Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein (born 19.03.1952)
Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company and Miramax.

Harvey Weinstein: 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.

Harvey Weinstein: 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.
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Argentinian Soccer Animation 'Underdogs' Gets English Makeover [Pictures]

22nd April 2014 -

 News

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...

Emma Watson cast in Alejandro Amenabar's Regression

6th February 2014 -

 News

Emma Watson will star in 'Regression'.The 23-year-old actress - who was catapulted to the spotlight as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise when she was just nine years old - is thrilled to be...

August: Osage County

23rd January 2014 -

 Movie Review

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...

Harvey Weinstein Vows To Back Major Cut Down On Violent Movies

18th January 2014 -

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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....

Harvey Weinstein On Meryl Streep/NRA Movie, "They're Going To Wish They Were Dead"

16th January 2014 -

 News

Harvey Weinstein has promised that the National Rifle Association are going to "wish they weren't alive" after his releases his firearms movie, with Meryl Streep. Harvey Weinstein Has A NRA Movie Up His SleeveSpeaking on...

Before The Desolation Of Smaug's Release, The Weinstein Brothers Are Suing New Line For Their Cut Of The Profits

12th December 2013 -

 News

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...

Harvey And Bob Weinstein Sues Warner Bros. For $75 Million Dollars Over Owed Money From 'The Hobbit' Films

12th December 2013 -

 News

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...

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Gives Idris Elba A Real Oscars Chance

29th November 2013 -

 News

Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom, the Weinstein's biopic based on the autobiography of South African President Nelson Mandela, has received mixed reviews from critics ahead of its release this weekend, though Idris Elba's...

Michelle Obama Fronts Filmmakers Workshop At White House As She Promotes Careers In Hollywood

9th November 2013 -

 News

First Lady Michelle Obama presented a filmmakers workshop at the White House on Friday, 8 November, to promote careers in the entertainment industry to a group of high school students. Obama enlisted the help of...

Kristen Stewart Earned $33k-per-Minute for Hurricane Sandy Benefit with Mystery Chat

12th September 2013 -

 News

In one of the more bizarre stories to come out of Hollywood this week is the news that an unnamed prince paid $500,000 for a 15-minute chat with Kristen Stewart. The sum was donated to...

Just When You Thought You Didn't Like Kristen Stewart Much, She Does THIS.

12th September 2013 -

 News

If you're not a Twilight fan, it's difficult to really like Kristen Stewart. "Oh, Kristen Stewart is really really good in that cool drama," said nobody, ever. But for all the moody expressions and bad...

Kristen Stewart Earns $500,000 For Charity After Spending 15 Minutes Alone With Middle Eastern Prince

12th September 2013 -

 News

Kristen Stewart managed to earn half a million dollars in only 15 minutes, and if that wasn't impressive enough, the money she made was donated straight to charity. The Twilight star caught the attention of...

The Future is... Red? Netflix Bag Major Deal With Weinstein

21st August 2013 -

 News

Netflix have made yet another bold move – this time with movies – to try and secure monthly payments of £5.99 from content-happy consumers. They’ve put pen to paper with The Weinstein company, securing...

Why Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Could Storm The Oscars [Trailer]

21st August 2013 -

 News

Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster? Chances are, you haven't heard of it. As the Academy were preparing to decorate Ben Affleck and his Argo team in January, the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker was about to kick...

So, Netflix User, What Does The Weinstein Deal Mean For You?

20th August 2013 -

 News

The ever-active Netflix have signed yet another high-profile deal that should keep them on top of the streaming game for a while yet, striking up a partnership with the Weinstein company, which will grant exclusive...

Can 'Artemis Fowl' Replicate Harry Potter's Success?

1st August 2013 -

 News

Artemis Fowl has been called ‘the new Harry Potter’ plenty of times by the critics, and to be fair, the similarities are there. Both franchises hold their roots in novels – Potter’s seven to Fowl’s...

