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Brad Pitt Breaks Silence on Threatening Harvey Weinstein Over Gwyneth Paltrow Harassment

Brad Pitt Breaks Silence on Threatening Harvey Weinstein Over Gwyneth Paltrow Harassment
While promoting his critically acclaimed space drama “Ad Astra” this week, Brad Pitt opened up to CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour about confronting Harvey Weinstein in 1995 after learning the indie film producer had sexually harassed Pitt’s then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Pitt told Amanpour he was acting on pure instinct because of how he was raised as a child. Paltrow revealed on “The Howard Stern Show” in May 2018 that Pitt approached Weinstein at the 1995 Broadway opening of “Hamlet” and told him, “If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.”

“At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground and that’s how we confronted things,” Pitt told Amanpour about standing up for Paltrow and confronting Weinstein. “I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further, because Paltrow was going to do two films [with Weinstein]. I think the interesting thing is that we,
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Viacom Becomes Frontrunner for Miramax Stake, Lionsgate Exits Bidding

  • Variety
Viacom has become the frontrunner to buy a stake in Miramax Films while Lionsgate has dropped out of the process, informed sources said Wednesday.

The developments were first reported by Bloomberg, which said talks are ongoing about a possible deal for at least $100 million. The companies did not respond to requests for comment.

Such a deal would give Viacom access to nearly 800 titles including “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Good Will Hunting” and future titles such as Guy Ritchie’s “The Gentlemen” with Matthew McConaughey. Spyglass Media Group had been exploring making a bid earlier this year but dropped out of the process.

The Miramax owners have offered the stake amid growing demand for film and TV assets, driven by new streaming services from companies like Disney, NBCUniversal, Apple and AT&T. Viacom and CBS are merging in order to compete effectively in the fast-changing environment.

Miramax was founded in
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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Argo,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Hollywoodland’

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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Argo,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Hollywoodland’
Ben Affleck celebrates his 47th birthday on August 15, 2019. Though he’s best known as an actor, the two-time Oscar winner has excelled in a variety of fields, including writing, directing and producing. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1972, Affleck first gained notice as a hot young actor with supporting performances in movies such as “School Ties” (1992), “Dazed and Confused” (1993) and “Mallrats” (1995). He shot to stardom when he and his lifelong friend, Matt Damon, decided to write a couple of plum roles for themselves in the inspirational drama “Good Will Hunting” (1997). The box office smash bring the duo an Oscar and Golden Globe for screenwriting, launching both of their onscreen careers.

SEEMatt Damon movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Having firmly established himself as a leading man,
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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Ben Affleck celebrates his 47th birthday on August 15, 2019. Though he’s best known as an actor, the two-time Oscar winner has excelled in a variety of fields, including writing, directing and producing. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1972, Affleck first gained notice as a hot young actor with supporting performances in movies such as “School Ties” (1992), “Dazed and Confused” (1993) and “Mallrats” (1995). He shot to stardom when he and his lifelong friend, Matt Damon, decided to write a couple of plum roles for themselves in the inspirational drama “Good Will Hunting” (1997). The box office smash bring the duo an Oscar and Golden Globe for screenwriting, launching both of their onscreen careers.

Having firmly established himself as a leading man, Affleck decided to try his luck behind the
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Exclusive Clip From Upcoming Feature ‘Making Noise Quietly’

Verve Pictures

Ahead of its release in cinemas later this month we have an exclusive clip to share from Making Noise Quietly. The film is brought to the screen from renowned theatre director Dominic Dromgoole who makes his feature film debut, which is adapted from Robert Holman’s acclaimed play of the same name by Holman himself.

Making Noise Quietly is a triptych of encounters, all played out beneath the shadow of war. In 1944 in Kent, a conscientious objector (Luke Thompson) and a roaming artist (Matthew Tennyson) find friendship as the Second World War rages on across the Channel. In 1982 in Redcar, North Yorkshire, a bereaved mother (Barbara Marten) struggles with the memories of her son, lost in the Falklands War. In 1996, deep in the Black Forest in Southern Germany, a Holocaust survivor (Deborah Findlay) seeks to bring peace to a disturbed young boy (Orton O’Brien) and his violent
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Geoffrey Rush movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Shine,’ ‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘Shakespeare in Love’

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Geoffrey Rush movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Shine,’ ‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘Shakespeare in Love’
On July 6, 2019, actor Geoffrey Rush celebrates his 68th birthday. The actor is one of the rare few who have achieved the triple crown of acting, meaning he has received an Emmy, Oscar and Tony Award (all three major acting awards) for his work.

