Sarah Connor cannot be censored. The ‘80s heroine is memorably a badass, tough-as-nails Terminator lead who has no issue throwing out some F-bombs. And why not? When her character’s story began the franchise, it was inherently R-rated material flustered with violence, and she was being hunted by robots from the future. It’s a reasonable reaction! So when Linda Hamilton came back to the role almost 30 years later, of course there are more “fucks” for her to deliver this time around too!
Sounds like this is just embedded in the Sarah Connor character! The PG-13 rating’s allotted singular f-bomb just wouldn’t feel true to her character, and Tim Miller found this obvious from the beginning when trying to continue the tone of the original Terminator films directed by James Cameron. Especially considering Linda Hamilton’s iconic character has become even more hardened since the first two movies, now deeming herself a “Terminator hunter.”
Dark Fate will ignore the events of the PG-13 Terminator movies Salvation and Genisys, as well as Rise of the Machines. It will follow the events of Judgement Day almost 30 years later as Sarah Connor meets Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) and her own Terminator protector, Grace (MacKenzie Davis), as Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 attempts to hunt them down. Connor has a reunion with a different model of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, who has assumed the name Carl, developed more human traits and fronts his own drapery business.
In the past, Terminator filmmakers may have steered away from making it R-rated to assure more success at the box office. But Tim Miller’s release of Deadpool is proof that R-ratings sell. Just look at Joker; it’s a money-making machine! James Cameron continued:
Alternatively, maybe Terminator: Dark Fate will benefit from being rated R. When hardcore fans were first introduced the property, its gritty quality was part of the charm that made it a legendary franchise. When the Terminator movies tried to please everyone, that’s where they failed.
Terminator: Dark Fate recently had its first audience screenings and the reaction has been largely positive. Eric Eisenberg called it the “best sequel in the franchise since T2” and compared it to the feel The Force Awakens had on bringing back the Star Wars franchise. Check it out for yourself on November 1.
When you think of Mariska Hargitay, the first thing that likely comes to mind is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as she’s been one of the leads on the long-running NBC series since the beginning. But several years before her tenure as Detective (now Captain) Olivia Benson began, Hargitay was performing in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. If you don’t remember seeing her in the teenagers with attitude’s cinematic debut, that’s because she was fired in the middle of production.
Recently recalling her brief time on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, where she was playing Dulcea, the alien warrior that gives them their new powers, Mariska Hargitay said:
I was so excited because I was going to Australia to play this queen. I get there, hair, makeup, prosthetics pieces, walking around like that, feeling pretty good.
Who can blame her? At the time, Mariska Hargitay was arguably best known for her time as Carly Fixx on the soap opera Falcon Crest, and she’d had minor roles on TV shows like Seinfeld and movies like The Perfect Weapon. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie afforded her the opportunity to not just play an integral character, but one that made her feel good while she was in the costume and makeup.
Alas, continuing in her interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Mariska Hargitay explained how she was let go from the production two months later after she decided to see her family during the holidays. As the actress put it:
I was there from November and then December, and then we were getting close to Christmas and they had me on hold a lot. And finally, around December 21, I said, ‘Hey, guys, this is great, but you kept me on hold too long. I gotta go.’ It’s Christmas. I think that’s only fair. I fly home, and January 3, I call them. I’m like, ‘OK, I’m ready.’ And they’re like, ‘Sweetie, you’re good. Don’t worry about it.’ Yes, and they fired me… because I wanted to go home for Christmas and be with my family.
Dulcea was ultimately played in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie by Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, whose credits include NYPD Blue, 24 and Lost. While it’s unfortunate that Mariska Hargitay was let go immediately after celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with her family, it is worth noting that Fitzpatrick was cast to play Dulcea before Hargitay.
According to an interview that Blue Ranger actor David Yost gave nearly a decade ago, he and his fellow Ranger performers filmed a bunch of scenes with Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, but after she got sick and needed to go to the hospital to undergo surgery, Mariska Hargitay was brought in as her replacement. But several weeks into shooting her scenes, evidently the studio wasn’t happy with how things were going with Mariska in the Dulcea role, so once Fitzpatrick had recovered, she was brought back in to resume her Dulcea duties.
So while things didn’t work out for Mairska Hargitay on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, that wouldn’t be indicative of her future career prospects. Just four years later, she’d join Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which is now in its 21st season and is the longest-running drama series, an honor that was originally held in a tie by the original Law & Order and Gunsmoke.
