Everything We Know About Terminator: Dark Fate

Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).
Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).
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The Terminator (1984) writer and director James Cameron returns to produce this sixth installment of the franchise, which features two familiar faces. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns for another go-round as the T-800, a cyborg once dispatched from the future by Skynet to fend off human resistance to machine rule; Linda Hamilton reprises her Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day role as Sarah Connor, who fled Arnold’s T-800 in the original and befriended him in the sequel. This time, Connor aids a group of people on the run from unstoppable liquid metal assassin Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna), who can separate his endoskeleton from his body.

Directed by: Tim Miller

Written by: David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Billy Ray

Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and Gabriel Luna

Movie Facts

  • James Cameron has not had an active role in the franchise since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Regaining some of the rights to the original 35 years after its release—he sold those rights for just $1 so he would be guaranteed a shot at directing the 1984 original—he consented to participating in this sequel, for which he wrote the story treatment.
  • Dark Fate will reportedly ignore the events of the three previous Terminator films: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator: Salvation (2009), and Terminator: Genysis (2017). How? All the films involve time travel, a convenient way of rewriting both the past and future of the franchise.
  • The T-800 seen in this film will have visibly aged, with director Miller opting not to digitally de-age Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is now 72 years old. The cyborg has apparently assimilated into society and goes by the name “Carl” when Hamilton seeks out his help to fight Rev-9.
  • Skynet, the sentient computer intelligence that stages a cyborg uprising in the continuity of the films, won’t be a presence in Dark Fate. Instead, Luna’s Terminator is a product of Legion, the technology that rose up in place of Skynet following its destruction at the end of T2.
  • This is the first Terminator film since 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines to be rated R.
  • Linda Hamilton, 63, trained for a year to return to the chiseled physique she sported in T2. “There was Pilates but there was also nutrition and physical therapy,” she said. “I didn’t eat carbohydrates for a year. We did our very best to see how we could pull Sarah Connor from my body.”
  • Schwarzenegger and Hamilton aren’t the only returning cast members. Actor Edward Furlong, who made his acting debut portraying a young John Connor in T2, is set to briefly reprise the role in the new film.
  • If audiences are receptive, Cameron says that Dark Fate could be the first in a new Terminator trilogy. “We rolled up our sleeves and started to break out the story and when we got a handle on something we looked at it as a three-film arc, so there is a greater story there to be told,” he said. “If we get fortunate enough to make some money with Dark Fate we know exactly where we can go with the subsequent films.”

Paramount Pictures will distribute Terminator: Dark Fate in theaters on November 1, 2019.

10 Wireless Chargers Designed to Make Life Easier

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La Lucia/Moshi

While our smart devices and gadgets are necessary in our everyday life, the worst part is the clumsy collection of cords and chargers that go along with them. Thankfully, there are more streamlined ways to keep your phone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and other electronics powered-up. Check out these 10 wireless chargers that are designed to make your life convenient and connected.

1. Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad; $40

Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad

Touted as one of the world's fastest chargers, this wireless model from Moshi is ideal for anyone looking to power-up their phone or AirPods in a hurry. It sports a soft, cushioned design and features a proprietary Q-coil module that allows it to charge through a case as thick as 5mm.

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2. Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station; $57

Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station
Rego Tech

Consolidate your bedside table with this clock, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker, and wireless charger, all in one. It comes with a built-in radio and glossy LED display with three levels of brightness to suit your style.

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3. BentoStack PowerHub 5000; $100 (37 percent off)

BentoStack PowerHub 5000

This compact Apple accessory organizer will wirelessly charge, port, and store your device accessories in one compact hub. It stacks to look neat and keep you from losing another small piece of equipment.

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4. Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger; $85

Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger

This wireless charger doubles as a portable battery, so when your charge dies, the backup battery will double your device’s life. Your friends will love being able to borrow a charge, too, with the easy, non-slip hook-up.

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5. 4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger; $41 (31 percent off)

4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger
La Lucia

Put all of those tangled cords to rest with this single, temperature-controlled charging stand that can work on four devices at once. It even has a built-in safeguard to protect against overcharging.

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6. GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger; $20 (31 percent off)

GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger

If you need to charge your phone while also using it as a GPS, this wireless device hooks right into the car’s air vent for safe visibility. Your device will be fully charged within two to three hours, making it perfect for road trips.

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7. Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad; $35 (30 percent off)

Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad

This incredibly thin, tiny charger is designed for anyone looking to declutter their desk or nightstand. Using a USB-C cord for a power source, this wireless charger features a built-in cooling system and is simple to set up—once plugged in, you just have to rest your phone on top to get it working.

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8. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 percent off)

Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain
Go Gadgets

This Apple Watch charger is all about convenience on the go. Simply attach the charger to your keys or backpack and wrap your Apple Watch around its magnetic center ring. The whole thing is small enough to be easily carried with you wherever you're traveling, whether you're commuting or out on a day trip.

