<p>'Hello, it's the super. Could you let me in?&nbsp;I've come to make sure your remake is bland and largely ineffective.'</p>

'Hello, it's the super. Could you let me in? I've come to make sure your remake is bland and largely ineffective.'

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Review: Josh Brolin comes out swinging but Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' can't land a punch

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The very definition of an unnecessary remake

A man is kidnapped and forced to spend 20 years in isolation, in captivity, controlled but not harmed. He is finally allowed to escape and then he is given a single question to answer: who kidnapped him, and why?

It's an almost irresistible set-up for a film, and when Chan-wook Park adapted it as the middle part of his "Vengeance" trilogy, it was a perfect match of filmmaker and material. There is a fury to the film that is still somewhat terrifying when you see it, and Park delivers each new twist to the narrative like he's holding a knife that's already buried deep between two ribs, like he is enjoying each twist, knowing exactly what damage he's doing. While much of Spike Lee's best work is driven by a simmering anger, it's a very different kind, and his new version of "Oldboy" feels like someone stranded by material rather than someone liberated by it.

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<p>At least know we know why Magneto's not popular with the Dallas police department.</p>

At least know we know why Magneto's not popular with the Dallas police department.

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50 years later, the truth is out: Magneto was the man behind the magic bullet

Or was he? New 'Days Of Future Past' hints arrive online

One of the things that is always interesting when a film changes directors or writers or any key member of a creative team is seeing how much of the original plan for the film stays intact. Back when Matthew Vaughn was set to make the sequel to his own "X-Men: First Class," he seemed more than happy to reveal certain details and ideas about how he'd approach the film.

In particular, he talked about opening the movie with the assassination of JFK, then revealing how Magneto would be revealed to be the killer, driven by a fury that Kennedy took credit for the Cuban Missile Crisis solution, pretending mutants had no part in it at all. Our interview about his plans was pretty widely quoted at the time, and when he left the film, I assumed they pretty much scuttled Vaughn's plans completely.

After all, he wasn't planning to do "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" at the time. That idea came after he departed the film, and we've heard now that the new film is set in 1973, which would seem to leave the JFK thing out completely.

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<p>This is pretty much exactly how I feel every time I remember there's an 'Anchorman 2' coming out in less than a month.</p>

This is pretty much exactly how I feel every time I remember there's an 'Anchorman 2' coming out in less than a month.

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Adam McKay and over a million feet of film in the editing room for 'Anchorman 2'

The director talks about building the highly-anticipated sequel

Much has been written about the way Adam McKay and Will Ferrell work together, and I recently put up a piece about spending time on the Sea World set where they shot an early sequence for the film. In that article, I described the way that they build scenes, the way their ad-libs flow on a set, the way McKay and Ferrell seem to share two halves of one brain.

The one down side, if you can call it that, to the way their process works is that they end up with miles of film to choose from when building each and every scene in the movie. That's no exaggeration, either. While the process is digital now, they shot the equivalent of 1.25 million feet of film, and when they did the first assembly cut of the movie, where they put in every scene just to see it all together, the film came in at four and a half hours.

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<p>By the time all of this is done, I'm sure I'll have met every single person in this image, and at least two of them will probably drop a building on me.</p>

By the time all of this is done, I'm sure I'll have met every single person in this image, and at least two of them will probably drop a building on me.

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How a universe full of superheroes totally ruined my life

A first-hand account by one man whose luck is an absolute marvel

This is not a typical piece you'd read here at Motion/Captured, but when it was smuggled out of a mental health facility in the UK and then sent to me, I thought it was important to share. I wasn't sure what I was reading at first, but once I understood, it seemed urgent that I help this man get his story out to the world.

Besides... I always wondered how this worked.

- Drew McWeeny

You have to listen to me. You have to help me.

They say I'm crazy.

