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The film Automata seems to have come out of nowhere, and it appears to have just the sort of vibe that fans of Neill Blomkamp’s film District 9 will love. Antonio Banderas stars in and produces a story that bears a distinct conceptual influence from Isaac Asimov, but which looks a lot more like Blade […]
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- Russ Fischer
If there’s one thing that can be said about Automata based on its trailer, it’s that the film isn’t afraid to wear its influences on its sleeve. That’s probably a good thing, because Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibañez has stuffed his movie to the gunwales with nods to the science fiction masterpieces of yesteryear and modern classics alike; watching the clip, one might detect hints of District 9‘s Diy polish or a dash of Wall-e‘s environmental woes peppered among top notes of Blade Runner.
That’s just to name a few movies among many, many others (I, Robot chief among them). More importantly, though, the myriad allusions and riffs on display in the preview might not necessarily matter. For one thing, it’s just refreshing to see a director own their sources ...
- Andy Crump
Robots are people, too, in the first trailer for Millennium Entertainment's upcoming science fiction release “Automata.” The futuristic thriller, which looks like a mix of “Blade Runner,” “I, Robot” and “District 9,” stars Antonio Banderas as a robotics corporation insurance agent who routinely investigates cases of people manipulating robots. He begins to view the machines in a new light, however, when he pursues a robot altering other robots. Also read: Harrison Ford Courted for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel And according to co-star Melanie Griffith, “self repairing implies some idea of a conscience.” The thought appears to be the big idea behind the movie, »
- Greg Gilman
"If you want to survive, you must stay with us." Just recently, we highlighted two teaser posters for an upcoming sci-fi flick called Automata, starring Antonio Banderas. Now the first trailer has arrived, and it definitely has our attention. It seems like a mix of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot mixed with Blade Runner and a hint of District 9. It's gritty, with practical robots, and some impressive visuals for such a low profile sci-fi project. Of course, the question is whether or not the big ideas teased in the trailer are effectively transferred to the big screen, unlike the Will Smith attempt to adapt Asimov's classic work. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Gabe Ibáñez's Automata, originally from Yahoo: Automata is directed by Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez (Hierro) from a script he wrote with Igor Legarreta and Javier Sánchez Donate. The film, set 50 years in the future, »
- Ethan Anderton
District 9 and A-Team star Sharlto Copley has been cast in the lead role for a new PlayStation Network drama series called Powers. The series is being based on Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming’s comic book series.
The news comes from Variety who reports that Copley will play Christian Walker, described as "a dapper and charismatic character with a darkness and violence right at the surface but with a sense of buried integrity." The description goes on to say that "Walker has the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight. Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost those abilities in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, using his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community."
Also cast in the series is Michelle Forbes, who will play Retro Girl, »
- Joey Paur
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Playstation Network’s long-gestating adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers graphic novel has finally found its two leads. After a few weeks of on-again off-again negotiations, District 9 star Sharlto Copley and Battlestar Galactica alum Michelle Forbes have joined the 10-episode superhero crime drama.
Copley, who’s been making a name for himself in high-profile projects like Elysium, Maleficent, and The A-Team, will make his small screen debut as Christian Walker, who is described as a “dapper and charismatic faded hero who lost his powers in a battle with a super-human mass killer.” Now a detective who works with law enforcement, he uses his unique experience to investigate crimes in the Powers community with his partner, Detective Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward).
Forbes, on the other hand, will take the role of Retro Girl, a world-famous superheroine whose mysterious murder »
- James Garcia
The TV adaptation of the comic book Powers has cast its two lead roles. THR reports that Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Battlestar Galactica) have been tapped to star in the series for PlayStation, which is producing the adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic. Copley will play Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force, dealing specifically with crimes involving those who have special abilities. Forbes will play Retro Girl, a character who is the “superstar” of the Powers community. FX was previously developing a Powers TV show adaptation that never went forward, with Jason Patric and Carly Foulkes filling the roles of Christian and Retro Girl, respectively. 30 Days of Night helmer and Hannibal principal director David Slade will direct the first two episodes of Powers, with Charlie Huston serving as executive producer. The series will debut exclusively on the PlayStation Network this December. »
- Adam Chitwood
The high-profile dark fantasy A Monster Calls, from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, just added Sigourney Weaver to its cast. The Aliens actress joins the already-attached Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones in the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel (which in turn was based on an idea from the late Siobhan Dowd).
