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Terminator Salvation

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Release Date: May 21, 2009 (North America)

Genres: Action, Science Fiction, Sequel          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Warner Bros.   Production Company: The Halcyon Company

Who's In It: Christian Bale (John Connor), Sam Worthington (Marcus Wright), Anton Yelchin (Kyle Reese), Bryce Dallas Howard (Kate Connor), Helena Bonham Carter (Serena)

Who's Making It: McG (Director), Jeffrey Silver (Producer), Derek Anderson (Producer), Moritz Borman (Producer), Victor Kubicek (Producer)

Premise: Ten years after Judgment Day John Connor and the human resistance wage a never-ending war against Skynet and its machine army. But when a mysterious man named Marcus Wright appears without any knowledge of the lead-up... More »

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What We Think: The Terminator franchise needed a tune-up and from all appearances its getting a decent one. We've got newly-minted action superstar Christian Bale playing the adult John Connor; the action now takes place in the apocalyptic future... More »

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Last Friday a lawsuit was filed by producer Moritz Borman against fellow Terminator Salvation producers Derek Anderson,  Victor Kubicek and The Halcyon Company, the production entity assembling the new movie. As reported by Variety, Borman claims that Halcyon and his two partners committed fraud and breach of contract by not paying him the agreed upon full amount for his producing duties on T4 as well as securing the rights. Borman's lawsuit asks for more than $160 million dollars in damages.

In the documents filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, the papers state that after Borman helped lock down the initial financing needed to start the development of the movie and secure the rights, he was supposed to get paid $5 million dollars and a future back-end compensation amount. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, Borman got paid $2.5 million and was locked out from working on the movie around the end of filming, last July. "Soon after, it also came to light that Anderson and Kubicek did not have the means to finance the picture, had defaulted on numerous loans and owed over $1 million to creditors on the picture," the suit mentions and as reported by Variety.

The paperwork also calls the background of the two defendants "shady" and that Borman wouldn't have worked getting his former partners the Terminator franchise rights if he had known of their intentions and former history. "Notwithstanding the fact that defendants obtained the substantial franchise rights and assets through Borman, Anderson and Kubicek failed to honor their assurances, representations and contractual obligations to Borman," Borman's lawsuit states. "Defendants' egregious fraud, bad faith conduct and refusal to abide by their contracts has led to the filing of this lawsuit."

Even with all of the heavy-handed wording of Borman's lawsuit, the case is unlikely to effect the planned release of Terminator Salvation on May 21.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009 interviewed McG and asked for the latest on the Arnold Scwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton news front and got it, along with some intel on other aspects of the film:

  • Will Arnold make an appearance in the movie? "Don't know yet. But either way I wanted Arnold to see the movie."
  • Will Linda Hamilton make an appearance in the movie? The answer is that he doesn't know yet but that he continues to speak with Hamilton and discuss the idea "with great regularity."
  • How much of Brad Fiedel's original Terminator score will be heard in Danny Elfman's T4 music? "Danny Elfman is indeed doing the score, but we're gonna use a lot of Brad's music."
  • McG is pushing hard to dedicate his movie to the late special effects wizard Stan Winston, the creator of the original Terminator design. "I suspect I'll be able to, but I got to make sure Sony and Warners are cool with it."
  • And finally McG says that there will be "substantially more" of the movie in a director's cut. No ETA on when we might see that version of the film.
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Yahoo Movies has a look at three new teaser posters for T4 showing us character shots of John Connor, Marcus Wright and that ever-loveable T-800 endoskeleton. There's also a nice, semi-close-up profile shot of a T-600 Terminator (you know, the older version with the rubber skin), a new one of Conner in a heli, the Conners inspecting a hydrobot and others.

Click here to start at the beginning.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

And here it is, the second full trailer for Terminator Salvation. More John Connor, more Terminators and more explosions. May 22nd is T-day.



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Thursday, February 19, 2009

We've all heard the hints from McG that actress Linda Hamilton may be reprising her role as Sarah Connor in some way in Terminator Salvation. Today we finally have the evidence that confirms it and it comes straight from the mouth of the lady herself.

"My contribution would be voiceover," Hamilton told MTV Movies Blog. "I would probably be very happy to loan my voice depending on what the material is. Wait and see. They’re already writing it. We’ve been negotiating it."

She also said that she hadn't read the dialogue that the movie's makers wanted her for yet, adding "I don’t know what direction they will go in."

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

This morning at the New York Comic Con Terminator Salvation director McG attended a panel showcasing the film. He presented the audience with some raw footage from the movie which still lacked effects but the audience seemed pleased, if somewhat subdued, with how the film is shaping itself to be.

During the Q&A portion of the event McG addressed the recent controversy about Christian Bale ("You guys know how Christian is, he doesn’t like to talk much, he’s very soft-spoken,"); that his film doesn't crossover with any story elements from The Sarah Connor Chronicles; and that the

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For more from the Saturday T4 panel read Newsarama's coverage of the event.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Christian Bale has finally spoken publicly about the infamous audio tape recording of him dressing down the film's director of photography, Shane Hurlbut. The 33-year-old Welsh actor called in to the Kevin & Bean show on KROQ this morning and told his side of the story, giving his explanation for why his outburst happened.

