Space Jam 2 Has Had A Director Shakeup

While Terence Nance brought youth and indie sensibilities with him to Space Jam 2, in Malcolm D. Lee, Warner Bros. gets a director with experience and a proven track record on the big screen. After his 1999 debut The Best Man, Malcolm D. Lee directed films like Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, Soul Men and Barbershop: The Next Cut. More recently, Malcolm D. Lee directed the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Girls Trip, as well as the Kevin Hart film Night School.

Why Tim Miller Chose Terminator: Dark Fate After Deadpool

The sci-fi is one of the most popular genres in filmmaking, having entertained and intrigued audiences for decades. There are certain properties that stand out among the rest of the genre, remaining fan favorites through the test of time. Chief among them is James Cameron’s pair of Terminator movies, and (to a lesser degree) the myriad sequels that have followed throughout the years. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature character will be back for Terminator: Dark Fate, which is being helmed by Deadpool director Tim Miller.

Tim Miller had massive success with Deadpool, which was a critical and box office hit. But he ended up departing the sequel due to creative differences, eventually signing on to bring Terminator: Dark Fate to reality. He recently explained the choice to pivot to such a beloved franchise, saying:

It looks like Tim Miller is as big a fan of the Terminator movies as the rest of us. As such, he jumped on the opportunity to get behind the camera and put his own perspective on the beloved property. Especially with the original actors returning, forming a new timeline in the process.

Tim Miller made his directorial debut with Deadpool, and had the odds stacked against him. Miller made the project on a modest budget by superhero movie standards, and utilized a character that wasn’t a household name. But all that changed with the first movie, which proved an R-rated superhero blockbuster could make a ton of money at the box office.

As such, sci-fi fans were thrilled when it was announced that Tim Miller would be helming the newest Terminator movie, even if it meant that he didn’t get to work on Deadpool 2. The pressure is certainly on for Miller to deliver on his sophomore run as a director, especially given how much moviegoers love James Cameron’s set of Terminator movies.

Terminator: Dark Fate will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2, which is largely considered the strongest entry in the franchise. This narrative choice helps to simplify a convoluted timeline, while also bringing in Linda Hamilton to reprise her role as Sarah Connor. Considering Tim Miller’s fresh eye and daring perspective on filmmaking, it should be interesting to see what he does with Dark Fate, and if he breaths new life into the somewhat uneven property.

Tim Miller’s efforts and enthusiasm for the franchise will come to the light when Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in theaters on November 1st, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Tom Holland’s Peter Parker Is Vastly Different Than Tobey Maguire, And That’s A Great Thing

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Warning! The following contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home. read at your own risk.

If it wasn’t clear prior to Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Spidey-sequel certainly solidified Tom Holland will be a different Peter Parker than Tobey Maguire’s iconic Spider-Man. Apologies to Andrew Garfield in advance, but when it comes to the definitive version of the Web-Slinger to have graced cinema, fans largely seem torn between Maguire and Holland. With that said, can they ever be truly compared considering their alter ego’s lives are so different?

People will make comparisons regardless of whether or not it’s necessarily fair to, and that’s completely fine. In fact, it’s a great thing these two couldn’t be more different, for reasons we’ll get into below. We’ll also touch on some of the major differences between Maguire and Holland’s Peter Parkers, and the difference it may make for Holland’s Peter going forward.

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Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker

Throughout the course of the Sam Raimi films, Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker is mainly down on his luck and struggling. Whether it’s love, disappointing loved ones or trying to keep a roof over his head, things are pretty rough on him throughout the trilogy. Being an adult is rough, especially if it isn’t common knowledge you’re also a superhero trying to save the world.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” It really all comes back to that phrase throughout Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man run, as he experiences every interpretation of that phrase over the course of three films. Maguire’s Peter Parker is always trying to live up to the mantra bestowed upon him by his dead Uncle Ben (who was sneakily referenced in the recent film). He’s ultimately driven by his loss, and often tried to live up to the man his uncle was.

Superpowers aside, Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker is the average man and possibly one of the most relatable heroes in Marvel for that reason. Even with his powers, he’s just another dude trying to get by, which may be the beauty in being a hero only subject to standalone films. Overall, there’s a reason people still love those movies today, and a lot of it is due to his arc as Peter Parker.

