In what is becoming a near-comically prolonged series of negotiations, Variety reports that contract settlement talks between Miramax and Disney "have taken a more conciliatory tone" and should reach a conclusion "by the end of this month." The acrimony between the two camps has apparently dissapated due to a recent run of sucessful activity on the Miramax end, including tons of Oscar nods for Finding Neverland and The Aviator. According to Variety, there is a good chance that some form of Miramax - a smaller, less ambitious, far less independent - will continue under Disney rule without the Weinstein Brothers, who will likely take their recent acquisitions and start a new venture. It is also possible that Bob Weinstein will be allowed to hold on to his Dimension Films genre-film shingle when he and his brother run.
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