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Tim Miller Explains Why Terminator: Dark Fate Is Rated R




There was a dark time in Hollywood decision making, where modern sequels to R-rated films found themselves dipping into PG-13 rated antics. It was sort of move that felt like an older property trying to find a new form of relevance, in a world where Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was crushing box office records like soda cans with that lesser rating.

But as time went on, properties old and new started seizing the opportunity to go back to the R-rated majesty that would make them famous. Terminator: Dark Fate is one of the most recent examples of a movie that’s ready to take that tactic, and leave it to Deadpool’s Tim Miller to flip the bird at PG-13 decision making, by ensuring in the following terms that this latest adventure would be a very adult affair. As he put it as San Diego Comic-Con:

The DNA of Terminator is an R-rated fucking movie, so to not do it R seems disingenuous to the source material.

History helps to back Tim Miller’s claim, as the Terminator films have been known to shed quite a bit of blood, show cyborgs with human tissue coverings have to do some massive surgery with all the gore on display. And of course, the property has also included a ton of profanity from the human contingent.

This confirmation for Terminator: Dark Fate is a pretty big deal, one that’s just as big as having Edward Furlong returning to the role of John Connor for this latest film. Much like Furlong’s return, as well as James Cameron’s return to help mold the story of this new film, the R-rating seems to have a very specific purpose in mind: to win back the Terminator fandom.

As the last two films, Terminator: Salvation and Terminator Genisys, brought James Cameron’s storied franchise into a new era of blockbuster filmmaking, the saga of Sarah Connor, her son John, and the fate of the world, became a PG-13 affair. To say that this ruffled some feathers with the fans, and even Linda Hamilton herself, is to blatantly understate the scenario.

Along with those two films came the added stigma of Terminator die hards just not liking where the films took the series that depended so much on the motto, “No fate, but what we make for ourselves.” Now, with a third film that’s got not only James Cameron’s guidance, but also a soft reboot approach that ignores everything after Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator: Dark Fate has a chance to correct the franchise’s fate towards a better trajectory.

CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg was in the crowd during today’s Terminator: Dark Fate panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and he heard this news first hand. In addition to confirming that the film is a return to R-rated standing for the Terminator saga, it was also heard that part of that rating will be language related.

We say this, because Tim Miller also confirmed that while we’ll be hearing a lot of F-bombs from the legendary Sarah Connor, played once again by series legend Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 will not be swearing at all. The reason, according to Miller, is that while humans can swear, robots cannot.

Ratings don’t exactly equate to success, as Terminator: Dark Fate could be just as disappointing with an R-rating as it would a PG-13. The comfort in a more mature rating comes from the fact that should this film become a huge letdown, it might be less of a product of aiming for a rating that is counter to the gritty reality of the Terminator franchise.

The results will be available for all to see when Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on November 1. In the meantime, stay tuned to CinemaBlend for further coverage of the film’s San Diego Comic-Con presence, as well as everything else that breaks from this weekend’s festivities.

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The Top Gun: Maverick Trailer Puts Tom Cruise Back In The Cockpit

Usually going into San Diego Comic-Con, there’s a general expectation of the kind of content we can look forward to. But there are also a few surprises sprinkled in, and this year, one of those is Tom Cruise showing up to premiere the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick. Not to worry, though, folks, because the preview has also been released to the public. Check it out!

Midsommar’s William Jackson Harper Recounts The ‘Taxing’ Filming Process

Ari Aster’s Midsommar is a stomach-turning nightmare shot in the light of day. Aside from the jaw-dropping events that take place within the horror films runtime, audiences are also treated to some masterful cinematography as the young group of friends attend the summer festival. William Jackson Harper, who plays Josh, admits pulling off some of the more ambitious wide shot sequences were no easy feat to be part of. In his words:

As an audience member, it’s easy to forget about all the time that needs to be filled between the director getting their vision where they want it on camera. And for the Good Place actor, there was a lot of admiring nature (and its creepy-crawlies) as he waited. He told Collider that while it was a taxing shoot, the finished product makes it all worth it.

One scene that seems like it was particularly intense and technical to shoot was when the villagers took turns picking up their forks one by one in line at the long table. It featured a birds-eye shot of the lunch ballet of sorts. Because the film is set in Sweden during its long summer days, it could only be shot at times when the sun was high in the sky.

The actor knew they were stepping into an ambitious project when they signed on for Midsommar. Jack Reynor, who plays the lousy boyfriend to Dani (Florence Pugh), he said he couldn’t see “a clear path” for how they could pull if off but that was exactly why he was interested in being a part of it. When the cast screened the film, they were so amazed and shocked by the end product that they just sat in silence for 10 minutes taking it in.

Midsommar came just one year after Ari Aster’s debut film Hereditary. William Jackson Harper had just auditioned for Midsommar when his breakout horror flick was released in theaters. It only heightened his hope to nab the role. He was attracted by the ‘unnerving” quality of the writer/director’s work.

