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‘Robosapien’ Review

Stars: Kim Coates, Penelope Ann Miller, Joaquim de Almeida, David Eigenberg, Jae Head, Bobby Coleman, Peter Jason, Holliston Coleman, Billy Slaughter | Written by Avi Arad, Max Botkin | Directed by Sean McNamara

Originally announced way back in 2008, Robosapien has had a long gestation period and has gone through numerous re-titles (including Cody the Robosapien and Robosapien: Rebooted) since being filmed in New Orleans some 5 years ago. Helmed by longtime kids TV director Sean McNamara (Even Stevens, That’s So Raven, Bratz), the film is a family-friendly adventure film with a heart, the type of movie which rarely gets made outside of the TV movie arena these days…

The film is based (loosely) on Wow Wee’s robotic toy of the same name, and tells the story of an inventor working for Kinetech Labs who designs a robot for search and rescue missions that has the ability to mimic human actions and emotions.
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Robosapien Review

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Following on from his emotional teenage drama Soul Surfer, director Sean McNamara returns to a more infantile approach, as the director of successful kids’ TV shows That’s So Raven and Even Stevens now presents Robosapien, a film that is reminiscent of children’s films such as Agent Cody Banks. And yes, I have seen Agent Cody Banks.

When the multi-million dollar robot prototype Robosapien (Jae Head) is separated from his creator (David Eigenberg), he is discovered and reformed by the youngster Henry (Bobby Coleman), a lonely kid who is bullied at school. Living at home with his mother (Penelope Ann Miller) and older sister (Holliston Coleman), the trio decide to take this tremendously intelligent robot into their care, although when the organisation that funded Robosapien are wanting him returned, Henry and his new best friend may just have a fight on their hands to stay together.

As Robosapien begins,
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Ashley Argota 18th Birthday Celebration Pictures

Ashley Argota 18th birthday celebration at the W Hotel Hollywood.Photo copyright Charles Edwards / PR Photos. Ashley Argota 18th birthday celebration at the W Hotel Hollywood.Photo copyright Charles Edwards / PR Photos. Madisson Peths attends Ashley Argota 18th birthday celebration at the W Hotel Hollywood.Photo copyright Charles Edwards / PR Photos. Holliston Coleman attends Ashley Argota 18th birthday celebration at the W Hotel Hollywood.Photo copyright Charles Edwards / PR Photos. Victoria Justice attends Ashley Argota 18th birthday celebration at the W Hotel Hollywood.Photo copyright Charles Edwards / PR Photos. 01/29/2011 - Gwaki Cheez - Ashley Argota 18th Birthday Celebration at the W Hotel Hollywood - Arrivals - The W Hotel Hollywood - Hollywood, CA,
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Female Celebrities To Build For Empowerment

Female stars of the stage and screen will be out-and-about with power tools this weekend when they take part in Habitat For Humanity's first ever Women Empowerment Build.

From May 22-24, stars such as Kate Linder, Molly Burnett and Arianne Zucker of “Days of Our Lives” will join the charity and the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc in California to build homes for the needy. Joining them will be Hunter Tylo, Alley Mills and Kimberly Matula of “The Bold & the Beautiful”; Cassidy Freeman of “Smallville”; Vanessa A. Williams of “Soul Food” and “Lincoln Heights” and Holliston Coleman of “Medium”.

“Many of our families have women as heads of household,” said Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys CEO Donna Deutchman. “We wanted to do more than just have a day where women build.We wanted to help our mothers and their daughters realize they too can be active agents of
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'Robosapien' parts assembled

'Robosapien' parts assembled
Bobby Coleman will play a boy who befriends a robot on the run from malevolent corporate interests in Robosapien: Rebooted, which has begun filming in New Orleans.

The cast also includes Penelope Ann Miller, David Eigenberg, Holliston Coleman, Joaquim de Almeida and Kim Coates.

Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the movie, based on Wow Wee's Robosapien remote-controlled robot, under their respective Arad Prods. and Crystal Sky Pictures banners.

Senn McNamara (Bratz) is directing the script by Arad and Max Botkin from Botkin's story.

