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★★☆☆☆ It's a problem that has plagued more than one studio in the past 24 years: how to continue the Terminator franchise after James Cameron's brace of sci-fi landmarks. So far, every attempt has, to some degree, been a failure - two films, Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines (2003) and Terminator Salvation (2009) were rejected by critics and public alike, while TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' cult status could not save it from cancellation after two seasons.
- CineVue UK
We here at Cinema Blend like to answer the tough questions that keep the message boards active at night. With Terminator Genisys dropping early on Digital HD, ahead of its home video release, we got to thinking about one question that's been bugging us throughout the entire series: why does the T-800 sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger? As you'll see in the clip below, the answer was almost revealed in a previous film: it makes him sound more bad-ass than the alternative. Thanks to some digging, as well as a quick Reddit consultation, we were reminded of a deleted scene that was a part of the special features on the Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines DVD. In the scene above, we learn that Sgt. Candy is the muscular bad ass that the T-800 gets its intimidating looks from, while his voice comes from one of the suits in the room »
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- 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
After enjoying monumental success with this summer’s Fast & Furious 7 ($1.51 billion so far), Vin Diesel looks like he might be stepping back into another old familiar with word from his official Instagram that xXx 3 is on the horizon.
xXx 3 has long been touted as a potential future vehicle for Diesel, moreso after he ressurrected Riddick in 2013. Set to be entitled xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, it looks like the third installmenet will go before the cameras this Christmas, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines writer Michael Ferris and John Brancato working on the most recent version of the script. No director is yet attached.
xXx, directed by The Fast & The Furious‘ Rob Cohen, was released in 2002 and grossed over $277 million worldwide from a $70million budget; the sequel, xXx: State of the Union, which starred Ice Cube, replacing Diesel as the “new” XXX, grossed $71 million worldwide with Lee Tamahori »
- Scott J. Davis
xXx3 is said to be set to start filming in December. xXx3: Vin Diesel reveals that the revival of his other action franchise will kick off shooting in December.
Action star Vin Diesel has announced to the world via his Instagram account that xXx 3 will start shooting in the Phillipines in December.
The film will be the second sequel to xXx, which was released back in 2002, and the Diesel-less sequel xXx: State Of The Union (aka xXx2: The Next Level in the UK), which hit screens with Ice Cube starring in 2005. The new movie, which is rumoured to be titled xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, and will hit cinemas in 2017.
Both of the previous films starred Samuel L. Jackson as Agent Gibbons, an Nsa chief who recruits Xander “XXX” Cage, notorious for his death-defying public stunts, to become a different kind of undercover agent. Asia Argento and »
- Paul Heath
It's official: Vin Diesel will return as Xander Cage in, um, xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage.
Last seen playing the extreme sports super spy - which is definitely a thing, by the way - back in 2002, this is the latest in an increasingly long line of Diesel-powered franchises.
While I was filming XXX, guys on set called me Air Diesel... The time to return has come. Filming starts December in the Philippines. #ILiveForThisShit
A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Aug 23, 2015 at 1:36pm Pdt
Announcing the news on his Instagram page, Diesel said: "The time to return has come. Filming starts December in the Philippines. #ILiveForThisShit"
Previously, he didn't live for this shit, with the second movie in the series, 2005's xXx: State of the Union, helmed by Ice Cube and proving to be a critical disaster.
Diesel's return to one of his earlier works comes »
Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.
Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:
Films used (in alphabetical order)
1. Automata (2014)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
4. Alien (1979)
5. Aliens (1986)
6. Bicentennial Man (1999)
7. Big Hero 6 (2014)
8. Blade Runner »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Terminator: Genisys has taken a lot of heat from movie fans since its release late last week – but is it really deserved?
Regardless of criticism, the fifth film in the storied Terminator franchise is still the third best movie in the series to date. And while that might be setting the bar low considering how disappointing Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation were, it’s still something to consider.
Something else to consider is that fans tend to view the series through rose tinted glasses; if you go back and watch The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day today, they’re certainly not the greatest films of all time, or even close to it. They’re fun action movies, not untouchable pinnacles of the craft.
What they are, frankly, is smart action films with a sci-fi twist and a decent handling of time travel, a »
- Jay Anderson
We discussed at length yesterday, Not All Sequels Are Created Equal & Not Every Hit Movie Deserves To Be A Franchise, but as we know, Hollywood is always looking for new ways to put a fresh spin on ideas that might seem completely worn out. This past week, "Terminator Genisys" flopped into cinemas, with even the director admitting the internal logic of the timeline warping reboot of sorts, wasn't easy to follow. However, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been stumping hard for the sequel, dismissing "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines" and especially "Terminator Salvation," with the narrative being that 'Genisys' is the true followup to "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." And while the quality of 'Genisys' is certainly debateable, Arnie is quite aware of the pitfalls of followups. Taking part in a Reddit Q&A following a screening of 'Genisys,' the actor was asked about the brewing "Predator" reboot that Shane Black will write and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before we get to the newcomers over this Fourth of July box office weekend, we must acknowledge the holdovers. It was a tight race between Jurassic World and Pixar's Inside Out, but in the end the animated family-feature narrowly edged out the genetically modified dinosaurs for the top spot. With $29.7 million, Inside Out bested Jurassic World by just over $500,000, stealing what would have been a fourth weekend at #1 and what would have been Universal's second film of the year to repeat at #1 four times in a row after Furious 7. Winning four weekends in a row isn't an easy feat, doing it twice in one year is even more impressive considering the last time it happened was 2012 when The Hunger Games pulled the fourpeat and, before that, it was The Dark Knight in 2008. Jurassic World is now at $556.5 million domestically and it's just a matter of time before it bests »
- Brad Brevet
For the fourth weekend in a row, Universal's box office juggernaut Jurassic World has taken the top spot at the box office with an estimated $30.9 million. Jurassic World has currently taken in $558.1 million domestically and $826.9 million internationally for a global take of $1.3 billion after just four weeks in theaters. The movie is currently the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time domestically, behind Marvel's The Avengers' $623.3 million, and fifth highest-grossing movie globally, behind Furious 7's $1.5 billion take.
