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If you’re a fan of movie related toys/figures, you might enjoy the latest offering from Hot Toys out of Hong Kong. That’s because they recently announced a new Arnold Schwarzenegger 12″ figure from Terminator 2. As you can see from the slice above, it really looks like him. For two more images including Schwarzenegger wearing sun glasses, hit the jump. If I had the money and a lot more space, my room would be covered with stuff like this.
No word on price or when you’ll be able to purchase the figure, but I’d keep checking the Hot Toys website if you’re interested.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Darwin's restaurant was packed, so we went next door the day after Christmas for the next form of evolution: James Cameron's Avatar, albeit in 2-D, the standard stuff that fills screens to bursting and the stadium seating to capacity. Instead of plush, lush 3-D, we ended up in one of the end-of-civilization screens the Bow-Tie Cinemas keep alive at the frontier outpost of El Jebel, Colorado. All in all, in other words, the worst possible set-up for a movie set up to break the glass ceiling of film with three-dimensional computer-generated movie-making. Even so, with the deck stacked against it, Avatar was much better than good: Cameron -- he of Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic fame -- has now set the bar so high that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas will spend the rest of their careers trying to reach the planet »
- Michael Conniff
From the start, the 2009 forecast seemed a little Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, but when Amelia took us flying Up In The Air, past the blinding Whiteout, we could see A New Moon. A Bright Star rose above the horizon of the Red Cliff and we found ourselves on The Road to some Precious moments in film. Those Inglourious Basterds saved us from the claws of Wolverine…he even tried to Drag Me To Hell! The night Watchmen kept a close eye on us as we spent a second Night In The Museum, saw the Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, and another Ice Age. We became Astro Boy, rocketed off to Planet 51, and witnessed the epic Monsters vs. Aliens battle. Some were slyly introduced to The Fantastic Mr. Fox, many cheered as both Ponyo and Coraline attempted to save their families and the world, and we sailed with Max »
For veteran casting director Margery Simkin ("Marley & Me," "Top Gun"), working on "Avatar"—James Cameron's "14 years in the dreaming, four years in the making" follow-up to his megahit "Titanic"—presented brand-new challenges, in particular the fact that the film comprised 60 percent motion-capture sequences and 40 percent live-action sequences. Simkin had to find people who could convincingly express emotion through a yet-to-be-created language, and she had to do so under a massive veil of secrecy.Not one actor was attached when she took over the film's casting in 2007, when the late, great Mali Finn stepped down due to illness. Simkin's greatest discovery on this film was a complete unknown, Sam Worthington, recommended by her Australian casting colleague Christine King."Forever people will think that we cast him because of 'Terminator: Salvation,' but it had nothing to do with it," says Simkin. "This was way before. When I saw his tape, »
Can someone explain to me exactly where the hell Sam Worthington came from? One minute he's as well known as my neighbor who knits sweaters for her cats and the next he is stealing thunder from John Connor in a Terminator sequel and headlining the first James Cameron film in 12 years. The man is certainly the breakthrough action star of 2009 and with that title, of course, he will be the subject of rumor for every action film for the next five years. So what tent pole will Worthington be "attached to" next? HollyScoop, which has a name as reputable as The Sun, has reported that the man is now on a shortlist of actors being looked at to bring back Flash Gordon, the interstellar polo player who fights Ming the Merciless on planet Mongo (Don't you miss the 1930s?) Ryan Reynolds is among the other actors being looked at for »
[Major spoilers ahead for "Avatar" and other James Cameron films.]
Like all of James Cameron's six previous films, "Avatar" is a war of worlds both literal and figurative. Colonists from the planet Earth do battle with the native inhabitants of a moon named Pandora over the right to mine a rare and powerful mineral. Cameron casts the struggle as a conflict between the technological world (the humans and their advanced military) and the natural world (the natives, known as the Na'vi, who share a symbiotic relationship with their environment). Given that the humans are characterized as greedy and violent while the Na'vi are portrayed as caring and spiritual, it isn't particularly surprising that the movie ultimately treats the Na'vi as the heroes and the humans as villains. But it's a little curious when you consider that this condemnation of industrialization appears in a film made using some of the most cutting-edge moviemaking technology ever devised by man. »
- Matt Singer
This year was a pretty good year for Scifi films and despite some disappointments I must admit that 2009 was a pretty good year for scifi film fans young and old with a nice mix of films to suit all tastes.
Two films that did not make my list because they did not play anywhere near me were The Road and Moon. Both films looked truly fantastic and were high on my list to watch but alas the distributors released the film very poorly so only the critics and a select group of film fans got to see both films. I am sure that they both would have made my top list if I had a chance to see them.
