Real Steel

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The Movie: Real Steel

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: In the not-so-distant future, boxing has gone high-tech. 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots have taken over the ring, and washed up boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) can’t stop his streak of bad luck losing fights with robots that he doesn’t know how to handle. But when his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) shows up on his door-step, he might have a shot at a comeback when the two stumble upon an old sparring robot with an intriguing glint of life in his eyes and the strength to take some hits without slowing down. As the two hit the robot boxing circuit, they not only find a hopeful new champion, but a chance at having a real connection with each other.

Why Its Essential Viewing: The kind of sports comedies and action adventures that kids of the 1980s and 1990s grew up with just aren’t being made by studios anymore. Chalk it up to studios unwilling to take risks in gearing more edgy movies towards younger audiences, or just a lack of interest in family friendly movies that aren’t animated tentpoles or four quadrant blockbusters. But in 2011, Night at the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy delivered both a sports drama and a sci-fi adventure that mixes Rocky with The Iron Giant, giving us some Amblin Entertainment kind of magic and heart that doesn’t come along very often. Perhaps that’s why Steven Spielberg executive produced it. Read More »

Although his credits include all types of films, it’s really within the horror genre that Jason Blum has made his name. The powerhouse producer has been behind some of the biggest hits in recent years, including the Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious, Sinister, and The Bay. In 2013, he’ll try to continue that winning streak with a slew of new thrillers.

Among them is Dark Skies, an alien invasion flick directed by Scott Charles Stewart. Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton, and Dakota Goyo (Real Steel) play a family targeted by a mysterious force. J.K. Simmons also stars, as an expert who may be able to help them deal with the situation. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Watch 5 Clips and a Featurette from ‘Real Steel’

Robot boxing drama Real Steel will be out in about another week, but just in case your love for Hugh Jackman and/or Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is such that you simply can’t stand to wait that long, DreamWorks has released five new clips (totaling a little under four minutes) and a featurette from the movie.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Real Steel unfolds in a future in which human boxing has been rendered obsolete by the rise of robot boxing. Charlie (Jackman) is a former fighter and current small-time promoter who gets one last chance to prove himself when he works with his son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a robot for a championship match. Watch the videos after the jump.

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‘Real Steel’ Japanese Trailer

Leave it to Japan to deliver a trailer for the robot boxing movie Real Steel that is full of new footage. Shawn Levy directs Hugh Jackman as a washed-up boxer who ‘coaches’ giant mechanical boxers. Given custody of his son (Dakota Goyo) he has to face up to his responsibilities as a father, all while building up a new robot that can win, Rocky-style, in the ring. Check out the Japanese trailer for the October 7 release after the break. Read More »

‘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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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 »

Dakota Goyo Cast in Real Steel

Dakota Goyo

DreamWorks’ has hired 11-year-old Canadian Dakota Goyo for the lead role in Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel. Goyo has worked mostly on Canadian television, but appeared alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett in Resurrecting the Champ and more recently in the Woody Harrelson indie superhero dramedy Defendor.

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