Harvey Weinstein Dusts Off 'Artemis Fowl' From Disney's Bottom Drawer

31st July 2013 -

 News

Well, this has come from leftfield. After leaving Disney in 2005 to set up The Weinstein Company, the most powerful man in Hollywood is re-teaming with his old employer for an intriguing little animation.Harvey Weinstein...

Ben Stiller to direct Thomas Edison biopic?

31st July 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller may direct a biopic about inventor Thomas Edison.The 'Zoolander' actor-and-director is being eyed to helm 'The Current War', which would depict the story of Edison's 1880s feud with fellow genius, George Westinghouse, due...

Artemis Fowl Movie FINALLY On The Way After Disney Greenlight

30th July 2013 -

 News

Artemis Fowl, the fantasy book series about the titular scheming genius Fowl and his encounters with a world of fairies and mythical creatures, finally will be turned into a movie thanks to Disney Studios and...

Can Superb 'Fruitvale Station' Maintain Momentum Until Oscar Season?

16th July 2013 -

 News

The Weinstein Company's hard-hitting drama Fruitvale Station starring The Wire's Michael B. Jordan has seen its odds slashed to just 14/1 to win Best Picture at the Oscars in 2014. After slew of positive reviews...

Long Walk to Freedom: Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela Is Favourite For Oscar [Trailer]

12th July 2013 -

 News

Idris Elba is the man to beat the 2014 Academy Awards for his portrayal of South African President Nelson Mandela, according to the bookmakers, anyway. Elba's star has risen in recent years thanks to BBC...

Michael B. Jordan Joins Cuba Gooding Jr. On Red Carpet At 'Fruitvale Station' MOMA Screening - Part 2

10th July 2013 -

 Footage

Michael B. Jordan, who portrays Oscar Grant in the movie 'Fruitvale Station', arrived at the screening of the film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City alongside 'Starting Over' star Candice Bergen...

A Seat Beside Leonardo DiCaprio On Space Journey Sells For Millions

24th May 2013 -

 News

A trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio has been auctioned off for a magnificent 1.2 million euros which will be donated to the charity amfAR Cinema Against AIDS.The lucky bidder has landed the chance to...

Fruitvale Station Stuns Sundance and Cannes, Next Stop The Oscars? [Trailer]

21st May 2013 -

 News

Few had even heard of Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station before it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It was snapped up by Harvey Weinstein, who...

Forest Whitaker's 'The Butler' Clearly Has Oscar Glory In Its Sights [Trailer]

8th May 2013 -

 News

The first trailer for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler starring Forest Whitaker has rolled out online and Harvey Weinstein's ambitions of taking this film all the way to the Oscars couldn't be...

A Boy At Last For Harvey Weinstein And Georgina Chapman

16th April 2013 -

 News

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman have finally welcomed a baby boy into their family. According to the New York Post, Georgina gave birth in New York on Thursday April 11, 2013....

Jennifer Lawrence is Best Actress – But She Forgot To Thank Her Director and Producer!

26th February 2013 -

 News

It’s kind of an unwritten rule: when you win an Oscar, you thank all the people who helped you ‘make it’, even though they’re secretly thanking you for getting the film so much extra publicity.So...

Miley Cyrus Attempts To Avoid Paparazzi At NY Fashion Week Marchesa Show

20th February 2013 -

 Footage

Celebrities who attended the Marchesa Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion show for the Mercedes-Benz included teen icon Miley Cyrus, 'Collateral' star Jada Pinkett Smith, TV presenter Louise Roe, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, stylist Kelly Framel and film...

Is Jennifer Lawrence Banking On An Oscar? (Re-Teams With David O' Russell)

20th February 2013 -

 News

Is Jennifer Lawrence getting ahead of herself here? The 22-year-old has already signed up for Silver Linings Playbook director David O'Russell's new movie The Ends of the Earth. Lawrence is up for Best Actress at...

Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry In Attendance For Escape From Planet Earth Premiere (Pictures)

4th February 2013 -

 News

Jessica Alba at the Planet Earth premiereThe stars lined up in Los Angeles as the first major animation film of the year celebrated its premiere at the weekend (February 2, 2013). Escape From Planet Earth...

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