June 28, 2013 | 5:37 p.m.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body-building success brought him to America and afforded him a minor bit of fame, but it was his role as the leather-jacket-wearing robot assassin in “The Terminator” that made him a superstar. Now, with a Terminator reboot film scheduled for 2015, is it time for a new muscle man to take the spotlight? The new Terminator film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. The movie is scheduled for a June 26, 2015, release and will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are penning the script. Paramount hasn’t said whether Schwarzenegger will be back (see what we did there?) to reprise the role, so Hero […]
March 17, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
COMMENTARY Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent decision to return as executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines makes one thing abundantly clear: The former bodybuilder, movie star and California governor can’t seem to grasp the simple fact that his era is over. He tried to ride out the revelation that he had secretly fathered a child with his housekeeper by penning an autobiography that was long on self-aggrandizement and short on introspection. Then he ventured back to the big screen with “The Last Stand,” prompting critics to declare him too old, too odd-looking (who knew Austrians turned orange as they aged?) and too mired in scandal to resurrect his action hero career. Now he plans to return to his bodybuilding roots because he just doesn’t get it: The He-Man is dead, and few mourn his passing. While Schwarzenegger was governating, […]
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 […]