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With Terminator Genisys set to arrive in cinemas this July, MGM is taking the opportunity to re-release James Cameron’s original sci-fi classic with a special remastered theatrical run for 1984’s The Terminator. Here’s a poster for the re-release, followed by a trailer…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Terminator Genisys here
In 2029, the war between man and machine has desolated the Earth, leaving humanity all but wiped out. Pockets of survivors remain – either living as slaves serving their technological overlords, or as resistance fighters attempting to overthrow the sentient defense network that controls the machines. From this wasteland, two soldiers are sent back in time to Los Angeles, 1984 in order to influence the outcome of a conflict that hasn’t taken place yet. One is an unstoppable cyborg assassin, the other a human guerrilla fighter. Serving on opposite sides of the battle, they share the same target: Sarah Connor, »
- Gary Collinson
With Robert Zemeckis back in the live-action world and James Cameron taking his time to gear up Avatars 2-4, there’s not been much discussion lately of motion capture. That doesn’t mean it’s gone away, and this video from Vice’s The Creator Project is a nicely succinct overview of what motion capture’s evolved from and where it’s going next; the participation of the technicians behind the technology is a big plus. The baby project described and shown at the end may just be the one that crosses the uncanny valley. »
- Filmmaker Staff
So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »
- Drew McWeeny
As if movies weren't being treated like TV episodes enough, Paramount Picture recently set into motion a plan to put together a “writer’s room” for its Transformers series. The braintrust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura set screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman to oversee a group of writers that would develop ideas and scripts for Transformers sequels and spinoffs, and now that writers room has been set. Per Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Punisher: War Zone scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and Lost alum Jeff Pinkner will fill out the roster of Goldsman’s Transformers team. Somewhat tellingly, both Kirkman and Pinkner have deep ties to the television world (Kirkman now has two Walking Dead shows at AMC), though Pinkner made the leap to feature films with last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Penn also has strong ties to genre material, »
- Adam Chitwood
Director James Cameron's 1991 super-sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day is widely regarded as legendary action film that ups the ante of its predecessor to monumental proportions in both story and spectacle. Sporting a then-unheard-of budget of over $100 million, it was a groundbreaking effects extravaganza. However, it seems that one of its more indelible audio effects - the T-1000 moving through an asylum door - came at a cost that couldn.t even buy a soda today: 75 cents! In a piece by Wired celebrating the history of the pioneering effects company Industrial Light & Magic, an interesting tidbit about a key scene in Terminator 2 surfaced. It turns out that the unforgettable scene where Robert Patrick.s T-1000 interrupts the main group.s institutional jailbreak of Sarah Connor by squeezing his liquid metal form through a barred door was supplemented by a seemingly futuristic smooth phasing sound effect. However, the audio was actually »
I'm quite certain you could lop off the first 20-30 minutes of Tomorrowland and never notice. Then again, the same could probably be said for the final 80-90 minutes. There is little to no point to this movie other than to throw a plastic-wrapped vision of imagination and invention alongside a ham-fisted environmental message down our throats with all the subtlety of James Cameron's Avatar, but Cameron had the good sense to at least develop a story around his preaching whereas Tomorrowland beats around the bush until finally allowing Hugh Laurie to belt out his sermon before delivering the film's ultimate finale with a big dull thud. Director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille), who co-wrote the film's screenplay with Damon Lindelof ("Lost", Prometheus), spends nearly a quarter of the film's running time introducing us to the young inventor Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson). Frank has built a »
- Brad Brevet
He wasn’t kidding when he said he’d be back. Although it’s beginning to sound more like a threat than a promise at this point. No matter how many times you dip it in lava, cover it in molten metal or hire McG to direct it, The Terminator can never die. After four films, a theme park ride, countless books and comics and a TV show, the future still feels far away.
Arnold Schwarzenegger finally returns as the noticeably saggier-looking synthetic robot killer in a couple of weeks time, when Terminator Genisys further messes up the already incomprehensible timeline of paradoxes the franchise is built on. This time, the T-800 is nice from the start, sent back even further to protect Sarah Connor before the events of the first film.
