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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Joins Paramount and Skydance's 'Terminator' Reboot UPDATE

UPDATE: "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, who played the Doctor from 2011 to 2013, is set to join Paramount and Skydance's new "Terminator" reboot. He will play a new character in the franchise, "with a strong connection to John Connor."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 2, 2014 3:26 PM
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James Cameron on Reddit: Three 'Avatar' Sequels Almost Written, 'Years of Living Dangerously,' Guilty Pleasures, Oculus Rift

James Cameron has been a vegetarian for two years and explains exactly how the search teams in the Indian Ocean will find the submerged crash site for MH370 --if the pings they've located are in fact from the crashed jet's black box. And yes, we now know that the 59-year-old filmmaker/explorer is writing and prepping all three "Avatar" sequels at once before he starts shooting--they should be finished in the next six weeks, he writes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2014 5:35 PM
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Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action star is: see how he deftly eliminates mere movie actors who star in action movies and sideswipes westerns, although Clint Eastwood has his day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 1:19 PM
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Ellison Siblings Team Annapurna & Skydance for 'Terminator' Revamp

Megan Ellison has enlisted her brother, David Ellison, to be her financial and creative partner on her new vision for "The Terminator" franchise. Ellison pledged over $20 million for the rights to the franchise 18 months ago, promising to finish the cyborg's storyline via a new series of films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 1:39 PM
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Old School Action Stars: Few Replacements, Not Expendable

Action heroes come in two categories: New School and Old School. Just last weekend, Liam Neeson, 58, led the box office pack with Unknown, showing 16-year old Justin Bieber and I Am Number Four's 20-year old Alex Pettyfer who's Daddy. Neeson isn't the first, nor will he be the last, older man showing the world how a Hollywood action star should perform, both on screen and in the charts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 22, 2011 8:39 AM
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Golden Globe-Winning Actors: What's Next for Portman, Firth, Leo, Bale, Bening, Giamatti

Heat rises when an actor enters the awards fray. Look at how Helen Mirren (The Queen), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River), particularly, parlayed Oscar attention into serious careers. Take a look at the slates (including soon-to-be-released, rumored, in-production and in-development projects) lined up for this year's Golden Globe-winning actors Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, Annette Bening and Paul Giamatti. We start off with Portman, who has so much lined up that she risks overexposure:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2011 6:35 AM
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Worthington Heads Home, Hurt Locker Reality Show, Brolin Talks

- Sam Worthington is heading home to Perth, Australia to shoot surfing drama Drift, in which he plays a photographic journalist who helped to turn surfing into a worldwide industry. After several big-budget Hollywood films, the actor is excited to be involved in this $11-million project, he says, to "put something back into my home town...There's something pure and true about surfing, and there is something pure and true about this script." (There was also something pure about his performance to in 2004's Somersault opposite Abbie Cornish). This may be the perfect project for him to rediscover the satisfaction of low-budget acting away from the blue-screen razzle-dazzle of Avatar, Clash of the Titans and Terminator: Salvation.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 24, 2010 5:30 AM
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Dark Knight Ripple Effect: Dark Summer Movies

It's not like the Terminator franchise was ever light, exactly. But in the post-Dark Knight era, summer action movies--even Star Trek--are trending dark and edgy, and Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen certainly fit the bill. Word on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is that's darker than any of its predecessors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2009 5:43 AM
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Bale Says Sorry on KROQ

PR 101 dictates that when you mess up bigtime, you apologize, in the most public forum possible. So Christian Bale called Friday morning to give an interview to L.A.'s genial drive-time duo Kevin and Bean on KROQ-FM, so that he could explain his profane outburst on the set of Terminator Salvation back in July. He wasn't trying to get cinematographer Shane Hurlbut fired, he told them. They kept working that day, he said, and for another month, in fact: "We have resolved this completely."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2009 2:19 AM
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Bale has "Moment" on Terminator Set

"It was just a moment," insists the first assistant director on Terminator Salvation. He's talking about an explosion of F-bombs directed by Christian Bale at his cinematographer during filming last July. The guy had walked through a scene. Stars are under huge pressure when they're shooting, especially when they're carrying a big tentpole Terminator movie. Clearly, though, Bale has a temper, as we know from his blowup last year at London's Dorchester Hotel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2009 2:27 AM
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