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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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.
New films from Spike Lee, Nick Cassavetes, and Brian De Palma are among the 29 titles joining the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival slate, the festival announced today. Lee’s documentary Bad 25 commemorates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Bad, including footage shot by the pop superstar. Cassavetes’ Yellow focuses on a woman whose Vicodin habit plunges her into a high style fantasy world; it stars Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands (i.e. Cassavetes mother), Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Heather Wahlquist, and Melanie Griffith. And De Palma’s Passion pits Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace (pictured) against each other as a high-powered business woman and her protégé. READ FULL STORY »
Spike Lee’s latest exploration of Brooklyn life — following up films such as She’s Gotta Have It and Do The Right Thing, among others — is Red Hook Summer. It’s the story of a teenage boy (Jules Brown) who comes up from Atlanta to spend the summer with his religious grandfather (Clarke Peters). The film premiered, with controversy, at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will be released in theaters Aug. 10.
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• Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem are in talks to join The Counselor, about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gets pulled in too deep after flirting with the illegal drug trade. Ridley Scott is directing the thriller, from a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. Which is all to say that this movie is getting seriously cool, seriously fast. [Deadline]
• District 9 star Sharlto Copley is in early talks to play the main villain in Spike Lee‘s English-language version of the South Korean cult classic thriller Oldboy. He’d join Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen. [Variety]
• Kevin Hart is considering joining the comedy Con Ed, about two escaped cons who evade capture by posing as college frat boys. Charles Stone III (Drumline) will direct. [Variety]
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