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Harvey Weinstein: The Butler dispute is over Hobbit

Harvey Weinstein: The Butler dispute is over Hobbit

Jul 10 2013, 10:22am CDT | by

Harvey Weinstein has accused Warner Bros. of ''bullying'' him over rights to 'The Hobbit'. The Hollywood producer's film studio, The Weinstein Company, recently lost a court battle regarding the...

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Harvey Weinstein: The Butler dispute is over Hobbit

Jul 10 2013, 10:22am CDT | by

Harvey Weinstein has accused Warner Bros. of ''bullying'' him over rights to 'The Hobbit'.

The Hollywood producer's film studio, The Weinstein Company, recently lost a court battle regarding the name its new Lee Daniels-directed drama 'The Butler' because Warner Bros. claims it has the rights to the moniker - stemming from a 1916 short film of the same name which it owns - and Weinstein alleges the blockade is over a much more lucrative franchise.

The Weinstein Company owns a small but highly profitable 2.5 per cent stake in Warner Bros.' billion dollar-grossing 'The Hobbit' movies and the rival studio reportedly doesn't want to share its riches.

Speaking on US TV show 'CBS Morning Show' yesterday (09.07.13), he said: ''My dad taught me to fight injustice. This is unjust. This movie is coming out August 16. I was asked by two execs at Warner Bros., which I'm happy testify to, that if I gave them back the rights to 'The Hobbit' they would drop the claim. For a 1916 short? This was used as a bullying tactic.''

The producer went on to claim his company had an agreement with Warner Bros. over 'The Butler' - as many Hollywood studios do - but the rival studio had an ''ulterior movie'' and reneged on its deal.

He added: ''Our understanding with them was that this was just going to be the simple process that it always is. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy have a movie out called '[The] Heat'; Jason Statham is shooting a movie called 'Heat'; Bob DeNiro and Al Pacino made a movie called 'Heat', and ten years before that Burt Reynolds made a movie called 'Heat'.

''[Warner Bros] told us they were going to do the normal thing, the normal business they practice, and I think there's an ulterior motive.''

'The Butler' is based on the real-life story of the White House's longest serving African-American butler, Eugene Allen.

The Oscar-tipped movie boasts an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, as well as the likes of Robin Williams, James Marsden and Alan Rickman portraying former United States presidents.

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Netflix To Produce Sequel To Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Sep 30 2014 11:11am CDT | Source: movie pilot

Attention Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fans.The Weinstein Company have announced something pretty special today...and it means we're going to be getting more beautiful visuals: More badass backflipping like it's nothing: And more resting bitchface self-defence: That's right, the production company are teaming up with Netflix to release a sequel to the classic martial arts film cal ...
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Regal Won’t Show ‘Crouching Tiger 2′ On Its IMAX Screens

Sep 30 2014 9:06am CDT | Source: Deadline

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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel Will Hit Netflix and IMAX Simultaneously

Sep 30 2014 8:30am CDT | Source: Slash Film

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‘Finding Neverland’, Premium Tickets — And Which N.Y. Times Do You Read?

Sep 30 2014 7:50am CDT | Source: Deadline

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Crouching Tiger sequel will be simultaneously released in IMAX and on Netflix

Sep 30 2014 1:10am CDT | Source: Total Film

The Weinstein Company has struck a deal to simultaneously release martial arts sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, on both Netflix and IMAX theatres. The film is being billed as Netflix’s “first original movie” and will tell a story of “lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.” Original star Michelle Yeoh will be returning for round two, alongside Donnie Yen and Harry Shum Jr, while renowned martial arts choreogra ...
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Netflix Sets ‘Crouching Tiger 2′ As 1st Feature; Hollywood’s Nightmare?

Sep 29 2014 8:01pm CDT | Source: Deadline

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Harvey Weinstein Gives ‘Neverland’ Naysayer An Icy Hook — But Agrees To Forgo`Premium’ Tickets

Sep 28 2014 5:27pm CDT | Source: Deadline

The iceman cameth, Sunday, to Cambridge, Mass. — dumping a bucketful on New York Post Broadway columnist Michael Riedel. It was a positive outcome for all as Harvey Weinstein, tending his Times Square-bound musical Neverland, exacted revenge for Riedel's reports on the show's bumpy ride to opening night. Weinstein also agreed to forgo the legal scalping known as Premium tickets, and to donate $50,000 to the ALS Foundation. In the wake of a challenge ...
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"Hateful Eight" To Score 70mm Wide Release

Sep 3 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: dark horizons

The Weinstein Company has confirmed that Quentin Tarantino's 'shot on 65mm' western "The Hateful Eight" is set to commence shooting in January. Harvey Weinstein claims to be giving the post-Civil War Western "the widest 70mm release for over 20 years". In an official statement, Harvey and Bob Weinstein say: “We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, a ...
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