Spike Lee - Brooklyn Council Members Vote To Rename Road After Cult Spike Lee Film

Filmmaker Spike Lee is set for a new street honour in his native Brooklyn, New York if local council members get their way.

Members of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Board 3 have voted in favour of re-branding Stuyvesant Avenue, between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, Do The Right Thing Way, to honour Lee's cult 1989 movie about racial tensions boiling over on a hot day in Brooklyn.

Lee has since shown off a photo of himself holding the potential new street sign on Instagram.com, writing, "Good Morning People. Great, Great News Today... It Is On This One Block Our Joint (film) Was Shot. We Will Be Celebrating The 25th Silver Anniversary."

However, Lee faces one more hurdle before the honour becomes official as the board's recommendation is only advisory and any name change must be approved by officials at the City Council.

Councilman Robert Cornegy tells the New York Daily News he will introduce the legislation to rename the road, but says, "It's a bit complicated, because the City Council's standards for co-naming focus on people and organisations, not works of art.

"Nevertheless, I fully support this effort and will continue to work in every way I can to see the commemoration happen."


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Pharrell To Team Up With Spike Lee For Apollo Theater Debut 4216504 News

Pharrell Williams is to team up with director Spike Lee for the streaming version of his upcoming concert at the Apollo Theater on the 3rd June. The concert will be part of American Express Unstaged, a collaboration between YouTube and Vevo, the 14th instalment of a series in which performers and directors team up for a unique staged performance.

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Pharrell Williams Is Teaming Up With Spike Lee For A Very Special Concert Experience.

"Pharrell and I have been friends for years," Mr. Lee said in an interview, "and we've talked about working together, and now it's coming to fruition and I'm happy about that - we both are." Of the very special New York venue, Lee added "I think it was a great choice [...] It's one of the great places for music in the world, when you think of all the people who've come across the stage."

More: Pharrell says he'll only work with fashion and beauty "masters."

"And I hope people will watch, because Pharrell is a great, great talent. He's been making great music for years, and some people know it and some didn't, but now people can put the music with the face and the hat," he continued.

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Spike Lee Has Spoken With Excitement Towards Filming Pharrell's Apollo Show.

On the subject of his planned direction for the show, the filmmaker was coy: "We shot stuff, but I'm not going to tell you everything we're going to do," Lee said. "Why would I do that? Why do we always have to know every little thing that's going to happen, in advance? What I will tell you is that there will be some good surprises."

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Pharrell Will Offer Fans A Unique, Multi-Platform Concert Experience.

There are plans to make the concert available on numerous platforms: from the 6th June, Vevo will make selections from the show available on its mobile app and viewers will be able to unlock backstage material through Twitter and will have be presented with a choice of camera angles, according to the NY Times.

The concert will be streamed live at 9 p.m. at amexunstaged.com, with a looped repeat.

More: Pharrell stuns gospel choir during 'Happy' performance.

Pharrell Williams is to team up with director Spike Lee for the streaming version of his upcoming concert at the Apollo Theater on the 3rd June. The concert will be part of American Express Unstaged, a collaboration between YouTube and Vevo, the 14th instalment of a series in which performers and directors team up for a unique staged performance.

Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams Is Teaming Up With Spike Lee For A Very Special Concert Experience.

"Pharrell and I have been friends for years," Mr. Lee said in an interview, "and we've talked about working together, and now it's coming to fruition and I'm happy about that - we both are." Of the very special New York venue, Lee added "I think it was a great choice [...] It's one of the great places for music in the world, when you think of all the people who've come across the stage."

More: Pharrell says he'll only work with fashion and beauty "masters."

"And I hope people will watch, because Pharrell is a great, great talent. He's been making great music for years, and some people know it and some didn't, but now people can put the music with the face and the hat," he continued.

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Spike Lee Has Spoken With Excitement Towards Filming Pharrell's Apollo Show.

On the subject of his planned direction for the show, the filmmaker was coy: "We shot stuff, but I'm not going to tell you everything we're going to do," Lee said. "Why would I do that? Why do we always have to know every little thing that's going to happen, in advance? What I will tell you is that there will be some good surprises."

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Pharrell Will Offer Fans A Unique, Multi-Platform Concert Experience.

There are plans to make the concert available on numerous platforms: from the 6th June, Vevo will make selections from the show available on its mobile app and viewers will be able to unlock backstage material through Twitter and will have be presented with a choice of camera angles, according to the NY Times.

The concert will be streamed live at 9 p.m. at amexunstaged.com, with a looped repeat.

