Remember the good old days when people could enjoy watching an action hero who shoots a lot of people without feeling like they were contributing to the ruin of society? Sylvester Stallone sure hopes so. The well-preserved Rocky and Rambo star, now 66, is back in theaters this week with Bullet To The Head, his first solo vehicle since The Expendables franchise (made in collaboration with his grumpy frat pack bash brothers) Viagra’d his brand of brawn. Stallone’s latest feature, directed by the venerable action maestro Walter Hill (The Warriors; 48 Hours), seems poured from the mold that he helped forge back in the day with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. In fact, the one-time Planet Hollywood power trio is trying to muster a resurgence this year that resembles their shoot ‘em up heyday, albeit with more gray hairs (or no hair) and additional wrinkles (or conspicuously fewer). Bullet To The Head follows Schwarzenegger’s post-Governator comeback bid, The Last Stand, and ahead of A Good Day To Die Hard, Willis’ fifth stint as insurance nightmare John “I can’t believe this is happening to me AGAIN!” McLane. (The Joseph Gordon-Levitt lookalike also has the sequel to RED – about a secret society of retired CIA agents – later this year.)
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Kentucky native and avid Wildcats fan Ashley Judd is considering a Senate bid in her home state, Politico reports.
The De-Lovely actress, who actually resides on a farm in Tennessee, has been devoting more and more time to political activism in the last few years, even completing a master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010. More recently, she’s discussed her political ambitions with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and started conducting campaign research. READ FULL STORY »
Jon Stewart to Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'Couldn't you just go to the future, then come back and kill that Arnold?' -- EXTENDED VIDEO
Who could have guessed that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Daily Show interview would focus much more on his politics — and much less on his personal life — than his recent 60 Minutes interview?
Sure, Jon Stewart didn’t entirely ignore Schwarzenegger’s cheating scandal. After joking that he and the Governator would have to address the elephant in the room — 1996′s “dreadful” Jingle All the Way, naturally — the Daily Show host asked Arnold to explain why he decided to release the scandal-soaked memoir Total Recall now, rather than waiting until his family’s wounds weren’t quite so raw. Stewart also evoked one of the action hero’s most iconic characters, asking his guest if he could “go to the future and then come back and kill that Arnold” — the one who fathered a child out of wedlock.
After that, though, Schwarzenegger and Stewart’s conversation moved away from the scandal. In the portion of the interview that actually aired on The Daily Show, the two discussed Schwarzenegger’s new state and global policy institute at USC and his bipartisan initiatives as governor. And things only got more interesting — provided you’re into politics — in the extended interview posted online. Here’s the interview’s televised first part:
Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t dodge tough questions during his big 60 Minutes interview last night — not even when Lesley Stahl asked him about his father’s stint as a Nazi stormtrooper. (The Governator said that growing up, talk of World War II was basically verboten — he didn’t learn about his father’s past until “much later.”)
After showing the newswoman around his childhood home in Austria, chatting briefly about using steroids during his bodybuilding days, and claiming that movie studios originally thought he couldn’t be a sex symbol like, say, that hottie Woody Allen (wait, whaa?) Arnold finally got to the topic most people are most curious about — his relationship with Maria Shriver.
After eight years with Shriver, Schwarzenegger strayed from his longtime girlfriend by having an affair with co-star Brigitte Nielsen while filming Red Sonja in the mid-’80s. (Younger folks will know Nielsen as the one who showmanced her “Foofy” Flavor Flav.) Schwarzenegger was fairly unapologetic while discussing the affair, both on 60 Minutes and, apparently, in his new memoir Total Recall. “You cheated on Maria,” Stahl pointed out, “and you don’t even write that you felt bad about it. You just write it.”
You know what would have made The Expendables 2 better? More plastic! In the form of toys, that is. A video mashup of Toy Story and The Expendables 2 courtesy of the site IGN proves that classic action figures are just as badass as classic action heroes.
With Sylvester Stallone as (the voice of) Woody, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Buzz, Jason Statham as Hamm, and Bruce Willis as Mr. Potato Head, the The Expendables 2 trailer has been recast with Toy Story characters and scenes from the animated franchise. Let’s just say it’s beyond awesome.
Here’s the video:
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What do you get when you mix almost every Hollywood action hero/villain from the ’80s and ’90s into one 21st-century shoot-’em-up? The Expendables 2 (out in theaters Aug. 17). We’re taking a look at how each of these actors earned their role in this de facto badass high school reunion. Here’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s file.
“Eet’s my day off,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger in the trailer for The Last Stand. “Shood be a quiet weekend.” Things get loud quickly. In his first post-gubernatorial lead role, Schwarzenegger plays a small-town sheriff fighting against a renegade drug lord. Johnny Knoxville plays his hilarious sidekick. Peter Stormare plays a bad guy. Forest Whitaker is there, too. It’s impossible to tell from this trailer if Schwarzenegger can still play a believable action man, but this sure doesn’t look boring. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY »
Sylvester Stallone talks about son's death to Jay Leno: 'I think about his memory...I'll always treasure that'
Sylvester Stallone appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night to promote The Expendables 2, and while Stallone put on a brave face, it was clear he was still hurting over the death of his son, Sage, who passed away last month at age 36.
Leno dove right into the uncomfortable topic, asking Stallone if being on a press tour helped take his mind off the awful stuff that was going on in his personal life. “Yeah, when life hits you pretty hard you can go into a dark corner,” he said. “Or you can say, ‘Okay, fine, I’m going to find something to focus on,’ you have your children, your wife, you try and be supportive to other people too, because I know a lot of people go through [losing a child], and they don’t get the attention that I do. And I feel for them, because it’s one club that no one wants to be a member of, that’s for sure. But I think about his memory, he was a lovely boy and I’ll always treasure that.” Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY »
Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent the last couple years soft-relaunching his acting career, with a cameo in The Expendables and a slightly larger, more bullet-y cameo in this Friday’s Expendables 2. But come January, the beta-testing period will end with The Last Stand, which will mark Schwarzenegger’s first leading role since Terminator 3 almost a decade ago. In theory, The Last Stand sounds kind of colorful: Schwarzenegger plays the sheriff of a border town suddenly caught in the crossfire between big-city law enforcement and a renegade cartel gang trying to escape back to Mexico. (Even better: Last Stand is directed by South Korean director Jee-woon Kim, who made the gonzo spaghetti western homage The Good, The Bad, and The Weird.)
But the first poster for The Last Stand just hit the Internet…and it’s a bit drab. Check it out: READ FULL STORY »
Arnold Schwarzeneger and Sylvester Stallone are officially completing their transformation into Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Shortly after announcing plans to team up together on the new film The Tomb, Arnold posted the above photo of the two aging beefcake superstars hanging out at the local shoulder-resetting joint. “After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand,” explained Schwarzenegger, “It was time for a little tune up on my shoulder. Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery. Now we’re ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb. #greattobeback” Yep, just a couple dudes, hangin’ out, gettin’ surgery. What do you think they’re talking about? Post your best guess below. I’m betting that Schwarzenegger just told a joke, and the joke was: “Jeremy Renner.” And Stallone is just laughing and laughing and pressing the morphine button and laughing…
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