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Whether you dig it or not, Park Chan-wook’s perverse, confounding revenge fantasia “Oldboy” from 2003 is a hell of an experience the first time you watch it. It’s the story of Oh Dae-Su and the awful chain of carnage and horror that unfolds after he is released from the hotel room where he was imprisoned for fifteen years, but such a dry summary cannot capture the unhinged genius of the director’s method. The plot is an elegantly orchestrated series of escalating catastrophes, each more devastating than the last and inevitably building to one of the most freakish, depraved finales in film history. Read More: Sundance Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook For another way of defining the movie’s rhythm, you could turn to Aristotle’s text “Poetics,” which defines the aforementioned plot as a Complication: a chain of cause-and-effect passages »
- Nicholas Laskin
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Stoker. The Story: The Players: director Park Chan-wook. Actors Nicole... Read More »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
It's been over a year since it was first reported that Oldboy and Stoker director Park Chan-Wook was attached to helm a Korean film adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel Fingersmith, but apparently production is underway on the project, and the first image from movie has been released featuring stars Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser), Kim Min-hee (No Tears For The Dead), Jo Jin-woong (The Admiral) and Kim... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The first photo has been released from "The Handmaid," the highly anticipated new film from Park Chan-Wook ("Stoker," "Oldboy") which is det to debut sometime next year. An adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel "Fingersmith," the story is set during the Japanese rule of Korea and follows a handmaid who employs the services of an heiress, con man and pickpocket. [Source: Twitch]
Stan Lee will team with creators of HBO's "Rome" and The CW's "The Flash" for the action-thriller feature "Arch Alien" at Hualien Media and Mission Control Entertainment. Shooting kicks off next March.
Lee will co-create the story for the potential franchise launcher with Bill Macdonald and Ralph Hemecker to pen the script and Hemecker to direct. The story is laced with conspiracy, mysticism and alien mythology. [Source: Heat Vision]
Zodiac: The Year of the Snake
Le Vision Pictures USA has scored the rights to Jayson Rothwell's action film »
- Garth Franklin
It has been a few years since Park Chan-Wook went Hollywood with his severely heightened melodramatic thriller "Stoker," and not much has been heard from the director since. We knew filming had started on his next effort, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel "Fingersmith," but hadn't been playing close attention. So this first look at the film is a nice surprise. Read More: Sundance Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri star in the movie which is set during the Japanese rule of Korea and follows a handmaid who employs the services of an heiress, con man and pickpocket. Waters' novel has previously been adapted in a 3-hour BBC production starring Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Charles Dance and Rupert Evans. But clearly Chan-Wook is putting his own mark on the material. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After trying out the world of Hollywood with his English-language debut Stoker, Park Chan-wook has returned to South Korea for his follow-up. Adapting Sarah Waters‘ novel Fingersmith, the period crime drama was initially set in Victorian London and follows young female thieves (aka fingersmiths), but the Oldboy director switched the location to his native country (as well as Japan).
Today now brings the first image, as well as the reveal of the title The Handmaid, courtesy of Twitch. Above one can see the main cast of Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri in their 1930’s garb. Although no release date has been set, we can likely expect a premiere on the festival circuit next year for one of our most-anticipated projects.
- Leonard Pearce
Oldboy helmer Park Chan-wook following his 2013 English language debut Stoker with period thriller The Handmaid. Adapted from Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith, the action moves between 1930s Korea and Japan with its story of an heiress, a con man, and the pickpocket placed in service of the heiress as a handmaid.While production is still under way the first image from the film has been released featuring the principal cast of Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri. Expect to see more from this one as the release edges closer....
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Aladdin (Ron Clements and John Musker)
The first film I recall seeing in a theater, Aladdin was certainly a formative moviegoing experience, and having recently revisited it over the summer, it still wonderfully holds up. Now coming to Blu-ray, Disney’s remastered edition includes a wealth of extra, topped by a nine-minute reel of Robin Williams outtakes, coming to life with storyboards. Also including a pair of audio commentaries, a featurette on the Broadway adaptation, and more, it’s an essential pick-up. »
- TFS Staff
The first trailer has arrived online for Hail, Caesar!, the new film from the Coen Brothers, and you can view it in the player below…
The first effort from the Coens’ since 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film is described as a “musical comedy” and sees a hot-short studio “fixer” (played by Josh Brolin) have to try to find the star of a new historical epic (George Clooney) after he is kidnapped.
As usual, the film promises the usual amount of Coens magic, with a hugely impressive cast to boot. In addition to Brolin and Clooney, both of whom have worked with the directors before, the film also stars Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) and Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
- Scott J. Davis
Watch the new Crimson Peak video Legendary and Universal Pictures have released a new ghost-centric featurette from Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house picture Crimson Peak, featuring two-time Academy award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland).…
- Max Evry
Watch the new Crimson Peak clip Legendary and Universal Pictures (via Yahoo! Movies) have released the first clip from Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house picture Crimson Peak featuring two-time Academy award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland).…
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- Spencer Perry
A firm favourite on the festival circuit earlier on in the year, and picked up at Sundance by Fox for a record $12 million, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s indie movie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl finally makes it to UK shores as summer slowly fades away.
