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As ‘Parasite’ Oscar Buzz Soars, Bong Joon-ho Stays Resistant to Hollywood Offers

As ‘Parasite’ Oscar Buzz Soars, Bong Joon-ho Stays Resistant to Hollywood Offers
Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May but still managed to be the talk of the fall film festivals despite competing against an onslaught of world premieres. Anyone at Telluride or Tiff will tell you that the “Parasite” screenings were some of the most attended and most raved about, leaving the family thriller with strong Oscar buzz ahead of its October theatrical release. “Parasite” is so beloved that talks of an English-language remake are already underway, but don’t except Bong to personally take “Parasite” to Hollywood.

Speaking to IndieWire’s Anne Thompson at Tiff, Bong stressed that he remains somewhat resistant to taking on Hollywood studio offers. The only way Bong would join a major Hollywood studio is if he wrote the movie himself, which most likely takes him out of the running for a majority of Hollywood franchise films.
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How 'Parasite' Actor Song Kang-ho Became South Korea's Everyman Superstar

How 'Parasite' Actor Song Kang-ho Became South Korea's Everyman Superstar
When the great South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho sat down to write Parasite, the searing black comedy that would later win him the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, he had not yet spoken of the project with his regular leading man, Song Kang-ho. But in a crucial sense for Bong, their long-running collaboration was again already underway.

The director had spent most of the previous decade making a half-pivot toward Hollywood, resulting in the English-language sci-fi features Snowpiercer (2013) and Okja (2017). Now he planned to shoot his first fully Korean film in years, and he wanted ...
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Brad Pitt to Step Back From Acting Even More, Despite ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Ad Astra’ Raves

Brad Pitt to Step Back From Acting Even More, Despite ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Ad Astra’ Raves
Brad Pitt does not have plans to retire from acting, but he is gearing up to appear even less frequently than he already does on the big screen. In an interview with The New York Times, the actor calls the current acting landscape “a younger man’s game” and says that he does not have any plans on starring in an abundance of new movies. If anything, Pitt’s time as an actor will become more rare.

“It’ll be fewer and farther in between for me, just because I have other things I want to do now,” Pitt said. “When you feel like you’ve finally got your arms around something, then it’s time to go get your arms around something else.”

The New York Times notes that Pitt has become interested in sculpting and landscaping over the years, plus there’s his role as a prolific Hollywood
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James Gray Asked David Fincher For Advice On Working With Brad Pitt In “Ad Astra”

Over the past decade, Brad Pitt has quietly become a go-to producer for vital independent cinema. With films like “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Moonlight,” “Okja,” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco“ to his credit, Pitt comes across as both thoughtful and intentional in the films—and filmmakers—he chooses to support. So it didn’t come as a surprise in 2016 to see Pitt’s name as a producer in “The Lost City of Z,” James Gray‘s sprawling and ambitious epic about one family’s lifelong obsession with the Amazon.

Continue reading James Gray Asked David Fincher For Advice On Working With Brad Pitt In “Ad Astra” at The Playlist.
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Oscars 2020: Best International Feature Film Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best International Feature Film Predictions
The Cannes Film Festival always introduces a selection of ultimate foreign-language contenders for what is now called the Best International Feature Film Oscar. Last year’s final Oscar nominations were culled from 87 submissions from around the world.

Bong Joon Ho (“Okja”) returned to Cannes with “Parasite” (Neon) and took home the Palme d’Or, the first Korean filmmaker to do so. The movie earned raves from critics and was the inevitable Oscar submission from South Korea, which has yet to score a foreign-language nomination. Neon is pushing the film in multiple categories, hoping for the range of Oscar nods scored by Netflix’s “Roma” and Amazon’s “Cold War” last year.

Winning Best Actor at Cannes was Antonio Banderas, star of Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar’s autobiographical “Pain & Glory” (October 4), who is long overdue for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Banderas gives a subtle, naturalistic performance unlike anything he has
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Oscars 2020: Best International Feature Film Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best International Feature Film Predictions
The Cannes Film Festival always introduces a selection of ultimate foreign-language contenders for what is now called the Best International Feature Film Oscar. Last year’s final Oscar nominations were culled from 87 submissions from around the world.

