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Josh Brolin will star in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake

Josh Brolin will star in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake (photo)

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To me, there’s a very short list of actors who could pull off an American remake of “Oldboy” and earlier today Deadline reported that one of them got the gig. Mike Fleming says that Spike Lee tapped Josh Brolin to headline his version of the classic 2003 Korean revenge thriller by Park Chanwook.

Brolin will play the sure-to-be-renamed Oh Dae-su, who gets kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years without explanation, then released back into the world with vengeance on his mind and a hammer in his hand. In Park’s original film, the character was unforgettably played by Choi Min-sik (“I Saw the Devil”), who delivered a rare mix of pathos, insanity, and dark humor. There’s just a few American actors who might be able to bring similar depth to the part — Lee’s “Inside Man” star Clive Owen would have been another strong choice — and Brolin definitely fits the bill. I even gave this article some artwork from “American Gangster,” where Brolin played a corrupt cop whose slicked back look kind of reminded me of Choi’s in “Oldboy.” Deadline says that Brolin and Lee will shoot the film before the former heads off to make “Labor Day” with Jason Reitman next June.

Ironically, Brolin just finished working on “Men in Black III” with Will Smith, who was the first serious American “Oldboy” candidate a few years ago back when Steven Spielberg was attached to direct. I like this Lee/Brolin direction a lot better.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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