• Terminator Happy Ending Would've Cut The Movie's Best Scene

    25 days ago - By Screen Rant

    James Cameron's 1984 movie The Terminator would've had a happy ending if the studio got their wish, but it also would've cut out the movie's best scene. Starring in The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg assassin sent from the year 2029 back in time on a mission to kill Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor in order to prevent her son, John Connor, from leading the future Resistance against the machines. Even though the movie released decades ago, it remains a culturally significant touchstone in the entertainment industry, so much so that it may have inadvertently created a stigma...
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  • How Michael Biehn's Agent Helped Save ‘The Terminator'

    How Michael Biehn's Agent Helped Save ‘The Terminator'

    25 days ago - By Slash Film

    The Terminator is now a lucrative franchise with a sixth movie on the way. In 1984, it was a struggle just to get the studio to screen the original. film. Producer Gale Anne Hurd was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Screamfest and spoke about her work before screenings of Aliens and The Terminator.
    “Even though it's commonplace today, the head of marketing there so hated the film, he didn't want to screen it for critics,” Hurd said. “Back in 1984, that just wasn't done. The head of marketing at Orion basically said, ‘We're embarrassed to release this morning. It's a down and...
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  • ‘Terminator' Co-Creator Gale Anne Hurd Thinks the Tech Industry Should Take a Hippocratic Oath to Avoid the Robot Apocalypse 

    ‘Terminator' Co-Creator Gale Anne Hurd Thinks the Tech Industry Should Take a Hippocratic Oath to Avoid the Robot Apocalypse 

    25 days ago - By Slash Film

    Judgment Day was supposed to happen in 1997 according to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The cautionary tale began in 1984's The Terminator, which wasn't the first science fiction tale to warn about artificial intelligence. Terminator co-writer and producer Gale Anne Hurd said that science fiction and other genres have been ahead of the curve on these matters, and she hopes real science catches up soon.
    “Let's hear it for science fiction, fantasy and horror,” Hurd said at a Screamfest Q&A before she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “Stephen Hawking only came up with the idea that...
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  • ‘Aliens' Producer Gale Anne Hurd Shares Her Hollywood Sexism War Stories

    ‘Aliens' Producer Gale Anne Hurd Shares Her Hollywood Sexism War Stories

    25 days ago - By Slash Film

    Gale Anne Hurd is one of most successful producers in Hollywood. She launched the Terminator franchise, gave Alien its first sequel, and currently oversees the W alking Dead universe on television. Like any woman in Hollywood, especially coming up in the ‘80s, Hurd has her own stories of sexism too. She shared some at a Screamfest Q&A before she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
    Despite the success of The Terminator, her second studio film was full of battles.
    “When Fox agreed that Jim would direct Aliens, I had to go in and interview,” Hurd said. “The first question I was...
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  • How Producer Gale Anne Hurd Saved ‘The Terminator' From a Happy Ending

    How Producer Gale Anne Hurd Saved ‘The Terminator' From a Happy Ending

    25 days ago - By Slash Film

    It's rare for major studio blockbusters to have downer endings. The Terminator films sort of require it. They are about a nuclear apocalypse in which machines overpower humanity. The best victory afforded humans in those films is that the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, lives to defeat Skynet. Only Terminator 2: Judgment Day ends with the hope of averting the war, and subsequent sequels assured that the war rages on.
    Back in 1984, there was no franchise to support The Terminator. The first film ends with Sarah Connor surviving after Kyle Reese sacrificed himself fighting the...
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