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[Originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine] There is a scene 75 minutes into 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which James Cameron pinpoints the humanity amidst all the time travel, liquid metal and state-of-the-art special effects. Young John Connor (Edward Furlong) is bonding with the T-800 machine assigned to protect him (Arnold Schwarzenegger), by teaching him how to high five. The moment is designed to underscore the father/son dynamic between John and the Terminator, as well as provide a visual symbol of the hope for mankind – that we are able to co-exist alongside technology. And, if we’re reading even more deeply, that we can still master it.
A great deal of Terminator 2’s running time is devoted to the connection between John and Schwarzenegger’s T-800. However, it’s telling that the most poignant shot – the one that says the most about their relationship – is from the perspective of John’s mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton »
- Patrick Bromley
The 42-year-old actor has admitted the 2003 superhero movie – in which he stars as a blind man whose other four senses are superhuman – “didn’t work”.
Ben said: “‘Daredevil’ didn’t work, at all. If I wanted to go viral I would be less polite. That was before people realized you could make these movies and make them well. There was a cynical sense of ‘Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the check.’ “
‘Daredevil‘ hasn’t put Ben off of playing superheroes however, as he’s about to star as Batman in ‘Batman v Superman’, and promises his second run will be better.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, »
- Paul Heath
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
A week before the cast of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” takes the stage at San Diego Comic-Con, fans can get a closer look at the Warner Bros. film thanks to new photos that debuted in Entertainment Weekly, which reveal Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) out of costume as their alter-egos Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince, as well as Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor sporting a mane of ginger hair — a stark contrast to Eisenberg’s bald appearance in a previously released photo.
“He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it,” Affleck told EW. “He’s »
- Variety Staff
Say what you like about Ashton Kutcher's Jobs movie, but it did hold one ace up its sleeve that the Danny Boyle-directed biopic doesn't - an actor who actually resembles the character they're playing.
We take a look at a handful of stars who don't look anything like the real-life people they played.
As brilliant an actor as the Shame star is, it's clear from the trailers for Danny Boyle's biopic that little has been done to make Fassbender look like the man he's portraying. Ashton Kutcher has him beat in that department (as does Noah Wyle if you go all the way back to Pirates of Silicon Valley), but with the talent involved here we're expecting Steve Jobs to be a cut above Jobs.
Intriguingly, prior to Fassbender's casting Christian Bale was circling the role before bowing out due to worries »
As the release date for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice creeps agonisingly closer, Zack Snyder has revealed that the idea for the two superheroes facing off against each other started as a poorly-received Easter Egg suggestion.
"I said, 'What about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there's a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor?'
"Everyone was like… 'Okaay'. Once you say it out loud, it's a problem, because you can't unsay it."
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is released in 2016, there will have only been four years between Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne of The Dark Knight Rises and Ben Affleck's grizzled portrayal of a Batman concerned at Superman's (Henry Cavill) power.
We've seen blurry trailers, not-blurry trailers, and a gun on wheels from Batman v Superman starring Ben Affleck as the dark knight, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill as Superman. And now Entertainment Weekly has the first images from the film, along with an interview with Batfleck, who compares his character to that of a Shakespearean classic. “Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet,” the butt-chinned one says. “We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.” How will his be different from Christian Bale's version? “He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it.”On to the images! »
- E. Alex Jung
Comic-Con 2015 is exactly one week away. And that means EW is bringing us their exclusive Comic Con preview, which has a ton of new photos and info on all the movies heading to San Diego. They kick things off with their cover reveal, which features Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's holy trinity of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). We also get several new photos, most notable for offering a look at Princess Diana of Themyscira in her civilian dress, dancing with Bruce Wayne (are they romantically involved), and Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor before he loses all of his hair. There is also an interview with the cast and crew, including this tidbit about how director Zack Snyder first pitch the idea of having these two DC Comics titans face off against each other. The movie started as an end-credit Easter egg. »
From 1984’s sci-fi classic The Terminator, through seminal 1991 action movie Terminator 2 and the disappointing T3, all the way up to the middling Terminator Salvation and Genisys, the Terminator franchise has had its share of ups and downs. It’s gone from James Cameron, to Jonathan Mostow and – oh god – McG, from Schwarzenegger in his prime to Schwarzenegger in old age, and from science fiction to action movie to war movie and back again.
As a result of the changing nature of the films, not to mention the various clashing egos that have come to work on them, the Terminator franchise is a saga that’s accumulated one of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. With the series having run for 31 years, that story’s also one of Hollywood’s farthest-reaching franchise tales.
