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Review: Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 2:41 PM
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Wook’s 2003 original, and also one reason from many why an American adaptation should have remained a “what-if” scenario. At least Lee occasionally knows which battles to pick: when an eight-armed mollusk does appear—clung to the side of a water tank in a dingy Chinese restaurant—it stays there. As a visual in-joke it works, but we quickly realize the “Inside Man” director is more keen on those filmgoers without a grasp on its significance, blind to the film’s later aberrant twists which, judging from the audible groans of disgust in our auditorium, may number beyond a few.

For The 9000th Time, Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson Are Confirmed For 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Seemingly confirmed repeatedly for the past few months, Marvel is now making it crystal clear in case you had any doubts, reservations or worries: Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are the brother-sister superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." Read More »

Review: 'Kill Your Darlings' Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 16, 2013 7:08 PM
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When any filmmaker decides to chronicle a largely undocumented or unknown corner of history revolving around famous cultural figures, a question that can raise its head is: what's underneath the surface that compels the director to make the story?

Watch: First Clip Plus More New Footage From Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 2:25 PM
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Spike Lee doing a remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy" is a venture fraught with more than one way to fail, and as of yet, the filmmaker has our trust that he can put his own stamp on the twisted revenge story. From assembling a great cast, to teasing out the movie in promising, decent-sized servings, so far what we've seen suggests a distinct take on this story. And with the remake making a presence at New York Comic Con, even more is being shown off as the steady marketing campaign for this one continues.

Samuel L. Jackson Says Elizabeth Olsen Set For 'Avengers 2,' Paul Giamatti Says He's Back For 'Spidey 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2013 1:04 PM
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While there is still no official casting for "Avengers 2: Age of Ultron," probably because the movie is still a considerable time away from hitting theaters, it looks like Marvel is getting their ducks in a row. Unless something goes horribly wrong, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is pretty much set to play Quicksilver in the movie, with Elizabeth Olsen long rumored to play his sister, Scarlet Witch. Well, consider that rumor confirmed?

Watch: Josh Brolin Lives Through History In New Posters & Featurette For 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:32 PM
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You know it's coming, so all we can do at this point is wait for Spike Lee's "Oldboy" to arrive, to see how he approaches the remake of Park Chan-Wook's film. But the movie has given the marketing department an interesting premise to play with, and they've certainly taken the ball and run to the end zone.

TIFF Review: 'Therese' Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac & Jessica Lange

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 1:36 PM
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Therese, Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen
What a tangled web we weave when with heaving bosoms and pained looks of longing we deceive, and Charlie Stratton's adaptation of author Emile Zola's "Therese Raquin" certainly features enough scenes of both of those. It's a story that's been brought forth in a number to TV productions and most notably on the big screen in Marcel Carné's 1952 effort, and while this latest attempt at the material doesn't do anything strikingly radical, it does allow the lead trio of Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange take thoroughly decent, if unexceptional, material and make it more compelling and dramatic than it has any right to be.

First Clip & New Photos From 'Therese' Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton & Jessica Lange

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 3:45 PM
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Therese, Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen
It takes a lot to revive a literary classic, with a number of approaches being utilized in recent years. Change the character's race ("Wuthering Heights")! Have it set on a grand stage ("Anna Karenina")! Turn it into a 3D video game ("The Great Gatsby")! But sometimes the best approach is a more classical one, which seems to be the path that Charlie Stratton chose when adapting Émile Zola's "Thérèse Raquin" for the big screen as "Therese." The adaptation, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Oscar Isaac, and Jessica Lange, premieres as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival and has just debuted the first clip as well as a couple of new photos.

Elizabeth Olsen Gearing Up To Play Scarlet Witch In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 21, 2013 9:39 AM
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It’s just two years from the nerd singularity — the 2015 summer movie season — and pre-production on “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” has moved along swimmingly. Of the film’s new characters, we know that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the frontrunner for the role of Quicksilver but the character’s twin sister has been more of a mystery, until now apparently.

TIFF Clip: Elizabeth Olsen & Oscar Isaac Get Introduced In Preview For 'Therese'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 1:32 PM
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Therese Oscar Isaac Elizabeth Olsen
A tale of burning desire and betrayal, powered by two of the hottest rising actors around in Oscar Isaac and Elizabeth Olsen...yep, you can see what we're likely to carve out a space for "Therese" (formerly "Therese Raquin") at TIFF. And now the first clip for the film has been unveiled to give a little serving of what folks will get in Toronto next month.

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