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Review: 'RoboCop' Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2014 1:00 PM
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Robocop
Every movie should be approached with an open mind. Ideally, be it a film from Martin Scorsese or Friedberg and Seltzer, a reviewer should be going in without expectations, ready to play it as it lays. But it'd be dishonest to pretend that that was the case going in to "RoboCop," because it's a long-delayed remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1980s cult action sci-fi classic that, based at least on early buzz and previews, does without much of what made the original special — the satirical bite, the extreme violence, the hand-crafted effects et al. As such, even the most even-handed person could be forgiven for going in with a heavy heart, especially with the smell of the abysmal "Total Recall" redo still lingering like a fish head behind a radiator.

Adam Driver Denies Nightwing Rumors, Christian Bale Shares Advice For Ben Affleck In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 11:33 AM
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So, remember those rumors a week or so back that had Adam Driver in the running to play Nightwing in "Batman Vs. Superman"? Well, it's the first he's heard of it. While the chatter machine on the super sequel is cranked, when it comes to casting, it seems nobody really knows anything at this point though there seems to be a lot of names floating around on wishlists. And we'll get to that in a second, but first, here's what Driver had to tell Collider about the possibility of playing Dick Grayson.

Watch: New Trailer For 'RoboCop' Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman & Samuel L. Jackson Goes On Duty

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 10:03 AM
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Robocop, 2014
While we didn't necessarily want this remake, it has been made, and we have to admit, we're intrigued by "RoboCop." The talent for this is certainly undeniable with "Elite Squad" helmer Jose Padilha guiding a helluva cast—Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Samuel L. Jackson—through futuristic Detroit. But can it even begin to come close to Paul Verhoeven's twisted perfection? Well, this new trailer is going to make a case for it.

Watch: Trailer For JFK Assassination Drama 'Parkland' Produced By Tom Hanks, Starring Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 9:21 AM
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When it comes the assassination of JFK, it's still one of the most sensitive wounds in America's history, with a recent study suggesting that only 24% of Americans buy the official story that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman. But another case will be made for that theory with the upcoming "Parkland," a star-studded take on the events of November 22, 1963, and director Peter Landesman is making clear his intentions. "This is a movie about the ground truth from the ground level," he told USA Today.

First Look Photos Of Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, James Spader & More In 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 2:23 PM
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While Daniel Day-Lewis is rightfully earning the most attention around "Lincoln" as he portrays the iconic President in Steven Spielberg's film, it's easy to forget that the picture is rounded out by a supporting cast of top-shelf actors. And now a fresh batch of new pics gives them a bit of shine.

NYFF Impressions: Steven Spielberg Unveils His 'Lincoln' History Lesson In Surprise Screening

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 8, 2012 10:42 PM
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Characterized by refreshing restraint, its passionate convictions and patience, if Steven Spielberg’s worst tendencies are his propensity for the sentimental and overwrought (as evinced recently in much of “War Horse”), his latest, “Lincoln,” thankfully possesses almost none of those unfortunate traits. However, as a two hour procedural about the ratification of an amendment in the House Of Representatives (does anything sound more appealing as a premise to you?), "Lincoln" is also not exactly the most engaging nor well-paced picture either.

Jackie Earle Haley Joins The Cast Of ‘Robocop,' Jay Baruchel Circling Role

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 20, 2012 7:52 PM
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Jackie Earle Haley, the actor best known in Academy circles for his comeback role in 2006's "Little Children," and in genre cliques for playing Freddie Kruger in the rebooted "Nightmare On Elm Street" series and appearing as Rorschach in "Watchmen," has just bagged a new role. The 51-year-old actor, who found success as a child in the '70s with "The Bad News Bears" series and 1979's acclaimed coming-of-age movie "Breaking Away," has joined the cast of yet another reboot: "RoboCop." Haley will portray Maddox, a man who dispenses the military training to Robocop.

Jackie Earle Haley To Play Pro-Slavery Confederate Alexander Stephens In 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 4:49 AM
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The story of Jackie Earle Haley is a pretty amazing one. The actor found modest success as a child actor and continued with his career into the mid '80s with appearances on both television and the big screen before moving behind the camera for the next couple of decades as a modest producer and director of commercials. But he returned to the big screen with a vengeance with a memorable turn as a pedophile in Todd Field's "Little Children" and from there, he's seen an amazing resurgence. With stints in "Watchmen," "Shutter Island," "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and in Tim Burton's forthcoming "Dark Shadows," Haley has established himself as one of the best character actors going and he's adding another big name director and project to his impressive resume.

Jonny Lee Miller Joins Ensemble Cast Of Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows,' Filming Gets Underway This Week

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 6:14 AM
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Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been talking about teaming up for an adaptation of 1960s vampire soap "Dark Shadows" for years now, but for a while, it was unclear if the always-busy megastar would find room in his schedule for the film. But if "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland" taught us anything in the last few years, it's that if the pair are attached to a VFX-heavy, production design-reliant project that plays right into their comfort zones, it'll happen sooner or later. And indeed, "Dark Shadows" begins production in the U.K. this week.

Jackie Earle Haley & Bella Heathcote In Talks For Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' With Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 10:38 AM
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With filming set to begin in April, it looks like casting is ramping up for the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, "Dark Shadows." The film is based on the gothic 1960s television series that centered on Barnabas Collins, a vampire (to be played by Depp) who is in search of lost love, Josette.

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