It's not just inaccurate; it's rude. I'm not crazy. Or if I am crazy, I'm crazy because I've earned that right. You have no idea how strange my life has been. You have no idea the things I've seen. I've watched the world go crazy, little by little, and I think my reaction has been exceedingly sane, all things considered. If I tell you my story, you have to tell me what you think. You tell me what you would do if you saw and did and heard all of the things I have.

Has it really only been a little over a decade? Can the whole world change in just that amount of time?

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<p>You and me both, sister.</p>

You and me both, sister.

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Brace yourself, because 'Alice In Wonderland 2' is no longer just a threat

Everyone involved is better than this, but that's not stopping them

It's strange knowing that someone already got me a birthday present for the year 2016, and it's even stranger knowing that it's going to be horrible.

"Alice In Wonderland" earned over a billion dollars worldwide, and since Congress passed the famous 2005 Mandatory Sequel Act, that means Disney is legally obligated to make a follow-up. Mia Wasikowska returns as Alice and Johnny Depp will once again play Johnny Depp In A Crazy Hat, with James Bobin taking over as director for Tim Burton.

First question: will they demonstrate the utter lack of imagination necessary to actually call the film "Alice In Wonderland 2" or will they call it "Through The Looking Glass"?

Second question: thanks to the weird choices made with the script for the first film, wasn't that technically "Alice In Wonderland 2" already?

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<p>Francis Lawrence seems excited to be the one steering the ship for 'The Hunger Games' franchise now.</p>

Francis Lawrence seems excited to be the one steering the ship for 'The Hunger Games' franchise now.

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Francis Lawrence on making Jennifer Lawrence angry in 'Catching Fire'

He's in charge for the rest of the series, and that's a good thing

After a full day of on-camera interviews about "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," there was a small reception at a nearby restaurant where I was invited so that I could spend a little more time talking to director Francis Lawrence.

When "Constantine" came out, I moderated a screening of the film at the Egyptian Theater, and I remember it being a particularly spirited Q&A afterwards. I liked Lawrence, and while I didn't think "Constantine" was a home run, there were plenty of things about it that I liked. I thought "I Am Legend" started strong but then deflated at a certain point. "Water For Elephants" was a low-key surprise, a film that felt genuinely meant even if it also was firmly entrenched in melodrama.

By far, the best thing he's directed so far is "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," simply because it works as a whole film in a way that none of the others have so far, and Lawrence's visual acumen is just the icing on the cake this time. The video you see embedded above was our first conversation about this movie, but at the reception, we had time to speak a little longer, and one of the first things he said was how happy he was to hear that I'd liked the film. He said that the feeling of the positive reviews starting to roll in was a enormous relief, because he felt like this was the best thing he'd done, and so far, his career has not been about critical acclaim.

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<p>Chris Pratt's juggling a ton of work right now, but he seems to give his all to every new project.</p>

Chris Pratt's juggling a ton of work right now, but he seems to give his all to every new project.

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Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders on helping Vince Vaughn grow up in 'Delivery Man'

Two TV stars poised to break through in movies discuss their new one with us

Looking at the way careers work right now, it's hard to believe there was ever a time where television and movies were considered very separate things, and stars didn't really jump back and forth at will. If you were a TV star, that was what you did, and you weren't really considered a potential lead in big giant movies. These days, the line between film and television is nonexistent, and you have people who straddle both world comfortably. Just the other night, I was at the "Frozen" premiere, and Kristen Bell was there just long enough to hear the huge round of applause the audience gave the film when it concluded, and then she had to run make her call time to shoot for her series "House Of Lies" until dawn.

