In the highly anticipated new installment of "The Terminator" film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Terminator Salvation is an anomaly in the franchise, as it was the first and only movie not to include Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor was on set for some of the shooting, and even lent his likeness to the film, which resulted in a creepy-looking digital Arnold showing up in the third act as his iconic T800 character. The film was meant to reboot the franchise, moving forward into the future without Schwarzenegger's involvement. But fans and critics alike didn't care for the movie as much as Warner Bros. had hoped. They lost the franchise rights, and now we're getting Terminator Genisys, which puts a spin on the original trilogy timeline and has Arnold Schwarzenegger back at the center of the action.
Terminator Salvation was released May 21st, 2009.Read More
While we're not sure if this franchise will be back or not, it seems it may have found a new home. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lionsgate currently has the offer to beat for the rights to The Terminator franchise.
The studio has bid $15 million, plus 5% of future revenue for the franchise rights. The Halcyon Group, which currently owns the franchise, named the studio's bid the top "stalking horse" bid at this time. It was said that Halcyon would retain all the revenue generated by last year's summer film Terminator Salvation, which includes the $372 million the film earned worldwide, plus DVD revenue.Read More
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 82nd Academy Awards.
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McG Still wants more Terminator movies. Fans who own the Terminator Salvation Blu-ray were treated to a special BD-LIVE chat yesterday where director McG answered questions about the movie as well as the future of the Terminator Salvation franchise. Apparently, the director has claimed that he's still interested in directing a 5th and 6th chapter in the series.
Of course, the general consensus is that fan boys didn't enjoy the McG'd Terminator, and with a budget of over $200 million, and a worldwide take of only $374 million, the proof is in the pudding.Read More
In a story from Variety, the future of the Terminator franchise looks to be getting worked out.
Halcyon Holding Group announced today that it hopes to conclude the auction for the rights to the franchise by February 1 as part of its bankruptcy process.Read More
For fans who may have been disappointed in McG's take on a popular franchise, it seemes salvation may come in the form of DVD and Blu-ray. UGO is reporting that the MPAA's lastest ratings reveal that Terminator Salvation's DVD and Blu-ray Director's Cut will be R-rated.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on the upcoming Terminator Salvation DVD and Blu-ray as soon as we have more information.Read More
7) Star Trek $4.7
Walt Disney's The Proposal got on its knees this weekend and asked: Will you see me? Audiences said "yes", turning Anne Fletcher's deportation rom-com into the number one film of the weekend. Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as a pair of mismatched romantics trying to save their jobs, the hilarious comedy pulled in $34.1 million. Not bad considering it opened on Father's Day weekend, a time usually reserved for macho action films and sci-fi extravaganzas.Read More
Todd Phillip's surprise hit of the summer The Hangover held its first place position for a second straight week in a row. The R rated comedy, which stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zack Galifianakis as three friends searching for their groom the day after the bachelor party, scored an impressive $33.4 million, pushing its cumulative take past the hundred million dollar mark. Having earned $105.3 million, The Hangover has surpassed most other second week grosses this year.
Coming in with a strong second place finish was Disney/Pixar's Up, which pulled in another $30.5 million. The film, which follows a 78-year-old balloon salesman named Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) as he fulfils his lifelong dream of visiting the wilds of South America, has now earned $187 million, pushing it further up Pixar's all-time best list. It has successfully moved ahead of A Bug's Life to become the number nine most successful Pixar film of all time. Look for it to continue to climb up this chart for the rest of the summer.Read More