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Michael Biehn is a legend to 80s and 90s kids like myself. Aliens, The Terminator, The Abyss, Tombstone, The Rock. I get to meet a lot of cool actors and actresses doing this gig, but it's not often you meet one who held such an integral role in your childhood; I can't tell you how many times I've heard Kyle Reese say, "Come with me if you want to live!" or Dwayne Hicks mutter, "Stay... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
San Diego — Screening Room, the home streaming movie service backed by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and former SFX Entertainment executive Prem Akkaraju, made waves earlier this year with big names like Peter Jackson and J.J. Abrams supporting the platform. With his producer Jon Landau, James Cameron was one of the first filmmakers to speak out against it, arguing for the sanctity of the theatrical experience.
But what is the future of exhibition, really? While promoting the 30th anniversary of “Aliens” at Comic-Con last week, Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd spoke to Variety about what that future could be, the pitfalls of virtual reality and the importance of exhibitors to protect the experience and infrastructure they already have in place.
- Kristopher Tapley
It’s been 30 years since James Cameron followed Ridley Scott’s seminal work Alien with a bigger, bloodier sequel. Aliens was Cameron’s third film, and it skyrocketed the director’s mass-market appeal, having been proceeded only by The Terminator. This man could make big movies, and they could work. Since then, Aliens has become a classic piece of the modern sci-fi canon, paving the way for sequels, spin-offs, and imitations.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, cast members Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, the retired-from-acting Carrie Henn (a.k.a. Newt), Paul Reiser, and Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver, were joined by producer Gale Anne Hurd and Cameron for a panel to discuss their massively successful and influential work with Films That Rock.
Interestingly, the panel starts with Cameron and Hurd discussing the trick of pulling off the Alien Queen, a feat that required a test before they »
- Mike Mazzanti
The first sequel to the film “Alien,” stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the attack on the Nostromo, as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the Alien, only this time with a crew of space marines. Naturally, everything goes wrong, and it’s up to Ripley to stop another attack from killing her and a traumatized young girl named Newt (Carrie Henn).
Now, the film’s cast are celebrating the anniversary with a panel at this year’s Comic-Con, with a live stream Q&A featuring questions from audience members and the Internet. The people participating include James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, »
- Vikram Murthi
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t court controversy and outrage so much as revel in it, and his latest hallucinatory nightmare The Neon Demon is no exception. A surrealistic and increasingly shocking tale of the fashion industry crossed with elements of vampirism and necrophilia, it’s a visually luscious throwback to the exploitation movies of which Refn is so fond. Descending into a neon hell with Refn once again is Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez – and the results are spectacular. Here are several key moments from what is assuredly one of 2016’s most distinctive and striking soundtracks.
Although not strictly a themes-and-variations score, this dreamy and beguiling opener does introduce what could be described as its principal idea. An undulating, deceptively tranquil and innocent pulsating »
- Sean Wilson
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger was an action star or the Governor of California, he was pumping iron on Venice Beach with a small group of pals who later became competitive bodybuilders and created an entire fitness industry. Now, Deadline reports that these formative years will now be the inspiration for the upcoming TV series “Pump,” an eight-episode hour-long drama produced by Schwarzenegger in conjunction with The Tannenbaum Company and CBS Television Studios. The series’ showrunner will be Bryan Goluboff, who has previously worked on “Blue Bloods,” “Smash,” and “Law & Order: Svu.”
The former California Governor said that he knew “Pump” would be a hit from the very beginning. “The 70’s were such a colorful, transformational time, for me and for our entire country,” Schwarzenegger says. “I look forward to bringing that color to people »
- Vikram Murthi
Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to ‘Pump’ up a new TV series.
Schwarzenegger and creator Michael Konyves have just signed a deal with CBS Television Studios to develop a drama called “Pump” based on Schwarzenegger’s Venice Beach-based bodybuilding youth, Variety has confirmed.
The former California governor/action hero spent years in Venice Beach gyms building the physique that won him multiple bodybuilding titles and catapulted him onto screens both small and big, beginning a career that transformed him from Mr. Olympia to the Terminator.
