The Terminator star stepped away from Hollywood to pursue a career in politics and he's been in charge of the state of California since 2003. He will step down at the beginning of 2011 and hand over the role to incoming Democrat Jerry Brown, sparking speculation over his next move.
Schwarzenegger, who filmed short cameo roles for Terminator Salvation and The Expendables during his stint as governor, admits he finds it easy to take up acting again after long breaks, but can't officially reveal his plans until he is out of office.
He tells Variety, "It is like bicycling, or like skiing. You get on it and you feel like there is no time lapse there at all...
"The list is a long list of things I can do, but nothing I can concentrate on until I am literally, totally out of office. For me the joy of life is not to know, and you get into it and you kind of figure it out. I love that. I don't like safety nets. I am not a believer in that... So you go in there with an open mind and you have to learn very quickly."
Schwarzenegger has also shot down rumours he is poised to take over the post of Chief of the Motion Picture Association of America, adding: "No one has come up to me about that."
The Brit hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he picked up Divine Brown on Sunset Boulevard and was caught receiving oral sex from her.
And Arnold feared something was wrong with his friend as he jetted off to Canada the day before the infamous incident - because Grant's behaviour was odd.
He recalls, "I asked him if he was OK (because) he was drinking a lot that day... He said, 'I'm gonna go upstairs to my (hotel) room, watch some lesbian porn, go to sleep.' I wish he'd have done that.
"I landed in Toronto to... 'Did you hear what happened to Hugh Grant?' I'm like, 'Did he die?' and she (phone caller) said, 'Worse - he was arrested with a prostitute.'
"The next call was from Hugh... I'm like, '(Was it a) man or woman?' He said, 'I can't tell. I'm looking at the TV. It's confusing!'"
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is preparing to hand over the office of California Governor to newly-elected Democrat Jerry Brown, who emerged victorious in the state's elections on Tuesday (02Nov10). Brown previously served as governor from 1975 to 1983.
The former action man-turned-Governor issued an order on Monday (27Sep10) delaying the execution of Albert Greenwood Brown, Jr., a convicted rapist and murderer, by one day.
Schwarzenegger cited procedural reasons for the temporary reprieve, stating that an appeals court decision allowing the execution to be carried out would not take effect until Thursday (30Sep10).
The reprieve ends at 11:59pm on Wednesday (29Sep10).
Brown was convicted in 1982 of raping and strangling a missing teenager.
Mere weeks ago, there was unleashed upon audiences a force that threatened to singe eyebrows and leave giant holes in the backs of countless theaters. That force gathered the gods of action films yesteryear and promptly punched an otherwise bland summer in the face. I am talking, of course, about The Expendables. I racked my brain trying to figure out how summer 2010 could possibly top this truckload of awesome; what ensemble film could bring together a combination of talents to match the collective greatness of The Expendables?
Well, this week sees the release of Takers. a good old-fashioned heist movie seems the perfect vehicle for an unstoppably fantastic ensemble, right? It might have been had the casting director not based all his decisions on a 2005 issue of Tiger Beat. Yes, friends, where The Expendables had Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren, Takers boasts two rappers and two pretty boys with not one iota of talent between them. Let’s examine these doomed couplets against the cast of The Expendables, shall we? I think you’ll find that Takers is primed to be the anti-Expendables, which is how I will refer to the film from this point on.
Sylvester Stallone — Paul Walker
Sly is a hero of American cinema. Forget the fact that action movies reach arguably the widest audience; Sylvester Stallone has created two characters that have become icons of American cinema. The consummate underdog, Rocky, symbolizes the never-give-up American spirit while Rambo poignantly personifies our foreign policy with the aid of rocket launchers and crap-tons of gasoline. So where The Expendables had Stallone, the anti-Expendables has…Paul Walker. At one time in our sad and not-too-distant past, Walker commanded huge salaries and had a franchise built around him involving a privileged white kid playing cop and racing his symbols of excess through the streets. Rambo would not be pleased. As the film begins, and you're again forced to endure Paul’s vapid dopiness, take solace in the fact that they’re probably not going to be stealing a team of sled dogs.
Bruce Willis — Hayden Christensen
Bruce Willis has played more cinematic badasses than I can count. He raised the American action film to new heights with Die Hard and never looked back. His brief cameo in The Expendables put a glorious cherry on that testosterone sundae. For its part, the anti-Expendables has Hayden Christensen. You remember him, right? He was the face of the downfall of an entire saga. I won’t be so naive as to blame him for all of the prequels’ problems, but his whiny, unbelievably unskilled performance did little to correct its downward spiral.
Arnold Schwarzenegger — TI
I am not even sure this couplet needs examining. Arnie has created even more cinematic icons than has Stallone. Films like The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Conan the Barbarian, and T2 are not only great but representative of the core canon of most men’s home video collections. His even shorter appearance in The Expendables lent an even more palpable degree of pomp and circumstance to the film. Not to be outdone, the anti-Expendables stars TI. These two letters refer to wannabe recording-artist-turned-wannabe-actor Tip Harris. I’m not saying rappers can’t act; what I am saying is that I’ve seen ATL...
