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It looks like former California Governor and Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to co-star in a reboot of the 1984 series The Toxic Avenger. His would be the supporting mentor role according to a press release, but the role truly sounds perfect for him.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release over at Deadline.
Los Angeles, CA (May, 2013) –Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (Ift) President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights »
- Jess Orso
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights to the film alongside Ift’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos.
Set to be introduced to buyers at Cannes 2013, The Toxic Avenger is currently in pre-production and scheduled to start principal photography this fall.
- Michelle McCue
Here’s some casting news most people didn’t see coming. A big budget remake of The Toxic Avenger has been in the works for quite some time, but it just got a big boost with the announcement that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to join the cast:
Los Angeles, CA (May, 2013) –Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (Ift) President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights to the film alongside Ift’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos. »
- Jonathan James
Well now. Can't say we saw this one coming. Some pretty strange news is coming out of Hollyweird today as Arnold Schwarzenegger, yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is in talks to star in Troma's remake of The Toxic Avenger.
From the Press Release
Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler, and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (Ift) President Ariel Veneziano, who will handle all international rights to the film alongside Ift’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos.
Set to be introduced to buyers »
- Uncle Creepy
Arnold Schwarzenegger is close to signing on for a lead role in the long gestating The Toxic Avenger reboot. The action icon won't be taking on the title role as Toxie, but instead will be playing a secondary lead, a character that is being kept under wraps for the time being.
Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink is behind the screenplay for this remake of the classic 80s Troma film. International Film Trust is taking the project to Cannes seeking potential buyers, with the movie being described as an action adventure that will appeal to mainstream audiences.
The Toxic Avenger sprang to life in 1984 as a gloriously gory and over the top horror comedy from Troma films, directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman. The storyline revolves around a meek janitor who is doused »
And the Oscar goes to…Arnold Schwarzenegger! This sentence may never actually be said out loud at an Academy Awards, but for many it will be said within our own heads as we watch the former Mr Olympia kill, grunt and crack another superb one liner for the millionth time. Yes indeed, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the greatest actor that ever lived. We all know it, but like so many of the great artists from history, such as Vincent Von Gogh or Edgar Allen Poe, poor Arnold may never get the recognition he deserves in his life time.
With such a varied body of work that covers everything from killing people with his bare hands to killing people with large guns Arnold has done it all. But what does our favourite Arnie movie say about those of us who freely admit that we routinely seek the words of Schwarzenegger to help us through our day? »
- David Pustansky
Top 10 Luke Savage 18 Mar 2013 - 06:30
Better known for his brawn than his acting chops, Arnie has still turned in some great performances over the years, as Luke reminds us...
So The Last Stand hasn’t quite re-affirmed Arnold Schwarzenegger as supreme ruler of the box office. At the time of writing, its worldwide box office takings are a little over $33m. That’s someway short of its reputed $45m budget, and even less than Schwarzenegger’s rumoured $29.25m salary for Terminator 3. To be fair, it was never really going to propel him back to his blockbuster days of old. Especially when his co-star is Johnny Knoxville.
And to be fairer, it’s actually a much better film than those numbers would suggest. Surprisingly violent, funny in places, hilariously clichéd in others. But it’s not a great Arnie film. And it’s not a great Arnie performance. Too much emoting, »
We want to do Triplets, but we’ve got to get Universal off of its butt. We’ve got to get a script. [Arnie and I] had dinner with Eddie Murphy, and he likes the idea. It’s been going on for six or eight months now. We don’t want it to be fluff just because it’s Twins 2. We want it to be great.Danny DeVito in an interview with Shortlist.com. I was actually hoping this project was dead and buried for good - the proposed sequel to Twins, which will be titled Triplets, and will feature Eddie Murphy as the third brother. But apparently, it's still alive, somewhat. No script yet, according to DeVito, and they don't want it to be "fluff;" they all want it to be great! Is that comforting? I »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Kelly Preston is returning to the world of series TV with the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot "Keep Calm and Karey On."
