On This Day — August 16th

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August 16th is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1513 – War of the League of Cambrai: King Henry VIII of England and his Imperial allies defeated French cavalry, who were then forced to retreat.

1812 – War of 1812: American General William Hull surrendered Fort Detroit without a fight to a combined British–Native American force.

1906 – An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hit Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,882 people.

1962 – The Beatles fired drummer Pete Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr.

2015 – Suicide bombers assassinated Pakistani politician Shuja Khanzada and killed at least 21 others at his home.

Celebrity Birthdays

Kathie Lee Gifford turns 65

James Cameron turns 64

Madonna turns 60

Angela Bassett turns 60

Steve Carrell turns 56

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TGL Round-Up: James Cameron Calls Wonder Woman A ‘Step Backwards’, Avatar Sequels Finally In Production

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James Cameron has some choice words for the Wonder Woman movie.

“I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards,” Cameron told the Guardian in an interview. “Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”

Wonder Woman has a sequel planned for Dec. 19, 2019 and stars Gal Gadot.


The long awaited sequels to Avatar are finally underway.

“Oh, we’re in production,” says Cameron, talking to EW ahead of the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (in theatres Aug. 25). “We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.”

The first of those four sequels is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2020, with the subsequent three arriving Dec. 17, 2021, Dec. 20, 2024, and Dec. 19, 2025.

TGL Round-Up: Wonder Woman 2 Release Date, James Cameron Considering New Terminator Trilogy, Damon Lindelof Unsure About Watchmen Future

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Wonder Woman has earned its right to a sequel.

Talks with Patty Jenkins, the director of the original, are ongoing.

Gadot will next appear as Diana Prince in November’s Justice League, alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg as the DC superhero dream team.

Wonder Woman 2, the follow-up to this year’s superhero hit, will hit theatres Dec. 13, 2019.


James Cameron is allegedly mulling over a Terminator trilogy reboot.

In 2018, the rights to the Terminator franchise revert back to James Cameron, and the originator of the series has been working with current rights holder David Ellison to make plans to reinvigorate the series.

Word leaked earlier this year that Cameron was looking to oversee a new Terminator reboot, with Deadpool director Tim Miller eyed to take the helm.


News broke recently that HBO would develop a series based on the comic book series, Watchmen, with Lost’s Damon Lindelof as the creative head.

Lindelof denied the story in an interview. “As of right now, I haven’t had any meetings with HBO about ‘Watchmen,’ ” he stated plainly to TV Line.