If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.
That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »
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Is this a rumor based in fact, or simply wishful thinking? Recently Quentin Tarantino said he would scuttle his planned film The Hateful Eight after the script leaked around Hollywood. (While the leak was initially an industry-only thing, the script quickly reached all corners of the internet.) In his fury at the first draft going public, Tarantino said he would bail on directing the movie, and focus instead on another film idea he’s been working on. The Hateful Eight would be published as a book, he said, but that was small consolation to those interested in seeing the film.
But now new rumors say that he’s going to direct the film after all. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
It costs a jaw-dropping $4 million dollars to get a 30-second spot in the Super Bowl. Can you blame studios, then, for wanting to make the most of their purchase by hyping up the ads in advance? Marvel Studios has released a brief teaser for their latest Captain America: The Winter Soldier promo, which will debut during the big game on Sunday.
Additionally, the studio has unveiled a couple of new posters featuring the film’s main characters. Check ‘em all out after the jump.
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With a $4 million Super Bowl spot coming in four days, Marvel is beginning to really push Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Peter visited the set and, in his interview with star Chris Evans, you can see a bunch of new images from the film.
Three new character posters have also gone online. One features Cap, another has Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and a third depicts Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Late last week, we got our first peek at Barely Lethal, starring Samuel L. Jackson as the mentor to a teen assassin played by Hailee Steinfeld. Today, we have our first peek at Kite, starring Samuel L. Jackson as mentor to a teen assassin played by India Eisley. The difference is that this time around, we’re looking at a gritty, anime-based actioner, rather than a Mean Girls-esque comedy.
Eisley leads as Sawa, a young girl left orphaned after her policeman father is killed. Under the guidance of her dad’s ex-partner Karl Aker (Jackson), she trains as a killer and sets out to avenge her parents. Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four) also stars. About nine minutes of footage have just been released, including the first trailer and a few clips, and you can check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
After taking on forbidden love in Romeo & Juliet and Battle School in Ender’s Game (above), Hailee Steinfeld is ready for a real challenge: high school. Well, that and killing people.
Kyle Newman‘s upcoming action-comedy Barely Lethal stars the True Grit actress as a teen assassin who’s ready to leave her killer life behind and try her hand at a normal adolescence. Unfortunately, her former handler (Jessica Alba) has other ideas. Hit the jump to check out the first stills from the film, featuring Steinfeld, Alba, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World have passed, so it’s time to bring on the Captain. Captain America: The Winter Soldier with be the first of two Marvel Studios films released in 2014. Four new stills have just been released thanks to Empire Magazine. In them, you’ll see Cap himself, played by Chris Evans, as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) and even the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
For a moment this summer, David Yates‘ Tarzan looked like it could be shut down for good. But now that it’s back on track, it seems to be chugging along at a good speed.
The Edgar Rice Burroughs-based adventure has been amassing quite an interesting cast, with Alexander Skarsgard attached to play the King of the Jungle and Christoph Waltz on board for the villain. The latest addition to that roster could be Samuel L. Jackson, who’s officially entered talks after circling the project early on. Hit the jump for the latest details.
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In next year’s Need for Speed, Dominic Cooper is easy to peg as the bad guy. But in Reasonable Doubt, he plays a guy involved in a weirder car-based crime. He seems to be involved in a pretty straight-forward hit-and-run death, which is bad. But it puts him in contact with a mysterious dude played by Samuel L. Jackson, and that turns out to be really bad.
Check out a trailer for the thriller below. Read More »