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[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
Directed by James Cameron
In 1984, James Cameron released his sci-fi thriller The Terminator: the story of a killer cyborg sent from the future, and programmed to kill the mother of a future rebel chief. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the automated hit man roaming around present-day Los Angeles to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Her only hope is the guerrilla fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) who has followed the killer machine back through time in order to protect her. Terminator has long staked its claim as a classic for the ages (The Library of Congress even added it to its National Film Registry in 2008) and three decades later, Termiantor is still the best film James Cameron has directed, a resourceful low-budget thriller that recalls the canny exploitation work of George Miller and John Carpenter. While the film made a considerable profit for Orion Pictures, »
“To be continued…” That’s what many early audiences of “Back to the Future” wanted: More adventures through time with Doc Brown and Marty McFly. But when “Back to the Future” hit theaters on July 3, 1985, the final shot of the flying DeLorean leaping into the future was meant to be a joke. Writer-director Robert Zemeckis and writer-producer Bob Gale didn’t intend to make a sequel. (And the “To be continued…” title card didn’t appear in the film until the May 1986 VHS/Beta release.) Soon after “Back to the Future” became an unstoppable blockbuster, the folks at Universal Pictures started talking about making a sequel. Once Bob and Bob were on board, the two screenwriters began chatting about ideas. HitFix has your exclusive look at two pages of notes Gale wrote after he and Zemeckis had started talking about a sequel. Dated April 1, 1986, they’re Gale’s oldest notes about the sequel, »
- Emily Rome
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Four Australians and three Kiwis have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.
The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizards Tim Crosbie and Daniel Barrett, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham, sound mixers David Lee and Jason Canovas and writer-director Niki Caro.
Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization..
This year Crosbie was nominated for an »
- Don Groves
There is an alarming trend in remakes/reboots that has sprouted up over the past few years, that I first noticed with a pair of 2013 releases, Carrie and Oldboy. Instead of finding any sort of new angle into the story, they were both, essentially, shot-for-shot remakes of the original, but with a shiny new cast for the 21st Century to latch on to. With that being said, Terminator Genisys doesn't qualify as such, since it does have a few new things to offer, but it's still crafted in a way that doesn't pay homage to the movies that come before it, but becomes a slave to them, bombarding us with beat upon familiar beat that is probably supposed to evoke fond memories from the originals, but instead dilutes and complicates any semblance of originality.
I found it somewhat sketchy to see Paramount roll out a recent Terminator Genisys TV spot »
People can’t seem to get enough of Jurassic World as the Universal phenomenon stayed at number one for the third straight week at the North American box office. The movie held off a strong second weekend session for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out and a solid opening for Ted 2, which landed in third place.
Jurassic World became only the fifth film ever to cross the half billion-dollar mark in North America alone this weekend thanks to a $54.5 million haul from 4,198 screens. Off 49%, the film has earned $500.3 million to date and is still on target to finish past $625 million if not more. That would push the dino sequel past The Avengers on the all-time domestic list and land it right behind Titanic and Avatar.
Foreign numbers currently stand at $737 million and will undoubtedly get a huge boost when the movie hits Japan in early August. When all is said and done, »
Naturally, 2014 box office runaway train "Lucy," from director Luc Besson, has a sequel in development. Besson's wildly entertaining Scarlett Johansson vehicle grossed over $450 million worldwide including $126 million stateside, making the cult Euro auteur attractive to Us studios. (While "Lucy" was released stateside by Universal, production took place entirely abroad.) Allocine has the story here. EuropaCorp trumpeted the news of a "Lucy" sequel at the recent CineEurope film expo held in Spain. The company also unveiled plans for a sequel to "Colombiana," the 2011 Besson-scripted crime thriller starring Zoe Saldana as a scorned assassin. Directed by Olivier Megaton and released in the Us by Sony, the film flopped here and overseas. But the franchise could work with Saldana, boosted by "Avatar" and "Star Trek" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," on board; a "Lucy" franchise, meanwhile, would lean heavily on »
- Ryan Lattanzio
• $33m Us debut for R-rated sequel fails to spur on would-be franchise
• Early records hint at Minions’ $1bn potential
• Jurassic World looks set for bronze-medal finish on the all-time list
So Jurassic World has bite – breaking all debut-weekend records – and pace – grossing $1bn faster than any other film. Now its stamina will be put to the test. It’s already taken $1.24bn, standing it eighth on the all-time list. But this weekend, its third, saw signs that the blockbuster is, if not flagging exactly, then starting to fall short of the kind of showing needed to make king of the box office James Cameron break into a sweat. After unprecedented Us weekends, $54.2m was – the shame! – just the third highest third weekend ever. Which means, with a second successive 49% drop, it is performing more like No 3 all-time film The Avengers (second weekend, -50.3%; 3rd, -46%), rather than the exceptional holds »
- Phil Hoad
Audiences still showed up for dinosaurs in droves, delivering a third-week win for Jurassic World. With an estimated $54 million, the film is now the fastest film to earn $500 million domestically and likely to do much better as time goes on. However, though it now sits as the fifth highest earning domestic release of all time, it still has to rely on longevity if it seeks to best the one-two punch of James Cameron and his Avatar and Titanic. Audiences have been very kind to Pixar as well, as Inside Out held onto second place with an estimated $52.1 million and is close to earning $200 million domestically, a task it should handily accomplish by next weekend. However, despite the success of the original film, the world may not have been waiting for Ted 2, which ended up in third place with an estimated $33 million.
