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When it comes to modern sci-fi movies, RoboCop has to be one of the best. Part machine, part man, the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven is a satirical, violent masterpiece. At its center is the gorgeously designed, iconic lead character who returned for two much lesser sequels, and was redesigned for a reboot released earlier this year.

So how did RoboCop come to be? What’s the story behind the silver and chrome character? A new book called RoboCop: The Definitive History hits shelves Tuesday. Written by Calum Waddell, it has all the answers. To celebrate its release, we’ve got a set of amazing RoboCop behind the scenes photos like the one above. Check them out below. Read More »


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It’s Cannes time, which means the marketplace is opening in France, and producers, sales agents, distributors, and other money-traders are converging to make deals to produce and exhibit new films. Two of the first big filmmakers who will be selling their new projects at the festival are Paul Verhoeven and Gaspar Noé. We’ve got what little info is available on their new projects, after the break. Read More »

Michael Bay Dark Of Moon

Watch out, Texas: Michael Bay‘s Autobots and Decepticons are coming to destroy your towns. Also after the jump:

  • Woman in Black: Angels of Death adds two young Brit stars
  • Sorry romcom fans, Bridget Jones 3 isn’t coming anytime soon
  • Transformers 4 continues casting; Bay talks character redesigns
  • Ray Liotta chats about the Sin City and The Muppets sequels
  • Paul Verhoeven had fun watching the Total Recall remake fail
  • Cozy up to the cutest cast member from The Hangover Part III
  • Disney parks reveal big summer plans for Monsters University

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Remakes live, die and get defended in this edition of Remake Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • David Lindsay-Abaire gives an update of the Poltergiest remake.
  • Sharlto Copley eases fan misconceptions about Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.
  • Chris Tucker is in talks for the remake of the French smash The Intouchables.
  • Larry Clarke said a remake of Mona Lisa is dead.
  • Paul Verhoeven believes the failure of the Total Recall remake could have killed a Starship Troopers remake.

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Paul Verhoven, the dual-sided filmmaker whose Hollywood career is broadly split between  highly aware genre fare (RoboCop, Starship Troopers, Black Book) and gleeful, exploitative silliness (Showgirls, Basic Instinct, Total Recall), has long wanted to make a film about Jesus. Yes, that Jesus, the carpenter. He co-wrote a book on the subject, Jesus of Nazareth, and has tried for some time to raise money to do a film version.

Now he’s a couple steps closer, perhaps thanks to a climate that is more favorable than usual towards big films with religious origins. (Think Aronofsky’s Noah and Spielberg’s Gods and Kings.) Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Beowulf) has been hired to script, and Muse Productions is ready to finance the picture. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven hasn’t directed a film since the very good 2006 release Black Book. There are films he wants to make or has flirted with: a Thomas Crown Affair sequel; The Hidden Force; Eternal; a video game adaptation; and a film called The Surrogate.

The last film had Halle Berry attached, but seems to be dead. However, there is a report that the director and actress are moving on to a new project, The Student. Read More »

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Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan isn’t even playing on 100 screens in the United States yet but, based on back to back huge weekends at the box office, it’s safe to say the film is building some serious word of mouth. However, while most of that word of mouth is incredibly positive, there are plenty of people who find many of the film’s more eccentric and out there moments to be comical.

It’s safe to assume that Jeffrey McHale is one of those people. The director/editor has made a very clever trailer mash up using the full audio track from the Black Swan trailer, edited with applicable footage from Paul Verhoeven’s infamous Showgirls. And, to be honest, it works extremely well. It is NSFW however, as Showgirls was an NC-17 movie. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven to Direct ‘Eternal’

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We’ve heard about a few possible projects for Paul Verhoeven over the past couple years. Last seen directing the very good Black Book, he’s got a film called The Surrogate on his plate, along with The Hidden Force and possibly an adaptation of a Jordan Mechner video game.

Add one more to the pile, as the director has signed on to Eternal, which could put him back in erotic thriller territory, albeit with a twist. Read More »


Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall) has been off the grid for about four years now, with his last film, the widely acclaimed Dutch war drama/thriller Black Book, marking his only return to the director’s chair since he departed the Hollywood scene a decade ago (after the release of Hollow Man).

Good news for Verhoeven fans: He’s back at it again, and his next film sounds like a trip. Read More »