More: Pharrell stuns gospel choir during 'Happy' performance.

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One of Spike Lee's Best Joints, 'She's Gotta Have It', To Get TV Series 4183404 News

She's Gotta Have It, easily one of Spike Lee's best movies, is to be resurrected and adapted for the small screen after Showtime commissioned a pilot. Lee is on board as the show's director and writer, with the plan to overall the movie's plot, cast and characters for a contemporary audience.

Spike LeeSpike Lee Is On-Board For 'She's Gotta Have It'

Set in Brooklyn, the movie explores the story of a sexually liberated black female (Tracy Camilla Johns) and the three suitors who hope to win her over. As with many of Lee's movies, it contains themes concerning race, gender, gentrification and sexuality. It took Lee just 12 days to shoot, on a budget of $175,000.

More: Spike Lee: "Donald Sterling is tainting America"

Ultimately, it is one of Lee's biggest commercial successes and grossed over $7 million at the box-office. It also helped paved the way for other black movies and black filmmakers and had a huge influence on 1980s American independent cinema.

Lee hit the headlines in February after going on a tirade against the gentrification of his neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Speaking at the Pratt Institute for a lecture in honor of African American History Month, the director said: "Here's the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It's changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? 

The garbage wasn't picked up every motherfuckin' day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren't around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o'clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something."

Spike Lee's last movie, Oldboy, was released to mediocre reviews in 2013. 

More: Brooklyn residents dismiss Spike Lee criticism

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She's Gotta Have It, easily one of Spike Lee's best movies, is to be resurrected and adapted for the small screen after Showtime commissioned a pilot. Lee is on board as the show's director and writer, with the plan to overall the movie's plot, cast and characters for a contemporary audience.

Spike LeeSpike Lee Is On-Board For 'She's Gotta Have It'

Set in Brooklyn, the movie explores the story of a sexually liberated black female (Tracy Camilla Johns) and the three suitors who hope to win her over. As with many of Lee's movies, it contains themes concerning race, gender, gentrification and sexuality. It took Lee just 12 days to shoot, on a budget of $175,000.

More: Spike Lee: "Donald Sterling is tainting America"

Ultimately, it is one of Lee's biggest commercial successes and grossed over $7 million at the box-office. It also helped paved the way for other black movies and black filmmakers and had a huge influence on 1980s American independent cinema.

Lee hit the headlines in February after going on a tirade against the gentrification of his neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Speaking at the Pratt Institute for a lecture in honor of African American History Month, the director said: "Here's the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It's changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? 

The garbage wasn't picked up every motherfuckin' day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren't around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o'clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something."

Spike Lee's last movie, Oldboy, was released to mediocre reviews in 2013. 

More: Brooklyn residents dismiss Spike Lee criticism

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Spike Lee Gentrification Rant: Let The Rebuttals Begin 4089273 News

Spike Lee ruffled a few feathers when he let loose on the contemporary residents of Brooklyn and their dogs during his speech at the Pratt Institute. His tirade was never going to be unleashed without rebuttals, and Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, has offered up just that.

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Just in case you needed a reminder of what Lee’s views on the hipsters that currently dwell amidst the Brooklyn hubris are; when an audiences member suggested an ostensibly positive aspect of gentrification, Lee replied: “Let me, let me, let me, let me just kill you right now.” Lee was talking at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, an art, design, and architecture school. "I grew up here in New York. It's changed," he said. The transcript is here on The Guardian.

"And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn't picked up every mother******* day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. ... The police weren't around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o'clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something."

Moss saw a flaw in Lee’s views, suggesting that the development of the city is a natural progression, and New York would be worse off it things had stayed the same. "Cities don't stand still, and the cities that stand still are Detroit,” he said. “So if Spike Lee wants to see a place where there is no gentrification, he'll also find a place where there are no investments. Obviously, he's someone who knows how to make a movie but doesn't know anything about cities."

Are you a Brooklyn resident? Did you used to live in that part of town? Do you have a view on Lee’s rant? Let us know in the comments section below.

Spike Lee ruffled a few feathers when he let loose on the contemporary residents of Brooklyn and their dogs during his speech at the Pratt Institute. His tirade was never going to be unleashed without rebuttals, and Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, has offered up just that.

Spike LeeSpike Lee has a go at hipsters...

Just in case you needed a reminder of what Lee’s views on the hipsters that currently dwell amidst the Brooklyn hubris are; when an audiences member suggested an ostensibly positive aspect of gentrification, Lee replied: “Let me, let me, let me, let me just kill you right now.” Lee was talking at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, an art, design, and architecture school. "I grew up here in New York. It's changed," he said. The transcript is here on The Guardian.

