Post by onebluestocking on Oct 14, 2017 19:20:12 GMT
I also feel horrible for those women who were used to make the targets feel like everything was okay. They must be experiencing tons of guilt right now, but they were put in untenable situations. What do you do when your boss asks you to do something illegal at worst and morally sketchy at best?
I don't understand why anyone would stay in this job. Actors, actresses, directors, etc. pretty much had to get along with Harvey because he was The Movie Guy, but an executive assistant can go anywhere and work for anyone. There are plenty of business tycoons out there who wouldn't use them as a honey pot lure. Why keep enabling a sexual predator? Surely after the first time or two, they realized what was going on when they led young women to his office, pretended they were going to stay, then left them stranded there. One article I read said that calming the upset girls was part of the job. How is that any different from the Italian producer, who lied to Asia Argento about the party to trick her into Harvey's den?
I was surprised to read that TCW was too long. I don't remember it that way. It started so late that I didn't notice the exact start and end times, but I was exhausted and I still didn't feel that it was dragging.
Now I'm wondering which 12 minutes they've cut from it! I really, really hope they haven't cut the scenes with his wife and children.
Of immediate focus is the fate of the seven films that the Weinstein Company has scheduled for release over the next five months. Bob Weinstein has guaranteed that the company will back the release of horror film Polaroid, Paddington 2 and Robert De Niro comedy War with Grandpa.
There is also a question mark over an awards contender starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock actor plays inventor Thomas Edison in The Current War and has said he is “utterly disgusted” by Weinstein’s actions. The film was due to be released next month, but has now been put back to 2018 in a bid to spare its awards ambitions from being affected by the scandal.
There have been reports that agents have been pushing the company to sell the other finished, or nearly finished films, due for release by March. Those films include: The Upside, a comedy starring Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman; and Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara. Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, a remake of the hit 1970s TV show, is pencilled in for release in 2019.
An executive working on one upcoming Weinstein project said that no stars or production companies want to have their films tainted by association with TWC. “It is like the plague, no one wants to catch it,” said the executive. Citing two established Hollywood studios and two independent producers as potential destinations, he added. “Everyone would rather take their work to a Fox, Universal, A24 or a Bleecker Street if they could.”
However, films within a few months of release are typically paid for and locked into TWC contracts. But if Colony agrees a rescue deal it is likely to focus on two factors: retaining the best TWC films that are currently in development; and making money from the intellectual property, whether earning revenues from TWC’s extensive back catalogue in sales to broadcasters and streaming companies, or making spin-offs of existing titles.
The Current War — This Thomas Edison drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Tom Holland was thought to be TWC’s big Oscar movie this season. Wisely, it was pushed back to 2018 with the movie’s star lambasting the former studio head publicly, not to mention the weak reviews the movie got out of Toronto in September. This movie was never going to be a big money maker for the company regardless. Link
Oh, so it’s Ben’s fault the movie got pushed back? That makes me mad.
I didn’t get that vibe from that write-up at all. I saw no blatant blaming of BC.
I thought they were just noting BC’s succinct statement along with acknowledging the fact that TCW (despite the pre-TIFF chatter about its Oscar chances) was no longer a front-runner for an award nor likely to be a big BO winner.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
It’s just that statement hit me wrong. The reason the movie is having problems is because of Harvey, not because of anything Ben did or didn’t say. To me, they made it sound like the movie was shelved because Ben said something about HW, not that HW is a big, steaming pile of man crud. Or that there’s something wrong with the movie because of poor reviews or it wouldn’t make money, not the real issue, which is that HW is a big, steaming pile of man crud. Way to skirt the issue.
The whole article is about how the Harvey Weinstein scandal is affecting each one of the studio's new movies so I really doubt it's blaming BC of anything.
For me the observation that the star of the movie publicly (and deservedly) criticized the studio boss is just suggesting that he wouldn't had publicized the movie if they would had decided to continue with an Oscar campaign.