The horror flick has sparked a lot of discussion for it’s crazy cult rituals and polarizing ending that is open to interpretation based on the viewers own perception on the subject matter. Between its blood and guts, “WTF-did-I-just-watch” storytelling and beautifully complex shots, Midsommar also contends with loss and relationship turmoil.

Have you seen Midsommar? It’s still in theaters to traumatize audiences!

Kevin James’ Beard Has Gotten Even More Out Of Control For New Adam Sandler Netflix Movie

After the success of Adam Sandler’s Netflix comedy Murder Mystery, it seems like it was only a matter of time before things got a bit out of control. Sure enough, they have, only in the very particular circumstance that is Kevin James’ beard.

Don’t take our word for it though, as you can see just how much Kevin James’ facial hair has grown, courtesy of his social media posting below:

While Kevin James certainly isn’t a stranger to facial hair, as his Paul Blart: Mall Cop look brought him into that particular fold, this is a seriously long beard. Though that’s nothing compared to what’s been spotted on the set of this new Netflix film, allegedly entitled Hubie Halloween.

Yahoo dug up some details on this film’s current production, and as it turns out, Kevin James is also rocking a pretty big mullet as Officer Steve, a police officer who helps Adam Sandler’s protagonist, Hubie, investigate a heinous crime.

If you just said to yourself, “I bet it’s a murder,” you’re clearly psychic, as Hubie Halloween is another Netflix murder mystery from the man who helped make Murder Mystery a big damned hit for the streaming giant. Only this time, instead of a jet-setting adventure in Europe, Sandler and company will be skulking around Salem, Massachusetts in the search of a killer.

It’s still a bit weird to see Kevin James with a beard as big as the one seen in the Instagram post the actor had shared. While we’re used to some facial hair on the star of such sitcoms as The King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait, this is a pretty big deal. Then again, Netflix is probably banking on James, and his partner-in-crime Sandler, to make Hubie Halloween a massive hit. Which means extreme measures must naturally be taken, in the name of success.

Murder Mystery was a pretty big hit for Netflix, and in the shadow of the supposed flopping of Triple Frontier, the studio is going to want another hit to draw subscribers back to their queues. Though if word of mouth behind Hubie Halloween gets as wild as that of Murder Mystery, there’s a chance that Adam Sandler fans who don’t already have a Netflix account might just sign up for this next film.

It’s all the more reason for Kevin James to grow an insanely long beard, in hopes of luring audiences into this latest film’s clutches. The laws of comedy dictate that you’ve got to top yourself each time, and James is just playing by the rules, folks.

Hubie Halloween doesn’t have a release date just yet, but it wouldn’t be all that surprising if this one drops on Netflix in time for this fall’s festivities. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in partaking in those sweet Sandler antics, Murder Mystery is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Margot Robbie Has Never Seen A Star Wars Movie

Star Wars is a cultural institution. While it’s only been around for 40 years. you’d be hard pressed to find somebody who isn’t quite familiar with the movies, even if they aren’t hardcore fans of the galaxy, far, far away. Even if you haven’t seen the “old” movies, any modern movie goer would likely see the new ones just as a matter of course.

And yet, somehow, Margot Robbie has never seen a Star Wars movie. Not one of them. Not only that, she’s now making something of an effort to avoid seeing Star Wars movies just because the fact that she never has tends to drive people crazy. As Robbie says…

I kinda want to see how long she can go too. It’s actually somewhat impressive to make it to 29 years of age and not see any Star Wars movies. She would have been nine years old when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace came out in theaters and that seems like exactly the perfect age for a movie like that. And yet, apparently it just wasn’t a priority.

If you’re a Star Wars fan and have ever met somebody who has never seen the films, you probably know what Margot Robbie means when she says it infuriates people. You were probably utterly taken aback to discover that such a person exists. It’s just sort of shocking that people have avoided something that is such a part of our culture. You want to move them over to a DVD player and sit them down immediately. Full disclosure, I basically did that with a friend in college right before the prequels started coming out, she had never seen the original trilogy before.

Margot Robbie made the confession to MTV as part of an interview along side her Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood co-stars. It turns out, neither Brad Pitt nor Margot Robbie have ever seen Gone With the Wind. Both Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio share the dubious distinction of having never seen The Sound of Music.

No matter how big a movie fan you are, there are always those popular or classic films that you have just never gotten around to seeing. Either they fall in a genre that just doesn’t appeal to you or you’ve just never found yourself with the time. Not seeing any one popular film is one thing. It does take a certain effort to avoid a franchise that is now 10 movies deep.

We’ll have to wait and see how long Margot Robbie can go without seeing Star Wars. Maybe she’ll be cast in one down the road, then she’ll have to watch it unless she wants to totally no-show the premiere.

Over 30 Dead After Japanese Animation Studio Is Burned Down

Kyoto Animation, founded in 1981 by the husband and wife team of Hideaki and Yoko Hatta, is one of Japan’s most renowned, popular and respected anime studios, spoken of by some in the same manner as the esteemed Studio Ghibli. KyoAni produces films and TV shows including K-On!, A Silent Voice: The Movie, Full Metal Panic, Free! And Violet Evergarden: The Movie.

