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Terminator soldiers on in animated “machinima” series


terminator2After a lower than expected opening for action movie “Terminator Salvation,” the studio behind the film is soldiering on, like a Terminator robot on the warpath, with the release of an animated series that uses graphics from a video game to tell a story, in a technique called machinima.

Warner Bros. said that its “Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series” is the first long-form dramatic machinima series produced by a major studio. The creators used the “Terminator Salvation” video game to make the animated series.

 The six-part animated series was produced in association with McG, the director of the movie. It follows the adventures of Blair Williams, a resistance fighter who was played by Moon Bloodgood in the movie and voices her character in the machinima series. It follows how Blair joined the human resistance against Terminator robots that unleash destruction on planet Earth.

From the studio’s perspective, a machinima series is a cheap way to make new content to support a film. McG noted that the machinima technique allows creators to show things that would be “cost-prohibitive or even impossible on a set.”moon-bloodgood

The Governator gets face time in “Terminator Salvation”


  arnold-schwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger is probably better known outside of California for playing a Terminator in the movie franchise than he is for acting as governor of the Golden State.

 So for the movie “Terminator Salvation” opening on May 21, Schwarzenegger had to figure out how to be both the Governator and the Terminator, because as a busy man he didn’t want to spend time being both.

The recording Christian Bale WANTS you to hear


A contrite but humorous Christian Bale called into an L.A. radio station on Friday to apologize for his expletive-laced tirade on the set of “Terminator Salvation” that has circulated all week on audio tape form, and the actor also gave his version of what happened that July day when the outburst was recorded.   Bale

“I know I have a potty mouth, everybody knows that now,” Bale told radio station KROQ. “But I understand this is live so please don’t worry, I will behave.”

Christian Bale: the fallout continues


bale(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Actor Christian Bale’s expletive-laced tirade on the set of the upcoming action movie “Terminator Salvation” has been the talk of Hollywood this week. The widely heard audio tape from that verbal explosion has been remixed into a dance song and has inspired a T-Shirt

But on Wednesday, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton linked to perhaps the most creative product of the audio remix cottage industry that has resulted from Bale’s blow-up. It’s a mashup of the Bale tape and footage of television commentator Bill O’Reilly losing his cool on the set of his news program. Be warned, audio from ”Batman” Bale’s tirade is not exactly family friendly.
The recording of Bale’s outburst was first posted at celebrity news site Bale reportedly lost his temper on the set of “Terminator Salvation” when the director of photography interrupted a scene the actor was playing in.
Hollywood has a long history of on-set tirades and grudge matches. What’s new is that the Internet provides a place to hear exactly how bad Hollywood’s bad boys and girls can be. Does that mean actors like Bale will keep their behavior in check next time? Don’t bet on it.