The India Times interviewed actor Shah Rukh Khan of soon to be released Ra.One, and questioned him as to its resemblance to the 2010 movie Robot after comparing the two promos. He claims the science fiction film is more of a superhero movie. We figure you should make your own assessment although some of the effects do look similar. But, no matter how you slice it, it still looks worth a viewing upon release in October.
Whoa! Who isn't impressed by the Real Steel, due out October 7 and starring Hugh Jackman and those incredible Rockem' Sockem' Robots? You can bet that any licensed toys that come out of it will be hot for the holidays. (A poster is already available.) More video trailers have been released like the one above and we think it will be too kewl for skewl if viewed it at an IMAX theater.
Joey Daoud, director of the film Bots High, has announced that there will be a free screening day, so although it is not until October 6, mark your calendar now to attend. As we previously mentioned, the story concerns 3 teams of students who are heading to a national robotics competition. There are 22 screenings planned so far and you can suggest a location or hold your own by gathering a group of 25 and then contacting Daoud.
If you happen to be in the NYC area this weekend, tickets are still available to attend the Robot Film Festival at the 3LD Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St. See 70+ videos, films, awards ceremony, workshops and even an evening BBQ. We think it is a fine idea and our kudos go to founder Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot, who knows that all robots deserve recognition. Tickets start at $25.00 and if you cannot make it this year, you can make your own or attend what we hope will be an annual event.
Mater is the latest toy that has spawned from Cars 2 and turned into a toy for the masses. The decrepit, albeit lovable dump truck, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, is remote control and can race Lightning McQueen . Both vehicles have flashing LED lights, cool sounds and quote phrases from the movie.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arrives June 29 and although the silly plot concerns the past space race between the US and Russia, those who go for the action will love the effects when Shockwave joins up with the Decepticons to fight the usual Autobots. This one is in 3D and Shia LaBeof returns as Sam, while Rosie Huntington-Whitely plays love interest Carly.
While you await the release of Disney's Cars 2, which will be out June 24, you can at least play with its star, Fisher Price's RC version of Lightning McQueen with Geotrax Radio Control. This special Radiator Springs Edition claims to be 2X faster than wimpier Geotrax cars and includes phrases from Owen Wilson to show your superiority over non-verbal RC vehicles.
If you have never seen the remake of The Stepford Wives, this is the time. They don't just lobotomize these women, they turn them into ATM machines. ("She gives singles." Matthew Broderick quips.) There is a puppybot Rover 3000 and Mike, the head of the group, played by Christopher Walken, gets his name from his former place of employment, Microsoft. I don't want to give too much away but you are going to love this ending if you were not satisfied with the one in the first Stepford.
Cars 2 will soon be coming out with a new character (voiced by Michael Caine) named Zero Gravity Finn McMissile. Debuting at the recent Toy Fair in NY, a copy of the real thing will soon be available to kids everywhere to drive up the wall and drive their parents crazy. Look for the RC car to debut in May for about $35.00. In the meantime, you can let your kidlets watch the original "Cars" out now on Blu-ray and DVD.
So we are tooling around Amazon the other day and noticed that the ranking (how many purchased) of the original 1966 Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots recently increased 486% in a 24 hour period. This is no doubt partially due to the upcoming Real Steel, due to be released November 18, 2011. We suggest that the production company come up with an updated version of the game and really clean up.