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With Paul Verhoeven’s (RoboCop, Starship Troopers) latest film being shopped around Cannes, the first images have arrived online for Elle, an adaptation of French author Phillippe Dijan’s novel Oh…, and we have them for you here…
When Michelle, the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving her 75-year-old sex kitten mother, her imprisoned mass murderer father, her spoiled and immature son, her ex-husband and her lover, all with the same icy equanimity.
Elle features a cast that includes Isabelle Huppert, Christian Berkel, Anne Consigny, Virginie Efira, Laurent Lafitte, Charles Berling, Lucas Prisor, Raphaël Lenglet, Vimala Pons and Judith Magre and is expected to arrive in 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Having produced films by Roman Polanski (“Carnage”) and Brian De Palma (“Passion”) and co-produced David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars”), Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods. will not only produce but distribute in France and sell internationally Isabelle Huppert starrer “Elle,” only the second film in 10 years from Paul Verhoeven.
“I had a strong feeling with this one that I was doing something that I’d never done before, which applied when I made ‘Robocop,’ ” Verhoeven told Variety.
Written by David Birke (“13 Sins), “Elle” is based on “Oh…,” a novel by France’s Phillippe Dijan in which the protagonist, Michelle, played by Huppert, has a son whose girlfriend is pregnant, but by another man. Michelle herself is divorced and having an affair with her best friend’s husband, while her »
- John Hopewell
Machinima is rolling out an ambtious new slate of programming with such titles as Starman, Dial H for Hero and Justice League: Gods and Monsters leading the way. However, the most ambitious project may be a live-action RoboCop series that imagines not one...but a whole police force full of RoboCops. Check out the details below. RoboCop returns to Delta City where viewers ride along with the now standard-issue RoboCop officers as they respond to calls from dispatch. Tapping into current themes of the surveillance state, the series is shot from the first person point of view of the RoboCop officers’ heads up display, along with security cameras, dash-cams, and drones. There's no official word yet on whether the web series will have connections to the 1987 RoboCop film starring Peter Weller or the 2014 reboot starring Joel Kinniman. With successful web series adaptations of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, perhaps Machinima »
Video entertainment platform Machinima have announced an ambitious production slate at the Digital Content Newfronts event in New York. Showing off its partnerships with DC, MGM, Star Trek writer Roberto Orci and others, one of its main shows will focus on Robocop in a series of internet shorts.
Titled Robocops, the narrative expands the concept as a fleet of cybernetically-augmented law enforcers roam Delta City dishing out justice. And the audience is right in the thick of the action as they are patched into the officers’ helmets on virtual ride alongs. Sounds like this incarnation has more than a dash of Cops about it, combined of course with the trademark mix of satire and carnage. It looks like it’ll be derived from Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original rather than the reimagined version of 2014.
Machinima are also bringing us a second season of Bruce Timm’s superhero reinvention saga Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, »
- Steve Palace
Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »
- Derek Anderson
Mary Sibley finally comes face-to-face with Countess Marburg in Sunday night’s Episode 2.05 of “Salem,” entitled “The Wine Dark Sea” (directed by Peter Weller of RoboCop fame); and we have a few stills from the ep to share. What we… Continue Reading →
The post We Swam The Wine Dark Sea for These Images from Salem Episode 2.05 appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Paul Verhoeven's brand of Hollywood subversion took awhile to become clear even to the most devout cinephiles. This at least partially explains why Starship Troopers, the Danish filmmaker's sublime critique of American militarism and the action genre, never quite got the credit it deserved when the merciless, inventive science-fiction bonanza hit theaters in 1998. Around the time of Verhoeven's equally radical Black Book, which looked at the world of spies in World War II, the director got a thorough, positive reexamination in numerous outlets; Nathan Lee's Film Comment article comparing Verhoeven and David Cronenberg remains the most insightful article written on the helmer's unique brand of parody-satire. So, it's no surprise that the idea of remaking the film has been rumored for several years now, with nothing much coming out of the gossip. But according to HitFix, producer Neal H. Moritz had some news to share about the project »
- Chris Cabin
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
The horror landscape was changing by 1982. People were tiring of slashers; even the Halloween franchise decided to take a left (some would say wrong) turn away from Shatner masks and sharpened knives, and used the brand name to explore the holiday itself in the perpetually under-appreciated Season of The Witch. The genre seemed to be turning towards monsters, from large scale dread fests such as John Carpenter's The Thing to more intimate fare like Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case. The horror films of 1982 displayed a refreshing variety of ways to make audiences jump, squirm, gasp, smile, and when the occasion arose, vomit. The Beast Within giddily checks all the boxes.
Released in February by United Artists, the film took in a total of 7.7 million at the box office. Those were not great numbers, and the reviews were worse. Mainstream critics in general have never been kind to horror; almost »
- Scott Drebit
At Star Wars Celebration yesterday, much was made over the fact that the new BB8 droid is, in fact, a practical effect and not a product of CGI. This was proven to be true when the droid actually made its way on stage, to the delight of “Star Wars” fans all over. Now, obviously, CGI is never going away, but yesterday’s revelation proves that practical, handmade visual effects will always hold a special place in our hearts. That’s why we still love "E.T." and will never stop freaking out over the chestburster scene in “Alien.” Earlier this week, CineFix gave us yet another reason to love and appreciate practical effects. They posted a ten minute video that examined, in great detail, the defibrillator chest-chomping scene in John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” With the help of a top-notch special effect team, lead by Rob Bottin (“RoboCop,” “Total Recall »
- Ken Guidry
New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had inadvertently killed Dragovic’s son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed. With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home. But as the crossfire ensues, Nick has to »
- Gary Collinson
Longmire is an absolute anomaly in the world of television, which could have something to do with the fact that it was pulled from A&E, despite consistently high ratings for the network. It’s also the reason that it was something of a no-brainer that it would be picked up by someone else, and season four will air on Netflix later in the year.
