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Trevor Hogg chats with J.C. De La Torre about combining fantasy and science fiction to conjure some comic book magic...
“I come from a hard working Hispanic family that has expanded into multiple industries,” remarks J.C. De La Torre. “As for art, I’d say no. While my wife is a cosplayer and works on her own costumes and I have a few cousins who have dabbled in singing, I’m really the only one to venture into art and entertainment industry.” A childhood passion has carried on to adulthood. “I’m a geek of the first degree. I’ve read comic books all my life and continue to today. I started out like every kid, with Super Hero comics. Spider-Man was my favourite growing up and I read a lot of Ghost Rider too, lots of Marvel stuff. As I grew older my tastes changed to darker comics like 30 Days of Night, »
Sylvester Stallone’s famous movie line, “I ain’t no bum,” could apply to his rockin’ new musical Rocky on Broadway. It’s no tanker either. Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser. Actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren were all spotted in the crowd. [...] »
You won't be ordering fish off the menu soon after viewing Fisher Stevens' new documentary "Mission Blue," which world premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and just opened Idaho's Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday night. Both a profile of the life's work of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and a call to reconsider our treatment of the deep seas to which she has dedicated her life, the film will appeal to fans of "Blackfish" and the documentary work of James Cameron, who makes a few appearances here. (Video interview with director Fisher Stevens is below.) "Mission" toggles focus between Sylvia Earle's ocean mission and her trailblazing past as a Sally Ride of the seas--Earle was the first woman to dive to such depths in the '60s, in a time where men like filmmaker Jacques Cousteau (a hero of Earle's) dominated the underwaters. The film is »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Beware the unloved.
If there is a lesson to be learned about the cruelest among us, it might be that one. Most villains, when you find them in real life, are born from pain, and pour it back on the world to keep from drowning in it. A few are heartless sociopaths who derive their power from persecution, and care about nothing else in the world but their own force of will.
And some are just mad they didn’t get a party invitation.
Consider Disney’s Maleficent in this latter category. Unhinged, and irrational. Or at least, she was. »
- Anthony Breznican
Spider-Man star J.K. Simmons is in negotiations to join director Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genesis. According to THR, Simmons will play "a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released)."
If everything goes through, Simmons will join Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Connor, and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese. Arnold Schwarzenegger will of course be back to reprise his role as the Terminator. There's still no word on whether he will be a good or bad Terminator in this one.
The reboot will weave together several ideas from the previous Terminator movies, and in the process give fans a fresh new story about Skynet's uprising and its plan to wage war on mankind. To read some possibly spoiler »
- Joey Paur
It looks like Terminator: Genesis has added another name to its expanding cast, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Spider-Man star J.K. Simmons is in negotiations with Skydance and Paramount about joining the upcoming reboot, with the site stating that he's "play a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decade."
Terminator: Genesis is set to be directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and will reportedly blend together elements from James Cameron's original two movies, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will portray Sarah Connor, with Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor, the leader of the Resistance, and Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) as Kyle Reese, the man sent back to protect Sarah from Arnold Schwarzenegger's cybernetic killing machine. »
- Gary Collinson
Principal casting for the upcoming Terminator franchise reboot – unofficially known as Terminator: Genesis right now – appears to be done at this stage, with the key characters from the sci-fi property’s mythology (Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese) having been cast anew for this relaunch of the series.
Rumor has it that the Genesis screen story – written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) – will revisit key and/or iconic sequences featured in the series’ first two installments (James Cameron’s Terminator and T2: Judgement Day), albeit with the frame of a larger time-travel storyline.
- Sandy Schaefer
News Simon Brew 14 Mar 2014 - 06:45
Ah, the mighty J K Simmons. Perhaps still best known for his brilliant portrayal of J Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's trilogy of Spider-Man films, he's continued to notch up a collection of impressive and varied credits. And the next to add to his IMDb page will be a role in Alan Taylor's upcoming Terminator: Genesis.
He joins a cast that includes Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And Simmons will be playing a "weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades". In fact, it seems that the case will date back to 1984, the year of James Cameron's original The Terminator movie. »
After making trouble in the headlines for Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's webslinging trilogy as J. Jonah Jameson and terrorizing Miles Teller in the Sundance film Whiplash in January, actor J.K. Simmons is heading into blockbuster territory again. THR has word that Simmons is currently in talks to take a role in Terminator: Genesis, the reboot of the sci-fi franchise started by James Cameron. The actor would play a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and robots for more than three decades since the story emerged in 1984 (the year the original film came out). It sounds like there might be some kind of Star Trek reboot alternate timeline thing happening here, but we're not sure. Either way, it sounds like the film will take place in contemporary times, though maybe not present day. However, there have also been rumblings about part »
- Ethan Anderton
The casting news, or should we say possible casting news, continues for the next installment in The Terminator film franchise as THR reports that the always great J.K. Simmons is in negotiations to join the cast of Terminator: Genesis from Skydance and Paramount.
The flick will thread together multiple ideas from the previous movies as it relaunches the story of a cyborg from a future where computers gained intelligence and waged war against mankind.
Emilia Clarke is playing Sarah Connor, the woman first saved by Kyle Reese, a fighter from the future and inadvertent father of future resistance leader John Connor. Jason Clarke (no relation to Emilia) is playing John Connor, while Jai Courtney will be playing Reese. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as a Terminator -- whether he is good or bad remains to be seen.
