Hugh Jackman’s Fighting in New Real Steel Poster

October 7 cannot come soon enough for fans of Hugh Jackman. The Australian actor is back on screen and front and center in the new poster for Real Steel that has arrived to further fan those anticipatory flames.

Hugh Jackman in Real Steel Poster

Real Steel is set in the near future where the sport of boxing has replaced its boxers with massive robots created with the sole purpose of waging fights in the ring unlike anything fans have ever seen.

In Real Steel, Jackman is a fighter pushed out of his sport who becomes a coach to one of the 2,000 pound robots with hopes that the 8-foot-high machine is his ticket back to boxing glory.

Real Steel is a slight departure for director Shawn Levy, previously known for his work on Night at the Museum and Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey.

Shark Night 3D Exclusive: Alyssa Diaz Dishes

Alyssa Diaz has mastered her face of fear on film between starring in Shark Night 3D and The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Diaz is visiting with Movie Fanatic for an exclusive interview about the road to Shark Night 3D’s debut as well as what life is like for a lifelong Los Angelino growing up under the bright lights of Hollywood to have her own moment in the spotlight.

Alyssa Diaz in Shark Night 3D

In the David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane) directed Shark Night 3D, Diaz is asked to create the impossible: Show utter terror towards a murderous shark that is all animatronic — all while risking her own life in the realist sense of the phrase. She tells us how she made it work in our exclusive Shark Night 3D interview.

Movie Fanatic: What was it like filming in Shreveport, Louisiana?

Alyssa Diaz: It is a really small town and we had the most amazing cast, so we were lucky that everyone got along. We all hung out and bonded big time while we were filming. It was a fun city with a fun group of people.

Movie Fanatic: When you work so hard on a movie like this, what was it like to come back together as a group at Comic-Con in July and celebrate the work you did? No pun intended, but you guys made a big splash there. What was it like to get the fans’ reactions?

Alyssa Diaz: I had kept in contact with the cast members, but the reunion was definitely at Comic-Con. It was over a year, so it’s so nice seeing everybody. It’s surreal and rewarding. Less than a year ago, we were out in Louisiana hard at work filming this movie. It’s nice to see that it’s coming to life. I didn’t realize it was going to be as big as it was and it’s cool seeing that. I’m really excited for it.

Movie Fanatic: Everyone was really excited about the Shark Night party [laughs].

Alyssa Diaz: Yeah, they had a mechanical shark. You can’t beat that!

Movie Fanatic: Speaking of the mechanical shark, I know you are afraid of sharks. Obviously we know it’s just an animatronic shark, but those teeth are real shark teeth. Did it ever get a little scary for you?

Alyssa Diaz: Absolutely, I had to get in the water to shoot one of my scenes and there was a fourteen foot alligator in the water ten feet from boat. So, we had to drive to a different part of the lake. But knowing there’s that in the water and seeing this shark fin and I’m the only one in the water, everyone else is in the boat or on dry land, that’s scary and I was very vulnerable. I didn’t have to do very much acting. It was a very real experience and pure terror.

Movie Fanatic: How was shooting in 3D? Did you as an actor, notice anything different about the process?

Cast of Shark Night 3D

Alyssa Diaz: It was a rewarding experience shooting in 3D. The set-ups were a lot longer because they’re more complicated cameras and they take longer to set up. There’s more downtime which is difficult when you’re shooting emotional scenes to keep it going. The cameras were also very heavy and because we’re on boats and we’re in the open water, sound was an issue. We had to do a lot of ADR and getting the shots in was hard, because it’s all exterior shots. We were fighting the sun and time. There were a lot of factors going against us, but our director David Ellis is a genius when it comes to action and when it comes to water — he was great to work with.

Movie Fanatic: Many times, whether it for Chloe King or for other things you’ve done, the cast will get together for a table read. For a movie that is so action packed like this, did you guys have anything like that?

Alyssa Diaz: Well the casting process for me was fast. I literally went in and met with the casting director and got a call a week later telling me I got the part. I hadn’t met anyone. I didn’t know who was a part of the project. When I got there, I met everyone. We were lucky. Everyone was amazing and we had a great team making this movie.

