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'Snowpiercer's' VOD gamble is paying off

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Snowpiercer is undoubtedly one of the buzziest films of the summer season. It’s got stellar reviews, a cool underdog vibe after becoming a huge blockbuster in South Korea, and stars Captain America himself. So, how is it that two weeks after it finally hit U.S. theaters in limited release, audiences can already rent the film on VOD? Ten years ago this might have signaled a failure, but today, it’s just part of RADiUS-TWC’s distribution plan. And based on this weekend’s numbers and the fact that the pic skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on iTunes and many other digital platforms less than a day after launching, it seems to be working.

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Box office report: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' destroys competition with $100 million

Optimus Prime is back in full force.

Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction (A- Cinema Score) earned an estimated $100 million across the weekend, making it the top debut of the year. It’s also a career high for star Mark Wahlberg, who leads a new cast in telling the story of what happened five years after Chicago was nearly destroyed in the last film.

Paramount’s $200 million film may not have charmed the critics, but audiences didn’t seem to take that, or the daunting run time, into account this weekend. Moviegoers were predominately male, accounting for 64 percent of audiences. Also of note: IMAX screens made up $10.7 million of the weekend grosses.

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Everything you need to know about 'Snowpiercer,' this summer's best post-apocalyptic comedy-horror fairy tale

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A few months after he played Captain America for the second time in The Avengers, and a few months before he’d play Captain America for the third time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans went to Prague in the spring of 2012 to film Snowpiercer (rated R, out now). For Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean phenom shooting his first English-language feature, this presented a supersize challenge. You see, Evans’ character, who leads a ragtag, rag-wearing lower-class community in a full-blown revolt against their decadent overseers, is supposed to be malnourished. “The only difficult aspect of shooting Chris was hiding all his muscle mass,” says Bong. “We did a lot of things with costumes to make him look unhealthy.”

That’s Snowpiercer in a nutshell: a blockbuster in disguise. The film, which has already earned $80 million overseas, may be the most gonzo movie to hit U.S. theaters this summer. The postapocalyptic allegory, set entirely on a train, is an international movie in every sense—based on a French graphic novel, filmed in Eastern Europe, and directed by a South Korean who co-wrote the screenplay with an American. In addition to a hatchet-wielding Evans, the film stars Oscar winners Octavia Spencer (The Help), who’d always wanted to do an action movie, and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), who wears false teeth and a fake nose throughout. (In the script, Swinton’s character is described as “a mild-­mannered man in a suit.”) READ FULL STORY

Exclusive video: Chris Evans rides the train in 'Snowpiercer'

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After a long journey to American shores, Snowpiercer opens this Friday in select cities. The first English-language film by cult director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Mother) features an all-ringer cast, including Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and John Hurt. They’re all aboard a futuristic train racing around a post-apocalyptic Earth—and, to make matters worse, the society onboard the train has stratified into the Haves and the Have-Nothings. Below is an exclusive look at Snowpiercer with Chris Evans, which includes an in-depth look at what it’s like when a class revolution takes place entirely onboard a moving train. READ FULL STORY

'Snowpiercer' trailer: Chris Evans faces a dark future on a train -- VIDEO

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Based on Jean-Marc Rochette’s comic book series, the first trailer for Snowpiercer has arrived.

Chris Evans stars in the sci-fi film set in a future where the only people left are divided by their economic status on a mysterious train. Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer also star in the film from writer/director Joon-ho Bong. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Chris Evans wants a first-class upgrade on the 'Snowpiercer' train -- VIDEO

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Think of Snowpiercer as The Hunger Games meets Noah’s Ark meets The Polar Express. Mankind’s efforts to fight global warming have backfired, and the Earth is now a frigid iceball where the last remnants of humanity survive in a class-based system inside a perpetual-motion train known as the Snowpiercer. Tilda Swinton plays the train’s fascist leader (of course) while Chris Evans is a reluctant leader of the unwashed underclass.

Director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) adapted Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s 1982 French graphic novel, and the action movie was an enormous box-office hit in Bong’s native South Korea when it opened there in August. In the new red-band trailer, blood is spilled, school children fire automatic weapons, and Swinton gets to utter phrases like, “Precisely 74 percent of you will die. This is going to be good.”

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'Snowpiercer' international trailer: A bunch of dirty rebels fight Tilda Swinton and tyranny -- VIDEO

In Snowpiercer, in the future, the Earth will freeze over and everyone — from the filthiest to the fanciest — will live on a very large train that never stops moving. It completes its trip around the planet once each year, like the sun. And like the sun, it keeps its inhabitants alive. Not all of this is obvious in the first international trailer for the film, which is based on a French graphic novel and written/directed by Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean filmmaker behind The Host and Mother.

What is obvious: the healthy smearing of grime across each face in the large cast (Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, and so many more). But not Tilda Swinton, who plays a shout-y classist. In the two minutes of footage, she’s the strangest sight of all.

Watch the Snowpiercer trailer below:

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'Snowpiercer' gets grimy with new images, character posters

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We have some of our first images of Snowpiercer, and humanity is looking rough.

The film, adapted from a French graphic novel, is South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s English-language feature debut. It takes place at the near-end of humanity, in 2031, when an Ice Age has virtually frozen us off the planet and survivors are kept alive aboard an endless train ride. In the new character posters and stills, we see the film’s sprawling cast — which includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Kang-ho Song, and a desaturated and bespectacled Tilda Swinton — as well as a few glimpses of the world they live in, which features a lot of grime and frowns.

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Coming to America: South Korea's top directors on hitting Hollywood with English language films -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s a scene in South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 revenge classic Oldboy, currently being remade by Spike Lee, in which the film’s wild-haired, wild-eyed lead Min-sik Choi plops down at a restaurant and slurps on a huge fidgety live octopus, its long tentacles squirming out of his mouth. To American audiences, the moment may seem totally strange. But Park says the scene is less disgusting to Korean audiences. “They would be able to sympathize with the protagonist at that stage, who was incarcerated for 14 years,” he told EW. “He wants to eat something that is alive and moving. By chewing on this living thing, he’s venting his anger to an unknown protagonist.”

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