First Trailers for the Anthology Film RIO, I LOVE YOU Directed by Fernando Meirelles, Paolo Sorrentino, Jose Padilha, and More

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The first Rio, I Love You trailers have gone online.  The movie is the latest in the “Cities of Love” series, which includes Paris, je tamie and New York, I Love You.  This latest anthology includes short segments from directors Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Rio), Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), Andrucha Waddington (Party Crashers), Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?), José Padilha (Elite Squad), and John Turturro (Fading Gigolo).  Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer, Harvey Keitel, and more appear in the segments.

Hit the jump to check out the Rio, I Love You trailer.  The movie opens in Brazil on September 11th, and while it doesn’t have a U.S. release date, I’m sure it will open here eventually.  I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up during the fall festivals.

Wagner Moura & Jose Padilha Reteaming for Pablo Escobar Netflix Series NARCOS; NBC Orders David Duchovny Manson Murders Drama AQUARIUS

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Though filming is well underway on the Entourage movie, an actual Medellin is coming to the small screen.  Netflix has announced the original drama series Narcos, which will tell the story of the Medellin Cartel with Wagner Moura (Elysium) set to play trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar.  The project reunites Moura with his Elite Squad director Jose Padilha, who will serve as an executive producer on the series.  Padilha most recently helmed the big-screen RoboCop remake, though it’s unclear if he’ll also be directing episodes of Narcos.  His stated goal with the show is to “tell the true story of how cocaine became such a huge problem in the U.S. and Europe—and how it all started in Medellin.”

Netflix has ordered an initial 10-episode season of Narcos, which will shoot in Colombia and debut on the streaming service in early 2015.  Hit the jump for news concerning a straight-to-series order for a Charles Manson-focused drama starring David Duchovny.

TOP 5: ROBOCOP, TRANSCENDENCE, Paramount to Release Darren Aronofsky’s Cut of NOAH, TAMMY, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Trailer

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The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Director José Padilha Talks ROBOCOP, Deleted Scenes, the PG-13 Rating, His Series in Development at Netflix, and More

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From director José Padilha, this re-imagining of RoboCop is set in 2028, with OmniCorp as the world’s leader in robot technology.  When loving husband, father and honest cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) nearly dies, OmniCorp sees an opportunity to build a part-man, part-robot police officer that will not only stop crime and corruption in Detroit, but reap billions for their company.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson.

At the film’s press day, filmmaker José Padilha spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to re-envision RoboCop, the ideas in the original that are still relevant today, how much the final product changed from the original script, how much freedom he had to make the movie he wanted to make, the deleted scenes that will be included on the Blu-ray/DVD, why it was so important to get the film right before they did an audience preview, and how the film ended up with a PG-13 rating.  He also talked about what he’s in development on next, and that he’d like to do a TV series for Netflix about the history of the DEA in Columbia, as they were trying to get Pablo Escobar.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

ROBOCOP Review

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Trying to do a beat-by-beat remake of a classic film is usually a recipe for disaster, and to his credit, director Jose Padilha doesn’t do that with the new iteration of RoboCopPaul Verhoeven‘s 1987 original is a mix of biting satire and ridiculously gratuitous violence, but Padilha turns RoboCop into a blend of familial bonds and social commentary.  Unfortunately, both efforts never reach their full potential as the emphasis on the family relationship lacks depth, and the story casts too wide of a net on its commentary, so it never really finds fresh insight into any particular issue.  Although it ditches the extreme violence of Verhoeven’s film, the new RoboCop manages to be at least a serviceable action movie with admirable goals.

Producer Dan Lin Talks THE LEGO MOVIE, the Sequel, Deleted Jokes, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, José Padilha’s THE BROTHERHOOD, Cary Fukunaga’s IT, and More

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As I have said many times, director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”), The LEGO Movie is truly something special and I strongly recommend checking it out this weekend.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah HillAlison Brie, and many others.

At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Dan Lin.  He talked about how the project came together, LEGO’s reaction to the finished film, getting to put Batman, Superman, and other cool characters in the film, the challenge of making it look photo real, how long it might take to get a sequel, what they learned from testing the film, and more.  In addition, with Lin producing other projects, I got updates on Sherlock Holmes 3José Padilha’s The Brotherhood, and Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Watch 5 Clips from José Padilha’s ROBOCOP Starring Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton

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In advance of its February debut, we have five clips from José Padilha’s RoboCop reboot to share with you.  The new take on the Paul Verhoeven 1987 classic sees Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) taking on the title role as a cybernetically enhanced cop in 2028 Detroit.

The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Gary OldmanMichael KeatonJackie Earle HaleyMichael K. WilliamsJennifer EhleJay BaruchelMarianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.  RoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 12, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

International Trailer and New Images for ROBOCOP Starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish

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An international trailer has been released for Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop along with some new images.  The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer.  The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but obviously things don’t go as planned.  The new trailer finally highlights an interesting difference between the original and the remake; in the original, Murphy has almost no self-awareness and he struggles to find his humanity, but in the remake it looks like Murphy already has that awareness and it could make for an interesting dynamic, especially in terms of the relationship with his wife (Abbie Cornish).

Hit the jump to check out the international trailer and new images.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. JacksonRoboCop opens February 12, 2014.

