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 […]
Sept. 09, 2010 | 8:19 a.m.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share the screen in “The Expendables,” and they are forever linked in the public mind by their 1980s-era rivalry as box-office action stars. But their history, according to Stallone, goes back to a glittery night in January 1977 when the two Hollywood newcomers shared a table at the 34th Golden Globes, and each walked away with a trophy. Other winners that night included Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford. Here’s how Stallone remembers that first meeting of future Hollywood titans: “We were the outsiders, believe me. People were looking at us. I think that was the very first time we met, if I remember right. We were seated at the same table, and I remember thinking, ‘Who is this guy?’ I had heard of him, but I didn’t know what he was all about. I’m there for ‘Rocky,’ and he […]
Aug. 04, 2010 | 8:38 p.m.
Los Angeles Times film reporter Amy Kaufman, embedded among some of action’s elite stars, brings us this report from the Hollywood “black carpet” premiere of “The Expendables.” There were tough guys aplenty at Tuesday’s Hollywood premiere of “The Expendables,” where renowned action stars and bulky athletes gathered to promote Sylvester Stallone’s testosterone-fueled new film. But on the black carpet, the film’s cast of macho men got downright mushy as they extolled the virtues of their director and costar. Many of the actors said they were so eager to work with Stallone that they barely knew anything about the movie before signing onto the project. “I didn’t even read the script. I said yeah, I’ll be there. Thank God it was a good script,” said Eric Roberts, who recently wrapped filming VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab,” on which he battled a medical marijuana […]
July 30, 2010 | 4:46 p.m.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had plenty to tell us about old friends and new projects for our in-depth feature on Sly Stallone and “The Expendables,” but there was one quote that didn’t make it in; turns out the governor has a great gut feeling about the 63-year-old Stallone. “It is a great inspiration for people to see someone at his age still at the top of his game — acting, writing, directing, doing his own stunts and fight scenes — I mean, what an amazing talent. And for him to still be so athletic and be able to rip off his shirt and have a six-pack is just unbelievable.” – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED: Stallone: Velcro muscles made old-school stars expendable 24 FRAMES: Guess which movie Stallone says is his worst? Schwarzenegger reloads with “Expendables” ZEITCHIK: Hollywood ponders Arnold’s future McG: “We’re bringing credibility back” to […]
July 18, 2010 | 3:54 p.m.
This is a longer version of my cover story in the Sunday Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. The lights were down low in Sylvester Stallone’s Beverly Hills office on a recent afternoon, so it was impossible to see the 64-year-old movie star’s eyes behind his plum-tinted sunglasses. His snug Italian suit emphasized his still-muscular frame as he sat ramrod straight. His face doesn’t move much. So he seemed like a statue, until he started recounting the moment when he knew he was becoming expendable. “It was that first Batman movie,” he said, referring to the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton, an actor never known for biceps. “The action movies changed radically when it became possible to Velcro your muscles on. It was the beginning of a new era. The visual took over. The special effects became more important than […]
April 19, 2010 | 12:50 a.m.
Times film reporter and 24 Frames blogger Steven Zeitchik asks the question we have been asking ourselves ever since the trailer for “The Expendables” hit theaters: Will he really be back? In the recently released trailer for “The Expendables,” the action movie directed by Sylvester Stallone about a group of aging mercenaries on a rebel mission in South America, big-screen graybeards such Stallone, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke (along with the more youthful Jason Statham and Randy Couture) are plotting a coup when an unexpected face suddenly materializes. Arnold Schwarzenegger, apparently taking a break from the budgetary troubles that have dogged him during his governorship, appears on screen with Willis and Stallone, utters a crisply satirical line (“Give this job to my friend here — he loves playing in the jungle,” he says about the “Rambo” star) and, as quickly […]