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Nick Offerman's ode to 'Highlander': 'The greatest film about becoming a man that I've ever seen'

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly out today, we asked Nick Offerman, currently in theaters in the coming-of-age indie The Kings of Summer, to play movie critic and name a film he loves, a film he hates, and a film he can’t wait to see. Below, we present his full description of his beloved Highlander.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The movie that you love?
NICK OFFERMAN: The 1986 classic Highlander: It’s definitely a movie for the fellas. I recently learned that Chris Pratt had never seen it because he’s too much of a young whippersnapper, and I immediately booked a screening room [laughs] and sat in there, just the two of us. It’s got a supernatural element, it’s got incredible broad sword fights. Clancy Brown as the Kurgan is unbeatable as the greatest film villain ever. He’s such a badass. And to top it all off, it has an incredibly rousing soundtrack of songs by Queen. When you render the exciting, hard-hitting action and heartstring-tugging romance of the film to the dulcet tones of Freddie Mercury’s voice, you’re hardpressed not to come out on top. READ FULL STORY

Schwarzenegger's 'The Last Stand' trailer: Arnold's comeback?

“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

The Un-'Expendable' Files -- Dolph Lundgren

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 — first up, Dolph Lundgren.

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'Hatfields & McCoys': 5 things to expect from History's miniseries

Tonight, the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the patriarchs at the center of the great American family feud, premieres on History (9 p.m. ET). Here’s what awaits you:

1. A bullet-riddled history lesson. Most people have heard of “the Hatfields and the McCoys,” but if you don’t know their story, this three-night event will fix that. The basics: The Hatfields are from West Virginia and the McCoys are from Kentucky, separated by the Tug Fork River. At least according to the miniseries, Devil Anse Hatfield (Costner) and Randall McCoy (Paxton) fought side-by-side in the Confederate army until Anse believed the Civil War was lost and deserted. While Randall went through further hell, Devil Anse’s timber business flourished. In January 1865, Randall’s brother Asa Harmon McCoy, who’d fought for the Union army, was killed — by Devil Anse’s uncle Jim Vance (Tom Berenger). In 1878, the families went to court over the ownership of a pig and a relative of both families whose testimony swayed the jury in favor of the Hatfields was killed by two McCoys. In 1880, Devil Anse’s son Johnson “Johnse” Hatfield (Matt Barr) began courting Randall’s daughter Roseanna McCoy (Lindsay Pulsipher) and eventually got her pregnant. Needless to say, by the time Devil Anse’s brother Ellison Hatfield (Damian O’Hare) was killed by three of Roseanna’s brothers in 1882, the feud was officially on. Devil Anse retaliated by having the McCoy boys tied to pawpaw trees for a firing squad execution. (The location is one of the stops on the official Hatfield-McCoy Feud Driving Tour.) And that, by the way, only takes you to the midpoint of the miniseries. READ FULL STORY

'Expendables 2' nickname generator: I am Boom Boom

Back in March 2010, when the first trailer for The Expendables hit, we said the film could have the best action movie character names ever. Now, we can all join in the fun, thanks to The Expendables 2‘s new “badass nickname” generator app. I got Boom Boom, which I think would be tough to beat. Darren Franich got The Mutilator and Silent Assassin (some people can’t just do it once.*) And Laura Hertzfeld is now going by Skull Crusher. Your turn.

* He also entered the name “Timothy Olyphant” and got Night Train. Okay, that tops Boom Boom.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Jon Bon Jovi!

Jon Bon Jovi turned 50 today, and to celebrate, here are 13 fun facts worth remembering:

1. Jon Bon Jovi was nominated for an Oscar for penning “Blaze of Glory” for Young Guns II. As Young Guns II writer John Fusco told EW on the movie’s 20th anniversary, he used Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” as “mood music” while writing the first Young Guns because it captured the contemporary rock & roll cowboy feel he was going for in his telling of the Billy the Kid story. Fusco told star Emilio Estevez that on a research road trip, and Estevez asked his pal Jon Bon Jovi if they could use “Wanted” over the end credits of the first movie, but Jon thought the song was too contemporary — the steel horse he rides is the band’s tour bus — and said he’d rather write something new. That never happened, but the seed was planted. Jon became a fan of the original Brat Pack Western after its release and borrowed Estevez’s script for the sequel. One day, he just showed up on the Galisteo, N.M., set of Young Guns II, acoustic guitar in hand, and Estevez introduced him to Fusco and said Jon had something he wanted to show him. They went into Estevez’s trailer, and Jon played “Blaze of Glory,” singing the lyrics from a crumpled sheet of notebook paper. Later that night, as Bon Jovi, Estevez, and Fusco sat around celebrating, Estevez convinced Jon to film a cameo in the dramatic prison break scene. Watch him perform the song at the Oscars below. READ FULL STORY

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone get shoulder surgery

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…

Follow Darren on Twitter: @EWDarrenFranich

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Contrarian Corner: Let's talk about 'The Grey'

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The Grey, Liam Neeson‘s latest January release that features the gruff 59-year-old Irishman screaming at and fighting with every living creature around him, may have gotten a middling review from EW critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, but it still managed to debut with $19.6 million over the weekend, and earned many positive reviews from critics across America. (Audiences issued the film a “B–” CinemaScore grade, with 76 percent giving it an “A” or “B”.) A lot of people, it’s safe to say, were very much on board with the man vs. wolf film.

Here’s the thing, though: The Grey was the most depressing film I’ve seen in years. I disliked every single character in the film. Heck, I was rooting for the wolves to prevail, just so the movie would end! (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD) READ FULL STORY

Is Liam Neeson really an action star?

A movie about Liam Neeson punching wolves just made $20 million at the weekend box office. And The Grey is just the opening salvo. Neeson has four more films coming out in 2012, at a rate of roughly once every couple months, all of them films that seem likely to top the box office. He returns as Zeus in March’s Wrath of the Titans; he plays the only remotely authentic naval officer amidst a cast of underwear models in May’s Battleship; he will reportedly have a flashback cameo in July’s The Dark Knight Rises; and he’ll wind up the year in a sequel to Taken, revisiting the role that initiated his late-period left turn into action heroics. It’s a striking transformation for an actor who, just a few years ago, was better known for films like Kinsey and Rob Roy. But three years into his new career as an angry-man bruiser, how does Neeson’s track record compare to other action stars? READ FULL STORY

Meryl Streep lands on the cover of Vogue for the first time

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What would Miranda Priestly have to say about this? Vogue has now officially had the oldest actress in their magazine’s history to ever grace their cover, and it’s none other than Meryl Streep. (Even the 62-year-old herself joked in her interview that she is “oldest person” to have the honor.)

While that bit of information might sound staggering in and of itself, what’s even more shocking is that it’s Streep’s first time to ever grace the cover of the mag. (That’s right, that means Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, and Jessica Biel had all accomplished something before Meryl Streep. Let that one sink in, PopWatchers.) READ FULL STORY

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