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October 7, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Real Steel" is "Rocky" with robots that look like "Transformers," managed by a "Raging Bull" washout in need of a "Cinderella Man" comeback that's complicated by "The Champ" and "Paper Moon" sorts of parent-child issues, with a sweet bit of "Wall-E"-styled scrap metal who never pulls his punches. Perhaps "Reel Steal" would be the better title. As it happens, this recycled reclamation of underdogs saga is neither as bad as it sounds nor quite as good as it could be, although the 9-year-old bruiser next to me pummeled the armrest, spilled his soda and screamed "awesome" through every one of the fight scenes.
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January 22, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"50/50" Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.49 The title of the dramedy refers to the odds of survival faced by young public-radio producer Adam Learner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) after he's diagnosed with cancer. Adam tries to lean on a therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his best friend (Seth Rogen) for support, but because they're all from a generation trained to respond to situations with aloofness, timidity and/or snark, they're unprepared for potential tragedy. Will Reiser's script — based on his own experiences — is a little too shaggy, and director Jonathan Levine doesn't help matters by letting his cast improvise so freely.
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October 10, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Hugh Jackman kept George Clooney on the ropes this weekend, as "Real Steel" knocked out its competition in a box office brawl. "Real Steel," set in a futuristic world where Jackman plays trainer to a boxing robot, easily claimed the No. 1 spot, raking in a decent $27.3-million worth of ticket sales domestically, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. "The Ides of March," a political drama directed by and starring Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, collected a lesser $10.4 million but was far less expensive a movie to produce.
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November 17, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Robot Land, a $600-million theme park celebrating famous science fiction cyborgs and motion picture androids, is expected to open in South Korea in 2013. > Photos: Robot Land theme park rides and attractions Located about an hour west of Seoul in the coastal city of Incheon, Robot Land would feature 11 rides, seven attractions and eight shows on 190 acres. Dubbed the world's first robot theme park, the oft-delayed Robot Land would compete for visitors with the world's 10th busiest theme park ( Everland )
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November 17, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Robot Land, a $600-million theme park celebrating famous science fiction cyborgs and motion picture androids, is expected to open in South Korea in 2013. > Photos: Robot Land theme park rides and attractions Located about an hour west of Seoul in the coastal city of Incheon, Robot Land would feature 11 rides, seven attractions and eight shows on 190 acres. Dubbed the world's first robot theme park, the oft-delayed Robot Land would compete for visitors with the world's 10th busiest theme park ( Everland )
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2011
'Real Steel' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language Running time: 2 hours, 7 minutes Playing: In general release
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Footloose" may have the moves, but "Real Steel" strutted past the '80s remake at the box office this past weekend, holding onto its No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. The film about futuristic robot boxing starring Hugh Jackman took in $16.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $51.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. Sales were off 40% from the first weekend, a relatively modest decline for an action movie. "Footloose" was a close second at $16.1 million, despite pre-release audience surveys that had indicated it would come out on top. The other two debuts in wide release had far more disappointing openings.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
George Clooney will suffer a blow from an imposing robot at the box office this weekend. "Real Steel," a PG-13 action film starring Hugh Jackman, is expected to collect around $30 million in U.S. ticket sales upon its debut, according to several people who have seen prerelease audience surveys. Disney and DreamWorks, however, are expecting a softer opening of $23 million to $25 million. Either way, that should be enough to crush the other new film in wide release, the Clooney-directed political drama "Ides of March," which also stars the actor and will probably gross around $11 million.
