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Weinstein Bros Accused of Sabotaging Alien Movie

3/4/2011 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Two MAJOR movie executives were so against putting Kevin Bacon in one of their flicks ... they paid the actor $25,000 so he would go away ... so says a new lawsuit.

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It's just one of the allegations made by the director and a producer of the animated flick "Escape from Planet Earth" ... a movie about aliens escaping from Area 51 ... which was supposed to be made by The Weinstein Company. The movie was never completed.

According to the lawsuit, the Weinsteins -- who also executive produced "The King's Speech" -- were "out-of-control" ... and ran the project into the ground. Among the allegations:

-- The Weinsteins often issued "incessant, incoherent, and even contradictory notes" about the movie and forced the writer to re-work the script 17 times.

-- Harvey Weinstein paid Kevin Bacon $25,000 NOT to be in the film ... despite the fact that Bacon  previously agreed to take a role for $50,000 ... all because Weinstein felt $50,000 was too much to pay Kevin Bacon.

-- The Weinsteins kept 200+ animators on payroll doing nothing because they couldn't get the script locked (see above).

The two men behind the lawsuit, producer Brian Inerfeld and writer/director Tony Leech claim the Weinsteins also tried to bully them out their lucrative contracts ... which could have paid the two an estimated $50 million if the movie had been a hit.

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Tammy    

This is about an amount of money I have no concept of, so I can't really comment. However, I do think $50,000 is too LOW for Kevin Bacon because Kevin is a good actor.

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They are crayz!!    

Harvey is a overweight lard a$$. good thing Max isn't around to see what kind of man Harvey turned out to be. Bob is the brains, talent and looks of the company. Harvey is just a loud mouth bully with a horsehoe up his bum. Harvey has been so close to bankruptcy a number of times, them his brother makes some good business decisions and saves Harvey's a$$. Bob - lose the dead weight and cut Harvey out.

1328 days ago
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lee    

Interesting in light of the 2+ million Michael Moore lawsuit vs. the Weinsteins over "Capitalism, a Love Story"

1328 days ago
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wil    

I love Kevin Bacon and will pay to see anything he is in. He is a great actor and director. I love it when he directs his wife in "the closer". He does excellent work.

Why dont they like him? Sounds like they are big babies if you ask me.

1328 days ago
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Sugarbutt    

This article seems to suggest the Weinsteins are bad people because they are jewish. That's so anti semantic.

1328 days ago
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Linda    

Maybe there is too much truth in the movie. Sounds like there's something that we're not supposed to know.

1328 days ago
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FreeWill    

Kevin Bacon is only worth $50,000 a movie and Charlie Sheen gets 2 million an episode for a bad tv show? Something is wrong here.
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Exactly! What 's going on here? How a crazy wacko get paid 2 mil and a good actor only $50,000

1328 days ago
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Carl    

I can see that a likable A-list actor with a great box office track record and no personal problems would sink a movie. Probably would have been better off getting Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan to play parts in the movie.

1328 days ago
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Comment Ads Suck    

Makes you wonder how many good projects were killed due to ego.

WTF THIS IS NOT -WINNING-

1328 days ago
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chalky    

Dude, i swear these guys are exactly like my boss!

1328 days ago
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tomestokes    

money talks and the bull**** walked

1328 days ago
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Janar    

This is about an amount of money I have no concept of, so I can't really comment. However, I do think $50,000 is too LOW for Kevin Bacon because Kevin is a good actor.

Posted at 10:35 AM on Mar 4, 2011 by Tammy
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I was thinking the same thing before I started reading the comments. The initial amount of $50,000 for him to be in the movie, and then $25,000 not to be in it are both insultive and ridiculous amounts of money for Kevin Bacon. That is no money for the average person working an every day job, let alone an A-list actor like Kevin Bacon.

1328 days ago
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Janar    

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Posted at 7:19 PM on Mar 4, 2011 by avsecbostjan
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WHAT IS THIS??? AND WHY???

1328 days ago
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NoBreederRat    

Kevin and Kyra are two of my favorite actors in Hollywood. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon proves others feel he's good enough and likeable enough to put in their films as well.

If it's true then everyone keep using bit torrent for all Weinstein productions.

1328 days ago
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Janar    

This article seems to suggest the Weinsteins are bad people because they are jewish. That's so anti semantic.

Posted at 11:26 AM on Mar 4, 2011 by Sugarbutt
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It clearly suggest that the Weinsteins are cheap. And Kevin Bacon does not need to be working for them.

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