Okay, even though some folks may not enjoy the current state of internet film journalism, I happen to think there's a real upside to the fact that everywhere you turn people are talking about movies. The competition may be fierce, and while everyone is clambering for the next big scoop, crackpot rumors still abound. But, you can't deny that sometimes we bloggers come in awfully handy; heck, we may have just rescued one of the biggest summer releases this year.

So let's all think back to last summer when AICN broke the news of what they claimed to be the leaked ending to Terminator Salvation. According to their source -- and this might still be considered a spoiler, so read at your own risk -- the ending supposedly culminated in a reveal that John Conner (Christian Bale) was in fact a terminator himself (um, yeah). As soon as the story hit, the message boards blew up and plenty of ink was spilled over the film's potential 'skin-swapping' ending. Director McG immediately squashed the rumor, and I think most of us just chalked it up to fanboy speculation.

Almost a year later, Moviehole reports their 'friend' at Warner Brothers told them the internet leak actually did cause a change, and that the new ending "doesn't resemble the previous one in any shape or form." That's a huge relief to me, because if there's anything I hate more, it's a spoiled surprise -- which isn't easy considering my choice of profession; spoilers are our stock and trade. Moviehole's source at WB also went on to say the new ending is "a complete [180] from the original film," which is probably good news if you were one of the fans out there crying 'Blasphemy!' when the story first hit.

So in the end, I guess you can say what you want about the world of blogs and "'toldja!' journalists". But if it was the online leak that inspired McG and company to get to work on a rewrite, is it possible that maybe, just maybe, the internet saved Terminator? (Unless the new ending sucks even more ...) Sound off below...

By: Jessica Barnes

CATEGORIES Movies, Features, Sci-Fi