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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 »

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A quarter century after the release of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, the cyborg police officer remains as well loved as ever. In fact, today we’ve got news about three different versions of the character coming our way.

First, we have the first peek at the statue going up in Detroit, which is based on the original (1987) version of the character. Then there are photos and video from Jose Padilha‘s upcoming remake, which has been undergoing reshoots in Vancouver. Finally, Boom! Studios has announced plans for a new comic book series called RoboCop: Last Stand, penned by Frank Miller. Hit the jump for details on all of the above.

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This week we spoke with Damon Lindelof about the sequel to Prometheus and, in the conversation, he mentioned that Ridley Scott was finishing The Counselor and had “Child 44 lined up right behind it.” That was an interesting statement, making it sound like Scott was directing the film.

Scott is not directing the film, he’s producing, but it’s a project we haven’t written about much on the site (just Page 2 mentions and one story) so we figured we’d fill you in on the details, even though it’s not exactly breaking news.

Child 44, based on a crime novel by Tom Rob Smith, will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). The film stars Tom Hardy as a Soviet military police officer who becomes the subject of government suspision when investigating a child murder. The supporting cast is stellar too, including Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. 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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A new four-minute video meant to sell Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop to licensing and promotions companies might just end up selling you on the film, too. It features a ton of concept art from the film, including huge battles with multiple OmniCorp products and explains how the suit will evolve from the silver one similar to the original film to the black one that’s been a hot topic since images of it leaked online some weeks ago.

Check out the video after the jump.

[EDIT: The video has been removed, but we still have a rundown of what it entails below]

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Did ‘RoboCop’ Get a New Suit?

There was no small amount of derision fired towards the RoboCop remake directed by Jose Padilha for the suit design sported by the main character, played by Joel Kinnaman. The assumption was that he was going to wear that suit throughout most of the film — after all, in Paul Verhoeven’s original movie, the character didn’t get new armor every ten minutes, so we’ve assumed a similar approach this time.

That might be wrong.

An image posted to Instagram today shows a suit that the photographer says is the suit the character will wear through “the whole film.” It’s better than the last, if a bit Ultron-like. Check out the image and some possibly spoilerish info below. Read More »

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Julian Assange is Australian, and his former right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg is German, but it seems both will be portrayed by UK citizens in the movies. Bill Condon‘s developing WikiLeaks movie cast white-hot Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Assange last month, and now James McAvoy looks likely to take the role of disillusioned WikiLeaks spokesperson Domscheit-Berg.

The film is based on two books, Domscheit-Berg’s tell-all Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website and journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding‘s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy. More after the jump.

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Having weathered MGM’s financial woes and some last-minute digital revamping to avoid pissing off the Chinese, the Red Dawn remake is finally ready to hit theaters next month. A first trailer hit a couple of months ago, and now the first TV spot has arrived to remind us of the absurdity we can expect. Watch the video after the jump, then stick around for more photos from RoboCop and a casting update on a new Little Rascals.

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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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