Preston will star as Karey, the straight arrow in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she adopts his two children in an attempt to give them a better life.
The cast also includes Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") as Karey's mother and Majandra Delfino ("Roswell") as Karey's self-absorbed sister. Andrea Abbate ("Accidentally on Purpose") wrote the script.
If the pilot is picked up to series, it would mark Preston's first full-time TV commitment since her role as an oversexed teenager in NBC's short-lived '80s Army base soap "For Love and Honor." She was in the cast of HBO's 2008 pilot for British TV adaptation "Suburban Shootout," but that was not picked up.
Preston is best known »
Danny DeVito use to confront Arnold Schwarzenegger when he disapproved of his decisions as Governor of California. The 'Matilda' actor and the action star became close friends after shooting 'Twins' and 'Junior', and Danny felt his good relationship with the former bodybuilder meant he could criticise policies he disagreed with when Arnie was in office between 2003 and 2011. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, he said: 'Oh yeah. If I ever read in the paper about [Arnold] doing something I didn't like I'd just call him up and be like, 'Man, what the f**k?' ' Danny, 68, and Arnold, 65, are to work together again on a 'Twins' sequel, which is rumoured to star Eddie Murphy as the »
Holy moly, it's Danny DeVito! One of the most ubiquitous actors of the 1980s and 90s, and certainly the most physically distinctive, is standing in a blandly corporate hotel room in Whitehall, of all random places a stone's throw away from No 10 Downing Street.
"Hey, I'm Danny, nice to meetcha, thanks for coming," he says in a New Jersey accent that makes him sound a little like a comedy sidekick from The Sopranos.
Few actors have ever looked like they're having as much fun as DeVito. From playing Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner's whirling dervish of an evil nemesis in Romancing the Stone, to sniping at Arnold Schwarzenegger in Twins, to waddling through his lair as the demonic Penguin in Batman Returns, DeVito has been »
- Hadley Freeman
So who would win in a fight between Rocky Balboa and Jake Lamotta? Maybe the computer simulation program used in Rocky’s last outing could tell us, but better yet, we will see it in reality at the end of the year in Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro have dusted off their boxing gloves (Bob's were a bit dustier than Sly’s, it must be said) to step back into the ring as a pair of aging former boxers with a score to settle who get coaxed out of retirement. The first set pic certainly shows the two aging pugilists looking in good order considering they’re both staring at the big 7-0 and it certainly screams “must watch!”
- Flickering Myth
Danny DeVito is a 'party animal'. The 68-year-old actor has revealed that he still likes to let loose despite his age, although he doesn't party as hard as he did when he was younger. Speaking to Bang Showbiz during a media trip to London, he revealed: 'I like to party, yeah. I'm a party animal!' However, Danny then conceded: 'I'm not a party animal - that's not true. That's saying too much. But I like to do Qi Gong [a form of yoga], and I like to eat well, and I like to drink.' The 'Twins' actor's idea of a good time today is a far cry from his younger days, however, as the star revealed that he and celebrity »
Feature James Clayton Feb 1, 2013
With Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis all in cinemas this year, James takes a look at their current and forthcoming action movies...
Bruce Willis remains. Sly is sticking at it. Arnie is still around. The dudes abide and I’m glad they abide. For their abidance, I salute them with an enthusiastic air-punch and a shout of “yippee-ki-yay!”
The world moves on, shifts in the film industry happen, but constant presences like Willis, Stallone and Schwarzenegger really tie the action movie landscape together. To strain this rug metaphor and reference to The Big Lebowski even further, cinema arguably doesn’t need these old things anymore, but they make for quite agreeable decoration and repeatedly prove themselves as pleasing, useful pieces of furniture that complement the architecture and harmonise nicely with the environment. Ladies, gentlemen, cyborgs and monkeys: this is filmic feng shui.
