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Spike Lee‘s Oldboy was a big fat flop, but he could be bouncing back in no time. Even before that remake premiered, he was getting the pieces together for his next feature Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Today, we have a first look at the indie horror romcom, which centers around people who are addicted to blood.

And though Da Sweet Blood of Jesus doesn’t yet have a theatrical release date, Lee also has a new project that you can watch right now. This one is The Game, a short film for Pepsi Max’s 2014 World Cup promotional campaign. See the Da Sweet Blood of Jesus image and watch The Game short after the jump.

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She's Gotta Have It TV series

She’s Gotta Have It introduced Spike Lee to the world in the mid-’80s, and will now be his latest project. Lee is remaking — or returning to — She’s Gotta Have It, in the form of a Showtime series. The filmmaker will write and direct a half-hour comedy show that “updates” the film, which followed a sexually liberated young woman as she juggled three suitors in Brooklyn. The other details we have on the She’s Gotta Have It TV series are below. Read More »

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Look around the internet and you’ll see loads of hilarious bootleg DVD covers. They might mis-identify the stars or filmmakers, provide a terrible plot synopsis, use nonsensical review pull quotes, or feature visual elements which are completely unrelated to the film.

Still, this bootleg copy of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy may now be the king of great/awful bootleg cover design, as it uses a review pullquote that is honest, if not exactly a great piece of salesmanship. Read More »

Sam Neill Jurassic Park

Jurassic World has been picking up a pretty great cast, but one person we shouldn’t expect to see in it is original Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Also after the jump:

  • The website for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has launched
  • Zach Gilford slips a few plot details about The Purge 2
  • Uwe Boll and Brendan Fletcher will go on another Rampage
  • Spike Lee and Ray Allen have discussed a He Got Game sequel
  • Sarah Jessica Parker thinks SATC has “one last chapter to tell”
  • Stephen Moyer hints at a True Blood movie sequel, maybe

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Spike Lee’s Oldboy is a curiosity to be sure, a remake of a bizarre, twisted, gruesome Korean thriller. Most people thought Lee’s film was pretty terrible, and while I don’t have too many positive things to say about it, I did find it fascinating to compare the decisions that Lee made with those that Park Chan-wook made in his 2003 cult classic version of the story.

After the jump, you’ll find five reasons why I thought Lee’s version is inferior to Park Chan-Wook’s version. And please share your own opinions on the two films in the comments. Assume SPOILERS lie within the comments and the video. For more on the making of Oldboy, see Germain’s interview with Spike Lee and writer Mark Protosevich.
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Sometimes we’ll post concept art for posters, and sometimes that art gets pulled, or doesn’t get used in favor of more bland compositions. People always wonder why, and while the answer is often complicated we’re rarely flush with all the details.

Here’s a case where we now know a lot, thanks to the artist in question. You may remember that early this year poster designs for Spike Lee‘s Oldboy hit the internet. They were great — very striking, very violent, and very strange. They were pulled, and the official art was, in the end, a lot more tame.

Here’s where it gets messy. The artist, Juan Luis Garcia, claims that he was never paid for his work. So why is Garcia writing to Spike Lee? Because this week, Lee posted some of Garcia’s designs — the ones he was never paid for — to his own FaceBook page, with a note on each saying “C 2013 Spike Lee.” Read More »

Spike Lee Oldboy

With almost every film Spike Lee makes, he’s trying something different. From college comedy through racial drama, coming-of-age stories, the historical biopic, murder mystery, Hollywood blockbuster, sequel, war film, and sports movie, he rarely attempts the same genre twice. It’s part of the reason he’s remained influential and relevant for so many years.

His latest film, Oldboy, continues his trend of being unpredictable. Lee directs an American remake of a revered South Korean film (originally by Park Chan-wook) about a man mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years, and the aftermath of his release. It’s Lee’s first remake, which posed some brand-new challenges for the man behind such classics as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, 25th Hour, and Malcolm X.

We had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Lee about those new challenges, his upcoming Kickstarter feature The Sweet Blood of Jesus, being a film professor at his alma-mater New York University and, of course, New York sports. Oldboy opens November 27, but read the interview below. Read More »

Oldboy Umbrella

Though film fans are well-versed in Chan-wook Park’s 2003 film Oldboy, most audiences have no idea what the film is. To 90% of people who go to the movies, it’s nothing more than an ultra-violent, ten-year-old foreign language film with subtitles, if they even know that much about it. At least, that’s what Filmdistrict is thinking will be the case when Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy opens November 22. They’re hoping audiences will be as surprised and entertained as we were the first time we saw the original.

Still, everyone involved is well aware film fans can be vocal when reacting to remakes, and no one is a bigger champion of the original than screenwriter Mark Protosevich. The writer of the original Thor and I Am Legend considers himself a massive fan of the original film. And when he first heard about the remake, he was hesitant. Then Will Smith approached him about writing it for director Steven Spielberg. What fan would say “No” to that?

Below, read about Protosevich’s dealings with those two superstars and his justifications for remaking one of the biggest cult classics of all time. Read More »

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