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'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.

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."

James Franco Is 'Good People' For A Crime Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 11:44 AM
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James Franco seems to have found some new pals over at Millenium Films. He's already starring alongside Jason Statham and Winona Ryder in the action flick "Homefront" for the company, and it seems his inspiration continues to be piqued by genre fare.

'Before The Devil Knows You're Dead' Scribe Kelly Masterson To Rewrite Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snow Piercer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2012 10:37 AM
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Somewhat underrated at the time, it's sad that it took the death of Sidney Lumet last year to cause his final film, "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead," to be re-appreciated. A seedy little Greek tragedy of a crime movie, with impeccable performances across the board, and shot like it was made by a hungry twenty-something, it deserved to stand with anything else in the Lumet canon. And perhaps because the film was overshadowed by others on release, writer Kelly Masterson, who made his debut with the project, hasn't yet managed to follow it up, although he's had a number of projects in development, including the Tobey Maguire thriller "Good People," the Barry Levinson drama "Brother Jack" and "Stones," a potential AMC series produced by Scott Free, focusing on the diamond trade.

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