Actress Salma Hayek and Hollywood hardmen Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone turned the spotlight on the plight of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolchildren at the Cannes International Film Festival this weekend (17-18May14), by holding up signs demanding action to "bring back our girls". Last month (Apr14), more than 250 teenagers were snatched from a school in northern Nigeria by members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and a host of public figures have since backed an online campaign calling for international help in finding the abducted girls and freeing them before the religious extremists can sell the youths into slavery.
Hayek took the Twitter.com campaign to Cannes on Saturday (17May14) as she attended the premiere of her new animated film The Prophet, and she made sure all eyes were on her as she brandished a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls while she posed for the cameras.
Hayek didn't appear to have run her political stunt by festival organisers prior to Saturday's event as Marie-Pierre Hauville, director of communications for Cannes, branded her actions "most unusual", but that didn't stop the cast of Stallone's The Expendables 3 from following in the actress' footsteps as they hit the red carpet at the French bash on Sunday (18May14).
Stallone and Schwarzenegger were joined by their movie co-stars Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, as they each held up similar signs to draw attention to the headline-grabbing kidnapping.
Other famous faces who have also spoken out in support of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign include U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick has turned businessman and opened his own pizza restaurant in Los Angeles. The 20-year-old college student, whose mother is newswoman Maria Shriver, undertook the project without any help from his famous parents and on Wednesday (30Apr14), he opened the doors to his Blaze Pizza Restaurant location at The Grove outdoor shopping mall.
He tells People.com, "It's been my responsibility to oversee everything. I'm the owner, founder, pizza maker, pizza lover and anything else you want to throw on in there."
Patrick explains he learned his business acumen from his bodybuilder-turned-actor father and wanted to use it to open a restaurant where everyone could "come have a pizza, get a drink and pay with a 10 dollar bill".
He continues, "My dad would have me go and run his charity booth at his body building contest in Columbus, Ohio when I was eight years old. I would sell a poster for $50 and learn, 'How much did that cost?' and, 'What's the wholesale, what's the retail...?' I've always been into (an) entrepreneurial lifestyle. (My dad) encouraged me and so does the rest of my family with everything I do."
Shriver was on hand for the grand opening, but Schwarzenegger was unable to attend.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly showed off his acting chops when he recited some of his most famous catchphrases during Monday night's taping of The Tonight Show.
The former Californian governator and Jimmy Fallon cooked up a fresh batch of hilarity when they put together a skit that satirized the popular home shopping network, QVC.
In an in-"faux"-mercial titled "Now We're Cookin' with Zach Striker," Fallon starred as the blonde wigged host with a spotty Australian accent and Schwarzenneger beside him as his celebrity guest foodie. Although Fallon wanted to advertise a magnificent multi-purpose blender first, Schwarzenegger was more interested in learning about another product, the plain ol' Slap Chop.
As Fallon kept pressing on about the blender, Schwarzenneger became more incensed and kept yelling, "Get to da choppah!!!" – a throwback to his iconic line from the his 1987 movie Predator. Impatience got the best of the aging action star and he eventually flipped over the table before promising, "I'll be back!"
Check out the video of the skit below:
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.
Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has won the coveted role of Sarah Connor in director Alan Taylor's The Terminator movie. Taylor worked with Clarke on Game of Thrones and she has been a frontrunner for the role made famous on the big screen by Linda Hamilton for months.
Brie Larson and Margot Robbie were also reportedly considered for the role.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will return in his most iconic movie role.
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Escape Plan, the movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, remained stuck in prison, only raking in a measly $9.8 million in its opening weekend. Both actors probably used that for a weekend getaway in their heyday. But now, it just seems to show that the moviegoing public has had enough of these two former legends.
Let's face it: both Stallone and Schwarzenegger are in their mid-60s and we seem to be asking ourselves if we want to see these guys pummel each other and run around trying to be action heroes. If we wanted to watch old guys duel, we'd pop Grumpy Old Men into our DVD player. Chances would be higher of one of those guys possibly hurting themselves trying to throw a punch than actually landing one. Actually, both guys are in good enough shape to break my face with one punch, so let's just forget I said that...
Sure, Stallone can still get people to see movies that he's in, but only if he's playing the part of someone he first made much more iconic when he was younger: Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. I don't think he'll be bringing Cobra out of retirement or making Demolition Man II, though. Arnie looks like he might be going to not just one well (Terminator and Conan), but will be in the Twins sequel as well (Triplets). In that case, some might argue that Danny DeVito is more famous now because of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The two of them are actually much better in ensemble movies, which is why everyone loves The Expendables franchise. They should get more comfortable in doing things like that, because the 1980s and '90s are long, long gone (which the gray hair on my head attests). But both of them have enormous egos and we may even see another Rocky and Conan movie decades from now: Rocky and Conan in Their Nursing Homes.
We'd rather see them blend into other movies instead of fading away from the failure to accept what is happening to them.
Escape Plan is the newest film that tries to turn up the '80s nostalgia. It brings together Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone for a prison escape movie that manages to be a mildly entertaining call-back to the fun actioners of a bygone era, but it never manages to achieve anything beyond that.
Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a man who specializes in breaking out of the country's toughest prisons, always seeming to have a thick deck of Deus ex Machinas on hand whenever he needs to devise an escape attempt. Ray is approached for one last job, to break out of a secret, high tech facility called "The Tomb," which has been deemed impossible to escape from. Even though everything about the offer feels as shady as can be, Breslin agrees but quickly finds that someone is interested in keeping him locked up for good. He then enlists fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help him plan the impossible escape.