The Terminator franchise has a rich mythology (stop laughing at the back), even if it’s often difficult to parse. »
- Tom Baker
"I'll be back." And now here he is. Almost 31 years after the release of the original, Park Circus is planning a global re-release of James Cameron's The Terminator, the sci-fi classic that started the franchise. We all know they have a brand new Terminator movie coming out this summer, Terminator: Genisys (watch the trailer), also with Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator again, so it's likely all one big coordinated brand promotion across the entire world. Remind everyone of the original Terminator and bring that back to the forefront. Personally I prefer T2, but this first one is just as badass. And now I want to watch it again. Here's the two new trailers for James Cameron's The Terminator, for the 2015 re-release this summer: Park Circus will be re-releasing the original The Terminator in theaters this summer. "Where it all began. Returning to cinemas worldwide in June 2015. He's back. »
- Alex Billington
In 1984 when a clanging, hulking piece of metal became a sensation and launched a franchise that continues this year with the fifth installment, "Terminator: Genisys." While skepticism is high and excitement is tempered for that movie, the original "The Terminator" is still one of the finest in the series, and now it's coming back to the big screen. Read More: Rumored Connection Between 'Terminator: Genisys' And Original 'The Terminator' Revealed That's right, starting next month, James Cameron's movie that started it all, and launched Arnold Schwarzenegger into super-stardom, is returning to cinemas, and there's a new trailer to celebrate the release. It barely runs a minute long, but it's enough reason to make you want to start with this then watch all of the Terminator flicks before 'Genisys' arrives in July. "The Terminator" will return to U.S. theaters starting on June 14th. Watch below. [Live For Films] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was beloved by fans, critically praised, won 11 Oscars and featured some truly stunning battlefield sequences, but I'll always remember it for being a butt-numbing 3 hours and 21 minutes long. There's no excuse for that! I was crying by the end of that movie. Crying because I never thought it would end. Let's face it: blockbuster movies are getting too long, and the worst offenders in this regard include such A-list directors as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises" at 165 minutes), Michael Bay ("Transformers: Age of Extinction" at 165 minutes) and James Cameron ("Avatar" at 161 minutes and can you imagine how long those sequels are going to be?). Thankfully, we have a high-profile savior in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who promises that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel won't represent a cinematic endurance test in a new interview »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
A good fight scene is built into the fabric of an action film such that you can sense it coming like a storm on the horizon. It’s in the details of the opponents: the cracking of knuckles, the puffing of chests, the staredowns that say, “It’s about to go down.” A good fight scene makes you want to cover your eyes yet is impossible to look away from. You get tingly waiting for the violence to erupt, and if it’s done its job, you come away dizzy, invigorated, or even nauseated. »
- Shane Ramirez
Industrial Light & Magic, the San Francisco-based visual effects house that has changed the course of cinema history countless times over the years, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Wired Magazine has rounded up a who's who to discuss its impact and how the advances made there — first in a sweaty Van Nuys warehouse, and now in a swank Presidio complex — have morphed the film industry into what it is today. It's well worth your time. If, however, you're the "tl;dr" type, I couldn't help but jot down a few takeaways as I read. Here are seven. But seriously, take some time to read through it if you can. It's a tight but detailed look back, full of the kind of stories — from "Star Wars" to "Transformers" — that make "movie magic" a thing. George Lucas wants Marvel to make another "Howard the Duck" movie I've actually always loved Willard Huyck »
- Kristopher Tapley
Warner Bros. Pictures
There’s something in the air in 2015, and it carries the distinct whiff of petrol.
Furious Seven made its bow in early April and has since mounted a frankly astonishing assault on the list of highest-grossing movies ever made. It currently lies in fourth spot and, as it creeps towards $1.5 billion in global receipts, could yet surpass The Avengers’ final tally to become the highest-grossing film not directed by James Cameron.
What with cars driving out of planes and between skyscrapers, Furious Seven more than lived up to its title and is arguably the most ridiculously entertaining instalment of the improbable franchise. In any other year it would be a lock to take home the honours as the most demented action spectacle to hit multiplexes.
