Screen Junkies » Harvey Weinstein http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Short-Tempered Bully Harvey Weinstein To Make Films With Less Violence Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/short-tempered-bully-harvey-weinstein-to-make-films-with-less-violence-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/short-tempered-bully-harvey-weinstein-to-make-films-with-less-violence-now/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:34:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258833 Oh, he's taking down the NRA, too.

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After firing his first few shots in the war against gun violence, some people, including Piers Morgan thought the hardline stance is a bit hypocritical considering Weinstein‘s history of making violent movies.

More specifically, he said he would keep violence in films where it’s crucial to the story, but would put an end to putting gore front and center “just for the sake of blowing up people.”

Yay? Boo? I hate it when unlikable people do vaguely noble things. STOP MUDDYING THE WATERS, HARVEY!!!

Of course, Weinstein has a roster of filmmakers in his circle that depend on violence for violence’s sake. Tarantino…Rodriguez…ok. Just those two off the top of my head. Nonetheless, with Weinstein volunteering “The change starts here,” we will see if he can stick to his guns.

Shit. “Convictions.” Stick to his convictions. No more guns.

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Kevin Smith Told Harvey Weinstein To Shut The F*ck Up http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-smith-told-harvey-weinstein-to-shut-the-fck-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-smith-told-harvey-weinstein-to-shut-the-fck-up/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:29:34 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221967 Someone had to do it.

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I’ve been waiting to talk to Kevin Smith since Sundance, where I saw him announce his self-distribution plan to the groans and grumbles of Hollywood elite. I was wondering if Harvey Weinstein, his Miramax mentor, ever offered to go in on Red State and if Smith turned him down, holding out for his own plan.

Not only did Weinstein never want a piece of Red State, but he was talking on his cell phone out in the hallway DURING that very Red State screening.

“I don’t do nothin’ because I’m like without this dude, I wouldn’t be here and this is typical Harvey,” Smith shared at the Movies on Demand press lounge at San Diego Comic-Con. “He’s never been fuckin’ polite at a screening, even his own. So why would I expect now it would happen. That’s fuckin’ Harvey, I wrote it off as Harvey.”

An usher asked Weinstein to be quite but Weinstein doesn’t listen to measly ushers. That’s when Smith himself stepped in.

“I don’t know what it was, man, because it was a real defining moment for me. Again, this is the person without whom I wouldn’t have a career. As in every fuckin’ tale of fathers and sons, there comes a moment where you step up and ‘Today I’m a man,’ that kind of bullshit.”

17 years after Weinstein bought Clerks, Smith had to tell him off. “I pull the curtain over, I go, ‘Hey!’ He looks over and I go, ‘Shut the fuck up!’ He goes like this [does a double take.] And I said, ‘Yeah, shut the fuck up! I would never do this to you. I would never come to one of your screenings and act like an asshole. Shut the fuck up!’ He looked like he was going to come over and punch me. I closed the curtain and I sat back down. I was terrified because it was a huge fuckin’ moment. I was like here it comes, repercussions, the other shoe is going to drop, and nothin’. No curtain. I looked and he just left, took off.”

That explains how Smith had the balls to tell off the Hollywood marketing machine after the screening ended. “Then you’ll understand about 70 minutes later I got up on stage and did what I did because at that point, I was fuckin’ fearless. I had just literally faced down God and been like, ‘Shut the fuck up.’”

Red State comes to VOD on September 1, before its October theatrical release.

 

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Harvey Weinstein Sued For Sabotage And Eating Treats Off The Floor http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/harvey-weinstein-sued-for-sabotage-and-eating-treats-off-the-floor/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/harvey-weinstein-sued-for-sabotage-and-eating-treats-off-the-floor/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:12:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31282 Celebrities! They're just like us! They eat floor candy!

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The producers of the film Hoodwinked are getting all Michael Moore on the Weinsteins by suing them for being all-around crappy people. The basis of the lawsuit is pretty boring, but it essentially says that the Weinsteins sabotaged the duo’s follow-up film, Escape from Planet Earth by being incompetent and spiteful. Whatever. I think both those films probably did a good job of self-sabotaging.

