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David Ayer's Sabotage is just the latest stop in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback tour, though it probably won't do the actor too many favors. Schwarzenegger plays John "Breacher" Wharton, the leader of an elite DEA task force that specializes in taking down drug cartels. Each member of the team is a blunt instrument drunk off of their alpha male (and female) machismo, but to be fair, they are damn good at what they do. They're masters at going in hard, killing whoever needs killing, and heading to the strip club and drinking themselves into a stupor before the next round of street sweeping. Unfortunately, it turns out years of busting cartel bosses and being deeply unpleasant to everyone you come into contact with eventually catches up to you, and members of the squad start dying in ghastly and elaborate ways. And just like that, we have what basically amounts to an Agatha Christie novel with a gym membership and a pile of meth.
Unfortunately, and as expected, giving Agatha Christie a couple of reps at the gym and a pile of drugs turns her into a blithering idiot, because Sabotage is incredibly stupid. The central mystery somehow manages to be both preposterous and predictable at the same time. The film's one saving grace is its action. The action scenes are adrenal and exciting and unbelievably gory. Bloated corpses are poked and prodded, viscera hangs like ropes from a rafter. This film takes immense pleasure in being completely disgusting. It’s downright gleeful about it. Here's a full shot of a soiled toilet, just because. Here's a piece of skin hanging on some metal, why not. Isn't that cool?
While Sabotage does manage to thrill in spurts and stutters, there's absolutely nothing beating at the heart of the film. All of the main characters are completely and utterly repugnant, and you'll pity anyone who has to endure their company throughout the film. When characters do start to die, you won't feel all that broken up about it. In fact, you may even feel a twinge of joy, like the earth was suddenly unburdened from a pure source of rampant douchebaggery. Just imagine the most disgusting, and off-putting person you can, and then give them a gun, a badge, and a fierce sense of entitlement, and you have every single member of the film's DEA squad. They're all terrible.
And if that weren't bad enough, the acting ranges from mediocre to terrible. The usually wonderful Olivia Williams and the capable Sam Worthington continually forget which continent they're on, their accents dropping in an out like a bad radio connection; Schwarzenneger has a complete inability to emote anything apropos of the situation at hand. When looking upon a pile of ooze that was formerly in the shape of one of his best friends, his disappointment is more akin to seeing a temporarily occupied gym bench on chest day. All of the charm the actor showcased in something like the recent Escape Plan is washed out by Breacher's moping about his dark past, and when Schwarzenneger isn't allowed to be fun, then he's completely boring.
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Really, I should hate Sabotage. It’s a completely stupid and mean spirited film, but there’s a strange charm to the depravity of it all. There's an audaciousness to it. The film goes as far as it can to push limits, and succeeds at being appaling. It’s a film that knows how stupid and ugly it is and champions that fact. It’s playing in its own filth, and as gross as that is, at least it’s having fun. This is the kind of film that will be in heavy rotation at the local frat house. That’s doesn’t mean the film is good or even okay, but if you like watching horrific violence, awful mysteries, and awful people being awful, then boy do I have a film for you.
Rocker Shooter Jennings is set to embark on a tour with his father Waylon Jennings' band for the very first time. The son of the late country legend is heading out on the road with Waymore's Outlaws, the band which backed Waylon both on the road and in the studio throughout his career.
Despite his own storied career in the music business, Shooter has never teamed up with his late father's group.
Shooter and Waymore's Outlaws just kicked off the U.S. tour and will continue throughout the month of January (14), wrapping up the 13-city trek in Lewisville, Texas on 31 January.
Jack White has become the subject of a quirky tribute album, featuring many of rock 'n' roll's trailblazers. Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White, which is released on 19 November (13), will include covers of the former White Stripes star's hits by the likes of Wanda Jackson, Gary U.S. Bonds and Bobby Vee.
The highlight of the album is rockabilly queen Jackson's duet with Shooter Jennings on In the Cold, Cold Night.
