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. Jackson. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
MGM and Sony have just released the new trailer and poster for Jose Padilha‘s remake of Paul Verhoeven‘s RoboCop. 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 that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned. For me, this trailer is not a good sign. None of the action looks particularly interesting and the few laugh lines (“Robophobic”, “Good Cop/RoboCop”) land with a thud. I think we could be looking at a movie that’s just as pointless as the remake of Verhoeven’s Total Recall.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. 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. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop has an incredibly difficult line to walk. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original gleefully fired off satire and explosive action, Padilha seems to be trying to keep the satire (Samuel L. Jackson‘s Bill O’Reilly-esque pundit) while maintaining a slightly serious tact by commenting on drone warfare and exploring questions of free will. I don’t know if he’ll be able to pull it off, but I’m curious what we’ll see from a new trailer when it’s released on Thursday. In the meantime, there are new images showing off Jackson’s character, Pat Novak, as well as Liz Kline (Jennifer Ehle), Maddox (Jackie Earle Haley), and Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman).
Hit the jump to check out the images, and be sure to come back Thursday when the new trailer is released. The film also stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Michael Keaton. RoboCop opens on February 12, 2014.
A couple days ago, George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men was delayed to 2014 in order to work on the visual effects and find the right tone for the story. Warner Bros. has now set the movie for February 7, 2014. It will serve as adult counter-programming to family-friendly The LEGO Movie, but it also takes the movie out of the awards race completely. Monuments Men was positioned to be in this year’s race, but since the Academy can rarely remember movies that came out in February, a 2014 run looks unlikely.
Variety also reports that the move for The Monuments Men has caused some slight shifts for a couple of other films. The remake of RoboCop will now move from February 7th to February 12th. Meanwhile, American Hustle will move up from Christmas to go wide on Monuments Men‘s original December 18, 2013 date, but still open in limited release on December 13th.
Director Jose Padilha’s upcoming RoboCop will grace the ginormous IMAX screens when it hits theaters next year. Sony and MGM announced today that the film will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format, giving fans the opportunity to check it out on the big, big screen. Joel Kinnaman leads the redo, which takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of a part-man, part-robot police officer. The experiment on Kinnaman is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned. Watch the trailer here.
The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. If you missed Steve’s recent interview with Baruchel about the film, click here. RoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 7, 2014.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal. Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal. The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it’s loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces. While I’m not sure when it’s going to be released in America, it’s definitely worth checking out down the road.
Shortly after the premiere, I landed an extended video interview with Jay Baruchel. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about being at TIFF, what The Art of the Steal is about, what it was like for Baruchel to work with Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, what he collects, the reception to This Is the End, the Goon sequel (and what it’s about), and more. In addition, he talked about how he’d just seen the rough cut of How to Train Your Dragon 2, who he plays in the Robocop remake, and future projects like his pilot for ABC, and his comic book adaptation, Random Acts of Violence, which is in development. Hit the jump to watch.
This new poster from director José Padilha’s RoboCop borrows a line from the 1987 original, but with one important difference. That difference is likely a stand-in for the changes from the ultra-violent and satirical Paul Verhoeven film to the rebooted property that must earn its keep and prove to audiences it’s a worthwhile standalone film. The first trailer was rather divisive, but I’ll wait to see the film itself before making any solid judgments. These first official images, however, are quite nice in any event.
Hit the jump to check out the full poster. Also starring Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley, RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.
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.
The first trailer for director José Padilha’s RoboCop remake just hit, and a few new official stills came along for the ride. They feature new looks at stars Joel Kinnaman, who plays protagonist Alex Murphy and is seen here in full, tactical Robo-getup; Abbie Cornish as his wife, Clara Murphy; Samuel L. Jackson as conservative media mogul, Pat Novak; and RoboCop-creator, Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) with Michael Keaton as OmniCorp’s CEO, Raymond Sellars.
Also starring Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley, RoboCop opens February 7, 2014. Hit the jump to view the new images.
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.
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 Haley. RoboCop opens February 7th, 2014.
We saw plenty of panels this weekend at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. We waited in line so long that we actually had to take shifts to make sure we got a reasonably decent seat. This allowed us to give you quick recaps of the panels, but now you can sit in the comfort of your home just a few days later and watch the full panel for yourself. There’s a fair amount of stuff that’s not in our recaps, most notably the humor of the panelists. It’s tough to convey the spontaneity and timing of the jokes, and they’re some of the best parts. You should probably see for yourself Bryan Cranston absolutely killing it at the Godzilla panel or the surprisingly charming audience Q&A for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Hit the jump to watch the full Comic-Con panels for X-Men: Days of Future Past, RoboCop, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Godzilla. You can also click on the corresponding links for our recaps, which includes summations of the footage we were shown. Please keep in mind that the video of these panels does not include this footage.
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.
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.
Yesterday we got a look at the rather tame Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, and today SDCC has unveiled the full panel lineup for Friday, July 19th. Last year was the first year that Comic-Con moved TV panels into Hall H for days other than Sunday, and after getting a look at Friday’s lineup, the Con is starting to look more and more like a TV convention. While there are first-looks at The World’s End, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, and Riddick to look forward to, the entire convention is packed with TV panels on Friday, including Hall H panels for The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and the Veronica Mars movie.
I’m baffled by the fact that the panel for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Joss Whedon is being held in Ballroom 20 and not Hall H, and at the same time as the Walking Dead panel no less. Hit the jump to take a look at the highlights from Friday’s schedule. Comic-Con 2013 runs from July 18th – July 21st.