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Y.S.L. on the rise

New biopics about the designer in the works

Rights to an in-the-works biopic about Yves Saint Laurent were just grabbed by the Weinstein Company. Film is to be directed by Jalil Lespert, according to a recent announcement by the film's French producers. The feature-length film will focus specifically on the early years of Saint Laurent's career when, at the ripe age of 21 he took over the Christian Dior couture house after the designer's ... more >

Libya highlighted in “The Oath of Tobruk”

Idealism and go-getting in war-torn Libya

Rallying behind an insurgency borne out of the Arab Spring and emboldened by the fall of Muammar Kaddafi, helping to install a democratic government, those were  the missions of French author and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy’s (B.H.L.) as he traveled between France and Libya last year cameras in tow. As revealed in “The Oath of Tobruk” (a co-directed project shot entirely with Canon's EOS 5D ... more >

Lee Hirsch’s BULLY-REVIEW

The documentary film event of 2012
Documentary
Directed by Lee Hirsch

“I and the public know / What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return.” W.H. Auden I saw Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully (previously called The Bully Project) at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, before the sound mix was officially finished; shortly after it was purchased by the Weinstein Company. There may have been a few changes made before its release last ... more >

WEINSTEIN CO sets up Intouchables for U.S. (Variety)

Can they replicate the B.O. bonanza witnessed in France?

As reported in Variety, the Weinstein Company is packaging a remake of Intouchables, a French movie (itself an adaptation of a book) which made a killing at the box office last year. Intouchables (photo) was in fact the third biggest-selling movie ever in France. I’m curious whether the title will cause any problems for American audiences, who might easily think this is a remake of Brian De ... more >

WEINSTEIN CO. to release Bully without a rating

UPDATED: Theatre Owners Association responds

[Story updated, 11:03am] In disagreement with the MPAA's proposed "R" rating, the Weinstein Company, which produced  Bully (set for release this week) has taken the decision to release the documentary without a rating at all. As reported by Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies blog, the small amount of language in the film that’s responsible for the R rating is there because it’s real,” said ... more >

Weinstein Co. RELEASES Iron lady poster

Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher will be portrayed by Meryl Streep in this upcoming biopic slated for theatrical release this December; Thatcher's enormously strong-willed foreign policy and the price she's had to pay for her outsized posturing will form the underpinnings of this day-in-the-life-styled film. Thatcher, who is still alive, suffers from Alzheimers disease and has retired from public life. Other ... more >

In the news: Weinsteins snap up MADONNA movie W.E.

I’m such an optimist. NOT. I read in the Hollywood Reporter that the Weinstein company has just acquired the rights to distribute a Madonna-directed movie called "W.E." And like  THR reported, this wouldn’t actually be Madge’s first movie, since she previously directed “The Filth and The Fury.” My question is, why Madge? The quinquagenarian who can still fill stadiums worldwide has had a ... more >