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James Cameron Says O.J. Simpson Was Almost Cast as 'The Terminator' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 28th 2010 1:35AM
James Cameron Thought O.J. Simpson was 'Too Nice' for 'The Terminator'James Cameron is the director of 'Avatar' -- the highest-grossing film in history. But Mr. Cameron hasn't always had a smooth road to movie success. On '60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS), Cameron discusses his early years in the industry -- including the time a studio tried to cast O.J. Simpson in one of his movies.

After being fired from his first directing job -- on the notorious flop 'Piranha II' -- Cameron had a vision for a new film. This vision literally came to him in a dream; a dream about a skeletal robot rising from a fire. In the end, the film became 'The Terminator,' his first blockbuster success.

But even though Arnold Schwarzenegger became famous in the role, he wasn't the studio's first choice. An executive wanted to cast O.J. Simpson as the killer cyborg from the future. Cameron was completely against the idea, thinking that O.J. would be totally miscast as a killer. Of course, this all took place years before the murders that would make Simpson infamous.

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Charlie's Angels returning to TV?

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:02PM
Charlie's AngelsJosh Friedman, the creator behind Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is now getting behind another movie franchise to bring to ABC. This time it's Charlie's Angels. Okay, this one started as a television franchise then moved to the movies and now is moving back to TV. Well, you get the idea.

Also involved would be Leonard Goldberg, who worked with Aaron Spelling to produce the original series, and Drew Barrymore, who produced and starred in the movie versions. My guess is that this new version would something like Charlie's Angels: The Next Generation. Will John Forsythe return as the voice of Charlie? I hope so.

Revival-mania continues strong on network television. Success has been a mixed bag. For every Battlestar Galactica there are several Bionic Womans. A new version of Charlie's Angels certainly has a shot in today's market and the movies did well. Aaron Spelling tried to revive the franchise in '88 and that didn't work. Now could be a better time. What do you think?

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2009 6:00PM
Terminator DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

This is the first week in quite some time that I'm definitely, definitely, definitely going to buy one of the DVD sets that is being released. And that would be 30 Rock. Can't wait for the fourth season to start in October.

As for The Mentalist, I love it but I can't imagine watching the episodes again, you know?

  • 30 Rock - Season 3
  • Being Erica - Season 1
  • Brotherhood - Final Season
  • Castle - Season 1

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Terminator's Garret Dillahunt lands role on Burn Notice

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 29th 2009 1:30PM
Garret Dillahunt, burn notice, terminatorSummer Glau isn't the only Terminator alum heading to a high-profile show next season. The cool and creepy Garrett Dillahunt has landed a role on USA's Burn Notice. Dillahunt will play Simon, Michael's super smart new client, when the show returns in the winter.

It's unclear whether this is a guest stint or a recurring role, but chances are good that Dillahunt will be sticking around for a while. The actor has made memorable guest stints on Life, CSI, and Law & Order: SVU, and critics praised his recent big screen performance in The Last House on the Left.

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Brian Austin Green isn't joining One Tree Hill

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 11th 2009 12:02PM
brian austin green, terminator, one tree hillBrian Austin Green won't be fighting Skynet or returning to prime time soaps next fall.

Last week, we reported that the former Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles star was in talks to join the The CW teen drama One Tree Hill. Nerds like me, who came to love Green as TSCC's badass, cyborg-killing Derek Reese, were crushed. But it's time for those nerd hearts to heal. It turns out Green's reps didn't make a deal, and he won't be moving to One Tree Hill.

Instead, OTH has turned to Lipstick Jungle's Robert Buckley, who recently showed up on the network's much-praised but still canceled drama Privileged. Buckley will play the young, sexy sports agent role that was offered to Green.

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Brian Austin Green in talks to join The CW's One Tree Hill

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 2nd 2009 11:02AM
Brian Austin Green in talks for One Tree HillBeverly Hills 90210 alum Brian Austin Green earned a number of new fans playing the tough, militaristic Derek Reese on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now, with TSCC officially canceled, Green is heading back to the world of prime time soaps. The actor is currently in talks to join the cast of The CW's One Tree Hill.

According to Variety, Green will potentially play a sports agent who is "enjoying the spoils that come from being a wealthy, handsome single guy" on the veteran drama.

It looks like One Tree Hill might be looking to Green to fill a void left by the departures of stars Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. Green certainly has Murray beat in the charisma department, and I'm sure the show's fans -- I assume they are mostly young women -- will welcome him with open arms. But I can't help but feel disappointed by this news.

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Joss Whedon plans to put Summer Glau on Dollhouse

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2009 8:08AM
Summer GlauI'm not sure how many people watched both Dollhouse and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, though both were on Friday nights at the end, so they probably had a lot of fans in common. If you were a fan of the latter show, this news might ease the pain of knowing that show will not be returning in the fall.

Joss Whedon tells Michael Ausiello that Summer Glau, who played Cameron on The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is going to be on Dollhouse!

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The Terminator franchise missed out on a huge cross-platform opportunity

by Jason Hughes, posted May 22nd 2009 11:00AM
Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesI just got back from Terminator: Salvation (it was ... eh) and while I was watching it, I couldn't help but think about Fox's just-canceled Sarah Connor Chronicles. It was established when the show began that the two would be working in entirely different continuities. But why?

