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Harvey Weinstein Slightly Justifies A Single Man Marketing

Original A Single Man poster

When the original movie poster (above) for Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, appeared online, fans questioned whether or not distributors The Weinstein Company was downplaying the major gay theme of the film.

In the film, Colin Firth plays a closeted professor who mourns over his lover’s (Matthew Goode) death. Judging by the poster of Firth in bed with Julianne Moore (whose screen time is rumored to be fairly short), I think it’s safe to say that there was little intention to illustrate said storyline.

Upon the recent release of the film’s second poster (seen after the jump), Harvey Weinstein was questioned about the marketing that seems to say something other than the real message at hand.

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B.J. Novak Gets Us Excited for Inglourious Basterds

As if the names “Quentin Tarantino” and “Brad Pitt” weren’t already enough for us.

In a recent interview with MTV, B.J. Novak provided an insider’s perspective on Tarantino’s . (The 29-year-old plays Private First Class Utivich.) Although he admits the WWII-era film is a bit hard to describe, the Office star didn’t have any difficulty heaping praise on one of the “coolest movies” he’s “ever seen or been a part of.”

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Inglourious Basterds Gets 2009 Date

Inglorious Bastard's Brad PittStill getting used to the spelling of ‘s new film? (It was once spelled Inglorious Bastards.) Well, you’ll now have until this fall to get the title mastered.

The WWII drama about Jewish-American soldiers on a mission to kill to Nazis has just been scheduled for an August 21 release. The film, which will be be distributed by the Weinstein Company in the States (by Universal internationally), marks Tarantino’s attempt at a period film. Production began in Germany back in October.

stars Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, BJ Novak, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger.

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Getting Into Character: Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine

Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine

Here’s a snapshot of Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis in , Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) latest contribution to the musical genre.

In the movie, Daniel plays a director (Guido Contini) who has to deal with the many women - a wife, a mistress, a deceased mother, a muse - in his life. The Broadway adaptation also features Nicole Kidman, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren in the supporting roles.

The Weinstein Company production is scheduled for release sometime in 2009.

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The MPAA-Approved Zack and Miri Poster

Zack and Miri Poster

Now you really didn’t think the would make things easy for Kevin Smith, did ya?

Back in July, we told you the Clerks director was having difficulty securing an R-rating for his new film. Although Smith has since successfully appealed, he’s also been forced to rework his movie’s poster.

In Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks star as financially-strapped roomies. When the two find themselves in desperate straits, they decide to produce their own adult films.

The new promo recently created for the comedy can be seen above. The original ad rejected by the Motion Picture Association of America can be seen after the jump.

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Box Office Breakdown: Tyler Perry Produces Another Hit

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

This past Easter weekend, Tyler Perry proved once again that he has the Midas touch.  Although his latest venture, Meet the Browns, only came in second, the film bested ! with its per screen take.  Perry’s film averaged $10,011 per theater—thousands better than Horton‘s performance ($6208).  The latter movie was also showing in twice as many locations.

But the Dr. Seuss adaptation wasn’t the only film to snare a prize away from the writer/actor/director.  - a small feature from The Weinstein Company - entered the Top Ten with an impressive $10,414 average.  While Browns was being shown on 2006 screens, Moon was showing on only 266.  The movie, co-starring America Ferrera, wound up being the top domestic scorer ever for a Spanish-languaged film.

In other chart news, Owen Wilson’s debuted at #4 while another Asian horror remake, Shutter, took in $10.5 million for a third place finish.  Films booted out of this week’s Top Ten were , Doomsday, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

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More Deals Struck With Writers Guild

LionsgateAlthough a deal with a major studio has yet to be reached, the has been striking gold in other areas.  Late this week, the union was able to boast signed agreements with three other companies: , and .  These interim pacts are similar to the ones already reached with The Weinstein Company and United Artists.

In the meantime, informal talks between the WGA and studio reps began last Tuesday and continued through the week.

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Weinstein Co. Settles With Writers Guild

The Weinstein CompanyAs expected, the agreement reached last week between and the has paved the way for other deals.  , headed by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, just finalized their own contract with the union late Friday.  (Like the UA arrangement , this settlement does not apply to distributor .)

Titles recently connected to the indie company include , and .

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FilmCrunch 045: Shut Up & Sing DVD Review

Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago review Shut Up & Sing in this episode of FilmCrunch:

On stage at a 2003 London concert, Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan trio the Dixie Chicks, spoke these 15 words to a small audience at the start of their sold-out international tour: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” The comment was delivered on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq, and drew cheers from the decidedly anti-war and anti-Bush British crowd. It was an off-the-cuff remark typical of the lead singer’s temperament. Natalie, and fellow Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, thought little of it. But history and this film demonstrate that at this heightened moment of political polarization in the United States, many people did care, and empowered this simple, yet loaded remark to carry serious and longstanding ramifications.

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