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DVD Review: 'Chappie'

6 July 2015 2:57 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ With a hip-hop, cyberpunk aesthetic paying homage to 1980s classics Short Circuit (1986) and RoboCop (1987), by way of the critically derided Tank Girl (1995), Neill Blomkamp's unorthodox sci-fi 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 cyborg cop are obvious.

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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Competition: Win horror ‘Digging Up the Marrow’ on DVD

26 June 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of the documentary mash-up Digging Up The Marrow from horror master Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) – out now on DVD – we have a copy to giveaway! 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.

When Adam Green receives a message from a mysterious stranger, he takes his film crew on a bone-chilling odyssey to discover real-life monsters!

Order today on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1SC6nEZ

To win a copy of Digging Up the Marrow on DVD, just answer the following question:

Who stars as the killer in Adam Green’s horror trilogy Hatchet? Is it:

a) Robert Englund

b) Danielle Harris

c) Kane Hodder

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also leave »

- Phil Wheat

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Giveaway – Win Digging Up the Marrow on DVD

26 June 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of the documentary mash-up Digging Up The Marrow from horror master Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) – out now on DVD – we have a copy to giveaway!

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.

When Adam Green receives a message from a mysterious stranger, he takes his film crew on a bone-chilling odyssey to discover real-life monsters!

You can order Digging Up The Marrow here.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, July 12th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here.

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- Gary Collinson

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Star Trek: 27 geeky things about the Jj Abrams films

25 June 2015 2:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Here are more nerdy spots in the final two Trek films to date: Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness...

Spoilers for Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness lie ahead.

Like their forerunners, the two latest Star Trek films, in their semi-rebooted, alternative universe, are replete with famous faces from outside the franchise, surprising cameos and multiple little touches that raise a smile.

With the third film in the rebooted series coming next year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on TV in 1966, let's take a look at a few of the geeky nods in Jj's Trek films.

1. Star Trek Nemesis left a lot of dangling threads, on purpose, as a story treatment for a direct sequel was already being worked on. Unfortunately due to some less than stellar decisions by executives, the release date of the film was repositioned and the decision was made to »

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Watch Nicolas Winding Refn Play “Save or Kill”

11 June 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last week at The CineFamily in Los Angeles, Milan Records held an album release party for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson soundtrack. While the CD was available when the film was first released, this is the first time you can own a vinyl edition of the soundtrack that features everything from Glass Candy to Pet Shop Boys, to Giuseppe Verdi to Anton Brucker and more. The double LP is now available and has new artwork by All Media. In addition to releasing his own soundtracks on vinyl, Refn has partnered up with Milan Records for a series that’s called “Nicolas Winding Refn Presents” and the line will release limited edition soundtracks on vinyl with new artwork. They just started taking orders on Robocop by Basil Poledouris. The remastered vinyl was done from the original tapes, and will be a double LP on 180gm silver vinyl in a double tip-on »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Nicolas Winding Refn on His Vinyl Releases, The Neon Demon, an Upcoming Poster Book, and More

8 June 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last week at The CineFamily in Los Angeles, Milan Records held an album release party for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson soundtrack. While the CD was available when the film was first released, this is the first time you can own a vinyl edition of the soundtrack that features everything from Glass Candy to Pet Shop Boys, to Giuseppe Verdi to Anton Brucker. The double LP is now available and has new artwork by All Media. In addition to releasing his own soundtracks on vinyl, Refn has partnered up with Milan Records for a series that’s called “Nicolas Winding Refn Presents” and the line will release limited edition soundtracks on vinyl with new artwork. They just started taking orders on Robocop by Basil Poledouris. The remastered vinyl was done from the original tapes, and will be a double LP on 180gm silver vinyl in a double tip-on jacket with new artwork by Jay Shaw. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Nicolas Winding Refn on the Joys of Vinyl and the Transcendent Keanu Reeves

5 June 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At this point, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is as well-known for his musical curation as he is for embracing the sheer brutality of violence: To wit, the glistening synth-pop that soundtracked his 2011 commercial breakthrough Drive was as instantly iconic as the scorpion jacket Ryan Gosling wore in the film. So it makes sense that Refn's taken his curation skills to the next level with Milan Records' Nicolas Winding Refn Presents series, which collects some of his favorite film soundtracks on vinyl with stylish packaging. The series has already included the soundtracks to Park Chan-wook's 2003 revenge opus Oldboy and this year's surprise horror buzzmaker It Follows, with a reissue of Basil Poledouris's score for the classic dystopian sci-fi actioner Robocop set for release on July 14 — before that, though, comes the soundtrack for Refn's giddy, murderously operatic 2008 biopic Bronson, which paired Tom Hardy's violent rampages as »

- Larry Fitzmaurice

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First images from Paul Verhoeven’s new thriller Elle

17 May 2015 1:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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.

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Cannes: Paul Verhoeven Sees ‘Elle’ as Nuanced Thriller (Exclusive)

13 May 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Verhoeven had Hollywood success with films such as “Robocop” (1987), “Total Recall” (1990), “Basic Instinct” (1992), “Starship Troopers” (1997) and “Hollow Man” (2000).

“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

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Robocop Live-Action Web Series From Machinima Announced

6 May 2015 5:04 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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 »

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‘Robocop’ Web Series On The Way From Machinima

5 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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, »

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Round-Up: Shout! Factory Acquires The Editor for Us Distribution, RoboCop Marathon on El Rey Network, The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Open for Submissions

1 May 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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We Swam The Wine Dark Sea for These Images from Salem Episode 2.05

29 April 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

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

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Is Starship Troopers Heading to The Small Screen?

29 April 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

28 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

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, »

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Beast Within

25 April 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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