As for the Power Rangers, while the franchise still has a foothold in the television realm and delivers a new cast of superpowered heroes every couple years, the last cinematic endeavor, 2017’s simply-named Power Rangers, earned mixed reviews and struggled at the box office. While a new movie is in the works, it looks like it’ll be another reboot rather than be a sequel to the last big screen adventure.
We still have a few years to go until we get to dive back in to the world of Atlantis for Aquaman 2, but if Jason Momoa’s words are anything to go by, the DC sequel will be well worth the wait. James Wan’s Aquaman was a massive and massively successful film and according to Jason Momoa, Aquaman 2 will be even bigger than the original. The star of the upcoming Apple TV+ series See recently addressed the scale of the sequel film, saying:
I think we all naturally assume that most sequels in film franchises will be bigger than the originals. Aliens was bigger than Alien, T2 was bigger than The Terminator and the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Fast & Furious franchise have all gotten bigger over time. Aquaman was a global hit, making over $1.1 billion so it’s only natural to think that Aquman 2 would be bigger, but according to Jason Momoa, it’s going to be way bigger and that’s intriguing.
According to Jason Momoa, who spoke with ET at the premiere of See, Aquaman 2 will be a way bigger movie than the original and it will have a lot going on and on multiple levels. That might seem obvious but if you’ve seen the first film, you know that it definitely wasn’t lacking in terms of scale. Aquaman was an absolutely massive blockbuster so if Aquaman 2 is going bigger, the question is how.
Aquaman wasn’t a small relatively contained story that planted seeds for a wider world to be explored in future films if the original was successful, a la say John Wick or Deadpool; Aquaman was huge. James Wan’s film not only introduced us to Atlantis, but also to the seven undersea kingdoms, most of which we actually got to see.
The end of the film also featured an absurdly huge battle among these kingdoms, with tons of combatants and gargantuan sea creatures that is going to be hard to top in terms of sheer scale in Aquaman 2. Jason Momoa sounds confident that it will though and he apparently had some ideas about how to make it happen.
What that story will be we can merely speculate. One way Aquaman 2 could be bigger would be to bring in the surface world, which is where it seemed like things were heading based on the end of that film and the post-credits sequence. Yahya Abdul-Mateen’s Black Manta will probably be back and he may not be the only enemy Arthur Curry has to face off with if Jason Momoa’s hints about the sequel are any indication.
Patrick Wilson’s Orm may also be back but he probably won’t be the big bad this time around. There are plenty of different cues Aquaman 2 could take from the comics about where to take the story as well. Whatever the story is, it sounds like we can expect it to be even bigger in scale this time around.
Aquaman 2 splashes into theaters on December 16, 2022. Presumably you want to see some movies before then, so check out what’s arriving next year in our 2020 Release Schedule.
During ESPN’s Monday Night Football game, Star Wars fans were gifted the final Rise of Skywalker trailer and access to pre-sale tickets ahead of the December release. The poignant and thrilling tease for the epic conclusion to the Skywalker Saga certainly did its job of selling fans, because the movie sold 45% more tickets in the first hour of pre-sales than Avengers: Endgame on Atom Tickets, thus breaking a massive record.
That’s right, The Rise of Skywalker now holds the best record for most sales in the first hour! And just the mention of a movie beating the recently-crowned highest grossing movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame, creates some serious buzz for the upcoming release of the latest Star Wars movie. The ticketing site also crowned The Rise of Skywalker the most anticipated movie of the fall season, per a poll.
Following a jaw-dropping previous trailer that debuted at D23 over the summer, the final Rise of Skywalker trailer tugged at the heartstrings of fans with a memorable moment between C-3PO saying goodbye to his “friends” and a voiceover of the late Carrie Fisher saying “Always” amidst some incredibly stunning visuals to get excited to see on the big screen.
It sent tons of fans running online to nab their opening night tickets, beating out the Marvel fans who jumped on Atom Tickets (and nearly broke the internet) to find out what happened after Infinity War’s cliffhanger the year before. Of course, Endgame went on to become the behemoth of box office behemoths with a $357 million global opening weekend and a $2.79 billion gross, beating out Avatar’s decade-long record as the highest-grossing movie of all time.
