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Here are a couple of new release dates: Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release. Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th. Hit the jump for more on both films. Snowpiercer has already played all around the world, but it looks like we'll finally get to take a look at it for ourselves when it graces American shores this June. Though it's opening that weekend in limited release, it does so opposite Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction. The other problem is that The Weinstein Company agreed on releasing the director's cut of the film, but in a strategy that increases the number of theaters it plays in each week being contingent upon box office performance. In other words, if Transformers drowns it out, »
- Dave Trumbore
In case you’re not a totally dialed-in geek for this one, a battle has been raging in the press for several months over a movie that few journalists have actually seen. That film is South Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho’s upcoming sci-fi graphic novel adaptation, “Snowpiercer,” featuring an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Korean actors Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-sung and many more. And the drama percolating over the last few months has been pitted as a classic David and Goliath story of art versus commerce. The bad guy: The Weinstein Company’s notoriously bullish CEO Harvey Weinstein, often dubbed “Harvey Scissorhands,” who has a reputation as a tyrannical honcho who has battled with several of his filmmakers over their cuts. The familiar narrative is that Weinstein is a despot and the filmmakers are the oppressed artists that he persecutes. »
- Rodrigo Perez
South Korean director Joon-ho Bong and The Weinstein Company have come to an agreement on the release of Snowpiercer, which may be released in the U.S. later this year. The studio will now release the filmmaker's full two-and-a-half hour cut domestically, although in limited release.
Back in August, we reported that Harvey Weinstein demanded that the filmmaker cut at least 20 minutes from the movie, to make it more accessible for American audiences. Later that month, Joon-ho Bong revealed that the cuts Harvey Weinstein asked for were not as excessive as originally reported, although we still haven't heard anything about an American release of the sci-fi action drama until now. One of the director's stipulations in his contract with The Weinstein Company was that the movie would be given a wide release. Both parties compromised, with the original cut now being given a limited release with a roll out to additional markets. »
The saga of releasing Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic action film Snowpiercer has come to a close. For months, there's been wrangling behind the scenes between Bong and producer Harvey Weinstein about which cut to release in the U.S. Bong, obviously, wants his cut, which was a huge hit when it was released in his native South Korea last August. Weinstein wanted twenty minutes removed to put a heavier emphasis on the action. It started to look like the film would remain stuck on the shelf (Weinstein has been known to do that), but today they've come to a reasonable compromise. Hit the jump for more. The film stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. According to Deadline, Bong's contract with The Weinstein Company stated that the movie would get a wide release, but Weinstein felt »
- Matt Goldberg
It's a well known fact Harvey Weinstein has no qualms about editing the films he releases and not always with the support of the film's director. The latest instance is a battle over the final cut for the U.S. release of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, which has angered many film fans and it's quite clear in the following interview with John Hurt (via The Playlist), it doesn't particularly sit well with him either. Speaking with HeyUGuys at the London Critics Circle Awards over the weekend, the outlet didn't even need to urge Hurt to discuss the cuts as he immediately brings them up himself saying, "It's a wonderful film -- I've seen it -- and I want it to be shown in the English speaking territories in its full version. And I'm not in agreement with Harvey Weinstein who wants to cut twenty minutes out of it, because I know what he'll cut out. »
- Brad Brevet
Emma Thompson has joined the cast of The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson.
The dark comedy follows Scottish barber Barney Thomson, who stumbles into the world of serial murder through a series of accidental events, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Saving Mr Banks actress will play Barney's mother, while Robert Carlyle stars as Barney. The film marks Carlyle's directorial debut.
Thompson received major awards nominations for her role in Saving Mr Banks but fell short of securing an Oscar nod.
Last month, Meryl Streep revealed that she wrote Thompson a "long email" after she was overlooked at the Oscars.
"I was really shocked. And I wrote her a long, heartfelt email saying how bad I felt," Streep said.
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Robert Carlyle himself will take the title role, starring as a troubled Scottish barber who suddenly finds himself wrapped up in a serial murder. The screenplay is adapted from a series of novels by author Douglas Lindsay, written by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren.
Emma Thompson will play Robert Carlyle's mother, who cheerfully emasculates him at every turn as his darkest fantasies suddenly become a reality. Ray Winstone and Ewen Bremner are also attached to co-star in supporting roles.
The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson is currently being shopped by Myriad at the European Film Market in Berlin. The film itself will be a Canadian/U.K. co-production, and will begin filming later this year under producers John G. Lenic and Kaleena Kiff through their Trinity Works Entertainment banner. »
An adaptation of Douglas Lindsay's The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson (the first book in his "Barney Thomson" series) is on the way to the big screen, Variety reports. Emma Thompson, who recently starred in Saving Mr. Banks , will headline opposite Robert Carlyle ( Trainspotting ), who will also be using the project to mark his directorial debut. Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren are providing the adapted screenplay for the comedy thriller, which will feature Carlyle as the titular Thomson, a Scottish barber who haplessly stumbles into a new life as a serial killer. Thompson, then, will play the character's vicious mother. The project, which could foreseeably, like the books, launch a franchise, will also feature roles for Ewen Bremner and Ray Winstone. (Photo »
Here's more of today's casting news: Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) is set to star in The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, which will be the directorial debut of actor Robert Carlyle. Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners) and Amy Adams (American Hustle) will star in Ezekiel Moss for director Philip Seymour Hoffman. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Vanessa Redgrave (Howard's End) will star in an adaptation of Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture, directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. THR reports that Thompson will star in The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, an adaptation of the Douglas Lindsay novel series penned for the screen by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren. Also starring Ray Winstone and Ewen Bremner, the dark comedy-thriller picture follows "Barney, a Scottish barber who, through a series of accidental events, stumbles into the world of serial murder. Thompson will play Barney's mother, »
- Dave Trumbore
Emma Thompson will star in The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, a dark comedy-thriller that will act as actor Robert Carlyle's directorial debut. Carlyle will also star as Barney Thomson in the film, which will also star Ray Winstone and Ewen Bremner. Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren wrote the script, which is an adaption based on the popular series of novels by Douglas Lindsay. Myriad Pictures, which is handling worldwide sales (excluding Canada and the UK), will introduce the film to international buyers at the upcoming Efm in Berlin. The story follows Barney, a Scottish barber who, through
- Rebecca Ford
The script, based on a series of novels by Douglas Lindsay, was adapted for the screen by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren. Carlyle will also star in the title role as a downtrodden Scottish barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, allowing his dark fantasies to become reality. Thompson will play his mother, a character who cheerfully emasculates him at every turn.
