Why You Should See “Real Steel” this Weekend – Review – No Spoilers

We’ve been sharing clips of the movie “Real Steel” along with photos from Comic-Con and other red carpet events (more below) with you, our readers not because we are pretty excited about this movie.

First, personally speaking, I’ve never been disappointed by any movie that Hugh Jackman is in. But, when you start seeing the clips coming out and like the story, you start getting excited about going to the movies and knowing that you won’t be disappointed. With that said, we’ve done a double duty here with coverage of the movie – now in theatres today and a review from one of our staff, who maybe isn’t the “target” audience… not a mother, father or single woman swooning over Hugh Jackman. The following review is from a twenty-something male who is a gamer, producer, and has been in front of the screen and behind it (yeah, card carrying SAG member), who has a love for all things movies (and TV) and is someone that I’ve been collaborating with for as long as he’s been able to share “what’s your favorite part” of this movie with me.

“First let me say that Shawn Levy is no Michael Bay, where as Bay would have taken a script for a ‘Robot Boxing Movie’ for what is is at face value. The rainy day favorite of my youth ‘Rock’em Sock’em Robots’ with Sylvester Stallone’s “Over The Top” – You remember, the one where Sly is a truck driver and makes cash on the side being the greatest arm wrestler this side of the Mississppi, then gets a telegram saying some woman he knocked up died, and he’s got to come get the kid he abandoned to keep his truck driving life style, while the kid’s mother’s family desperately wants to raise the kid, and the dad is enough of a dirtbag to sell his child to the other side of the family? well, it’s that. even for the same amount of money, $100k. ‘Over The Top’ came out in 1987, when $100k was A LOT of money. Real Steel takes place in 202X, where $100k is still apparently a crap load of cash, i guess the economy never really recovers. Which, once you get past the rehashed story, that’s where the beauty of the movie is. the little details of what tomorrow may bring. Which, looks a lot like today, aside from some teasing angles of a Cadillac Sixteen (google that, you’ll thank me), a Nokia future phone, HP acrylic & LED displays, and Virgin & Bing having their own stadiums in Detroit and New York, respectively. None of that seemed that far out of place (except the Cadillac Sixteen) all that is pretty much tomorrow tech- there were no flying cars, teleportation, or iPhone brain implants- all the technology was reasonably accessible*. Except, shall i not forget the eight to eleven foot tall ambulatory fighting robots. 

In my screening, Danny Elfman’s score had most of the audience in his hand, cheering and gasping as if he were in the room conducting them. They were involved. The movie was, to them, much more than Hugh Jackman eating Thomas Jane’s lunch (Tom wasn’t in the movie, but you say ‘i want my kids back’ i see Tom Jane). It was more than a hokey advertisement for a crappy childhood game that was impossible to put away. It had the fervor of a Holyfield match with BattleBots. The explanation of why Robot Boxing was cool was a throw away line from Hugh, but the understated stuff is what made the movie work for me. When really, there was nothing new brought to the table. Other than the lack of kitsch.

Rating: Better than expected (reblogged)

Hugh Jackman REAL STEEL Los Angeles Premiere

Hugh Jackman REAL STEEL Los Angeles Premiere

Steven Spielberg and Sugar Ray Leonard at Screening of Real Steel

Steven Spielberg and Sugar Ray Leonard at Screening of Real Steel

Here are some interesting behind the scenes facts about the movie that you can share with your friends to show you are really in the know:

  • Sugar Ray Leonard was the film’s boxing consultant and trained Hugh Jackman for his appearance in the ring
  • Costume designer Marlene Stewart created a retro wardrobe for Hugh Jackman’s character Charlie inspired by looks the rugged Americana looks from the 1960s
  • Dreamworks used motion-capture technology and practical-built, full-scale robots to film the robot boxing scenes. The motion-capture elements were performed and shot on a stage in Los Angeles ahead of time and the fighters were put in the ring wearing data-capturing jumpsuits and then their motions were converted into robot avatars on the computer and then instantaneously appeared on the monitors on set. Then, later during principal photography, the filmmakers lined up their cameras on an empty ring and the motion-capture data streamed through their cameras, allowing them to watch and frame the robot fighting in the ring in real time
  • Each of the robots each have a distinctive look, personality and color scheme and range in size from 7’6” to 8’5” in height
Midas - One of the Robots from Real Steel Movie