Stallone is a serviceable lead but he's surrounded by a cast that seems to be having a lot more fun than he is, including Schwarzenegger, who plays inmate Rottmayer with fun sense of sarcasm and the glut of the film's best one-liners. Jim Caviezel also impresses as warden Hobbs, a quirkily evil man in a finely crafted suit. He possesses the menacing charm of a man who has all aspects of his life under expertly tailored control. This is his castle and he dares you to break out of it. Stallone's seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of every single fact in existence leads to an escape attempt that is somehow preposterous and predictable at the same time. Months of planning lead up to an escape attempt that you could have thought of in about five minutes, but that you wouldn't ever try it because you'd get caught right away. We've definitely seen it before, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing. The film still manages to be entertaining thanks to the cast.
Escape Plan manages to outdo other films like The Expendables by keeping its focus small. It centers around two main characters, and feels less contrived and manufactured than The Expendables, which just gathered up as many aging action stars and wrote the thin wisps of a plot to hold itself together in a bloated mess of adrenaline. Escape Plan feels more like a movie than a publicity stunt and it actually emulates a decent blood-soaked product of the Reagan era… for better or worse.
But Escape Plan could never be great movie because its ambitions are aimed too low. It simply wants to emulate the great 80’s action movies and do nothing more. While it feels like a somewhat close recreation, cinema has moved on a long time ago. The film doesn’t try to turn the genre on its head, or do anything other than copy what came before it. There are moments where the film excites and thrills, but those moments are mostly callbacks to older and better movies, where the actors were younger, and could carry off the action more convincingly. This also begs the question of just how old are we supposed to think the two leads are?
Everyone’s age is showing, and with each cinematic romp through 80’s action clichés, it becomes a little less believable that these guys could perform the kinds of action scenes were supposed to believe they’re preforming. Stallone’s gait looks stiff and ragged, and it is at times impossible to believe that Arnold is a prison tough guy that can dispatch dozens of muscle-bound criminals without breaking a sweat. The suspension of disbelief is stretched paper-thin; instead of feeling like a triumphant return to the past, which it only manages to be at points, Escape Plan feels like a showcase of actors well past their prime struggling to hold on to the poses and personas that made them famous as their bodies slowly betray them.
The best aspect of Escape Plan is that it's a horrendously stupid movie that knows just how horrendously stupid it is, and it revels in that fact. It follows every tenet of dumb action movie logic to a T, but it does so with confidence and cheek. Even as you're sitting three steps ahead of the movie, you're waiting for it to catch up with a slight nostalgic smile, rather than sitting there bored. The problem is that it never becomes anything more than a traced copy of what came before it. The two aging leads bring everything they have to the table, but everything they have is looking weathered and starting to fray at the edges.
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He said he'd be back. That venerable source for every unconfirmed movie rumor imaginable, Latino Review, has another doozy that sounds like it just might fit. They're claiming James Cameron's longtime friend and sometime Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to play the villain in Avatar 2, due for release in 2016. The glowering musclebound baddie in the first film was played by Stephen Lang, and it seems like Ahnuld could easily play a similar character.
This is great news for the Austrian Oak, since his post-governorship roles haven't exactly caught on fire — though we stand by giving The Last Stand a four star review. But it does make you wonder about what Cameron sees in Schwarzenegger. No, I'm not taking a potshot at his acting ability. Rather why Cameron is the only director who's ever cast him as a villain. First, he played the unstoppably icy title character in The Terminator. Then perhaps more disturbingly — and presciently — he cast him as a CIA agent who's basically a pathological liar, especially to his family, in True Lies. That movie was an uncanny prelude to Schwarzenegger's later tabloid antics that sundered his family.
The question is, does Cameron on some level actually hate Schwarzenegger? He's found a compelling actor to inhabit his characters, yes, but Cameron seems to suggest that there's an underlying current of the sinister in Arnold. They seem like good friends, but then again Werner Herzog called Klaus Kinski his "best friend" (and "best fiend") while plotting to kill him on the sets of Aguirre: Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo. It's possible that Cameron likes his work...without really liking him on some level. At least we're almost guaranteed to hear Arnold say "Abadah" at some point.
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Prince William's single younger brother, who is currently serving as a military helicopter co-pilot in Afghanistan, has topped the Top 40 Bachelors list compiled by America's Town & Country magazine.
Harry made the list ahead of Hollywood's most famous bachelors - Clooney and Nicholson.
Magazine editors write of the 28-year-old royal, "Prince William's baby brother flirts and flies Apache helicopters with equal aplomb... He loves dressing up - in everything from ill-fated fancy dress to his birthday suit."
The list also featured a number of other European royals, including Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, Grace Kelly's grandson Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi of Monaco, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, and Prince Amedeo of Belgium.
A number of sports stars were also granted top bachelor status - golfer Adam Scott, American football player Tim Tebow, and baseball star Jeremy Lin were all included, while celebrity offspring also featured highly.
Bryan Ferry's four sons, Merlin, Isaac, Otis, and Tara, won a mention, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick and Clint Eastwood's actor son Scott. Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy was also included, along with twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and Hollywood veteran George Hamilton.