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Schwarzen-Watch: Justin Lin talks “Terminator”

Schwarzen-Watch: Justin Lin talks “Terminator” (photo)

Posted by on film writer Matt Singer is the biggest Arnold Schwarzenegger fan on the planet. He blogs any time any news about Schwarzenegger’s return to acting, no matter how flimsy or improbable, hits the Internet.

In a conversation with The Playlist, “Fast Five” director Justin Lin provided an update on a possible fifth film in the “Terminator” franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzen-Watch first discussed possibility of “Terminator 5” back in late April, when CAA was shopping a Lin/Schwarzenegger “T5” package with a sticker price of somewhere in the neighborhood of $25-35 million. Of course, things went quiet on the killer robot front when the news of Schwarzenegger’s paternity scandal broke one month later (cut to the T-800 saying “I know now why you cry”). Now that the furor continues to subside — or was subsiding, until Schwarzenegger wore a tastelessly hilarious “I Survived Maria” shirt in public — the project’s percolating again. Here’s what Lin had to say during an interview about the DVD release of the very satisfying “Fast Five:”

“‘Terminator’ is something I’ve been having a lot of fun with… just even this week, I had a great meeting with Arnold and James Cameron, just sitting down unofficially. And James is so gracious because he’s not part of the project, he’s not going to be producing, but it was great of him just as a filmmaker to take time out to just talk.”

Cameron, who of course wrote and directed the first two “Terminator” films, performed a similar advisory role on 2009’s “Terminator Salvation;” he was the one who suggested director McG hire “Avatar” star Sam Worthington to play Christian Bale’s primary antagonist. Lin added that while rumors of his involvement in other series like “Die Hard” aren’t true, “Terminator” is “a franchise that [he’s] working on right now,” though at this point it is all very tentative and loose and in no way a certainty. Having watched Lin grow as an action director on the last two “Fast & Furious” films, I say make it happen. I want to see him and Arnold bring the “Terminator” back. Of course I would pay to see Arnold in a “Terminator” from the director of “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” so what do I know.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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