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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Terminator: Evolution of a Franchise

Credit to: Wired.com

Here's how a killing machine evolved into a killer franchise.


The Terminator debuts in 1984, directed by James Cameron. Starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was only known as Conan at the time. The film pulls in $78 million worldwide. Meanwhile, the first wave of novelizations hits bookstores, and a franchise is born.


The first Terminator videogame for PCs hits the streets, sparking more than two dozen iterations across a wide array of consoles. Flush with Rambo dough, indie film studio Carolco Pictures acquires Hemdale's rights for a film follow-up. Cameron signs on to direct.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day—at $100 million, then the most expensive production in Hollywood history—is the top-grossing movie of the year, eclipsing $200 million in the US and $520 million worldwide.


T2-mania is in full swing. Metallic T-800 skulls show up on backpacks, boxer shorts, lunch boxes, and cubicle walls as licensees like Kenner and MacFarlane Toys see total sales for Terminator-related merchandise climb into the nine-digit range.


T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, a 12-minute theme-park attraction, opens at Universal Studios in Orlando. One of the priciest ($60 million) and most complex attractions ever, it's codirected and written by Cameron and features original performances by all of T2's principal actors.


Director Jonathan Mostow spends a whopping $187 million to make Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It makes a modest $44 million on opening weekend, but its ultimate box-office gross lifts the film franchise's total to $1 billion worldwide.


Fox's The Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, and Summer Glau, debuts to 18.3 million viewers. It's a critical darling but struggles for ratings and is hobbled by the Writers Guild strike. Nonetheless, Fox renews the series for another season.


Warner Bros. is set to release the $200 million, postapocalyptic Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale, in nearly 4,000 theaters on Memorial Day weekend. A battalion of next-gen videogames is in the works, and a $10 million, 2,850-foot-long Terminator roller coaster opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Illustrations: John Ritter; Photos: 1984: Everett; 1992: Allen Shope/Treasure-cove; 1995: Getty; Furlong: Everett; 1997: Getty; 2003: Warner Bros/Everett; 2008: Michael Desmond/Fox

See the whole evolution list at Wired.com

Monday, April 06, 2009

Costumes to Mock a Failing Economy

Some of the best Halloween costumes are topical to current events, often mocking those who make news headlines. 13Above.com made a list of the Top 10 Costumes for the Financial Crisis.

Its always a good idea to pick your Halloween costume from current events and have it catapult you from the headlines to the front of the stage at the Halloween costume contests this year!

This is one sure way to capitalize off of the failing economy! Here are my 5 favorites, see 13Above.com for all 10!

1. AIG Executive

You'll need a fluffy robe and a respectable manicure.


--Spa slippers
--Clay facial mask
--Fluffy slippers
--AIG "Hi My Name Is..." sticker badge

2. Cowboy Capitalism

Dress up in a business suit but with a cowboy hat and boots. Sport a black eye.


--Adult beverage in a brown bag

3. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

A guy and a gal dress up as drunken sailors in the style of Raggedy Ann and Andy.


--Bottles of booze
--Toy houses

6. Golden Parachute

Put on a jumpsuit (preferably gold). Then spray-paint a trash bag gold and attach parachute strings.


--Affix giant dollar sign to chest
--Safety goggles or golden superhero mask, depending on taste (I like these money glasses, personally)
--Play money tucked into belt and pockets.

4. Mortgage-Backed Security

Strap a small, plastic child's play house on your back.


--Wrap two bike chains across your chest
--Makeup to turn face black and blue

5. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson

Get a sharp looking suit, bald cap, rimless spectacles.


--Toy bazooka

--Assistant Secretary Neel Kashkari "mini me" doll.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!