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The Terminator came out in 1984. Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived seven years later. In the interim, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a new kind of action megastar, headlining a string of era-defining beefcake blockbusters. Commando, Predator, The Running Man, and Total Recall: The very titles echo down through history, dripping with gunsmoke and bicep sweat. But that era was coming to an end. The ’80s were over. Always a savvy operator, Schwarzenegger was already planning his pivot: Twins and Kindergarten Cop offered a kinder, gentler Arnold. (He loves kids! He loves De Vito!)
And so the essential twist that led to »
- Darren Franich
James Cameron popped by Reddit on Saturday to participate in an Ama session. While the director was mainly there to promote his Showtime climate change documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously," Cameron also answered a bunch of questions about other projects including those in the past ("Titanic," "Alien," "The Abyss") as well as those in the present and future (the currently in pre-production "Avatar" sequels, the long-gestating "Battle Angel" adaptation).
Here, we've combed through Cameron's numerous replies to highlight some of his best responses. Check them out below, and be sure to check out the entire exchange -- including Cameron's detailed outline of the search plan for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 -- for even more in-depth answers.
On who would win in a fight: A Na'vi, the Alien Queen, or the T-800 Terminator?
Is the T-800 armed or not armed? An Armed T-800 with a plasma rifle will clean house, »
- Katie Roberts
Texas Frightmare Weekend is proud to reveal its 2014 schedule that jam packed with things to do, people to see, and screams to be had! Read on for all of the latest, and if you're gonna be in attendance... consider us officially jealous!
From the Press Release
Just when fans didn't think Texas Frightmare Weekend could get any more epic... it does - in a huge way! America's largest horror convention is proud to announce several new free film screenings, guests, and events to take place at Dallas, Texas' Dfw Hyatt Regency this May 2, 3, and 4 - cementing Tfw's reputation as the biggest and best gathering of horror fandom in the USA!
In addition to our numerous previously-announced free screenings, Tfw is also proud to host the World Premiere of Billy Pon's Circus of the Dead and the North American Premiere of the Japanese splatter anthology Zombie TV - from Maelie Makuno, »
- Steve Barton
Two forces to be reckoned with have teamed up to bring us our first look at "It's Hell Getting Old," a horror short from director Patrick Rea that will be part of Blanc/Biehn Productions' new elevator-set anthology Hellevator Man.
Kansas City-based Rea's short stars Kip Niven (Jayhawkers, New Year’s Evil), Joicie Appell (Nailbiter), Victor Raider-Wexler (Minority Report), and Nancy Marcy. It was executive produced by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Michael Biehn, and Lony Ruhmann.
The script, written by Rea, deals with four elderly people trapped in an elevator on their way to their 50th Class Reunion, and one of them may have forgotten to take some important medication. The film was shot in Kansas City, Missouri, and the director of photography was Hanuman Brown-Eagle.
In addition to a few behind-the-scenes photos from "It's Hell Getting Old," we also have the kick-off announcement for Bbp's Mindless, a mind-bending thriller that marks »
- Debi Moore
On Saturday, visionary director James Cameron appeared on Reddit in an Ama chat where he answered all kinds of questions from fans and gave his opinions on various topics. Along the way, he gave an update on the upcoming Avatar sequels, dished on non-Cameron Terminator projects, and spoke a bit about the direction he’d like to see Hollywood go in.
Here are a few highlight’s from Cameron’s Ama:
“The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.
The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Despite the fact that the last two movies in the ever-expanding canon were of the middling and downright terrible varieties, The Terminator franchise remains one of the most beloved and most revered in cinematic history, mostly thanks to those movies written and directed by James Cameron. Yes, The Terminator and its follow-up, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, are renowned for their groundbreaking special effects, memorable characters, ingenious sci-fi plottings and – of course – Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role that made him super famous all over the world.
