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Review Ryan Lambie 18 Apr 2014 - 06:25
While Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer was ploughing ahead in the director's native South Korea, making $65m in that country alone last year, the sci-fi dystopia's release in English-speaking markets ground to a halt. The intentions of The Weinstein Company were much-publicised: lop out around 25 minutes of character development from the film's 125-minute duration, and paste in a Neil Gaiman-penned narration over the footage which remained.
The stand-off between director Bong and the Weinsteins, who wanted to make Snowpiercer accessible to "audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma" has, thankfully, been resolved since, and it seems that Snowpiercer will soon be screened uncut in countries such as Britain and America. In a strange parallel between life and art, the Weinsteins' implied assumption that audiences »
“Tilda was at Sundance for ‘Orlando’ when we showed our short film of ‘Bottle Rocket’ there in 1993. I had never seen — as an audience member and also, from a snowy distance, in person — anyone remotely like her. And like everyone else in Park City, I was immediately captivated.”
“There is one particularly grotesque scene in (‘Snowpiercer’) in which Tilda suddenly removes her (prosthetic) dentures in front of Chris Evans. I don’t even remember if that scene was Tilda’s idea or mine. That’s how melded together we were as creative collaborators, and for me, the entire process
was pure joy.”
“Tilda is one of the most amazing creatures I have ever met. I first met her in Los Angeles backstage at a concert by a group called the Darkness. We just walked up to each other, and she said, ‘Jim.’ And I said, »
- Variety Staff
Tilda Swinton has always exuded an otherworldly aura. Maybe it’s the pale, almost translucent skin that highlights her steely blue eyes. She speaks with such rabid intelligence that even a casual conversation sounds like it was scripted by Dorothy Parker. She seems impossibly tall, a willowy figure whose striking, androgynous looks have been tilted toward a wide range of menacing characters.
In Wes Anderson’s latest fairy tale, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the 53-year-old Scottish actress is virtually unrecognizable under droopy skin and wrinkles as octogenarian Madame D. In the just-released drama “Only Lovers Left Alive,” directed by Jim Jarmusch, she portrays Eve, a chic-looking (if 3,000-year-old) vampire. And in June, she’ll be seen Stateside in Bong Joon-ho’s futuristic “Snowpiercer” as a terrifying political leader whose inspiration draws from equal parts Kim Jong-un and Marilyn Manson.
Her versatility as an artist makes her impossible to classify.
- Jenelle Riley
Following on from the first trailer and clip, Paramount Pictures has now given us the first official TV spot for director Brett Ratner’s (X-Men: The Last Stand) sword-and-sandals fantasy Hercules, which is based upon the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars and sees Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain) in the lead role as the mythological hero….
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. This story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… »
- Gary Collinson
With director Jim Jarmusch’s fantastic Only Lovers Left Alive opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Tilda Swinton. In the film, set against the backdrop of Detroit and Tangiers, Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play two vampires who have been in love for centuries. As you can see in the trailer, Only Lovers Left Alive is loaded with great performances---not only Swinton and Hiddleston, but the rest of the cast including Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey Wright. If you live in either city, I absolutely recommend seeking it out. For more on the film, here's Phil's glowing review. During the interview, Swinton talked about how she got involved in the project, how much changed during the making of the film, setting the film in Detroit and Tangiers, the way she likes to work, preparing for a role, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. This story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
- Gary Collinson
This weekend, get ready to fall in love.
"Only Lovers Left Alive," the latest oddball concoction from American auteur Jim Jarmusch ("Mystery Train," "Ghost Dog"), is a flawless jewel of a movie -- a sweeping love story about two disaffected vampires, named, of course, Adam and Eve. As played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton they are the kind of creatures of the night that you are just dying to hang out with.
