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Schwarzenegger is back, and Hollywood hopes he's still a star
Reuters ^ | Sunday, January 6, 2013 | Ronald Grover and Zorianna Kit

Posted on 01/06/2013 6:17:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv

A year after leaving the California governor's office and becoming tabloid fodder for fathering a boy with his family's housekeeper and splitting with his wife, Maria Shriver, the 65-year old former bodybuilder will star in no less than three Hollywood movies over the next 12 months.

None are likely to win Schwarzenegger an Oscar. Indeed, the movies, and Schwarzenegger's own fee, are low-budget compared with his global blockbusters of yore. But studio executives are betting that overseas fans especially will once again respond to a personality whose 24 films generated worldwide ticket sales of $3.9 billion, according to boxoffice.com.

"He is still a worldwide star who resonates with action audiences around the world," said Rob Friedman, the co-chairman of the Lionsgate motion picture group, which is scheduled to release his next two films. "The Last Stand" will open on January 18, and "The Tomb" in September.

"Ten," the third film, is scheduled for release in January 2014 by Open Road Films, a joint venture of the AMC and Regal Theater chains.

"When you have left the movie business for seven years, it's kind of a scary thing to come back because you don't know if you're accepted or not," Schwarzenegger said at a Saturday press event for "The Last Stand."

"There could be a whole new generation of action stars that come up in the meantime."

The actor said he was "very pleasantly surprised" by what he called a "great reaction" to his cameo in the 2010 action film "The Expendables," which featured fellow action stars Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham. The film grossed $103.1 million in U.S. ticket sales and $274.5 million worldwide.

Since then, Schwarzenegger appeared in a second "Expendables" and says he will join a fifth installment of the "Terminator" if it is made.

(Excerpt) Read more at ca.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: arnoldschwarzenegger; california; schwarzenegger
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1 posted on 01/06/2013 6:17:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Schwarzenegger to head think tank
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com | Friday, August 3, 2012 | Carla Marinucci
Posted on 08/05/2012 1:25:59 AM PDT by thecodont
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2914786/posts

[snip] ...he will head up the Schwarzenegger Institute for Public Policy at University of Southern California, a think tank designed to explore “post-partisan” politics and global challenges. Among the luminaries working alongside him are former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and Nobel Prize-winning climate change scientist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri. [/snip]


2 posted on 01/06/2013 6:21:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

His movies are just fun, that’s it.


3 posted on 01/06/2013 6:23:46 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: SunkenCiv

No thanks. After his miserable stint in politics, I don’t think I could stand even watching some of his old movies again. They just wouldn’t be the same, I’m afraid.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 6:23:56 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kronos77; mass55th; Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; ...

Thanks to Sunkenciv!


5 posted on 01/06/2013 6:25:28 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: SunkenCiv

Think tank or lobby group or money front or .......


6 posted on 01/06/2013 6:27:24 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: SunkenCiv

” Schwarzenegger to head think tank...”

***

He can think?


7 posted on 01/06/2013 6:28:34 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Cicero

You have to watch Predator at least once a year. I’m pretty sure it’s in the Geneva Convention...


8 posted on 01/06/2013 6:28:48 PM PST by EEGator
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To: SunkenCiv

I wouldn’t pay a dime to see that moron unless he was getting on a plane back to Austria.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 6:32:37 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: fatnotlazy

No, he cannot think. He makes his living pretending to be other people. His foray into politics was a good example of what you see when a monkey climbs up a pole.


10 posted on 01/06/2013 6:32:46 PM PST by allendale
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To: SunkenCiv
Remember when there was talk that Arnold could be the first foreign born POTUS? Too late there Arnold. Somebody beat ya too it.


11 posted on 01/06/2013 6:34:21 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SunkenCiv

12 posted on 01/06/2013 6:34:24 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (GUNS.. the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.”)
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To: Cicero

I’ve tried watching some of his reruns. Most of them are cringe worthy and I cannot figure out why he was every popular in the first place.


13 posted on 01/06/2013 6:34:27 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Eh, I’ll pass. I’ll watch an Arnie movie if it comes on tv (i.e. watch it for free), but I will never spend another dime for anything he’s involved in, movie or otherwise. I simply cannot support him after his commutation for Esteban Nuñez (convicted murderer and son of Arnie’s closest Democratic political ally). The “governator” didn’t even have the guts to let the victim’s family know ahead of time. Scumbag.


14 posted on 01/06/2013 6:39:51 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I saw the trailer for “The Stand”. I hope he never comes out in favor of gun control. It would be the epitome and full definition of hypocrisy...


15 posted on 01/06/2013 6:41:58 PM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: SunkenCiv


16 posted on 01/06/2013 6:42:25 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

Clint Eastwood on the other hand has aged gracefully and plays realistic roles as an old man.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 6:46:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I will NEVER pay one penny to watch a Schwarzenegger movie.