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Rush was an acclaimed actor in his native Australia for nearly two decades before the film “Shine” made him a known commodity in the rest of the world. He was 45 years old when suddenly his whole career changed and he was being considered for major roles in various mediums. That film about a pianist dealing with scars from his childhood won Rush the Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actor. Those awards and acclaim launched him into a highly successful international career. He has since earned even more Oscar nominations, with two as Best Supporting Actor for
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Geoffrey Rush movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Geoffrey Rush movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
On July 6, 2019, actor Geoffrey Rush celebrates his 68th birthday. The actor is one of the rare few who have achieved the triple crown of acting, meaning he has received an Emmy, Oscar and Tony Award (all three major acting awards) for his work.

Rush was an acclaimed actor in his native Australia for nearly two decades before the film “Shine” made him a known commodity in the rest of the world. He was 45 years old when suddenly his whole career changed and he was being considered for major roles in various mediums. That film about a pianist dealing with scars from his childhood won Rush the Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actor. Those awards and acclaim launched him into a highly successful international career. He has since earned even more Oscar nominations, with two as Best Supporting Actor for “Shakespeare in Love” and “The King’s
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Dame Judi Dench Defends Kevin Spacey And Harvey Weinstein’s Movies

When it comes to the matter of sexual assault and abuse within Hollywood, the last couple of years have been marked by a dramatic shift in the cultural landscape. In the past, some of the world’s A-list celebs had gotten away with abusing their status and power, but after the rise of the #MeToo movement, execs, companies, and even fans are taking a stand against that type of behavior.

Not only have some high-profile figures ended up in jail after being publicly accused of rape, but other Hollywood staples, such as Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, have effectively been removed from the industry, forced into the shadows – and in some cases, high-profile trials. That being said, while it seems most of society takes no issue with careers coming to an end, there’s been a lot of debate as to whether or not the works of abusers should be held in high regard.
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Dame Judi Dench Stands Up for the Past Work of Kevin Spacey & Harvey Weinstein

Dame Judi Dench Stands Up for the Past Work of Kevin Spacey & Harvey Weinstein
I think it's safe to say that after being accused of a seemingly endless and horrific series of sexual harassment suits, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein are two of the most hated men in Holywood. But today we have word that one of Hollywood's most-beloved actresses has come to the defense of not only Spacey but Weinstein as well saying that even though the two men have been accused of sexual harassment, the men's screen and stage work should not be diminished. That woman? Of all people, Skyfall and Murder on the Orient Express star Dame Judi Dench.

Specifically, the Academy Award-winning actress said in reference to Kevin Spacey being removed from Ridley Scott's All the Money In The World.

"What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did [as artistic director] - how wonderful he's been in all those films?
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Judi Dench: Don’t ‘Negate’ Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey’s Work Just Because of Misconduct

Judi Dench: Don’t ‘Negate’ Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey’s Work Just Because of Misconduct
Judi Dench doesn’t feel society should erase its past culture or specifically “negate” the former artwork of men like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein because of their misconduct.

Dench didn’t defend either Weinstein or Spacey, nor did she reject or not believe any of the accusations against them, but she was disappointed that the work they’ve done over the years would be forgotten.

“What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he [Spacey] did [as artistic director] — how wonderful he’s been in all those films,” Dench told Britain’s Radio Times (via CNN). “Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced? You cannot deny somebody a talent.”

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Dench won an Oscar for her work in “Shakespeare in Love,” which Weinstein led to
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Judi Dench Says Works by Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey Should Be Respected

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Judi Dench Says Works by Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey Should Be Respected
Veteran British star Judi Dench has said that the work produced by Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey should be separated from the offenses they are alleged to have committed. Both Weinstein and Spacey face charges of sexual assault in the U.S., which they deny, and have been investigated in other jurisdictions as well, including Britain.

