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Box-Office: ‘Transformers 4’ Is The First Movie Of The Summer To Repeat At #1, On A Non-Spectacular July 4th Weekend

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 6, 2014 12:24 PM
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
Uh oh, the box office is down about 45% from last year’s July 4th weekend. The sky is falling! OK, maybe not so much, but a malaise has certainly kicked in with audiences that aren’t connecting with films in a major way. This time last year, the July 4th weekend sold $220 million worth of tickets (a 12% increase from 2012). It did so on the backs of “Despicable Me 2” and even the flop of the “Lone Ranger” (which couldn’t crack $30 million in its opening weekend). Fast forward to 2014 and it’s not looking hot in comparison at all. Why that is? Well, despite all those that actually love Michael Bay/love to hate-watch Michael Bay, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” fell a rather substantial 64% in its second week.

Box Office: ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Makes A Record Breaking $301 Million Global Debut

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 29, 2014 12:24 PM
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Transformers: Age of Exctinction
“Let them hate,” Michael Bay told MTV about critics, fanboys and haters late last week. “They’re still going to see the movie.” And yep, Michael Bay was right. You may claim to hate the explosions-happy filmmaker and the “Transformers” franchise, but clearly you love to hate them enough to go see them regardless. Or someone you know does, anyhow. Michael Bay movies are akin to Dave Matthews and Nickelback: it’s impossible to find someone within a 10,000 square mile radius who will admit to liking them, but they sell millions of records. Clearly someone is buying.

Primer: 10 Essential Films Of The Korean New Wave

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 26, 2014 2:44 PM
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Korean Essentials Primer
This weekend, after what seems like roughly a decade of delays, rumors, teases, announcements, retractions and general bloviating, Bong Joon-ho’s anxiously awaited “Snowpiercer” hits screens. Of course it seems like years, but it was in fact “only” last October, after its South Korean August bow, that the film snuck out in France (from where we reviewed it), after which it rolled out in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and you know, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan before finally coming to the U.S., marking one of the stranger international release strategies for a genre picture starring a recognisable American action star in recent memory. Might it be the only Chris Evans film ever to open in Mongolia three months before the U.S.?

Interview: Bong Joon-Ho Talks ‘Snowpiercer' & Why The Stories About Harvey Weinstein Conflict Are Wrong

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • June 26, 2014 12:25 PM
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Snowpiercer
Before the critical praise, the overseas box office success, and the rumored infighting between director Bong Joon-ho and studio head Harvey Weinstein, the film “Snowpiercer” was a graphic novel. Called “La Transperceneige,” it focused on a post-apocalyptic world, one filled with class warfare, political strife, and global warming, all set on a train carrying the last humans on earth.

Review: Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 25, 2014 7:31 PM
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Snowpiercer
Few films without a firm release date (in most of the world, at least) have inspired as much chatter of late than Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." The English-language debut of the South Korean mastermind behind "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother," it features an all-star cast and a hefty budget, and was snapped up early on by The Weinstein Company.

Watch: Tilda Swinton Rails Against "Filthy Ingrates" In New Clip From 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 6:50 PM
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Snowpiercer
Even though it was a battle, Bong Joon-Ho was pretty much always going to win against The Weinstein Company (and he explains why here), some around The Playlist would argue that "Snowpiercer" could use a trim to the director's cut. But not everyone. Either way, it's one of the most anticipated movies of the summer for those who have waited far too long for the latest from the filmmaker behind "Mother" and "The Host." And this clip should heat up those feelings.

Fox Reportedly Cut 20 Minutes From Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker' & Bong Joon-Ho Talks Next Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 5:41 PM
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As we noted in our feature 5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors, when filmmakers from abroad come to Hollywood, the results can be a mixed bag. And that is sometimes down to the vastly different way things work in the industry stateside. "The main difference I noticed was, was how short the pre-production and production was in the United States, whereas the post was much longer in Korea," "Stoker" director Park Chan-Wook told us in 2013. "If you would ask me what my ideal process is, I would say, long pre-production, long production and long post-production." And while his American debut made it to cinemas without much drama (except from critics who were split on the pic), it would seem behind the scenes there were a few more problems.

The Best Films Of 2014 So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Best of 2014, midway
Here's a bold statement: 2014 is looking like a pretty damn good year for movies so far. We've had a few strong ones in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013 were all overflowing with goodness), but a little less than halfway through this year, and the discerning moviegoer has been spoiled with choices. Of course, there's been a lot of swill, but from the blockbuster to tiny foreign indies, there's been plenty worth checking out.

10 Movies To See In June

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 2, 2014 2:21 PM
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Movies To See In June, 2014
Summer 2014 is officially here, and as the kids prepare for three-odd months of freedom the question of what to do with your free time arises. Temperatures start to soar and the air conditioned movie theater becomes your oasis. There’s quite a bit worth seeking out this month with a spate of big-budget blockbusters and smaller indie fare. Time to get a summer job, if you don’t have one already, to pay for these ten movies worth seeking out in June!

Watch: Know Your Place With New U.S. Trailer For Bong Joon-ho’s 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2014 9:02 AM
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Snowpiercer
By time point, you might be tired of hearing about Bong Joon-ho's snow laden, apocalyptic epic "Snowpiercer." And we'd understand. First there was the months of wrangling about when this movie would be seen stateside, and in which version (don't worry, we're getting the director's cut), and then there's been the plethora of promo material as film has opened overseas. Well, if you're not exhausted yet, here's one more trailer.

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