Bong Joon-Ho (“Okja”) returned to Cannes with “Parasite” (Neon) and took home the Palme d’Or, the first Korean filmmaker to do so. The movie earned raves from critics and was the inevitable Oscar submission from South Korea, which has yet to score a foreign-language nomination. Neon is pushing the film in multiple categories, hoping for the range of Oscar nods scored by Netflix’s “Roma” and Amazon’s “Cold War” last year.

Winning Best Actor at Cannes was Antonio Banderas, star of Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar’s autobiographical “Pain & Glory” (October 4), who is long overdue for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Banderas gives a subtle, naturalistic performance unlike anything he has done
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Fantastic Fest 2019’s Second Wave of Programming Includes Knives Out, Parasite, Color Out Of Space, Vfw, Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams And Monsters

Following the first wave of programming's unveiling earlier this summer, Fantastic Fest was already a must-see experience for movie lovers, but its second wave of programming has put it at an even higher level of anticipation, with new additions to the lineup including Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, Richard Stanley's Color Out of Space, Joe Begos' Vfw, the documentary Phil Tippett - Mad Dreams and Monsters, and perhaps the most anticipated of all: the closing night movie, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

We have the full second wave of programming in the official press release below, and visit Fantastic Fest's website for more information.

Press Release: Austin, TX — August 20, 2019 —Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its second wave of programming, led by a closing night screening of writer-director Rian Johnson’s hotly anticipated new Lionsgate and Mrc mystery Knives Out. A tribute to the work of Agatha Christie, Knives Out
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Parasite Trailer: A Pitch Black Modern Fairytale from Bong Joon-Ho

Neon has unveiled the first trailer for Parasite. This is the latest from acclaimed director Bong Joon-Ho, who previously helmed beloved movies such as Snowpiercer and Okja. This time around, the filmmaker has turned his attention toward a Korean-language drama that has about as much buzz on it as any movie of this size possibly can at this point in the year. And after watching this first trailer, it's easy to see why.

The trailer has something of a quirky vibe to it at the start. We see a distinction painted between two families on very opposite sides of the socioeconomic spectrum; one affluent and one not so much. They end up mixing it up with one another and that presents some pretty unique situations. However, it's obvious something is hiding underneath the surface level story, which isn't revealed by this trailer. Though, the critical boastings that are pasted all
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Thrilling Trailer for Bong Joon-ho's Parasite - "A Pitch Black Modern Fairytale"

Bong Joon-ho, the director of films such as Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother, Snowpiercer, and Okja, has made a new movie called Parasite, and it looks like a freakin’ great movie! The first trailer has been released, and I want to watch this movie now!

The film is described as being a “pitch-black modern fairytale,” and some of the reviews for it are saying it’s one of the best movies of the year. Here’s the synopsis:

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury
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Bong Joon-Ho’s Palme d’Or Winner ‘Parasite’ Gets Sinister First Trailer (Video)

Bong Joon-Ho’s Palme d’Or Winner ‘Parasite’ Gets Sinister First Trailer (Video)
Bong Joon-Ho’s latest film, “Parasite,” is a vicious satire of class and wealth with a bloody twist. The first trailer for the Korean auteur’s movie showcases the best aspects of his sense of humor and his knack for sinister drama and tension.

Parasite” is Bong’s return to his native language after making the English-language films “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.” “Parasite” also won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival before Neon scooped it up, with plans to release the film on Oct. 11.