In the lawsuit, available here if you’re REALLY bored, tosses around a lot of words like “hubris,” “prolifigate,” and “contempt.” HOWEVER, the lawsuit also strings together such words as, “(Harvey, a diabetic) attempted to consume an entire bowl of M&M candies,” and when a staffer tried to take the sugar away from the diabetic, the bowl was spilled in the commotion, and H-Wein fell to the floor to eat the confections from the ground. I don’t know if that kind of behavior is illegal, but it sure is awesome. Celebrities! They’re just like us! They eat floor candy! Also, the lawsuit claims they fall asleep during meetings, but that’s kinda anticlimactic after the M&M thing.

The Weinsteins have denied all the charges, but the real test of truth will come in court when the complainant ”accidentally” knocks over a basket of Hot Tamales. Then we’ll find out what kind of man Harvey really is. (A.V. Club)

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Tom Hooper Has His Pick Of Boring Projects http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hooper-has-his-pick-of-boring-projects/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hooper-has-his-pick-of-boring-projects/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:04:25 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30853 'The King's Speech' director has his pick of Oscar bait projects after bringing the little guy home on Sunday night.

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Looks like Tom Hooper can’t stay mad at Harvey Weinstein. The King’s Speech director has his pick of Oscar bait projects after bringing the little guy home on Sunday night, and is considering working with the Weinstein Company again.

In addition to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Les Miserables and Queen of the East, Hooper is said to be interested in rescuing an adaptation of the novel Tulip Fever from turnaround. This wouldn’t be the first attempt to bring the novel to screen. In fact, a few have tried and failed including Shakespeare In Love writer Tom Stoppard and director John Madden.

A period love story about a bored wife who falls for the painter hired to create her portrait, this is considered a shoe-in for a win. Especially if Hooper can get Stoppard’s script. If there’s one thing the Academy loves, it’s these Victorian pornos. (Deadline)

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Weinstein Washes Out ‘King’s’ Whore Mouth http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kings-speech-now-approved-for-virgin-ears/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kings-speech-now-approved-for-virgin-ears/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:08:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30155 'The King's Speech' is expected to clean up this Sunday at the Oscars and in turn, Harvey Weinstein would like the film to clean up at the box office. Hence, a PG-13 version is indeed on the way.

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What Harvey wants, Harvey gets.

The King’s Speech is expected to clean up this Sunday at the Oscars and in turn, Harvey Weinstein would like the film to clean up at the box office. A PG-13 version of the film will be hitting theaters soon to draw in the tweens. They just looooove Colin Firth.

The film is pretty clean overall save for one scene where Firth issues a frustrated, expletive-filled outburst that would make Kurt Sutter blush. In this re-edit, that has gone bye-bye against the wishes of director Tom Hooper. Next thing you know, they won’t let him cast Andrew “Dice” Clay in his adaptation of Les Miserables. (THR)

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9 Ridiculous Examples of Overdubbed Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-ridiculous-examples-of-overdubbed-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-ridiculous-examples-of-overdubbed-movies/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:20:09 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23485 It's easy to see why people (specifically, Tom Hooper, the film's director) are worried dubbing The King's Speech. Anyone who's ever seen a film dubbed for television knows what this type of editing can do, and it's not pretty. Case in point, the following nine examples!

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How do you make one of the year’s greatest films even better? Simple! Remove any words that might offend fat middle-age housewives. At least that’s what Harvey Weinstein has in mind. The producer hopes to release an edited version of The King’s Speech in order to secure a PG-13 rating and (hopefully) a larger showing at the box office. Personally, I don’t hear a lot of kids between the ages of 13 and 16 clamoring to see films about early 20th Century British royalty, so I don’t really understand why it needs a PG-13 rating. Then again, I sleep on an old air mattress, and Harvey sleeps on a bed made of gold bricks and delicious lox, so I’m assuming he knows a little more than I do when it comes to making a profitable movie.

It’s easy to see why people (specifically, Tom Hooper, the film’s director) are worried about this move. Anyone who’s ever seen a film dubbed for television knows what this type of editing can do, and it’s not pretty. Case in point, the following nine examples!

