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Film News Roundup: Barry Bostwick to Play Santa Claus in ‘Santa Girl’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Barry Bostwick to Play Santa Claus in ‘Santa Girl’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus in “Santa Girl,” Meryl Streep will present the American Cinematheque Award to Amy Adams, and basketball documentary “The First to Do It” gets a theatrical release.

Castings

Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus opposite Jennifer Stone in the independent comedy “Santa Girl,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will shoot later this month in Winchester, Va. Bostwick will play a slimmed-down and all-business Santa who hasn’t recovered from the loss of his wife, Mrs. Claus, with Stone playing his daughter. The story will focus on the daughter’s desire to attend college despite her father’s misgivings. After he eventually relents, she must navigate a strange new world while keeping the identity of her iconic father — and her own magic — a secret.

Blayne Weaver (“6 Month Rule”) is attached to direct from Patricia Harrington’s script. Capital Arts’ Paul Di Franco,
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‘The First To Do It’: Docu About NBA’s First Black Player Dribbles Into Theaters In February

‘The First To Do It’: Docu About NBA’s First Black Player Dribbles Into Theaters In February
Constant Beta, Creative Control and Abramorama have teamed for a wide release in North American for The First to Do It, a documentary feature about Earl Lloyd, the NBA’s first black player. With exec producers including a number of basketball stars, the film will hit theaters in February. The First to Do It brings together current NBA players including Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul as well as Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Dave Bing and Bob Lanier to…
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Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard Exec Produce NBA Doc ‘The First to Do It’

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Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard Exec Produce NBA Doc ‘The First to Do It’
Constant Beta Motion Picture Company, Creative Control and Abramorama will collaborate on the theatrical distribution of “The First to Do It,” a documentary about the life and times of Earl Lloyd, the first Black American to play in the NBA. The film brings together current basketball players including Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul, as well as Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Dave Bing and Bob Lanier. Dean Cole provides the voice of Lloyd. Abramorama is planning a wide theatrical release in February 2018. “The First to Do It” is produced by Arka Sengupta and executive produced by Michael Finley,
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'RoboCop' Statue to Be Unveiled in Detroit Tomorrow

'RoboCop' Statue to Be Unveiled in Detroit Tomorrow
With 20th Century Fox's RoboCop debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD June 3, the city of Detroit will unveil their 10-foot bronze statue of the crime-fighting cyborg, portrayed by Peter Weller in the original Robocop and by Joel Kinnaman in this year's reboot. Take a look at the photo of this statue, then read on for more details about "RoboCop Day" in the Motor City tomorrow.

The initiative to construct a RoboCop statue started three years ago, when a Massachusetts resident suggested to Detroit mayor Dave Bing that the city should celebrate this iconic character with a statue in the following message.

"Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & RoboCop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a Great ambassador for Detroit."

While the mayor responded that there were no plans for a RoboCop statue, non-profit organization Imagination Station raised $50,000 to fund the construction, just days after the initial suggestion was made. The unveiling
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Massive Bronze 'RoboCop' Statue On Its Way to Detroit

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Massive Bronze 'RoboCop' Statue On Its Way to Detroit
It all began back in 2011, when a RoboCop fan tweeted the mayor of Detroit, insisting that the half-man, half-machine crime fighter is a great ambassador for the city, and implying that a statue should therefore be erected in his honor - there's a Rocky Balboa one in Philadelphia, after all.  Though Mayor Dave Bing thanked the fan for the suggestion, he broke the hearts of robo-geeks the world over when he also stated that there are no plans whatsoever to do anything of the sort.

Though the city of Detroit may have no such plans, however, many of its citizens do.  After a Facebook page was launched to generate interest for a fan-driven quest to build a RoboCop statue, a Kickstarter campaign followed in its wake, which not only reached but far surpassed its $50,000 goal.  Now nearly three years later, the statue is almost complete...

As reported by Gawker, the
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RoboCop statue coming to Detroit following Kickstarter campaign

RoboCop statue coming to Detroit following Kickstarter campaign
A bronze statue of RoboCop is to be erected in Detroit following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The 10-foot-tall tribute to Peter Weller's cyborg law enforcer will be constructed by Venus Bronze Works in collaboration with Warren Ally Foundry and Edgewise Forge after a crowd-sourcing campaign raised $67,436 in six days to fund the venture.

The concept became a reality after a Twitter user messaged Detroit mayor Dave Bing, demanding that a statue of his favourite movie star be built in the city.

Although Bing initially dismissed the idea, it quickly caught on with other Twitter users and soon spawned a Facebook campaign group and Kickstarter drive.

Graphic designer Pete Hottelet of San Francisco's Omni Consumer Products, a company named after the evil corporation in RoboCop, provided the largest donation of $25,000.

The RoboCop statue is likely to be situated on Wayne State University's TechTown campus.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop was
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RoboCop statue coming to Detriot following Kickstarter campaign

RoboCop statue coming to Detriot following Kickstarter campaign
A bronze statue of RoboCop is to be erected in Detroit following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The 10-foot-tall tribute to Peter Weller's cyborg law enforcer will be constructed by Venus Bronze Works in collaboration with Warren Ally Foundry and Edgewise Forge after a crowd-sourcing campaign raised $67,436 in six days to fund the venture.

