All hail Michael Fassbender's possessed 'Macbeth' in gorgeous new trailer

Posted by · 9:30 am · June 4th, 2015

Justin Kurzel’s imagery pops in the UK trailer for “Macbeth” starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

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'Hateful Eight' looks good, but 'Lion' may be Harvey Weinstein's secret Oscar player

Posted by · 11:19 am · May 14th, 2015

Harvey Weinstein previewed The Weinstein Company’s 2015 slate in Cannes Thursday evening with films such as “The Hateful Eight,” “Lion,” “Southpaw,” “Tulip Fever,” “Adam Jones,” “Carol” and “Macbeth” making the assembled media take notice.

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'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain

Posted by · 10:49 am · February 23rd, 2015

Ready for your Oscar season hangover? Some major takeaways from all the players in the awards season game.

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‘Shame’ igniting pre-Toronto bidding war?

Posted by · 9:04 pm · September 7th, 2011

I first reported out of Telluride that Fox Searchlight was looking like a good possibility to pick up Steve McQueen’s brilliant, stirring — and naughty — “Shame,” and expanded my thoughts on that possibility in Tuesday’s Off the Carpet column. Well, it looks like Deadline’s Mike Fleming is hearing similar things, and not just that […]

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‘The Artist’ poster

Posted by · 9:54 am · August 24th, 2011

I recall our learned friend Anne Thompson responding with scepticism when I mentioned over a Cannes lunch that I expected Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” to be a major player in this year’s Oscar race. Looks like Anne has come round to the idea over the summer, as she — together with Steve Pond and David […]

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‘Coriolanus’ UK trailer

Posted by · 7:03 am · August 11th, 2011

I stuck my neck out back in February at the Berlin Film Festival and said that Vanessa Redgrave will snag a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination (at least) for her galvanizing interpretation of Volumnia in Ralph Fiennes’s hopped-up take on Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus.” I’m sticking to my guns — and I imagine more voices will join […]

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‘The Iron Lady’ international teaser trailer

Posted by · 10:56 am · July 7th, 2011

The Weinstein Company has a handful of possibilities in this year’s Oscar season. As usual, we can expect the boys to sit back and wait for a contender to survive Darwin-style before doubling down, but one element of “The Iron Lady” everyone expects to have no trouble finding a nomination is Meryl Streep’s performance as […]

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Weinsteins announce release dates for winter bait

Posted by · 6:10 pm · June 17th, 2011

Harvey Weinstein has never been one to put much faith in the length of Academy voters’ memories, so as usual, he’s favoring a late-year release plan for his presumed awards contenders — the prospects of which I was discussing only the other day. Thanks to Coming Soon’s Ed Douglas for pointing out the newly announced […]

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Madonna’s ‘W.E.’ joins Weinsteins’ scattered 2011 slate

Posted by · 11:56 am · June 13th, 2011

Having done all right with the last film to cover the romantic tribulations of King Edward VIII — it was called “The King’s Speech,” it won a few Oscars, you might have heard of it — The Weinstein Company clearly feels there’s an appetite among audiences for more on that chapter of British royal history, […]

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Weinstein acquires ‘The Iron Lady’ for 2011 release

Posted by · 9:59 am · May 13th, 2011

When I get around to updating Oscar predictions in a couple of weeks, I will, as usual, refrain from including any films that don’t yet have domestic distribution. But one title can be taken off of that list, and may have just thrust Meryl Streep to the top of the lead actress race (though she’ll […]

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Indie Spirits, HBO and Weinstein party down on Oscar eve

Posted by · 11:06 am · February 27th, 2011

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind.  The Indie Spirits was a lovely affair, though they really need to figure out the show aspect because it kind of fell apart this year.  I didn’t see it on television so maybe it was edited into shape, but in the room, it just felt like chaos. I […]

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BERLIN: ‘Coriolanus,’ Redgrave and an early Oscar bet

Posted by · 6:58 pm · February 14th, 2011

The cavernous Berlinale Palast theatre was packed to the gills for today’s noontime press screening of “Coriolanus” (***), and small wonder — in a Competition lineup heavy on oatmeal fare boasting comparatively unfamiliar names, Ralph Fiennes’s directorial debut is one of the few entries that affords viewers a little star-gazing. Fiennes, of course, takes the title […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: The circuit takes hold, chatting up DiCaprio and Harris, top 10 lists

Posted by · 7:09 pm · December 10th, 2010

• The week started off with “How to Train Your Dragon” predictably dominating the slate of Annie Award nominations. • Kris sat down with Leonardo DiCaprio and got Martin Scorsese on the phone for a large two–part piece on the actor and his impressive year. • He also caught up with actor Ed Harris to […]

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‘Blue Valentine’ wins ratings appeal, ‘King’s Speech’ loses

Posted by · 1:23 pm · December 8th, 2010

It’s justice for “Blue Valentine” today as Harvey Weinstein’s appeal of the MPAA’s NC-17 rating has gone through, allowing for the film to receive an R and continue to reap the benefits of this publicity in the industry.  Weinstein showed up personally (a first) to argue the decision and the board overturned its original rating. […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Weinstein takes the gloves off, Hollywood mourns its own, doc and animated fields shortlisted

Posted by · 11:10 am · November 20th, 2010

• The Academy honored legends Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Jean-Luc Godard and Kevin Brownlow at the annual Governors Awards. • Kris attended a Summit Entertainment holiday party, chatting with the talent in attendance. • Disney revealed a clever plan geared toward presenting “Toy Story 3” as a legitimate Best Picture contender. • The Weinstein […]

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Weinstein lawyers up on MPAA

Posted by · 11:37 am · November 18th, 2010

Well, we all knew Harvey Weinstein wasn’t going to take that head-scratching (and commercially damaging) ‘NC-17’ rating for “Blue Valentine” lying down. (While still generating maximum publicity from the unfortunate situation, natch.) The Weinstein Company today announced that it has gathered “a formidable legal team” to challenge the MPAA’s decision — and while they’re about […]

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‘King’s Speech’ told to mind its language

Posted by · 6:33 pm · October 19th, 2010

Admittedly, this isn’t much of a story, but following last week’s furore over the NC-17 certificate handed to the starkly adult marital drama “Blue Valentine,” it’s amusing to see a rather more milquetoast Oscar hopeful having its own trouble with the ratings board. London’s Evening Standard paper reports that “The King’s Speech,” already rated R […]

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Weinstein issues statement regarding NC-17 for ‘Blue Valentine’

Posted by · 8:38 am · October 14th, 2010

In case you missed the news, the MPAA slammed Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” with a bewildering NC-17 rating last week.  The best guess is that a somewhat intense (though by my measure, not all that eyebrow-raising) oral sex scene was the culprit. I’ve heard that Cianfrance will not make any further edits to the film […]

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