"And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn't picked up every mother******* day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. ... The police weren't around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o'clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something."

Moss saw a flaw in Lee’s views, suggesting that the development of the city is a natural progression, and New York would be worse off it things had stayed the same. "Cities don't stand still, and the cities that stand still are Detroit,” he said. “So if Spike Lee wants to see a place where there is no gentrification, he'll also find a place where there are no investments. Obviously, he's someone who knows how to make a movie but doesn't know anything about cities."

Are you a Brooklyn resident? Did you used to live in that part of town? Do you have a view on Lee’s rant? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Spike Lee Explodes at Brooklyn Hipsters, And Their Dogs 4087437 News

Spike Lee wants you to listen to his views on Brooklyn, which he claims has been gentrified and taken over by hipsters and dog walkers. During his speech at the Pratt Institute, the millionaire film director laid into an audience member for ruining his rundown neighbourhood.

Spike LeeSpike Lee Doesn't Much Care for Brooklyn, Anymore

When the audience member suggested that there are positives to gentrification, Lee yelled, "Let me just kill you right now.Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning? It's like the m-----f-----g Westminster dog show."

He went on to blast what he calls the "Christopher Columbus syndrome" of neighborhoods "discovered" by wealthy gentrifiers and "m----f-----g hipsters" who then change the names of from South Bronx to SoBro or Bushwick to East Williamsburg. "These Williamsburg m-----f-----s are changing the names," said Lee.

"Why," he asked, "did it take this great influence of white people to get the schools better?"

After the rant, the New York Daily News hit the streets of Brooklyn to determine whether Lee's views rang true with the community.

"I don't see a negative to cleaning up a neighborhood," said Marina Rutherfurd, 25, who was walking her dog in Fort Greene Park on Wednesday.

"I think it's a creative bunch of people doing interesting things," she added, "It's all good intentions."

For 32-year-old jewelry designer Donna Yu, who supplements her art with a dog-walking business, Brooklyn has improved.

"I benefit from it," said Donna Yu, a jewlery designer who supplements her art with a dog-walking business. "I can have a decent cup of coffee."

People of Brooklyn! Get in touch. Do you agree with Spike Lee's views?

Spike Lee wants you to listen to his views on Brooklyn, which he claims has been gentrified and taken over by hipsters and dog walkers. During his speech at the Pratt Institute, the millionaire film director laid into an audience member for ruining his rundown neighbourhood.

Spike LeeSpike Lee Doesn't Much Care for Brooklyn, Anymore

When the audience member suggested that there are positives to gentrification, Lee yelled, "Let me just kill you right now.Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning? It's like the m-----f-----g Westminster dog show."

He went on to blast what he calls the "Christopher Columbus syndrome" of neighborhoods "discovered" by wealthy gentrifiers and "m----f-----g hipsters" who then change the names of from South Bronx to SoBro or Bushwick to East Williamsburg. "These Williamsburg m-----f-----s are changing the names," said Lee.

"Why," he asked, "did it take this great influence of white people to get the schools better?"

After the rant, the New York Daily News hit the streets of Brooklyn to determine whether Lee's views rang true with the community.

"I don't see a negative to cleaning up a neighborhood," said Marina Rutherfurd, 25, who was walking her dog in Fort Greene Park on Wednesday.

"I think it's a creative bunch of people doing interesting things," she added, "It's all good intentions."

For 32-year-old jewelry designer Donna Yu, who supplements her art with a dog-walking business, Brooklyn has improved.

"I benefit from it," said Donna Yu, a jewlery designer who supplements her art with a dog-walking business. "I can have a decent cup of coffee."

People of Brooklyn! Get in touch. Do you agree with Spike Lee's views?

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Oldboy 3982516 Film Reviews

Moviegoers who know nothing about the iconic 2003 Korean thriller will perhaps enjoy this half-hearted remake. It lacks the subtlety and irony of Park Chan-wook's deranged masterpiece, but Spike Lee brings a certain technical sleekness that holds our interest. Especially as the complex plot begins to twist and turn, gleefully pulling the rug out from under us.

It centres on Joe (Brolin), a drunken loser who blows his last chance at his job by coming on to a client's wife. The next morning he wakes up in a sleazy hotel room that turns out to be a locked cell where he'll be held for the next 20 years. He's shown news updates on how he's the prime suspect in his wife's violent murder, and he watches his daughter grow up in an adoptive family's home. Suddenly focussed on revenge, he plots his escape and then is caught off guard when he's inexplicably released. With the help of his old friend Chucky (Imperioli) and helpful nurse Marie (Olsen), Joe tracks down his flamboyant jailer (Jackson) and then the creepy man (Copley) who paid the bills and now demands that Joe understands why he did it.

