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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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16.

andy    

Well, regardless of any of the behind the scenes "activities", I find myself enjoying many of the movies that are put out under the "Weinstein" banner. The movie "Outlander" is spectacular for its genre, and deserves an "extended length" special edition release. Rumor has it, that close to an hour of additional footage exists. Come on, . . . let's make it happen ! ! !

1226 days ago
17.

Jerry Springer    

Years ago we had bum fights...now we have the Jew fights. I say take each mother out and save the planet.

1226 days ago
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