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Red Sonja reboot moving forward in the wake of Wonder Woman success

Having been stuck in development hell for the best part of a decade, it looks like the Red Sonja reboot may finally be moving forward thanks to the box office success of Warner Bros.’ female-led DC blockbuster Wonder Woman.

According to Deadline, Millennium Media is moving forward with a new movie, which is being produced by Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta alongside of Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon of Cinelou. The idea is to fast track the project, and the search is now underway for a writer.

“We have been waiting for the right time for this remake,” said Lerner. “With the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.”

Loosely based on Conan creator Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogantino, Red Sonja debuted in the Marvel Comics series Conan the Barbarian #23 in 1973, and was portrayed by Brigitte Nielsen in the 1985 feature film.

Robert Rodriguez
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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Bill Is About To Get Help For Another Big Scandal

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Alright, so according to a new report from Soaps.com,we're about to see Bill plot out a new, big scandal. If this scandal works, it could definitely put him back in the driver's seat at Spencer Publications. This is why Bill is going to needs some very specialized help to pull it off. That's where this new guy Ken will come into play. It's being reported by both Soaps.com and TVinsider.com that Bill is going to hire a tech wiz guy named Ken to hack into the Spencer Publications computer files in an effort to retrieve the incriminating recording that Liam has of Bill confessing to setting the Spectra building on fire. Obviously, if Bill can get his hands on it, Liam would have nothing to continue blackmailing Bill with. That would set the stage for Bill to return and take back his company. The big question
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DC and Dark Horse announce Wonder Woman/Conan crossover

Den of Geek is reporting that the Amazon Princess will be teaming up with Conan the Cimmerian this September as DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics launch the six-issue crossover series Wonder Woman/Conan from writer Gail Simone, artist Aaron Lopresti, inker Matt Ryan, and colorist Wendy Broome.

“I love crossovers, I love Wonder Woman, and being able to bring the undisputed greatest warriors of the Dcu and Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age together for the very first time is a dream come true,” said Simone.

What makes one a legend? How do legends carve their name into history, when countless others are forgotten? Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle Gods cut their lives short?

Wonder Woman/Conan #1 will go on sale on September 20th.
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Six Movie Franchises That Were Cut Short

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Filmmakers often plan ahead, and many of the movies which come out each year are designed to be part of a multi-film series. However, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, the first sequel bombs and the third movie never gets made. Here are 6 short movie franchises that remained unfinished.

There have been many successful franchises over the years. Franchises are a very hot thing right now. However, for every Star Wars, Dark Knight or Captain America franchise, there is a failed film series. Often these intended series will start off with an excellent movie but the second film will derail any plans for a third movie or beyond.

In no particular order, here are six franchises that never got past a second film.

Conan: Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as Robert E. Howard’s Cimmerian warrior Conan in 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, which was a box office hit.
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Gail Simone’s Red Sonja Moves to Animated Comic August 2

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Gail Simone’s Red Sonja is an absolute winner — powerful, thrilling stuff that builds up so much momentum you won’t ever want it to end. Richly textured action-adventure with an unforgettable heroine.” – Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Avengers)

From Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) and Walter Geovani (Vampirella, Witchblade), Red Sonja: Queen Of The Plagues gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! And now, you can see it all brought to life in this animated comic, starring Misty Lee (Ultimate Spider-Man) when Red Sonja: Queen Of The Plagues 2-Disc Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack and DVD arrive on home entertainment shelves everywhere on August 2, 2016 from Shout! Factory.

Special Features:

Featurette including brand-new interviews with Writer Gail Simone as well as members of the cast and crew.

Blu-ray: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) / DVD: Widescreen (1.78:1)

74 minutes

The company is already taking pre-orders at their website or via Amazon.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's greatest muscle flexes

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An appreciation of the rippled muscles of Arnold Schwarzenegger, from his Hercules days through to Predator...

Did you know Donald Trump's successor on The Celebrity Apprentice was once one of the biggest box-office draws in the world? Trippy, right? Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger became famous for his unique style and his fluctuating dialect, but he was picked for stardom for another reason entirely: he was a rippling, bulging slab of primeval, otherworldly manhood. The man was a titan, casting a shadow as wide as it was high. His fresh, smiling face and booming Austrian lungs were the perfect extras, but Arnold was thrust into the limelight because of his physique.

It was his earliest, formative years in which we saw Arnold's greatest flexes, when he relied on his jaw-dropping size for impact. In 1990 he would dominate both science-fiction and family genres, but it was in the years preceding this that his chest was most greased, skin most tanned and muscles most inflated. So let's think back, relive the carnage, and appreciate the 'King of Kings' in all his glittering majesty.