Dolph Lundgren — Chris Brown
Though not quite as beloved as Willis or Stallone -- the latter perhaps because he spent Rocky IV beating the snot out of him --Dolph Lundgren has an impressive fan base that casts him in the same legendary stock as any of the titans featured in The Expendables. Though like Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen, for whom Hollywood tried and failed to cultivate franchises, Dolph always managed to provide a beefy brand of dunderheaded entertainment and created some classics of his own. The anti-Expendables has rapper Chris Brown. Well at least we know that, like Dolph, Chris can hold his own in a brawl…as long as his nemesis is a sexy female singer.
So there you have it. To complete your August film-going experience, why not go see Takers: the anti-Expendables? Where The Expendables was an epic gathering of action-movie legends, Takers is a veritable who’s who of…who cares? If ever Idris Elba had a chance to stand out, this is it.
To read more about the movie, check out the 'Takers' Movie Review by Thomas Leupp.
Top Chef D.C. Recap: Arnold's Revenge
S7:E3: This episode of Top Chef was about assertion. Whilst top dogs Angelo and Kenny bicker and squabble, sneaky mischief-makers Arnold and Amanda sidle into first place. But firstly, Angelo is misanthropic! He eats breakfast outside on the dirt! He is a desperado, a tragic hero, the successful owner of a boutique gourmet sandwich restaurant. Meanwhile, Kenny has had it up to here with the Angelo show. We see him sitting silently in his room; a singular tear running down his face as he reads a billet-doux from his girlfriend Juicy. He becomes inspired, motivated. “Yes Juicy” he whispers fiercely, “We must succeed or we run the risk of failure.” Juicy is a Dan Quayle enthusiast.
Padma and the sensuous Gail Simmons greet the cheftestants at the door, accompanied by a man with ambitiously architectural hair and thick, imposing sideburns. He is introduced as Johnny Iuzzinni, Pastry God and head judge of TOP CHEF: JUST DESSERTS! YES. With Gail Simmons! YES! So much of the food produced on Top Chef, while ostensibly tasty and gourmet looks and sounds peculiar and unappetizing. Foams and mousses and raw beef and fennel and tuna everywhere – its hard to get behind such conceptual food. Top Chef: Just Desserts will be a saliva-fest. And Gail Simmons is just so luscious.
But the chefs are pissed. They are told to make a pie. A great American tradition! Except none of them can make pie! The chefs always complain about making desserts, to which I say ENOUGH OF YOUR EXCUSES. ENTERTAIN ME.
So it begins. Kelly explains that she is secretly good at desserts - suckers! She can barely contain her glee as she chops up cubes and cubes of butter for her chocolate pie. She really looks like Gollum.
Timmy Dean does his best Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon impression: “Pies? Pies!? Man I’m too old for this shit.”
Anthony expertly discusses the differences between being a savory chef and a pastry chef and astutely observes that pastry making is about precision and planning: “I thought that pies magically came from unicorn’s poop.”
Kenny makes Bananas Foster Pie Cobbler with Chinese five-spice, which sounds gross.
Judge Johnny Weir flirted shamelessly with Kelly (you are so smooth, you have a great emulsion), and informed Alex the Tan Russian that he had in fact made a tapioca quiche, not a pie (gag).
In the end, KENNY WON. YES! Fist Pumps! “THIS IS FOR YOU DAN QUAYLE, I mean, JUICY!”
Continuing in the theme of things these cheftestants can’t do, the Elimination is announced to be a grilling challenge at Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington, where they must prepare a picnic cookout for various interns. The chefs snicker but none bite the bait. Until Alex the Tan Russian swoops in with a “I’ve never taken advantage of an intern, wink wink, amiright?!?”. This proved to be only ominous foreshadowing of gross comments to come.
Barbeque is something not all the chefs are familiar with. Arnold interviews that grilling clogs your pores. Amanda casually mentions that she used to be a cocaine addict. The producers edit this anecdote into the visual equivalent of “Right. Moving on…”
So what’s for dinner? Angelo is making some “badass” Vietnamese wrap thing. It looks like Angelo is a sneaky only-makes-Asian-stuff guy, which Kenny notices and makes a note to exploit later. The Tan Russian and Amanda have an altercation over ovens; He calls her a bitch and she evokes “prison rules”. Uncomfortable knowing glances exchanged. Older random white guy Steven is wrapping stuff in bacon, while younger random white guy Ed is making a seared tuna hummus concoction.
Challenge day, and Timmy Dean starts things off with a robust burst of misogynist commentary about the general incompetence of women in all things worth doing. Namely grilling. But none of this is important. What really matters here is that JOHNATHAN WAXMAN has returned to us as a guest judge! He is like a small fountain or a quiet baby – so calming to look at.
