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Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades. »
- Joe McGovern
For the second day of our Stan Winston Week celebration, I wanted to shine the spotlight on another monster movie that I’ve always enjoyed, but it never seemed to get as much love as I thought it should- George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan. It’s a movie that wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was endlessly entertaining all the same, featuring a top-notch ensemble and tons of wonderfully weird and creepy creature effects created by Winston and his team of artists.
Starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Amanda Pays, Hector Elizondo, Meg Foster, Michael Carmine and Lisa Eilbacher, Leviathan was released in theaters everywhere on March 17, 1989 and took a respectable second place for the weekend, right behind Chevy Chase’s Fletch Lives. It only stayed in theaters for a total of three weeks, but still managed to haul in over $15 million during that run, which »
- Heather Wixson
Steven Quale, a James Cameron protege whose credits grew from production assistant on The Abyss to, eventually, second unit director on Titianic, surprised a lot of audiences in 2011 with his solo directing debut, Final Destination 5. Now shockingly well regarded for what appeared on the surface to be just another attempt at a fading horror franchise, Final Destination 5 delivered an inspired take on the series beloved for both its stylish special effects gore and its wickedly clever twist ending. Now, with Into Storm hitting theaters August 8, Quale is getting ready to deliver his sophomore feature, a disaster thriller that trades in Final Destination's supernatural terror for true-science horror, imagining an all-out weather worst-case-scenario that hits a small town, unfolding over the course of less than a single day, primarily told through three intertwining stories. »
Scream! Factory is bringing the underwater cult classic Leviathan to Blu-ray for the first time on August 19. It was one of three big underwater films released during 1989; the other two were James Cameron's The Abyss, and Deep Star Six.
Leviathan stars Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Michael Carmine, Lisa Eilbacher and Hector Elizondo in the story of a deep sea mining team that stumbles upon a genetic experiment that has gone horrifically wrong. A storm rages above leaving no escape as one by one the crew becomes infected by the disease.
For its Blu-ray debut, Scream! Factory is packing the Leviathan Blu-ray with new interviews from actors Hector Elizondo, Ernie Hudson and creature effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., as well as the original theatrical trailer.
Leviathan on Blu-ray will be presented in 2.35:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. It can »
When you sign onto a film, obviously your hope is that it will be smooth sailing. You’ll get along with the cast, the director will be nice to you, you’ll be shooting in a tropical paradise, and you’ll generally have an awesome experience that you’ll spend the entirety of the press tour gushing about. Yeah. That would be nice. Unfortunately, as glamorous as the film industry can appear, this is pretty much a pipe dream. Sure, every once in a while you get lucky, but you can’t bank on that.
That’s why, a lot of times, you’ll see directors and actors working together over and over again. It’s that fear of the unknown — they’re just trying to minimize the chances of having a bad set experience. Because everyone who works in the movie industry has at least one personal »
- Audrey Fox
He’s been an astronaut, a figment of John Nash’s imagination, and even Jackson Pollock, but in his new movie Snowpiercer, Ed Harris plays Wilford, the man at the head of the train, making sure things run smoothly aboard his eternal machine. I caught up with Harris to talk about his new film, which hits theaters later this week, on June 27th. Together, we chatted about what drew him to the script, what it’s like working with Chris Evans, if and when Harris will be making a return to the director’s chair, and his advice for up-and-coming actors.
Could you talk about, in working with such an international crew, and especially the director, and the two other main characters are Korean, so what was like a big discovery for you?
Ed Harris: Well you know, the most interesting thing was the style of filming, you know? »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is known the world over for creating genuine movie magic. From his blockbuster splash Jaws in 1975 up until his 2012 biopic Lincoln, Spielberg is certainly a gifted filmmaker. Very few auteurs are still work today but Spielberg keeps banging out films that dazzle the senses and leave an everlasting impression on the viewer. However, some of Spielberg’s films haven’t achieved the recognition and respect they deserve. There are certain films that this movie master made that didn’t quite achieve a high status. One such film is 1991’s Hook, a fantasy adventure which didn’t really score well with critics but filled children of the 90s with joy, innocence, and wonder.
The film follows middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a bitter individual who has forgotten who he is. »
- Randall Unger
From 1914 to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in the present, Ryan charts the evolution of animated characters in live-action film...
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes chart the ascendance of a new, genetically-modified species of intelligent ape. Yet behind the scenes, these films also show us the technical evolution of digital effects, and how seamlessly live-action and computer-generated characters can be blended.
Where 20th Century Fox's earlier Planet Of The Apes films, beginning in 1968, used actors and prosthetic effects to bring their talking simians to life, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes used the latest developments in performance capture to create some extraordinarily realistic characters. With its story told largely from the perspective of a genetically-modified chimpanzee named Caesar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' success hinged on the quality of its effects »
Back in the early 90s, coming off the success of The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss and the blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgement Day, director James Cameron turned his attention towards the fledgling superhero genre and Marvel’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Ultimately, he would fail to get his Spider-Man movie off the ground, paving the way for Sony to acquire the rights and launch the first series of movies under Sam Raimi, and now during a Q&A at the L.A. Times Hero Complex Film Festival, Cameron has spoken briefly about his attempt to bring the wall-crawler to the screen:
“Spider-Man. Spider-Man was kind of going nowhere,” states Cameron (via Collider). “Canon — a very low budget film company back in the 80s — had had it briefly. Nobody had really done anything with it. Marvel characters in general weren’t being developed very well at that time. I got Carolco Pictures to buy Spider-Man. »
- Gary Collinson
The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!
