Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns to ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Movie Trailer
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to one of the movie franchises he is most famous for. That is about the only potentially interesting thing happening in this trailer and what appears to be a moribund franchise as far as I can tell. This looks so stale and like such a retread of films past (within the franchise) that it just has no appeal to me almost at all. The effects look fine I suppose, but not sufficiently better than what appeared in the transformative and best second film two decades ago. Have a look for yourselves and decide, since admittedly I tapped out on this before the third movie came out (though I eventually saw it at home). Ugh.
In a rumor that was preordained upon initially hearing about Sylvester Stallone’s planned movie The Expendables, it is being confirmed by MTV that Bruce Willis is going to have a small role in the movie. The news is not entirely shocking, though personally, I think Willis should be “above” such a project – to some extent. His part will ultimately result in mostly a cameo in all likelihood as he says:
“I haven’t united with them,” he said. “I’m waiting for a call from Sly about when we’re going to try and make that happen. I don’t know anything about [my character] yet, haven’t seen any pages yet, but I’m excited about it.”
Now, I guess since he pretty much reinvented the action genre with Die Hard (at least he starred in the movie credited with reinventing the action genre), it makes sense on some levels that he would be in the film. I have always liked Willis, way back before he ever did Die Hard. He was on a sitcom called “Moonlighting” and he was charismatic and charming (a different version of “Cheers” star Ted Danson’s Sam “Mayday” Malone, the best TV sitcom character of all-time in my book.) While I say he is “above” it – in reference to the film, I mean it in the sense that a guy like Stallone is honestly, a has been, and his recruitment of other action stars like Jason Statham and Jet Li, prove he needs more modern, bankable names to make the film work. Sorry, but Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture don’t count. That’s not to dis Stallone, I like the guy, I grew up with the guy, Rambo, Cliffhanger (a sequel?), and of course Rocky are classics.
In the end, I like the move. It’s another feather in the cap of what could be a truly fun-filled time at the theater, where you attend only hoping to see some smash-bang action and watch some of your boyhood action stars (in my case, anyway), take a trip down memory lane to some extent. I hope the film does well from that standpoint and the addition of Willis helps make this more attractive to me. Agree? (mainpage image courtesy of Screenrant)
Word on the street is that there could very well be sequels to action films of yesteryear with both True Lies and Cliffhanger. While both projects have been long rumored, nothing has become official on either, but that hasn’t kept people involved in the possible projects from talking. First, Tom Arnold, co-star of James Cameron’s True Lies, just recently told the New York Times that he expects filming to begin on a sequel with the Governator, original star Arnold Schwarzenegger as soon as Arnie is out of office. Arnold stated:
“All I know is Jim Cameron’s making it and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and I are going to be in it, and it starts shooting in 14 months, the day after Arnold stops being governor of California,” he said. “It’s not going to be called ‘True Lies II,’ but it might as well be. I can live with that.”
All of this has to be taken with a grain of salt, as while it is an actor from the original, it is also Tom Arnold, not a man with the rep of being the most reliable in Hollywood. Still, this has to excite fans of the original film, so from that standpoint it is at least encouraging. Cameron is currently out trumpeting his work on Avatar, so I would speculate that this news wouldn’t be official anytime soon.
On a similar note, a sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s original hit film Cliffhanger is being penned as we speak. Fred Dekker, the writer of the original film stated “I’m currently writing Cliffhanger 2” when asked what he is up to these days during a recent Q&A. Apparently back in February of last year, several sources were reporting that Sly, who is currently shooting the hotly anticipated movie The Expendables, was interested in a Cliffhanger sequel, not a reboot (Source:FirstShowing). This news is probably as equally reliable as Arnold’s statement, but nevertheless it remains a possibility. I enjoyed Cliffhanger back in the day, a great opening sequence, and some nice shots of mountain vistas gave the film an original feel, even if the story was formulaic, in an era when Die Hard was big. A sequel to either film doesn’t hold huge interest to me personally, but both would be projects worth following depending on how they develop. Hit us with whether or not you give a damn about either project.