Hercules In New York (1970)

Seven long years before he starred in a breakout bodybuilding documentary, Arnie's 22-inch arms were breaking onto small screens in Hercules In New York. In Schwarzenegger's first real acting role, his unease is palpable. His thick Austrian accent (dubbed over in the film's original release) hasn't a spot of charisma and his performance is comparable to that of a re-animated corpse.

Schwarzenegger is Hercules, a demi-god sent to Earth. On his trip, he does all the things an everyday tourist does in the Big Apple: finds love, begins a career, flees pursuers in a chariot and chokes out a (man in a) bear (suit). He also finds time to fight off group of six men, using only a ridiculously long plank of wood, and best an Olympic-quality team of athletes at various track and field events. The film may have had a budget tighter than Arnold's shirt, but there is scant excuse for the lack of dimension or invention.

We are treated to Arnold's first show of size when his date shows him a poster for an upcoming Hercules picture. Our travelling deity is offended, claiming the actor looks nothing like him. Doing what any rational demigod would do, he strips off his cream turtleneck, revealing his chiselled torso. His audience-of-one loses her mind as he begins posing, before she realises what an insanely ludicrous thing has occurred. It's only the hindsight novelty factor that keeps Hercules In New York relevant.

Pumping Iron (1977)

Arnold was a star long before Pumping Iron. He was at the peak of his craft. At 28 years old, he stood at 6'2, weighed 240lbs and was a six-time Mr Olympia winner. He retired on top.

The most alpha of males, Arnold sashays through the documentary. Whilst some of his fellow competitors look like circus strongmen, Arnold is a walking sculpture, the perfect blend of symmetry and balance. Even starring alongside a real-life superhero, the Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, he looks ginormous. The gap between his front teeth is the only chink in his man-made armour, but somehow he even turns that to his advantage.

The moment in which Schwarzenegger pops the loudest is in a moment of silence. As the documentary takes focus on the reigning champion, we are given a look behind the camera. A photo-shoot sets Arnold alight, as he poses and flexes in complete tranquillity. The only noise we are offered is that of the shutter, focusing our attention to the spectacle before us. In a film where some scenes feel uncomfortable to observe, at one point Arnold refers to Jesus as an inspiration for his legacy, this quiet moment of appreciation is a refreshing pause.

Conan The Barbarian (1982)

Refreshing pauses were seldom offered to us in the following years. Conan's story begins as 'a tale of sorrow', before the barely-dressed warrior embarks on a tale of revenge and retribution. Schwarzenegger's seductive ex-slave possesses superior sword skills, spinning, slashing and slaying a plethora of barbaric nasties.

At the film's most glorious, Conan and his collaborator take a stand against the villainous cavalry. With axe in hand and horns on head, Conan cleaves and slices. Though his weapon looks to be made out of foam and the enemies put up less effort than a pre-relegation Aston Villa, we are treated to a whirlwind of visual and verbal masculine aggression. What's more, we are given one of Arnold's earliest one-liners. In his first prayer, Conan asks his god to "grant me revenge, and if you do not listen, then to hell with you!" It's much better heard than read. This classic scene contained all the components that made his next breakout, muscle-bound feature such an enduring success.

The Terminator (1984)

It only took until 2029 for Arnold to hit the big time. James Cameron's "blazing, cinematic comic-book" (Variety's words) was the perfect vehicle for an emerging Schwarzenegger, as his role would rely on his frame rather than his command of the English language. The Terminator's unmoving grimace removes the need to portray emotion or reaction, but it is a skill few could pull off with such menace. Schwarzenegger is perfect casting: when he loses his eyebrows, he cuts the figure of a stone-cold killing machine.

The opening moments in the present day focus on a trash collector. Electric bolts awaken the workman from his boredom-induced coma, fizzing and zapping around him. They rally to a crescendo of light, producing a figure curled up in a foetal position. This figure is the T-800, a stark-naked Arnold; we see his arse before his face. He rises like the phoenix, striding into the light without a flicker of disorientation or embarrassment. We are slapped with a shady silhouette of his flapping member as he approaches a gang of ruffians, led by a young Bill Paxton, before he utters the now immortal phrase: "Your clothes: give them to me."

The T-800 swats one lackie away, before his jacked right arm lifts another overhead. This loiterer comes down without his heart, Cameron's camera hovering on Arnold's deep red, clutching hand. The T-800 is an instant threat, legitimately scary throughout, but it is in this brutal opening that he feels most deadly. It's not just Orwell who made 1984 special...

