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Unfinished Song Weinstein
Unfinished Song: The Weinsteins love the old-people-be-musical formula; witness their art-house hit Quartet, which is just finishing up its run with a better-than-decent $18 million gross. Basically, they got their platform-prestige results without having to engage in actual Oscar campaigning (the movie was bumped from late 2012 into January 2013), and wrung a better gross out of Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut than any number of actual Oscar hopefuls, past and present (My Week with Marilyn, Nine, Blue Valentine, The Master... all outgrossed by Quartet!) (OK, I have to stop looking at these stats because I fear for what happens when the Weinsteins crunch the numbers on Quartet and find it a more worthwhile investment than The Master or Killing Them Softly.) Anyway, the Weinsteins may now be hoping that Unfinished Song, about a cranky widower (Terence Stamp) joining the choir beloved by his deceased wife (Vanessa Redgrave), plus also something about Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston, turns out to be Quintet, or Quartet 2: Hurry Up Getting Older. I'd much rather watch Arterton and Stamp team up to, like, go on the dole and beat the shit out of bad guys or something. But then, I'm an old crank of a different sort.

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