In one of the most comical, bad decisions I can recall happening in recent times (and there have been a bunch of them coming out of Hollywood lately), it was announced today that American Gladiators, yes the TV show that has been around for 20 years now, is being adapted for the big screen. This is beyond amusing to me on a number of levels. When I was a youngster, the TV show was actually kind of fresh, an interesting enough concept of steroided out “glads” trying to keep the “average Joe” type of athlete from making it through a crash course of athletic exercises. An obstacle course essentially, from climbing a pyramid of rock to jousting a “glad” on a pedestal, all trying to complete the challenges in a certain time frame. It was relatively cool to a young athlete of sorts like myself. But how they plan to turn this show into any sort of reliable feature film is beyond me.
Apparently, the creator of the show, Johnny Ferraro says the idea was originally intended to be a movie, but it went to TV and became a hit, thus derailing the idea – for 20 years. I mean, I guess Arnold’s the Running Man was kind of cool, but that actually predated “Gladiators” by a year back in 1987, so that is probably the blueprint in essence for this concept anyway. I am just not buying it.
On a related note, I once auditioned for a TV pilot for something very similar to “Gladiators” in concept, prior to when it made its return to TV a few years back. I was horribly miscast for a “Mean” Gene Okerlund type of reporter, when I didn’t fit the mold of the character or physical traits that they were all looking for. Needless to say, I didn’t book the gig and was bitter about being sent out for that specific part for a while thereafter. The show never made it to the small screen either (I don’t think). I am no longer working with that mgr who sent me for the audition, and it wasn’t just because he used to routinely hit on me and drop sexual innuendo on me. Yes, I said “he” and I am straighter than creased khakis. Fall off from holding my hand and telling me you “bet I have a long, blankety blank.” Easy dude. Fortunately I am secure enough in my manhood to let this sort of thing go without a serious throwdown. As a nearby gal came to my side and tried to downplay the incident. Like Jay from Clerks, “I like women!” I wish I could say it was the only time something like this happened, but I guess if I ever decide to switch teams, I can play ball. Ha ha. Hollywood can be a dirty place. As for the movie, we’ll see how this new adaptation does but I am not really looking forward to it with any anticipation. What about y’all?
The best movie magazine still going, [Empire] has an exclusive first look at Steven Speilberg’s Tin-Tin. Pardon me while I yawn for a moment. Premiere would have done it better. *a single tear drops*
[The Bad & Ugly] reports on The Little Shop of Horrors re-dux. Hollywood rejoices in their collective creativity through summoning such a brilliant idea. Will it be a musical or black comedy? Anticipation heightens…to nearly an inch tall!
Matthew McConaughey is developing Exchange Student for his own company. It’s about two college students, but CrackConaughey could possibly star in one of the non-lead roles. This I wonder…doesn’t he live like a college student anyway? Why not rehash his “Dazed” role and just play himself like he does in every other film? [The Moving Picture]
What Was I Thinking? That is the question Elizabeth Banks and Leslie Mann will be trying to answer in their new comedy. [Net Glimpse] reveals a story about a woman who gets dumped during her engagement party, resulting in a ski trip that heals. I assume “Chippendales” or a new love will help heal as well.
[Rama’s Screen] has more info on More Than A Game, an upcoming film chronicling LeBron James rise to basketball fame. The film talks of his tight knit group of friends in his high school era. If it has any of Hoop Dreams‘ elements to it, then this is one I am really looking forward to.
You like movie quotes? You like Arnold? In anticipation of another Terminator movie, [How Well Do You Know] has a quiz of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie quotes if you dare.
Pixar’s upcoming short film Partly Cloudy has a new pic and [Film School Rejects] has the goods. I am the farthest thing from an animation “movie” fan you can find, but I will say, I am impressed by that cloud dude, so I attached the pic below. Enjoy.