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How Tom Holland’s Peter Parker Is Different Than Tobey Maguire’s

We don’t know where the arc of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is going, but we can assume it’ll be very hard for him to become that same person. Mysterio revealed his identity to the world, who will probably not be able to keep a secret like those folks in that subway incident. Jokes aside, one can imagine Peter won’t have a job at the Daily Bugle following that exposé.

We haven’t seen who Tom Holland’s Peter Parker was before becoming Spider-Man, but instead have seen him grow throughout his experiences within the MCU. Tony Stark played the mentor to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker that Ben was to Tobey Magure’s Parker, and that difference in mentorship has been quite phenomenal. Ben passed on some words of wisdom, whereas Tony has passed on technology and a weapons system that could obliterate just about anything he could ever want.

With his identity compromised and Tony Stark’s gifts at his disposal, there’s really no foreseeable way Peter Parker kicks off the next Spider-Man movie delivering pizzas for fellow New Yorkers. This Peter Parker hasn’t been an every man since he caught that vibranium shield in Captain America: Civil War, and it’s hard to imagine his life will suddenly become normal.

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Why This Change Is Great For The MCU

As great as Tobey Maguire’s arc as Peter Parker was, it would’ve been foolhardy to attempt and recreate it within the context of the MCU. Tom Holland’s Peter learned the world was much bigger than his life very early on into his run, and that has consumed him ever since. He couldn’t even take a vacation without having to suit up, but that’s just the world he lives in.

Take that in comparison to Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, who spent a chunk of Spider-Man 2 choosing a normal life over heroic responsibilities. It’s a luxury the MCU’s Peter Parker couldn’t afford even when he tried to do so, because the world is much bigger than him. Making him as self-centered as as Maguire’s Parker is at points would make him immature, which is sort of ironic given Holland’s Peter is much younger.

It’s ironic, but also appropriate. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker may be much younger than Tobey Maguire’s throughout his arc so far, but he’s experienced a hell of a lot more. This includes an extinction level event that everyone is still trying to heal from post Avengers: Endgame. He may not be the most mature Spider-Man, but he’s done pretty well considering the circumstances, and has yet to lose his powers because he got “sad.”

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Why This Change Is Great For Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man

In defense of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, the world was a lot more chill in his multiverse. He only had to deal with a major villain every couple of years, and the rest was mainly petty crime. He wasn’t living in a world as crazy as the MCU, so we can’t really rag on the fact he could afford to have an existential crisis.

There’s no denying that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is nothing like Tobey Maguire’s in regards to how their personal lives play out. With that said, the MCU hasn’t messed up here and doesn’t need to make Holland’s character more similar, nor do people need to constantly compare Holland’s Spider-Man with Maguire’s. They’re both incredible, and dare I say, amazing? Again, sorry to Andrew Garfield and all the fans who hold his Spider-Man in the highest regard.

The fact these two are so separate is a blessing for audiences, as neither performance really steps on the toes of the other. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man is still great and holds up, and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is right up there with him. Their differences make it easy to celebrate both without having to decide which is the definitive hero, which is a luxury not all heroes (or their actors) get. Additionally, there’s still the crazy chance these guys could work together in some Spider-Verse sequel, so let’s be happy they’re different.

Agree? Disagree? Need to weigh in on Andrew Garfield’s behalf? Any and all commentary is welcome in the comments, and be sure to stick with CinemaBlend for more on Spider-Man: Far From Home, and other things happening in movies and television.

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Zachary Levi Thinks DC Will Make Shazam! 2 ‘As Soon As Possible’

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The DC live-action universe had had its share of missteps, but it seems like Warner Bros. has found its stride in recent years. After the box office disappointment of Justice League, the shared universe stepped away from crossover heavy projects, instead focusing on director-driven blockbusters that focus on one character at a time. It’s a method that worked out well for Aquaman and Shazam!, and both projects are expected to get their own sequel shortly.

Early reports indicated that The Trench would arrive before Aquaman 2, but what about a sequel for Shazam!? Zachary Levi played the superpowered title character in the film, and seems to think that Shazam! 2 might be coming sooner rather than later. Mainly, due to the cast of child actors that should presumably be brought back for another adventure. As he put it:

The only other thing I know is they want to make it as soon as possible because those kids are growing up like weeds, so if we don’t do that in like the next two days, they’re gonna be full grown adults.

