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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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Michael Keaton hasn’t appeared on the big screen since 2010′s The Other Guys, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working. Way back in 2011, he and Michelle Monaghan were cast in a thriller titled Penthouse North. The film entered production with helmer Joseph Ruben late that year, to be distributed by Dimension Films. And it’s been sitting on the shelf ever since.

As of today, the picture still has no U.S. release date. But it does have an international trailer, which offers some idea as to why this movie slipped off the radar. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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As a comedy, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s upcoming Birdman falls well outside the director’s usual misery-soaked wheelhouse. But one thing that hasn’t changed is his ability to attract major talent.

In a brilliant bit of casting, former Batman star Michael Keaton has been chosen for the lead role of a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero. Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton round out the rest of the cast. Hit the jump to read more.

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Michael Keaton Has a ‘Need for Speed’

As Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner rev their engines for Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, DreamWorks is preparing a high-speed franchise of its own. Last spring, the studio nabbed the rights to the EA Sports racing video game Need for Speed and set Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. Casting got off to a strong start last fall as Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper joined the cast, picking up Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi along the way. Now it’s bringing on some more grown-up talent, in the form of Michael Keaton. More details after the jump.

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Sometimes the only way to really get clarity on an old idea is to see someone else do it first.

While Christopher Nolan directed Christian Bale in three Batman films that push a screen vision of the character that will likely be the defining one for some time, those movies would likely never have happened without Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. Burton directed Keaton in Batman, released in 1989, at a time when that sort of major studio superhero movie was quite rare. The film was a resounding success, and the pair went on to make Batman Returns, released in 1992.

For a while after the release of that sequel, Keaton was in the mix for a third film, but ended up walking away when it became clear that he and new director Joel Schumacher wanted to make a different sort of movie. Keaton now says that he wanted to make a film very much like Batman Begins, but walked away because  Schumacher wanted something else.  Read More »

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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Michael Keaton to Direct Indie Dramedy ‘Buttercup’

It’s not just Michael Keaton‘s acting that’s on the rise again — he’s looking to fire up his career behind the camera again as well. Just a week after he landed the juicy villain role in Jose Padilha’s Robocop reboot, Keaton has attached himself to direct the indie Buttercup. The dramedy would mark his second time in the director’s chair, after he made his debut with 2008′s The Merry Gentlemen. More details after the jump.

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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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