We were granted an audience with the queen, aka Tilda Swinton, at this year's SXSW Film Festival, where the movie played to a rapturous audience response. Talking to Swinton, even for a few minutes, gives you a euphoric high -- she is so thoughtful and precise and emotionally articulate (things that, it goes without saying, most actors are not). It's hard to not want to spend a lifetime just chatting with her (the bloodsucking aspect of a »
- Drew Taylor
When it comes to would be blockbusters, spring is now seen as just as viable a time to unleash the oversized spectacle most associate with movies released in the summer months. Last month we got things like "300: Rise of an Empire" and "Noah," movies stuffed to the gills with movie starts, sophisticated special effects, and the kind of budgets that could rescue the economies of most third would nations. The latest in the springtime frenzy is "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," that stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, a wimpy kid who, during World War II, is injected with a super soldier serum that turns him into an agreeably square super-soldier.
In the sequel, set in the modern day, Cap is dealing with the moral nebulousness of the current intelligence programs and, of course, the fact that he's »
- Drew Taylor
Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi drama will open the 20th anniversary edition of the Los Angeles Film festival on June 11.
Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and John Hurt star in the tale of a trans-global train in a post-apocalyptic world that serves as a microcosm of society.
“Snowpiercer is a wild ride and a spectacular way to open the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which is dedicated to the visionary spirit of La that inspires artists around the world,” said festival director Stephanie Allain.
RADiUS-twc will release Snowpiercer on June 27. The full Laff programme will be announced n May 6. The festival is scheduled to run from June 11-19.
To Be Takei will open the 30th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Laapff), which runs from May 1- 11. Jennifer Kroot’s documentary chronicles the life of iconic Star Trek actor George Takei and his work in activism. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The last time we were talking about Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" was about eight months ago when word surfaced that Harvey Weinstein was looking to cut 20 minutes out of the film ahead of its North American release. It had already played quite well in South Korea and picked up a fair share of raves across Asia and at this and that foreign film festival. The film will be released Stateside on June 27, but word comes today that it will see its official Us premiere two weeks earlier as the opening night presentation at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11. The festival, produced by Film Independent, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and Artistic Director for the fest, David Ansen, expressed his excitement over the selection via press release. "As fans of 'The Host' and 'Mother' know, Bong takes popular genres to a visionary new level," Ansen said. »
- Kristopher Tapley
I can’t remember the last time the media squawked so hard over a movie. It seemed like there was two years of fighting over “Snowpiercer,” Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi thriller that’s been seen over most of the world and not North America. Harvey Weinstein owns the right and there was a protracted battle over the length of the movie that had bloggers crying foul over his “Scissorhands” ways. In the end, the movie is coming out as the director intended, but it’s a smaller release than originally thought. TWC Radius, the VOD arm of The Weinstein Company, is releasing the snowbound apocalyptic tale in theaters on June 27th in New York and L.A. and presumably it’ll be out on VOD that same weekend. The movie that stars the international cast of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, »
- Edward Davis
Even in a generic corporate office, in the middle of an exhausting multi-city promotional tour, Tilda Swinton couldn't help but be cheeky. The statuesque Scottish Oscar-winner gave an impromptu tour of her home for the day — an antiseptic room at Sony Pictures Classics, distributor of her slow-burn vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive. (It opens Friday, April 11th.) She pointed out the framed, crookedly hung Sony logo on the wall ("That's a lovely piece of art," she said dryly, "Can you imagine?") and commented on a lonely bulbous vase guarding »
The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival will open with Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” on June 11. It will be the film's North American premiere. No word yet on who from the film will be in attendance. (Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-sung, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Luke Pasqualino and Allison Pill make up the sprawling cast.)The downtown La-based fest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, running from June 11 through 19, set to screen a slate of nearly 200 films. Our Toh! review of the international cut of “Snowpiercer” is here. The film’s release is June 27, via RADiUS-twc. »
- Beth Hanna
Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11, festival organizers announced Tuesday. The film, which will have its North American premiere at the festival, will be released by RADiUS-twc on June 27. The post-apocalyptic action thriller, adapted by Bong and Kelly Masterson and based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner and Alison Pill. Photos: 'Snowpiercer' Character Posters: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton in Propulsive Sci-Fi Thriller Set in a future in which
- Rebecca Ford
Bong Joon-ho's “Snowpiercer” has been named opening-night film of the 20th anniversary Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent announced on Tuesday. The futuristic thriller, which stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris and Octavia Spencer, will have its North American premiere on Wednesday, June 11 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. The film will be released in the U.S. on June 27 by RADiUS/TWC. See video: Chris Evans Follows His Destiny in New ‘Snowpiercer’ Trailer (Video) “Snowpiercer” is set in the near future, in an Ice Age environment accidentally created in an attempt to stave off global warming. »
- Steve Pond
The festival, now in its 20th year, is centered in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live and its Regal Cinemas.
