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“RoboCop” remake gains Jackie Earle Haley, potentially Jay Baruchel


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The cast of Jose Padilha’s “RoboCop” remake is looking better and better. Now two more actors are interested in the project, turning what initially seemed like a bad idea into a movie featuring one of the best ensemble casts we’ve seen recently.

Deadline is reporting that Jackie Earle Haley has taken a role in the film. He’ll play Maddox, the man who trains RoboCop to be a military fighting machine. Also in talks for the flick is Jay Baruchel, who would play an unannounced character.

They’ll be joining an already impressive list of actors. Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) is playing Alex Murphy, the police officer who will later become RoboCop. Abbie Cornish is portraying his wife, while Gary Oldman is the scientist who created RoboCop, Hugh Laurie is the CEO of Omnicorp (the company that created RoboCop) and Samuel L. Jackson is playing a charismatic media mogul. There are still plenty of roles left to cast, and these new additions have set the bar even higher for the reboot.

When IFC attended the Hero Complex Film Festival screening of “RoboCop,” original star Peter Weller didn’t have high hopes for the remake. While we originally agreed with him, our opinions are now beginning to change for the better.

“I couldn’t give a shit,” he said at the time. “I say you know what, god bless them, man. Go make another ‘Robocop.’ I got to tell you this: when I sat there in Dallas three weeks ago to watch this thing, I don’t know. I mean, can they throw a lot of CGI at it and so forth? The morality that’s endemic to the movie that you just watched, it’s hard to replicate.”

“RoboCop” is looking to start shooting in September. It is slated to hit theaters on August 9, 2013.

What do you think of the cast for “RoboCop”? Has your opinion on the movie changed since it was first announced? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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