June 13, 2014 | 11:49 a.m.
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.
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.
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 […]
June 01, 2014 | 7:34 a.m.
Revolutionary filmmaker James Cameron is one of the most venerated directors working in Hollywood today. But three decades ago, his life was very different. He was earning a living painting one sheets for B-grade movies and using McDonald’s coupons his mother sent to him to eat regular meals. It was during that time that he wrote the script for the film that would transform his career. “I was a sad, dark, isolated human being,” Cameron recalled during an interview onstage at the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood on Saturday, following a screening of 1984’s “The Terminator.” “There was an innocence to it in a funny way. I was the anonymous, angry wannabe filmmaker, and I think there’s some courage to say whatever comes into your head…. I was a free voice in […]
May 02, 2014 | 10:09 a.m.
“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith is set to do some time traveling of a different order. The English actor is joining the cast of the upcoming “Terminator” reboot, playing a new character with a strong connection to John Connor in the film, set to be directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”). The new “Terminator” film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy, with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor, the iconic heroine brought to the screen in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and 1991 sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the new film also will star Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee, with original “Terminator” actor […]
April 29, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.
Revolutionary filmmaker James Cameron, groundbreaking actress Sigourney Weaver and venerable writer-director Joe Dante will be among the special guests at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, set to take place May 30-June 1 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Festival programming also will include a special tribute to the recent TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” with actors Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Jamie Bamber and creator Ronald D. Moore; a preview of the animated sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2″; and a special “quote-along” Sunday matinee showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Celebrated Australian comics artist Nicola Scott (“Birds of Prey,” “Secret Six”), who currently illustrates DC Comics’ “Earth 2,” created the out-of-this-world image for this year’s festival poster, pictured at right. The festival will open May 30 with a free screening of the 2003 […]
April 06, 2014 | 12:57 p.m.
English actress Emilia Clarke describes her role as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s epic fantasy “Game of Thrones” as her first “proper job,” which is a rather remarkable fact considering the commanding power of her performance as the mother of dragons. But it’s true that Clarke was fresh out of drama school when she entered the cutthroat world conjured by author George R.R. Martin in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, which show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss translated for the screen to considerable acclaim. (Clarke herself was nominated for a supporting actress Emmy for her work on the show.) As Season 4 opens Sunday, Daenerys finds herself far away from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, having conquered many of the great cities of Slaver’s Bay with the help of her army of Unsullied. While the newly freed […]
Jan. 29, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.
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Dec. 13, 2013 | 4:57 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has been cast as Sarah Connor in the upcoming “Terminator” remake, Paramount confirmed Friday. The new “Terminator” film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. Clarke, best known for her portrayal of the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” has big shoes to fill. Linda Hamilton originated the role in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Hamilton’s performance was considered groundbreaking as her character broke gender barriers to become a genuine gun-toting action hero. PHOTOS: Meet the ‘Thrones’ cast without their costumes Clarke’s “Game of Thrones” costar Lena Headey, who plays the cruel queen Cersei, also portrayed Sarah Connor in the short-lived television series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Little […]
June 28, 2013 | 5:37 p.m.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body-building success brought him to America and afforded him a minor bit of fame, but it was his role as the leather-jacket-wearing robot assassin in “The Terminator” that made him a superstar. Now, with a Terminator reboot film scheduled for 2015, is it time for a new muscle man to take the spotlight? The new Terminator film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. The movie is scheduled for a June 26, 2015, release and will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are penning the script. Paramount hasn’t said whether Schwarzenegger will be back (see what we did there?) to reprise the role, so Hero […]