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Release Date: 2014
Synopsis: An aging hitman is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family.
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Status: Post Production
Release Date: 2014
Synopsis: Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.
Knight of Cups
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Release Date: 2014
Synopsis: A man, temptations, celebrity, and excess.
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Role: Alex Murphy / RoboCop
Release Date: February 12, 2014
Synopsis: In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
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Status: Season 4 to air on Netflix
Release Date: April 03, 2011
Synopsis: Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
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Most superheroes would probably agree it’s hard for them to, well, pee.
Those suits make it pretty hard to do your business.
Just ask Joel Kinnaman, who stars in the new Robocop reboot (in theaters now) as the iconic cyborg crime fighter.
“There was a procedure,” he told me at the movie’s premiere in Hollywood. “It took awhile, but you get through it. They didn’t have to take me [to the bathroom] but they had to remove certain parts, the essentials.”
But it was all worth it.
“It was great wearing the suit in that it made me feel badass,” Kinnaman said. “But it also made me feel some of the vulnerability that the character was going through and that was an interesting contrast of emotion, being amputated from the throat down but at the same time having this almost invincible incredible new body. The suit helped me understand some of those thoughts.”
Kinnaman remembers seeing the original Robocop for the first time. “Sometime when I as nine or 10 years old,” he said. “I’ve seen it like 20 or 25 times. I know it by heart. I loved it and still love it.”
His costar Gary Oldman also recalled his first time.
“I remember it being sort of sci-fi horror,” said Oldman, who plays Robocop’s scientist creator Dr. Dennett Norton.. “There were a lot of heads rolling around with a lot of blood and guts and all that kind of stuff. I thought it was cool.”
Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the original Robocop was released in 1987 and starred Peter Weller in the title role.
- source: eonline.com
I can see it now. Detective Alex Murphy swaps the streets of Detroit for the streets of Derry and the PSNI all go on holiday.
Sadly, Detective Alex Murphy a.k.a. RoboCop is fictitious and even if he were real, there’s more chance of Derry City winning the Champions League than there is of the ironclad law enforcer leaving the Motor City for the Maiden City.
‘RoboCop’ first arrived on the big screen back in 1987 courtesy of Dutch director, Paul Verhoeven.
Verhoeven’s film, which was made for a modest $13m became an instant success and is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent and entertaining science fiction films of the 1980s.
It’s now 2014 and ‘RoboCop’ has a new master. Picking up from where Verhoeven left off is Brazilian director José Padilha.
‘RoboCop’ is Padilha’s first commercial blockbuster but his 2007 film, ‘Elite Squad’ is a superb film and definitely worth a watch.
Padilha had a much bigger budget than his predecessor; $130 million to be exact.
With greater financial fluidity and a dependency on special effects it’s remarkable that not once does it feel like Padilha has sacrificed substance for style.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. So much work and effort went into creating an authentic plot that the film sometimes felt like it lacked the right measure of action and violence.
Be that as it may, everything that made Verhoeven’s film a success is present and correct in Padalha’s version.
RoboCop was always going to be a dark film. A man is left hanging on to life and the only way he can survive is if scientists put what’s left of him into a machine. What’s not dark about this?
I was apprehensive when I read Padalha’s film was to be given a 12A certificate because what made Verhoeven’s film so palatable was its 18 rating.
Padilha doesn’t drop the ball and it’ll be no surprise at all if both he and RoboCop were to have a second outing together in the next few years.
Peter Weller’s iconic portrayal of Detective Alex Murphy/RoboCop over 25 years ago was always going to be a tough act to follow. Taking up the mantle is Swedish born actor Joel Kinnaman (‘The Killing’ – American re-make version).
Kinnaman does exactly what is required of him and whilst he’s not quite as memorable as Weller he does command empathy and compassion.
The scene where Detective Murphy discovers what has become of him after the car bomb attack will divide audiences.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to hearing a few sniggers in the cinema but I thought it worked brilliantly.
When RoboCop seeks out revenge on those who left him the way he is it feels a little unsatisfactory and Michael Keaton’s transition from cash hungry head of OmniCorp to murderous villain is awfully rushed.
