September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In 2005, California voters spanked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, rejecting a series of ballot measures he had promoted to change state government and shake up the public education system. A year later, he won reelection in a blowout. No two campaigns are ever alike. Indeed, Schwarzenegger took office under remarkable circumstances - a snap recall election - and may be remembered as much for his shtick (calling balky lawmakers “girlie-men,” for instance) as anything he accomplished in Sacramento.
August 16, 2012 |
After Sylvester Stallone's whirlwind week of promotion that included appearances on both coasts, one could only imagine the energy it took for him to put on a cheerful face at"The Expendables 2 " premiere Wednesday night in Hollywood. The actor, whose eldest son, Sage, died just over a month ago, looked exhausted. But the 66-year-old who appeared dapper in a dark suit flanked by his supportive family did not shy away from his adoring fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard opposite Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
August 10, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before wondering where in the heck did our summer go? The Skinny : Today we take a peek at projections for the weekend movie box office, Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen, DreamWorks' plans for an entertainment district in Shanghai, NBC's fast start on advertising sales for the 2014 Olympics, and a bizarre incident Thursday in Nantucket, Mass., involving Deadline owner Jay Penske. And, oh yeah, three days until Joe Flint gets back from vacation.
August 8, 2012 |
There is something about these balmy evenings - one of the few benefits of the August heat - that makes the idea of seeing a movie outside unexpectedly appealing. So pack a picnic, bring the beverage of your choice and head to Cinespia's Saturday night screening of"The Terminator"under the stars at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The slick, James Cameron 1984 original starts at 8:30 p.m., but it's a kick to come early and wander the grounds looking for headstones of the likes of Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks and John Huston.
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August 2, 2012 |
The University of Southern California and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday announced a partnership to establish a think tank that will seek bipartisan solutions to environmental problems, economic policy, political reform and other public policy issues. The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy will be funded with a commitment of $20 million from the former governor that will include a personal donation as well as money from his fundraising efforts.
July 30, 2012 |
Arnold Schwarzenegger turns 65 today, but Maria Shriver might be the one who needs a birthday present: One of their properties, a sprawling ranch in Carpinteria, reportedly has "bad energy" for Maria, and it just won't sell. The place has been on the market privately since January, and even though Shriver is reportedly prepared to take a loss on it, no buyer is coming forward. Bummer. “Maria's a very spiritual person and she doesn't want any negativity in her life, especially after everything she went through, so she just wants it gone from her life,” a cosmically concerned source told RadarOnline , adding: “However, they just can't seem to sell and she's getting increasingly frustrated - it's one of her last remaining links to Arnold and she just wants to move on.” The former governator and now-estranged wife paid $4.7 million for the 25-acre property in the exclusive Rancho Monte Alegre project, The Times reported in 2008, agreeing to a number of restrictions on what could be built there.
May 10, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's lackluster apology for reportedly bullying a fellow high school student (who many classmates believed was gay) reminds me of what Arnold Schwarzenegger said when he was running for governor in 2003 and the Los Angeles Times wrote stories detailing accusations that he touched women in a sexual manner without their consent. “Yes, I have behaved badly sometimes,” he said before a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally. “Yes, it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets, and I have done things that were not right, which I thought then was playful.
May 9, 2012
Re "GOP, take down that small tent," Opinion, May 6 I witnessed a most surreal moment in 2006 as a staffer on former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's reelection campaign. At the California Republican Party convention, there was a debate about whether to withdraw the GOP's endorsement of this sitting Republican governor. My mother's voice rang loudly in my ears - "Don't cut your nose off to spite your face" - as I listened to some party leaders argue that they would rather surrender the veto pen than tolerate the appointment of a Democrat as chief of staff.
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April 18, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Surely it was just a casual throwaway line. Regardless, Gov. Jerry Brown deserves to have it thrown back at him. There are too many things that rub wrong - even rankle - about the governor scolding the Legislature to "man up" and cut state services. First, unlike when Brown was governor the first time in the '70s, the Legislature today is 28% female. (Back then, 8% tops.) Are the women of the Legislature supposed to man up too? Just a throwaway thought. Second, there seems to be something inappropriate about proclaiming that it's manly to cut services for the politically weak: poor welfare moms striving to become self-sufficient and old disabled people who need help at home so they can avoid costly nursing homes.
March 8, 2012 |
By Newt Gingrich's telling, President Obama is a secular socialist running the most radical administration in U.S. history - a weakling abroad and a threat to the religious freedom of pious Christians at home. Gingrich's portrayal of Obama is a staple of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. On Thursday, the former House speaker distilled his case in a blistering string of accusations that opened his day of campaigning in Mississippi, where bashing Obama is catnip to Republicans.