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters is a great film, but we can’t have it ruined by such foul language. What’s a good word to replace “dickless?” I know: “Wally Wick!” It’s perfect! In the immortal words of Tim and Eric, “Great Job.”

Scarface

If someone is willing to sit through Scarface, a movie about a psychotic Cuban gangster, why in hell would they give a flying f*ck about hearing the word “f*ck.” They probably don’t. But the sponsors do, which is the same reason I just used a “*” instead of typing out the whole word.

The Usual Suspects

“Give me the keys, you dirty c*ck sucker” vs. “Give me the keys, you fairy godmother.” Personally, I find the second phrase more offensive. At least “c*ck sucker” doesn’t imply I’m female. “Fairy godmother” does. I’m all man, god damn it!

Casino

This is another film that I simply can’t believe they bothered to dub. The whole movie is curse words and violence. Seeing the dubbed version is like watching the no-sex porn parodies, except a lot less funny.

Snakes on a Plane

This dub job is a joke, but then again, this whole movie was a joke, so I really don’t see the harm.

Die Hard 2

The “yippie kai yay” part sounds familiar, but who the hell is Mr. Falcon? If they’d been committed to the dub, they would have at least dubbed “Falcon” over the bad guy’s name earlier in the film.

Pulp Fiction

You take the curse words out of this film, and it really loses its luster. But when you take the brutal man-on-man forced sodomy away, it completely loses its soul. For shame, Bravo. For shame.

The Departed

I’m not sure what’s more annoying: the dub job, or the forced Irish accents. Just kidding! It’s obviously the Irish accents.

The Big Lewbowski

This is one example where watching the dubbed version might actually be funnier than the original. And if kids happen to be watching, they’ll learn a valuable lesson about not finding a stranger in the Alps.


Special Thanks to The Shiznit and Gunaxin.

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PG-13 ‘King’s Speech’ Might Remind You Of Daytime TV http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pg-13-kings-speech-might-remind-you-of-daytime-tv/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pg-13-kings-speech-might-remind-you-of-daytime-tv/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:18:01 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23481 "The King's Speech" is probably going to be re-released with the Q*bert treatment.

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Hey teens! You’ve been reading about and yearning to see the squares-only R-rated The King’s Speech, but don’t even THINK about resorting to an illegal download or waiting for the movie to come on HBO. Harvey Weinstein has a better idea – release the movie with all the f-words bleeped over like in “Jerry Springer” or “The Osbournes.” Tom Hooper, the director, said at the SAG awards: “”I wouldn’t support cutting the film in any way. I think we looked at whether it’s possible to bleep out the fucks and stuff.” Way to stand on principle about the cutting, but why is this ridiculous bleeping idea better than editing the movie?

Anyway, this wouldn’t be an unprecedented move from Weinstein, who also released Roberto Begnini’s Life Is Beautiful dubbed into English in order to expand its American appeal. This is a new low, although perhaps the MPAA is somewhat to blame as well – didn’t Titanic manage a PG-13? And it had nudity! (via Vulture)

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Harvey Weinstein Wants To Clean Up ‘The King’s Speech’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/harvey-weinstein-wants-to-clean-up-the-kings-speech/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/harvey-weinstein-wants-to-clean-up-the-kings-speech/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:50:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22434 In order to convert the Oscar buzz surrounding 'The King's Speech' into sweet money money money, executive producer Harvey Weinstein wants to tone down the film's naughty language.

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In order to convert the Oscar buzz surrounding The King’s Speech into sweet money money money, executive producer Harvey Weinstein wants to tone down the film’s profanity to bring the R rating down to a PG-13 or PG. Because if there’s one thing teenagers love, it’s historical British dramas.

“The British numbers are huge because the rating lets families see the movie together,” said Weinstein. “Tom and I are trying to find a unique way to do this that keeps his vision of the movie.”

