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As fascinating as Josh Brolin‘s fierce Joe Doucett is, a story as dark and twisted as Oldboy needs a good villain to really tie everything together. So far, FilmDistrict has been playing coy with Joe’s demented tormenter, but that changes today with our first peek at Sharlto Copley as Adrian Pryce.

In addition, the marketing team has also revealed twenty more posters, one for each year of Joe’s captivity. They’re a great way to drive home just how long twenty years is — and a good reminder of how quickly we’re growing old. Has it really been two decades since Lorena Bobbitt chopped off her husband’s dick? Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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Two big superhero assumptions were confirmed by actors today. First up, Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, confirmed Elizabeth Olsen is joining him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Second, Paul Giamatti, who makes a brief appearance as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, said he’s expected to come back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which just got a trio of writers) but probably not The Amazing Spider-Man 4.

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Notorious lens flare addict J.J. Abrams takes the first steps toward recovery, just in time to shoot Episode VII. Also after the jump:

  • Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is still interested in Episode VII
  • No, Episode VII will not shoot in New Mexico
  • Daniel Day-Lewis has an interesting lunch date
  • The real story behind LucasArts‘ demise is revealed

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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 »

David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury

To many Marvel fans, Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury. Not only has Jackson played the character in five different MCU films over the past five years, the Ultimate version of the character was actually modeled after Jackson — years before Iron Man came out.

But there was a time long ago (well, 1998) when David Hasselhoff was Nick Fury. And while most people seem to have forgotten that by now, the Hoff hasn’t. In fact, he’s pretty sure that he’s still the better Nick Fury, and he’d like the chance to play the role again.

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Enough of this Batman crap, let’s get back to what’s really important in 2015: Star Wars! Here’s the latest from a galaxy far far away.

  • Check out three covers and more from The Star Wars comic books.
  • Read about how Samuel L. Jackson tried to ask J.J. Abrams about possibly being in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • EA wants to reinvent Star Wars video games to make “people’s jaws drop.”
  • A minor update on the rumored December 2015 release date.
  • Carrie Fisher now refuses to comment about Episode VII.
  • There’s a Kickstarter to make a documentary about Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew.
  • Star Wars: Force Collection, a card-based mobile game, will be out September 4.
  • Listen to the voice of Darth Maul, Peter Serafinowicz, talk about his hilarious experiences making Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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Captain America Winter Soldier Concept SDCC
Marvel Studios just unveiled the first footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it looked unlike anything else the company has released. We’ve heard that the film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, would be something like a thriller, but this footage really showed off a movie that deeply integrates current interests and fears about how we’re managing national security. In short, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is from a time where political morality seemed pretty black and white, and is now dealing with a modern world in which everything is drawn in shades of grey.

The Russos and Evans were joined on stage by Scarlett Johansson, whose Black Widow plays a very big role in the film, as well as Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Maria Hill, and Sebastian Stan, who plays the Winter Soldier of the title.

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Our first real look at José Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop in motion features Samuel L. Jackson as a loud, opinionated television personality, on a stage emblazoned with American flags. This guy Pat Novak, whom Jackson describes as “Rush Sharpton,” is talking about the use of drones in military service oversees. Indeed, in news footage of an operation in Tehran, we see ED-209 ‘bots patrolling war-torn streets, with smaller 208s backing them up.

Pat Novak hopes that these drones, which don’t get angry, can be used to patrol American neighborhoods. But because drones can’t be accountable for decision-making, there’s legislation against using them on US soil. Enter OCP, which finds a way to bring a human consciousness into a drone, and in so doing creates the ability to make money by selling super-expensive human/drone hybrids. Enter RoboCop.

Already, you can tell that this is a very different film from Paul Verhoven’s weird, raw satire released in 1987. Director José Padilha took the stage after that footage to discuss his new movie, including some talk about the future threat of drones and robotics technology used in war and law enforcement, as he described a remake that may have much less to do with the original than we had expected. Read More »

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