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The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 7, 2014 3:45 PM
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20 Best 2014 Films We've Already Seen
The more OCD among us here at Playlist Towers find it a source of constant aggravation that release dates vary so much from territory to territory, and festivals often get premieres a full 18-or-so months before a film gains a proper U.S. release, that doing a cut-and-dried list of any given year’s movies becomes less science than art. And while it’s an art that has already yielded our first magnum opus of the year, the 100 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014, (and we should probably be awarded the rest of January off as a result) there’s still a category of film we’ve left unmined: those movies that we saw and reviewed in 2013 at festivals or sneak screenings or parts foreign that won’t be in theaters until 2014.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

Weinsteins Kept 'Snowpiercer' From TIFF, Wanted Neil Gaiman To Write New Voiceovers For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 10:09 AM
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Snowpiercer
A massive hit in South Korea, a big success in France, winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematographer from the South Korean Film Critics Circle and a winner of Best Production Design from the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival, the accolades keep rolling in for Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" (read our review of the director's cut too). And yet, looming over the movie are the Weinsteins, who have nabbed the rights to the film for North America and a handful of other key territories around the world, but more crucially, have a say in the final cut.

Bong Joon-Ho Says Director's Cut Of 'Snowpiercer' May Get A U.S. Release After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 9:22 AM
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Is Harvey Weinstein finally getting the message? Over the past few months, mostly internet based fury has centered around Bong Joon-ho's apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer," and Harvey Weinstein's wishes to take his cinematic switchblade to it. The director himself was said to be privately "furious" about having to cut his film, while Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and screenwriter Kelly Masterson have all expressed their varying degrees of dismay at the movie being potentially chopped up. But it seems this whole saga may have a happy ending.

Check Out Covers & Artwork For English Version Of 'Snowpiercer' Comic That Inspired The Film

With all the controversy around "Snowpiercer" at the moment and the battle between director Bong Joon-Ho and Harvey Weinstein over the cut that will get released in many international territories (see the latest update here), it's easy to forget that the movie is a comic book adaptation. The apocalyptic film is based on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" by Jacques Lob and Benjamin Legrand, and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette. Now, no matter what movie cut arrives, you'll at least get to the source material in English. Read More »

Bong Joon-Ho Says Director's Cut Of 'Snowpiercer' Tested Higher Than Weinstein Edit, Still Negotiating Final Version

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 9:03 AM
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With cast members Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, along with screenwriter Kelly Masterson (in addition to the rest of the internet) airing their concerns about a potentially edited version of Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" getting a U.S. release (as well as in a strong handful of international territories), the filmmaker has yet to address his battle with Harvey Weinstein over the edit or his movie. Until now. The folks over at Twitch have managed a chat with the filmmaker who opens up about what kind of changes he's being asked to make, and how things have played out so far.

'Snowpiercer' Screenwriter Kelly Masterson "Horrified" That Weinsteins Want To Cut The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 11:05 AM
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In case you missed it, last week our own Oliver Lyttelton ventured to France to watch Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" as the director intended, and his A-grade review said it all, stating the film is "a visionary, thrilling work" and that "to alter it would be something close to vandalism." Indeed, that joins the chorus that has grown over the past few months in opposition to Harvey Weinstein's reported desire to cut the movie by 20 minutes and add some voiceover. Cast members Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton have already voiced their dismay, while rumors swirl that Bong Joon-ho is furious about having to tinker with his film.

Bong Joon-Ho To Produce Korean Sea Thriller 'Haemoo,' Authors Of 'Snowpiercer' Novel Discuss American Cut

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 1, 2013 12:21 PM
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Chris Evans, Snowpiercer
No matter the extent to which director Bong Joon-ho is collaborating with Harvey Weinstein on cutting his sci-fi thriller “Snowpiercer” (our review) for U.S. release (now pushed to 2014), it's clear he's hasn't let the hold-up slow him down for future projects. The start of this month saw Bong discussing his next likely directorial effort “Okja," a U.S. and Korea-set film about “a very unique woman,” and now he's settling into a producer role for a project that brings together some of his former collaborators.

Review: Director's Cut Of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Is Visionary & Thrilling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2013 1:43 PM
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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. But after opening in South Korea in August, it's barely been seen in the rest of the world, with Harvey Weinstein holding the release in the territories he controls until he can cut a reported 20 minutes out to make it more palatable to western crowds. But one location in which Harvey Scissorhands doesn't hold the rights is France, and the director's cut opened there this week—appropriate, given that it's based on a French graphic novel called "Le Transperceneige." Eager to see what the fuss is about, we hopped on the Eurostar to Paris to check it out yesterday. And Harvey? We wouldn't touch a frame, because this might be the best pure science-fiction film since "Children of Men."

What's Goin' On? 6 Movies Pushed To 2014 And Why They Moved

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 24, 2013 4:30 PM
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6 Movies Pushed Into 2014
Movies are dropping like flies from the Oscar season this year. Or rather, that seems to be the conventional wisdom out there as a handful of pictures have moved out of the awards season, switched dates or been punted into 2014. And you’ve heard time and time again that it’s a crowded season this fall and winter. And it is, but it’s really no more crowded than any other year -- this prestige season is always busy and there are always casualties and movement. Sure, the Oscar landscape is changing, and there’s been seismic shifts under our feet. George Clooney’s “Monuments Men” is now landing in February, what everyone thought was a surefire Oscar nominee in “Foxcatcher” has moved to unknown lands in 2014 and several other pictures thought to be 2013 Academy contenders have also adjusted plans.

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