Yes, the plot is a big puzzle, and watching the various pieces fall into place keeps us riveted to the screen, even if nothing is particularly involving. Lee's mistake is to play everything dead straight, with only the odd hint of black humour or underlying madness. Instead, we get bigger action fight scenes (cool but choreographed) and a variety of surprises and revelations that often make us gasp. And all of this is played with razor-sharp intensity by Brolin, who gives us just enough emotion to keep us engaged with his journey.

Olsen is also a sympathetic character, if rather undefined, but Jackson and Copley play their roles with scene-stealing relish that adds just a touch of the warped humour this kind of film so badly needs. Essentially, this is a riotous fable about how vengeance is so consuming that we're willing to do anything to achieve it, including losing ourselves in the process. But telling a complex story like this requires a certain crazed genius, an ability to see the absurdity and horror as well as the everyday emotion. And this movie just feels ordinary.

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Hunger Games Rules, But 'Oldboy' Remake Could Be Biggest Flop of 2013 3977795 News

The big news from the weekend's box-office was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reasserting its superiority with an impressive second week total of $74.5 million. That's a huge increase in the $58 million that the original film made in its second week. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring sequel as now taken an incredible $573 million worldwide and looks on-course to become the biggest grossing movie of the year

Josh Brolin OldboyJosh Brolin in Oldboy

Though Catching Fire was the big winner at the box-office, it was Spike Lee's completely unnecessary remake of Chan-wood Park's 2003 classic Oldboy that made the headlines. The film - which cost $30 million to make - bombed with just $850,000 in takings from 583 theaters. The film has considerable draws in the form of Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin, though the publicity tour was almost non-existent and reviews were terrible.

"What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought" wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.

It probably didn't help that - just before the movie's release - an artist named Juan Luis Garcia claimed Lee had stolen his artwork for the movie and presented it as his own. The director dismissed the claims, though internet users smeared the movie's Facebook page with messages to boycott the film.  

Josh Brolin OldboyJosh Brolin Stars In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

"I Never Heard Of This Guy Juan Luis Garcia, If He Has A Beef It's Not With Me. I Did Not Hire Him, Do Not Know Him. Cheap Trick Writing To Me.YO," the director tweeted.

In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, Garcia said he hoped Lee could help him resolve the situation with the ad agency without taking any legal action.

"I don't want to sue anyone, it's not in my nature, but if that's what it comes down to, so be it," he wrote in the email. "I'm thrilled he liked the posters and hope they continue using them, but I need to be renumerated."

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The big news from the weekend's box-office was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reasserting its superiority with an impressive second week total of $74.5 million. That's a huge increase in the $58 million that the original film made in its second week. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring sequel as now taken an incredible $573 million worldwide and looks on-course to become the biggest grossing movie of the year

Josh Brolin OldboyJosh Brolin in Oldboy

Though Catching Fire was the big winner at the box-office, it was Spike Lee's completely unnecessary remake of Chan-wood Park's 2003 classic Oldboy that made the headlines. The film - which cost $30 million to make - bombed with just $850,000 in takings from 583 theaters. The film has considerable draws in the form of Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin, though the publicity tour was almost non-existent and reviews were terrible.

"What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought" wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.

It probably didn't help that - just before the movie's release - an artist named Juan Luis Garcia claimed Lee had stolen his artwork for the movie and presented it as his own. The director dismissed the claims, though internet users smeared the movie's Facebook page with messages to boycott the film.  

Josh Brolin OldboyJosh Brolin Stars In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

"I Never Heard Of This Guy Juan Luis Garcia, If He Has A Beef It's Not With Me. I Did Not Hire Him, Do Not Know Him. Cheap Trick Writing To Me.YO," the director tweeted.

In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, Garcia said he hoped Lee could help him resolve the situation with the ad agency without taking any legal action.

"I don't want to sue anyone, it's not in my nature, but if that's what it comes down to, so be it," he wrote in the email. "I'm thrilled he liked the posters and hope they continue using them, but I need to be renumerated."

