Colin Farrell stars as Doug Quaid in Colin Farrell stars as Doug Quaid in "Total Recall."New film is a remake of the 1990 movie starring Arnold SchwarzeneggerThis version stars Colin Farrell and Kate BeckinsaleReviewer calls new "Total Recall" "a wholesale rip-off"Editor's note: This review may contain spoilers.
(CNN) -- Philip K. Dick's stories of warped realities, paranoid delusions and authoritarian nightmares have made him arguably the most influential science fiction writer in Hollywood (not that the movie industry has a monopoly on these things you understand). Yet the film versions of his stories -- "Blade Runner," "The Adjustment Bureau," "Paycheck" -- give a highly sanitized, streamlined impression of his work.
An inferior remake of 1990's Paul Verhoeven movie, "Total Recall" is inspired by the short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," about a clerk who dreams of going to Mars, but gets memory implants of the trip as the next best thing (or does he?). The 1990 version of "Total Recall" starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.In the new movie, the guy, Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), commutes halfway around the world from Australia -- "The Colony" -- to the only other liveable land left, the United Federation of Britain, to work on an assembly line putting together robots.Miserable about his lot in life, and plagued with a strange recurring dream, Doug takes a trip to Rekall, where they promise to make his fantasies feel true. "You could be a spy," they tell him. "Work for the Resistance. Or the Leader. Or better yet, both." Then, just as they inject him, the company is raided in a hail of bullets, and Quaid is running for his life, no longer sure of who he is or what he believes.var currExpandable="expand15";if(typeof CNN.expandableMap==='object'){CNN.expandableMap.push(currExpandable);}var mObj={};mObj.type='video';mObj.contentId='';mObj.source='showbiz/2012/07/31/sbt-colin-farrell.cnn';mObj.lgImage="";mObj.lgImageX=300;mObj.lgImageY=169;mObj.origImageX="214";mObj.origImageY="120";mObj.contentType='video';CNN.expElements.expand15Store=mObj;var currExpandable="expand25";if(typeof CNN.expandableMap==='object'){CNN.expandableMap.push(currExpandable);}var mObj={};mObj.type='video';mObj.contentId='';mObj.source='showbiz/2012/08/02/celebrities-say-what.cnn';mObj.lgImage="";mObj.lgImageX=300;mObj.lgImageY=169;mObj.origImageX="214";mObj.origImageY="120";mObj.contentType='video';CNN.expElements.expand25Store=mObj;var currExpandable="expand35";if(typeof CNN.expandableMap==='object'){CNN.expandableMap.push(currExpandable);}var mObj={};mObj.type='video';mObj.contentId='';mObj.source='showbiz/2012/07/10/pkg-turner-anatomy-blockbuster.cnn';mObj.lgImage="";mObj.lgImageX=300;mObj.lgImageY=169;mObj.origImageX="214";mObj.origImageY="120";mObj.contentType='video';CNN.expElements.expand35Store=mObj;Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer ("Salt," "Equilibrium") has cut Mars out of the proceedings entirely, but he's also eviscerated the playful, post-modern wit that spiced Verhoeven's proudly gory shoot-em-up.The new PG-13 "Total Recall" can still be read both ways, as the story of a "sleeper" agent who wakes up or the story of an ordinary Joe's escapist fantasy. But either way it's an infinitely more pedestrian entertainment, essentially a long succession of repetitive chase scenes, hollow explosions and the kind of speech balloon dialogue that reduces even good actors to robotic mode. Why is it Colin Farrell always seems so much more energized in supporting roles?None of the new film's innovations seems to have been thought through. Why would Britain be spared from a chemical apocalypse that claimed the rest of the Northern Hemisphere? And more specifically, why would Westminster be spared from the fallout, while North London is a toxic wasteland?Why would workers in the Colony commute, daily, by rocketship, to the other side of the globe to add rivets to robots? Can't they get robots to do that? What are the rebels rebelling against -- long commutes?Presumably it's intentional that Quaid's wife, Lori (Kate Beckinsale), could easily be the sister of Resistance fighter Melina (Jessica Biel) -- they might share the same plastic surgeon -- but if there was a point I suspect it wound up on the cutting room floor.As to the look of the film, the shunting gamer action sequences will have you itching for your handset while the teeming CGI almost makes the much-discussed "Blade Runner" sequel redundant. A rain-soaked, vertical metropolis fusing Asian and Occidental cultures, the Colony replicates Scott's Los Angeles 2019 right down to the hover cars and parasols, switching Big Ben in for the Bradbury building. It has been given a digital gloss, but that might have been imported from yet another Dick movie, "Minority Report." Even the robots are cloned.In short, "Underworld" director Len Wiseman has ransacked bigger, better imaginations to produce something that looks and sounds like a wholesale rip-off.
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Snoop Lion told press at the Toronto International Film Festival that he supports President Barack Obama's bid for re-election.Snoop Lion told press at the Toronto International Film Festival that he supports President Barack Obama's bid for re-election.Snoop Lion said at the Toronto Film Festival that he backs Obama's bid for re-election.Snoop Lion: 'Bush [had] eight years, so ... you gotta at least give [Obama] eight years.'The press conference was held for Snoop's documentary, "Reincarnated."

