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Ashe never got to see a ton of modern classics from his youth, so we’re making him watch them all as a nostalgia-less adult. Check out the inaugural article for more info. I like to consider myself a skeptical person who indulges in silly things like wondering about time travel for amusement. But that ended when I finally saw RoboCop this week. I am of the firmest belief that Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, the writers of RoboCop, are, quite simply, modern damn Nostradamuses. Nostradami? Whatever. I like sci-fi, don’t get me wrong, and there are a lot of writers out there who have been eerily prescient of things that were coming down the pipeline. Hell, look how many articles there are on the internet about Star Trek devices that have slowly become reality. Some people are just really good at being forward-thinking futurists. And some people wrote RoboCop. My »
- Ashe Cantrell
RoboCop officially took over the city of Detroit yesterday as the crime fighter hit the streets to meet and take pictures with fans in celebration of #ROBOCOPDay and the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.
RoboCop visited iconic landmarks including The Monument to Joe Louis, The Spirit of Detroit, 8 Mile, and Comerica Park. Additionally RoboCop visited top radio stations at Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Greater Media Detroit and even did the weather on Wjbk-tv, the local Fox affiliate.
The day concluded as he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a commemorative RoboCop poster and some lucky fans taking home a copy of the new Blu-ray. RoboCop took photos with players, invaded the press box, and kept the peace with passionate fans.
- Steve Barton
On Tuesday, June 3, the Motor City will celebrate RoboCop Day to honor the brave men and women of the Detroit Police Department. There will be a RoboCop appearance and meet and greet, a chance for the fans to check out some screen used memorabilia and...
...the action will culminate with RoboCop throwing out the first pitch for a Detroit Tigers game.
In conjunction with the release of RoboCop on Blu-ray and DVD, RoboCop Day promises to be a memorable event and it's open to all. The afternoon activity takes place at the Detroit Police Department and Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third Street, Detroit. Check out the schedule below, and if you're in the Detroit area, you're primary directive is now to be sure to attend RoboCop Day!
From the Press Release
RoboCop Day (Tuesday, June 3) Schedule
12:00 p.m. - RoboCop and Detroit Police Department arrivals
12:10 p.m. - RoboCop »
- Scott Hallam
Director Jose Padilha has brought back Detroit's cyborg crime fighter RoboCop for a new generation with Joel Kinnaman stepping into the shoes of Alex Murphy, a dedicated police officer given a second chance at "life." Fox Home Entertainment is bringing RoboCop to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD for the first time on June 3, and we've hooked up with the studio to offer one lucky reader one of the combo packs in this contest.
For a chance to win RoboCop (2014) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every time you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
We're holding a free screening of a crime classic of your choice next week. Here's a closer look at another option: the original RoboCop...
On the 5th June, we're holding a free crime classic cinema screening to celebrate the launch of the videogame Murdered: Soul Suspect. You can find out details of the screening, and how you can vote for the film you most want to see, here.
Nb: The following contains mild spoilers.
There are many reasons why RoboCop endures as one of the best films of the 1980s, but one of them stands out from the rest: it’s so many things at once. It’s a sharp corporate satire. It’s a violent action movie. It’s a pitch-black comedy. It’s a science fiction film about mortality and technology. »
Directed by José Padilha, RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson. In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and OmniCorp - the world's leader in robot technology - sees a golden opportunity to reap billions for their company. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured, OmniCorp grabs their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and will stop at nothing - no matter the cost to Alex - to make sure the program succeeds. But OmniCorp never counted on one thing: there is still a man fighting inside the machine. »
‘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
A long time ago, there was a Robocop 2. Director Paul Verhoeven would not return from the first film, nor would screenwriters Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, and gone with them was a sense of satire, intelligence, or purpose. To follow Robocop, director Irvin Kershner and writers Frank Miller (yes, that Frank Miller) and Walon Green side-stepped a chance to build upon that landmark first film with an evolution of themes and instead doubled down on the misanthropy and violence. What resulted was a mean, borderline toxic stew of outlandish science fiction and belligerent 90.s .tude that killed the heart of the first picture by finding new ways to be aggressively anti-Alex Murphy. In other words, they tried following up Robocop before, and it just didn.t work. To think they might try again, with Sony.s latest upgrade of the source boggles the mind. They barely made it out »
“RoboCop,” about a murdered police officer in a dystopian near-future who is revived and robotically re-engineered by a corporation with its own malevolent designs on broader control and economic interests, remains a touchstone film of the 1980s. Written by Eric Neumeier and Michael Miner, and directed by Paul Verhoeven with a hearty ribbon of satirical social commentary, the movie is a pop-art genre hybrid — ultra-violent, but also surprisingly smart and thought-provoking. The new remake, starring Joel Kinnaman in the title role and Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman in key supporting roles, retains the Detroit setting but replaces the commercials of the original film, instead utilizing scenes with Samuel L. Jackson as [ Read More ]
Chicago – You get the sense that a writer for the new “RoboCop” felt very proud of himself when he coined the cheeky word “robophobic” as a play on a current cultural hot button. The Samuel L. Jackson moment of self-fulfilled glory reminded me of the rest of the plot that was missing.
Following their 1987 screenplay, writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner live a fourth time since their trilogy ended in 1993. The reimagined Alex Murphy – a nearly dead man who’s left with no choice but to bind his remaining organic flesh to Gary Oldman’s newly invented exoskeletal machine – got a head start on the weekend by opening on Wednesday in competition to two other 1980s remakes: “About Last Night” and “Endless Love”.
