Weinstein Co. reclaims pics


The Weinstein Co.'s distribution deal with MGM is ending not with a bang but a whimper.

Although the deal was set to expire Dec. 31, the Weinstein Co. is taking back seven titles that it will release itself before the end of the year and then send to cable through its new Showtime output deal. They include two wide releases: "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" (Oct. 31) and "The Road" (exclusive Nov. 14, going wide Nov. 26).

The other titles, which will get limited platform releases, are "Killshot," "Fanboys," "Crossing Over," "Extreme Movie" and "Shanghai."

MGM will continue to handle two of the Weinstein Co.'s Dimension titles: "Soul Men" (Nov. 7) and "Hurricane Season" (Dec. 25). (partialdiff)