What does this mean for The Rise of Skywalker’s box office potential coming into December? Well, The Force Awakens is still the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. It started its run with $247 million and went on to make $2.06 billion worldwide. Star Wars movies have not beat out The Force Awakens’ earnings since. The Last Jedi made $1.33 billion worldwide and Rogue One $1.05 billion – both titles have a spot of Atom Ticket’s best first-hour pre-sale top five list at spots four and five, respectively.
So Star Wars hasn’t been up to Endgame’s level, but there are a couple things to keep in mind for The Rise of Skywalker. It’s the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, which has been in 40 years in the making. Even the most casual Star Wars fans will want to be a part of this cinematic event first and before the spoilers roll in. J.J. Abrams is back as writer/director, and he’s much more popular among fans than Rian Johnson was. The lost footage of Carrie Fisher will also entice fans curiosity. And let’s not forget Palpatine’s curious inclusion. There’s a ton of buzz here!
The DC Extended Universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, full of peeks and valleys. While Warner Bros. stumbled to get the shared universe off its feet, Patty Jenkins’ 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman was a shining example of what it was capable of. A sequel was quickly greenlit, but Jenkins took her time crafting the story of Wonder Woman 1984. But now the acclaimed director might be teasing the sequel’s long-awaited trailer.
Throughout its long gestation process, Wonder Woman 1984 has only revealed a handful of images from the blockbuster’s set. But it looks like the first trailer is coming in a few months this December. Patty Jenkins recently took to social media to tease an upcoming appearance alongside Gal Gadot at Comic Con Experience in Brazil. You can check out Patty Jenkins’ tweet below.
Well, that seems pretty obvious. Patty Jenkins thinks all eyes should be on the Wonder Woman 1984 presentation at CCXP this year. So it’s safe to assume it’s going to be trailer time for the upcoming sequel. At least, if you read into Patty Jenkins’ recent tweet.
Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s appearance is set to occur at the festival on December 8th, which is seemingly the date of the trailer premiere. With Wonder Woman 1984 set to arrive in theaters about six months later that coming June, the timing makes sense. Warner Bros. will likely offer up a brief teaser for the upcoming blockbuster, before a full trailer arrives closer to the film’s arrival in theaters. But smart money says the first glimpse into 1984 will essentially break the internet.
Wonder Woman 1984 will catch up on the character decades after she joined the world of men in 1918. This time she’ll be caught up in the Cold War, but should less of a fish out of water. The movie will also somehow bring back the likes of Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, who seemingly died in the previous movie. It’s unclear how that will work logistically, especially because in the first image of Steve in Wonder Woman 1984 he also hadn’t aged.
The upcoming sequel will arrive almost exactly three years after the original Wonder Woman hit theaters, and become a pop culture phenomenon. The DCEU broke new ground by having a female superhero lead her own movie, and Patty Jenkins’ work as director was universally praised. DC fans and casual moviegoers alike are eager to see what she’ll do with the sequel, and how Diana Prince will return to theaters following Justice League.
Like the original film, Wonder Woman 1984 will be a prequel to the main timeline of the DCEU. This allows Patty Jenkins to make narrative choices free from the potential ramifications for the greater shared universe. It also allows Diana Prince’s long life to be expanded, peeling back the layers of her strong exterior, and Amazon history. We first met her as an experienced warrior in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the prequels reveal how she got there.
Wonder Woman 1984 will introduce a slew of mysterious characters, with fans able to get their first glimpse at the newcomers when that long-awaited trailer hits. This includes Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah and Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord. What’s more, the sequel will see the return of Connie Nielsen’s Hippolyta and Robin Wright’s Antiope.
Wonder Woman 1984 will finally arrive in theaters on June 5th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers forReady Or Not. If you have not yet seen the film, please proceed at your own risk!
As the utterly fantastic Ready Or Not gets closer and closer to its conclusion, the audience is still very much kept in the dark about the reality of the situation that motivates the plot of the movie. Is the deal that the Le Domas family made with Mr. Le Bail real, or has the clan been overly superstitious and killing people for generations without reason? By the end, of course, it’s very definitive when everybody starts exploding – which makes for one of the best finales of the year – but it may surprise you to learn that the film went through a whole lot of evolution before landing where it did.
This morning we had the absolute pleasure of exclusively revealing the home video dates for Ready Or Not – on digital starting November 26th, and on Blu-ray and DVD on December 3rd – and tied to that announcement I recently had the wonderful pleasure of hopping on the phone with the movie’s directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and it was while deep diving into spoiler territory that I learned about how the end of the film came together.
