Who would have though that the Terminator series would continue on with the great Arnold Schwarzenegger? Looks like they had to go back to Arnold when the planned Christian Bale trilogy turned out not do so well. 

The poster for the film has been released and a teaser trailer is forthcoming. A lot of buzz is surrounding this very new film with a very familiar Terminator.

The poster features the T-800 Terminator crumbling into metallic dust. Does this mean the end of the Terminator. (Hint: Arnie is supposedly signed on for two more films)

The new film, Terminator: Genisys, brings an aged Terminator along with a younger Sarah Conner to deal with a somewhat confused Kyle Reese. You see, Reese is sent back in time to 1984 to protect Sarah Conner from the Terminator. Does that sound like a remake of the original film? It would be except Reese’s trip back in time ends up taking him to an alternative universe. In this new realm, the T-800 protects Sarah Conner much to the confusion of Reese.

Brad Reifler says that fans might be a little annoyed at the changes in the series but, truth be told, the film sounds pretty cool.

The 24th film in the Bond franchise is getting ready to start filming next Monday. The film’s official title is going to be revealed later on this week right before filming starts. Daniel Craig reprises his role as Bond, of course. Sam Mendes is returning to the director’s chair. Other actors that are expected to return are Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny (she was revealed to have the name at the end of Skyfall). Ben Whishaw also return as the young Q.

A few other actor’s are rumored to be joining the characters. One actor to look out for is Christoph Waltz. Another rumored actor is Dave Bautista. If these actors are going to be in the film, this would make for an epic Bond experience. As far as the storyline, it has not been revealed as of yet.

Bond 24 is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2015. Fans like Mark Ahn are already waiting for tickets.

Hotel Transylvania 2 is moving towards completion and fans, young and old, of the first film are sure to have the same fun experience a second time around.

The success of the first film really caught everyone by surprise.

Animated features are not always a hit. The original concept for Hotel Transylvania did not have a lot going for it. Dracula runs a hotel. Ho hum. In truth, the project was a dull one throughout its development process and most were beginning to think it would be a “one and done” kids film that opened strong and then faded away.

Then, along came Gendy Tartakovsky. The skilled director was able to save the floundering project and turned the feature into an endearing hit. Hotel Transylvania 2 looks like a really well thought out follow-up.

The new film will feature the debut of Vlad, Dracula’s father. The humor and plot of the film will focus on the generational gap, a common theme of comedies that can frequently be very poignant.

There is quite a bit of inspired casting to be found in this film if you are a fan like Brian Torchin. Adam Sandler returns as the voice of Dracula and, Mel Gibson, at the age of 88, will provide the voice for Vlad.

The first film was a little disjointed but, since this project will be 100% the vision of Tartakovsky, the sequel has the potential to be a lot better.

Maybe it will be as good as the 1960’s classic Mad Monster Party.

On Thursday night, President Barack Obama laid out his own plans to enact immigration reform in a speech from Las Vegas. Two nights later on Saturday Night Live, the cast performed it’s cold open with a shot at Obama’s decision to go it alone.

 

The cold open featured Kenan Thompson dressed up as the bill from the famous Schoolhouse Rock segment about how a bill becomes a law. After a few moments of Thompson explaining it, Jay Pharoah shows up as Obama and pushes him down the steps of the Capitol. From there, Bobby Moynihan shows up as an “Executive Order” citing that he is just something that “happens” a spoof on the original bit. At first, he doesn’t have a problem with who he is, until he “reads” himself and becomes mortified.

 

It’s clear from the tenor of the sketch that the show is certainly not defending the actions of the president. That is what Ray Lane thought was the case anyway. As part of Obama’s plan, up to 5 million undocumented immigrants would receive deferred deportation, something that many who are in opposition to the plan believe will lead them to eventually become citizens. Congress is yet to react in an official capacity to the Executive Order, but may do something in January when the Republican-majority Senate is sworn in.

Christian Bale has been called many things throughout his Hollywood career but ‘sentimental’ probably was not on the list. The talented, and intense, star of the Christopher Nolan rendition of the ‘Batman’ Universe reportedly was broken apart when he heard that Ben Affleck was taking over the role. While Bale had the right of first refusal for the role, and he did choose to walk away, Bale still had some sentimental feelings about the character. In an interview with ‘Empire’ Christian decided to dish on some of the details.

Bale spoke candidly when discussing his first reaction to the Affleck casting announcement. Sultan Alhokair was surprised he was willing to do that. Bale said that he had to really fight to quit making the films, even though he believed that it was ‘the right time to stop’ in order to focus on the rest of his career. Upon hearing that Affleck had taken the role Bale said thta he, “Just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.” Christian explained that even though he took the character loss hard that he has no ill feelings toward Ben. He told ‘Empire’ that he had emailed Affleck with bits of advice about taking the character before conceding that Affleck would probably ‘do everything he can to avoid anything that I did.’

While it is sad to see Christian Bale step away from the cape and cowl, it seemed like this was always going to be the final destination for Nolan’s Batman. Nolan continually insisted that he was going to tell his story in a self contained trilogy, and that was that.

