Tim Miller Explains Why Terminator: Dark Fate Is Rated R

There was a dark time in Hollywood decision making, where modern sequels to R-rated films found themselves dipping into PG-13 rated antics. It was sort of move that felt like an older property trying to find a new form of relevance, in a world where Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was crushing box office records like soda cans with that lesser rating.

But as time went on, properties old and new started seizing the opportunity to go back to the R-rated majesty that would make them famous. Terminator: Dark Fate is one of the most recent examples of a movie that’s ready to take that tactic, and leave it to Deadpool’s Tim Miller to flip the bird at PG-13 decision making, by ensuring in the following terms that this latest adventure would be a very adult affair. As he put it as San Diego Comic-Con:

History helps to back Tim Miller’s claim, as the Terminator films have been known to shed quite a bit of blood, show cyborgs with human tissue coverings have to do some massive surgery with all the gore on display. And of course, the property has also included a ton of profanity from the human contingent.

This confirmation for Terminator: Dark Fate is a pretty big deal, one that’s just as big as having Edward Furlong returning to the role of John Connor for this latest film. Much like Furlong’s return, as well as James Cameron’s return to help mold the story of this new film, the R-rating seems to have a very specific purpose in mind: to win back the Terminator fandom.

As the last two films, Terminator: Salvation and Terminator Genisys, brought James Cameron’s storied franchise into a new era of blockbuster filmmaking, the saga of Sarah Connor, her son John, and the fate of the world, became a PG-13 affair. To say that this ruffled some feathers with the fans, and even Linda Hamilton herself, is to blatantly understate the scenario.

Along with those two films came the added stigma of Terminator die hards just not liking where the films took the series that depended so much on the motto, “No fate, but what we make for ourselves.” Now, with a third film that’s got not only James Cameron’s guidance, but also a soft reboot approach that ignores everything after Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator: Dark Fate has a chance to correct the franchise’s fate towards a better trajectory.

CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg was in the crowd during today’s Terminator: Dark Fate panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and he heard this news first hand. In addition to confirming that the film is a return to R-rated standing for the Terminator saga, it was also heard that part of that rating will be language related.

We say this, because Tim Miller also confirmed that while we’ll be hearing a lot of F-bombs from the legendary Sarah Connor, played once again by series legend Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 will not be swearing at all. The reason, according to Miller, is that while humans can swear, robots cannot.

Ratings don’t exactly equate to success, as Terminator: Dark Fate could be just as disappointing with an R-rating as it would a PG-13. The comfort in a more mature rating comes from the fact that should this film become a huge letdown, it might be less of a product of aiming for a rating that is counter to the gritty reality of the Terminator franchise.

The Top Gun: Maverick Trailer Puts Tom Cruise Back In The Cockpit

Usually going into San Diego Comic-Con, there’s a general expectation of the kind of content we can look forward to. But there are also a few surprises sprinkled in, and this year, one of those is Tom Cruise showing up to premiere the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick. Not to worry, though, folks, because the preview has also been released to the public. Check it out!

Top Gun: Maverick flies into theaters on June 26, 2020, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. For now, look through our 2019 release schedule to find out what movies are coming out this year.

Midsommar’s William Jackson Harper Recounts The ‘Taxing’ Filming Process

Ari Aster’s Midsommar is a stomach-turning nightmare shot in the light of day. Aside from the jaw-dropping events that take place within the horror films runtime, audiences are also treated to some masterful cinematography as the young group of friends attend the summer festival. William Jackson Harper, who plays Josh, admits pulling off some of the more ambitious wide shot sequences were no easy feat to be part of. In his words:

As an audience member, it’s easy to forget about all the time that needs to be filled between the director getting their vision where they want it on camera. And for the Good Place actor, there was a lot of admiring nature (and its creepy-crawlies) as he waited. He told Collider that while it was a taxing shoot, the finished product makes it all worth it.

One scene that seems like it was particularly intense and technical to shoot was when the villagers took turns picking up their forks one by one in line at the long table. It featured a birds-eye shot of the lunch ballet of sorts. Because the film is set in Sweden during its long summer days, it could only be shot at times when the sun was high in the sky.

The actor knew they were stepping into an ambitious project when they signed on for Midsommar. Jack Reynor, who plays the lousy boyfriend to Dani (Florence Pugh), he said he couldn’t see “a clear path” for how they could pull if off but that was exactly why he was interested in being a part of it. When the cast screened the film, they were so amazed and shocked by the end product that they just sat in silence for 10 minutes taking it in.

Midsommar came just one year after Ari Aster’s debut film Hereditary. William Jackson Harper had just auditioned for Midsommar when his breakout horror flick was released in theaters. It only heightened his hope to nab the role. He was attracted by the ‘unnerving” quality of the writer/director’s work.

