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So much to love in this Brit kiddie sci-fi adventure, with its brilliant concept that really works on a small budget and a real sense of place. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big ol’ sci-fi geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So much to love in this Brit kiddie sci-fi adventure! It’s like classic Doctor Who — you know, like we haven’t gotten much of lately — except without the Doctor, of course. It’s a Ya postapocalyptic adventure not based on a book (it’s an original story). It’s set after the alien invasion, which is when, I’ve always felt, all the really interesting stories exist to be told and yet we haven’t seen many of them. And the AI ETs aren’t here for the water.
On Robot-occupied Earth, the new masters »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed veteran Sony Pictures executive Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing.
He will oversee marketing for the company, which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the United States along with Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert.
Gargotta stepped down in July as president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Creative Advertising in one of a long line of departures at the Culver City lot. During 13 years at Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for “The Da Vinci Code,” “Salt,” the “Jump Street” movies, “American Hustle” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, along with the ad materials for the last three James Bond titles — “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.”
He previously worked at Intralink Film Graphic Design and Trailer Park Inc.
- Dave McNary
Three films in, and Jon Wright is very much a director whose output is worth keeping an eye on. His first full feature, Tormented, was an effective horror with some strong moments, but it was Grabbers where he really struck gold. It remains, along with Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, our favourite horror comedy of recent times. Wright has taken a different turn for his new movie, Robot Overlords, a sci-fi movie aimed at a family audience. And he spared us some time to natter about it...
Can you put into words how you're feeling, on the eve of your film's release?
Well, I'm a bit nervous about the release, as you would be. Hoping it goes well. And I'm reading all the press that people are writing, which I actually think is very interesting. »
Slipping away from the ravages of cancer, wealthy NYC business tycoon Damian Hill (Kingsley) decides to undergo a radical ‘fountain of youth’ medical procedure devised by an innovative (and psychotic) scientist known as Albright (Matthew Goode). The procedure, offering ‘humanity’s greatest minds more time to fill their potential’, uses revolutionary technology to transfers a person’s consciousness from one body to another.
Shortly after transference of his conscious into the body of a healthy, virile young man (Reynolds), Damian soon discovers that scientific progress is not without its sacrifice when his mind begins to be invaded with the memories and impulses of the conscious that previously occupied the body before him. All is not as it seems as Damian uncovers the mystery of the »
- Sacha Hall
★★☆☆☆ At a point in Jon Wright's Robot Overlords (2014), Robin Smythe - the film's human Big Bad played by Ben Kingsley - asks: "You know what 'chav' stands for? Council house and violent." It's delivered in an unsure northern accent that straddles the uneasy border between old foes Lancashire and Yorkshire (particularly odd given that he's from Salford). It's a strange socialrealist beat to put in Robot Overlords, which is otherwise a Children's Film Foundation lark with sometimes impressive special effects and super-sized ambitions on a modest budget. Robots from outer space have taken over our planet. The paranoid androids have also taken the liberty of attaching electronic devices to the necks of the populous.
- CineVue UK
Stars: Gillian Anderson, Ben Kingsley, Callan McAuliffe, Geraldine James, Steven Mackintosh, Tamer Hassan, Milo Parker, Ella Hunt, Michael Stuart, Roy Hudd, Craig Garner | Written by Jon Wright, Mark Stay | Directed by Jon Wright
The Earth has been taken over but Robot Overlords and all humans are confined to their houses, risking incineration by Robot Sentries if they venture outside. As Sean Flynn and his friends figure out how to deactivate the electronic implants they are forced to wear, they set out to find his father, who has been missing since the war when the Robots took over. Using their new found freedom, they discover more than they bargain for and end up in a struggle which could determine the fate of the human race itself.
Robot Overlords. We all know it is going to happen. I definitely find myself eyeing all Apple products suspiciously, sure that one day they will »
- Richard Axtell
“Can we get some heat in here, please?” Ben Kingsley says sharply to his PR man, in a basement in Covent Garden. He picks up my phone, which is recording us. “Look at that,” he says, in a different voice altogether, mellow and chocolatey, “isn’t it awesome?”
He is, like any charismatic, totally dominant: his mood is the weather. He can turn the sunshine on and off like a switch, and watch his audience expand and shrink at his determination. He enjoys this a little bit too much, in my opinion. He has submitted himself to this interview to publicise Robot Overlords, quite an endearing film in which robots invade the Earth, with evil intentions, as invaders are wont. Kingsley plays Smythe, a human collaborator, »
- Zoe Williams
Robot Overlords is the new film from director Jon Wright, who previously gave the world Tormented, and the terrific Grabbers. It's a throwback of sorts to the kind of movies we got for families in the 1980s, and his impressive cast is anchored by Gillian Anderson and Sir Ben Kingsley. We got to speak to Gillian Anderson ahead of the film's release. And having established that there's no fresh news on the X-Files reboot that had been chatted about earlier in the year, here's how things went.
Here's a nice way to start: I enjoyed this!
I figure it best to start with honesty! I tend to watch films like Robot Overlords through the eyes of my 11-year old son. What I took from him was firstly, »
Ryan Reynolds's science fiction thriller Self/less has been given a new release date.
Sir Ben Kingsley stars as an affluent aristocrat who seeks to stave off his death from cancer by having his consciousness implanted into a younger body (Reynolds).
He soon discovers that the corporation who organised the procedure is seeking to cover up the frightening true origin of this new body.
