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In 1950 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz formed Desilu Prods., and the huge success of “I Love Lucy” turned Desilu into a powerhouse that created many more TV series and owned two studio lots. Many successful years later, Variety ran a story on Aug 17, 1966, saying Desilu had firmed a lucrative deal with CBS for a fifth season of “The Lucy Show” and was debuting two one-hour series in the fall: “Star Trek” on NBC and “Mission: Impossible” on CBS.
That’s a pretty good slate for one year.
The series “Mission: Impossible,” under creator-producer-writer Bruce Geller, ran from 1966-73, but it was much slower to transfer to the bigscreen than its stablemate (the first “Star Trek” movie debuted in 1979). The film “Mission: Impossible,” which marked Cruise’s producing debut, »
- Tim Gray
Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated his 68th birthday yesterday—with ex-Maria Shriver by his side. The Terminator star was spotted arriving at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, where he was joined by his 59-year-old ex and two of their children, Katherine, 25, and Christina, 24. Schwarzenegger, who was dressed casually in a navy blue polo shirt and khaki slacks, was photographed exiting his fancy convertible sports car. Shriver, meanwhile, looked chic in a dark blue wrap dress teamed with a white handbag and classic sandals. The former governor of California and the veteran broadcaster split in 2011 after 25 years of marriage shortly after the actor confessed that »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? One crafty fan creates an incredible replica of Game of Thrones' Iron Throne, Ice-t voices characters from 1980s cartoons and the late Chris Farley becomes a part of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. But first, we have senior citizens reacting to the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Elders React To Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. debuted the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in front of a packed crowd in Hall H during Comic-Con. The fine folks at Fine Brothers Entertainment have put together a video where "elders" react to this epic trailer. »
For nearly a century, sci-fi cinema has been fueled by the notion that technology can be a dangerous and destructive force. Few films use this paranoia to greater effect than James Cameron's first two Terminator films, in which sentient machines have become so sophisticated and malevolent that they can send androids back in time to assassinate human resistance fighters before they are even born. The other films in the franchise have had lukewarm receptions as they struggle to find interesting new directions to take the story, and the recent fifth film, Terminator: Genisys, is unfortunately no exception.
Genisys' early hype benefited greatly from Cameron's endorsement of the film as the "real" third movie in the Terminator franchise, as well as the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the role that made him a star. He wasn’t joking when he said he would be back, and in a notable »
To celebrate Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s 68th birthday, Jimmy Kimmel invited a local 5th grader named Luke to give a special presentation on Thursday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Luke came on to the stage with a carnival cutout, wearing black sunglasses and a straight, serious face that resembles the “Austrian Adonis.” “Hasta la vista, 67!” Luke says in his best Schwarzenegger voice. Flexing muscles is not to be missed in this impersonation either. See video: Jimmy Kimmel Gets Emotional Over Cecil the Lion, Compares Hunter to Bill Cosby (Video) He even tells the audience about his career path. However, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Arnold Schwarzenegger hooked up with Maria Shriver at a fancy hotel Thursday ... but it's not what you think. The former governator celebrated his 68th birthday with his estranged wife and their two daughters, Katherine and Christina, at the Montage in Bev Hills. It's good to know they're getting along during the divorce process .... which has been ongoing for 3 years. It's hard to say goodbye. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
From time-traveling murderbots to nuke-stealing terrorists, there's nothing Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't punched, kicked or detonated.
The venerable action hero and Hollywood icon owned the '80s and '90s with such action classics as "The Terminator," "Predator" and "Total Recall." Whether armed with a small arsenal or just with his fists, the once and future Governator proved that there's no problem that can't be solved without a generous helping of violence, followed by a good post-death blow quip.
While the action star fell a bit short this summer with his return to the land of Skynet in "Terminator Genisys," we still love seeing the big guy on the big screen. As Arnuld turns 68 (?!) today, let's celebrate his birthday with ten of the greatest gifts he's ever given us -- his action movies.
