SEXUAL POLITICS WITH ‘CONAN THE BARBARIAN’ AND ‘JAMES BOND’

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Director Marcus Nispel has a huge task on his hands with Friday’s release of “Conan the Barbarian.” Fans still remember Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic performance in the feature, and one wonders if the role will also do wonders for Jason Momoa’s (“Game of Thrones”) career.

“Arnold watched it.  He liked it a great deal.  And he congratulated Jason on doing a good job,” says Nispel.  “And we were very happy to hear that.  Arnold obviously put a stamp on t his and we’re not chasing that shadow.  He wouldn’t want us to.  And John (Conan director John Milius), who is a friend and is somebody I deeply respect, he woudn’t want me to make a remake either. That’s not what it is.”

During a press junket interview for “Conan the Barbarian,” a journalist criticized the movie, believing the picture was misogynistic.  Mr. Nispel gave a long (but interesting) answer on the “sexual politics” inherent in such iconic figures as Conan the Barbarian and James Bond.

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Conan The Barbarian opens Friday.

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RACHEL NICHOLS ON CONAN THE BARBARIAN: “BLOOD, BEHEADING, BOOBS”

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Actress Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Star Trek) co-stars in Conan the Barbarian as Tamara, Conan’s (Jason Momoa) partner in crime and love interest.

“I love physical roles,” says Nichols, who describes Tamara as a ‘veil wearing monk.’ “There is something about being a kick-ass chick.  I started working with a trainer when I was in Alias.  And then when Alias ended and ABC stopped paying for it, I went, ‘Oh, I like Valerie Walters (her trainer) I’m just going to just pay for her myself.’  And that was six years ago.  So I like being physical and being strong.  Great role models come from these women who just go toe to toe with these guys.  I get to be a counterpart to Conan.

Rachel Nichols comments on the stunt boobs that were employed during Conan’s production:

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Conan The Barbarian opens Friday.

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‘CONAN THE BARBARIAN’S’ ROSE MCGOWAN IS A FIGHT TRAINING ENTHUSIAST

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Rose McGowan (Charmed, Death Proof) stars in Conan The Barbarian as a witch named Marique.  Along with her warlord dad Khalar Zym (Avatar’s Stephen Lang), the pair serve as Conan’s (Jason Momoa) main nemesis in the film.

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The project was shot during 12 weeks in different locations in Bulgaria.  “What was great about being in Bulgaria is that it’s so another world,” says McGowan.  “When you’re on a set like Conan The Barbarian…that world was primarily that world on set.  There were huge statues, massive sets, and Bulgaria really lent to that atmosphere of this kind of wild territory.  It wasn’t like you were going home after filming to hang out with your dogs or your friends.  You’re just in this world, 24 hours a day.  It was a pretty fun world to be a part of.”

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Conan The Barbarian opens August 19th.

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“SERPICO” PRODUCER – DINO DE LAURENTIS DIES

Dino De Laurentis in 2009.

Dino De Laurentis in 2009.

Dino De Laurentis, who breathed life into the Italian cinema business after World War II, has died.

The famed producer had his hand in a volume of productions included the Federico Fellini Oscar-winning classics La Strada and Nights in Cabiria (with legendary producer Carlo Ponte) as well as the larger than life, 1976 remake of King Kong, starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.

He was known for his big productions and smart distribution deals, selling the rights in exchange for financing costs upfront.

Here in the states, movie goers probably best remember De Laurentis for producing Serpico, Death Wish, Three Days of the Condor, The Serpent’s Egg, Ragtime, Conan the Barbarian and Hannibal. He continued producing right up to 2007.

According to his daughter Raffaella De Laurentis, De Laurentis died in his Beverly Hills home Wednesday night at the age of 91.

SARAH DOUGLAS – “WITCHES RULE” – NO REALLY!

SYFY ORIGINAL MOVIES -- "Witchville" -- Pictured: Sarah Douglas as The Red Queen -- Photo by: Syfy

SYFY ORIGINAL MOVIES -- "Witchville" -- Pictured: Sarah Douglas as The Red Queen -- Photo by: Syfy

It was a foregone conclusion that Sarah Douglas get the meaty role as the Red Queen of the witches in the SyFy movie, Witchville. After all, she’s been cast as the villain in a number of pics from Superman and Conan the Barbarian to the original V and even the nighttime soap opera Falcon Crest.

Douglas understands casting directors see her as the perfect evil character, but she’s convinced it has more to do with her British accent than her personality.

“I thought, ‘Now let me guess, which part would I be? And would she happen to be bad?” Douglas laughs. “Somebody said I’m sort of the Darth Vader of the fantasy world and that’s kind of what it is. When I first came to Hollywood in ’82 or ’83 the British, there were a small handful of us, and we were all playing the bad guys and it was definitely the accent.”

The actress admits that it’s hard to resist a role that paints her as a classic evildoer. Besides, having lighting shoot off her fingers was just way too cool to turn down.

“I just do wonderful things with fire and water,” she begins adding, “I also get to breathe a red mist. Whenever I get ticked off the rest mist sort of envelops and destroys her. It’s a good adventure…witchcraft.”

China, too had its own set of rewards and challenges during the filming, Douglas tells HollywoodOutbreak.com. The toughest hurdle was getting the Chinese crew to admit when they really just could not pull off a stunt.

“They don’t actually say, ‘No, we can’t do that and we need to find a different way to do that,’ ” she begins. “They just say, ‘Yes’ and then they don’t do it. The early days of filming we had lots of breakdowns in communication. They would try very hard, but there is never a no from the Chinese.”

Needless to say the Chinese food was fantastic (except the gourmet stir-fried cockroaches).

“The food, oh my goodness me. This is not like my local Chinese restaurant down the road in Hollywood, here,” Douglas explains. “It really is anything that moves. You would see the kids out on the street, we were in a very poor area, catching the roaches and they would take them into the little diner and they would deep fry and they’d be served up as delicacies!”

Um, yummy.

Witchville airs tonight, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on SyFy.