Watch the Oldboy featurette:
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3rd December 2013 3740990
Box Office Highlights: What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 3975569 News

This holiday box office is already predicted to be a record breaker. With both Frozen premiering and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in cinemas, both movies are on course to break the previous Thanksgiving weekend record, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For the Wednesday-Sunday period, Frozen is predicted to bring in around $90 million, second only to Catching Fire, which is holding steady in its second week of release with $100 million predicted earnings for the same time period.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Still
The second Hunger Games movie is on fire, if you'll pardon the pun.

Frozen is poised to easily beat the previous record for a Thanksgiving opening, which was set by Toy Story in 1999 with $80.1 million. It's also set to score the top opening for a Disney Animation Studios title, besting the $68.7 million debut of Tangled over Thanksgiving in 2010.

Frozen Still
Meanwhile, Frozen has had a stellar opening day and is predicted a record-breaking weekend.

Follow over to the following pages for trailers of both films.

 

 

Catching Fire on the other hand, while it opened last week, is set to take the record for the top grossing movie on Thanksgiving (of all time) beating out previous champion Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($82.4 million).

Watch the trailer for Catching Fire below.
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In addition, with Catching Fire playing in 4,163 theaters across the country, it also easily topped the previous Thanksgiving Day record. On Thursday, the film grossed $14.9 million, surpassing the previous record holder – Toy Story 3 with $13.1 million. On a global scale, the film has raked in around $423 million so far. While people seem to be enjoying the dystopian story of the poor districts of Panem rebelling against the rich and uncaring Capitol in Catching Fire, as well as the story of a princess, rushing to save her frozen kingdom from the thrall of her confused sister in Frozen, not all premieres this week have done similarly well.

Check out the Frozen trailer to decide on your holiday viewing.
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What other films are worth seeing this weekend? Follow over to the next page to find out.

Spike Lee’s Oldboy is tanking at the box office. After a limited 583 theater release on Wednesday, the film might not even reach the $2 million milestone by the end of the weekend. From a script by Mark Protosevich, the remake of the cult South Korean film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

Watch this clip from Oldboy to get an idea of the movie.
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Elsewhere, The Book Thief (based on the Markus Zusak novel) saw an expansion into a total of 1,234 theatres Wednesday, helping it make it into the top ten by Thursday. On Thursday, the film’s domestic earnings reached $3 million, making it a real contender for box office success. This may be due in part to Twentieth Century Fox delaying the film’s release to make room for the highly anticipated Catching Fire.

Catch the trailer for The Book Thief below.
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This holiday box office is already predicted to be a record breaker. With both Frozen premiering and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in cinemas, both movies are on course to break the previous Thanksgiving weekend record, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For the Wednesday-Sunday period, Frozen is predicted to bring in around $90 million, second only to Catching Fire, which is holding steady in its second week of release with $100 million predicted earnings for the same time period.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Still
The second Hunger Games movie is on fire, if you'll pardon the pun.

Frozen is poised to easily beat the previous record for a Thanksgiving opening, which was set by Toy Story in 1999 with $80.1 million. It's also set to score the top opening for a Disney Animation Studios title, besting the $68.7 million debut of Tangled over Thanksgiving in 2010.

Frozen Still
Meanwhile, Frozen has had a stellar opening day and is predicted a record-breaking weekend.

Follow over to the following pages for trailers of both films.

 

 

Catching Fire on the other hand, while it opened last week, is set to take the record for the top grossing movie on Thanksgiving (of all time) beating out previous champion Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($82.4 million).

Watch the trailer for Catching Fire below.
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In addition, with Catching Fire playing in 4,163 theaters across the country, it also easily topped the previous Thanksgiving Day record. On Thursday, the film grossed $14.9 million, surpassing the previous record holder – Toy Story 3 with $13.1 million. On a global scale, the film has raked in around $423 million so far. While people seem to be enjoying the dystopian story of the poor districts of Panem rebelling against the rich and uncaring Capitol in Catching Fire, as well as the story of a princess, rushing to save her frozen kingdom from the thrall of her confused sister in Frozen, not all premieres this week have done similarly well.

