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RoboCop: Dig Into The Definitive History With These Behind The Scenes Photos

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RoboCopPaul Verhoven’s 1987 neo-noir classic RoboCop is one of our all-time favorite movies. Even the mediocre rehash from earlier this year can do nothing to tarnish that memory. (Some people enjoyed that movie, which I just don’t get. While it’s not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, not even the worst remake of a Verhoeven movies—that honor goes to Total Recall—it’s just bland and doesn’t bring anything new to the party.) That’s why a book like RoboCop: The Definitive History is right up our alley, and here are a few quick glimpses at what lies inside the cover.

The book by Calum Waddell hit bookstores yesterday, but before you rush out and buy it (and by that I most likely mean open another browser window and order it from Amazon), take a moment to check out these photos that come from Badass Digest. They show a variety of behind the scenes images from across the history of the franchise, from Verhoeven on set all the way up to concept art from the new installment.

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The Sci-Fi Expendables: We Recruit The Ultimate Team Of SF Badasses

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Sly Stallone and damn near every other aging action star on the planet took to the big screen again this past weekend in The Expendables 3. We can take that franchise or leave it, but we do have to admit we love the concept of uniting a team of utter badasses from assorted franchises we know and love (or love to hate). So let’s eject Stallone, Statham, and the rest and instead assemble the ultimate Sci-Fi Expendables team, the first and only people you need to call if you need some dirty deeds done right (but not dirt cheap). The GFR team put our heads together to figure out who should make the team, and after some arguing, a lot of swearing, and one really undignified slap-fight, we came up with 16 candidates…the same number of folks on the Expendables 3 poster. Here’s who made the cut.

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When you first met Sarah Connor, she was a meek, mild-mannered waitress just sort of floating aimlessly through her life. Encounters with a vicious, single-minded cyborg from the future, sent back to hunt you down so your son is never born, have a way of changing that. Over the course of the first two movies in the Terminator movies, Sarah transforms into a serious action star, teaching herself all manner of combat and survival skills, actively seeking out any and all knowledge that might help her in her one-woman war against Cyberdyne Systems and a future ruled by human-hunting machines. Basically, she’s a perfect addition to your team of mercs, and will always be working to improve her already ample skill set and add to the team.

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Fox Unveils Comic-Con Blu-Rays For Alien, RoboCop, Young Frankenstein, And The Fly

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ComicCon2014_Alien_BDOne of the best parts of Comic-Con is all the crazy exclusives that populate the dealer’s room floor, from action figures to posters to shirts and pretty much everything in between. Well, for any Blu-ray aficionados currently hunkering down in San Diego, you might want to swing by the 20th Century Fox booth, as they’ve announced a collection of exclusive Comic-Con Blu-ray editions of four movie classics any GFR reader should own: Alien, the original RoboCop, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, and the 1958 version of The Fly. The matching artwork should look pretty damn striking all in a row, so you might want to shelve these cover out.

Of course, these are all movies that have been released many, many times over the years, and if you’re a true Alien die-hard, chances are you already own the stellar Alien Anthology. But in addition to the snazzy cover art, each of these three Blu-ray sets is from a limited run of 500, and each comes with a matching numbered lithograph. Here’s what you’ll get on the Alien disc as far as bonus features:

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Lego Predator Won’t Let You Get To The Lego Choppa

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PredatorIt’s kind of ridiculous how big a thing Lego has become over the past few years. Don’t get me wrong, I love those crazy blocky yellow bastards, and spent a good portion of my formative years snapping them into assorted pleasing configurations and leaving them around for my parents to step on while barefoot. But I’ll fully admit I couldn’t wrap my brain around the whole concept of making Lego video-game versions of things like Batman or Indiana Jones or Harry Potter. Then I actually played those games and was forced to concede that they’re pretty damn charming. The mega-hit Lego Movie showed us how much fun Lego-fied things can be when combined with a silly sense of humor and a dash of creativity, so I’ve given in, I’ve swapped sides: let’s Lego-fy the entire world! Especially if we can start by having somebody make a real Lego version of Dutch and the ugly dreadlocked MF’er up top.

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Seven Things To Watch Instead Of Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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AgeFrankly, there’s probably not a lot we can say to sway you when it comes to seeing or not seeing Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend. You should already know whether or not you’re a fan of Michael Bay’s particular brand of Kool-Aid — and now that I think about it, a grinning mug full of sugar-water bursting illogically through a brick wall is a fairly concise metaphor for Bay’s Transformers franchise in the first place. They should just go ahead and slap “Oh yeah!” on all of the posters. But assuming Age of Extinction is not on your to-do list, and assuming Snowpiercer isn’t playing anywhere near you, we’ve got seven superior alternatives to pouring Bay’s digital excess into your eye holes.

Since the Transformers movies are based on a cartoon and thus, at least theoretically, they should be suitable for all ages, we’re including a variety of different choices here, all of them involving robots in one way or another. And to hear GFR’s Nick tell it, you could marathon all of these in a row and it’d still seem shorter than sitting through Age of Extinction. Hit the jump for all our picks!

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RoboCop Throws Out The First Pitch At A Detroit Tigers Game

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Yesterday was officially RoboCop Day in the Motor City. If you’re going to have a celebration of anything, that’s a pretty worthwhile reason to party, though I doubt people got the day off work. The date marked the unveiling of a crowdfunded statue of Detroit’s favorite son—okay, that’s probably not entirely true, Mo Town has its share of notable celebrities, entrepreneurs, and politicians. And sure, it’s pretty rad to have a giant bronze statue of the cybernetic crime fighter decorate your town, but the city also commemorated the day by having that part-machine/part-man himself throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Detroit Tigers baseball game.

Yeah, that’s right, a fictional robotic police officer threw out the first pitch as the Tigers took on the Toronto Blue Jays. However, his presence wasn’t a harbinger of good things, as the home team went down in defeat to their visitors from the Great White North by a score of 5 to 3. In the Tigers defense, the Jays are currently one of the hottest teams in baseball.

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