Review James Cameron

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Lynda Carter tells James Cameron: 'Stop dissing' Wonder Woman


Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s, has hit back at Avatar director James Cameron's criticism of the recent hit movie reboot.

The actress told him to stop his "thuggish jabs" at the new film, which stars Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

Cameron has repeatedly described it as a "step backwards" in the portrayal of strong female characters.

He told Hollywood Reporter that Gadot's character was "drop-dead gorgeous... to me that's not breaking ground".

It followed his saying in August that Wonder Woman was "an objectified icon".

The film's director Patty Jenkins hit back then, saying "there is no right or wrong kind of powerful woman".

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Gadot Finally Responds To James Cameron

Back in June last year, one of the few people who wasn’t a big fan of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” was filmmaker James Cameron. Though he liked film, he said the movie presented: “an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing. I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.”

Cameron stuck to his guns in subsequent interviews, all being done as he was out talking up the 3D re-release of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” saying he found Diana too sexualized unlike the heroines from his own films like Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley.

Jenkins and many others offered a rebuttal, but the film’s star Gal Gadot was surprisingly quiet. Now, half a year later, she explains to EW why she chose to remain quiet:

“I didn’t want to give him the stage. First of all, I’m a big fan of his work. His movies are great. He was very innovative in many things that he did, and I’ve got nothing but great things to say about the creative and professional side of his work. When it happened, the timing of when it happened, he was promoting another movie of his. It was like he was looking for publicity and I just didn’t want to give him the stage.”

Despite Cameron’s comments, “Wonder Woman” was a big success critically, commercially and more importantly culturally in a way other superhero films last year couldn’t quite match.


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I like most all of James Cameron's films. He really is talented. I'm not sure I understand why he dissed Wonder Woman (which I have not seen) because the lead actress is attractive. Seems a bit odd for a man who cast the beautiful Kate Winslet in Titanic. If he doesn't think directors should feature attractive women in roles, perhaps he should have cast Steve Buscemi and Shelly Duval as the Titanic leads.

Also, as an interesting aside, my cousin works in Hollywood as a computer graphics / FX guy. He was one of the main drivers developing the technology Cameron used in Avatar, and had worked with Cameron previously on Terminator 2 and Titanic. Other movies he worked on included The Fifth Element, Deep Blue Sea, Armageddon, War of the Worlds, Fight Club, 2012, and many more.

Anyway, Cameron tried to steal my cousin's technology for Avatar saying, in effect, that anyone contracted to develop technology for one of his films, conveyed the rights to such technology to Cameron. My cousin sued and won a settlement from Cameron for a couple million. That was good for my cousin. But Cameron's clout in Hollywood runs deep and my cousin basically has not worked on a Hollywood film since Avatar.


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Thanks for that video clip. Interesting. Ellison is a world class talent and (though it doesn't come across in that video), quite the egotistical prick. He'd be the first to agree that he's a grade-A asshole. But like I said, a great talent. I guess the same could be said of Cameron LOL.

I cut writers and directors a lot of slack from accusations of plagiarism of ideas. Almost all ideas are generated by things that came before. Any number of movies and stories could have a "killer robot from the future" and not raise plagiarism flags with me. Stealing someone's technology, though, is much more cut and dried.