Gary Oldman stars as Dr. Dennett Norton. Norton is the brains behind RoboCop but he’s also the only man who can protect and help him.
Oldman, as you’d expect, is great and if there is a sequel I would love to see him back again too.
‘RoboCop’ is currently showing at the Brunswick Moviebowl. For full cinema listings visit www.brunswickmoviebowl.com
VERDICT: 3/5 – Does it surpass Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic? Not at all. But does it entertain and offer something a little different? Yes.
José Padilha’s first box office film is a decent offering and Joel Kinnaman is an impressive successor to Peter Weller’s ironclad law enforcer.
It’s certainly not perfect. Whilst it’s clear a lot of time and effort went into the story it has come at the expense of a satisfactory amount of action. A sequel should follow.
- source: derryjournal.com
Since I was sick with a stomach bug I havent really had time too to update anything but I have added all the recent appearances of Joel to the gallery. He looks amazing in all of them so be sure to check them out.
Gallery: Public Appearances > Events From 2014 > February 11 | “Robocop” – Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals
Gallery: Public Appearances > Events From 2014 > February 11 | “Robocop” – Los Angeles Premiere – After Party
Gallery: Public Appearances > Events From 2014 > February 12 | Celebrities Attend The Sacramento Kings Vs New York Knicks Game
Gallery: Public Appearances > Events From 2014 > February 12 | Joel Kinnaman Surprises NYC Students During A “Robocop” Special Screening
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They are here! Happy Valentines Day! The March 2014 Men’s Fitness magazine scans are now in the gallery. He looks amazing in these shots and the article is great as well. So head over and check those out. Please credit the site if you use anywhere else!
Gallery: Magazines / Publications > Men’s Fitness – March 2014
I have added 2 new photoshoots to the gallery of Joel. The first one is from cosmo and the second is the shoot from his August Man magazine appearance. So check them out.
Gallery: Photo Sessions > 046 – Cosmopolitan (2014)
Gallery: Photo Sessions > 047 – August Man [Malaysia] (2014)
Although the idea of remaking director Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 sci-fi satire “RoboCop” may seem blasphemous to some, its ideas about technology, man-vs.-machine, ruthless corporate greed and the militarization of civil society are just as relevant today as they were more than a quarter-century ago. Wisely, Brazilian director Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”) has adapted the original’s concepts to a modern setting and, most importantly, found Joel Kinnaman to make the role of Alex Murphy/RoboCop his own while honoring the legendary portrayal by Peter Weller.
The Swedish-American Kinnaman toiled in Swedish TV, theater and films before landing a breakout role in “Easy Money” (known in Sweden as “Snabba Cash”), the first of several collaborations with director and fellow Swede Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”). But what put him on the map for U.S. audiences was his portrayal of Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC series “The Killing,” which will end its run with six final episodes this year on Netflix. He’s currently working with Espinosa again, along with Tom Hardy, on “Child 44,” a thriller about a series of child murders in the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Along the way, he’s also been a finalist to play both Thor and Mad Max, which may have helped pave the way for his first Hollywood leading role in “RoboCop.” Moviefone sat down with Kinnaman to discuss why he didn’t want the iconic role at first, working 14 hours a day in the costume, and which superhero he might like to play one day.
Moviefone: You said earlier today that when you first heard about this, you didn’t think it was the right fit for you. Why not?
Joel Kinnaman: Well, I think when you first hear of the idea of a remake being made of “RoboCop,” there’s a lot of bad ways to remake a movie and a lot of wrong reasons why. And I hadn’t heard anything more about than they were going to remake it. That didn’t appeal to me in any way. But then I heard that it was Jose that was going to do this film, and I was very familiar with his work, I had seen his documentary “Bus 174″ and I saw both of his “Elite Squad” movies in the theater in Sweden so I was a huge fan of his work and I thought that he was one of the most interesting directors out there, who always had a very strong social and political commentary and point of view in his films and always top notch acting and a very, in my opinion, very interesting and beautiful visual style that was both poetic and very gritty.
