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Don’t hate RoboCop because it’s a remake of a beloved sci-fi classic, hate it because it’s a tepid and blandish spin on the original film that thinks the best way to re-energize the concept it to go all the places that first one didn’t. Sometimes you do get it right the first time, and sometimes doing things because you can isn’t really a good enough reason for you to go through with it. Having said that, there are some interesting ideas in the new 2014 RoboCop, and some very interesting actors who try to realize them, but essentially this new Cop is a B-effort for a C-movie. (more…)

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The first trailer for director Jose Padilha‘s reboot of the much beloved Robocop franchise has finally hit the Internet, now we just need to see how hard the Internet hits back. I’m truly conflicted when it comes to rebooting the Robocop franchise, the first movie has always been a favorite of mine. Will it stay true to the roots of the character or just change everything? If it does change significant aspects, will it still be good or just another mess like Total Recall?

The cast looks great on paper, in fact it blows away a point by point comparison with the original cast. The only questionable casting is the lead Joel Kinnaman. I just don’t know his work well enough to have confidence in his carrying this movie. The rest of this cast is a slam dunk, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman is a grouping that inspires confidence and trust. How Padilha puts it all together could be the tipping factor.

Take a look at the trailer and then let’s talk about what we’ve just seen.


Hmm, I find myself liking the look of the sets and effects shown so far. Oldman’s line about “the illusion of freewill” is an interesting take that I look forward to seeing more about. It looks like in this version the wife is the one that makes the decision to allow the OmniCorp to put Murphy into the Robocop program. Will Murphy know about his family at that point or have to discover it like the original.

Seeing Jackie Earle Haley toward the end was great. His role as Maddox should be fantastic, I’ve always loved his work.

Well, what did you think? Are you more open to this reboot or did this trailer just set your disillusions in concrete? Will this movie do better than Dredd?

Robocop hits the big screen on February 7th.

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There’s been a lot of progress in the saga that is the RoboCop reboot. What was first deemed a terrible idea by fans, has gained plenty of steam with plenty of A-list talent supporting the José Padilha directed feature film.

Rebooting the film franchise of the 80s’, Padilha needed an all-star cast to back it up…and boy did he get it. Featuring stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish and Joel Kinnaman RoboCop was making quite the impact at this past San Diego Comic-Con. One of the films other stars, Samuel L. Jackson, was on hand at the convention to talk about the film, and at the same time revealed a bit about his own character Pat Novak.

According to Jackson:

“I play a character by the name of Pat Novak, who’s sort of a combination of Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton, if you can combine those two people. So I refer to him as Rush Sharpton,” Jackson said. “He has one of those shows that’s an opinion show, and his opinion is that automated policing is a good idea, so he’s a proponent of RoboCop.”

A character like Novak will hopefully add an intriguing mass-media layer to the film, which will also deal with the role of corporations in society and how the use of drones affects humanity. Someone with Jackson’s screen presence can definitely sell an opinionated media personality in ways few other actors could ever hope to.

Check out the entire interview, including Jackson’s response to why he considers RoboCop a “credible” remake below:

RoboCop is scheduled for release in theatres everywhere Feb. 7th, 2014.

Shot on set by bystander Mike McPhee, this footage has either a stunt double or star Joel Kinnaman -we can’t tell which- riding this new “RoboCycle”. Since there’s nothing exploding, or Jose shouting anything that involves “boom!” we’re going to assume it’s Kinnaman.

This short video, gives us a bit of an insight into just how filming has been so far for the stars and crew in Toronto. And, as far as I know, “RoboCycle” hasn’t been trademarked yet.

The jury is still out on whether this reboot will be worth watching. The Batman inspired suit and Judge Dredd’s motorcycle aren’t doing the film any favors.

RoboCop stars stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and hits theaters everywhere February 14th, 2014.

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‘ROBOCOP’ Teaser Poster Released

This past Friday, photos from the Toronto set of Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop reboot showcased Joel Kinnaman suited up in the redesigned RoboCop costume. And while many of us – ourselves included – have been bashing the new design and praying it’s only a prototype… Looks like we’ll have to get used to the new Alex Murphy, if this new teaser poster is any indication.

Originally thought to be a fan-made poster, the teaser has actually been around since last June’s Las Vegas Licensing Expo and confirmed to be official by Cinema Blend. We even included it in our round-up for 2013 films from the expo; this is just the first good quality image that has been released in the past few months.

