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Bob and Harvey Weinstein drop Disney and go it alone

Bob and Harvey Weinstein drop Disney and go it alone — The Miramax founders’ new company will launch up to 20 movies in its first year

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You were expecting something tiny? When Miramax founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein made their split from Disney official on March 29, it was with an announcement that their new venture — temporarily called the Weinstein Company — will be a ”fully integrated media company” (broadcasting! the Internet!) with a more-ambitious-than-expected first-year slate of 15 to 20 movies. Disney will partner on a few of them, but not on one of their biggest releases: Quentin Tarantino’s four-hour, NC-17 version of Kill Bill. The Weinsteins also confirmed that they’ll have another Tarantino project (could it be his long-gestating WWII epic, Inglorious Bastards?). They named an ”honorary advisory group” of high-profile finance honchos, and promised more details — like who’s paying for all this — in the next few weeks. So, if nothing else, they’ll beat their former bosses to the PR finish line: Disney won’t announce a new Miramax chief until July.