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May 23 2019

Yes No Maybe So: Terminator Dark Fate

byJason Adams

The longest time to pass betweenTerminatormovies was twelve years,from James Cameron's action masterpieceT2in 1991 to Jonathan Mostow's shoddyRise of the Machinesin 2003.Since then,even though they continually struggle to find and resituate their stories and main characters,it's been five to six years from film to film,taking us fromSalvationtoGenisysand to now,as of this fall,we'll haveDark Fate.Which,it must be said,finally brings the great Linda Hamilton and her iconic Sarah Connor character back for the first time since 1991.

Today they've just released the first fairly loaded teaser trailer for the film -- so let's take a look...

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Jul 26 2018

Showbiz History: Actress Stamps,Beyoncé's Debut,and Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

10 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history

1775The US Postal System is created.Are there any great movies about mailmen?I'm drawing a blank.Do not sayThe Postman.

The first movie actress to get a postage stamp would be Ethel Barrymore but she had to share it with her brothers Lionel and John!Grace Kelly was (I believe) the first movie star to get a solo postage stamp.Since that time (in 1993) we've had: Theda Bara,Clara Bow,Zasu Pitts,Marilyn Monroe,Lucille Ball,Audrey Hepburn,Greta Garbo,Hattie McDaniel,Judy Garland,Bette Davis,Katharine Hepburn,Helen Hayes,Ingrid Bergman,and Shirley Temple.Who is next?Any guesses?

More after the jump including Mr Julie Andrews,Pee Wee Herman,and Cate Blanchett...

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Jul 06 2015

Beauty vs Beast: Motel Hell

JA fromMNPPhere,wishing you all a happy Monday and wishing what would have been a happy 88th birthday to the great,sadly passedJanet Leigh.She's been gone for over a decade but Janet's legacy still looms tall with several classics --Touch of EvilandThe Manchurian Candidateboth come to mind -- but as it has been said we all go a little mad sometimes and color me mad when I realized that Alfred Hitchcock'sPsychohas somehow never found itself "Beauty vs Beast"-itized.It's a prime pick whose time has come!Slap on your favorite wig and let's play!

PREVIOUSLYThis weekendTerminator: Genisysflopped box-office-wise andaccording to your votesmaybe they should've thought about bringing Linda Hamilton along for the ride since her Sarah Connor trounced Full Metal Arnold in our face-off taking just under 80% of the vote.SaidSusanP:

"As far as I'm concerned no contest -- Sarah Connor in a walk.Plus,when you list her pros you are neglecting her most important/awesome assets: The Arms "

Jun 29 2015

Beauty vs Beast: Mother Machine

Jason fromMNPPhere wishing everyone a happy Monday,and a happy July-4th-weekend-to-be - speaking of,hitting theaters this big holiday weekend is the latest movie in the anybody excited?I imagine it's hard for most of us to stir up a ton of enthusiasm five movies in and coming off of two entirely lackluster sequels,but I really love the cast that's been assembled so I will probably get suckered in one more time.Jason Clarke wouldn't steer us wrong...right?That said for this week's "Beauty vs Beast"let us look back at the last time the franchise was good with the movie every sequel since has been riding the fumes from,James Cameron's 1991 action classicTerminator 2: Judgement Day.You have one week to choose!

PREVIOUSLYBilly Wilder's birthday carried us up into the dark weird manors of the Hollywood Hillswith a face-off betweenSunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond and her post-dead boy-toy Joe,and Norma's stardust was too much for us to resist.She carried just under 80% of the vote!Saidtom:

"While Joe seems to inspire those around him,Norma consumes them.She probably swallows them whole.You have to vote for someone with an appetite like that."

Jul 03 2011

Personal Canon #86: T2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)

For the 20th anniversary of the James Cameron classicTerminator 2,Judgment Daya reposting of thePersonal Canonessay on the film,easily one of the best actioners of all time with a performance by Linda Hamilton which rivals Sigourney Weaver's Ripley badassery ...and that's a nearly impossible feat.

