" . . . Making fewer films is good, because there are too many films in the marketplace and too much pressure to perform in the first weekend. I think it's a market correction to have fewer movies out there, and maybe there will be more of a premium on originality. Right now, there's a lack of ideas in Hollywood. People are recycling ideas, not reinventing them . . . "
With the relentlessness of a Terminator pursuing its victim, the fan hounded Jonathan Mostow at a convention. "You aren't the original director of the 'Terminator' movies," he said. "Are you going to ruin [the franchise]?"
It's a question observers have posed, albeit more politely, since Mostow stepped into the oversized shoes vacated by franchise creator James Cameron two years ago.
Linda Hamilton, the buff action star, is studying Yiddish-language tapes. The image is startling for anyone who remembers her as Sarah Connor, the all-American waitress-turned-warrior in James Cameron's "Terminator" flicks. It's even more startling when you consider that the Yiddish is for a play, Lou Shaw's "Worse Than Murder: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg," which opens tomorrow at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City. Hamilton plays Ethel Rosenberg, who was strapped into the electric chair in 1953 and executed, along with her husband, for conspiring to pass atomic secrets to the Soviets. Sitting on a faded gold couch in the bland rehearsal space at the Court, the petite, smoky-eyed actress says even she was surprised she accepted the part. "I'd sworn off heavy roles since 'Terminator 2' because I was just so sick of playing these very earnest, strong women," she says. Instead, Hamilton did some acclaimed TV movies, films such as "Dante's Peak" and a comedy or two.