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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 tremendous Tuesday? Real Fake History explores the aftermath of Marvel's The Avengers' Battle of New York, an industrious fan builds his own Iron Man arc reactor and Chris Hardwick auditions to be a part of the Fantastic Four. But first, an inflatable Minion causes a traffic jam and we find out who would win in a fight against Arrow and Hawkeye! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Arrow vs. Hawkeye in Minute Match-Up
Ismahawk has created a new Youtube series dubbed Minute Match-Up, where he puts pits various characters against each other in battle. This week we have dueling comic book archers, DC's Arrow and Marvel's Hawkeye, who »
Syfy has announced that production has begun on their new Hunters TV series. The 13 episodes will debut some time in 2016.
Here's the press release:
Syfy And Universal Cable Productions Announce Start Of Production For "Hunters"
New York - August 3, 2015 - Syfy and Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) today announced that production has commenced in Melbourne, Australia on the upcoming thriller series Hunters. The series is from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator Trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), who will also serve as showrunner, and Emile Levisetti (Royal Pains). Ernest »
After the disappointing performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the Terminator franchise and the dismal turnout for Adam Sandler’s Pixels, a lot of people have been bringing up the perennial question of whether the age of the marquee-name movie star is over. Tom Cruise has answered that question. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth entry in the series that Cruise himself engendered as producer and star in the mid-’90s, pulled in $56 million for its opening weekend. Cruise essentially murdered the critically-maligned Vacation, which came in a distant second place with $14.8 million, despite Chris Hemsworth's huge appendage. Cruise is also a throwback to a bygone era of mega-wattage stars: The man strapped himself to a flying plane – eight times – just to get a shot right. And he's already working on another Mission: Impossible, because he's immortal.Ant-Man continues its healthy performance, earning another $12.6 million for a »
- Greg Cwik
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 »
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 »
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
There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.
Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.
Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »
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 »
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
Schwarzenegger was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.
That’s right, The Terminator will be a pre-order exclusive for the upcoming release of WWE 2K16.
2K games and WWE have released a press statement that Arnold Schwarzenegger will a playable character as both the T-800 from 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The character will be unlockable if you pre-order the game from places like Gamestop, Amazon.
While no images of him in the game have been released, they did include this awesome video which re-creates Arnie’s first scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day with WWE Superstars Daniel Bryan, Paige, Dean Ambrose and Finn Balor in the background.
Check out the video below:
Schwarzenegger and WWE have had a very busy relationship this year. Triple H was inducted into his bodybuilding Hall of Fame, he was the celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame and he was featured in Triple H’s entrance »
- Luke Owen
It has been destroyed by critics (read our reviews here and here)and was called the Worst Blockbuster of All-Time by our own Anghus Houvouras – but Terminator: Genisys passed a milestone this weekend.
Terminator: Genisys added another $2.5 million to its domestic total and has now made $305 million worldwide, the majority of which has come from overseas. In the Us, the movie has made just $85 million, but its worldwide take of $219 million (taken mostly in South Korea, United Kingdom and Russia) has helped push the movie past the $300 million marker.
However, the movie cost a whopping $185 million – and that doesn’t include marketing costs – so there is still some way for it to go before it becomes “profitable”. Terminator: Genisys is currently the 14th biggest movie of the year, and is being outperformed by The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Taken 3 and Mad Max: Fury Road. »
- Luke Owen
Star Wars famously takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and this week we found out about a parallel universe of casting in the film series. Neil Calloway looks at the actors who didn’t star in films, but could have…
The news that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels is bizarre, and I can’t quite decide whether he would have improved the character or completely ruined the franchise with his appearance. Perhaps the most interesting part is that Jackson wanted the character to be created with make up and prosthetics – he worked with make up genius Rick Baker on the video for Thriller – rather than the CGI preferred by Lucas. There are many, many issues with the Star Wars prequels, but one of them is the over reliance on computer effects on practical effects. So maybe »
- Neil Calloway
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
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