Also, Tugg is bringing the cult classic Battle Royale to theaters along with a brand new print from artists Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and Kevin Tong.

Battle Royale, long available in the United States only as an import DVD, has been added to Tugg’s library for fans to create their own screenings at their local theater nationwide. Additionally, for those screenings that happen, Tugg promoters will be given a quantity of Mondo’s Battle Royale posters for themselves and to be given away to attendees at the events (while supplies last). Request a screening now here – http://www.tugg.com/titles/battle-royale.

Mondo is hosting the first Tugg screening of Battle Royale as part of the opening weekend festivities at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park in Houston on February 16. The ticket price of $85 includes the cost of one variant poster (edition of 225). The regular edition will be sold via MondoTees.com at a future date and will be the version used for the limited quantity of posters at subsequent Tugg screenings. See both the regular and variant posters after the jump.

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Briefly: Breathe easy, Battle Royale fans. You won’t have to see the CW network craft a teen- and TV-friendly version of your favorite tale of a dystopian future in which kids are forced to fight to the death. Last year, CW president Mark Pedowitz expressed interest in making a series out of Battle Royale, fueled no doubt by the crazy popularity of vaguely similar property The Hunger Games.

But while the network looked into the project, it seems there was no interest from rights holders. EW talked to Pedowitz, who says “We were not able to do anything. We are not planning to do anything with Battle Royale … nothing occurred … there’s nothing to talk about … nothing happened.”

There’s also the implication in EW’s piece that the flare-up in the debate over the relationship between violence in the media and real life changed the company’s interest in the property. In the wake of Aurora and Sandy Hook, the CW might not be so keen on a show that revolves around high-school kids killing each other.

Death is in the air in this edition of TV Bits, which involves a full-time gangster, a serial killer, an aspiring supervillain, a cancer patient, a clutch of murderous teens, and probably a ghost or two. After the jump:

  • Dexter gets a new TV spot titled “The Beginning”
  • Check out a trailer for Boardwalk Empire Season 3
  • Showtime’s The Big C will end after Season 4
  • The CW president talks Selection and Battle Royale
  • Dr. Horrible gets a small-screen premiere date
  • See Adam Levine on the American Horror Story set

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The Next New CW Series May Be ‘Battle Royale’

What is this foolishness? Some of you might not be laughing, because, as The Hunger Games has helped some audiences finally get around to seeing the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, the property is gaining in popularity. As that happens, companies and execs who couldn’t give a toss about it for the past decade are now turning a hungry, glassy eye on the story of a Japanese school class that is kidnapped en masse and forced to participate in deadly combat. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the pleasures of texting in a theater, praise the wonders of Clone High and The Raid: Redemption, and compare Battle Royale to The Hunger Games (because nobody’s ever mentioned their similarities ever!). Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll most likely be reviewing Goon next week. /Filmcast live broadcasts won’t be regular the next few months, but follow Dave on Twitter to see when we’ll be broadcasting next!

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This is the week The Hunger Games officially takes over the world. Try as we might to fight the system, we can’t escape – that is unless we kill every last one of you.

As I’m writing this I’ve yet to see HG, but I know I’ll dig it because the concept of deadly competition is one I find endlessly fascinating. How does one form allegiances with others when each party knows that there can ultimately be only one victor? I don’t know. It’s also why I don’t work in an office anymore.

There are a number of movies that deal with this topic, so let’s get cookin’ with this week’s TBMYPHS. Note: I’m not including The Running Man. You’ve seen it already, I hope. (I’m also not including Planet Hulk.) Read More »

It’s only about twelve years late, but here’s a US trailer for the Japanese film Battle Royale, in which a class full of kids is forced to fight each other to the death on a remote island. The movie was released in 2000, and directed by renowned Japanese filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku based on the novel of the same name by Koushun Takami.

Though it seems that nearly everyone who wants to has seen the film through various legitimate and less legitimate DVD releases, Battle Royale has never been officially available in the US. That changes in March, when Anchor Bay releases the movie on Blu-ray — just in time for the theatrical release of The Hunger Games, which bears a striking plot similarity to Battle Royale.

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley try to get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s Wolverine, discuss the place of Battle Royale in a “post-Saw” world, and wonder whether or not Tony Scott is stoppable. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (11/21) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.

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