You’ve got hand it to Zachary Levi, he makes a solid point. Shazam! focuses on teenager Billy Batson, who is given fantastic powers by a Wizard. Billy’s foster siblings also have major roles in the movie, eventually given their own superheroic doppleganger by the film’s ending. So if Shazam! is going to get a sequel, it’s going to need to go into production quickly before the young cast ages too much.

Child actors have always presented an interesting challenge in serialized storytelling, be it on the big screen of TV screen. Actors tend to age faster than their characters, causing some cognitive dissonance for audiences. Shazam! has a cast largely made up of young performers, so director David F. Sandberg and company are going to need to kick it into high gear ASAP. At least, according to Zachary Levi’s estimation.

Zachary Levi’s comments about a Shazam! sequel come from his recent appearance at Germany’s CCXP Cologne Convention (via Comic Book), and make a great deal of sense, and are sure to excite all DC fans out there. Shazam! brought something new to the superhero genre, adding a sense of naivety and childlike wonder to the previously ultra dark DCEU.

During his same appearance, Zachary Levi spoke about the talks going on regarding Shazam! 2, and the studio’s response to the first film. He said:

I know that I’m gonna have a conversation with my bosses pretty soon about what the idea is and where we’re going with the new movie, but all I really know is that New Line, our studio, and Warner Brothers, our parent studio, and DC, and our producers and executives and everybody who’s involved in all of the decision making, they’re all very happy with what we did. They want to do even better the second time around, and they are crafting a story right now as we speak about what that sequel is going to be.

The DC fans should be happy to hear this news, as it appears the DCEU has really hit its stride following the worrying performance of Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. Rather than releasing full phases of movie releases like the MCU, Warner Bros. appears to be approaching its shared universe more freely, allowing the performance of each blockbuster to dictate plans for the future.

Shazam! and Aquaman proved that DC could make movies that were critically acclaimed, and helped to breathe new life into the DCEU. Until that point, only Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman managed to get great reviews, and the future of the shared universe seemed precarious. But now the studio has course corrected, with director-driven projects like Joker and Birds of Prey coming down the pipeline, in addition to the projects that are still being developed.

The next installment in the DCEU is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which will hit theaters on February 7th 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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Margot Robbie’s Barbie Movie Just Got A Whole Lot Weirder

From the beginning, the entire concept of a movie based on the Barbie doll was a little odd. While certainly seeing a feature film based on a popular brand was nothing new, the initial decision to cast Amy Schumer in the title role signaled that the movie was looking to be something other than what we might expect. While the project has gone through a lot of changes since then, and it now stars Margot Robbie in the title role, it looks like the movie is still going to be something very different, as it’s now been revealed that the script is being handled by the team of Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.

Needless to say, these scriptwriters are not the first ones we’d think of when contemplating a Barbie movie, but Variety reports it’s a done deal.. Gerwig and Baumbach are more known for creating character driven dramas with a thread of high concept comedy running through them. The word “twee” gets thrown around a lot when discussing films like Boambach’s The Squid and the Whale or Greta Gerwig’s recent Oscar contender Lady Bird.

These are movies that tend to be considered strong awards contenders but rarely find themselves at the top of the box office. That’s not to say that the pair has never been part of more mainstream fair, Noah Baumbach did co-write the script for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, so there’s that.

Still this choice of writing team will either mean we’ll see a very different movie from Gerwig and Baumbach than we’re used to getting, or we’re going to get a very different Barbie movie than we were expecting.

This latter idea isn’t entirely out of the question. When the Barbie movie was first conceived, Amy Schumer was attached to star in the project. She was going to play an “imperfect” Barbie doll who did not fit in with the other Barbies and left to find her own way. After Schumer was forced to drop out, Anne Hathaway was attached to star, indicating a change in direction for the project.

Then the film saw a major delay. Originally, it was set to be in theaters last year. The movie moved from Sony to Warner Bros. and Mattel, the toy company who created the doll, started its own film division so it could also produce the feature. It was at this point that Margot Robbie was brought on board to play Barbie.

