The co-director of Sausage Party has signed on to reboot The Toxic Avenger. No, I’m not talking about Seth Rogen or Evan Goldberg, but Conrad Vernon, who co-directed the R-rated animated film alongside Greg Tiernan (its a common misconception that Goldberg and Rogen directed the film, as they co-wrote the screenplay and produced).
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There are many reasons why the original Predator is an all-timer, but chief among them is its cast of human characters. For most of its first act, the alien hunter remains hidden and we watch as Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Dutch and his team of soldiers are firmly established as unstoppable, untouchable, and entirely believable killing machines. Only then, once they have been showcased as a group of guys who cannot be beat, does the creature begun to pick them off with stunning ease. The result is jarring but shocking – this thing is powerful and smart enough to kill these guys?
When the credits roll (and spoiler alert for a thirty-year old movie), Schwarzenegger is the last man standing, but he’s taken one hell of a beating. Then Predator 2 moved on to a new location with new characters. And then we all had a fever dream where two Alien vs. Predator movies happened. And then Predators took us to another new location with another new set of characters. Will Shane Black‘s upcoming The Predator finally bring Dutch back into the fold? Maybe. Maybe not. But if so, we now know that he won’t be the main character.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
In between his attempts to revive his signature action franchises, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been flexing his dramatic muscles. First he played the grieving father of a zombie in Maggie, then he signed on for the Darren Aronofsky-produced revenge drama 478. But now he’s veering in the complete opposite direction, joining a promising new project involving some fantastic comedy stars.
Schwarzenegger will play a hitman who becomes the target in Why We’re Killing Gunther, the directorial debut of Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam. Also starring will be Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Randall Park (The Interview). Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Terminator Genisys was supposed to launch a whole new era for the series. It was planned as the first in a trilogy, with an additional TV series planned somewhere down the line. Instead, it underperformed at the box office, got panned by critics, and generally disappointed fans. It wasn’t too surprising, then, when word got out a few weeks later that the future of the franchise could be in jeopardy.
But much like the Terminator himself, the Terminator series isn’t easily stopped. In a recent interview, star Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested a sixth Terminator film could still be coming. Read More »
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It’s no secret that Terminator Genisys wasn’t the movie that most of the franchise’s fans were hoping for and it certainly wasn’t the box office hit that Paramount Pictures hoped that it would be. The previously planned sequels were put on indefinite hold, supposedly so a readjustment could be made to the future of the film series, but then any follow-up was seemingly canceled back in January. It’s certainly a bummer that we won’t see the franchise continue, but that’s what happens when the studio makes a mediocre movie.
However, there was some decent work done on the movie in the visual effects department, especially when it comes to recreating a younger version of Arnold Schwarzenegger to fight the aged Terminator who has been taking care of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) in this wholly confusing alternate timeline. A new Terminator Genisys visual effects breakdown has just debuted online, showing how much work went into the sequel. Read More »
We’re less than two years away from Shane Black‘s The Predator. The writer and director of The Nice Guys co-starred in the original John McTiernan film, partially because McTiernan and producer Joel Silver wanted a writer on the set. Now, Black is making his own Predator picture, titled The Predator, which Arnold Schwarzenegger could possibly appear in.
Read Schwarzenegger’s comments below.
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Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
And just like that, the Terminator franchise may be finally, officially dead. For now.
Following poor box office, turgid reviews, and an audience response that amounted to little more than a shrug, Paramount has pulled the planned sequel to Terminator Genisys off its calendar. In its place is the upcoming Baywatch movie, which should allow you fully appreciate just how little faith the studio has in this once-mighty franchise. There is only one possible direction for this series to go next: a full-on remake in 2030 or so. It truly feels like all other options have been exhausted.
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It’s no secret that Terminator Genisys wasn’t the hit that Paramount Pictures hoped it would be this past summer. The film only pulled in just under $90 million at the domestic box office, and while it raked in a surprising additional $350 million in international box office receipts (with the movie opening huge in China), it’s not enough to keep the studio from rethinking the future of the franchise.
But it’s not just the financial return that’s a problem, because the movie has a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the worst rated movie in the Terminator franchise. And so, that makes the Terminator Genisys Honest Trailer quite the hilarious roast of this unnecessarily complex and unwanted sequel. Read More »
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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan) and action superstar/former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are two names I never expected to share a movie project together. But the movie 478 seems to be moving forward with the project closing 19 international territories at the American Film Market.
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It’s no secret that a lot of Hollywood blockbusters use a significant amount of visual effects to bring certain sequences to life on the big screen. And in addition to making fantastical scenarios look as real as possible, visual effects are also used for more subtle things such as set extension. In the case of Terminator Genisys, a heavy dose of both were used as evidenced in this behind the scenes featurette from the climax of the sci-fi sequel.
Watch the Terminator Genisys visual effects featurette below, but beware of spoilers! Read More »