Archive for March, 2012

‘Robocop’ remake gets 2013 release date

Saturday, March 10th, 2012
'Robocop' (1987)

The upcoming Robocop remake has received an official release date.

Joel Kinnaman, star of the AMC drama The Killing, recently signed on to star in the titular role made famous by Peter Weller. Kinnaman had been rumoured to be in the running along with Russell Crowe and Michael Fassbender.

It has now been confirmed that the highly anticipated remake is scheduled for release on August 9, 2013.

The original Robocop revolved around a cyborg cop in a futuristic version of Detroit. Director José Padilha has stated that the remake will fill in gaps from the original story.


Spielberg drama Terra Nova is cancelled by Fox

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

US TV network Fox has cancelled Steven Spielberg drama Terra Nova after just one season.

The big budget prehistoric series averaged 7.5 million viewers in the US but failed to do as well as hoped.

But according to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox TV will now try to sell it to other networks.

After the premiere was delayed twice, the series finally made it to air in September but got a lukewarm reception from some fans and critics.


‘The Lorax’ wins US box office with $70.7 million

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax has topped the US box office with $70.7 million.

The animated adaptation of the classic children’s book features Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle and Betty White voicing characters.

It tells the tale of a young boy who seeks out the story of the titular creature and his attempt to prevent the deforestation of his home.

Comedy-thriller Project X, produced by The Hangover director Todd Phillips, takes second place with $20.7 million.

The plot follows three friends who plan to gain popularity by throwing a party, a plan which quickly escalates out of their control.

Last week’s number one Act of Valor slips down to third place, taking $13.7 million, while multiple Oscar-winning movie The Artist has climbed back up the charts to tenth position, improving on last week’s number 13 and raking in a further $3.9 million.

The US box office top ten in full (studio estimates):
1. (-) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – $70,700,000
2. (-) Project X – $20,775,000
3. (1) Act of Valor – $13,700,000
4. (4) Safe House – $11,400,000
5. (2) Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds – $7,000,000
6. (3) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – $6,925,000
7. (5) The Vow – $6,100,000
8. (7) This Means War – $5,625,000
9. (6) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – $4,700,000
10. (13) The Artist – $3,900,000

Tarsem ‘angry at Mirror Mirror trailers’

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Lily Collins and Julia Roberts

Immortals director Tarsem has admitted that he is “really angry” with the trailers for his upcoming Snow White movie Mirror Mirror.

The filmmaker told Digital Spy that he feels the promos for the fairytale film, which stars Lily Collins as the eponymous princess and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, don’t do justice to the finished product.

“I’m really angry at the trailers,” he said. “I’m a director, I guess, so I always get pissed at them! The movie looks fantastic and the trailers look so hammily off.

“The posters are okay, they’re still neutral, but we’re trying to get the film out there so people don’t judge it by the trailer.”