One has to assume that the writer and director of Lady Bird and the forthcoming Little Women is going to have a unique take on a Barbie movie. It certainly fires up the imagination and gets me much more interested in the movie than I had been since Amy Schumer was involved.

Currently Barbie has a May 2020 release date, but if the script is just getting underway it seems impossible for the film to make that release date. Expect to see this one get pushed back in short order, perhaps to a holiday 2020 release but more likely something in the summer of 2021.

The 10 Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies, Including Terminator, Total Recall And More

 

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Ever since he starred in the title role in 1970’s little-seen Hercules in New York, where he was billed as “Arnold Strong,” Arnold Schwarzenegger has been making a big impact in cinema, and his role in cinema history was firmly cemented with the lead villainous role in The Terminator. Indeed, through nearly 50 years of moviemaking, Arnold Schwarzenegger has become an absolute mega-star, the likes of which are few and far between these days. That is a legacy that continues to shine even to this day, with new and hopefully promising roles in Terminator: Dark Fate and more to look forward to.

There are several classic Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and everyone has their personal favorites. That’s why I’m taking a bit to break down ten of his strongest films, to celebrate a career that has seen several triumphs throughout many decades of cinema. Few actors can transcend through generations to become a larger-than-life megastar in Hollywood, but Arnold Schwarzenegger has defied the odds time and time again and become a superstar like no other in the moviemaking business. He has always said he would be back, after all, and he hasn’t failed to keep up that promise yet.

Let’s break down ten of the most exciting Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and you can be sure to let us know what you think (including your personal picks) in the comment section found below.

10. John Matrix In Commando

It was tough for me to pick between Commando and The Running Man. Both movies are endearingly fun in very cheesy, campy ways, but it’s hard to deny how much Commando is an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, down to the teeth. From the quips to the explosive violence to the strongman pathos that drives the film’s bleeding anguish, Commando is a theatrical slice of cinematic splendor made even more gleefully over-the-top by Mr. Schwarzenegger.

At its heart, Commando is a tale of grief and anger driving revenge, and it’s a reflection of the macho-ness of its time that our lead character resorts to knifing and killing and splattering the blood of his enemies as a part of our lead character’s desire for redemption. It’s also just a whole lot of fun. Whether it’s the one-liners (“stick around”) or the fantastically maniac glee it has for ridiculous violence, Commando is a whole lot of B-movie goofiness and it is made ever more enjoyable by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays up the hamminess of the film with aplomb at the right times.

9. Harry Tasker In True Lies

When you have James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger working together, you should expect some quality filmmaking. While their third collaboration together True Lies wasn’t quite on par with their first two movies, there is a good bit of fun to be had in this silly, excessive martial action spy film. In many ways, it does feel like the predecessor to a film like Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And I’d argue that it’s also a better film than that movie too.

Paired alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies is quite easily among the most laboriously sensational movies from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s filmography. That’s saying something, especially if you’ve seen, say, The Last Action Hero or even Commando. What makes it work is both the sizzling sensuality of the famous leads and James Cameron’s firmly tongue-in-cheek style, which is both playful and also sincere in its ridiculous attitude toward its material. The result is an enjoyable romp that doesn’t quite stand as tall as some of their other work, but one that shouldn’t be dismissed quite so readily either.

8. Sheriff Ray Owens In The Last Stand

After a 10-year absence from the silver screen, due to the actor stepping away from acting in order to become the governor of California (in a strange turn of events for the cinematic oddity), Arnold Schwarzenegger was overdue for a new movie. He needed to make a comeback in a major way and it would have to harken back to the movies of yesteryear, which played up the silliness and rambunctiousness, while still addressing Arnold’s age.

The resulting film, The Last Stand, is not necessarily the best film from Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it’s still a great deal of fun. Playing the role of Sheriff Ray Owens, an over-the-hill small town law enforcement officer who finds his small town under threat from outside forces, both the character and the actor playing the role are forced to dust off their action skills and give liberal doses of ass-whooping to anyone and everyone threatening this fair city. It is a direct-to-DVD plot at best, but Arnold’s dedication and strong direction from Kim Jee-woon make it a full blast.

