Conan the Barbarian

May 08, 2015 | 5:11 p.m.

Flashback Friday: Revisiting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakout hit ‘Conan the Barbarian’

Today’s theatrical release of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest film, “Maggie,” offers a chance to revisit “Conan the Barbarian,” the 1982 film which helped establish the former bodybuilder as a bona fide action star. Though Schwarzenegger had acted in previous films, “Conan” served as a breakout role. The cinematic tale revolves around Conan’s quest to avenge his parents’ deaths, after seeing them die at the hands of Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), the leader of a cult of snake-worshipers. Schwarzenegger’s physique was the embodiment of the fantasy hero as depicted by illustrator Frank Frazetta. The Cimmerian was created by Robert E. Howard for Weird Tales Magazine in 1932, but Frazetta is credited for redefining the graphic representation of Conan in the 1960s. “If ever there was a Frazetta hero come alive, it’s Schwarzenegger, who developed his awesome bulk with a careful eye […]
Oct. 26, 2012 | 3:19 p.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan prepping for his ‘Unforgiven’ turn

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 […]
Aug. 22, 2011 | 11:26 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Conan’: Jason Momoa goes for the throat

Twenty-three floors above city pavement, Jason Momoa leaned on a window at the Ritz Carlton and stared down at the bright lights of his Hollywood hopes. “There it is, look at that,” the 32-year-old actor said, nodding toward the huge “Conan the Barbarian” banner and waiting red carpet at the Regal Cinemas across the street. “You know, I’ve never owned a suit before but I got one for tonight.” Many of Momoa’s fans have never seen the brawny star in a shirt much less a tuxedo. Not only is he the star of Lionsgate’s “Conan” he portrayed the even more ferocious Drogo on 10 episodes of the acclaimed HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Next up is Walter Hill’s “Bullet to the Head” with Sylvester Stallone and Christian Slater. Our Geoff Boucher sat down with the Honolulu native before the  premiere of “Conan,” which […]
Aug. 17, 2011 | 4:58 p.m.

New ‘Conan’ movie aims to bring back the barbarian

Conan the Barbarian doesn’t ask for much. “I live, I love, I slay, I am content,” he’s fond of saying. But the people behind Friday’s sword-and-sandals remake have more complicated ambitions for the big bruiser: putting some barbarity back into the barbarian. Created in the 1930s by pulp author Robert E. Howard and immortalized by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982’s camp-movie classic, Conan the Barbarian evolved from a menacing killer into an amiable superhero. Featured in Marvel comic books, a Saturday morning cartoon and a Universal Studios Hollywood stage show, the conqueror slowly but unquestionably went soft. Lionsgate, Nu Image and Paradox Entertainment hope their new “Conan the Barbarian” movie restores some of the swordsman’s edge. In reinventing Conan, the filmmakers have jammed the movie with scenes reminiscent of an array of recent films, including “Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of […]
June 26, 2011 | 10:55 a.m.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olivia Wilde and the leading ladies of summer

As the summer ramps up with a slew of testosterone-fueled action hero flicks such as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Cowboys & Aliens,” here’s a gallery of 18 women from the big screen who can do everything their male counterparts can, and often in heels and lipstick. — Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED: LaBeouf on Megan Fox’s absence (photos) Rough-edged LaBeouf says he’s ready to grow up LaBeouf: New “Transformers” is best 3-D film ever Bay wants you to forget last “Transformers” Bay: “There’s a lot of poison on the Internet … whatever” “Avatar” sequel will dive into the oceans of Pandora Bay talks about Shia LaBeouf’s dark moods Cameron: ‘Avatar’ is my most personal film Bay’s payday? $75 million … and counting
May 28, 2011 | 10:08 a.m.

Muscle summer — the men of ‘Captain America,’ ‘Thor’ and ‘Conan’

A barbarian has needs — a sword, a shield and roughly 56 chicken breasts a week. That’s what Jason Momoa ate while filming “Conan the Barbarian,” this summer’s big-screen reboot of the series that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action movie career in 1982. Over a few months in 2010, Momoa, a 6-foot-4-inch Hawaiian actor and model, added about 30 pounds of muscle to his 205-pound frame to play two high-profile, bare-chested plunderers — Conan and Khal Drogo, the 7-foot-tall warrior-king marauding on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Momoa isn’t the only actor whose T-shirts have gotten a lot tighter recently: Dwayne Johnson packed 30 pounds onto his already brawny 6-foot-4-inch frame to grapple as a lawman opposite meaty Vin Diesel in “Fast Five.” Chris Hemsworth gained so much bulk to wield “Thor’s” giant, magic hammer convincingly that his costume didn’t fit. And […]
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