After eight seasons of playing the stubborn, selfish, and mean-spirited — but ultimately helpful — Dr. Gregory House on TV, Hugh Laurie is about to go full-on evil for the big screen. The Brit actor has just signed on for José Padilha‘s upcoming remake for MGM of Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 sci-fi classic Robocop, in the role of the villainous Omni Corp CEO. Laurie joins an intriguing cast that includes lead Joel Kinnaman, and co-stars Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, and Samuel L. Jackson. More details after the jump.

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Abbie Cornish in Talks for ‘Robocop’

Whatever doubts you may still have about MGM’s Robocop remake, at least director José Padilha is recruiting a strong cast to help him out. The Killing star Joel Kinnaman was confirmed as the title character earlier this year, and since then Padilha’s been filling out the supporting roles with stars like Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson – and now Abbie Cornish, who has been offered the female lead. More details after the jump.

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I expect some of you might be more inclined to see Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop, now that Gary Oldman will be in it. Today news came out that Oldman will play a major role opposite Joel Kinnaman, who was cast a few weeks back as the new version of Alex Murphy, a cop who is killed (nearly killed?) but revived as a cyborg police officer.

I bet many will do the same thing I did and assume that Oldman will be playing either the role held by Ronny Cox in the original, or even one of the roles played to such memorable effect by Kurtwood Smith or Miguel Ferrer. In fact, Oldman’s casting reveals some new information about the remake, as he’s playing a new character named Norton, aka the guy who creates RoboCop. Read More »

I don’t necessarily love this current trend of churning out character posters for every single actor in an ensemble cast, but when the line-up is as good as this one, I can’t complain. Seven new character posters have dropped for John Hillcoat‘s Prohibition-era thriller Lawless, showing stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, and Mia Wasikowska each trying their best to give off a tough-guy (or girl) glower. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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The brand new and final trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises has just come online and it’s even more epic than you’d imagine. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

“Do you have any idea what a Thompson submachine gun does to a mortal?”

Oh, man, here we go. We’ve waited a long time to see footage from John Hillcoat‘s new film Lawless, formerly titled The Wettest County. Based on Matt Bondurant‘s book The Wettest County in the World, the film had a long pre-production history and nearly didn’t happen, until Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures saved the day.

And so Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke are the bootlegging Bondurant brothers who have to contend with the attentions of some powerful and jealous authorities, with Guy Pearce looking like he’s having the time of his life as the agent on the trail of the boys. Gary Oldman has his part, too, and Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and more fill out the cast.

A trailer has just hit for Lawless, and it looks fantastic.

Update: Seems like Yahoo posted the trailer too soon, because they pulled it briefly. The embed below seems to be working for most people now, however.

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Warner Bros. is still trying to make Arthur & Lancelot, based on a script by David Dobkin that the studio bought for a couple million bucks last year. Dobkin, who directed Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up, will direct the film that is an action-oriented take on the classic Arthurian story, with a modern feel.

The film was put on hold a while back, but reactivated when Colin Farrell was attached to play Lancelot. But the actor has dropped out, and so WB has to put together a cast from scratch again. Read More »

Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.

The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.

The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.

After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »

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