7. Conan The Barbarian In Conan The Barbarian

While Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career had a few bumps during the early days, it was thanks to movies like Conan the Barbarian that producers and moviegoers alike were able to see the cinematic potential in this hulking figure. When you are playing a mythic figure, you need someone who can fill the screen and present his or herself in an extraordinary way. Bascially, you need an actor who is built to last and exceptionally charismatic. They definitely found the right guy with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian. And it was one of the first times when Arnold was really able to shine in a leading role.

While Conan the Barbarian can be slow and drawn out — sometimes to a fault — it is thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s staggering commitment and his nordic swagger that this role is able to work so well. He really leans into the bravado, playing up the primitive man with a clear moral compass. The result is one of the earliest films to really understand Arnold Schwarzenegger’s star potential, and it’s a shame that the sequel, Conan the Destroyer, never quite got the same balance right, leaning a little too much into the silliness and the sensationalism. Nevertheless, it’s a good start for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

6. Dutch In Predator

In theory, Predator should’ve been a disposable Alien knock-off, the likes of which populated the theater trying to capitalize upon its enormous success. While it’s hard to argue that Predator is on the same level as a masterpiece like Alien, to call Predator a mere knock-off would be seriously selling it short.

Another example of hyper-masculinity fueling every pore of this film, Predator is an army movie that takes man vs. nature to the extreme when an elite soldier must battle an unseen foe in the jungle who is slicing, killing and skinning all of his men. It is going to take a lot of guns and ammo to take down the space-based opposition, and thankfully, Arnold plays it up goofily enough, while still taking it seriously enough, that he sells the  premise in a major way. The result is commendably well-made and consistently thrilling in its kill-or-be-killed style.

5. Julius Benedict In Twins

Arnold Schwarzenegger has always been a funny guy. Even in his earlier movies, the bodybuilder-turned-actor displayed a likable sense of humor that made movies like Commando, Conan the Barbarian and Predator, to name a few, all the more enjoyable. But it wasn’t until Ivan Reitman directed Arnold in 1988’s Twins that the muscle-bound action actor could finally flex his funny bone, and he proved to everyone just how funny he could be.

In the late ’80s comedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger is paired up with Danny DeVito as a pair of science experiment twins in a mismatched attempt to make the perfect child. The experiment results in two completely different siblings with completely different heights, demeanors and appearances. When they come together, they find themselves working shockingly well as a comedy duo, with Schwarzenegger in particularly loosening up and really playing up the absurdity of his looks and eccentricities. The result is a surprisingly warm and winning comedy that helped pave the way for a comedy career for the action star, and a film that allowed Arnold to be more directly funny in the future, which added a heightened surrealism to the star’s films.

4. Arnold Schwarzenegger As Himself On Pumping Iron

While Arnold Schwarzenegger has build an impressive cinematic resume in his fictional efforts, it should come to no surprise to know that, in real life, he could also be a larger-than-life figure with a lot of personality and charm to spare. That was made evident to film fans in the engaging documentary, Pumping Iron, which chronicled Schwarzenegger’s days as a bodybuilder, particularly as the young man made a name for himself as “Mister Universe.”

Whether it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger strutting his stuff on-stage or his colorful way of describe the elation of pumping weights, it’s clear that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a hell of a character, and you don’t need to give him a fake name and put him in a fantastical environment to make him a large-and-in-charge figure of the silver screen. Indeed, this documentary works exceptionally thanks to Schwarzenegger’s involvement, and it’s clear the director wanted to focus on him because he had clear star power worth exploring. That definitely proved to be true in the years to come as his star power rose.

3. Quaid In Total Recall

While Arnold Schwarzenegger built his career through the action genre, and he found enormous success in the comedy department, it is ultimately sci-fi that has treated Schwarzenegger the best throughout the years. Undeniably, The Terminator movies have been the actor’s most lasting legacy in the history of cinema, but it is through Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall that Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to package his talents in action, comedy and the sci-fi genres in a major way, resulting in a wildly satisfying thrill ride that you would expect to see between Arnold and the director of Robocop.

