Movie News: Two ‘Dark Knight Rises’ TV Spots, Gary Oldman Joins 'RoboCop,' Hero Factory Toy Movie Coming, and More

Movie News: Two ‘Dark Knight Rises’ TV Spots, Gary Oldman Joins 'RoboCop,' Hero Factory Toy Movie Coming, and More

May 24, 2012

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RoboScientist: Along with news that the Academy Award-nominated Gary Oldman has been cast in the upcoming remake of RoboCop, we get a glimpse of how the story, or at least one of the characters, has been changed. Oldman (above, in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will be playing Norton, a scientist who creates RoboCop and is “torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation.” That’s different from the original, in which ruthlessly ambitious and amoral corporate hack Bob Morton (Miguel Ferrer) spearheaded the RoboCop project. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Musical Chairs: The surprise decision by Paramount Pictures to delay the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation until next year meant that the June 29 release date opened up, and Universal Pictures promptly responded by moving Seth McFarlane’s R-rated comedy Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, into that spot from its originally scheduled July 13 release. Now it will compete with stripper flick Magic Mike, drama People Like Us, and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection. [Deadline]

Hey, Kids!: Undeterred by the tepid domestic reaction to Battleship, Universal Pictures is moving ahead with another Hasbro-to-movie adaptation. Hero Factory is a series of robotic toys which debuted in 2010, and reportedly has “a distinct storyline and a dense mythology,” which we’re sure will be fascinating to everyone aged 7-16, Hasbro’s recommended age for the toys. [The Hollywood Reporter]

He Has Risen: Two new T.V. spots have dropped for The Dark Knight Rises, featuring bits and pieces of new footage along with more familiar imagery, like the football game blowing up. We’re trying to pace ourselves -- the movie doesn’t open until July -- but it's getting harder to limit enthusiasm. [Collider]

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