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Entertainment Earth has announced a new toy line for the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures robot-boxing adventure Real Steel, which hits theaters nationwide on October 7. The company has released the first photos of this toy line. The first wave of these toys go on sale in August, with the second wave hitting shelves in September.
Real Steel comes to theaters October 7th, 2011 and stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Dakota Goyo, Hope Davis and James Rebhorn. The film is directed by Shawn Levy.
Take a look at the new toys: www.movieweb.com
You may know actor Dominic Monaghan as Merry Brandybuck from the insanely popular Lord of the Rings trilogy, or as Charlie Pace in the insanely popular time-traveling drama Lost. Next Movie recently sat down with Dominic to discuss The Hobbit and of course, Evangeline was brought up. Take a look below:
Evangeline Lilly was recently cast in “The Hobbit.” Was that a coincidence, or did you introduce her to Peter Jackson?
Yeah, yeah, we were hanging out at some party that Peter [Jackson] and Fran [Walsh] and Phil [Boyens] were at and I think I must have introduced them, because we were all at the same party. Definitely not a coincidence.
In an epic battle between die-hard fans of “Lost” and “Lord of the Rings,” who would win?
I’m going to say a die-hard “Lord of the Rings” fan, simply because their world is at war. Whereas the “Lost” world isn’t always at war, there’s moments of solace. But, Middle-earth, to a large degree, is in battle. So, I would think they’re more equipped to battle. They’ve had a longer history, more time to prepare as well. And they’ve got some magic stuff. Swords, and axes and wands…
I’ve added three lovely production stills of Evangeline from the upcoming film, Real Steel into the gallery. Real Steel was directed by Shawn Levy and stars Hugh Jackman, Kevin Durand, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie. The movie is released in theatres October 7th 2011. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy is currently filming in New Zealand. To our delight, Evangeline has officially signed on for the highly anticipated film!
Joining Evangeline in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Peter Jackson and will be released December 14th, 2012.
The feature trailer for Shawn Levy’s Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie has officially been released. “Real Steel” opens October 7, 2011.
Real Steel doesn’t hit theaters until October 7th, but DreamWorks is already lining up a sequel based on positive early response. Deadline has the scoop, saying that the film’s original writer, John Gatins, has been asked to begin planning the followup.
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
Real Steel also stars Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Durand. (Source)
Tuesday afternoon, CinemaCon audiences were treated to an extended preview of the coming drama Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman as a washed-up boxer now handling underground robot boxing matches. In a twist of fate, he’s reunited with his estranged son and the duo begin training a beat-up old robot they find to fight in a championship match.
Based on the short story Steel by Richard Matheson, the film was directed by Shawn Levy and will be released on October 7th. “The film really borrows a page from the movies I loved growing up,” says Levy. “There’s a real underdog element to it.”
Speakeasy sat down with Levy and Jackman after the presentation to talk about the film:
The Wall Street Journal: The footage of the film was different from what I was expecting from the film, given what I’d seen in the trailer.
Shawn Levy: How many times do we hear that? Everything says that — not just press, but even my mom. For months, we’ve been saying, ‘You’ll see,” and today’s footage is us beginning to show the full complexity of the movie.
Hugh Jackman: My son is going to go ballistic for this film. This is a bad father story, but I had read the script a couple times and was trying to read it some more, but my son had to go to sleep, so I said, let me read you the script. and he loved it. So I was doing my homework on my son’s time but what was worse, was that he wouldn’t go to sleep afterwards and made me read it to him for several nights.
It seems like a premise that kids would understand, given the popularity of the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robot game.
Levy: In the absence of footage, people have kind of reductively asked, “Is it like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em?” and the truth is, that the movie is maybe 30% robot fighting and the rest of about Hugh and his son, Hugh and Evangeline Lilly’s character.
Is there an element of artificial intelligence to the robots?
Levy: There’s the suggestion of AI. It’s funny, in editing the movie, I’m having conversations with Steve, my executive producer, about how much we want to confirm or deny, and the movie is about floating on that edge. And that’s, if we hit the sweet spot, magical — but it’s not magic if its confirmed.
When did you start designing the robots?
Levy: We started preparing the movie seven months before we shot it. Hugh and me and the writer worked on the script to flesh out the human journey, but me and my production designed designed 20 robots. The way we wanted to do the movie was with real boxers, so motion capture with simulcam. That means, there’s a real boxer in the ring. He’s instantly converted into a robot on the monitor. To use that approach, you have to pre-design the robots. Most visual effects movies, you don’t design the creature until later. With my “Night at the Museum” movies or Hugh’s “Wolverine”movies, you’re acting against a tennis ball and an animator draws in the behavior of the creature. In this film, it was real boxers I was directing, with Sugar Ray Leonard, who were converted into their robot avatars. We also built real robots. When that robot comes alive and the kid looks at him, it’s incredibly.
Jackman: They work from the waist up. They can stand, and we interacted with them. The guys who puppeteer them are real artists.
Levy: I would play music on the set to give the puppeteer the vibe that I wanted, and they would puppeteer to the score.
Jackman: We have really intense scenes where I”m talking to the robot, or someone else is talking to the robot, and to actually have the robot there was amazing. That was one of the things Steven [Spielberg] confirmed for you –
Levy: Yes, he told me, I know “Jurassic Park” was a long time ago, but I’m telling you, building some of those real dinosaur elements was huge for performance. My first meeting in New York with Steven, he planted that seed. We built this robots and the difference in performances you get, especially from the 10-year-old, is night and day than if you were acting to a piece of tape.
Speaking of boxers, how did you get Sugar Ray Leonard to consult on the film?
Levy: We wanted a consultant on the boxing who was legit, who would be creative and know what life in the ring would be like, for two reasons: To vet the story, and just as importantly, to work with Hugh on the mindset of being a former boxer.
Jackman: He was amazing. He taught me some shadow boxing, but also the mindset of that corner guy. Sugar Ray, his persona as a boxer was style and flair, he had all that. We have 20 robots and each has to be incredibly distinct, and he really gave them all signature moves. That’s what he was known for as a boxer myself. I saw him on TV last night.
Levy: I know. It’s hilarious – bad ass Sugar Ray on “Dancing With the Stars”!
We’ve already seen plenty of sci-fi movies arrive in cinemas this year, including Battle: Los Angeles, and Duncan Jones’ fast-paced thriller, Source Code.
The rest of 2011 will see numerous other genre movies heading to our screens, ranging from big-budget tentpole blockbusters to low-budget indie dramas. Here, then, is a selection of ten potentially great science fiction movies we’re looking forward to in 2011
Release Date: October 7, 2011
Hugh Jackman stars in this feature-length adaptation of an old Twilight Zone episode, which was, in turn, based on a short story written by sci-fi horror author, Richard Matheson. As a washed-up boxer, Jackman embarks on a new career that involves training gigantic, two-tonne robots to punch the rivets out of each other.
The movie looks far removed from the Twilight Zone episode and story that inspired it, but the fighting mecha look well handled, with the film employing proper, physical animatronic robots to accomplish its boxing scenes, rather than relying on pure CGI. From the brief clips we’ve seen, this lends the combat scenes plenty of weight and grit.
Lost’s Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie all co-star as the human interest outside the ropes.