The horror flick has sparked a lot of discussion for it’s crazy cult rituals and polarizing ending that is open to interpretation based on the viewers own perception on the subject matter. Between its blood and guts, “WTF-did-I-just-watch” storytelling and beautifully complex shots, Midsommar also contends with loss and relationship turmoil.

Have you seen Midsommar? It’s still in theaters to traumatize audiences!

Kevin James’ Beard Has Gotten Even More Out Of Control For New Adam Sandler Netflix Movie

After the success of Adam Sandler’s Netflix comedy Murder Mystery, it seems like it was only a matter of time before things got a bit out of control. Sure enough, they have, only in the very particular circumstance that is Kevin James’ beard.

Don’t take our word for it though, as you can see just how much Kevin James’ facial hair has grown, courtesy of his social media posting below:

While Kevin James certainly isn’t a stranger to facial hair, as his Paul Blart: Mall Cop look brought him into that particular fold, this is a seriously long beard. Though that’s nothing compared to what’s been spotted on the set of this new Netflix film, allegedly entitled Hubie Halloween.

Yahoo dug up some details on this film’s current production, and as it turns out, Kevin James is also rocking a pretty big mullet as Officer Steve, a police officer who helps Adam Sandler’s protagonist, Hubie, investigate a heinous crime.

If you just said to yourself, “I bet it’s a murder,” you’re clearly psychic, as Hubie Halloween is another Netflix murder mystery from the man who helped make Murder Mystery a big damned hit for the streaming giant. Only this time, instead of a jet-setting adventure in Europe, Sandler and company will be skulking around Salem, Massachusetts in the search of a killer.

It’s still a bit weird to see Kevin James with a beard as big as the one seen in the Instagram post the actor had shared. While we’re used to some facial hair on the star of such sitcoms as The King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait, this is a pretty big deal. Then again, Netflix is probably banking on James, and his partner-in-crime Sandler, to make Hubie Halloween a massive hit. Which means extreme measures must naturally be taken, in the name of success.

Murder Mystery was a pretty big hit for Netflix, and in the shadow of the supposed flopping of Triple Frontier, the studio is going to want another hit to draw subscribers back to their queues. Though if word of mouth behind Hubie Halloween gets as wild as that of Murder Mystery, there’s a chance that Adam Sandler fans who don’t already have a Netflix account might just sign up for this next film.

It’s all the more reason for Kevin James to grow an insanely long beard, in hopes of luring audiences into this latest film’s clutches. The laws of comedy dictate that you’ve got to top yourself each time, and James is just playing by the rules, folks.

Hubie Halloween doesn’t have a release date just yet, but it wouldn’t be all that surprising if this one drops on Netflix in time for this fall’s festivities. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in partaking in those sweet Sandler antics, Murder Mystery is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Margot Robbie Has Never Seen A Star Wars Movie

If you’re a Star Wars fan and have ever met somebody who has never seen the films, you probably know what Margot Robbie means when she says it infuriates people. You were probably utterly taken aback to discover that such a person exists. It’s just sort of shocking that people have avoided something that is such a part of our culture. You want to move them over to a DVD player and sit them down immediately. Full disclosure, I basically did that with a friend in college right before the prequels started coming out, she had never seen the original trilogy before.

Surprise, Terminator 2’s Edward Furlong Is Back As John Connor In Dark Fate

James Cameron made history with his pair of Terminator movies, which remain the upper echelon of sci-fi movies. The Terminator franchise continues on after Cameron’s involvement slowed, and new installments have never been truly far from theaters. While some of these newer installments failed to impress audiences (and Linda Hamilton), Deadpool director Tim Miller will be able to course correct with his upcoming blockbuster Terminator: Dark Fate, which is a direct sequel to T2.

Terminator 2 is considered the strongest entry in the beloved property, with a badass Sarah Connor and her son John taking the lead roles. John was played by young actor Edward Furlong in the 1991 classic, and fans have been eager to see how the character would be handled in Dark Fate. He was noticeably missing from the first trailer, with the only new being that Furlong’s likeness from T2 will be rendered through visual affects for flashback sequences. But all that changed today.

Terminator: Dark Fate is the first big presentation in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con this year, and the presentation has revealed plenty of juicy details about the upcoming sequel. Perhaps the most unexpected bit is that Edward Furlong would indeed be reprising his role as John Connor in Dark Fate, making the upcoming timeline-defying installment a bonafide reunion for the cast of Terminator 2.