Despite the fact that only 50% of the movies in the Terminator series are actually good, though, the legacy of this series is yet to diminish, and its reputation refuses to die. Though it’s true that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines failed to live up to the cinematic genius that was Terminator 2, it also wasn’t a total disaster… it just didn’t feel »
This past weekend, director James Cameron did a Reddit Ama and covered the gamut in terms of Q&A, ranging from the current state of the Avatar sequels, his thoughts on the latest Terminator films (and reboot), the Alien films (post Aliens), what happened to True Lies 2, the best movie he's seen in theaters recently, his thoughts on 3D being used for all movies, and he would win in a fight between a T-800, and Alien Queen, and a Na'vi. It was kind of an exhausting »
- Paul Shirey
Man, this was a busy week for Ask Me Anything conversations. Hollywood icon Harrison Ford opened up for a (somewhat) candid conversation that we playfully broke down here on CinemaBlend. And legendary blockbuster director James Cameron also took to Reddit to discuss his various projects, past and present. You can skim through the complete conversation here. Cameron weighs in on the three Avatar movies he.s in the process of making (simultaneously, basically). He discusses Titanic and Prometheus. But his comments about the Terminator franchise really caught our eye. Obviously, Cameron launched the Terminator series with Arnold Schwarzenegger back in 1984. Thirty years ago. Let that soak in. The duo made a sequel, but Cameron moved on, even as Hollywood continued to explore his world in assorted sequels. And it turns out, Cameron didn.t care much for what directors like Jonathan Mostow and the auteur McG came up with. When »
Ask James Cameron Anything. What would you ask, and would he reply? Time to find out. On Saturday, April 12th, filmmaker James Cameron participated in a Reddit Ama, answering quite a few questions from fans. Some of the good, some of them bad, with plenty of fascinating and surprisingly in-depth replies. Unlike some Ama participants, he actually gave a few lengthy, well-written answers to nerdy questions. He covers his thoughts on Prometheus, Terminator and Gravity, to future technology, to Avatar & True Lies sequels, to Arnold, to Hfr & 3D, and much more. We've curated a number of worth-reading answers. View the full Reddit Ama here, with all of the questions and answers. Below are some of his best quotes about movies and other fascinating Cameron revelations. To start, what movie influenced him the most? Well, I can point directly to the film that had the biggest early influence on me, 2001: A Space Odyssey. »
- Alex Billington
During an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit on Saturday, director James Cameron offered his opinion on the last two "Terminator" films, as well as his thoughts on how the T-800 robot would do in a battle against the "Alien" queen and the Na'vi from "Avatar." "I'm not a big fan of the ['Terminator'] films," he revealed. "I didn't make the second film until I had an idea as big as the first film, and it had to do with the moral complexity of the story, and asking the audience by the end of the film to cry for a Terminator. I don't think that the 3rd or 4th film lived up to that potential." He continued: "'Sarah Connor Chronicles' I never really watched much of it, so I never gave it a chance to get hooked, like you have to with a TV series. I'm hopeful that the new films, »
"Avatar" director is getting ready to return to Pandora for the three announced sequels to the 2009 blockbuster. "The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously," Cameron explained during a Reddit Q&A. "They're essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks." Cameron wrote the first "Avatar" alone, but has drafted the likes of Josh Friedman ("War of the Worlds"), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planets of the Apes") and Shane Salerno ("Savages") to collaborate on the sequels. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang are set to return to the sequel. Cameron regular Arnold Schwarzenegger (who Cameron directed in "True Lies" and the first two "Terminator" films) has been rumored to make an appearances, but Cameron doesn't think that will happen. »
- Dave Lewis
Director James Cameron just finished his extensive Ama on Reddit, where he went over his entire career and discussed all of his movies, both future and past. In an unusually candid conversation, the man behind two of the world's biggest movie releases, Titanic and Avatar, was definitely asked anything and everything.
To read his comments about the future of the Avatar franchise: clickHere.
Read on for his comments about True Lies 2, Battle Angel, the future of the The Terminator franchise and the Alien franchise, where he discusses his thoughts, feelings and general attitude towards cinema at this point in time.
For years, we've heard that True Lies 2 is happening. These rumors have mostly been kept alive by Arnold Schwarzenegger's co-star Tom Arnold. According to James Cameron, we'll probably never see a sequel.
