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The brash excessiveness of Terminator 2: Judgment Day coupled with the low-budget moxie of it’s predecessor The Terminator make the series one of the great one-two punches in action/horror hybrid cinema.  This in addition to the various underlying thematics of both pictures – the malleability of identity, fatalism versus free will, man versus machine – has helped the series endure over time, growing in acclaim with each passing year.  We’re in the thick of the summer movie season now – and Terminator 2: Judgment Day is still the blueprint for what-to-do when making a big budget tent-pole film; whereas The Terminator remains a hallmark of independent filmmaking, proof of just how much is possible on a relatively shoe-string budget with a little nerve and creativity.

The Hero Complex Film Festival celebrated these two movies with a double feature last night, followed by an interview with the man behind them: filmmaker James Cameron. During the post-screening Q&A, Cameron reminisced on coming up with the Terminator concept, casting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role and the iconography of the Sarah Connor character. In addition, Cameron gave his thoughts on the upcoming Terminator sequel/reboot (Terminator: Genesis) and how he wanted to do a Spider-Man movie.  For all these highlights and more, hit the jump. For Cameron’s revealing thoughts on the writing process behind his soon-to-be-in-production Avatar trilogy, click here.

Hero Complex Film Festival Lineup Announced; Will Include Interviews with James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, and More

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The Los Angeles Times 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival lineup has been announced.  There will be a mix of classics films screening such as The Terminator, Terminator 2, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, Aliens, and Gremlins as well as a 10th anniversary presentation of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Almost all of these screenings will be accompanied by live Q&As with the films’ creators and stars including James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and more.  While the advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is cool, I’m glad there’s a heavy emphasis on classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies.  That being said, I’m sure Cameron will get a bunch of questions of the Avatar sequels.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 30th, starring at 10am.  Hit the jump to check out the press release and to find out how you can get tickets.  The 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival will run from May 30 – June 1st.

THE COLLISION: Episode 44 – Marvel Phase Two, Shane Black, and IRON MAN 3

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This week on The Collision on a spoiler-filled episode, we are joined by editor Brendan Bettinger, who I thank for filling in for me due to my moderate speech impediment as a result of recent jaw surgery.  Along with regulars Adam and Dave, they discuss Iron Man 3, Marvel Phase Two, the distinct voice of director and co-writer Shane Black, fidelity to the comics, and more.  As always, we wrap up with recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Television, Race, Diversity, and Auteur Showrunners”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.


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Movie series take many forms. Some, such as James Bond, are almost like non-episodic television, with very little connection between the individual films save for the primary character. On the other end of the spectrum is The Lord of the Rings series, serialized from start to finish, shot together and released on a schedule to maximize such. Somewhere in between lies the Terminator series, available now in the 5-disc Blu-ray box set Terminator Anthology.

What is interesting about the Terminator series as a collection of films is that they at once have that interconnectedness of story, due to their epic scope spanning the series, and episodic individuality, due not only to the vast periods of time that pass in between each story and the movies’ releases.  Hit the jump for my review of the box set.

Jon Landau Talks TITANIC 3D Blu-Ray, Chance of Converting TERMINATOR 2 or ALIENS to 3D, and Updates on AVATAR Sequels

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The epic love story Titanic, which earned two billion dollars at the box office and won 11 Academy Awards, is making its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray, in high definition 2D and 3D, on September 10th. Whether choose the 2D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or you go for the ultimate experience in immersive 3D, you will get four discs that feature more than two-and-a-half hours of new bonus footage, including an in-depth exploration of the film with James Cameron, documentary footage, 30 deleted scenes, over 60 behind-the-scenes featurettes, more than 2,000 photos, commentaries and more.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, producer and longtime James Cameron collaborator Jon Landau talked about the phenomenal reward of having the hugely successful film also stand the test of time, the biggest way in which Titanic changed his life, what he’s most excited about fans getting to see on the Blu-ray, his favorite deleted scene, and the challenges of post-converting an older movie. He also talked about the possibility of converting Terminator 2 and Aliens to 3D, how he feels about 48 frames per second and the future of projection, the current status of the release date and scripts for more Avatar films, the recent advances in technology that he’s most looking forward to incorporating into future movies, 3D as the future of home entertainment, and the most rewarding part of his years of collaboration with Cameron. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Our Top Ten Comic Con 2010 Exclusives, Including KICK-ASS, PREDATOR, TRON, THUNDERCATS, More; Plus, Our Tips on How to Buy Them

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re aware that San Diego Comic Con is about two weeks away. The best part about this geek nirvana is no matter what your poison, comics, art, television, video games, movies, etc., there’s something for everyone. One of the specific niches that Comic Con is best known for is limited edition collectibles. Each year, seemingly every booth creates a batch of merchandise that will only ever be sold for those magical four days in San Diego.

The official Comic Con website recently put up the “full” list of exclusives (we say “full” because things will continue to be added to the list) and it’s pretty huge. So we went through and picked out the ten that we feel Collider readers might find most appealing, or could make for the best investment after July 22-25. Hit the jump for the list as well as tips on purchasing them.

TERMINATOR 5 and 6 Ideas From TERMINATOR/T2 Scribe William Wisher

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Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day are among the best action movies of all time.  Rise of the Machines and Salvation are not.  But there may be hope yet for the next installment in the time-traveling-killer-robot saga.  According to Mike Fleming at Deadline, William Wisher (who collaborated with James Cameron on the first two films) is making a strong case to potentially write the next two movies in the franchise.  Wisher has already written a “detailed, 24-page treatment for Terminator 5” and a “4-page concept outline for Terminator 6.”  Fleming goes on to say that there will be “several new villains and plenty of firepower.”  One more note of interest:  There’s a part for Linda Hamilton and even Arnold Schwarzenegger in Wisher’s stories.

To get my thoughts on the project, hit the jump.

Hot Toys Arnold Schwarzenegger TERMINATOR 2: T800 12″ Figure

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If you’re a fan of movie related toys/figures, you might enjoy the latest offering from Hot Toys out of Hong Kong.  That’s because they recently announced a new Arnold Schwarzenegger 12″ figure from Terminator 2.  As you can see from the slice above, it really looks like him.  For two more images including Schwarzenegger wearing sun glasses, hit the jump.  If I had the money and a lot more space, my room would be covered with stuff like this.

Hollywood to Continue Sending 3D at You

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With the expected success of James Cameron’s Avatar, a 3-Dimensional craze has begun to sweep Hollywood according to Waxword columnist Sharon Waxman over at The Wrap. Although filming completed some time ago and despite a trailer already online, director Ridley Scott is apparently seeking approval from Universal executives to create a 3D version to his $200 million Robin Hood reimagining. A deal is currently in the works with Studio Canal-the studio that owns the rights to Cameron’s legendary “Terminator 2″-to fast track a screen-popping version of the film.

Hit the jump for more directors looking to send audience’s eyes into a frenzy.


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In yet another quickie cheap DVD collection release, Lionsgate haphazardly throws together four Schwarzenegger movies and hopes that you will shell out your hard earned cash. The good news is this is a highly enjoyable quartet, with a good transfer and a very good set of extras at a price that’s hard to beat. If you are an armchair Arnold fan who hasn’t gotten around to purchasing these flicks yet, the time is now. My full review after the jump:

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