The concept became a reality after a Twitter user messaged Detroit mayor Dave Bing, demanding that a statue of his favourite movie star be built in the city.

Although Bing initially dismissed the idea, it quickly caught on with other Twitter users and soon spawned a Facebook campaign group and Kickstarter drive.

Graphic designer Pete Hottelet of San Francisco's Omni Consumer Products, a company named after the evil corporation in RoboCop, provided the largest donation of $25,000.

The RoboCop statue is likely to be situated on Wayne State University's TechTown campus.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop was
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RoboCop statue to watch over Detroit after Kickstarter campaign raises $67,436

Crowdfunding site raises money in just six days to build 10ft bronze statue of RoboCop ahead of movie remake with Joel Kinnaman

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A giant bronze statue of RoboCop is to be erected in Detroit after fans of Paul Verhoeven's iconic cyborg crimefighter raised funds for the project via Kickstarter.

The 10ft tall statue will be unveiled next summer after the project, which has the backing of original RoboCop star Peter Weller, raised $67,436 in just six days on the crowdfunding site in 2011, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It all began when a Twitter user publicly messaged Detroit's mayor, Dave Bing, to demand his favourite movie character be celebrated as one of the city's most famous exports. Bing replied: "There are not any plans to erect a statue to RoboCop. Thank you for the suggestion." But the
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Detroit's Robocop Statue Is Almost Finished

The 1987 sci-fi action movie RoboCop may have painted Detroit as a place plagued by crime and corruption, but the movie remains a beloved part of the city's identity anyway. Mayor David Bing discovered this when he blithely replied to a tweet demanding a commemorative statue made of the cyborg police officer, saying there were no plans for such an art installation. But even without the mayor's support, this idea took off online, spurring the creation of a Kickstarter campaign that asked for $50,000 to make a RoboCop statue a reality. In the end, fundraiser starter Imagination Station Detroit pulled in more than 2,700 backers and $67,436, cementing plans for its creation-- while, simultaneously, a remake of the original movie was underway, though shooting in Toronto instead of native Detroit. . Since the campaign kicked off in 2011 Isd has been busy at work getting RoboCop recreated to the finest detail. The Michigan news site MLive
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Kwame Kilpatrick: Ex-Detroit mayor convicted in TV-worthy corruption case

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Former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick has been convicted of 24 out of 30 federal charges against him, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery, mail and wire fraud, and multiple counts of extortion.

Kilpatrick's alleged co-conspirator, Bobby Ferguson was also found guilty on multiple counts. The ex-mayor's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was found guilty on one tax-related charge. The case brought by federal prosecutors was the result of a corruption probe of Detroit City Hall that lasted for years.

Prosecutors claim Mayor Kilpatrick, who resigned amidst the probe after holding office from 2002 to 2008, ran a criminal empire out of the mayor's office. To date, the investigation has resulted in convictions of two dozen people, according to CNN.

Kilpatrick faces up to 20 years in prison for the racketeering charges. In 2008 he plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice, involving attempts to cover up an extramarital affair. The former mayor also plead no contest
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Kickstarter: the crowdfunding site that wants to spark a creative revolution in the UK

Got a bright idea for a film, a comic or even a hi-tech watch? For many, Kickstarter could be the answer – and now it's launched in Britain

Time was, in the olden days, that in order to create a video game, or fund a film or album, or make a comic, you needed a generous and deep-pocketed patron, or a corporation behind you which thought there was something – profit, in other words – in it for them. There might have even been a grant from an arts body somewhere. Remember them?

Crowdfunding, where large numbers of people donate small sums of money to a project, has changed that. Kickstarter is not the first online funding site for creative projects – ArtistShare was launched in 2003 to enable musicians to bypass record labels, and was followed by other sites such as IndieGogo – but it has gained the most traction and attention.

Since the site
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Detropia | Review

Blood Runs Thicker Than Oil In The Motor City

With a resume that includes the Oscar nominated Jesus Camp, and their Emmy nominated debut, The Boys of Baraka, one could rightfully expect Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s latest film to be quite a doozy. Focusing on Detroit, the model city for crumbling American dreams, Detropia finds a metropolitan ghost town struggling to find its place where industry has packed up and left, taking the population with it. The city is in dire economic straights, and the directors, with help from local artists, administrators, bar owners, and bloggers, aim to cover as many issues as humanly possible. Though its examination bares a rich and sprawling birth, the film lays its foundation in the humanity of Motor City and the haunting abandoned architecture that has left it but a shell of its former self.

The sprawling empty factory compounds and thousands
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Hot Docs Review: 'Detropia' A Beautiful & Affecting Portrait Of A City In Decline

"Detropia" is more than just a portrait of a city. The latest film from "Jesus Camp" filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is ultimately a moving and powerful micro-portrait of a hurting nation.