Myriad will introduce the film to international buyers at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin. The film, a Canadian-u.K. co-production, is scheduled to go into production in the first half of this year.
- Dave McNary
Carlyle plays a Scottish barber who, through a series of accidental events, stumbles into the world of serial murder. Thompson will play Barney's emasculating mother.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The darkly comical thriller will also star Ewen Bremner and Carlyle, who will play the title role.
The Canada-uk co-production is scheduled to begin shooting in the first half of the year.
The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson centres on a downtrodden Scottish barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder.
Vancouver-based John G Lenic and Kaleena Kiff produce through their Trinity Works Entertainment label. Myriad chief Kirk D’Amico will serve as executive producer.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Emma Thompson has boarded the cast of the comedy thriller “The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson" which marks the directorial debut of versatile actor Robert Carlyle, reports Variety. The film is adapted for the screen by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren, based on a series of the novels by Douglas Lindsay. Carlyle is also starring in the film, playing a will also star as a downtrodden Scottish barber who stumbles onto a serial murder. Thompson will play his mother who emasculates his character. Ray Winstone and Ewen Bremner are also »
I'm sorry to say that there is still no U.S. release date set for director Bong Joon Ho's post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer. We do have four new clips from the great-looking film for you to watch, though!
Snowpiercer is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.
The movie has an awesome cast of actors that includes Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. The movie will probably show up on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. before it gets a theatrical release. It is set to »
- Joey Paur
Sneak Peek more new footage from director Bong Joon-ho's 'ice age' science fiction drama "Snowpiercer", starring Allison Pill, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung:
"...the story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.
"The sole survivors live on a train called 'Snowpiercer', powered by a perpetual machine, who struggle with the class system implemented on the train..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Snowpiercer"...
- Michael Stevens
London — The first image has been released of Jim Broadbent starring in “Get Santa,” which is shooting in London and Yorkshire, Northern England. Altitude Film Sales will be selling the pic at the European Film Market in Berlin.
When Santa (Broadbent) is arrested in London, it falls on 9-year-old Tom (Kit Connor) and his dad Steve (Rafe Spall) to go on a desperate quest to save Christmas.
Pic is penned and helmed by Christopher Smith (“Black Death,” “Severance”), and produced by Liza Marshall for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, alongside the BFI, Screen Yorkshire and Altitude Film Entertainment.
As well as Broadbent, newcomer Connor, and Spall (“Prometheus,” “I Give It a Year,” “Life of Pi”), the cast includes Stephen Graham (“This Is England,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Gangs of New York”), Ewen Bremner (“Trainspotting,” “Snatch,” “Black Hawk Down”), Jodie Whittaker (“Attack the Block,” “Venus”), Warwick Davis (“Harry Potter” franchise, »
- Leo Barraclough
Produced by Liza Marshall, the film also stars Rafe Spall, Stephen Graham, Ewen Bremner, Jodie Whittaker, Warwick Davis, Joanna Scanlan and Nonso Anozie. The cast is rounded out by Perry Benson, Matt King, Joshua McGuire and Hera Hilmar.
The film begins when nine-year-old Tom, played by newcomer Kit Connor, discovers Santa (Jim Broadbent) in the garden shed just days before Christmas. Escaping the wreckage of his sleigh and desperate to return to Lapland, Santa has come to ask Tom and his dad Steve (Spall) for help.
But Steve has »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
We’ve been waiting for a ridiculous amount of time for Bong Joon Ho’s English language debut Snowpiercer. It’s such a shame as reviews have been strong and every trailer had made it look more and more exciting. Over rumours of cuts, and then not cutting the film, you’d think a film with such strong stars would be easy to market. Even though there’s still no Us or UK release date, we can take a look at the latest trailer that comes courtesy of Japan. There’s a lot of new footage here, and it also hints at some kind of twist ending.
The film follows some of the last of humanity who have survived a new ice age by living on a never stopping train. As the train travels across the lands, unrest between the poor and rich who inhabit the train turns into all out war. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer has already opened in several parts of the world, including South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Estonia, although it still isn't clear when The Weinstein Company plans on releasing this thriller in North America. Another international trailer has been released, ahead of the graphic novel adaptation's February 7 release in Japan, which features previously unseen footage. Chris Evans, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris star as survivors of a global ice age, who live on a perpetual motion train that circles the globe, where a revolution is brewing against a new class system.
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