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Harvey Weinstein Makes Early Deals At Cannes

14 May 2011


Harvey Weinstein Makes Early Deals At Cannes

At Cannes’ Martinez Hotel, Harvey Weinstein held court at a party for his company’s production and distribution slate, confirming his upteenth return to the independent film industry he helped spur.

After the company’s restructuring and a big box office win with “The King’s Speech,” The Weinstein Company has been notably aggressive in the early days of the film festival, making pre-emptive purchases of movies based on mere footage.

After seeing just five minutes of “The Iron Lady,” a drama starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, The Weinstein Company bought U.S. distribution rights the following day. The Weinsteins also won bids on French director Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist,” a black-and-white silent film set in 1927 Hollywood that has its world premiere on Sunday, and Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s martial arts drama “Wu Xia” (“Dragon”).

While Sarah Jessica Parker (who appears in the Weinsteins’ upcoming romantic comedy “I Don’t Know How She Does it”), Adrien Brody and Asian actress Tai Wang (“Wu Xia”) walked down a makeshift red carpet in a backroom of the Martinez hotel, posing for paparazzi, Weinstein and his team milled around with industry professionals and invited press.


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Via The Wall Street Journal

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