Good news, everyone! Paul Thomas Anderson’s ridiculously anticipated There Will Be Blood follow-up The Master will be hitting theaters a month earlier than expected. Variety reports that The Weinstein Company has moved the pic up to September 14th from its previous release date of October 19th. The film will open in limited release on the 14th before expanding the following weekend. The possibly Scientology-centered pic stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in what look to be two powerhouse performances.
The Master will open against Finding Nemo 3D, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Liberal Arts on that September date. Hit the jump for more, including release date news concerning another extremely promising pic, Killing Them Softly.
A new trailer for The Weinstein Company’s U.S. release of the Swedish thriller Easy Money (Snabba Cash) has landed online. The pic is based on a novel by Swedish author Jens Lapidus and follows a taxi driver (Joel Kinnaman) in Stockholm who gets caught up in a drug-running operation. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the film made a splash in Sweden when it was released in 2010. Kinnaman has since found success in the U.S. on the AMC series The Killing, and he’s set as the lead in the upcoming RoboCop reboot. Martin Scorsese has attached his named to the U.S. release of the film, and this trailer does a good job of selling the action to audiences who may be averse to reading subtitles.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Dejan Čukić, Annika Whittembury, Lea Stojanov, and Fares Fares. Easy Money opens on July 11th.
ER reunion alert! Well, sort of. George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov have signed on to produce longtime ER showrunner John Wells’ impressive next directorial feature, August: Osage County. The film is based on the Pulitzer/Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts and follows “the women of a family whose lives have splintered in many directions until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.” The Weinstein Company is backing the pic, which is set to star Meryl Streep as the family’s pill popping matriarch and Julia Roberts as her daughter.
Though he’s directed numerous television episodes (including ER and The West Wing), Wells made his feature directorial debut with 2010’s The Company Men. Casting for August: Osage County is ongoing, but Clooney and Heslov make yet another impressive addition to this promising production. Filming is set to get underway this fall, so expect Streep’s name to be among the 2013 Best Actress nominees. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Though one wouldn’t necessarily peg Quentin Tarantino as the corporate sponsor type, the director is taking part in a decidedly Tarantino-esque contest sponsored by Red Bull for his upcoming film Django Unchained. It was announced today that The Weinstein Company and Red Bull Media House are launching an online contest for emerging filmmakers to put together an original multi-media piece that will be viewed and judged by Tarantino and his team.
The task is to make a piece that is at most three-minutes in length and incorporates footage from either the official Django Unchained trailer or from one of three of Tarantino’s favorite spaghetti westerns that inspired his latest film: Django (1966), The Grand Duel (1972) and Day of Anger (1967). Hit the jump for more details, including the possibility of Tarantino and Django Unchained coming to Comic-Con and a video message from Tarantino himself.
Earlier today, we got our first look at director Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-awaited new film The Master by way of a brief teaser. While it was definitely great way to start the day, select folks over at the Cannes Film Festival were treated to something a bit more special. The Weinstein Company offered an extended look at The Master, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook a few hours ago.
While us common folk have to wait a while to see anything from the aforementioned titles, we’ve compiled a round-up of reactions to the footage from Tarantino’s latest for those interested to see how the pic is shaping up. Hit the jump for more.
After weeks of hemming and hawing over the R-rating stamped to the documentary, Bully has now been granted a PG-13 rating by the MPAA. Though director Lee Hirsch wasn’t forced to cut a crucial scene in order to bring the rating down, he did remove three uses of the word “fuck” from the film in order to obtain the school-friendly PG-13. The crucial scene in question involved a teen being bullied and harassed on a school bus and is said to be one of the major concerns the MPAA had with the film, but the new version of the doc will retain the entire scene uncut. The MPAA is famously backwards when it comes to their ratings system, and many contend that Bully was in no way worthy of the R rating all along.
It’s more than a little messed up that movies like This Means War are given a PG-13, but an important documentary that could have a real impact on kids across the country is deemed “inappropriate” for those under the age of 17. Nevertheless, with the new rating Bully should now be able to reach those that it was intended to help free of that filthy, harmful, terrible f-word. Hit the jump to read the press release and to watch the powerful trailer.
Director Paul Feig has rightly been inundated with a number of offers following the smashing success of last summer’s Bridesmaids, and it appears he may be soon be taking on a drama. Variety reports that Feig is in early negotiations to helm Untouchable, The Weinstein Company’s English-language remake of the French film The Intouchables. If landing a prestige picture wasn’t enough, Oscar-winner Colin Firth is also in early talks to take on the lead role in the film. Based on a true story, Untouchable follows “a wealthy white aristocrat who suffers a tragic paragliding accident that leaves him a quadriplegic.” After cycling through a number of caretakers, the man bonds with a young, troubled immigrant caregiver.
Hit the jump for more, including how this project fits in with Feig’s other upcoming films.
Things aren’t looking good for a third go-around with the reimagined Halloween series. Rob Zombie kicked off the reboot with 2007’s less-than-inspiring Halloween, followed by the direct sequel Halloween II in 2009. The first film made nearly $80 million at the box office, so Halloween II was all but guaranteed given the seres’ low production cost. The second film wasn’t the big hit that the first one was, but still made a profitable $39 million. Shortly after the release of Halloween II, The Weinstein Company announced plans for a Rob Zombie-less Halloween 3D. A 2010 release was planned with My Bloody Valentine 3D director Patrick Lussier in tow, but production was ultimately delayed forcing Lussier to drop out.
