Rock as Hercules

Thanks to Dwayne Johnson’s social media presence we’ve seen quite a few teasing behind the scenes glimpses of The Rock as Hercules. He’s starring in 2014′s other Hercules movie, the big one, which opens in July. Now we’ve got the first official look at the Rock as the hero of myth and legend. We’ll see a trailer for the Brett Ratner-directed film on Tuesday, but after the break you can see two rather different still images.

Update: The film’s first poster has also been released, and you can see that below.

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Idolmaker Justin Timberlake

After a lengthy hiatus, Justin Timberlake finally returned to making new music last year with the album The 20/20 Experience. But he hasn’t given up on his Hollywood dreams. MGM is developing a remake of The Idolmaker, with Timberlake set to produce. Now Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, who directed Timberlake in Black Snake Moan, in talks to helm. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Robocop Black

If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.

That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »

‘RoboCop’ International TV Spot

Robocop street

Want a new look at RoboCop, from director José Padilha and starting Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, and Samuel L. Jackson?

A Japanese TV spot is now online, featuring a few minor bits of footage that most of you probably haven’t seen yet. Read More »

Road House

Survey a bunch of movie fans on the most rewatchable films of the Eighties and Road House is guaranteed to come up. The classic-bad-action film starring Patrick Swayze as a no-nonsense bouncer features some of the most cheesy dialogue and fighting you’ve ever seen in a major motion picture. But thanks in part to Swayze’s charisma, the film also has its charms. It’s one of those movies, that is extremely hard to turn off when happened across on cable.

That said, the premise of Road House isn’t what brings people back. It’s how it’s played, which is why this latest piece of news is a head-scratcher. It seems MGM has hired Rob Cohen, director of xXx, The Fast and the Furious and recently Alex Cross, to remake Road House. Read More »

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

For years, the world has been safe from Ernst Stavro Blofeld (above, played by Donald Pleasence in the first incarnation to show his face) and the evil SPECTRE organization, not because James Bond and his MI6 cohorts are just that good at their jobs, but because legal wrangling prevented recent Bond films from using the two villainous names.

But things have changed. Kevin McClory, who owns the names to those bad guys, passed away in 2006. A deal has now been struck between his estate and the Bond folks, giving Bond film producers rights to all of the McClory estate’s James Bond holdings. In other words, Blofeld is primed for his comeback.

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beorns-house-1

One of the characters set to debut in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Beorn, a man who is sometimes a bear (or a bear who is sometimes a man). Beorn is gigantic, and accordingly, he has a home that is of such a size that normal human men look like hobbits when sitting at his table. That’s illustrator and designer John Howe at the table, above.

To shoot the film, Jackson’s crew built the entire outsized home, complete with gigantic furniture and props, so that the characters would look appropriately small in Beorn’s surroundings. A new featurette shows off the house, and as is the case with so many of the behind the scenes videos for Jackson’s tour of Middle-Earth, is a good way to spend a few minutes.  Read More »

Joel Kinnaman

With shots that last less than a second, it’s possible to pack an impressive amount of information into a fifteen-second clip. That’s the case with this preview of the new trailer for the RoboCop remake. The trailer hits tomorrow, and this advance look comes from Entertainment Tonight, but thankfully it is free of talking heads and intrusive voiceover.

Puzzle out what this is really telling us about Jose Padilha‘s remake of the sci-fi satire by watching below.

Update: Additional video, both finished trailer footage and behind the scenes shots, has been added below. Read More »

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