While Ted 2 may be suffering financial woes with its rough start, »
- Seth Paul
ScreenCrush critic Matt Singer this week came up against one of the most common attacks against film criticism after sharing his thoughts on Jurassic World: “Stop thinking so much! It’s a movie. Just turn off your brain and enjoy it.” Any critic who loves movies and wants movies to be enjoyable knows how frustrating this sentiment is from their readers. On our 13th episode of Sos This Week, we explain why thinking about a movie and enjoying it inherently go hand in hand, even for big, loud, dumb blockbusters.
Marvel sets Tom Holland as next Spider-Man, Jon Watts to direct solo film Filmmaker Marc Forster to make Stanley Kubrick’s The Downslope into a trilogy Titanic and Avatar composer James Horner dead after plane crash Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are just friends in Sleeping With Other People trailer
Main Story: Stop Telling Me To Turn »
- Brian Welk
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Say what you will about Luc Besson, but the guy knows how to craft a kick-ass action heroine. At CineEurope 2015, his production house EuropaCorp unveiled a packed slate of upcoming films, and included in the roster were a pair of sequels to two of Besson’s most successful female-driven action-thrillers: Lucy and Colombiana. That’s right – despite Scarlett Johansson’s psychokinetic badass ascending past human form at the end of Lucy, and Zoe Saldana’s revenge-minded assassin slaying the man responsible for her parents’ murders, both characters are gearing up for more carnage-heavy adventures.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Besson is interested in Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 – both films were solid performers at the box office (especially Lucy) and starred actresses who are becoming more bankable by the week – Johansson is a proven draw for audiences with Marvel fans in her pocket, while Saldana recently led Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Isaac Feldberg
For the early part of last year, most fans saw Guardians of the Galaxy as a giant gamble for Marvel. It was a sprawling space epic with little known characters and a director mostly beloved for his cool, hip cult movies such as The Specials, Slither and Super. But Marvel and Disney knew they had a hit earlier on, announcing a sequel at last year's Comic-Con before the movie even opened, confirming a May 5, 2017 release date. Thing is, they had no idea just how big of a blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy would prove to be, or how prophetic that news was. Guardians of the Galaxy turned Chris Pratt into one of the biggest stars in the galaxy. And it excelled at giving us a group of characters who all 'stole' the show. Now, more than possibly any other Marvel movie planned to hit over the next five years, »
Using bolt-cutters to break open a chain rather than the traditional ribbon, Diesel said: "This one's for you Pablo."
The "adrenaline-pumping" ride takes fans on a simulated car chase with the help of 3D glasses and 360-degree screens, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Diesel said of the ride: "I know when we were making it, it felt like we were creating something that I had never experienced. We employed all kinds of incredible technology."
Walker's daughter Meadow paid tribute to her father to mark Father's Day over the weekend, by posting a picture of him cuddling her as a baby.
Fast & Furious 7 is now the third-highest »
It's great to see people are going to the movies this year, all around the world. And it's interesting to see what they're favoring, both here and abroad. One of the big stories this month has been Jurassic World taking the crown as having the best domestic opening of all time. The movie it replaced is The Avengers. Now another movie has moved the same superhero movie from another of its spots, this time on the global charts. According to tracking at Box Office Mojo, Furious 7 is now parked in the space for the third highest-grossing movie in the world. The seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise is the biggest title not directed by James Cameron, as the top two spots remain dominated by Avatar and Titanic, both of which seem to be safe from...
- Christopher Campbell
Two-time Oscar winner James Horner, whose emotive scores for modern classics including Titanic and Braveheart cemented him as one of Hollywood’s most adored composers, died in a California plane crash Monday, his agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, has confirmed. The Los Angeles native was 61.
A beloved figure in the entertainment industry, Horner was perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 film Titanic, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. The James Cameron-directed romance led to two Oscar wins for Horner – one for original dramatic score, and the other for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings and performer Celine Dion) for “My Heart Will Go On.” His score sold 27 million copies worldwide, becoming a financial phenomenon in the composing world.
Horner is believed to have been flying a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when the vehicle crashed in a remote area approximately 60 miles from Santa Barbara, killing the pilot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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