Commando (1985)

After playing a travelling god, a rugged caveman and a killer robot, Arnold was refreshed as a loving and devoted father. As John Martix, Schwarzenegger is a family man and a killing machine. These would come to represent the two sides of Schwarzenegger's coin: his films often worked best when the two went hand-in-hand. On screen he would mow down enemies with bullets and grenades, and later help his fictional daughter with her algebra homework. What a sweetheart.

And yet, in a film where hundreds of henchmen bite the dust, it is in his role as 'dedicated father' where he is the most impressive. Matrix had left his commando days behind, now taking care of his daughter, living a reclusive existence. Almost immediately, Schwarzenegger ripples; close-ups of his veined arms and chest are all too close, but remind the audience that Stallone is a boy scout in comparison. Arnold saunters toward the camera, carrying a huge tree on his shoulder like it’s a week's laundry. Schwarzenegger doesn't finish there. Not only does he handle the log like it's a twirling baton, he finishes the testosterone fest by turning it into kindling. A guy's got to keep that fire burning.

Predator (1987)

While Commando would eventually snowball into a cult classic, Schwarzenegger's following feature would prove the key to stardom. Even before Schwarzenegger stepped foot in the jungle, he met a fellow goliath. As Arnold's pumped-up mercenary Dutch is being briefed on his mission, a lone figure, sitting at a distant table, interjects. That figure is Apollo Cre… Carl Weathers; a man whose size and wit will match Schwarzenegger's all the way.

"Dillon!" Dutch gasps with childlike glee, before grounding his joy with the deprecating: "You son of a bitch." As Dutch and Dillon stride toward one another, their formidable forearms recoil before colliding into the most powerful handshake in cinematic history. The camera shifts focus from their gleaming smirks to the strained embrace. One second turns into five, the embrace morphing into competition, each man fighting in this mid-air arm wrestle. Five seconds turns to ten - the tension grows thick as Arnold toys with his rival. This contest lasts a full twenty seconds - twenty long, facial-hair-inducing seconds.

We may never recover from a scene that powerful.

The film soon hurtles into contact with the titular chameleon with barely chance to catch its breath. This lazer-toting, extra-terrestrial assassin is Arnold's ultimate nemesis, even down to the maniacal cackle. But, not even a foe this deadly could create a scene with the power of that handshake. Even in the film that popularised the full body mud-pack, the ass-kicking action and tension-mounting drama relies on the introduction Weathers and Schwarzenegger offer.

This theme would follow our Austrian actor. His greatest muscle-bound moments would come early, as an introduction, setting the tone and character in motion. As his career developed, Arnold proved he was much more than just unisex eye-candy, developing his aesthetic allure into real Hollywood charisma. Arnold would come to blossom in attracting a younger market, mixing action roles in Terminator 2 and Total Recall with Kindergarten Cop and Junior. Not only did Kindergarten Cop have no right to be as good as it is, but Arnold had no right to be so enjoyable to watch. His size became a point of contrast rather than one of awe, towering over others without menace but humour. He became his own character, a phenomenon for a reason beyond his look. He became the epitome of the American Dream, persevering and succeeding more than anyone thought he could. The ex-army tank driver would go on to ask in Junior, "Does my body disgust you?" and later become the Governor of California.

We've had some shallow fun, picking through Arnold's early years for his most outrageous muscle flexes. But it's worth remembering that Schwarzenegger's story is one of success through a lot of hard work and perseverence.

I'm just going to leave this here in case you feel motivated; I know I do...

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Announcement trailer for Conan Exiles

FunCom is set to take us back to the Hyborian Age this summer with Conan Exiles, an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian. Take a look at the announcement trailer here…

You are an exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for themselves in a barbaric wasteland swept by terrible sandstorms and besieged on every side by enemies. Here you must fight to survive, build and dominate.

Early Access on Conan Exiles is set for summer 2016, with a full PC and console launch to follow.
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Preview of King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1

Ahead of its release next week, Dark Horse has debuted a preview of King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1, which we have for you here; click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…

King Conan grows weary of the crown. When an old soldier visits him with talk of a cursed relic and rumors of Pictish tribes preparing a full-scale invasion on Aquilonia’s borders, Conan eagerly embarks on what could be his final adventure! A fan-favorite team expands on Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Wolves beyond the Border” tale!

King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1 is out on December 23rd, priced $3.99.
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A Riddle Of Steel: The Definitive History of Conan the Barbarian

As a massive Conan fan, I for one welcome a new feature length documentary digging into the story behind one of the most indelible characters of 20th century literature and film - Robert E. Howard’s Cimmerian warrior/king Conan!

