Almost as soon as news of a fourth “Terminator” movie began to trickle out years ago, fans and haters alike started wondering if the original T-800 cyborg and current Governor of California would be joining in on the action. This weekend at New York Comic-Con, “Terminator Salvation” director McG gave his most pointed admission yet that Arnold Schwarzenegger will in fact be making an appearance in the film—but who knows what form that appearance may take.

“I don’t want today’s Arnold Schwarzenegger,” the director told a packed hall after screening a sizzle reel from the May 2009 release.  Referencing the original film, he said, “I want the idealized, Griffith Park, Bill Paxton, tire-track-on-the-face archetype and we’ll see what we can do about that.”

Walt Disney Studios confirmed that it had entered a long-term, exclusive film distribution agreement with DreamWorks Studios principals Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider.

Disney said in a statement on Monday that it would distribute and market about six live-action films per year for DreamWorks as part of Spielberg and Snider’s partnership with Reliance BIG Entertainment.

The company will release the DreamWorks movies under its adult-oriented Touchstone Pictures banner. The first such title is set to hit theaters in 2010.

Disney Studios posted double-digit percentage declines in revenue and operating profit last quarter due to global economic woes and difficult comparisons with year-earlier blockbusters “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Ratatouille.”

Well, after such a lengthy delay, one should’ve already assumed that the next step would be outright cancellation. Such seems to be the fate of the long-awaited Indiana Jones video game.

According to UK site DarkZero, the end has come for the next-gen Indy adaptation. After the announcement that LucasArts was working on Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings for Wii, DS, PS2 and the PSP, everyone started to wonder if the much anticipated PS3/360 version was still being developed simultaneously with this new project. Unfortunately, a LucasArts representative has confirmed that the team has decided to focus entirely on Staff of Kings, and have opted to “end development” of the PS3/360 game. Said the rep:

Coraline and Push both outperformed expectations on the Feb. 6 weekend, while Fanboys failed to impress in limited release, the Hollywood trade papers reported.

The 3-D animated Coraline took in an estimated $16.3 million to place third, well above what Focus Features had predicted.    That may not seem like much, but consider that the film had no brand (with the possible exception of the “from the makers of A Nightmare Before Christmas label) and that the marketing did little to hide its deep-seated creepiness.

Young males, meanwhile, fueled the box office for the paranormal action thriller Push, which managed $10.2 million, well above the $6 million-$8 million of most forecasts, to place sixth.

(Source:  Our issues with Hollywood’s current obsession over 3-D have been well documented this week. The short of it is: it stinks! Watching Monday’s dimensionally enhanced episode of Chuck was like doing our taxes–arduous, exhausting, unfulfilling, and, by the end of it, our eyes were burning. How is that fun again? Why anyone would want to watch an actual movie in 3-D is beyond our comprehension at this point; if we wanted to see things in three dimensions, we’d just look around our apartment. And yet! James Cameron’s 3-D experience, Avatar, might have us whistling a new tune by the end of the year. Total Film was kind enough to post an exclusive feature about the upcoming film, featuring new quotes from the former King of the World and the results are alternatively awe-inspiring and bananas. When Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh says “there’s going to be before that movie, and after” and “the shit I saw was crazy”, we stand up and take notice.

Though known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the “science” portion of filmmaking seems like Oscar’s crazy step-brother kept locked in the basement, scarcely mentioned, and every year having a plate of food shoved beneath a door so as to quiet them for late February’s big night.

Nice of the Academy then to choose a high profile, easy on the eyes actress like Jessica Biel to preside over their annual (untelevised) Science and Technical Award ceremony. Held last night in LA’s Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the “Sci-Tech” Oscars saw Biel honoring the ten men most responsible for advancing the industry’s camera, editing and CGI technology advancements.

Stunning new screenshots of Terminator: Salvation, the fourth film in the popular action series, have set the internet ablaze – with rumour suggesting the new film could be the franchise revitalizer.

James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator revolutionized the genre with its dark grittiness and grim look at a future dominated by machines.

The follow-up, Terminator 2: Judgment Day was a massive success and raised the bar in terms of CG technology and full blown action, and remains a revered film today.

However, the revisiting sequel, Terminator 3: The Rise Of The Machines, left fans disappointed, largely due to the departure of Cameron as director.

The British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, is considered England’s version of the Academy Awards.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” earned three BAFTA Awards, for production design, hair and make-up, and special visual effects.

Best Animated Film: “Wall-E”

Best Short Animation: “Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death”


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