Everything old is new again.
Black-clad, ticked-off, just a little Swedish – meet your new Robocop. Image via the telephoto ninjas at ComingSoon.Net.
No sooner has Len Wiseman‘s apparently fairly anemic “Total Recall“ come and gone from our cinemas than news reaches me of the next Paul Verhoeven film due for an
unjustified kicking nifty remake and remodel.
“Robocop”, Jose Padilha’s spin on the dark future of law enforcement, has begun to lens in Canada and the first paparazzo pics have hit the net – we have the fine droogs at ComingSoon.Net to thank for the image shown above.
I’m not quite sure what to make of the new Robocop depicted above – I’m getting a distinct “G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra”/“Guyver”/every movie with a hero strapped into a body-conscious slab of matt black body armour vibe from what new Murphy, Joel Kinnaman is wearing in that long shot.
Black is the new…black?
Of course, it’s easy to be snarky when all that you’re seeing is a quickly snapped photograph, taken at a distance, of what adds up to first pass, location photography – we’ve not seen how/if the armour will be enhanced, the subtleties of Kinnaman’s physical performance and what direction Padilha’s production is directing. It’s a little early to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ based on one photograph, but this is the internet, so I’m sure that some bunch of forumite taste makers has already called the future prospects of this new remake based on this lone pic.
“Can you fly, Bobby?”
Don’t mess with my Robo, losers – or I’ll send Clarence Boddicker, Detroit’s lethal legend, after your Gucci Loafer-sporting, corporate suited butts. And he’s not a nice man (YouTube link contains NSFW awesomeness…)
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Oh, Canada – you’re supposed to be the reasonable ones.
In the Great White North’s continued efforts to be more right-wing than their North American neighbours, gorgeous pouting Canuck MP Vic Toews (that’s the sexy beast pictured above) has spearheaded a bill making its way through parliament there which would give law enforcement agencies added powers to spy on internet users without need for warrants, due process or any of that inconvenient law stuff.
His angle – because there had to be one – is that if you oppose his bill, you stand with child pornographers.
Yep, that would be the kind of reasoned response that one should expect from an elected official and definitely not an example of hysterical trolling from an unbalanced bully who shouts louder than you until you shut up and let him have his way.
And, of course, yet another example of a politician who uses the emotive subject of child abuse as a tactic to get heinous and unpleasant legislation railroaded into law by appealing to the worse instincts of voting parents – because, of course, those are the only people whose opinions count in society. If you can scare those guys into voting for you by convincing them that there’s a paedophile hiding around every corner on every street, you can pretty much do anything you want….
Boing Boing has more – if I have any Canadian readers, please tell me that this guy’s regarded as a joke and not somebody likely to get this kind of heinous and freedom-eroding crap passed into law.
It’s a tough life being in the most loathed band in the world.
Beware, Twitter Haters - this man's coming for ya'
Despite having more record sales, successful world tours and fans than they know what to do with, Nickelback still cop for flak wherever they go – mostly, I imagine, from hipper-than-thou, online-centric, indie music fanboys. Or people with ears (sorry – had to go there). And whilst nobody is required to be rational or sensible when discussing music on the internet, I would venture that much of the disdain aimed at the Canadian rock band far outweighs their significance.
You can always, after all, turn to another radio station or ignore them entirely, going about your day as though nothing of value was lost to you. But then, that’s a rational response to a minor first world problem and that kind of thinking could break the internet forever.
To get back on message, Nickelback have struck back, via the most deadly weapon in any modern media-savvy celebrity’s arsenal – their Twitter feed.
Run for the hills – the drummer’s sent you a mean tweet! Oh, snap! That snarky @reply just came from the jewel-encrusted smartphone of Chad Kroeger himself (or the guy that Chad Kroeger employs to…you get the picture).
Where will it all end? Probably with things going a little something like this (video features very NSFW language). We can but hope.
James Struthers plays scrabble with friend, photo by Emily Enns
Via the lovely Topless Robot blog, I’ve just spent a most enjoyable few minutes watching the video for Canadian singer songwriter James Struthers‘ song, “You, Me and Optimus Prime”.
If I were called upon to describe his music, and to prompt you to check it out at the link above, I’d tell you that he’s somewhere between Jack Johnson, Jazon Mraz and the awesome Jonathan Coulton – lilting acoustic pop with smart lyrics and a summery feel which is quite refreshing on these currently chilly, dark December days.
Plus, Optimus! If the noble leader of the Autobots can’t get you to give a young singer songwriter a few minutes of your day, nothing can.