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Sam the Mogul: Designated authority figure / bad-ass Samuel L. Jackson will play a media mogul in the remake of Robocop, to be directed by Jose Padilha. The original featured running commentary via newscasts anchored by Mario Machado and Leeza Gibbons; Jackson’s character is said to be “a powerful force in the Robocop world” -- perhaps someone like Rupert Murdoch? We do know that Gary Oldman will play the morally conflicted creator of Robocop, so some kind of villain appears to be up for grabs. [The Hollywood Reporter] Django for President: As we’ve reported, two competing White House-themed thrillers are in the works, and one may have just edged ahead. Jamie Foxx is in talks to play the President in White House Down, to be directed by Roland Emmerich...
- Peter Martin
Back in the 1980s, a company called Sega perfected what it referred to as the Full Body Experience. Less kinky than it sounds, this fusion of Crt television, videogame technology and hydraulic pistons aimed to give amusement arcade visitors a taste of what it might be like to drive a Ferrari Testarossa or motorcycle at breakneck speed or fly a fighter jet through a valley full of enemy aircraft.
For a generation of youths, these machines, with their chunky graphics and even chunkier controls, are the stuff of legend, and the mere mention of their names – Hang On, Out Run, After Burner, Space Harrier, Thunder Blade – is enough to evoke involuntary memories of Proustian proportions.
These half-remembered machines sum up the 80s era of mechanical wish fulfilment. »
2 items from 2012
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