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Steven Spielberg Delays the 'Robopocalypse'

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Who can stop the robot uprising? Why, the director of "A.I.," of course!

Everyone can relax — humanity's not going to have to deal with deadly life-altering technology just yet (well, not to any kind of sci-fi extreme, anyway), as Steven Spielberg has put an indefinite hold on his screen adaptation of "Robopocalypse," according to Deadline.

"Robopocalypse" chronicles the aftermath of a complete planet takeover by a highly evolved A.I. program called Archos that sets to decimate human civilization in an attempt to preserve the Earth's biodiversity. The film is based on the 2011 novel by Daniel H. Wilson, who holds a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (so he knows what he's talking about with all this stuff). Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Deadline

Casting Roundup: Gyllenhaal, Swank and Whishaw Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Who would win in a fight — the Prince of Persia or Wolverine? Heat Vision reports that Jake Gyllenhall will butt heads with Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners," a thriller about a carpenter (Jackman) who takes the law into his own hands after his daughter and best friend are kidnapped. The "End of Watch" star will play the detective on the case who doesn't take to the amateur vigilante's methods.

• Might Q be joining Thor and Catwoman in Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse"? Variety reports that "Skyfall" actor Ben Whishaw has been approached for the role of an expert hacker named Lurker in the sci-fi action extravaganza that's set to hit theaters on April 25, 2014 (a rather non-Spielberg time of the year, no?). Get More »

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Can Thor and Catwoman Save Us from the 'Robopocalypse?'

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Humanity has known for a long time that the "Robopocalypse" is inevitably coming. But despite plenty of warning, it seems as though our world leaders have yet to come up with any kind of focused plan to save us from this terrifying but visually spectacular doom.

Luckily for us, however, Steven Spielberg may succeed where the United Nations has failed, because according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's currently is talks to enlist both Thor and Catwoman to head up Earth's defense.

Rest easy, America!

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by author Daniel H. Wilson, the story of "Robopocalypse" is pretty much self-evident: Robots got nuts and people fight them. But despite the fact that the film is being directed by Spielberg, who is only the most powerful person in Hollywood, "Robopocalypse" has yet to sign any stars.

That is apparently about to change, however, as both Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway are reportedly in talks to headline the film. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Chris Hemsworth Will Save Us From the Upcoming 'Robopocalypse'

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It's simple logic: When you have an important job that needs to get done, you call in someone who has experience doing it. A pipe breaks in your basement? You don't have your cousin Kenny take a look at it, you call in an expert plumber. Tear something in your shoulder playing basketball? Forget about asking your neighbor Lou for advice, it's time to see an arthroscopic surgeon.

And when the world is about to end via "Robopocalypse?" Well, that's a job for Chris Hemsworth.

Trust us, he knows what he's doing. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Deadline

Summer Reading List, Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

'Tis nearly the season for lounging by the pool, indulging in midnight movie releases and foregoing all academic obligations. The last thing you want to face is your summer reading list.

We'd never advocate catching the movie version instead of the book, though some of your classic literary novels are hitting the big screen (in the case of "The Great Gatsby," in 3-D). Somehow, teachers always know. But there are tons of other books getting adapted to film that won't make you feel like you're in English class. Some were just destined to be translated by Hollywood ("World War Z," anyone?) but the next year has a slew of book-to-movie projects that will pique your interest.

Check out our gallery of the best books to spend your summer with — here are 15 soon-to-be-movies you won't be able to put down.

Filed Under: Features

50 Upcoming Book-to-Movie Adaptations

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Since the beginning of time, books have been a conduit of learning, a cornerstone of human communication and, most important of all, the primary source for awesome movies.

Just check out the new Robert Pattinson vehicle "Water for Elephants," based on Sara Gruen's bestseller, if you don't believe us -- only a true literary genius could have ever dreamed up that gravity-defying head of hair.

And considering that some of the most beloved movies of the past decade have come straight off of the page -- "Harry Potter, "Twilight" and "The Lord of the Rings" just to name a few -- the marriage between books and film has never been stronger. Get More »

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Hollywood Experiences a 'Robopocalypse,' Spielberg Style

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UPDATE: Steven Spielberg has committed to directing "Robopocalypse," reports Deadline.

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In case you were wondering, Steven Spielberg is the man.

All the guy has to do is faintly show interest in something, and everyone in Hollywood wants a piece. If Steve-o glances interestedly at a piece of dog doo on the sidewalk, 10 producers will brawl to see who can turn that turd into a feature film. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Deadline
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