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Spike Lee's English-language remake of Park Chan-wook's revenge nightmare fails to grasp its black-comic bad taste
When Park Chan-wook released his 2003 Korean revenge nightmare Oldboy, the evil craziness that crackled out of the screen was unforgettable. This was the story of an obnoxious businessman, fleshily played by Choi Min-sik, abducted and imprisoned in a converted hotel room for 15 years without being told why and then released to seek answers and wreak vengeance – a mixture of Kafka's The Trial, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. It became the incarnation of what was thought of as the new "Asian extreme" genre, along with Takashi Miike's macabre classic Audition. Now Oldboy has been subjected to a superfluous English-language remake by Spike Lee, which is stomach-turningly violent. But where Choi Min-sik was dishevelled and ragged, this film's lantern-jawed lead, Josh Brolin, looks very sleek, like the rumpled star of »
- Peter Bradshaw
Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media, which specializes in family movies, is expanding its feature-film activities with the goal of financing a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial projects along with moving into TV and animation.
Anschutz is also revamping the executive suite with David Weil stepping aside as CEO of Anchustz Film Group at the end of the year. Frank Smith, Walden’s longtime general counsel and head of business affairs, will become Walden’s chief operating officer and oversee all aspects of Walden’s operations.
Walden, founded in 2001 by the reclusive financier Anschutz, did not disclose specifics on TV or animation projects.
Walden said it will finance the expansion through a replenishing media fund, backed by Anschutz Film Group, which allows it to not only finance production of feature films, TV series and animated content, but also provide P&A funding and gap financing for select projects.
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- Dave McNary
Longtime general counsel and head of business affairs Frank Smith (pictured) becomes COO of Walden Media, the family producer behind the first three The Chronicles Of Narnia films and the Journey To The Center Of The Earth series.
Walden is supported by a renewable media fund backed by Afg that allows it to finance most third-party features, TV series and animated content as well as invest P&A funding and gap financing in select projects.
The first-look deal with 20th Century Fox remains intact, however Walden is free to partner with any distributors on those projects it co-finances and co-produces with outside partners.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Paul Walker tribute: Universal and the ‘Fast and Furious’ cast and crew pay homage to the recently deceased actor (photo: Paul Walker in ‘Fast & Furious 6′) The Tribute to Paul Walker put out by Universal Pictures’ "Fast & Furious" YouTube account, will likely please fans of the movie franchise — clearly the video’s target audience. Walker died at the age of 40 on November 30, 2013, in a car crash in the town of Santa Clarita, located in the northern outskirts of Los Angeles County. Walker’s friend and business partner, 38-year-old former Porsche racing-car driver Roger Rodas, who was at the wheel, was also killed in the accident. Check out the Paul Walker Tribute below. Now, of course, the Paul Walker Tribute also happens to be a The Fast and the Furious tribute, as no other Paul Walker movie is shown in the two-minute clip. Walker, playing former cop Brian O’Conner, was »
- Anna Robinson
You could argue – as many have already been doing – that Spike Lee’s contentious remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 masterpiece Oldboy is somewhat pointless and ill-judged, reinforcing the criticism of contemporary Hollywood for being so unimaginative at times. However the only fair way to judge this retelling is to treat it as a film of its own merit, and attempt to distance yourself away from what came before. Yet even when doing so, you’re still left with a badly structured, underwhelming piece of cinema, that fails to engage and compel its audience, despite the wealth to this fascinating narrative.
