Your mission, should you choose to accept it, PopWatchers, is to help me put together a 2011 pop-culture time capsule. It’s been a year of change that swept from the lowest brow (Two and a Half Men) to the highest (the Arab Spring). We saw many great people pass on and many more step into the spotlight. With all this in mind, what cultural relics would you pick to communicate this strange and marvelous year to the future? Check out my picks, then add your own ideas to the mix. READ FULL STORY »
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Before Daniel Craig was selected to take over for Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond, Hugh Jackman had been the media’s odds-on choice to inherit the killer tuxedo. In fact, the Aussie seemed to take great delight in fanning the flames, joking that he himself started the rumor of his playing 007 just to get his name in the mix. “I mean, who wouldn’t want to play James Bond?” he said back then. “I’ve always wanted to be 007. He’s the only British superhero.”
But in 2005, it was reported that Jackman had rejected an offer to play Bond because it might actually limit his burgeoning career. Recently, Jackman seemed to confirm the essence of those events. “I got a call from my agent saying, ‘There is some possible interest in you for Bond, are you interested?’” the Real Steel actor told the British Press Association. “At the time I wasn’t. I was about to shoot X-Men 2 and Wolverine had become this thing in my life and I didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once.”
But then he added, “I think every male at some point thinks about playing James Bond so it was not right then, but it may be right if it comes back.” READ FULL STORY »
Well before Real Steel‘s release to surprisingly good reviews, producers were talking about a sequel. Of course, they’ll still have to wait to see how the Hugh Jackman robot boxing flick holds up at the box office before they get the official green light, but last week, while being interviewed at NYC’s 92nd Street Y, director Shawn Levy told the crowd he’d been told to start thinking up the next chapter right in the story after the movie’s first test screening. The lead robot, Atom, and the young boy who plays Jackman’s son in the film, Dakota Goyo, scored as well as Jackman did.
So what might we see in a sequel? Goyo’s character, Max, would be entering adolescence, a time when he could be discovering what it means to be a man and searching for someone to emulate, Levy said. Also, we’d get Atom’s origin story and more of the backstory for Jackman’s character, former boxer Charlie. (Levy revealed fans will get a tease of the latter when the movie hits Blu-ray because they shot a 20-minute 30 for 30-style sports documentary on Charlie that will surely end up there.) He also promised an audience member asking about the female characters in the film that Evangeline Lilly’s Bailey will be more fleshed out, too. (In addition, he shared that he’d shot a scene in which we learned what happened to Max’s mother but later decided it got the audience too emotional too early. Perhaps that’ll make the bonus features, too.) READ FULL STORY »
Merchant Ivory family-friendly boxing robot action flick, had its world premiere in Los Angeles Sunday. Jackman, along with his Real Steel co-stars Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and youngster Dakota Goyo, as well as boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (who choreographed the moves of the robots through motion-capture animation), rapper 50 Cent (who is featured on the film’s soundtrack), and stars like Nikki Reed, Chord Overstreet, Rico Rodriguez, and of course, some robots, all hit the (very hot) red carpet yesterday for the movie’s premiere.
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So what did the stars have to say about their big budget, big sparring robots flick? Well, that it’s heart may be the biggest thing of all. As Jackman told EW at the premiere, “The film is fantastic. I am so proud of it. And I have seen it with audiences of all ages around the world and everyone seems to really enjoy it. There is something in there for everyone.” And the actor, who plays a former boxer who builds and trains a boxing robot with his son (Goyo), emphasized to TrailerAddict.com that aside from the obvious crowd-pleasers — the robots — audiences are getting caught up in the film’s romantic and familial storylines. “They connect to the heart of it,” he said. Watch: READ FULL STORY »
In Hollywood, only evil robots are truly robotic. For every relentless killing machine, like the ones depicted in the Terminator franchise, there are scores of “clinking, clanking, clattering collections of caliginous junk” who reveal that humanity isn’t exclusively human. In fact, some robots prove to be more humane than their creators. Hence, the key to a great robot movie it to convey something true about our flesh-and-bone selves. Orrrrrr… to shatter the eyeballs of the audience with a CG-enhanced wargasm of violence with apocalyptic ramifications. The best robot movies, actually, do both, marrying the spectacular with the profound. It’s not an easy task, but Real Steel, Hugh Jackman’s robot-boxing movie that opens in theaters Oct. 7, aims to connect on both accounts. Atom, the underdog robot Jackson’s over-the-hill pug teaches to be a prizefighter, resembles the Iron Giant and seems to have the heart of a champion.
But will the movie ultimately take its place in the class of the greatest robot movies of all time? How will it compare with Terminator 2: Judgment Day — chosen for this poll over its predecessor because it features two battling robots — or the sublimely poetic WALL•E? What is your favorite robot movie ever made? Vote below. READ FULL STORY »
In a world… plagued by violence… where wrestling fans and Broadway geeks thought they would never overcome their differences… only one man could unite them all. That man… was Hugh Jackman. Seriously, though, when did you ever think a WWE announcer would credit a win by saying, “Thanks to the Tony Award-winning” anything? Well, my friends, Hugh Jackman was put on this earth to make dreams comes true, and last night he did just that. READ FULL STORY »
Hugh Jackman is in the midst of a two-week concert run in San Francisco, and his musical coordinator, Richard Marx, has posted a video on YouTube that includes a clip of Jackman singing “Right Here Waiting.” As someone who saw Jackman receive 28 catcalls in one night onstage in Broadway’s The Boy From Oz (yes, I counted), I enjoy that we hear one during a musical interlude. The Jackman stuff starts at 2:40 in the video below. Jackman and Marx then joke around backstage. “Well, here we are backstage with the one and only Ryan Reynolds,” Marx says. They talk about how Jackman took his pants off onstage because they’d ripped. Where’s video of that?! They also plug “Ricardo’s” new album. READ FULL STORY »
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