A customised Harley-Davidson motorbike wrecked in the final scene of classic 1969 film Easy Rider and lovingly restored by actor Dan Haggerty has been snapped up at auction for over $1.3 million (£812,000). Bosses at California auction house Profiles in History oversaw the sale, which was caught up in controversy amid claims the bike was not the real thing.
A Texas-based collector claimed he owns the chopper from the film, insisting he has a certificate of authenticity from Haggerty, who briefly appeared in the film.
The Grizzly Adams star previously told the Los Angeles Times that he had authenticated and sold two Captain America bikes from the film, but he insisted only of them was genuine, and that belonged to California realtor Michael Eisenberg, who sold his through Profiles in History on Saturday (18Oct14).
Actor Peter Fonda, who rode the bike in Easy Rider, tells the Times, "There's a big rat stinking someplace in this. I can't tell you which one (bike) is real; I know there are two bikes out there that are both authenticated by Haggerty. That's not right."
Peter Fonda's iconic 'Captain America' Harley-Davidson from cult road movie Easy Rider is set to sell for more than $1 million (£625,000) at auction. The customised chopper, complete with its trademark 'teardrop' gas tank, is currently owned by businessman Michael Eisenberg, who once co-owned a restaurant with Fonda and his movie co-star Dennis Hopper.
It is going on sale via California-based auction house Profiles in History next month (Oct14) and is expected to fetch well over $1 million.
The motorcycle was one of four ridden by Fonda in the groundbreaking classic, but it is the only vehicle that survived the shoot and was later restored by the actor. It was displayed at the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa before being sold to Eisenberg last year (13).
Veteran actor Peter Fonda wants to recreate his road trip from classic movie Easy Rider on an electric motorcycle. Harley-Davidson bosses last month (Jun14) unveiled a prototype for their LiveWire chopper, which is powered by an electric engine.
Fonda, whose character in the 1969 movie travelled across the American South from California to Louisiana, is a fan of the new machine and wants to take it on a road trip.
He tells TMZ.com, "I can't wait to ride it across the country."
When asked about opposition to an electric motorcycle from traditional bikers, he replies, "To hell with them."
The new trailer for The Expendables 3 shows off an unsurprising abundance of explosions, gunfire, and sexagenarians saying things like "Lock and load." A bit more surprising in its ubiquity, however, is the action hero's old friend the helicopter. Yes, any film bording the lethal dose of adrenaline is bound to feature a chopper or two, but the two-and-a-half minute preview for Sylvester Stallone's upcoming threequel shows off an irrational number whirlybirds. And yeah, those are the only slang words for "helicopter" I know, so we're going to have to get creative now.
We catch glimpse the first of many propellerinos swooping down over an enemy train to rescue the apparently nonexpendable Wesley Snipes from incarceration. After rendering the entire locomotive to ruins (hopefully those were Nazis or something and not, you know, just military men doing their job apprehending criminals), we move onto a slew of other hummingbots prime for adventure: one drops off a maniacal Mel Gibson. One launches explosive at the side of a dock. One hovers over the speeding car of Natalie Burn. And one hovers just out of reach of what we can only assume is a ketamine-engendered Sylvester Stallone. And that's not even counting the jets (of both the plane and Li variety) sprinkled throughout the trailer.
If the trailer offers up this many circle-spin-bumble-droids (too creative?), we can only imagine what the 103-minute runtime has in store.
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Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoofed his famous movie line, 'Let's get to the chopper,' from 1987's Predator in an hilarious TV skit with U.S. late night host Jimmy Fallon on Monday (24Mar14). Fallon and Schwarzenegger teamed up for a mock-up of a home shopping network ad, titled Now We're Cookin' With Zach Striker, in which they attempted to sell a Vitamix blender and a Slap Chop slicer and dicer. While Fallon talked about the features of the blender, Schwarzenegger grew impatient and shouted the phrase 'Let's get to the choppa' before knocking over a table.
Billy Connolly made an emotional return to his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday (03Dec13) to visit the site of a horror helicopter crash that claimed nine lives. The Mrs. Brown actor jetted in from New York to pay his respects to customers of the city's Clutha bar who were killed when a police chopper plummeted from the sky and smashed into the venue on Friday night (29Nov13).