Check out the Frozen trailer to decide on your holiday viewing.
<embed src='http://www.contactmusic.com/jwp/player.swf' height='480' width='635' bgcolor='0x000000' allowscriptaccess='always' allowfullscreen='true' flashvars="&autostart=false&backcolor=0x000000&controlbar=over&file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.contactmusic.com%2Fm4v%2Ffilm%2Ffrozen-trlr-recut-1.m4v&frontcolor=0xeeeeee&image=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.contactmusic.com%2Fimages%2Fm4vstill%2Ffrozen-new-640.jpg&lightcolor=0xeeeeee&logo=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.contactmusic.com%2Fjwp%2Fcm_logo_trans.png&mute=true&ova.height=480&ova.pluginmode=HYBRID&ova.tag=http%3A%2F%2Fads.contactmusic.com%2Fadvertpro%2Fservlet%2Fview%2Fdynamic%2Furl%2Fzone%3Fzid%3D246%26pid%3D37&ova.visible=true&ova.width=635&ova.x=0&ova.y=0&plugins=http%3A%2F%2Flp.longtailvideo.com%2F5%2Fova%2Fova-jw.swf%2Cviral-h&screencolor=0x000000&skin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.contactmusic.com%2Fjwp%2Fglow.zip&title=Frozen%20%7C%20Movie%20Trailers&viral.callout=none&viral.onpause=false&viral.pluginmode=FLASH&logo.link=http://www.contactmusic.com&logo.file=http://www.contactmusic.com/jwp/cm_logo_trans.png"/>

What other films are worth seeing this weekend? Follow over to the next page to find out.

Spike Lee’s Oldboy is tanking at the box office. After a limited 583 theater release on Wednesday, the film might not even reach the $2 million milestone by the end of the weekend. From a script by Mark Protosevich, the remake of the cult South Korean film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

Watch this clip from Oldboy to get an idea of the movie.
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Elsewhere, The Book Thief (based on the Markus Zusak novel) saw an expansion into a total of 1,234 theatres Wednesday, helping it make it into the top ten by Thursday. On Thursday, the film’s domestic earnings reached $3 million, making it a real contender for box office success. This may be due in part to Twentieth Century Fox delaying the film’s release to make room for the highly anticipated Catching Fire.

Catch the trailer for The Book Thief below.
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30th November 2013 3964626
'Oldboy' Claws Back Respectability, But Critics Remain Unconvinced 3973726 News

Spike Lee's Oldboy - a visceral thriller based on Park Chan-wook's classic 2004 movie - will have to do solid box-office business to justify itself after a wave of middling reviews from critics.

Oldboy Josh brolinJosh Brolin in Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

Lee's remake follows the story of Joe Doucette - played here by Josh Brolin - a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him. The remake co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, though despite the impressive cast, Oldboy appears to fall short of even the most basic of expectations.

"Oldboy is lively but numb - checked out, as if Lee were directing it following a period of intense convalescence," said Tom Shone of the Guardian.

"What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought," wrote Pete Travers of Rolling Stone.

"The violence ... is gruesome - oodles of CG blood and brain matter - but out of scale. It's shock for shock's sake. It doesn't track," said Vulture.

Oldboy Spike LeeJosh Brolin Teams Up With Spike Lee For the 'Oldboy' Remake

It looked horribly bleak from Lee and FilmDistrict earlier this week, though as the reviews begin to roll in, Oldboy's fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes appears to be creeping up (still only 47%).

"Lee's is more of a hard-edged, hammer-and-nail noir than Park's existential horror, and it's far less concerned with the internal state of Joe's mind than the external havoc it creates," said the Globe & Mail.

"If you've never seen the original, you're bound to be impressed. If you have seen the original, you're bound to be distracted by the way in which Spike Lee screwed this up," wrote CraveOnline.

"A few minor changes and another strong, rounded performance by Josh Brolin helps Spike Lee's remake overcome some of the problems inherent in revisiting known source material," said ComingSoon.net.

Watch an 'Oldboy' clip:
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When asked by ScreenRant why he chose to remake a movie already considered one of the finest of the last decade, Lee said: "The film, the original film and also the original source, the Japanese illustrated novel and then the third thing was a chance to work with the great Josh Brolin." 

Oldboy is out in the U.S. on Friday (November 29, 2013)

Spike Lee's Oldboy - a visceral thriller based on Park Chan-wook's classic 2004 movie - will have to do solid box-office business to justify itself after a wave of middling reviews from critics.

Oldboy Josh brolinJosh Brolin in Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

Lee's remake follows the story of Joe Doucette - played here by Josh Brolin - a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him. The remake co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, though despite the impressive cast, Oldboy appears to fall short of even the most basic of expectations.

"Oldboy is lively but numb - checked out, as if Lee were directing it following a period of intense convalescence," said Tom Shone of the Guardian.

"What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought," wrote Pete Travers of Rolling Stone.

"The violence ... is gruesome - oodles of CG blood and brain matter - but out of scale. It's shock for shock's sake. It doesn't track," said Vulture.