The Weinstein Company got trigger happy last June and announced 2012 release dates for Halloween 3D and Scary Movie 5 despite having no script, director, actors, etc. for either film. The latter was recently pushed back, and now the October 2012 release date for Halloween 3D has been replaced with a “TBA” over at Box Office Mojo. If I had to guess, I’d say we won’t be seeing Halloween 3D anytime soon. If anything, the company might go for yet another reboot of the series, but given the tepid reaction to Halloween II I can’t imagine they’re dead set on continuing the story Zombie started.
Look, it’s not much. But based on the informal poll I never took, Drive was the consensus #1 movie of 2011 here at Collider. So when Ryan Gosling appears in an electric red still image framed by Nicolas Winding Refn from their next collaboration, Only God Forgives, we’re going to pay attention. Gosing plays Julian, a fugitive who owns a Thai boxing club that serves as a front for a drug smuggling operation. He steps in the ring to fight a retired cop known as the “Angel of Vengeance” in the hope of finding redemption. The full synopsis—featuring Kristin Scott Thomas as Julian’s mother/”the head of a powerful criminal organization”—is actually even crazier. You can find it after the jump along with the image and news of the distribution plan.
The first trailer for Emmy-award winning director Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully has gone online. The film tackles the increasingly troubling issue of bullying in American schools, and this trailer is kind of heartbreaking. In addition to examining the subject at hand, Bully tells the story of multiple parents whose children have committed suicide as a result of bullying. There’s no doubt that this is a serious issue affecting a number of kids of all ages, and the problem has only grown worse with the advent of social media and the anonymity of the internet. Judging from the trailer, the film seems to focus on the act of physical and verbal bullying in schools and on the bus rides home, but I hope Hirsch also takes a look at cyber bullying as the web can be one of the cruelest tools at a bully’s disposal. The film was actually given an R rating by the MPAA for “some language”, but The Weinstein Company plans to appeal the rating in order to make the film accessible to those that will benefit from it the most: kids.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Bully opens March 30th.
Netflix has been struggling lately against competitors like Redbox, OnDemand services, and the reluctance of major studios to license their films to the streaming service. However, The Weinstein Company are (thankfully) going against the grain by licensing some of their latest movies to Netflix over U.S. pay TV services. According to THR, The Artist, Coriolanus, Undefeated, as well as foreign-language, documentary, and other films will be exclusively available for Netflix streaming in the U.S.
It’s obviously a great deal for Netflix and its streaming subscribers, especially since a lot of folks probably missed some of TWC’s limited-release movies like Coriolanus and Sarah’s Key. No date has been announced for when these movies will roll out, but since The Artist is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on April 24th, we can presumably expect it by then.
This morning, we’ve got some quick release date news regarding The Weinstein Company’s upcoming films. First up, the crime drama Cogan’s Trade is set for September 21st. This would put the film slightly after the Toronto International Film Festival, and so the flick could make a showing at TIFF to build some buzz and maybe start an awards run. The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game. The film also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, and Sam Shepard. The September 21st date will set the movie against the Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd, the animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania, and the thriller The House at the End of the Street.
Hit the jump for news on the release date changes for Scary Movie 5 and Butter.
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival may be over, but the acquisitions are not. We’ve got three such stories to share with you today. First up, The Weinstein Company has closed a deal for North American distribution rights to the raunchy comedy Bachelorette. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, and James Marsden and centers on four high school friends who reunite when the least popular of the group gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City. Matt praised the candidly despicable portrayal of the main characters, but was disappointed when the film tried to redeem their behavior towards the end. You can read his review here.
Deadline reports that The Weinstein Company plans on releasing the film through their new label Radius, which focuses on multi-platform release strategies. They plan on releasing Bachelorette on a multi-platform day and date release with a theatrical component. Hit the jump for acquisition news concerning the David Duchovny pic Goats and the horror film Excision.
A new production banner has entered the biz with an aim to make “genre-agnostic” movies for a sub-$10 million budget. Former PayPal executive Jack Selby has secured $50 million in financing for Incognito Pictures and has entered into a long-term distribution deal with The Weinstein Company. The ambitious business plan will allow for production of five or six films initially and expects to announce their first slate in February. Though horror films are normally in the under-$10 million category, Selby, with banner partner and producer Scott Stone look to “fill an underserved market of more modestly budgeted films with specialized content that appeals to audiences, both domestically and abroad.” Hit the jump to check out the press release.
The reboot that no one is asking for looks like it may be moving forward. A revisiting of director Alex Proyas’ 1994 Miramax picture, The Crow, was previously in the works through Relativity Media. Since the Weinsteins distributed the original through Miramax and had contracts claiming ownership of all rights to The Crow, they filed suit against Relativity seeking “injunctive relief,” ie ceasing all The Crow-related production. Not to be intimidated, Relativity fired counter-claims.
Things haven’t gone particularly well for the reboot as directors have come and gone, writers have signed on and then dropped out, and principal actors have been offered roles but have ultimately left the project. In short, it’s been a mess. One bright spot in production is that both sides of the lawsuit have settled amicably. While the good news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality, the bad news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality. Hit the jump to read the press release.