Spike Lee’s latest film was a box office bomb. Oldboy earned just around $1.25 million in its first five days of release, making it the 17th most popular film at the box office over the holiday weekend.
The film is a remake of a 2003 South Korean film of the same name. That film, which is currently streaming on Netflix for anyone looking to watch a far superior version than Lee’s, grossed roughly $800,000 during its release.
According to a representative for FilmDistrict, the studio that released the contemporary “Oldboy,” the R-rated action flick did well in New York and Los Angeles, but in all, only appeared on a little more than 500 screens nationwide. “FilmDistrict had limited exposure on the film and expects to see some traction in the home entertainment and other ancillary arenas,” a press release announcing the opening weekend figure noted.
In addition to dealing with his box office bomb, the director has also been dealing with rumors that the production company stole the concept design for the film’s poster. Designer Juan Luis Garcia made the claim, and Lee finally responded to the controversy on Twitter, writing:
“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.”
Way to standup and fight for the little guy, Spike.
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.
1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.
In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary.
2. He’s funny.
Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.
3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.
In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
4. He’s a rapper.
His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle.
5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.
The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.
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