Oldboy Spike LeeJosh Brolin Teams Up With Spike Lee For the 'Oldboy' Remake

It looked horribly bleak from Lee and FilmDistrict earlier this week, though as the reviews begin to roll in, Oldboy's fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes appears to be creeping up (still only 47%).

"Lee's is more of a hard-edged, hammer-and-nail noir than Park's existential horror, and it's far less concerned with the internal state of Joe's mind than the external havoc it creates," said the Globe & Mail.

"If you've never seen the original, you're bound to be impressed. If you have seen the original, you're bound to be distracted by the way in which Spike Lee screwed this up," wrote CraveOnline.

"A few minor changes and another strong, rounded performance by Josh Brolin helps Spike Lee's remake overcome some of the problems inherent in revisiting known source material," said ComingSoon.net.

Watch an 'Oldboy' clip:
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When asked by ScreenRant why he chose to remake a movie already considered one of the finest of the last decade, Lee said: "The film, the original film and also the original source, the Japanese illustrated novel and then the third thing was a chance to work with the great Josh Brolin." 

Oldboy is out in the U.S. on Friday (November 29, 2013)

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'Oldboy': A Remake Spike Lee Should Have Left Alone 3973398 News

American director Spike Lee has just seen the release of his latest project, 'Oldboy', a remake of the highly successful South Korean 2003 movie. The original is considered a cult classic, which was praised for its unpredictable plot and unnerving violence, so a remake with a westernised view could catch a cinemagoers attention.

Josh Brolin
Brolin as 'Joe Doucett' locked in a hotel room

The new version stars Josh Brolin as 'Joe Doucett', an advertising executive who has a messy personal life, the heavy drinker stumbles out of a bar one night and learns from a disgruntled ex-wife that he missed his daughter's 3rd birthday before passing out next to a shadowed figure.

The next day 'Doucett' wakes up in a hotel with no memory of how he got there. Treated like a prisoner, he is confined in the cell like room for the next 20 years. In all that time 'Doucett' can only watch the world pass him by on a television above his bed, which one day broadcasts a story on the murder of his ex-wife and the abduction of his child.

Watch the 'Oldboy' trailer here
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'Joe' vows to avenge his family and after a constant diet of vodka and Chinese food, he cleans himself up, until one day he is released back in society. 'Joe' now searches for his missing daughter and quickly realizes the torment is not yet over.

Spike Lee had the chance to put a westernised spin on the remake but why did he fail to produce a film with the same critical acclaim as its original?

Josh Brolin
Brolin in 'Oldboy' looking for his daughter

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone slammed the remake as he thought, "What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought."

David Edlestein of Vulture echoes the criticism as he felt, "The violence ... is gruesome - oodles of CG blood and brain matter - but out of scale. It's shock for shock's sake. It doesn't track."

Marc Savlov from the Austin Chronicle expresses his confusion to why Lee tackled the project in the first place, he flet Lee kept to the original plot but thought "like so many Americanized versions of Asian groundbreakers, I ultimately found myself asking "Why?"

However, the minority of critics who did like it thought the twisting and thrilling plot was the most satisfying aspect of the film, Jeffrey M. Anderson from Common Sense Media praised "[Lee's] hard, brutal OLDBOY tackles that mind-bending, subversive story without flinching."

'Oldboy', which also stars Samuel L Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen, was released on November 27th but UK cinemagoers will have to wait until December 6th.

Josh Brolin
Brolin and Samuel L Jackson star alonside each other in the remake

American director Spike Lee has just seen the release of his latest project, 'Oldboy', a remake of the highly successful South Korean 2003 movie. The original is considered a cult classic, which was praised for its unpredictable plot and unnerving violence, so a remake with a westernised view could catch a cinemagoers attention.

Josh Brolin
Brolin as 'Joe Doucett' locked in a hotel room

The new version stars Josh Brolin as 'Joe Doucett', an advertising executive who has a messy personal life, the heavy drinker stumbles out of a bar one night and learns from a disgruntled ex-wife that he missed his daughter's 3rd birthday before passing out next to a shadowed figure.

The next day 'Doucett' wakes up in a hotel with no memory of how he got there. Treated like a prisoner, he is confined in the cell like room for the next 20 years. In all that time 'Doucett' can only watch the world pass him by on a television above his bed, which one day broadcasts a story on the murder of his ex-wife and the abduction of his child.

Watch the 'Oldboy' trailer here
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'Joe' vows to avenge his family and after a constant diet of vodka and Chinese food, he cleans himself up, until one day he is released back in society. 'Joe' now searches for his missing daughter and quickly realizes the torment is not yet over.