Midas - One of the Robots from Real Steel Movie

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And in This Corner… “Real Steel” with Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman in Paris to Promote “Real Steel”

We’re excited to share some photos from the red carpet premiere of “Real Steel” in Paris with Hugh Jackman. (below)

There’s also a new clip from the new Dreamworks movie called “Hit Back”below with more exclusive footage which is sure to get you pumped up to see the movie opening here in the US on October 7th. Be sure to watch the clip below and check out our other posts on this movie with more photos and video clips. You can also be a fan of the movie on Facebook at:

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New Clip from the movie “Hit Back”

“Real Steel” Factoids

Here are some interesting behind the scenes facts about the movie that you can share with your friends to show you are really in the know:

  • Sugar Ray Leonard was the film’s boxing consultant and trained Hugh Jackman for his appearance in the ring
  • Costume designer Marlene Stewart created a retro wardrobe for Hugh Jackman’s character Charlie inspired by looks the rugged Americana looks from the 1960s
  • Dreamworks used motion-capture technology and practical-built, full-scale robots to film the robot boxing scenes. The motion-capture elements were performed and shot on a stage in Los Angeles ahead of time and the fighters were put in the ring wearing data-capturing jumpsuits and then their motions were converted into robot avatars on the computer and then instantaneously appeared on the monitors on set. Then, later during principal photography, the filmmakers lined up their cameras on an empty ring and the motion-capture data streamed through their cameras, allowing them to watch and frame the robot fighting in the ring in real time
  • Each of the robots each have a distinctive look, personality and color scheme and range in size from 7’6” to 8’5” in height
Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

Hugh Jackman at the Paris Premiere of "REAL STEEL"

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New Featurette “Main Event” from upcoming DreamWorks Movie: “Real Steel”

"Real Steel" Movie

"Real Steel" Movie coming to theaters October 7th 2011

We’re looking forward to this “feel good” movie starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo, who plays his son, other cast members include Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and Kevin Durand.

“Real Steel” is an action drama about a former boxer who was #2 in the world who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing.

“Real Steel” from DreamWorks and is directed by Shawn Levy who also directed the “Night at the Museum” movies and “Date Night.”

Mark your calendars – “Real Steel” will be in theaters starting October 7th.

Where Champions aren’t born. They’re Made. 

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Oh No! Another Vampire Movie? “Fright Night” is Like No Other….

You might think “Fright Night” falls into that “just another vampire movie” category, but you’ll be surprised to find it is more and you might find yourself jumping out of your seat.

A good movie starts with a good story… 

“What I loved about the script is that there are really horrific moments that are very scary and also very human moments,” director Craig Gillespie says. “It wasn’t just a straight genre film. Marti managed to balance thriller, humor and horror.”

Re-imagined from the 1985 Cult Classic “Fright Night”

Colin Farrell, who plays the role of Jerry the vampire is such a fan of the original film that he has seen it at least 12 times. How many times have you seen it?

“Fright Night” is re-imagined from the 1985 cult classic of the same name and is directed by Craig Gillespie and has a great cast which includes Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz‐Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette. Talk about experience, screenwriter, Marti Noxon, used to write for the popular TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Here’s a clip called “neighborly chat” with Colin Farrell which sets the tone for some of the parts where (no spoiler here….) you’ll have to discover in the theater!

When they turn the lights down in the theater, be sure to know who’s sitting around you before “Fright Night” in 3D starts to roll… That’s the only tip we’ll give you as this horror‐film reveals an imaginative take on a cult classic from 1985, one we’re sure you’ll be talking about!

