Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer opened in the director’s native South Korea last week, and will continue to roll out around the world for the next couple of months. It has broken box-office records at home and is very well-reviewed across the board. But despite having a distributor in The Weinstein Co., the film has yet to announce a U.S. opening date. Now we know what the holdup is.
The notoriously scissor-happy Harvey Weinstein reportedly has plans to chop up Snowpiercer, reducing its running time by about 20 minutes. And it’s not because the film’s bloated or unwieldy. It’s because in his opinion, according to one report, Midwesterners are too stupid to understand the movie as-is. Hit the jump for more about the edits.
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Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Geek favorite Nathan Fillion has signed on for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, the Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel to Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. As Greek god Hermes, father of antagonist Luke (Jake Abel), Fillion joins a strong supporting cast that includes Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Missi Pyle (The Artist), and Mary Birdsong (The Descendants) as the three Fates.
Logan Lerman, who starred in the first film as Percy, will reprise his role, along with Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. The Sea of Monsters is scheduled to hit theaters March 26, 2013.
After the jump, Halle Berry comes back to The Hive, and Anthony Michael Hall stabs Danny Trejo in the back as Mickey Rourke watches on.
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UPDATE: One of the quotes I used has been pulled out of the article by Variety; I’ve noted it below.
The following is something Dreamworks head Jeffrey Katzenberg may or may not have said in his 3D Summit keynote (I don’t have a full transcript): 3D helps filmmakers tell better stories. But this is what Katzenberg did say: we know people will pay even more for this, and you’re not charging enough for 3D. Still have any illusions that the push toward 3D has any goal other than making money for studios? Read More »
When Hasbro started releasing movie-themed Mr. Potato Heads, I thought they were kinda cool. I even bought a Darth Tater years ago when they first came out. The Stormtrooper-themed Spud Trooper was cute, but now it’s gotten out of control. ToplessRobot found this photo of Bumblespud, which we think is supossed to be a Mr. Potatohead version of Bumblebee from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Isn’t the whole point of transformers toys to be able to transform the figure from a car into a robot? What is the point of a Bumblebee Mr. Potato Head toy? I know I wouldn’t want to display this thing.
Update: No loving bitch slaps were ultimately exchanged. We can all sleep soundly. However, Devin did make an LOLCats: The Movie joke on air. FYI: “Andrew Stanton from Pixar is directing.”
Peter leaves for an epic film festival triathlon and suddenly Slashfilm is vulnerable to attack? No way, dudes. Our readers will easily guess who the first sneaky culprit is. Yep, one Devin Faraci from Chud.com, known here as the guy who labeled Wall-E a would-be date rapist on the /Filmcast. Today, Devin threatened via Twitter to “lovingly bitchslap” Slashfilm (more specifically: me) this evening on G4‘s magnificent Attack of the Show.
The reason? Well, Faraci has quickly anointed himself as the web’s chortling spokesman for Facebook: The Movie, and he’ll be defending it on G4 tonight as such. Yesterday, FB:TM was announced by writer Aaron Sorkin on, duh, Facebook, only to be immediately and unanimously meh’d by /Film and its readers. Devin then responded by comparing the reception here to “bitching about email,” in reference to both the film and the site/company. He’s playing up Sorkin’s involvement (accomplished, talented, agreed) and presumes the rather typical controversy surrounding the company’s start will be the basis for a really good film.
Well, let’s say Sorkin was writing Wal-Mart: The Movie or Match.com: The Movie instead: would he choose to first announce the film on those respective companies’ websites, especially if he plans to deal fairly with controversy? Moreover, Faraci calls me “ignorant” and “snobbish” for not aligning with his view that Facebook isn’t much different “from email,” the phone book or Verizon. His Scrabulous-referencing headline aside, Faraci completely overlooks how sites like Facebook forever impact(ed) personal identity, relationships, consumerism, privacy, conformity, expression, for good and bad and who knows. I’m not championing or “rebelling” against the site or being a hippity hipster. Unlike Devin, I simply don’t think people hold Facebook dear enough to see a feature about it this soon, like they might, say, Atari or Nintendo, hence my comparison yesterday to The Wizard. Whatever.
And not to be disrespectful or ageist, but is the 47-year-old Sorkin of walk-and-talk fame—who admits to knowing nada about social networking and the site—the guy for a high profile film on this subject? And if so, who’s the audience? Grandpa meet Devin? Fun.
Good luck with that bitch slap, Devin!1111. FAIL. <3 Attack of the Show airs tonight at 7 and 10 p.m. EST.
Okay, let’s make this quick because I’m logging off, going outside and sitting quietly under a tree for the rest of eternity. Writer Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War, Studio 60) has joined Facebook. More importantly, he’s created a Facebook group where it’s announced he’s penning Facebook: The Movie (our title) for mega-producer Scott Rudin (NCFOM, TWBB)…
“I’ve just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented. I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I’ve started this page. (Actually it was started by my researcher, Ian Reichbach, because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she’s been dead for 33 years.)
I honestly don’t know how this works, which is why I’m here. If anyone has any questions I’d be happy to answer them as best I can. If anyone has any comments I’m glad to listen. And if anyone has any Facebook stories I think they might be helpful.”
This is not a joke (prank is probably a better word). Vulture confirmed the film via Rudin just seconds ago. Never thought I’d say this, but I’d rather see Emily Gould’s Talking Tattoo Biopic realized on the big screen. Okay, it’s Twittered and Tumblr’d, to the forest I go.
Per the “insider drama” and Rolling Stone piece warranting a film, we did fine without Netscape: The Movie. Hayden Christensen for Zuckerberg I say!
UPDATE: Of course Devin at CHUD is going to give the project a big sloppy kiss, comparing naysayers here to “bitching about email.” Devin seems to think this is a great idea, envisioning it like an adaptation of Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs with more cut-throat thrills for the youngs (our comparison). “What’s wrong with MySpace of Facebook?” he posits (while spinning around in a Lawnmower Man contraption, no doubt). I’m sort of envisioning a “hipper” The Wizard meets a new Reality Bites in the worst way possible. Also, Sorkin said “Facebook stories” and “helpful.”
Discuss: Your 20something relationship status.
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