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Box Office Breakdown: ‘LEGO Movie’ Kills ‘3 Days,’ ‘Pompeii’

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie has become unstoppable!

Despite the releases of newcomers 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii, the animated family film based on a children's toy remained at the top of the box office this weekend with $31.1 million. 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii debuted with respectable earnings of $12.2 million and $10.3 million, respectively. The RoboCop remake fell one spot from its debut at number three last week with $9.8 million while The Monuments of Men also fell one spot as well to number five with $7.9 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: V-Day Films No Match for ‘LEGO Movie’

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie got more love from movie-goers than any of the new romance films this Valentine's Day weekend.

Pulling in $48.8 million at the box office, the animated film based on the popular toys beat out four newcomers this weekend, including the remake of About Last Night, which placed second with $27 million. The highly-anticipated RoboCop movie debuted at number three with $21.5 million while The Monuments of Men fell two spots from last week to number four with $15 million. The other romantic remake, Endless Love, debuted in fifth place with  $13.3 million.

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Joel Kinnaman Hurt Leg on ‘Robocop’

Joel KinnamanJoel Kinnaman injured a muscle in his leg while shooting Robocop.

The 34-year-old actor - who plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie - didn't sustain any serious injuries while shooting the action-packed science fiction film and the only ailment he did suffer was a minor muscular strain.

When asked if he had gotten injured at any point during the shoot, Joel told BANG Showbiz, "I pulled my hamstring one day, I did it when I was running."

Kinnaman appears in the movie with a stellar cast, which includes Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton. But there was one actor who Kinnaman enjoyed working with more than anyone else: "Working with Gary Oldman was one of the great experiences of my life, he's an incredible actor and also a wonderful man. I was extremely happy [to get the role], I worked hard to get it. I had to audition three times and finally I was able to convince Dr. Padilha [director] that I was the right guy." Kinnaman was joined on the special blue carpet at the event yesterday evening by his co-stars Oldman and Cornish and the film's director Jose Padilha.


Michael Keaton: Robocop Costume a “Sissy Suit”

Michael KeatonMichael Keaton claims the new Robocop costume is a "sissy suit."

The actor - who appears in the cyborg cop reboot as Raymond Sellers, CEO of the evil Omnicorp organization - joked the special effects armor Joel Kinnaman had to wear as the title character wasn't a patch on the rubber suit he had to don to play Batman in 1989.

"That sissy suit - they have air conditioning in it. [When I played Batman] I couldn't do [any] of that because I couldn't get up to go the bathroom. They put me in this thing and inside, honestly, I started having panic attacks. Literally, panic attacks. So, I thought, 'I don't know how I'm going to do this, man. I'm feeling really, really scared.'"

While costume design has come on since the 80s, Joel said his 45lb suit was still difficult to wield, and took almost two hours to put on each day. "It was a bit of a challenge to put on. It was so uncomfortable, it was digging in everywhere, it was pressing down on my shoulders, and I was sweating like a pig. After twenty minutes, I said, 'I gotta get out of this!' And then, it was a daunting idea that I was going to have to wear this for 14 hours a day, six days a week for five months," he said.

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RoboCop Remake Pushed Back to 2014

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Fans looking forward to the new RoboCop remake will have to hold out a little bit longer to see Joel Kinnaman portray the eponymous cyborg. Sony and MGM have announced that they're pushing the film's original August 9, 2013 release date to February 7, 2014 in order to allow more time for special effects and postproduction work.

Perhaps as slight compensation for the delay, the studio released a new photo from the set (seen above): the reveal of RoboCop's bike!

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Cinecast: Kidman Channels Grace Kelly, Uma Joins Von Trier Film

Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop+ Photos of Nicole Kidman getting into character as Grace Kelly have been released. Kidman will portray the Hollywood starlet-turned-royalty in the biopic Grace of Monaco, set in 1962. Not surprisingly, she looks as effortlessly chic and classy as the late Oscar winner.

+ The Killing star Joel Kinnaman was snapped up in Toronto while filming scenes for the upcoming remake of RoboCop, which sees him starring as the eponymous character.

+ The intriguing dynamic between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma is on display in the new trailer for Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock. One can easily see from the clips that both Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are clear Oscar contenders with their potrayals of the married couple.

+ Uma Thurman is the latest actress cast in Lars von Trier's controversial Nymphomaniac. There is no word yet as to who she will play in the film, which marks her first collaboration with the Danish auteur.

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Casting Corner: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Colbert and More

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Hugh Laurie: Has the Robocop reboot finally found its villain? The House star is in talks to portray "an ultra-rich CEO of Omnicorp, the company that makes Robocop" in the film, set to be directed by Jose Padilha. Laurie will act opposite Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.

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Abbie Cornish to Star in Robocop

Abbie CornishAbbie Cornish is being lined up to star in Robocop.

The W.E. actress is in talks to join the cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman in the remake of the 1987 action film. Cornish is in line to star as Mrs. Murphy, who is led to believe her police officer husband Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is dead having been killed in the line of duty. However, what she doesn't know is he has been brought back to life as the cyborg law-enforcer Robocop, by a scientist played by Oldman, who will find himself torn between a callous company and the machine.

Last week it was revealed Jackson would play "charismatic media mogul" Pat Novak.

The movie is due to begin shooting in Toronto, Canada, this September and scheduled to be released next summer although the storyline for the film is still being kept secret. Jose Padilha will direct the motion picture, with Marc Abraham and Eric Newman in line to produce.

The original film starred Peter Weller in the lead role and Nancy Allen as his partner, Lewis, and took more than $60m at the box office.


Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Robocop

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson is set to star in Robocop.

The 63-year-old actor is said to have signed up to appear in the remake of the 1987 action film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jackson will play "charismatic media mogul" Pat Novak, while Joel Kinnaman has already been cast as police officer Alex Murphy who is brought back to life as a cyborg. Gary Oldman will also star as the scientist who creates Murphy.

The movie - which is being directed by Jose Padilha - is due to begin shooting in Toronto, Canada, this September and scheduled to be released next summer.

The original film starred Peter Weller in the lead role and Nancy Allen as his partner, Lewis, and took more than $60m at the box office.


Steve McQueen Praises Michael Fassbender

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender is a "once-in-a generation" actor. The Shame star has a "femininity" which helps put him into the same league as Hollywood greats like Marlon Brando and James Dean, according to director Steve McQueen:

"He's a once in a generation actor. Michael's a man's man, but he has a femininity too. A lot of actors today are very masculine. You have to go back to actors like Brando and James Dean to find that combination. His openness is key to him being a great actor."

Although he has played some weighty roles in recent years, such as Northern Irish hunger strike prisoner Bobby Sands in Hunger and sex addict Brendan in Shame, Michael could branch out into action, as he is in the frame for a remake of 1987 movie Robocop, about a former policeman who is murdered and re-created as a crime-fighting cyborg.

"You know, I'm always open. I'll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It's not definitely like, 'Oh, I've got to play RoboCop before I retire.' I don't have that about anything. I don't go, 'I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet.' If I react to the script, then I'm up for anything," Michael said.


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