Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Weinsteins Grab The "Factory Girl" ...

January 23, 2006

The Weinstein Company has acquired from L.I.F.T. Productions all rights in North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa to "Factory Girl", the Edie Sedgwick biopic directed by George Hickenlooper, starring Sienna Miller, Hayden Christensen, Guy Pearce, Mena Suvari and Jimmy Fallon.

The announcement was made by Agnes Mentre, head of acquisitions for The Weinstein Company, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Currently in production in Shreveport, Louisiana, the film is being financed by L.I.F.T. Productions and produced by L.I.F.T. principals J. Malcolm Petal and Kimberly C. Anderson, along with Holly Wiersma, Morris Bart and Aaron Richard Golub.

The project was brought to The Weinstein Company by Michelle Krumm, executive vice president of acquisitions and co-productions for TWC.

Written by Captain "Wonderland" Mauzner, Factory Girl is set in 1965, the year Sedgwick met artist Andy Warhol and became known as his muse. He later died of a barbiturate overdose in 1971 at the age of 28.

"This is precisely the type of unique and compelling story that the Weinsteins have been so successful marketing. They are the ideal distributors for this project," stated L.I.F.T. CEO and Producer, J. Malcolm Petal.



October 31, 2005

The Weinstein Company has entered into a multi-year marketing alliance with L'Oreal Paris, the world's largest 'beauty' brand.

This partnership between a motion picture company and a major cosmetic brand is being established to further the association between the worlds of film and beauty.

The strategic alliance will include product integrations as well as promotional support, with the co-hosting of premieres and special events such as Weinstein Company parties at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

In addition, L'Oreal's makeup/hair teams will support all promotion of Weinstein Company films.

The announcement was made by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen, The Weinstein Company, and Carol Hamilton, president and general manager, L'Oreal Paris.

The alliance was launched with L'Oreal Paris' sponsorship of Derailed, the psychological thriller starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen.

As part of the partnership, L'Oreal will be the official exclusive beauty sponsor of all of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films' US theatrical premieres over the next two years, beginning January 2006.

The Weinstein Company was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corp. in 1979.

The Weinstein Company is a multi-media company that officially launched October 1st, 2005.

Dimension Films, the genre label that began with Miramax, will also be included under The Weinstein Company banner.

The L'Oreal Paris Brand Division of L'Oreal USA, Inc. is a beauty care company with products including 'Couleur Experte', 'Preference', 'Excellence Creme', 'Feria', 'ColorSpa Moisture Actif', 'Color Pulse' and 'Hi-Light Styliste' haircolors, 'VIVE' shampoos and conditioners, 'Dermo-Expertise' skincare, 'Men's Expert Skincare', 'Sublime' Bronze Self Tanners, 'Sublime' Slim Anti-Cellulite Gel, and 'L'Oreal' Color Cosmetics


October 1, 2005

The Weinstein Bros., intent on becoming "a giant multi-media company" are now close to raising a billion dollars in film financing, comprising a combination of debt, equity and advances, while still recruiting investors for a private placement.

The first films from the company will be "Derailed" opening November 11 and "The Matador" over the winter holidays. "Wolf Creek" is slated for a November 18 release.

For Miramax, the Weinsteins will distribute "The Libertine", invest in "Proof" and consult on an extensive Oscar campaign for "Sin City".br>
Other upcoming features include "Stormbreaker", "Nomad", "Outlander", "Pulse", "Lucky Number Slevin" (filmed in Montreal/Toronto), "Fast Track", "Tom Yum Goong", "Last Legion", "Decameron" and "Young Hannibal".

CG animated films include "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Hoodwinked! The True Story of Red Riding Hood".

The Weinsteins have already begun production on "Scary Movie 4" and will start filming "Killshot", executive produced by Quentin Tarantino, October 3 in Toronto.


The Weinstein Co., headed by former Miramax toppers Bob and Harvey Weinstein with secured financing from Goldman Sachs, will release the horror feature "Grind House", spring 2006, with directors Quentin "Kill Bill" Tarantino and Robert "Sin City" Rodriguez, each helming a 60-minute segment.

"Sin City 2" will be released during the summer of 2006.

The new company's first release, opening in October is "Derailed", starring Clive Owen;

Opening Nov. 18, is a horror film debut from writer/director Greg McLean, released under the Dimension banner;

"The Matador", also opening Nov. 18, is a black comedy starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis;

"Transamerica", set for Dec. 2, is a comedy starring Felicity Huffman;

"The Promise", opening Dec. 16, is an 'epic', directed by Chen Kaige, starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Jang Dong-Kun and Cecilia Cheung;

"Mrs. Henderson Presents", set for Dec. 24, is from director Stephen Frears as a follow-up to "Dirty Pretty Things";

"The Gathering" will be released Jan. 6, 2006, starring Christina Ricci;

"Feast", opens Jan. 20, 2006 through Dimension;

"Breaking & Entering", set for February 2006, is a drama directed by Anthony Minghella, starring Jude Law;

"Pulse", opening March 3 from Dimension, is a Japanese horror remake starring Kristen Bell;

"Killshot", set for March 17, is an Elmore Leonard adaptation, directed by John Madden;

"Scary Movie 4", opening April 14, is directed by David Zucker;

"The Great Raid", a WWII 'rescue adventure' directed by John Dahl, starring Benjamin Bratt, is being moved up from Dec. 2, 2005 to Aug. 12, 2006.

The Weinstein Co. will distribute all titles domestically (including Canada).