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11 November 2010

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Movies, Games, Politics And Pot Talk, by Greg Tingle - 11th November 2010

G'day Hollywood, Aussiewood and internet entertainment news tragics. We're back with a huge entertainment and political news update on the The Governator - Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger. As tipped last week he will be back (in the movies). The rumors and hints have been around for over a year now, with Arnie often seen in public with action hero mate and Gambling911 - Media Man favorite, Sylvester Stallone, and who can forget his awesome performance in The Expendables. The Expendables 2 is on the cards and guess who is likely in store for more screen time. Media Man and Gambling911 one again take on the machines and even check out the "green stuff" in order to bring you this very special report...

The world is awaiting Arnie to make a full time-ish return to the movies. That's the buzz down under in Australia, be it at Bondi Beach, Fox Studios or out west, and from a growing number of the American public and Hollywood movie executives. Some passionate Arnie fans are even having bets with their mates on if he will return, how soon, and in what movies!

"I'll be back". Yeah, we know, you've heard it before, but this time it's on the cards and looking like a safe bet from all angles. Those close advise he's got the fire in the belly, much like the type Aussie gambling tycoon James Packer is enjoying now he's back in the television game.

Politically and in a business and all round timing aspect in makes good sense. Let's see, Arnie has recently embarked on his 'Farewell Tour' with a focus on the California valley region and he is quick to emphasise local focus and consultation.

Arnie is understood to be privately entertaining a number of Hollywood movie opportunities that has come his way, some of which also incorporate gaming deals, following The Terminator mindset of movie - game and other merchandise.

Schwarzenegger, now a great looking 63, doesn't appear to be after the job of U.S President. We mean, who the heck would want that job these days. His bio and CV is world class all the way and sports titles and attributes such as Mr Universe body builder champion, politician, environmental campaigner, movie star and philanthropist.

Hollywood types and political analysts say Arnie is about to lay his cards on the table and make another movie - a big movie deal announcement.

Long time mate and associate Stallone is understood to be assisting him with strategy (and sourcing the right opportunities), like The Expendables 2!

Veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman was happy to go on record with "People still love Arnold. He can choose whatever he wants. He's got nothing left to prove, all the money in the world and the world of choices available to him".

He teased us be announcing that he recently met with Terminator and Avatar director James Cameron, and would make some sort of an announcement soon!!!

Political Animal Unleashed...

The Republican "Governator" concluding his lucky 7 years in office with only a 22% popularity rating among Californians. Sounds like the sort of numbers Australia's Senator Stephen Conroy gets for popularity (Not - Borat speak). His star power and money making potential appears not damaged by his time in politics, which included some impressive and not so impressive happenings.

Schwarzenegger said on that he is glad Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational marijuana use in his state, was defeated - even though "no one cares if you smoke a joint or not."

Appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Schwarzenegger said "Proposition 19 went a little bit too far, I think."

"Propositions don't die because the idea is bad, it just dies because it is written wrong," he added.

Schwarzenegger said his decision to sign a bill last month that reduces the charge for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction hurt Prop. 19's chances.

"It makes possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction, which is like a speeding ticket. And no one cares if you smoke a joint or not," he told TV talk show host Leno.

Voters defeated Prop. 19 by a 54% to 46% margin.

Schwarzenegger endorsed the decisions of California voters on all the propositions, in fact, saying they did "an extraordinary job" on all of them.

Quizzed why he chose not to endorse either Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown for governor, Schwarzenegger, a Republican, joked that he "couldn't understand the accent," before adding: "I just wanted to stay out of it."

He politely declined to tell Leno who he voted for.

"I think that's private," he said. "This is between myself and the person Maria tells me to vote for.", which got a bit of a chuckle from the live audience.

Schwarzenegger said he would have fond memories of governing the state.

"I wish it wasn't over," he said. "It was one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. Working for the people of California really was a great pleasure for me, it was a great honor."

Does Not Want To Become President Of USA...

It's been understood that his Austrian birth rules out a go as US president, not that he would want it anymore, but one political analyst Allan Hoffenblum actually sees a possible appointment in the Obama administration, perhaps on an environmental front.

"I think that is a very viable possibility, especially if Obama does badly in the November congressional elections, he may want to reach out to moderate Republicans," Hoffenblum said.

Elective politics is likely not on his horizon, pundits said. The highest Schwarzenegger can go now is the US Senate, but an opening may be two years away, assuming California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein decides to step down.

Games And Casinos...

In an interesting huge moneymaker, Arnie also features in The Terminator online slot game released by PartyGaming - which has being trying to get back into the U.S market for almost as long as Arnold has been in political office in the hotbed of California. Arnold was apparently unable to get legal casino igaming green lighted in CA while in office, but few are willing to put the blame on him.

Schwarzenegger would have no trouble being hired by Hollywood, be it part time, full time or other. He is still fit and resuming action roles would be "like riding a bike", industry leaks whispered.

A Media Man spokesperson said "Its amazing. There has been a massive upswell in support of Arnie returning to Hollywood, namely for his action movie genre many grew up on. The rebirth of Arnie came around the same time word leaked that he would be teaming up with Stallone in The Expendables, and as they say, the rest is history. Another Expendables movie is being planned, more Expendables games, and Arnie is sounding more and more like he wants more of the action. Most of the public and Hollywood want him back in the action too."

After seeing Arnie's latest appearance on Jay Leno another Media Man staffer leaked "Arnie is just so likable and honest isn't he. He still has the common touch. The audience and Leno was hanging on every word. As Arnie said, he is living the American dream. Arnold also seems to make American more likable to the rest of the world after taking a political and diplomatic battering, mainly under the George W administration. More politicians like Arnold and America's popularity abroad would skyrocket. Having said that, the world now awaits Arnold's official returning to Hollywood. Good on Stallone to also assisting him with his return. Virgin's Richard Branson is also understood to be throwing him a few ideas for consideration and Marvel Entertainment and Paramount Pictures are also rumoured to be keen to do a deal or two with Arnie. There's no turning back now."

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Wrap Up...

Readers... er, punters and movie buffs, what's your view on a return of Arnie to Hollywood? Tell us in the forum. If you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over it, and for God's sake, have fun. Oh, we'll be back!

*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. They cover a dozen industry sectors including gaming and offer political commentary and analysis.

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