Most of the chefs made some type of steak or pork and some type of hummus or couscous. In fact, Alex made pork butt. Cut to Alex’s interview: "I would eat the ass out of that pork butt all day.” What? Who says things like this on TV? Is this because he’s foreign?
Angelo declares his dish has clean, sexy flavors. Again. And a goose pooped on Timmy Dean.
So that about sums things up; frankly this was a boring round of entrees, though there was some sexual tension as the chefs tasted each other’s food and it was obvious that Angelo and Amanda want each other in a really gross way.
Winners? They were: Amanda’s ribs, Ed’s tuna sandwich, Angelo’s bringing Asian sexy back wrap, and Arnold with the ball of meat dish. In the end, Arnold took it away with a solemn, dignified curtsey.
Losers? The Bacon Dish was gross! Does this mean bacon isn’t cool anymore? Godammit. K. Sbrags made lame Puerto Rican food that offended Padma for some reason (on behalf of brown people?) and Tracey’s Italian sausage offended Tom for being shitty and also being Italian (I am Italian you cow!). In the end Tom had to send Tracey home for her white bread and slimy peppers and fennel-meat.
I didn’t love this episode - all meat and Mediterranean side-dish mediocrity. What is the point of having these successful executive-type chefs on the show if you are going to curb them creatively by making them churn out generic products in a medium they are unfamiliar with? Yes, a good chef should be able to grill and barbeque. But if they wanted 12 perfectly cooked skirt steaks they should have had a season of line cooks. Unfortunately, his type of bang-it-out challenge, in Tom’s words, was not a great day for American chefs.
Action man-turned-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has paid an emotional tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy, who died on Tuesday.
The Democrat, the last of the late John F. Kennedy's brothers, passed away at age 77 following a long battle with brain cancer.
Schwarzenegger, who is married to Kennedy's niece Maria Shriver, was devastated to hear the news -- branding Kennedy "the rock" of the family whose "legacy will live on."
A statement from the star reads, "Maria and I are immensely saddened by the passing of Uncle Teddy. He was known to the world as the Lion of the Senate, a champion of social justice, and a political icon.
"Most importantly, he was the rock of our family: a loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He was a man of great faith and character. Teddy inspired our country through his dedication to health care reform, his commitment to social justice, and his devotion to a life of public service.
"I have personally benefited and grown from his experience and advice, and I know countless others have as well. Teddy taught us all that public service isn't a hobby or even an occupation, but a way of life and his legacy will live on."
President Barack Obama is also coming to terms with Kennedy's passing, insisting he and his wife Michelle were "heartbroken" to hear the sad news and has sent his condolences to his extended family.
Obama has credited his fellow Democrat with helping him win his race for Presidency earlier this year -- and insists America has "lost a great leader."
He says, "Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy... I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.
"An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time. The Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times and bad.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to them today -- to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family."
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Hugh Grant's first TV interview after his infamous 1995 arrest has topped a new magazine list of the best moments of comedian Jay Leno's tenure as host of The Tonight Show.
Leno will depart the show on Friday after 17 years as the king of late-night TV, and his best bits have been recapped by Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Grant's interview after he was caught with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown beat President Barack Obama's history-making appearance in March (scroll down to watch the clip) and Arnold Schwarzenegger's interview in 2003 when he announced his candidacy for California Governor.
Leno raised laughs when he opened his July 1995 talk with Grant by asking the British actor, "What the hell were you thinking?"
President Obama's interview in March marked the first time a sitting president had appeared on a late-night talk show.
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Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has confirmed reports she has put ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy's name as the father on her newborn daughter's birth certificate, but denies she has already named the tot.
The singer, formerly known as Scary Spice, gave birth to an as-yet-unnamed baby girl at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, on April 3.
Brown and Murphy ended their six-month relationship in November and the Oscar-nominated actor started dating TV producer Tracey Edmonds--ex-wife of R&B singer/producer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds--immediately after.
In November--a month after Brown announced her pregnancy news--the Dreamgirls actor publicly dismissed her claims of paternity on Dutch TV show RTL Boulevard, saying, "I don't know whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test."
Brown's publicist Nadine Bibi confirmed reports last week that the singer had listed Murphy as the father of her youngest child, but denied the tot was named Fortuna Daphne Bay.
Bibi says, "Yes, he is listed as father."
When asked for comment, Murphy's publicist Arnold Robinson replies, "We do not comment on Mr. Murphy's personal life."
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Porn actress Mary Carey has announced she is going to run against Arnold Schwarzenegger in November's California governor election.
Boobsville Sorority Girls star Carey, who famously lost out to Schwarzenegger in the 2003 election, has altered her image in a bid to be taken more seriously.
Carey has so far only gathered 40 of the 164,000 signatures required for her to register as an independent candidate. But the adult movie star is confident her campaign slogan - 'Finally, a politician you want to be screwed by' - will go down well with male voters.
She says, "I think I'm more serious now. As you can see I'm dressed more seriously. I've got brown in my hair because brunettes are taken more seriously."
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