Visual effects in movies have advanced in a spectacular way in the relatively short history of cinema. What once was thought to be impossible to create in post-production has become a mainstay in blockbuster tentpoles. More recently, visual effects companies have become quite skilled in creating human faces entirely with computer generated imagery, and a new video essay shows us how this part of movie magic has evolved in a small window of time.
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When an actor or actress joins a big blockbuster franchise, they’re pretty much on board for whatever the future holds, if only because it’s a near-guarantee for a few paychecks that they won’t have to fight for elsewhere. Therefore, if an actor thinks that it’s a better idea to not proceed with sequels in a given franchise, then things must be pretty hopeless.
That’s where a recent conversation with Terminator Genisys star Jai Courtney (promoting his role in Suicide Squad, opening this week) comes into play. The actor was asked about the future of the Terminator franchise, which has been up in the air since Terminator Genisys underperformed last year. First any sequel was said to be canceled, but then Arnold Schwarzenegger said it was still happening. But if Jai Courtney has his way, he thinks the franchise should pack it up for awhile. Read More »
Terminator Genisys might never get a big-screen sequel, but Skydance isn’t ready to give up on the sci-fi action franchise. Instead, a new clan-based massively multiplayer online strategy game is being planned based on the Terminator Genisys franchise.
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Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Here’s how you know the Terminator series is in a rut: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator Genisys were all announced as the first film in a new trilogy, only for those direct sequels to never materialize. Each of the past three sequels in this once-untouchable series has been an attempt to reboot the whole thing, to build the foundation for the future of the franchise, only for the entire enterprise to end in tears.
Terminator Genisys was critically reviled, shrugged off by audiences, and a box office disappointment, grossing less than $100 million at the domestic box office. And despite a major cliffhanger and the promise of more films to follow, star Emilia Clarke says she will not be back for any future sequels.
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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 »
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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Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.
To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.
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Back in the summer of 2014, director James Cameron teased that we might get to see Terminator 2: Judgment Day get converted to 3D, just like the theatrical re-release of the director’s Titanic a few years ago. And while there were no solid plans to make it happen at the time, now Terminator 2 3D is becoming a reality, and it will hit theaters in 2016. Get the details below! Read More »
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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 »
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.
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