On one fateful, unsuspecting evening, the troubled, alcoholic Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) is kidnapped by a mystery woman, where he is taken to a soulless, solitary confinement. Confused of his whereabouts, Joe then proceeds to spend the next 20 years locked up in this very room, while in the outside world »
- Stefan Pape
Celebrity Splits - Josh Brolin and Diane Lane's marriage is over - the divorce is final. 'Man of Steel' actress Diane originally filed to end their marriage in February, citing ''irreconcilable differences'' and court documents seen by website TMZ submitted on November 27 confirm their marriage has been legally dissolved after eight years. Diane has also dropped Josh's surname and will once again be Diane Lane. According to the court documents, the couple have a private financial agreement and Diane is not seeking spousal support outside of this. Although 'W' actor Josh was said to be doing well despite the divorce, last month he checked into a rehab facility to deal with issues related to his drinking. The 45-year-old star said he was ''completely done'' with alcohol after a couple of incidents over one wild weekend, where he was caught on camera yelling abuse at a cab driver after allegedly rear-ending his vehicle, »
Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto: New York Film Critics go for movie stars in each acting category (photo: Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) (See previous post: "Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Winners.") Cate Blanchett was chosen as the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress for Woody Allen’s comedy-drama Blue Jasmine. Blanchett, already touted as an Oscar 2014 favorite, plays a role with elements in common with Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois in Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Leigh was both the New York Film Critics’ and the Academy Awards’ Best Actress of 1951. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Cate Blanchett has already won an Oscar — Best Supporting Actress for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn — but this is her first Nyfcc win. Back in 2007, Blanchett, as one of several Bob Dylan characters in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, »
- Andre Soares
Easily one of the most divisive, and surprising, revelations of the last year was the September announcement that Ben Affleck would portray the Dark Knight in the Man of Steel sequel, temporarily titled Batman vs. Superman. Prior to the official word of Affleck as Batman from Warner Bros., rumors began to circulate that the studio was looking to cast a slightly older actor in the role, someone that could portray a Batman that had already been active in Gotham for years, as opposed to a younger “origin” story take. After a number of high profile actors had been rumored, including Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Matthew Goode, and Max ...
- Ben Kendrick
John Mayer and Katy Perry pose for their first portrait together for the cover of their new single, "Who You Love." Natalie Portman says that Chris Hemsworth's wife, Elsa Pataky, stood in for her during a love scene in Thor: The Dark World. Paul Walker's teenage daughter, Meadow, is having a hard time dealing with his death. Hey, Sandra Bullock: Glee star Chord Overstreet wants to date you. Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced. Britney Spears's new album, Britney Jean, is out today, but the reviews aren't looking good. What does Christopher Walken do when he can't catch a cab in NYC? He bums a ride from two happy fans. Source: Imgur A Nigerian man survives nearly three days submerged in a capsized boat off the coast of Nigeria after he found an air pocket. He was rescued by a team of divers. Kanye West »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Natalie Portman wasn’t available for the final kissing scene between Jane Foster and Thor in Thor: The Dark World, so Chris Hemsworth‘s wife, Elsa Pataky, donned a brown wig and kissed Thor instead. [Daily Mail] British singer Rita Ora is about to dabble in becoming a movie star. Ora has been cast in Fifty Shades of Grey as Christian Grey’s outgoing adopted sister Mia. [Us Magazine] Josh Brolin and Diane Lane have finalized their divorced. Lane has legally restored her name from Diane Lane Brolin to Diane Lane and Brolin is in rehab. [People] Many people initially thought Paul Walker’s shocking death was a hoax because it seemed to close to his character in Fast & Furious. However, as this vintage MTV News interview reveals, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane have finalized their divorce. The pair had separated earlier this year, and Los Angeles County Superior Court documents filed Nov. 27 made the split official. Lane, 48, who had legally changed her name to Diane Lane Brolin, has restored her name to Diane Lane.Last month, Brolin, 45, checked into a rehab facility following several public altercations. The actors were married in 2004, during a ceremony at Brolin's central California ranch. The couple have had a tumultuous marriage, as Brolin was arrested just four months after the wedding for spousal battery. Although Lane phoned police claiming Brolin had hit her, »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Lane, 48, filed for divorce in February this year and cited irreconcilable differences in the papers for the split. The duo got married in 2004.
The final documents were submitted Nov 27 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The duo seems to have a private financial agreement as Lane did not demand spousal support after the divorce, reports tmz.com.
Post-marriage, Lane changed her name to Diane Lane Brolin, but now she has dropped Brolin from her name.