Spike Lee had the chance to put a westernised spin on the remake but why did he fail to produce a film with the same critical acclaim as its original?

Josh Brolin
Brolin in 'Oldboy' looking for his daughter

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone slammed the remake as he thought, "What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought."

David Edlestein of Vulture echoes the criticism as he felt, "The violence ... is gruesome - oodles of CG blood and brain matter - but out of scale. It's shock for shock's sake. It doesn't track."

Marc Savlov from the Austin Chronicle expresses his confusion to why Lee tackled the project in the first place, he flet Lee kept to the original plot but thought "like so many Americanized versions of Asian groundbreakers, I ultimately found myself asking "Why?"

However, the minority of critics who did like it thought the twisting and thrilling plot was the most satisfying aspect of the film, Jeffrey M. Anderson from Common Sense Media praised "[Lee's] hard, brutal OLDBOY tackles that mind-bending, subversive story without flinching."

'Oldboy', which also stars Samuel L Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen, was released on November 27th but UK cinemagoers will have to wait until December 6th.

Josh Brolin
Brolin and Samuel L Jackson star alonside each other in the remake

28th November 2013 3740990
'Oldboy' Remake: Did Spike Lee Just Mess Up A Brilliant Movie? 3972629 News

Spike Lee was always treading on glass with cheap shoes when he decided to take on the Oldboy project. The original, 2003 film was a cult classic; adored by international audiences and famed for its unerring approach to violence and a twisted plot.

Oldboy 2013Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in Oldboy, the remake

It would be fair to say that Lee had a pretty solid canvas on which to build, but would appear – according to the critics at least – that he missed the opportunity to provide a good western remake of a brilliant foreign movie.

If this had not been a remake, it would possibly be the worst film of the year – at least that’s what the early reviews seem to suggest. Luckily, it is, and it gets by on the grace bestowed upon it by Chan-wook Park’s brilliant original.

“The remake that came too late, so benign and unmemorable that not even people who loved Park Chan-wook's 2003 original will be able to muster much outrage,” said Stephanie Zacharek of Village Voice.

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com was equally disparaging: “I would divide the potential audience for "Oldboy" into two groups: Those who will be disappointed and those who will be bewildered.”

Sharlto CopleySharlto Copley also scars - sorry, stars - in Oldboy

And The New York Times’ A.O Scott had this to say on the remake, starring Josh Brolin: “If you have seen the earlier version, you can occupy yourself with point-by-point comparisons. If not, you may find yourself swerving between bafflement and mild astonishment...”

The hype was almost palpable surrounding Lee’s remake of the hyper-violent, South Korean mystery thriller. But with an accumulated score of 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear the expectation was too much.

And, as we’ve seen with similarly poorly reviewed titles this year – The Counselor, Lone Ranger, etc. – the box office inevitably suffers. So we’re not predicting good things for Oldboy come December 6th when it’s released.

Watch the Oldboy featurette:
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Spike Lee was always treading on glass with cheap shoes when he decided to take on the Oldboy project. The original, 2003 film was a cult classic; adored by international audiences and famed for its unerring approach to violence and a twisted plot.

Oldboy 2013Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in Oldboy, the remake

It would be fair to say that Lee had a pretty solid canvas on which to build, but would appear – according to the critics at least – that he missed the opportunity to provide a good western remake of a brilliant foreign movie.

If this had not been a remake, it would possibly be the worst film of the year – at least that’s what the early reviews seem to suggest. Luckily, it is, and it gets by on the grace bestowed upon it by Chan-wook Park’s brilliant original.

“The remake that came too late, so benign and unmemorable that not even people who loved Park Chan-wook's 2003 original will be able to muster much outrage,” said Stephanie Zacharek of Village Voice.

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com was equally disparaging: “I would divide the potential audience for "Oldboy" into two groups: Those who will be disappointed and those who will be bewildered.”

Sharlto CopleySharlto Copley also scars - sorry, stars - in Oldboy

And The New York Times’ A.O Scott had this to say on the remake, starring Josh Brolin: “If you have seen the earlier version, you can occupy yourself with point-by-point comparisons. If not, you may find yourself swerving between bafflement and mild astonishment...”

The hype was almost palpable surrounding Lee’s remake of the hyper-violent, South Korean mystery thriller. But with an accumulated score of 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear the expectation was too much.

And, as we’ve seen with similarly poorly reviewed titles this year – The Counselor, Lone Ranger, etc. – the box office inevitably suffers. So we’re not predicting good things for Oldboy come December 6th when it’s released.

Watch the Oldboy featurette:
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