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 »
Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
It wasn’t so long ago that Christian Bale donned those pointy Bat ears for the very last time. With a Batman vs. Superman movie now in the works, though, the time has come to recast the iconic superhero yet again.
Last week, we got word that Warner Bros. was looking to cast an actor in his late 30s or early 40s. This week, the talk is getting a little more specific. According to a new report, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Matthew Goode, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, and Max Martini are among those being wishlisted for the part. Hit the jump to get the details.
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Briefly: Warner Bros. has been developing Quasimodo for a while, with Josh Brolin attached to star and produce. The idea, as the title implies, is to present a new vision of the title character drawn from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We don’t know who Brolin would play, or what direction the story is taking. But there’s a script (one draft is by Kieran and Nichele Mulroney) and now there’s a director. We told you about this back in 2011, when Tim Burton was rumored to be in the picture to direct. That never quite came together, but the film hasn’t died.
Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers) is now in talks to make the movie. While Yimou’s last film, The Flowers of War, recreated WWII China, this could be an opportunity for the director to exercise some of his visual flair as seen in his crowd-pleasing wuxia films. [Variety]