The sci-fi actioner, starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris and Song Kang-ho, depicts a peasant revolt on a massive “Snowpiercer” train — the last bastion of humanity in an icy futuristic world after an experiment to combat global warming causes an ice age that kills nearly all life on Earth.
“‘Snowpiercer’ is a wild ride and a spectacular way to open the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Film Festival which is dedicated to the visionary spirit of L.A. that inspires artists around the world,” said Stephanie Allain, festival director.
The festival, which runs from June 11 to 21, will screen nearly 200 films. »
- Dave McNary
To hear that studio executives want to trim down or alter brainy science fiction films is not very rare. Just ask Terry Gilliam, who battled with Universal studio head Sidney Sheinberg over the final cut of Brazil. Or, recall that Warner Bros. released a version of Blade Runner in 1982 that few would consider its essential cut. So, when Harvey Weinstein proposed to cut 20 minutes from the English-language, South Korean hit Snowpiercer for its North American release this summer, fans of Bong Joon-Ho reacted with scathing vitriol. As it stands in its 126-minute form, Snowpiercer is too conceptually dense and absurdly entertaining to cut down to palate the needs of dim audiences. That version would simply be too confusing. However, what we’re presented with is far from a science fiction classic.
Snowpiercer touches on themes related to the disparity between rich and poor, although for every rich idea of visionary wonder, »
- Jordan Adler
Before we get into this, it's probably fair to warn that if you haven't read "Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape," there are spoilers ahead. That said, I'm not going to go too deep into plot mechanics, because if anything, once Jacques Lob's story winds up, it's the journey and experience of the tale that takes precedent. And if 'The Escape' was chilly and grim, then 'The Explorers' doubles down, with a view of humanity that isn't quite pessimistic, but certainly embraces the notion that times of crisis can bring out in the worst in people, just as it can the best. But it all kicks off with an approach that completely reorients the point-of-view laid out so far. Yes, "Snowpiercer" is still set on a train, forever traveling through a post-apocalyptic wintry wasteland on an otherwise uninhabitable Earth, but in 'The Explorers' we're dropped into a second train of survivors. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Irrfan Khan won the Asian Film Award for Best Actor (The Lunchbox) at the 8th Asian Film Awards held in Macau on March 27. The other nominations in this category were Fukuyama Masaharu for Like Father, Like Son, Lee Kang Sheng for Stray Dogs, Tony Leung Chiu Wai for The Grandmaster and Song Kang-ho for The Attorney.
Ritesh Batra, the writer-director of The Lunchbox won the award for Best Screenplay. The other nominations in this category were Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson for Snowpiercer, Li Qiang for So Young, Watanabe Kensaku for The Great Passage, and Wong Kar-wai, Zou Jingzhi and Xu Haofeng for The Grandmaster.
Full list of awards:
Best Film: The Grandmaster
After yesterday's first look images and theatrical poster, Paramount Pictures has now debuted the very first trailer for Hercules, director Brett Ratner's (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand) adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which sees Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6, Pain & Gain) leading the cast as the mythological hero. Check it out after the official synopsis....
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must »
- Gary Collinson
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