In the role of Quaid, a man of the future who finds himself caught between two planets and an out-of-this-world adventure that escape the possibilities of the mind, Total Recall is an absolute trip, and it’s a film that allows Arnold Schwarzenegger to lean heavily into his heightened, bombastic screen presence in a way that allows him to feel nature in such an extreme environment. The result is a very enjoyable and thoughtful space adventure romp.

2. The Terminator In Terminator 2: Judgement Day

There are only a few sequels that are arguably as good — if not better — than their predecessors. Terminator 2: Judgement Day, however, is one of those movies. An action-packed science-fiction adventure that contains James Cameron’s trademark talents for spectacle and intelligence in equal measures, this sequel raises the stakes a gigantic way and changes enough elements while still staying true to the foundations of this sci-fi franchise.

By changing Arnold Schwarzenegger from the menace to the father figure, it was a risk that paid off handsomely, giving Arnold a chance to prove his charisma even more than before while also benefitting the expanding story in a major way. The result is a brilliant switch-up with a big payoff to boot. Indeed, it’s rare to find a sequel that lives up to the original, and this is one of the very few exceptions. Not even the other Terminator sequels can say they do the same. In most people’s views, there is only one good Terminator sequel, and this is it. Hopefully, maybe Terminator: Dark Fate can finally provide moviegoers with the respectful follow-up they’ve been craving after all this time. Whether or not that’s true, at least we have this sequel.

1. Terminator In The Terminator

It’s hard to pick between Terminator 1 and Terminator 2, but since the first Terminator movie is the one that truly turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into a major movie star, I think it gets the slight edge this time around. Though, this matter is certainly up for debate, since they’re both really strong action films that excel in their own ways. Yet, when it comes to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s incredible run as an action hero, this is where his big legacy truly started.

After several years of trying to establish himself as a movie star after his years as a bodybuilder, it took young filmmaker James Cameron and his low-budget sci-fi horror movie to truly capitalize on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charisma and on-screen presence and turn it into an incredible asset, one that is both highly memorable and, in the right scenes here, completely menacing. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a silent-but-lethal opposition, one with a critical desire to kill or be killed when it comes to murdering Sarah Conner. It is a premise that could’ve been hokey and corny, but Arnold’s looming presence sells the magnitude of the situation, giving this larger-than-life figure a real flesh-and-blood demeanor that hides the character’s mechanical emptiness. It is with this movie that we first heard the quote “I’ll be back.” And in the years since, we have continued to follow Arnold with interest thanks to this role.

Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t bring up a few titles that didn’t make the cut. For instance, The Expendables movies are notable, but none were included here because they really are more ensemble pieces than Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. At least, in my opinion. Arnold only has a single scene in the first movie, and he mostly works as glorified cameos in the sequels as well. Similar logic goes for another cameo appearances in The Long Goodbye (which is easily one of his best movies, but not really his movie), Dave, The Rundown, and several other titles. They might feature Arnold Schwarzenegger, but they are not his movies, per se.

Additionally, there are loyal fans of Kindergarten Cop, Last Action Hero, Junior and Jingle All The Way, and we hear you. Kindergarten Cop is easily one of the actor’s most quotable movies, and you can also say the same for Batman & Robin. I don’t consider either of them to be the actor’s finest hour, but there is enjoyable value to be found in their oversized performances. It should also be noted that Arnold Schwarzenegger has given two strong dramatic performances in two recent indie films: Maggie and Aftermath. Unfortunately, I consider the actor miscast in both roles, though I do applaud Arnold for trying to work outside his usual comfort zone, hoping to challenge himself with new, stirring performances — even if they do not quite work.

Also, Killing Gunther, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest film, isn’t necessarily a winner, but it does feature one of Arnold Schwarzengger’s most enjoyable performances in years. He only appears in the movie’s final few moments, even though he plays the title character, but he’s an absolute hoot in the film. While I’d be hard-pressed to recommend the film in full, his hilariously ridiculous performance confirms that Arnold still has great comedy chops.

These are just one person’s picks, and we would love to hear what you have to say about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s work. Let us know in the comment section below what you consider Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best movie moments to be. We’ll be back with more content right here at CinemaBlend.

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Daisy Ridley Recounts Emotional Final Day Filming Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

 

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The Star Wars franchise has been around for decades, enthralling generations of moviegoers in the process. As such, George Lucas’ colorful space opera has a very special place in cinephile’s hearts, having been passed down over the years by parents, co-workers, and now even grandparents. It’s a property with a rabid fanbase, and each new release has extremely high expectations.