But that still doesn’t deal with the issue of actually getting teenagers interested in seeing the film. I suggest Weinstein pays Lil Wayne to develop a stutter. (LA Times)

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New Trailer for ‘I Am Number Four’ Looks Like Number Two http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/i-am-number-four-extended-movie-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/i-am-number-four-extended-movie-trailer/#comments Wed, 22 Dec 2010 21:51:35 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=13259 Hey, kids! Christmas done come early here at Screen Junkies! And I hope you like melodramatic sci-fi, cause we're about to shove the extended trailer for I Am Number Four right up your stocking.

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Hey, kids! Christmas done come early here at Screen Junkies! And I hope you like melodramatic sci-fi, cause we’re about to shove the extended trailer for I Am Number Four right up your stocking.

The trailer brags about being produced by Michael Bay and directed by the guy who did Disturbia. That’s like bragging about being the guy who towels off Harvey Weinstein‘s armpits while he’s taking a schvitz. I assume Harvey Weinstein has a guy to do that. I know I would.

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Weinsteins’ Miramax Deal Falls Apart http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weinsteins-miramax-deal-falls-apart/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weinsteins-miramax-deal-falls-apart/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Bob and Harvey Weinstein relax after attending Sunday morning mass.A $600 million deal between Disney and the Weinstein brothers has fallen through, leaving the fate of Miramax up in the air. While an agreement between the two parties was once considered inevitable, The Wrap reports that "legal minutiae and details of the library split caused the talks to drag on and ultimately fizzle."Bob and Harvey Weinstein founded Miramax in 1979, but sold it to Disney in 1993. Now that the deal has fallen through, insiders speculate that the brothers have grown tired of the Hollywood racket and are leaving show business to pursue a simpler life. Rumors are swirling that the pair have set their sites on acquiring Bagel Nosh, a New York style breakfast spot and deli in Santa Monica, CA. Lox of luck, boys! (First Showing)

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Bob and Harvey Weinstein relax after attending Sunday morning mass.

A $600 million deal between Disney and the Weinstei brothers has fallen through, leaving the fate of Miramaxup in the air. While an agreement between the two parties was once considered inevitable, The Wrap reports that "legal minutiae and details of the library split caused the talks to drag on and ultimately fizzle."

Bob and Harvey Weinstein founded Miramax in 1979, but sold it to Disney in 1993. Now that the deal has fallen through, insiders speculate that the brothers have grown tired of the Hollywood racket and are leaving show business to pursue a simpler life. Rumors are swirling that the pair have set their sites on acquiring Bagel Nosh, a New York style breakfast spot and deli in Santa Monica, CA. Lox of luck, boys! (First Showing)

 

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WEINSTEIN TALKS “BASTERDS” EDITS http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/weinstein-talks-basterds-edits/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/weinstein-talks-basterds-edits/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Looks like reports of Harvey Weinstein demanding Quentin Tarantino cut 40 minutes out of Inglorious Basterds were premature. GQ caught up with Harvey at a cocaine buffet and he had this to say:"Come on, there's sh*t on that cutting-room floor that'll blow your brains out. I was telling Quentin the opposite—'You should put that sh*t back in the movie... I'm praying he puts that sh*t back in, ‘cause it's un-f*cking-believably great."So, there you have it. The sh*t stays in the picture.Check this other sh*t out!Watchmen Director's Cut is headed to select theaters. (Collider)The Oscars are bigger and longer now too. (Empire)Elm Street actress jumping the gun. (Bloody Disgusting)Runaways cast their Lita Ford. (Variety)Puking is so hot right now. (Cinematical)

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Looks like reports of Harvey Weinstein demanding Quentin Tarantino cut 40 minutes out of Inglorious Basterds were premature. GQ caught up with Harvey at a cocaine buffet and he had this to say:

"Come on, there’s sh*t on that cutting-room floor that’ll blow your brains out. I was telling Quentin the opposite—’You should put that sh*t back in the movie… I’m praying he puts that sh*t back in, ‘cause it’s un-f*cking-believably great."

So, there you have it. The sh*t stays in the picture.

Check this other sh*t out!

Watchmen Director’s Cut is headed to select theaters. (Collider)
The Oscars are bigger and longer now too. (Empire)
Elm Street actress jumping the gun. (Bloody Disgusting)
Runaways cast their Lita Ford. (Variety)
Puking is so hot right now. (Cinematical)

 

 

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