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 […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters — including Kermit the Frog and Katniss Everdeen — are returning to the screen for new adventures. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most anticipated new films of the year. Let us know which movies you’re most excited to see in the comments section below. RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satire about a police man remade as law enforcement machine gets a sleek update from Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy, a futuristic Detroit cop who finds himself encased in metal after being critically injured […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 1:15 p.m.
The newest trailer for next year’s “RoboCop” remake has debuted, and the clip offers a much more detailed glimpse at the world — and the politics — of Brazilian director José Padilha’s reworking of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satiric sci-fi film. Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) stars as police officer Alex Murphy, who is reborn as a coolly effective law enforcement machine in the wake of a car bombing, leaving him in a sort of existential limbo — he’s neither wholly man nor machine. Padilha made a name for himself on the festival circuit for his documentary filmmaking before writing and directing “Elite Squad” and its sequel “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” — crime thrillers that became critical darlings. And he’s been explicit about his intentions to use “RoboCop” as a lens through which to examine the morality of drone […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 4:32 p.m.
“The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. The lead story in the issue takes a look at the new wave of empowered young women in genre films — not just “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, who returns to the arena in November’s anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but also “Divergent’s” Shailene Woodley and “Ender’s Game” actress Hailee Steinfeld. The issue also features new interviews with “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz, discussing her take on the Stephen King-inspired horror classic, helmed by indie film icon Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Evangeline Lilly describing her role in Peter Jackson’s second installment in his planned J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in December. We also caught up with fan […]
Sept. 05, 2013 | 4:05 p.m.
The first trailer for the upcoming “RoboCop” reboot is out, featuring plenty of action and a sleek new suit that pays homage to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action film. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at some images from the upcoming film (check them out in the gallery above), as well as some perspective from the director, José Padilha. The Brazilian director made a name for himself on the festival circuit for his documentary filmmaking before writing and directing “Elite Squad” and its sequel “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” — crime thrillers that became critical darlings. Padilha’s first big-budget Hollywood action flick is a remake of Verhoeven’s “RoboCop,” which involves a part-man, part-robot police officer tasked with cleaning up a crime-ridden, dystopian Detroit. Verhoeven’s satiric film, which earned two Oscar nominations, was underscored by political commentary and made […]
July 03, 2013 | 1:57 p.m.
Andrew Garfield, who took over the role of Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego in Marc Webb’s 2012 feature “The Amazing Spider-Man,” will appear in person Friday, July 19, at San Diego’s Comic-Con International as part of Sony’s panel presentation in Hall H, the studio confirmed Wednesday. The actor — along with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, Webb and actors Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan — will be in attendance to tout “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which is set for release May 2, 2014. Emma Stone will return in the Webb-directed sequel as Gwen Stacy, with Chris Cooper and DeHaan joining the cast as Norman Osborn and his son Harry, Paul Giamatti reportedly as villain the Rhino, and Colm Feore and Felicity Jones in roles yet to be announced. Foxx is playing the villain Electro in the film. […]
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 […]