In totality, Ready Or Not, written by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy, actually changed a lot from its first draft to what we see in the final cut, and that very much includes the ending. Keeping in mind the ambiguity that exists throughout the movie, I asked them specially how it evolved over the stages of production, and it turns out that it was really a challenge to nail down the best way to conclude things. First discussing what was originally going to happen, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin explained,
The first version that we read actually ended with Grace getting killed, and it was a much darker ending, and it was something that we kind of knew we had to change cause I don’t think it was the version that we wanted to tell. But once we all kind of collectively agreed like, ‘Let’s try to have our cake and eat it too and play out the version where Grace survives, it’s not real, these fucking clowns completely fucked up, and then we kill them.’
Obviously that only proved to be the starting place for the workshopping, given what we wind up seeing in the finished version of Ready Or Not. All were in agreement that what existed didn’t quite work, and so the directors got to work with the writers figuring out the best way to wrap things up.
According to Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the filmmakers went through a lot of different ways to try and make it work, but they didn’t quite click. Eventually they found it though:
Us and the writers went through probably 20 drafts that we shared, maybe a dozen with the producers, and they, rightfully so, shot down most of them, because they were way too long. We had like a Final [Destination] version where everybody went off and had their own sort of comeuppance kill, and then from those we sort of landed on ‘What’s the most effective, fun, quick version?’ And Guy [Busick] and Ryan [Murphy] came up with the explosion.
While drawing things out too much had been an issue for reworked drafts of Ready Or Not, what the filmmakers ultimately discovered is that it was best to keep things simple: have the Mr. Le Bail deal be real, and have the Le Domas family pay the consequences for years and years of murder in trade for wealth and success. When the directors got this version of the script, they immediately recognized it as the winning idea that it was, and it became basically what we see in the finished cut. Said Bettinelli-Olpin,
It was one of these things, I’ll never forget reading it the first time. Reading it on the page, it was like a half a page. It was so fast and absurd that I remember jumping on the phone with Tyler and [producer] Chad [Villella], and we had that kind of moment of like, ‘Oh my God, this is so batshit that it’s probably the best idea we’ve ever heard.’ It was one of those ones where you know you’re taking a gigantic risk, so you embrace it and you go for it. And then once we all got on board, it was a big discussion about how are we going to actually do that in an effective way. But the fun of it was let’s let you have both endings in a way that feels satisfying. Because you just kind of want to see them explode!
The end of Ready Or Not is super cathartic, particularly because it lets serious tension give way to fun insanity… but there is an extra detail within this story that provides a nice extra twist. One of the best aspects of the scene is the way Samara Weaving’s Grace hysterically laughs while everyone is exploding, but that wasn’t actually a part of the aforementioned half page that Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy wrote. Rather, it was not only an on-set addition to the movie, but it was actually Weaving’s idea for Grace to have that reaction.
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin explained that initially Grace had a more dramatic interpretation of events, but after a couple of takes Samara Weaving offered up her suggestion:
That was Samara on the day. That was not in the script. That was not from us. Samara had done one or two takes. We had only had a few takes on everything cause it was such a quick shoot, and after two takes she was like, ‘Can I just try one where I laugh? I just feel like I would find this funny.’ And so we said, ‘Yes please. That sounds wonderful, let’s try it.’ And I even remember when we were shooting it thinking like, ‘Man, this is so bold. I hope this works!’
Matching the more serious versions of the scene, they shot a couple of takes of Samara Weaving uproariously laughing at the horrible demise of Le Domas family, and it was clear very quickly in the edit bay that it needed to be a part of the Ready Or Not experience, Said Matt Bettinelli-Olpin,
At the end of the day we got to the edit. We did one edit without it, and then we put in her first take of laughing, and essentially that’s just what the movie is now. It’s just that single take.
It’s a big part of the filmmaking process to adapt and change things as new ideas are presented, and this is really an excellent example. Ready Or Not’s ending is absolutely one of the best big screen moments of 2019 , and from my conversation with the directors, it’s clear that it was a big team effort.
With the movie now getting prepped for its big home video release, you’ll soon be able to relive the amazing time that is Ready Or Not – up to and including the ending. You can digitally pre-order it now by clicking here, but also be sure to keep checking here on CinemaBlend for more from my interview with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett!