One of the things that made the first film such an impressive piece of film-making was that they were able to do such a dense science fiction film on a small budget. Now that franchise has turned into special effects and (BOOM!) explosions!! The lower budget forces you to get more creative with storytelling and you wind up with The Sarah Connor Chronicles. But what an opportunity the Terminator franchise had with both outlets occurring simultaneously. An opportunity totally squandered.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles is terminated - for real this time

by Mike Moody, posted May 18th 2009 2:30AM
Sarah Connor Chronicles canceled
How many times have we Internet bloggos reported the cancellation of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles?

It seems like the series was killed and resurrected a dozen times during its second season. At this point, it's hard to believe Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello who is telling us that the show is dead and will not rise again no matter how much its fans kick and scream. But it looks like Fox has officially canceled TSCC.

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Fans get creative to save Sarah Connor

by Mike Moody, posted May 4th 2009 12:09PM
terminator the sarah connor chronicles lena headeyNo, they're not sending nuts, bolts or robot arms to Fox executive's doors. Instead, fans of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles are joining a creative campaign called "Sarah Connor Made Me Do It" to help save the show.

Here's the idea, thought up by our friends at io9.com: TSCC fans are being asked to take photos of themselves posing with products that sponsor the show and posting them on a Flickr group. io9 says they'll make sure Fox and Warner Bros. see the photos and feel the buying power of TSCC fans.

So if you drive a Dodge Ram or love stuffing your face with Whoppers and want to see a third season of TSCC, take a picture and upload it to the group.

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Do you want to see Jonathan Jackson back as Kyle Reese?

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 17th 2009 12:03PM
Jonathan Jackson Kyle Reese The Sarah Connor ChroniclesYeah, I know you thought The Sarah Connor Chronicles was canceled, but we've yet to hear anything official from Fox concerning the show's future. Series writer Ashley Edward Miller and creator Josh Friedman used Twitter this week to debunk Michael Ausiello's claim that the show is toast, and star Brian Austin Green seems hopeful about a third season happening.

I love the show, but like I said in my review of last week's season finale, the chances of a third season are slim to none. Even the high DVR ratings might not save it. But Fox hasn't terminated TSCC yet, and there's still a chance we might get to see that third season featuring (SPOILER HERE!) John Connor living in the post-Judgement Day future.

If a third season does happen, there's a good chance we'll see a lot more of Jonathan Jackson as John Connor's dad, Kyle Reese.

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Yup, it looks like The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been terminated

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2009 8:35PM
The Sarah Connor ChroniclesAnd yes, I am probably the 50th person to use that headline for this story. Thank you.

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting (from various sources he has skulking around the television world) that FOX is just about to cancel The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The ratings haven't been great for the sci-fi show. FOX paired it with Dollhouse on Friday nights and there has been no reason to keep the show alive for another season (ratings-wise, anyway - I'll leave it to the fans to judge the quality of the show itself). Things don't look that great for Dollhouse either, but that's another story.

Officially, the network won't announce its fall schedule for another month or so, at their annual upfront presentation. Unofficially, you probably shouldn't look for the show on that fall schedule. Now I guess we'll just have to wait for the premiere of the movie where Christian Bale yelled at everyone.

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Would you like to see Brian Austin Green as The Green Lantern?

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 14th 2009 2:07PM
Terminator Brian Austin Green Green Lantern?Terminator's Brian Austin Green is hoping to land a primo gig in what could be the next big geek-friendly movie franchise.

Green is campaigning for the role of Hal Jordan, aka The Green Lantern, in the upcoming Green Lantern film. The actor told Comic Book Resources that he was inspired to campaign for the role after seeing a fan-made picture depicting him as the DC Comics hero.

Some people might not agree, but I think Green has become a pretty good actor post-90210. His comic performance was the only thing that made Freddie Prinze Jr's awful sitcom, Freddie, watchable, and he was pitch-perfect as Derek Reese on Terminator.

I'm not sure if he's right for Hal Jordan, but he's about the right age and he has the right look. Plus, I'd rather see him wear the ring than one of those Disney Channel moppets.

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Ratings low for Sarah Connor Chronicles finale

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 13th 2009 8:34AM
Summer Glau Terminator The Sarah Connor ChroniclesThe Sarah Connor Chronicles season two finale pulled in a paltry 3.6 million viewers Friday night. The show came in behind Ghost Whisperer, Wife Swap and the abomination known as Howie Do It to receive a low 1.3 rating among adults 18-49.

It's a shame. The TSCC season finale was probably the best episode of the series. It was smart, absorbing, and just plain batsh*it crazy. It took the Terminator mythos in a bold new direction to set up what could possibly be an amazing third season. But a third season is unlikely with numbers like this. The show has failed to bring in even four million viewers during the past few months.

It looks like fans will have to get their Terminator fix with Christian Bale's upcoming Terminator Salvation and its sequels.

Fox is expected to announce its lineups for the 2009-2010 season on May 18. If TSCC doesn't make the cut, I've got three words for series creator Josh Friedman: Comic book continuation. Hey, it worked for Buffy!

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Born to Run (season finale)

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 11th 2009 12:35PM
terminator sarah connor chronicles born to run finale
(S02E22) And now we wait.

The season two finale of The Sarah Connor Chronicles turned out to be the most gripping episode of the entire series. The last few minutes delivered some major surprises and a glimpse of what to expect from a possible third season.

But the chances of a third season are slim to none. The show's live ratings on Friday nights have been, well, terrible, and some sites are already reporting that the series will not return next season.

So now we wait for the official word from Fox. Will there be a season three of TSCC, or was this Sarah Connor's last hurrah?

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