For the last several months, with no financier or distribution in place, independent Canadian filmmakers Mark Hussey, Isaac Elliott-Fisher and Randall Lobb have been quietly making A Riddle of Steel: The Definitive History of Conan the Barbarian, a film that takes a detailed look at genesis and legacy of everyone's favorite barbarian.

“I’ve been a huge fan of everything Conan since I was a kid kicking around in our local used bookstore and first saw those amazing Frazetta covers from the Lancer paperbacks,” says write [Continued ...]
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Robert E. Howard’s Conan The Barbarian, Kull And Other Creations Acquired By Fredrik Malmberg

Robert E. Howard’s Conan The Barbarian, Kull And Other Creations Acquired By Fredrik Malmberg
Exclusive: Fredrik Malmberg, who for years was the Hollywood face of Swedish company Paradox Entertainment’s campaign to turn Robert E. Howard properties Conan, Kull The Conqueror, Solomon Kane and others into features, has reconnected with all those properties. Malmberg, who last year left the company after 15 years to hatch the producing shingle Cabinet Entertainment, has acquired Paradox Entertainment Inc in a stock deal. Between the purchase of assets and the…
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Watch: 45-Minute Doc 'Conan the Barbarian: Unchained' With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oliver Stone, & More

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to make his next non-“Expendables” franchise return to the big screen on July 1st with “Terminator: Genisys.” However, before the future Governator ever went back in time to kill Sarah Connor, he hefted a great sword in another epic '80s — and later — franchise. That series, of course, is "Conan," and it all began with 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian.” (Interesting side note — the first "Conan" film fared better at the box office than the first “Terminator” flick…and also the last “Expendables” outing.) Schwarzenegger’s first big franchise role — and the one that really catapulted him to wide renown (yes, “Hercules in New York,” I know) — Conan was and is a muscle-bound, sword-toting fantasy hero created by Robert E. Howard in the early 1930s. Schwarzenegger was unfamiliar with the character when producers Edward Summer and Edward R. Pressman first approached him about the film,
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Red Sonja Prepares For Action Again

Red Sonja Prepares For Action Again
She's been wandering in the wilderness for a good few years, but Red Sonja has just returned to her previous home at studio Millennium / Nu Image. Development has started over on a new Sonja movie, with up-and-coming writer Christopher Cosmos set to work on the screenplay.Sonja, is sort of a Robert E. Howard creation like Conan The Barbarian, but actually has more to do with Roy Thomas' Conan comics for Marvel. Howard's Red Sonya of Rogatino doesn't inhabit the same world or time period as Conan and doesn't wear a chain-mail bikini; it was Thomas that revamped her as the amazon sword-maiden we now recognise. She was previously embodied onscreen by Brigitte Nielsen in 1985, with Arnold Schwarzenegger also on-hand as the all-but Conan Prince Kalidor. Twenty-odd years later, Sonja reared her crimson head again, in a projected film that was to star Rose McGowan, with Robert Rodriguez producing and
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The Legend of Conan looking to shoot in the Spring

Arnold Schwarzenegger is busy reprising his signature role as The Terminator in the Alan Taylor-helmed reboot Terminator: Genesis, after which it seems he’ll be returning to another of his past glories as Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Cimmerian in The Legend of Conan. According to producer Fredrik Malmberg, the script should be finished in September, with a view to shooting the long-awaited third instalment in the sword and sandals fantasy series next Spring.

“We’ll probably have this turned in around September after the holiday and then we’ll take it to the studio and if they’re happy, we can hopefully start (production) in the Spring (2015),” Malmberg tells The Arnold Fans. “Arnold wants that. I would like that and I know everyone from the studio side would like that but it’s all in the script. We need to get the script where it’s right and ready to go.
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Love Always: Sybil Danning

Introducing “Love Always,” a new recurring feature in which we pay tribute to the women who helped shape our views on pop culture.

To kick things off, we’re going to pay a birthday tribute to one of the greatest queens of action cinema. Sybil Danning‘s career has spanned over 40 years, covering every genre of film imaginable, and wears her “B Movie Queen” title as a badge of honor. Through it all, she’s kept a sense of humor, a fierce determination, and an uncanny ability to cut through the bullshit of Hollywood.

I fell in love with her charms as a boy, and will always look forward to what she has to offer. Here are ten reasons why I will Love Always … Sybil Danning.