According to sources, Simmons would play a weary and alcoholic detective who has »
- Uncle Creepy
With Arnold Schwarzenegger set to return as The Terminator and Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney set to play John Connor, Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese respectively, Alan Taylor's (Thor: The Dark World) Terminator: Genesis is putting together a very impressive cast. The latest addition is none other than Spider-Man star J.K. Simmons, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he will play "a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released)." I'm not sure about you guys, but this movie just keeps sounding better and better to me! »
James Cameron called on his fellow filmmakers to be bolder in their use of format on day two of the international 3D Creative Summit in London. The “Avatar” director was the two-day event’s biggest draw taking part via an exclusive pre-recorded interview to talk about his upcoming 3D docu “Deepsea Challenge” and the current state of the format.
“The best work has been done by confident filmmakers like Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron,” Cameron said. “They are confident so they didn’t worry about asking questions, and there are no dumb questions. Ask questions on day one and two and go nuts on day three.”
In the session preceding Cameron, Steve Schklair, CEO of 3ality and 3D producer on Russian Imax hit “Stalingrad,” noted that helmers were starting to make better use of 3D’s capabilities. “One of the changes I’m seeing is depth budgets getting bigger, »
- Robert Mitchell
Feature Louisa Mellor 14 Mar 2014 - 07:02
If you expressed disbelief at The Day After Tomorrow’s unfrozen penicillin, furrowed your brow at Independence Day’s alien-tech compatible code or laughed knowingly at Dara O’Briain’s stand-up routine on 2012’s mutating neutrinos, then chances are you’re of a mind with astrophysicist Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson.
A familiar face on the Us chat show circuit, Tyson is the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, a research associate of the American Museum of Natural History, and currently the presenter of Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s seminal 1980 PBS series, Cosmos: A Personal Journey. He's also appeared as himself in episodes of Stargate Atlantis and The Big Bang Theory »
French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet pulled no punches at the 2014 3D Creative Summit in London March 12 as he criticized Hollywood’s approach to 3D and bemoaned poor-quality exhibition.
“I think Hollywood is killing 3D,” Jeunet told the assembled international industryites on day one of the two-day event. The audience was there to see footage from Jeunet’s first 3D film, “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” above. The outspoken helmer elicited applause as he criticized the use of 3D for fast-cut, action-focused summer blockbusters and also lambasted post-production conversion, leveling direct criticism at Paramount’s “World War Z.”
His stereographer on “T.S. Spivet,” Demetri Portelli, who also handled Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” blamed a late decision to convert “World War Z” in post, not allowing the filmmakers to plan for 3D. “A problem is that often the director and cinematographer don’t know they are making a 3D movie, »
- Robert Mitchell
Destination Outer Space! continues over at Trailers from Hell, with director Neil Marshall introducing "Battle Beyond the Stars."This quintessential New World picture from producer Roger Corman features a jaw-dropping array of behind-the-scenes talent including a score from James Horner, a script from John Sayles and art direction from James Cameron. Starring Richard Thomas, the supporting cast is equally impressive, including turns from Sam Jaffe, George Peppard, John Saxon and Robert Vaughn. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and an uncredited Corman. Sadly, Murakami, director of animated classics like When the Wind Blows and The Snowman, passed away on February 16 at age 80. ) »
- Trailers From Hell
Walk of Fame ceremonies' spokesperson said that they are very happy that the 'Titanic' star would be there to receive her "well-deserved star", the Daily Express reported.
The rep said that they have been seeing the 38-year-old actress shine in her roles and fans around the world have been waiting for this special day.
Winslet is the 2,2520th celeb to be inducted to receive the honour. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
20th Century Fox
The last thing you need when you go see a movie is a direct run-in with the Grim Reaper. Apart from it literally and actually being the last thing you need (kind of goes without saying, huh?), sitting down to a film is not an activity that most people tend to associate with an increased risk of death. Bungie jumping? Mostly safe, but you could at least see how something like that could go wrong. Mountain climbing? Somewhat risky, but you’ll probably be okay if you’re careful. Sitting down to the latest James Cameron blockbuster? Well, what could be safer than that, right? Right?
For a few unfortunate individuals, a bungie jump from the world’s highest mountain might have been more suitable, given that a trip to the movies not only ended up costing them an extortionate amount for a bucket of popcorn… but their very lives! »
The world collectively rolled their eyes when it was announced that one of the most famous franchises in history would be ‘rebooted’ in 2015. Terminator is one of the most iconic films of all time and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day, is probably one of the only sequels to outmatch its outstanding predecessor in almost every way. The two subsequent sequels that followed were less than spectacular to say the least…and so here we are with a newly minted Terminator series due in a mere year and a half, widely rumoured to be titled Terminator: Genesis.
Ordinarily I would beg for Hollywood to leave this franchise alone after the terrible Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines and Terminator: Salvation, however this new film will see the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. The chance to see The Terminator return for potentially the last time is definitely a tantalising one, »
- Ben Read
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39
In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...
Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.
With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works »
"Terminator: Genesis" the first new film in a stand-alone trilogy, has finalized its main cast and will reportedly acknowledge the films of director James Cameron, creator of the 'Terminator' universe with a linking story arc:
According to new reports, "Terminator: Genesis" will see characters time-traveling and finding themselves moving through the events of "The Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day". There will also reportedly be a third time period outside of those films, set in the future and constituting a 'home base' for some of the characters.
"Most of it will be done in New Orleans, with some filming in San Francisco and maybe a little in La. The last 'Terminator' was when I was Governor. So I couldn't be in that movie, but now »
- Michael Stevens
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