News and Notes. And occasional snark…

The LA Times reports that the rights for the Terminator franchise are up for grabs.

Anderson and Kubicek’s Halcyon Holding Group has engaged financial advisory firm FTI Capital Advisors, pending bankruptcy court approval, to “evaluate strategic alternatives,” according to a statement. Since Halcyon’s only valuable asset is the Terminator rights, any deal would involve an investment in, or outright sale, of them.

So if you ever wanted to write yourself into Sarah Connor’s love life, now’s your chance, folks.


Michael Bay has announced he is gracing us with Transformers 3 sooner than anticipated.

Transformers 3: July 1st, 2011
10/01/2009 09:41 AM

Well its official: We have a great Transformers 3 story. The release date is now July 1st 2011. Not 2012.

Today is Day One. This morning started with an ILM meeting for five hours in San Francisco. Currently I’m flying with writer Ehren Kruger to Rhode Island to talk to Hasbro about new characters.

P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you.

Pain and Gain is right after shooting of Trans 3.


All I can think is that he attempting to hasten to coming of the Apocalypse. If you want proof, just watch Transformers 2. Drop him a line and let him know you are willing to wait until 2012 for it all to come crashing down.


Danny Trejo announced in an interview with Punch Drunk Critics that his next film will not be another Sin City movie,which is still “in the thought process stage”, but he will be involved in a new Predator film.

Second half of the video is NSFW due to language.

I am trying to wrap my head around Danny Trejo vs Predator in a way that will not equal awesome. I am failing. I am pretty sure it is going to be awesome.


Back in July, Risky Business Blog announced that Jodie Foster had taken on directing Beaver, a story about a man who wears a stuffed Beaver on his hand and treats it as if it is real. Mel Gibson has been tapped to play the starring role, which leads me to wonder which actor we will get for this. If Gibson can resurrect his comedic timing and amazingly expressive face, ala Lethal Weapon and Maverick, this could very well be the film that brings him back into the spotlight that doesn’t involve alcohol or profanity. Pictures are now available of Gibson working on the role on


For those of you who want another remake of the 80s, 20th Century Fox has started filming The A Team in Vancouver. With Liam Neeson as John “Hannibal” Smith, Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, Sharlto Copley as Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as Sgt. “B.A.” Baracus we can hope for a little more refined dialogue than “I pity the fool” and maybe even a large enough budget for some decent explosions. It is set to open in theaters in June, 2010.


GeekTyrant reports that Fox Searchlight is in negotiations to bring the Ramones to the big screen in a way never seen before. Based on the book I Slept With Joey Ramone, written by Joey Ramone’s brother and longtime roadie, Mickey Leigh and longtime punk writer and Ramones chronicler Legs McNeil, the movie will “utilize the band’s rich and well documented history”. More details as the story unfolds…

______________________ recently interviewed Quentin Tarantino who announced plans to move ahead with Kill Bill 3. The new film is slated for 2014 and will be set 10 years after Kill Bill 2. To quote Tarantino – “One: I think Uma [Thurman] and I needed a 10 year break cause the first one was so hard. And second: I really love the character. And I think she deserves a 10 year release of no fighting and being with her [daughter].” Most websites and news outlets that are discussing the announcement tell us to take this with a grain of salt: not every project Tarantino is interested in and involved in comes to light.