We abandoned True Lies 2 after 9/11, because we didn't think a comedy about fundamentalist terrorists was so funny anymore. »
As popular as his movies are, James Cameron himself is slightly mysterious. Sure, he’ll get out to promote his work, or use his celebrity status to speak about important issues. Those occasions just don’t provide a great chance to meet the man himself. Which is why when James Cameron took to Reddit to do an […]
- Germain Lussier
Though filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are widely considered some of the most popular directors of all time, James Cameron has the distinct honor of directing the two highest grossing films ever made in addition to helming films in two other incredibly successful (and ongoing) franchises. Fans had to wait over a decade for the follow-up to Cameron’s mega-hit Titanic, the performance-capture-heavy Avatar, and we’re currently in another waiting stage as we prepare for the long-promised Avatar sequels. Cameron is deep in pre-production on Avatar 2, 3, and 4 right now with production set to get underway on all three films simultaneously later this year, but he recently took some time out of his schedule to participate in a fascinating and characteristically candid Reddit Ama in support of his upcoming Showtime docu-series Years of Living Dangerously. In the lengthy Ama, the director discussed the status of the Avatar sequels, »
- Adam Chitwood
James Cameron has directed some of the highest grossing films of all-time like, Titanic and Terminator: Judgement Day, and of course 2009's Avatar. Since Avatar came out Cameron has been plotting a return to Pandora, and not it sounds as though he has scripts for the sequels all set and ready to... well, nearly done. "The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously," Cameron explained in a Reddit Ama. "They're essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks." The first of these three Avatar sequels won't land in theaters until December of 2016. Cameron had sole credit on the first Avatar film, but this time the director/writer collaborated with: Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno, in »
In 1982, the late Massachusetts film-maker, Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One, Shock Corridor) took his place behind the camera to tell a story of racism, hope, neglect and terror in the wonderful, chilling, poignant and ruthless film, White Dog.
Based on a true life story that was published at one time in Life Magazine in the 1970′s, White Dog follows the character of Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) who accidentally hits a dog with her car while on a night drive in a secluded forest-heavy area of the Hollywood hills. She takes in the dog after being informed that the pound would put him to sleep, and soon finds that the dog, a white German Shepard, though loyal to her, has a dark and violent tendency »
- Chris Cummings
The absolutely wonderful Linda Hamilton, whom I’ve loved since the days of the original Beauty and the Beast series, and whom many others have loved since the first Terminator movie, and whose work in Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a great source of workout inspiration for me (“Good morning Dr. Silberman, how’s the knee?” is my favorite line), and […] »
- Erin Willard
Hamilton, known for her breakout performance as Sarah Conner in James Cameron’s “Terminator” franchise, will take on the recurring guest role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) and mother to their three children. Following a bout with mental illness that led her to attempt to murder her children, Pilar is back, but the motives for her return are still unclear.
Hamilton previously appeared opposite Ron Perlman in the CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” and her film credits include “Mr. Destiny,” “Silent Fall” and “Dante’s Peak.” She joins previously announced season two additions James Murray, William Atherton and Anna Hopkins.
- Andrea Seikaly
We already told you that George A. Romero will be appearing at Texas Frightmare Weekend, but we have one more exciting piece of new for fans of Dawn of the Dead. The Alamo Drafthouse is teaming up with Texas Frightmare Weekend for a rare screening of the 1978 zombie classic, with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, David Emge, and Scott Reiniger in attendance.
“Texas Frightmare Weekend is teaming up with The Alamo Drafthouse Dallas to screen five classic Frightmare-themed films during the week leading up to this year’s jam-packed 2014 weekend… culminating with a star-studded screening of George Romero’s zombie opus Dawn Of The Dead the night before Frightmare begins!
In 1968, George A. Romero created what would go on to be the modern zombie genre as we know it with Night of the Living Dead. Ten years later, he redefined it with what is widely considered as the zenith of »
- Jonathan James
I don’t find myself crying in agony over having to miss conventions much, but judging from the lineup to this year’s Texas Frightmare,…yeah, I’m bummed. Boasting everything from a Terminator/Terminator 2 reunion, A Night Of The Demons reunion, the West Memphis 3‘s Jason Baldwin, a full blown Blair Witch Project reunion and Dr. f’n Giggles himself, Larry Drake! (I’m an unabashed Dr Giggles fanatic). Making the con even more appealing, is the fact that one of most unique bands around these days, Ghost, is doing a special performance at the con. Seriously, if you’re in the Texas area…get the hell over there from May 2-4, and send me some pics, Please! For more info/tickets, read the press release below!
“Texas Frightmare Weekend returns to Dallas, Texas’ Dfw Hyatt Regency this May 2, 3, and 4 for more scares than ever – featuring one of the »
- Jerry Smith
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