Call me crazy (and you have) but I’m really looking forward to Shawn Levy‘s robot-boxing action film Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie. Ever since DreamWorks released the first teaser trailer, I’ve been uncharacteristically excited for this film, which follows a retired fighter on the rise in the new world of robot boxing. Combining science fiction, action and sports, for some reason I just think Real Steel could be incredibly fun.

Though the film won’t hit theaters until October 7, a viral marketing campaign has already begun. A website launched with a detailed back story on the World Robot Boxing league that’s featured in the movie and, with a little digging, the site premiered two short, but sweet, rock ‘em sock ‘em robot clips. Check them out and more after the break. Read More »

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If you read my top ten of 2010 you saw that, despite some diamonds in the rough, I felt 2010 was largely unimpressive in terms of film. Well, if potential says anything, 2011 is going to be amazing. We’ve got new films from filmmakers like Terrence Malick, Michel Gondry, Ron Howard and Jodie Foster, incredible genre action with films like Cowboys & Aliens and Green Lantern, the return of epic franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and X-Men First Class and even huge blockbuster comedy with films like The Hangover Part II.

And as exciting as all those films sound, none of them made my top ten most anticipated. That’s how good 2011 looks. On paper at least. These things rarely pan out. See what I mean after the jump where you’ll find both my most anticipated films for 2011 as well as the films I picked at this time last year with retrospective commentary.

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley approve of how various film critics’ associations chose their top films of the year, discuss the trailers for the most exciting robot fighting movies of 2011, praise Community and True Grit, and get disappointed by The Tourist and The Walking Dead. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from CinemaBlend.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday, December 19 at Slashfilm’s live page at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST, where we’ll be reviewing Tron Legacy.

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‘Real Steel’ High Resolution Photos

DreamWorks has released a batch of new High Resolution production photos from Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel. Hit the jump to see the new images. And if you missed the first teaser trailer released this week, click here.

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‘Real Steel’ Teaser Trailer

Briefly: If you ever dreamed of a live action, big budget Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie, director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman are happy to oblige. Check out the awesome first trailer for Real Steel, opening October 7, 2011 in regular format and IMAX theaters, after the jump. Read More »

We’ve known the basics about Real Steel for a while: Shawn Levy directs the Disney/DreamWorks picture that stars Hugh Jackman as an ex-fighter who reinvents himself as a robot boxing mechanic/coach/promoter when human boxing is outlawed.

Now thanks to a script review, there are more details available about the film. Two warnings: first, some of this might have changed, as the film has been shot and the script draft referenced is not the final version. Second, there could be spoilers within, so if you’d rather wait for the trailer, stop reading now. Read More »

With just over two months until release, Dreamworks has unleashed the full trailer for I Am Number Four. Based on a sci-fi book by Pittacus Lore (a pen name), the Michael Bay produced film version is directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) and stars Alex Pettyfer (Beastly) as one of an alien race who escaped to Earth and is now being hunted. Timothy Olyphant and Teresa Palmer are also in the film which, from this new trailer, looks very much like Caruso’s Disturbia infused with alien powers.

I Am Number Four will be released on February 18 in both regular and IMAX formats. (Side note: Dreamworks also announced that Shawn Levy’s Hugh Jackman action film Real Steel is also going to be released in IMAX on October 7). Watch the I Am Number Four trailer after the break. Read More »

Steven Spielberg War Horse

It’s always feast or famine with that Steven Spielberg. He goes on stretches where he releases two films a year – like in 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2005 -  then there are long periods where he gives the director’s chair a rest, like the last five years (I’m still trying to erase 2008′s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull from my mind so please forgive its omission.) Well, it seems 2011 is not going only to be a Spielberg feast, it’s going to be a Spielberg explosion! Already scheduled to have two films hit during the calendar year, DreamWorks announced Wednesday that they’ve shifted his literary adaptation War Horse from its original summer release date back to the Christmas season, placing it within days of Spielberg’s co-directoral effort The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Hit the jump for other release date shifts, including Real Steel, Fright Night 3D and more. Read More »

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