Her Lgbt Support

Back in 2009, Sybil starred in the final season of the Here TV gay-themed supernatural series The Liar as vampire seductress Frau Von Hess,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals More 'The Legend of Conan' Details

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals More 'The Legend of Conan' Details
While The Legend of Conan still has a long road ahead before production starts, star Arnold Schwarzenegger, screenwriter Andrea Berloff, producer Fredrik Malmberg and original Conan The Barbarian star Sven-Ole Thorsen (Thorgrim) recently spoke about this highly-anticipated sequel with ArnoldFans.com.

The plot takes place several years after Conan The Barbarian, with the title character getting back into action as he must fight to keep his throne, and live up to his own legend. The 66-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that age doesn't mean anything to him, and he's looking forward to getting back into action on the set.

"Conan is very much alive. Age doesn't mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact. At night I work out with weights, and in the morning I do cardiovascular training. So for me, to get on the set and
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Producer Hopes 'The Legend Of Conan' With Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Kickstart A New Trilogy

Fredrik Malmberg, the CEO of Paradox Entertainment, a company that currently holds the rights to the "Conan the Barbarian" franchise (originally created by pulp author Robert E. Howard), claims that the new 'Conan' movie, which is slated to star Arnold Schwarzenegger in the iconic role he made famous back in 1982, will actually/hopefully be the first part of a new trilogy. Good lord that's a lot of Conan!"We have a great story," Malmberg told The Arnold Fans (via Total Film). "Everyone loves it. This is a role that’s perfect for [Arnold] and he’s very involved with the whole Universal team. It’s the best team they have. Arnold has been very instrumental to bringing this together saying, ‘We gotta make a good Conan!’"Apparently the new film will disregard both the sequel, "Conan the Destroyer," which also starred Schwarzenegger, and 2011's abysmal remake. What it can't disregard,
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Fun In The Sun And Sand - With Monsters - In This 'Age Of Conan: Unchained' Expansion Trailer

Go forth and fight in the vast, Stygian wastes and claim the loot that awaits in the "Secrets of the Dragon's Spine" expansion from Funcom.

The new expansion will take players into Sepulcher of the Wyrm dungeon in the Funcom Mmo as the first free update since December's "Winter Solstice" pack. The update brings a 6v6 PvP minigame to the free-to-play Mmo set in the Robert E. Howard "Conan" universe, along with new locations, quests, and music.

You can check out the trailer below:

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Wants To Treat 'Conan' Sequel Like '300'

Arnold Schwarzenegger's next movie is called "The Last Stand," but don't let the title trick you into thinking this is the action legend's final big-screen appearance. He has numerous projects in varying stages of development, such as "The Legend of Conan," Schwarzenegger's third attempt at bringing the Robert E. Howard creation to life.

"I'm excited too, because I've been hyping that idea to Universal Studios for quite some time," Schwarzenegger told MTV News during the "Last Stand" junket when we told him about our hopes for the next "Conan" movie. And in his eyes, it's not good enough to just lop off some heads and limbs and call it a day — the next "Conan" needs much more substance than that.

"The important thing with Conan is to make it into an A-movie, to treat it like a '300,' any of those good movies, rather than a B-action movie,
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Beyond Fright – Can You Believe These Were All Saturday Morning Cartoons?!

Several months ago, I was working on a movie review of the Jim Carrey flick The Mask for the Amoeba website movie blog “Movies We Like”. (I’d link to it, but my review section over there is currently down. Here is the link for future reference though!) As I was revisiting the movie and prepping my review, I suddenly had a vague memory of a cartoon version of The Mask. Hmm… a quick You Tube search later confirmed it. There was in fact a cartoon of The Mask and not only that, but Ace Ventura too. Not only was there a cartoon for two different Jim Carrey movies, but there was even an episode of The Mask in which Ace Ventura was the guest star!?! On a whim, I typed in Dumb And Dumber into You Tube and to my shock, there was a cartoon version of that too!
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Arnie Returning For The Legend Of Conan

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Ever since he left politics, Schwarzenegger has been lining work up like there is no tomorrow, the lastest of course 'The Legend Of Conan'. Deadline reports that the actor, who starred in 1982's 'Conan the Barbarian' and in 1984's 'Conan the Destroyer', will reprise his role as the Cimmerian warrior in The Legend of Conan, a new Robert E. Howard adaptation in the works from Universal Pictures. The movie will ignore the reboot from last year and 'Conan The Destroyer', so it will take up right where the first left off, with Conan sitting on his throne, but what has he been doing from then till now? Producer Frederik Malmberg has said this about the movie, “It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing
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