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EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers

Thirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical route with Bong Joon-ho's action adventure "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, seizing the chance to try something new. Weinstein's decision to open the movie via subsidiary RADiUS with a video-on-demand release two weeks after its release in theaters is a seismic distribution event.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 21, 2014 5:21 AM
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What to Watch in Theaters and on VOD This Weekend

What to see, or not to see? That is the question this weekend, from theaters to VOD and set-top streaming alternatives. Here's what we recommend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 11, 2014 7:23 PM
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Bong Joon-ho Checks Into Criterion Collection, Lists 10 Favorite Films (VIDEO)

"Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho's brainy bunch of ten favorite Criterion Collections titles runs the gamut from the canonical to the obscure to the cultish.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 10, 2014 3:08 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Life Itself' Leads New Releases While 'Begin Again' and 'Snowpiercer' Show Life

Independence Day weekend doesn't tend to be a big specialized release date. In the last six years, only "The Way, Way Back" in 2013 stands out as a significant new release over the holiday. So it isn't surprising that the pickings were modest this year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 6, 2014 3:12 PM
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Behind Weinsteins' Three Weekend Winners: Surprising 'Snowpiercer,' 'Begin Again' & 'Yves St. Laurent'

This weekend belongs to The Weinstein Company, which opened three films: John Carney's original musical "Begin Again," Radius's rave-reviewed Bong Joon-ho actioner "Snowpiercer," and fashion biopic "Yves St. Laurent." Could TWC have done even better with "Snowpiercer"?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2014 4:29 PM
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What Will You See in Theaters This Weekend? 'Snowpiercer'? Musical 'Begin Again'? Don't Miss Joanna Hogg's 'Archipelago'

This weekend, yet another destruction-filled sequel crashes into multiplexes, but there is far more intelligent fare of the dystopic variety, from Bong Joon-ho's driving "Snowpiercer" to Brit director Joanna Hogg's expertly mounted domestic drama "Archipelago."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2014 3:11 PM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 3: 'Transformers' vs. 'Snowpiercer,' the State of Hollywood & More Finke

Indiewire's New York critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies and the state of Hollywood. Does "Transformers" represent what's wrong with the movie industry today?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 1:57 PM
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Welcome to Screen Talk, Indiewire's New Weekly Podcast, with New Co-Host

Some of you may remember Oscar Talk, an awards-focused podcast I did for some years with In Contention's Kris Tapley. We said goodbye to that after the last Oscars, and now I'm starting up again with a new podcast, Screen Talk, and new producer and sparring partner, Indiewire's New York-based critic Eric Kohn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:32 PM
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WATCH: Blood and Pain Abound in New, NSFW Red Band Trailer for Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer'

A new Red Band trailer has dropped for Korean director Bong Joon-ho's dystopian sci-fi entry "Snowpiercer," which finally hits theaters on June 27 via RADiUS-TWC.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 9, 2014 1:42 PM
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Tired of Tentpoles? Here Are Ten Great Indies to Catch This Summer

Not to knock Spidey (and the X-Men, and Captain America, and the Guardians of the Galaxy...) but it's easy to feel some -- or a lot -- of superhero fatigue at this time of year. And the Big Summer Movie season has barely gotten started! Below, TOH! calls your attention to ten great indie films hitting theaters this summer. They're just what the doctor ordered.
  • By TOH!
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  • April 30, 2014 4:43 PM
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