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Hey, Toronto! Has the recent remake of Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop left you with a hankering to witness some vintage robotic law enforcement on the big screen? Well, you're in luck! The Verhoeven original screens tonight at 9:30 at the Tiff Bell Lightbox as part of their ongoing Paul Verhoeven retrospective and we've got a pair of tickets to give away!In a destitute, crime-ridden near-future Detroit on the verge of being bought up wholesale by rapacious mega-corporation Ocp, dedicated cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is brutally murdered in the line of duty by bespectacled psycho Boddiker (Kurtwood Smith) and his gang of thugs. What's left of Murphy is promptly appropriated by Ocp scientists and used as the basis for their newest product: RoboCop, a cyborg law...
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In his latest video blog, which introduces the show's writing staff, Sutter clears up which secondary characters will and will not be back on a regular basis when "Sons" returns.
Though both Cch Pounder and Kim Dickens played major roles in Season 6, both will only be able to come back in a limited capacity due to commitments on other shows they've been cast in. According to Sutter, the chances are that they'll only appear in two to four episodes each.
On the other hand, Jimmy Smits will be back as a regular, much like the recently-promoted Drea de Matteo. Then there's Peter Weller. "Peter will be back definitely as a director for at least two episodes," Sutter says, "and we definitely will have [Barosky] back. »
Jessica Herndon, AP Film Writer
Los Angeles (AP) - Action-packed new releases couldn't stack up to 3D hit "The Lego Movie," which took the No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the box office.
Heading into full-fledged franchise territory with a sequel set to release in May 2017, "The Lego Movie" is the highest grossing film of 2014.
"It's been really tough for any of the newcomers to displace 'Lego,' " said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "They had such a great release date that put them in this perfect position to dominate the marketplace for several weeks. For 'Lego' to earn $31 million in its third weekend, »
- The Associated Press
Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
There was no doubt in anyone's minds at the close of the 2014 Dallas Sci-Fi Expo that the event had more than outgrown the Irving Convention Center. Over 12,000 attendees roamed the halls of the venue February 8th through the 9th in anticipation of seeing or meeting their favorite comic book, TV, or movie celebrity. Many of them were decked out in costumes reflecting different characters and super heroes they loved.
Here is an event where thousands of geeks come together and celebrate pop culture in a safe place. It comes as no surprise if you witness Captain America walking hand-in-hand with Wonder Woman or Princess Leia accompanied by Doctor Who to a panel featuring actors from "RoboCop." No one's judging anyone at Sci-Fi Expo.
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Paul Verhoeven’s “RoboCop,” from 1987, was a singular work of pop art, blending together an intriguing sci-fi concept, biting satire, considerable action violence, social commentary and more. It sparked various sequels and spin-off properties and now, more than 15 years later, a reboot from respected Brazilian-born director José Padilha (“Bus 174,” “Elite Squad”) that uses the same basic conceit as a framework to explore the place of drones and militarized robotics in modern society. Taking over for Peter Weller is Joel Kinnaman, who stars as Detroit police officer Alex Murphy – rescued from death after a car bomb explosion and refashioned into the emotionally compromised title character. At a recent Los Angeles [ Read More ]
‘RoboCop’ 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office (photo: Joel Kinnaman in ‘RoboCop’ 2014) Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Pictures’ $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there’s no denying that RoboCop 2014 will become a major domestic box office bomb. (See also: José Padilha hates ‘RoboCop’ 2014 filmmaking process.) According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 "classic" (as mentioned elsewhere on this site, just about anything made before 2003 is considered a classic these days) landed in third place this extended Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-17, trailing both Warner Bros.’ overwhelmingly well-received The Lego Movie and Sony Pictures / ScreenGems’ low-budget romantic comedy About Last Night. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, »
- Zac Gille
It has been 27 years since one of the seminal 80s sci-fi films, RoboCop, blasted onto cineplex screens. By today's Hollywood formulas, it's the perfect age for a remake that can bring the franchise name to new viewers and cash in on an audience eager to see an updated favorite. Too often, this results in a disappointing flop like 2012's Total Recall, a development that wouldn't have surprised with Jose Padilha's modern take on the Verhoeven blockbuster.
