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August 19, 2013 | By Richard Verrrier
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back -- in Bulgaria. The action star and former governor of California, who championed filming in the state, is returning to Bulgaria to shoot the third installment in the "Expendables" franchise. Lionsgate and Millennium Films said principal photography on "The Expendables 3" began Monday in Bulgaria, where the second movie about an elite group of mercenaries was also filmed. The production will once again be based at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, taking advantage of Bulgaria's low-cost and non-union crews.
August 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Cutting California's car tax was a signature issue when Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned to oust Gray Davis from the governor's office in 2003. In one of his best-known stunts, he dropped a wrecking ball on an Oldsmobile and told the crowd, "hasta la vista, car tax," echoing the actor's famous line from "Terminator 2. " Now a former top aide, Susan Kennedy, is sharing some second thoughts about how the controversial issue was handled, which has cost the state billions of dollars a year in lost revenue.
August 11, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is embroiled in potentially costly lawsuit over a Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger-era real estate deal gone bad. At the center of the legal battle is the Golden State Portfolio, a collection of 11 state office buildings, including two in downtown Los Angeles, that Schwarzenegger agreed to sell to investors for $2.3 billion before leaving office at the end of 2010. Schwarzenegger launched the deal to help fill a $25-billion deficit in the recession-racked state budget.
June 28, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Insert “I'll be back” joke here. With Paramount reviving the blockbuster “Terminator” movie series (through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions) to deliver a new stand-alone trilogy of killer-cyborg-from-the-future films beginning in June 2015, Hollywood watchers and fans of the franchise have remained fixated on a blast from the past: Will Arnold Schwarzenegger return to reprise his role as an unstoppable T-800 in the new movies? To be sure, the former Governator attached himself to a previous “Terminator” reboot two years ago with “Fast & Furious 6” filmmaker Justin Lin in the director's chair.
June 27, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Today is June 27, which means that it will be exactly two years (minus one day) before a new “Terminator” movie comes out. At least that's the countdown we can begin this afternoon, after Paramount announced a date for the reboot of the franchise as June 26, 2015. The studio made its involvement official after months of reports that it was aboard to produce and release the film. Over the past 29 years, four “Terminator” films had been created, along with legal drama that was almost as bloody.
June 26, 2013 | James Rainey and Mark Z. Barabak
The vibe had to feel familiar to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Crowds flocked to his nationwide tour. A head of state staged a joint photo op, then sat for a little policy chitchat over breakfast. "Buff, bronzed and presidential" one news site declared of California's erstwhile governator, adding that he "has his sights set on the Oval Office. " There's no chance of that right now, owing to the constitutional ban on immigrants becoming president. Still, Schwarzenegger's recent environmental tour reanimated, in a small way, the elation of 2003, when he swept into the governor's office in an unprecedented recall election.
May 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Tim Lambesis, the heavy metal rocker from the group As I Lay Dying, who was arrested on suspicion of trying to hire a hit-man to kill his estranged wife, has been attempting to "crowd-fund" to raise money for his side project, Austrian Death Machine . Lambesis, 32, arrested Tuesday in Oceanside, is in the midst of a divorce. He was arrested after he allegedly asked an undercover San Diego County sheriff's detective, posing as a hit man for hire, to kill his wife, who lives in Encinitas.
May 1, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, California's most, ah, colorful former first couple, were back in the news this week. On Tuesday, using his own life as an example of the American Dream, Schwarzenegger argued for immigration reform during a panel discussion at his USC institute. Also Tuesday, Shriver announced she'd return to NBC as a special anchor focusing on women's issues. Which raises the question: Whose reinvention is working out better? Since leaving office in 2011 and being forced to reveal he had fathered a child with his family housekeeper, Schwarzenegger has tried to return to his former life as a cartoonish action hero.
April 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Los Angeles firefighters responded Tuesday to a small fire in a USC office that was quickly extinguished, officials said. Firefighters were called to a fourth-floor office in Vivian Hall about 9:40 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. A sprinkler system held the fire in check, and crews were able to fully douse the flames in less than 10 minutes. USC staff had evacuated the building before the firefighters arrived, Humphrey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or estimate of damage.
April 30, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Arnold Schwarzenegger uses his own improbable rise from bodybuilder to action hero to California governor as an argument for immigration reform. As a teenager in his native Austria, Schwarzenegger saw the United States as the only place he could achieve his outsized dreams. The 11 million immigrants now in the country illegally are not so different from his younger self, he told an audience Tuesday at the USC think tank that bears his name. "These are all very hardworking people.
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