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Arnold Schwarzenegger Uses Conan’s Sword To Condemn Capitol Attacks

Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a video posted to his Twitter, showed off his Conan the Barbarian sword in response to the recent events at the U.S. Capitol. When congress convened on Wednesday, January 6 to certify the electoral college results, Trump supporters arrived en masse to oppose the certification. Things quickly turned violent when they stormed the Capitol building in what many are calling an attempted coup. The political world has been upended by these events and Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has responded.

Schwarzenegger, a former action star turned governor of California, waded into politics in earnest in the late-90s. He was elected governor of California in 2003 and served as governor until 2011. Prior to his political career, Schwarzenegger was known for his action stardom. One of his most recognizable roles is in 1983 film Conan the Barbarian where he plays the titular character who seeks vengeance for his parents’ death at the hands of a mysterious cult leader, played by James Earl Jones. Plans for a revival with Schwarzenegger never came to fruition, but there is still talk of a television show happening.

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One of Conan’s main weapons is his iconic sword and Schwarzenegger evokes that in his video on Twitter in which he responds to the events at the Capitol. Schwarzenegger says of the sword that, the more it is tempered, the more strength it gathers. The former governor compares the sword to American democracy, saying that, like the sword, the more it is beaten, the stronger it becomes.

Conan’s sword is an important part of the character’s repertoire. In the film’s climax, Conan uses his father’s broken sword to behead his final enemy. Schwarzenegger’s comparison of Conan’s sword to American democracy is a nice little callback for any fan of Conan the Barbarian, but it ultimately fails to resonate. Conan’s sword, while used for justice for Conan’s parents, is a tool of violence. Schwarzenegger’s metaphor disregards that.

The response to what happened at the Capitol on Wednesday has been varied. Celebrities began speaking out about it rather quickly, rightfully condemning the horrifying acts. Schwarzenegger may have more insight than many for he has been an active politician for nearly the past two decades. Still, the unprecedented terrorist attack on the Capitol can not be boiled down into mere metaphor and, unfortunately, Conan the Barbarian would’ve been unable to stop it anyway.

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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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