They are solid footing on »
As it turns out, it wasn't much of a contest after all. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the clear winner of last week's poll, topping the list of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies with 42% of the votes. The closest challenger was Predator with 16% followed by Total Recall with 13%. The Terminator and True Lies rounded out the top 5. The remaining tallies were mostly predictable although I was a bit surprised to see Kindergarten Cop tied with Commando at #7. Way down at the bottom of the list, Raw Deal failed to receive a single vote. If that doesn't scream out underrated, I don't know what does! Do you agree with these results? 1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day -- 42% 2. Predator -- 16% 3. Total Recall -- 13% 4. The Terminator -- 7% 5. True Lies -- 6% 6. Conan the Barbarian -- 5% 7. Commando -- 3% 7. Kindergarten Cop -- 3% 9. Last Action Hero -- 2% 10. The Running Man -- 1% 10. Twins -- 1% 10. Red Heat -- 1% 13. Raw Deal -- 0%
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With Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the big screen in The Last Stand, the Flickering Myth writing team look back at their favourite Arnie movies. Next up, Matt Smith with 1996's Christmas epic Jingle All The Way...
A father must stop at nothing in order to get his son the toy he really wants for Christmas. Makes you wonder why he waited until the last minute though... also Sinbad’s in it, which is good because it’s the 90s.
Alternatively, a multi-faceted, bad tempered repeat offender takes five minutes to pay attention to his family who he tries to placate by buying high-in-demand goods. On the way, he strikes out at various strangers violently, is the direct cause of thousands of dollars worth of damage, attempts to escape from a hard working police officer, poses as an undercover agent in order to cover his tracks and misuses highly dangerous and highly experimental space-age technology. »
While promoting "The Last Stand," Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked about some of his upcoming projects. The actor said that he's set to return for another "Conan" movie, a sequel to "Twins," and the fifth "Terminator" film. Schwarzenegger was attached to "Terminator 5" back when Justin Lin (Fast Five) was on board to direct. Since then Lin dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Just recently Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Alexander) and Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) have been brought on to write the script. And it turns out that Schwarzenegger is still on board. After "Terminator Salvation" underperformed at the box office, James Cameron said that future "Terminator" films must have Schwarzenegger in them if they want to be successful. Now word on whether Schwarzenegger will return to play T-800 or if the writers are coming up with a different role for him. »
Last week we reported that another Terminator sequel was in fact in motion as the production companies behind the franchise hired writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to come up with a draft. Now it seems that we might have confirmation that Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return in some capacity. At a press junket for The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger listed some of his upcoming projects including a Conan The Barbarian film, the long rumoured sequel to Twins, and of course Terminator 5.
Exactly what kind of role we can expect him to have in the future franchise is unclear, it seems unlikely that he’s going to feature as a robot himself considering that they don’t age…and it would be weird if Skynet decided to make a line of senior citizen robots, however with time travel there’s always the possibility of him being one of the »
- Esben Evans
News just keeps on flowing when it comes to keeping the Terminator franchise alive. Shortly after David Ellison and Megan Ellison landed the rights to the sci-fi series for their respective Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions banners, they hired writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to take on the new sequel. However, because it's so early in development, we have no idea what's going on with a story. At one time Justin Lin was in line to direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning, but with this fresh start, we've been wondering if he would come back. Now the man himself gave the official answer to that question. At a press junket in London for The Last Stand, BleedingCool got Schwarzengger to list off his upcoming projects. They include the new Conan movie and also the insane Twins sequel Triplets with Eddie Murphy and Danny DeVito. But the actor also listed Terminator »
- Ethan Anderton
With the return of the Governator in The Last Stand, which opened to pretty positive reviews, people are starting to talk about Arnold Schwarzenegger again and more specifically, his involvement in the upcoming Terminator 5. Recently, we found out that scripting duties had been assigned to Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. And while most assumed that Arnie would be back reprising his role, Bleeding Cool has now received confirmation from the actor himself that he will appear in the film.
Now, Schwarzenegger was attached a couple years ago back when Justin Lin was set to direct. But once Lin dropped out, Schwarzenegger claimed to have no idea what was going on with the film and at that point, many assumed that it would never get made. But now here we are and not only do we have writers taking another crack at the script, but we also have confirmation from »
- Matt Joseph
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