Saturday, June 7, 2008

NM Production Update: McG, Terminator & Crash



From the Terminator Salvation Blog, a second update from the Director, "McG" includes this:
Also, I realize my name is ridiculous. I was born Joseph McGinty Nichol. McG is short for McGinty. I have been called this since the day I was born to create separation from my Uncle Joe and Grandpa Joe. I realize it sounds like some Hollywood nickname, hip-hop choice. But the truth is, this is simply my name - for every day of elementary school, every zit-filled day of high school. I have been taking shit for it ever since. I get it, I would think it's lame too. But it's just a name, and to change it now would seem fraudulent.
A few more details about the storyline too...
This movie takes place several years after Judgment Day, but prior to 2029. Just like it took a long time to get an HD plasma screen in our world, it took Skynet a lot of research and development to get to the T-800, and this movie explores that "space between." We have all been fascinated with the world after Judgment Day. Here it is.

In this film, there are Hydrobots that patrol the water, Transports that move human prisoners around, Harvesters that collect human beings as lab rats for Skynet and Aerostats that survey all that is going on with the resistance the world over.

We've started shooting the T-600 - the bigger, grimier, nastier version that preceded the T-800...
Read more at the Terminator Salvation blog.


With Crash, the public news is of new cast members (from Zap2it.com):
Dennis Hopper has joined the cast of "Crash," the Starz television adaptation of the Oscar-winning film.

Starz says that Hopper will play a veteran, maverick music producer looking for his last big score.

The two-time Oscar nominee (for acting in "Hoosiers" and co-writing "Easy Rider") joins the previously announced Clare Carey, Luis Chavez, Ross McCall, Jocko Sims, Brian Tee and Arlene Tur in the small screen version of Paul Haggis' film.

While all of the characters in the future are original creations, the new "Crash" will have a similar structure to the feature: A multi-ethnic ensemble of Los Angeles characters will deal with the harsh realities of everyday life, mostly that people in LA can't drive and are frequently racist.
Dennis Hopper was in New Mexico not all that long ago for his role in Swing Vote, which comes out real soon.

From TV Squad:
According to the press release, the show "will continue to focus on an ensemble cast of characters" and "will explore the complexities of social tolerance in contemporary America by digging at the meaning of what it takes to reach the American dream."

...Watch your backs, HBO and Showtime! This show looks good. And Paul Haggis is on the team of executive producers. He didn't just give us Crash. He gave us thirtysomething and The Black Donnellys. Don't mess with the Hag.
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