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Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39
In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...
Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.
With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works »
After remake disasters like RoboCop and Total Recall, we're pretty jaded by the prospect of remaking iconic films from the past. However, what if a remake of a revered classic film was put into the hands of one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time? Deadline reports that just might happen as Fox is currently in the midst of putting together a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, but only because director Steven Spielberg is eyeing the project. At this point it's very early in development since there isn't even a writer involved yet, and Spielberg has only expressed his interest in potentially making this a future project of his. If you haven't seen West Side Story, here's a taste of the classic musical: Fox must really want to make something work with Spielberg after Robopocalypse was pushed back to polish the script and make sure the »
- Ethan Anderton
The Lego Movie was the only clear winner during a so-so February at the box office. Overall domestic grosses came in at around $700 million, which was a 13 percent improvement over last year. Still, it's way off from 2012's $818.2 million record, and is also noticeably lower than 2010 and 2009.Through the end of February, year-to-date box office is trending up 10 percent from 2013. If that pattern can continue, 2014 will be the first year in which the domestic box office breaks the $11 billion mark.The Lego Movie dominated the month of February, earning more than the next four titles combined. The surprise animated hit opened to $69 million, which is the second-highest February opening ever. In the weeks since, it hasn't dropped by more than 37 percent; through the end of February, Lego had already earned $192.7 million at the domestic box office.If it holds up well against Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Lego will wind up with at least $270 million total. »
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The Paul Verhoeven filmography screens at the Tiff Bell Lightbox through April 4th, culminating in a screening of his new “crowdsourced” film, Tricked.
Common wisdom dictates that cynicism and sentimentality are carefully linked, if not outright synonymous. In filmic terms, the most comfortable formulation of that argument is to align, for instance, romantic comedies with socially-acceptable (and, often, utterly noxious) notions of gender politics. Through the deployment of relationships and character profiles that support popular notions of how women and men behave, these movies are able to exploit comfortable mores in order to mainline easy pathos. What’s less common is to consider how that relationship between affect and effect can be subverted, perhaps because it’s relatively rare for truly subversive artists to be handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.
- Simon Howell
Check out this awesome collection of poster art for some of our favorite iconic films, such as Jurassic Park, E.T., Predator, Batman, Total Recall, Conan, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The illustrations were created by Matt Ferguson and Marko Manev for an art show being put on at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. For more information on the show, click here.
- Joey Paur
Review Billy Grifter 26 Feb 2014 - 10:12
Will Almost Human reach its much-deserved second season? Here's Billy's review of the penultimate episode of the first...
This review contains spoilers.
If, like me, you expected this episode to return to the larger story arc and be a set-up for the season finale, you were probably massively disappointed by Beholder. In terms of the development of the show though, it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination. Instead of a way in to the finale, we were given an entirely self-contained story that reworked the Darkman premise, with just a twist of The Twilight Zone.
The basic plot showed someone damaged by a medical experiment cherry-picking their new face from disparate parts of other people, with the unfortunate side effect of killing them to get their DNA. The plot never actually explained why the DNA couldn’t be gathered without the nano-bots, »
As our own Neil Miller informed all of you brahs and brahlettes late last night, that incredibly ill-advised Point Break remake has found its very own Johnny Utah! And it’s somehow not Keanu Reeves, even though the man has not aged a day since the Kathryn Bigelow original from 1991! (Did they blow all their cash on co-star Gerard Butler? Eh, maybe.) Instead of going to the Reeves route, or even the actor-you’ve-actually-heard-of route, the Ericson Core (no, not actually a kind of cell phone you had when you were in junior high) production has gone with Luke Bracey, who you may (or may not) know from his previous work in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (where he was a masked Cobra Commander, the entire time) or a little something called Monte Carlo. Bracey joins a long line of unknowns populating the cast list of seemingly big-time action “reimaginings” and, as the remake machine continues to grind on »
- Kate Erbland
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is set in a futuristic society, where “it has become scientifically possible to implant fake memories into a person’s mind, while erasing their previous identity, thus creating a fictitious persona in such that the subject believes he or she is someone else.” The filmmakers took great liberty with the original story, but, luckily Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett (respected writers of some of the greatest science fiction films), whipped up one of the best produced Hollywood screenplays of the 1990′s.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Quaid, a 21st-century construction worker in 2084 who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. In seeking out the truth, he »
- Ricky da Conceição
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best films, and one of the best action films of the 1990′s. Under Paul Verhoeven’s frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, action, and humor that never, for a minute, slows down. The documentary Imagining Total Recall, goes behind-the-scenes with interviews of the film’s stars, director, writers and special effects team. Production designer William Sandell talks about the brutal conditions experienced while shooting in Mexico; Ron Shusett explains how he discovered Philip K. Dick before he was famous; Schwarzenegger describes Verhoeven’s frantic direction; and Verhoeven explains how the project almost went bankrupt. All this and so much more. Enjoy!
The post ‘Imagining ‘Total Recall’ – How Verhoeven and His Team Made the Film appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
Directed by Jose Padilha
Depending on which side of the fence you reside on, 1987’s RoboCop is either a great footnote in cinema or it’s a pure junk pop cinematic experience. I tend to think it’s the latter. Yes, I love RoboCop mightly and you can’t argue that the movie didn’t nail what it set out to achieve, but like a lot of Paul Verhoeven’s films, there are moments where the word cringe comes into play. I guess that’s the beauty of Paul Verhoeven and for a stretch of time back in the day; there was no one like him. With this being the second Verhoeven film to get a remake (the first being the truly awful Total Recall remake), there was more than a fair share of people (including myself »
- Craig Dietz
‘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
The President’s Day Weekend box office was a big one for 80’s remakes, but it was only really big for one particular 1980’s reboot. Unfortunately for the new RoboCop, that reboot was About Last Night.
