‘RoboCop’ Remake Gets IMAX Release

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Briefly: There’s been much debate over the look and feel of José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. Does it look too campy, does it look too straightforward, is it being disrespectful to the original? Fans have begun asking all these questions.

One question that can be put to rest, though, is its size. MGM and Sony revealed today the film, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, will be remasted and released in IMAX on opening day, February 7. The other questions will be put to rest on or around that date as well.

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Alex Murphy Glows and Glowers on First ‘RoboCop’ Poster

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The first trailer for Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake suggested an interesting mix of old and new, not unlike RoboCop himself. The basic premise hasn’t changed, and the promo contained plenty of nods to Paul Verhoeven’s original. But it’s also clear that, for better or for worse, Padilha’s version is its own thing, with whole new subplots, characters, and themes.

Now the first poster has landed, and it takes a similar approach. There’s a cute little reference to the 1987 film, but the sleek, modern aesthetic is a reminder that this is not your dad’s RoboCop. Or perhaps it’d be more appropriate to say this is your kid’s RoboCop, since those who were old enough to catch Verhoeven’s film when it first came out are probably parents themselves by now. Check out the poster after the jump.

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“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” The first trailer for José Padilha‘s remake of Robocop is finally here. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, it’s scheduled for release February 7. Check it out below. Read More »

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Every time you see a piece of art by Jason Edmiston, it takes a second to process. You have to look closely and ask, “Am I looking at a photo or is this a painting?” The next question is whether or not you have enough money to buy it.

Edmiston is the man behind the next solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. It’s called A Rogues Gallery. The Toronto-based artist has done several brand new acrylic paintings immortalizing some of the biggest and baddest villains in cinema history. Characters from films like Ghostbusters, RoboCop, Predator, Terminator, Aliens, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and they’ll all be on display starting Friday August 23. Check out a sampling below. Read More »

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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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Briefly: The full schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2013 will be released very soon, but the major movie studios have already started to jump the gun. Sony revealed they’ll be bringing RoboCop, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Hall H on Friday July 19. Then, Marvel Studios announced they’ll be bringing Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Hall H on Saturday July 20. There will also be “many special guests” at the Marvel panel, so expect lots of surprises.

We’ll post more as the full schedule is revealed and, of course, we’ll be on the ground with all the breaking news.

Rogen Baruchel This Is End

By his own admission, Jay Baruchel is the least well-known of the six main stars in This Is The End. He’s been acting for decades, appearing in Oscar-winning films from Almost Famous to Million Dollar Baby and blockbusters like How To Train Your Dragon and Tropic Thunder. Yet, when compared to some of his co-stars, he simply isn’t as famous. That might not be the case once people see This Is The End.

Along with co-director Seth Rogen, Baruchel is arguably the film’s lead character and the “in” for the audience. He plays the pseudo-outsider who finds himself at a star-studded Hollywood party just as the world is about to end. It’s a role he’s been playing for some time, starring in the original Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse short film the feature is based on, and having worked with seeming every other actor in the film at one time or another.

We spoke to Baruchel, a film junkie, about his outsider role in This Is The End, and some of the film’s more controversial elements as well as aspirations to write more movies, opening against Man of Steel, working with first time directors, odd career choices, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the RoboCop remake. Read More »

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Toy collectors are well aware of the company Hot Toys. They make officially licensed, expertly researched and highly detailed collectible figures for almost every geek culture property out there. Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Terminator, G.I. Joe: you name it and Hot Toys has probably made it.

Their latest creations are from one of the most revered sci-fi movies: RoboCop. Seemingly tied to next year’s remake, Hot Toys is releasing a brand-new version of the original RoboCop himself, an alternate version with his chair, and the villainous ED-209, all crafted in exquisite detail. Check them out below. Read More »

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