Nice article about Harvey Weinstein: <LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/enter … 133082.ece”>http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/article3133082.ece</LINK_TEXT>
[quote]…He drops the names of his starry friends nonchalantly. "When Quentin Tarantino came into my life, my love of world cinema became even more pronounced. We had many exciting Saturday nights. I remember when we put on A Touch of Zen, a beautiful martial arts movie, that led to me acquiring all these great catalogues from China - Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Stephen Chow."
There is some tactical game-playing in this talking up of his relationship with Tarantino. After Grindhouse tanked in the US, he ordered the film to be split into two: Death Proof and the forthcoming Planet Terror, in part for the American DVD release. Tarantino hated the idea, and their relationship was under strain. The fact that Death Proof did terribly at the box office as a single feature did Weinstein no favours.
Now, he is clearly making concessions to Tarantino and taking all the blame for the film’s failure. “With Grindhouse, I want to make it perfectly clear that I’ll take all the shots aimed at the film. It was my idea to make it two films. We’ve bought a library of classic grindhouse films to release on DVD, so we’re not giving up on the idea of grindhouse yet.”
With Tarantino and others, Weinstein is aware that his company would have no product without its directors, and his favourites are treated extremely well. [/quote]