Where the first two seasons pulled us slowly into the depths of Sheriff Walt Longmire’s life on the sprawling plains of Wyoming, the third season is like the hammer blow that follows the slow, methodical wind-up.
The second season ended by bringing a lot of forces to the fore in a move of plot construction that brilliantly weaves angles and conspiracies into a show that actually makes it difficult to look away. The third season spins this all together, but uses a mode of »
- Marc Eastman
New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had inadvertently killed Dragovic’s son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed. With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home. But as the crossfire ensues, Nick has to determine who his true allies are. »
- Gary Collinson
From horror maestro Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) comes the ingenious genre mash-up of documentary and dark fantasy – Digging Up The Marrow – on DVD 15th June 2015. This faux documentary has already accrued a cult following after generating buzz from highly secretive screenings at a handful of film festivals.
Based on the dark illustrations of celebrated artist Alex Pardee and starring Ray Wise (RoboCop, X-Men First Class, Twin Peaks), Digging Up The Marrow blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, taking the horror genre beyond the fourth wall.
Adam Green receives a package in his fan mail from a mysterious man named William Dekker (Ray Wise). Dekker claims he can prove monsters do indeed exist and that these grotesque creatures are in fact forgotten, hideously deformed humanoids that inhabit a vast, underground metropolis of the damned. Determined to discover the truth, Green and his crew embark on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying »
- Phil Wheat
Tony Jaa is back and mixing it with some great fighters in the upcoming movie Skin Trade. The movie also features Dolph Lundgren and Michael Jai White, a casting which should should get people to there local cinemas and watch Tony Jaa in his first international movie.
After his family is killed by gangster Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman), New Jersey detective Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok for vengeance. Whilst in Bangkok, Cassidy teams up with Thai detective Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Dragovic and destroy his human trafficking network. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent to bring Cassidy home. But as the crossfire ensues, Cassidy has to determine who his true allies are.
The trailer is action packed, so prepare to watch some trade »
★★★☆☆ With a hip-hop, cyberpunk aesthetic paying homage to 1980s classics Short Circuit (1986) and RoboCop (1987), by way the critically derided Tank Girl (1995), Neill Blomkamp's unorthodox sci-fi actioner Chappie (2015) is an energetic, experimental genre piece that just falls short on delivering the heady concepts it raises. The film opens with newsreels blaring out announcing the existence of an A.I. called "Chappie" before flashing back 18 months to find a crime-ridden Johannesburg on the brink of collapse. In a bid to stem the crime wave, the police have turned to an arms company to supply then with gun-totting droids. So far, the comparisons to Paul Verhoeven's armoured cyborg cop are obvious.
- CineVue UK
Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.
Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes
It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.
9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Played by: Jude Law
This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight »
The wonderfully underrated Longmire completed its third season last year and was then canceled by A&E for reasons beyond understanding. After some protracted negotiations amidst a fury of wronged fans taking to social media to save the series, Netflix announced they have picked up the series for a fourth season to air later this year.
Burbank, CA (February 23, 2015) – The stunning skies of Wyoming, and the mysteries beneath them, have never been more enthralling than in the unfolding episodes of Longmire, the popular A&E-turned-Netflix television series. Those cinematic visuals and intense situations have also never looked better than in the full 1080p HD presentation of Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray™ release of Longmire, Season 3, available now via your favorite online retailers.
- ComicMix Staff
Directed by Neill Blomkamp.
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
To say Neill Blomkamp’s third film is at least an improvement over his last, Elysium, is the faintest of praise and possibly the only consolation I can think of. That’s like saying a small tumour is at least better than a large one. That may be but both are clearly unwanted, and Blomkamp’s rise in stature as a ‘high profile’ film maker is part of the epidemic in underwhelming big-budget movies we’re getting force fed year after year.
Chappie is an idea with all the range of thought and »
- Gary Collinson
Look at this: From the writer/director of District 9. Wickus. Ripley. Slumdog. Die Antwoord. Wolverine with a mullet. Ed-209 meeRobocop 2. How Is This Movie Not Going To Be Amazing?
My mom saw a TV spot for Chappie and asked me what I knew about it. I told her to think of it as Short Circuit for adults. In reality that’s not too far off, but director Neill Blomkamp’s three feature films have all been a sum of their parts from genre films of the past. He’s claimed James Cameron’s Aliens as his favorite film, and is close with Peter Jackson who also knows a lot about splatter gore and epic scale. Chappie has major influence from the first two Robocop films, both Short Circuit films, and The Fifth Element among others. I remember right after seeing District 9 that Blomkamp was going to be the successor to Paul Verhoeven, »
- Mike Hassler
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