- Phil Pirrello
Late 1984 saw two killer robot movies make their debut in Us cinemas. You've probably heard of the first one, released in October: The Terminator, the film that launched the career of James Cameron and cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's status as a movie star.
The second was Runaway, another sci-fi thriller that, in theory, could have been the bigger hit. It starred Tom Selleck and Kiss singer-bassist Gene Simmons. It was written and directed by Michael Crichton, the director of the superb Westworld and writer of such best-selling novels as The Andromeda Strain and The Terminal Man, both adapted into great films. Six years after Runaway, Crichton would write Jurassic Park, a book that is still sending ripples through pop culture today.
Runaway ended up making about $7m in »
A world champion bodybuilder is following Caitlyn Jenner's lead ... and has revealed that she is now living as a transgender woman. The person behind the announcement is Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski -- who won the Wpo Powerlifting Middle Weight championship at the 2006 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic. But yesterday, Kroc announced that he would no longer be "Matt" -- she's now Janae Marie. In fact, Janae posted a statement on Facebook saying, "There has obviously been a great deal of gossip, »
- TMZ Staff
There has always been plenty of criticism surrounding the depiction of violence in both film and television, particularly when it comes to the supposed ‘glorification’ of some of these acts. Sometimes such graphic scenes serve to further the plot, develop characters and provide moments that get people talking, while other times its simply just a hell of a lot of fun to watch someone mow down an endless sea of interchangeable henchman before dropping a well-timed one-liner.
The action movie in particular is packed with actors who have built their entire brands on dishing out death, with the internet full of infographics depicting the exploits of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal and Chuck Norris to name but a small few. However, outside of the over-muscled relics of the 1980’s there are also quite a number of small screen characters that have built up impressive body counts of their own. »
- Scott Campbell
After 19 years, Tom Cruise's first major franchise is still one of Hollywood's best.
As Ethan Hunt, the star turned himself into an action hero with 1996's "Mission: Impossible" -- going Full Cruise with all the running, punching and jumping onto a bullet train from (naturally) an exploding helicopter. The first film was a huge hit, spawning five sequels -- all from different directors, as the series aims to give each "Mission" its own unique fingerprint.
Cruise is back for the latest installment, "Rogue Nation." Before you see the movie this Friday, your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to check out these 27 facts about the "Mission" films.
"Mission: Impossible" (1996)
1. Before locking down Brian De Palma to direct, the first filmmaker Cruise approached about "Mission" was Sydney Pollack, whom he had worked with previously on Paramount's 1993 summer hit, "The Firm."
2. De Palma designed many of the »
- Phil Pirrello
Sad news for La film press: Now run by the 100-year-old Charles' grandson Josh, the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room closed Tuesday night after a press screening of "The End of the Tour." Whether the closing is permanent remains unknown, though sources told TheWrap that "the popular screening venue is shutting down due to a court order. While details remain vague, the problem involves the lease..." Will the Screening Room—also a popular invite-only platform to debut films during awards season—reopen? (There's word of two new rooms coming soon across the street on Rodeo.) The venue's website has already shuttered. Charles Aidikoff, a famed projectionist who'd been screening films for press and industry insiders since 1967, tweeted a picture of himself (and Arnold Schwarzenegger) with the message "I'll be back." Ask any Los Angeles Film writer and they'll have something sweet to say about the Screening Room (amid complaints about the rake, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
N. Brock Winkless IV, the puppeteer who brought Chucky to life in a total of four "Child's Play" films, has died at the age of 56. According to MakeupMag.com, Winkless suffered from a "debilitating neurological condition that caused him rising levels of discomfort and lack of muscular control for more than 15 years. He died as the result of complications due to that condition." Though he wasn't well-known outside the horror and special effects communities, Winkless helped bring a number of well-known characters to life, from Chucky to the Cryptkeeper to Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." MakeupMag notes that he particularly excelled at syncing up a puppet's "mouth and jaw movements" in order to make their "delivery" of dialogue appear more realistic. His other credits included "Alien 3," "Death Becomes Her," "Casper," "Congo" and "The X Files, and his most frequent collaborator was special makeup effects designer Kevin Yagher, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Norman Bates is coming to the U.K., well, sort of. The Bates Motel Blu-ray Box Set will hit stores in the U.K. in October. Also in this round-up: a Q&A with Keith Arem from The Phoenix Incident and an excerpt from Julie Stevens' The Cherry on His Cigar.
