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10 Hidden Details Everyone Missed In Total Recall

It's rare when a blockbuster film also becomes a critically acclaimed hit, but that's just what happened with 1990's sci-fi action-adventure, Total Recall. Based on a novel by best-selling sci-fi author Philip K. Dick and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid, it follows a simple construction worker who buys a vacation package to Mars. His trip is just the beginning of the most exciting and adrenaline-filled adventure of his life, involving a whirlwind of epic shootouts, memory implants, martial arts, and even a three-breasted prostitute named Mary.

Related: Arnold Schwarzenegger's 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes

At the time that Total Recall was made, many Hollywood blockbusters were making a shift from using practical effects to CGI. The deft mix of the two in the film is a key to its success, along with a lot of the creative input by star Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Paul Verhoeven, who fought
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Filming imminent for Virginie Efira in Madeleine Collins - Production / Funding - France/Switzerland/Belgium

The actress is leading the cast of Antoine Barraud’s 3rd feature film, sold by Charades and produced by Les Films du Bélier in league with Close Up Films and Frakas. 26 September will see filming begin on Madeleine Collins, the 3rd full-length film by Antoine Barraud, following The Sinkholes and Portrait of the Artist (unveiled in the Berlinale Forum in 2015). Starring in the cast is Belgian actress Virginie Efira, France’s Bruno Salomone, Spain’s Quim Gutiérrez, American star Jacqueline Bisset and, last...
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10 Gifts For Fans Of Robocop

Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic RoboCop was not a conventional action movie in the 80s, but it developed a dedicated fanbase nonetheless. The film depicted a Detroit on the verge of a corporate buyout that would put the control of the police force in the hands of a private corporation, Omni Consumer Products (Ocp), who wanted to replace officers with RoboCop.

The film launched a franchise that featured a few film sequels, multiple television spin-offs and continuations, comic books, video games, and even an ill-received reboot film. While RoboCop hasn't been as front and center in Hollywood the last few years, his star shines on with fans who continue to show their love for RoboCop. So today we are going to take a look at a few gifts that would be perfect for fans of RoboCop.

Related: The 10 Best RoboCop Movie Villains, Ranked
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‘Scarface’ Director Brian De Palma Updates On Harvey Weinstein Suspense Movie — Venice

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‘Scarface’ Director Brian De Palma Updates On Harvey Weinstein Suspense Movie — Venice
It’s been a while since we had an update on Scarface and Carrie director Brian De Palma’s Harvey Weinstein-themed project. Today the director gave one at the Venice Film Festival.

In an interview with Reuters, the veteran director said of the project, which is inspired by the Weinstein scandal, “Because of my years working in and out of Hollywood, you were very aware of the kind of abuse to women that was going on. And being a director who directs women all the time you are very sensitive to how they are treated in the movie that you are making. So I was aware of some of the things that were happening during the Harvey Weinstein era and it is an interesting story to tell, plus, I like the suspense drama and I created a script that is sort of based on some of the real cases
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Locarno Film Review: ‘Instinct’

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Instinct’
Now that “Game of Thrones” has finally reached its conclusion, releasing its gifted international ensemble into the casting wilds, will Hollywood remember just what it has in Carice van Houten? It’s not that the statuesque Dutch thesp hasn’t been consistently employed since her startling 2006 breakout in Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book,” or even that she’s been underappreciated. But few filmmakers have tested her emotional breadth and technical control the way Verhoeven did — and for anyone who’s forgotten the extent of van Houten’s skill set, actress-turned-filmmaker Halina Reijn’s impressive, icily disciplined debut feature “Instinct” provides a fearsome reminder.

