James Cameron And Tim Miller Talk ‘Terminator’ Reboot: ‘The Machines Have already won’
by Rachel West
Thirty-three years after Arnold Schwarzenegger burst onto the scene as a cyborg from the future, sent to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in “The Terminator”, the franchise is getting yet another reboot at the hands of “Deadpool” director Tim Miller and James Cameron who will serve as a producer.
“It made sense for me to see if there was a way to bring it into this century and to relevance,” Cameron tells The Hollywood Reporter. The Canadian-born director, 63, has been secretly working alongside Miller and a team of writers to help usher a new “Terminator” film into being. Finding inspiration wasn’t hard for Cameron, who had to look no further than what was happening in the world around him.
“What was science fiction in the ’80s is now imminent. It’s coming over the horizon at us. And there’s been a resurgence of fear and concern about nuclear weapons and so on. So all of these apocalyptic elements are out there,” he explains. “The first two ‘Terminator’ films that I did, dealt with the angst around that and how we reconcile it for ourselves in a fantasy context. So I got excited about the idea of finding a story that made sense for now.”
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“The [first] films are more relevant today than they were when he made them. A lot of it seems like prognostication because it’s coming to be — the world we live in right now,” Miller adds. “Technology has always scared me, and it’s always seduced me,” says Cameron.
Following three unsuccessful sequels – including the most recent reboot, 2015’s “Terminator Genisys” – Cameron wants to wipe the slate clean, acknowledging that the post “Terminator: Judgement Day” movies were failures.
“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2’. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse,” he tells THR. “This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”
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“Look around in any airport or restaurant and see how many people are on their phones. The machines have already won. It’s just [that] they’ve won in a different way. We are co-evolving with our technology. We’re merging,” Cameron says, revealing he’s brought in several experts in artificial intelligence and science to speak to the “Terminator” team.
However, more nerve-wracking than a future filled with robots was asking original franchise stars Schwarzengger and Cameron’s ex-wife, Hamilton back.
Schwarzenegger was an easy ask, with the actor just assuming he would return. But asking his former wife, whom he was married to from 1997 to 1999, was a daunting prospect. “Jim was f***ing terrified,” Miller says.
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“It took me a week just to get up the nerve,” Cameron admits. Hamilton’s return as Connor was confirmed last week. “Linda and I have a great relationship. We’ve stayed friends through the thick and thin of it all. And she is the mother of my eldest daughter.”
“As strong a character as she was, as meaningful as she was to gender and to action stars everywhere, I think it’s going to make a huge f***ing statement to have her be the really seasoned warrior that she’s become,” Miller adds.
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‘Despacito’ Becomes The Most Streamed Song Of All Time
The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song featuring Justin Bieber just made a huge history in music by becoming the most streamed song of all time
According to Universal Music Latin Entertainment, after just six months the song has notched 4.6 billion streams across all platforms. This also means Bieber has helped break his own record; “Despacito” replaces Bieber’s “Sorry”, which previously held the title.
“I don’t want to use the word accident because I was trying to write a hit, but I didn’t plan for it to cross over. I just wanted to make people dance,” Fonsi said about the surprise success of the song.
“I come from Puerto Rico and I live in Miami. We’re living in an interesting time right now when people want to divide us. They want to build walls. And for a song to bring people and cultures together, that’s what makes me proud,” he said.
Here are the other records the song broke: most views in 24 hours by a Spanish-language music video, the fastest Spanish-language video to earn 200 million views and the fastest music video ever to reach 2 billion views.
Now spending 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song is No.
Nicole Kidman is not usually one for posing in provocative photoshoots, but that’s all changed in her spicy cover shoot for LOVE magazine.
The “Big Little Lies” actress sports a tantalizing red swimsuit, by Amsterdam based label “Love Stories,” for the 18th issue of the fashion-focused glossy mag. She compliments the outfit with a Keith Urban style cowboy hat combination. Kidman struts by the side of the road in the white-laced bathing costume, a faux fur jacket sliding past her wrists as she stares directly down the camera lense.
Kidman struts by the side of the road in the white-laced bathing costume, a faux fur jacket sliding past her wrists as she stares directly down the camera lense.
Ransomware cyber-attack: Who has been hardest hit?
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The WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack has hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday, Europol says.
Governments, hospitals and major companies have all found themselves battling the malware, which demands money in return for unfreezing computers.
The virus tried to infect more computers in Russia than anywhere else, according to an analysis by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian antivirus company.
The interior ministry, railways, banks and the Megafon mobile phone operator – Russia’s second-largest – all found themselves battling demands for ransom.
An interior ministry spokeswoman said about 1,000 computers using Microsoft Windows were attacked but these had been isolated from networks.
Image copyright AFP/Getty; Image caption The demand for Bitcoin appeared on departure screens at a Frankfurt station
Electronic boards at stations announcing arrivals and departures were affected, but train services were not disrupted, Deutsche Bahn said.