Marvel fans were shocked when Natalie Portman found herself on stage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and holding Thor’s hammer to boot. The actress had been MIA from the MCU ever since finishing Thor: The Dark World and most of us had come to the conclusion that the actress was done with the role of Jane Foster.
However, we now know that Portman will be back in the next Thor movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, and that she’ll become The Mighty Thor, as the character of Jane Foster will take up the hammer. It’s been revealed that director Taika Waititi was the one who convinced the actress to come back to the franchise, but he says he didn’t have to say or do anything particularly special to get her to agree. According to Waititi…
At the end of the day, I can’t imagine anybody appearing in a superhero movie and not wanting to play the superhero. Natalie Portman spent two movies playing second fiddle to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Taika Waitit tells Uproxx that he thinks it was really just the opportunity to do something else that appealed to the actress. The fact that the something different, in this case, meant playing the hero, probably didn’t hurt.
Natalie Portman herself has said she’s very excited to weird Thor’s hammer, though she’s also downplayed her own absence from the franchise. She points out that the plot and location of Thor: Ragnarok basically meant there was no place for the character of Jane Foster to appear. Portman did not shoot any new scenes for Avengers: Endgame as several others did, though she did appear via footage from Thor: The Dark World and she did record new audio for the film.
While we now know Jane Foster and Natalie Portman will return, there are still a lot of questions as to exactly how the character will be brought back and the mantle will be passed. In the comics, Jane Foster’s transformation to Thor comes as part of a storyline where she is diagnosed with cancer. Taika Waititi has shown a willingness to adapt that storyline for the new movie, but the script is reportedly far from done, so anything is possible.
For over 50 years, the Bond franchise has provided audiences worldwide with a steady assortment of super-gadgets, electrifying action sequences, and daring missions across many gorgeous locales. In addition to all these incredible spectacles, there have also been a wide array of stunning Bond-adjacent women that join 007 on his worldwide adventures. Often enough, Oftentimes, the films’ most memorable aspects are the various “Bond girls” that share the bill with their leading man but generally provide all-too-brief appearances in the series.
While not every Bond actress has been given their proper due on the big screen – and there’s a fair share of inherent sexism that the franchise is only now starting to reckon with – there are a wide array of lovely and talented women who shined in their respective roles and became fan favorites with their charm, wit and sex appeal. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the best Bond girls in the series.
Andrea Anders (The Man With The Golden Gun)
Throughout the extensive history of the ongoing Bond cinematic franchise, there is only one actress who has played two different women in the series: Maud Adams. The Swedish actress worked with Roger Moore twice in the extensive series, and they first shared the screen together in Moore’s introduction to the franchise, The Man With the Golden Gun, where she played Andrea Anders. Capturing the mystique, radiance and charm that are often instrumental to any great Bond girl’s success, Adams got it perfectly.
Maud Adams returned to the franchise for perhaps the most ridiculed name in Bond history (baring one other prominent example), Octopussy, in the 1983 movie of the same name; it’s the titular role! This may not be the most respected or adored Bond girl in cinematic history, but Adams once again played the role splendidly. Not too many actresses could sell a role with a name like Octopussy, but it’s a great credit to Adams that she actually brings a whole new edge and personality to her second Bond girl role.
Tracy Bond (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
The quality of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is often contested when it comes to its legacy, as it’s considered either one of the finest or weakest installments the franchise; I’m closer to the latter, personally. Still, there’s no denying the fine screen presence of Dianna Rigg’s Tracy Bond, the on-screen love interest for the one-and-done portrayer George Lazenby, and one could argue that Rigg outpaced her male co-star. She brought the right spunk to stand out as one of the great Bond girls to date, and it makes sense that Tracy was the only Bond girl that 007 decided settled down with and marry —if sadly only for a few short hours.
Honey Ryder (Dr. No)
To celebrate where it all began, the Bond franchise first started with Dr. No back in 1963, with Ursula Andress starring as the very first Bond girl, Honey Ryder. It makes sense that she started the tradition of great actress taking these key roles, since she has possibly the most well-known entrance in Bond history. Walking out from the water as if she were a sea goddess, Ursula is pure radiance, and it’s no wonder why this Bond girl role is so sensational. It’s a shame that her character is practically one-note in terms of being a damsel-in-distress, but the Swiss actress still makes it shine, and it’s clear that many of the following Bond girls would hope to follow in her lead.
