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Watch The Favorite Death Scenes Of 26 Different Directors

There are a lot of great, memorable death scenes in movies. Some pack an emotional punch, others play key narrative roles, and still more are just plain awesome. This new video collects 26 of the most unforgettable, important, and straight up crazy film deaths, each chosen by a different director. Sci-fi is well represented on this list, with some of your favorite moments showing up, as well as a few surprising omissions.

This video is one of the coolest bits of promotion we’ve ever seen, coming from Drafthouse Films and Magnet Releasing to pump up the release of their horror anthology ABCs of Death 2. The concept is that 26 directors made 26 short films, each assigned a different letter of the alphabet. As you probably guessed, each filmmaker also got to choose their favorite cinematic death scene for inclusion in this video. That would be a tough one, there are so many to pick from, and what if someone beat you to the punch and named your favorite? You’re obviously going to be publicly judged on the basis of your selection.

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How Terminator: Genisys Explains That Really Old Looking Arnold Schwarzenegger

arnold-schwarzenegger-terminator-5As excited as we are to once again see Arnold Schwarzenegger in his natural habitat—playing a futuristic robot killing machine—we’re curious how the upcoming Terminator: Genisys (every time I read that title I still wonder how many people at the studio had to sign off on its ridiculousness) is going to deal with the fact that the T-800 now looks very much like a 67-year-old man who was once the governor of the state of California. But don’t worry, there’s and explanation, and it comes from series creator James Cameron, so you know it has to be right, right?

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the original, 1984 Terminator, and to mark the occasion, the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood hosted a special screening of the film, complete with a Q&A with both Cameron and fellow producer Gale Anne Hurd. Deadline recorded many of these stories to share with the general public, and the subject of old ass Mr. Schwarzenegger came up.

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Why James Cameron Says The Terminator Legacy Isn’t His Problem

TerminatorJames Cameron may have created the Terminator back in 1984, and delivered the best two installments (the original, as well as 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day), but he’s not going to have much, if anything to do with the upcoming expansion of the franchise. He’s going to be plenty busy for the next little bit anyway, shooting three Avatar movies back-to-back-to-back starting next year, and he’s not particularly concerned about the path of his robotic creations from the future.

If you’re good at math, you may have noticed that this year marks the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, and to mark this momentous occasion, Cameron appeared at a special screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Afterwards he took some time out of Avatar prep to talk about what is possibly his most famous, or at most least beloved, cinematic creation with Empire Online.

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Terminator: Genisys Will Not Be Rated-R, Here’s Why

TerminatorSo Terminator: Genisys just got significantly less interesting to fans of the franchise hoping for a return to aesthetic of the first two chapters. One star of the new movie just revealed that the strangely titled film will follow in the footsteps of the last film, Terminator Salvation, and not in a particularly good way, but in the fact that the new movie will be PG-13. But at least he does talk about the plot a little bit.

Talking to The Arnold Fans, Jai Courtney, who you may remember from such stunning motion pictures as The Worst Die Hard and Another Dystopian YA Adaptation, plays New Kyle Reese, and told us not to expect an R rating. I mean why would we, it’s only a movie about killer robots from the future being sent back in time to hunt and murder a dude.

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Sci-Fi Happy Meals That Are Too Good To Be True

BladeRunnerWhy don’t adults get meals that come with prizes? Some of my favorite rituals from childhood involved being elbow-deep in a box of cereal, feeling around for the prize, or dumping all the food out of my Happy Meal just so I could get to the toy. So how come we don’t get a grown-up equivalent? After-dinner mints and fortune cookies don’t count, damn it. I want to be able to finish my snazzy, five-star meal, and then have the waiter bring me out a Rocket Raccoon action figure on a silver platter. Sadly, I will probably never live in such a world, but at least pretending is a little bit easier thanks to these faux Happy Meals that were ripped right out of my Happy Place.

These awesome fake Happy Meals are the work of Los Angeles digital artist Newt Clements. (He mostly comes out at night. Mostly.) His Pinterest is full of a wide variety of crazy projects, but his Happy Meals collection is one of the most extensive. He’s got over 100 of the things by my count, and they’re all incredibly well done. Designing Happy Meal boxes to tie into Doctor Who, Aliens, or Escape from New York would have been worthy of a story in and of itself, but Clements goes the extra mile by imagining what toys might be included with each meal as well. And I don’t care what bounty McDonald’s has on offer, there’s no way it’s cooler than an action figure of Firefly’s River standing atop a pile of Reaver corpses.

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Science Is One Step Closer To Making One Of Our Sci-Fi Nightmares A Reality

Terminator 2No matter how many speculative cautionary tales science fiction produces, science keeps inching us ever closer to our inevitable doom at the hands of our eventual robot overlords. Take, for instance, James Cameron’s 1991 blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We all watched that and were like, whew, thank god that terrifying molten metal man doesn’t really exist. And while we’ve been able to think that for more than the last two decades, thanks to science, we’re one step closer to seeing that shape-shifting Robert Patrick that has haunted so many of our dreams become a reality.

It’s a baby step, but like I said, we’re getting closer and closer to Skynet every day. A team of researchers at North Carolina State University have taken it upon themselves to create a liquid metal alloy that can reshape itself in a way that may be unsettlingly familiar to some of us. It’s cool, and fascinating, but also won’t to anything to help alleviate your T2 induced nightmares.

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