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Film News: The Weinstein Company Agrees With Netflix on Release Deal

Netflix

CHICAGO – Big news in the streaming/online rental world. Netflix and The Weinstein Company have signed an agreement that will give Netflix the access to hit Weinstein Company films before they appear on pay cable channels. This is a big triumph for Netflix, who as we all know was struggling over the last year due to some questionable increases in rate.

Film News: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts Attached to ‘August: Osage County’

Meryl Streep

CHICAGO – In the middle of an Oscar race where their film “The Artist” is favored to win the top prize, The Weinstein Company announced news about a future film today. Co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced two big names that they have signed for one of their next films: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Interview: ‘Blue Valentine’ Director Derek Cianfrance on Intensely Personal 12-Year Journey

CHICAGO – “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance is happily married now with two young children, but the road getting there was turbulent and sometimes still is. While that’s real life, romance films often end with the lucky guy getting the pretty girl and them living happily ever.

Official Poster Art Released For Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?’

CHICAGO – The publicist for The Weinstein Company’s new film “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” has sent us the project’s official poster art. The documentary, which is slated for release on April 18, 2008, comes from the mind of Morgan Spurlock from “Super Size Me” fame.

Interview: Denzel Washington’s Difference of Opinion With Harvey Weinstein on ‘The Great Debaters’

Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters

I interviewed actor and director Denzel Washington on Dec. 6 on the topic of “The Great Debaters,” which is the second film he has directed. “The Great Debaters” opens on Christmas.

Seth Rogen to Play Lead in ‘Zack & Miri Make a Porno’

Seth Rogen

I just received official word from the Weinstein Company and Dimension Films that Seth Rogen (“Knocked Up,” “Superbad”) will play the lead in “Zack & Miri Make a Porno” from writer/director Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier.

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