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A brief history of Hollywood trying -- and mostly failing -- to adapt anime

A weird truth: Even in the midst of the current comic book gold-rush, major studios can’t seem to get a good anime or manga adaptation off the ground—although the influence of those works can be seen everywhere. This weekend’s Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic that’s heavily (perhaps even problematically) inspired by anime and manga. As tangentially connected to the art form as Big Hero 6 is, could it be the harbinger of a sea change in Hollywood’s approach to manga and anime?

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'Oldboy' director Park Chan-wook to direct adaptation of 'Fingersmith'

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Perhaps best known for his harrowing film Oldboy, Korean director Park Chan-wook has kept busy both at home and abroad. Having directed four other films since his famous 2003 thriller, including his English-language debut with Stoker, Chan-wook is returning home with his latest project.

Chan-wook has chosen to adapt the 2002 novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, a Victorian-style crime novel that the director will be putting his own spin on. The London-set novel will be shifted to 20th-century Korea during a period of Japanese rule in Chan-wook’s film, which currently has a Korean title, Agashi. The name translates to “young lady” or “miss” in English—which is fitting, considering the book’s original plot.

Waters’ novel follows the plight of orphan Sue Trinder, who, in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, grows close to a family of thieves living in her adoptive home. Known as fingersmiths, they corral Sue into one of their schemes, asking her to become the maid to the wealthy Maud Lilly in a plot to steal her inheritance. The plan loses its way, however, when Sue begins to fall in love with Lilly.

Agashi is currently in the process of casting, and Chan-wook plans to begin filming in 2015.

Box office report: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' break Thanksgiving records

Stomachs weren’t the only thing full over Thanksgiving weekend — so were movie theaters showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film pulled in a terrific $110.1 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period — $74.5 million of that during the traditional weekend frame — which gives the sequel a stunning $296.5 million domestic total after only 10 days. (The film has already pulled in a total of $573 million worldwide.)

Catching Fire set a new record for both the 3-day and 5-day Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which grossed $57.5 million/$82.4 million in 2001. Lionsgate’s $130 million sequel is now on track to easily outgross The Hunger Games‘ $408 million domestic total. And if it maintains this pace, it could climb above $450 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Catching Fire' surges to $31.3 million on Friday, 'Frozen' may score $100 million five-day debut

As previously reported, both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen are headed to record-breaking Thanksgiving weekends at the box office. But Black Friday numbers suggest that both films may be even bigger than originally thought — and both could pull in more than $100 million over the five-day frame!

Catching Fire topped the chart on Friday with a sizzling $31.3 million, which sent it right past the $250 million mark on its eighth day of release. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are the only two films to ever reach $250 million faster. Catching Fire is currently on pace for a Friday-to-Sunday weekend in the $75-80 million range, which would trail only The Avengers as the best second weekend of all time. Factoring in the combined $35 million that Catching Fire earned on Wednesday and Thursday, the film may pull in $110-120 million over five days, giving it a total of $290-300 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' set to smash Thanksgiving records

It turns out moviegoers want fire and ice this Thanksgiving.

Both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney’s Frozen are thriving at the box office, so much so that the films are on track to break records and achieve the two best Thanksgiving five-day weekends of all time.

Catching Fire earned $20.7 million on Wednesday and $14.9 million on Thursday. That $35.6 million haul puts the film on track for a five-day weekend of about $100-105 million, which will handily beat Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $82.4 million gross over the same period of time in 2001. Remarkably, Catching Fire will have earned about $290 million after just 10 days of release, and if it keeps up this pace, it will easily outdo the original Hunger Games‘ $408 million domestic total.

Frozen is more than holding its own against the behemoth blockbuster. Disney’s animated musical pulled in $26.3 million on Wednesday and Thursday ($15.2 million, then $11.1 million), a substantially bigger start than Tangled, which grossed $19.9 million in its first two days in 2010. That film wound up earning $48.8 million over the following Friday-to-Sunday period (2.45 times its Wednesday/Thursday gross), and if we apply the same metric to Frozen, it’s set to gross $64 million over the traditional weekend frame for a stunning $90 million five-day start.

