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Mediaite's Concha: Weinstein's Anti-NRA Film Will Bomb

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 05:49 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Movie czar Harvey Weinstein will take a financial bath if he goes ahead with an anti-NSA film project he warns will make the pro-gun group "wish they weren't alive," says Joe Concha, a columnist for the media watchdog Mediaite.com.

"For one, movies like this rarely make money. If we look back over the last five or six years, Tom Cruise made a movie called 'Lions For Lambs,' as an anti-war film in Afghanistan," Concha told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"There was 'Redacted,' there was 'Rendition,' all of them had something in common: they all bombed. The last movie … that did somewhat well was 'Bowling for Columbine' and that was 12 years ago."

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On Wednesday, the outspoken head of The Weinstein Company appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius/XM Radio and said an anti-NRA movie starring Meryl Streep is in the works.

"I shouldn't say this, but I'll tell it to you, Howard. I'm going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we're going to take this head-on. And they're going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them."

Concha believes that's wishful thinking on Weinstein's part.

"If Weinstein is thinking, you know what, I'm going to make another 'Bowling For Columbine' that's really going to make the NRS sweat, I got news for you, we've already seen that movie," he said.

"And Meryl Streep was actually in the aforementioned 'Lions for Lambs' — she starred in it — and that bombed.

"So, if the plan is, I'm going to make this movie that's going to just do wonders in the box office and change people's minds about the NRA, we're going to have the opposite effect than what Mr. Weinstein thinks it'll have."

Concha says that Weinstein isn't called "Harvey Scissorhands" — for his reputation of ruthlessly editing his movies — for nothing.

"He probably believes that with his scissor hands … that he could make another great 'Pulp Fiction' kind of movie that changes the way our culture looks at itself and can actually have an impact," he said.

"I don't think he's delusional, he's just arrogant and he thinks with Streep on board that that will suddenly be a difference maker.

"But I'd be willing to bet … it ain't gonna happen."

Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax films and a major contributor to President Barack Obama, told Stern the film will be a "big movie like a 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'" — the 1939 classic starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur in which a political novice takes on political corruption in Washington.

Weinstein says the purpose of the movie will be to scare people away from firearms, according to The Washington Times.

When Stern asked Weinstein if he himself owned a gun, the Hollywood producer said he never has.

"I never want to have a gun," Weinstein told Stern. "I don't think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area."

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