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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s First TV Show Could Save His Action Career

Arnold Schwarzenegger will front his first TV series with Netflix’s Utap, which just might save his action career. After becoming Governor of California in 2003, Schwarzenegger obviously had little time for acting. Among his fans, there was much excitement over his return with 2013’s action thriller The Last Stand, but his comeback quickly ran out of steam. Projects seemingly tailor made for the screen legend such as Sabotage bombed, while his team-up with former rival Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan was only a modest success. Even his return as the T-800 in both Terminator Genisys and Dark Fate – where his role should have been a surprise – proved disappointing.

Arnie hasn’t fronted a movie since the latter 2019 sequel, but his next big project will be Utap, a Netflix-exclusive action comedy series. While the star had guest roles on shows like The Streets of San Francisco early on in his career, Utap will mark his first time starring in a live-action series. The premise of Utap is that a veteran CIA agent (Schwarzenegger) comes to learn his daughter (played by Top Gun: Maverick’s Monica Barbaro) is also a secret CIA operative. They realized their whole relationship is a lie, and have to get to know each other while also working together. While Arnie hasn’t had a major hit in many years, Utap could be the project that turns that around. It will combine his talent for both comedy and action, and in addition to appealing to his fans, it can introduce new viewers to Arnold’s action movies.

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Utap Could Reinvent Schwarzenegger’s Career

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate

During Arnie’s movie star heyday, actors of his stature simply didn’t do television – ever. During the ’90s he was earning huge paydays for expensive blockbusters like Total Recall or Last Action Hero, and the separation between movie and TV actors was pronounced. That slowly started to evolve in later years when actors like George Clooney jumped from E.R. to films like Ocean’s Eleven, and now stars like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts or Nicole Kidman often front miniseries too.

With films like The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger found himself in a strange place. He was once one of the biggest film stars in the world, but the kind of blockbusters that defined his career were no longer in vogue. Even quoting some of his famous lines during cameos in The Expendables movies resulted in groans instead of laughter, as they felt like an embarrassing parody. Utap has the potential to show audiences a different side of his persona, where he gets to develop a character over eight episodes. It will no doubt feature callbacks to his most famous roles, but if it can move away from parody and present audiences with a different kind of Schwarzenegger character, it just might give him a late-career comeback.

Utap Sure Sounds Like A True Lies Remake

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies

Utap has no direct ties to Arnie’s past movies, but the setup makes it sound like a True Lies remake. Just like that 1994 James Cameron blockbuster, he plays a spy who has had to conceal his identity from his family – until his two worlds suddenly collide. It’s doubtful a True Lies 2 will ever happen, but Utap is leaning towards the same premise. Strengthening this link is the fact True Lies co-star Tom Arnold will play a guest role on Utap too. Ultimately, the show’s success will depend on Arnie’s chemistry with onscreen daughter Monica Barbaro, but hopefully, it will make a new chapter in the star’s action career.

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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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