Detroit, a city built on the manufacturing boom, largely of the Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors companies -- hence the nickname of “Motor City" -- is emblematic of both America’s success and the failures that have caused its slow and steady decline. Ewing and Grady harness what is powerful about the documentary film medium what is largely absent from news reports and op-eds -- the ability to create an empathetiic connection. Not that the film is a solution to America’s problems, but it is an eloquent and powerful awareness-builder.

The opening scene, the demolition of an abandoned house covered by a local TV news crew, informs us it's one of many, and it sets the
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Somewhere, there is a RoboCop statue happening. And that somewhere is (fittingly) Detroit.

Somewhere, there is a RoboCop statue happening. And that somewhere is (fittingly) Detroit.
Detroit has fallen on some hard times lately — the struggling economy has earned the Midwest auto capital headlines like “Detroit War Zone” over the past few years. So as a city, it’s pretty deserving of a pick-me-up. And what better way to honor Motor City than with a statue of its iconic hometown character — no, not Eminem or the members of Kiss — but none other than RoboCop. Wednesday, the Detroit News reported that the dream of bringing a Detroit statue of the cyborg played by Peter Weller in Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 futuristic film, is no longer a matter of “if,
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Sundance 2012 Review: ‘Detropia’ Presents a Beautiful, Broken City With No Solutions

Detropia opens on an abandoned residence being demolished as a wax-faced local reporter stands by, reporting on what most people in his audience already know – Detroit is an emptying, broken city, and it’s hard to imagine that will change any time soon. Detroit was once America’s most thriving city, a sprawling metropolis that was home to America’s most bankable manufacturing system, automobiles. But these days, the giant city (Detroit itself is a stunning 139 square miles) is home to something very different – a giant unemployment rate, a fractured citizenship, and the very real possibility that it will go bankrupt. Documentary directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka) attempt to tackle the many issues facing Detroit in their film, drawing from different perspectives to form a complete and complex picture of why Detroit is, as one of their subjects grimly announces, “never coming back.” With
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"RoboCop" Gears Up For 2012 Start

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Dynamite Entertainment's "RoboCop: Road Trip" #1, available December 2011, is written by Rob Williams, with illustrations by Unai and a cover by Fabiano Neves :

"...America has fallen into a landscape of revolution and chaos and 'Ocp' has taken over 'Old Detroit' from the authorities in a political coup. Now it's up to 'RoboCop' and what's left of the Old Detroit Police Department to try and make it out of the state in order to get help from the Us military. But 'Ed-309' robots patrol the streets and Ocp has a new, deadly prototype to send after 'Murphy', while RoboCop's sanity continues to crumble..."

In other "RoboCop" news, director José Padilha who will take on the next "RoboCop" feature film, said he wants actor Michael Fassbender ("X-Men: First Class") to play "Murphy', aka 'RoboCop'.

Padilha said he is currently polishing the screenplay, targeting either a February or March 2012 start,
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Let RoboCop reign over the streets of Detroit

With plans for a statue of the cyber crimefighter gathering pace in Motor City, should other film characters have places on public pedestals?

Bronze, gleaming and over seven feet tall, RoboCop surveys the city of Detroit beneath his feet, striking terror into residents, tourists and pigeons. This is the dream of Brandon Walley, who will soon see it become a reality after his online campaign to build a statue of the ass-kicking cyber justice raised more than $60,000 (£37,000).

It all started when Walley tweeted mayor Dave Bing after noticing the lack of a certain something: "Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & RoboCop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a Great ambassador for Detroit." The response was not encouraging. For most people that would have been the end of it. Not for Walley. He galvanised internet interest and set up a Kickstarter page with a $50,000 goal. Within days, half of that had flooded in from residents and fans.
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Video: The Original Robocop Endorses Detroit Statue of Himself

Video: The Original Robocop Endorses Detroit Statue of Himself
While we've already established that a Robocop statue for Detroit isn't really so bizarre in comparison to movie statues that already exist, Detroit's mayor Dave Bing still hasn't come around. Enter the original Robocop, Peter Weller with this compelling, mostly irrefutable video endorsement of the project. Whoever convinced Weller to walk this line between deadpan perfection and goofy idiocy while donning a homemade Robocop mask has my deepest thanks. I would now like to see Weller in a full length summer comedy.
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RoboCop fans in Us raise $50K to honour him with giant statue

London, Feb 21 – Fans of RoboCop in the Us have raised 50,000 dollars to erect a giant statue in his honour.

The whole idea to have a statue in his image started with a message sent via the social network Twitter to the mayor of the Motor City, Dave Bing.

“Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky, RoboCop would kick Rocky’s butt. He’s a great ambassador for Detroit,” the Daily Mail quoted a Detroit resident called ‘Mt’ as tweeting.

The mayor.
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In Honor of the Potential Robocop Statue: 9 Movie-Related Statues That Already Exist

Despite objections from Mayor Dave Bing, it looks like artists in Detroit have raised enough money to build the Robocop statue that the city so desperately needs. While Detroit will likely be the first city with an half-robot policeman enshrined for future generations, it isn't the first city to put up a film-inspired statue for all of the public to see. And a Robocop statue may not even be the most ridiculous film tribute ever built. For my money, Scotland will actually hold this honor for years to come.
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