Blog Posts by Mark Lankester

  • Has Arnold Schwarzenegger Been Lying About His Height For Years?

    Rumours of Arnie’s surprisingly short stature have plagued his long career.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lot of things: A bodybuilder, an actor, a producer, a politician, a businessman, an Internet legend and an all round cultural icon. One thing he may not be though, is a very tall man.

    Despite his reputation as one of the most physically honed human beings to ever step foot on Hollywood soil, no one actually knows how tall the man once called the Austrian Oak is – though he has tried to tell us himself:

    “I'm 6ft 2in. I've heard rumours that I'm really much shorter in real life - like 5ft 6in or something like that - which is ridiculous. I can assure you this is not the case,” Arnie once boasted.

    “People look up to me, and not just because I do a lot of work in the community. I mean, most people really LOOK UP to me.”

    Only the internet isn’t easily convinced…

    Arnie looks A LOT shorter than Joe Manganiello, but also A LOT taller than Sam Worthington (Credit: Open Road Films)Arnie looks A LOT shorter than Joe Manganiello, but also A LOT taller than Sam Worthington (Credit: Open Road Films)
    The issue of Arnie’s height appears to come from a clash between his reputation as an “immense” Adonis-turned-actor, and his apparently average height – giving the action icon a distinctly “squat” appearance.

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  • How Death Of Wolverine Comic Could Impact X-Men Films

    Could special comic series ‘Death Of Wolverine’ pave the way for Hugh Jackman’s retirement? (Spoilers)

    ‘X-Men’ fans prepare yourself… for a world without Wolverine.

    Comic book giants Marvel have announced the cult character will finally be “killed off” in a four-issue miniseries dubbed ‘Death Of Wolverine’ – likely to change to ‘X-Men’ series forever.

    Marvel executive editor Michael Marts revealed the decision to finally lay to rest the apparently immortal mutant in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

    “For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor. He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character who’s been around for 100 years?”

    The cover of the first issue of 'Death Of Wolverine' (Credit: Marvel)
    Marvel writer Charles Soule also hinted that each instalment of the miniseries would allow readers to come to terms with ol’ Adamantium Claws’ death, saying:

    “He’s reflecting on his own life as he’s reflecting on his own death. We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time. In each issue, we’re focusing

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  • This Is What Sixth Sense Star Haley Joel Osment Looks Like Now

    Former child star, now 26, stepped out in New York with an impressive beard.

    He’s famous for seeing dead people, but now all we can see is one impressive beard.

    Haley Joel Osment, the former child actor who starred in ‘The Sixth Sense’, has made a public appearance sporting a mighty piece of facial hair.

    [Sixth Sense kid makes comeback after 14 years]

    The unrecognizable actor, now 26, was attending the New York premiere after-party for Joss Whedon’s new movie ‘In Your Eyes’, when he was snapped with the surprising face fuzz.

    Haley with fellow actor Paul Dano at the In Your Eyes event (Credit: Getty)
    Apart from the eyes, it’s hard to believe it’s the same actor under all that hair…

    Then and now... Haley back in 1999, and this week in New York (Credit: Rex/Getty)
    Haley became one of the most famous child actors on the planet when he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s horror ‘The Sixth Sense’ in 1999, aged just 11. He then went on to lead massive Steven Spielberg sci-fi ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ in 2001.

    'I see dead people'... Haley back in 1999's The Sixth Sense (Credit: Rex)
    Other credits include ‘Pay It Forward’, and his debut role as Tom Hank’s son in 1994’s ‘Forrest Gump’ – bagged after a casting agent spotted Haley in in a Pizza Hut advert.

    Like most former child stars, Haley has had his

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  • Goonies 2: Steven Spielberg has already written the story

    Director Richard Donner says the sequel was Spielberg’s idea.

    Need some reassuring about the recent news that 80s childhood classic ‘The Goonies’ is getting a sequel?

    According to director Richard Donner, it’s movie-making legend Steven Spielberg that came up with the idea. And, he’s already written the story.

    [Goonies 2: Sequel on the way says Richard Donner]

    Donner revealed Spielberg’s involvement to entertainment site TMZ, in a brief update on the highly-anticipated project:

    “Hopefully, we’re gonna get this done. Period,” he said.

    “Steven loves… Steven came up with the idea of doing a sequel after 30 years.”

    “It was his idea?” asked TMZ’s reporter.

    “Oh yeah, you don’t do it without him. We’ve been trying for a while, and then he came up with another storyline,” added Donner. “He’s right on.”

    [What happened to the cast of The Goonies?]

    The news of Spielberg’s involvement will soothe the sequel worries of ‘Goonies’ fans – as the iconic filmmaker also came up with the story for the 1985 cult classic, serving as the film’s executive producer.

    Asked about

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  • 12 Movie Stars Who Deserve A Comeback

    From Molly Ringwald to Mara Wilson, theres some stars we just can't forget.

    Fame is fleeting, just ask Mark Hamill. After 'Star Wars' made him the most famous actor on the planet, he’s rarely seen on the big screen nowadays, instead he plies his trade as a voice actor.

    Some stars get to the top, but through bad movies, bad luck, or just by choice, their highflying careers are brought crashing to the ground.

    [Bond Girls: Then and now]

    We’d like to see a few former famous faces given a second chance though, so here are 12 throwback movie stars who we’d love to see make a comeback. Sorry Hamill, you’re not on the list...