18 posted on 01/06/2013 6:48:33 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the government. LIBERTY: When the government fears the people.)
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To: cripplecreek


19 posted on 01/06/2013 6:52:05 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

With a mid January opening and a September opening they know he’s not a star. Those are both dump zones for also ran movies. Especially January.


20 posted on 01/06/2013 6:52:57 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: SunkenCiv

His star has fallen.

His governorship was of no consequence.

That being said, his earlier movies are some of the best ever made in my opinion.


21 posted on 01/06/2013 7:01:05 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SunkenCiv

If Ahnold ain’t a star then he he still run for POTUS.


22 posted on 01/06/2013 7:03:07 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ll pass. He hasn’t had a good movie since Terminator 2. Or maybe even Commando or Running Man


23 posted on 01/06/2013 7:03:24 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: discostu

I agree that this movie won’t do well, but I bet Zero Dark Thirty and Gangster Squad both do well.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 7:03:43 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Perdogg; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; campaignPete R-CT

F**k Schwartzenkennedy. Plus, he looks like an old lesbian.


25 posted on 01/06/2013 7:08:10 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: fatnotlazy

No, but we all know he can tank.


26 posted on 01/06/2013 7:09:19 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: EEGator

I actually kind of want to see both, at least currently, but chances are they won’t. That’s why they’re being opened now, because they didn’t test well either in showings in or interest polls. Hollywood is pretty good at knowing which movies are going to make cash, and pretty good at knowing which weekends bring people out. January isn’t a dump zone because they decided it’s a good place to release bad movies, it’s a dump zone because people don’t go see movies in January, so they might as well not waste good release dates on movies that are going to tank.


27 posted on 01/06/2013 7:12:03 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Conan the King”.


28 posted on 01/06/2013 7:18:54 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: SunkenCiv

Best Arnold movies:
1. Terminator 2
2. Terminator
3. Total Recall
4. Kindergarten Cop
5. True Lies


29 posted on 01/06/2013 7:20:28 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: discostu

Domestic BO on these movies is secondary - he’s still a marquee draw abroad and that’s where they make profit.


30 posted on 01/06/2013 7:26:56 PM PST by Argus
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To: SunkenCiv

AHHHnold was such a disappointment.

I cannot look at him and not see the worst Republican I have ever seen.

For all this country gave him, he paid it back by helping the left destroy California, and the nation.

He should have stayed in Austria.

A real Trojan Horse to the conservative cause.


31 posted on 01/06/2013 7:28:20 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: discostu

Understood. I want to see both of the flicks, especially Zero Dark Thirty.


32 posted on 01/06/2013 7:29:57 PM PST by EEGator
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To: SunkenCiv

AHHHnold was such a disappointment.

I cannot look at him and not see the worst Republican I have ever seen.

For all this country gave him, he paid it back by helping the left destroy California, and the nation.

He should have stayed in Austria.

A real Trojan Horse to the conservative cause.


33 posted on 01/06/2013 7:30:05 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: cripplecreek
Clint Eastwood on the other hand has aged gracefully and plays realistic roles as an old man.

I love Clint Eastwood! He was great in recent movie he did, "Trouble with the Curve"

34 posted on 01/06/2013 7:31:38 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder what the Jerkinator’s position on gun control is...


35 posted on 01/06/2013 7:34:13 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Already in pre-production:

Conan the Septuagenarian
Partial Recall
True Lie-downs
Senior
Terminator 6: Rise of the Breathing Machines

36 posted on 01/06/2013 7:37:57 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Approaching 60 myself)
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To: GOPsterinMA

...looks like an old lesbian.


that’s excellent!


37 posted on 01/06/2013 7:59:56 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv
It was a great scene he had with Willis and Stallone in "The Expendables". I'd almost hoped that he was going to show up again later in the movie, even though I knew that could probably be the only thing he'd have time to shoot.

I missed "Expendables 2", and I thought the trailer should've played up the "I'm back" (as opposed to "I'll be back.") bit. I'll catch it on video.

Ahnold had said that if there were an Exp-3, he'd like a bigger part.

38 posted on 01/06/2013 8:06:44 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Lancey Howard
I liked "Total Recall". There was no reason to remake that yet. The tech in the original was good, not today's standard, but not so primitive that they were outdated and needed remaking.

I think someone in Hollywood just said, "We can improve the triple-breasted hooker!"

"Kindergarten Cop" was also fun. And seeing Ahnold dressed down by (very small) Linda Hunt was priceless. She's small, but very authoritative.

39 posted on 01/06/2013 8:10:38 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“I’ll be back...in a wheelchair.”


40 posted on 01/06/2013 8:11:36 PM PST by twister881
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To: JoeProBono
Wow! Looking at this picture, I am now excited about this movie and really looking forward to seeing it!

