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Elizabeth Olsen calls Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” a “different story”


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Park Chan-wook might have made a major impact with his South Korean film “Oldboy,” but he actually wasn’t the originator of that story. He adapted it from the manga written by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, even though he put his own iconic spin on it. Now Spike Lee is going to try to take Tsuchiya and Minegishi’s material and make it his own, and it’s gotten fans really up in arms about the supposed remake.

But Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the female lead in the new project, is sticking by her director. The actress tells Empire that the two projects should be able to stand on their own because Lee isn’t setting out to recreate what Chan-wook did in his film.

“It’s going to be a different story,” Olsen said, “One, it takes place in a non-descript city in America, and, two, it’s ten years later, so technology is different. It’s practicalities that have had to change.”

It will be interesting to see if the final project just feels like a repackaging of Chan-wook’s original or if it really stands on its own. Olsen said the two films will end up feeling like “Let the Right One In” and its Americanized version “Let Me In,” which were both great but stood apart from one another.

“It’s not trying to redo the film – it’s coming at it from a different view,” she said. “As well as focusing on the primary source of the Korean film, for our film there’s also the Japanese Manga, so we’re using the primary source of the illustrated novel, really.”

“Oldboy” was recently picked up by FilmDistrict and will likely have an official release date soon. The movie stars Josh Brolin plays lead character Joe, Olsen as his his ally and potential love interest Marie, Samuel L. Jackson as the head of the motel where Joe is held hostage who is later tortured by Brolin’s character, Sharlto Copley as the man who held Joe captive and serves as the main villain in the flick, and Nate Parker as a doctor who works with Olsen’s character.

Do you have faith that Lee’s version of “Oldboy” will set itself apart from Chan-wook’s original? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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