What’s the best use for post-converted 3D? If you’re James Cameron, the answer is obvious: it should be applied to bring established classic films into the 21st century. The director is planning a 3D conversion of his mega-hit Titanic to be released in 2012, on the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Asked about the conversion he has a few things to say, and suggested that another one of his films could get the 3D treatment. Read More »

VOTD: Terminator 2: The Opera

In May, we posted a faux music video of Arnold Schwarzenegger performing “The Mountains of Mars” from “Total Recall: The Musical”. Jon and Al Kaplan have returned with a follow-up, Arnold Schwarzenegger laments his inability to kill in the aria “To Kill Someone Again” from Terminator 2: The Opera. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Do you remember those Little Golden Books? They were a staple from my childhood. Pixar Animation Story Artist Josh Cooley (Cars, Ratatouille, Up, George & AJ) is working on an awesome “Lil’ Inappropriate Golden Book” titled Movies R Fun.

Cooley has been working on this compilation of movie art for two years and will be publishing the collection in a book which will be available at Comic-Con this year and APE Expo San Francisco in November. And don’t worry, the books and prints will also be available on Cooley’s Blog. High quality, “classy” prints will also be available as well.

Illustrations reference film classics such as The Professional, Terminator 2, Godfather, Goodfellas, Apocalypse Now, Se7en, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Graduate, Terminator, Silence of the Lambs, and The Big Lebowski. Check out some of the art embedded after the jump.

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VW See Film Differently Ad

I admire Volkswagen for their support of independent film over the past decade. If you attend a regional or big time film festival, you’re likely to see them listed as a sponsor on the big screen before each film. In the past, we’ve featured some of their “See Film Differently” television spots which featured film fanatics sharing their vastly different interpretations of classic movies (if you haven’t seen those, check them out now). Last year we featured a series of “See Film Differently” ads directed by Seth Gordon, the filmmaker behind The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.

/Film reader James F recently sent over a couple of print ads that VW is running that “see films differently” by presenting them in police reports, Insurance Filings, and other forms. Check them out after the jump and try to figure out what movies each form represts.

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The annual Toy Fair takes place this week in New York City. Sadly, we are unable to attend. But thanks to the wonders of the internet… we’ve had a chance to browse most of the new toys and collectibles that premiered at the event. After the jump you will find a round up of some of the cooler or noteworthy items.

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VOTD: Skynet Symphonic, From the Creator of Upular


The remix artist Pogo continues to mess with sound and image, the better to make you shake your ass. (Even if you’re just sitting at a desk.) Last time Pogo did some wonderful work with Pixar’s Up to produce the bouncy Upular. Now he’s remixing sound and video from Terminator 2 to create Skynet Symphonic. It’s a tune with a decidedly harder edge (starting off a bit like something Front Line Assembly would once have done) though Edward Furlong’s doe eyes soften the effect here and there.

As Pogo says on the clip’s YouTube page:

Comprising nothing but small sounds recorded from the James Cameron masterpiece ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, ‘Skynet Symphonic’ is my tribute to one of the greatest action features of all time! Each section is composed entirely of sounds from a major scene in the film. For example, the Terminator pounding on the fire escape door is used as a kick drum. Bones breaking play the role of a snare. Electrical disturbance acts as a crash cymbal. Turn up your cones and enjoy!

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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley have some harsh words for Rob Marshall’s Nine, discuss the greatness of Terminator 2 on Blu-Ray, praise the works of David Cronenberg, and try to muster some excitement for Ridley Scott’s rendition of Robin Hood. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from The Totally Rad Show.

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We’ve heard rumors before that George Lucas is working up a 3D version of the original Star Wars films, and those rumors are back again. This time, though, they’ve brought some friends – new rumors of Terminator 2 getting dimensionalised, and a claim that Ridley Scott is “breathing down the neck of executives at Universal to get them to approve making a 3D version of his new $200 million epic, Robin Hood“.

Studio Canal owns the rights to Terminator 2 and it’s reportedly their plan to have a re-release in 3D. Is that good idea? Well, maybe. It all depends on two factors, I believe: how hungry the exhibitors are for 3D material, and how quickly home 3D systems are adopted. If there’s a 3D T2 but nowhere to screen it, because everybody is still ‘flat’ at home and the 3D screens are filled with new pictures, then it won’t matter how reasonably priced the process is.

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[Editor’s Note: We have published reviews of Avatar by David ChenBrendon Connelly, and Russ Fischer. Here is a different take on the film from Hunter Stephenson.]

No man is an island, so James Cameron humbly ventured off several years into the future to create one for his own damn self called Pandora. And now he’s inviting the unwashed masses to explore it for a small fee, with permission to return, preferably in the company of an unsuspecting elder skin, if one so chooses. In my mind, the phrase “movie gods” as it applies to mainstream blockbusters had nearly become obsolete. Agree? The exciting, previously unimaginable computer generated wow-factor that Cameron and Steven Spielberg defined with Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park was followed by challengers to the SFX throne that, even at their best, never quite felt as revolutionary and transportive.

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In a past edition of Cool Stuff, we posted about a very limited edition DVD player that was constructed out of a head from one of the Terminator Endoskeletons. With the upcoming release of Terminator Salvation, Lionsgate is planning to release Terminator 2 on Blu-ray on May 19th. The Terminator 2 Skynet Edition will be available for a limited time in the Limited Edition T2 Complete Collector’s Set, a 6-disc set that comes packaged with a 14″ T-800 Endoskull bust that plays sound effects from the film while its eyes light up. In addition to the  Terminator 2 Skynet Edition Blu-ray, the set comes with both the Extreme Edition DVD and Ultimate Edition DVD – which, combined, include every T2 special feature ever released on DVD. As a bonus, the set comes packed with a digital copy of the film for iTunes or Windows Media. Yes, six discs might be a little extreme for one movie, especially sie many of the discs include the same film with varied special features, but the Terminator skull might be too cool to pass up.

The Limited Collector’s Set has a MSRP for $174.99, but is available for preorder on Amazon for $121.99. Of course, you can buy the Skynet Blu-ray edition by itself for $29.99 ($19.99 on Amazon), but that doesnt’s come with the additional DVDs or Endoskeleton head. I have included more photos, details on the contents of the Skynet edition and cover art after the jump.

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