Indeed, I have very happily combined long-lasting insulin with a pump for what I think is the best of both worlds! Its not common, and it gives a lot of people pause when you try to explain it, but I thought it worked out very nicely! I suppose there are a couple different ways to go about it, but I opted for about 75% of my basal as a once-a-day injection via Lantus, and that still left room for adjusting basal rates during the day a little higher and lower as needed, and then I used the pump for all of my bolus needs. Check out Steve Edelmen's "un-tethered" approach for basic details on how and why this can be a pretty slick way to go!
Also though, I second the use of metformin and symlin/victoza for lowering insulin needs in general, which in theory at least helps with weight in addition to BG management. Both are technically off-label uses, but both also helped me in different ways. I used metformin ER (which is a once a day pill, instead of the regular metformin which is a twice a day pill) for about a year pretty happily, but then it started causing heartburn and I switched to Symlin, which also isn't perfect but once I figured out my response to it its become almost as useful as Humalog in lowering my BG. I haven't tried Victoza yet, but its on the slate for this summer pending insurance coverage.
I've gained about 40 pounds since getting my BG "under control" with a pump, and while I haven't had any fast success, I've managed to whittle off a few pounds here and there presumably because of the decreased insulin usage from adding different meds in the mix. I also recently saw a new endo who suggested an annual thyroid check, as well as vit D screening in addition to the regular comprehensive annual lab work because its important to make sure the "other" systems are fully operational too, because those all play a role to some degree and can affect weight, insulin resistance, etc.