Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer, Rooney Mara Promote Weinstein Co. Pics in Cannes

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After presenting clips from his upcoming 2013 slate, Harvey Weinstein pointed out the absence of at least one of his films’ notable producers.

“I was going to bring George Clooney … but I’m still pissed off about losing,” Weinstein said of the thesp, who produced “August: Osage County” and “Argo,” the latter of which won the Oscar last year over Weinstein’s “Django Unchained.”

International buyers and reporters swarmed the screening room at the Majestic in Cannes on Friday, just after “Grace of Monaco” star Nicole Kidman slipped in. Kidman and Weinstein palled around the night before at Calvin Klein’s Cannes bash, and it was no surprise to see Kidman give a short onstage plug for the film.

“Say something nice about me and the movie,” Weinstein joked as Kidman walked to the microphone.

TWC screened footage from pics that ranged from civil rights era pic “The Butler” to J.D. Salinger docu “Salinger” to martial arts pic “The Grandmaster,” and Weinstein expressed confidence in his diverse 2013 slate.

“This is not your daddy’s HBO version of Mandela,” he said.

Weinstein also showed clips from “Ain’t them Bodies Saints,” “Grace of Monaco,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” to a packed house at the Majestic Hotel at Cannes on Friday afternoon.

Other cast members on hand to lend support to upcoming pics included Octavia Spencer, Rooney Mara and Michael B. Jordan.

Weinstein joked that a member of the Cannes jury had to leave early “to figure out which one of my movies wins the Palme d’Or.” TWC has “Only God Forgives” and “The Immigrant” in competition.


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