The Terminator, which was first released in 1984, established the notion of man trying to stop machines from taking over the world. When the sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day (often considered the best movie of the series) was released in 1991, it launched the franchise into the popular incarnation of what it is now. Since then, another Terminator film has appeared (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 2003), a television series (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), video games and comic books. It also placed Arnold Schwarzenegger in his iconic role. Along with X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Star Trek, the upcoming sequel, Terminator Salvation, the fourth of the series, will be one of the most anticipated films of 2009.
"Walk in my line of vision again! I dare you!"
Christian Bale (freshly removed from his classic rant on the Terminator set) will take over the reigns from Arnold as the leading man. He plays John Connor, the leader of the human rebellion against the machines. Unlike the first three films where most of stories involved time travel to the present day, this one focuses solely on the war in the future, 2018 to be exact. Bale, who no doubt was last year’s biggest star with The Dark Knight, will be the fifth actor to portray Connor. The others being Edward Furlong (young) and Michael Edwards (old) from T2, Nick Stahl from T3 and Thomas Dekker from the TV show. The story takes place after T3, where man is struggling in a bloody war to stop machines from destroying mankind. The machines, led by an artificial intelligence computer network named Skynet, first tried to alter the future by killing John’s mother, Sarah (Linda Hamilton, who will narrate some of this movie). They then made the attempt to kill John and failed. The machines, however, succeed by taking over the world’s computers and launched nuclear missiles to eradicate man. By 2018, the world is a desolate wasteland of war, death and destruction. Skynet uses “endoskeleton” large metallic robots shaped in the mold of the human skeletal system, to eradicate the last of the human resistance. John, who’s not yet the great leader, is struggling to find his place with the resistance. He has alienated some of his contemporaries by having a wide familiarity of Skynet. He informs people that Skynet is taking human prisoners and replicating them with flesh-covered endoskeletons. When the resistance meets fellow soldier Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), they are shocked to find out he has memories of being human, but is actually a machine. When John is confused whether Wright is from the past of future, he uses his help to fight Skynet and hopefully take it offline for good.
Mastering the art of walking on hot coals is much easier with boots on.
The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s wife, Kate Connor, Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese (who’s character, played by Michael Biehn, went back in time in the first film to father John), rapper Common as Barnes, Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams and Helena Bonham Carter as Serena Korgen. Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger does make an appearance as well, but only provides his voice while his features will be digitized onto actor Roland Kickinger. A lot of this movie will also hinge on its director, McG. He has done some very different work with the Charlie’s Angels movies and We Are Marshall, so hopefully he succeeds in changing his style. Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato wrote the screenplay and they have collaborated on garbage like Catwoman and Primeval. Hopefully they’re writing skills (or lack thereof) won’t transfer to this film, but I am hopeful since they also wrote T3 and The Game (for David Fincher), and both of those ended up positive.
I will definitely see this one and I’m sure everyone else will too. This movie will be huge and it may break some kind of box office record. However, I wouldn’t imagine it’s about to challenge Bale’s other franchise.
The biggest news of the day has to belong to Terminator Salvation. My Governor, your action hero, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger has officially confirmed the long hinted at/rumored about cameo of himself in McG’s new film. [MTV Movies Blog] has the exclusive and we wanted to be sure to pass it on.
Continuing in line with the last few days of set pics, [Aintitcool] gives you some shots of Sly Stallone’s action-fest, The Expendables.
