Spike Lee is back this year with Red Hook Summer, a film that continues his chronicle of Brooklyn living, as begun in She’s Gotta Have It and continued through Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, and other films.
This time the focus is Flik (Jules Brown), a kid who leaves Atlanta for a summer to live with his very religious grandfather (Clarke Peters) in Red Hook, Brooklyn. With his grandfather pushing the church on Flik and various aspects of life in the projects hitting him for the first time, the only bright spot is Chazz (Toni Lysaith), a girl Flik takes up with, and who shows him the better side of city living. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy, based both on the excellent South Korean film by Chan-wook Park and the manga that inspired it, has taken some time to come together. Josh Brolin has been attached for some time to play a man kidnapped off the street one night, only to find himself held in a strange hotel-like prison… for fifteen years. His release is just as abrupt as his capture, and he sets off to find the person responsible.
Offers have gone out to a few different actors to play that responsible party – Colin Firth, Clive Owen and others have been discussed and/or approached. But nothing worked out until now, when Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) became set to play the part. Read More »
Variety is reporting that District 9 star Sharlto Copley has been offered the villain role for Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy. This project has a long history of reported offeres that have gone out with many not panning out, so take this as more of a possibility than confirmation at this point. Colin Firth and Clive Owen were both offered the role and passed for one reason or another.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve got a ton of small screen-centric odds and ends today, and there’s good news for just about everyone. Unless, that is, you’re Mike Tyson, Spike Lee, John Boyega, or Lord Eddard Stark. After the jump:
- Simon Pegg enters talks for Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir
- The Killing Season 2 drops a new promo
- Mad Men unveils Season 5 photos and two new promos
- Showtime announces return dates for Weeds and Episodes
- HBO passes on Mike Tyson and Spike Lee’s Da Brick
- Comedy Central picks up Community reruns
- The Internet speculates about the Doctor’s next companion
- Robert Rodriguez talks about his new cable network
- Game of Thrones gets a gruesome new poster, offers first look at Jaquen H’ghar
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At this point, given how many offers have gone out for Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy, and how many have come to naught, I’m wary of being convinced too early that a particular actor is going to be part of the film. But here’s a new one: Twitch, which has been at the forefront of breaking news about the remake, says that Elizabeth Olsen, of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, has been offered the film’s lead female role.
Update: Another report says Olsen is in talks for the role, and a deal is likely to be signed. We’ve also got info on her role, which sounds as if it has been slightly changed from the female lead in the South Korean film.
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There’s a good movie somewhere in the middle of the 130 minutes comprising Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer. A focused movie. A movie that has a lot to say about the conflict between younger and older generations, faith versus religion, young love and even technology. That movie is in there. Unfortunately, Red Hook Summer as it currently stands at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is a bulky, dense and meandering film. It is at times thought-provoking and at others just plain confusing. Read More »
For years, George Lucas has flirted with the idea of returning to the sort of small, so-called personal movies that he toyed with at the outset of his career, before Star Wars diverted him off the path of the iconoclastic New Hollywood directors and straight onto the blockbuster highway.
Set aside for a moment the fact that every film Lucas has made in the last 13 years has been personal — the Star Wars prequels were done by him, his way, with his money, and the upcoming Red Tails is the product of more than twenty years of interest in the Tuskegee Airmen — and what starts to emerge is the idea that Lucas is tired of being second-guessed, criticized and scrutinized.
And so, after Red Tails is released, Lucas wants to walk away from the high-profile filmmaking world and make the sort of films that his friend Francis Ford Coppola has been making in the past decade. Read More »
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It’s great how, with Spike Lee signed as director and Josh Brolin set to play the lead role, the remake of Oldboy went from something I hoped would die a quiet death to a film I’m actually looking forward to seeing. But we’re all going to have to wait a bit longer to see the film, as a delay has set in. The shoot once meant to start in March will now happen later in 2012. Not to worry just yet, as the issue at hand is nothing more pressing than a scheduling issue, but it could have some impact on casting. Read More »