As an ardent fan of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 science fiction classic RoboCop you can understand that I have been a little apprehensive about the remake coming to theaters in 2014.
There are of course going to be some changes some 27 years later as the political and social commentary have drastically shifted. It looks as though director Jose Padilha is putting forth some relevant and current themes that challenge the American public like drone warfare and the privatization of government functions.
While RoboCop (1987) will always be first in my heart I think there is definitely room to expand the RoboCop mythos. For one, Peter Weller as RoboCop was the slowest thing ever. It was amazing that Clarence Boddicker weren’t able to kill him during the epic showdown in the third act. Robocop just walked everywhere … so slowly. The action scenes in RoboCop 2014 look dynamic and exciting.
However, the one thing I am going to bitch about … the “tactical” look. Why can’t we keep him that silver-blue color? Not everything has to be dark and moody … (curse you Nolan!)
I highly doubt you will find anything more terrifying than the Jack O’Neill minifigure in this Stargate SG-1 licensed construction set from Best-Lock.
Not content with ruining the Terminator license, Best-Lock, the purveyor of shoddy knock off LEGO bricks apparently had enough spare change laying around to pick up the rights to one of the longest running science fiction television series.
The quaility control on Best-Lock bricks are laughable and despite claims that they “work with other construction bricks” no one who actually likes LEGO has any Best-Lock in their collection.
I happened upon this set titled “Jack on Abydos” in Target’s seasonal section which is usually filled with weird little stocking stuffers and retailer exclusive repaints specifically for the Christmas season.
This little sets comes with a Gate, dialing device, recon drone, and a minifigure which will haunt your dreams. However I will give Best-Lock some credit for the packaging, which is a resealable bag featuring the details of a Stargate which is probably this set’s only redeemable quality.
Retailing for the low, low price of $5.00 you can make the Stargate: SG1 fan in your life absolutely irate after handing them this terribly shitty gift.
There are many people who felt as though Star Trek Into Darkness was … for a lack of better term a “shit show”. While I left the theater more conflicted than anything after viewing JJ Abrams’ second Trek outing, I definitely wanted to see more Star Trek.
With Abrams departing the United Federation of Planets for a galaxy far far away, the status of the franchise was left in flux. Late last week it was reported that director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) was Paramount’s top choice to replace Abrams in the captain’s chair for the third Abramsverse/NuTrek outing.
And this week Hollywood Reporter ran a story about how studios in general, not just Paramount are weary of the $200 million tentpole picture. Star Trek Into Darkness was budgeted at $190 million which made $452 million at the box office, which in terms of Hollywood is a small profit margin.
Paramount also will look to save money on another Star Trek — a franchise, but not quite in the top tier. This summer’s $190 million production Star Trek Into Darkness has earned over $462 million worldwide; its international haul has exceeded expectations at $234 million, but domestically, its $228.5 million hasn’t matched the first film. Whereas the first two were shot in L.A., the next will be filmed in a more tax-friendly location. “We’re making it for what it should have been shot for last time if we had made it outside of L.A., which we would have done except that [director J.J. Abrams] didn’t want to,” says a studio source. “That was a $20 million issue.”
With Abrams’ off the picture it may actually save Paramount money as it it well documented that he refused to shoot outside the United States (specifically Los Angeles) on both Star Trek films. There was even rumors that he was leaving Star Wars VII due to script/scheduling conflicts as well as having to relocate to London (however I chalk that one up to Internet rumor mongering).
When studios are lining up summer tentpole films that are huge CGI spectacles it is all about the bottom line. Shooting in tax friendly locations outside of California (and the United States) is a common practice that helps stretch the production dollar that much further. With Abrams’ out of the director’s chair, Paramount may find it that much easier to save money on Star Trek III: The Search for Vancouver.
If you remember that awhile back I asked everyone on the Internet very nicely to stop speculating about Ghostbusters 3. Now Ain’t It Cool News just had to go and ruin it for everyone.
They are going off of a scoop first reported at Schmoes Know (who?) that Jonah Hill and Emma Stone have been offered roles in Ghostbusters 3, which has been now “confirmed” as being Bill Murray-less.
Now comes word …. that there is some movement (finally). Said movement has to do with TWO ACTORS that have been offered deals for the Bill Murray-less sequel.
We have it on good authority that none other than Jonah Hill and Emma Stone have been offered the parts of Jeremy and Anna respectively …. No word on who the hell Jeremy and Anna are in the overall story of Ghostbusters 3
I have expounded at length here about my life long adoration of all things Ghostbusters related. While I am not opposed to a sequel (a reboot would be far more offensive) I just find this whole process … exhausting.
I may be a little behind this week, but I have been enraptured by the latest trailer for the second installment,The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug, debuts this December.
Last winter I was beyond excited to return to Peter Jackson’ Middle Earth when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters. Despite some of the criticism directed at that film I still feel t hat besides James Cameron, I don’t think there is another filmmaker today that does epic like Peter Jackson.
That being said I am a little considered about stretching The Hobbit into a trilogy because After this three minute preview I am not even sure what Jackson will have left for There and Back Again in 2014.
via [Deadline Hollywood]