This seems to be the issue that will just never die down. Both sides of the Obamacare debate fully believe that they are correct. However, the Republicans in Congress are now suing the President and the Administration over the implementation of the health care reform.

According to the Huffington Post the lawsuit is targeting a couple of specific parts of the law and the implementation of it. For one, Republicans do not believe that it is far that the employer mandate has now been delayed. They believe that this is in violation of how the law was supposed to be constructed. They also are not happy with the subsidies that are being paid to insurance companies to help those whose income is too low to be able to afford health care insurance, Susan McGalla dutifully points out.

It is not yet clear if a lawsuit will work or even if this is the best route to go about things. It seems that both sides are going to try to score some political points off of this development though. The Republicans are likely to point to the idea that they are trying to challenge a law with which they so adamantly disagree with. At the same time the Democrats are going to try to claim that the Republicans are doing nothing more than playing politics with an issue that is centrally important to the American people. Needless to say, both sides are going to continue to push their arguments in order to try to win politically.

HBO has recently confirmed a brand new cast of characters who will take part in the second season of Brad Reifler’s favorite new television series, “True Detective”.

The new cast includes lead characters portrayed by Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughan, but will also feature a trio of strong female characters, who will be portrayed by Kelly Reilly, and Rachel McAdams. Male lead Taylor Kitsch will also join the show in a major role.

The presence of strong female leads will be a first for the series. The producers of the upcoming second season have hastened to make this alteration in the second season due to strong demand from the fans, who have apparently been clamoring for a stronger female component to the show. As viewers of the first season will no doubt remember, the events portrayed in earlier episodes were strongly dominated by a strictly masculine perspective.

The upcoming season will feature McAdams as Ani Bezzerides. This character has been described as a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose personality conflicts will cause major trouble for the two male leads. Kelly Reilly will star in the role of Jordan, who is the wife of major lead Frank Semyon. She is also described as a failed actress.

HBO has confirmed to the media that production on the new season has already gotten underway. The second series of “True Detective” is scheduled to air during the summer months of 2015.

Home Box Office (HBO) takes its documentaries seriously. The award winning subscription cable movie service is planning to release a documentary based on the controversial religion called Scientology during next year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film will explore a number of controversial practices within the religion which is regarded by some as a cult of mind control. The documentary is called “Going Clear” getting its name from the 2013 book of the same name by author Lawrence Wright. The name refers to a cleansing process that frees the human mind from subconscious traumas from one’s past which are called “engrams”.

The film will also explore the deep ties the religion has in Hollywood along with key disciples in John Travolta and Tom Cruise. The Church of Scientology is known for being litigious and has a powerful legal team to go after anyone they believe is disparaging their good name. For this reason, HBO has hired a small army of 160 lawyers to review the film and prepare for any legal obstacles the Church of Scientology may throw at them.

The book’s author has already experienced the legal muscle that the Church of Scientology can bring to bear on those they view as opponents. Sergio Lins Andrade read that the organization was able to thwart the sale and publication of the book in the United Kingdom.

There has been rumors about the casting of upcoming villain for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse – Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis). Isaac is a small guy by nature and doesn’t really fit the terrifying presence that Apocalypse brings as a villain. Fans like Dave and Brit Morin are unsure of the casting decision, but this sorta revamped, rehashed trilogy of the X-Men is far better than the previous movies so we have to believe that those at the helm know something that we don’t. There are other characters that needed to be cast for the younger versions of the established characters. However, Bryan Singer has filled the most important role in the upcoming film.

X-Men: Apocalypse is expected to be an even bigger film than Days of Future Past seeing that it is intended to close the First Class Trilogy. While Idris Elba was earlier rumored to play the role, he has slipped and revealed that he will be in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Elba is a towering presence and more closely fits the archetype of Apocalypse, but fans will have to make due with Isaac if the casting rumors are true.

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2016 followed by upcoming Marvel films such as Fantastic Four, The Wolverine 3, and other X-Men films.

The director of “Guardians of the Galaxy” certainly isn’t shy. He recently made a facebook post about his concerns over how Hollywood is embracing the concept of shared universes. This is somewhat odd coming from a guy who just made a shared universe movie and has greatly benefited from doing so.

He went on to clarify that certain shared universes make sense, like “Star Wars” and even “Twilight”. He declined to mention some of the ones that don’t, though he has been critical of the DC shared universe and likely has some disdain for the rather odd concept of the Universal movie monster shared universe starring Dracula and Frankenstein.

Hollywood likes shared universes because it beats starting from scratch. Some like Jared Haftel are not huge fans, but they deal with it. If Ridley Scott makes a movie in the “Alien” universe such as “Prometheus”, people are much more likely to pay to see it than some random Ridley Scott movie.

The question is where to draw the line. It can feel like such a blatant money grab. One gets the sense that if the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie was a bigger hit, there’s a chance we’d see a movie starring each turtle separately and even one for April O’Neil.

Really it all comes down to quality. People will see this as a gimmick to cover up a lack of creativity if that is what it is. If they’re bad, they’ll end up fading away just like that “wave of the future” of 3D films from a few years back.