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CinemaCon : Terminator : Dark Fate footage “gritty’ and impressive”

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cast of “Terminator : Dark Fate” appeared at CinemaCon

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cast of “Terminator : Dark Fate” appeared at CinemaCon to promote the upcoming Tim Miller-directed film, in turn presenting the first footage from the film- which boasts “Terminator” creator Jim Cameron as producer.

Miller (“Deadpool”), Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and Gabriel Luna joined Paramount boss Jim Gianopulos to unveil the action-packed showreel from the November release.

“The story picks up where Jim Cameron left off with T2,” explained the big man, Gianopulos.

Yep, as you’ve been reading, “Dark Fate” skips the events of every film following 1991’s “Terminator 2 : Judgement Day” – so don’t expect to see a John Connor-Terminator again.

Linda Hamilton tells Variety it’s a wise choice that Miller and Cameron have made to disregard everything post “T2” : “You start something and you’re invested in the franchise, but somehow the characters that you care about weren’t there. Too many people, too many story points. So I think we’ve done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films.”

Still, the actress was reluctant to do another “Terminator” movie.

“I gave it probably six weeks of intense thinking and consideration before deciding to do it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I didn’t want it to look like a shameless money grab,” she said. “I am living this quiet, lovely life that doesn’t involve being a celebrity, and you really have to think, do I really want to trade that in again for another 15 minutes?”

And if there’s another?

“I’m going to fake my own death so I don’t have to do another one.”

“To say that this movie was a labor of love for me is an enormous f*cking understatement,” Miller said, choking up on stage.

“This is a fundraiser for my next political race,” joked Schwarzenneger, “I’m so excited to have everyone back — Jim Cameron and Linda Hamilton. It”s where it all began in 1984, and it changed my life.”

He added: “Do you remember in Terminator 2 she was doing push-ups and chin-ups. How can a girl do this? She came to the set and did this again.”

“It has been nearly 30 years since I last stepped into the shoes of Sarah Connor, a character who definitely changed my life,” said Linda Hamilton. “And only a script, a story, a director like this could bring me back into this world — a perfect confluence of events. Once in a lifetime, or maybe twice, an event comes along that you cannot turn away from. And for me, this is that moment.”

 

Here’s what was shown :

Via /Film :

The first footage opens on Mexico City at night. On a highway on a bridge, the road begins to ice up and electricity begins to crackle all around it while a thick wall of fog appears. A time travel bubble materializes in the middle of the bridge, breaking it in half and sending the female figure within it flying several dozen feet to the ground below, while the cars on the highway crash into each other — perhaps a nod to how time travel in past films always seems to take place on level ground. Two onlookers, a Mexican couple making out in the river tunnel, pick up the naked and groggy time traveler, who is revealed to be Mackenzie Davis. Davis’ character is either a Terminator or enhanced in some way, as evidenced by the way she reacts and attacks the cops that approach her when they arrive on the scene. The attack is shown in Davis’ character’s POV, with on-screen displays from her vision popping up onscreen. The couple watches in amazement and utter, “Thanks lady, you just saved our asses.” She replies to not thank her just yet and, sizing up her foot against the guy’s foot, takes his clothes and drives off in their car.

Linda Hamilton stars in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

In a new scene, black metallic T-1000 style sludge forms into the villain (Gabriel Luna) who can split into two and reform another Terminator. He and an endoskeleton Terminator chase after Davis’ character, who is protecting a young girl. “When they start to kill me, run” Davis says to the little girl before Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) suddenly appears and begins blasting the blasting at the Terminators with a huge gun. Battle-worn and badass, Sarah Connor then pulls a rocket launcher off her shoulder and blows the Terminator away.

Gabriel Luna stars in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

The last piece of footage includes a montage of Luna’s liquid Terminator slicing through soldiers in a hallway with sharp arms, Sarah Connor fighting alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800, a shot of the T-800 bursting through a door in a helicopter,  a glimpse of Davis blasting Terminators with tentacles in what appears to be a Judgment Day-ravaged battlefield, and finally a closing shot of Sarah Connor dropping a bomb over the side of a bridge and cooly saying, “I’ll be back.”

Though the franchise has seen false starts in the past, Peter says that this gritty and impressive footage is enough to get us excited about this aged franchise again.

Check out more pics from “Terminator : Dark Fate” here.

“Terminator : Dark Fate” opens November 1.

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Mandy success paves way for another Nicolas Cage theatrical release

Mob Enforcer thriller gets summer release via RLJE Films

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Nicolas Cage’s next will get a theatrical release, distributor RLJE Films said of “A Score to Settle” today.

Written by John Newman (“Get Shorty”) and directed by Shawn Ku (”Beautiful Boy”), the film sees Cage play a former mob enforcer, is released from prison after serving 22 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Now free, he sets out on a path for revenge against the people who wronged him.

The film, co-starring, will be In Theaters and On Demand on August 2, 2019.

Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films, made the announcement today.

“We are excited to collaborate for the fifth time with the legendary Nicolas Cage,” said Ward. “Following the success of Mandy, we cannot wait to take audiences on another adventure.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio could join Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

DiCaprio and Del Toro could be working together

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The ever-reliable Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to join “Nightmare Alley”, which has Guillermo del Toro directing. Del Toro also co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan.

The film is based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name, rather than the 1947 Fox pic. The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

Del Toro is still filling out the roles, and will likely shoot in the later half of the year.

“Nightmare Alley” will be Del Toro’s next film following the Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water”, and DiCaprio is next set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” this July.

News comes from Variety.

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James Wan and Gary Dauberman team up for Salem’s Lot

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Stephen King fans, get excited as there’s another adaptation on the way! “Salem’s Lot” is being developed by New Line Cinema into a big screen production, based on the novel by King from 1975.

James Wan, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper are set to produce, with Gary Dauberman (“IT”) to write the script. “Salem’s Lot” will be Dauberman’s sixth theatrical collaboration with New Line.

Tobe Hooper previously adapted the novel into a TV movie in 1979, and a miniseries was released in 2004. “Salem’s Lot” follows a writer who returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot, where he lived as a young boy, only to discover everyone he used to know is now a vampire.

News comes from The Wrap.

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