Over the past several years, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy has been established as a modern classic. The intense, surprising and violent revenge story of one man mysteriously imprisoned for years, then released out of the blue, has struck a chord with audiences worldwide. In America, however, a foreign film can unfortunately only gain so much popular traction, which is (part of) why Spike Lee was hired to direct a remake. That remake, out October 25, starts its marketing this week with a trailer on Wednesday and a poster right now.
The poster isn’t just some artistic rendering, however. It’s a still from the film of star Josh Brolin finally being released after years of captivity. Check it out in full below. Read More »
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So we’re at this haunted hospital and James Wan says Insidious Chapter 2 will include time travel. It’s a mind-bending piece of information that potentially changes the whole nature of the upcoming sequel.
But taking a cue from that nugget, let’s jump ahead in time to today as a new teaser poster has been revealed for the horror sequel, which opens on Friday the 13th of September. The poster features a small child ominously in the middle of a room with the tagline “It Will Take What You Love Most.” Chilling.
Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins and the rest of the cast return for Insidious Chapter 2, which picks up immediately where the 2010 hit left off. A trailer was released last week and, as part of that reveal, I was ushered to the haunted Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles to check it out. That’s where Wan talked about time travel and a few other pieces of information regarding the sequel. So check out the poster and read what he had to say below. Read More »
Insidious Chapter 2 probably shouldn’t exist. It’s the sequel to a 2011 film starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey that was made for $1.5 million. Released with zero expectations, the tiny little film exploded at the box office, grossing almost $60 million, a success ratio that puts it in firmly blockbuster range.
Now director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell have brought back the entire cast to pick up the pieces of their haunted house story with an inventive twist. The first Insidious was one of those movies that begs for conversation after. It created a story about people who could astrally project themselves into other worlds and, sometimes, bring back horrible things from a place called “the Further.” Ending on a crazy cliffhanger, fans have clamored for a sequel ever since, hoping to find out what was really happening in the first movie.
The first footage of that sequel, Insidious Chapter 2, is finally here in the form of its first trailer. Scheduled for release on September 13, the film picks up seconds after the original ended making Insidious Chapter 2 look just like the first movie, but with a decidedly bigger feel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Briefly: It took a long time for the English-language remake of Chan-wook Park‘s Oldboy to come together. Now FilmDistrict is asking audiences to stay patient just a tiny while longer.
The Spike Lee-directed thriller has been pushed back two weeks, from October 11 to October 25. It’s not a massive difference, but it pits the film against some different competitors. The only other major release currently scheduled for the 25th is Paranormal Activity 5, whereas on October 11 Oldboy would’ve been up against Captain Phillips, Haunts, and The Fifth Estate.
The news that Oldboy would get an American remake was initially met with dismay by fans of the original, but there’s reason to hope Lee’s remake will do it justice. For starters, it’s locked in a great cast including Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley. For another, the early buzz is that the new film stays faithful but not too faithful to the original. If we’re lucky, it could turn out to be just the dark, twisted entertainment we crave during the Halloween season.
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
After foraying into kiddie territory with Mirror, Mirror, Tarsem Singh is headed back to darker material. Singh is looking to team with star Ryan Reynolds on Selfless, a Black List thriller written by Àlex and David Pastor. It features a body-switching premise that sounds kind of crazy, which should make it a good fit for the adventurous Singh. More details after the jump.
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From the instant the film was released, the soundtrack to Drive became a cult phenomenon. The mix of catchy pop-rock and the pulse-pounding score by Cliff Martinez gave Nicolas Winding-Refn‘s intense thriller an unmistakably cool feeling. That’s the kind of feeling Mondo loves, and almost exactly one year ago, they announced they’d be releasing the soundtrack on limited edition vinyl with artwork by Tyler Stout. Finally, that artwork can be revealed.
Below, check out the full artwork for the vinyl and poster, and find out when you can get both. Read More »
Everything about going to the Playboy Mansion is arguably a good idea. Except watching a movie. Properly watching a movie takes concentration, quiet and darkness. But in a place with an open bar, Playmates and a history of sex, drugs and rock and roll, watching a film is a bad idea.
Last week, I was invited to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles to see Parker. The film, directed by Oscar-nominee Taylor Hackford and starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, is about a career criminal who vows revenge on a crew that left him for dead. That right there sounds like a film you’d want to see, but seeing at the Playboy Mansion just put it over the top.
The iron gate, the valet, the massive house, the Grotto, the bird sanctuary, the game room, the alcohol — even in a very controlled environment — can be all-consuming. By the time the lights went down, people were texting, talking, getting up and not coming back, and somehow it was all okay.
So instead of reviewing Parker, I figured I’d explain why the Playboy Mansion is simultaneously the best, and worst, place to watch a movie in the world. Read More »
There are two “Die Hard in the White House” movies set for release this year. One is Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The other is Antoine Fuqua‘s Olympus Has Fallen, which features Gerard Butler as a secret service agent, Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States, Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House, and a whole bunch of Asian antagonists.
Here, Butler’s agent pulls the POTUS from a wrecked limo just before it plunges off a bridge… with the First Lady inside. He’s removed from service, but ends up back in action when the White House is taken over by terrorists while he’s inside. As the President is held hostage and Butler works his violent magic from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Morgan Freeman’s Speaker manages the situation from the outside. It’s all very explosive, and even the Washington Monument takes a hit.
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Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
A few days after the kickoff the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, deal-making is in full swing. The well-reviewed drama The Spectacular Now, by Smashed director James Ponsoldt, is headed to newish distributor A24, while the crowdpleasing comedy Austenland, from Napoleon Dynamite writer Jerusha Hess, is nearing a deal with FilmDistrict. Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan‘s The Look of Love had a mixed reception, but that’s not stopping IFC Films from closing in on a deal; the distributor also released the pair’s last comedy together, The Trip. Meanwhile, Anchor Bay has picked up two narrative features so far, the Dermot Mulroney-starring The Rambler and Leland Orser‘s Morning. (The latter is not playing at Sundance.)
Over in the world of documentaries, music-centric films seem to be doing quite well. Showtime has acquired the broadcast rights to the two-part documentary History of the Eagles, which will air on the channel February 15 & 16. Also headed to television is Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer, which has been snapped up by HBO Documentary Films. Finally, Twenty Feet From Stardom, which follows some of popular music’s greatest backup singers, will get a theatrical release by RADiUS-TWC. And in non-music news, AMC’s Sundance Selects has grabbed Dirty Wars, about America’s covert wars, and The Summit, about climbers scaling the most dangerous peak in the world.
Hit the jump to read descriptions of the films mentioned above.
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