"I was way out of order," Bale told the radio talk show hosts. "I acted like a punk. I regret that, and there is nobody who has heard that tape hit harder by it than me. I make no excuses for it. It is inexcusable."

"I'm not comfortable yet with this notion of being a movie star," Bale went on to say. "I'm an actor and I don't know quite how to handle the movie star thing. The thing that disturbs me so much is that I've heard a lot of people saying that I seem to think that I'm better than anybody else and nothing could be farther from the truth. I am a lucky [man]...I never forget that what I do and that is why I put so much into what I do and why I care so much about it and why sometimes that enthusiam just goes awry."

Bale also said that things were cleared up between himself and Hurlbut later on that same day as his blow-up and that the DoP is a fantastic individual. Bale also claimed that one factor that had a hand in why his anger flared was that the scene he was shooting was especially intense and harkened back to the mental anguish that Sarah Connor faced in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

You can listen to the entirety of Christian Bale's phone call on the KROQ website now.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wired has an article about Terminator Salvation and in it there are eight images. About half of them are pieces of conceptual artwork that we haven't seen before, like a hydrobot doing something nasty to a pilot or a look at the assembly line where Terminators are mass produced. Some are larger, better resolution images of previously seen pieces of art, like the smashed leftovers of L.A.'s Capitol Records building. And then there's this one we have over on the left of a sweet-looking moto-terminator.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

If you've just emerged from a cave then you missed what Christian Bale's anger-filled screed against T4 director of photography Shane Hurlbut has wrought. Not only has the audio of Bale's ode to the f-word made its way across the media infosphere, in the past 24 hours we've seen remix mashup songs produced and a soundboard proliferate across the web. It's become a media whirlwind.

As the main players remain quiet for the moment, at least one member of the Terminator Salvation production has come out to say their piece -- and to stick up for Bale's actions. Bruce Franklin was an assistant director and is an associate producer on the film and he told E! Online that he could understand why the actor got so mad at the d.p. "If you are working in a very intense scene and someone takes you out of your groove...but was the most emotional scene in the movie," Franklin told the outlet. "And for him to get stopped in the middle of it. He is very intensely involved in his character. He didn't walk around like that all day long. It was just a moment and it passed."

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The latest issue of GamePro magazine has a cover story about the Terminator Salvation film and video game and low and behold a rendered T-600 is front and center on the cover. There is also a better image of this new Terminator that you can see.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Four new photos have been published by the Italian Screenweek blog, two showing resistance pilot Blair Williams (played by Moon bloodgood) pointing a gun at unseen dangers and the other two presenting Barnes (played by rapper-turned-actor Common), another member of the human resistance and one of John Connor's best friends in 2018.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

No one expected to hear this: an audio file has leaked on TMZ that allegedly is of the film's star, Christian Bale, launching a swear-filled tirade against the movie's director of photography, Shane Hurlbut. In the recording Bale accuses Hurlbut of walking through a scene (Bale's exact words: "%&#$ing distracting have someone walking up behind Bryce," which we assume means Bryce Dallas Howard.)

An angered Bale goes on for several minutes, calling Hurlbut unprofessional and a host of other insults, most of which are definitely not safe for work to hear. At one point Bale asks for the movie's director, McG, to get involved; McG's voice is overheard near the end of the file trying to calm Bale down.

TMZ claims that the audio recording was sent to the film's insurance company because at one point in the tape Bale asks that Hurlbut be fired or else he won't return to work.

You can listen to the audio recording here.

So far no one involved with the Terminator Salvation production or a representative of Bale has commented on the leaked recording.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One of the ways that the executives at car manufacturer Chrysler are trying to combat the threat of going under is to partner with the makers of Terminator Salvation to have some of their vehicles featured in the upcoming sequel. "We have a following with the Terminator movies and we are going to continue with that," said Chrysler director of media Susan Thomson (and brought to our attention by Coming Soon.) However, the company didn't offer which of their vehicles will turn up in the movie; guess you're going to have to see the movie to know that.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Warner Bros. held a 20-minute preview of Terminator Salvation for online press, showing off selected scenes and concept artwork. Director McG was in attendance to talk about his new film, and as reported by Latino Review, McG's enthusiam was infectious:

"McG is a laid back type of guy who likes to get right to the point and will tell a joke and occasionally use a little profanity to put you at ease.  Though he may seem like an old college buddy you knew, it's impressive how much confidence he has in his latest film.  He's a Terminator fan just like the rest of us and doesn't want to screw this up.  All he is after is telling a compelling dramatic story that just happens to be hidden inside and action picture about giant killer robots hunting humans."

Latino Review then goes into detail describing the scenes previewed, then gives you the prize by showing 22 photos of concept art created for the movie. Beware of spoilers in the scene descriptions and some of the imagery.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Danny Elfman will create the score for Terminator Salvation reports MTV News. "I just started yesterday," the Spider-Man, Men in Black and Batman composer told the site. When asked whether he would use Brad Fiedel's iconic Terminator theme used in the three previous movies and current TV series, Elfman didn't want to confirm anything yet.

"I think if it comes up and it seems appropriate, we will [use it],” Elman said. "And if it doesn’t, we [won't]. I never really know what to expect when I begin other than just kind of get into it and have fun. Especially a movie like T4 – just have fun. So that’s what I intend to do."

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