Harvey Weinstein (born 19.03.1952) Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company and Miramax.
Childhood: Harvey Weinstein was born in Flushing, New York. His parents were Max Weinstein, a diamond cutter, and Miriam. He was raised in a Jewish household. He attended the John Bowne High School and the University at Buffalo.
Film career: Harvey Weinstein began his career producing rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions with his brother Bob Weinstein and their friend Corky Burger. They founded an independent film distribution company called Miramax (an amalgam of their parents' names). They released films such as Paul McCartney's 'Rockshow'. Their movie for Amnesty International 'The Secret Policeman's Other Ball' in 1982 was credited with raising the profile of the charity in the US. The company received national attention in 1988 after releasing Errol Morris's crime documentary 'The Thin Blue Line'. They became the most successful independent film studio in the US with the release of Steven Soderbergh's 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' in 1989. 1989 also saw Miramax release 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover' and 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' which were both X-rated by the MPAA, though Weinstein attempted to sue the ratings computer and it was later changed to NC-17 rated. Following the release of 'The Crying Game' in 1993, Disney bought the company for $80 million and released Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' in 1994 and distributed 'Clerks'. Miramax won an Academy Award with 'The English Patient' in 1996 and soon followed many other successes including 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'Good Will Hunting'. In 2005, the Weinsteins left Miramax and formed the production company The Weinstein Company garnering Academy Award nominations with 'Transamerica' and 'Mrs. Henderson Presents'. They did the documentary film 'The Oath of Tobruk' about the 2011 Libyan revolution. He was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his efforts in the British film industry. He has been criticized for his editing of the Asian films 'Shaolin Soccer', 'Hero' and 'Princess Mononoke', detailed in Peter Biskind's book 'Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film'. He has a reputation for anger, once putting a reporter in a headlock while throwing him out of a party and once attacking Julie Taymor over a screening her movie 'Frida'. He has been involved in a variety of charities regarding poverty, AIDS, juvenile diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. In 2009, singer Sam Moore attempted to sure The Weinstein Company for allegedly basing the comedy 'Soul Men' on his career. In 2011, Michael Moore took the company to court alleging that he was owed millions for the 2004 documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11'. Harvey Weinstein:
Personal life: Harvey Weinstein married his assistant Eve Chilton in 1987. They divorced in 2004 after having had three children; Lily, Emma and Ruth. In 2007, he married Georgina Chapman with whom he has two children; India Pearl and Dashiell. In 2012, he was the victim of an attempted extortion by Vivek Shah who threatened to murder his family if they did not pay millions of dollars. He was soon arrested.
It apparently happened after Weinstein "made a pass" at Paltrow back in 1995.
In a new interview, Paltrow says that the incident took place at the opening night of ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway back in 1995. Allegedly, Weinstein placed his hands upon her, and suggested that they find a bedroom and have massages, she told Howard Stern’s radio show this week.
This was when Paltrow, now 45, was a rising star and had just signed up with Weinstein’s production company to star in Emma and Shakespeare In Love.
Harvey Weinstein wanted one movie, and almost sacked Peter Jackson over it.
In case you needed another reason to despise Harvey Weinstein, it has now been revealed that he almost prevented 'The Lord of the Rings' film series from happening. Well, it would still have happened, but definitely not as we know it. Can you imagine Quentin Tarantino at the helm instead of Peter Jackson?
Quentin Tarantino at 'The Beguiled' premiere
It would break any film lover's heart to discover that Weinstein cared so little about his potential audience and creating one of the greatest film franchises of all time and so much more about saving money. But he hated the idea of a 'Lord of the Rings' film series so much, that he tried to cut it into one single two-hour movie.
Continue reading: 'Lord Of The Rings' Was Almost Directed By Quentin Tarantino
Blanchett, an advocate for the Time's Up movement, spoke to Variety about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour towards her.
The Australian star, who has been a vocal supporter of the Time’s Up movement ever since allegations against Weinstein and other figures in the industry snowballed in October last year. However, in a new interview with Variety, she detailed her encounters with Weinstein, saying that she got “a bad feeling” from him.
Blanchett has starred in several Weinstein-backed films, including The Aviator and Carol, and was asked by the interviewer whether he had ever behaved inappropriately with her. She replied, “With me, yes… He would often say to me, ‘We’re not friends.’”
Continue reading: Cate Blanchett Opens Up On Sexual Harassment From Harvey Weinstein
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is hoping to be "forgiven" by Hollywood, according to Piers Morgan.
