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, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
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.
Over the past week, I got to attend the Berlin Film Festival for the first time. Unlike Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival, which feel like they take over their host cities, Berlin’s film festival feels like an intimate event. The reason I say this is due to the size of the city. Berlin is massive. It sort of feels like the Los Angeles of Germany because of the distance from end to end. However, in one small area of the city, Potsdamer Platz to be exact, the world comes together to celebrate film. In those surrounding blocks, you can see the best of world cinema and watch excited fans attempt to catch glimpses of their favorite actors and directors.
While at the Festival, I caught a few fantastic movies like Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, Yann Demange’s ’71, Eskil Vogt’s Blind and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The other day, before leaving Berlin, I recorded a video blog about the festival and films with Alex from FirstShowing. Hit the jump for our thoughts.
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.
The legend of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer is beginning to eclipse the actual movie. 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. Snowpiercer was a hit in Bong’s native South Korea, and it’s slowly rolling out to other territories. However, behind-the-scenes wrangling continues between Bong and U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company. Harvey Weinstein wants a shorter, more action-oriented cut, while Bong obviously wants to keep his cut intact. The result is that we currently don’t know what we’ll get or when we’ll get it. As we wait, new trailers continue to roll out, and a new one from Japan features plenty of fresh footage, and a heavy emphasis on the movie’s protagonist, Curtis (Chris Evans).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer opens in Japan on February 7th. Let us know what we’re missing, Japan.
Over the past several months, there’s been controversy regarding the North American cut of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer. The post-apocalyptic action-drama has been a hit in his native South Korea, but The Weinstein Company wants to remove 20-minutes to make the movie more palatable to U.S. audiences. Bong’s response has ranged from restrained to furious regarding the cuts, but either way, there’s definitely some ongoing conflict behind-the-scenes. We originally reported that the cuts Harvey Weinstein wanted would play up the action and add opening and closing voiceovers. Bong has now clarified the nature of the cuts, and why his version may have the edge.
Hit the jump for more. Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung.
A French trailer has been released for Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, and it provides our best look at the movie yet. 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. This trailer provides not only a clearer picture of the plot, but also tons of visual effects we haven’t seen before. It also has Alison Pill firing an automatic weapon, so that’s fun too. Overall, Snowpiercer looks like an exhilarating ride, but we’ll have to see if we get the original South Korean cut or a shorter, dumbed-down version The Weinstein Company wants for U.S. distribution.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer currently does not have a U.S. release date. The film premiered in Bong’s native South Korea last month, and was a big hit at the box office.
Check out a selection of new posters from the following films:
- Thor: The Dark World – Alan Taylor’s Marvel follow-up starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Christopher Eccleston opens November 8th.
- Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho’s futuristic thriller starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner,Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung does not yet have a U.S. release date.
- The Book Thief – Brian Percival’s book adaptation starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Ben Schnetzer, opens November 15th.
- 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen’s biographical drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt opens October 18th.
- Ender’s Game – Gavin Hood’s sci-fi novel adaptation starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford, opens November 1st.
- Homefront - From writer Sylvester Stallone, adapted from the Chuck Logan novel, director Gary Fleder’s action thriller stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre, and opens November 27th.
Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.
A few weeks ago, we reported that U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company was forcing director Bong Joon-ho to trim twenty minutes out of his hit South Korean film, Snowpiercer, to make it more palatable to U.S. audiences. It was an insult to both to Bong and to us especially since Snowpiercer may be a smart movie (I don’t know, I haven’t seen it), but at the very least, Americans should be able to understand the premise of a train traveling through a frozen, post-apocalyptic wasteland, and there’s a revolution brewing among the poorer passengers. Nevertheless, Harvey Weinstein wants twenty minutes gone and opening and closing voiceovers.