So with that said and done here are the 10 Best Scifi Films of 2009 as I see it.
I think James Cameron best described Terminator Salvation when he said that it was good, but it lacked a certain Je ne sais quoi. It didn’t reinvent the mythos, and it wasn’t that special in any way, unlike the first two Terminator movies. However despite poor Us box office takings and negative-mixed reviews it did [...] »
James Cameron's space opera might just see less human stars on the big screen but an actorless age is a whole world away
In the 2002 science fiction tale S1m0ne, disillusioned director Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) uses a computer program to create an apparently perfect female actor who goes on to win an Oscar. It's a last ditch attempt to salvage the film-maker's new movie after his flesh-and-blood star walks out on him. But S1m0ne is so strikingly realistic the public comes to believe she is an actual human being, causing Taransky difficulties when the press want to interview her.
The idea of entirely removing the actor from the film-making process is not one that has really taken root in Hollywood, though it represents an attractive prospect for currently cash-strapped studios. Were it possible to shoot photo-real footage using just a voiceover artiste to provide dialogue, film-makers could potentially save millions. »
- Ben Child
Spoilers Ahead for Avatar.
Really. Like, right up front.
The only logical path for James Cameron to travel with his Avatar universe is a sequel that either involves Pandora and the culture of the Na’vi with newly transformed Jake Sully in a sort of adventurous exploration of that world, or instead a larger conflict with the human militia.
Unsurprisingly, it seems that Cameron, who is a fiend for developing the science behind his pictures, is more fond of making a sequel that will allow him to explore the ecosystem of Pandora even more. A few quotes from the director:
“We have some story ideas about how to branch out into other moons of Polyphemus and the Alpha Centauri A (Aca) solar system.”
What about Earth? How about we show Neytiri what Jake’s destroyed planet really looks like?
“Actually, when I pitched this to 20th Century Fox four-and-a-half years ago, »
- John Cooper
Expensive three-dimensional technology seems to be paying off for James Cameron’s Avatar, which topped a competitive Christmas weekend and is wowing audiences worldwide. This naturally has Hollywood types looking through dollar sign pupils at their upcoming releases and stroking their beards at how to replicate that success.
Though Avatar was shot in 3D from the beginning, an increasing number of executives are seeing the benefit of spending the extra $8 million for at least a post-production conversion to three dimensions. It’s not just in the premium pricing either. In a time when theaters are under siege from piracy and the possibility of on-demand, as well as a struggling DVD market, there’s value in luring audiences back to stadium seating and sticky floors.
TheWrap.com’s Sharon Waxman wrote a great article about the 3D mania sweeping the town, naming a few titles that may be getting the new experience. »
- Jeff Leins
James Cameron is the “King of the World”. The Terminator has yet another Titanic hit on his hands with Avatar. The fantasy adventure epic has banked another $76 million for a magic $217 million total.
The Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel brought in another $50 million for a $84 million total. It looks like a third installment will be on the way.
Meryl Streep shows that she can still open a movie with It’s Complicated. The comedy had a $23 million opening. Never underestimate the power of Streep.
- Niall Browne
It’s been a great year for the British film industry. It kicked off with the British invasion of the Oscars, with notable wins for Kate Winslet, and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. The huge amount of British Actors plying their trade successfully in Hollywood continued to grow, with Scot Gerard Butler particularly in demand with parts in Gamer, The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen.
British filmmakers have been responsible for some of the more interesting films this year. Duncan Jone’s Moon was a brilliant yet under appreciated sci-fi drama. Fish Tank and Harry Brown lead the way for low budget drama. Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus finally found a distributor. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince became the highest grossing British movie of all time.
