Terminator Genisys Teaser Trailer – Everything old is new again even if Arnie is back

terminator-genisys-poster1Here’s a trailer that’s likely to divide fans. It’s set up to deliberately remind us of the early days of the Terminator franchise with an odd sense of nostalgia, but about halfway through it essentially says everything we saw before never happened and that it’s all been reset.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it leaves a lot of question marks over the movie.

A previous reported (much of which is confirmed by the trailer) the film ‘is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.’

Although that sounds pretty much like the original, things have changed as in this version Sarah Connor ‘was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.’

The movie is due out July 2015. [Read more...]

Will Smith, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney & More Confirmed For Suicide Squad

suicide-squad-cast-membersWhen it was rumoured Will Smith was in talk to star in Warner/DC’s Suidice Squad, many wondered if the info was wrong as traditionally he’s always wanted to be the star of the show rather than part of an ensemble, and he’s also shied away from playing villainous characters.

However it turns out the info was correct, as the studio has confirmed Smith will play Deadshot in the film. He’s not the only cast member now officially attached, as it turn out most of the other rumours were also true, with Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang (rather than Deadshot, as some previous reports suggested) and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Cara Delevingne was also rumoured for the latter role, but she’ll actually be sorceress Enchantress.

Another name mentioned was Tom Hardy. Many wondered whether that meant he’d be reprising Bane, or whether his Dark Knight involvement actually ruled him out. He will be in the movie though, playing the squad leader, Randall Flag.

The only one completely left out is Jesse Eisenberg, who previous rumours said would reprise his Batman Vs Superman role as Lex Luthor. However Warner doesn’t mention him in the announcement, although that doesn’t rule out the possibility of a cameo.

The movie revolved around an array of supervillains, who have all been captured but are offered the chance for redemption by taking on a mission from which none of them are expected to return alive.

David Ayer is set to direct, with an early 2015 shoot expected. An August 5th, 2016 release date has already been set.

Jai Courtney May Join Suicide Squad As Deadshot

Jai-CourtneyJai Courtney didn’t hit the big time with A Good Day To Die Hard as many expected, but he’s got another shot at the a-list next year playing Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genisys. Now he’s in the process of booking another major role, as Variety reports he’s in talks to star in Warner/DC’s Suicide Squad.

It’s suggested he’ll be Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot, who will be one of the film’s array of supervillains, who have all been captured but are offered the chance for redemption by taking on a mission from which none of them are expected to return alive.

It’s previously been reported that Margot Robbie is being eyed to play Harley Quinn and Jared Leto for The Joker, it’s also suggested Tom Hardy and Will Smith may be involved, with Jesse Eisenberg possibly reprising his role as Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman.

David Ayer is set to direct, with an early 2015 shoot expected. An August 5th, 2016 release date has already been set.

First Look At Jai Courtney, Matt Smith & Emilia Clarke In Terminator: Genisys

terminator-genisys-ew-cover1Next year Terminator: Genisys is hoping to be one of the year’s big blockbusters, rebooting and renovating the franchise with the hope that more sequels will flow in the coming years. There’s already controversy though, with reports the movie will use time travel trickery to allow the series to completely start over (Star Trek style).

And now we get to take out first look with the new Entertainment Weekly covers above and below.

EW also adds some more plot info, saying the film, ‘is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.’

Although that sounds pretty much like the original, things have changed as in this version Sarah Connor ‘was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.’

The movie is due out July 2015.

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Unbroken Trailer – Director Angelina Jolie delves into the life of Louie Zamperini

unbroken-slideThere’s been a lot of interest in Angelina Jolie’s second directorial outing, Unbroken. Last week came the sad news that the subject of the film, Louie Zamperini, had died. Now we can get a good taste of the film about him, as a full trailer has been released.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

‘Director Jolie began shooting some of the most dramatic and challenging scenes on Wednesday, October 16, on location far out at sea in Moreton Bay, Australia, with Zamperini (O’Connell) and his fellow airmen—Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) and Mac (Finn Wittrock)—having impossibly survived being adrift in the open Pacific for several weeks.

‘Working with cameras on a floating rig in choppy waters and braving the elements, with actors dieting for months to appear as depleted as their characters, Jolie completed a successful first day of a location shoot that promises to be rigorous and uniquely challenging.

‘Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Starring alongside O’Connell, Gleeson and Wittrock are Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”’

The film will hit cinemas in December. [Read more...]

Felony Trailer – Joel Edgerton & Jai Courtney are thrown into a massive moral dilemma

Felony-Joel-Edgerton-Tom-WilkinsonAfter decent reports for its film festival screenings, the thriller Felony is now in the run up to its cinema release. While it doesn’t appear firm UK or US dates are set yet, it’s out in Australia on August 28th.

