Once upon a time, residents in Elmore City, Oklahoma were not allowed to dance. That became the basis of the 1984 “Footloose” movie written by Dean Pitchford and directed by Herbert Ross.
Twenty seven years later, writer-director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) decided to take on the dubious task of remaking the iconic movie. Everyone doubted Brewer, including me. But I entered the theater a skeptic and walked out a believer. Read More...
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Emilio Estevez directs his father, Martin Sheen, in the thought-provoking “The Way.” Sheen stars as a dad who travels overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago” from France to Spain. Along the way, Sheen’s character encounters a colorful set of fellow-travelers.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** What attracted Estevez to write, direct, and star in “The Way?”
*** Sheen on being directed by his son, plus, what he thought when he found out that he will be starring in “The Way.”
*** The movie’s theme on journey versus destination
Here's more info on "The Way" from Yahoo:
Tom, an American doctor, comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life." Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On "The Way," Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman, a Canadian and an Irish writer who is suffering from a bout of writer's block. From the unexpected and, oftentimes, amusing experiences along "The Way," this unlikely quartet of misfits creates an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again. Through Tom's unresolved relationship with his son, he discovers the difference between "the life we live and the life we choose."
Logline: After arriving in Spain to recover the body of his dead estranged son, a widower sets off on the "Camino de Santiago" pilgrimage to Galicia.
Genres: Drama and Action/Adventure
Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.
Release Date: October 7th, 2011 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements, drug use and smoking.
Distributors: ARC Entertainment; Producers Distribution Group
Cast and Credits
Starring: Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Emilio Estevez, Angela Molina, Eusebio Lazaro
Directed by: Emilio Estevez
Produced by: David Alexanian, Lisa Niedenthal, Emilio Estevez
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The underdog boxing family drama, "Real Steel," was the undisputed champ at the weekend box-office! The winning film, starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo as a father-son underdog team, debuted at No. 1 with $27.3 million.
But wait there's more! The Disney-release also took in $22.1 million in 19 overseas markets for a worldwide total of $49.4 million!
"Real Steel" interview with Dakota Goyo
"Real Steel" world premiere
"Real Steel" movie review
Meanwhile, "The Ides of March," the political thriller written, directed, and starring George Clooney, opened at No. 2. Co-starring Ryan Gosling as a political aide who learns the dirty tricks of campaigning, "The Ides of March" sold $10.4 million worth of box-office tickets.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Dolphin Tale," fell by 37 percent to No. 3 with $9.2 million. That percentage is not that much for a family film, which proves that this dolphin will swim for quite a long time.
At No. 4 is "Moneyball" with $7.5 million. This Brad Pitt-starrer also has some box-office legs. Rounding out the Top 5 is the cancer bromantic dramedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with $5.5 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Oct. 7th:
1. "Real Steel," $27.3 million ($22.1 million international).
2. "The Ides of March," $10.4 million.
3. "Dolphin Tale," $9.2 million.
4. "Moneyball," $7.5 million.
5. "50/50," $5.5 million.
6. "Courageous," $4.6 million.
7. "The Lion King," $4.55 million ($7.3 million international).
8. "Dream House," $4.5 million.
9. "What's Your Number?", $3.1 million.
10. "Abduction," $2.9 million.
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This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, it’s all about “Real Steel!” Thanks to Touchstone Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, you too can own fun memorabilia and collectibles from the movie!
One lucky winner will get:
REAL STEEL t-shirts
REAL STEEL tattoos
REAL STEEL mini-posters
How can you enter?
Simply go to www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy, like my page, then like the post, and just like me, gosh darn it!
You have the whole week to enter! We will draw the name of the lucky winner next weekend, Oct. 15th, and post the video drawing on our Facebook page.
And international friends, sorry, this one is just limited to U.S. residents only, okay?
But have fun, and watch “Real Steel!
Here's the video explaining it all:
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I had a great time attending the world premiere of “Real Steel” last Sunday at Universal Studios in Hollywood. It helped that I enjoyed the film so I didn’t have to play pretend that “Real Steel” was fun, because it was! So without further adieu, take a look at fun adventure at the red carpet for “Real Steel.”
(In order of appearance):
*** Atticus Shaffer who plays Brick on ABC’s “The Middle” – he did the robot dance for me!
*** Danny Elfman (Composer) – I told him that his score for “Real Steel” was very un-Elfmanish
*** Dakota Goyo (Max) – I love this kid! He’s an amazing actor and a smart guy! And I love that he taught me his dance routine from the movie. Fun!
*** John Gatins (Scriptwriter) – Not only did he write the script for “Real Steel,” he also starred in the movie. If you’ve seen the film, you know he’s the guy with the Tomahawk haircut! I asked him what’s been bugging me about the movie – if we invented robots for fighting, how come we didn’t invent robots for more practical purposes like cleaning, cooking, fixing other robots maybe?
*** Sugar Ray Leonard – the boxing legend worked as a fight consultant in the movie, and I was only allowed one question, so I asked him his thoughts on the other soon-to-be-legend, my fellow Filipino, Manny Pacquaio!
*** Olga Fonda (Farra Lemkova) – She’s hot! And she romanced me in Russian!
*** Shawn Levy (Director) – This guy has a lot of fighting spirit and zest! And we bonded!
*** Hugh Jackman (Charlie) – I love him too! He’s always been a sweetheart! And he danced the robot for me!
*** Anthony Mackie (Finn) – You may know him from “The Hurt Locker,” but this fall, he channels Don King in “Real Steel” as a tough-as-nails-with-a-heart boxing promoter!
*** Evangeline Lilly (Bailey) – By this time, she was one of the last celebrities to walk into the theater for the premiere so all of us had to ask her all at once! But she’s divine…and lovely!
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