Parasite” is the story of a poor, unemployed family in South Korea who defrauds a wealthy, eccentric and gullible family by posing as various experts and servants and swindling their way into cushy jobs. The son of the poor family takes a job as a tutor of the wealthy family’s teenage daughter despite having no college degree. He then convinces his
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Riveting trailer for Parasite teases Bong Joon-ho's Palme d'Or winner

  • JoBlo
Back in May filmmaker Bong Joon-ho made waves with his new movie, Parasite, which debuted at the Cannes film festival and won the coveted Palme d’Or, instantly putting the movie on even more radars than it was before. Now you can get a glimpse at what everyone was raving about out of the festival, as the first trailer is here teasing the intense, gripping story…
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‘Parasite’ Trailer: Bong Joon-Ho’s Award-Winning Family Drama Takes A Dark Turn

In a film which may sweep awards across the festivals, “Parasite” showcases a poor Korean family who manages to swindle their way into a rich family’s household, but things soon turn dark. The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho, who has done films such as “Okja” and “Snowpiecer.” The South Korean is well versed in doing different genres, and now it looks like he has found another style to sink his teeth into.

Continue reading ‘Parasite’ Trailer: Bong Joon-Ho’s Award-Winning Family Drama Takes A Dark Turn at The Playlist.
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Bong Joon-Ho’s Palme d’Or Winner ‘Parasite’ Pulled From Chinese Film Festival

Originally slated to close China’s First Film Festival on July 28, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” has just been removed from the fest’s slate for “technical reasons.” The film, which won the Palme d’Or unanimously at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is the fifth festival film to rankle Chinese censors this year, according to Variety.

Organizers of the 10-day festival in Xining, Qinghai province, released a social media statement, issuing “sincere apologies for the inconvenience,” but with no further details. The festival’s shuttering of Bong’s dark, class-conflict comedy likely stems from the currently tense diplomatic relationship between China and South Korea, which operates an American-owned anti-missile system, in conflict with China’s own military policies. All Korean films and TV series are also banned from being imported in China for theatrical exhibition and streaming, with no Korean films seeing a release in China in the last two years.
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Steven Yeun to Star in and Produce Immigrant Drama for A24

  • Variety
Steven Yeun to Star in and Produce Immigrant Drama for A24
Steven Yeun will executive produce and star in the immigrant drama “Minari” for A24 with shooting starting next week.

The Korean native, whose family moved to Michigan when he was five, will star as a Korean father who uproots his family to move to an Arkansas farm in the 1980s. Isaac Chung is directing from his own script and producing. A24 is financing and producing with Plan B.

Korean actresses Yeri Han and Youn Yuh-Jung are making their U.S. debuts. Will Patton and Scott Haze are also starring.

Yeun gained notice for his portrayal of fan favorite Glenn Rhee in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” from 2010 to 2016 before his character was killed at the start of the seventh season. He starred in the South Korean mystery “Burning” and received the National Society of Film Critics Award for best supporting actor. Other credits include “Okja” and “Sorry to Bother You.
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Bo Report: Old and new fans of The Beatles turn out for ‘Yesterday’

‘Yesterday.’

Universal/Working Title’s The Beatles-inspired musical romantic fantasy Yesterday charmed audiences in Australia last weekend, outperforming the Us and UK debuts.

The Danny Boyle-directed film written by Love Actually’s Richard Curtis entered Oz in second place behind the second frame of Disney/Pixar’s blockbuster Toy Story 4.

Starring Himesh Patel as a struggling songwriter who awakes after an accident in a parallel universe where no one had heard of the band and rips off their songs to propel himself to stardom, Yesterday rang up $3.4 million on 281 screens and $3.6 million with previews and the Sydney Film Festival screening.

That ranks as the biggest opening weekend for a Danny Boyle film and is in line with Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Intern and La La Land. Pro-rata, that eclipsed the estimated $US17 million opening in the Us and was well up
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Lupita Nyong’o May Solidify Status as the 21st Century’s Great Scream Queen in ‘Little Monsters’

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Lupita Nyong’o May Solidify Status as the 21st Century’s Great Scream Queen in ‘Little Monsters’
Neon and Hulu have released a new clip from their upcoming Australian zombie movie that should enshrine Lupita Nyong’o as the finest actor working in horror today. In “Little Monsters,” directed by Abe Forsythe, Nyong’o plays Miss Caroline, a kindergarten teacher taking her wee students on a field trip to a farm, where there’s suddenly a zombie outbreak. Instead of the kids petting a cow, Miss Caroline has to make certain that they don’t see zombies ravenously devouring the bovine.

