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    Long time ago. Got a bunch of Matheson short story works.

    If you want a better representation of the story check out the Twilight Zone episode that used the same short story for inspiration...

    Real Steel Twilight Zone Inspiration | The Mary Sue

    When something is marketed so heavily as a feel-good family movie that looks suspiciously like a children’s game of the 1980s and not a dark, dystopic science fiction story from the 1950s, it’s easy to write it off. But what are the darker themes of the original 1956 story, which was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction? We can refer to one Mr. Rod Serling for that. This was the opening narration for the episode:

    Battling Maxo is a robot, or, to be exact, an android, definition: ‘an automaton resembling a human being.’ Only these automatons have been permitted in the ring since prizefighting was legally abolished in 1968. This is the story of that scheduled six-round bout, more specifically the story of two men shortly to face that remorseless truth: that no law can be passed which will abolish cruelty or desperate need – nor, for that matter, blind animal courage.
    It’s the future — which, back then, was 1974 — and former boxer Steel Kelly is the man who takes the broken-down Battling Maxo’s place in the ring, trying to pass himself off as the robot, only to lose without ever making a dent on his opponent, a more powerful B7 robot. When he’s down for the count, he has to stay there, lest he expose himself as a human and lose any money he might make after the promoter promises half the prize money. So, what’s the moral of the story?

    Portrait of a losing side, proof positive that you can’t outpunch machinery. Proof also of something else: that no matter what the future brings, man’s capacity to rise to the occasion will remain unaltered. His potential for tenacity and optimism continues, as always, to outfight, outpoint and outlive any and all changes made by his society…
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    That's the Twilight Zone where Lee Marvin pretends to be a robot and gets an ass whooping.
    Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.
    -Julio Cortazar

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    THE HOST: South Korea’s First 3D Post-Conversion | CHUD.com

    Sorry Adge...couldn't dig up the Asian thread. And the reset of you, do not be thrown by the fact that this flick is Korean. It's a good movie.

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    BD Horror News - Warner Bros. Heads to 'The Twilight Zone' With.....!!!!!!

    I am out of my mind excited. Literally, out of my mind. Variety broke the news this morning that Cloverfield and Let Me In director (and Steven Spielberg protege) Matt Reeves will be getting behind the camera for Warner Bros. Pictures' The Twilight Zone!!!

    While the '83 version had four directors, this project will feature a single storyline and one director. Rand Ravich and Jason Rothenberg penned the script, and while plot details are under wraps, sources say the film would be a single storyline that touches on several themes from the Rod Sterling TV show that ran from 1959-1964.

    What do you guys think of this choice? Are you already drinking celebratory champagne like I am?
    AWESOME...If you have not seen Reeves' Let Me In, well what's wrong with you? He took a thankless gig and actually may have exceeded the original.

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    Bryan Singer Says Death Of ‘Excalibur’ Has Allowed Him To Focus On Developing ‘Battlestar Galactica’ > The Playlist

    “Yeah, unfortunately [‘Exalibur’] is no longer going to happen,” Singer said. “I was really enthused to do it. I’m a fan of John Boorman’s movie and it was my intention to get it going after ‘Jack The Giant Killer’ was completed. The project was with Warner Bros and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version of ‘Excalibur’ ended up being negated. But, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing ‘Battlestar Galactica’ – which I think will be really exciting.”

    So, let’s rewind a bit. Way back in 2001, Singer first expressed interest in the franchise, planning to direct the pilot of a new TV series with Tom DeSanto (”X-Men”) to executive produce. Unfortunately, that project never materialized, the but “Battlestar Galactica” did get revived as a mini-series in 2003, a new TV show which last four seasons starting in 2004 and of course, the recent spinoff “Caprica.” In the midst of all this, in 2009 Singer signed on to direct a new big screen version for Universal. That was pretty much the last we heard of it, and of course, Singer has since moved on to “Jack The Giant Killer” which he’s prepping to hit theaters next year. But based on this comments, it still seems “Battlestar Galactica” is alive, albeit in early stages, but with “Excalibur” now off the table it could very well be the next project Singer puts his teeth into (though he also signed on to direct a biopic of Bob Fosse for HBO though word on that has been quiet). And note fans: it will not be based on any of the current reboots, but go all the way back to the original series.
    You have got to be kidding me.

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    Warner Bros. Greenlights ‘Akira’ Remake; Shooting Starts Early 2012, Garrett Hedlund Frontrunner for Kaneda | /Film

    Shooting will begin in late February/early March 2012 according to Variety, who broke the news. They also report Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) is the front runner for the lead role of Kaneda. More after the jump.
    hooray

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    The Wachowski Siblings Return to Action Sci-Fi with JUPITER ASCENDING; Filming Begins Spring 2012

    That's fine and well and all but can someone make a movie about Andy & Lana Wachowski please?

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    I know it's been posted before but I have to repost it every time I see this story. I'm sorry... I just... have to.


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