James Cameron Talks TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, Casting Schwarzenegger, SPIDER-MAN, TERMINATOR: GENESIS, and More

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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.

Rumored Connection between TERMINATOR: GENESIS and THE TERMINATOR Revealed; DOCTOR WHO Star Matt Smith Joins Cast

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Terminator: Genesis (tentative title) looks like it will have a bit of a funky timeline.  Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is young again, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is still young, and John Connor (Jason Clarke) is older than the both of them.  There’s also an old T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the mix.  With four movies already laid out (I’m assuming the new film will ignore the TV series entirely), and Genesis functioning as a spinoff/sequel/prequel/reboot-thing instead of a straight-up remake, how will the upcoming picture tie into the overall story?

Hit the jump to learn about the possible Terminator: Genesis connection to The Terminator.  Keep in mind that this might be considered a spoiler, so read on with caution.  But before hitting the jump, Paramount has released some exciting news for Doctor Who fans with the announcement that Matt Smith has joined the cast.  Per the press release, “Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.”  The cast also includes J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Byung Hun LeeTerminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.

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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Explains How He’ll Be Returning for TERMINATOR: GENESIS

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Arnold Schwarzenegger first played the Terminator when he was 37, and then returned to play the role again in 1991 at the age of 44.  He once again played the Terminator in 2003 for Terminator: Rise of the Machines, and at that time he was 56.  Rise of the Machines explained the older-looking Schwarzenegger by saying that he was an older model, the T-850 instead of the T-800.  Now Schwarzenegger is 66, and he’s still happy to be playing a killer robot, and never has a catchphrase been used so literally.  The series is undergoing a reboot of sorts with Terminator: Genesis, and yet he’ll still be around, so how is he going to be back this time?

Hit the jump for Schwarzenegger’s explanation even though it raises another question.  The film also stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai CourtneyTerminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks TERMINATOR: GENESIS; Possible Plot Details Emerge

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With next summer’s Terminator: Genesis, the Terminator franchise is getting a reboot except for the one piece it can’t seem to let go: Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He was even awkwardly shoehorned into Terminator: Salvation, and now he’ll be along for the new installment even though all of the other major characters—Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese—are being playing by new actors.  Speaking to TheArnoldFans, Schwarzenegger said, “We start filming in the middle or in the end of April and it will be a four or four-and-a-half month long shoot. We will be filming it in New Orleans with some of it in San Francisco and maybe a little of it in LA but most of it will be done in New Orleans.”

Hit the jump for the full quote from Schwarzenegger as well as some possible details about the script.  The film also stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai CourtneyTerminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.

TOP 5: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, First Trailer for GODZILLA, POMPEII Set Visit, TERMINATOR Reboot News, JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer

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What began as a way to keep my mind off of my upcoming fantasy football playoff matchup has blossomed into a full-on love affair. Over the past week I’ve watched a considerable amount of Parks and Recreation via Netflix and I couldn’t be happier with my time killer of choice. I’ve made it through the first three seasons, all of which have delivered consistent laughs and excellent character moments (Ron’s inability to resist his ex-wife and Leslie’s attempt to stay awake during Pawnee Cares’ diabetes telethon come to mind). I’ll admit that my television viewing is often marred by my own skepticism. When Parks debuted, I watched the first few episodes and wrote it off as cutting and pasting The Office‘s format into a small town, local government setting. These last few days I’ve realized that’s almost exactly what Parks is and yet I couldn’t care less because it’s smart, funny, and endearing at nearly every turn.

My new found love of Parks and Recreation now officially on the record, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug interviews and review, the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a recap of Steve’s visit to the set of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, several bits of news out of the Terminator reboot camp, and the first trailer for The Wachowski Siblings‘ latest Jupiter Ascending. What comes next is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

New TERMINATOR TV Series in the Works; Will Tie into Feature Film Reboot

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Prepare for plenty of Terminator goodness over the next few years.  Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures are currently developing a feature film reboot of the franchise to be directed by Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor, but in addition to that film it appears that a new TV series is in the works as well.  Megan Ellison and David Ellison, the producers of the new Terminator film, are producing this new TV show iteration with Thor and X-Men: First Class scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller onboard to write and executive produce.  Moreover, this new TV show will directly tie into the new Terminator movie, which is being planned as the first in a trilogy of films.  Hit the jump for more.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms He’ll Play a Terminator in TERMINATOR 5; Shooting Begins in January

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We’re inundated with reboots, but if there’s a franchise that could actually use one, it’s Terminator.  The idea of killer robots bringing on the apocalypse is an evergreen concept (we’re going to see it later this year in The World’s End), but the current trajectory of the franchise has run out of steam.  Terminator Salvation was a dud, but now we’re soldiering on with Terminator 5Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return, and since that was the case, fans hoped it would be as a human character (somehow not Sergeant Candy) because why would Skynet churn out old, saggy terminators?  However, Schwarzenegger has revealed that he will indeed be the Terminator in the fifth installment, and shooting is set to begin in January.