Bates Motel UK Blu-ray Box Set: This box set consists of six discs which include all three seasons of the show, and will arrive in stores on October 12th:
From Blu-ray.com: "Bates Motel Season 1
From the producers of Lost and Friday Night Lights comes a modern day prequel to the iconic horror film, Psycho. After finding his father dead, teenager Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), purchase a motel and move to White Pine Bay in search of a new life, but they soon discover this idyllic seaside town hides some deadly secrets. »
- Tamika Jones
Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to prove that he’s an absolute legend in this brand new promotional video for the upcoming video game WWE 2K16, which will be released later this year. The video shows the actor re-enact one of the most iconic scenes from his 1991 action film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. You know the one – “I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.”
The WWE 2K16 game allows users to play the game as The Terminator, hence the reason for this cool video, which replays that bar scene with WWE wrestlers Dean Ambrose and Daniel Bryan, amogst many others.
Schwarzenegger is clearly a fan of the WWE, as he says in this quote from the official press release.
I’ve achieved many things in my life, but I’ve always said success means staying hungry and pushing the limits, I was honored to join the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, »
- Paul Heath
2K today announced the debut of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee and global action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger in WWE 2K16, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE franchise. Best known for his acting, bodybuilding and political endeavors, Schwarzenegger, a longtime WWE fan and WWE Hall of Famer, will expand his relationship with WWE through WWE 2K16 with two playable characters, the T-800s from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day films. 2K also released a trailer for the upcoming game, that features Arnold Schwarzenegger re-enacting the infamous bar scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Here's what the actor had to say in a statement.
"I've achieved many things in my life, but I've always said success means staying hungry and pushing the limits. I was honored to join the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, and now I'll continue my WWE legacy with one of my biggest »
The latest Terminator flick, Terminator: Genisys, featured several twists of classic scenes from Terminator and while the film has been met with a mostly negative response, that hasn't stopped Arnold Schwarzenegger from re-enacting scenes from other Terminator films; this time, he's re-enacted the biker bar scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day in a promo for the upcoming WWE 2K16 video-game. What,... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
While Arnold Schwarzenegger has had an illustrious career as an iconic Hollywood leading man in both action movies and comedies, his most popular role to date continues to be that of the T-800 in the Terminator franchise. Schwarzenegger brought the character back one more time earlier this summer with Terminator: Genisys, establishing the character’s lasting appeal in the lead-up to the movie, most notably with a prank involving a display at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.
The release of the movie is not the last that the public has seen of the character, however, as the videogame publisher 2K Sports announced today that pre-ordering the WWE 2k16 game will give players a unique opportunity; a chance to square off against current wrestlers as the Terminator himself.
To promote this new feature of the game, a trailer was released that saw Schwarzenegger reprise the role once again for a »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Okay so Arnold Schwarzenegger has been revisiting a lot of his old Terminator scenes lately, not just in Terminator Genisys which resets and revisits some moments from the first film in different ways, but also in a new commercial for the WWE 2k16 video game. But you’re probably thinking to yourself — “that doesn’t make […]
- Peter Sciretta
Schwarzenegger, a 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee, says in a statement: "I've achieved many things in my life, but I've always said success means staying hungry and pushing the limits. I was honored to join the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, and now I'll continue my WWE legacy with one of my biggest film roles immortalized in 'WWE 2K16.' Match the Terminator against Stone Cold Steve Austin, Seth Rollins or Daniel Bryan, and there's only one possible outcome: Hasta la vista, baby."
The playable characters will be available for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360. The game hits stores on October 27th and you can »
- Garth Franklin
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