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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 »
Now that 20th Century Fox is part of The Walt Disney Company, the rights to make new X-Men action figures inspired by the film franchise now lie at Hasbro. That’s why Marvel Legends is finally getting back around to making figures based on the X-Men movies, and they’re starting by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original X-Men movie, the one that launched the comic book movie craze of the 21st century.Get a load of the first wave of Marvel Legends X-Men movie action figures below. Read More »
Michael Mann‘s long-in-development Ferrari movie is finally shifting back into gear. More than five years after Mann’s biopic about the driver and businessman who founded the famed car manufacturer was first announced, STX has set a 2021 production start date for Ferrari, with Hugh Jackman in talks to star.
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Hey, did you know Hugh Jackman will never play Wolverine again? He’s only said so about a billion times, but someone decided to ask him the question again, and since he’s a nice guy, he answered. But Wolverine isn’t the only part Jackman is turning down. The actor (and singer) revealed that he was offered multiple roles in Tom Hooper‘s nightmarish flop Cats, and said thanks, but no thanks.
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Hey, do you like schools, scandals, and actors doing their best Long Island accents? Then you’re going to want to check out Bad Education, a new HBO film featuring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. Based on a true story, Bad Education follows a school superintendent who tried to cover up an embezzlement scandal, with less-than-ideal results. Watch the Bad Education trailer below.
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Based on a true story, Bad Education involves a student reporter who uncovers an embezzlement scandal at the Roslyn School District, in Long Island. Hugh Jackman plays the superintendent of the district who attempts to set things right – via a cover-up. Needless to say, things get messy. Allison Janney and Ray Romano co-star in the feature, which is headed to HBO. Dig the trailer below.
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Laika movies may not break the box office, but they sure are lovely to look at. The stop-motion studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings are back with Missing Link, and based on the series of clips below, it looks like another delightful entry in the Laika cannon.
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Hugh Jackman is a multi-hyphenate performer: an actor, a singer, a dancer, a greatest showman. Well, he can now add one more label to that list: Guinness World Records holder. The Logan actor may have bid farewell to the superhero that he has played since 2000, but he’s about to get one more thing to remember the adamantium-clawed mutant by — a certificate for the longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero for his role as Wolverine.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, the lightsaber fight between Yoda and Count Dooku from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones gets a cool animated remake. Plus, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have called a truce in their fake social media feud, and learn about the history of the DeLorean before and after it was turned into a legendary vehicle in Back to the Future. Read More »
LAIKA is at the top of their game when it comes to telling stories with stop-motion animation, so we’re excited for whatever they’re cooking up next. This year the animation studio has quite the ambitious adventure that will take us across the world with a Bigfoot named Susan.
Missing Link follows the last remaining Bigfoot of his kind (Zach Galifianakis) as he strikes a deal with explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to find his Yeti cousins in the valley of Shangri-La. It’s a journey that will span the globe and have them encountering all sorts of people along the way, making for a very quirky adventure. You can watch the new trailer now. Read More »