    (Credit: Rex/Empire)
    Rick Moranis
    Career highlights: ‘Ghostbusters’, 'Spaceballs', ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’, ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’
    What happened? Rick was our go-to man for 80s/early 90s quirk. If you wanted geeky, get Moranis on the phone! He retired from live-action after 1997’s direct-to-video threequel ‘Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves’, becoming a stay-at-home dad instead.
    Comeback status: In June 2013 Moranis gave a rare interview, saying he “wouldn’t not” reprise

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  • The most ridiculous movie resurrections

    How cynical Hollywood studios brought characters back to life to make a bit more cash.

    Unless you’re the Son of God or a soap character, death is usually the end. But there’s a place on Earth where even the grip of the Grim Reaper counts for nothing – Hollywood, USA.

    You see the humble Hollywood producer wields a force more powerful than death. It’s called money, and it makes sequels to successful movies happen, regardless of silly little details like the death of a major character.

    Logic be damned! If you want a follow-up as good as the first, you’re going to need the old cast back together - alive and well. 

    So get digging, Hollywood’s going all Burke and Hare… Here are the sequels that brought their characters back from the dead, and the implausible plots too. Spoilers ahead...

    Ripley was cranky after a 200 year break (Credit: Rex)
    The character: Ellen Ripley in Alien Resurrection (1997)
    The resurrection: Cloning

    Sigourney Weaver’s eternal E.T. hater, Ellen Ripley, finished up ‘Alien 3’ by leaping into a giant furnace – incinerating herself and the unborn alien Queen that was

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  • Olivia Wilde Naked In Third Person Trailer

    Actress strips off in Japanese promo for film that’s been dubbed ‘ludicrously awful’.

    Olivia Wilde has managed to rouse some interest for the already-a-flop film ‘The Third Person’, baring all in a risqué nude scene for the Japanese trailer.

    The ‘Tron: Legacy’ and ‘Drinking Buddies’ star goes starkers for various love scenes in the upcoming romantic thriller that’s been described by one critic as “an unintentional comedy, were it not so boring.”

    Watch the video above.

    [Scarlett Johansson: naked scenes 'liberating']

    ‘Third Person’, directed by Paul Haggis - the director of ‘Crash’ and writer of Bond movies ’Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum Of Solace’ - tells the story of three inter-connecting love stories, set in Paris, New York and Rome.

    Olivia (third from left) with the cast of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival (Credit: Rex)
    Olivia stars as Anna, the lover of Liam Neeson’s writer, Michael, who’s recently left his wife when they meet in Paris. Mila Kunis plays a New York mother charged with attempting to kill her son, trying to regain the custody rights from his father, played by James Franco. While in Rome, Adrien Brody is an American Businessman who becomes

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  • Spider-Man: Jamie Foxx talks Electro’s other looks (exclusive)

    Comic book movie bad guy says it took 18 hours to get the character right.

    ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ star Jamie Foxx has revealed how filmmakers settled on the shocking look of his villainous character, Electro, for the new comic book sequel. Watch the video above.

    “We wanted him to be the first black man with a comb over,” Foxx joked about Electro’s geeky alias Max Dillon, before explaining how the character’s controversial lightning-blue look came about.

    “[It took], I think, 18 hours to actually get Electro the character. Because we actually tried other looks,” Foxx told the audience at a special fan Q&A, exclusively for Yahoo.

    “There was just a plain, like transparent sort of skin, and then there was like a different shade of blue, and then they chose that blue because it’s like a blue screen,” he added.

    “It definitely is well worth the time that we put in."

    [First look: Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2]

    The unveiling of Foxx’s incarnation of cult Spidey bad guy had caused controversy last year, when fans were shocked to see a blue-skinned

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  • Mark Wahlberg gives hilarious foul-mouthed speech at MTV Movie Awards

    Transformers star calls Generation honour the ‘you're-too-f**king-old-to-come-back award’.

    Mark Wahlberg has given a hilarious swear-riddled speech at the MTV Movie Awards, after winning the esteemed Generation Trophy.

    “I know what this really means,” Wahlberg quipped after picking up the ceremony’s highest honour. “Many people have gotten this award before… Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston… This is the you're-too-f**king-old-to-come-back award!"

    “This isn't the Channing Tatum-you’re-dancing-around-chicks-want-you award,” he added. “This is the you're-f**king-done award. But you know what, it's been a great run.”

    [Transformers: Age Of Extinction To Set Up New Trilogy]

    The 42-year-old ‘Lone Survivor’ star then recalled how he started out – briefly mentioning his troubled youth and previous criminal convictions, success with hip-hop group Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch, and even his time as a model for Calvin Klein – saying he went from “literally being incarcerated to having a one-hit rap career to having an underwear model career.”

    “It was a great run and I'm a lucky guy

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  • Watch Locke: See new Tom Hardy thriller for free

    You can watch Brit actor’s latest film five days early, for nothing!

    Tom Hardy’s intense new movie ‘Locke’ hits cinemas 18 April 2014. But there’s no reason you should have to wait that long to see it…

    Together with ShowFilmFirst, we’re giving away 300 tickets to 14 special early screening events happening Sunday 13 April – offering you the chance to see the action a full five days before the movie’s released!

    ‘Locke’ sees ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy play Ivan Locke – a man with the perfect family, a dream job, and what should be the crowning moment of his career about to happen.

    But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line.

    [Tom Hardy: I was lucky I didn't get AIDS from drug use]

    To get your Hardy-hungry hands on tickets to one of our preview events, happening at selected Picturehouse cinemas across the country, all you have to do is enter your details, along with your desired venue, here.

    It really is as simple as that.

    Tickets are limited to 300, and they will be assigned on a first come, first served

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