Jan. 31, 2014 | 11:34 a.m.
Early on a recent evening on the edge of Beverly Hills, Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha was breaking into song. Seated in the ballroom of a luxury hotel with Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, the star of his new $120-million reboot of “RoboCop,” the director was feeling mirthful about the looming release of his first Hollywood production, which arrives in a hail of CG action and automatic weapons fire just before Valentine’s Day. Padilha made a name for himself with his 2002 documentary “Bus 174,” which chronicled a gruesome hijacking in Rio de Janeiro, and a pair of ultra-violent action movies — “Elite Squad,” about a Rio special-forces unit, won the Golden Bear award at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival; its sequel, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” ranks as one of the highest-grossing Brazilian films in history. “RoboCop,” a retelling of the […]
March 18, 2013 | 5:52 p.m.
Look out witches. Hunting season is starting all over again. Paramount Pictures and MGM announced plans on Monday to move forward with a sequel to January’s fractured fairy tale “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which paired Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the slaying siblings all grown up looking for vengeance. Although the R-rated movie earned just $55 million domestically, it grossed about $206 million worldwide on a budget of roughly $50 million to make, according to our sister blog Company Town. Written and directed by Norway’s Tommy Wirkola, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” picks up 15 years after the events in the Grimms’ famous fable. Having escaped their childhood captivity in the confectionery cottage, Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) have turned pro, coping with the trauma of their youth by slaying spellcasters for hire. The seemingly unstoppable bounty hunters appear […]