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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Why we can't wait to see ''Terminator 3''

THE STORY Exit ''Terminator 2'''s shape-shifting T-1000; enter a sleeker female design, Kristanna Loken's Terminatrix. John Connor runs like hell, and T-X makes chase. Naturally, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns, if only to mutter ''She'll be back.''

THE GOODIES In the hyperactive trailer, there's a helicopter crash and post-apocalyptic man-versus-machine mayhem. The ADD-ish tone can be attributed to pinch-hitting director Jonathan Mostow (''U-571''), who replaces James Cameron.

CREATIVE CASTING ''In the Bedroom'''s Nick Stahl is John Connor (originally played by Edward Furlong), and Claire Danes is his love interest. Connor's mother, however, was axed from the plot when Linda Hamilton declined to revisit the role.

BURNING QUESTION What's the life span of one of these Terminator units, anyway? Arnie's nearing 60.

TREND WATCH After ''T3'' and the upcoming ''True Lies'' and ''Conan'' projects, Arnold seems to think that only sequels can revive his career. Do we need to prepare -- with dread -- for new ''Kindergarten Cop'' and ''Total Recall'' films?

COULD BE What ''Pulp Fiction'' did for an aging John Travolta. Or... what ''Battlefield Earth'' did for an aging John Travolta.

Originally posted Jan 24, 2003
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