Tatiana Romanova (From Russia With Love)
It’s hard to serve as both a proper match and adversary to 007 himself, but Russian Soviet officer Tatiana Romanova is here for it. Played by Italian actress (and former Miss Universe contestant) Daniela Bianchi, Tatiana often stands toe-to-toe with Bond, both playing to his strengths and adhering to his weaknesses. It’s a fantastic performance; it’s made all-the-better when she holds her own against the villainous Rosa Klebb, helping to give the Bond girls some much-needed agency.
Pussy Galore (Goldfinger)
With what might possibly be the most (in)famous name in James Bond movie history, English actress Honor Blackman took on the role of Goldfinger‘s Pussy Galore and became one of the most distinctive and ultimately celebrated Bond girls in the franchise. (Possibly an uphill battle with a name like Pussy Galore.) The character is cool, calm and collected, carrying an edge and charm that is always captivating. Even the suave secret agent is beside himself after meeting the lovely woman. Pussy Galore might not have the best name for a Bond girl, but it’s certainly among the most memorable. And thankfully, Blackman’s performance in Goldfinger matches it.
Anya Amasova (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Once again, James Bond meets his match with Anya Amasova, the Bond girl who features prominently in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Played by American actress Barbara Bach, Amasova is KGB agent, so she can certainly handle herself, and she isn’t afraid to go to bat against Jaws. That’s how you know she’s a keeper. Amasova was wonderful as Barbara, and it was nice to see another Bond girl who could match 007’s sharp skills.
May Day (A View To A Kill)
While A View to a Kill isn’t everyone’s favorite Bond movie (even though I still hold a dear place for it), it does feature the deeply charismatic Grace Jones is the role of May Day. The musician/actress is oozing with cool radiance, and that was no exception when it came to her appearance in this particular Bond film. For instance, she jumps off the Eiffel Tower after climbing it, and that’s not the only badass thing she does in this movie. When it comes to captivating ladies who prove to be major butt kickers in the process, Grace Jones is certainly one of the finest examples from this hit series.
Xenia Onatopp (GoldenEye)
There’s no denying that Xenia Onatopp is one of the toughest Bond girls out there. The action-friendly character was played by Dutch actress Famke Janssen (best known for playing Jean Grey in the original X-Men trilogy) in GoldenEye, one of 007’s many returns to form throughout the years. Xenia is a woman who can crush a man by squeezing them with her thighs. She’s the real deal, and she’s no doubt one of the best Bond girls to date, and could probably beat you at GoldenEye multiplayer on N64.
Vesper Lynd (Casino Royale)
Similarly, during another one of Bond’s many returns to form, Vesper Lynd proved herself to be one of the more dynamic and complex Bond girls, and was a more well-rounded character than we’re used to seeing from some of the more simplistic entries (especially in the late ’90s and early 2000s). Played by the always great Eva Green, Vesper Lynd is sensational, and she’s quite easily among the most tragic characters in the Bond series, too. The life of a super spy is never as easy as it looks, and it’s often said that the ones who get closest to Bond often have to risk everything. Good thing Vesper’s reputation can’t be lost.
There are only a few Bond girls played by future Oscar winners, and Naomie Harris is proudly among them. The future Moonlight actress starred in Skyfall, which some fans consider one of Bond’s finest hours. While Moneypenny isn’t a Bond girl in the traditional sense, she certainly makes a great impression during her time in Sam Mendes’ film. As she shoots at the hero and provides several other memorable moments throughout the action-packed James Bond movie, it’s clear that Naomie Harris was a star on the rise, and it was only a matter of time before she would find herself in a role that would cement her fame.
Jill Masterson (Goldfinger)
While Jill Masterson, played by Shirley Eaton, ultimately isn’t one of the greatest characters in the Bond series, she does have one of the most memorable sequences of all. Specifically, in Goldfinger, she is the woman who is turned gold while lying in bed and waiting for her lover 007 to return. So while we can all agree that looks aren’t everything, Jill provided a striking image that has become one of the more iconic in cinematic history, so we would be remiss if we didn’t include her in this list.
These are only a mere few of the great Bond girls seen throughout cinematic history, and as the franchise continues, there will likely be more to in the future, including one or two in the next film, No Time to Die. Or maybe this is set to be end of the Bond girl era, as Bond is potentially set to become a woman herself in the future. Time will tell what the future holds for the franchise. We are sure you have your favorites too. Let us know your picks in the comments below.