Dench, whose lengthy list of credits includes M in the Bond franchise, told British magazine Radio Times that, regardless of their alleged offenses, Weinstein’s and Spacey’s works still had merit.

“Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did, how wonderful he’s been in all those films?” Dench said of double-Oscar winner Spacey. “Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced? You cannot deny somebody a talent. You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as
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Trailer & Release Date For ‘Making Noise Quietly’ From Director Dominic Dromgoole

Verve Pictures has just sent over the trailer for the upcoming British film Making Noise Quietly, which they will release in cinemas next month.

Renowned theatre director Dominic Dromgoole makes his feature film debut, which is adapted from Robert Holman’s acclaimed play of the same name by Robert Holman, Nick Drake and Mark Rosenblatt. The film stars Deborah Findlay, Barbara Marten, Trystan Gravelle

Geoffrey Streatfeild (TV’s The Thick of It), newcomer Luke Thompson and from the original stage play Matthew Tennyson.

Making Noise Quietly is a triptych of encounters, all played out beneath the shadow of war. In 1944 in Kent, a conscientious objector (Luke Thompson) and a roaming artist (Matthew Tennyson) find friendship as the Second World War rages on across the Channel. In 1982 in Redcar, North Yorkshire, a bereaved mother (Barbara Marten) struggles with the memories of her son, lost in the Falklands War. In 1996, deep in
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‘Hampstead’ Review: Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson Ignite Senior Sparks

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‘Hampstead’ Review: Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson Ignite Senior Sparks
Calling a film “Hampstead” invites immediate comparisons with “Notting Hill,” the Richard Curtis-penned rom-com that put that particular West London enclave on the global map back in 1999.

Director Joel Hopkins may be hoping for similar success, although I doubt the fine residents of Hampstead itself are looking forward to an influx of foreign tourists along their leafy and quaint streets.

In any case, the area of north London’s Hampstead on which this film focuses is the Heath, a great expanse of wood and wild park land that immediately features in the movie’s twinkling opening sequence, following a child’s kite as it flies across the Heath’s famous views of the city skyline, floating above picnicking families, striding dog walkers, pert joggers and recumbent lovers. It’s a shot, I suppose, intended to rival Hugh Grant’s “walk through the seasons” along Portobello Market in “Notting Hill.
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Hollywood Financiers, Distributors Anxious Over ‘Insane’ Trade Tension With China

  • Variety
An increasingly hostile trade war with China has Hollywood film financiers and distributors just as nervous as producers and star talent these days.

As the Trump administration continues with threats and prohibitions, the theatrical film business specifically is wringing its hands over the possibility of being shut out of the massive Chinese marketplace — to the detriment of both America and the middle kingdom, top executives said.

“It’s impossible to think about doing things without China,” said Mark Gill, a prolific indie producer behind films like “Shakespeare in Love” and “The English Patient,” who serves as president and CEO of Solstice Studios.

Gill spoke at a panel at Produced By 2019, held on the Warner Bros. lot this weekend, just as reports hit that China has warned American tech giants of “dire consequences” should they obey Trump’s new proposed ban of selling the country technology. A similar and unofficial Chinese blacklisting of U.
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BeIN Looking To Sell Share Of Miramax

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BeIN Media Group is looking to sell part of Miramax, Deadline has confirmed.

We hear this is a strategic move, and one that was initiated because BeIN was approached by interested parties.

The studio is being valued at $650M, and BeIN is trying to sell as much as 50%, one in which they would retain control. Investment bank Moelis & Co. is overseeing the sale of the Oscar-winning studio that was built by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and birthed such blockbuster and award-winning hits as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and Chicago.

Recently, Miramax reaped great success in the Blumhouse/Universal co-production reboot of Halloween which grossed $255.4M WW off a $10M production cost, the most successful movie ever in the horror franchise. Next up for Miramax is the Guy Ritchie directed The Gentleman ne Toff Guys which Stx is distributing stateside next year.