So when I heard that they chose this guy to remake “RoboCop.” I knew that he was going to have a very interesting take on it. I also knew that he made a lot of money on “Elite Squad 2,” so he doesn’t have to take a job because of money or anything, he wants to take it because he has a passion for filmmaking and telling stories that he feels has value for our society, and of course also great entertainment.
When I heard that he wanted to sit down with me, first I was amazed that he even knew who I was and I was so honored that he wanted to meet me. I was just kind of blown away by his vision of the story that he wanted to tell using the concept of “RoboCop.” I just thought it was brilliant.
Did you watch the original again at any time during casting or production, or did you purposely try and stay away from it?
No, no. I mean, I was a huge fan of the original movie. And that’s also why I was a little hesitant or it didn’t appeal to me at first because I thought the first film was — I’d seen it probably 20 to 25 times before I even heard of this remake. But after I read the script too and after Jose was telling me what he wanted to do with it, it was very obvious that Alex Murphy’s journey was completely different. He was going through a very different thing and that he was sort of a different person in this one than he was in the first Verhoeven one. And they’re also two filmmakers that have such different tones so I didn’t feel the need to stay away from the original and all.
Have you ever met or had a chance to talk with Peter Weller?
I haven’t. I’d love to meet him though. I think he’s a phenomenal actor and still putting out really interesting and great work. I was such a fan of both when he did this and in “Naked Lunch.” He’s a great actor.
This is the first time you’ve had to really work with effects and this kind of intensive costuming. How does it affect you when you’re inside this thing for 14 hours a day?
It’s both very taxing and it’s limiting in a sense but that was also sort of the gift that came with it. I would sit on set and kind of become a little introvert and I wouldn’t feel as loose and wanting to talk with other people, because I was in this big constricted thing and I couldn’t really turn around. I also didn’t have any other clothes on underneath really. I had this sort of unitard underneath so I’d feel a bit naked. And that became sort of a pathway to a train of thought that led me to understand some of Alex’s vulnerability that he felt after he became RoboCop. I thought that was interesting because he had such a new powerful body but the vulnerability and the nakedness that he would feel without a real body, that was key to my performance in a way. I was surprised that the ideas of how that would feel would come through wearing the suit.
Most of your work has been really character driven, but you also auditioned for “Thor” and for the new “Mad Max.” So those larger-than-life franchise characters have an appeal to you as well, right?
Yeah. I was living in Sweden and working in Sweden in theater and doing small Swedish movies, and then all of a sudden they threw a wide casting net for Thor and they asked pretty much everyone that had ever been onstage to put himself on tape, which I didn’t even know what that was when they asked me to do that. Put myself on tape, what does that mean? Oh, film myself — I’d never done that before. So I did that and I sort of got into the running of Thor. Actually I put myself on tape and sent it off and didn’t hear anything about it.
And then two or three weeks later my sister tells me, “Hey, we just had (British newspaper) The Guardian in our office and there’s a picture of you and three other guys they said are the runners-up to play Thor. I was like, “Oh really? nobody told me about it.” So Thor and Mad Max where the two first American projects that I auditioned for and I got pretty far on both of them. Then this manager called — Shelly Browning — she came to Sweden and wanted to sit down with me and thought it would be a really good idea for me to come to the States. I trusted her and came over here.
It’s also kind of funny that there are all these Batman connections to you and this film. You’re working with a Batman, Michael Keaton, and Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman. And in your next film, “Child 44,” you’re working with Tom Hardy.
They’ve already got their Batman for the next movie but is there a superhero you might want to play?
There are a couple. Constantine is a cool character. I prefer the darker ones that you could kind of shoot in a gritty way where it’s very realistic. That would appeal to me more — to play a superhero that has no flaws, that’s the most boring thing there is. But if it’s somebody that is sort of torn apart then it becomes a metaphor for some psychological dilemma. Daredevil was one that could be an interesting character. But also some of these suits are hard to get around. You know, it becomes too much of a cartoon. So it would have to have a very strong idea behind it.
What can you say about the final season of “The Killing” that will appear on Netflix?
