The use of ads in RoboCop, Total Recall & Starship Troopers

Ryan Lambie Apr 6, 2017

Adverts and TV form an integral part in Paul Verhoeven's classic sci-fi films, RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers...

"I looked at American society in a kind of dazed way when I was doing RoboCop," director Paul Verhoeven told us earlier this year. Back in the mid-80s, when he was better known for his Dutch films like Soldier Of Orange and The Fourth Man, Verhoeven was still getting used to the pace and tone of American culture - and his outsider status arguably fed into the wry, spikily satirical edge in all three sci-fi films he made while in Hollywood.

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"It was all so different from living in Holland," Verhoeven recalled. "A lot of my, let's say, amazement, at American society is in RoboCop; in the commercials, in
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Paul Walker’s Death: Celebs React On Twitter

The world is completely heartbroken. ‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker sadly died, at the age of 40, on Nov. 30, after a car in which he was riding exploded into flames after crashing. Celebs have taken to Twitter to remember the young star.

Paul Walker died in a tragic accident in Santa Clarita, California, his rep confirmed to The driver of the car in which he was riding, reportedly lost control of the Porsche, causing the car to crash and burst into flames, TMZ reported.

Paul Walker’s Death — Celebs React

“Sadly I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon,” Paul’s rep told The accident also took place when he was taking his friends for test drives in the Porsche Gt. He was in Santa Clarita to support the Philippines storm relief efforts at a car show.

His family and friends have released a heartbreaking statement here.
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Folk Singer Pete Seeger’s Wife Toshi Seeger Dies At 91

Pete Seeger’s wife of died in New York on July 9 and the cause of death is unknown. Toshi’s passing came just nine days short of their seventieth wedding anniversary.

Pete Seeger‘s wife Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger passed away at 91-years-old at her home New York’s Hudson Valley. The couple were married in 1943 and we’re sure Pete is deeply saddened.

Folk Singer Pete Seeger’s Wife Tooshi Seeger Dies

The couple built their home right after World War II and lived their every since. Although her husband Pete, 94, is incredibly famous for his songs about peace like “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” she was known for constantly supporting various social issues.

The magazine Sing Out, which they co-founded in 1950 spoke about their marriage saying: “There’s was a true partnership. Without Toshi’s counsel and support, and always outspoken and direct opinions, it’s clear to
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Joe Conley Dead — ‘Waltons’ Actor Dies At 85

So sad. ‘The Waltons’ star Joe Conley died of complications from dementia at the age of 85 at a California care facility.

Joe Conley, best known for his role as a small town storekeeper in the 1970s television series The Waltons, died July 7 in Newbury Park, Calif. at age 85.

Joe Conley Dies — Waltons Co-Stars Remember Actor On Facebook

Joe played good-natured storekeeper Ike Godsey on the CBS family drama The Waltons from 1972 to 1981. He was well-loved by his co-stars, who took to social media to honor his memory.

Joe’s former co-star Mary Beth McDonough, who played Erin Walton on The Waltons, confirmed his death in a Facebook post.

Mary Beth wrote, “It is a sad day. So sorry to let you know Joe Conley, our beloved Ike Godsey, passed early this morning, please keep him, (wife) Louise, and his family in your prayers. Rip Mr. Godsey.”

Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards,
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Ryan Davis’ Widow Anna Davis: Her Heartbroken Tweets After His Death

So sad. After video-game journalist Ryan passed away less than a week after his wedding, his heartbroken widow took to Twitter to honor his memory.

When Ryan Davis, former GameSpot editor and co-founder of Giant Bomb, died July 3 at age 34, video game industry analysts, game enthusiasts, journalists and games publishers took to Twitter to express their sense of loss. But no tweets were as touching or heartbreaking as those of Ryan’s widow, Anna Davis, who he married less than a week before his death.

Ryan Davis’ Widow Anna Davis Sends Out Heartbroken Tweets

Ryan, who co-hosted shows such as Time Trotters and On the Spot, died of unknown causes less than a week after his wedding. The day after Ryan died, Anna posted a photo of fireworks to Twitter, with the message, “Wish you were here.”

On July 8, she tweeted, “I hate waking up and feeling…”

Anna seems to
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Ryan Davis: Video Game Personality Dead At 34

So sad. Video game journalist and podcaster Ryan Davis died on July 3 at the age of 34.

Ryan Davis, former GameSpot editor and co-founder of Giant Bomb, died on July 3, less than a week after his wedding. He was 34.

Ryan Davis Dead — Video Game Personality Dies At 34

Ryan’s tragic passing was announced on the news gaming site he co-founded, Giant Bomb. However, the cause of Davis’ death was not given.

“In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold,” Matthew Rorie, product manager at Giant Bomb, said in a message posted on the site on July 8.

The Video Game Community Reacts To Ryan Davis’ Death On Twitter

Since the message was posted, video game industry analysts, game enthusiasts, journalists and games publishers
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Randy Travis: Country Superstar In Critical Condition With Heart Issues

So sad. Country superstar Randy Travis is in critical condition at a hospital in Texas.