Much less fortunate were the weekend’s two other newcomers, Homefront and Black Nativity, both of which got the cold shoulder from ticket buyers. The Jason Statham vehicle Homefront grossed $2.8 million over its first two days and may only find about $9.5 million in its first five. Black Nativity fared even worse, with $1.1 million combined on Wednesday and Thursday, which may result in a $3.8 million five-day start. Given the talent involved — Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige — and the proximity to Christmas, that’s a major disappointment.

The Book Thief didn’t draw huge crowds in its expansion into 1,234 theaters. The film pulled in $1.6 million on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to gross about $5.5 million through Sunday, which will give it a $6.9 million total. Philomena isn’t taking off, either. Judi Dench’s Oscar contender has grossed just under $1 million from 753 theaters in two days. No numbers for Spike Lee’s Oldboy have come in just yet.

Check back tomorrow for another box office update — and enjoy those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' remake pushed back to November

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We’ll have to wait a little longer to see how Spike Lee has reimagined Park Chan-wook’s 2003 thriller.

FilmDistrict has shifted the film’s release date for the second time. Originally, Oldboy 2.0 was scheduled to open Oct. 11. But in May, the distributor changed the release date to Oct. 25 — and now it’s been pushed back once more, to the much more crowded date of Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

Only two other movies are currently scheduled to open in wide release on Oct. 25: The Counselor, starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Javier Bardem, and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Now that it’s been delayed a month, though, Oldboy will be competing against three wide releases (Black Nativity, Frozen, and Homefront), as well as the limited releases Grace of Monaco and Out of the Furnace. TWC’s Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is scheduled for release Nov. 29 as well.

Oldboy follows an ad exec (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 20 years. When he’s finally released, he seeks vengeance — only to find himself still entangled in a conspiracy. Check out the red-band trailer below.

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'Oldboy' red-band trailer reveals a gritty revenge thriller -- VIDEO

The American remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 thriller Oldboy is nigh. A trailer premiered on Yahoo! today, revealing Josh Brolin in tighty-whities (yay!) and the fact that he has been imprisoned for 20 years (boo!).

Joe Doucett (Brolin) is locked in a solitary room for two decades, his name besmirched as he is accused of murdering the mother of his daughter. When he is inexplicably released, his life becomes dedicated to revenge and solving the mystery of the last 20 years — why was he imprisoned, and why was he let go?

Check out the NSFW trailer here:
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'Oldboy' poster: Signed, sealed and delivered by Josh Brolin

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The logo for Josh Brolin’s new film Oldboy is written in the actor’s own handwriting, inspired by his character in the film, who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years and spends years writing letters to his daughter.

He is suddenly released, which inspires him to find out the reason for his imprisonment — and results in the discovery of a tangled web of conspiracy.

Oldboy also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. Directed by Spike Lee, the film will be released October 25.

The Spike Lee/Josh Brolin remake of 'Oldboy' now has a poster

It’s been ten years since Korean director Park Chan-wook released Oldboy, his cult-hit surreal thriller about a man who is suddenly released after fifteen years of mysterious solitary imprisonment. This October, Spike Lee directs Josh Brolin in a Hollywood version of Oldboy — also based on the Japanese manga series as the original. Details about the new movie have been kept under wraps, but a poster just appeared at CinemaCon. And you thought fifteen years was a long time… READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2013: Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are 'Very Good Girls' -- VIDEO

At a Sundance Film Festival remarkable for its strong female perspective, Very Good Girls might be the most earnest and accessible of those films. It’s the coming-of-age story of two Brooklyn teenagers (Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen) who are determined to lose their virginity before the summer after their senior year of high school ends. They both fall for the same boy, but there are no hijinks; this is no distaff version of American Pie. “What I wanted more than anything was it to be a fly on the wall experience,” says writer-director Naomi Foner, who makes her directorial debut after a long career as a successful screenwriter (Running on Empty). “We’re there with these girls as these things happen. I wanted nothing more than for women of all ages to walk into it and to feel ‘Oh, yeah I remember that,’ or ‘I see that,’ or ‘I can do that.’ And have a model for themselves of some sort. And I didn’t want to do it in way that’s silly.”

If it had been sillier or crass, Foner might have had an easier time getting it made. She initially wrote the script 20 years ago, and nearly had a go-picture a few years back, but the financier flinched because the two actresses Foner had recruited weren’t big enough: Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. READ FULL STORY

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