Surprise, Terminator 2’s Edward Furlong Is Back As John Connor In Dark Fate

James Cameron made history with his pair of Terminator movies, which remain the upper echelon of sci-fi movies. The Terminator franchise continues on after Cameron’s involvement slowed, and new installments have never been truly far from theaters. While some of these newer installments failed to impress audiences (and Linda Hamilton), Deadpool director Tim Miller will be able to course correct with his upcoming blockbuster Terminator: Dark Fate, which is a direct sequel to T2.

This Big Little Lies Theory Makes a Convincing Case That Corey Is Perry’s Brother

The end of Big Little Lies’ second season is near, and fans are eagerly waiting to see how the hit HBO show will tie all of its loose threads together. The series is known for its surprise reveals and cliffhangers, so it’s understandable why fans think there are major twists on the way as the finale approaches—and one theory involves Jane Chapman’s love interest, Corey.

According to Reddit user emmyeggo, Corey (Douglas Smith) might be more than just a guy Jane (played by Shailene Woodley) has been dating: He could be Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgård) brother. If you watched episode five of season two—spoilers ahead—then you remember that Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) saw Corey leaving the police station, sparking speculation that he’s an undercover cop. On episode six, he denies being a detective, but emmyeggo thinks he’s still hiding that he and Perry are related.

Alexander Skarsgård as Perry on season one of Big Little Lies


The Reddit user writes that they’ve based their theory on a few different details, including the structure of Liane Moriarty’s previous books. Namely, that you can “expect the unexpected.” The episode seven description also says Celeste “questions Mary-Louise about a tragic event from Perry’s childhood.”

So far, there have been several mentions of Perry’s deceased brother—something emmyeggo believes could be part of a big twist. “It’s highly likely that there was some sort of trauma inflicted upon Perry, and it’s not too far-fetched to believe that Mary-Louise had a motive to fake her other son’s death. There could be a myriad of logical explanations for this (of which we know Celeste starts to ‘question,’)” emmyeggo writes.

“Also to keep in mind – the way that the ’Perry was Jane’s rapist’ plot twist was so effective is because Jane and Perry were never introduced to each other in present time, so the audience struggled to put the two and two together,” emmyeggo continues. “Though Corey and Mary-Louise have been a big part of Jane’s life this season, Corey and Mary-Louise have actually never been in the same scene together…” “Jane also has a flashback to her assault when dancing with Corey, which would make sense if they were brothers. Celeste also looks at Corey very strangely at Amabella’s party.”

Here’s the scene the user is referring to:

The Reddit user also points out that Mary-Louise mentioned that her husband remarried after the trauma, which could also open Perry up to having step siblings. Even if Corey turns out to have known Perry in some way, there’s still the question of what his motives could be in establishing a relationship with Jane.

Keegan-Michael Key Would Love To Be In A Jordan Peele Horror Movie

When sketch comedy pair Key & Peele first premiered their show on Comedy Central in 2012, could anyone have predicted one would become horror’s most respected new eye? Jordan Peele has done a complete career 180 since doing impressions of Barack Obama with Keegan-Michael Key as his anger translator, recently helming Get Out and Us, along with being behind CBS’ Twilight Zone reboot.

Keegan-Michael Key has been incredibly busy as well, recently starring in The Predator and lending his voice to a hyena named Kamari alongside Beyoncé in The Lion King. That said, he hasn’t forgotten his partner-in-comedy and looks like he’d join Jordan Peele on just about any endeavor. In his words:

It’s exciting to see Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele continue their partnership in voice roles! They just stole the show in Toy Story 4 as carnival stuffed animals Ducky and Bunny. They will also team up as demon brothers who face off against a nun and pair of goth teens in order to break out of Hell in the stop-motion animated film Wendell and Wild. The film is directed by the iconic Henry Selick, produced by Netflix and expected to be released in late 2020 or early 2021.

In regards to starring in one of Jordan Peele’s buzzy horror projects, Keegan-Michael Key is game for that too! It would just depend on the script. Coming off the recent success of Us, Jordan Peele hasn’t announced another directorial project yet, but he will serve as a writer and producer on the Candyman reboot, to be directed by Nia DaCosta and star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Tony Todd.

Keegan-Michael Key also offered up this idea as well to

It would be amazing to see the pair star in a movie together whether it be comedy or drama. Just keep working together! We’re game for any collaboration as well. However, Jordan Peele has expressed his commitment to the horror genre, recently saying he doesn’t see himself “moving far from horror anytime soon.”

What type of project would you like to see Key and Peele collaborate on next? Sound off in the comments!

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Trailer Is Star-Studded And Definitely NSFW

Though this film calls itself a reboot, and definitely follows that sort of template by treading that hallowed ground from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the film feels more like what Hollywood likes to call a “legacyquel”. A key part of that designation is the fact that Shannon Elizabeth’s Justice is back in the picture for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and she has a surprise for Jay: their teenaged daughter, Millennium Vulcan, played by Harley Quinn Smith.