News about Edward Furlong’s role in Terminator: Dark Fate comes from James Cameron himself at the panel, and CinemaBlend was in Hall H at the time this exciting update was given to the adoring fans. How John factors into the story still remains to be seen, but the hardcore fans will be happy to see another familiar face on camera when the movie arrives this November.

Keegan-Michael Key Would Love To Be In A Jordan Peele Horror Movie

When sketch comedy pair Key & Peele first premiered their show on Comedy Central in 2012, could anyone have predicted one would become horror’s most respected new eye? Jordan Peele has done a complete career 180 since doing impressions of Barack Obama with Keegan-Michael Key as his anger translator, recently helming Get Out and Us, along with being behind CBS’ Twilight Zone reboot.

Keegan-Michael Key has been incredibly busy as well, recently starring in The Predator and lending his voice to a hyena named Kamari alongside Beyoncé in The Lion King. That said, he hasn’t forgotten his partner-in-comedy and looks like he’d join Jordan Peele on just about any endeavor. In his words:

It’s exciting to see Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele continue their partnership in voice roles! They just stole the show in Toy Story 4 as carnival stuffed animals Ducky and Bunny. They will also team up as demon brothers who face off against a nun and pair of goth teens in order to break out of Hell in the stop-motion animated film Wendell and Wild. The film is directed by the iconic Henry Selick, produced by Netflix and expected to be released in late 2020 or early 2021.

In regards to starring in one of Jordan Peele’s buzzy horror projects, Keegan-Michael Key is game for that too! It would just depend on the script. Coming off the recent success of Us, Jordan Peele hasn’t announced another directorial project yet, but he will serve as a writer and producer on the Candyman reboot, to be directed by Nia DaCosta and star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Tony Todd.

Keegan-Michael Key also offered up this idea as well to Comicbook.com:

It would be amazing to see the pair star in a movie together whether it be comedy or drama. Just keep working together! We’re game for any collaboration as well. However, Jordan Peele has expressed his commitment to the horror genre, recently saying he doesn’t see himself “moving far from horror anytime soon.”

What type of project would you like to see Key and Peele collaborate on next? Sound off in the comments!

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Trailer Is Star-Studded And Definitely NSFW

Though this film calls itself a reboot, and definitely follows that sort of template by treading that hallowed ground from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the film feels more like what Hollywood likes to call a “legacyquel”. A key part of that designation is the fact that Shannon Elizabeth’s Justice is back in the picture for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and she has a surprise for Jay: their teenaged daughter, Millennium Vulcan, played by Harley Quinn Smith.

Rumor: Is This When Matt Reeves’ The Batman Will Finally Begin Filming?

While Marvel may be the current king of the superhero box office, since 1989 there has been no hero as successful as Batman. The caped crusader has had a near constant presence on the big screen for three decades. While we’ve known that the next Batman movie, currently titled The Batman is set for a 2021 release, what’s been less clear is when production would get underway. However, a new rumor indicates that cameras could be getting rolling early next year.

Specifically, the official start date for The Batman is January 13, 2020, according to GWW. The article doesn’t specify where this information has come from, so we have to call it a rumor at this point, but since the movie is set to debut in the summer of 2021, any start anytime in the first half of 2020 would certainly make sense.

Previously, reports had claimed that production could start as early as this fall, before the end of the year. It’s even possible that was the plan but that the date was pushed back. With the movie set for release 23 months from now, there’s plenty of time, so it’s unlikely things are going to be in a rush. Unless The Batman is going to have significantly more post-production work needed than the average blockbuster, or is going to have a longer shooting schedule than your average superhero movie, as long as principal photography is finished by next summer, everything should be fine.

In between now and when production starts there is, as far as we know, some important work to be done. Specifically, there’s a lot of casting left to do. The only actor who has been confirmed for the new Batman movie is Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Not only that, Batman is the only character who has been confirmed for the film. Several of Batman’s Rogues Gallery of villains have been rumored to be appearing, but none have been confirmed.

Other supporting players like ally/villain Catwoman have been reported to be playing a part and one assumes characters like Alfred and Commissioner Gordon will also appear, but we don’t even know that much for a fact.

All we really know about Matt Reeves script is that the movie will be more of a detective story than previous Batman films. One of Batman’s many nicknames is the “World’s Greatest Detective” but we rarely see him playing that role in the movies, trying to unravel a mystery or determine a guilty party.

It also appears, based on the fact that Ben Affleck will not be part of this film, that the new movie will be separate from the Justice League DC franchise, though the movie could potentially be set as a prequel.

Many of these questions will likely be answered as actual casting is confirmed, and once filming begins we can be sure that even more rumors will begin to surface about what exactly The Batman is all about. We’ll find out for sure when the movie hits theaters in June of 2021.