Harvey Weinstein is one of the most reviled names right now in Hollywood, with the disgraced movie mogul being accused by a number of different people of sexual misconduct throughout the decades. Currently undergoing treatment for issues that haven't been disclosed in an Arizona clinic, not much has been heard about the producer.
Harvey Weinstein remains in an Arizona clinic
One of the most prolific accusers of Weinstein is actress Rose McGowan, who readily admits she doesn't think he'll be prosecuted for his alleged criminal activity. Weinstein has denied her claims and those of others who say he engaged in non-consensual sex with them.
Continue reading: Piers Morgan Says Harvey Weinstein Thinks He'll Be "Forgiven"
The work done by New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Rebecca Corbett is to be made into a film.
Two large Hollywood production companies have acquired the rights to develop a movie documenting the reporting of the Harvey Weinstein scandal conducted by the New York Times, in the vein of Oscar-winning film Spotlight.
The film will follow the research, reporting and aftermath of the October 2017 expose compiled by the Times’ investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, as well as their editor, Rebecca Corbett. The article exposed decades of serious sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, then one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood.
That article, as well as the work of The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, helped to galvanise the #MeToo movement and has exposed the abuses of power across various industries and won the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
In a new interview, McGowan claims that Weinstein used agents to try and make contact with her in the wake of the #MeToo watershed.
Rose McGowan has revealed that the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein “tried to contact” her in the aftermath of the sexual assault scandal that rocked Hollywood and destroyed his career last year, although she has “no idea how he got my number”.
The 44 year old former ‘Charmed’ star alleges that she received “texts [and] things like that” from Weinstein in the days and weeks following the numerous claims of serious sexual assault and misconduct from many women – led by McGowan – last October. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme this week, McGowan explained: “A month ago - somebody that worked with him, represented him, I don't know, on his behalf - I shook, it was like a bullet once again. It was basically just kind of this person is reaching out. And I don't even understand what the point was. I can't understand to what end. The cat's out of the bag.”
Continue reading: Rose McGowan Alleges Harvey Weinstein Has "Tried To Contact" Her
They are exploring their options after finally declaring bankruptcy.
More than five months after Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Co. over claims of his sexual misconduct, the company has officially declared itself bankrupt with debts of over half a billion dollars to its name. It's currently looking at a stalking horse bid from Lantern Capital.
Harvey Weinstein at Tribeca Film Festival
Yesterday (March 19th 2018), the film studio finally admitted defeat after failed attempts to stay afloat following Harvey Weinstein's dismissal, though it may thrive under new ownership as they accept a $310 million stalking horse offer with Lantern Capital.
Continue reading: The Weinstein Company Declares Bankruptcy With Half A Billion In Debts
A wide-ranging interview for 'Life Stories' with Piers Morgan covered the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein.
Pamela Anderson has said that she doesn’t want men to “feel like they can't make the first move”, speaking out again about the consequences of the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal.
The 50 year old former Playboy model and star of ‘Baywatch’ appeared on Piers Morgan’s chat show 'Life Stories', to speak about her career in an interview that’s being broadcast this Saturday (March 3rd). The topic of conversation turned to the MeToo and Time’s Up movements, and Anderson sounded a note of caution.
“Obviously, I am supportive of women and feel for women that have been made sexual advances on that they don't want, but I also feel for the men too,” she said.
The Hollywood producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women
The New York studio co-founded by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein is to file for bankruptcy after talks to sell its assets to an investor group collapsed, reports say. Weinstein has faced dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct over the past few months which has led to a number of wider movements in the film and music industry calling for an end to sexual harassment and misconduct.
Harvey Weinstein's company has filed for bankruptcy
Weinstein has also been accused of rape but denies non-consensual sex.
Lawrence and Streep had both condemned Weinstein for using their statements in an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by six women.
Six women are suing the disgraced movie mogul and what they call the ‘Weinstein Sexual Enterprise’, which they say includes his brother Bob and their studio The Weinstein Company. The plaintiffs are arguing that, due to the scale of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein and the attempts to cover it up, the producer’s “sexual enterprise” should be considered an organised crime group.
Weinstein’s lawyers had filed a motion to have the suit dismissed on Tuesday, saying that it was “fatally overboard”, and would apply to “all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm”.
Usher seen with various family, friends and colleagues, including Terry Lewis, aka Jimmy Jam, Usher Raymond and Harvey Weinstein, at his Star ceremony. The musician and actor is the latest celebrity to be honoured with his own spot. - The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th September 2016- Usher receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Walk of Fame - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th September 2016
Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the The Weinstein Company And Netflix Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 8th January 2017
Date of birth
19th March, 1952
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