In 2014, two years before it acquired Miramax,
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Qatar’s beIN Media Group Seeking to Sell 50% Miramax Stake (Report)

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Qatar-based beIN Media Group is seeking to sell up to 50% of Miramax in a deal that would value the studio founded in 1979 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein at $650 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

A representative for beIN, contacted by Variety, said the company had no comment on the report, which is based on unnamed sources.

Miramax, which has a 700-title library, is known for producing such titles as “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Good Will Hunting,” most of which were made during the studio’s 17 years as a Disney label. The studio was sold in 2016 by its private equity owners for a reported $1 billion to beIN Media Group, which owns the company in its entirety. The $650 million valuation suggested by the Wall Street Journal report would represent barely two-thirds of the reported 2016 sale price.

BeIN was set up as an Al Jazeera
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What’s Coming to Hulu in June 2019

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If you’re not already, Hulu should get you in the summer mood with its June releases. Go to summer camp with the slasher flick “Friday the 13th” — and seven sequels. Listen to the breezy tune “Stuck in the Middle With You” from “Reservoir Dogs.” Compare thee to a summer’s day with “Shakespeare in Love” and “Hamlet.” Go surfing with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze with “Point Break.” Or if for some reason summer is getting you in a nihilistic mood, go on a Bret Easton Ellis binge with “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero.”

And if that wasn’t enough, Hulu is bringing back its original series “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a third season.

See the full list of titles below.

June 1

Ask Dr. Ruth: Documentary Premiere

100 Things to do Before High School

The 13th Warrior

A Brilliant Young Mind

Along Came a Spider

American Loser

American
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Film News Roundup: Miramax Partners on ‘Pulp Fiction’ Consumer Products

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Film News Roundup: Miramax Partners on ‘Pulp Fiction’ Consumer Products
In today’s film news roundup, “Pulp Fiction” consumer products are coming, HollyShorts will offer a development deal, Sundance makes a FilmFreeway deal and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” gets a release date.

Consumer Products

Miramax has partnered with White Space Entertainment to manage its film portfolio in the consumer product space starting with “Pulp Fiction,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Miramax and their iconic films resonate across many audiences,” said Stephanie Sperber, CEO of White Space Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to kicking things off with a celebration of ‘Pulp Fiction’s’ 25th anniversary aimed at fans, collectors and film buffs.”

“Stephanie and her team are world-class,” said Miramax CEO Bill Block. “We are excited to have them as partners as we expand our global consumer products business, leveraging our unparalleled library titles as well as our new projects.”

White Space Entertainment exec VP Amy Taylor, who will lead strategic development for the account,
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Lionsgate Takes U.K. Rights to Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ With Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman

  • Variety
Lionsgate U.K. has taken theatrical rights to “The Father,” Florian Zeller’s movie adaptation of his hit stage play of the same name, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. Embankment Films, which executive produces the film, is handling worldwide sales (ex-France) and did the U.K. deal.

Principal photography started in the U.K. earlier this month on the film, which also stars Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams.

Lionsgate U.K. has the British theatrical rights. Broadcaster Channel 4 has the free-tv rights after Film4 invested in the movie.

Hopkins stars in the title role as a mischievous, independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Colman). Yet such help has become essential, following Anne’s decision to move to Paris with her partner. As Anne’s father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones,
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Cannes: Colin Firth WWII Drama ‘Operation Mincemeat’ Sells Out Internationally (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Operation Mincemeat,” a buzzy World War II drama that stars Colin Firth, has sold out international territories at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Warner Bros. has picked up several key markets, as has Central and Eastern European distributor Prorom.

The film reunites Firth with John Madden, his “Shakespeare in Love” director. FilmNation Entertainment and Cross City Films were overseeing sales of the picture.

The See Saw Films and Cohen Media Group production boasts a script by Michelle Ashford and adapts a Ben Macintyre book of the same name. The movie will go into pre-production later this year.

“We are delighted that ‘Operation Mincemeat’ has captured the imagination of distributors all over the world at Cannes,” said See-Saw Films co-managing directors Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Charles Cohen in a statement. “FilmNation have been incredibly passionate about the combination of director John Madden, Michelle Ashford’s script and the cast
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