Read Adam Fendelman’s full review of “RoboCop”.
2014’s “RoboCop,” which unsurprisingly has already opened to a disappointing Wednesday box office, is the second time Sony »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With the remake of Paul Verhoeven's "Robocop" lumbering mechanically into theaters nationwide this week, there has been a lot of talk, online and elsewhere, about how the remake simply cannot live up to the 1987 original. But what there's been precious little of is a discussion of why the original film is so highly regarded; instead the deafening pre-release backlash just seems like a general kind of foggy, nostalgia-tinged outrage that is both inarticulate and unhelpful. And, all things considered, the remake isn't all that bad; read our colleague's review here. Still, there's no question that the remake won't manage to have the same kind of impact the original did, so we're taking this chance (having longed for one for a while) to look back to the future of Detroit, and examine exactly why that original film felt so fresh and new."Robocop," released on July 17th, 1987, and based on »
- Drew Taylor
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. »
Directed by José Padilha
Paul Verhoeven’s science-fiction films RoboCop and Total Recall take place in different environments and eras, but share a similarly raucous, ramshackle, satiric attitude. These films are products of their time, filled with garishly practical effects and grimy, tactile sets, costumes, and character designs; you could reach out and touch his visions of futuristic Detroit or Mars, even though you probably wouldn’t want to spend much time in either locale. The recent Total Recall remake from director Len Wiseman was lifeless and devoid of personality; it assembled a decent ensemble including Colin Farrell and Bryan Cranston, and proceeded to waste them entirely in a world that was intentionally fake and shiny, a green-screen facsimile. So it is faint, if not inaccurate, praise indeed to say that the RoboCop remake, which also boasts a stellar line of performers, »
- Josh Spiegel
In 1987, the sky opened up and we as a people were given one of the greatest films and cinematic characters directly from heaven, RoboCop. The child of screenwriters Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner and director Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop has had a considerably fruitful life and become a long-standing pop culture icon due in part to his looks and his signature quotes. With that in mind, and to mark the release of the latest incarnation of the character, we wanted to go back and present the world of RoboCop from its first robots to its most obscure. While you're at it, check out our previous Origins and Evolutions pieces for Rhino , Green Goblin , the Sentinels , Frankenstein and Jack Ryan . Click Here To Check Out Origins »
"Can I give a message to all the hardcore fans?" Michael Miner asks at the tail-end of our interview, "Please put down your rocks and spears. I've seen the film. It's really great." Miner, alongside Edward Neumeier, wrote the screenplay to the original 1987 RoboCop . Directed by Paul Verhoeven (in his English-language debut), the film met with success both at the box office and with critics. Now, 27 years later, Columbia Pictures and MGM are rebuilding RoboCop for a new generation, setting Jose Padilha (also in his English-language debut) at the helm. With the new blockbuster hitting theaters on Wednesday, we caught up with both Miner and Neumeier to discuss their original film, Padilha's 2014 version and the future of the RoboCop franchise. Cs: »
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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While we all sit and brace for next week's RoboCop remake to hit theatres, a group of filmmakers set out to create a RoboCop remake all their own. Settle in for the nearly two-hour long extravaganza known as Our RoboCop Remake.
The film, a collaboration of over 50 filmmakers, does a lot right, and if you're gonna give it the spin that it deserves, keep in mind that it is Not Safe For Work.
Rife with humor, gore, foul language, and even some well-placed cartoon nudity, this is easily one of the most fun-filled and creative romps we've seen old Robo take since RoboCop 2. We're still trying for forget the supremely awful Part 3, and the verdict is still out for next week's endeavor into the world of the future of law enforcement.
As per the Our RoboCop Remake website:
- Uncle Creepy
Detroit's silver-plated cop returns to the big screen this week rebooted with a sleek black suit and The Killing's Joel Kinnaman on leading man duties. Though Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original is the most well-known incarnation of the character, he stretches far beyond movies into TV, video games and comic books.
Digital Spy takes a look back through the RoboCop video archives below...
With a B-movie premise, a relatively tight budget and a director in Paul Verhoeven who'd never made a movie in Hollywood before, the odds were stacked against the original RoboCop from the start. However, Verhoeven and writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner managed to inject the film with great action, memorable one-liners and a cutting satirical edge that commented on American culture. We'd buy that for a dollar!
RoboCop: The Animated Series (1988)
Let's face it, RoboCop is a seriously cool character that appeals to a »
The original 1987 RoboCop was written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Neumeier has said in interviews he first got the idea when he walked past a poster for Blade Runner and the notion of a cop hunting robots was so intriguing that it sparked the idea for him to write about a robot cop.
As with his other high-concept films (Total Recall and Starship Troopers to name a couple), RoboCop has become a pop culture marvel. It is so iconic in its irony, its satirical sting, and its visually heightened, as a comic book / propaganda film mash-up. It’s got that intrinsic Verheoven vibe.
Yet, comparisons will be inevitable when the new RoboCop is released on February 12. While horror and sci-fi remakes are »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Catch several new clips from Robocop, starring Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Samuel L. Jackson, Aimee Garcia, Jennier Ehle and Jackie Earle Haley. The film opens February 7th, and looks gorgeous judging by the trailer. Jose Padilha directs the eagerly-anticipated sci-fi crime actioner scripted by Nick Schenk, Josh Zetumer, based on the characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, and turned into Robocop by multinational conglomerate OmniCorp, the ultimate part-man, part-robot police officer. »
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