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He always said he'd be back, and even though it may have taken 12 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man true to his word. His seven-year stint as California's governor caused him to miss out on starring in Terminator Salvation, but he came back as the iconic T-800 in this summer's Terminator Genisys. As an added bonus, fans were treated to more than one Arnold this time around!
The story initially follows the same conceit as The Terminator, with John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), and safeguard the future. But an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future. »
27 years ago, The Beach Boys set two records when their song “Kokomo” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100. When the song peaked on the chart, it marked the longest gap between chart-toppers for a group (almost 22 years since 1966’s “Good Vibrations”) and the longest stretch of career No. 1s (dating back to The Beach Boys’ first, “I Get Around” over 24 years prior). “Kokomo” rose to popularity partly thanks to its presence on the soundtrack for Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail.” That place off the Florida Keys called Kokomo? It was fictional — at least at the time The Beach Boys recorded the song. But years later, a privately owned island in Montego Bay, Jamaica was named after the song. Now, though, that formerly named Kokomo Island is called Sandals Cay. Another fun fact: John Stamos is seen performing in the music video for “Kokomo” but Brian Wilson is not. Stamos, who has »
- Emily Rome
Movie sequels are meant to follow the law of diminishing returns, but the following fought that law - and won.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion, and if you personally think Babe: Pig in the City is better than the original - hint: it's not - do let us know in the comment box below.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
The best of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Undoubtedly. Quite why it's so great is hard to put a finger on, because there are so many reasons, from Heath Ledger's stunning turn as The Joker to that truck flip.
Endlessly rewatchable, this is a dark and complex crime film that brings the very best out of the superhero genre. Just don't talk about The Dark Knight Rises, okay?
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
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As all good sequels must learn, the key to success is delivering on the promise set forth by the original while also providing something fresh and improved. Just ask James Cameron, a master at the task, who injected action-packed life into both Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment Day without negating or watering down the mythology still relevant beneath those newfound popcorn blockbuster sensibilities. Neither The Lost World nor Jurassic Park III did it. They »
- TFS Staff
As plans for more Terminator films are shelved, we look at where the franchise should head next...
If the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to revive the Terminator franchise’s fortunes, then it’s fair to say that this year’s Terminator: Genisys fell short of expectations. While the fifth film in the series fared well in the Far East, Genisys’ sour reviews (not least our own) and lacklustre Us box-office clearly took their toll. Late last week, we heard that the once-planned trilogy of Terminator films - and a related TV series - were "on hold indefinitely.”
Appropriately for a franchise about time travel, it’s a case of history repeating itself. Only six years ago, Terminator: Salvation’s middling critical and financial reception left The Halcyon Company's plans for its own Terminator trilogy in limbo. The Terminator rights were put up for sale, Megan Ellison »
Next year serves as the twentieth anniversary of director Danny Boyle's breakout film "Trainspotting". For years there's been talk of a sequel, and now Boyle seems to finally have a timeframe in place.
In a new interview with Coming Soon today for the upcoming "Steve Jobs" film which he also directed, Boyle confirmed reports the other week that "Trainspotting 2" will be his next film. Now, he has dates set out:
"It's May and June next year we shoot and we've got a terrific script. We've got the four main actors all eager and willing to do it. I'm very happy because my only (concern) was that the script would be good for two of them and not so great for the other two, and they'd feel obliged to come back but they've all got good stuff, and it's a very interesting look at them again. Hopefully, we can get »
- Garth Franklin
Speaking to ComingSoon.net, Boyle said:
“It’s May and June next year we shoot and we’ve got a terrific script,”
“We’ve got the four main actors all eager and willing to do it. I’m very happy because my only (concern) was that the script would be good for two of them and not so great for the other two, and they’d feel obliged to come back, but they’ve all got good stuff, and it’s a very interesting look at them again. Hopefully, we can get it finished in time to release it in 2016 which is the 20th Anniversary year, so yes, we’re on it, and it’s looking good.”
So, obviously the four main actors weren’t specifically mentioned, »
- Paul Heath
Danny Boyle's new film, Steve Jobs, doesn't make it until the UK until November, although it begins its Us roll-out early next month. The film, which stars Michael Fassbender as the co-founder of Apple, is already attracting awards attention. Fassbender, for either Steve Jobs or Macbeth, is expected to be collecting a fair few gongs in the months ahead.
Trainspotting 2 will be the director's new film, as he suggested earlier in the year. And in a new interview with Coming Soon, Boyle has confirmed that "it's May and June next year we shoot and we've got a terrific script. We've got the four main actors all eager and willing to do it".
"I'm very happy", he added, noting that »
Next year marks the 20th Anniversary of director Danny Boyle's breakout hit Trainspotting, and if all goes according to plan, fans may be able to celebrate that beloved film with the release of Trainspotting 2. Danny Boyle revealed earlier this month that the sequel will in fact be his next film, but today, during a new interview, the filmmaker revealed that he plans to start production next summer, and that he plans to release the follow-up later that year. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below.
"It's May and June next year we shoot and we've got a terrific script. We've got the four main actors all eager and willing to do it. I'm very happy because my only (concern) was that the script would be good for two of them and not so great for the other two, and they'd feel obliged to come back but they've all got good stuff, »
Xander Berkeley has been cast in season six of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. Berkeley’s role in the series is currently unknown, but fans are speculating he will play a character based on Negan, a major antagonist from the graphic novels. Negan is the leader of a group known as the Saviors, who extort food and supplies from Rick and his group. Berkeley famously played counter terrorism leader George Mason on the Fox series “24” alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Dennis Haysbert. He also appeared in films like “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Taken. »
- Joe Otterson
The thrilling new chapter in the iconic franchise Terminator Genisys explodes onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 10, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives three weeks early on Digital HD October 20.