It is impossible not to compare the two versions, for better or for worse. Verhoeven's movie had a signature gritty, steely dystopian feel that contrasts against Padilha's sleek modern curves and smooth black gloss. As the first set photos from the new RoboCop made their way to the internets, angry fans denounced the insectile look of the black armor that replaced the familiar brushed steel. Fortunately, a more familiar steel uniform does appear, and »
- Mike Saulters
Although the idea of remaking director Paul Verhoeven's classic 1987 sci-fi satire "RoboCop" may seem blasphemous to some, its ideas about technology, man-vs.-machine, ruthless corporate greed and the militarization of civil society are just as relevant today as they were more than a quarter-century ago. Wisely, Brazilian director Jose Padilha ("Elite Squad") has adapted the original's concepts to a modern setting and, most importantly, found Joel Kinnaman to make the role of Alex Murphy/RoboCop his own while honoring the legendary portrayal by Peter Weller.
The Swedish-American Kinnaman toiled in Swedish TV, theater and films before landing a breakout role in "Easy Money" (known in Sweden as "Snabba Cash"), the first of several collaborations with director and fellow Swede Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House"). But what put him on the map for U.S. audiences was his portrayal of Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC series "The Killing," which will »
- Don Kaye
Directed by José Padilha.
Police officer Alex Murphy suffers horrific injuries in an explosion and is rebuilt and part-robot, part-man in a bid to combat growing levels of crime in Detroit. But RoboCop is haunted by his own past and the corruption of the system that has created him.
I need to get something off my chest. If you approach this film expecting it to basically do everything the 1987 version did, then I don't know what to say to you. Surely the point of a remake is to try something new with the same basic idea? Take Batman for example; he has endured because there are so many variations on his story. So why can't RoboCop enjoy the same process of reinvention?
Fortunately, José Padilha's English language debut generally makes wise choices, »
- Chris Cooper
Like many of director Paul Verhoeven.s films, the original RoboCop is an incredibly violent film. Going gung-ho after a restricted rating, the movie constantly goes way over the top with its blood and gore, from the torture, dismemberment and .death. of Peter Weller.s Alex Murphy to the comeuppance for villainy that comes in the action-packed third act. In addition to creating a strange, entertainment value to the feature, the violence served to help the audience understand why a future Detroit would employ RoboCop to patrol the streets. By contrast, however, the new remake from Brazilian director José Padilha is rated PG-13, cutting down on the extremely graphic content that was so crucial to the first film. It was a controversial choice made by the filmmaker, but one that star Joel Kinnaman wholeheartedly defended when I had the chance to speak with him a couple weeks back at a »
It's hard to believe, but it's been almost three decades since Paul Verhoeven and Peter Weller first introduced audiences to the original "RoboCop." Two sequels, countless kids' toys, video games, comic books, and a few short-lived TV shows later though, and it's much easier to believe that the beloved 1987 sci-fi classic is getting a modern reboot, only a year and a half after a remake of Verhoeven's "Total Recall" also hit theatres.
In the updated version from Brazilian director José Padilha ("Elite Squad"), Joel Kinnaman stars as Alex Murphy, the Detroit cop critically injured in the line of duty and rebuilt into local law enforcement's first cyborg by a multinational corporation with questionable intentions.
Aside from the general premise of dropping a man (or parts of him, anyway) into a metal suit and the resulting complications, fans will notice a lot of big differences between the original "RoboCop" and the 2014 version (like the new Lewis, »
- Rick Mele
Who would have guessed when Peter Weller finally put on the Robocop suit back in 1987 that this laughably satirical script with an unknown leading man would ever amount to anything? Robocop eventually became one of the most beloved science fiction films of all time, cementing Paul Verhoeven.s status as one of the genre.s great satirists and establishing the character as a minor cottage industry of success. Now that we have a radical new vision for the character in theaters with a $130 million remake, it.s time to look back and realize, "Hey: this is a really strange franchise." MGM and Sony want to restart the film series as an exciting cross-genre blockbuster, but the fact is Detroit.s metallic gunslinger has been pretty well-traveled. Here are six places we did not expect to find the very R-rated hero, but did. In The Wrestling Ring WCW fans knew that »
The Ugly Behind-the-Scenes History of Video Game Movies
“Few Hollywood announcements are treated with such fierce-yet-wounded anticipation as video game adaptations. Full of incredible artistry, instantly-recognizable characters and an increasingly-mature approach to storytelling, you’d be forgiven for thinking gaming is a medium particularly well suited for making the jump to the silver screen. But history tells another story.”
