The Weinstein brothers love France, and it’s a très mutual appreciation society—the French love Bob and Harvey right back. Last year, the brothers were honored at the French embassy after a screening of The Intouchables—which everyone assumed would be the brothers’ next big foreign blockbuster after The Artist, which had swept the 2012 Academy Awards with five wins (including Best Picture—the first-ever foreign film from a non-English-speaking country to do so). But The Intouchables dealt with dicier subject material (race, disability) with a sugarcoating that one reviewer unfavorably compared to Driving Miss Daisy. The Intouchables didn’t even make it into the foreign film category of the Academy Awards last year, though it was short-listed. In the end, it was nominated for nothing.
Only a few weeks ago, embattled film executive Bob Weinstein was quietly asking $34 million for his 14-room penthosue at the Beresford, even though he bought it in 2004 for $20 million. This week it’s officially on the market, but, sadly, he’s now only hoping for $29.75 million. The world Read More
Bob Weinstein has had a bad week. Last Friday, news broke that the independent film godhead and his older brother, Harvey, had hired the bankruptcy expert Miller Buckfire to help restructure the Weinstein Company’s finances. By Monday, the omnipotent Hollywood writer Nikki Finke was wondering aloud if the brothers didn’t have the money to release Read More
Vanity Fair has come out with its list of 100 most powerful influentials, most of which—since they’ve already been covered by various lists in Time (the Time 100), Forbes (celebs and richest Americans) and elsewhere—come as no surprise.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Read More
Rob Weisbach, president and C.E.O. of Weinstein Books, is leaving the company "to pursue other publishing opportunities," reports Michael Cader at industry resource Web site Publisher’s Marketplace. Harvey and Bob Weinstein brought Mr. Weisbach in as head of Miramax Books back in 2005, just as they were preparing to split from Disney and form their Read More
The Weinstein Bros. are in talks with a slate of Hollywood song-and-dance types to star in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Nine.
According to Variety, The Weinstein Company is negotiating with Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sophia Loren, Javier Bardem and newcomer Marion Cotillard (who recently played Edith Piaf in the highly-praised biopic, Read More
Julia Roberts finally unloads her Greenwich Village townhouse to actress Holly Hunter, according to the New York Times. Also, Bob Weinstein sells at The Beresford.
$105 million! That’s the selling price for Adelaide de Menil’s 40-acre Hamptons property, according to the New York Post.
Perhaps to keep taps Read More
Celebrated young author James Frey must be banking on the success of his soon-to-be-released second book. The once-drug-addled writer purchased a $2.55 million Soho condo in early May, according to city deed-transfer records. The 2,000-square-foot condo originally listed at $2.495 million.
“It’s a beautiful apartment,” said broker Daren Herzberg of the Corcoran Group, who represented Read More
Hip-hop newlyweds and New York natives Kelis and Nas are feathering a Chelsea nest. The R.-and-B. vocalist, whose full name is Kelis Rogers, bought a West 17th Street condo for $1.3 million, according to city deed-transfer records. The condo was originally listed at $1.45 million; Kelis sealed the deal two months before the couple’s wedding Read More
“We started the whole thing. And we were so busy working on these movies-these smaller movies, these foreign-language movies-that we never had time to look at it and reflect,” said Meryl Poster.
Ms. Poster, a production executive at Miramax Film Corp., had less to do that day than you might imagine an executive at the Read More