“It’s like an R-rated Pixar movie,” the director, Abe Forsythe, said at the IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox in January. In this clip, Miss Caroline has to adapt her early-childhood education skills to both ensure the survival of the tykes and make certain that they’re not psychologically scarred by the carnage around them. She tells them that all the weird-looking people around them are “it,
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Palme d’Or Winner ‘Parasite’ Has Massive Korean Opening, Stomping ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

Palme d’Or Winner ‘Parasite’ Has Massive Korean Opening, Stomping ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’
Bong Jong-ho’s “Parasite” followed its Palme d’or win this weekend with a South Korean home country debut of $25 million. That represented close to 70% of the total national business — and on a weekend that also saw “Aladdin” in its second weekend and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” opening (to only a little over $2 million there).

To put that in perspective based on population size compared to the Us/Canada domestic total, that would be similar to a nearly $200 million debut here. The initial number looks to have come close to the record for biggest opener ever.

The Cannes winner — recognized locally as a major honor for the country and industry, with Bong treated to a hero’s welcome when he arrived at the Seoul airport — is a rare Palme victor to have this sort of immediate local response. But it is also only a difference in degree for Bong
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Cannes Winner ‘Parasite’ Gets Awards Season Release

  • Variety
Cannes Winner ‘Parasite’ Gets Awards Season Release
Bong Joon-Ho’s dark comedy “Parasite,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, has been scheduled by Neon for an awards season release of Oct. 11 in Los Angeles and New York.

Neon made the announcement Thursday, asserting that it has positioned the title as a prime awards season contender in the international film category and beyond. “Parasite” will receive a traditional arthouse platform release with a gradual expansion.

Parasite” is a return to Korean-language film for Joon-Ho following “Okja” and “Snowpiercer.” It is also his fourth collaboration with Song Kang-Ho, who stars in the film, as well as his fifth collaboration with Neon CEO Tom Quinn.

The film also stars Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam. Jessica Kiang called the film “brilliant” in her review for Variety out of Cannes.

The story centers on the interactions between two families — one being the picture
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Neon sets awards corridor Us releases for 'Parasite', 'Portrait Of A Lady On Fire' (update)

Neon sets awards corridor Us releases for 'Parasite', 'Portrait Of A Lady On Fire' (update)
Release marks fifth collaboration between Neon CEO Tom Quinn and Bong Joon Ho.

Neon has slotted two of its Cannes titles into the Us awards season corridor, dating Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or winner Parasite for October 11, and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire on December 6.

South Korea auteur Bong’s “unpredictable tragicomedy” (as the director described it in a recent interview with Screen) will open in Los Angeles and New York as part of a traditional art house platform release for the director’s follow-up to Cannes 2017 selection Okja.

Parasite stars Song Kang Ho
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Bong Joon-Ho’s Palme d’Or Winner ‘Parasite’ Invades U.S. This Fall

  • Deadline
Neon has just dated the stateside release for Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite for October 11 in New York and Los Angeles. The distributor will give the pic a traditional art house theatrical release, positioning Parasite for awards season. It remains Tbd if South Korea selects Parasite as their foreign film Oscar submission.

The Cj Entertainment pic opened in its homeland of South Korea today and is expected to rival Warner Bros/Legendary massive Godzilla: King of the Monsters for the top spot. Natch, Bong’s movies are big South Korea, i.e., his 2014 title Snowpiercer made close to $60 million there, and 2007’s The Host made close to $65M.

Parasite, about a low-income family who works its way into a rich family’s lives as household employees with zany results, won the Palme d’Or unanimously at Cannes over the weekend.

Parasite marks Bong’s comeback to
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