Shawn Levy Says He’s Been ‘Quietly Developing’ REAL STEEL 2

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We were talking Real Steel 2 well before the first film even came out, but now, three years later, we’re still without that sequel.  However, that doesn’t mean director Shawn Levy isn’t thinking about it.  In fact, he said he’s been “quietly developing” it for years now.

The first film starred Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up boxer who turns to robot boxing to make a living.  After his robot is destroyed in a fight, Charlie’s stuck without a contender and with a significant amount of debt, leaving him with no choice, but to try and turn an old sparring bot named Atom into a champion.  Hit the jump to find out what Levy had to say about the sequel.

Geek Gifts: REAL STEEL Noisy Boy Figure from Sideshow Collectibles

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Though we saw some truly great robot designs courtesy of Guillermo del Toro with this summer’s Pacific Rim, fans of director Shawn Levy’s 2011 film Real Steel will be happy to know that Noisy Boy is also getting the collectible treatment.  Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled a design for the robot Noisy Boy from ThreeA Toys that comes complete with 500 light-up features in the eyes, chest, abdomen, back, thighs, lower legs, and arms.  The full figure is expected to ship June 2014 and will run you $389.99.  Hit the jump to take a closer look.

Toy Fair 2013: Over 100 Images from Convention Floor Including BATMAN, STAR WARS, REAL STEEL, SUPERMAN, Marvel, GODZILLA, IRON MAN, and More

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If you’re a toy collector, you’ve likely had a great past few days.  That’s because every February at Toy Fair in NYC, all the toy manufactures  show off tons of upcoming toys and many are being revealed for the first time.  Over the past 24 hours we’ve posted a ton of them broken down by manufacturer, and we’re not close to being done.  However, due to how many we’ve yet to post, I’m going to take a group approach to this article.

As you can see after the jump, we’ve got over 100 pictures from the convention floor and you can check out some of the new toys for Iron Man (and Iron Man 3), The Walking DeadBatmanThe Dark KnightStar Wars, DC Justice, Real Steel, Marvel Selects, Resident Evil, Arkham City, Star TrekSupermanThorWonder Woman, Tom Cruise from Mission Impossible, and much more.

Weekend Box Office: TAKEN 2 Repeats in First; ARGO Claims Second with $20.1 Million; HERE COMES THE BOOM Goes Bust

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Even with five new movies competing at this weekend’s box office, Taken 2 had no trouble holding on to first place for a second week in a row. The action movie edged out Ben Affleck’s Argo and Friday’s first-place horror feature Sinister, though each put up strong debut numbers. The picture was not as rosy for the remaining three new releases, including Sony’s comedy Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.

 Title Weekend Total
1. Taken 2 $22,500,000 $86.7
2. Argo $20,120,000 $20.1
3. Sinister $18,250,000 $18.2
4. Hotel Transylvania $17,300,000 $102.1
5. Here Comes the Boom $12,000,000 $12
6 Pitch Perfect $9,336,000 $36
7. Frankenweenie $7,014,000 $22
8 Looper $6,300,000 $51.4
9. Seven Psychopaths $4,275,000 $4.2
10. Perks of Being a Wallflower
$2,166,000 $6.1

Shawn Levy Talks REAL STEEL, the Visual Effects, SimulCam, and Practical Robots; Plus an Update on the Sequel

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When director Shawn Levy’s Real Steel opened last October, it surprised quite a few people.  For one, the so-called “robot boxing movie” packed a whole lot of heart.  While some may have been expecting wall-to-wall robot fights, they soon found out that buried beneath this sci-fi adventure was an emotional father-son story.  Secondly, audiences discovered that Real Steel featured some of the best visual effects of the year. I nstead of relying solely on CG for the numerous robot-boxing matches, Levy opted for a nuanced blend of practical effects and cutting-edge motion capture technology.  What resulted was some of the most seamlessly blended effects in recent memory.   When it came time for the Oscars to announce the contenders in the Best Visual Effects category, it was no surprise that Real Steel popped up on the list.

