As expected, the Fourth of July holiday weekend saw a lot of people heading to the theater. Unfortunately for the new releases, those people gravitated toward films that have already been in theaters for a few weeks. Once again, Jurassic World and Inside Out dominated the top 10, leaving newcomers like Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike XXL out in the cold.
J.K. Simmons — along with Michael Keaton — recently parted ways with Kong: Skull Island, but he still has some other (potential) big franchise plans. Simmons was one of the best parts of the mostly not-great Terminator Genisys, fully committing to his role as a frazzled cop and genuinely appearing to have fun with the film, which really needed it. The actor has now revealed that he’s signed on for more Terminator sequels, guaranteeing that if there are more of these movies, we can at least look forward to his part in them.
Inside Out, Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys are the three biggest films you have to choose from at the theater this weekend, but here’s something that may help you make the decision a little easier: if you head out to see Terminator Genisys this weekend, you’ll be treated to a special early teaser of Independence Day: Resurgence.
Just yesterday it was being reported that J.K. Simmons has signed on for a couple more Terminator sequels, should Genisys do well enough to warrant them, of course. Aside from seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger fight himself, Simmons is easily one of the only enjoyable parts of the film. Another one of the enjoyable parts is Matt Smith’s character, who was hidden in promotional materials — for good reason.
Once upon a time, the evil computer program Skynet sent a killer cyborg called a Terminator back in time to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of the future leader of the human resistance in the war against the machines. When that failed, it sent a more advanced robot back in time to execute the young John Connor, but old John Connor sent back another robot to protect his younger self. And it only got crazier from there. Pretty soon, there were all kinds of flesh-covered robots floating around two separate timelines and it all got very confusing. Thankfully, we’re here to rank all of those time traveling robots so you don’t have to. Come with us if you want to rank fictional cyborgs.
The best scene in Terminator Genisys arrives early. Director Alan Taylor painstakingly recreates the opening scenes of James Cameron’s The Terminator, from the arrival of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s killer cyborg to the infamous moment when he confronts a group of ruffians for a change of clothes. And then something weird happens: another Terminator, also played by Schwarzenegger, shows up to fight his counterpart to the death. It’s a cool scene and its creators have divulged exactly how they pulled it off.
Time travel is confusing, what with changing the future and creating diverging/alternate timelines and paradoxes, etc. It’s a lot to take in, even more so in a franchise like the Terminator films. The very first trailer for Terminator Genisys indicated that the fifth installment in the franchise would be the most confusing one yet — just when you thought you had started to figure out the other four, here comes another one to screw it all up. Thankfully, someone made a handy interactive Terminator timeline to help you keep it all straight.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has you fooled. He’s convinced you he’s nothing more than a catchphrase generator. A bodybuilder, not a brainiac. A nostalgia act trapped in the past.
Long before Terminator Genisys started turning its promotional wheels, Paramount shared plans for a (second) Terminator TV series to maintain ties to the movie franchise. Now only days from Genisys’ release, Skydance bosses David Ellison and Dana Goldberg discuss development of the TV branch, placing odds on a cable order of 13 episodes.
Corporate synergy at work: IMAX screenings of Terminator Genisys, which is being distributed by Paramount Pictures, will open with a five minute preview of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, also a Paramount release. It’s a smart move! Because c’mon, is anyone who shells out of the big bucks to see Terminator Genisys on the biggest screen possible going to complain about an extended tease of the new Tom Cruise action? Of course not.