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A Giant Freakin’ Thanksgiving 2013

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Brent’s Thankful For…

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Fringe may be dead and buried, but showrunner J.H. Wyman wasted no time getting back on the broadcasting horse with his new robo-buddy-cop series Almost Human. On the surface these two shows have little in common aside from their procedural nature and sci-fi leanings, but the two are similar in the way they approach the well-worn tropes of a cop drama and use speculative fiction to turn them on their head. We’re only three episodes into our relationship with Almost Human, and I don’t want to jump the gun, but guys, this could be the one. There’s a grim future, mismatched partners who push each other, sex ‘bots, mysterious criminal networks, and action. What else can you ask for? This year we’re definitely thankful that there’s good, gritty sci-fi on TV, and that we get to see Karl Urban (Dredd) on a weekly basis.

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Two More International Snowpiercer Posters

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SnowpiercerYesterday it came out that the long, drawn out struggle over director Bong Joon-ho’s English language debut, the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer, may finally be coming to an end. Nothing is official, but reports say that the argument between the director and The Weinstein Company over a proposed 20-minutes worth of cuts to the film in most English speaking markets, may finally be over. If this is true, hopefully that means we’ll get a release date soon. So we feel like celebrating, and what better way than with a couple of new international posters.

The first poster is another French offering, where the film—based on the French graphic novel La Transerceneige—opened in late October. This is similar to another that was released earlier. While most of the promotion has focused on the inside of the titular train, where the rich and poor survivors of a new ice age come to blows, these give you an idea of what it looks like outside the walls. Snowpiercer takes place in a world where attempts to reverse global warming kick off a worldwide snowpocalypse, and the only people left are on this perpetual motion train, where a rigid class system quickly develops, breeding resentment and ultimately violence.

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Snowpiercer’s Original Cut May Get Released After All

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snowpiercerIf the MPAA isn’t going to make a movie cut out some scenes to make the cut, you can be damned sure The Weinstein Company will have something to say about it. Since August, TWC and Korean director Bong Joon-ho have been at odds about what version of Snowpiercer will end up making its way to American theaters. A pretty severe 20-minute cut is at stake, and the closer it gets to showtime, the more TWC is bending down to Bong’s obvious vision. As a matter of fact, we might just get the original cut in the U.S. after all. Which would mean we’ve all bitched about a lot of stuff for nothing. We’re used to it, sure, but usually it’s for a purpose.

Bong was at a press conference in Argentina for the Mar del Plata Film Fest when he said (via THR), “I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter.” I can’t imagine why Harvey Weinstein continues to think certain directors’ visions aren’t the way to go, or how it would take two weeks for him to come to a proper decision about Snowpiercer, which has been critically acclaimed in its original form.

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The Snowpiercer Graphic Novel Will Finally See An English Release

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SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer may be stalled at the station while the filmmaker and The Weinstein Company go back and forth over significant edits, but the graphic novel the film is based on is barreling towards us. For the first time, the French comic Le Transperceneige will be available in English, and, if the current lack of timetable sticks, it should be here well before the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Titan Comics plans to release Snowpiercer in two chunks. The first, Volume 1: The Escape lands in stores everywhere on January 29 of next year, while Volume 2: The Explorers will arrive shortly thereafter on February 25, 2014. Depending on where you live, and what the weather is like, these releases may very well make for seasonally appropriate reading material.

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The Director’s Cut Of Snowpiercer Tested Better Than The Edited Version

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BongOne day, probably, North American fans will get to see Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic adventure Snowpiercer on the big screen. At least we hope. What version of the film we’ll see, however, remains to be seen. There’s been a seemingly endless back and forth between the Mother director and The Weinstein Company, who owns the domestic rights, about edits to the film. Over the course of this story, reports have moved from Bong being basically cool with the proposed cuts to him being “furious” and almost despondent over the situation. If this weren’t one of our most anticipated upcoming movies, this story would be too tedious to mention again, but the latest news has adds a little clarity to the situation, and lets you know that the process is still going on. What this means for a potential release date, we have no idea, but it doesn’t appear to be getting any closer.

TWC wants to cut up to 20-minutes of story and character from Snowpiercer. They’re okay with the dark, violent, R-rated nature of the material, and the cuts are intended quicken up the tempo rather than clean up the content. This is a point that I take issue with, because I’m a huge fan of the way Bong paces his films. Perhaps slimming the film down to resemble a more traditional action movie will put a few extra butts in seats, but I feel like the bulk of the audience for grim, dystopian Korean cinema is going to be down with a methodical, deliberate pace.

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Snowpiercer Moves Forward With A Subdued New Poster

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SnowpiercerEventually North America is going to see a release of Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) English-language debut, the post-apocalyptic adventure Snowpiercer. We assume. When exactly remains to be seen, since the filmmakers are in a battle over The Weinstein Company’s demands that 20-minutes worth of story and character development be cut from the 120-minute film. While that sorts itself out, the movie is opening around the world—next up is France—and there is a badass new poster to show you.

Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the near future after attempts to reverse global warming kick off a new ice age. The only survivors live inside a train that endlessly circles the frozen wastes, powered by a perpetual motion engine. Within these confines a rigid caste system develops, separating the rich, who live at the front, and the desolate poor, who dwell in darkness near the tail. As you can imagine, this leads to conflict, which erupts into full-blown rebellion. The “We Move Forward” on this poster references the journey the rebels must make from the rear of the train up to the front to seize the engine, and thus control.