Kung Fu Panda 2: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 2:20.1

Even Awesomer in Battle: The Furious Five Plus One (l to r: David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu) brace for combat in KUNG FU PANDA 2.
Even Awesomer in Battle: The Furious Five Plus One (l to r: David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu) brace for combat in KUNG FU PANDA 2.

Ready for another visit from the most awesome martial arts master ever? Well, ready or not, Po, the legendary Dragon Warrior (and roly-poly panda) is back in this follow up to the well-received KUNG FU PANDA. And this time Po (voice of Jack Black) and his compatriots, the Furious Five — Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Crane (David Cross) — are facing a challenge that threatens the whole of China: Lord Chen, a power-mad peacock with abandonment issues and a well-stocked armory of newly-invented cannons to back up his claim to the throne. Can Po overcome this threat by confronting the secret of his past that binds him inextricably to Lord Shen? And will audiences find KUNG FU PANDA 2 an exciting and innovative blend of Hong Kong action with energetic CG animation, or is this just another sequel that’s satisfied to serve up more of the same? Join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they debate the issue.

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New 'Real Steel' Trailer

“Set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, REAL STEEL stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, 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 (Dakota 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.”

Also starring:  Anthony Mackie , Evangeline Lilly, Hope Davis, and Kevin Durand
Directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by John Gatins, Dan Gilroy,  and
Jeremy Leven. Based on Richard Matheson’s classic SF story Steel.  (Previously adapted as an episode of THE TWILGHT ZONE).
Due in theaters October 7th from Dreamworks SKG and Walt Disney Pictures. Rated PG-13.
(Via The Movie Reel and Yahoo)

'Real Steel' — Trailer

Here’s the first trailer for DreamWorks SKG’s film for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, REAL STEEL.
Directed by Shawn Levy (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM), REAL STEEL takes place in the near-future, a time when robot boxers have replaced humans in the ring.
Hugh Jackman (X-MEN) plays one of these replaced fighters, now out of work and trying to bond with the son (Dakota Goyo) he barely knows. (Though you’d never guess it from THIS trailer.) Kevin Durand and Evangeline Lilly also star.
 Seem familiar? It’s based on Richard Matheson’s short story Steel, which was adapted into a harrowing episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, starring Lee Marvin as the desperate former pugilist.
Screenplay by Leslie Bohem (TAKEN) and John Gatins, after a long history of revisions. 
Due out October 7th, 2011.

TRANSFORMERS 3 Plot Revealed

transformers3_BumbleAccording to Slashfilm, TRANSFORMERS 3 — now titled TRANSFORMERS: THE DARK OF THE MOON, has had it’s plot revealed.
The official “Transformers 3 Push-Pops Board Book” gives it as follows.

The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.
In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends.
There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime “Transformers” character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.”

Of course, this is assuming the information for the pop-up book is accurate.
TRANSFORMERS:THE DARK OF THE MOON, directed by Michael Bay from a script by Ehren Kruger (THE RING, THE BROTHERS GRIMM ) is set to open July 1st,  2011 from Dreamworks SKG and Paramount Pictures.