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9. Wireless Charger with 30W Power Delivery & 18W Fast Charger Ports; $55 (38 percent off)

Wireless Charger from TechSmarter

Fuel up to three devices at once, including a laptop, with this single unit. It can wirelessly charge or hook up to USB and USB-C to consolidate your charging station.

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10. FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table; $150 (24 percent off)

FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table

This bamboo table is actually a wireless charger—all you have to do is set your device down on the designated charging spot and you're good to go. Easy to construct and completely discreet, this is a novel way to charge your device while entertaining guests or just enjoying your morning coffee.

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16 Movies That Almost Starred Tom Hanks

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Tom Hanks is one of the most accomplished actors on the planet, with two Best Actor Oscars to prove it. He’s also known as one of the nicest human beings in Hollywood. As you can imagine, Hanks’s services are in high demand, but even a benevolent soul like Hanks cannot say "yes" to every single project he is offered. So let's take a look back at some of Hanks's lost roles.

1. Get Crazy (1983)

It was very early in the actor's movie career, yet director Allan Arkush knew that he wanted Tom Hanks as his lead Neil Allen. Instead, studio executive Herb Solow insisted on Daniel Stern. According to Arkush, Solow also nixed casting Mariska Hargitay and Jerry Orbach.

2. Police Academy (1984)

In 2005, Police Academy creator Paul Maslansky claimed that the filmmakers's wish list for the role of Mahoney read, in no particular order: Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, and Judge Reinhold. Steven Guttenberg ended up with the part.

3. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Director Rob Reiner talked to Hanks about playing Harry in When Harry Met Sally..., as well as Albert Brooks, Richard Dreyfuss, and Michael Keaton. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal had immediate chemistry, and the rest is cinema (and delicatessen) history.

4. Super Mario Bros. (1993)

According to Jeff Ryan’s book Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America, Hanks was hired to play Mario before he was fired and replaced by Bob Hoskins, who was asking for less money anyway. Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar for his role in 1993's Philadelphia (the second one came a year later, for Forrest Gump), which came out the same year as Super Mario Bros.—a film that was universally panned and Hoskins later called his biggest disappointment in life.

5. Groundhog Day (1993)

Director Harold Ramis admitted in a 2009 Q&A that he initially wanted Hanks to play Phil Connors. Hanks later told Ramis he made the right choice in Bill Murray, saying, "Audiences would have been sitting there waiting for me to become nice, because I always play nice. But Bill’s such a miserable S.O.B. on- and offscreen, you didn’t know what was going to happen."

6. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Hanks, Kevin Costner, and Tom Cruise passed on Andy Dufresne before Tim Robbins got the role of a lifetime.

7. When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

Tom Hanks was originally set to play Michael Green, until the first director rewrote Al Franken and Ronald Bass’s darkly comedic script about codependency. After a couple of years, director Luis Mandoki came on board and fixed the script with Franken and Bass. Hanks had moved on by then, and Andy Garcia took the gig instead.

8. Speed (1994)

Screenwriter Graham Yost recalled that the studio went to Hanks and Cruise first, then Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, and others before Keanu Reeves’ name was ever brought up to potentially play Jack.

9. Nixon (1995)

Hanks had been set to play the 37th President of the United States in The Passion of Richard Nixon, a project that never saw the light of day. Knowing this, Oliver Stone approached Hanks about playing Nixon in his Tricky Dick movie instead. Anthony Hopkins signed on after Hanks turned Stone down.

10. Jerry Maguire (1996)

Cameron Crowe wrote the movie with Hanks in mind as the protagonist. Hanks was busy directing his movie That Thing You Do!. He later told Crowe the movie was perfect with Cruise as the lead.

11. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Hanks also missed out on playing Zefram Cochrane as a result of being too busy working on That Thing You Do!. This pass might have hurt more, since Hanks is a huge Star Trek fan, and had already expressed regret two years earlier that he didn’t have time appear in a Star Trek: Next Generation episode or Star Trek movie.

12. Primary Colors (1998)

Hanks initially agreed to play the lead in the Mike Nichols-directed adaptation of the book known to be about Bill Clinton’s first successful presidential campaign, until he realized he was too busy. The media alleged Hanks backed out because of his friendship with Clinton, and had to deny that was the case. In fact, Hanks claimed Clinton told him he had his blessing to take the role. John Travolta got the honor instead.

13. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

Woody Allen alleged that both Hanks and Jack Nicholson turned down the lead in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, possibly because they weren’t offered enough money.

14. Kinsey (2004)

According to E! Online columnist Anderson Jones, Hanks was among a group of A-list actors who “flirted” with the part of Kinsey. Liam Neeson ended up playing the controversial sexologist.

15. Shopgirl (2005)

Steve Martin approached Hanks to play Ray. Hanks was too busy, so Martin took the role he had written himself.

16. Dino

Martin Scorsese co-wrote the screenplay and was set to direct a Dean Martin biopic, with Hanks playing the singer/comedian. Scorsese had planned to make it after Gangs of New York, but it never got made.

This story has been updated for 2020.