A home for Miramax

Posted by · 8:26 am · July 30th, 2010

Okay, for “home,” read “resting place.” Scrap those sweet-but-always-unlikely reports that the high-end company would be returning to the warm embrace of its parents, the finally outbiddenBrothers Weinstein. The story has a less sentimental ending, but an ending nonetheless — Disney has sold Miramax to one Filmyard Holdings Llc, run by non-film businessmen Ronald Tutor […]

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Taymor’s ‘Tempest’ to bookend Venice fest

Posted by · 9:56 am · July 26th, 2010

Days after naming Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” as the festival’s curtain-raiser, the Venice Film Festival’s have picked another not-entirely-expected title to close the fest on September 11: Julie Taymor’s long-delayed Shakespeare adaptation, “The Tempest.” The decision to bookend proceedings with highly anticipated U.S. productions suggests the Venice brass are aiming for higher star wattage on […]

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Weinstein teams with Disney/ABC for ‘Nine’ attack

Posted by · 10:01 am · November 11th, 2009

Harvey Weinstein’s publicity campaign for “Nine” was never going to be a subtle affair, was it? Variety reports that The Weinstein Company has turned to Disney/ABC Unlimited for a cross-platform promotional pact that will see the Oscar-baiting musical saturating ABC’s programming, from “Dancing With the Stars” to daytime soap operas: Under the arrangement, a themed […]

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9/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:15 am · September 15th, 2009

• James Rocchi sits down with Jason Reitman to talk “Up in the Air.” [AMC TV] • Jeffrey Wells bangs the Best Picture drum for Rodrigo Garcia’s as-of-yet un-acquired “Mother and Child.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Michael Douglas talks “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” [Empire]

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Lasseter on reviving 2-D animation and Pixar’s “failures”

Posted by · 2:45 pm · August 27th, 2009

John Lasseter certainly gives good interview. We linked back in June to a candid and very thorough piece in which the Pixar maven talked through his up-and-down (and up again) history with Disney. Now Variety carries a worthwhile profile of the man, in anticipation of the lifetime-achievement Golden Lion he is due to receive at […]

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Five new docs added to Toronto slate

Posted by · 3:06 pm · August 19th, 2009

indieWIRE’s Peter Knegt reports on a few new developments on the documentary side of things at the upcoming Toronto fest, chief of which is the addition of a further five titles to the feature doc lineup. Three of the five will be having their world premiere at Toronto, including Bob Richman’s “Ahead of Time,” a […]

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Rob Marshall and ‘Pirates’ … why not?

Posted by · 3:08 am · August 1st, 2009

It seems I’m one of the few people who isn’t particularly bothered by the admittedly surprising prospect of Rob Marshall directing the fourth go-round of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Variety first floated the news yesterday that the Oscar-nominated choreographer-turned-filmmaker is in talks to take the reins of Disney’s megabucks franchise from Gore Verbinski, prompting a […]

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Lasseter on his Disney ups and downs

Posted by · 12:29 pm · June 5th, 2009

Total Film has done a notably thorough interview with John Lasseter, which takes the form of a chronological tour through the animation maven and “Toy Story” director’s career. It’s a fascinating read, particularly if you, like me, are not entirely au fait with the early history of Pixar and computer animation. I hadn’t realized how […]

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The balcony is closed

Posted by · 9:46 am · July 23rd, 2008

I’ve stayed away from the news of Disney-ABC canceling “At the Movies” throughout the week because I wanted to collect my thoughts in a post-Batman environment. As you know, it’s been very difficult to get around to discussing much beyond “The Dark Knight” for two weeks now. By now I’m sure you’ve read the initial […]

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