Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:33 p.m.
A new compendium about the cyborg film franchise “RoboCop” is out this week, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek at some images from the book. “RoboCop: The Definitive History,” from Titan Books, includes stills and behind-the-scenes images, concept art, storyboards, script extracts and new interviews. The 224-page hardcover is penned by British writer and documentary filmmaker Calum Waddell (“Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever”). The illustrated history chronicles the making of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic as well as its sequels, TV spinoffs and this year’s reboot from Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha. The film franchise follows Alex Murphy — played by Peter Weller in the 1987 film and Joel Kinnaman in the 2014 remake — a cop who dies in the line of duty only to wake up as a part-man, part-robot police officer tasked with cleaning up a […]
Jan. 29, 2013 | 5:01 p.m.
Kevin Smith has no small amount of praise for Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” “‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ for many people of my generation, for many people that followed, from the moment it was published forward is kind of like ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ of comic books,” Smith said at the West Coast premiere of “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2,” the concluding chapter of Warner Bros.’ animated adaptation of Miller’s landmark 1986 miniseries. “It’s a very important book that we all carry with us and just like the ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ they’ve never done a movie of it, because most people thought it was unfilmable,” he said. Perhaps, though the animated format seems to have served the story just fine, judging from the reaction of the audience attending a screening of the new PG-13 rated […]
June 25, 2012 | 4:05 p.m.
Peter Weller is most famous for playing the stoic heroes in outlandish sci-fi but the man definitely has a crazy button — and Denzel Washington hit that button with his Oscar-winning performance in “Training Day.” If you want to see for yourself, go to the 11:35 minute mark of this video as Weller rants about actors who grab the wheel of a scene and promptly wreck it. There’s nothing meek about Weller, who looks like the leader of a Mayan motorcycle gang and has harsh words for the upcoming “RoboCop” remake (that’s at the 8:20 mark) but an inspiring passion for art, the lessons of antiquity and the possibilities of Method acting. This is the 25th anniversary of “RoboCop,” Weller’s signature role, but he also made his mark in “Naked Lunch” and the cult hit “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across […]
May 20, 2012 | 10:35 a.m.
Movies today lack the “morality” found in 1987’s “RoboCop,” the film’s star Peter Weller told the audience at the Hero Complex Film Festival on Saturday afternoon. The Q&A — at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles — followed a screening of the director’s cut of Paul Verhoeven’s film, in which Weller plays a police officer who is transformed into a cyborg to patrol the streets of a dystopic Detroit. “RoboCop” topped the box office when it opened, eventually earning more than $53 million domestically. Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher, who moderated the chat, asked Weller, 64, his thoughts on a possible remake of the film. “I could give a …,” Weller said. “I say God bless ’em, man, go make another ‘RoboCop.’ … I don’t know, you can throw a lot of CGI at it and so forth. The morality […]
May 11, 2012 | 11:01 a.m.
It’s almost here — we’re just one week from the start of the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival and with the franchise in its third year we’ve moved to a sweet new home (Regal Cinemas at LA Live, where in September we brought you a 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Steven Spielberg and surprise guest Harrison Ford) and expanded the program (four days now with more than a dozen guests, including three that haven’t been announced). To get a bead on the festival, peruse the photo gallery above — be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option if you don’t see text across the bottom of each image — and you’ll get a snapshot description of all of eight of our separately ticketed screenings. The box here on the right leads to the ticketing page. And how about those fun images in the gallery? […]
April 26, 2012 | 8:42 p.m.
Twenty-five years later, “RoboCop” still opens fire on the imagination — as arresting satire and bloodbath cinema, it is both deadly funny and just plain deadly. Peter Weller, the man inside the machine man, will mark the film’s silver anniversary with a special May 19 appearance at the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival after a screening of a new digitally remastered print of director Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi action film. The “RoboCop” matinee at noon kicks off a day of bruising and bent cinema. Malcolm McDowell will take the stage at 4 p.m. for a Q&A before the screening of “A Clockwork Orange,” and then “Super” will be screened at 8:30 p.m. before the night’s final Q&A, with Rainn Wilson. Each screening is ticketed separately. Weller will be talking about the future as well as his past — he has just finished up his work on the set of the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” sequel, and […]