WAr for the Planet of the Apes

Hollywood loves a good apocalypse. Post-apocalyptic films continue to flourish, and with the way current events seem to be headed, these movies are becoming even more relevant. Be it exciting adventure films or bleak existential reflections, the end of the world is big business for show business. After all, who doesn’t want to see the human race meet its demise at this point?

This week, those damn dirty apes are back for War For the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the surprisingly excellent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Once again, humanity inches ever-closer to extinction while intelligent apes claim the planet for themselves. Good for them! In the grand scheme of post-apocalyptic films, it’s not that bad, especially when compared to some other films in a similar vein. In the spirit of this latest cinematic excursion into the aftermath of the end of the world, let’s rank some cinematic post-apocalypses from how tolerable they seem to how devastatingly awful they are. Sounds pleasant! Ever wonder how you might fare in the aftermath of the end of the world? Reading this list is the only way to find out!

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terminator sequel

A sequel to Terminator: Genisys is dead. But James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller are supposedly teaming up for a Terminator 6, so the franchise itself hasn’t been terminated yet. Genisys star Emilia Clarke won’t be coming back for more, and even Jai Courtney says it’s time to hang it up, but now original series star Arnold Schwarzenegger says he’s not finished making Terminator movies. Man, I’m starting to feel like Sarah Connor trapped in an insane asylum over here. Come with me if you want to learn the latest about this on-again, off-again franchise. Read More »

terminator board game

Licensed board games used to be something tabletop aficionados avoided like the plague, an arena of rushed cash-ins and lousy mechanics and cheap components assembled only to appeal to fans of certain properties who could be tricked into wasting their money on a subpar product. The past decade has seen that change. Companies like Gale Force Nine have released incredible board games based on TV shows like Spartacus and Sons of Anarchy while Fantasy Flight Games has made strong use of the Star Wars license.

So there was a time when news of an official board game based on The Terminator would have made me roll my eyes. Instead, I can only lean forward and say “Okay, tell me more.”

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terminator 6

Depending on who you ask, the sequel to Terminator: Genisys either died over a year ago or it has just been on life support as everyone involved assessed whether or not it was time to pull the plug. But let’s face the facts: it’s not a good look when even the young stars of your newly rebooted series think it’s time to let go.

So yes, the news that Terminator 6 is in the works is a surprise and yes, the news that The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day director James Cameron is coming back to “godfather” the film and wants Deadpool director Tim Miller to direct is an even bigger surprise.

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gareth edwards on the set of rogue one

Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.

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Movie Shoes Art

If you’re a huge cinephile, but you’re a little too grown up to just hang a bunch of movie posters on your wall, then we have some nice wall art that might be up your alley. Illustration and design studio Son of Wolves has created a print featuring nine pairs of some of the most iconic shoes from your favorite motion pictures. From Ripley’s Reeboks in Aliens to Marty McFly’s self-lacing Nike shoes in Back to the Future Part II, this is a pretty cool print.

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The Terminator Print

It’s a shame that Terminator Genisys was such a massive disappointment, because it would have been nice to see The Terminator franchise go in a cool new direction instead of treading familiar territory in a hokey way that played out like a greatest hits album of the entire franchise.

But just because Terminator Genisys was a misfire doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy what the original has to offer. The Terminator is an action classic, even if many think Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the superior film in the franchise. And now French artist duo Stan & Vince have paid tribute to the original film with a new The Terminator pprint that you’ll be able to buy this morning. Check it out along with a couple cool variants after the jump. Read More »

The Best Movies Leaving Netflix in February 2016

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After the January dry spell, February looks to be full of more promising theatrical releases (less than two weeks until we see Hail, Caesar!). But if you find yourself snowed in this February, Netflix has got you covered. Just don’t expect to see any of the titles mentioned below available on the streaming service – these movies are about to vanish.

Find out what’s leaving Netflix in February after the jump.

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history of the Terminator franchise

With the holiday weekend approaching, Paramount Pictures has already unleashed Terminator: Genisys in theaters. It’s a mind-numbing, time travel action adventure that doesn’t measure up to the greatness of James Cameron’s The Terminator or T2: Judgment Day, but runs circles around Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation.

But if you haven’t kept up with the Terminator franchise over the past few decades, you can catch up on Terminator history in 10 minutes with a new retrospective video that begins with The Terminator back in 1984 and moves up through Terminator: Salvation from 2009. It tells you everything you need to know, though it doesn’t explain the best way to deal with all the time travel that’s been happening.

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The 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time

Best Movie Robots of All Time

This weekend, director Neill Blomkamp adds a new member to an exclusive club: movies with really cool robots. It’s a cross-section of movies big and small that drive the story forward with characters made of metal and wire. Sometimes they’re menacing, sometimes they’re hilarious, but the best movie robots are always unforgettable.

In honor of Blomkamp’s movie, Chappie, I’ve ranked my 25 favorite movie robots of all time. It wasn’t an easy task. There are so many subtle differences you have to consider. Is a cyborg a robot? Is an alien a robot? For example, Darth Vader is “more machine than man,” just like RoboCop. Are they both robots? In the end I went with my gut. If the character felt like a robot, or its robotic nature added something to the movie, it made the list. Also, this is (once again) a personal list. I didn’t grow up on Westworld or The Day the Earth Stood Still. I never really felt like Blade Runner‘s replicants were robots. So it’s a little weird and surprising but hopefully that’s why you want to check it out. Hit the jump to find out the 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time.

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