6 items from 2012
Robert Zemeckis has never made anything like "Flight," and Denzel Washington has rarely played a character this damaged. I frequently feel like studio movies arrive somewhat predigested because of how many times we've seen variations on the same basic formulas, and when you do run into something that takes its own path, that tells its own story in a way you're not expecting, it can be positively shocking. I remember seeing Spike Lee talk about the making of "Mo' Better Blues," and one of the things that he said made the film difficult to shoot was a firm rule from Denzel »
- Drew McWeeny
After gestating for years, the remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy finally seems to be coming together with Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen starring in the story of a man kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years for unknown reasons. Upon his perplexing release, he sets out to find out just who held him hostage and why. Now news comes from the La Times of a familiar face joining the cast as Samuel L. Jackson has reportedly landed a small but pivotal role in the film. Before Jackson became such a household name, the actor worked with Lee on School Daze, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever and Do the Right Thing. More below! Jackson will play a man being tortured by Brolin's character. In the original film, the scene is easily one of the most powerful, even disturbing, sequences as our hero extracts his teeth using the claw end of a hammer. It's »
- Ethan Anderton
Samuel L. Jackson is joining Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's revenge thriller classic Old Boy for a pivotal scene in which he gets tortured by Josh Brolin who is playing the hero of the movie. Jackson has long been considered one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, having appeared in movies that have grossed $11.7 billion worldwide including all three "Star Wars" prequels, Pixar Animation's The Incredibles and both "Iron Man" movies. Reprising his role as Nick Fury in the summer's biggest blockbuster Marvel's The Avengers has put Jackson over the top with another $1.4 billion made by that movie alone. Before Jackson became in such demand, he appeared in a number of Spike Lee's earlier films, including School Daze , Mo' Better Blues and »
The Republic of Brooklyn and its ongoing chronicles have taken director Spike Lee all over New York's brightest and best borough (its estimated that if Brooklyn was its own city it would be the fourth most populace one in the United States). "Do The Right Thing" took place in Bed-Stuyvesant, parts of "Jungle Fever" took place in Bensonhurst, while Harlem-centric "Mo' Better Blues" homebase was Dumbo, "Clockers" was set among the Boerum Hill projects, "He Got Game" landed in Coney Island and "She’s Gotta Have It" was centered in Fort Greene where Lee lived for many years, to name a few. And so for his latest effort "Red Hook Summer," Lee looked to one of Brooklyn's isolated corners, Red Hook, the North-Western most tip, extending to the water and only a minor kayak ride away from the Statue of Liberty. As Lee said in our exclusive Playlist interview, Red Hook is largely cut off. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Spike Lee is officially back in Brooklyn — and, not surprisingly, it's damn hot.
The "Inside Man" director is getting personal again with his latest "joint," "Red Hook Summer," a film that's already been inspiring the kind of controversy and debate that recalls the heated (and extremely divided) response to Lee's early works such as "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X."
"Red Hook Summers" tells the tale of Flick Royale (a Lee-esque character name if there ever was one — remember 'Bleek Gilliam' from "Mo' Better Blues?"), a young boy from Atlanta who spends the summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, a preacher determined to convince his grandson to find God. And that's just the beginning of a story that goes in several surprising directions as Lee once again works with an ambitiously sprawling narrative canvas.
The first look at "Red Hook Summer," courtesy of the film's official site, is a »
- Bryan Enk
He also starred in a string of Broadway shows, and his turn in What the Wine-Sellers Buy won him the 1974 Drama Desk Award, but he will perhaps be best remembered for his role as 'pretty Tony' in 1973 blaxploitation film The Mack.
In a post on Twitter.com, Jackson writes, "Rip, Dick Anthony Williams! Truly an Acting Muttuhf**Kuh! Pretty Tony, to those who know!"
Williams' cause of death is unknown as WENN went to press. »
6 items from 2012
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