10.7-10.2011: What To Watch – Theater AND TV Edition

Sci-fi fans rejoice!  It truly is sci-fi Friday on screens big and small as both humans and robots, and humans and Abnormals must co-exist in one world (though two very different Earths).  But in true sci-fi fashion, the balance between the two is not always as easily done as it is said.

Real Steel (PG-13 / 126 mins / 2D and IMAX).  Starring Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Dakota Goyo (Thor), Evangeline Lilly (TV’s Lost), Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau), Kevin Durand (I Am Number Four) and Hope Davis (TV’s Mildred Pierce).  Story by Dan Gilroy (Two for the Money) and Jeremy Leven (My Sister’s Keeper).  Screenplay by John Gatins (Coach Carter).  Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg (TV’s Terra Nova) and Robert Zemeckis (Mars Needs Moms).  Directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night).

Based on fantasy, horror and sci-fi author and screenwriter Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story Steel, which was adapted into a 1963 Twilight Zone episode, Real Steel was a Paramount Pictures & Dreamworks studio production until the studios split in 2008.  The two studios, in a separation agreement, worked out a joint arrangement for developing projects including Real Steel.  The film went to Dreamworks, and was greenlit in the fall of 2009 after director Shawn Levy and actor Hugh Jackman were attached to it.  Using 26.5 animatronic robots with the Avatar-developed “simulcam” motion capture technology to create Real Steel‘s computer-generated robots, the movie blends robot tech with a father-son bonding story.  Six months before its release, Dreamworks announced that screenwriter John Gatins was hired to write a sequel to Real Steel with Jackman, Goyo and Lilly reprising.  As for Levy, he would direct the sequel if the original is successful.

Synopsis:  Set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Charlie Kenton (Jackman) is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring.  Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next.  When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Goyo) to build and train a championship contender.  As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.  courtesy of DreamWorks Studios

Official Website:  http://steelgetsreal.com/

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/realsteelmovie

Twitter:  @realsteelmovie

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/RealSteelMovie

Sanctuary (Season Four premieres Friday, October 7th at 10/9c on SyFy).  Starring Amanda Tapping (TV’s Stargate SG-1), Robin Dunne (TV’s Beyond Sherwood Forest), Christopher Heyerdahl (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Ryan Robbins (Apollo 18) and Agam Darshi (2012).  Created by Damian Kindler (TV’s Stargate SG-1).

The third season of Sanctuary was a first with 20 episodes but the sci-fi show is reducing the number of episodes to its usual 13 (like seasons one and two) for season four, and it isn’t because SyFy is scaling back on scripted shows; Alphas, Being Human, Haven and Warehouse 13 are the only other scripted shows on the network (the canceled Eureka will air a holiday episode in December, and its fifth and final season in 2012).  With about five weeks to prepare for the fourth season, a total of 13 episodes was the perfect number for both practical and sanity reasons.  Premiering with “Tempus” on October 7th at 10/9c, the changing season will see a love interest for Amanda Tapping’s Dr. Helen Magnus (“Monsoon”), a musical episode (“Fugue”), and more of Hollow Earth.  Tapping and Robin Dunne will also be directing the second (“Uprising”) and sixth (“Homecoming”) episodes, respectively.

Episode 4.01 “Tempus” Synopsis:  Magnus (Tapping) must track down Adam Worth (Ian Tracey) in the past to prevent disaster for the future.

Episode Trailer:  Tempus

Official Website:  http://www.syfy.com/sanctuary/

Twitter:  @Syfy

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