Entries in Harvey Weinstein (3)


Murder Threat Against Movie Mogul and Others Uncovered

JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities say an aspiring actor has been arrested for trying to extort millions of dollars from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and four other tycoons and their families by threatening to kill them if his demands for money were not met, the New York Post reports.

According to court papers, Vivek Shah, 25, was arrested Aug. 10 at his parents’ home in Schaumburg, Ill., before he was about to return to Los Angeles with plans to take handgun shooting lessons.

Authorities say Shah sent extortion letters to Weinstein, a Florida oil executive, a billionaire coal magnate, the daughter of a Texas oilman, and Eric Lefkofsky, the co-founder of Groupon.

Shah is currently being held without bail in West Virginia, where one of his alleged targets maintains a home.  Shah’s father, Mahesh Shah, tells the Post the allegations are “out of character,” and says his son is a “very good person.”

Vivek Shah is charged with two counts of interference with commerce by threats, and two counts of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.

Weinstein co-founded Miramax Films and won an Academy Award as a producer in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love.  His producing credits include more than 250 TV and film projects, including Pulp Fiction and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Weinstein, the father of four daughters, declined to comment on the alleged extortion plot.

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Obama: Anne Hathaway Was the 'Best Thing' in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics(WESTPORT, Conn.) -- President Obama has seen The Dark Knight Rises, and he preferred Catwoman over the Caped Crusader.

At a fundraiser held Monday night at the Westport, Conn., home of producer Harvey Weinstein and co-hosted by Catwoman herself, Anne Hathaway, Obama praised the actress' performance in the Batman sequel. According to, the president remarked, “She’s spectacular. I got a chance to see Batman, and she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion.”

Hathaway co-hosted the fundraiser with Weinstein, The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin and Paul Newman’s widow, Joanne Woodward.

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Hollywood Producer Passes on Obama Movie Pitch

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- How do you know when you've got pull in Hollywood?  When the president of the United States pitches you on a movie, and you turn him down. That's just what A-list producer Harvey Weinstein did to President Obama when the president suggested Weinstein adapt an unnamed spy novel for the big screen. 

According to, Weinstein told the Times of London, “The president sent me a book the other day and said ‘Why don’t you make this into a movie? …I sent him an email back saying he was the most overqualified book scout I’ve ever had.”

Weinstein -- whose films include Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and many others -- no doubt felt chummy enough with the president to take that pass because of their relationship.  He's contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the Democratic party and Democratic candidates in recent years, including thousands directly to President Obama's war chest, and co-hosted an Obama fundraiser in New York just two weeks ago.

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