( -- During a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival for his documentary "Reincarnated," Snoop Lion (as hip hop star Snoop Dogg now calls himself, since embracing Rastafari and reggae music) told reporters he fully backs President Barack Obama in his bid for re-election.

Snoop Dogg to release reggae album as Snoop Lion

"Let me begin, Obama for four more years, man," Snoop said. "Bush f****d up for eight years, so, I mean, you gotta at least give [Obama] eight years. He cleaned half the s*** up in four years, realistically. It ain't like y'all gave him a clean house. Y'all gave him a house where the TV didn't work, the toilet was stuffed up -- everything was wrong with the house," he said, drawing laughs from the roomful of media.

'Reincarnated' traces Snoop Lion's Rastafarian awakening

"So he had to come in and get your thing together, then he knocked down our most hated, the most wanted, the one who had our terror on orange or red or whatever color it was on -- he went and found him, the one Bush couldn't seem to find, the one who seemed to fly away in the dead of night and all that," he continued, referring to Osama bin Laden.

Obama "went and found him and knocked him down, so don't forget about that. Now everybody is peaceful and able to move and go and have a good time -- it's because he made that happen. So please don't forget that. You understand me? So give him [another] four years to get his thing together and finish this deal out. You heard what Clinton said. You loved Clinton, didn't you?"

Q&A: Snoop Dogg and Diplo on Jamaican inspiration, Bob Marley's legacy

In his film, Snoop Lion notes he never had suitable material as a rapper to get invited to perform at the White House. With his new clean lyrics and ringing endorsement of Obama . . . maybe now?

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Tracy Spiridakos and Billy Burke star in Tracy Spiridakos and Billy Burke star in "Revolution."For the first time since May, every Monday time slot was filled with a new showNBC's "Revolution" took a 15 percent dip in its second week"Revolution" easily beat the premiere of ABC's "Castle," down 22 percent from last year

( -- Bang! Yesterday was the first official night of the 2012-13 broadcast TV season and we're off and running. For the first time since May, every Monday time slot was filled with a new show. I'm sure that insane Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers game on ESPN doubtless drew some eyeballs away from the Big Four networks, so let's keep that in mind.

The biggest news: NBC's "Revolution" (9.3 million viewers, 3.5 rating among adults 18-49) took a 15 percent dip in its second week, but still ruled 10 p.m. in the demo. In fact, "Revolution" easily beat the premieres of ABC's "Castle" (11.4 million, 2.5), down 22 percent from last year, and crushed CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" (8 million, 1.9), down 44 percent to a series low.

If that seems low for "Hawaii," CBS would probably agree. The network's entire lineup returned last night and took a hit, though year-over-year comparisons are tough because last fall included the ridiculously high debut for "Two and a Half Men" starring new hire Ashton Kutcher. Plus, in the past, football has tended to impact CBS shows a bit more than rivals, but we gotta play the numbers as we see them here. And then there's NBC's "The Voice" (11.9 million, 4.2) — moving this show into fall might have really shaken up the race.

NBC won Monday night in the demo, overall. Voice was down 11 percent from last week with the increased competition, which isn't bad. Voice hammered the premiere of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (14.6 million, 2.7), down 32 percent from last year despite airing an all-stars edition.

'DWTS,' 'Voice,' 'Revolution': TV recaps

Now let's get into this CBS comedy block, which included a new series premiere: "How I Met Your Mother" (8.7 million, 3.4) returned down 28 percent with its lowest-rated debut since 2007. New show "Partners" (6.5 million, 2.4) was down 29 percent from its lead-in. The "Partners" number might be OK for another network in this time period, but is definitely soft for CBS. At 9 p.m., "2 Broke Girls" (10 million, 3.7), now in the captain's chair, was obviously down sharply from last year's Men-fueled premiere, but still ranked as the night's highest-rated scripted show. "Mike & Molly" (9.3 million, 3.0) then dipped 19 percent from its lead-in.

'HIMYM': Hints about the 'finish line'

Couple thoughts on CBS here: "Two and a Half Men" is now on Thursday nights, so that was a calculated decision by the network to strengthen one night and potentially take a hit on this one. Also, each year the network likes to point out — and I'm sure the email is coming soon — how viewers tend to sample new shiny shows at the start of the fall, then eventually return to reliable 'ol CBS. We'll see if that holds true this season too.

All that left Fox in last place for the night. "Bones" (7.3 million, 2.2) nearly held last week's premiere. But the second episode of "The Mob Doctor" (3.9 million, 1.3) fell 13 percent. A drop like that after a series premiere is standard, but the "Mob Doc" didn't have 13 percent to give.

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Snoop Dogg arrives to the launch party for video game Snoop Dogg arrives to the launch party for video game "RAGE" in Los Angeles in 2011.Rapper Snoop Dogg is going reggaeHis new album, "Reincarnated," will release later this yearThe first single is already available

(Rolling Stone) -- Snoop Dogg will be making a foray into reggae on his next LP, Pitchfork reports.

The LP, titled "Reincarnated," will see release later this year on the Vice label, with the rapper adopting the new name Snoop Lion.

The first single, "La La La," is available now and features production from Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid, while Major Lazer is credited as executive producer. You can check out the new track below.

According to the rapper's website, Snoop Lion & the Jungle will make their first live appearance on August 3rd at Toronto's Caribana 2012.

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