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 »
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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 »
Family? It’s complicated … but also bloody, at least when it comes to Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s thriller Stoker, which stars Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska.
Case in point, check out this exclusive one-sheet poster for the film that features an unusual holiday-esque portrait warning “DO NOT DISTURB THE FAMILY” with a blood splattered twist.
First Oldboy, now Lady Vengeance.
Charlize Theron has been cast for years as fierce women warrior types, and she’s ready to take on another iconic role as the lead in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, a remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s acclaimed 2005 thriller Lady Vengeance, the third in Park’s vengeance trilogy, which also includes 2003′s Oldboy, currently being remade by Spike Lee.
Annapurna Pictures, Theron’s production outfit Denver & Delilah Films, and Asian company CJ Entertainment have partnered for the remake, with The Departed Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan writing the script, according to a press release Wednesday.
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With his deep, dark eyes, thin face, and history of working with Spike Lee, James Ransone has all the makings of a perfect fit for Lee’s remake of South Korean revenge classic Oldboy, currently filming in New Orleans with Josh Brolin as a man going after his captors after being imprisoned for more than a decade. But Ransone, who replaced Nate Parker in the part of a doctor working with co-lead Elizabeth Olsen’s character, goes totally against type. He plays a good guy, different from other well-known twitchy parts he taken on, such as drunken, delinquent Ziggy on HBO’s The Wire, or a robber in Lee’s 2006 thriller Inside Man.
EW spoke to Ransone by phone in Los Angeles after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, where he lives. The actor, who said he found out about his part in the movie “super last minute,” shot down those criticizing Lee even remaking Park Chan-wook’s beloved 2003 thriller, and talked about he and Lee getting along “because we’re both antagonistic,” witnessing Brolin’s drastic weight gain and weight loss for the part – 35 pounds gained in one week, then 19 pounds dropped – and being a (our opinion: refreshingly down-to-earth) middle-class actor in Hollywood. READ FULL STORY »
Spike Lee’s English language remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 classic revenge thriller Oldboy is set for wide release on Oct. 11, 2013, announced FilmDistrict, the independent film company distributing the movie, on Friday.
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