MGM’s controversial remake of the 1987 classic RoboCop tried to get a jump on the Valentine’s (Fri)Day openings of romantic reboots of About Last Night and Endless Love by bowing on Wednesday, February 12th, only to be met with considerably less than enthusiastic box office. The numbers got a little better as the weekend played out.
The good news for the remake is that the international box office has been strong (it was No. 1 in 15 out of 24 markets). But here in America all the $100 million redux could muster was a third place, $21.5 million opening weekend. To put that into perspective, that’s half a million less than the 2012 President’s Day weekend »
With its strong date night appeal, About Last Night opened strong on Valentine's Day and wound up ahead of fellow 80s remakes RoboCop and Endless Love this weekend. Still, it was no match for The Lego Movie, which easily led the box office over President's Day weekend.In its second outing, The Lego Movie added $49.8 million. That's a very light 28 percent drop, which is way ahead of most comparable titles (for example, The Lorax fell 45 percent in its second weekend). For the four-day frame, Lego earned $62.5 million, which ranks second all-time for President's Day weekend. So far, Lego has earned $142.8 million, and remains on track to easily surpass $200 million.Playing at 2,253 locations, the About Last Night remake opened to $25.6 million. That's the best opening for a romantic comedy since 2012's Think Like a Man ($33.6 million), which also featured Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall. It is noticeably lower than »
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Three remakes of 1980s movies are arriving in theaters today, but neither Robocop, About Last Night, or Endless Love is projected to be a major box office success, and I doubt you're surprised: Lately, it seems like movie remakes have been arriving — and underperforming — with greater frequency, from Carrie to Total Recall to Footloose. Why, then, are studios still so determined to make them? Here are four of the big reasons why the remake trend shows no sign of waning (alas).1. Because remakes appease shareholders.Imagine you're a studio executive at Fox, and you've got to go in and pitch next year's slate to a bunch of shareholders and money men. Do you tell them that for February 2015, you've got an original haunted house movie starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt? Or do you tell them you've cast those two stars in a remake of Poltergeist? It's the »
- Kyle Buchanan
After more than a decade of discussion, the remake of 1987’s RoboCop finally arrived in theatres this week, heralded by wildly mixed reviews and Twitter-borne chatter along the lines of “Seriously? Why don’t they remake terrible movies instead of great ones? You know, like Endless Love?” But the original remains untarnished by the sniping. Made on a small-even-then budget of $13 million, the classic RoboCop was a huge hit, spawning no end of tie-in products as well as one of moviedom’s most satisfying catchphrases (“I’d buy that for a dollar!”). It also marked the Hollywood breakthrough for Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, who gave us the 1990s gems Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers (with a wrong turn at Showgirls in between). Even two thoroughly dispiriting sequels couldn’t tarnish the franchise’s legacy the way certain other sci-fi follow-ups (*cough* Matrix trilogy *cough* Star Wars prequels *cough*) have. »
- Ivan Cohen
It has been 27 years since one of the seminal 80s sci-fi films, RoboCop, blasted onto cineplex screens. By today's Hollywood formulas, it's the perfect age for a remake that can bring the franchise name to new viewers and cash in on an audience eager to see an updated favorite. Too often, this results in a disappointing flop like 2012's Total Recall, a development that wouldn't have surprised with Jose Padilha's modern take on the Verhoeven blockbuster.
It is impossible not to compare the two versions, for better or for worse. Verhoeven's movie had a signature gritty, steely dystopian feel that contrasts against Padilha's sleek modern curves and smooth black gloss. As the first set photos from the new RoboCop made their way to the internets, angry fans denounced the insectile look of the black armor that replaced the familiar brushed steel. Fortunately, a more familiar steel uniform does appear, and »
- Mike Saulters
‘Robocop’ 2014 review: ‘More interesting ideas than it can properly address’ You’ll have to excuse older moviegoers if they feel an almost weekly tinge of nostalgia with the latest announcement that their favorite film from the ’80s is being treated to a big-money remake. And yet, while you’d think 40-somethings would be thrilled that anyone in the film industry cares if they buy a movie ticket, any news of a Reagan-era remake is usually met with harrumphs of disapproval from Gen-Xers who hold these films so close to their hearts that a reboot is dismissed as downright sacrilegious. No one should deny or minimize a person’s formative movie house memories, but there’s really no argument to be made that, say, Footloose, a respectable creative achievement from 1984, is such a flawless gem that it cannot be successfully revamped and even improved. The fact that it was remade in »
- Mark Keizer
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 »
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“Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the “Dirty Harry” franchise, titled “Is Harry Too Dirty?” Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like “Hang ‘Em High” got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic “Dirty Harry” and its sequels — which are about, in his words, “concern for the victim” — results in Pauline Kael calling fascism.”
‘Best director Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron did a Reddit Ama Thursday, promoting his film Gravity, which is still in theaters and hits Blu-ray February 25. As tends to be the case with these, topics were all over the map, »
Over President's Day weekend, The Lego Movie should hold on to first place ahead of three 80s remakes. With its strong Valentine's Day appeal, About Last Night will likely be the strongest of the newcomers, while Robocop will have a tough time bouncing back from its poor Wednesday opening. With the East Coast buried under a nasty snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be a lot of talk about the weather's effect on the box office. While some people will inevitably stay away from theaters, the aggregate impact is often overstated: comparing week-over-week drops during similar events suggests a 10-to-12 percent drop in box office is the worst-case scenario.The RoboCop remake got a jump on the competition by opening at 3,372 locations on Wednesday. This is Sony/Columbia's second remake of a Paul Verhoeven sci-fi movie*the first was 2012's Total Recall, which opened to $25.6 million on its way to a disappointing $58.9 million. »
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