Both Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders have emerged as key parts of ensemble casts in well-liked TV comedies in the last few years, and they're each in the midst of very different careers in feature films. Well… not that different, I guess, considering they're each playing roles in the ongoing Marvel movie universe. Smulders had a small but featured role in "The Avengers" as Maria Hill, and we'll definitely be seeing her again in both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the very least. Pratt just recently wrapped his role as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the leader of the very rowdy "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and I think it's very likely they could end up colliding at some point down the road with Hill and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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<p>Chris Pratt and Vince Vaughn co-star in 'Delivery Man,' an uneven mix of family drama and broad comedy.</p>

Chris Pratt and Vince Vaughn co-star in 'Delivery Man,' an uneven mix of family drama and broad comedy.

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Review: Uneven 'Delivery Man' represents a crossroads for star Vince Vaughn

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When you can't play the character you're known for anymore, what's next?

Vince Vaughn is at a crossroads, and beyond whatever value it has as a piece of entertainment, "Delivery Man" is a fascinating snapshot of a star in flux, struggling to maintain a comic persona that he's outgrown. It's a perfect collision of actor and material, but maybe not for the most apparent reason.

David Wozniak is a train crash of a person and, in fine Hollywood fashion, he's somehow managed to remain a complete train crash well into his 40s. That's mainly because he works for his father as part of the family business, a butcher's shop, and they seem willing to cut him a fair amount of slack.

At some point, you age out of playing these roles or the films start to feel somewhat pathetic, and I think Vince Vaughn has just reached that particular moment. If David is a 30 year old character, this is a turning point. If he's a 40 year old character, this is a last chance. Desperation changes as characters age, and so the stakes in "Delivery Man" are fairly high for David. He's got a regular girlfriend who he's ended up disappointing and hurting so many times that things are imploding as the film opens, and Emma (Cobie Smulders) is ready to move on. Or she is until she learns that she's pregnant, suddenly making things between her and David more urgent. He's either got to snap into focus as a person, or she has to move on and build a safe life for her child.

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<p>Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz both return for 'The Hunger Games:&nbsp;Catching Fire,' and they were eager to talk about the way things escalate in the new film for both their characters.</p>

Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz both return for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' and they were eager to talk about the way things escalate in the new film for both their characters.

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New tributes and old friends discuss the trials of making 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

The cast just keeps getting bigger and better

One of the things that was important for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was the casting of the new supporting players, and in particular, the tributes would would be returning to battle in the Quarter Quell.

Sam Claflin has been in several fairly big movies over the last few years, including a starring role in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." That was a thankless role, and it didn't help that the film was such a nightmare of tonal misfires. It was certainly no showcase for a younger actor trying to make an initial impression on an audience. Jena Malone, on the other hand, has been a hard-working actor for years now, and despite still being fairly young, there is a sort of battle-hardened quality to her in real life. Malone strikes me as someone who has seen a lot and who has fought to define how she wants to work in this industry, refusing to let anyone else define her. I've interviewed her before, and on the "Sucker Punch" set, we got to speak at length about her career and her goals as a performer.

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<p>Donald Sutherland doesn't get older, he just gets cooler.</p>

Donald Sutherland doesn't get older, he just gets cooler.

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Donald Sutherland takes the subtext of 'Catching Fire' very seriously

Find out which of his older films young fans have mentioned to him

We may be living in an age where genre material has become completely dominant, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily treated with any more respect than it was in the past.

Donald Sutherland didn't have a huge presence in the first "Hunger Games" film, but when I spoke to him about that movie, it was obvious that he felt like the books offered up some great meaty subtext, and he was eager to see if the films would end up reflecting that. This time around, he's playing a much more prominent role, and President Snow has become an active antagonist instead of just a presence hovering at the edge of things. He is focused on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now because he's aware of just how important she could be to the ultimate fate of Panem.

Sometime, I'd love to do a long-form interview with Sutherland about his full body of work. This is a guy who worked with everyone, who was a giant movie star during my favorite era of movie-making, and who helped birth Jack Bauer. Sutherland is about as badass as badass gets, and one of the nice fringe benefits of him getting cast in something like that that speaks to a younger generation of filmgoers is that it may inspire some of them to go back and check out some of his earlier work.

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