In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, The Divergent Series) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke, Everest) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”). However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.
- Michelle McCue
Paramount's reboot of the Terminator franchise brought back the classic characters earlier this Summer, and now they've announced when you'll be able to take Genisys home on blu-ray, along with all the special features coming with it.
If you missed out on Terminator Genisys in theaters this Summer, you'll get your chance to check it out (or watch it again) when it hits blu-ray on November 10th (or you can watch it early with the digital release on October 20th). Check out all the details below:
Called “one of the best action movies of the year” (Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee), the thrilling new chapter in the iconic franchise Terminator Genisys explodes onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 10, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives three weeks early on Digital HD October 20.
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.
When the superstar first stepped »
You can tell we’re getting close to Halloween as the month of September has a myriad of great films arriving on VOD platforms that should help get everyone in the ‘spirit’ for every horror fan’s favorite upcoming holiday. The highly anticipated horror comedy Cooties starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Leigh Whannell and Alison Pill is finally getting released on September 18th and Scream Factory is kicking off the month with a horror comedy too, the hilarious Bloodsucking Bastards, which arrives on VOD on September 4th.
On September 1st, The Curse of Downers Grove is coming to VOD courtesy of Anchor Bay and on the very same day, Dark Sky Films is releasing the psychological thriller Para Elisa as well. Other notable films hitting VOD in September include Hellions, Contracted Phase II, Some Kind of Hate and Run, Hide, Die.
Blood Moon (Uncork’d Entertainment/Jinga Films)- September »
- Heather Wixson
It may have stumbled at the North American box office with just $89.5 million, but Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ Terminator Genisys has pushed its worldwide gross to $409.5 million, topping the international box office for the second weekend in a row thanks to its continued strong performance in China.
This weekend saw Genisys adding a further $23.6 million from 25 markets, with $23.4 million of that coming from China, where it has so far earned $82.8 million since it debuted last Sunday and scored the fourth-biggest ever opening day for a Hollywood movie.
Before its opening in China, Genisys had been perceived as a box office flop, but is now closing in on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ $433.4 million gross, which would place it second behind Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($519.8 million) in terms of the franchise’s biggest earners.
Oh, and it’s also the tenth-biggest movie of 2015. So, how long until we get confirmation on a sequel? »
- Gary Collinson
A teenager’s Halloween night turns into a terrifying fight to survive when trick-or-treaters from Hell show up at her doorstep. After getting the unwelcome news that she’s pregnant, seventeen-year-old Dora (Chloe Rose) just wants to stay in on Halloween. But then a knock at the door delivers a gaggle of pint-sized demons after one thing: Dora’s baby. Director Bruce McDonald unleashes a hallucinatory visual and auditory assault that propels Hellions to increasingly disturbing realms of terror. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) co-stars.
- Gary Collinson
Just in time for the Halloween season, check out the trailer for Hellions.
Screening earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie will show in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
A teenager’s Halloween night turns into a terrifying fight to survive when trick-or-treaters from Hell show up at her doorstep.
After getting the unwelcome news that she’s pregnant, seventeen-year-old Dora (Chloe Rose) just wants to stay in on Halloween. But then a knock at the door delivers a gaggle of pint-sized demons after one thing: Dora’s baby.
Director Bruce McDonald (Zombie thriller Pontypool) unleashes a hallucinatory visual and auditory assault that propels Hellions to increasingly disturbing realms of terror. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) co-stars.
Hellions is Opening in Theaters, Digital and VOD Friday, September 18th
- Michelle McCue
We're slowly creeping into the fall season, with the last of the big budget summer tentpoles fading from the multiplex. Soon, it will be October, and that means it's time for some scary movies. Earlier today, we got a sneak peek at the The Witch, which looks terrifying. Now, we get the first trailer for Hellions, and it seems destined to become a Halloween classic!
In Hellions, a teenager's Halloween night turns into a terrifying fight to survive when trick-or-treaters from Hell show up at her doorstep. After getting the unwelcome news that she's pregnant, seventeen-year-old Dora (Chloe Rose) just wants to stay in on Halloween. But then a knock at the door delivers a gaggle of pint-sized demons after one thing: Dora's baby. Director Bruce McDonald unleashes a hallucinatory visual and auditory assault that propels Hellions to increasingly disturbing realms of terror. Robert Patrick co-stars.
Bruce McDonald is perhaps »
During a rare moment of quiet amid the glass-smashing, brain-bashing mayhem of “Hitman: Agent 47,” a character offers the wise observation that we are all a bit more complicated than our internal circuitry might suggest. Applying this logic to the movie itself, it’s fair to conclude that while Aleksander Bach’s directing debut is indeed the junky, incoherent shoot-’em-up we feared it might be, to dismiss it as just another late-August studio craptacular doesn’t quite do it justice. But what to call it, exactly? The 47th best action film of 2015? A feature-length Audi commercial, or a promo reel for the Singapore Tourism Board? The most unnecessary artistic contribution ever made by someone named Bach? Fox is surely hoping that “surprise box office hit” might be a plausible alternative, though the best one will likely be able to say on that front is that where disastrous franchise relaunches are concerned, »
- Justin Chang
Imagine you’re Detroit cop Alex Murphy. You’re an ordinary man in every respect: a loving husband and father with a home and a mortgage. But then you wake up one day and you aren’t Alex Murphy anymore. The hands you look down on are no longer your hands. Your memories have been replaced by directives.
The cinemagoers who made Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop a hit in 1987 probably weren’t expecting a film about the nature of human existence, and some may not have consciously noted its philosophical undercurrent at all. But it’s this existentialist edge that, when coupled with its searing violence and black humour, makes for such an irresistible sci-fi movie. »
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