Country star Randy Travis is in critical condition after suffering from complications stemming from viral cardiomyopathy, the singer’s rep announced in a press release.

Randy Travis Hospitalized For Complications From Heart Condition

Randy, 54, was admitted to a Texas hospital on July 7, according to TMZ.

“The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy. Travis was admitted into the medical facility yesterday,” according to the press release. spoke with Randy’s rep, who confirmed his critical condition, and said his camp is standing by to see what will happen, but they are hoping he will pull through. They did not know if he was conscious.

Viral cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscles that interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood with sufficient force, according to Johns Hopkins.
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Jim Kelly: ‘Enter The Dragon’ Actor Dies At 67

So sad. Jim Kelly died on June 29 from cancer, his former wife Marilyn Dishman tells CNN.

Jim Kelly, who managed to transform his martial arts skills into a successful movie career, died on Saturday, June 29, at 67. Jim’s former wife Marilyn Dishman told CNN he died of cancer, but did not give any details.

Jim Kelly Dead — ‘Enter The Dragon’ Actor Dies At 67

“It is with sadness and regret that we must announce the passing of a great man and legend Jim Kelly. He will be deeply missed by all. Jim had great love for his family, friends, tennis and martial arts. We are devastated by Jim’s passing but through faith and support from family, friends and fans-we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong. He was survived by his lifetime partner of 33 years and wife,” a statement reads on Jim’s Facebook page. It was posted on June
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James Gandolfini Dead: ‘Sopranos’ Actor Dies In Italy

How tragic. James, who famously played Tony Soprano on ‘The Sopranos,’ died of a heart attack on June 19 — he was 51 years old.

James Gandolfini, who will always be known as Tony Soprano, is believed to have died from a massive heart attack in Italy on June 19,’s sister site Deadline reports.

James Gandolfini Dead — Tony Soprano Actor Dies In Italy At 51

James, 51, was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was vacationing with his sister and 13-year-old son when he suffered the heart attack.

They returned to their hotel after sightseeing and eating dinner when James went into the bathroom and didn’t come out, a source tells the New York Post.

James’ sister went in and found him unconscious on the bathroom floor. She called an ambulance, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“Everyone is in tears,” a source close
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James Gandolfini’s Death: Celebs React To Passing Of Legendary Actor

So sad. After news broke that James Gandolfini died from a massive heart attack on June 19, celebrities flocked to Twitter to share their grief.

Lucy Hale, Sophia Bush and Harry Shum Jr. are just some of the stars who tweeted their sadness over James Gandolfini’s death, shortly after his passing in Italy on June 19.

Celebs React To Passing Of James Gandolfini

Joe Zee (@mrjoezee): Such sad and terrible news about James Gandolfini. Too soon. Rip Tony.

Susan Sarandon (@susansarandon): So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.

Patricia Heaton (@patriciaheaton): I’m heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini prayers go out to his family. #Sopranos

Will Arnett (@arnettwill): So saddened by news of James Gandolfini’s death. What talent. He shall be missed.

Sophia Bush (@sophiabush): So,
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James Gandolfini Dies: See Photos Of ‘The Sopranos’ Actor

We’re heartbroken by the news that James, who is known by fans best as Tony Soprano, died on June 19. Browse through our photos and take a look back at James’ legendary career.

James Gandolfini died on June 19 at the age of 51. And while The Sopranos actor was taken from this life way too soon, his career will live on forever.

James Gandolfini Dies — Look Back At ‘The Sopranos’ Actor’s Career

James first came onto the scene when he starred in a Broadway version of A Streetcar Named Desire. Roles in Crimson Tide and Get Shorty, among other films, followed before he was cast as Tony Soprano on The Sopranos in 1999. The iconic HBO series ran through 2007.

James won three Emmy awards for his portrayal of Tony Soprano.

James was set to star and produce a new series for CBS. The network gave a script commitment to Taxi-22, an
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Esther Williams dies at 91

Esther Williams dies at 91
Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.

Williams died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.

Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure.

Such films as Easy to Wed, Neptune’s Daughter, and Dangerous When Wet followed the same formula: romance, music, a bit of comedy and a flimsy plot that provided excuses to get Esther into the water.

The extravaganzas dazzled a second generation via television and the compilation films That’s Entertainment. Williams’ co-stars included the pick of the MGM contract list, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban and Howard Keel.

When hard times signaled the end of big studios and costly musicals in the mid-’50s, Williams tried non-swimming roles with little success. After her 1962 marriage to Fernando Lamas, her co-star in Dangerous When Wet, she retired from public life.
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Mario Machado: News Anchor & ‘RoboCop’ Actor Dies At 78

So sad. Mario Machado, best known for being La’s first-ever Asian-American newscaster and notable acting roles in films like ‘Robocop’ and ‘Scarface’, passed away at the age of 78 on May 4.

Mario Machado was born in Shanghai, China in April 1935, and immigrated to the United States in 1956. Mario’s television career began in 1967 when he took an on-air reporter job at Khj-tv in Los Angeles, making him the first Asian-American news anchor in La. Throughout his career, Mario earned eight Emmy Awards for his work in television and appeared in many films, often playing a newscaster.

