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Book Review: Graphic Novel 'Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape' Sets The Stage With A Chilly Futuristic Vision

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 6:18 PM
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Snowpiercer Graphic Novel Cover Edit
A train with 1001 carriages circles the earth, carrying the last remaining survivors of an event that has made the planet essentially uninhabitable. And you thought the polar vortex was bad. In this tale, the entire globe is encased in ice and snow, and temperatures are so low that death comes nearly instantly to anyone who dares to find themselves outside (this is known as the "white death"). Welcome to "Snowpiercer." While Bong Joon-ho's film adaptation continues to await a release date, your next best bet might be to pick up the Titan Comics translation of the graphic novel. Penned by Jacques Lob, "Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape" essentially sets the stage of what's to come, and while that might indicate a story with little narrative pulse, as it waits to explode in part two, you'd be mistaken.

Watch: 4 New Clips From Bong Joon-Ho's Berlin Bound 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 9:04 AM
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Snowpiercer
While the Weinsteins may have angled to keep "Snowpiercer" from TIFF, they won't be preventing it from screening next week at the Berlin Film Festival. Of course, Bong Joon-Ho's apocalyptic, train-set thriller has already opened in a handful of international territories, but not yet in the ones controlled by Harv and co., so it will still be something fresh for many of the press and audience members in Berlin. And as we continue to patiently wait for some sign of a release date on U.S. soil, four new clips have landed for the flick.

'Snowpiercer' Heads To Berlin Film Festival, Check Out New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 8:44 AM
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Snowpiercer
Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" continues to roll out around the world... except in territories where The Weinstein Company has distribution rights. With no U.S. release date and the battle of the theatrical cut of the movie still presumably unresolved, perhaps this is a sign that there's hope on the horizon?

Watch: New Clip & International Trailer For Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 10:05 AM
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Snow Piercer, Chris Evans
One of the biggest news stories of 2013 was undoubtedly the still-unresolved battle between Harvey Weinstein and Bong Joon-ho over "Snowpiercer." While the apocalyptic thriller has won awards and taken big box office overseas, Harv wants to re-edit the film so it plays to folks in Middle America, while the director wants to keep the movie he made intact. And while the picture was listed among The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen, it's technically still without a release date in the U.S. while abroad, it continues to roll out.

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.

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