With filming now underway on Jose Padilha’s ‘RoboCop,’ Comingsoon have got their mitts on these first looks at Joel Kinnaman’s titular character on set. The film stars Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The screenplay for ‘RoboCop’ is by Josh Zetumer and Nick Schenk, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner. The film is produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Bill Carraro serving as executive producer. ‘RoboCop’ is scheduled for a August 9th, 2013 release.
The 1987 Paul Verhoeven original was about a cop (Peter Weller) who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him. The ‘RoboCop’ remake once had Darren Aronofsky developing it to direct before MGM halted progress on all of its pictures while they were going through financial difficulties. Sony Pictures will distribute the movie for MGM. Jose Padilha’s crime thrillers ‘Elite Squad’ and ‘Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within’ have been tremendously successful in the directors home country of Brazil. ‘Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within’ was Brazil’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the recent Academy Awards, and has to-date earned over $63 million domestically.
While out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘The Iceman,’ HitFix spoke to Chris Evans about ‘The Avengers’ deleted scenes, the success of ‘The Avengers’ – which Evans says he “thought “The Avengers” would do well, but admits, “third biggest of all time? You never think that much” - and his training schedule for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Evans was said to be happy to discover that there was an extended series of scenes focusing on Steve Rogers/Captain America’s difficulty living in 2012 America included on ‘The Avengers’ DVD and Blu-ray. Director Joss Whedon cut the scenes from the theatrical release and Evans says he didn’t protest, “It was a good piece of the movie, but I think it didn’t make it because that’s for ‘Captain America 2′. I think when you cut the whole movie together I think Joss said, ‘That’s a different story. That’s Cap’s story.’ So, I guess it’s nice that it came out that it shows a little bit richer character for Cap, but by the same token a lot of that stuff that’s for another movie. So, hopefully we can kind of still tell that story in a different way for ‘Cap 2.’”
With ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ set to start production in less than six months, Chris Evans shed some light into getting into shape for reprising his dual role of Steve Rogers/Captain America, “I think the next Captain America is in March,. “I probably won’t do anything in-between. I’d probably like a little bit of down time. I have to get into shape for that and I like to take a couple of months to train. “I’ve lost it all right now. It’s gonna be at least two months of training. I am not looking forward to it. I mean, I like going to the gym, but these are not gym sessions buddy. You don’t even know dude. I’m puking at these gym sessions. It’s two hours every day and it’s brutal man. I don’t do a lot of cardio because I’m not trying to lose weight, but gain weight. But, it’s big weights and you’re just so long. You’ll be working out and you’ll be, ‘How long have I been here? Only 35 min? I still have another hour here.’ And you just leave the gym unable to move. You just know you have to do it tomorrow. It’s a chore.”
Buzz Sugar has premiered this first batch of images from the set of ‘The Hangover Part III,’ the third installment in Todd Phillips’ record-breaking comedy franchise. Scheduled for release May 24th, 2013, Phillips is writing the screenplay for ‘The Hangover Part III’ with Craig Mazin, who also collaborated with him on the screenplay for ‘The Hangover Part II.’ ‘The Hangover Part III’ is rumoured to bring the gang to Tijuana. The good folks over at Warner Bros have released the following briefest of brief synopsis for ‘The Hangover Part III’: “This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.”
For the third and (said to be) final adventure, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha are reprising their roles of Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug, collectively known to moviegoers as “the Wolfpack.” Returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and, as the guys’ long-suffering wives, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung. John Goodman joins the cast as well. In the previous two films, Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug’s attempts to plan a celebration have resulted in disaster for them, but led to a combined billion-dollar success at the worldwide box office. Todd Phillips is again producing the film under his Green Hat Films banner, together with Dan Goldberg. Thomas Tull and Scott Budnick will serve as executive producers.
Highlighting Bruce Wayne and Alfred (Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, guardian, father figure, and above all, friend), Warner Home Video has unleashed this clip from Jay Oliva’s ’Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1,’ the awesome-looking animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s highly regarded graphic novel ‘The Dark Knight Returns.’ Elements of ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ appeared in Chirstopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ particularly the concept of Batman returning to Gotham City after a ten year absence – which is reduced to eight in the film.
In ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1,’ Peter Weller provides the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne. He is joined by David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1′ will be released in the US on Blu-ray and DVD and download on September 25th, 2012 from Warner Home Video, with ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2′ following in early 2013 (fingers crossed there’s a UK release date announced for the two-part adaption of ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ soon). Frank Miller’s landmark graphic novel about fear, hope and redemption is celebrated with proper measures of haunting visuals and intense action in ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1,’ the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Check out the official synopsis and premiere press release for ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1′ below the new clip.
While previously seen online in low-res form, Warner Bros has just unveiled the above poster for ‘Cloud Atlas’ in glorious high resolution. Co-written and co-directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), ‘Cloud Atlas’ is an adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel of the same name. The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Zun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, all of whom play multiple parts, including cross-gendered roles, each set in a different place and era. ‘Cloud Atlas’ arrives in cinemas October 26th in the US and March 22nd, 2013 in the UK (hopefully that date get moved up!). Check out the synopsis and production notes for ‘Cloud Atlas’ below. My interview with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry for the film can be found here.
“Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) lead a stellar international cast that includes Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun and Keith David, with Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) and Hugh Grant. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.
The official Tumblr page for Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ has unveiled these Mondo posters for the film, adding the following message: “MONDO LOOPER! We are proud to announce this gorgeous Mondo poster for Looper by Martin Ansin. It’ll be available at Fantastic Fest beginning Friday 9/21. Read all about it (and see the gold version) over at Huffington Post. We still have one other official alt poster on the way, from my cousin Zach (who did the hand drawn Bloom poster and the painted Brick poster.) Stay tuned!”
’Looper’ features a first-rate cast in Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Xu Qing and Jeff Daniels, the story revolves around hitmen (“loopers”) who use time-travel to cover the tracks of their murders. Set in the near future, when time-travel is possible but very, very illegal, ‘Looper’ follows Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a sharp, savvy hitman. But Joe is no ordinary hitman. The hooded, bound victims he kills are sent back in time from 30 years in the future: he shoots them with a blunderbuss, burns the bodies, and all trace of the crime disappears. Life is pretty good for Joe, until one day a body arrives without a hood: it’s his future self, played by Bruce Willis. ’Looper’ is released in cinemas September 28th. You can check out my interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the film here.