The galaxy far, far away also means something special to the cast and crew who have worked on the Star Wars franchise. This includes Daisy Ridley, as her character Rey is the hero of the current trilogy. J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker will mark her final appearance as the mysterious young Jedi. Ridley recently recounted her last day on set, saying:

I just can’t remember it, I remember J.J. making a speech and I sort of remember a couple things he said, like I’m always on time, which I appreciate him saying. And then he went to pass me the mic and I was the last person to wrap. It was my final shot, and I’m just crying in the shot. It was incredibly dramatic.

Landing the role of Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens changed the life of Daisy Ridley’s career, and elevated the actress to a household name. Working on the sequel trilogy has dominated her professional life over the past few years, so it was obviously emotional to wrap up that time in her life for good.

Daisy Ridley is expressly referencing a photo that went viral, with the starring cast of Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega hugging and crying as The Rise of Skywalker wrapped its primary photography. While reshoots might be happening, Ridley and her co-stars’ jobs are mostly over at this point. After all, Episode IX is arriving in just a few months.

As a reference, you can check out the photo below, courtesy of J.J. Abrams’ personal Instagram page.

Poe, Rey, and Finn helped lead the sequel trilogy, taking most of the screen time in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. And it seems the cast really gets along as well, as shown in the above image. It’s a good thing, since they were stuck together through months and months of filming throughout the past few years.

In her same conversation with People, Daisy Ridley went on to explain what it was like leaving the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and closing a major chapter in her professional and personal life. As she put it:

Literally can’t remember what I said. Hugged a number of people and then got in the car and looked out the window like I was in a music video: tears rolling down my face, hand to the window, thinking about days gone past.

Clearly Daisy Ridley’s time in the Star Wars franchise has meant quite a bit to the 27 year-old actress. But all things must come to an end, and it seems like The Rise of Skywalker will be her final bow in the long running franchise.

The Rise of Skywalker will complete the Skywalker Saga, and the nine film narrative of the main franchise. But there are a variety of other Star Wars movies being developed by Lucasfilm, so the door would be open for actors to return. But Daisy Ridley won’t be one of them, as she’s maintained that Episode IX will be her last appearance in the galaxy far, far away.

All will be revealed when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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There Really Is A Campaign For Justice League’s Snyder Cut At Comic-Con After Go Fund Me

The beautiful, and terrible, thing about the internet is the way it can bring people together. In the world of pop culture, this means fans of any given property uniting behind their favorite characters and stories. Fan movements are nothing new to the internet, but none have them have had quite the presence of those campaigning for the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League. Now, that movement has some money behind it.

Following a fundraising campaign, a bus stop advertisement has materialized in San Diego that uses the #ReleasetheSnyderCut hashtag that fans have built up on Twitter. The ad contains numerous quotes from various Justice League cast and crew that have expressed support, to one degree or another, for Zack Snyder’s original vision.

You have to say this about fans looking for the Snyder Cut, they’re devoted. Fans raised money among themselves to pay for the bus ad. Based on the Reddit post this is the first of several advertisements that will be hitting San Diego during this week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

In a classy move, only half the money raised is being used to promote the Snyder Cut. The other half was donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The suicide of Zack Snyder’s daughter was the reason the director left the production of Justice League in the first place, so it’s nice to see the fans supporting not only his directorial vision. but also doing their part to prevent future family tragedies.

When Zack Snyder left the production of Justice League, Joss Whedon was brought in to handle the film’s scheduled reshoots. The resulting film met with both lukewarm reviews and middling box office. Even amongst those who had been major fans of previous DC efforts like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was a feeling that Justice League was lacking something. Those fans have wanted to see what a Justice League edited to meet Zack Snyder’s personal vision would have looked like.

Not all of the discourse surrounding the Snyder Cut has been pleasant. Lots of the people calling for it have tried to organize protests and have inundated Warner Bros. executives with Twitter replies, but, for those people who feel passionately about it, this isn’t the worst way to show that support.

