#the weinstein company

Karina Longworth:

The report that Bong was asked to cut precisely 20 minutes seems particularly suspect: It’s the exact same number of minutes Harvey reportedly insisted be shorn off of a number of other films, including Sling Blade, Hero, and Shaolin Soccer. “Twenty minutes” might be something of a magic number for Harvey, like an obsessive-compulsive tic. It’s one thing to insist that a three-plus-hour film be shaved down to around two — that’s at least financially logical in that it allows for more daily screenings — but it’s another to ask multiple filmmakers to cut 20 minutes from very different films, as though a single reel (in old-school celluloid terms) has the power of panacea. In a world in which the top-grossing films of the past three years have all been over two hours, maybe it does nothing to make the movie more commercial — but it does make Harvey feel like he’s the one who really has the power by undercutting the filmmaker’s signature, and that’s what he needs emotionally in order to work his magic in a film’s favor. And maybe, just maybe, part of that magic is creating this spectacle in which Harvey Scissorhands is the villain in conflict with the innocent auteur. Weinstein gets his publicity and the filmmaker gets his own reputation bolstered by the sympathy of fans and journalists who continue to be shocked — shocked! — that a director’s prerogative could be anything other than inviolable.

Two things:

1) Harvey Scissorhands, such a great nickname.

2) Hard to argue with the results he gets…

Joan E. Solsman:

Netflix will be streaming art-house heavyweight films alongside Disney superhero blockbusters before any other pay-TV services in a few years. The company unveiled a deal Tuesday to be the exclusive U.S. subscription TV provider to stream first-run movies from the Weinstein Co. starting in 2016. Last year, Netflix notched its first agreement with one of the top six film studios, Disney, to be the only U.S. subscription TV service offering relatively newer movies from Pixar, Marvel, Walt Disney Animation, and Disneynature. The Weinstein agreement Tuesday brings Netflix an independent-film studio powerhouse to complement the Disney content.

Massive deal for Netflix.