Who is that Transformer in the picture, behind the old geezer? Bumblebee? I thought he was yellow.

41 posted on 01/06/2013 8:12:24 PM PST by Flatus I. Maximus (Subvert. Obstruct. Overthrow. Obama.)
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To: Lancey Howard

I enjoyed Twins, myself. But that was a long time ago.


42 posted on 01/06/2013 8:22:44 PM PST by RPTMS
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To: Flatus I. Maximus


43 posted on 01/06/2013 8:34:47 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: fatnotlazy
he's a pretty canny businessman -- he came from poverty in Austria, schemed and worked hard to be at the top of bodybuilding (read his "Bodybuilding bible" -- he studied a lot of stuff related to bodybuilding) and he handles his own finances and hasn't lost on any schemes

He then got into politics with basically no platform

he fumbled there, but that's really one of the few fumbles he's made

i'm not going to call him a conservative by any means, but he is quite an intelligent guy

44 posted on 01/07/2013 1:29:01 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Lancey Howard

you forgot the Conan movies


45 posted on 01/07/2013 1:30:44 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: SunkenCiv

No interest whatsoever. I thought “Total Recall” [original, not the lame remake] was one of the best sci fi movies ever.


46 posted on 01/07/2013 4:09:43 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Lancey Howard
Best Arnold movies:
1. Terminator 2
2. Terminator
3. Total Recall
4. Kindergarten Cop
5. True Lies

My personal top Arnold movies are:
1. Terminator 2 ("He will live.")
2. Conan the Barbarian ("And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!")
3. The Running Man ("Hey light bulb! Hey Christmas tree!")
4. Predator ("If it bleeds, we can kill it!")
5. Kindergarten Cop ("It's not a tumor!")

47 posted on 01/07/2013 4:17:59 AM PST by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
(FYI feel free to ping your whole list)

All, I saw several movies over the weekend, so here are some mini-reviews:

"Lincoln" was excellent. I was skeptical, not about Daniel Day-Lewis, who is among the top 2-3 actors of this generation if not the best. He was beyond superb, capturing Lincoln's homespun humor (yes, you laugh out loud a number of times at stories 100 years old) but also his righteous anger and frustration. His confrontation with Mary over Robert's enlistment ( and she thinks likely death) is revealing and moving. What made me skeptical was the time frame of 1865. I thought Spelberg was missing the best parts of Lincoln's political career. In fact, Tony Kushner's screenplay was exceptional, weaving in the Gettysburg Address (1863) as well as the 2nd Inaugural of 1864. The opening scene, in which a handful of soldiers quote BACK to Lincoln the Address was brilliant. Surprisingly, the weakest element was the John Williams' uninspiring musical score.

Most of all, the process---and it was a difficult process---whereby the 13th Amendment was passed, reveals the incredible compromises on all sides required to get it done. The "purest man who ever walked the earth" (as Thad Stevens calls Lincoln) in the end had to resort to bribery of Dem congressmen (not surprising) and of deception of fellow Republicans.

"Flight" with Denzel Washington is only slightly less impressive. When a functional drunken airline pilot saves his plane and the lives of 140 people through astounding flying, he's a hero. But slowly clues emerge pointing to his intoxication and his friends help him with a cover up. Eventually, his innocence means someone else will take the fall for his crime. What does this drunk do? While there is no literal " come to Jesus" moment, the Christian overtones are strong, despite Hollywood's expected language and nudity. You will never want to hear a pilot say " we have some chop" after watching "Flight"!

"Taken 2" was disappointing, perhaps because the first was so good. A CIA agent takes his family to Turkey, where he is the victim of a revenge kidnapping from his actions in the first movie. This time, the 20-ish daughter is the one doing the searching from directions given by the captured Liam Neeson via a hidden cell phone. The weakness is the premise, wherein Neeson---who made a great hunter---now has to play the role of the prey.

"The Master" with Philip Seymour Hoffman and River Phoenix is a mixed bag. Clearly meant as a metaphor for L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, the film never knows whether to ridicule the subject or treat it as a threat. The music and direction reflect this schizophrenia. Fantastic acting by Hoffman (and, I guess by Phoenix because you despise him so much) still don't save this from it's own inconsistencies.

48 posted on 01/07/2013 5:27:06 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: Argus

Domestic BO is still 1/3 of the revenue, and a bunch of the other 2/3s is domestic cable and DVD sales. And nobody knows if he’s still a draw anywhere, this is his first actually starring role since Collateral Damage in 2002, and that lost money. 10 years is a long time to be doing nothing but cameo and ensembles.


49 posted on 01/07/2013 7:11:31 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: SunkenCiv
he will head up the Schwarzenegger Institute for Public Policy at University of Southern California,

Yes, in return for a substantive donation, you too can be a figurehead for a claque of fascist control freaks.

50 posted on 01/07/2013 10:08:57 AM PST by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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