Miramax, RIP: A major mini fades to black

It was built on sex, lies and videotape. Also “Sex, Lies and Videotape.” And “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “The English Patient” and “The Postman.” Plus Quentin Tarantino, Matt and Ben, Gwyneth and Renee, and a foul-mouthed Jersey clerk named Smith.

And yesterday, it finally faded out.

Thirty-one years after it started – and 17 years after its founding brothers, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, fatally sold the company to Disney – Miramax has shut down for good.

According to its Mouse Factory overlords, its New York and Los Angeles offices will be swept clean. Its 80 employees will fill out unemployment applications. Its few remaining, unreleased movies? Sold off quickly to cable, probably, and forgotten.

The story of Miramax will be harder to forget.

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