As we’re just a few weeks away from the Academy Awards, Steve got the chance to sit down with Levy earlier today to talk about the visual effects in the film.  In addition to musing on the hybrid effects approach, the SimulCam technology that made the effects possible, and what sets Real Steel apart from the other VFX nominees, Levy also provided a few updates on the Real Steel sequel, specifically talking about how their approach to Real Steel 2 was directly influenced by what demographics responded to Real Steel most passionately.  Hit the jump to watch the full interview.

REAL STEEL Blu-ray Review

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There’s nothing inherently wrong with a formula picture, the problem is with filmmakers not investing in the formula. There’s just too many big budget movies these days – like the Pirates or Transformers films – where the characters and what they do don’t make sense, and it’s near impossible to care about anything that happens to them. So it’s strange that director Shawn Levy managed to make a formula picture right. Best known for the sub-par Night at the Museum films, Levy came across as a hack. But Real Steel knows exactly what it’s doing and works you over. Hugh Jackman stars as a washed up boxer trying to make his living fighting with robots. Enter his abandoned son (Dakota Goyo) and a special robot that might be able to take them to the top. Our review of Real Steel on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

2012 Oscar Nominations Announced; HUGO and THE ARTIST Lead the Pack

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The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards have finally been unveiled. Many of the categories have fallen in line just as most have predicted (I fared alright with my predictions, but not great), with Hugo scoring 11 nods, followed closely by The Artist with 10. The biggest surprises are War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting in for Best Picture, the exclusion of The Adventures of Tintin from Best Animated Feature, and The Tree of Life nabbing Best Picture and Best Director nods (hooray!). On the snub side of things, despite landing the most precursor critics awards of any other actor in the race thus far, Albert Brooks was denied a Best Supporting Actor nod for his stellar work in Drive (boo). Additionally, Tilda Swinton was overlooked for giving the best performance of the year in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and AMPAS has no love for Michael Fassbender‘s haunting work in Shame.

There’s still plenty to be happy about, as Gary Oldman has his first ever Oscar Nomination (yes, that’s right) and Melissa McCarthy is a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees. The 84th Academy Awards will be presented by Billy Crystal on February 26th.

Visual Effects Oscar Category Narrowed Down to 10 Choices; Contenders Include HARRY POTTER, CAPTAIN AMERICA, and THE TREE OF LIFE

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We’re just a little less than two months away from the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and today the choices in yet another category have been pared down. AMPAS announced today that 10 films remain in contention for the Best Visual Effects award, with films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Hugo, and The Tree of Life making the cut. The pretty clear frontrunner in this race is Rise of the Planet of the Apes (and rightfully so), but there’s much to admire in the 10 films that have been shortlisted.

Though Terrence Malick’s existential drama The Tree of Life is heavy on the naturalistic visuals, the extended “history of the universe” sequence is gloriously enchanting and features some breathtaking visual effects work (dinosaurs!), so I’m happy to see that it hasn’t been overlooked. All members of the Academy’s visual effects branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films, after which they’ll vote to nominate five pics for the Academy Award. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes all 10 singled-out films. The Oscars will be presented on February 26th.

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

Weekend Box Office – PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 Claims October Opening Record with $54 Million

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Earlier this week, it seemed like Paranormal Activity 3 was looking at an opening weekend in the $35-$40 million range, or just slightly less than what its predecessor took in on this week last year.  Instead, the three-quel has crushed all projections with an estimated take of $54 million from 3,321 locations.  At this point that stands as the highest October debut and the biggest supernatural horror opening of all-time, unseating 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2, of course.

Title Weekend Total
1 Paranormal Activity 3 $54,000,000 $54
2 Real Steel $11,300,000 $67.2
3 Footloose $10,900,000 $30.9
4 The Three Musketeers $8,800,000 $8.8
5 Ides of March $4,900,000 $29.1
6 Dolphin Tale $4,500,000 $64.6
7 Moneyball $4,100,000 $63.7
8 Johnny English $3,800,000 $3.8
9 The Thing $3,100,000 $14
10 50/50 $2,800,000 $28.7

Weekend Box Office – REAL STEEL Takes Top Spot Again with $16.3 Million; FOOTLOOSE a Close Second with $16.1 Million

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In a photo-finish that could very well end up too close to call, it looks like Shawn Levy’s sci-fi pic Real Steel has topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, just edging out the Footloose remake. Estimates have Real Steel with $16.3 million for the weekend, with Footloose finishing with a respectable $16.1 million. The neck-and-neck race may come down to Sunday totals, with the family-heavy day giving a slight edge to the all-ages Real Steel. Hit the jump for more details.

