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Movie Review: Snowpiercer
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Snowpiercer
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Screenwriters: Bong Joon-ho, Kelly Masterson
Cast: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer
The Weinstein Company
Rated R | 125 Minutes
Release Date: June 27, 2014

Directed and co-written by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother), Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette.

In 2014, an experiment to counteract global warming causes an ice age that kills nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. A class system is established on the train, with elites inhabiting first-class while the poor are sequestered to the slums of the tail section.

2031. Tail inhabitants prepare for the latest in a series of rebellions. Curtis (Chris Evans) leads Edgar (Jamie Bell), Tanya (Octavia Spencer), and the rest of the tail inhabitants in revolt, forcing their way through several train cars to the prison section. There, they release prisoner Namgoong Minsu (Kang-ho Song), the man who built the doors dividing each car, and his daughter Yona (Go Ah-sung). They offer him Kronol, an addictive drug, as payment for unlocking the remaining doors.

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‘Hercules’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Is The Legendary Muscular Demi-God
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The Millennium Films’ The Legend Of Hercules is nothing but a distant memory, long to be forgotten. However Brett Ranter‘s upcoming film, Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson may leave a slightly bigger impact on you.

Paramount Pictures has released a brand new trailer for the film featuring Johnson fighting all sorts of large beasts ranging from jungle animal to mythical. Here we get a more plot-focused trailer which will tell the tale of how Hercules went from muscular humble husband to avenging demi-god. Hit the jump to see the full trailer.

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Steven Moffat Explains Why Christopher Eccleston Was Not In The War Doctor Regeneration
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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor stands as the best anniversary serial since The Three Doctors in 1973, and a creative tent pole for the Steven Moffat era of the revived TV show. In it, we saw a good many Doctors, both new and old. David Tennant returned to join Matt Smith on an adventure with John Hurt’s War Doctor to clarify much of what occurred in the period between Classic Doctor Who and the birth of the modern series. Along the way, we got some great surprises: Tom Baker returning to the show for the first time since 1981, Paul McGann getting some tantalizingly good official BBC screen time showing the Eight Doctor’s final moments in The Night of the Doctor, and all the Doctors, both Classic and new, appearing at the episode’s climax.

Fans were also left with a question: why was Christopher Eccleston‘s image used along with the other Doctors to save the planet Gallifrey but not used during the War Doctor’s regeneration sequence just a few minutes later? Eccleston’s non-participation in The Day Of The Doctor was long known, and respectfully handled by both Eccleston and show runner Steven Moffat in the press. Yet, the choice to use his face in one place but not the other seemed curious.

Continue reading to see what Moffat had to say about the decision.

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‘Hercules’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Becomes The Legend
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The first trailer for Hercules, a revisionist take on the legend based on a Radical Comics title, has been released online.

The movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the title role, and it is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Tower Heist). The movie also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie, and Reece Ritchie.

You can check out the first trailer for Hercules, as well as a poster for the movie, below.

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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Director’s Cut Will Get U.S. Release
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The months-long stand-off between independent film world titan Harvey Weinstein and South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host) over the length of the director’s preferred cut of his English-language debut Snowpiercer has finally been resolved.

The film’s planned U.S. theatrical release had been held up for quite some time as Weinstein had made known his intentions to substantially shorten the running time of Snowpiercer by around 20 minutes, a strategy the Oscar-winning producer and distributor believed would help its chances at finding a wider audience Stateside. Rumors had been floated that the re-cut version would feature added narration written by famed comics scribe and novelist Neil Gaiman (Sandman) to help bridge narrative gaps that would have been created by the loss of several scenes crucial to the story.

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