The film will focus on a young boy (still uncast) who attempts to deal with bullying at school and his mother’s (Jones) cancer diagnosis by retreating into a fantasy world full of dark and dangerous creatures. When the most fearsome of the creatures (voiced by Neeson) follows the boy back into the real world, the two begin an exchange of stories, with potentially devastating consequences.
Weaver will take on the role of the boy’s grandmother, with whom he is to live once his mother succumbs to the cancer. The character is described as a “no-nonsense” woman. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sharlto Copley, the star of "District 9," is joining the cast of "Powers," the Sony PlayStation Network series. Copley will be playing the lead male role, homicide detective Christian Walker, in the show which is based on the comic of the same name. "Powers," as the title suggests, exists in a world where certain people have superhuman abilities, a group referred to as Powers. Copley's Walker, along Deena Pilgrim (previously cast Susan Heyward) are assigned to investigate cases where someone has died due to an individual with superpowers. According to the same Deadline report which names Copley as the lead, also joining the cast is Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, one of the aforementioned Powers. Forbes has appeared on "The Killing," "True Blood," "Orphan Black," and more. She can also be seen in the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1." The comic series "Powers" began at Image Comics in »
- HitFix Staff
Sony Television’s upcoming PlayStation Network series Powers has found its leading man, with TV Line reporting that Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) has signed on for the role of Detective Christian Walker, while Michelle Forbes (The Killing, True Blood) will also play Retro Girl.
Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers is set in a world of superhumans and follows two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (played by The Following’s Susan Heyward), who are charged with protect humans from super-powered individuals.
Powers will arrive on PlayStation Network in December, with a cast that also includes Max Fowler (The Killing) as Krispin Stockley, Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) as Captain Cross, Eddie Izzard (Hannibal) as Wolfe, Oleysa Rulin (High School Musical) as Calista nd Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) as Johnny Royalle.
- Gary Collinson
"District 9" star Sharlto Copley and former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" regular and "The Killing" star Michelle Forbes have scored the lead roles in the long-gestating TV series adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' comic "Powers" for the PlayStation Network.
Copley plays Christian Walker, a cop with darkness and violence at his surface but with a sense of buried integrity. Walker works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities. The character once had powers but lost them in a battle with a super-human mass killer.
Forbes plays Retro Girl, the undisputed super star of the Powers community who is an icon of justice, selflessness and business acumen. Her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand. Carly Foulkes took on the character in the FX pilot. »
- Garth Franklin
Sony's Playstation Network is bringing some serious star power to Powers with District 9 and Maleficent actor Sharlto Copley set as the lead in the series which is based on the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming comic book. He'll play Christian Walker, while it was recently revealed that The Following's Susan Heyward will be his partner, Deena Pilgrim. They're tasked with investigating murder cases involving superpowered individuals. Walker is described as "charismatic" and having once, "possessed super powers, but lost them in a battle with a super-human mass killer. He now uses his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community." Michelle Forbes (The Killing) meanwhile, "is the undisputed super star of the Powers community. An icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen, her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand. »
Sharlto Copely has been cast as Christian Walker, the lead in “Powers,” Sony Pictures Television's new show for PlayStation. He joins Michelle Forbes, who has been cast as Retro Girl. The “District 9” and “Elysium” star plays Walker, a man with darkness and violence at the surface that conceals buried integrity, Sony said. He has the air of “a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight,” the studio added. Stripped of his super powers, he now works with police to investigate crimes in the super-powers community. ‘Elyisum’ Director on Matt Damon's Nemeis Sharlto Copley: ‘He's a Villain You. »
- Tim Molloy
The District 9 and Maleficent actor has scored the lead role in Sony Playstation Network’s upcoming adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis-Michael Avon Oeming graphic novel series, TVLine has learned.
