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How The True Lies Show Connects To Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1994 Movie

The box office hit of 1994, True Lies, is now being made into a television series. The film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis as Harry and Helen Tasker. To his family, Harry worked in computer sales, but he was actually a spy. Helen worked as a legal secretary and was raising their daughter, but she wanted more excitement than her suburban life. She got more than she bargained for when Harry and Helen were kidnapped, and she found out her husband was a spy.

Reboots are very popular in Hollywood. The Halloween franchise recently got rebooted. The Jurassic World reboot movies recently came to their conclusion. Karate Kid got the TV treatment for its reboot, Cobra Kai, which is also nearing its end. The Lord of the Rings also got made into a prequel TV series that has only just started. Studios feel like it’s a safe bet to use established IP. It has worked to varying degrees.

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CBS’s True Lies Show Is A Reboot Of The 1994 Movie

Harry and Helen embrace in True Lies

On the surface, CBS’s True Lies series resembles the original. Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga are playing Harry and Helen Tasker. Even Harry’s friend and colleague has the same name Gib, originally played by Tom Arnold and now by Omar Benson Miller. There are a lot of callbacks to the original, but showrunner Matt Nix has updated the original story for a modern audience, which makes True Lies a reboot.

As with watching many things from the 90s, there are problematic things that were deemed acceptable at the time. For example, while Jamie Lee Curtis’ striptease scene became iconic, it doesn’t resonate the same in 2023. Helen was only dancing for her husband, but she didn’t know that. Besides updating scenes like that, there are many opportunities for technological updates, too. 1994 True Lies director, James Cameron, is also on board as an executive producer, so there’s sure to be DNA from the original movie.

Why 1994’s True Lies Was Made Into A TV Show

True Lies TV show poster

CBS is now making a bet on the True Lies IP almost three decades after the original film. However, this is not the first attempt to bring True Lies to the small screen. Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim developed an update in 2017 for FOX. There were even rumors about it being created for Disney+ in 2019. It’s hard to get a show on the air, so there are many reasons why these could have fallen through. Finally, Matt Nix and CBS were able to make it work.

The True Lies pilot takes the same direction as the film, but it does in about 43 minutes what the film does in about two and a half hours. The series wants to focus more on Helen and Harry working together as agents, so the pilot is primarily there to get them to that point. The movie only briefly showed the couple working together during the end credits. This makes more sense for a TV show and a reboot. Remaking the film exactly how it was for today’s audience doesn’t make sense. There are other problematic storylines to change on top of the striptease scene. It can still capture the action and comedy but with a more modernized take.

True Lies premiers on Wednesday at 10 pm ET on CBS and streaming on Paramount +.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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