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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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RoboCop Arriving In Detroit Today

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RobocopToday is a special day in Detroit, and I’ll bet you can’t guess why. It has nothing to do with automobiles, hockey, or urban renewal. In fact, today’s special occasion involves something I never knew Detroiters were into: Robocop.

I mean, sure, the original 1987 film took place in dystopian Detroit, but I wouldn’t think Detroiters would yearn to be reminded of that, given the verisimilitude. And yet, the Detroit Police Department is abuzz this morning with preparations, and at noon, a 10-foot bronze RoboCop statue (which actually looks a little like C3PO) will arrive at the Public Safety Headquarters, where fans will swarm it for photo ops and pleas for protection.

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Badass ED-209 Replica, Clever General Grievous Cosplay & Adorable Predator

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One of the things I love about hitting up any sci-fi/comic convention is seeing all the costumes people have pored their time and efforts into. Sometimes the sheer level of craftsmanship is enough to boggle the mind, whereas other times a clever concept alone can make for an unforgettable bit of cosplay (such as this gentleman with the tribbles). For this story we’ve rounded up three bits of very cool replica work and/or cosplay for your amusement. First up, the gorgeous ED-209 replica featured in the video above. If you haven’t watched it yet, you have 15 seconds to comply…

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RoboCop Will Patrol The Home Video Beat This June

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RoboSteel2After one release-date shift and no end of internet finger-wagging, Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake finally hit theaters last month with an emphatic “eh.” It certainly wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and it actually had some genuinely effective elements — the reveal of what’s actually left of Murphy was a beautiful bit of body horror — but Robo’s shiny upgrade wasn’t enough to lure in throngs of American moviegoers, bringing in only $57 million against its $100 million production budget domestically. For all my qualms about the remake, however, I have no doubt that this is a flick that’s going to do well and find a larger audience on home video. If you skipped it in theaters, mark your calendar: RoboCop will be serving the public trust on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 9. It’ll also be available for digital download the week before, on June 2.

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RoboCop Recreated By Fans, Filmmakers, And Funny People

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Warning: There is much NSFW language and dick-shooting in the video below.


Sometimes in life, we avoid doing the things we need to do, whether it’s because there’s pain involved, or because we’re being held up at gunpoint by Clarence Boddicker and his gang. In any case, I’m taking the bullet for not getting around to watching the fan film Our RoboCop Remake until recently, because despite the nearly universal acclaim for it spread across the rest of the Internet, I’d just seen José Padilha’s reboot and I wasn’t ready to see what anyone else had to say about RoboCop‘s legacy. This, of course, was the biggest mistake I could have made, as this is one of the funniest and most inventive things I’ve seen online. I’d kick myself, but there’s a short-circuit in the wiring going from my brain to my legs.

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RoboCop Box Office Nears $200 Million And The Sequel Talks Begin

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robocopA year ago, the conversations were heating up around here over the pros and cons of bringing RoboCop back to life in a modern reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 action classic. The voices were so loud for both sides, it seemed like a draw. Not that any of us could have stopped it anyway, as José Padilha’s take on the half-man/half-machine hit theaters last month. It probably surprises no one that audience reactions to the flick were also pretty polarized, with some loving the drone-on-RoboCop action and lack of camp value, while others thought it was meandering and without a proper focus on a villain or conflict. Well, I hope you guys are ready to dredge up all those feelings again, as the remake is inching its way towards a $200 million worldwide box office, which is usually the time when sequel talks start echoing off the graffiti-scrawled walls of the Internet.