'Robocop': Remake

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#TaniaOnTheScene - “Robocop" is a movie about a very smart, technically proficient crew that, when a good man has been seriously injured, takes the living organism apart and puts it back together with synthetic pieces. It feels like the movie was made the same way.

The filmmakers started with the original, 1987 slick sci-fi actioner starring Peter Weller and directed by Paul Verhoeven. They disassembled it, eliminating some of the wilder political satire, and making the violence mostly bloodless. Then they added better effects, a stronger supporting cast, and a different ending.

It’s not as alive anymore – but it works. The cynical touches are still here, only updated (the cyber cop is now an outgrowth of a drones program, and the film’s news breaks are delivered by a mad Bill O’Reilly clone played by Samuel L. Jackson).

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RIP Shirley Temple Black

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#TaniOnTheScene - Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85.

Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., according to publicist Cheryl J. Kagan. No cause was given.

From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. She saved what became 20th Century Fox studios from bankruptcy and made more than 40 movies before she turned 12.

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Shia LaBeouf Lands Lead Role in ‘Nymphomaniac’ by Sexting

#TaniaOnTheScene - LaBeouf is showing us a side we haven’t seen before. The actor went to great lengths to land a starring role in the upcoming drama “Nympomaniac.” The 27 year old actor says he sent a sexually explicit picture to the director of the film. Shia successfully landed the role of Jerome, which follows the sexcapades of a self-proclaimed nympho. The film has several graphic love scenes and will most likely be released without a rating. It’s set to hit theaters in two installments: March 21st and April 3rd. Other stars of the film include Uma Thurman and Christian Slater.

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Rest In Paradise, Peter O’Toole

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Legendary actor, Peter O’Toole, has died at the age of 81. The star of “Lawrence of Arabia,” and many other great films, passed away peacefully on Saturday in a London hospital, following a long illness. O’Toole was nominated for a record 8 Oscars for best actor and made more than 90 films and TV shows during his colorful career. Actors, politicians, and commentators paid tribute to the star. He is survived by his two daughters and a son.

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Monsters send zombies packing

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Turns out zombies and Superman are no match for monsters. Disney’s Monsters University is the weekend box-office winner, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The animated family film, which reunites stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman and their characters from the 2001 hit Monsters, Inc., debuted in first place with $82 million, beating out swarming zombies in World War Z and Superman in Man of Steel.

Brad Pitt's zombie romp, World War Z, overcame negative advance publicity to open in second place with $66 million. Media reports months ahead of the film’s opening chronicled its problems, including a revamped ending that delayed its release.

The success of the film means it could be a franchise in the making.

Man of Steel was third at the box office, adding $41.2 million to its coffers and bringing its domestic ticket sales over $210 million in just the second week of release.

The comedy This Is the End, which stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jonah Hill as versions of themselves trapped in a mansion during the apocalypse, finished in fourth place, with $13 million.

‘Man of Steel’ paints Superman in a dark light

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#TaniaOnTheScene - A review of “Man of Steel,” this summer’s big blockbuster, which offers plenty of action and impressive mayhem but not a lot of fun.

Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the latest reboot of the Superman franchise, is thoughtfully crafted and occasionally breathtaking; what it isn’t, unfortunately, is much fun. You can sense the hand of Christopher Nolan here (he’s a producer of the film, and also has a story credit): This is no zippy superhero adventure, complete with zows and pows and quips, but a dark meditation on good and evil, shot in shades of gray as clouds loom and brows furrow, and beginning with the painful birth of the infant Kal-El. (Delivering the Baby of Steel was, apparently, no picnic.) But while Nolan’s “Dark Knight” movies, particularly the first two, clicked because of perfect casting and sly character work, “Man of Steel” feels a little leaden: The cast can’t find its way out from under the weight of the material.

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Tom Cruise Returning for Mission: Impossible 5

#TaniaOnTheScene - He’s ready to take on another impossible mission where he’ll not only star, but also produce.

Tom Cruise has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to return for a fifth installment of his Mission: Impossible franchise, his rep confirms to E! News.

The 50-year-old Oblivion star would star and produce the upcoming flick.

Who will write and direct the film, as well as when it would be released, is still undecided, although Cruise’s Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is reported to be a front-runner.

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