Arriving alone, the 71 year old laid a bouquet of flowers at the scene, along with the note, "Rest in Peace friends, Billy Connolly."
The funnyman reveals he felt compelled to make the trip as he had regularly performed at the music venue in his pre-fame days as a folk singer.
He says, "It's very sad but it means quite a lot to me. I have played in all of these pubs. The Clutha was a good music pub. They didn't mind banjo players, which makes a change.
"I had many happy times in there. Glasgow has really risen to the occasion. I have never heard so many nice things about Glasgow.
"I had to do something; I couldn't just let it pass though I have never done anything like this before. I was devastated to hear of what happened, like anyone else. It was weird seeing it happening on TV while I was in New York.
"Everybody's talking about how well Glasgow coped. I was very, very proud to be a Glaswegian. The Clutha's got a very special place in my heart."
Zac Efron has joined his pal Seth Rogen in spoofing Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's sexy music video for the rapper's new single, Bound 2. West recruited his fiancee to play the leading lady in his music video, and she posed topless in silhouette for scenes depicting the lovers riding through a desert landscape on a motorcycle.
On Monday (25Nov13), the Pineapple Express co-stars recreated the clip, with Franco taking on the rapper's role and funnyman Rogen playing his love interest, kissing and cuddling the 127 Hours hunk and reclining topless on the seat of a chopper.
A day later (26Nov13), the High School Musical hunk got in on the fun by posting his own version of Bound 2 on Instagram.com.
The photo shows a toned Efron showing off his six-pack abs while Rogen also stands shirtless next to him, with a protruding gut and the phrase "Bound 4" stamped across the bottom of the picture.
The shot is a new still from their upcoming film Neighbors, and Efron's social media team capitalised on Rogen and Franco's hilarious spoof by promoting the young actor's new movie.
The caption reads, "Whether you're a Kanye West fan or not, fans are Bound 2 get a kick out of this new still from Zac Efron and Seth Rogen's film Neighbors. Check out all the neighborly shenanigans when the comedy hits theaters next May! Uh huh honey."
Film footage showing the last moments of tragic British stuntman Mark Sutton as he leaps from a helicopter on his final jump has been published online. The daredevil, who thrilled billions of viewers around the world by posing as James Bond to parachute out of a chopper during the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, died in August (13) when a wingsuit stunt went wrong.
He and a handful of pals made a 10,000-foot jump over Martigny, Switzerland but Sutton was killed when he veered off course and slammed into a mountain in the Swiss Alps.
The group of thrill-seekers was being filmed for Internet extreme sports channel EpicTV and bosses have now released video of Sutton's final moments, following consultation with his family.
The footage shows Sutton wearing his wingsuit - which allows the wearer to glide through the air at high speed - and giving a thumbs-up gesture as he climbs out of the aircraft and leaps into the sky.
Fellow daredevil Tony Uragallo, who jumped from the helicopter seconds after Sutton, says, "Mark was my hero. Mark dying like that was just horrifying."
"The headspace you get on a motorcycle prepares you for making a rock and roll record. Obviously. 'Cos you're concentrating so much on manipulating the machine and not killing yourself. You get as far away from the creative part of your brain that you're set up for walking into the studio." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner rides his chopper around Los Angeles before recording sessions.
Victoria Beckham chartered a helicopter to fly her across London so she could make it to a parents' evening at her son's school on time. The pop star-turned-fashion designer agreed to take part in a photoshoot and interview for Australia's Vogue magazine at her home in the British capital on the proviso that she would be able to make it to Brooklyn's school for a meeting with teachers at 5pm that day.
The magazine's editor has now revealed the former Spice Girls star requested a helicopter to get her to the school on time.
Australian Vogue's Edwina McCann says, "The shoot almost didn't happen, but in the end her people decided she could make the trip by chopper directly from the shoot if need be."
During the interview with the magazine, Beckham said of her home life, "Honestly, once the children are in bed I'd rather work or shove on a face pack and pluck my eyebrows, by the time Brooklyn's finally gone to bed, it's all I'm fit for. Really, we're much more normal than people think."