Self/less is scheduled to open on July 24 in the UK. »
ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures
In a few short weeks, audiences will finally be able to see new episodes of the indomitable Tracy brothers performing unbelievable rescues around the world. The cries for help are even now starting to go out as volcanoes explode, deep sea bases teeter on the edges of bottomless abysses, and earthquakes put thousands of people in jeopardy. “International Rescue, where are you?” scream the horror-struck victims. And the answer is now, “We’re on the way!” In really cool rescue vehicles that launch from a secret tropical island base, naturally.
Fans’ appetites have been stoked with a spectacular full trailer and shorter individual spots highlighting each Tracy brother. From these trailers, it’s clear that the rebooted Thunderbirds Are Go »
- Mike Morgan
Two acting legends enter the Empire Podcast booth this week in the form of Sir Ben Kingsley and Sean Penn, with the former here to talk about next week's Robot Overlords and the latter chatting about this week's The Gunman. Elsewhere, the team come to terms with a giant meteorite hitting the earth. In makes sense in context, honest.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
Warner Bros. upcoming buddy comedy from We’re The Millers‘ helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber looks set to enrapture audiences in summer 2016. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence has finally secured a release date, as Variety reports it will open on June 17, 2016 alongside Disney’s animated sequel, Finding Dory.
In the film, Hart plays a former high school sports star-turned-accountant. He is contacted by a old school friend (played by Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated as a teen but now works as an undercover contract killer for the CIA. So that Hart’s character can make amends, Johnson’s agent proceeds to rope him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.
Elsewhere on Warner’s slate, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling detective thriller The Nice Guys has also been shuffled around. Initially set to open on June 17, 2016, the Shane Black-directed pic will bow a »
- Gem Seddon
Focus Features has shifted the date of its sci-fi thriller Self/Less from July 31 to July 10. The Tarsem Singh-directed pic sees a megarich and self-involved architect (Ben Kingsley) who's dying of cancer undergo a procedure that puts him in the body of a healthy younger man (Ryan Reynolds). Bad things happen after that. The wide release will now go up against fellow wide openers Universal’s spinoff The Minions and New Line’s horror pic The Gallows as well as Relativity’s … »
The release date for the Ryan Reynolds-Ben Kingsley sci-fi thriller “Self/Less” has been moved up three weeks to July 10, distributor Focus Features announced Wednesday. It had been set to roll out on July 31, when “Mission Impossible 5,” an untitled Blumhouse film from Stx and the Weinstein Company’s drama “Southpaw” all debut. “Self/Less,” from “The Cell” director Tarsem Singh, follows a dying billionaire (Kingsley) who agrees to undergo a radical medical procedure that will allow him to live on in a new, younger body (Reynolds). He thinks it’s a clean slate, until he starts getting hit with visions which turn. »
- Todd Cunningham
A host of stars gathered in central London to honour the life of the Oscar-winning director Sir Richard Attenborough.
Lord Attenborough, who was a leading figure in British film as an actor, director and producer for more than half a century, died last August at the age of 90.
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- Press Association
When I reviewed the Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’S Curse Blu-ray, I called it “a worthy prequel to the original, incorporating enough of the lore, and some of the score, to please any fan” (read all of my review Here)
Now We Are Movie Geeks has two copies of the Blu-ray to give away. All you have to do is answer this simple question: what is your favorite “Threequel” (Part 3) of any film series? (mine is Toy Story 3)
It’s so easy! Just leave your answer in the comments below and we’ll pick the winners next week. Good Luck!
Dragonheart fans will embark on an all new adventure featuring Ben Kingsley as the voice of Drago the Dragon in Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’S Curse, which debuted on Digital HD on February 10, 2015, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ and on DVD »
- Tom Stockman
American comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment have announced they’ll be venturing into the movie business by creating the “largest independent superhero universe” in the world, presumably to rival Marvel Studios and DC.
With a nine-figure financial investment from Dmg Entertainment (a Chinese-based film production and distribution company), the two intend to adapt Valiant licensed characters for television and film. Three of those – Bloodshot, Shadowman and Archer & Armstrong – have already been in development at various production companies.
It seems Dmg intends to push Valiant’s characters hard in its native China to create an established market for their eventual films. The below press release even goes so far to mention “Chinese language publishing, animation, online gaming, toys, apparel, live events, theme parks, and more.”
With Marvel, DC and the Universal Monsters franchise, shared cinematic universes – particularly ones based on comic books – are very much in vogue.
Here’s the joint »
- Oli Davis
Pact will see Dmg produce films based on Valiant comic character
Beijing-based Dmg Entertainment has struck a partnership with Valiant Entertainment under which the two companies will co-produce theatrical features based on the comic-book publisher’s library of more than 2,000 characters.
The deal also spans TV production, licensing and publishing. Valiant characters include X-o Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman and Archer & Armstrong.
According to a statement, Dmg has made an “eight-figure” (Us$) equity investment into Valiant and dedicated a further “nine-figure” sum towards production of theatrical films and TV programmes based on Valiant’s superhero characters.
Previously-announced Valiant feature films in development include Bloodshot, from Sony Pictures and Original Films; Shadowman, in partnership with the Sean Daniel Company from a script by J. Michael Straczynski; and Archer & Armstrong, also with the Sean Daniel Company from a script by BenDavid Grabinski.
“Global markets, like China, offer the greatest opportunities for monetisation from merchandising, licensing, as well »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Would you take a life if it meant you could live forever? This is the first trailer for the Tarsem Singh directed sci-fi thriller Self/less. So I guess the Ryan Reynolds vessel wasn’t so empty after all, or at least it wasn’t always empty. In Self/less Ben Kingsley is Damian, an extremely wealthy man who […]
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
- Gary Collinson
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