Honestly, we didn’t realize that the Weinsteins had ever made efforts to purchase IFC, and/or our once sister network, Bravo, but today’s Variety (subscription only, but a similar story’s up on Broadcasting & Cable) reports that they’ve apparently moved on, and are in talks to buy fellow Rainbow network Fuse. The Weinsteins have long been longing to get into the cable-network biz, and, now that they’re on their way to a network of their own, reportedly "envision the channel as a mix of ‘lifestyle’ shows and movies, aimed more broadly than the 18-34 demographic Fuse targets."
We can’t help but feel rejected, rather like a high school girl who won’t put out and then gets dumped for Stockard Channing. Or are we mixing our metaphors? Then again:
Industry executives say that the Weinsteins see Fuse as a "tear-down" and are more interested in the networkâ€™s 38 million basic subscribers than in its strategy of "More Music. Less Crappy TV," as its slogan goes.
Meanwhile, Anne Thompson at the Hollywood Reporter writes that Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp, sensing that their films "Proof" and "The Libertine" were in danger of falling into the post-Weinstein Miramax pit of despair, have joined with their studios to sink every claw possible into Harvey to keep him on board for awards season.
["The Libertine"]’s filmmakers…were not going to allow their
hard-won indie movie to be thrown out with the Miramax bath water. "The
moment that the decision came down that the movie was going out in this
period of time with so many films and one-ninth of the staff, our
imperative was to get this movie released as it should be," [Russ] Smith says.
"Proof," which also stars Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal, has good advance buzz and seems somewhere along the lines of "A Beautiful Mind" meets "Possession," making it an easier Oscar pitch than "The Libertine," which has apparently already been slapped with an NC-17 for being naughty.
Either way, it looks like Disney’s Miramax is going to be shelling out to rehire Harvey as a consultant for the two films come fall, which puts Harvey totally on top in their post-breakup machinations, something he clearly knows:
[W]hat Harvey Weinstein boasts in spades, and the new Miramax still lacks, is that special Oscar mojo. During this transition period, Disney had no choice but to do turn to Harvey for help with "Proof" and "The Libertine." It’s been a "pleasure" working with the Disney team during this time, Harvey Weinstein says.