The film stars Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the script) as a decorated police officer, who when driving home after a celebration drink with his team after the long waited bust of a major gang, runs a young cyclist off the road. As he gives CPR to the child, fellow officers arrive to take his statement. In a split second decision he tells them a lie about the accident, which will change all their lives in this edge of your seat thriller.

Jai Courtney is another cop who suspects that Edgerton has been lying, while Tom Wilkinson is the lead police investigator who arrives on the scene following the accident.

Take a look at the first trailer below. [Read more...]

John Boyega May Have A Choice Between Terminator: Genesis & Star Wars

John-BoyegaJohn Boyega is having quite a year. The Attack The Block star is rumoured to be in contention for a major role in the new Star Wars movie, and now there’s talk that he’s being looked at for Terminator: Genesis.

THR’s Boris Kit tweeted, ‘Tidbit: John Boyega (Attack the Block) tested for #StarWars but he is also wanted for #Terminator : Genesis. The role: son of Miles Dyson.’

‘Joe Morton played Dyson, exec at Cyberdyne. If u recall, Terminator pays a visit to Dyson’s house, son is there.’

‘He [Boyega] can’t do both. He has to wait out the Star Wars game.’

If he is offered both roles, it would be one hell of a choice for the young Brit. And he certain can’t do both, as Terminator: Genesis starts shooting next month, while Star Wars: Episode VII begins production this May.

In T2 Miles Dyson is the Cyberdyne engineer who is primarily responsible for the creation of Skynet. His young son Danny was featured in a scene where the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and John Connor (Edward Furlong) visi the Dyson home. The character was also played by Phil Morris in the Fox TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It’s not known how he might fit into Genesis.

Jai Courtney Lands Kyle Reese Role In Terminator: Genesis

Jai-Courtney2-slideLast week it was reported that producers were closing in on who they wanted to play Kyle Reese in the upcoming Terminator: Genesis. It was down to Boyd Holbrook and Jai Courtney. Now THR reports that it’s Courtney who’s got the part.

The actor joins Jason Clarke as John Connor and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzengger is also returning. In the original 1984 classic The Terminator, Kyle Reese (played by Michael Biehn) was the soldier sent back in time by resistance leader John Connor to save his mother Sarah. He ultimately became John’s Connor’s father.

Genesis is being planned as the beginning of a new, stand-alone trilogy. It’s believed that the story will take place both in the future and in an undetermined time in the past (not least because the actor playing John is significantly older than who will be his mother), most likely before John was even born.

Alan Taylor is directing from a script by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis.

Jai Courtney & Boyd Holbrook On Final List For Terminator: Genesis’ Kyle Reese

boyd-holbrook2For the past couple of months Paramount has been busy putting together the cast for Terminator: Genesis. Now Deadline reports that the role of Kyle Reese is down to two actors, Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook.

Both actors were on a shortlist revealed last month, alongside Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) and newcomer Tom Cocquerel. However it now appears the decision is between Courtney and Holbrook.

Michael Biehn played Kyle Reese in the original 1984 The Terminator, who was a soldier sent back from the future to protect resistance leader John Connor’s mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) from Arnie’s killer cyborg. He ends up becoming John’s father. Anton Yelchin played the role in Terminator Salvation.

For the new film, Jason Clarke will be John Connor, with Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also onboard in a currently unconfirmed role whose exact role has not been confirmed. Due to the ages of the actors, it seems like the movie will take place both in the future and some years earlier in the past, possibly before (or simultaneous to) the events of the first movie.

Alan Taylor is directing from a screenplay by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis. it’s not clear when it will shoot.

Jai Courtney, Boyd Holbrook, Wilson Bethel & More Testing For Terminator: Genesis

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Emilia Clarke recently signed up to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming Teminator: Genesis, and now the casting people have turned their attention to the person who’ll be Kyle Reece – John Connor’s father, as played by Michael Biehn in the first film and Anton Yelchin in Terminator Salvation.

According to Variety, five actors are currently testing for the part – Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Boyd Holbrook (Out of the Furnace), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), and relative newcomer Tom Cocquerel.

Paramount also apparently wanted Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund to audition, but they weren’t interested for one reason or another.

Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor will direct. No plot details have officially been revealed, but it seems clear there will be an element of time travel involved. It’s believed it will be set before the first movie, as well as taking us into the future during the war between mankind and Skynet. It would suggest some rewriting of the Terminator chronology will take place, but we’ll have to see.

Expect to hear who has the role soon.