Relaunching a franchise is never easy. When you’re following in the footsteps of James Cameron, it becomes an absurdly difficult challenge. That is just one of the many obstacles director McG faced when he signed on to reinvigorate the Terminator franchise.
The director took the mic to host a special presentation of early footage from Terminator Salvation Monday at the Time Warner screening room in Manhattan. Most of the 15 minutes or so of clips shown were incomplete, with unfinished special effects and rough audio. However, the clips did provide a clear sense of the look and style of the film. Picture the grime and decay of “Mad Max” or “Children of Men”, and you have a pretty good idea of the aesthetic vision McG and his team have created for the movie.
We also have answers to some of the key questions surrounding the storyline — including one major twist that frankly, I was surprised they showed us — so if you want to remain completely in the dark about the plot of Terminator Salvation….STOP READING NOW!!!
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Bryce Dallas Howard, Orlando Bloom, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Johnny Knoxville, were snapped up chatting at the Ghetto Film School fundraiser hosted by Spike Jonze and David O. Russell in Los Angeles on October 16th. We have added a few pictures to the gallery.
“The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” based on a Tennessee Williams screenplay and featuring Bryce premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. It has been recieved really well, you can watch the trailer here and heres what one journalist had to say…
“I really have no fondness for Tennessee Williams, whom I find to be one of the most pompous and overrated playwrights whose work has ever been staged, so to find myself enjoying Jodie Markell’s directorial debut The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond even remotely is nothing short of amazing.
Much of that comes from the terrific casting of Bryce Dallas Howard, who is almost unrecognizable as Memphis party girl Fisher Willow, who hires her family’s yard hard Jimmy (Chris Evans) to accompany her to all sorts of high society social events during the roaring ’20s. Fisher’s ability to have a good time at these parties is waylaid by the fact that her father has made many enemies among the other local families, creating much tension.
The characters and writing are classic Williams, which means it’s a lot of dull Southern stereotypes getting into unlikely situations that few modern-day non-Southerners will be able to relate to. On the other hand, it’s the kind of thing that theater buffs, particularly Williams fans, will swoon over, especially in the way Markell and her terrific production team made an amazing looking film that creates the perfect mood for Williams’ style of storytelling, including a couple shots so gorgeous you’ll let out a gasp.
It’s all about the performances though, and as good as the mostly young cast is, it’s Ellen Burstyn who almost steals the movie, while Will Patton also has a great scene with Evans as Jimmy’s drunken father. Fans of Tennessee Williams will welcome this lost work and the way Markell and her cast bring it to life, although I couldn’t ever see this doing much business outside New York, L.A. and other “theater towns.””
A Huge thanks to Cal for sending in this new still of Bryce in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond…
I’ve been hunting around for new images, and found some adorable older photoshoot sets of Bryce. Sadly they are tagged – but still work a look! We have also added some screen captures from the new The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond trailer plus some other rare goodies…
“Terminator Salvation” star Bryce Dallas Howard felt right at home talking about the movie amid the mania of Comic-Con this week. “I walked the floor today! Oh, it was so much fun,” enthused the actress, who toured several booths at her second Con before duty pulled her away for interviews.
“I was actually really disappointed when I was here for ‘Spider-Man ’ that we didn’t have time in the schedule to walk the floor. I think Topher [Grace] came several hours earlier with his friends so he could do it. What’s so great about Comic-Con is it’s the fans — it’s people who have spent a significant amount of time invested in admiring the stories, admiring the heroism, the sci-fi aspects of these stories.
“These are the people I’m doing it for,” she said, looking over at the costumed crowd. “Because I’m one of them.”
Today was the highly impressive panel for Terminator Salvation from Warner Bros. and I will say if the fans weren’t on board before they are now as director McG managed to turn this room from dead and quiet to raving loons. Along with McG, in attendance were stars Common, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin and Sam Worthington.
They were also accompanied by the endoskeleton of a T-600 the Terminator model that will be featured in Terminator Salvation. He compared it to the first Mac’s and how large they were and then how much more compact and advanced they got through the years. So the T-600 is a much larger version than we have seen. McG referred to its creation in comparison to a Soviet tank.
Prior to introducing the footage McG addressed the rumor that the film would be PG-13. To get to the point he said, “I have been given the blessing to make the movie – just make the movie. If it’s rated R, it’s rated R.” The audience cheered the idea and personally McG has done a lot recently to impress me including addressing the issue of his name, saying how he also knows it can sound silly, but he revealed the history of his name. He didn’t need to do it, but when he did it pretty much gave the fanboys nothing more to argue about leaving the perception of the film up to the film itself.
Following his small introduction McG then revealed an expanded look at footage, which David has described for us below:
McG and friends are still out filming Terminator: Salvation in the desert, but for a reel of footage without any computer-effects, it was impressive. Lots of shit blows up real good. These guys must be scorching the desert out there. Also there seems to be a Gatling gun fetish in this flick. And that’s not a bad thing. All the stuff in the teaser was here, but there was definitely plenty of new stuff.
The footage opens with a crashed helicopter. Over the radio someone asks Christian Bale how many survivors, and he screams, “One!” Of course it’s an intense scream since Bale is an intense guy. There are desert vistas with dead terminators spread across the landscape. And then back to the explosions and gunfire involving Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin (the young Reese). There were no real close ups of terminators, other than destroyed ones. We get some in the background with glowing red eyes, a few few shadowy medium shots (and you can definitely tell these are older terminator models) and a terminator foot stomping human skulls.
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