Terminator

April 24, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.

With Arnold on board, ‘Terminator Genisys’ aims to freshen the franchise

"Terminator Genisys" actors Jai Courtney, left, Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Clarke are photographed at The London in West Hollywood on March 22, 2015. (Christina House / For The Times)
Emilia Clarke wasn’t even born when “The Terminator” came out in 1984. Nor, for that matter, was Jai Courtney. Jason Clarke was a 15-year-old high schooler in Australia, a world away from Hollywood but the ideal age to have his mind blown by director James Cameron’s story of a murderous cyborg from the future. As for Arnold Schwarzenegger, well, he was the Terminator — and he warned us from the start that he’d be back. FULL COVERAGE: Summer Movie Sneaks The four lead actors in Paramount Pictures’ summer release “Terminator Genisys” came to the project from vastly different backgrounds. But each signed on knowing they were assuming the mantle of one of the most venerable science-fiction franchises in film history, a series that, like the Terminator himself, has taken a licking and kept on ticking over three decades and four films, […]
March 25, 2015 | 9:29 a.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets serious in zombie thriller ‘Maggie’

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a father trying to protect his zombie-to-be daughter in "Maggie." (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)
The zombie genre gets a solemn look in the first trailer for “Maggie,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming thriller in which he portrays a working class father trying to protect his infected daughter. Due this year from Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, the film also stars Abigail Breslin as a teenage girl slowly descending into zombie madness. It’s the “most human” zombie film ever made, boasts its male lead, who also has a production credit on the film. Schwarzenegger posted the trailer to Facebook this morning. It certainly appears grim, and though there are hints of  action in the teaser, “Maggie” is centered on what appears to be a rather emotional father-daughter story. Zombie genre staples, such as quarantine zones, make an appearance, and we get a brief shot of Breslin’s gruesome, undead makeover (“she’s probably going to show more signs of aggression, and hunger,” a doctor warns Schwarzenegger), […]
Feb. 02, 2015 | 12:47 p.m.

Watch Super Bowl trailers: ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Furious 7,’ ‘Tomorrowland,’ more

"Jurassic World," "Tomorrowland" and "Furious 7" were among the films promoted during Sunday's big game. (Handout)
Hollywood studios are hoping prime ad time before and during the Super Bowl will pay off at the box office. Film buffs watching Sunday’s big game caught trailers for “Jurassic World,” “Tomorrowland,” “Furious 7,” “Terminator Genisys” and “Insurgent.” Check out our roundup below. ‘Jurassic World’ The much-hyped fourth film in the franchise inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton stars newly minted action hero Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), who is called upon to help protect visitors to the world’s grandest theme park from a new, genetically modified dinosaur — the Indominus Rex. “You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea,” Pratt tells co-star Bryce Dallas Howard in the new trailer. The trailer offers a glimpse at the new dino’s enormous feet and deadly maw, as well as pterodactyls snatching parkgoers into the air […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 10:32 a.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in ‘Terminator Genisys’ Super Bowl spot

A screenshot from the trailer for "Terminator Genisys."
“Terminator: Genisys” star Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers his trademark line in a radically new environment in the newly released clip for Paramount’s summer action film. In the new TV spot, scheduled to debut this weekend during the Super Bowl, Schwarzenegger assures Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) of his swift return while jumping from a moving aircraft into the night sky.  The brief but fast-paced clip is the latest to showcase footage from the movie, which will return the iconic sci-fi franchise to the screen. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”), “Terminator Genisys” radically recasts Schwarzenegger’s cyborg as a father figure to Sarah Connor — he’s now known as the Guardian. But the fundamental setup of the film mirrors James Cameron’s groundbreaking favorite from 1984, with John Connor (Jason Clarke) sending his close ally Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 12:45 p.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ trailer: Watch Schwarzenegger, Sarah Connor in action

A screenshot from the trailer for "Terminator Genisys."
He’s back. Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again in action in the first full trailer for “Terminator Genisys,” the 2015 release that will return the iconic sci-fi franchise to the screen. Watch the explosive new clip above. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”) and based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Terminator Genisys” sees Emilia Clarke, known to many from her work on “Game of Thrones,” star as Sarah Connor, with Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese. Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons round out the “Terminator Genisys” cast. To help stoke excitement for the trailer, Paramount and Skydance Productions have been releasing promotional materials throughout the week. On Tuesday, a motion poster featuring a grinning cybernetic skull arrived, followed by a short bit of first-look video on Wednesday. The film recently […]
Dec. 03, 2014 | 10:34 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ teaser spotlights Schwarzenegger, sci-fi imagery [video]

