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Teaser Trailer for Rupert Wyatt's Sci-Fi 'Captive State' Set in Chicago

"Please rise to greet our legislature!" Focus Features has launched the first teaser trailer for an original sci-fi thriller titled Captive State, the latest from director Rupert Wyatt. The story is set in Chicago and takes place nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. The movie explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents. It seems to be another fascinating look at the societal divide in America, but framed around the sci-fi concept of alien overlords - a bit like District 9, but set in Chicago. Captive State stars Vera Farmiga, Madeline Brewer, John Goodman, Alan Ruck, Kevin J. O'Connor, James Ransone, Jonathan Majors, D.B. Sweeney, Ashton Sanders, Kevin Dunn, Ta'Rhonda Jones, along with Kiki Layne (from If Beale Street Could Talk) and Machine Gun Kelly. I've been waiting to see something from this, and this is a clever introduction. ...
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‘His Majesty’s Interceptors,’ ‘Butterflies,’ ‘Dark Rising’ Set for London TV Pitchbox

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‘His Majesty’s Interceptors,’ ‘Butterflies,’ ‘Dark Rising’ Set for London TV Pitchbox
Stuart Urban’s “His Majesty’s Interceptors,” Sara Corso’s “Butterflies” and Souvid Datta’s “Dark Rising” figure among seven drama series projects at the first London TV Pitchbox, whose line-up, strong on fantasy and period and international intrigue, underscores the ambitions of current U.K. drama.

Mixing pitches from creators who range from seasoned multi-prized director-writers to relative newcomers, the London TV Pitchbox, a jour venture of online platform Filmarket Hub, and London’s Raindance Film Festival, will take place Sept. 28 at the Century Club in Soho, London. Confirmed attendees so far include Entertainment One, Sky, Red Arrow Studios Intl., UKTV and Virgin Media. Additionally, Jamie Glazebrook, “Peaky Blinders” executive producer and creative director at Caryn Mandabach, will deliver a case study on the series.

Rolling off writing and executive producing 2016 ITV mini-series hit “The Secret,” starring James Nesbitt, Urban will unveil “His Majesty’s Interceptors.” Developed by Ingenious Media,
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Movie Review – Extinction (2018)

Extinction, 2018.

Directed by Ben Young.

Starring Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Colter, Amelia Crouch and Erica Tremblay.

Synopsis:

A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realise an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.

Accusing a film of delivering ‘’too little too late’’ is one of the most depressing criticisms that you can issue as a critic because it essentially implies that there is merit located somewhere, but unfortunately any such potential has been smothered beneath a viscous sludge of inadequacy.

This is always a frustrating observation to have to make, because you end up resenting any hint of promise if it muddies the waters. After all, when something is consistently poor, at least you can write-it-off with relative ease and a sense of clarity.
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Neill Blomkamp wants Peter Weller back for RoboCop Returns?

Last month it was announced that District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp is set to direct RoboCop Returns, a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 action sci-fi, and it seems we could potentially be getting a very familiar face under the visor.

Responding to a question on Twitter about who should take on the role of the title character in RoboCop Returns, Blomkamp offered up a single name – that of the original RoboCop, Peter Weller.

Peter Weller

— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) August 13, 2018

Weller of course portrayed Alex Murphy / RoboCop in the 1987 original, as well as reprising the role for 1990’s RoboCop 2. Weller did not return for 1993’s RoboCop 3 due to scheduling conflicts, with Robert John Burke taking over as the future of law enforcement.

Given that Weller is now 71 years of age, it remains to be seen whether the actor would be interested in donning the suit once again,
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Peter Weller to Return as Murphy in New RoboCop Movie?

Peter Weller to Return as Murphy in New RoboCop Movie?
Could Peter Weller be reprising his most iconic role in Robocop Returns? The original RoboCop remains a true classic and a movie that is still beloved by many all these many years later. While a great deal of that is owed to director Paul Verhoeven's vision on display in the 1987 sci-fi action flick, Weller's performance as Alex Murphy also holds a lot of weight. Now, we have word from director Neill Blomkamp that his upcoming sequel could possibly bring back the actor for one more go as RoboCop.

It was announced last month that RoboCop Returns, which will serve as a sequel to the original, is to be directed by Neill Blomkamp, known best for his work on movies like District 9 and Chappie. The script comes directly from franchise creators Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner and is currently being rewritten by Justin Rhodes. This is going to be
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Neill Blomkamp believes Peter Weller should play Robocop in his sequel

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Last month it was revealed that MGM was developing a new installment of the Robocop franchise. The upcoming film is be helmed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) from a script by Justin Rhodes who will be rewriting a screenplay which original Robocop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner had penned decades ago. Titled Robocop Returns, the belated sequel will pick up the story-line from the original film as it... Read More...
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11 Movies That Could Have Won a Best Popular Film Oscar

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11 Movies That Could Have Won a Best Popular Film Oscar
Nearly a decade ago, the controversial best-picture snub of superhero hit “The Dark Knight” sparked the motion picture Academy to action. In an attempt to stoke the Oscar odds for populist cinema and to be more inclusive, the organization expanded its top field for the first time in seven decades.

