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A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Donald Trump‘s controversial U.S. presidential campaign seems to be rippling northward to Canada. The Trump International Hotel & Tower has been a TIFF favorite of studios and distributors for junkets and events, but it looks like this year it will see a dip in business. The Weinstein Co., which hosted a suite there in 2014 and had held rooms in reserve, has let them go. Says Weinstein Co. PR chief Dani Weinstein: “A lot of it is based on convenience. We have multiple films and will be where the talent and junketing is. That’s a bigger priority than the politicalness of it.”
Closer to home, Harvey Weinstein and brother Bob are dealing with their mother, Miriam, being a Trump fan. “Bob and I are in court trying to abrogate being my mother’s sons,” Harvey jokes. “Because my mother, who’s been a Jewish liberal for the last 40 years, just keeps saying how wonderful Donald is. We’re going to have to hire Bert Fields to get us out.”
Requests for confirmation that Fox Searchlight and Focus Features would return to the Trump-owned Toronto hotel — both were there in 2014 — went unanswered.
THR also reached out to the Creative Coalition, which held its annual Spotlight Initiative Awards dinner at the Trump on Sept. 5. Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Izzard, Tim Daly and Kevin McHale were in attendance. Creative Coalition did not respond to requests for comment.
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