The series, which will run eight episodes, was originally sold to Showtime in 2013, and then moved to Hulu. No network is attached as of yet.
Schwarzenegger and Konyves will be joined by producers Randall Emmett and George Furla, CEOs of Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and Eric Tannenbaum, CEO of the Tannenbaum company. Bryan Goluboff, most recently of “Blue Bloods,” will serve as showrunner.
“The 70’s were such a colorful, transformational »
- Oriana Schwindt
She’ll play Patricia Thornton, an ex-field agent turned director of operations for DXS (Department of External Services). She doesn’t let the title “Boss” stand in her way and is always willing to join the team in the field – meaning that she’s not going to let those under her have all the fun. She’ll appear in the series premiere, airing Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
Holt’s television credits include “The Returned,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Art of More,” “House of Cards” and CBS’ “Hostages. She was recently seen in “Terminator: Genisys” with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger and will appear later this year in the feature film “Air” alongside Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. Holt’s breakout role was her appearance in the 1991 film “Black Robe,” which earned her a Genie Award nomination. In »
- Laura Prudom
According to producers James Cameron and Jon Landau, Robert Rodriguez, director of "Sin City", is now in pre-production to helm the live-action 'female cyborg' feature "Battle Angel", based on the graphic novels by Yukito Kishoiro, "exploring a young woman’s journey of self-discovery...":
"Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years," said Cameron, director of "Terminator", "Aliens" and "Avatar", "so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do 'Battle Angel'. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically.
"This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic..."
- Michael Stevens
*Spoilers for the Terminator franchise
There was a time, if you remember, when James Cameron wasn’t weirdly obsessed with those funny blue aliens over on Pandora. Back in the early ’90s, when Tarantino was paving his way into Hollywood and Spielberg was bringing dinosaurs back to life, Cameron was busy cranking out ready-made classics like True Lies, The Abyss (okay, it was ’89) and, most notably, a sequel to his time-travelling actioner The Terminator (he also made in that decade some movie about a big ship that sinks but I forget the name). These days, a glance at Cameron’s IMDb page sadly yields little more than an endless list of Avatar sequels.
In total its four sequels to a film which arguably doesn’t need one, none of which he’s even begun shooting yet. This will fill »
- Edward Gardiner
How long it will be until (or even if) we see Neill Blomkamp's proposed direct "Aliens" sequel is anyone's guess at the moment, but it is becoming clearer that the film won't even try to incorporate "Alien 3" or "Alien: Resurrection".
As part of celebrating the 30th anniversary of James Cameron's "Aliens," EW has done a new story on the film and included some interview quotes from those involved. First up there's franchise star Sigourney Weaver who is slated to return for the film and essentially confirmed the new movie will diverge from the pre-existing movies:
"It's just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill's movie... I always wanted to complete this story and it wasn't really until Neill and I started talking that I said, 'This is why we waited however many years its been. »
- Garth Franklin
Simon Brew Jul 7, 2016
The 30th anniversary celebrations of James Cameron’s Aliens are getting underway, and as part of that, Sigourney Weaver has been nattering to EW about the film. And, somewhat inevitably, the conversation shifted to Neill Blomkamp’s delayed Alien 5 movie, which is set to be a direct follow-on from Aliens.
Blomkamp’s project has had to get in the queue as Ridley Scott makes Alien: Covenant and perhaps further Alien prequels (at least two more are planned, but it’s unclear if they have to be made before Alien 5 can get going), and per the original plan, it would have been shooting by now. Instead, it's in a little bit of limbo right now.
Blomkamp’s film is still an active project, though, and Weaver has revealed a »
San Diego Comic Con is throwing quite the party for Aliens' 30th anniversary. This year's edition of the pop culture extravaganza will convene an impressive reunion panel that's set to include director James Cameron, star Sigourney Weaver, producer Gale Ann Hurd and cast members Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn, according to EW. While Weaver and a number of her co-stars reunited last month at Texas' Comicpalooza, it's the first Q&A for the film's 30th birthday that Cameron is scheduled to take part in. “You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for Terminator on its 30th, but there’s something about Aliens,” Cameron told EW. “It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Aliens is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and that being the case, a lot of the cast and filmmakers who worked on the movie have been reflecting on it recently and looking ahead to the future of the franchise. Sigourney Weaver is pretty much the most consistent player in the Alien franchise, and she isn't quite done with Ripley yet. She has plans to play the character one more time in Neill Blomkamp's proposed Alien 5, and she recently shared some details on what to expect from the movie.