Other stand-out tracks include Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers' cover of the Raconteurs' Steady As She Goes, Vee's rendition of We're Going to Be Friends and Icky Thump by Los Straitjackets.
Rocker Shooter Jennings is a married man after exchanging vows with his girlfriend. The son of country legend Waylon Jennings tied the knot with Misty Swain at Joshua Tree National Park in California on Tuesday (04Jun13).
His bride shared the exciting news with fans in a series of posts on her Instagram account, including a photo of herself planting a kiss on her new husband as they stand beside a teepee, an image of the couple's wedding cake and a snap of her bridal party relaxing in the desert.
The nuptials were the 34 year old's first marriage - he was previously engaged to The Sopranos actress Drea de Matteo, the mother of his two kids, Alabama, five, and Waylon, two.
The actress and her musician fiance Shooter Jennings became parents for the second time with the arrival of Waylon Albert 'Blackjack' Jennings.
The rocker announced the happy news in a post on his Twitter.com page on Thursday (06Apr11), writing, "Waylon Albert 'Blackjack' Jennings has arrived folks!... Thanks for all the kind words..."
The baby is the latest in a long line of family members to carry the name Waylon - Shooter was born Waylon Albright 'Shooter' Jennings after his father, country crooner Waylon Jennings.
De Matteo and Jennings are also parents to a three-year-old daughter, Alabama Gypsy Rose.
The former The Sopranos star is four moths pregnant with fiance Shooter Jennings' baby, according to reports.
A source tells Life & Style magazine, "She's barely showing but is telling close friends and family how excited she is."
De Matteo and singer/songwriter Jennings - the son of country legend Waylon Jennings - have a three-year-old daughter called Alabama Gypsyrose.
The former Sopranos star joined Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman on the programme as the matriarch of an Italian family who moves to Wisteria Lane.
Reports surfaced in November (09) suggesting De Matteo had been fired after just five episodes following poor TV ratings.
But producers insist they've merely granted her request to quit the show to spend more time with her fiance, singer Shooter Jennings, and their two-year-old baby girl, Alabama.
Executive producer Marc Cherry tells Entertainment Weekly, "Part of the deal when (we) hired Drea was she was only interested in doing one season. She has a baby and is eager to get back to her life in New York."
De Matteo's last episode is scheduled to air in May (10).
Former Sopranos star Drea de Matteo was left stunned on Thursday night when her longtime partner Shooter Jennings proposed to her onstage at a gig.
The country rocker son of Waylon Jennings was performing in Utica, New York, when he stopped the show to ask the actress to marry him.
A concertgoer tells People.com, "She (Drea) was dancing on the side of the stage holding (the couple's 18-month-old daughter) Alabama when he called her onstage.
"She was so surprised by the proposal."
The couple has been dating since 2001.
Jennings confirmed the news on his Twitter page blog after the gig, writing, "Asked drea to marry me on stage tonight. I'm a lucky man."
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Former Sopranos star Drea De Matteo is celebrating after becoming a mom. The actress and longtime partner Shooter Jennings welcomed baby Alabama Gypsy Rose into the world on Wednesday.
De Matteo was sure she'd be giving birth to a baby girl almost as soon as she became pregnant.
In June, she said, "I'm getting so fat, I think it's a girl!"
The baby is the couple's first child.
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Actress Drea De Matteo has confirmed reports she is expecting her first child.
The former Sopranos star is pregnant with her boyfriend Shooter Jennings' baby. The couple have been dating for five years.
News of De Matteo 's pregnancy broke when website PageSix.com reported she was overheard discussing the impending birth with her boyfriend during a New York shopping trip.
Her spokesperson says, "Drea De Matteo and her long time boyfriend Shooter Jennings are having a baby and they are so excited.
"The only reason we're announcing the news is because the very rude and condescending sales people at Veronique Maternity on Madison Avenue decided to leak this to the press, so please beware if you're trying to keep your happy secret under wraps."
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