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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
If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting a long time for the fifth “Terminator” film, which opens in theatres nationwide this Friday. Despite some pronounced fan outcry in response to alleged reconstruction of the franchise’s overall narrative and a lukewarm advance buzz (excluding, of course, the endorsement from original director James Cameron), there Are those of us who will buy a ticket on opening day because hey, it might… actually… be good? It’s been a while since the “Terminator” franchise has genuinely rocked our world: Jonathan Mostow’s so-so third film, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” has a pretty killer ending but is otherwise more serviceable then awesome. And of course, the less time spent talking about McG’s misbegotten “Terminator Salvation,” the better. But before us “Terminator” nerds get all worked up about this new installment, maybe it’s time we all took a »
- Nicholas Laskin
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
It has long been believed that Alan Taylor.s upcoming sequel Terminator Genisys would be the start of a new trilogy, essentially resetting the timeline that had been established in four previous films and moving forward with new versions of the series. classic characters. However, during a Q-and-a in New York City that we attended, Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped the breaks ever-so-slightly on Genisys sequel talk and advocated a wait-and-see approach. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke with media members who.d just screened Alan Taylor.s Terminator Genisys, the first Terminator sequel since 2009.s Terminator Salvation (directed by McG). The original Terminator was asked about Genisys launching an eventual trilogy of new films, to which Schwarzenegger replied: The studio is maybe thinking so. But I, myself, I always think of one at a time. . To me, it.s important that the people go and see this movie, that the movie.s successful, »
“I’m old, not obsolete,” mutters Arnold Schwarzenegger’s aging android in “Terminator Genisys,” and his words could be a wishful mantra for this nervy, silly, almost admirably misguided attempt to give the 31-year-old franchise a massive cybernetic facelift. More or less rewriting everything we thought we knew about the Connor genealogy, the properties of liquid metal, and the rules of post-1984 time travel, this f/x-encrusted reboot feels at once back-to-basics and confoundingly revisionist, teeming with alternate timelines and rejiggered character histories (the most perplexing of which finds Sarah Connor now continually referring to Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as “Pops”). Consider it the 3D blockbuster equivalent of disruptive technology, and while online fans have already voiced their displeasure, the movie’s willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish.
The return of a »
- Justin Chang
Feature length films can hardly hope to brave their condensed highlighted counterparts. Often a series of the film's most striking visual scenes and a tangent on the films main “ideas” they can sometimes surpass the grind of an hour, two, or three at a traveling peak of over sensory delight. Below I have assembled trailers that transcended their full-length partners or did well to weave a convincing mask.
In this film's teaser trailer, Vader’s heaves provide the tempo. Cutting in and out of black, brief awesome imagery of a grown Anakin, Boba Fett, and nostalgic bites of space battles fill the black. The snippets are thrilling, promising even (We hoped for an improved return). But at that point we hadn’t seen Hayden Christensen’s awkward portrayal of the soon to be iconic villain, or witnessed George Lucas’s taxing foreboding. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
This summer’s Terminator Genisys has received what might be considered its first and most important stamp of approval - from James Cameron. In a promo clip for the sci-fi action sequel, directed by Thor 2 and Game Of Thrones’ Alan Taylor, Cameron said he felt that the franchise has been “reinvigorated” by Genisys.
Cameron then went so far as to say that, “In my mind, I think of [Genisys] as the third film.”
That’s praise indeed from a filmmaker who’s rarely diplomatic when expressing his opinion. Twelve years ago, the BBC asked Cameron what he thought of Alien 3 - David Fincher’s sequel which, of course, followed on directly from Cameron’s 1986 classic, Aliens. “Hated it,” Cameron said. “Simple as that. I hated what they did. I »
In the run up to the release, writer-director James Cameron has come out to help support the franchise he first started way back in 1984.
Stating in a new featurette (which you can find below) that Genisys has "reinvigorated" the franchise, Cameron goes on to add that he even thinks of it as "the third film" in the series - thus giving short shrift, it seems, to not only Salvation, but Jonathan Mostow's 2003 sequel, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.
Nevertheless, it's encouraging to see Cameron, who knows a fair thing about the universe he's created, »
“The Mysteries of Laura” has added “Law & Order” alum Michael Smith as a co-exec producer, Variety has learned. Smith will provide both producer and director services to the second season of the Debra Messing dramedy on NBC.
Previously, Smith worked as a co-producer on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” starting in 2005, eventually rising the ranks to producer in 2010. He served as a co-exec producer on “Svu,” becoming an exec producer in 2013. Smith also co-exec produced USA Network’s”Satisfaction.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
To celebrate the release of the hit TV series Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season – on DVD & Blu-ray™ 8th June 2015 – we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway courtesy of Warner Bros Home Entertainment.
Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season contains all 23 gripping episodes from Season Nine and is packed with over four hours of bonus content – including featurettes, commentaries, a Comic-Con panel, and a gag reel. Fans that purchase the Blu-ray™ will also have access to a Digital HD copy of all 23 episodes.
How do you deal with a fallout of heavenly proportions? With the angelic Host’s descent to Earth, Sam and Dean now face a world inhabited by thousands of powerful beings, each with its own chaotic agenda. Before tackling the threat of the “loose nukes” roaming the globe, the Winchesters engage in their most personal conflict yet. Meanwhile, Castiel finds he’s more vulnerable – and yet »
- Gary Collinson
Based on the adult fantasy book series “Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Claire, “Shadowhunters” follows an 18-year-old girl who discovers that she comes from a long line of human-angel hybrids who hunt demons.
Shum’s character, named Magnus Bane, is the high warlock of Brooklyn with eccentric style. He is wise, fierce, cunning and keeps his cards close to his chest. Despite his youthful appearance, he has been alive for hundreds of years.
- Seth Kelley
“Shadowhunters” is based on the “Mortal Instruments” book series. It follows Clary Fray (“Happyland” and “The Fosters'” Katherine McNamara), a teenager who learns that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, (or human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons). When her mother is kidnapped, Clary must embrace her destiny and delve into a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves.
Other cast members include Dominic Sherwood as Jace, a “lethally gorgeous” Shadowhunter who is very much aware of his skills, Alberto Rosende as Clary’s best friend Simon, and Emeraude Toubia as the beautiful and well-trained Shadowhunter Isabelle.
Van Sprang is repped by Apa and The Arc in Canada.
- Whitney Friedlander
Wrapping up its most watched season in seven years, The CW Network presented its 2015-16 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City. The indie-pop band Of Monsters and Men kicked off the presentation with a live performance of their latest single "Crystals," and their international hit song "Little Talks." Here's what CW's Mark Pedowitz had to say in a statement.
"This has been a terrific season for The CW, and is a result of a strategy we set in motion a few years ago to broaden out and grow our audience. We had our most watched season, and our highest-rated season among men, in seven years. We launched The CW's most watched series ever with The Flash, and with The Flash and Jane the Virgin, we received more critical acclaim than ever before. The CW is heading into »
ABC Family on Wednesday announced summer premiere dates for five new series — four of them unscripted and the other a single-camera comedy — that will join the net’s core lineup that includes “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Fosters” and “Baby Daddy.”
“Monica the Medium” kicks off ABC Family’s second wave of summer launches Monday, July 13 with its premiere at 10. The show provides an inside look at Monica, a junior at Penn State navigating friends, family, relationships — and the fact that she’s a medium and can talk to dead people. The show is produced by Dave Caplan’s Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate TV. Caplan will serve as executive producer alongside Malachi McGlone.
“Job or No Job,” from the producers of “Undercover Boss,” bows Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 9. The series follows one young adult per episode on his/her journey to land a first job. Each job seeker will go on three interviews, »
- Rick Kissell
Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man) and Isaiah Mustafa (Horrible Bosses) are the latest to join the cast of Shadowhunters, ABC Family's straight-to-series drama based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The series, whose first episode is directed by McG, follows 18-year-old Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of… »
Katherine McNamara ("New Year's Eve," "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials") has been cast opposite Dominic Sherwood as the female lead Clary Fray in ABC Family’s straight-to-series drama "Shadowhunters" based on Cassandra Clare's bestselling young adult novel series "The Mortal Instruments".
McG will helm the pilot which follows eighteen-year-old Clary who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons.
When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace (Sherwood) and her best friend Simon (Alberto Rosende).
Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, she begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
ABC Family has found their 'Clary' in Katherine McNamara for the TV series Shadowhunters, it was announced today by the network. Katherine McNamara was recently seen starring in the feature film New Year's Eve and will be seen next in the feature film The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and this summer on ABC Family's hit series The Fosters. She has also appeared on Happyland, Unforgettable and Workaholics.
Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, »
McNamara — who’s becoming a familiar face to the network, as she’ll also recur in the third season of ABC Family’s family drama “The Fosters” — will star opposite Dominic Sherwood (“Vampire Academy”) who nabbed the male lead role, as fellow Shadowhunter Jace.
The supernatural series focuses on Clary Fray (McNamara) who gets a surprise piece of family history as a birthday present: she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary discovers that vampires, werewolves and other spooky creatures do exist as she quickly learns to navigate this new world.
- Whitney Friedlander
Katherine McNamara has been cast opposite Dominic Sherwood as female lead Clary Fray in Shadowhunters, ABC Family's straight-to-series drama based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The series, whose first episode is being directed by McG, follows 18-year-old Clary who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt… »
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