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I'm excited to tell you that Bong Joon-Ho's post apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer has finally been given a release date, and that date is June 27th, 2014 in limited theaters. We've been reporting news on this movie for such a long time, and it's great that we'll actually be able to see it!
As previously reported, the Weinsteins bought U.S. rights to the film back in 2012 based on a script and and some test footage. The deal they made included a wide release, but the director turned in a film that was over two and half hours long. The Weinsteins wanted the director to cut the film down, but he wouldn't. As a result, the Weinsteins didn't want to release it.
Just a few weeks ago, the two parties recently came to an agreement that allowed the movie to be released in theaters. Basically, the director gets to keep his cut of his film, »
- Joey Paur
Oh hey, look — your boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch scored another magazine cover and photoshoot! (We’d say he’s never looked better, but, uh, we’re kind of biased.)
The Cumbermeister’s latest interview isn’t exactly his most revealing ever, but it does include plenty of tasty tidbits about how his first major acting role, how the “accidental superstar” reacts to Cumbermania, and which animated character he thinks he bears a resemblance to. (Hint: It ain’t Prince Charming.) Here’s what we learned:
He’s still self-deprecating to a fault
“Why does anyone want to know my opinions?” he »
- Hillary Busis
Could it be? Your eyes do Not deceive you! There is finally a release date set for Snowpiercer here in the States. Look for it in theatres on June 24, 2014, hopefully in its original form. At least that's the rumor. Look for confirmation soon.
The English-language directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho.
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
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- Uncle Creepy
Basic truth: every animation company, whether it’s independent or under the umbrella of a major studio like Sony or Fox, considers each property it produces as a possible franchise until the box office tells them whether or not that’s a good idea. Mercifully, sometimes audiences get it right and simply don’t give the animated property in question enough money to earn itself a sequel, and that was exactly how things should have and did play out for Free Birds. With all its unfunny gags and obvious attempts at mimicking the trends of more successful recent animated features, Free Birds feels tired from the first ten minutes (of which the funniest part was revealed in trailers) and it never recovers. It stumbles, falls, and then a weird time travel plot and some really bad running jokes pull its exhausted corpse through the next 80 minutes in an experience that »
- Lex Walker
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! For much of the year, the Best Animated Feature category was looking like a bit of a problem area: as one studio effort after another met with either an indifferent or disastrous reception, the threat of the weakest field in the award's 13-year history hovered in the air. In the end, however, things picked up: the Mouse House came through in November with a certifiable smash, and the Academy enriched the category by venturing further afield than Hollywood. As it is, it's a respectable enough contest, though a five-nominee field is beginning to look over-generous. The nominees are... "The Croods" (Chris Sanders, »
- Guy Lodge
Even though a May 29th 2015 release date is set and production is slated for this summer, the official green light still hasn't been given.
That hasn't stopped the studio eyeing up actors Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class") and Jane Levy ("Suburgator") for the lead roles in the potential franchise launcher, though no formal offers are said to be on the table as yet.
If they do close deals, Till would play a bad boy with a good heart, Levy would play a character said to resemble a "high school version of Tina Fey". Dylan Minnette and Nick Robinson were also previously linked for roles but have since committed to other projects.
- Garth Franklin
Following the success of The Lego Movie, it’s naturally en vogue for studios to immediately rush out and peg the next toy-based film to match the same magic. Though there have been toy centric films in the past that haven’t quite mustered up as much sheer joy, rave reviews or the approval of entire families – giving you very pointed side-eye, Battleship — now that it’s safe to say that Lego is a box office hit, it’s time to move on to the next big adventure. The latest film to make it out of Toys ‘R Us and toward the big screen is Monster Trucks, Paramount’s big-budget answer to the Transformers franchise, except starring some Hasbro branded Tonka trucks. Few details are given about the film at this point, except to say that the flick, directed by Ice Age‘s Chris Wedge and written by Kung Fu Panda‘s Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, has »
- Samantha Wilson
While it's fantastic that The Lego Movie has been a hit critically and at the box office, that also means we might have to grit our teeth through on onslaught of other toy movies trying to build on the success of the Warner Bros. animated movie. One such project is Paramount Pictures new action adventure Monster Trucks, which the studio hopes will kick off a franchise like Transformers. The new project is also based on a Hasbro toy line and is already scheduled for release on May 29th, 2015. Now two rising stars may join the film as The Wrap reports Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and Jane Levy (Evil Dead) are being eyed. Ice Age director Chris Wedge will be at the helm of the film scripted by Kung Fu Panda scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, which doesn't yet have a greenlight, but is hoping to start production this summer. »
- Ethan Anderton
Just when we were all feeling warm and fuzzy about a clever film designed to sell toys, Hollywood has to go and ruin it all for us by beating a good thing to death with a stick. The success of The Lego Movie apparently means that we can expect a sudden rush of toy-themed films, beginning with Tonka’s Monster Trucks from Paramount.
