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Exclusive: Michael K. Williams On Filming RoboCop Reboot: “We Had A Ball”

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Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and Michael K. Williams are starring in José Padilha’s 2014 remake of RoboCop, and HipHollywood is learning more about the highly anticipated film.

While on the red carpet to celebrate the premiere of Boardwalk Empire, HH caught up with Williams who gave us the inside scoop behind the sci-fi flick.

“We had a ball. We shot it in Toronto. It’s the same movie, it’s the reboot, but they made it fit in what’s going on today and what’s on the political table, if you will, the topic dealing with drones, and how society feels about it, and how corporate America feels about it,” the Boardwalk Empire star explained.

“It’s just the same story but with a different undertone to it,” the 46-year-old added.

RoboCop, set to release in 2014, will make the fourth installment of the franchise.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind; to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “Integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying ‘here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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