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  1. August 21, 2014

    Hollywood studios lament summer of plummeting cinema receipts

    There has been much gnawing of fingernails in the executive suites of Hollywood’s movie studios lately. After a record...

  2. August 14, 2014

    The Expendables 3 – film review

    Sylvester Stallone and his creaking company of faded action stars assemble once more to play guns for hire. Plot exposition...

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  1. June 29, 2014

    Green chemistry: Pharmaceutical companies try to clean up their act

    Pharmaceutical companies tend to highlight their role in saving lives, but say little about the impact their manufacturing...

  2. May 8, 2014

    Sabotage – film review

    Sabotage is a thriller shambles starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Did the actor and ex-governor think himself in safe hands...

  3. November 4, 2013

    BYD hits back at California labour allegations

    A Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles has hit back at allegations it transferred low-cost labour to a bus factory in...

  4. October 17, 2013

    Escape Plan – film review

    Escape Plan unites Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in an attempt to break out from a prison so high-security...

  5. October 3, 2013

    California allows illegal immigrants to get driving licences

    California has cleared the way for illegal immigrants to be given driving licences. Jerry Brown, the state’s Democratic...

  6. August 16, 2013

    Avoid the Obamajam. Work from home

    Barack Obama visited Los Angeles this month and, amid the sound of military helicopters flying low over the city before his...

  7. April 5, 2013

    Second coming

    The only picture on Jerry Brown’s desk in the California state capitol building in Sacramento is a black-and-white...

  8. March 29, 2013

    Joe Weider, bodybuilding tycoon

    Bodybuilder and businessman, 1919-2013 Long before Arnold Schwarzenegger there was Charles Atlas, born Angelo Siciliano. In...

  9. FT Alphaville

    March 8, 2013

    Happy women’s day! You’re paid less than men! – Part 2

    In Part 1, we looked at the Futuretrack data that showed female graduates in the UK earning less than their male colleagues....

  10. January 31, 2013

    Cinema review: Bullhead, Flight, Hyde Park on the Hudson and more

    Modern tragedy began when tragic protagonists were allowed to be inarticulate. Grief, anguish and downfall are not the...

  11. October 7, 2012

    A show of brass neck from the Terminator

    Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Simon & Schuster, RRP£20 There are 619 pages in...

  12. August 30, 2012

    Remake prompts total recoil

    One of cinema’s jiviest science fiction films, the original Total Recall of 1990 – imagining a future in which man is so...

  13. August 16, 2012

    Re-Bourne into speed and chaos

    A Bourne film starring anyone other than Matt Damon had better offer a decent justification for its existence. The Bourne...

  14. beyondbrics

    August 13, 2012

    Chart of the week: EM beer surge

    Arnold Schwarzenegger once said that “when you grow up you have to drink beer”. In which case emerging markets, especially...

  15. July 13, 2012

    Comic-Con has powers of its own for studios

    For those unwilling to carry a warlock’s staff, wear spandex superhero tights, or daub themselves in green body paint to...

  16. June 29, 2012

    Banning foie gras

    Who will be California’s foie gras Al Capone? Eight years ago this question may have crossed the mind of the then governor,...

  17. January 7, 2012

    Christmas challenge 2011: the answers

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to Kathy...

  18. November 22, 2011

    Judgement Day, Print Room Theatre, London

    This Judgement Day focuses on a sculptor named Arnold Rubek, not a cyborg played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gosh, imagine...

  19. November 20, 2011

    Policy heavyweights call for California tax cuts

    A bipartisan committee of business and policy heavyweights that includes Condoleezza Rice, George Shultz and Google’s Eric...

  20. October 19, 2011

    All Cain’s saying is give pizza a chance

    With Herman Cain’s surprise ascent to the top of some polls in the Republican primary race it was only a matter of time...

  21. September 16, 2011

    Robot small talk

    Forget the doomsday scenarios of science fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, or the optimism of Marvin...

  22. August 4, 2011

    Remakes muscle into Hollywood

    The novelist and screenwriter William Goldman once said of Hollywood that “nobody knows anything”. Never has this maxim...

  23. July 26, 2011

    Russia’s maverick mayors muscled out

    When Roman Grebennikov was elected mayor of Volgograd four years ago, the youthful politician stood apart from the...

  24. June 23, 2011

    From red-meat rhetoric to arugula?

    The 2012 presidential campaign is upon us, and there are already signs that this could be a kinder, gentler election season...

  25. June 9, 2011

    How the mightily busy are fallen

    In recent weeks, there has been a slew of scandals in the US involving prominent men who have allegedly done bad things in...

  26. June 3, 2011

    The Inventory: Ray Davies

    Ray Davies, 66, was lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks and has been a successful solo artist since they disbanded in...

  27. May 10, 2011

    Schwarzenegger and Shriver separate

    LOS ANGELES, May 9 – Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver said on Monday they are...

  28. May 9, 2011

    New Orleans start-ups and all that jazz

    Out of the ashes: Robbie Vitrano started the Naked Pizza company after Katrina Jonas Deffes, a New Orleans-based personal...

  29. Brussels Blog

    April 22, 2011

    Governator to Euronator?

    As Brussels shuts down for the Easter holiday, those of us at the Brussels Blog would like to leave readers with a joyous...

  30. April 3, 2011

    He’s back, as hero of his own comic book

    Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to focus on entertainment projects having gone from bodybuilding, via Hollywood, to governor of...

  31. April 1, 2011

    The Governator

    He told us he would be back. Where some politicians build lib­raries and many more write memoirs, Arnold Schwarzenegger has...

  32. March 31, 2011

    Gloom hits ‘Governor Moonbeam’

    In his overwhelming defeat of Meg Whitman last November, Jerry Brown spoke of needing “someone with an insider’s knowledge...

  33. March 31, 2011

    Terminator reborn as superhero Governator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled his first business venture since finishing his last term as California’s governor with...

  34. February 18, 2011

    BYD: a reversal of fortunes

    Backed by Buffett: but for how much longer? As the worst-performing stock last year on Hong Kong’s 40-strong China...

  35. January 21, 2011

    California declares fiscal emergency

    SAN FRANCISCO, January 20 – Jerry Brown, California’s governor, declared a state of fiscal emergency on Thursday for the...

  36. January 19, 2011

    From huge frescoes to tiny messages

    It is not often you hear someone say that they decided to reproduce the ceiling of the Paris Opera on a watch dial. But that...

  37. January 13, 2011

    llinois tax move highlights tough budget choices

    Scott Walker is one person who is happy about a drastic rise in income and corporate taxes in Illinois. The governor of...

  38. January 5, 2011

    Tycoon offers help to debt-laden California

    When he was sworn in to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California this week, Jerry Brown lamented the state’s...

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