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February 14, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The remake of the 1980s thriller "RoboCop" roars into theaters this weekend, and the title character roars into action on a motorcycle. Except he doesn't roar. The filmmakers behind the MGM remake were determined that the futuristic robocycle underneath their RoboCop be authentic. So it's electric. VIDEO: The Can Am Spyder RSS Production designer Martin Whist, working closely with director Jose Padilha, started with a Kawasaki Z-1000. They stripped it down to the frame, extended the swing arm to increase the overall length of the bike, and clad it with a fiberglass-like shell.
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March 11, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Director-producer John Woo will head up the jury at the fourth annual Beijing International Film Festival , which kicks off April 16, organizers said. Woo, 67, is the Hong Kong helmer of films including "Mission: Impossible II," "A Better Tomorrow," "Red Cliff" and "Face/Off. " The weeklong festival will hold screenings at some 30 theaters throughout China's capital. The international jury will hand out the Tiantan Awards in 10 categories, including best feature, director, actor, actress, cinematography and screenplay.
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July 9, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
A remake of the sci-fi action movie "Robocop" that doesn't start production until September and won't hit theaters until August 2013 has already kicked off its marketing campaign online. A new website for the film's fictional corporation Omnicorp launched over the weekend and immediately went viral. It features a fake sales video that serves as a teaser trailer of sorts for the picture, showing the company's ability to make a variety of high-tech law enforcement products, including the RC-2000, "where human resources meets robotic engineering.
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February 14, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The remake of the 1980s thriller "RoboCop" roars into theaters this weekend, and the title character roars into action on a motorcycle. Except he doesn't roar. The filmmakers behind the MGM remake were determined that the futuristic robocycle underneath their RoboCop be authentic. So it's electric. VIDEO: The Can Am Spyder RSS Production designer Martin Whist, working closely with director Jose Padilha, started with a Kawasaki Z-1000. They stripped it down to the frame, extended the swing arm to increase the overall length of the bike, and clad it with a fiberglass-like shell.
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August 13, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Four days after "Elysium" hit theaters, the science fiction movie's backers announced Tuesday that they have greenlighted director Neill Blomkamp's next film, "Chappie. " Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC will once again co-produce and co-finance the Blomkamp project, this one from a script the 33-year-old director wrote with his wife, "District 9" screenwriter Terri Tatchell. According to a press release issued by Sony and MRC, "Chappie" "tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.
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February 11, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been corrected as indicated below.
Fans of '80's movies such as “Footloose” and “Fright Night”  would often prefer that their favorites remain  untouched by the Hollywood remake machine. But stars of the new “RoboCop” say that a variety of elements make José Padilha's take on the classic action blockbuster a welcome addition. The film, which takes place in 2028, follows Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a Detroit police officer who after being critically injured in the line of duty is rebuilt as part man and part machine by an ominous tech company; he is then set loose on the streets of Detroit to fight crime.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Two 1980s remakes, "RoboCop" and "About Last Night," are poised to beat rival Valentine's Day fare at the box office, but neither is likely to knock down last week's massive chart-topper "The Lego Movie. " The irreverent toy-based comedy should best all the newcomers with about $45 million in revenue from Friday through Presidents Day Monday. It opened last weekend with a massive $69 million -- the biggest debut of the year so far.  With "About Last Night," from Sony's Screen Gems label, comedian Kevin Hart will try to follow up on the success of his recent hit "Ride Along," which partnered him again with William Packer, the producer behind those two movies and Hart's "Think Like a Man. "  PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 "About Last Night" is expected to gross $25 million or more through Monday, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.  Hart demonstrated his pull with filmgoers in January when Universal Pictures' "Ride Along," which co-stars Ice Cube, earned a robust $41.5 million over in its first three days in release.
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July 16, 1990 | IRVIN KERSHNER, Kershner is the director of "RoboCop 2," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Loving," "The Luck of Ginger Coffey," "Return of a Man Called Horse" and "Up the Sandbox." and
Although we would like to believe that American filmmakers are totally free to make any kind of films they want, looking at this summer's lineup suggests something different. Where are the lyrical films, the love stories, the musicals? Where are the films that reflect the generosity and tolerance of America? As budgets rise so does an insidious form of de facto censorship, determining what is made and what is rejected.
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February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Fans of the 1988 supernatural comedy "Beetlejuice" will recall that the way to summon Michael Keaton's titular ghost is to repeatedly invoke his name. Now Keaton himself is taking a similar approach to a sequel. During a press junket for the new "RoboCop" remake, Keaton told MTV News that he's interested in reuniting with director Tim Burton to make "Beetlejuice 2. " "I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff," Keaton told MTV . "I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again.
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March 11, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Director-producer John Woo will head up the jury at the fourth annual Beijing International Film Festival , which kicks off April 16, organizers said. Woo, 67, is the Hong Kong helmer of films including "Mission: Impossible II," "A Better Tomorrow," "Red Cliff" and "Face/Off. " The weeklong festival will hold screenings at some 30 theaters throughout China's capital. The international jury will hand out the Tiantan Awards in 10 categories, including best feature, director, actor, actress, cinematography and screenplay.