The film revolves around high-school senior, and part-time parody filmmaker Greg (Thomas Mann), who is directed by his mother to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), his classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Written by Jesse Andrews, based on his novel of the same name, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a beautiful, very quirky movie that enchants from the beginning. The cast and characters are hugely likable, »
- Paul Heath
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
A massive success on its debut earlier this year at Sundance, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl calls to mind much of the work from the late, great John Hughes as well as a smattering of other influences, most notably Wes Anderson, as from the opening shots of the film, it’s as we are in the midst of the Moonrise Kingdom auteur’s latest venture. Starting from the “end”, we meet Greg (the film’s Me) as he starts to write at his computer as his »
- Scott J. Davis
The official international Crimson Peak poster Legendary and Universal Pictures’ upcoming haunted house spook-a-thon Crimson Peak has debuted its international poster (via Twitter) featuring two-time Academy award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland). Check it out…
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- Max Evry
Disney is developing the dramedy movie “Dumplin'” based on the upcoming Julie Murphy young adult novel, Variety has learned.
Disney acquired the movie rights preemptively and is in talks with Michael Costigan to produce the film. HarperCollins is scheduled to publish the Texas-set novel through its Balzer + Bray imprint on Sept. 15.
The novel centers on a confident teen girl — named Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom — taking a job at the local fast-food joint. She meets a former jock whom she likes and he seems to like her back. When she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering a beauty pageant to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any skinny girl does.
- Dave McNary
Nicole Kidman could have taken her career in a number of different directions, but after dipping her toe in some studio misfires in the mid-2000's she continues to make daring choices that many other actors with her notoriety would shy away from. In the past two years she's starred in the polarizing "Stoker," the art house hit "The Railway Man," took on "Grace of Monaco" (a film that had a dramatically different original screenplay), made kids tremble as the villain in the family blockbuster "Paddington" and played Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" which debuted at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. But, wait. There's more. Kidman has already finished shooting the big screen adaptation of "Lion," has a significant role in Billy Ray's remake of "The Secret in Their Eyes" and stars opposite Jason Bateman in his highly anticipated drama "The Family Fang" (which has »
- Gregory Ellwood
After a six-year absence, director Chan-wook Park comes back to Korean cinematic storytelling. The Oldboy filmaker began production on his latest, the lesbian drama Fingersmith, last week near Nagoya, Japan. This serves as the filmmaker's follow-up to his English-language debut Stoker, which earned fairly mixed reviews and didn't particularly wow me as much as I would have wanted it to either, and his first native-language feature since 2009's Thirst. A re-interpretation of Sarah Waters Victorian-era novel of the same name, Park's latest relocates the action to Korea and Japan within the 1930s, which looks at a time when Korea was under the strict gaze of Japan's occupation. Fingersmith returns the director with his long-time screenwriter Seo-Gyeong Jeong, whom previously penned Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I'm a Cyborg, But That's Ok and the aforementioned Thirst with the filmmaker. Though it seems this adaptation is the writer's first solo writing credit. That's »
- Will Ashton
After a foray into English-language filmmaking with Stoker, South Korean director Park Chan-wook is taking inspiration from an English-language source for his next Korean-language film. He’s currently at work on Fingersmith, based on a 2002 lesbian crime novel by Sarah Waters. Get all the details on the Park Chan-wook Fingersmith movie after the jump. Variety reports production on […]
- Angie Han
Acclaimed director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Thirst, Stoker) has begun production on his latest project – a Korean adaptation of the 2002 novel by Sarah Waters, titled Fingersmith. While Park has been working on English language projects since 2009’s Thirst, that film took the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize – making Park’s return to Korean language filmmaking a very exciting prospect indeed.
The source novel, Fingersmith, is set in Victorian-era London, and centres on the troubled and complex romantic relationship between Sue and Maud. Told in three parts, giving different perspectives on the tale, the layered plot weaves deception, manipulation, theft and murder through a larger story about love and trust. As older generation characters attempt something of a ‘long con’, the younger Sue and Maud find themselves being used as unwitting pawns in a disturbing and bitter game – to the tragic detriment of their affair.
The novel was previously adapted in 2005 as a two-part BBC drama, »
- Sarah Myles
A Korean reinterpretation of Sarah Waters’ Victorian-era lesbian novel of the same title, Chan’s movie relocates the scene to Korea and Japan in the 1930s, when Korea was under Japanese occupation. The adaptation is written by Park’s long-term screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung (“Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,” “Thirst”).
“Fingersmith” is Park’s first Korean-language directorial piece in six years, since the Cannes-winning vampire film “Thirst” in 2009. In between he made his English-language debut, the ill-fated “Stoker,” in 2013.
The film is co-produced by Park’s Moho Film and producer Lee Yong-seung’s Yong Film. The production budget is set at Krw 11 billion ($9.94 million), excluding P&A.
Other regular Park collaborators onboard include cinematographer Jeong Jeong-hun (“Oldboy, »
- Sonia Kil
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