Deadline are reporting that Abbie Cornish is in talks to join Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson in Jose Padhila’s ‘RoboCop.’ Kinnaman (The Killing, Safe House) was recently confirmed to play the title role in the upcoming reboot of the 80s classic. Cornish has been offered the role of his wife, who thinks she is a widow. Oldman will play Norton, the scientist who creates RoboCop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation. Jackson plays Pat Novak, a charismatic media mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world. 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.
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. Expect more casting additions soon as production is set to begin this summer. Sony Pictures will distribute the movie for MGM. Strike Entertainment’s Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing with a script from Josh Zetumer. ‘RoboCop’ arrives in cinemas August 9th, 2013.
Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), the feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical, ‘Rock of Ages,’ tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the classic 80s rock ‘n’ roll hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. Arriving in cinemas June 15th, ‘Rock of Ages’ stars Julianne Hough, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand, actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Oscar nominees Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Paul Giamatti, Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, R&B queen Mary J. Blige, and multiple Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston.
Where does your love for musical theatre come from?
Adam Shankman: It’s in my DNA. I’m a teleholic, I’m a movie freak, and my parents literally raised me in front of musicals. It was my favourite thing. Then when I got out of school, that’s what I was, I was a chorus boy, so musical theatre was my life. It just sort of feels organic and natural to me, it’s the happiest I am when I’m making a movie, when I’m getting to shoot musical numbers, dancing and singing and all that (laughs).
Two New TV Spots For Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ – Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson & Benicio Del Toro
JoBlo has unveiled these two new TV spots for Oliver Stone’s top-notch looking crime thiller ‘Savages.’ The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel, ‘Savages: A Novel,’ which was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010. Pencilled in for release July 6th in the US and September 26th in the UK, ‘Savages’ features a great ensemble cast in Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir.
Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.
Continuing Messenjahmatt’s steady steam of first-rate posters for Christopher Nolan’s third and final chapter in his Batman series, ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ he’s put together this new poster showcasing Christian Bale’s Batman and Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman in the Dark Knight’s new flying vehicle, “The Bat.” The promotional material for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ has raised more questions than it answers in regards to how Hathaway’s Catwoman/Selina Kyle fits into the story of the film. At this moment in time she’s an enigma – is she Batman/Bruce Wayne’s friend, foe, or somewhere in the middle? Considering Catwoman’s history in the comic books and Christopher Nolan’s approach, I’d expect a dark, complex character to compliment Christian Bale’s Caped Crusader.
While the overall plot for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is still shrouded in secrecy, I think it’s safe to say that judging by the films marketing campaign, theatrical trailer, and two previous films in Nolan’s Batman trilogy (‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’), to expect something stellar! ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by the good folks over at DC Comics. The screenplay for the film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown co-star. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ arrives in cinemas and IMAX July 20th. The official synopsis and production notes for the film can be viewed below. The Dark Knight Rises tickets will go on sale Monday, June 11.
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. ’The Amazing Spider-Man’ is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ will be swinging onto the big screen July 3rd in the US and July 4th in the UK.
Can you talk a little about this incarnation of the Peter Parker/Spider-man story? For me, he’s definitely one of the most relatable characters in the comic book world.
Andrew Garfield: In this version of the Peter Parker story, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ we’ve really focused in on him being an orphan, him searching for his identity and never really having a sense of it up until this point where he gets guided to Oscorp, and ultimately being bit by this radioactive, genetically engineered Spider. I feel like comic books and comic book films are our modern myths, in that they hold universal themes about being human that we need to be reminded of, over and over and over and over and over again (laughs). I think this struggle that Peter Parker has, of being a normal kid, like everyone, I think that’s why people relate to him, he is all of us, he is no different to any of us….and that’s why, to me, he’s the most important superhero. It’s more grounded and gritty and real, this version of the Peter Parker story.
Scanned from the latest issue of Total Film, Moviehole has posted this first look at Idris Elba as Sensi in Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) eagerly-awaited sci-fi adventure ’Pacific Rim.’ Pencilled in for a July 12th, 2013 release, ’Pacific Rim’ is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against giant malevolent alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To combat its annihilation, the planet must band together and use highly advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat. ’Pacific Rim’ stars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman and Max Martini. Check out the full synopsis for the film below.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.