is a 1994 action comedy film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tom Arnold. The film was a huge hit, and is noteworthy in that it featured visual special effects considered impossible
only a few years prior. It's been 20 years since it was released
. Time for a revisit, then. [SPOILERS if you haven't seen this movie.] [more inside]
has been gaining in popularity since Barack Obama stopped by
to answer questions last August. Yesterday Bill Gates
showed up to talk about his charity work and his global concerns; earlier in the week, journalist Matt Taibbi
explained why breaking up the banks should be the Holy Grail for activists, and The Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde
talked about why he hopes TPB dies soon. Dan Rather
fielded questions via video recordings
, while Arnold Schwarzenegger
preferred to write his answers down
(warning: kind of illegible). In the last month alone, three members of the House of Representatives showed up – Jim McGovern
(MA), Jared Polis
(CO), and Zoe Lofgren
(CA). Meanwhile, actor Dante Basco
admitted he had a crush on Emmy Rossum while she was doing a simultaneous AMA
; needless to say, Redditors mentioned it to her
, resulting in an adorably awkward exchange between the two.
The shorter wit and wisdom of Arnold Schwarzenegger
- highlights from his autobiography 'Total Recall'
The greatest hits
from Arnold Schwarzenegger commentary track for 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines'. SLYT, Possibly NSFW, previous
Here's me Arnold Schwarzenegger riding towards the screen...
, and now you've got it: dvd commentary on Total Recall - Arnold giving you his insight into everything that you can see happening on the screen in front of you. ("Ow. That hurt.")
Why is the Planet Fitness chain of health clubs trying to alienate people who love to work out? [Via Slate.com]
"Maybe you've seen the one where a greased up Schwarzenegger-type swaggers through the gym repeating the mantra, "I pick things up and put them down.
" Or the one where another "lunk"—that's what Planet Fitness calls these sorts of people—struggles to tie his shoes
. A third shows a screaming gym buffoon as he fills out a membership application, flexing and making sound effects
as if he's maxing out on the squat rack. "Not his planet, yours," reads the tag line."
Smilin Stan Lee, co-creator of everyone from Spider-Man to Striperella
, is teaming up with Arnold Schwarzenegger for a comic and cartoon called The Governator
. According to the article, Athe Governator will have a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of “Super Suits” that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains — including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short).
There's an excerpt
on the EW site. Excelsior!
Veto is a four-letter word (google quickview, here's the PDF)
:.Governor Schwarzenegger of California, at odds
with the state legislature but ever the poet, vetoes Assembly Bill 1176
with a nice little acrostic
On Tuesday, July 28
, Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated 100% of California domestic violence shelters' state funding. Ninety-four shelters
will be affected, and the cut may lead to domestic violence victims being turned away because of a decrease in the number of staff available, a cut in programs, or shelter closure
asks California residents to contact Schwarzenegger and their state legislators and request that the funding be reinstated.
Stalin's Secret Weapon - a Russian hobbyist's terminator-esque diorama
painstakingly constructed from military action figures. (Via buzz
I will always have been back.
The precise nature of time travel in the Terminator universe has been the subject of griping from philosophy-trained bloggers
and whole anthologies by academic philosophers
. Despite valiant attempts, including this thorough assessment
from M. Joseph Young's exhaustive Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies
, there has never been a truly satisfying unraveling of the twisted Terminator continuity. The knot has now been cut.
Commando is the best film ever
Director Mark Lester walks us through his Opus over at Screen Junkies.
Wired.com is really pimping the Terminator franchise
right now. With the success of the television series
and the upcoming fourth installment
hitting the big screens at the end of May, is the continuing appeal simply science fiction geekdom or is the concept really a deep philosophical metaphor
? [more inside]
Watching Conan the Barbarian with Arnold
- DVD commentary track highlights (SLYT)
California's Governor Seeks Universal Care:
Under a plan
by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California would become the largest state to attempt to provide
near universal health coverage.
"I can absolutely understand why Brazil is devoted to my favorite body part - the ass
." Alternately cringe inducing & hilarious clip of California's national shame Arnold Schwarzenegger down in Rio in the late 70s, groping the dancers and making obscene (and obscenely awkward) passes at his co-hosts. link goes to embedded quicktime video
Amend for Arnold & Jen
(found on linkfilter) is a site trying to start up one of them "grassroots movements" to amend the Constitution of the United States, in order to allow naturalized citizens, those who were not born in the U.S. but have since become citizens, the possibility of holding the office of President. But not just out of a sense of social justice; primarily, it's to clear the way for an Arnold Schwarzenegger presidential campaign. (Or one for Jennifer Granholm... heh, whoever that
It should be noted, for whatever it's worth, that Wikipedia's entry for Granholm
states that she cares "not a whit" for running for president. Of special note are the slogans
the AFA (gasp, not AFA&J?!?!
