Jan. 17, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
After an absence from the big screen for several years (governing California doesn’t leave much workaround time for movie-shooting schedules), Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in a starring role. No cameos or special appearances — “The Last Stand” is a full-on Schwarzenegger action flick. Schwarzenegger stars in the film as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff whose ragtag crew is all that stands between a jail-breaking drug kingpin (accompanied by a band of heavily armed mercenaries) and freedom across the Mexican border. Naturally, shooting ensues. Lots and lots of shooting. REVIEW: ‘The Last Stand’ The movie marks the English-language debut of respected South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon (“I Saw the Devil,” “A Tale of Two Sisters”), who told Hero Complex this week that he relied on translators in order to communicate with the star. According to Kim, the inability to find common […]
Jan. 16, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.
On the set of the shoot-’em-up thriller “The Last Stand,” South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon and Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered from what we shall term a certain failure to communicate. They literally could not speak each other’s language, relying on translators to trade ideas thanks to Kim’s negligible English and Schwarzenegger’s heavy Teutonic accent. Nonetheless, according to Kim, the inability to find common parlance with one’s star — or any cast member, for that matter — was hardly a stumbling block. Over lunch in Hollywood, the director went so far as to extend an inspirational message to other international moviemakers deficient in English-speaking skills. “Overseas directors who want to work in Hollywood, the language barrier is not a problem,” Kim said through a translator. “With the right talent, any director can be successful.” In his case, that talent pool includes none […]
Jan. 09, 2013 | 1:49 p.m.
In 1990’s “Total Recall,” Arnold Schwarzenegger had a simple directive to himself: “Get your ass to Mars.” Now a nonprofit Dutch company is promising to help real-world tourists do just that. Mars One has announced plans to establish a colony on Mars by 2023 and they’re about to begin looking for prospective Martian pioneers. While the requirements for NASA’s astronaut program are demanding, assuring only the finest and fittest of humans will ever make it into space, Mars One is casting a wide net. Their requirements are resiliency, adaptability, curiosity, ability to trust, creativity and resourcefulness. What about the ability to fly a spaceship or solve unforeseen, unimaginable problems being one of the first humans on an alien planet? Those, evidently, are skills that one picks up with time. Mars One only asks that applicants be at least 18 years […]
Dec. 03, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.
When screenwriter-producer Chris Morgan met with Arnold Schwarzenegger this fall to pitch him a proposed sequel to “Conan the Barbarian,” the Governator required convincing on one matter above all others – and it had nothing to do with wearing a furry codpiece. At a time when Schwarzenegger, 65, is attempting to reclaim his throne in Hollywood after years stalking Sacramento’s corridors of power, why should he return to Conan? Why should he follow in his own footsteps to the pre-“Terminator” role that shot him to stardom? “To put yourself out there in your 60s? As Conan the Barbarian? I could see why he’d hesitate,” Morgan said. “You’re really putting yourself out there.” In the end, though, Morgan – whose screenwriting credits include the last four “Fast & the Furious” sequels and the hit 2008 Angelina Jolie thriller “Wanted” – convinced […]
Oct. 26, 2012 | 3:19 p.m.
Before he was the Terminator, he was Conan the Barbarian. Now, some 30 years after his screen breakthrough in “Conan the Barbarian,” the former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to a new movie project that would see him reclaim his warrior’s throne. Universal confirmed today that it is moving forward on “The Legend of Conan,” as the new movie will be titled (with a planned release in 2014). The project arrives as the latest splashy star vehicle for the Governator, who inhabits a small part in two “Expendables” films, will be next seen as a small-town sheriff battling a drug cartel in “The Last Stand,” set for release early next year, and is currently filming “Ten,” a David Ayer-directed thriller in which he portrays a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Created in the 1930s by pulp author Robert […]
July 09, 2012 | 12:39 p.m.
Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And Terry Crews and Randy Couture. And Dolph Lundgren. And Jean-Claude Van Damme. You can almost smell the cordite, can’t you? That’s the announced panel for “The Expendables 2″; it will convene late Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con International. The panelists will be sitting on the dais in Hall H but, really, shouldn’t this collective gather in a Texas steel cage? Or a bunker with a bare-bones weight room and an oak and brass cigar bar? At right is the first look at the collectors poster that Lionsgate will be handing out (while supplies last) at the San Diego pop culture expo. The original is an oil on canvas piece, which was used to create the poster as well as 250 limited-edition prints on specialty canvas paper, to be distributed at Comic Con and signed by the cast. […]
Oct. 07, 2011 | 1:37 p.m.
Director Justin Lin has set aside his plan to make a “Terminator” film but if you wanted a phrase to sum up his mind-set, a good one might be “I’ll be back.” Lin had been ramping up a fifth installment in the classic killer-robot franchise (despite the history of business challenges that have complicated the franchise’s status), but now that effort has taken a backseat after the success of his action film “Fast Five” and his desire to take that high-velocity franchise to its narrative finish line with a planned trilogy that now has a lot more industry fuel in its box-office tank. “Creatively, I’ve had to put some stuff on hold and walk away from some projects that I’d really love to do, but this is an opportunity for me and for us to close out the franchise the right way,” Lin said of the car […]
May 20, 2011 | 12:40 p.m.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s animated television series “The Governator” has become the latest victim of the former governor’s fathering a child outside his marriage to Maria Shriver. The producers of the cartoon casting Schwarzenegger as himself — a superhero who must balance crime fighting with family duties — said Friday that they have pulled the plug on the planned series. “In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production,” A Squared said in a statement referring to the various entities that were developing and producing “The Governator” and publishing a comic book based on the series. The producers had been selling broadcast rights to the series before the scandal broke, but no episodes have yet been shown on television. A Squared said it made its decision after Schwarzenegger said Thursday that he was […]
March 31, 2011 | 1:37 p.m.
Over on Show Tracker, Melissa Maerz has a story on “The Governator,” an animated series and comic book that pairs Arnold Schwarzenegger with Marvel legend Stan Lee. Due out sometime next year on a to-be-determined network, the show follows the Governator as he trades a career in politics for a crime-fighting venture run out of Arnold Cave, a cyber center hidden under his house in Brentwood, Calif. The superhero comes complete with a collection of super cars, super suits and super sidekicks, including a teenage computer whiz who will help him fight scores of super villains, including the G.I.R.L.I.E. Men. THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST — Melissa Maerz RECENT AND RELATED Stan Lee: Bring on the “Ant-Man” movie Why is Stan Lee signing Jack Kirby’s artwork? Gov. Schwarzenegger vs. video game violence? Favreau explains why he’s leaving “Iron Man” VIDEO: […]
Sept. 17, 2010 | 11:35 a.m.
There’s something deliciously ironic about the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the protector of pop culture against the blood-thirsty commandos, barbarians, killer robots and all the other heavily armed hordes in video games. This is, after all, the man who starred films that reeked of cordite and left behind a mountain of spent shell casings. The fight really isn’t between the action-hero-turned politician and the video game industry — it just looks that way, thanks to the semantics of legal documents that refer to an ongoing California conflict, Schwarzenegger vs. EMA. Times staff writer Alex Pham recently summed up the points of the case nicely. In a nutshell, the fight centers over a 2005 state law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. That law was ruled unconstitutional by a lower federal circuit court, but the decision was appealed […]