News Anchor & ‘RoboCop’ Actor Mario Machado Dies At 78

Mario’s daughter Michelle told the Los Angeles Times that her father had passed away from complications of pneumonia at a convalescent facility in West Hills, Calif. on May 4. The news anchor also suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

Mario Machado’s Television Career

After taking his first on-air job at Khj-tv,
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R.I.P. Mario Machado, reporter in real life and in movies like Scarface and RoboCop

Numerous sources are reporting the death of Mario Machado, the Emmy-winning broadcaster who made history when he became the first Asian-American on-air news reporter in Los Angeles, and also enjoyed several decades of playing a news reporter in movies and TV shows. Machado died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 78. After he broke ground by joining L.A.’s Khj-tv (currently Kcal) in 1967, Machado’s career moved quickly, until, by 1970, he’d become a regular on the city’s popular CBS news broadcast, and such a familiar face that movies and TV shows looking to ...
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TV anchor, 'RoboCop' actor Mario Machado dead at 78

Emmy-winning TV news anchor Mario Machado — who also played a newsman in television and movies for more than 30 years — died Saturday of complications from pneumonia, his daughter confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 78.

Born on April 22, 1935 in Shanghai, Machado was Los Angeles’ first Asian-American anchor, beginning his career in the ‘60s and rising to prominence at Kcbs-tv, among others.

“Mario was very easy to work with and appreciative of good writing and production,” his then-producer Joe Saltzman told Kcbs-tv.

Machado won eight Emmys for his work. Additionally, he announced CBS’ North American Soccer League games into the early ‘70s.
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Emmy-Winning L.A. Newsman Mario Machado Dies at 78

Mario Machado, an eight-time Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles news reporter and anchor who also played reporters in "Rocky III" and "RoboCop," died Saturday in a West Hills convalescent facility, a spokesperson told TheWrap. He was 78. His daughter, Michelle, told the Los Angeles Times that he passed away due to complications of pneumonia. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 Machado, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease, was born April 22, 1935, in Shanghai, China, and became Los Angeles' first Chinese-American on-air television news reporter. His father was Portuguese, and his mother was Chinese-Portuguese. His
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Mario Machado, Scarface Actor and Veteran Los Angeles News Anchor, Dead at 78

Mario Machado, the veteran Los Angeles TV anchor who parlayed his newsman persona into an erstwhile career playing journalists in films such as Scarface and RoboCop, has died. He was 78. Machado, who reportedly had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, passed away Saturday at a convalescent home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hills due to complications from pneumonia, his daughter Michelle confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. Born in Shanghai, the longtime newsman, who was of Chinese-Portuguese descent, became L.A.'s first Asian-American anchor, and he enjoyed a thriving career in the 1960s and 1970s working for Kcbs-tv and other local stations. He also found Hollywood fame on both the...
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'Scarface' actor dies: Mario Machado was 78

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Mario Machado, an actor best known for his roles in films like "Scarface," "RoboCop" and "Rocky III," has died at age 78. According to his daughter Michelle, the actor and former Los Angeles news anchor passed away from complications of pneumonia.

After spending several decades working as a TV show host, newsman and producer, Machado transitioned over to starring in Hollywood films. His roles typically consisted of him playing a news anchor or reporter. In addition to the films listed above, he also appeared in projects like "St. Elmo's Fire," "The Brady Bunch" and, most recently, 2009's "The 13th Day."

Machado passed away on May 4. In addition to the pneumonia that took his life, Machado had also been ill from Parkinson's disease. He was the first Chinese-American newscaster in Los Angeles. Machado is survived by his four children.
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'Scarface' Actor Dies At 78

'Scarface' Actor Dies At 78
Los Angeles — A Los Angeles television news anchor in the 1960s and 1970s who also appeared in movies such as "Rocky III" has died. Mario Machado was 78.

His daughter, Michelle, tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that Machado died Saturday from complications of pneumonia at a Los Angeles convalescent facility.

Kcbs-tv ( ) says Machado was of Chinese and Portuguese descent and was La's first Asian-American newscaster. Over a decades-long career, he was a newsman, producer, TV show host and soccer commentator. He worked at Kcbs-tv, its predecessor and at what is now Kcal-tv.

He also played a newsman in TV shows and movies, including the "Robocop" films, "Oh, God!" and "Scarface."


Information from: Los Angeles Times,
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R.I.P. Mario Machado

Former LA newsman Mario Machado, known for playing reporters and interviewers in movies like RoboCop and Rocky III, died Saturday in a convalescent home in West Hills, CA. He was 78. The La Times obituary says he had Parkinson’s disease, according to his daughter. Machado worked at La’s CBS-tv among other local stations, starting his career in 1967 at Khj-tv (now Kcal-tv) as an on-air news reporter, a first for a Chinese-American, according to He also was a soccer commentator. His film and TV credits include Scarface and the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song.
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