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10 International Movies That Were Cut For U.S. Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 11, 2013 1:19 PM
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10 International Movies That Were Cut For U.S. Release
Earlier this week, the home video release of Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" was announced. Instead of featuring multiple versions of the movie, the publicity materials made it very clear that only one version would be included on the disc: the domestic roll-out's truncated 108 minute cut. The original Chinese cut, said to be very different in both tone and form, clocked in at 130 minutes. It's a release that stirs up frustration with the state of foreign films being released in America. This week's biggest source of contention, Bong Joon-ho's upcoming sci-fi flick "Snowpiercer," has been breaking box office records in South Korea but in America is facing quite a threat: the editorial might of Harvey Weinstein.

'Snowpiercer' Director Bong Joon-Ho's Next Film Likely To Be Korea-Set 'Okja'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 10, 2013 9:01 AM
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Bong Joon-Ho Snowpiercer
While The Weinstein Company outlines exactly what manner of compromised cut they will inflict upon Bong Joon-ho and his upcoming “Snowpiercer,” we can't blame the director for wanting to move swiftly on to his next project and away from frustrating negotiations. Luckily, the talented filmmaker is flooded with potential follow-ups—having pondered offers from within Korea as well as Hollywood—and while he seems confident on which one will likely be next, Bong is eager to scale down tremendously for it.

Bong Joon-Ho Says U.S. Version Of 'Snowpiercer' Won't Be A Director's Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 3:31 PM
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Bong Joon-Ho Snowpiercer
Back in August some news surfaced to the horror of Bong Joon-ho fans everywhere; that The Weinstein Company were looking to slice and dice his upcoming "Snowpiercer" by upwards of twenty minutes. While many collectively freaked, the director himself at first remained diplomatic on the matter, calling the changes "pretty soft," even as cast members Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton were a bit more vocal about their worries. But now it seems the gloves are officially off, and those looking forward to the apocalyptic thriller have genuine reason to be concerned.

Watch: 2 New Trailers For Bong Joon-Ho's Apocalyptic 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 2:24 PM
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As the fate is still yet to be determined as to which version of Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" we'll get stateside, France is gearing up to get the movie next month in its original form, and thus the promo gears are turning abroad. And today brings with it a couple more trailers for the movie.

Tilda Swinton Stokes The Flames Of 'Snowpiercer'-Gate; Bong Joon-Ho Says Nothing Finalized

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2013 1:12 PM
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Snowpiercer, Tilda Swinton
Jumping to conclusions before the facts are in is par for the course these days. As is the blind leap to vilify Harvey Weinstein over anything mildly controversial that he has even dared look sideways at (though yes, his track record is poor, but generally the dude knows what he’s doing), but at the Deauville American Film Festival in France, actress Tilda Swinton made some pointed, not-so-exactly subtle remarks about the brouhaha brewing over Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's upcoming Weinstein sci-fi thriller, "Snowpiercer."

Bong Joon-Ho Remains Diplomatic On 'Snowpiercer' Edits, Says Weinsteins Have Been "Pretty Soft" On Changes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 10:04 AM
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Snowpiercer
“Tracks” has been a long time coming. Ever since Robyn Davidson wrote her 1979 memoir of her 1700-mile, eight-month trek across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, and the book became an award-winning best-seller around the world, Hollywood has been sniffing around it. Multiple attempts to mount an adaptation have been made—Julia Roberts was attached to a version for much of the 1990s—but it finally took the producers of “The King’s Speech” and the oft-undervalued New York-born, Australian-based director John Curran (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”) to get it made, with the film finally premiering at the Venice Film Festival today. And for many, it’ll have been worth the wait: it’s a very handsome film with a terrific central performance, even if it’s not quite an unqualified triumph.

New Images & Concept Art From Bong Joon-ho’s 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 9:00 AM
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Snowpiercer
A question mark remains stamped on Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic "Snowpiercer." While the film is smashing records in South Korea, and has earned early rave reviews, rumored plans to trim and re-edit the movie have caused concern in many quarters, including from actor Chris Evans himself. The Weinstein Company has yet to set a U.S. release date, and it doesn't look like it will be making its way to any film festivals this fall. So for now, all we can do is look at images and imagine what they might look like with movement.

Watch: Chris Evans Shares Thoughts On Plans To Cut 'Snowpiercer' Plus 3 Mini-Featurettes For The Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 14, 2013 9:17 AM
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Already a huge success in his native country, Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic “Snowpiercer” is still without a stateside released date as its western distributor The Weinstein Company is reportedly looking to — controversially — trim twenty minutes from the film presumably to make it more more palatable to American audiences. Though there hasn’t been any word from Harvey Weinstein himself, the film’s lead actor Chris Evans has weighed in with his thoughts on the proposed changes.

Get Ready For Fall With New Images From 'Gravity,' 'Snowpiercer,' 'Prisoners' & 'Anchorman 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 2:25 PM
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With summer winding down (the last major blockbuster, "Elysium," opened today, with the rest of August rolling out weaker and weaker commercial fare), eyes are now turning to the fall offerings. And while there's plenty of prestige-y fare on the way, there's more than a few films that, while they might have an eye on the trophy cabinet, are paying just as much attention to your wallet.

The Weinstein Company Reportedly Wants To Melt 20 Minutes Off Record Breaking Hit 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 9:18 AM
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While we continue to wait for a U.S. release date for Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic "Snowpiercer," it's smashing records at home. It reached 1 million viewers in less than two days in release, breaking a previous record set by the director's "The Host," and becoming the first film to do so in South Korean history. And yet, while the picture seems to doing just fine overseas, Harvey Weinstein reportedly wants to make some changes before he drops it in English speaking territories.

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