Have some scary fun for us while watching “Fright Night” from DreamWorks and come back and tell us how you liked it!!.

As director Craig Gillespie concludes, “This ‘Fright Night’ is a great addition to the canon of Vampire films. Some of the scenes are going to be hard to watch, in the best possible sense, but there are also some very warm, sincere moments, as well as just flat‐ out humor.”

“Fright Night” opens in theaters nationwide on August 19, 2011

Movie Recommendation “The Help” It’s the Feel Good Movie You’ve Needed

We’ve written about the new movie opening tomorrow called “The Help” and I’m sure you’ve seen the best selling book or a clip for the movie on TV… but just in case, here’s some cool behind the scene’s photos and videos to get you into the theatre for what will surely be a “feel good” movie!!

- Save us a seat – we’re bringing the popcorn with lots of butter!

Meet the 4 Main Characters:

Aibileen:

Hilly:

Minnie:

Skeeter:

Check out photos from Sissy Spacek’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony 

Sissy Spacek Getting Her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Sissy Spacek Getting Her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

THE HELP costars Jessica Chastain and Ahna O’Reilly with Sissy Spacek

THE HELP costars Jessica Chastain and Ahna O’Reilly with Sissy Spacek

At the Premiere of “The Help” Movie

Leslie Jordan, Sissy Spacek,  Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Anha O'Reilly, Viola Davis, Ocativa Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Tate Taylor, Brunson Green, Kathryn Stockett,  Aunjanue Ellis, David Oyelowo, Mike Vogel, Chris Lowell Mary Steenburgen, Chris Columbus

Leslie Jordan, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Anha O’Reilly, Viola Davis, Ocativa Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Tate Taylor, Brunson Green, Kathryn Stockett, Aunjanue Ellis, David Oyelowo, Mike Vogel, Chris Lowell Mary Steenburgen, Chris Columbus
Leslie Jordan on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

Leslie Jordan on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

At the After Party for the Premiere of “The Help” Movie

Allison Janney,  Jessica Chastain, Anha O'Reilly, Viola Davis

Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain, Anha O’Reilly, Viola Davis
Kathryn Stockett, Emma Stone, Viola Davis

Kathryn Stockett, Emma Stone, Viola Davis

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THE HELP

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Genre:                          Drama

Rating:                         PG-13

U.S. Release date:         August 10, 2011

Running Time:               137 mins.

Cast:                             Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

Director:                       Tate Taylor

Producers:                     Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers:      Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei

Screenplay by:               Tate Taylor

Based on the novel by:   Kathryn Stockett

                                                                                                           

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.

Comic Con 2011 Fans LOVE Hugh Jackman and Real Steel

If you’re missing Comic-Con 2011 this year, here’s a treat – some photos from today with Hugh Jackman and the fans who came out to get a sneak peek of the new movie Real Steel coming out this fall from Dreamworks.

Here are some of the photos of Jackman interacting with fans at Comic-Con from passing out photos, to playing video games.

Hugh Jackman, Real Steel, Comic-Con 2011

Hugh Jackman, Real Steel, Comic-Con 2011

Hugh Jackman at Comic Con for Real Steel passing out film posters

Hugh Jackman at Comic Con for Real Steel passing out film posters

Hugh Jackman at Comic Con with Robot from Real Steel

Hugh Jackman at Comic Con with Robot from Real Steel

Hugh Jackman at Comic Con - Look at the FAN LOVE!

Hugh Jackman at Comic Con - Look at the FAN LOVE!

“Real Steel” from DreamWorks and is directed by Shawn Levy who also directed the “Night at the Museum” movies and “Date Night.”

Here’s a sneak peek at the movie coming out October 7th 2011.