T2: Judgment Day(1991)  Directed by James Cameron | Screenplay by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr | Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger,Linda Hamilton,Robert Patrick,Joe Morton,S Epatha Merkerson and introducing Edward Furlong | Released 07/03/1991

Once the big profits for the small budgetedThe Terminatorbegan rolling in in October of '84,James Cameron became a hot commodity.He wasted no time on the follow up.Twenty-one months later the release of the much larger sci-fi spectacleAliens(1986 -- to be celebrated here very soon) catapulted him from "filmmaker to watch"to the real deal.His long absence from the multiplex --Avatar's December 2009 bow ended a 12 year drought -- made it easy to forget this basic truth: the director once moved swiftly through the stages of filmmaking if never quite as rapidly as his movies moved through their action.AfterAliens,he left outer space for the deep seas withThe Abyss(another hit) and having proved himself thrice over,returned to the killer robots that made his name.

"Model Citizen"
The Terminator cost 6 million to make,Terminator 2: Judgment Daywould cost 100 million plus.The budget wasn't the only thing exploding: salaries,visual effects,setpieces,ambition,and public reaction were all supersized.Yet for all of this exponential external growth,Cameron smartly kept his focus tight and intimate.

Early shots give you the color scheme: fiery reds|steel blues.(Michael Edwards as JC.)

Sarah Connor's opening narration and the imagery of post-apocalyptic LA it plays over,both review the first movie and download Cameron's game plan for the sequel.

The computer which controlled the machines,Skynet,sent two terminators back through time.Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance,John Connor my son.The first terminator was programmed to strike at me in the year 1984 before John was born.It failed.The second was set to strike at John himself when he was still a child.As before the resistance was able to send a lone warrior,a protector for John.It was just a question of which one of them would reach him first.

In other words,it's more of the same...only bigger which we notice immediately by way of shinier effects and massive fireball explosions.This repeat template is familiar but it won't be comfortable.We're also going deeper.The story structure is varied only enough to reflect the passage of time.But what has that passage of time wrought?

Upgrade U: The origin T-800 (Arnold) and the leaner meaner T-1000 (Robert Patrick)

As before...two naked men arriving from the future are introduced first.Once clothes are violently procured,their target is immediately identified by text (a phone book in the first film,a police car monitor in the second).Cut to target: John Connor (Edward Furlong).He's even introduced with a shot of a motorbike just like his mother was in 1984.So far so remarkably similar.This makes the slight tweaks stand out all the more.First,the film is more self consciously "funny"(the "Born to Be Bad"accompaniment to the T-800's intro).Second,both visitors from the future are instantly portrayed as formidable threats rather than as a David and Goliath mismatch.Third...where the hell is Sarah Connor?

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Jul 02 2011

Tech Noir "The Terminator"

This article was originally published in summer 2009.[Thanks toLeave Me The Whitefor some of the screencaps]I'm reposting with minor edits in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its sequelTerminator 2: Judgment Dayon this 4th of July Weekend.  Plus,what's more American than spectacles of Hollywood violence that launced billion dollar franchises?

Arnold Schwarzenegger as "The Terminator"

"Tech Noir"
In March of 1984 whenThe Terminatorbegan filming,the director James Cameron and the producer Gale Ann Hurd were no Hollywood heavyweights.Cameron was no one's idea of a visionary (except for perhaps his own) and had only one feature under his belt,Piranha 2: The Spawning-- auspicious beginnings!Hurd had learned the production ropes on B movies for Roger Corman.Cameron and Hurd intended for the dark,fast and cheaply made robot movie to be their calling card.Seven months later in October the movie premiered with only its deceptively simple premise (killer machine hunts woman) andConan the Barbarian(Arnold Schwarzenegger) to sell it.The Terminatorwas an immediate hit,though not quite a blockbuster.It earned a Conan-like $38 million gross in its initial run (which I believe is something roughly in the ballpark of $100 million in today's ticket sales).

As a franchise it was a slow starter but as a stand alone movieThe Terminatorwas anything but.The movie begins with a bone crushing (literally) view of "The Year of Darkness",in which massive machines hunt humans in desolate post-apocalyptic ruins.Very quickly we're thrown back to present day Los Angeles ...present day in in the 80s at least.

An electric storm begins and a naked crouching man rises from the clearing smoke.He proceeds to walk emotionless through LA and slaughters some punks for clothes.A second electrical storm follows dropping another naked man into downtown LA.The twin sequences are mostly wordless but already Cameron's story instincts are shining: The first man (we don't technically know he's a machine) is already embedded in the audiences mind as an cool collected deadly force to be reckoned with,the second Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is,in contrast,a scurrying,less capable and frankly desperate looking man.

Contrasting Entrances

In short,he's mortal.

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