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The charismatic Walker once possessed super powers, »
Walker is described as “dapper and charismatic” with “the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight. Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost his powers in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, »
- James Hibberd
PlayStation's upcoming Powers adaptation has cast its two leading roles. District 9 breakout Sharlto Copley and The Killing's Michelle Forbes are set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' Image/Icon comic, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Powers revolves around Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities. Sony's PlayStation picked up the drama straight to series with a 10-episode order for the project that spent years in development at FX. Copley (Maleficent, The A-Team) will make his TV
- Lesley Goldberg
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy held on to the top two spots at the box office this weekend, handily defeating the disappointing Expendables 3.The Top 12 earned an estimated $128.8 million this weekend, which is up six percent from the same frame last year. This August remains on track to be the biggest ever at the domestic box office with around $1 billion.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 57 percent to an estimated $28.4 million. The movie avoided the 60-percent-plus drop of many of Summer 2014's blockbusters, which is a solid win considering the poor reviews and mixed word-of-mouth. Turtles has so far earned $117.6 million, and will pass G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($122.5 million) in the next few days.In its third weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy eased 41 percent to $24.7 million. On Saturday, it eclipsed Thor: The Dark World's domestic total; with $222.3 million in the bank already, Guardians is going to have »
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Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 Written by Cullen Bunn Art by Dave Wachter Publisher: Idw Publishing **Spoilers ahead**
Set twenty years after the world was decimated by a string of savage kaiju attacks, Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dave Wachter is a moody and promising first issue in Idw’s latest Godzilla miniseries. The first issue opens with a flashback/nightmare of an elderly man remembering the attack that destroyed Tokyo. The narration really hits home one of the major themes of the Godzilla franchise and views the monsters not just as animals, but mythological figures. Godzilla is not simply a monster. He’s a force of nature that is far greater than the human mind can comprehend.
After the prologue the Old Man wakes up alone in his tent. He walks outside and we’re first exposed to the post-apocalyptic Tokyo and the District 9-esque slums the survivors are now living in. »
- Max Molinaro
Gavin Logan looks at which directors could be in line for a Star Wars movie….
It’s now been almost two years since Disney officially acquired LucasFilm and with it the rights to the Star Wars universe. George Lucas said in his statement that he always believed that Star Wars could live beyond him and that the time was right for the torch to be passed to a new generation of filmmakers. First up was J.J. Abrams, fresh off his successful reboot of Star Trek. Abrams, while not exactly young and new to the industry, has a certain Spielberg-esque quality about the way he makes movies and seemed like the perfect fit for relaunching the Star Wars franchise. Once Abrams was nailed down and he and Lawrence Kasdan began reworking Michael Arndt’s script, little or no other details were announced despite incessant rumours flying around the internet. Earlier this »
- Gavin Logan
Coming out of left field today is the tease of a sci-fi project that we haven't heard anything about. Automata comes from Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez, and wrangles Antonio Banderas back into one of his rare sci-fi roles after playing with Spy Kids and The Skin I Live In, two very different films in the genre. This time he's diving into the future, about 50 years to be exact, and he's playing an insurance agent responsible for looking into cases regarding defective androids. Now two posters have popped up showing off a bald Banderas along with some of the robots in the film. It has a Mad Max meets District 9 vibe. Look! Here's the first posters for Gabe Ibáñez's Automata sent to us from Millennium Entertainment: Automata is directed by Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez (Hierro) from a script he wrote with Igor Legarreta and Javier Sánchez Donate. The film, »
- Ethan Anderton
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