“Why ya hittin’ yourself, Michael Moore? Stop hittin’ yourself, fatty!”
Michael Moore, for all the civic duties he takes upon himself, still wants to get paid at the end of the day.
Ground control to Major Harvey . The Weinstein Co. is preparing to launch production of Apollo 18, a film about the Apollo 18 moon mission. The project, which will be produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Trevor Cawood, is based on the screenplay by Brian Miller.
When Comic-Con told the The Weinstein Company that their Piranha 3D footage was too graphic for the "family friendly" event, they pulled out of the planned panel. But now comes word that the company is taking it one step further, saying f*** you to Comic-Con by hosting an off-site, nighttime event of their own featuring the rejected footage. TWC and director Alexandre Aja originally planned to show off a sequence where a wet T-shirt contest turns into a total massacre as prehistoric fish chomp waterlogged fun-seekers into meat. It’s the sequence that has been teased in the trailers and pre-release images, and one that sounds like one of the film’s planned showstopper setpieces. I guess it should come as no surprise that the Weinstein Brothers, two of the most powerful men in Hollywood, found a way to outflank the organizers of a comic-book convention. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if some Teamsters showed up, blocked the exits, and burnt the place down, cosplay girls and all. (/Film)
Last month, director/screenwriter Corey Edwards started a pissing match with the Weinstein Brothers over a possible new Fraggle movie. In a post on his blog, Edwards claimed that the Weinsteins were searching for a new screenwriter because his version was not "edgy" enough. Now comes word that Edwards and the Weinsteins have cleared the air, probably due to the fact that Edwards is contractually obligated to direct the film. I’ve been able to sit down with Weinstein’s new VP of Development and really talk about their issues with the movie. We’ve had some very good conversations about what they think “edgy” is and what I think “edgy” is. We got down to the philosophies of why to even make a Fraggle movie in the first place. And I think they’ve been able to qualify their word “edgy” with the word “older.” They want this movie to connect with an older, more sophisticated audience. I'm surprised this is even an issue. What can be more "sophisticated" than a bunch of glorified sock puppets singing and dancing in a magical underground world? As the following quote from Jim Henson demonstrates, sophistication is what the Fraggles are all about. "It is a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It's a lot of silliness. It's wonderful." (/Film)
Have you ever watched an episode of "Fraggle Rock" and thought, "Hey, this shit needs to be more f**king edgy and gritty, like I am, beotch!" If so, you're in luck.Director/Screenwriter Corey Edwards has taken to the interwebs to complain that the Weinsteins are squeezing him out of the 'Fraggle' script because his version is “not edgy enough.” I enjoy working with other writers and have no doubt that the RIGHT person could help make any script better. But to not even ask me? Adding insult to injury, the search is basically an open assignment. This means the net has been cast wide, virtually posting in the “classifieds” of the movie business. The Fraggles do not deserve such treatment. Now, I like "Fraggle Rock" as much as the next unoriginal retro-addicted douche bag, but I'm not exactly sure what type of treatment Fraggles "deserve." It's not like we're talking about the regular Muppets, here. If the Weinsteins was to remake Bad Lieutenant with the "Fraggle Rock" gang, I say let 'em. They're animals anyway, so let them lose their souls. (SlashFilm)
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)