We start shooting at the end of February, I just sat down with Veena Sud, the show runner, and she told me the story line for the concluding six episodes and I’m so excited. It’s such a good feeling, because I know that maybe there weren’t that many fans of the show, but the fans that did like the show really liked it. And it just feels so good to be able to give them this conclusion of the relationship between Holder and Linden. It feels very worthy.
- source: news.moviefone.com
When it was announced that RoboCop would be remade, the 1987 movie’s massive and passionate fan base was outraged. “Why remake a masterpiece?” they asked.
Well, don’t get Movie Fanatic wrong, we adore Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. But, it isn’t a perfect movie and time has shown that it has remained a movie of the 1980s. If it’s possible to take the concept of a man put in a machine to fight crime on our nation’s city streets and make it timeless… why not try?
Director Jose Padilha has to be given props for making the effort. RoboCop, circa 2014, is not the greatest movie, but it is pretty darn solid. It even manages to make a few comments on our modern society and where we’re going as a human race in the process.
Joel Kinnaman is Alex Murphy, a Detroit detective, who is close to cracking a case against one of the city’s biggest crime lords. Only, he gets too close and winds up the casualty of a car bomb as his wife (Abbie Cornish) watches in horror.
Meanwhile, OmniCorp — led by Michael Keaton’s executive and Gary Oldman’s scientist — has been developing robotics that can be applied to humans, mostly with success on war veterans who have lost limbs.
But, the “death” of Detective Murphy has presented a chance for them to put a man — who is clinging to life — inside a machine that will keep him alive, and also… create a super-cop the likes of which we’ve never seen.
Padilha’s film does a fantastic job of balancing the questions of societal ethics versus benefits for the greater good — something that could be expanded to all corners of science today. Murphy is not simply a robotic cop that can identify and bring to justice the hundreds and thousands of criminals that wreak havoc on the city’s streets. In Padilha’s film, he’s a symbol of technology and all that can be right with it… and all that can be wrong.
As we debate the use of drones in carrying out our foreign policy and “justice” abroad, there could be no greater forum for the discussion of that man-less use of force than in the entertainment format that is the motion picture. RoboCop also entertains, don’t get us wrong, but it does so in the context of raising complex questions that do not have easy answers.
Kinnaman is astounding in the role that was originated by Peter Weller in the original. The way he utilizes his face, and in that the lower part of his face, to express all his emotions is nothing short of powerful. He manages to go from robot to human and back to robot within the blink of an eye, all within the same scene.
And Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman show their veteran acting chops and bring a level of gravitas to the film that the first incarnation of this story was lacking. Then there’s Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays a Fox News-type anchor, well, as only Sam Jackson can!
Also, the increased role of Cornish’s character from the original is welcome as well. By having her and Murphy’s son so ever present in this movie adds an element of emotion that was not there before. There’s a family attached to the heart of that man inside the machine. I don’t think we ever got that from RoboCop 1987.
Yes, many of our favorite RoboCop quotes are in the movie, but our RoboCop review finds that this film explores a way more meaningful path.
- source: moviefanatic.com
“I saw the original film when I was 9 years old and I was just amazed,” reflected Kinnaman, who’s the lead in the remake. “I’ve seen it 20 times since. So I know my RoboCop.”
Screenwriter Joshua Zetumer was even younger on his first viewing of Paul Verhoeven‘s film in 1987 in San Diego.
“I was born in 1981, and I went with my mom, who must have thought it would be a fun movie for kids about robots,” he recalled. “So it was pretty intense for someone as young as I was.”
Producer Eric Newman recalled that he had seen the original at the Regent Theater in Westwood. “Remakes are not easy, partly because people get very possessive about the original,” he added.
Gary Oldman remembered that the original film struck him as “pretty scary science fiction.” And he was particularly pleased with the sensibility of Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha on the remake.
“I always think it’s interesting to have an international director on such an American film like this,” he reflected. “I think they’re able to bring an accessibility to the material. You saw that in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ which is a very British film, directed by a Swedish director, Tomas Alfredson.”
Also spotted at the after-party at OHM Nightclub were co-stars Abbie Cornish, Aimee Garcia, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley and Michael Kenneth Williams, Sony’s Dwight Caines and MGM’s Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman.
- source: variety.com
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