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When director James Cameron was concocting 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he knew that he needed its villain to evolve beyond Terminator’s formidable T-800, played — in both the original and the sequel — by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Enter the crew at George Lucas’s visual-effects studio Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm), who were ready to deploy sophisticated computer-generated imagery and create the “liquid-metal” assassin T-1000. Nearly a quarter-century later, in Terminator Genisys, which hits theaters July 1, the T-1000, played in T2 by Robert Patrick and now by Byung-hun Lee, will make its triumphant morphing return, but there’s nothing quite like the first time. Here, some of T2’s key visual-effects gurus, producers, and actors tell us how the most indelible aspect of this most memorable killer robot came to life.For 1989’s The Abyss, Cameron and Ilm made their initial breakthrough with a malleable CGI character that could take on human »
- Kenny Herzog
Taiwan-born Justin Lin has made his first film in Asia since becoming a Hollywood sensation as director of four of the “Fast & Furious” franchise movies.
Lin is producer, alongside Chinese media tycoon Bruno Wu, on “Hollywood Adventures,” which released in China late last week and was the world’s fifth biggest movie this weekend according to Rentrak, with a $26 million opening.
In 2012 Lin and Wu formed a joint venture company, Perfect Storm Entertainment, which produced the picture alongside China’s Enlight Pictures. Enlight is also the distributor in China.
The film is an unusual hybrid and may be a model of things to come from China.
- Gloria Cheung
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
Time is a strange thing. Scientists say a watch travelling in a jet will experience time more slowly than the same watch in a tug boat. It won't slow the watch down - it literally experiences time differently. Speed affects time, basically. Which probably explains why Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of those very rare films that feels long, but is never boring. Time slows down for it because it moves so fast.
It's also very much a product of its time. Terminator 2 is a violent film, made in a violent period of history. According to James Cameron, the Rodney King beating didn't just take place near the biker bar they shot Arnie's opening scenes in, it happened on a night Terminator 2 was filming. There's something too eerie about that story for it not to be true. After all, what was more prescient in 1991 than the sight of an »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
Following the Entertainment Weekly magazine cover featuring Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) and David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) from the Untitled X-Files Revival, the publication has released eight new photos, giving us our first look at two new cast members, Annet Mahendru and Joel McHale, along with more images of Mulder and Scully on their first case in more than a decade. We also get a look at the title page for the season premiere script, which is entitled "My Struggle", along with a behind-the-scenes shot of series creator Chris Carter in a production meeting.
As you can see in the first photo below, Mulder is looking rather disheveled, with David Duchovny revealing his character is in a "dark, dark place" when the series picks up. We have no details about how he got to this place. The last time we saw both Mulder and Scully together was in the 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe. »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this top-notch Tuesday? The Terminator goes toe-to-toe with RoboCop in an epic rap battle, a Star Wars infographic charts the evolution of the Stormtrooper costume and a mechanically-inclined fan builds an "Interceptor" inspired by the Mad Max franchise. We also have a 5 minute video that uncovers secret Marvel Easter eggs! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Terminator vs. RoboCop Epic Rap Battle
Last month, we showed you the epic rap battle between famed explorers Lewis & Clark and fictional time-travelling explorers Bill & Ted. Today Erb has put two iconic cinematic cyborgs against each other, with Terminator battling RoboCop. The result is, as usual, hilarious, with numerous digs at each franchise that makes for an entertaining three-minute video. »
An alleged murderer is facing termination ... from an actual Terminator, because Robert Patrick -- the ole T-1000 is sitting on his jury. The 'Terminator 2' star is serving on a gang related murder trial currently going on in Downtown Los Angeles. In the case in question ... Deon Montea Archie is accused of shooting and killing Markai Brown in 2013. The trial's been going on for about a week now, and Patrick seems to be in good spirits. »
- TMZ Staff
In a very special preview last night in London, Arnold Schwarzenegger debuted an extended look at his upcoming sci-fi blockbuster sequel/reboot/reset Terminator Genisys. The Austrian actor is currently on a worldwide tour with the film in the lead up to the release of the film, which debuts on July 1st in the Us and a day later in the UK. And, in a special treat to a group of very lucky fans, Schwarzenegger also took part in a short Q&A session to discuss the film, as well as his love for London and how he still doesn’t quite understand how some of his catchphrases have stuck the way they have.