) people cooked up to advance their cause, "Amend US
," "Give 10 to Amend
," and "Tell Your Friends 2 Amend
." Because let's face it: if you voted for ol' Schwarzy, you're probably a little more susceptible to catchphrases than the average bear, hm? Oh I'm know I'm gonna catch it for that one.
So bad it's good, the Governator's
1985 film Commando
was not going to win any Oscars®
that's for sure. But at least it spawned a page of tortuous songs written by fans
. Coral cached in case it dies, obligatory YTMD link.
Dershowitz and The Governator.
Long time sparring partners Alan Dershowitz
and Norman Finkelstein
are at it again, arguing over the publication of the latter's new book
. Only this time, Dershowitz tried to call in the big guns.
Happy 420 day!
Although many have (wrongly
) believed that 420 had something to do with police code relating to marijuana offenses or 4/20 being the dates that Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrisson, and John Belushi died; this infamous number really was simply the time that several San Rafael high school students would meet after school to get baked.
Dreaming Arnold Schwarzenegger
An Exploration into the Structure of Web Presentations. If there’s a funner Schwarzenegger site, tell me about it.
Now there's a time but I say none like now:
After the eastern cantilever span of the Oakland-Bay Bridge collapsed
in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
, CalTrans engineers recommended replacing it
with a cable-stayed bridge
. The estimated cost was roughly 1 billion and would be completed in 2003--that is, until the Mayors Brown got involved.
Then-SF-Mayor Willie Brown objected to the new design
, saying the abutment at Yerba Buena island would interfere with his planned condominium development. Brown coaxed the Navy--who owned the land on which the foundation would be built--into preventing CalTrans from performing soil-engineering tests, saying the new bridge wasn't safe, making references to other bridge disasters
, and interviewing engineers all over the Bay Area until he finally found one who agreed with him.
Jerry Brown--former governor of California
and current mayor of Oakland--voiced his opposition
, calling the design a "bland viaduct" and proposing an international competition to design "a world-class bridge." When CalTrans told Brown his objections were a year late, he dug up an old Frank Lloyd Wright design
and asked CalTrans, "Say, can we put trains on it, too?"
The delays and design changes have increased the cost to over five billion, and its completion date is anyone's guess. According to Governor Schwartzenegger,
this is the Bay Area's problem, not California's. (Fine then! Can we have our water back?)
Fifteen years, two audits, and one angry architect
later, the questions remain: how and by whom will this new bridge be funded, what
will it look like, and will it be finished
when the The Big One
CNN reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to sue Bosley Bobbers
seeking to stop
production of a charity bobblehead
The doll shows the former action-actor turned Governor of
California posing in a business suit, ammo belt and assault rifle.
Arnold is arguing that he owns the marketing rights to his
likeness. The creators argue that he lost those rights when he became a
political figure. However, this seems to be a repeat of Hustler
. And courts lately have been skeptical of trademark
satire. On the other hand, there seems to be a fine line between editorial use and commercial exploitation.
In Feb. 8, 2002 I posted a link hoping Arnie's movie career would keep him too busy to become governor. Twenty-one months later he took office, (obviously I was being tongue-in-cheek, I had no idea it would actually happen). It seems he has his sights set pretty high.
California voters recall Gov. Gray Davis 55-45 percent
and elect Arnold Schwarzenegger with 45 percent
of the replacement vote. That's where the money is in the Iowa Political Markets
for tomorrow's recall election. To see how well MetaFilter's pundits fare in predicting the results, I'm offering a bribe ...
It's not democracy if Republicans don't win!
After spending $1.6 million to save California, Darrell Issa tells Republicans to vote No on recall if it means a Democrat will win.
Don't just stand there - Bustamante!
Arnold Schwarzenegger would lose to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante by five precentage points if the election were held today, according to a Field Poll of likely voters released today. Margin of error: 4.5%. How useful are polls like this when there are so many undecided factors still floating about?
Poll tabs and analysis here. [PDF]
Warren Buffett endorses Schwarzenegger for CA Governor
That's an interesting development which reminds us that beyond the circus there actually may be a real election at stake.
Will the Governor of California be recalled?
Just 7 months after the election, the drive to recall California's Governor Davis is really building up steam. Helped in no small way by conservative Republican lawmaker Darryl Issa's
contributions to the cause and his website
about it. It will cost $25 million
and be decided in 1 off-season election if enough signatures are gathered.
Will it happen?
Is it a waste of money
? Will it result in chaos and a "free-for-all"
or will it be the sign of a healthy Democracy
a bronze sculpted bust of President Ronald Reagan that Arnold Schwarzenegger
commisioned.Did he get his money's worth?
Road to Demolition Man?
Arnie as California Gov? Thank goodness for T3 and True Lies 2....
Ah-nuld for Guv?
Right on the heels of Mr. Schwarzenegger musing on his political future
the (left-wing controlled?) press reveals all his dirty laundry. Coinicidence? You tell me...