Perhaps van Houten just responds best to the care of a confident provocateur. It’s apt that her strongest big-screen showcase since “Black Book” is the kind of hot, confrontational psychodrama you can imagine Verhoeven himself dreaming up, albeit with a frank view of gendered desire and
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Neill Blomkamp exits RoboCop Returns

It looks like Neill Blomkamp’s RoboCop ambitions have gone the way of his planned Alien sequel, with the District 9 filmmaker revealing on Twitter that he is no longer attached to direct RoboCop Returns due to scheduling issues with MGM.

Off Robocop. I am shooting new horror/thriller and MGM can’t wait/ need to shoot Robocop now. Excited to watch it in theaters with other fans. N

— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) August 15, 2019

RoboCop Returns was first announced back in July of last year and would have been a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 action sci-fi classic, with Justin Rhodes (Terminator: Dark Fate) rewriting an old script from the late 80s by original RoboCop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner.

Blomkamp had been keen to bring back Peter Weller as the former Alex Murphy, although Weller reportedly turned down the opportunity to reprise the role for the first time since 1990’s RoboCop 2.
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Robocop Returns Loses Director Neill Blomkamp, He'll Direct New Horror Movie Instead

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Robocop Returns has lost its director, as helmer Neill Blomkamp confirms he is no longer attached to the sequel. On his official Twitter account, Blomkamp says he is "off" the project, citing a scheduling conflict with what he's currently working on. "Off RoboCop. I am shooting [a] new horror/thriller and MGM can't wait," Blomkamp explains in a tweet. The filmmaker adds that he's still excited to watch the new RoboCop movie "in theaters with other fans." While a new director has yet to be named, it appears the sequel is on the fast track to production, and it's likely someone else will soon be signed on.

Off Robocop. I am shooting new horror/thriller and MGM can’t wait/ need to shoot Robocop now. Excited to watch it in theaters with other fans. N

— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) August 15, 2019

Last year, many fans of the original movie from director Paul Verhoeven
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‘Frankie’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert Is a Star With a Big Secret in Ira Sachs’ Family Drama — Exclusive

‘Frankie’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert Is a Star With a Big Secret in Ira Sachs’ Family Drama — Exclusive
There’s good casting, and then there is good casting. Indie auteur Ira Sachs has long excelled at populating his tender, family-driven films with big names, but for his latest, he’s reached a new level: casting beloved actress Isabelle Huppert as, well, a beloved actress. In “Frankie,” Huppert stars as the eponymous Frankie, a famous French performer with a big secret. When she requests that her family join her on a trip to a sunny Portuguese hamlet, what follows is warm, often confusing exploration into family dynamics, with Huppert at the center.

“Frankie” also stars Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Jeremie Renier, and Greg Kinnear. The film premiered at Cannes in May and will next screen at Tiff next month.

At Cannes, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wrote that the film features Huppert’s most vulnerable performance to date. He continued, “Set across a 12-hour stretch of a misbegotten family vacation
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Sarajevo Film Festival to honour Isabelle Huppert

Sarajevo Film Festival to honour Isabelle Huppert
Huppert joins Alejandro González Iñárritu in receiving the award this year.

French actress Isabelle Huppert will receive the honourary Heart of Sarajevo award at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival (August 16-23), which recognises exceptional contribution to film.

Huppert will accept the award on August 18 at the Open Air cinema, ahead of a screening of Ladj Ly’s Cannes 2019 Competition title Les Misérables.

She will also give a masterclass about her career in the industry earlier in the day.

In a screen career of almost 50 years, Huppert has previously received two Cannes best actress awards for Violette (1978) and The Piano Teacher
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Film Feature: Remembers Rutger Hauer

Chicago – Cult character actor Rutger Hauer passed away late last month, but the mark he made with his array of performances carried through two generation of admirers, even receiving the honor of Best Dutch Actor of the (20th) Century in 1999. He died on July 19th, 2019, in his native Netherlands. He was 75.

