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We know a good bit about Oldboy, from Spike Lee. It’s a remake, after all, so the story is pretty well set in the minds of many potential audience members.

The film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlo Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson, and presents a story of deep-seated offenses and elaborate revenge. We’ve seen some footage that shows how Lee and crew have worked with and around the original film from Park Chan-wook. And now there’s a clip that keeps things pretty simple, as it presents a conversation between the characters played by Brolin and Olsen. It’s tense, heated stuff, and actually might be one of the better looks at the movie so far. Read More »

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Fans of the original have long been skeptical about the English-language remake of Chan-wook Park‘s classic Korean thriller Oldboy, and we don’t blame them. Heck, we are them.

But whatever comes of Spike Lee‘s take on the tale, at least the marketing team is doing a solid job. The material released so far has been appropriately creepy and morbidly funny, without giving away too many of the twists and turns.

The latest poster, put together just for New York Comic-Con, isn’t spilling any secrets either, but it’s striking enough to grab your attention. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Josh Brolin says he spent three days in solitary confinement to prep for Oldboy. That’s pretty serious stuff. He doesn’t make the mistake of thinking that it really gave him the mindset of Joe Doucette, the character he plays who is imprisoned for 20 years for reasons unknown. But it does represent a level of commitment to the film.

This Oldboy featurette gives that background info, and also features quite a bit of new footage and other interviews. Brolin calls the movie “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” as he, director Spike Lee and co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli talk about the film. If nothing else, the plentiful new footage will be enough to warrant a look from those curious about this remake. Read More »

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We’re very happy to exclusively premiere the poster for director Jason Reitman‘s latest film Labor Day. Kate Winslet has an award-worthy performance as a depressed single mother, who along with her young teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) regretfully offer a wounded man a ride. The wounded man (played by Josh Brolin) turns out to be an escaped convict on the run, and takes the family hostage during Labor Day weekend. The movie is very different than any of Reitman’s previous works, definitely not a comedy — yet it is instead Reitman’s darkly twisted take on the coming of age film. It’s a more accomplished and mature film than his past works, but also a more nuanced and quieter film. The movie premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to great acclaim. Check out the poster after the jump.
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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy was recently delayed to November, but that might only have been so that a certain “hotel” could prepare for new guests. That’s the trust of an intense and intimidating new teaser trailer that shows a great many close-ups of the inner workings of an unusual prison.

That prison, as fans of the original Park Chan-wook film know, is a hotel-like structure in which a man, played by Josh Brolin, is held against his will for many years. The film’s action really picks up with his release, but this teaser is all about the small day to day elements of keeping the prison running. You’ll see a bit of Brolin, and a bit of the prison manager, played by Samuel L. Jackson. And you’ll know that you never, ever, want to be within those walls.

All told, this is a pretty good way to market Oldboy as a specific sort of horror/thriller film, for those unfamiliar with the story. Check out the footage, and a whole suite of new posters, below. Read More »

Labor Day

If Jason Reitman‘s first four films – Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult — had one thing in common, it was a sharp sense of humor. Even when things got emotional, there was always room for a hamburger phone or a cancer/”can sir” pun.

It’s surprising, then, that he takes such a different turn with his fifth. Labor Day is an earnest drama about a boy (Gattlin Griffith), his mom (Kate Winslet), and the escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who seeks shelter with them over a long weekend. While a trailer has yet to come out, the first clip offers a peek at how dramatically this film differs from his earlier work.

Happily, the risk he takes in stepping out of his wheelhouse seems to pay off. Labor Day has mostly received strong reviews on the festival circuit, with several reviewers going so far as to call it his best work yet. Read the early buzz and watch the clip after the jump.

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The same game is played out over and over again when it comes time to promote a remake of a well-liked film. It’s always a balancing act where audiences are convinced that all the things they liked from the original film will be in place, or not done poorly, but that there will be new angles to make the remake worth their time and money.

And so we turn an eye to Spike Lee‘s version of Oldboy. There’s a great cast, anchored by Josh Brolin, who plays a man mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years. Upon his release he meets a young woman played by Elizabeth Olsen, and is given some vague guidance towards the reasons for his time locked away from society.

We’ve been told that this version draws as much from the manga that inspired the original film as it does the original Park Chan-wook movie, and that there’s a lot of surprising stuff in store. But the first trailer used a lot of familiar moments, and now some new photos feature elements that could be considered the visual signatures of the story. Check them out below. Read More »

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With the actual Labor Day just a few weeks away, the first still from the movie Labor Day has started making the rounds. (In fact, it kinda made the rounds a week or so ago, when TIFF ran it by accident. But now it’s official.)

Directed by Jason Reitman and based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, the drama stars Kate Winslet and Gattlin Griffith (Changeling) as a mother and son who take in an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) over a weekend.

With names like that, Labor Day already sounds like a serious awards contender. Paramount apparently thinks so too, as it’s slotted the pic right in the heart of awards season. See the image after the jump.

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