Bong was recently reached for comment on the forced edits. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
South Korea has definitely taken a page from us when it comes to a marketing onslaught. With Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, it’s not too surprising when you consider that it’s the most expensive movie in the country’s history. This marketing blitz has paid off with the movie breaking South Korea’s box office records. Today, three mini-featurettes have found their way online, and they all highlight the action that Harvey Weinstein probably wants in his slimmed down, U.S. version of the movie. The featurettes focus on the characters played Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, and Tilda Swinton. Kang-ho’s featurette isn’t translated to English, but it still contains some nice footage of his character.
Hit the jump to check out the featurettes, and click here for Steve’s interview with Evans where the actor talks about Weinstein’s controversial decision to cut twenty minutes from the movie. The film also stars John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.
A few days ago at D23, I landed an extended video interview with Chris Evans. Since we covered so many subjects, I broke it up into two parts. In part one, which you can watch here, Evans talked about making Captain America: The Winter Solider, what the film is about, how it continues the love story from the first film, what it means for him to have the entire planet watching Marvel movies, if Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Tom Hiddleston appearing as Loki at Comic-Con.
In part two, which is after the jump, Evans talks about his directorial debut 1:30 Train and what it’s about, revealing he hasn’t yet cast the female lead but filming is set to begin November 1st. In addition, Evans talks about Dunkin Donuts finally coming back to L.A. (we’re both from New England where they are on every corner), and the recent news that The Weinstein Company might be cutting Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, for American audiences. While he’s careful about not saying the wrong thing, I didn’t hold back on what I thought and I think you’ll enjoy seeing his reaction.
I’ve been really looking forward to Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, but I guess I’ll have to wait to see his original cut. Even though the movie is a hit in Bong’s native South Korea, The Weinstein Company is handling distribution in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. According to if.com.au, “Weinstein is demanding Bong slash the 126-minute running time by 20 minutes for the version to be released in TWC’s territories,” to which Bong responded that the cuts “would eliminate much of the character detail, which would make the film seem more like an action movie. Weinstein is also adding opening and closing voice-overs.”
Hit the jump for more. The film stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Ko Asung, and Kang-ho Song. Snowpiercer currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.
Give me a futuristic science fiction premise and a stylish director, and I’m a happy moviegoer. By the looks of it, Bong Joon-ho (The Host) delivers with Snowpiercer—and adds a nice cast to boot: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, 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 Snowpercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. You’ll have to take my word on the story, because the brief 47-second clip—labeled “Final Trailer” in the week leading up to the August 1 release in South Korea—focuses more on speedy train rides through a snowy mountain landscape and Evans axing a few passengers than class politics. Still looks great. No word on the U.S. release date yet, so stay tuned. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming thriller Snowpiercer takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where the eponymous train travels through an ice age. An animated prequel short has been released explaining how the world came to the ice because of a disasterous attempt to end global warming through the use of a specialized rocket. If you can get past the sillier moments of the short (namely, an unseen news reporter yelling, “Good-bye, global warming!”), you’ll see a violent turn of events as people fight to get on the train. The character “Yona”, who is played in the film by Ko Asung, narrates the short. Snowpiercer picks up with the train divided into classes with the underclass planning to stage an uprising against the upper class. I’m curious to see if Bong’s film is as violent the short.
Hit the jump to check out the video. The live-action feature also stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, and Kang-ho Song. Snowpiercer opens in South Korean on August 1st. No U.S. release date has been announced.
A couple days ago, we got some cool images from Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, which showcased the film’s setting, a post-apocalyptic train divided into classes. A new trailer has been released highlighting the revolution the lower classes are bringing against the passengers at the front, and there are also new images and six new featurettes that take us even deeper into the movie. They provide interviews with the actors, Bong, and the South Korean crew members. Unfortunately, only the interviews with the English-speaking actors are in English—there are no English subtitles for the Korean speakers. However, these featurettes are still worth watching, and one of them gives us our first look at Alison Pill, who we hadn’t seen in either posters or passports. We learn that she plays a teacher in one of the upper classes of the train.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and featurettes. The film also stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer opens in South Korean on August 1st. No U.S. release date has been announced.