Omar Little

When you take all of the distaste for remakes and reboots that’s out there and add it with the love that people have for Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film RoboCop, it adds up to a situation where not very many people are looking forward to José Padilha’s upcoming re-do of the material. And yet, with every casting announcement that this new RoboCop makes, it’s becoming harder and harder to not be at least a little excited about its possibilities. First off, Padilha cast an on-the-rise young actor who’s done nothing but impress so far named Joel Kinnaman in the title role. Then he systematically surrounded his star with supporting names that everyone loves, like Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley. It would be hard to sneeze at that cast no matter what they were being assembled for, but get them all together for a post-apocalyptic tale of robot cops versus violent street gangs and evil corporations, and it’s not too difficult to start forgetting how much you dislike all of the remakes going on in Hollywood. I don’t know how they get ya, but that’s how they get ya.

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We’ve done so much drooling over Twelve Years a Slave that you should have a pretty good idea what it is by now. It’s the next film from visual artist extraordinaire, Steve McQueen, and his third in a row that sees him collaborating with the most exciting actor on the planet today, Michael Fassbender. It goes without saying that any chance we get to watch this actor/director duo work together again is reason enough to celebrate, but what’s been so exciting about watching this project develop is that, unlike Hunger and Shame, Twelve Years a Slave doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the Michael Fassbender show. No, this true story of the life of free man turned slave Solomon Northrup seems like it’s going to give McQueen the chance to spread the love around and direct a real ensemble. The cast is deep and impressive enough at this point that our own Kate Erbland has declared it to be the best of the year, so instead of getting too much into the who’s and what’s of things let’s just do a quick rundown. Joining lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will be the aforementioned Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga, Garret Dillahunt, and Adepero Oduye. That’s an impressive list to say the least. And, seeing as the film has already started production, it wouldn’t seem like there’s much room left for anyone else to be added. Still, somehow McQueen has managed to […]

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Those who have seen his work as Omar Little on The Wire or as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire know that actor Michael K. Williams is an amazing talent, and probably one of the most badass performers working in the business. There are few actors able to craft characters who are so nuanced, so interesting, and yet so completely iconic in their overpowering cool. So it’s with unbridled enthusiasm that we should react to the latest news about his career, news that’s so epic it even trumps the time he started doing guest spots on Community. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Williams is set to star in a movie called Dirty White Boy, which is a biopic of the late Russell Jones, aka Big Baby Jesus, aka Osirus, aka Dirt McGirt, aka The Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Perhaps right now you’re thinking to yourself that ODB was certainly dirty (and stinkin’), but in no way was he ever a white boy. So what the heck is the title of this movie referring to? Well, apparently Dirty White Boy focuses on the last few years of ODB’s life, the time between his imprisonment and his death, when he struck up an unlikely friendship/partnership with a 22-year-old VH1 production assistant named Jarred Weisfeld. Despite a lack of experience, Weisfeld was able to hustle his way into becoming ODB’s manager while he was still in jail, and then became the driving force of his musical comeback after release.

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