Monster Trucks has been in development since last summer, but now things are really getting going on the heart-warming tale of trucks that smash each other into bits. With director Chris Wedge of Ice Age fame already attached, we now learn that actors Jane Levy (Suburgatory) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) have both signed on to voice the lead characters. Although no real plot details are yet forthcoming, we do know that Till will play the “bad boy with a good heart” and Levy a “Tina Fey-esque” high school girl. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
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Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
Yes, "The Lego Movie" might be super-clever and subversive and far better than anyone was expecting, but that's not how Hollywood sees it. As we feared, the success of the toy movie has sent executives scrambling to find anything that can be found on the shelves of Toys 'R Us so they can turn it into a movie. And that's why "Monster Trucks" is a totally a thing now. First announced last summer, the live action/animated hybrid will be directed by Chris Wedge ("Ice Age," "Epic") with Paramount aiming for "a 'Transformers'-like franchise," because obviously. And now The Wrap reveals that "Suburgatory" and "Evil Dead" star Jane Levy will lead the film alongside Havok aka Lucas Till. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger ("Kung Fu Panda," "Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked") have penned the script for this thing, though no plot details have been revealed yet (though we presume it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Evil Dead 's Jane Levy and X-Men: First Class ' Lucas Till are, according to TheWrap , being eyed by Paramount Pictures to take leading roles in the upcoming Monster Trucks . The live action/CGI hybrid is to be directed by Chris Wedge ( Ice Age , Epic ). The screenplay for Monster Trucks arrives from Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who also wrote DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation's upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants sequel. No plot details have been revealed as of yet, although a release date of May 29, 2015 has already been set. That's likely to shift, however, unless Paramount gives Monster Trucks a green light and moves into production immediately. (Photo Source: Daniel Tanner / WENN.com »
Josh Peck loves former co-star Drake Bell like a brother ... but Josh won't help his buddy crawl out of debt by making a "Drake & Josh" flick.Peck was catching some rays on a bench in Manhattan Beach when our photog raised the issue of helping Drake score some quick cash.As we previously reported ... Bell's in the hole to the tune of $581k -- and claiming he pulls in an anemic $2,820 a month compared to »
- TMZ Staff
Director Carlos Saldanha (much of the "Ice Age" franchise, Rio ) gave ComingSoon.net a preview of 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios' animated sequel Rio 2 , which has an April 11th nationwide release. The sequel follows the spring 2011 Rio , which--set in Rio de Janeiro--tells the story of Blu, a neurotic Macaw bird voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, falling in love and avoiding capture with Jewel, a carefree Macaw voiced by Anne Hathaway. Rio was an international box office success and received generally positive reviews, notably for its music, which was recognized at the Academy Awards with a nomination for Best Original Song. Saldanha told us that with mixing having finished just last week, we were to be some of the first to see the selected clips. Before »
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and BBC Earth Films invite you to bring home Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, an awe-inspiring adventure 70 million years in the making, now stomping in just in time for Easter.
Dino fans of all ages will be 'herding" to get their own copy of Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie, releasing on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25. Hailed by viewers for its explosive visual achievements, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie is "Jurassic Park meets The Lion King" (The Today Show) and "...too good a visual treat to miss" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (The Meerkats) and the writer behind the hit film Happy Feet, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood's biggest stars including: John Leguizamo (Ice Age, »
"The Lego Movie" far exceeded expectations this weekend by taking in almost $70 million. That is the biggest debut of the year to date and the second biggest February opening ever behind "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004. This boffo box office was no doubt boosted by stellar notices, with the film scoring 97 among the top tier at Rotten Tomatoes and 82 over at MetaCritic. brainer. However, there are two hurdles the movie will have to overcome to win. The first is this early release date. Almost a whole year will have gone by before voting begins for the 2014 Academy Awards. While this is a huge hurdle for most contenders, it is less so for animated features. One of this year's nominees, "The Croods," was released on March 22. Other early releases that reaped bids in this race include: "Ice Age&q »
Breeding some of the most provocative, absorbing of feature films, the dystopian genre has a duty to not only compel and entertain its audience, but to provide a relatively convincing hypothetical prediction, of how the human race would respond to such cataclysmic devastation within this theoretical environment, no matter how absurd it may seem. To strike the perfect balance between the two notions is certainly no easy task – but it is one Bong Joon-ho has triumphed in empathetically, with his latest endeavour Snowpiercer.
Set just 17 years into the future, a destructive Ice Age has wiped out the human race on earth, following a failed experiment to eradicate the dangers of global warming. However a leading engineer who feared such an outcome, designed an infallible train, that journeys around the globe consistently, using a perpetual-motion engine – and aboard this train are the only surviving members of the human race. Engulfed in a class system, »
- Stefan Pape
We've been reporting on director Bong Joon-Ho's post apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer for a long time, and in all that time it never has been given a release date. There's been a bit of drama surrounding the film. Basically, the Weinstein's bought U.S. rights to the film back in 2012 based on a script and and some test footage. The deal that they made included a wide release, but the director turned in a film that was over two and half hours long, and the director wasn't willing to edit it down. So the Weinstein's didn't want to release it.
The two parties recently came to an agreement though, and we will actually get to see this movie in theaters! Basically the director keeps the length and cut of his movie, but instead of a wide release, it will be a limited release with a roll out.
The film stars Chris Evans, »
- Joey Paur
Deadline is reporting that director Bong Joon-Ho's film Snowpiercer , which was said to be undergoing cuts for its American debut, will instead premiere uncut when it finally gets released later this year. The site does note that the film will no longer receive as wide of a release as initially planned, due to its now uncut status, but will instead begin in limited release and roll out to other markets. The film, based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” 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 Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class »
There's been much heated talk around the Weinsteins' unpopular decision to release an edited for American audiences version of Snowpiercer here in the States. Have they heard the cries of the filmmakers and fans? Read on for the latest!
Weinstein bought U.S. rights on the movie back in 2012 at Afm on the basis of the script and some sample footage. A wide release was in the contract, until the director turned in a cut of just beyond two and one-half hours.
The truce is basically that the director keeps the length of his film, but instead of going wide, it will be a platform release with a rollout. The picture is not being dumped. The film has done well in Korea and France and has gotten strong reviews. »
- Uncle Creepy
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