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Producer David Ellison Joins New TERMINATOR Film

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Producer Megan Ellison has been plenty busy financing films like The Master, Killing Them Softly, and Zero Dark Thirty through her Annapurna Pictures banner, so you’d be forgiven for forgetting that she’s also the person behind the new Terminator film.  Ellison bought the rights to the franchise over a year ago with plans to move forward on a new movie, but after a few starts and stops, not much has come to fruition.  Per Deadline, she has now brought on her brother, David Ellison (True Grit, Star Trek Into Darkness), to be her financial and creative partner on the project as the rights deal for the franchise has now officially come to a close.

The film still has no script or studio attached, but David Ellison’s close relationship with Tom Cruise (he produced Ghost Protocol and Jack Reacher and is also producing M:I 5) has many wondering if Cruise might eventually be a part of the new Terminator film.  It’s frankly too early to start that kind of speculation, but I wouldn’t completely rule the notion out.  The Ellison siblings are now starting from scratch on the new Terminator as they set out to find a screenwriter to put on the project.

TERMINATOR ANTHOLOGY Blu-ray Review

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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.

Geek Gifts: THE AVENGERS Iron Man Mark VII and THE TERMINATOR Endoskeleton Hot Toys Figures

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Hot Toys has unveiled a couple of new collectible figures, and they’re pretty swell. First up is the 1/6th scale Mark VII Limited Edition Iron Man collectible figurine from The Avengers line.  It’s ridiculously detailed, and you can basically count the facial hairs on Tony Stark’s goatee with the helmet off.  The armored figure also includes a wrist laser, forearm rockets, fully deployable air flaps, interchangeable armor plates and more.

Additionally, a collectible The Terminator Endoskeleton has been made available via Sideshow Collectibles.  The figure has LED-lighted eyes, fully articulated fingers, and a plasma rifle.  Hit the jump to check out images of both figures or click here to pre-order.

Geek Gifts: $9.99 for Blu-ray Books of ROCKY, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE TERMINATOR, PATTON, and More

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal is selling the Blu-ray books of Rocky, The Terminator, All About Eve, Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Usual Suspects, The Hustler, Patton, An Affair to Remember, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Comancheros for $9.99 each (71% off).  A Blu-ray “book” is the Blu-ray case is a hardcover book shell, and there are pages inside with artwork, essays, and other neat stuff.

Click here to take advantage of this deal, which will expire at the end of the day.

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The Five Most Badass Female Leads in Movie History

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With Rooney Mara (Youth in Revolt) set to star as rebellious hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo next week, we thought we’d take a look back at past female badasses in cinematic history. Noomi Rapace nailed the role in the original Swedish version, so Mara will have a lot to live up to. Not only will she be compared to the performance of her predecessor, but also to the relatively few female heroines that came before her. Will Mara equal or surpass Rapace? Can she hang with the baddest ladies in movie history? Will she impress us enough to fight her way to the top? Hit the jump to check out our selection of the five most badass female leads of all time.

Justin Lin Sets up Two-Year Deal with Universal; Developing FAST AND FURIOUS 6, LEADING MAN, and More

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Justin Lin has found tremendous success after this year’s Fast Five.  In addition to Fast and Furious 6 (which is May 24, 2013 unless Universal chickens out again and moves it to April), he’s signed to do the next Terminator film, the Western Brigands of Rattleborge, and the psychological drama We Disappear.  And now THR reports that Lin has set up a two-year development deal with Universal that will have him producing and possibly directing three more movies for the studio in addition to Fast 6.  Through his new production company Barnstorm Pictures, Lin will be developing the action-spy flick Leading Man, “an untitled project about a WWII Japanese American battalion that is the most decorated unit in American history”, and the sci-fi thriller we reported on back in June.  If that weren’t enough to keep him busy, he’s also developing an adaptation of Lone Wolf and Cub with Marissa McMahon and 1212 Entertainment.

Lin knows how to direct action although he’s not on my top-tier of action directors.  However, he does get a bit of a pass for directing the Community episode “Modern Warfare”, and since he’s clearly got a lot of films ahead of him, I’m hoping he makes some good ones (but I’m not holding out much hope for Fast & Furious 6).

Justin Lin Confirms FAST AND FURIOUS 6 As His Next Project, Has Met with Schwarzenegger and Cameron for TERMINATOR

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Following the (surprising) critical and (not so surprising) commercial success of Fast Five, director Justin Lin has been mentioned among many director shortlists for some of Hollywood’s biggest projects, and recently found himself attached to the next film in the Terminator franchise. While one might surmise that Lin would strike while the iron’s hot and move on to another high profile franchise, looks as though the director’s follow-up to Fast Five will actually be the sixth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise (which just recently got a release date of May 2013).

Terminator fans need not fret though, as Lin is still working on Arnold Schwarzenegger-starred film. In fact, the director just recently met with  Schwarzenegger and James Cameron to talk a bit about the franchise. Hit the jump for more details, including why Lin turned down the directing job of Die Hard 5.

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