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Weinstein Company falling apart


#1

Blurb on Defamer about just how bad things are at the Weinstein Company… This will have implications for IB and QT’s future work Anybody want to buy a production company cheap…


[quote]There aren’t a lot of wheels left to fly off at the Weinstein Company, where as many as five executives are now expected to have made their exits by the end of the year. Add on the news that its previous Oscar hopeful The Road is officially shelved until 2009 while Bob Weinstein reportedly invests upward of $60 million in straight-to DVD releases for next year (a market he badmouthed as recently as last week), and your Weinstein DeathWatch countdown may have just acquired new, accelerated momentum. Watch the casualties mount after the jump.



Today’s Hollywood Reporter notes that TWC’s bosses of acquisition and production Michelle Krumm and Maeva Gatineau left through the back door at the beginning of October, while production execs Michael Cole and Carla Gardini will follow with marketing VP Gary Faber in short order. All were Miramax veterans at the end of their first contracts with TWC. Harvey says he intends to replace them, and with Inglourious Basterds [sic] currently shooting in Germany and Rob Marshall’s musical Nine on the way soon after, face-value presumes to believe him.



But we’d much sooner believe he’d sell the operation for parts — Basterds, Nine, the just-shelved Forest Whitaker drama Hurricane Season, Fanboys, Shanghai and anything else Fox Searchlight, Focus Features, Flopzâ„¢ or another willing suitor can squeeze into a shopping cart on a 60-second spree through the storage locker. (Sorry, though, Lifetime — you still can’t have Project Runway.) Even if The Reader can surmount its rush-job ego drama to make a legit awards-season run, whatever prestige accompanies it will wind up attributed to everybody but poor Harvey. It’s almost pitiable.



Almost. In the end, the Weinstein brothers’ public incompetence is really too willful to lament and too insistent to shock. Take today’s Variety item, for example, in which Bob Weinstein, whose genre arm Dimension has itself survived without a production president since buying out Richard Saperstein last year, announced a greenlight for 18 titles to be produced this fall and released to straight to the Dimension Extreme DVD label in 2009. (This coming the same day Dimension shelved its Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road indefinitely.) They’re all franchise installments or remakes — Pulse 2, Midnight Man 2 and 3, Children of the Corn, Chapter XXIV, etc. — budgeted between $3 million and $6 million. “Having learned how profitable a video library is and having already found great success launching franchises on video, this was a natural and obvious progression,â€


#2

[quote=“nublob”]
This will have implications for IB and QT’s future work
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SHUT UP!! SHUT UP!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH Shut up!


#3

[quote]and morbidly obese Kevin Smith regaling America with his stories of broken toilets,[/quote]

Oh, nice journalism. Anyone else find that completely uncalled for?


#4

Defamer are known weinstein-bashers :wink:


#5

With stuff like Zack and Miri make a Doo Doo on their roster, they arent being helped much.


#6

it’s time they released Killshot. I think 2009 will mark the return of TWC. I mean, they have great films in their lineup all the time, I guess they just mishandled PR recently :wink:


#7

[quote=“Sebastian”]
it’s time they released Killshot. I think 2009 will mark the return of TWC. I mean, they have great films in their lineup all the time, I guess they just mishandled PR recently :wink:
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I concur. I really think they’ll make a comeback next year.


#8

“this just in… the weinstein company, virtually considered out of their game only last year, has made a remarkable comeback in 2009. and again, the one man who established the weinsteins in the big business, was again responsible. quentin tarantino, the director whose pulp fiction made indie studio miramax a big player, released inglourious basterds, a controversial war epic, to raving reviews and midnumbing box office numbers.”


#9

[quote=“Sebastian”]
“this just in… the weinstein company, virtually considered out of their game only last year, has made a remarkable comeback in 2009. and again, the one man who established the weinsteins in the big business, was again responsible. quentin tarantino, the director whose pulp fiction made indie studio miramax a big player, released inglourious basterds, a controversial war epic, to raving reviews and midnumbing box office numbers.”
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Hahaha, oh yeah, lol. Though I reckon if Killshot is any good it will help, they really should be smart and release it at a a simialr time to The Wrestler.


#10

Seriously what were they thinking when they decided to use stick figures on Zach and what’s her face make a porno movie poster… They were sitting around in a staff meeting saying " yeah stick figures that’s the ticket… No one’s ever done that on a movie poster before!"



If that is the level of thinking going on at the Weinstein company today I fear for IB and I hope they don’t screw up promotion of IB. What are they going to have on the posters? Stick figures of Brad Pitt scalping other stick figures … Stick figures fighting other stick people with stick guns… :’( :’(


#11

dude, the MPAA had problems with the original poster (see canada) and so they thought they’d make fun of the MPAA, i think it’s original


#12

the stick figures poster is funny…


#13

Zack and Miri was number 2 at the box office last week, and I didn’t check this week, but the theater was full last night when I went to see it… So it can’t be too bad for business.



I don’t see the Weinstein’s collapsing. I agree though that marketing and PR has been horrible on their films lately.