Many students reported seeing demands for ransoms pop up on their laptops as networks at universities across the country reported severe disruption.
Underfunded universities often use outdated or even pirated computer software, leaving students vulnerable to such attacks, according to BBC Asia-Pacific analyst Celia Hatton.
They are now being forced to pay $300 (£230) to continue working on end-of-year projects due to be handed in soon, our correspondent says.
Overall, hundreds of thousands of computers at nearly 30,000 institutions and organisations were affected, including government agencies and hospitals, internet firm 360 Security said.
Image copyright EPA : Image caption Officials at the Korea Internet and Security Agency have been monitoring the threat
A company official said films were still being screened as scheduled and the company was investigating.
Overall, nine cases of ransomware had been found, the South Korean government said.
The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Co-ordination Centre said 2,000 computers at 600 companies in Japan had been affected.
Hitachi said it was experiencing email delays and file delivery failures and suspected the cyber-attack was to blame, although no ransom was being demanded.
The communication and information ministry said the malware locked patient files on computers at two hospitals in the capital Jakarta.
Patients at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital could not get queue numbers and waited several hours while staff found paper records, local media reported.
Several companies in the cities of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai were also affected.
However India has said that its vital computer systems largely escaped unscathed because the state organisation that manages almost all government websites installed patches to immunise its Windows systems.
Some of the biggest disruption was caused by attacks on the UK health system, which saw hospitals and clinics forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers.
Pictures on social media showed NHS computer screens with messages saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”
In England, 48 National Health Service (NHS) trusts reported problems at hospitals, doctor surgeries or pharmacies, and 13 NHS organisations in Scotland were also affected.
A Nissan car factory in the north-eastern city of Sunderland was also affected, a spokeswoman said.
The Spanish telephone operator Telefonica said it had been attacked. Telefonica’s head of cyber-security Chema Alonso – himself a former hacker – said the infected equipment was “under control and being reinstalled”.
Other Spanish firms to be hit included power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural. Staff were reportedly told to turn off their computers.
The car manufacturer had to halt production at many sites, including in France, Slovenia and Romania, as part of measures to stop the spread of the virus.
On Monday the firm said that 90% of its factories were running again. It said its plant at Douai in northern France would be back to normal on Tuesday, following checks. Renault would be able to catch up with any lost production so customers would not be affected, it added.
Three hospitals in Ireland have been affected but the government says it will not name them and patient care is “broadly unaffected”.
The logistics firm said it was “implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible”, without specifying how badly it had been affected.
Australian officials said so far only three small-to-medium sized businesses had reported being locked.
It’s all fun and games until someone’s password security question gets hacked.
A meme making the rounds on Facebook asks users to list 10 concerts — nine they’ve attended and a fabricated one — and invites others to identify the fake one.
But the post — “10 Concerts I’ve Been To, One is a Lie” — might also be an invitation to a midlevel threat to your online privacy and security, experts said.
The meme, which surged in popularity this week, is the kind of frivolous distraction that makes up social media interactions, similar to other viral memes, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Privacy experts cautioned it could reveal too much about a person’s background and preferences and sounds like a security question — name the first concert you attended — that you might be asked on a banking, brokerage or similar website to verify your identity.
Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, said on Friday that the meme posed a moderate security risk, adding that not every website relied on a security question about a person’s first concert.
He said the greater danger is what such a list might broadly reveal through social engineering. It could telegraph information about a user’s age, musical tastes and even religious affiliation — all of which would be desirable to marketers hoping to target ads.
He said it is similar to users who take quizzes on Facebook. The answers can reveal specifics about a person’s upbringing, culture or other identifying details. “You are expressing things about you, maybe in more subtle ways than you might think,” he said.
Mark Testoni, a national security and privacy expert who is chief executive of SAP National Security Services, said in an email that he recommended exercising “vigilance bordering on a little paranoia” in online posts.
“We need to understand how we interact can disclose not only specific details but patterns of behavior and often our location, among other things,” he wrote.
Alec Muffett, a software engineer and security researcher, wrote in an email that he is sympathetic to polls like the concert question. “They are cute, a little bit fun, you learn new things about your friends, and sometimes you get a surprise or two,” he wrote.
“There are certainly also polls that are geared towards collecting information which could be used to fraudulently ‘recover’ an account,” he added.
He said companies, governments and other groups rely on so-called authenticators, such as “What is your mother’s maiden name?” Such answers are not truly authenticators, but are facts.
“The usual aphorism is: ‘Your password should be secret, but ‘secrets’ make really bad passwords’ — especially when they are just discoverable or guessable facts,” Mr. Muffett wrote.
Mr. Kaiser agreed. In cases where the answer to a security question is easily obtained — what high school did you attend? — it’s best to make up an answer, even if it’s not as easy to recall.
He said his advice about online quizzes and memes was not meant to be a killjoy, though he encouraged social media users to consider the consequences of what they share.
“People always have to have their eyes wide open when they’re on the internet,” he said. “It’s the way of the world.”