Speaking with EW about the recently announced Aliens reunion that will be taking place at San Diego Comic Con this month, the subject of Blomkamp's sequel inevitably came out. The movie appears to be on hold for now, but Weaver is talking about it as though it is still very much alive, and she clarified some things about the timeline of the movie, »
The long-accepted rule in the film industry is that established names bring in the box office gold. Hollywood has always relied on big-name actors to guarantee them big box office. But is the trend changing now? Are fans now becoming less interested in A-list actors than in the characters they play?
A-List Hollywood stars get the big money because they bring in big profits for Hollywood studios. Or at least, they have up until now. Is the era of the A-Lister starting to fade? It’s possible, because in recent years, it seems that film fans have more interest in the role and less in the person playing the role. Look at what’s been happening to many A-lister in recent years.
Let’s take Johnny Depp, for instance. He used to play a variety of roles and could draw in crowds with his name alone. More recently, however, his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Terminator 2 Turns 25
It’s been twenty-five years since Terminator 2: Judgement Day descended on Us audiences. James Cameron pulled an Aliens and again managed to create a sequel that surpassed the original by switching the plot around on its head.
In The Terminator Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, was hunted down by a killer cyborg, played of course by Arnold Schwarzengger. The second time around the villain became the hero and Arnie was in charge of Sarah’s young son John Connor and had to prevent him being murdered by Robert Patrick‘s liquid-metal T-1000.
It’s a movie whose legacy continues, and we don’t mean those terrible follow-ups. The film was a landmark in special effects, story-telling, summer blockbusters and sequels. To celebrate a quarter of a century with time-travelling terminators turned saviour, here’s a list of facts that you might not know:
Terminator 2 Turns 25
1. In »
- Kat Hughes
Ryan Lambie Jul 6, 2016
In the middle of 1983, James Cameron suddenly found himself unexpectedly busy. He had rewrites to do on The Terminator, a project that was supposed to start filming that summer but wound up being pushed back due to its star Arnold Schwarzenegger's other work commitments. At the same time, he also had two other scripts to write: a Rambo sequel for Carolco and an Alien sequel for 20th Century Fox.
Seemingly unfazed, Cameron simply worked out how many pages he had to write, divided the number by the amount of time he had - about four months - and got down to work. Three of the most successful action movies of the 1980s therefore had their creative genesis at roughly the same time, as Cameron spent »
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of the few film sequels audiences can agree was as good, if not better, than the original. Today just happens to be the 25th anniversary of its release. Let's take a look back at the majesty. Terminator 2, released July 3, 1991, is one of my all-time favorite films. I even have a "No Fate" tattoo! I'm not one to keep track of milestones like this but seeing as how Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a video titled "T2 at 25" I was compelled to join in the celebration. Beware: there's some silliness here. Co-written, produced, and directed by James Cameron, the highlight of Terminator 2 for me was always Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor. Besides Alien's Ripley, there weren't really any characters like her back then so I immediately latched on. She had a meaningful and powerful impact on me. Entertainment Tonight gives a little blast from the past with »
- Jill Pantozzi
Shortly before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, George Lucas gave us his verdict on the sci-fi epic, and during a recent interview conducted by reporter Hannah Litchfield, Lucas' pal James Cameron shared some of his thoughts on the record-breaking blockbuster. After praising Terminator: Genisys, I'll understand if some of you are a little leery about Cameron's opinion of the... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
What did Aliens/Avatar director James Cameron think of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens? While he won’t come right out and say it, it doesn’t sound like he liked the new Star Wars film very much. Watch a clip from a new interview with the Titanic/Terminator filmmaker trying artfully to dodge the question of […]
- Peter Sciretta
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