Terminator Genisys set visit

On July 11th 2014, I traveled to New Orleans to visit the set of Terminator Genisys, the fifth installment of the Terminator film franchise. My visit to the set of McG‘s Terminator Salvation four years prior couldn’t have been more different than my experience on the latest installment.

Salvation director McG had talked up Jonathan Nolan’s script (right on the heels of The Dark Knight‘s release). He showed us a ton of practical creations designed by Stan Winston’s Legacy Effects; we explored gritty lived in sets made out of dilapidated buildings in Albuquerque, saw a room of cool concept art, and we watched Christian Bale film a “should have been” iconic scene. But of course, it wasn’t a remembered moment — because the film was widely panned by critics and fans alike.

On the other hand, my visit to the Terminator Genisys set could not have been more the opposite: the sound stages were lined wall to wall with giant green screens, we saw no endoskeletons, and we saw no animatronic puppets. Instead we watched Arnold Schwarzenegger walk across the set for a “walk and talk” scene late in the film. Instead of a full on-assault to convince us this was going to be cool, we were met with a low-key, more confident and assured presentation from everyone involved.

We know how Terminator Salvation turned out; will this be any different? I’ll be completely honest, I was way more impressed with what I saw on the set of Terminator Salvation, but that might be because the crew of Terminator Genisys seemed much more guarded — their plan not only involved this film, but a trilogy of movies. Despite being very cagey with details, all of the people we talked to seemed much more confident this time around. What I can tell you is what I learned while on set. Read out Terminator Genisys set visit after the jump.

Read More »


Please Recommend /Film on Facebook

Suicide Squad comic

Warner Bros. put a bunch of Suicide Squad rumors to rest last month when they officially announced the cast. Since then, though, a bunch of other Suicide Squad rumors have sprung up.

The latest indicates that Karl Urban, Ed Harris, and Jason Clarke are also in the mix for various roles, while Gary Sinise‘s character (if indeed he is involved) might not be who you think it is. Plus, Margot Robbie talks about Brooklyn girl Harley Quinn. Get the latest Suicide Squad casting rumors after the jump. Read More »


Tom Hardy has never met an accent he didn’t like, whether it’s Bostonian in The Drop, Welsh in Locke, or whatever the hell he’s doing in The Dark Knight Rises. In his new movie Child 44, he gets to take midcentury Russian out for a spin.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the thriller follows police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy) in Soviet-era Russia. When he begins investigating a serial killer who targets young boys, he attracts the wrath of the state, which refuses to acknowledge the crimes at all.

Noomi Rapace plays Leo’s wife Raisa, Gary Oldman is General Mikhail Nesterov, and Joel Kinnaman is Leo’s rival. Jason ClarkePaddy Considine, and Vincent Cassel also star. Watch the Child 44 trailer after the jump. Read More »

Terminator Genisys Photos

This morning, Paramount Pictures released the first teaser trailer for Alan Taylor‘s Terminator GenisysYou can watch that trailer here, in case you haven’t seen it already. And for those of you who really want to take in all of the visuals revealed in the first Terminator Genisys trailer, we have compiled a batch of high resolution images from the film to let you take in all the goodness one image at a time, complete with an image by image analysis by me. I’ve also taken the time to compare some of the events in the new film side by side with moments in James Cameron‘s original The Terminator. Hit the jump to see the Terminator Genisys photos now.

Read More »

Terminator Genisys Trailer

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Alan Taylor‘s Terminator: Genisys, which acts as a reboot of the Terminator series, and a sequel to the existing films, and possibly the first film in a new trilogy. Watch the Terminator Genisys trailer embedded after the jump.

Read More »

Terminator Genisys cast

The two covers of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly feature our first official look at four of the stars of Terminator: Genisys. and one skeletal robot. “How to Save a Billion Dollar Franchise” blares the the copy in text only slightly smaller than the magazine’s title and the movie’s name. Well, here’s a hint on “saving a franchise”: don’t debut the characters in photos that look like they were taken at a mall during a festival for cosplayers on a budget. See the two covers below.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:


We’ve seen plenty of movies about Abraham Lincoln — including, most recently, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — but none quite like this. The Better Angels takes place long before all of the stuff Lincoln got famous for, focusing instead on his childhood in the Indiana wilderness.

Jason Clarke and Brit Marling play the parents of the future U.S. president (played as a kid by Braydon Denney), and Diane Kruger another maternal figure. It looks a bit like Tree of Life if it were shot in black and white, and Hunter McCracken grew up to be Abraham Lincoln instead of Sean Penn. No surprise, then, that director A.J. Edwards is a Terrence Malick protégé and Malick himself produced the film.

Hit the jump to watch the first full The Better Angels trailer. Read More »

Better Angels trailer

The Better Angels is a “young Abraham Lincoln” story seen through the eye of director Terrence Malick. Or, in actuality, seen through the eye of Malick’s associate A.J. Edwards, here making his directorial debut with a feature that employs Malick’s visual hallmarks. Braydon Denney plays young Abe, while Brit MarlingJason ClarkeDiane Kruger and Wes Bentley round out the cast to explore the story of the President’s formative years. See the new The Better Angels trailer below. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes skype

While you’re watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you won’t suspect anything unusual about the way the film was made. But some scenes were shot with actors performing their roles more than 1,000 miles away from each other while director Matt Reeves directed over Skype, from 6,328 miles away. Reeves reveals to me that he directed sequences using Skype video conferencing with Andy Serkis performing Caesar in his performance capture studio in London while Jason Clarke interacted with the ape from a hotel room in Rome. Find out more about the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes skype filming, after the jump.

Read More »