Last week, with Oscar telecast ratings trending downward at an alarming rate for ABC executives, Academy brass took action once again, announcing a half-baked plan to honor “popular” films with an Oscar in some manner to be adjudicated at a later date.

The thinking is that declining interest in the Oscar telecast is owed in part to under-seen art-house fare boxing out popular films at the ceremony year after year. Nevertheless, an analysis of the last nine years of nominees — the post-“Dark Knight” world, if you will — reveals a healthy balance of specialty fare and movies the masses flocked to see.
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Oscar upheaval: Best Popular Film added to the list of categories, and the telecast gets a trim

Oscar upheaval: Best Popular Film added to the list of categories, and the telecast gets a trim
The motion picture academy has made the biggest changes to the Oscars since expanding the Best Picture category from 5 nominees to 10 back in 2009. The telecast is getting cut down to three hours, but even more substantial is the addition of a new category awarding the best achievement in “popular films.” What do you think of the changes? Good news for films like “Black Panther” and “A Quiet Place”? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

Academy president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson wrote in a note to academy members, “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.” But the academy didn’t specify what films would be categorized as “popular” or when this change would take effect.

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Oscars To Introduce Outstanding Popular Film Category And Shorter Telecast

People have been asking about this for years, and now the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has spoken — “popular” films will get their own category. A decade ago, the Oscars expanded the Best Picture category to allow for more “mainstream” films to be included. This meant films like “Avatar,” “Inception,” “Toy Story 3,” and “District 9” all got Oscar love that they probably wouldn’t have previously.

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Film News Roundup: Supernatural Romance Movie ‘Hush, Hush’ Taps Kellie Cyrus as Director

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Film News Roundup: Supernatural Romance Movie ‘Hush, Hush’ Taps Kellie Cyrus as Director
In today’s film news roundup, “Hush, Hush” is heading for the big screen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop are cast in Jordan Peele’s “Us,” and Paris Jackson gets a part as a singer.

Director Hired

Television veteran Kellie Cyrus has been tapped to direct a movie adaption of Becca Fitzpatrick’s bestselling supernatural romance saga “Hush, Hush,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Cyrus will direct from an adaptation by Peter Hutchings. Producers are Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of Bcdf Pictures, along with Irfaan Fredericks of Kalahari Film & Media. Fitzpatrick, Hutchings, Simon Swart, and Kalahari’s Michael S. Murphey are the executive producers.

“Hush, Hush,” published in 2009 as the first of a four-title series, was a New York Times Bestseller for more than 50 weeks. It has sold over five million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 35 languages. All four books — “Hush,
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Will We Ever Get to See a District 9 Sequel?

Right now it seems very premature to say yes or no to the idea of a District 9 sequel. The science fiction film was one of the biggest of the summer when it came out and it was also a big surprise to everyone, including the director and the producers, that it did so well. The story centers around a large group of alien creatures, called prawns by many people throughout the film, that have mistakenly come to earth and been detained by a government that doesn’t understand them and barely tolerates them so long as they stay within the

Will We Ever Get to See a District 9 Sequel?
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Class of 88: “Prepare Yourself” for Graham Baker’s Alien Nation

It's no surprise that the decade that gave us Gordon Gekko and his infamous quote, "Greed is good," would be rife with films unpacking heavy social topics like police brutality, social inequality, ultra-violence, and in the case of Graham Baker's Alien Nation, racial tension, tolerance, and acceptance. Somehow I missed this film, despite it being the topic of conversation in many sci-fi and horror circles, not to mention that it influenced many other movies in the genre, from Neill Blomkamp's District 9 to last year's Bright, directed by David Ayer. It also spawned a number of Alien Nation-related products, including a series of comics and novels, a TV series on Fox by the same name that ran for one season in 1989, and five TV movies. So, without further ado, as the movie poster suggests, prepare yourselves for a dive into a buddy cop sci-fi action movie with a solid cast of characters,
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever
In late 2008, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” — a zeitgeist-infused superhero sequel that would come to be widely regarded as the best in the genre — was on a crash-course with major Oscar recognition. Nominations from the producers, directors, and writers guilds, as well as a monster domestic box office haul north of $500 million, only firmed up expectations.

Then, “The Reader” happened. The Stephen Daldry drama, steeped in Oscar-friendly Holocaust trappings, was muscled into the race by Harvey Weinstein at a time when the now-disgraced mogul’s Miramax glory days were fast-becoming a distant memory, and the awards outlook for his newly formed Weinstein Co. was increasingly dim. (Movies like “Mrs Henderson Presents” and “Bobby” had failed to connect with voters.) “The Reader” nailed down nominations for best picture, director, and adapted screenplay, effectively boxing out Nolan’s critically acclaimed blockbuster in the top fields.