Who knows, maybe it will even work. Fan support has helped prevent TV shows from being cancelled and has seen movies made that wouldn’t otherwise have seen the light of day. There’s clearly a devoted following here, the only question is whether or not there’s enough money in that devoted following to justify the expense involved in producing the film.

I have to say I’m curious. After all this passion and mobilization, what would happen if the Snyder Cut actually existed? Would it actually meet the expectations of those that have been waiting for it? It certainly would be interesting to see just how different, or not, Justice League actually was.

Of course, there’s been zero indication at this point from anybody in authority that there’s even a possibility a new edit of Justice League could ever happen, so it’s all a pretty long shot right now.

We’ll have to wait and see just how this ad campaign works. One thing that does seem clear, even if it doesn’t work, the “Release the Snyder Cut” crowd won’t be dissuaded. Instead, they’ll just move on to the next idea. This group is committed to a cause.

Writer Richard Curtis Reveals Major Changes Danny Boyle Made To Yesterday’s Script

 

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Warning: SPOILERS for Yesterday are in play. If you haven’t seen the film yet, and want to remain unspoiled, bookmark this story and come back once you’re current.

The world of Yesterday is one that’s built on major change. In particular, the Beatles and several other key pop culture contributions have disappeared, thus changing the world that protagonist Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, inhabits.

Strangely enough, the story of the film underwent some major changes itself, as one of the conditions director Danny Boyle laid out in order to secure his participation was that he wanted to see 20% to 25% of the script changed before he signed on.

Writer Richard Curtis, working from an original draft by writer Jack Barth, may have shaped Yesterday into the film that it eventually became in its final draft, but Boyle made some key changes that served as cherries on top of the completed narrative.

During a conversation with CinemaBlend on one of the press days for the film, Curtis revealed the following changes that were added into the film, through the suggestions of Danny Boyle:

So you know the way that Lily [James] was on that huge screen at the back in the final concert? That wasn’t in my original draft. That was an idea of Danny’s. And I’ve got a feeling the Liverpool thing he sort of pushed and expanded, because he was so keen that Liverpool should be represented. And he definitely added ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ at the end, and I think he asked me to shorten it, which is always a thing. Shorten it before the incident occurs.

As Richard Curtis discussed the original version of Yesterday that he’d drafted, there were quite a few points that were altered to streamline and refocus the film’s narrative. Part of those edits were revealed to take place through deleting an entire character played by Ana De Armas.

Just as her removal from the final cut of Yesterday was to prevent Jack from looking like he didn’t deserve Lily James’ Ellie, there was more content that was cut from the movie’s first act for other reasons.

In light of those cuts, the addition of the third act’s “grand sweeping gesture” seems to be part of a trade-off that was made between Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis. With De Armas’ Roxanne gone from the film, and Jack revealing his feelings to Ellie during his final concert, the love story that Yesterday wanted audiences to be invested in needed some new notes during the finale to make the story work.

Even more investment material was originally included in Curtis’s draft of the film. Initially, he had intended to include a lot more of Jack’s background as a failing rock star. Danny Boyle would step in again with some notes, as Richard Curtis pointed out his reasoning for including the material, and how it was cut, in the following terms:

I was using the example of Crocodile Dundee, where remember we had like a whole hour in Australia before the hour in New York? And I said to him, ‘In order to make the movie more realistic, we want lots and lots of stuff about his failing career.’ And I think Danny felt it wasn’t necessary, actually. That you would get the failing career with one shot in a pub and some rather depressed-looking friends. He was pretty well right about everything.

Looking back at all of the changes that were made to Yesterday’s story, Richard Curtis’ admission that Danny Boyle helped shave the film into fighting shape is really easy to agree with. Not only that, but getting this look into the extensive changes made to the film really shows just how collaborative the process was between writer and director.

In the wrong hands, a film like Yesterday could have been an overly maudlin film that hit all of the standard notes a romantic-comedy is expected to. This makes the revisions that both Boyle and Curtis made to the film all the more valuable, in that they deliver a film that’s traditional enough to be accessible, but freshens the formula up to the point that it feels new and effective as well.

You can enjoy the results for yourself at your earliest convenience, as Yesterday is currently in theaters now. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in a new song to sing along with at the movies, check out our 2019 release schedule!

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