So unless you're living in a cave somewhere, by now you've heard the recording of Christian Bale's rant last year on the set of Terminator: Salvation where he goes off on director of photography Shane Hurlbut for allegedly distracting him during filming. (Audio is here, but it's definitely NSFW unless you work some place really laid back about cussing.) By now you've probably also seen everyone weigh in on how awful and/or awesome it was, or how right or wrong it was, so this isn't really about that. No, the thing of more interest to me is what new and/or enlightening information can be learned if you listen closely enough.
Haven't had your fill of Terminator movies, TV, and everything else lately? Or are you just sad about the downhill dive Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has taken this season? Either way, there's more Terminator on the way, in the form of a fifth movie. That's right, the movie after next May's Terminator: Salvation has already been greenlit.
While there may not be a wealth of movie news out there today (I'm about to march down to the Variety offices and let them know that they're not on vacation yet, thankyouverymuch), there are certainly a buttload of new posters and trailers up all over the internet. The coolest of which, in my opinion, is the exclusive over at Ain't It Cool News of an extra snippet of the newest Star Trek trailer, featuring Leonard Nimoy. That's all I'll tell you -- I'd advise you to go check it out yourself.
In what will probably turn out to be another in a series of rumors about Terminator: Salvation, there's a possibility that Arnold Schwarzenegger might just actually appear in the film after all. Latino Review posted a picture of the Governator visiting the Salvation set and meeting with Christian Bale. Accompanying the picture they were sent was a not-that-well-written letter from a source indicating that Schwarzenegger was on the set to provide voiceover for the visual effects team to reference during post-production. And what good is a voice without the body of the original Terminator? The source also promises that the fully rendered digital face of Schwarzenegger will be replacing that of recently cast Roland Kickinger, who plays the part of the young Arnold. The same effect was done in the Star Wars prequels to put the face of Christopher Lee on his Jedi-fighting stunt double.
While talking up Terminator: Salvation last night, director McG wouldn't disclose whether or not those rumors about Ahnold making a cameo appearance were true. But when asked whether or not there would be some kind of "recap" of the first three movies in the new one, McG did reveal that they're "still trying to figure out what to do." No need to hurry or anything, McProcrastinator, what with just four months to go till the premiere. One option they're looking into, though, is having Sarah Connor open the movie with a voiceover. He didn't specify whether this would be the Linda Hamilton version from the first two movies or the Lena Headey version from the TV show, or some other option entirely. Here are a few reasons why the movie needs the Hamilton option.
Movie buffs who also happen to be fans of roller coasters are about to have the Best Week Ever. On the heels of yesterday's announcement of a Transformers ride being built at Universal Studios Hollywood comes the news today of a Terminator coaster in the works at Six Flags Magic Mountain. And while Transformers fans have to wait until 2011 to buckle in, Terminator: The Coaster will open next year around the same time that Terminator: Salvation opens in theaters. [Was time travel involved? - Zach]
You hear about them all the time -- awesome Hollywood props going for big bucks and then getting locked away somewhere where no one will ever see them again. Isn't it time we took back these historical treasures? And by "take back," I mean shouldn't we buy them ourselves, and lock them away somewhere where only we and a handful of our friends will ever see them again? Well, now's our chance -- online site liveauctioneers.com is hosting a big Hollywood auction, with tons of film-used superhero costumes (Superman, X-Men, Daredevil, Batman, Captain America and both the movie and TV Spider-Men), as well as a ton of items from Terminator, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner, Highlander and Conan, and it ends August 1st, which means we have to move quick.
If it's Tuesday, this must be when ill-advised yet financially successful but ultimately disappointing blockbuster sequels are released to DVD. Also, it's the time of year when the Criterion Collection reissues their Christmas movies and snuff films. Classy!
Mother's Day is this weekend. For some of you, it's that time of year you get reminded of how infrequently they call the woman who begat you, told endlessly about how you should get your hair cut differently, and debriefed about how so-and-so's children have gotten just tons of promotions lately. For others, the day's a pleasant reminder of the woman who chewed out your first bosses for firing you, helped you egg the bratty neighbor kid's house, and stood up for you in the principal's office after that unfortunate... misunderstanding... with the firecrackers in the girl's washroom. Moms can be a tough bunch, for better or for worse. Here are ten movie moms who may span the spectrum from saint to she-devil, but they all have one thing in common: you don't want to mess with any of them.
Don't you hate it when one of your favorite movies ever, a movie that already has a couple of sequels from a few years ago (at varying degrees of Awesome) suddenly gets looked at by some studio exec and they say "That was fun! That made money! Let's do it again!" And you just know that they're totally going to ruin it? You can put down your whips, Indy fans, I'm talking about The Terminator.