It was the last time the
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First look images of James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis arrive for Glass

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our very first glimpse of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass – The third film in the Unbreakable/Split universe.

All the images portray James McAvoy returning as Kevin joined by Unbreakable’s Bruce Willis as security guard David Dunn, who is imbued with superpowers and Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price aka Mr Glass. Anya Taylor Joy – who starred opposite McAvoy in Split is also featured in her returning role as Casey Cooke, the only young lady to survive an encounter with The Beast. In the first look images, we also have our first look at Sarah Paulson as the psychiatrist treating the trio.

Also in the news – District 9’s Neill Blomkamp to take the helm on Robocop

A brief outline of the plot reads; The film finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while
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Neill Blomkamp to direct RoboCop Returns

After giving up on his plans for Alien 5, District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp has now turned his attention to another classic sci-fi franchise, with the filmmaker set to direct RoboCop Returns for MGM.

The project will be based on an old script by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, planned as a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, which will be rewritten by Justin Rhodes, screenwriter on the new Terminator reboot.

The logline for the new film, which will have no connection to the 2014 reboot, reads: “Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.”

“The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp tells Deadline. “I loved it then and it remains a classic in the end of 20th Century sci-fi catalog, with real meaning under the surface. Hopefully that
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District 9 Director Helming Original RoboCop Sequel

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MGM is finally bringing RoboCop back to the big screen, but it looks like they're going back to their roots with this next sequel! They've set District 9 director to captain the dystopic sequel! More within...

Back in 1987, Orion released the memorable sci-fi picture about a Detroit cop, Alex Murphy, that is wounded so bad, he undergoes an experimental surgery, ultimately turning him into a cyborg. As we all know, that movie was known as RoboCop. During its run, the original earned over $50 million, which by that time's standards was pretty big, as well as several Oscar nominations and a win in Best Sound Effects Editing. 1990 and 1993 saw sequels to the 1987 original, in RoboCop 2 and 3, until ultimately becoming dormant until 2014's failed reboot, starring Joel Kinnamon (amassing $210 million worldwide). Now, MGM looks to bring back Alex Murphy & co. with a script from original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner
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District 9’s Neill Blomkamp to take the helm on Robocop

MGM is venturing down the Robocop route again, this time with District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp at the helm.

The film, which is titled Robocop Returns and acts as a sequel to the 1987 movie, is currently going through a rewrite by Justin Rhodes. The original script was written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner; the duo who wrote the original 1987 RoboCop. At this time, a plot line for the return is being kept under wraps.

The original Robocop was directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop centres on police officer Alex Murphy (Weller) who is murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the megacorporation Omni Consumer Products (Ocp) as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer known as RoboCop.

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New 'RoboCop' Sequel Coming From 'District 9' Director; Here's Everything We Know

Four years ago, MGM attempted to reboot the RoboCop franchise with a remake starring Joel Kinnaman. That wasn't too big a hit, at least not domestically, so now instead of continuing from that movie, the studio is going back to the beginning. According to Deadline, Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will helm a direct sequel to the 1987 original.  There was rumor earlier this year of a possible RoboCop that would continue from the very first movie, and now this is confirmation. Titled RoboCop Returns, the sequel will be based on a screenplay written in the 1980s that was never produced. As it turns out, the election of Donald Trump as president was an inspiration for revisiting that old script.  Here's everything we know about the RoboCop sequel: Did the 2016...
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RoboCop Returns Will Be R-Rated and Filled with Huge Blood Explosions

RoboCop Returns Will Be R-Rated and Filled with Huge Blood Explosions
It was announced today that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is tackling Robocop Returns and now, the director has confirmed that it will be an R-rated affair. Original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are producing and executive producing, respectively, while Justin Rhodes will rewrite the script that Neumeier and Miner wrote years ago as a planned sequel to the original 1987 movie, which was directed by Peter Verhoeven. Their original script never made it into a sequel due to a writer's strike.

In a Twitter exchange, a fan tweeted at Neill Blomkamp to make sure that the RoboCop Returns movie will have an R-rating along with some satire and exploding Squibs. Blomkamp promptly responded and simply said, "there will be all of these things." The exploding Squibs might be a bit extreme, but a gritty R-rating will do wonders for the film as we see Alex Murphy come back yet again.
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New 'RoboCop' Sequel Coming From 'District 9' Director; Here's Everything We Know

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Four years ago, MGM attempted to reboot the RoboCop franchise with a remake starring Joel Kinnaman. That wasn't too big a hit, at least not domestically, so now instead of continuing from that movie, the studio is going back to the beginning. According to Deadline, Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will helm a direct sequel to the 1987 original.  There was rumor earlier this year of a possible RoboCop that would continue from the very first movie, and now this is confirmation. Titled...

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