The search has been on for a new Robocop villain since last week, when negotiations with Hugh Laurie fell through. For a hot second it looked like Clive Owen could step up to replace him, but now word is that it’s actually Michael Keaton who’ll take over the part instead.

It seems like good news, if only because it means more big-screen appearances for Keaton. The former Batman and Beetlejuice actor fits right into a star-studded cast that also includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Michael K. Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and lead Joel Kinnaman. More details after the jump.

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José Padilha‘s Robocop remake has been adding one award-winning talent after another for the past few months, but now casting is taking one step back. Hugh Laurie has just backed out of the villain role, after entering talks back in June. Still remaining in the film are lead Joel Kinnaman, plus Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Michael K. Williams, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. More details after the jump.

Update: Deadline reports that Clive Owen is one of the actors MGM is talking to as options to replace Laurie. More info as confirmation comes. Hit the jump for the rest of Angie’s original report.

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As one Paul Verhoeven remake plops into theaters, another one is gearing up to start shooting. Fortunately for us, Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop already looks much more promising than Len Wiseman’s Total Recall ever did.

For one thing, Padilha is assembling a top-notch cast. Joel Kinnaman has been set to play the lead for some time now, but in the last few months Padilha’s been busy locking down some other interesting talents like Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hugh Laurie. The newest member of that roster is now Jennifer Ehle, a two-time Tony winner last seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and the CBS drama A Gifted Man. More details after the jump.

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Dating can be a tricky proposition under even the best of circumstances, but in The Oranges, Hugh Laurie‘s divorced dad David Walling finds himself in a particularly sticky situation when he falls for the much younger daughter (Leighton Meester) of his best friend (Oliver Platt). Toss in a jealous ex-wife (Catherine Keener) and a son (Adam Brody) who’s also crushing on the same girl, and “clusterfuck” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

There are a number of different directions that premise could go, from wacky sitcom to soapy melodrama to psychological thriller. Fortunately for David Walling, The Oranges doesn’t seem to be the kind of movie that ends with him getting buried in a shallow grave by his former BFF. Instead, it looks like a modest but well-acted character piece that mines the situation for both humor and pathos. Allison Janney and Alia Shawkat round out the excellent cast. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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José Padilha has rounded up an impressive array of talent for his new Robocop remake, and the latest additions are no exception. A new report has surfaced today indicating that Jackie Earle Haley is now signed on, while Jay Baruchel is said to be circling a key role. The two join a cast that already includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, and of course, Joel Kinnaman as Robocop himself. More details after the jump.

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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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Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas opens with a scene that suggests it is not your parents’ holiday movie. In response to one little girl’s query about how Santa manages to deliver all of those gifts around the world in just one night, we’re treated to a thrilling sequence of hundreds of elves jumping out of a giant sleigh-shaped spaceship and delivering the gifts with a high-tech precision that wouldn’t be out of place in a futuristic action thriller.

Spearheading that massive operation is alpha-male Steve (Hugh Laurie), heir apparent to the cushy Santa position currently held by his father Malcolm (Jim Broadbent). Steve and Malcolm, it turns out, are just two members of a long line of Santas that stretch back centuries and also includes Malcolm’s father (Bill Nighy) “Grandsanta,” and Steve’s younger brother Arthur (James McAvoy).

But holiday movies are a decidedly traditional genre, and Arthur Christmas quickly falls into the familiar themes about the magic of Christmas and finding your place in the world and whatnot. Happily, it does so with enough wit and enough feeling to be a cut above some of the more cynical entries in the genre, though it’s not on the level of the best holiday classics.

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‘Arthur Christmas’ US and UK Theatrical Trailers

We’ve seen a couple teaser trailers for the Aardman Animation holiday film Arthur Christmas, and now, two full-length trailers are out. The UK trailer still shows a lot of the elements we’ve seen before — the North Pole as a high-tech gift processing center; Santa’s sleigh as UFO; and the geeky younger member of Santa’s family who acts as the title character — but it also shows off a lot more of the actual story that puts all those elements to work. There are also a few good, cheeky little jokes. And the US trailer has a slightly different approach to the same elements. Check out the trailers below. (Oh, and there are lions, too.) Read More »

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