Beneath Loch Ness has all the trappings of a Syfy original movie, though as far as I can tell that’s not how it came into existence. It has a plot built from half-assed homage and blatant rip-offs, obviously fake “location” settings, a Princess Bride synth score, and a list of B-movie has-beens longer than Nessie’s tail.
The framework here is basically a knock off of Jaws (of course it is), complete with a dopey local official who opposes preventing further deaths because it’s tourist season. The big difference is in this one, the incident that »
Who would you want to direct an action-packed journey around the human body? While I’m tempted to say David Cronenberg, the answer “James Cameron” is probably the more solid proposition and just as well, as his remake of 1966′s Fantastic Voyage has reportedly shifted a little further along the digestive tract with the news that David S. Goyer is on treatment duty.
The story concerns a team of scientists who are miniaturized onto a tiny submarine and despatched into the body of a defected Russian scientist to ensure his survival and obtain his secrets. Richard Fleischer’s original film featured the eclectic casting of Raquel Welch (One Million Years BC) and Donald Pleasence (Halloween) and had the distinction of being novelized by sci-fi master Isaac Asimov (I, Robot). An interesting parallel to Cameron, who hired respected author Orson Scott Card (Ender’S Game) to write up The Abyss back »
- Steve Palace
Feature Ryan Lambie 30 Apr 2014 - 06:27
Five years after James Cameron's Avatar appeared in cinemas, we look back at its hype, its critical backlash, and how it holds up today...
Before 1960, director Michael Powell was one of the UK’s most respected directors, with a string of acclaimed films to his name, among them A Matter Of Life Or Death, The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus. Then Powell made Peeping Tom, and the critical backlash ruined him.
An intimate character study of a serial killer made at a time when such things were entirely out of the ordinary in British cinema, Peeping Tom was savaged by UK film critics, and it took a full decade for Powell’s film to be reappraised; the likes of Martin Scorsese and Robert Ebert championed Peeping Tom, but their admiration arrived entirely too late to save Powell’s filmmaking career, which was never the »
If anyone were to look at an abandoned nuclear power plant and think, "We could totally film an underwater epic here," it would have to be James Cameron. In fact, when looking at the details of his extremely exhaustive shoot for his 1989 opus, The Abyss, it almost looks like the James Cameron we know today (good and bad) was forged mostly on that shoot. Even back then, his visions were so huge that they required feats of moving heaven and earth to be attained. It.s always fun to recall a time where directors tried to pull off as many effects with practical means as they could, and a recent find on the Internet helps put just what they were working with into perspective. The following images are pulled from a gallery that shows just what the location used in The Abyss looks like today, over twenty years after they »
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
Cinephilia & Beyond tweeted out the following gallery of images taking a look at the set, an abandoned nuclear power plant in South Carolina, of James Cameron's 1989 feature The Abyss 20 years after the film's release. So, yes, these images are five years old, but I had never seen them before and found them fascinating. I have still yet to see Cameron's director's cut of The Abyss, though I have meant to for several years now. I can hardly even remember the narrative of the movie it's been so long since I've seen it. Obviously, the memories that do remain, however, are the film's visuals and the breathing fluid. Oh, that breathing fluid. The Abyss turns 25 this coming August so expect to see a lot of features around that time. »
- Brad Brevet
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. »
Before Jean-Claude Van Damme had his breakout role in the martial-arts drama Bloodsport, the Muscles from Brussels was originally set to play the title character in Predator. At the time, the creature design was much different, with the actor spending a few days on the set running around in a red, lobster-esque suit, which we can now see thanks to The Monster Show, a web series put on by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. Steve Johnson, who worked on Predator and a number of iconic movies such as Ghostbusters and The Abyss, explained how unhappy Jean-Claude Van Damme was with the suit, how he thought he would be able to showcase his martial arts skills in this movie and much more, along with footage from his early days on the set, and images of the original costume design.
Of course, after the 5'9" Jean-Claude Van Damme left the project, »
Just gonna air a gripe here in the column for visibility’s sake: Dark Horse Comic’s app, for reading their comics digitally? It sucks. And I’m angry about it, but not just because it sucks. No, I’m angry because Comixology, which works wonderfully, is clearly the template for Dark Horse’s app. Dark Horse Comics apparently doesn’t care about convenience or, you know, being reasonable. They’d prefer to have their own app, one that sucks frankly, than participate in the Comixology ecosystem. It’s like… let’s say you’re a video game company and you’ve got some really great games, right? And there’s this huge, incredibly efficient, perfectly-organized distribution platform that would be perfect for your games and would put them right in the hands of gamers who desperately want to play them. But instead of actually using that delivery system, you Make Your Own. »
- Chris Melkus
My first real attempt at understanding the brilliance that was Stanley Kubrick came in my freshman year of college, when I wrote a research paper on 2001: A Space Odyssey for an English class. After all that work, I only received a B and found myself more confused than ever. But there it was – the spark that Stanley Kubrick’s work produces. Kubrick’s best films were experiences; it’s impossible to “half-watch” one of his many masterpieces. And that’s what the movies on this list do. They take you on an odyssey of visual wonder, psychological tremors, and expect you to do as much work as the people involved in the making of the films. Yet, in the end, Kubrick’s films didn’t feel like homework. They felt like vacations to a world where deep thought is a welcome respite.
20. The Thin Red Line (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick
What makes it Kubrickian? »
- Joshua Gaul
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