There are dinosaurs afoot in our modern world, and Jurassic World 3 looks to show the consequences of that fateful night the Lockwood Manor released a bunch of prehistoric beasts into the California wilds. We’ve already seen some of the fallout taking place in the live-action short Battle At Big Rock, but director Colin Trevorrow’s return to the franchise he helped revive will see a lot of characters from Jurassic past and present returning to take part in a huge sequel.
But, of course, there’s also some new additions to the Jurassic World 3 family that will help round out the human contingent of the adventure. And we’ve got a full list of the returning and debuting cast members ready for you to use in preparation for what might be the final Jurassic World film. At the moment, the following actors are slated to take part in Jurassic World 3.
Chris Pratt – Owen Grady
One of the two characters in this threequel who were introduced in Jurassic World, former raptor trainer Owen Grady has been along for the ride in this trilogy, all in the name of protecting his favorite co-worker: the Velociraptor named Blue. Reprising his role once again is actor Chris Pratt, who was most recently seen in Avengers: Endgame and will next be heard as a voice in the Disney/Pixar film Onward.
Bryce Dallas Howard – Claire Dearing
For almost every step of Owen’s journey in the Jurassic World saga, he’s been equally matched in wits and wisdom by the former park administrator-turned-dinosaur conservationist Claire Dearing. Played by Bryce Dallas Howard, her character is another important fixture to the story being told in Jurassic World 3, and much like Owen, she’ll be returning to the world of dinosaurs and humanity clashing in a battle for survival. Howard’s future projects also include directorial efforts on series such as The Mandalorian, as well as her feature film documentary Dads.
Isabella Sermon – Maisie Lockwood
Maisie Lockwood was revealed to be just as much of a product of genetic manipulation as the dinosaurs that she ultimately decided to free. A clone of an eccentric millionaire’s late daughter, she too was saved by Owen and Claire in the aftermath of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s climax at the Lockwood Manor. Isabella Sermon will be playing this role again in Jurassic World 3, and presumably will still be hanging around with Owen and Claire.
Jeff Goldblum – Dr. Ian Malcolm
Perhaps the greatest thing that Jurassic World 3 has promised the world is that it’s going to reunite the most legendary characters from the original Jurassic Park. While Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler will be returning in this film, Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm had already come back to the fold with his bit part in the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. You can be sure Malcolm will be rather upset that the dinosaurs have been released, and now he’ll have two friends to bounce his scientific anger off of.
Sam Neill – Dr. Alan Grant
Last seen in Jurassic Park III, it’s almost fitting that Jurassic World 3 would be the film to bring Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant into the modern world of the Jurassic franchise. While we don’t know what’s in store for Dr. Grant, and whether his adventure in that previous film will be acknowledged, we do know that Sam Neill has kept busy in recent years. Between television shows like Peaky Blinders and films like Thor: Ragnarok and The Commuter, we’ve gotten quite a bit of Neill on our screens as of late.
Laura Dern – Dr. Ellie Sattler
Laura Dern has been making the rounds in pop culture, both as the kick-ass Vice Admiral Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and as the tour de force of anger known as Renata Klein on HBO’s Big Little Lies. But before either of those gigs landed in her life, she helped save Jeff Goldblum from a Tyrannosaurus Rex in Jurassic Park as Dr. Ellie Sattler. This makes her very eager inclusion in Jurassic World 3’s cast not only essential, but an equally amazing prospect as seeing her colleagues return for more dinosaur action. While her experience with paleobotany might not be as handy in the Californian wilds as they were on Isla Sorna, Dr. Sattler surely has enough dino knowledge to keep herself, and her fellow survivors, alive in the field.
BD Wong – Dr. Henry Wu
Once in the employment of both Jurassic Parkand Jurassic World’s theme parks, Dr. Henry Wu found himself working for some rather shady types that wanted to weaponize and sell off the very dinosaurs he helped recreate during the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Now, in Jurassic World 3, BD Wong’s return to the character he originated in Steven Spielberg’s original film may signal a return to the side of good. At least, one would hope that the fallout with the release and destruction of the Indoraptor would inspire him to do such a thing.
Finally, rounding out the cast of Jurassic World 3 are two newcomers who are unknown in terms of their characters, but have made quite a splash as acting talents. First up is DeWanda Wise, best known as Nola from the Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It. With recent appearances in CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone and the Netflix film Someone Great, Wise is now one of the leads in this Jurassic threequel, continuing the tradition of introducing exciting new characters to go along with the old favorites we already know and love.
