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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.

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RoboCop Concept Art Features The Freakiest Scene From The Remake

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Robocop concept artSPOILERS FOR ROBOCOP BELOW

Now that Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake is in theaters, our worst fears are now behind us. The movie is not terrible, but it’s not good either. While that seems like faint praise, there are a few notable things about the new remake that’s different from the original 1987 film, namely when it comes to the Cronenberg-esque mad-scientist freak-show midway through the movie.