Origin of John Connor Terminator

The history behind one of cinema’s best sequels is a wild one. In an oral history of Terminator 2: Judgment Day for The Ringer, director James Cameron, star Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others shared some previously-unheard tidbits about the making of the action classic.

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Tyler Stout Terminator Poster

Tyler Stout is responsible for some of the most coveted pieces in the pop culture art scene. His style is unmistakable, his prints are hard to find, and even when you do, they usually cost and arm and a leg on the secondary market. But every now and then, we’re lucky enough to be on an even playing field when Tyler Stout releases a new poster, and that has happened today with a new print for James Cameron’s The Terminator. Check out the Tyler Stout Terminator poster in all its detailed glory below. Read More »

The Best Movies Leaving Hulu in October 2020

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Every month, a string of new movies and TV shows come to Hulu, and every month, the streaming platform has to let go of a few beloved films to make room for them. So a few more notable titles are leaving Hulu in October, but that means you’ll have plenty of time to check them out before they’re gone for good (or move on to another streaming service).

Find out about the best movies leaving Hulu in October 2020 below.

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Disney+ is about to drop its most monumental release yet, with Niki Caro’s live-action remake of Mulan, originally intended to hit theaters this March before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the world, set to premiere exclusively on the Disney streaming platform. But the release of a theatrical movie on Disney+ (for a premiere price of $29.99) is not the only thing worth highlighting in this month’s selection of movies and TV shows coming to Disney+ and Hulu. From the rom-com classic Bend It Like Beckham to the sci-fi classic The Terminator, there’s something to stream for everyone.

Get the full rundown of TV shows and movies coming to Disney+ and Hulu in September below.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now Uncut Gems

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

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Spider-Man Homecoming Video Essay

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a new video essay from Lessons from the Screenplay explores a pivotal scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming where the big villain twist is revealed and the car ride that follows. Plus, James Cameron looks back at some of the most memorable scenes from his movies, and a retrospective video takes a closer look at X-Men: The Animated Series. Read More »

Free YouTube Movies

Maybe you’re familiar with this scenario: you really want to see a certain movie, but it’s not streaming anywhere online. You just paid rent, so you can’t afford to buy it right now. Maybe, in a moment of desperation, you turn to YouTube to see if a version has been uploaded there. It’s not your best moment, but damn it, you really want to watch that movie.

Now YouTube is offering you an alternative to watching a garbage copy of the movie that only takes up half of the screen because it was uploaded illegally. The world’s largest streaming video platform is now offering legitimate versions of nearly 100 films to audiences for free – movies like The Terminator, Legally Blonde, the first five Rocky films, and Hackers.
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The Terminator is now a lucrative franchise with a sixth movie on the way. In 1984, it was a struggle just to get the studio to screen the original. film. Producer Gale Anne Hurd was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Screamfest and spoke about her work before screenings of Aliens and The Terminator.

“Even though it’s commonplace today, the head of marketing there so hated the film, he didn’t want to screen it for critics,” Hurd said. “Back in 1984, that just wasn’t done. The head of marketing at Orion basically said, ‘We’re embarrassed to release this morning. It’s a down and dirty exploitation movie. Once word of mouth gets out, it’ll be out of theaters after the first weekend. You won’t even get a second weekend so we’re not even going to give you advertising support second weekend.’”

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Gale Anne Hurd Hippocratic Oath

Judgment Day was supposed to happen in 1997 according to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The cautionary tale began in 1984’s The Terminator, which wasn’t the first science fiction tale to warn about artificial intelligence. Terminator co-writer and producer Gale Anne Hurd said that science fiction and other genres have been ahead of the curve on these matters, and she hopes real science catches up soon.

“Let’s hear it for science fiction, fantasy and horror,” Hurd said at a Screamfest Q&A before she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “Stephen Hawking only came up with the idea that we need to worry about A.I. and robots about two and a half years before he passed away. I remember saying to Jim, ‘If he’d only watched The Terminator.’”

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It’s rare for major studio blockbusters to have downer endings. The Terminator films sort of require it. They are about a nuclear apocalypse in which machines overpower humanity. The best victory afforded humans in those films is that the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, lives to defeat Skynet. Only Terminator 2: Judgment Day ends with the hope of averting the war, and subsequent sequels assured that the war rages on.

Back in 1984, there was no franchise to support The Terminator. The first film ends with Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) surviving after Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) sacrificed himself fighting the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), but not before helping her conceive John Connor. Producer and co-writer Gale Anne Hurd recalled the development execs who wanted the original film to have a happier ending.

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