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I caught some of Independence Day on cable during the Fourth of July, and was struck by how Hollywood doesn’t make many movies like that anymore. Sure, massive blockbusters with ensemble casts are a dime a dozen, but the disaster movie genre isn’t what it used to be.

Enter Dean Devlin, the man who wrote and produced Independence Day. His directorial debut, Geostorm, looks to singlehandedly resurrect that cheesy, ludicrously-plotted type of movie to theaters. If you’re looking for a film that features ridiculous concepts like Gerard Butler (300) trying to outsmart malfunctioning satellites that control the weather while Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe, 21) and Abbie Cornish (Limitless) kidnap the President (Andy Garcia), you’re going to love this.
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Morten Tyldum Directing Jack Ryan

This past Christmas, you might have seen Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt look glamorous in space in the sci-fi romance/action adventure Passengers. Apparently whatever Amazon, Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount Television saw from director Morten Tyldum in that picture was enough to hire him for a new gig.

Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (who received an Oscar nomination for The Imitation Game) has been brought on board Amazon’s new action series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. This marks the first time the titular character, to be played by The Office star John Krasinski, from films such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games will be featured in his own series.

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Kevin Spacey in Ameowadeus

For the last few years, one of the highlights of the Academy Awards night has been what comes after the Academy Awards. Namely, Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Oscar spoof of Hollywood filmmaking at its grandest. This year was no exception.

After knocking it out of the park two years in a row with Movie: The Movie and its inevitable sequel, he switched gears this year to bring us highfalutin Oscar bait trailers starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ben Kingsley… based on the likes of YouTube classics “David After Dentist,” “Keyboard Cat,” and “Charlie Bit My Finger.” Check ’em all out after the jump.

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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 »

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As remakes go, Jose Padilha‘s Robocop seems to be one of the more interesting ones. Not only does it promise a whole new spin on the core concept — by focusing far more closely on the toll that Robocopping takes on Alex Murphy for example — it’s assembled a great cast to help sell that story. Joel Kinnaman is the shining star, but he’s backed by the likes of Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish.

The latest batch of photos highlight some of those talented supporting players, while also showing off how damn cool Kinnaman looks at Robocop. Check ’em out after the jump.

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Joel Kinnaman

Most of the Robocop marketing so far has focused on, well, Robocop (Joel Kinnaman). But before he was Robocop, he was a plain old human known as Alex Murphy — and as the latest international trailer reminds us, Alex is lurking inside of him still.

While there’s more than enough action to go around in this new promo, the real focus is on the very human cost of Omnicorp’s new robot police force. It seems that being brought to the brink of death and then revived as a freakish android-man hybrid tends to take an emotional toll on a guy. Watch the video after the jump.

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Joel Kinnaman

“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” The first trailer for José Padilha‘s remake of Robocop is finally here. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, it’s scheduled for release February 7. Check it out below. Read More »

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Our first real look at José Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop in motion features Samuel L. Jackson as a loud, opinionated television personality, on a stage emblazoned with American flags. This guy Pat Novak, whom Jackson describes as “Rush Sharpton,” is talking about the use of drones in military service oversees. Indeed, in news footage of an operation in Tehran, we see ED-209 ‘bots patrolling war-torn streets, with smaller 208s backing them up.

Pat Novak hopes that these drones, which don’t get angry, can be used to patrol American neighborhoods. But because drones can’t be accountable for decision-making, there’s legislation against using them on US soil. Enter OCP, which finds a way to bring a human consciousness into a drone, and in so doing creates the ability to make money by selling super-expensive human/drone hybrids. Enter RoboCop.

Already, you can tell that this is a very different film from Paul Verhoven’s weird, raw satire released in 1987. Director José Padilha took the stage after that footage to discuss his new movie, including some talk about the future threat of drones and robotics technology used in war and law enforcement, as he described a remake that may have much less to do with the original than we had expected. Read More »

Find out just how the new Maniac pulled off its violent intensity in a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. Also after the jump:

  • The new Scarface might center around a Mexican lead
  • Abbie Cornish has nice things to say about Robocop
  • Todd Lincoln discusses his failed attempt to remake The Fly
  • The viral campaign for Carrie gets literary with a couple of fake books

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We’ve got a hodgepodge of new images after the jump, including set photos from Robocop and The Wolverine, stills from Hitchcock and Beautiful Creatures, and even a snapshot of the National Lampoon’s Vacation cast, reunited.

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