But this is not any other year; 2015 is the year of the Mad Max comeback. And was it ever worth the wait. »
- Jonathan Cordiner
Several years ago Peter Jackson attempted to test public reaction to higher frame rates with special screenings of the first "The Hobbit" film. Running at a higher 48 frames-per-second as compared to the usual 24, the effect solved some of the problems of 3D but resulted in a Very mixed reaction from audiences.
Outside of Jackson's trilogy though, not many other filmmakers have dared to try it. James Cameron intends to use 48Fps for the "Avatar" sequels, whilst Ang Lee is currently filming his drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" which will run at a whopping 120Fps.
Now, "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is having a go with word that his new film "The Neon Demon" will be at least partly shot at 60Fps. The news comes from a photo that landed on Instagram this week (via Final Reel):
- Garth Franklin
The re-release is being timed to tie in with the July release of Terminator Genisys.
James Cameron’s 1984 blockbuster is receiving a screening on the beach here in Cannes.
In Britain, Cineworld will be holding special screenings of the film on June 23. The Terminator will also be shown in the Us by Cinemark and Carmike Cinemas.
Underling the box office potency of revivals, Park Circus licensed 10,000 screenings to cinemas in over 80 countries last year.
The re-issue of The Terminator looks set to be the biggest re-release that Park Circus has yet handled. »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Hyperbole. It’s the designer drug of choice for the cinema fanboys online, still clinging to the idea that there are only masterpieces and unmitigated disasters. Keep this in mind as we discuss George Miller’s wildly praised new blockbuster.
Mad Max: Fury Road has been this strange piece of pop culture currency. Ever since the world got its first new glimpses of Miller’s latest post-apocalyptic action epic, it became heralded as a champion for classic film-making techniques and storytelling. The movie arrived in cinemas practically pre-ordained as the summer movie messiah. The golden child that would deliver us from the weak-willed studio blockbuster and heal the lame franchises plaguing our cineplexes. This is it, party people, the movie that will restore the status quo to the glory days of the 1980s when The Road Warrior and The Terminator reigned supreme.
Christ almighty. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Here we go again. Peter Jackson was the first filmmaker to test the waters of higher frame rates on a major scale with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." And the response wasn't great, with many complaining the super high resolution had the alternate effect of making the detailed special effects extravaganza look distractingly cheap, having the opposite effect of taking viewers out of the movie, rather than immersing them in it. But filmmakers are tickled by the possibilities. James Cameron is promising to with 48 fps for his "Avatar" sequels, Ang Lee is currently shooting his drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" in 120 fps and 3D, and now it would appear Nicolas Winding Refn is getting in the game. The film's co-star Jena Malone hit Instagram this past week with a clapperboard from "The Neon Demon." A pretty normal thing, right? However, as she notes with hashtag #improbablygonnagetintroubleforthis? a quick glimpse reveals that the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Stereoscopic 3D Video students at Bard CollegeMy favorite class to teach is a seminar on how to make 3D movies. When I lead a course in this subject, I try to encourage students to explore the outer limits of the form. We begin with a description of what 3D movies are, and what they could be.To start, I explain that a 3D movie is nothing more (and nothing less) than two movies that a viewer happens to watch at the same time. A 3D movie's most fundamental property—the thing that makes it different from a regular 2D movie—it that it delivers separate streams of images for a viewer's left and right eyes. Most of the time, the "left eye movie" and the "right eye movie" are very similar to one another. 3D moviemakers usually manipulate the two-eye delivery system to create harmonious stereoscopic illusions, which give the »
- Ben Coonley
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
Back in 2010, Shadowlocked ran a piece entitled The lost film that accompanied The Empire Strikes Back. It was an excerpt from an in-depth with the short film's writer/director/producer Roger Christian, conducted by our Founding Editor Martin Anderson, and discussing the interesting behind-the-scenes story of the for-a-long-time-lost-but-not-forgotten fantasy short film Black Angel.
Not to be confused with James Cameron's TV series Dark Angel, or Joss Whedon's TV series Angel, Roger Christian's 25-minute short film Black Angel preceded Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, before the print was destroyed and the film thought lost to the world. In recent years, however, another print has been discovered, and now it's been made available for free on YouTube until the end of May.
The Black Angel team have teased “another exciting announcement coming on 2nd June.”
A post on the film's official Facebook page tells fans »
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