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February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Fans of the 1988 supernatural comedy "Beetlejuice" will recall that the way to summon Michael Keaton's titular ghost is to repeatedly invoke his name. Now Keaton himself is taking a similar approach to a sequel. During a press junket for the new "RoboCop" remake, Keaton told MTV News that he's interested in reuniting with director Tim Burton to make "Beetlejuice 2. " "I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff," Keaton told MTV . "I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Two 1980s remakes, "RoboCop" and "About Last Night," are poised to beat rival Valentine's Day fare at the box office, but neither is likely to knock down last week's massive chart-topper "The Lego Movie. " The irreverent toy-based comedy should best all the newcomers with about $45 million in revenue from Friday through Presidents Day Monday. It opened last weekend with a massive $69 million -- the biggest debut of the year so far.  With "About Last Night," from Sony's Screen Gems label, comedian Kevin Hart will try to follow up on the success of his recent hit "Ride Along," which partnered him again with William Packer, the producer behind those two movies and Hart's "Think Like a Man. "  PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 "About Last Night" is expected to gross $25 million or more through Monday, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.  Hart demonstrated his pull with filmgoers in January when Universal Pictures' "Ride Along," which co-stars Ice Cube, earned a robust $41.5 million over in its first three days in release.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been corrected as indicated below.
Fans of '80's movies such as “Footloose” and “Fright Night”  would often prefer that their favorites remain  untouched by the Hollywood remake machine. But stars of the new “RoboCop” say that a variety of elements make José Padilha's take on the classic action blockbuster a welcome addition. The film, which takes place in 2028, follows Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a Detroit police officer who after being critically injured in the line of duty is rebuilt as part man and part machine by an ominous tech company; he is then set loose on the streets of Detroit to fight crime.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Ted Rall
Gov. Jerry Brown has a dream, a dream that would serve as his greatest legacy: a high-speed train that would slash the six-hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco to a relaxing ride a smidge over two hours. It may seem like a pipe dream now, but similar links have transformed other countries. When I visited Paris as a kid, the eastern city of Strasbourg was a weird, remote border town where people spoke German and claimed to like black blood sausages. Thanks to France's TGV trains, an all-day schlep is a quick day trip now - two hours each way - that paved the way for Strasbourg to become an important headquarters for European Union bureaucrats and Eurozone business types.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
If you say the name three times, will it appear? "Beetlejuice 2" doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily as plain old "Beetlejuice," but momentum appears to be gaining for the movie just the same. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton both are reportedly likely to return for the sequel to the beloved supernatural comedy, which became a box office hit and a cultural touchstone 25 years ago. The original paved the way for Keaton and Burton's pairing on "Batman" and "Batman Returns.
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September 6, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Honestly, between the twerking controversy and the "Fifty Shades of Grey" casting uproar, sometimes it's a wonder anyone wants to do anything anymore, lest they incur the scornful wrath of the collective consciousness of the Internet. That intersection between man and machine is explicitly explored in the first trailer from the upcoming remake of "Robocop. " Starring Joel Kinnaman in the role played by Peter Weller in the 1987 original, the new film puts a drone-era twist on the original's story of a wounded man encased in a robotic outfit in hopes of becoming the ultimate tool of law enforcement.
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July 1, 1990
The first "RoboCop," while violent and nasty in places, managed to retain that elusive "myth of the hero" element that turns a blockbuster action pic into an intriguing film-going experience. In the sequel, "RoboCop 2," whenever a thread of human involvement peeked through the carnage and gore, it was immediately squashed by some revulsive scene of completely unnecessary violence. The children seated in the theater around me were pointing out, with disgust, the chunks of flesh erupting from hundreds of people shot with Robo 2's machine gun. If these same children, who make up the bulk of repeat attendance, are so revolted, then why was the film released in this form at all?
BUSINESS
December 13, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The historic MGM film studio, which made "The Wizard of Oz" and "Singin' in the Rain" on one of Hollywood's largest lots and for decades boasted that it employed "more stars than there are in heaven," is today housed on six floors of a nondescript Beverly Hills office building. Sent into bankruptcy last year after decades of dysfunction, the former home of Louis B. Mayer and Leo the Lion is now led by two low-key executives who have transformed the 87-year-old studio into, essentially, an international TV rights company servicing MGM's library of 4,100 movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Four days after "Elysium" hit theaters, the science fiction movie's backers announced Tuesday that they have greenlighted director Neill Blomkamp's next film, "Chappie. " Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC will once again co-produce and co-finance the Blomkamp project, this one from a script the 33-year-old director wrote with his wife, "District 9" screenwriter Terri Tatchell. According to a press release issued by Sony and MRC, "Chappie" "tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
A remake of the sci-fi action movie "Robocop" that doesn't start production until September and won't hit theaters until August 2013 has already kicked off its marketing campaign online. A new website for the film's fictional corporation Omnicorp launched over the weekend and immediately went viral. It features a fake sales video that serves as a teaser trailer of sorts for the picture, showing the company's ability to make a variety of high-tech law enforcement products, including the RC-2000, "where human resources meets robotic engineering.
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