Julie Taymor’s ‘The Tempest’ to Open Nationwide December 17; Limited Release December 10

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First Look: Katie Holmes in ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

Katie Holmes in Miramax's 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'In honor the film’s presence at San Diego Comic-con, Miramax has just sent us this rather chilling photo of Katie Holmes in its upcoming release Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Directed by Troy Nixey and Produced/co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of a horror telefilm in which about a little girl (Bailee Madison) who is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in the old mansion they are renovating, only to unwittingly unleash malevolent creatures bent on destroying all of them.

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First Look: ‘The Debt’ Trailer from Miramax (Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington)

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, here is our first look at The Debt, a remake of the Israeli thriller, HaHov.

In The Debt (rated R by the MPAA for some violence and language), Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) is one of three Israeli Mossad agents who were sent on a secret mission to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal in 1960’s East Berlin. Now, decades later, she must go back undercover and risk everything once again. The film was directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love and Proof) and also stars Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington.

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Miramax’s ‘The Debt’ Release Date Moved to December 29, 2010

We have received confirmation from Walt Disney Studios that The Debt‘s release date has been moved from its original slated release date of October 1 to Wednesday, December 29, 2010.

In The Debt (rated R by the MPAA for some violence and language), Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) is one of three Israeli Mossad agents who were sent on a secret mission to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal in 1960’s East Berlin. Now, decades later, she must go back undercover and risk everything once again. The film was directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love and Proof) and also stars Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington.

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Miramax’s ‘The Debt’ Slated for October 1, 2010 Release

We have learned from Walt Disney Studios that Miramax’s remake of the Israeli thriller The Debt has been slated for an October 1, 2010 release.

In The Debt (rated R by the MPAA for some violence and language), Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) is one of three Israeli Mossad agents who were sent on a secret mission to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal in 1960’s East Berlin. Now, decades later, she must go back undercover and risk everything once again. The film was directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love and Proof) and also stars Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington.

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Products for Miramax’s ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ Hit Amazon.com’s Virtual Shelves

It’s indoor vs. outdoor gnomes in this take on the Shakespeare classic from Elton John’s Rocket Pictures and Miramax. With an anticipated release date some time in 2011, no time has been wasted in announcing several book adaptations for the CG film starring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

Now available for pre-order (but not shipping any time soon) are the Junior Novelization, the Gnomeo and Juliet Pictureback Book and Gnomeo and Juliet Reusable Sticker Book, all listing a shipping date of January 11, 2011.

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Report: Miramax to Return to Co-Founders

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax and later sold it to The Walt Disney Company are about to take the reigns once more. At a reported $600 million, the Hollywood power duo will once again oversee the production and distribution company they named after their parents.

Full story here.

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Miramax to Release ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ but What Will They Call It?

Despite being on the auction block, plans to release upcoming films from Miramax still appears to be on the plate. And despite being a remake of a 1973 tv movie, Disney is hinting that it may rename the Guillermo del Toro produced film.

So if it won’t be called Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, what might we see the film billed as in theaters? To their credit, Disney did register DBAOTD.COM (although that in itself would be a marketing nightmare) and DONTBEAFRAID-THEMOVIE.COM but they also recently registered domain names for They Are Waiting (THEYAREWAITING.COM), They Wait in the Dark (THEYWAITINTHEDARK.COM) and What Lurks in the Dark (WHATLURKSINTHEDARK.COM).

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Disney: Miramax Still Alive and Kicking… Sorta

The Associated Press is reporting that The Walt Disney Company affirms that the Miramax label will continue to exist and the films reported as being shelved will be distributed throughout theaters through 2011.

Disney says the most recent move was in line with the long term plans involving Miramax which include reducing the number of films produced per year to a maximum of three.

The article attributes an email sent from a [former?] Miramax employee, directing recipients to a specific Disney employee as the source of confusion.

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Miramax Films to Lose President, New York Roots

It’s now being widely reported that troubled Miramax Films is following suit with Walt Disney Studios in that its President, Daniel Battsek, is set to resign in January. While it’s officially a ‘mutual’ move, some sources claim Battsek is being forced out due to bad performance by the label. This — of course — follows hotly on the heels of Dick Cook leaving the Walt Disney Studios just over a month ago.

In addition, Miramax, whose maximum number of films per year has already been significantly reduced by its parent company, is also being expected to relocate from its home in New York City to Los Angeles.

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