He was born in Breukelen, the Netherlands, to actor parents. After a couple stints in the military, he graduated from the Academy for Theater and Dance in Amsterdam in 1967, and made his TV debut two years later when director Paul Verhoeven cast him in the Dutch medieval action drama “Floris.” His film debut came in 1973 with “Turkish Delight,” and he performed mostly in Dutch films during the 1970s, including work with Verhoeven again on “Solider of Orange” (1977) and “Spetters” (1980).

Although Hauer made one international English language film previously, his American debut came in 1981 with “Nighthawks.” His was unforgettable one
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Film Review: Full Metal Yakuza (1997) by Takashi Miike

“He admires you. That’s why he entered the Yakuza world.”

On the DVD release of “Full Metal Yakuza” by Artsmagic, the Japanese director addresses the origin story of the film, a tale which could be seen as one of the high time of Asian economy before it collapsed, according to Miike. As he was waiting in an office of a production company for V-cinema releases which went straight to VHS, Miike was aware of a couple of pages from a script which had the title Full Metal Yakuza written on top of them. He quickly read through the pages and decided he would make the film one of his projects, one which he finally realized in 1997.

Considering the genesis of the project as well as the narrative and technical aspects of many of Miike’s films, it is perhaps all too easy to label his film
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End of filming in sight for Gabriel Le Bomin’s Libres - Production / Funding - France

The director turns to June 1940 with Lambert Wilson and Isabelle Carré in the roles of Charles and Yvonne de Gaulle. A Vertigo production sold by Snd. Final stretch for the filming of Libres, the third feature from Gabriel Le Bomin, revealed with Fragments of Antonin (nominated for the Best First Film César award in 2007) and who then directed The Adversary (2010) and Nos Patriotes (2017). Heading the cast are Lambert Wilson and Isabelle Carré in...
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Remembering Rutger Hauer (1944-2019)

by Nathaniel R

"All those moments will be lost like tears in the rain."

Thus went the immortal words of Roy Batty, in Blade Runner (1982) as he breathed his last, betrayed by the cruel brevity of life. Rutger Hauer improvised one of cinema's all-time greatest death scenes when he was just 38. The actor, who turned 75 this past January, has now passed on, dying at his home in The Netherlands after a short illness.

Rutger Hauer first came to worldwide fame in 1973 as the star of Paul Verhoeven's Oscar-nominated sexually provocative Turkish Delight (the most successful Dutch film of all time). More buzzy international hits from his home country followed. Hollywood soon came calling as they usually do when someone who can speak English fluently has multiple imported hits...
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Rest In Peace, Rutger Hauer

It is with sadness that we hear the news that last Friday, actor Rutger Hauer died after a brief illness, at the untimely age of 75. His breakthrough as an actor in the Netherlands was in Paul Verhoeven's television series Floris, in which he played a knight, but films soon followed. Verhoeven's Turkish Delight got nominated in 1974 for the best foreign-language Oscar, and introduced Rutger to the international arthouse audiences. But of course he Really shot to fame in the eighties when he played Roy Batty in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, in which he improvised the character's famous final speech. Many memorable roles followed, including the lead in Sam Pakinpah's Ludlum adaptation The Osterman Weekend, the titular hitcher from The Hitcher, and Navarre in...

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A Tribute to Rutger Hauer

Tom Jolliffe pays tribute to Rutger Hauer after the news of his passing…

I’ve been a huge fan of Rutger Hauer from the very first time I watched Blade Runner. The film shouldn’t have connected so instantly with me, for someone so young, but it did. Though it was Harrison Ford a.k.a. Solo, a.k.a. Indiana Jones who drew me to that film, and those glorious visuals and soundscapes that bewitched me so much, it was always Hauer who left the most lasting impression.