British film festivals Raindance and the BFI London Film Festival saw record attendances, and showcased some great films from home, »
- Barry Steele
Following the success of our Thanksgiving Movie Guide, Marco has put together another new movie guide for Christmas. So here it is, our very first Christmas Weekend Movie Guide. Marco has seen almost everything out there, and while you may not always agree with him, he provides the best review he can to make it just a little bit easier for you to choose a movie. We've included 10 films in this guide, and if there's one that's missing, it's probably in our Thanksgiving Guide, since some of those movies are still playing in theaters today. If you're struggling to figure out what to see this weekend, then look no further. Read on! This is an alphabetized list containing 10 films that, as of today, are playing in most theaters nationwide. Avatar Marco's Rating: B Directed by: James Cameron (Terminator, Aliens, Titanic) Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver Rated: PG-13 Length: »
- Marco Cerritos
Five years after his now legendary performance as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, Dolph Lundgren was enjoying considerable success having starred in a trio of films that include Red Scorpion, (the original) The Punisher and as popular toy figure He-Man in Masters of the Universe. The films ranged from okay to just plain awful, but Lundgren had an onscreen presence that was more than just his six foot five frame. The guy had personality and for a native of Stockholm, Sweden, he could easily adopt an American accent. The nineties saw Lundgren in a string of action films that included Showdown in Little Tokyo with the late Brandon Lee, Universal Soldier with Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Keanu Reeves vehicle Johnny Mnemonic which to this day remains Ludgren's last film that had an American theatrical release. By the close of the decade Lundgren's films were only released straight to video sin the U. »
I’ll be up front with you: the list you’re about to read wasn’t what I had in store for you. As I sat at my desk and prepared to crank out what would be another top ten list of 2009, I realized that I was utterly ill-equipped to do so. As many great films as I witnessed this year, I missed just as many that I’m sure I’d enjoy: A Serious Man. The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Hurt Locker. The Brothers Bloom.
I know. Just thinking about it makes me sick. But I saw enough to be confident in saying that 2009 was an extremely good year for movies — from blockbusters to indie pictures, we’ve witnessed some great films and surprising debuts from unique filmmakers.
What follows isn’t a list of the “best” films of 2009, but instead is a list of the most surprising, excellent »
- John Cooper
"...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." ~ Shakespeare, MacBeth, Act V, Scene V James Cameron made two films that are high on my list of favorites: Terminator 2 and Aliens -- not least because powerful women are central to the stories (even though he gave them the most conservative and clichéd motivation for heroism: maternal protectiveness). He was a taut, visually inventive storyteller once. But all his films after The Abyss increasingly resemble the Hindenburg: bloated, self-indulgent, lacking originality and subtlety in all but F/X. The latest iteration, Avatar, is the culmination of these traits and a poster boy of the industry's tendency to let CGI spectacle be the sole concern. A quarter of a billion dollars went into the film, the Gnp of a small country, yet they couldn't pay a decent Sf writer a paltry sum to »
- Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.
With the expected success of James Cameron’s Avatar, a 3-Dimensional craze has begun to sweep Hollywood according to Waxword columnist Sharon Waxman over at The Wrap. Although filming completed some time ago and despite a trailer already online, director Ridley Scott is apparently seeking approval from Universal executives to create a 3D version to his $200 million Robin Hood reimagining. A deal is currently in the works with Studio Canal-the studio that owns the rights to Cameron’s legendary “Terminator 2″-to fast track a screen-popping version of the film.
Hit the jump for more directors looking to send audience’s eyes into a frenzy.
In a move that surprises pretty much no one, George Lucas is pondering the possibility of a 3D version to Star Wars. Meanwhile, the director’s good buddy Steven Spielberg reportedly called Avatar the best film he’s ever seen, so don’t be surprised »
- Kevin Mahadeo
Earlier this month I reported that 2009 will be a “milestone year” for Hollywood, now that prediction has been confirmed, as 2009 ticket sales for America and Canada are projected to have crossed the $10 billion mark as of Tuesday, as reported by Reuters.
I won’t bore you to death with all the ins and outs about what made 2009 such a profitable year for the movie biz – if you want that info be sure to hop on over to our Summer 2009 box office report, and our record 2009 box office profits posts. In this post, we’ll look at the films that helped put the box office over the mark.
Have you heard of a little movie called Avatar? No? Well, it’s this little indie project that was whipped together by director James Cameron (Terminator, Titanic). With Avatar setting new records for a December opening, it’s no surprise that ticket sales »
- Kofi Outlaw
Last week we asked you what the best James Cameron movie is, and you guys responded with plenty of votes... the majority of them going to Terminator 2: Judgment Day! I think we all knew it was going to be a race between T2 and Aliens, but T2 won by a pretty large margin. Aliens was a distant second with 27% of the votes, followed by The Terminator and The Abyss. Surprisingly, Piranha 2 actually got more votes than True Lies, and unfortunately, not a single vote was cast for either of James Cameron's undersea documentaries. Come on, don't we have any lovers of sunken ships and strange fish out there? What do you think, should Avatar be higher on this list? 1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day -- 37.9% 2. Aliens -- 27.8% 3. The Terminator -- 8.1% 4. The Abyss -- 5.8% 5. Titanic -- 5.6% 5. Avatar -- 5.6% 7. Piranha 2 -- 3.7% 8. True Lies -- 3.5% 10. Ghosts of the Abyss -- 0% 10. Aliens of the Deep »
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