Title Weekend Total
1 Real Steel $16,300,000 $51,744,000
2 Footloose $16,100,000 $16,100,000
3 The Thing $8,700,000 $8,700,000
4 The Ides of March $7,500,000 $22,154,000
5 Dolphin Tale $6,345,000 $58,672,000
6 Moneyball $5,500,000 $57,712,000
7 50/50 $4,315,000 $24,344,000
8 Courageous $3,400,000 $21,378,000
9 The Big Year $3,325,000 $3,325,000
10 The Lion King 3D $2,708,000 $90,452,000

Shawn Levy Talks REAL STEEL Deleted Scenes and What Will Be on the DVD/Blu-ray

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Director Shawn Levy Real Steel interview slice

Before Real Steel hit theaters, I got to sit down with director Shawn Levy for an extended video interview.  While I’ve already posted what he said about how the soundtrack came together and his goal for the film, Neighborhood Watch, what happened to his Flash movie, and what’s up with Night at the Museum 3 and The Hardy Boys, I’ve got one more bit and it concerns what he cut out of Real Steel and what will be on the eventual DVD/Blu-ray.

For fans of deleted scenes, Levy told me you can expect about 15 minutes to be on the DVD/Blu-ray and he explained why he cut out some of the footage.  In addition, he says the home video release will have an extensive behind the scenes look at the making of Real Steel and he makes use of second screen (which is where you can use your computer or iPad to have a more interactive experience while watching the movie).  Hit the jump for more.

Friday Box Office – FOOTLOOSE on Top with $5.6 Million

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Footloose opened at the top of the charts this Friday with $5.6 million, but the remake will have to keep dancing its heart out to fend off last week’s champion Real Steel.  Both movies should land in the $15-18 million range for the weekend.  The revival of fellow beloved 80s property The Thing debuted in third place with a weaker $3.2 million.  Still better than this week’s other wide release, The Big Year, which earned just $1.15 million this Friday despite a trio of high profile leads in Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black.  Check back tomorrow for the weekend totals.

Title Friday Total
1 Footloose $5,565,000 $5.6
2 Real Steel $4,517,000 $40.0
3 The Thing $3,200,000 $3.2
4 The Ides of March $2,250,000 $16.9
5 Moneyball $1,715,000 $53.9

Weekend Box Office – REAL STEEL Goes Unchallenged with $27.3 Million; THE IDES OF MARCH a Distant Second

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It may not be the overwhelming win that its pricey PR push promised, but America’s new number one movie Real Steel did score the highest debut of any truly ‘new’ release since Rise of the Planet of the Apes two months ago.  With $27.3 million from its 3,440 locations, the family-friendly robot boxing movie also earned almost three times what its nearest competitor, George Clooney’s The Ides of March, saw on its first weekend.

Title Weekend Total
1 Real Steel $27,300,000 $27.3
2 The Ides of March $10,400,000 $10.4
3 Dolphin Tale $9,160,000 $49
4 50/50 $5,500,000 $17.3
5 Courageous $4,600,000 $15.8
6 The Lion King 3D $4,550,000 $85.9
7 Dream House $4,500,000 $14.5
8 Moneyball $3,230,000 $49.2
9 What’s Your Number? $3,050,000 $10.3
10 Abduction $2,900,000 $23.3


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In last week’s “Top 5″, I painfully admitted to not having seen either Moneyball or 50/50. Moreover, I put my credentials as “mildly credible film blogger” up as collateral in the case that I hadn’t checked both out by this week. Sadly, I’ll have to forfeit my title as I’ve only managed to catch 50/50 so far. On the bright side, I thought that film was great and is definitely one of my favorites of the year thus far. As for Moneyball, well there’s always this week.

In spite of my lack of mild credibility, I hope you’ll still choose to check out this week’s “Top 5″ where you’ll find new hi-res images from The Avengers, the return of Arrested Development, our In Time set visit coverage, and interviews for George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March and Shawn Levy’s robot boxing extravaganza Real Steel. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

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