Film review: 'Bless the Child'

"Bless the Child" is a thoroughly unimaginative supernatural thriller that picks over elements from "The Omen", "The Exorcist" and "Rosemary's Baby" but never improves on any of its borrowings. Lacking the special-effects firepower of such recent exercises as "End of Days" and "The Devil's Advocate", "Bless" emerges as a throwback to a time when filmmakers had to create suspense through characters rather than effects. Good idea -- only when characters are this aggressively obtuse, they aren't likely to win audience empathy.

The genre usually scares up good boxoffice numbers in the first week, and the presence of Oscar winner Kim Basinger should bring in female viewers. But "Bless" lacks staying power, and not too many women are going to appreciate the relentless stupidity of Basinger's character.

Basinger's Maggie O'Connor is portrayed as a level-headed, reasonably intelligent nurse. Then why, with the NYPD and FBI investigator John Travis (Jimmy Smits) eager to back her up, does she go alone, looking like she just stepped out of a beauty salon, to a derelict building in a crime-infested corner of the Bronx to take on the forces of ultimate evil? And why does she take along a gun but never bother to check if it's loaded?

This epidemic of dumbness moves beyond the characters to the writers themselves. For the movie's climax, dozens of state police and FBI agents take off in cars and helicopters for the devil worshippers' estate nearby. Cut moments later to a lonely road in a dark forest where Smits gets out of a car and must ask with a straight face to the only cop in sight, "Where's our backup?"

Where indeed.

The screenplay by Tom Rickman and Clifford & Ellen Green, based on Cathy Cash Spellman's novel, has Maggie, a lapsed Catholic, raising a supposedly autistic child named Cody (Holliston Coleman) after the newborn is dumped on her by a junkie Sister Angela Bettis). Mind you, we see no evidence of autism, but the dialogue constantly tells us that Cody is "special."

She was born on Christmas Eve -- nudge, wink, nod -- when portents and omens point to the coming of another Christ child. (Whatever will theologians think of that plot point?) Cody can make objects spin and heal cancer, but no one seems to notice because everyone is so busy trying to diagnose autism.

Several years later, the kid sister reappears, looking if anything worse but claiming to be fully cured by her new husband, self-realization guru Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell). But Stark clearly is the leader of a devil-worshipping cult. We can tell this from Sewell's dark clothes, bulging eye and nasty smirk.

The filmmakers never quite figure out whether they are making a cop movie or occult thriller. One minute, Cody is a helpless girl in desperate need of protection from a satanic cult. The next, she is healing gunshot wounds and scaring off bad guys with a withering glance. With her paranormal skills, Cody apparently is never in real jeopardy. No wonder the police backup disappeared.

The one smart thing the movie does is downplay its special effects -- for audiences have grown weary of filmmakers hiding behind cinematic trickery.

Chuck Russell competently directs the Toronto-based production. Designer Carol Spier finds, builds or dresses suitably spooky sets and collaborates with cinematographer Peter Menzies Jr. in keeping the tones and lighting in the dark, moody range.

And while stars may require makeup artists, hairstylists and designer costumes, didn't anyone ask whether such movie-star glamour is appropriate for a

working-class nurse doing battle with the devil's minions? Maybe she wants to out-glam them.

BLESS THE CHILD

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures and Icon Prods. present

a Mace Neufeld production

Producer: Mace Neufeld

Director: Chuck Russell

Screenwriters: Tom Rickman, Clifford Green,

Ellen Green

Based on the novel by: Cathy Cash Spellman

Executive producers: Bruce Davey,

Robert Rehme, Lis Kern

Director of photography: Peter Menzies Jr.

Production designer: Carol Spier

Music: Christopher Young

Co-producer: Stratton Leopold

Costume designer: Denise Cronenberg

Editor: Alan Heim

Color/stereo

Cast:

Maggie O'Connor: Kim Basinger

John Travis: Jimmy Smits

Cody: Holliston Coleman

Eric Stark: Rufus Sewell

Jenna: Angela Bettis

Cheri: Christina Ricci

Rev. Grissom: Ian Holm

Sister Rosa: Lumi Cavazos

Running time - 113 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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