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.
They are exploring their options after finally declaring bankruptcy.
More than five months after Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Co. over claims of his sexual misconduct, the company has officially declared itself bankrupt with debts of over half a billion dollars to its name. It's currently looking at a stalking horse bid from Lantern Capital.
Harvey Weinstein at Tribeca Film Festival
Yesterday (March 19th 2018), the film studio finally admitted defeat after failed attempts to stay afloat following Harvey Weinstein's dismissal, though it may thrive under new ownership as they accept a $310 million stalking horse offer with Lantern Capital.
Continue reading: The Weinstein Company Declares Bankruptcy With Half A Billion In Debts
A wide-ranging interview for 'Life Stories' with Piers Morgan covered the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein.
Pamela Anderson has said that she doesn’t want men to “feel like they can't make the first move”, speaking out again about the consequences of the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal.
The 50 year old former Playboy model and star of ‘Baywatch’ appeared on Piers Morgan’s chat show 'Life Stories', to speak about her career in an interview that’s being broadcast this Saturday (March 3rd). The topic of conversation turned to the MeToo and Time’s Up movements, and Anderson sounded a note of caution.
“Obviously, I am supportive of women and feel for women that have been made sexual advances on that they don't want, but I also feel for the men too,” she said.
The Hollywood producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women
The New York studio co-founded by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein is to file for bankruptcy after talks to sell its assets to an investor group collapsed, reports say. Weinstein has faced dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct over the past few months which has led to a number of wider movements in the film and music industry calling for an end to sexual harassment and misconduct.
Harvey Weinstein's company has filed for bankruptcy
Weinstein has also been accused of rape but denies non-consensual sex.
Lawrence and Streep had both condemned Weinstein for using their statements in an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by six women.
Six women are suing the disgraced movie mogul and what they call the ‘Weinstein Sexual Enterprise’, which they say includes his brother Bob and their studio The Weinstein Company. The plaintiffs are arguing that, due to the scale of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein and the attempts to cover it up, the producer’s “sexual enterprise” should be considered an organised crime group.
Weinstein’s lawyers had filed a motion to have the suit dismissed on Tuesday, saying that it was “fatally overboard”, and would apply to “all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm”.
Weinstein's legal team had cited Streep and her statements in his effort to get a lawsuit from six women alleging sexual misconduct dismissed.
Meryl Streep has fired back at Harvey Weinstein after the disgraced movie producer’s legal team used her name and one of her statements in an attempt to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him.
On Tuesday this week (February 20th), Weinstein’s lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss a racketeering lawsuit brought by six women who claimed the mogul sexually assaulted or harassed them. They argued that what they called the ‘Weinstein Sexual Enterprise’ was essentially a criminal organisation, given the “hundreds” of women who have come forward with allegations of misconduct in the last four months.
In doing so, his team’s motion to dismiss mentioned that in a recent statement, Streep said that Weinstein “had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”
Oprah spoke with Salma Hayek on the Super Soul Sunday Conversation.
The legendary presenter said in her Super Soul Sunday Conversation special podcast with Salma Hayek that she believed that Witherspoon was acting in a very strange way in the days following the scandal breaking back in October, according to Entertainment Tonight.
“Everyone, including Reese – I’ve said this to her – was acting like, I was seeing some of the girls at my school behave, who were suffering from PTSD. Everybody was acting like they were afraid and they were having the conversation,” Winfrey said in the conversation.
Thurman had accused Bender and other producers on 'Kill Bill' of covering up the stunt in which she was injured.
A producer on the movie Kill Bill has responded to Uma Thurman’s claim that the production team covered up a controversial car crash that took place on set during the filming of a stunt that injured its star Uma Thurman.
On Tuesday (February 7th), Thurman had claimed in an eye-opening interview with the New York Times that Tarantino had made her drive a car at speed on a winding road for a scene in 2003’s Kill Bill, although she felt uncomfortable and unsafe doing the stunt. She crashed the vehicle, sustaining a number of bodily injuries and concussion as a result.
She accused Lawrence Bender, a long-time collaborator of Tarantino’s, plus disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and E. Bennett Walsh of covering up the incident by way of refusing to release the footage of it to her unless she signed a document relinquishing them of responsibility.
Weinstein had issued a denial of McGowan's claims that he raped her, citing e-mails by Ben Affleck and McGowan's former manager.
Rose McGowan has strongly rebutted Harvey Weinstein’s denial that he raped her, describing his attempts to discredit her claims as “pathetic” and saying that “the gaslighting will no longer be tolerated”.
On Tuesday (January 30th), the same day that McGowan launched her book tour behind her memoir ‘Brave’ – which details the alleged sexual assault that took place at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival – a lawyer representing Weinstein released e-mails from actor Ben Affleck and from McGowan’s former manager Jill Messick, who both wrote accounts of McGowan’s interactions with them at the festival that apparently clash with her allegations.
Their e-mails to Weinstein and his lawyer do not mention hearing about a non-consensual sexual act, but McGowan says that she told both of them about the assault.
The actress was speaking at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards
Award-winning Hollywood actress Kate Winslet has spoken out about the "bitter regrets" she has after working with "certain individuals" in the film industry. The British actress has recently appeared in Wonder Wheel - directed by Woody Allen, whose daughter, Dylan Farrow, has accused him of sexual assault.
Kate Winslet has spoken of "bitter regrets" after working with particular film individuals
Speaking at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, the star said receiving the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film gave her an "opportunity" to say things that mattered to her.
Sandeep Rehal has accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, in a lawsuit that details lurid allegations of how she was forced to facilitate the producer's sex life.
A former personal assistant to the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has filed a federal lawsuit this week alleging sexual harassment against him, detailing how she was required to facilitate his sexual encounters, including providing erectile dysfunction drugs and cleaning up semen from his couch, among other duties.
Sandeep Rehal worked for Weinstein for two years before quitting in February 2015. She had been mentioned in New York Times article in December last year that reported she was planning to file a lawsuit against Weinstein.
That lawsuit has now been lodged in New York Supreme Court, and it accuses Weinstein of sexually harassing Rehal, groping her thighs and buttocks, and of referring to her routinely as a “c***” over the course of her employment – as well as other lurid details about how she was apparently forced to facilitate his sex life.
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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