In this weekend's Real Steel, Hugh Jackman stars as a boxing promoter who bonds with his estranged son over a junkyard robot that they train towards a fictional, futuristic boxing championship. So just how did an amnesiac prisoner on an Australian television series transform into a Tony and Emmy Award-winning movie star?
With September's box office duelers on their way out, it's time we clear space for two new contenders to duke it out for the moviegoing public's vote. But try as he might, does George Clooney have what it takes to unseat Hugh Jackman's crowd-pleasing sci-fi actioner, the probable weekend victor? He does have Ryan Gosling on his ticket. Not too shabby. Onward, to the polls! It's your Weekend Forecast.
In Real Steel Hugh Jackman plays a boxing promoter who's forced to reconnect with his estranged son. But the boxers on which Jackman hangs his hopes aren't human: Real Steel, which is based on a Richard Matheson short story, is set in the near future, when "robot boxing" is all the rage. Controlled by their handlers, these overgrown Rock' Em Sock 'Em Robots are sent into the ring to do the work real human athletes used to do, but not even these guys are always built to take a punch. Just like their primitive plastic forebears, their blocks get knocked off routinely.
At last night's premiere of Real Steel, co-star Evangeline Lilly -- fresh from shooting The Hobbit in New Zealand, ZOMG -- caught up with Access Hollywood for an unusually geeky Access Hollywood chat, during which she dropped a few lines in Elvish. So hot, right LOTRers? See if you can devise plot hints from the Elf-speak dialogue she trilled, after the jump.
Do you know what WWE fans love? Like, really feel passionately about? Australian Tony Award winners. Just ask any of the 15,000 adrenaline junkies who showed up to see pro wrestlers like The Miz and R-Truth throw down at last night's WWE Monday Night Raw and instead got... guest host Hugh Jackman shilling his upcoming robot boxing movie Real Steel! Summon your steeliest nerves and click through to watch the awkward scripted WWE drama unfold below. Warning: You may be tempted to revoke Jackman's Emmy.