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Hugh Jackman… Real Steel… Mark Your Calendars for October 7th 2011 

Top Reason to See a Movie at Christmas-time? EPIC: “War Horse”

They say enjoy the journey… and that’s what we’re hoping for. “War Horse” is a new movie coming from Dreamworks Pictures and director Steven Spielberg, adapted from the Michael Morpurgo book and recent stage play by Nick Stafford, has that epic feel to it. Watch this clip to see what we’re talking about:

If you’re familiar with the book by Michael Morpurgo, you’ll better understand that this is not a movie about a war, it is about a bond between a horse named Joey and a young man, Albert, who tames and trains him. The book was written with children between 9-12 in mind and has an underlying message about peace not war in it. The film as envisioned by Spielberg is an adventure filled with loyalty, hope and tenacity.

Director Steven Spielberg with Jeremy Irvine who portrays Albert in the film

Director Steven Spielberg with Jeremy Irvine who portrays Albert in the film

The story takes place in rural England and Europe during World War I when Joey and Albert are forcefully separated. Vowing to find Joey when he’s old enough, the film follows the journey of Joey (the horse) as he sees and lives with humans during war, changing and inspiring the people he meets along the way. You see war through the eyes of Joey as he interacts with the British Calvary, a German Soldier, a French Farmer and his granddaughter before the story reaches the emotional climax at the heart of “No Man’s Land”…. dum dum dum.

This is a bittersweet story filled with adventure and friendship. “War Horse” looks like one of those great movies that your whole family can enjoy and learn from. We hope you’ll follow the clips online and LIKE War Horse on Facebook. Here’s who’s in the cast:

  • Cast:      Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
  • Director:     Steven Spielberg
  • Producers:    Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Executive Producers:    Frank Marshall, Revel Guest
  • Screenplay by:  Lee Hall and Richard Curtis  Based on the book by:  Michael Morpurgo

“The Help” Takes You Back in Time to the 1960′s Inspires You to Create Change

"The Help" Movie

"The Help" Movie

Not that I’m too quick to admit this but I am a child of the sixties, one who grew up in the south and experienced from the sidelines the lines that were drawn between us based on color. I can tell you that it took a lot of courage for anyone to cross the line to build a friendship with someone of another race.

My mother’s youngest sister was one of those people who, at that time in my young life, created change by accepting others for who they were, and gave me strength to join her in standing up for what was right and to not fear what others would think of me.

Fast forward to today, writing a blog post on the upcoming new feature from Dreamworks Studios and Participant Media called “The Help” opening on the 10th of August is somewhat bittersweet as I see where we were from my childhood and where we are today and where we need to go in the future. Here’s a clip with the director with some background on the upcoming feature:

The story is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, “The Help” and stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter,  Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s. These women build a very unlikely friendship based on a writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Armed with the courage that their sisterhood has forged, these women stand together and make the town see that times are changing.

This movie is sure to evoke emotions from hope to humor and should inspire you and yours to create change that makes a difference for us all.

Cast:   Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone

Director:    Tate Taylor

Producers:   Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers: Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Dean Jones, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei

Screenplay by:   Tate Taylor       Based on the novel by:   Kathryn Stockett

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Don’t miss this movie. We won’t!

A vampire movie that you won’t want to miss… Fright Night Starring Colin Farrell

A vampire movie that you won’t want to miss… Fright Night from Dreamworks Pictures

Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a high school senior who’s on top of the world—that is until Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door and Charlie discovers that he is a vampire preying on the neighborhood.

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Fright Night

Fright Night - Watch this Neighborly Chat Video Clip

Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice.

After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood.

Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

  • Cast:   Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette
  • Director:   Craig Gillespie          -        Producers:  Michael De Luca, Alison Rosenzweig
  • Executive Producers:  Ray Angelic, Josh Bratman, Michael Gaeta, Lloyd Ivan Miller
  • Screenplay by:  Marti Noxon  -  Story by:  Tom Holland  / Based on the film   “Fright Night” written by Tom Holland

Follow Fright Night - coming to a theatre near you on August 19th 2011