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Sundance 2013: Juror Tom Rothman on the legacy of indie film and the future of robot revolution

During his 18 years as an executive at 20th Century Fox, Tom Rothman oversaw two of the biggest movies in history — Titanic and Avatar. But as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival this past week, he has been focusing on some of the smaller, scrappier movies being made on the indie circuit for roughly the catering budget (for a day, maybe) of those kinds of films.

After departing as co-chairman of the Fox studio last year, Rothman has been working as a producer, helping Steven Spielberg bring the man vs. machines epic Robopocalypse to the screen. EW caught up with him at the festival, which bestows its juror prizes Saturday night, to pick his brain about independent film, finding new talent, and just what the state of that robot uprising is right now.

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'Robopocalypse' delay: Steven Spielberg vows it's not dead!

There’s still a little spark in those killer robots after all.

Yesterday came the announcement that Steven Spielberg’s sinister sci-fi saga Robopocalypse, which he had planned to shoot this summer for a debut in April 2014, had been put on hold, with no details on when — or if — it might come back on the calendar.

That seemed to be a clear indication that the film, based on Daniel H. Wilson’s 2011 novel about a machine uprising, was headed for oblivion.

But now, the Lincoln filmmaker — who is celebrating a leading 12 Oscar nominations this morning for that movie — tells EW that Robopocalypse‘s demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Take heart, sci-fi fans: our mechanized extermination is still nigh.

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'Robopocalypse': Steven Spielberg sci-fi saga put on hold

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UPDATE: Steven Spielberg tells EW Robopocalypse is still on, just undergoing a full overhaul.

The Mayans were wrong about the end of the world, and it looks like robot Armageddon is on hold, too.

Steven Spielberg had planned to make the film adaptation of the novel Robopocalypse with Anne Hathaway this summer, with a date already set for April 24, 2014. But it looks like that’s not going to happen.

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Casting Net: Tom Hardy eyeing the peak of 'Everest.' Plus: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachelle Lefevre

• Speaking of Dark Knight Rises stars, Anne Hathaway is circling Robopocalypse, Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi spectacular about a near future in which humanity’s increasing reliance on robotics proves our undoing. Based on the novel by Daniel H. Wilson and adapted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the WoodsCloverfield), the film also reportedly stars Chris Hemsworth. Former Fox chief Tom Rothman has signed on to produce the film after officially stepping down Jan. 1. [THR, Deadline]

• Speaking of Brokeback Mountain stars, Jake Gyllenhaal is negotiating to join Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo in Prisoners, about a blue-collar guy trying to find his daughter and best friend after they’re both kidnapped, and frustrated that the police can’t seem to crack the case. Gyllenhaal would play one of those detectives. Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is directing from a script by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). [Variety]

• Speaking of…um…actors with dreamy blue eyes, Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) has signed onto two action films. The first: White House Down, starring Channing Tatum as a secret service agent tasked with protecting the president after the White House is taken over; Lefevre will play his ex-wife. The second: Homefront, starring Jason Statham as an ex-DEA agent forced to take on a small town meth king (James Franco); Lefevre will play a school psychologist who attempts to explain to Statham’s character that maybe a town ruled by a drug lord isn’t an ideal place to move to. [THR]

• Speaking of Haywire stars only known for action flicks, Gina Carano is attached to an untitled distaff action pic being sold as a female version of The Expendables. Screenwriter Dutch Southern is currently penning a draft of the script, but no director is yet attached. [Variety]

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'Cabin in the Woods' director Drew Goddard on his lost weekend with Joss Whedon -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In the spring of 2007, Drew Goddard — who’d gotten his start in Hollywood writing on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and moved on to write episodes of AngelAliasLost, and the monster movie Cloverfield — was approached by Whedon with a crazy idea: Lock themselves in a hotel room for a weekend to write a horror movie. And not just any fright fest, but one that would work as a straightforward horror flick while also being somehow about the entire genre of horror flicks. Naturally, Goddard said yes.

Two years later, Goddard was directing, and Whedon producing, The Cabin in the Woods, but thanks to the MGM bankruptcy, it wasn’t until the film premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival that audiences got a chance to see it. It subsequently opened in theaters to rave reviews and an instant cult following, and in this exclusive clip from the Blu-ray (out Sept. 18), Whedon and Goddard talk about that lost weekend that got it all started. Check it out below, and then read on for Goddard’s further thoughts on working with Whedon, writing Steven Spielberg’s upcoming action spectacular Robopocalypse, as well as some seriously SPOILER-y talk about Cabin‘s much-discussed ending.  READ FULL STORY

Release date shuffles for 'Robopocalypse,' 'Lone Ranger' and 'X-Men' prequel sequel

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Further confounding the Mayan calendar, the Robopocalypse has been postponed another year until summer 2014.

Steven Spielberg’s film about the epic collapse of our civilization at the mechanical hands of soulless automatons was originally due July 3, 2013, but 20th Century Fox (which is co-financing the film with DreamWorks, and Disney’s Touchstone distributing) announced today the movie has been shifted to April 25, 2014.

That will give Spielberg and Co. more time to develop the project, and hopefully persuade his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis to cameo as a bloodthirsty, killer version of Disneyland’s “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” animatronic attraction. (Hey, we can dream.)

Disney announced soon after that Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger would move back about two months from May 13, 2013 into the July 3 spot vacated by Robopocalypse, while Thor 2 inched forward from Nov. 15 to Nov. 8.

Fox also announced that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to last summer’s acclaimed hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will debut roughly a month later on May 23, 2014, evolving just in time for Memorial Day weekend. And the studio laid out dates for a new X-Men prequel sequel, and a re-release of 1996’s Independence Day in 3-D. READ FULL STORY

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