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10 Things Hollywood Should Retire in the New Year

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Another year gone, another assortment of big-screen missteps made that should never be repeated again. We get an incredible amount of new releases each and every year, so of course not every film can be a box office hit or Academy Award contender, but the upside to that is there’s always an opportunity to learn from the mistakes.

In an effort to make 2014 a better year for film than ever, we bring you 10 things the movie industry should do away with in the New Year.

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How to Get Revenge, According to the Movies

Out_of_the_FurnaceMovie characters have it made. If someone double-crosses you or mistreats a loved one, threatening to chop off genitalia, popping someone’s head in a microwave or unleashing telekinetic wrath upon an entire high school is a totally legitimate way to retaliate, whereas we’re left drowning our sorrows in a stiff drink or fretting about them in private.

With Christian Bale about to seek justice for his brother’s disappearance in Out of the Furnace on December 6, we’re taking the time to indulge in 12 other extreme payback plans that, right or wrong, make for exhilarating acts of big-screen vengeance.

WARNING: This photo feature contains plot spoilers!

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Review: Oldboy

Oldboy_PosterDespite striking visuals and Josh Brolin’s all-in performance, the new “Oldboy” fails to build a riveting, believable mystery strong enough to support its big twist.

In the Spike Lee film, Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, a deplorable advertising executive who has all the time in the world to drown himself in alcohol, but none to spend with his daughter. During one particularly drunken night, Joe is snatched off the street and wakes up trapped in a small room. After 20 years of solitary confinement and dumplings, Joe is suddenly released and challenged to figure out who ordered his lengthy prison sentence and why.

If you’ve seen the Chan-wook Park original, it’s impossible to experience this new version objectively, but Lee’s rendition does deserve a standalone assessment first.

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Interview: Oldboy Director Spike Lee

Spike_LeeWho knows what we would have got had Will Smith and Steven Spielberg followed through with their plans to remake Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy, but, odds are, it would have been entirely different than the one we’re getting from Josh Brolin and Spike Lee on Wednesday, November 27th.  Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, an advertising executive decimating his career and family life with his abysmal behavior and alcohol addiction. At the tail end of one particularly drunken night, Joe is snatched off the street and wakes up in solitary confinement. After 20 years of loneliness and dumplings, he’s suddenly released and challenged to figure out why he served such a lengthy sentence.

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Interview: Oldboy’s Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth_OlsenElizabeth Olsen has maintained a steady stream of work since her indie hit, Martha Marcy May Marlene, but with films like Godzilla and The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the way, Olsen is going to hit a whole new level and she’s about to begin that progression up with the highly anticipated remake of Oldboy.  Olsen steps in as Marie Sebastian, a volunteer nurse who comes face to face with Josh Brolin’s Joe Doucett shortly after wrapping up his 20-year stint in solitary confinement.  Even though Joe is understandably rattled and rather off-putting, he strikes a cord with Marie and she agrees to help him assimilate.  The thing is, in order to do that, she’ll have to dive into the vicious mystery that’s been plaguing him for the past 20 years of his life.

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Interview: Oldboy’s Michael Imperioli

Michael_ImperioliWhereas both Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen have to live up to the expectations set by Min-sik Choi and Hye-jeong Kang in Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy, Michael Imperioli has the luxury of portraying a character from the manga that’s yet to make it to the big screen.  Brolin leads as Joe Doucett, a brash selfish drunk who’s suddenly plucked off the streets and thrown into solitary confinement for 20 years. Even though he comes out a changed man, the people in his life are left with the impression he made before his disappearance and nothing more. Fortunately for Joe, his life-long pal Chucky (Imperioli) is willing to give him a second chance.

In support of Oldboy’s November 27th release, Imperioli sat down with Collider in New York City to talk about his many collaborations with Spike Lee, what drew him to the role, whether or not Chucky really believed Joe was a guilty man, the details on the Martin Scorsese executive produced-film The Wannabe, and more.

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Interview: Oldboy Screenwriter Mark Protosevich

Mark_ProtosevichIt ain’t easy being the guy who opts to remake Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy.  Back at New York Comic Con, Oldboy scribe Mark Protosevich took the stage and even though the footage shown was well received, he still got slammed with question after question regarding why he’d even try to remake the cult classic and how he could possibly do that original film justice.  Protosevich’s version swaps Min-sik Choi’s Dae-su Oh for a new main man, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin).  Like, Dae-su, Joe is kidnapped and locked away for years until he’s unexpectedly released and then tasked with the challenge of finding out why he was imprisoned to begin with.

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NYCC 2013: Mark Protosevich Defends the Oldboy Remake at New York Comic Con

oldboynycc1As a remake of the beloved Chan-wook Park 2003 original, Spike Lee’s Oldboy has a lot to live up to.

Similar to the first film, in Lee’s version, Josh Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, a man who’s kidnapped, locked away for years and then unexpectedly let go for no apparent reason. Desperate to find out why he was stripped of such a significant portion of his life, he becomes fixated on finding his captor.

With the film inching closer to its November 27th release, writer and co-producer Mark Protosevich, and stars Michael Imperioli and Pom Klementieff hit the stage to discuss the film, but the large majority of the conversation boiled down to a single topic – how and why do you remake such an incredible film?

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The Best — and Worst — Movie Trailers of the Week

Out_of_the_Furnace_PosterSharknado. It’s sharks in a tornado. The Syfy channel’s latest is loaded with melodrama, abysmal CGI and the silliest scenario imaginable, but the filmmakers know it and embrace it — so whether you’re willing to admit it or not, the “Too Violent for TV” trailer is a winner. I hope this week’s Worst Stuff entries appreciate being beaten by Ian Ziering battling a flying shark with a chainsaw.

The Best Stuff

1. Out of the Furnace

After Crazy Heart, it’s no surprise that the trailer for Scott Cooper’s follow-up is powered by an infectious song selection and perfectly timed music cues, but elevating the effects of the first trailer for Out of the Furnace further is the slew of quality performances housed within an enthrallingly gritty world. Come November 27, Cooper could deliver a complete package yet again.

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