Also coming onboard in a new and unspecified role is actor Mamoudou Athie. While Jurassic World 3 will see him facing off against dinosaurs of various species and temperaments, Athie is also about to battle something fierce and unknown in the sci-fi thriller Underwater, alongside Kristen Stewart. Other notable credits in Mamoudou Athie’s career include the Hugh Jackman political biopic The Front Runner, and his role as Basterd in the rap dramedy Patti Cake$.
This is a pretty extensive and impressive cast for what could be one of the biggest sequels in the near future. And as such, there’s no telling who else will join up to bring this next chapter of the Jurassic franchise to life. So as we have further casting updates, we’ll be refreshing this guide to reflect those additional parties and their connection to Jurassic World 3.
In the meantime, Jurassic World 3 is looking to start shooting in the near future, if it hasn’t already, and is slated to drop on June 11, 2021.
With the arrival of Terminator: Dark Fate, the titular franchise finds itself swimming in new waters. Not only does the new movie make huge changes to the continuity (namely by totally ignoring the last three films), but it also establishes a major shift in future events. While Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor may have been able to successfully stop the creation of Skynet with her efforts in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, it doesn’t actually stop the coming artificial intelligence-driven apocalypse, as we learn about the existence of Legion in the new release.
This naturally adds to a question that the Terminator series has been asking for years: is it actually possible to change the future, or is the end of the human race at the hands of technology destiny? This definitely isn’t something that is totally wrapped up in Terminator: Dark Fate, but according to writer/producer James Cameron, there is a specific answer in mind.
Last week I had the wonderful pleasure of being a part of a roundtable interview in Los Angeles with James Cameron, who joined the conversation via video chat in New Zealand, where he is currently hard at work at the upcoming Avatar sequels. While discussing the latest chapter of the Terminator series – the first title he’s been involved with since the second, he fully acknowledged what the arrival of Legion means for the bigger picture, particularly for Sarah Connor:
I think one of the things that was against us from the beginning of this movie is the fact that we’ve got the future as Sarah was told it would take place, and then she obviously changed it. So now we’ve got to reconcile what she knew, what she knows about the Skynet future, with now what has transpired in the future that Mackenzie Davis’ character comes back from… So now you have two futures, or two possible futures, as [Kyle ]Reese would call them. I think Sarah has had to adjust to the fact that there’s probably a kind of inevitability, like a great kind of forcing factor that always tends to see the rise of an artificial super intelligence.
Continuing, James Cameron acknowledged that this is definitely the sense that you are meant to be left with as you are watching Terminator: Dark Fate. While certain details about the future can be changed by individuals in the present, on some level it all has the effect of throwing a stone into a stream. While it may cause a splash, and have a minute change on the current, it’s not going to cause the stream to totally change directions or stop flowing.
It was in acknowledging this that James Cameron and his fellow filmmakers found a direction they wanted to go with the world and Sarah Connor, starting with the events of Terminator: Dark Fate. Said Cameron:
That it’s just the direction that the universe is heading. This is a collision that the human race is on, essentially with its own progeny, in a sense. So we came up with this idea of like what Sarah had done was she kicked the can down the road, but she’s just going to have the same fight again, and have it again, and have it again, until there’s a resolution.
And apparently that resolution has already been imagined. While working on Terminator: Dark Fate, the creatives didn’t stop themselves from thinking about where things go from here, and they evidently established a clear idea of what it is that’s going to happen and how things can reach a conclusion. As noted by James Cameron, it will require the new release to earn enough money to justify sequels, but if the Terminator team is ultimately given the green light, there is a plan that they’d like to execute:
In our grand scheme, what we came up with is there is a resolution. Kick the can as many times as you want, but there has to be a resolution. But that’s… if we’re lucky enough, we make some money with this film, and we get to do a second one, maybe a third one, we have a direction to resolve that innate conflict, you know, ultimately. I don’t want to talk too much about that, obviously, for spoiler reasons, but you know, we’ve thought that through.
So how will it all unfold? Well, audiences will have the chance to watch the exciting first chapter in this new developing timeline very soon, as Terminator: Dark Fate is now less than two weeks away. Starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, Gabriel Luna, and Edward Furlong, the movie arrives in theaters everywhere on November 1st.