The footage started in Los Angeles, 1984 in the familiar surroundings of the ….Observatory as the city nestles in for the night. Three »
- Scott J. Davis
The new dramatic comedy The Road Within stars Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, Robert Patrick, Zoe Kravitz, and Kyra Sedgwick. It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray from Well Go USA on July 7th, but you have a chance to win the Blu-ray in advance!
The Road Within tells the story of Vincent, a young man suffering from Tourette Syndrome. His mother dies so his estranged father, Robert, is forced to step in. However, Robert’s running for political office and doesn’t want his son on the campaign trail – so Robert puts Vincent in a clinic that’s run by the unconventional Dr. Mia Rose. Once there, Vincent falls in love with an anorexic woman named Marie. Together, they steal Dr. Rose’s car, and end up having to kidnap his Ocd roommate, Alex, when he threatens to tell on them. With Robert and Dr. Rose in hot pursuit, »
- Tom Stockman
With Mulder and Scully headed back to our screens early next year for a new run of The X-Files, creator Chris Carter and his team have tracked down the first new face to join Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the show. Community’s Joel McHale is on board to co-star.McHale will play Tad O’Malley, the loudmouth anchor of a popular internet news network that forms an unlikely alliance with Mulder as the FBI agents return for a six-episode revival, presumably with more conspiracies to investigate or strange events to encounter. Or both. You know the drill.Mitch Pileggi is so far the only veteran of the series returning alongside the leads, but there has been talk of appearances by William B. Davis’ Cigarette Smoking Man, Mona Reyes (Annabeth Gish) and John Doggett (Robert Patrick), though all that remains shrouded in rumour vapour for now. For more on the show, »
What strange, but wonderful piece of news! Fresh off the finale of Community's sixth season, Joel McHale is joining the cast of Fox's The X-Files revival series. So far the X-Files casting has focused on the return of actors from the original series, David Duchovny and Queen Gillian Anderson, of course, along with Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (The Smoking Man). Robert Patrick (Agent Doggett) and Annabelle Gish (Reyes) are also rumored to return. McHale will play a conservative anchor of a popular internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Mulder. Right off the bat, I'm thrilled to think how McHale and Duchovny will interact together. They're both fantastic comedic actors with charm to spare, and I could easily see them having killer on-screen chemistry. This is the first new character announced for the limited series, and I would expect much more in the »
- Haleigh Foutch
It’s a royal pain in the ass to get a good retro horror film to genre fans these days. Every film and their mother’s are trying to stamp a “Throwback to..” onto their poster, hoping to bring some sense of nostalgia to the table, and more times than not, they fail at doing so. Enter Lost After Dark. The feature debut from writer/director Ian Kessner has had quite a few great things to say about it, from Sean Decker (not sure if it was pre or post haircut, but he’s cool either way), Fred Topel and others. When horror critics say that this is Finally a throwback film that does it right, then hell, that’s good enough to entice me to giving it a shot. Giving it a shot is just what distributor Anchor Bay wants you to do, with their upcoming DVD/Bluray release date of September 1st. »
- Jerry Smith
Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead) has returned for the third installment of the web series, The Driving Dead. Also in this round-up: release details for Lost After Dark and a trailer for Caesar & Otto's Paranormal Halloween.
The Driving Dead Series launched in August 2014 as part of a new initiative led by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Renowned for his roles in Marvel’s, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and AMC’s, “The Walking Dead,” Rooker has been involved with the series from its inception. Now in its third installment, The Driving Dead addresses the importance of seatbelt safety for everyone in the car – drivers and passengers alike.
To watch “The Escape,” and learn more about the series, visit www.TheDrivingDeadSeries.com. »
- Tamika Jones
FX is making an animated action comedy pilot in the vein of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with a star-studded voice cast, Variety has learned.