Director David O. Russell (Three Kings, I (Heart) Huckabees) has lined up his next project after the to-be-released-later-this-year Nailed, in Aaron and Sarah. Supposedly in the style of a John Hughes comedy. No word on if he plans to blow-up on-set. For that matter, there was no word on the set of Nailed, either? Do you think it happened or did Bale just make more headlines? [Collider]
The lead singer of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way (No, I didn’t know that off the top of my head. Ask me the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, though), has a comic book series that was put out by Dark Horse Comics called “Umbrealla Academy.” Shock of all shocks, it’s about superheroes. It’s been optioned for adaptation consideration. Yea. [Cinematical]
For those that live in SoCal, Ralph’s is the primary grocery store chain. I pronounce it “Rafe’s” in honor of Ralph (pronounced “Rafe”) Fiennes. Mr. Fiennes has been attached to the remake of 1981’s Clash of the Titans. He will be baddie Hades in a script written by Lawrence Kasdan (Chinatown) and directed by Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk). Sounds awesome at this point. [JoBlo]
Capping off today’s news, here’s a recent clip of Billy Bob Thornton channeling the infamous Joaquin Phoenix interview, posted at [In Contention]. Be sure to check it out if you’re a fan of aloofness.
A couple of casting rumors, while another actor turns down a job. You’ll never guess who. Seriously. It’s bewildering.
From China.org (everybody’s favorite film news site) via FilmSchoolRejects.com lies the tidbit of Anne Hathaway possibly getting together with Jack Black, for the next Stephen Chow (CJ7) film. You might remember Chow dropping out of the director’s chair on The Green Hornet and this is presumably the reason why. He is currently the writing the script for what is apparently a special-effects-ridden, superhero, action-comedy. No other tidbits have been revealed, aside from the aforementioned Black and Hathaway as possible stars, along with Chow himself.
The same person?
The last action-comedy Hathaway was involved in was last summer’s Get Smart. It was mostly unfunny and very forgettable. It did, however, wake me up to Hathaway’s beauty, and that’s certainly commendable. I wouldn’t put the onus on her for the film’s failings. I assume Chow saw something in her that made him think she’d work here. I’m definitely curious to see how this shapes up. Here’s the trailer for Get Smart in order to relive some past glory:
Courtesy of The Telegraph is the news Cate Blanchett has been mentioned as possibly filling the shoes left by Sienna Miller as Maid Marion for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood film, Nottingham. Russell Crowe is set to play the dual role of Robin Hood/Sheriff Nottingham in the film. Actor, Mark Strong (studly in RockNrolla), playing Guy of Gisbourne, talked about the chances:
“I think Cate Blanchett is set to take the Maid Marian part. She is a wonderful actress and it would make it a much classier film if she was in it.”
That assessment is probably correct. Certainly classier than Sienna Miller, but I guess you’d have to combat the antics of Russell Crowe, too. Although I haven’t seen Scott’s past two teamings with Crowe (Body of Lies and A Good Year), I’m somewhat down with this movie. I haven’t been Blanchett’s greatest fan due to the costume dramas, but I don’t diss her either. I’m still on board with this.
To this day, this is what I think about with I hear the name Robin Hood:
Lastly, from TotalFilm comes an excerpt from an interview with Jean-Claude Van Damme about why he turned down a role in Sylvester Stallone’s old-school action-star throwback project, The Expendables.
“Stallone gave me a part in his next movie,” he told us. “But I ask him about the subject, about the story.”
“He said, ‘You’re gonna make lots of money.’ I don’t want to hear that, I want to hear what was my character. He was unable to tell what it’s going to be.”
“[Stallone said:] ‘You know, uh, well, the fighting will be good.’ [So I said:] ‘Sly, what is my character?’ So I didn’t do the movie.”
So, he’s a serious actor now? Perhaps all the positive buzz from JCVD has gone to his head. I do like Stallone’s idea of this reunion of all these 80’s action stars for one last go-round, combining them with the stars of today, kind of passing the proverbial torch to them. It’s far better than the incessant remaking of the entire 80’s film catalogue.
As of now the action cast stands at: Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Jason Statham. Steven Seagal and Arnold Schwarzenegger somehow need to free themselves up for this.
Although most others would probably prefer Bloodsport, the combination of hockey and action film was my Van Damme haven. Gotta love it when he skates out and tends goal! Here’s a clip from Sudden Death: