Real Steel


What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the only nightly movie news column to be cast in both The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games. It will play the same character in both: a movie news column that, after delivering the news unto the people, rides off into the sunset on a badass motorcycle. It will make sense in context in both films, we promise. We begin tonight with an image of Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s black comedy Bernie, about a small-town mortician who makes friends with an elderly woman (played by Shirley MacLaine). The mustache looks creepy, but the last time Black and Linklater teamed up (School of Rock), Black was at his best. Here’s hoping that happens again when the film opens next month’s LA Film Festival.



What happens when you work your way to the top of the game, and the game changes? You have to change it back. What’s been lovingly dubbed the “Robot Boxing Movie,” Real Steel hasn’t shown much in the way behind the high tech monstrosities that its CGI has brought to life so far, but this trailer gives a more intimate look at what the movie’s really all about: a father and a son connecting in a garbage heap. It’s about an underdog made of metal, an underdog made of flesh, and working your way back up to the top. Check out the trailer for yourself:



Now that Darren Aronofsky has cold heartedly put the future of The Wolverine in question by dropping out of the project, Hugh Jackman is going to need to find something to do with himself. Luckily, there are a lot of movies out there just dying to get made. One of them is a James Cameron produced, Shawn Levy directed remake of the 1966 shrinking scientists movie Fantastic Voyage. The film has a script that has been written by Shane Salerno and Laeta Kalogridis, and is set to be a big budget, 3D take on the material. While nothing is confirmed, Deadline Wolcott is reporting that Jackman is Levy’s first choice to take a starring role in the film. Seeing as the actor and director just worked together on the giant robots boxing each other movie Real Steel, the idea that Jackman might agree to sign on doesn’t seem so far fetched. I’ve never seen any of Levy’s work other than his family films, however, and I thought that most of those were pretty terrible; so I don’t know how to react to this news. I guess if Real Steel comes out and is good, then the idea of Hugh Jackman doing 3D Fantastic Voyage could be pretty fun. Until then all I can do is wait. Wait, and seethe, and curse the name of Darren Aronofsky.



I’ve always found Robert Zemeckis’s films to be hit or miss. Lately he’s been pretty solidly in the miss category though. Sometimes it’s hard to remember he directed films like Back to the Future or Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Movies that were full of genre weirdness, but were undeniably mainstream because they had that certain Robert Zemeckis touch. It’s even kind of hard to remember that he made the movie with perhaps the most universal appeal of all time in Forrest Gump. It’s hard to remember because of the last ten years of weird looking, off putting, motion capture animation movies that he’s insisted on making. His next film was set to be another of those creepy exercises in something nobody ever asked for, this time a motion capture take on the Beatles classic Yellow Submarine, but then Mars Needs Moms tanked at the box office. Suddenly the hammer was put down on weird, experimental forms of animation, and that left Zemeckis scrambling to find a script for a live action film to direct.



What is Movie News After Dark? Someone said something nice about it the other day, so it’s feeling sort of full of itself. Luckily this means that there will be more news, more snark and even a few surprises in tonight’s entry! There really is nothing like a self-aware movie news column with a sense of purpose. In addition to the surprisingly dark first trailer, Fox has released some HD concept art for the ineptly titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The art is also quite stunning, showing off some large scale scenes. Most interesting is the fact that it hints at a movie that focuses much of its time on the actual ape uprising, rather than the build-up. I’m ready to see humanity swallowed by simian rage. Aren’t you?



What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?



Hope springs eternal. As we round the bases of another year, it’s important to let the average and outright crappy slough off and realize that we’re all standing on the precipice of another year of movies. The future stretches out before us full of possibilities. That cheesy trailer you saw last week could end up producing your favorite film of the year. That epic blockbuster you’ve been waiting for could be bigger than you ever imagined. There’s hope for everything, but there’s also expectation, which is why Rob Hunter, Neil Miller and Cole Abaius painstakingly put together our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011. It’s the stuff we’re most looking forward to this year, put together when our hope and optimism is at its peak.


The Week That Was

Another week has come and gone and I still don’t have a good opening line for this column. It’s about the articles, people. Not my commentary about the articles of the week. This little guy — aptly titled The Week That Was — is all about my personal favorites from the last seven days. The best that Film School Rejects has to offer, and whatnot. As you may have figured by now, I don’t have much to say this week. Thus all of the repetitive filler and jargon. So lets dive right into the articles you missed while you were out doing things that don’t have anything to do with reading FSR…



Even with 1/3 of the energy that director Shawn Levy displays in person, the trailer for Real Steel that’s smashing its way through the internet is still enough to get the blood pressure rising. The film focuses on Hugh Jackman as a former boxer who turned to Robot Boxing when the sport replaced MMA as the world’s most popular sport that involves punching. Now, he’s washed up twice over and trying to make a come back while reconnecting with his son. That last element is nowhere to be found in this trailer, but the hype sure is. Watch the trailer below:



Spend enough time with horror-loving fankind, and you will undoubtedly hear a lot of conversation about visual effects — and the great debate between computer generated and practical. In the world of horror, this is a daily discussion. Why? Because practical effects are an art form that is being phased out. But in the rare case that they are done, and done right, it makes all the difference. Such is the case with non-horror movies. For example, Shawn Levy’s upcoming robot boxing film Real Steel. On concept, it’s a cool idea. But when you see this first look images, you might just be a believer.



He’s not exactly the world of movie geekdom’s first choice to direct any film, but Date Night and Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy continues to get work. And he continues to fill his movies with solid talent.



Dreamworks and Touchstone Pictures have set a release date for the first movie of the new Dreamworks era, Shawn Levy’s futuristic robot boxing flick Real Steel.



Hugh Jackman has played a man with a harder-than-steel skeleton, but he has never really taken on anyone made of steel. Now, he will be standing in the corner of a boxing robot.



As we’ve been told more than a few times this week, Steven Spielberg has great passion for a lot of things. One of which is a movie about boxing robots. Sadly, it’s not a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie…

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