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Colin Firth Turns Down Lead Villain Role In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Starring Josh Brolin

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 10:10 AM
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Despite recently confirming an offer to play the lead antagonist in Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy," it looks like things just haven't worked out for Colin Firth as he has now reportedly turned down the chance to star opposite Josh Brolin in the project.

First Look At Josh Brolin & Sean Penn Squaring Off In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 12:13 PM
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With a ridiculously stacked cast including Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and many more, in many ways this will be a big test test for "Zombieland" and "30 Minutes Or Less" director Ruben Fleischer. Working with a top shelf ensemble on a period picture, this is a number of firsts for the director, but as he tells EW (who has the first official still from the movie) that was what made it exciting for him.

Paramount Picks Up Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' With Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 5:15 AM
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It's official: movie number five for Jason Reitman will be "Labor Day," and it will be produced through Paramount Pictures. This romantic drama, which sounds like quite a departure, finds a single mother who takes in a mysterious drifter with a dangerous past. Things get heated, erupting in a passionate affair over the titular holiday. While this seems like the type of thing we'd love with Shelly Winters and Robert Mitchum from the pen of Tennessee Williams, instead this is from the book by Joyce Maynard, with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin as the illicit couple. Eh, not a huge downgrade.

Josh Brolin Signs On For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 7:46 AM
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It looks like Spike Lee has got the man he wanted for his gestating "Oldboy" remake.

Bill Hader Calls The 'To-Do List' A Raunchy 'Sixteen Candles' & Talks 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 3:41 AM
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Comedian Says 'House Of Joel' Might Be Dead; Says Josh Brolin Is "Scary Good" In 'MIB3'Among the sea of comedic actors currently working in Hollywood, one of our favorites is Bill Hader, if not for his uncanny talent and savvy mimicry skills, then for his desire to strike out as a multi-hyphenate comic talent. Logging big time minutes in “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” "Paul" and even “A Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian,” Hader’s developed a solid rep as a guy who can bring the funny in some of the biggest blockbusters around.

Josh Brolin Rumored For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' That Will Draw On Original Manga For Adaptation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 9:07 AM
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That's funny. We were just chatting around The Playlist water color about who might take the lead role in Spike Lee's adaptation of "Oldboy" and while our immediate thought was that this might go out to some of the hot young thesps around town (i.e. Michael Fassbender) we were quickly reminded that the movie is called "Oldboy" for a reason -- it deals with a man who is suddenly freed after being being held captive in a hotel room for fifteen years (and there are some other elements that we won't spoil for those who haven't seen the film that also skew to an older actor). Well, just as we were pulling together our list of possible candidates Twitch reports that none other than Josh Brolin is topping Mandate Pictures' wish list of actors to take on the lead role in the film.

Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin Join Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 3:44 AM
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It seems that Jason Reitman is using every opportunity to strike while the iron is hot. Building his rep with "Thank You For Smoking," breaking out with "Juno" and courting Oscar with "Up In The Air" the young helmer shows no signs of slowing down. Later this year, he'll unveil his next effort "Young Adult," a wickedly dark, Diablo Cody penned film starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt and now he's lining up his followup. But if you've been paying attention, this one has been batted around as early as last year.

Anthony Mackie Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 5:20 AM
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Update: Jamie Foxx & Tom Hanks Courted For Project, Although Unlikely To End Up In FilmGod damn if Ruben Fleischer doesn't keep finding new ways to makes us excited about "Gangster Squad." The "Zombieland" director is moving into more serious territory with Warner Brothers' big-budget period actioner, and has assembled a mouth-watering cast of awards bait, with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and "Crash" star Michael Peña all confirmed for the film, written by ex-cop Will Beall, based on a series of L.A. Times articles about an L.A.P.D unit in the 1940s.

We Read It: Casting Quentin Tarantino's Slavery/Spaghetti Western Epic 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 4:28 AM
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You’ll recall in 2008 we did, what we thought, was a very good job of casting Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (some of us are still convinced our picks were better than Q.T.’s, but that’s another story). And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tarantino has recently finished his latest script, one entitled “Django Unchained.” So yes, we’re at it again.

Josh Brolin Enters The Mix To Join Ryan Gosling & Sean Penn In 'The Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2011 7:09 AM
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You gotta love Deadline and how they conveniently overlook their own reporting so they can go ahead put a big TOLDJA on their stories.

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