Any way we look at it, there will still be some tweaks on the final RoboCop design. Check out the old, but now full-sized poster below the jump:

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*Sigh* First Look at The New RoboCop Suit

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Today, a few set photos snapped from the set of Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop reboot found their way online. From them, we see a guy in a cybernetic suit. We can assume that this is our first look at the new RoboCop. We can’t say for sure though.

Here’s the thing. We know, from script details, that OmniCorp -the evil corporation at the center of Robot Technology- has many failed attempts with its cybernetic drone program (aka RoboCops). So, it’s possible this is a look at one of those failed designs. I for one, hope it is the latter and that the final design has some semblance to the original (1987) film . I mean, my god,  did the the movies design team raid Daft Punk’s helmet closet or something? As for the rest of the suit, did they steal the Iron Man suit and spray-paint it black? Ugh, It’s awful!

I’m not going to judge this movie on the suit alone, that would be unfair. Imma hold out for the trailer before I go full tilt. The suit is not winning me over, though,  I’ll tell you that much.

What do you readers think? Sound off in the comment section below.

RoboCop also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, with Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The film is set for release on August 9, 2013.

In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.

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Last week, we kind of bummed you all out with the news that Hugh Laurie would not be part of Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop reboot. We know it sucks, as Hugh would have been a really kick ass villain, but this week MGM and Sony pulled an ace out of their sleeves.

In an announcement via Deadline, Michael Keaton has stepped up and will replace Laurie as Raymond Sellars, the evil and ultra-rich CEO of Omnicorp. Yes, mother f-ing Batman is going to be in a Robocop movie and it’s already making this film that much more awesome. Honestly, having a Batman instead of a doctor is a great move for the studio and should be accepted with open arms by the fans.

Michael will join Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Kenneth Williams and Marianne Jean-Baptiste when shooting begins in the near future. As for how Keaton will play the villain remains to be seen, but we kind of hope it’s like Ken in Toy Story 3.

“In RoboCop,  the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex�s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.”

RoboCop hits theaters everywhere August 9th, 2013.

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Nobody asked for a Robocop reboot. Well, that isn’t true. Obviously, director José Padilha and the movie studio wanted it. I’m just saying us fans didn’t ask for it. The original 1987 classic by Paul Verhoeven was fine the way it was. Fucking reboots man, they just kick our favorite 80’s films right in the gooch.

Actually, I’ve slowly been coming around to this Robocop rehash. While I’m still very much in defense of the original, the more I hear about this new version, the more my ears peak. Primarily, it’s the casting that’s been getting my attention. Check out these names: Gary Oldman (The scientist who creates Robocop), Hugh Laurie (The CEO of of the insidious Omni Corp), Samuel L. Jackson (A charismatic TV mogul),  Abbie Cornish (Robocop’s wife) and Joel Kinnaman (Robocop). Those are some head turning names, huh? But wait there’s more…

Jackie Earle Haley has just joined the (already) star-studded cast.

Deadline reports that Haley has been cast as Maddox, the character who gives Robocop his military training.

Haley is a very much nerd approved addition to the cast. He creeped us the fuck out as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. He kicked ass as Rorschach in Watchmen. And he made us laugh as Johnny Depps man-puppet in Dark Shadows. Scary, serious, funny…he can do it all.

So… Haley, Kinnaman, Cornish, Jackson, Laurie and Oldman. I couldn’t ask for a better cast. Truly, with these dudes involved, my level of faith in this reboot has been restored.

Padilha’s Robocop will shoot in the next few months, and will hit theaters August 9, 2013. Here’s the synopsis of the film:

In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.

 

 

 

We really need to start calling Tuesday “Trailer Tuesday”; it’s always the best time to release a trailer you’ve seen a hundred times… just with a half second of new footage added each month.

Universal Pictures has released the third trailer to Mirror Mirror Snow White and the Huntsman. In a post-Twilight Saga feature, Kristen Stewart plays the revamped fairy tale character of Snow White as she battles the evil (but more sexually appealing) evil queen, played by Charlize Theron. Trained in the art of war by the Huntsman, (Chris Hemsworth), the two form an alliance in hopes of changing the kingdom and defeating the damn sexy tyrannic ruler.

Expect to see Snow White and the Huntsman in theaters on June 1, 2012.

The newest trailer from the 931764th Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, Dark Shadows, was also released.  Based on the ABC series of the same name from the mid 60’s and starring fellow actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz and Bella Heathcote, the film takes a more comedic take than the television series did.


Dark Shadows hits theaters May 11, 2012.  Expect it to be the bigger hit between the two films; it’s going to be riding that weird vampire fangirl wave sweeping the country for the last few years.  (Yes, KStew was involved in Twilight, but the creaming happens for everybody in the series but for her.  So… yeah.)

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