Movie Fanatic: How was David as a director? You said he was a genius in terms of the acting, but as an actress how did you find his inspiration?

Alyssa Diaz: David makes you feel very comfortable as an actor because he really knows how to live life well. He knows where is priorities are, he’s not going to freak out — or he doesn’t show it [laughs]. If a boat breaks down and again, we’re fighting time, yet he was so calm. He made me feel comfortable and because of that, I was able to focus on my performance rather than on other things that would stress. He made it very safe and it was a playground.

Movie Fanatic: You mentioned the alligator moment, were there other moments when it was especially challenging for you?

Alyssa Diaz Stars in Shark Night 3D

Alyssa Diaz: The hardest scene for me was in the water, surprise! [Laughs] I have a scene where I’m attached to this buoy and they’re pulling me in and water is in my face. It was tough for me because I have to scream. I have to keep my eyes open. I have to be emotionally there as an actress or it’s not going to work. It could just look silly. Then I was to get pulled in under water. That was really tough. Like I said, David was such a collaborator we were able to get the job done. I think the audience will have fun with this movie and enjoy it.

Movie Fanatic: What would you like audiences to most take away from the Shark Night 3D experience?

Alyssa Diaz: I hope the audience falls in love with the characters. Yes, the sharks are a big part of the film, and yes it is in 3D, and yes it’s a horror film. We really tried to tell a story and want the audience to feel for the characters because if you don’t feel for the characters, you’re not really telling a story.

Movie Fanatic: Lastly, just had the big finale for Chloe King, first year reaction has been off the charts. How’s that been resonating with you all on the set?

Alyssa Diaz: I’m very proud of this season of The Nine Live of Chloe King. I feel it’s grown so much. Episode 10 was my favorite to shoot. I feel it really set the tone and the pacing of the show. The cast on that show all work so hard. They are young actors, but they take their work seriously. Skyler (Chloe King) is awesome to work with, and we have the crème de la crème of people. I loved playing Jasmine. I love the message of the show which is owning who you are as a person and honoring your uniqueness.

Colombiana Movies Quotes: Vengeance is Beautiful

Colombiana came close to toppling the box office champ of the last two weeks, The Help, and to celebrate, Movie Fanatic has some quotes from the action thriller.

Colombiana Movie Poster

Colombiana stars Zoe Saldana as a hit woman out for revenge for all those responsible for the death of her parents. Her mother and father were murdered right in front of her at the age of nine and she has spent her life since training to avenge their deaths.

Visit our Colombiana quotes section for more fun quips from the action flick.

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Beyonce Pregnancy Delays A Star is Born Remake

The big news out of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, other than The Hunger Games teaser, was Beyonce’s proud announcement that she is expecting her first child with husband Jay-Z. Guess Movie Fanatic always has movies on the brain, because immediately a question popped into our brain: What about that A Star is Born remake that Clint Eastwood was hoping to make with Beyonce attached?

Beyonce Picture

Warner Bros, the studio behind the revisit to a story told several times in film history, most likely will push back the start date to accommodate Beyonce’s blissful news. A Star is Born’s most recent incarnation saw Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand in the roles.

Many an actress and singer have lobbied for the part in the remake, yet Eastwood is steadfast in his belief that the “Star” in his A Star is Born must be Mrs. Jay-Z. The delay in production that was supposed to start in February 2012 means that Eastwood now has more time to find his leading man. Initial reports had Eastwood looking at Leonardo DiCaprio, who eventually passed on the project.

So now that we have time to brainstorm, who would you like to see opposite Beyonce in A Star is Born?

Martin Scorsese and William Monahan Reteam for The Gambler

Completely unrelated to the TV movies that starred Kenny Rogers, The Gambler is getting a green light with Martin Scorsese and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan re-teaming to remake the 1974 film that starred James Caan.

Martin Scorsese Pic

As for the actor that Scorsese wants for the Caan role, few would be surprised. It’s Leonardo DiCaprio! Scorsese’s new Robert De Niro seems to have been attached at the hip with the director of late after turns in the aforementioned The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator and Shutter Island.

The story of The Gambler (at least in the original) follows an English professor with a major gambling addiction problem. He falls over $40,000 in debt to the mob and must find a way to make a long shot bet to get his life back.