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Michelle Obama wears Marchesa to the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Michelle Obama wears Marchesa to the White House Correspondents' Dinner

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama wore a grey tulle ball gown to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Kate Stanton
Uma Thurman ends engagement to Arki Busson

Uma Thurman ends engagement to Arki Busson

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Uma Thurman has reportedly ended her engagement to French-born financier Arki Busson, the father of her young daughter, Rosalind.
Karen Butler

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
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Harry Styles considered for 'Wicked' role

Harry Styles considered for 'Wicked' role

HOLLYWOOD, March 5 (UPI) -- Sources say One Direction star Harry Styles is at the top of the list to play romantic lead Fiyero in "Wicked."
Annie Martin
Jennifer Lawrence taking a year off, says Harvey Weinstein

Jennifer Lawrence taking a year off, says Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- According to "Silver Linings Playbook" producer Harvey Weinstein, Jennifer Lawrence is taking a much needed year off from acting.
Aileen Graef
Weinstein laments rushing 'August: Osage County' into festival

Weinstein laments rushing 'August: Osage County' into festival

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Producer Harvey Weinstein says he did his movie "August: Osage County" a disservice by insisting it be ready for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
Harvey Weinstein: Anne Hathaway pulled out of 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Harvey Weinstein: Anne Hathaway pulled out of 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Oscar-winning film could have starred Anne Hathaway and Mark Wahlberg.
Kate Stanton
Netflix orders Marco Polo drama series

Netflix orders Marco Polo drama series

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Netflix says its as-yet-untitled drama series about the epic adventures of Marco Polo will begin shooting soon in Malaysia and will feature a global cast.
Charlize Theron, Morgan Freeman, Idris Elba remember Nelson Mandela

Charlize Theron, Morgan Freeman, Idris Elba remember Nelson Mandela

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Idris Elba, charged with portraying Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" said he was told of the South African hero's passing while he was at the film's Royal premiere in London Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
'Mandela' premieres in London on the night Mandela died

'Mandela' premieres in London on the night Mandela died

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, were at the London premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" when they learned the film's subject had died.
Idris Elba offers condolences to Nelson Mandela's family

Idris Elba offers condolences to Nelson Mandela's family

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- British actor Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in "Long Walk to Freedom," offered his condolences to the late South African president's family Thursday.

Ohio woman held captive for years by Ariel Castro to write book

CLEVELAND, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Michelle Knight, one of three women held captive in the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro, says she will write a book about the 11 years she spent in captivity.
James Bond helps 'Philomena' get PG-13 rating

James Bond helps 'Philomena' get PG-13 rating

Nov. 14 (UPI) -- James Bond knows he can rely on M, and so do the producers of the upcoming Judi Dench film, 'Philomena.'
Gabrielle Levy
Weinstein Co. wins PG-13 rating for 'Philomena'

Weinstein Co. wins PG-13 rating for 'Philomena'

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Weinstein Co. says it has won its appeal of the decision to assign its film "Philomena" an R rating in the United States because it contains two expletives.
Obama to host White House screening of Mandela film

Obama to host White House screening of Mandela film

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The stars of the Nelson Mandela bio-picture, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," are to attend a White House screening of the film, producers announced.
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Producer Harvey Weinstein arrives on the red carpet before the closing ceremony of the 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 24, 2009. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Harvey Weinstein, CBE (Hon) (born March 19, 1952) is an American film producer and movie studio chairman. He is best known as co-founder of Miramax Films. He and his brother Bob have been co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, their film production company, since 2005. He has won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love, and has garnered seven Tony Awards for producing a variety of winning plays and musicals including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County.

Born in Flushing, New York, Weinstein and his younger brother, Bob, grew up in a Jewish family in New York City, residing in a housing co-op named Electchester. He graduated from John Bowne High School, and then the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Weinstein, along with his brother Bob Weinstein, and Corky Burger independently produced rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions in Buffalo through most of the 1970s. Both Weinstein brothers had grown up with a passion for movies and they nurtured a desire to enter the film industry. In the late 1970s, using profits from their concert promotion business, the brothers created a small independent film distribution company called Miramax, named after their parents - Miriam and Max. The company's first releases were primarily music-oriented concert films such as Paul McCartney's Rockshow. In the early 1980s Miramax acquired the rights to two British films of benefit shows filmed for human rights organization Amnesty International. Working closely with Martin Lewis, the producer of the original films, the Weinstein brothers edited the two films into one movie tailored for the American market. The resulting film was released as The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in May 1982 and it became Miramax's first hit. The movie raised considerable sums for Amnesty International and was credited by Amnesty with having helped to raise its profile in the US.

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