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August 10, 1997 | DANA PARSONS
When I was a kid, some of my favorite people were the deejays who lived inside my tiny transistor radio and brought wit and sparkle and, of course, those great Top 40 records into my ho-hum life. How could it be that they always said the cool thing? And the funny thing? And how to repay them for playing the music that moved me so? Well, that was long ago. You could say I've had many format changes since then.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"50/50" Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.49 The title of the dramedy refers to the odds of survival faced by young public-radio producer Adam Learner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) after he's diagnosed with cancer. Adam tries to lean on a therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his best friend (Seth Rogen) for support, but because they're all from a generation trained to respond to situations with aloofness, timidity and/or snark, they're unprepared for potential tragedy. Will Reiser's script — based on his own experiences — is a little too shaggy, and director Jonathan Levine doesn't help matters by letting his cast improvise so freely.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Footloose" may have the moves, but "Real Steel" strutted past the '80s remake at the box office this past weekend, holding onto its No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. The film about futuristic robot boxing starring Hugh Jackman took in $16.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $51.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. Sales were off 40% from the first weekend, a relatively modest decline for an action movie. "Footloose" was a close second at $16.1 million, despite pre-release audience surveys that had indicated it would come out on top. The other two debuts in wide release had far more disappointing openings.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Nearly three decades after the original "Footloose" became a cultural phenomenon, a remake of the '80s dance flick may shimmy its way back to the top of the box office this weekend. The film is expected to open with close to $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience pollings. That gives it a good shot at claiming the No. 1 spot over "Real Steel," the robot-boxing action movie that debuted with $27.3 million last weekend. Starring Hugh Jackman, the picture is expected to bring in an additional $16 million or so this round.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Hugh Jackman kept George Clooney on the ropes this weekend, as "Real Steel" knocked out its competition in a box office brawl. "Real Steel," set in a futuristic world where Jackman plays trainer to a boxing robot, easily claimed the No. 1 spot, raking in a decent $27.3-million worth of ticket sales domestically, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. "The Ides of March," a political drama directed by and starring Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, collected a lesser $10.4 million but was far less expensive a movie to produce.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
George Clooney will suffer a blow from an imposing robot at the box office this weekend. "Real Steel," a PG-13 action film starring Hugh Jackman, is expected to collect around $30 million in U.S. ticket sales upon its debut, according to several people who have seen prerelease audience surveys. Disney and DreamWorks, however, are expecting a softer opening of $23 million to $25 million. Either way, that should be enough to crush the other new film in wide release, the Clooney-directed political drama "Ides of March," which also stars the actor and will probably gross around $11 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2011
'Real Steel' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language Running time: 2 hours, 7 minutes Playing: In general release
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Real Steel" is "Rocky" with robots that look like "Transformers," managed by a "Raging Bull" washout in need of a "Cinderella Man" comeback that's complicated by "The Champ" and "Paper Moon" sorts of parent-child issues, with a sweet bit of "Wall-E"-styled scrap metal who never pulls his punches. Perhaps "Reel Steal" would be the better title. As it happens, this recycled reclamation of underdogs saga is neither as bad as it sounds nor quite as good as it could be, although the 9-year-old bruiser next to me pummeled the armrest, spilled his soda and screamed "awesome" through every one of the fight scenes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1998 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Forget "Titanic." (As if.) With an adjusted domestic gross estimated by Variety at $1.2 billion, roughly twice what the James Cameron film has managed within this country, "Gone With the Wind" is without serious rivals as America's most popular film. And it's back. Starting Friday, "Gone With the Wind" will be seen in three dozen Southern California theaters, 200-plus nationwide. The film has been periodically re-released since its 1939 debut, the last time in 1989, but this version is special.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Nearly three decades after the original "Footloose" became a cultural phenomenon, a remake of the '80s dance flick may shimmy its way back to the top of the box office this weekend. The film is expected to open with close to $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience pollings. That gives it a good shot at claiming the No. 1 spot over "Real Steel," the robot-boxing action movie that debuted with $27.3 million last weekend. Starring Hugh Jackman, the picture is expected to bring in an additional $16 million or so this round.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1998 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Forget "Titanic." (As if.) With an adjusted domestic gross estimated by Variety at $1.2 billion, roughly twice what the James Cameron film has managed within this country, "Gone With the Wind" is without serious rivals as America's most popular film. And it's back. Starting Friday, "Gone With the Wind" will be seen in three dozen Southern California theaters, 200-plus nationwide. The film has been periodically re-released since its 1939 debut, the last time in 1989, but this version is special.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1997 | DANA PARSONS
When I was a kid, some of my favorite people were the deejays who lived inside my tiny transistor radio and brought wit and sparkle and, of course, those great Top 40 records into my ho-hum life. How could it be that they always said the cool thing? And the funny thing? And how to repay them for playing the music that moved me so? Well, that was long ago. You could say I've had many format changes since then.
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