Inside Out finished in second place for the third weekend in a row, taking in $30.1 million. The Pixar movie has taken in $246.1 million domestically and $363.4 million worldwide in its three weeks in release. Coming in third place is the new release Terminator Genisys, which took in $28.7 million over the three-day weekend, and $44.7 million since its release on Wednesday, July 1. The movie suffered from a rash of negative movie reviews, amassing just a 27% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, »
Americans apparently had better things to do this Fourth of July weekend than watch Arnold Schwarzenegger fight himself: Terminator Genisys, which has received pretty dour reviews, had a disappointing five-day weekend, pulling in $28.7 million domestic, and a bit more than $44 million worldwide, coming in third at the box office. Despite James Cameron’s unrepentant praise for the film, over five days the movie still failed to beat Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’s three-day gross. Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day made a killing in 1991, breaking the five-day record and becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Rise of the Machines remains one of the 20 highest-grossing R-rated films worldwide.Jurassic World, meanwhile, made more money on top of its already ginormous amount of money, devouring another $43.8 million. With a $558.1 million domestic haul so far, it’s the highest-grossing film of the year, and one of the »
- Greg Cwik
Before we get to the newcomers over this Fourth of July box office weekend, we must acknowledge the four-time king, Jurassic World, the second film this year to top the weekend four times in a row. Even happier news for Universal Pictures is the other film to do so was also one of theirs, Furious 7, which topped the box office over the course of the entire month of April. Winning four weekends in a row isn't an easy feat, doing it twice in one year is even more impressive considering the last time it happened was 2012 when The Hunger Games pulled the fourpeat and, before that, it was The Dark Knight in 2008. Jurassic World managed the top spot by narrowly edging out Inside Out by a mere $800,000 so this might not be over yet as the dinos pulled in $30.9 million compared to Pixar's $30.1 million. Now we wait and see »
- Brad Brevet
Billed as a return to the spirit of James Cameron’s original films, this reboot lacks smartness and wit
Marginally better than Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines or Terminator: Salvation but still light years short of either The Terminator or Terminator 2: Judgment Day, this utterly unnecessary (if occasionally entertaining) fifth instalment takes us back to 1984, where history is being rewritten once again. Revisiting the events of James Cameron’s original movie(s), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent spinning through time to protect mother-of-the-revolution Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from termination by a T-800 killing machine. But the past isn’t what it used to be – Sarah is no longer a waitress but already a warrior, Kyle is behind the times when it comes to foreseeing the future, and Arnie’s iconic cyborg winds up locked in battle with his ageing self who is (he tells us repeatedly) “old, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Jurassic World and Inside Out are still grappling for 1st place over the three-day Fourth of July frame, with World just slightly ahead, estimating $30.9M to Inside's $30.1M. If World prevails it will be the dino-flick's fourth three-day weekend at #1. What Universal does appear to be conceding, however, with a "you can have it" air, is that the Disney/Pixar film is likely the winner of the five-day Fourth of July frame. Though it's still a tight race Disney is claiming victory for the full holiday domestic frame with Inside Out making $45.3M (4,158 venues) to Jurassic World's $43.8M (3,737 venues). Universal is also reporting that Jurassic World will pass $550M in domestic grosses this weekend. Adding another milestone to its marble bag of records that's the fastest*in 24 days*any film has reached the $550M mark. World added $42M in overseas coin, raising its international total to $826.9M. Combined with »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[Originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine] There is a scene 75 minutes into 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which James Cameron pinpoints the humanity amidst all the time travel, liquid metal and state-of-the-art special effects. Young John Connor (Edward Furlong) is bonding with the T-800 machine assigned to protect him (Arnold Schwarzenegger), by teaching him how to high five. The moment is designed to underscore the father/son dynamic between John and the Terminator, as well as provide a visual symbol of the hope for mankind – that we are able to co-exist alongside technology. And, if we’re reading even more deeply, that we can still master it.
A great deal of Terminator 2’s running time is devoted to the connection between John and Schwarzenegger’s T-800. However, it’s telling that the most poignant shot – the one that says the most about their relationship – is from the perspective of John’s mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton »
- Patrick Bromley
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Terminator Genisys is now in theatres, and the franchise’s legion of fans are debating whether the wait for another entry in the once great series was worth it.
After all, the last two outings, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation were, by all accounts, very disappointing films. So, was a fifth instalment really necessary? And, more importantly, was there ever any chance that it was going to be as memorable as the original and its sequel?
Unfortunately for fans of all things Skynet, reviews are indicating that Terminator Genisys just isn’t up to par. Critics haven’t been too kind to the film so far, with our own Sam Woolf saying the following in his review:
It’s incredible that a film with this many explosions and this much CG mayhem can still be so dreadfully boring, but as with the Terminators themselves, »
- Matt Joseph
If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.
Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Revisit the entire Terminator franchise in 10 minutes, learn which superhero is the most toxic, and watch Paul Rudd fart his way through an Ant-Man interview. We even have Stephen Colbert taking over a Michigan cable access show, where he interviews Eminem. And Giant Robot Wars! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Press junkets can be tedious affairs, for both the press and talent involved, but mostly for the talent, who are forced to spend an entire day listening to, largely, the exact same questions over and over again. During the Ant-Man junket last weekend, Paul Rudd decided to "spice" things up »
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