'Terminator Genisys' (Paramount)
Liquid metal gets an upgrade in a short new teaser for “Terminator Genisys,” the 2015 Paramount film that will see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the iconic sci-fi franchise. The first full trailer for the film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”), is set to arrive Thursday — to help stoke excitement, Paramount yesterday released a motion poster featuring a grinning cybernetic skull and today offered a short bit of first-look video. Watch it above. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Terminator Genisys” sees Emilia Clarke, known to many from her work on “Game of Thrones,” star as Sarah Connor, with Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese. (DC announced yesterday that Courtney will star in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” as Boomerang, alongside Will Smith’s Deadshot, Tom Hardy’s Rick Flagg and Jared Leto’s Joker, among […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ motion poster, countdown site tease trailer launch

Image from the teaser site for "Terminator Genisys."
Two days and a little under three hours are left until “Terminator” fans get a first glimpse of humans fighting for survival against Skynet and those pesky robotic killing machines in the next installation of the franchise, “Terminator Genisys.” A motion poster was released this morning, showing the head of a partially deteriorating Terminator robot with the iconic Brad Fiedel-orchestrated theme music playing over it. Once done, the poster segues into the site’s countdown clock, teasing the movie trailer’s Thursday online premiere. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Genisys,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons, is directed by Alan Taylor. The film has recently received some scrutiny over its plot, with die-hard fans upset over a retooled origin for the series’ heroine, Sarah Connor, played by “Game […]
June 13, 2014 | 11:49 a.m.

James Cameron recalls his ‘angry wannabe filmmaker’ phase [video]

Writer/director James Cameron photographed during the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood on May 31, 2014. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)
While writing his 1984 breakout film “Terminator,” James Cameron lived on McDonald’s, diner coffee and the money he made painting one-sheets for bad direct-to-video movies. The director, who would go on to helm the highest-grossing movie of all time, “Avatar,” expressed a surprising fondness for that early, “zero billion dollar” stage of his career while speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival recently. “It was actually easy to write cause I didn’t have to self-isolate like I do now, from multi-tasking with other businesses, and with a family with five kids,” Cameron said, when he took the stage late last month at the event, which was held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood May 30-June 1. “I was already isolated… basically just a sad, dark, isolated human being.” In an in-depth conversation between screenings of “The Terminator” and its […]
June 12, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

Schwarzenegger as Kyle Reese?! James Cameron on ‘Terminator’ casting

It’s hard to imagine James Cameron’s 1984 film “The Terminator” starring anyone other than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role. But there was a moment when that iconic piece of casting was in doubt. Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival recently, Cameron took the stage for an extended Q&A between screenings of “The Terminator” and its sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” to discuss the making of the movie that launched his and Schwarzenegger’s careers. During the conversation, Cameron recalled how Schwarzenegger nearly didn’t get to deliver his famous line, “I’ll be back.” Instead of the Terminator, the movie’s terrifying, nearly mute cyborg sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, Schwarzenegger was originally up for the role of Kyle Reese, the movie’s hero, who was ultimately played by Michael Biehn. At the behest of his financiers, who were high on casting […]
June 03, 2014 | 1:10 p.m.

James Cameron details writing strategy for ‘Avatar’ sequels [video]

It takes a village to write three movies at once — or at least that’s how James Cameron is approaching the three “Avatar” sequels. Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend, the “Avatar” director described his strategy for completing the three scripts — which are scheduled to be shot simultaneously beginning later this year — with a technique borrowed from television writers’ rooms. Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, the Hero Complex Film Festival featured screenings of Cameron’s seminal 1984 science fiction film “The Terminator” and sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” The director took the stage in between the films for an extended Q&A in which he discussed his progress on scripts for the next big film franchise on his plate, the Pandora-set fantasy “Avatar.” “The first thing I did was I sat for a year and […]
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