Briefly: Spike Lee‘s remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 classic Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley, has now been given a release date. You’ll get to see the hammer-fighting, revenge-seeking, mind-melt of a film on October 11, 2013 according to Box Office Mojo. For more on the film, including some set photos and more, check out our Oldboy archive.

For years, DVD extras have given general audiences great insight into how the assembly process for films works. Now the internet is taking over, as filmmakers can bring video directly to fans. Looper director Rian Johnson has taken to the idea more than most, releasing things such as his “live” commentary tracks discussing the making of his movies long before the DVD is out.

And now Johnson has released his early pitch reel for Looper. Created, as his explains, after he finished the script but before pre-production, the “strange curiosity” features footage from films such as Days of Heaven, Fight ClubBlade Runner and Se7en. It also has something most similar reels don’t have: a voiceover track performed by the actor who ended up in the final film. Here we can hear Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaking an early version of the explanatory dialogue that opens Looper, with a darker tone than seen in the final version. Read More »

Rian Johnson is a good pitchman when it comes to getting people to see his movies a second time. During the release of his second film The Brothers Bloom, Johnson released a commentary track for the film, the idea being that fans could put the track on an iPod (or whatever) and listen to it in the theater on headphones.

Now he has done the same for Looper, due to popular request. The track has just hit, so I can’t tell you much about what it contains, but if it’s anything like the Bloom track this will be a pretty detailed and technical discussion of making the film — perfect for serious fans.  Read More »

Good news for Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy: the film was picked up today by FilmDistrict, the company that released Drive. Along with that pickup comes some cast confirmation, so we know for certain that Josh Brolin will play a man kidnapped and imprisoned for years, Elizabeth Olsen will play the young woman he meets upon his release, and Sharlto Copley plays the villain. (Samuel L. Jackson and Nate Parker also have small roles.)

Along with that pickup comes an official press release, and in that release is a solid official synopsis for the film, giving us some new info about what changes Lee and screenwriter Mark Protosevich have made to the story.  Read More »

Spike Lee is turning to some familiar faces to help round out the cast of his Oldboy remake. After adding his Do the Right Thing star Samuel L. Jackson a few weeks back, Lee is turning to his Red Hook Summer actor Nate Parker for another supporting role. The up-and-comer’s other credits include ArbitrageRed Tails and The Secret Life of Bees.

A remake of Chan-wook Park‘s hit South Korean thriller, Oldboy centers around a man (Josh Brolin) out to exact revenge on the person who kidnapped and imprisoned him for mysterious reasons. Sharlto Copley plays the villain, while Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as a woman who aids and romances Brolin’s character. Parker is in talks to play a doctor colleague of Olsen’s. Oldboy will shoot this fall, likely for a 2013 release. [Variety]

After the jump, Carrie and The Evil Dead get synopses, and José Padilha responds to talk of Robocop difficulties.

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This is a pretty neat little thing. We’ve seen the trailer(s) for Rian Johnson‘s third film Looper, which features Bruce Willis as the older version of a futuristic hitman played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Time travel enables JGL’s character to make a small fortune bumping off mob targets, but it also puts his older self into own crosshairs. Naturally, problems ensue.

Now we can experience the film as it might have been incarnated for the Super Nintendo game console. Looper the Movie the 8-Bit Game (which really looks like a 16-bit game) takes images and text from the last great trailer and reworks the story of time travel-enabled assassins to create some neat video game scenarios, complete with appropriate-sounding music. Check out the video below. Read More »

Marketing a film can be tough but when you’ve got an intriguing, original idea like Rian Johnson‘s Looper, it almost sells itself. The film opens September 28, but will play both Toronto and Fantastic Fest before that. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a man who kills people sent back to him from the future. When his future self, played by Bruce Willis, is sent back to be murdered, things get a little bit crazy.

Johnson’s idea blending time-travel, action and the duality of man has already resulted in some kick-ass trailers and gorgeous posters. This latest one, featuring Bruce Willis bursting out the chest of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, continues the good trend. Check it out below. Read More »

Whether or not you like the original Red Dawn, a product of Walter Sobchak inspiration and notable Hollywood conservative John Milius, it at least has a specific ideology beyond the basic concept of “blow shit up real good.” (Part of that ideology is a strong anti-gun control sentiment, as invading forces use firearm purchase records to find potential resistance, and of course the Wolverines triumph in part because they have weapons.)

Looking at the first trailer for the remake, which was shot a couple years ago but shelved in part because of MGM’s once-dire financial situation, I can’t tell if this wants to be anything but a crass commercial enterprise that trades on patriotism (an argument levied at the original, to be fair) or a subversive comedy masquerading as action movie.

Whatever this Red Dawn is, it features Chris Hemsworth in his pre-Thor days, as well as Josh PeckJosh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise (the younger Cruise, if you’re wondering), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, most of whom band together to form a guerilla resistance group called the Wolverines, the better to fight off that North Korean invasion that no one has ever been afraid of. Read More »

When a holiday movie schedule is as crowded as this year’s promises to be, it’s actually kind of a relief to see a trailer for a year-end release that looks like lighthearted, feel-good entertainment with no apparent aspirations of picking up a little gold man come February.

The romantic dramedy Playing for Keeps (formerly Playing the Field) stars Gerard Butler as onetime pro athlete George Dryer, who’s still struggling to adjust to adult life. In an attempt to do right by his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and their child, he signs on to coach the boy’s soccer team — but finds himself tempted at every turn by gorgeous soccer moms like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, and Judy Greer. (Because in Hollywood, your average suburban cul-de-sac is populated by parents who look like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, and Judy Greer.) Dennis Quaid also stars. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Four years ago, MGM started getting the pieces together for a remake of the 1984 war pic Red Dawn. The expectation was that the movie would come out sometime around 2010, but it then suffered massive setbacks including the studio’s financial woes and the realization that demonizing the Chinese isn’t cool anymore, now that Asia accounts for a huge chunk of the international box office. It was starting to look like the film might never get a theatrical release at all when FilmDistrict swooped in last fall, setting the shelved flick for a November 2012 release.

With that new opening date creeping closer, the distributor has released two new images from the movie showing stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Josh Peck. Though we’ve previously gotten a look at the cast in costume and glimpses of the set, these are some of the first official stills to hit the web. Check ’em out after the jump.

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