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Arnold Schwarzenegger marks return to movie stardom with action flick “The Last Stand”

Arnold Schwarzenegger marks return to movie stardom with action flick “The Last Stand” (photo)

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When Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his intentions to transition back into acting following his stint as governor of the world’s eighth largest economy, he cited the work of Clint Eastwood as an influence. But while we started imagining Ah-nold grumbling his way through yearly Oscar-bait, the once and future Governator had us all fooled, as apparently he was looking to emulate the Eastwood of 40 years go.

Following a couple days of rumor and speculation, Lionsgate has formally announced their intention to make “The Last Stand,” a new action movie starring Schwarzenegger. The flick will be helmed by Kim Jee-Woon, the Korean director of both “I Saw the Devil” and “The Good, the Bad, the Weird.” But while the over-the-top wacky “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” was unmistakably an action flick, “The Last Stand” will have a more intense, serious tone.

Schwarzenegger will play the sheriff of a small border town who must rally the troops to defend his town and prevent a drug kingpin from escaping the country. Given that Schwarzenegger’s character is also a disgraced former LAPD officer, we expect a fair amount of hemming and hawing regarding whether he’ll get back in the saddle, before a stunning climax that sees “Sheriff Owens” redeem himself in the eyes of his colleagues, and most importantly, himself. But that’s just a guess.

No word on why exactly “Sheriff Owens” is going to have a noticeable Austrian accent, but the official press release for the movie does make reference to “one of the most daring face-offs in cinema history.” So it looks like John Travolta and Nicholas Cage will finally be relinquishing that coveted title.

A Lionsgate film, “The Last Stand” is based on a script originally by newcomer Andrew Knauer with rewrites by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“Traitor,” “The Day After Tomorrow”). It will be produced by “Transformers”‘ Lorenzo di Bonaventura, so you should expect explosions. Lots of explosions.

What do you think? Will “The Last Stand” be a return to high-octane action form for Schwarzenegger? Tell us below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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