The “Cassius & Clay” animated pilot hails from Megan Ganz (“Modern Family” and “Community”) and “Archer” creator Adam Reed of Floyd County Productions. Both will serve as writers and exec producers on the FX Productions project.
Described as an animated action-buddy-comedy centered on two women living as bandits in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America, the A-list voice cast includes “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell (“Childrens Hospital”), as the title characters, Ordwood Cassius and Shopcarter Clay. Cassius (Olson) is a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bull-sh-tter who has more debts than sense, and Clay (Bell) is the fastest gun in the post-apocalyptic South who doesn’t go looking for trouble, she shares a station wagon with it.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, actor Wayne Bastrup discusses his role in the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Terminator Genisys alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke. Bastrup, who has also featured in hit shows CSI: NY and The Mentalist, sat down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis about his acting, his hopes for the future and working alongside Mr. Universe…
Scott Davis: Terminator Genisys is arguably one of the most anticipated summer blockbusters this year – how did you become involved with the film? Did you have to go through an audition process for the role?
Wayne Bastrup: My wonderful manager was able to get me into the audition room. They were looking for an actor to play the younger (1984 version) of J.K. Simmons character. I remember when I read the breakdown and thought to myself, “Really? I look like J.K.?” It had never crossed my mind. He »
- Scott J. Davis
FX has handed out a pilot order to animated action-buddy comedy "Cassius & Clay".
"Modern Family" producer Megan Ganz and "Archer" creator Adam Reed are teaming to executive produce the comedy pilot alongside Matt Thompson. The story follows two women living as bandits in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America.
Ordwood Cassius (Kaitlin Olson) is a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bullsh---er who has more debts than sense. Shopcarter Clay (Lake Bell) is the fastest gun in the post-apocalyptic South who doesn't go looking for trouble but shares a station wagon with it.
Also featured are Connie Mack (Susan Sarandon) the ruthless and cutthroat owner of Wilke's only saloon and brothel and effectively runs the whole town and Doc Benz (Jb Smoove) who is the town doctor in a dysfunctional relationship with a gentle giant of a blacksmith (Kevin Michael Richardson).
- Garth Franklin
In true 80’s nostalgia fashion, I’ve been hyped about seeing this film since I’ve seen the poster. Yes, a poster sold me on the movie – just the way I grew up watching movies in the late 80’s & 90’s. Anchor Bay just announced the release date for the 80’s slasher homage, Lost After Dark.
If you thought the 80s were dead — think again! On September 1st, Anchor Bay Entertainment goes full 80s retro with Lost After Dark, a loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen. The exciting directing debut of writer/director Ian Kessner, Lost After Dark proudly features visceral, old-school prosthetic “kills,” and pop songs pulsing to an electronic beat. So thrown on a pair of acid wash jeans and go full-on tubular with Lost After Dark! Srp is $26.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD, with pre-book on July 31st. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Throughout his career, Danny Trejo's played a wide range of intimidating characters that steal scenes with their powerful presences, and his upcoming role as The Regulator in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series looks to be no exception.
Press Release -- "El Rey Network and Miramax released a first-look image of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" featuring Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) in his new role as"The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie." Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, »
- Derek Anderson
Stars: Mark Dacascos, Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Robert Patrick, Kristina Wagner, Julia Nickson, Nils Allen Stewart, Henry Kingi, John Asher, Leon Russom, Al Leong, Michael Berryman, Vanna White, Andy Dick, Deanthony Langston, John T. Grantham, Ed Feldman, Roger Yuan, Ron Yuan | Written by Michael Davis, Peter Gould | Directed by James Yukich
There is a dark place in movie hell reserved for the beast known as the “video game movie”. There have been some that really aren’t that bad, take Doa: Dead or Alive as an example or Silent Hill. They knew how to keep things fun without being too cheesy in the process. Double Dragon has been released on Blu-ray, and thankfully when it was first released I managed to miss it. Given enough time for nineties cheese to become funny and for bad B-movies to become popular, can it be redeemed as an eccentric cult-hit?
Set in the »
- Paul Metcalf
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