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Box Office 2013 Year In Review: The Good, The Bad And The 'Oldboy'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 20, 2013 1:01 PM
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Best of Box Office, 2013
The standards for what constituted a megahit used to be reaching the fabled $100 million milestone. The goalposts have been moved: only taking into account domestic numbers, a whopping thirty films this year crossed that mark, and a couple more stragglers might join them soon.

Rex Reed Names 'To The Wonder,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Her' & 'Spring Breakers' Among Worst Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Spring Breakers
Move over Paper Magazine critic Dennis Dermody, there's another New York critic even more cranky and contrarian, and he's been doing it for years. That's right, Melissa McCarthy's biggest fan, Rex Reed of the New York Observer, has weighed in on his worst films of 2013, and usual, he's running hard against the tide.

Designer Claims His 'Oldboy' Poster Artwork Was Stolen, Spike Lee Responds

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2013 9:22 AM
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With Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake in theaters this weekend, a whole other conversation is emerging around the movie that has nothing to do with Josh Brolin's preferred 3 hour cut or the studio mandated edits to the iconic hammer hallway fight sequence. Rather, it has to do with the film's marketing and a designer who claims his concepts were used without his permission.

10 Lost, Unmade & Possible Future Projects Of Spike Lee

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 27, 2013 4:32 PM
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Spike Lee
You hardly need to be a daily reader of our humble blog (though if you're not, what's wrong with you?) to know that there are few filmmakers we are more eternally fascinated by than Spike Lee, despite, and let's be honest, often because of his predilection for pissing people off. Lee is an epochal figure even away from the feuds and the tiffs and the controversies; we will never forget just how awestruck we were when we first saw "Do the Right Thing" and went on to enjoy the fruits of the independent filmmaking scene that it pretty much revolutionized. If Lee had never made another film, he'd deserve our attention just for that. But of course, Lee has made other films, and if anything, the way he has subsequently swung wildly from near-genius ("The 25th Hour," "Malcolm X," "4 Little Girls") to what the what? ("Girl 6," "She Hate Me," "Kobe Doin Work"), and regularly visited all points in between, makes us even more interested in tracking his output.

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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Oldboy
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.

Spike Lee Says The Studio Re-Edited The One-Shot Hammer Scene In 'Oldboy' Plus Listen To 3 Tracks From The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 1:12 PM
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Oldboy,  Spike Lee
Spike Lee's "Oldboy" arrives on Wednesday, but despite critics having already sat down with the movie, you won't find any reviews just yet. A tightly sealed embargo has kept opinions on the movie under firm lock and key until tomorrow afternoon (when you'll see our verdict as well) but until then, the always talkative Spike Lee is doing the press rounds for the movie and he's revealed that what you see on screen this weekend might not be his complete vision.

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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Oldboy,  Spike Lee
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.

Josh Brolin & Mark Protosevich Talk Their Vision Of 'Oldboy', Steven Spielberg's Version & 'Inherent Vice'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 12, 2013 1:01 PM
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Oldboy, Josh Brolin
When he considered taking on an American remake of Park Chan Wook's “Oldboy," screenwriter Mark Protosevich (“I Am Legend”) knew the score. Much of our time during a recent Los Angeles roundtable was spent on his reasons for adapting the new Spike Lee-directed film, having heard the many complaints and eye rolls when the project was announced. And surprisingly, he counts himself among that crowd. “I initially heard years ago the idea of Justin Lin directing a remake, and my first reaction was, 'Oh, really?' " Protosevich said. “Which I think is the reaction of a lot of people: if you love the original, that instinctive, gut reaction part of you says, 'Aw, what's wrong with leaving the original alone?'

Watch: New Clips From 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' & 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2013 5:45 PM
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire
So before your weekend kicks off, we have new clips from a sequel and a remake. Yep, even in the midst of the awards season hullabaloo, Hollywood still needs to make that mad cheddar, which means tentpoles and gritty, cult genre fare aren't just for the summer season. So let's dive in...

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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Oldboy, Josh Brolin
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.

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