Over time and over more subsequent viewings that performance began to show more and more layers of nuance. Hauer, as an actor when given the freedom to play, was capable of the unique and the electrifying. Batty isn’t a great villain. He’s so much more. It’s why Hauer gives the ‘iconic’ performance in a film loaded with great
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Rutger Hauer: Five of the ‘Blade Runner’ Star’s Essential Performances

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In a perfect world, the versatile and hard-working (172 acting credits on IMDb!) Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who has died in the Netherlands from cancer, would have had a film or even a franchise that capitalized on his range and the blonde good looks of his early years. After early stardom in his home country, he ventured into Hollywood and international films, delivering outstanding, timeless work. Yet his charisma, depth, and daring never translated into a career as a major European leading man in the same way as earlier Euro icons like Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and Marcello Mastroianni.

By the time Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” (2005) came along, the vibrant warrior prince of the 1980s had become a sturdy character player in his sixties.

But although younger film buffs may know him better for the outre genre fare of his later years with titles like “Hobo With Shotgun” and “Scorpion King 4,” in his heyday,
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Dan Fogelman Remembers “Playful and Fun” Rutger Hauer

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Dan Fogelman Remembers “Playful and Fun” Rutger Hauer
In a nod to Paul Verhoeven’s cult 1969 series, Floris star Rutger Hauer in 2014 was tapped for a recurring role on Dan Fogelman’s ABC musical fairytale comedy series Galavant. It was an inspired casting, and Fogelman today remembered fondly the beloved genre actor who died July 19 at age 75 after a long illness.

“I was so saddened to hear the news about Rutger’s passing,” Fogelman told Deadline. “He joined us in the UK during our run on Galavant. He was playful and fun and we never quite knew what he was going to do from moment to moment… which was terrifying and thrilling all at once. Much like him. He will be missed.”

Best known for his role in another cult project, the 1982 movie Blade Runner, Dutch actor Hauer got his break in his native country when he landed the title role in Floris, also about a wronged knight
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Social media tributes after ‘Blade Runner’ star Rutger Hauer dies at 75

Social media tributes after ‘Blade Runner’ star Rutger Hauer dies at 75
People from the world of film are paying tribute on social media to Rutger Hauer, the Dutch actor who famously tormented Harrison Ford as the replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, and has died aged 75.

People from the world of film are paying tribute on social media to Rutger Hauer, the Dutch actor who famously tormented Harrison Ford as the replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, and has died aged 75.

Hauer passed away in the Netherlands last Friday (July 19) according to reports, following a short illness. His funeral took place on Wednesday (24).

Guillermo del Toro paid tribute on Twitter to “an intense,
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Rutger Hauer, Star of Blade Runner, Passes Away at 75

Joseph Baxter Jul 24, 2019

The inimitable Rutger Hauer has died at 75, leaving behind a prolific legacy in film and television.

“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die.”

Rutger Hauer passed away this past Friday, July 19, at the age of the age of 75, having succumbed to a short illness. The news was revealed today by the actor’s agent, Steve Kennis. However, unlike the unforgettable soliloquy – quoted above – that he delivered in 1982’s Blade Runner, his moments will not be lost in time.

Indeed, the ever-emotive and versatile Dutch actor, Hauer, whose funeral was held today, leaves behind a breadth of work in the realms of film and television, spanning back to his first onscreen role, in the 1969 medieval television series,
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Rutger Hauer Dead At Age 75

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Hauer in his iconic role as Batty in "Blade Runner".

By Lee Pfeiffer

International film star Rutger Hauer has died at age 75 in his native Netherlands after what has been called "a short illness". Hauer had run away from home at age 15 and joined the merchant marines before turning his attention to acting. He gained stardom in the Netherlands in the 1960s through a TV series titled "Floris". He gravitated to feature films where his good looks and assertive personality made him a popular attraction. His first major hit in European cinema was the acclaimed 1973 film "Turkish Delight". Hauer, who frequently collaborated with director Paul Verhoeven, made a mark in Hollywood playing a memorable villain in the 1981 thriller "Nighthawks" starring Sylvester Stallone. In 1982, he landed his most iconic role as the villain Batty in director Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Blade Runner". The film was a critical and boxoffice disappointment
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