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Spike Lee Says ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ Won't Be At Sundance, Hopefully Cannes, Plus New ‘Oldboy’ Posters & TV Spot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 20, 2013 11:02 AM
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For an icon always welcome to controversy and a worthy cinematic challenge, Spike Lee’s reinterpretation of Park Chan-wook’s classic “Oldboy” is a logical fit. However, the similarities essentially end there: drawing heavily from the original Japanese manga as well, the film marks new stylistic ground for Lee, telling the story of Joe Doucett (played by Josh Brolin), a man locked up without reason and released 20 years later to find his captor and exact revenge. Not exactly Thanksgiving material, but next week is exactly when Lee will unleash his new work. And while we’ve got a couple new posters and some footage to herald its arrival, the director also recently dropped a hint as to when we’ll see his Kickstarter-bred project.

10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

New Pics From Spike Lee's 'Oldboy,' Josh Brolin Prefers 3-Hour "Director's Cut" Of The Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 7, 2013 9:19 AM
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Though he’s been a force in American cinema for nearly thirty years, it would seem that even Spike Lee isn’t above reproach. While everyone’s focusing on Harvey Weinstein’s meddling hands in the ongoing “Snowpiercer” controversy, it seems that Lee has run into some editing trouble of his own on the forthcoming “Oldboy” remake.

Watch: Feel The Burn With Red Band Spot For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Featuring New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 10:16 AM
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If you're imprisoned for two decades with no access to the outdoors, your options to keep your sanity are limited. You can either succumb to your situation, or in the case of Joe Doucette, played by Josh Brolin in Spike Lee's "Oldboy," you can start preparing for the day when the opportunity will arrive to exact some vengeance. And that's just what he does in this latest preview for the film.

Spike Lee May Be 'Spinning Gold' With Justin Timberlake In Neil Bogart Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 9:21 PM
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You gotta hand it to Spike Lee, he's keeping us on our toes. Never one to take the easy road or obvious path, the filmmaker has been bobbing and weaving with a diverse slate of projects, going from Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25," to little indie "Red Hook Summer," with a trio of wildly different upcoming projects including the "Oldboy" remake, stage show adaptation "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and his crowdsourced "Da Blood Of Jesus." So what direction is he going next?

Watch: Trailer For Spike Lee-Directed Doc 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2013 11:08 AM
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Pals for a while now, Mike Tyson and Spike Lee have been trying to find a way to work together. They were initially going to collaborate on the HBO series "Da Brick," with Tyson serving as an executive producer on the series Lee was developing, but the network wound up passing on the project. However, they quickly found another way to come together at HBO. The result is "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" and it's coming to a small screen near you very soon.

New Poster For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Breaks Through The Wall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 2:09 PM
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With the New York Film Festival and London Film Festival both on the go, if you need even more movie buzz, the New York Comic Con is kicking off today. And while not even close to the size and influence of San Diego Comic-Con, it's still a launching pad for genre flicks, and one of the biggest coming this fall is taking hold of the opportunity.

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.

Samuel L. Jackson Talks Squashing Beef With Spike Lee For 'Oldboy,' Plus 'Django Unchained' Deleted Scenes

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 25, 2013 9:25 AM
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If nothing else positive comes from Spike Lee's remake of “Oldboy,” it can at least boast the director's reunion with his former frequent collaborator, Samuel L. Jackson. After a string of offerings including “School Daze,” “Do The Right Thing,” and “Jungle Fever,” the two men fell out publicly, and up until last year's controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino's “Django Unchained,” the relationship wasn't looking to improve. But in a new interview with Playboy magazine, Jackson reveals the reason behind his reunion with Lee, and also provides a hint of more 'Django' on the cutting room floor.

Watch: Safe For Work Trailer For 'Oldboy,' Spike Lee Hires '12 Years A Slave' DP Sean Bobbit For 'Da Blood Of Jesus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 5:11 PM
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With Park Chan-wook's entire vengeance trilogy getting remade (“Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance” just nabbed a helmer, while "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance" starring Charlize Theron continues to develop), Spike Lee's stab at "Oldboy" will be first at the gate, and likely the most scrutinized. The original is beloved in many quarters, with fans openly wondering how this Hollywood take will deal with some of the darker corners of the South Korean version.

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