Josh Brolin is currently in a rehabilitation centre for. »
- Anita Agarwal
Nine years after the release of Frank Miller’s and Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City, the sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will be hitting cinemas in August 2014. The stylish and violent film received critical acclaim back in 2005 and fans are no doubt excited for the followup, which is again directed by Miller and Rodriguez and is adapted from the second book in Miller’s graphic novel series.
It now looks like we’re going to be getting even more Sin City, as The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein outlined his future plans in an interview with The New York Times. Believing that it will ‘add stability’ to his company, Weinstein is hungry for a piece of the delicious pie that is television, unsurprising thanks to the massive success of big-budget shows such as The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones. TWC have plans for a number of television series, »
- Tom Durbin
The couple's split was made official by Los Angeles County Superior Court documents, People Magazine reported.
The couple, who had tied the knot in 2004, had a turbulent marriage, with Brolin getting arrested just 4 months after the wedding for spousal battery. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
Related: Diane Lane Files for Divorce
According to court documents filed November 27 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Lane is not seeking spousal support outside of a private financial arrangement whose details have not been disclosed.
The estranged couple was married for eight years, having their 2004 wedding on Brolin's Central California ranch. They have no children.
Errr, so, Spike Lee’s Oldboy didn’t even make $1 million over the long weekend in North America. This is despite big names such as Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharito Copley and Samuel Jackson starring in the feature based on 2003s twisted revenge classic from Park Chan-wook. This was the worst film opening over the Thanksgiving weekend ever, taking an estimated $850,000. However, the movie has oddly not had a nationwide release. Even so, it’s almost unheard of for a film to not take in $1 million. How does that even happen?!?!
This just adds to the negative press the Oldboy remake has received over the poster fiasco last week, that you can read about here.
Has anyone over in the Us seen Oldboy? Is the bad press deserved? Let us know as it arrives in the UK this Friday.
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- Ellen Daniels
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin's marriage is officially over. E! News has learned that the couple's divorce was finalized after the court approved their stipulated judgment on Nov 27. The brunette actress filed for divorce from the Gangster Squad star on Feb. 15 after the couple had been married for eight years and six months. But according to sources at the time, the two didn't split on bad terms. "It is very amicable," an insider told E! News. "It's not ugly, it's just over." This marks the second divorce for both the 48-year-old beauty and Brolin. From 1988 to 1994, Lane was married to actor Christopher Lambert; during the same time, Brolin was »
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced ... this according to court documents obtained by TMZ ... and it's clear, Diane is looking to get her old identity back. Lane -- who recently appeared in "Man of Steel" -- initially filed the divorce docs back in February, seeking to end the marriage that began in 2004. Lane had cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split.The docs, filed November 27 in L.A. County Superior Court, show that Diane »
- TMZ Staff
Directed by Spike Lee
Well folks, it is finally here, the day we get to finally see what has become of Oldboy, Spike Lee’s remake of the much revered Korean film that left many film fans speechless. I went into the original Oldboy not really knowing anything about it and by the end credits, wanted to stand up in the theater and give it a standing ovation. The film, about a man’s revenge to find out who imprisoned him for 15 years, while not on the surface, seemed like a film that was going to resonate…until the ending. Oh that ending, we’ve talked about that ending quite a bit here at Gtbp and for good reason. It’s simply one of the best, most brazen f**ked up moments in cinema. But it also tied up a movie, »
- Craig Dietz
We know that Robert Rodriguez is bringing one of his previous films to the small screen, with a TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn currently filming, and now it's being reported by The New York Times (via ComicBookMovie) that The Weinstein Company is looking to branch out into the TV business and could be planning a Sin City series to follow the theatrical release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For next year.
Apparently, Sin City is one of several movies that Bob Weinstein is looking to adapt for TV, with Rodriguez is said to be involved alongside with comic book creator and co-director Frank Miller. Meanwhile, in addition to the previously announced Scream pilot for MTV, Weinstein is also said to be working with director Frank Darabont on a 10-part series based upon Darabont's 2007 feature adaptation of the Stephen King tale The Mist.
- Gary Collinson
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