And it all grew out of an idea of James Cameron’s that was originally rejected, by »
- Brogan Morris
The pressure is on Ben Affleck to deliver a Batman worthy of iconic and distinct turns by Michael Keaton and Christian Bale in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice," but the actor isn't sweating it one bit. “Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet,” he told EW. “We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.” So, how will his character be different? Well, Affleck notes his Bruce Wayne will be older than any previous incarnation and he'll be bit more worse for the wear. “He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it,” he explained. Read More: Watch: Explore The Cinematic Evolution Of Batman In This 11-Minute Video It's an intriguing variation that will be interesting to see unfold, as this new image reveals, in the film he'll certainly know who Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Did you know that Steve Jobs was a difficult, dramatic marketing genius who refused to acknowledge his daughter for a good chunk of her life? That's the main takeaway from the full trailer for Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" which you can view at the top of this post. Granted, it's just a preview, but Aaron Sorkin's screenplay doesn't seem to depict the Apple co-founder in the best light. This new depiction of Jobs' life appears to focus on his early days when Apple initially made a splash, his dramatic departure in the mid '80s and his return in the mid '90s which began a turnaround which completely revolutionized how the world communicates. Oh, and that Jobs had quite an ego. Michael Fassbender, who clearly is a best actor contender because of the role itself, doesn't necessarily resemble Jobs (earlier choice Christian Bale was likely more right »
- Gregory Ellwood
We've poked plenty of fun at Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic over the years, but judging from this first trailer, it actually seems like it might be pretty good. Sorkin looks to be back in Good Sorkin mode; Seth Rogen is gunning for those Best Supporting noms; and, accent issues aside, Michael Fassbender — the third choice for the role, after Leo DiCaprio and Christian Bale dropped out — makes a fine Steve Jobs. Cast a Jobs you love, and you'll never work a day in your life. »
- Nate Jones
Steve Jobs Movie Trailer Has Been Released. Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs (2015) movie trailer stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen. Steve Jobs‘ plot synopsis: “Follows the life and legacy of Steve Jobs.” I have been eagerly anticipating this film for several years now. This was originally intended to be a David Fincher project, with Christian Bale as the eponymous […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Two years after Ashton Kutcher's Jobs was released, the full trailer for Steve Jobs, the next film about the late Apple founder, has been unveiled. This time, Michael Fassbender is playing the tech legend, and, well, he basically looks like Michael Fassbender, just with glasses and a black turtleneck. So much for an epic transformation. We get to see a lot of Jobs's personal family controversy, as well as costars Kate Winslet (oh, that '80s style!), Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. Though it's directed by Danny Boyle, between the subject matter and Aaron Sorkin's writing, it feels a lot like The Social Network. The movie will be released on Oct. 9. While you're watching the trailer below, try to picture Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, or any of the other actors who were rumored for the role before Fassbender finally took it. Check out the trailer: »
Fassbender, who took on the role of the Apple co-founder after Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio circled the part, will be joined in the cast by Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The film focuses on the behind-the-scenes action ahead of three iconic Apple product launches: the Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988 and the iMac in 1998.
Steve Jobs will arrive in Us cinemas on October 9 and November 13 in the UK.
Watch Steve Jobs launch the iMac in 1998: »
With Terminator Genisys out in UK cinemas tomorrow (July 2), there's no better time to look back at some of the lesser known facts about the franchise that turned Arnie into a superstar.
1. James Cameron found himself in director jail in the early '80s having been fired from Piranha II. Unsure if he'd ever be able to sit behind the camera again, he sold off his Terminator script for $1 in exchange for the rights to direct it.
2. Mel Gibson and Oj Simpson were initially considered for the role of The Terminator before Arnold Schwarzenegger landed the part. Arnie had in fact originally met with director Cameron to discuss playing Kyle Reese before being cast as the T-800.
3. The Terminator's iconic line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back" (something that rolled »
With Comic-Con 2015 just around the corner, fans will surely get a new look at Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during the studio's Hall H panel on Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 Am. While we wait for that footage to arrive, a much different Batman video has surfaced, through the shared Instagram account of child actor Seth Lee, who co-stars alongside Ben Affleck in the Warner Bros.' drama The Accountant. The video gives us a look at Ben Affleck uttering the famous line, "I am Batman" for the first time.
Ben Affleck isn't wearing his full Batman costume in the video, where he trades saying the iconic line with Seth Lee. While we did get a few brief glimpses of the actor in the first Batman v Superman trailer that debuted in April, we didn't hear the actor speak at all, so we'll have to wait »
After years of development limbo, Paramount’s action thriller “Triple Frontier” may have found new life.
The film is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.
The deal is not yet closed but if Chandor boards the project, the aim is for production to commence in January. A star has yet to be set for the film, but insiders say Will Smith has been eyeing the project for some time.
Though sources close to the studio and Smith say the actor is not attached, »
- Justin Kroll
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines showed that a Terminator universe without James Cameron was its own kind of wasteland. Schwarzenegger wasn’t enough, and retreading the same premise as T2—T-800 comes back in time to protect John Connor from a more advanced Terminator—made the third installment mostly pointless. The only part of that movie that significantly moved anything forward was the ending, and we already knew where that ending would take us. Terminator Salvation wasn’t so much a salvation for the franchise, but a salvage operation. Director McG went for the reality that the first three movies had tried to avoid, and while Salvation removes all hope from the previous installments, it also theoretically could have carved its own path. It’s set in the future; it doesn’t have Arnold Schwarzenegger (the crummy body double and digital masking doesn’t count); and it introduces us »
- Matt Goldberg
One of the most famous lines uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger's murder-powered cyborg is "I'll be back." And on July 1, the T-800 will once again be true to his word when "Terminator: Genisys" hits theaters.
The fifth "Terminator" movie aims to robo-punch you right in the nostalgia center, much like "Jurassic World" did, with its twisty, time-travel story that pays homage to the franchise's first two films (while completely, and wisely, ignoring the existence of meh entries "Rise of the Machines" and "Salvation.")
To prepare you for another trip to the land of Skynet, here are all the things you need to know about "Genisys," which picks up where James Cameron's original 1984 film left off.
1. It's a Reboot. »
- Drew Taylor
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