was "too angry" to speak about it, Thurman has now broken her silence on the Weinstein scandal.
The 47 year old star, who has worked on seven movies that have featured the involvement of Weinstein’s companies including Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill films, posted a picture of herself as The Bride from Kill Bill on Instagram on Thursday (November 23rd).
On its surface, the post was intended to mark Thanksgiving in a message to her followers, but she also used it to break her silence properly on the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the film industry for the last eight weeks.
Continue reading: Uma Thurman Breaks Silence On Harvey Weinstein Scandal
The actress-turned-director is a UN special ambassador
As the conversation surrounding Hollywood culture towards women and around sexual violence and female mistreatment worldwide continues to spread, actress and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie has given an impassioned keynote speech at the United Nations Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in Vancouver.
Angelina Jolie has spoken about mistreatment towrds women
The 42-year-old - who is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - spoke about preventing sexual violence in armed conflict at the event.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Gives Impassioned Speech About Women For The UN
After over 70 accusations ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault, the decision was made by the Academy.
Harvey Weinstein is currently in the middle of one of the biggest scandals Hollywood has ever seen, after being accused by over 70 women of crimes ranging from sexual harassment and sexual misconduct to sexual assault and rape.
Harvey Weinstein has been accused of various crimes by over 70 women
Formerly being one of the biggest names in the entertainment business, Weinstein was quickly stripped of membership by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, before also being suspended by BAFTA and fired from The Weinstein Co., where his brother Bob Weinstein still remains. He was also forced to resign from the Producers Guild of America after they started to remove him from the organisation.
Continue reading: Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Television Academy For Life
The director was accused of sexual harassment by six women in a Los Angeles Times article, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
Warner Bros. studio and filmmaker Brett Ratner have parted ways on all forthcoming movie projects, after the producer was accused of sexual harassment by numerous women earlier this week.
The news of the decision came in the aftermath of a report in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday (November 1st) cited six women who allege that Ratner sexually harassed them, or behaved inappropriately toward them, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
“In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities,” 48 year old Ratner said in a statement, reported by the Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”
Continue reading: Brett Ratner And Warner Bros. Part Ways After Sexual Harassment Claims
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society, which chooses a reviled public figure to be its effigy every year, has selected Weinstein for the 2017 festivities.
A huge effigy of the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein is to be burned at a Bonfire Night celebration in Kent this coming weekend.
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society, which grabs headlines every year for its choice of effigies reflecting disgraced celebs, controversial politicians or other hated public figures, announced on Wednesday (November 1st) that Weinstein was the “obvious” choice for the 2017 celebrations. Previous annual events have included columnist Katie Hopkins, former British prime minister Tony Blair, and last year, Donald Trump (obviously).
The Press Association reported that Weinstein, 65, was picked by the society’s committee to be this year’s public figurine after he was accused of a large (and rising) number of sexual assaults by female employees and movie stars over the last month.
Continue reading: Harvey Weinstein Effigy To Be Burned For Kent Bonfire Night Celebrations
McGowan has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and has been a vocal critic of the current culture of Hollywood
Hollywood star Rose McGowan has led criticism against actor Kevin Spacey and accused him of using the revelation he now lives as a gay man to excuse allegedly making a sexual pass at an actor who was underage at the time.
Rose McGowan has been critical of Hollywood's culture of sexual abuse
Kevin Spacey was accused by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp of making a ‘drunken’ sexual advance towards him when he was 14 at the time and Spacey was 26.
Usher seen with various family, friends and colleagues, including Terry Lewis, aka Jimmy Jam, Usher Raymond and Harvey Weinstein, at his Star ceremony. The musician and actor is the latest celebrity to be honoured with his own spot. - The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th September 2016- Usher receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Walk of Fame - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th September 2016
Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the The Weinstein Company And Netflix Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 8th January 2017
Date of birth
19th March, 1952
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