TOP 5: First Trailer for ROBOCOP Remake, Cinemath: Woody Allen, Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?, GRAVITY Trailer and Reaction, TIFF 2013

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Continuing the trend I started last week, today I’m bringing another Netflix instant stream recommendation your way in the form of director Eric Walter‘s documentary My Amityville Horror. The pic made its U.S. premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin and earns its recommendation by presenting the oft-told Amityville Horror story from a unique perspective: that of Daniel Lutz. Mr. Lutz lived in the house as a 10 year old boy when the haunting events of this story unfolded. In My Amityville Horror, he recounts his experiences on record for the first time and the result is a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the impact of living the story first-hand.

Moving from one form of recommendation to another, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for director José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake, a new installment of Cinemath that analyzes our perception of Woody Allen‘s career with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, an overview of the massive movie year that 2015 is shaping up to be, a terrifying new trailer for Gravity as well as a strong endorsement of the film by James Cameron, and our kickoff coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

First Trailer for ROBOCOP Remake Starring Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, and Gary Oldman

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Jose Padilha’s remake of RoboCop.  While it’s already getting plenty of snark from internet grumps, I rather enjoyed this first look at the new film.  Sure, it’s got a bit of a Total Recall or [insert recent sci-fi movie] vibe going on, but there’s plenty here to suggest that the filmmakers will give nods to fans of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original while putting their own stamp on the new iteration.  Star Joel Kinnaman looks to be charismatic as Alex Murphy, a trait that he’ll struggle to regain once making his transformation.  There’s plenty of screentime to go around as we also get looks at Samuel L. Jackson’s media mogul, Michael Keaton’s string-pulling CEO and Gary Oldman’s conflicted scientist.  There’s plenty to look forward to, so let’s not lose our collective shit just yet.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and, while you’re at it, check out these newly-released official images from the film.  The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley.   RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.

Director Jose Padilha Talks ROBOCOP Remake, Making it Feel Real, the PG-13 Rating, the First Trailer, Creative Freedom, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly after presenting the first footage from the Robocop remake at Comic-Con (here’s our recap), I landed an exclusive video interview with director Jose Padilha.  We talked about how he was able to cast Michael Keaton, making a futuristic movie feel real, the PG-13 rating, the editing process, when the first trailer will be released, how the film changed during production, the amount of creative freedom he had compared to working in Brazil, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Robocop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle HaleyRoboCop opens February 7th, 2014.

Comic-Con: Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Director Jose Padilha Talk ROBOCOP and Comparisons to the Original

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While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and director Jose Padilha spoke to the press about their new futuristic sci-fi thriller, Robocop, a reimagining of the 1980s cult classic.  In the year 2028, the multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, is at the center of robot technology.  In a Detroit ravaged by crime, OmniCorp sees an opening for the perfect policeman – a robot that can clean up the city without putting polices lives at risk.  The idea of a robot pulling the trigger makes people anxious, but they find a compromise in Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) and discover what happens when man and machine unite.

During the interview, they talked about their reactions when they first heard there would be a new Robocop and read the script, how the original story and themes inspired the modern film and what they brought from the original, why iconic lines from the first film didn’t make it into the second, the importance of making an entertaining film that is also morally intelligent, the relationship between fascism and robotics, what it’s like to play iconic characters in iconic movies, and how dope it would be if you could remake earlier groundbreaking films with today’s technology.  Check out what they have to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: ROBOCOP Panel Recap; Impressions of the First Footage and First Trailer

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Last year, Total Recall provided an important reminder: It’s very dangerous to try and remake Paul Verhoeven.  He not only made off-kilter blockbuster movies, but he made them in a time when a director could get away with off-kilter blockbuster movies.  The R-rating definitely helped, but there was also a strangeness that some could find off-putting.  The original RoboCop has its share off odd moments, but what stands out more than the action scenes is the satire like the fake commercials.  My biggest question about the remake was if they would carry over the social commentary, or make a forgettable action film featuring a killer cyborg police officer.  I got closer to an answer at this afternoon’s Comic-Con panel for the film where Sony showed the first footage from the remake.

Hit the jump for my recap of the panel.  RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.

TOP 5: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Christopher Nolan and JAMES BOND 24 Rumors, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., New PACIFIC RIM Trailer, ROBOCOP Remake Set Photos and Video

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As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.

All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

ROBOCOP Director Jose Padilha to Helm Warner Bros. Thriller THE BROTHERHOOD

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Director Jose Padilha is heading back into the crime thriller world.  The filmmaker first broke onto the scene with his Brazilian crime pics Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within before landing the directing gig on MGM’s RoboCop remake, and now Heat Vision reports that he is next set to direct the true crime thriller The Brotherhood for Warner Bros.  The pic is an adaptation of Guy Lawson and William Oldham’s book The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia and centers on two corrupt detectives who secretly worked for two crime families for years while throwing cases, scrapping evidence, and even killing for the mob.  Oldham—another detective—eventually brought the two to justice after tracking them for nearly a decade.

The story most definitely has a Departed feel to it, and should make for a rather intriguing crime drama.  Dan Lin (Gangster Squad) is producing and Bill Dubuque (The Judge) wrote the script.  Padilha’s RoboCop remake hits theaters next February.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Brotherhoods.

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