Robocop: The Oral History
“A little more than 25 years ago, Orion Pictures released RoboCop, a grimly hysterical, hyper-violent satire masquerading as an action film. And despite spawning two sequels, a television series, some anime, and now a remake, the film’s success was inimitable. This is partly because RoboCop only really became a great film as it was made. Director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct) worked tirelessly to revise scenes while actors like Kurtwood Smith, who plays Clarence Boddecker, the film’s main heavy, improvised some of the movie’s best lines. »
How is the new RoboCop different than the original 1987 sci-fi action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Peter Weller in the title role? That film was R-rated and the new version from director José Padilha is PG-13, but that's not all that sets the two apart. Director Padilha and cast members Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish and Michael Keaton took part in a press conference to talk about this new RoboCop, the RoboCop suit, and the film's themes:
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We’re just a few weeks into 2014, and it’s already time for film goers to encounter the dreaded “r word”. Or could it be a trio of words? Alright, let’s fully address the controversial threesome: remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings. The oldest is the first one, the now-spurned remake. They were commonplace particularly in the early sound era as many silent films were revisited in order to utilize the new sound technology. Then a few years later these early “talkies” were done once more in full, blazing Technicolor (and 3D and stereophonic sound, Cinerama, etc.). The Mystery Of The Wax Museum was remade in color and 3D as House Of Wax. But soon remakes were getting a “bad rap”, perhaps spurred in the mid-1970′s when the dismal Dino DeLaurentis produced King Kong flopped with critics and the public. Maybe cable TV and the burgeoning home video market had a hand in this. »
- Jim Batts
Congratulations, Detroit. In 1987, Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop cemented it as the most violent city in the world, an honor the Motor City resented for decades until its powers that be realized they may as well erect a statue of Peter Weller and milk the tourism. Twenty-seven years later, the attention has shifted to Tehran. José Padilha's RoboCop opens on a news broadcast of soldier-bots terrorizing the Iranian population -- make that "promoting peace and freedom abroad," as hawkish TV host Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) insists. The feed cuts out as suicide bombers rush the robots. By contrast, the gun smugglers of Detroit look practically genteel. Still, as ever, in the future America of this new RoboCop, there's a segment of our populace that worships »
Written by Joshua Zetumer
Directed by José Padilha
The remake of RoboCop is a largely different beast to Paul Verhoeven’s original film, and is all the better for choosing not to be a slavish re-creation minus the trademark ultra-violence. The 2014 take may be less gory and far less cartoonish, but there is an actual satirical fire at its heart, just with different targets to those Verhoeven concerned himself with. If taken on its own terms with what it tries to do, rather than being glibly decried for everything it doesn’t retain from the original, there is a fair amount of merit to be found here, even if it doesn’t completely stick its landing at all times, nor ever reach the highs of its source material.
- Josh Slater-Williams
If you're a male of a certain age, the idea of remaking "RoboCop" is very nearly unfathomable.
The movie was a deeply personal one that showed a lot of us what the possibilities of action filmmaking really were (along with "Die Hard," released a year later); at once totally of its time and utterly timeless. And yet, a remake is exactly what we're getting this week, with MGM and Sony's big-screen overhaul of "RoboCop."
This new story features some familiar elements, mostly having to do with a street smart Detroit cop (this time played by Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman from TV's "The Killing"), who is horribly injured in the line of duty but brought back to life (sort of) using cutting-edge technology. He might be mostly machine now, but the existential questions of humanity and the soul still remain, buried within his hardwired programming.
Before the movie, a colleague casually »
- Drew Taylor
The metallic clank of his feet. The whirling drill sound of his arms and torso twisting into motion. The stentorian command of his voice. Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop set a high standard for robotic law-enforcement officers back in 1987, a standard that José Padilha's new RoboCop will be hard-pressed to top when it expands into North America on Wednesday, February 12. But Verhoeven's vision, based on a great script by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, and brought to life by a large team of talented craftspeople and an excellent cast, led by the great Peter Weller, was not the first time robotics and/or cops brought back to life played a role in providing law and order on the big screen. Our writers were eager to share...
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