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That Momoa CONAN is looking less Baywatch!

Published at: July 2, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here and some of you folks in Talkback have been asking for this pic to be posted. Well, the story originates over at Slashfilm, and by clicking that you can see a bigger version, but for now here it is:





Marcus Nispel is a sharp shooter - so getting a beautiful image is one thing. I actually do like the script for this project too. BUT the reality is... I'm not gonna believe this movie is gonna rock, until I actually see it. This is a hopeful image though. Thanks goes to JackSlater4 for the link.

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  • July 2, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Looks better than that first photo

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    That ain't saying much.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Khal Drogo?

    by TheWaqman

    Fuck outta here. He aint no Conan. Arnold or bust! Or maybe that brute who plays Crixus in that Spartacus show. But still, none of these guys look as threatening and huge as Arnold did back in the day.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    fucking MOMOA bitches!

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I'm still not impressed

    by craptacular

    Bad Conan movie = Pathfinder

  • July 2, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Harry you dropped something

    by JackSlater4

    but it was my name this time, sweet! And I can't email you because harry@aintitcool.com always gets returned and the link from your name takes me to stupid twitter.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Splash of Blood

    by filegumbo

    A spray of water and a little blood smear and Fabio is replaced by Conan. What would be hilarious is if someone would photoshop a pillow in his hand and make it the gayest picture ever.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    No, he still has eightie's metal hair

    by Jaka

    Curly, no straight bangs. And that's not going to change. He's just not working for me in the part, at all.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    GO! MO! GO!

    by GalacticRaider

    He still doesn't have the physical appearance of Arnold. Can he act?

  • July 2, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    After you take your girlfriend to see the movie

    by JackSlater4

    and get her home and she's tearing your clothes off you will realize Mamoa is working for you

  • July 2, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    This dude's got every craw in Hollywood wet

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    yeah, he's not that big

    by Stifler's Mom

    he's in good shape and all, but compared to Arnold, he's DJ Qualls.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of a perfume ad

    by RPLocke

    Will they have Conan perfume?

  • July 2, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    No Arnold, but...

    by Hipshot

    But Arnold didn't look exactly as I imagined Conan--and I'd read every story, both the Howard, the DeCamp and Carter stuff...everything that had come out at the time (I remember talking to DeCamp, who was just horrified by the violence in the original film. I thought that was funny from someone who would write about "cleaving someone to the teeth." What in the hell did he think that was gonna look like?) Anyway, Arnold was inspired casting, and created an Iconic image. He was both massive and rather fluid in motion (compare to other bodybuilders in action films. Ugh.) But say, Marvel's and Barry Windsor-Smith's Conan is better known than the original novels, and that Conan, especially the first hundred issues or so, was lithe, not bulky. Unless they found someone with the freakish combination of size and grace that Arnold possessed, you are begging for an unflattering comparison. I think they needed to go in another direction, and this looks not bad at all.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I just want the movie to be good, that's all.

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Too bad Nispel sucks...

    by Sulla

    I can deal with Hawaiian Conan, I guess, but this movie is doomed from the start because of Nispel. I mean, the guy made music videos and his films look like it. Pathfinder fucking sucked, and the Friday the 13th/TCM reboots were mediocre at best. BIG mistake throwing away such an awesome license as Conan to this guy.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Would Conan really have such perfect teeth?

    by kafka07

    That's one reason I liked Arnold, he had fucked up teeth.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I liked TCM and Friday the 13th

    by JackSlater4

    I thought giving Jason and underground lair added depth that was always missing, that franchise blows anyway.<P> Pathfinder is unwatchable, and that had the unquestionably talented Karl Urban so I'm definitely cautiously optimistic

  • July 2, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Conan movie without Poledouris score = Fail

    by Koborover

    They better pay the Poledouris estate enough money to use all his themes.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I want Roque Banos to do the soundtrack

    by SmokingRobot

    Go listen to his score for 'The Machinist'. It's bloody brilliant.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Agreed Koborover

    by craptacular

    You can't make this movie without the score..

  • July 2, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Koborover

    by BacardiRocky

    I agree with you completely. Basil Poledouris' score is as important to a Conan film as John Williams' score is to any Star Wars films. Yeah I said it! Please use Basil's score!

  • July 2, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I'll say another thing that won't make me popular

    by JackSlater4

    If Momoa turns out as good as I think he might be, he should drop the weight and go up for The Crow

  • July 2, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Momoa

    by antmanx68

    Looks freaking badass, fits Howard's description better than Arnold. If this movie sucks it will not be his fault, I'm excited to see footage. I could believe this Conan becoming King, running from picts, scaling building breaking people's necks with punches and cutting people in half with swords. I'm sure they tried the Frazetta hair on him and it did't work, Its kind of a Betty Page haircut. I'm glad to see some people at least recognizing that Jason has the potential to be good in this.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I have to see footage before I'm sold

    by craptacular

    If he looks legit cutting a dude in half, then it might work... How tall is this guy?

  • July 2, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Looks crap to me . . .

    by Thall_Joben

    He should be massive, and have a realy tough looking face, like a bare knuckle boxer. This looks a little lightweight 80's rock to me, a little ketchup on his arm tells us nothing.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    6'4"

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Crap he's 6'4" maybe it'll be ok.

    by craptacular

  • July 2, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    I'll admit

    by BacardiRocky

    when word broke that Momoa was taking the role of Conan, I was a bit skeptical (still am a little bit) but not as much anymore. I am sure he is a better actor now than Arnold was when Arnold took the Conan role. I just hope the script doesn't suck ass like Conan the Destroyer.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Poledouris owns Conan the Barbarian.

    by Toilet_Terror

    Too bad he's dead. Maybe a different approach? Howard Shore maybe? (thinking Cronenberg not Lord of the Rings)

  • July 2, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    he's got the teeth of a king

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Show me your war face.

    by obi_juan

    Cause that ain't it.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    BacardiRocky

    by Sulla

    I actually think the script for Conan The Destroyer was cool, it's the bad acting and directing that fucked it up. Plus they cut it down to PG-13, instead of the originally intended R. Btw the R rated cut of Destroyer is still MIA...

  • July 2, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Allright JackSlater4! Complaints answered!

    by D.Vader

    Damn good pic to me.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    POLEDOURIS

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    The Basil Poledouris score to the original CONAN THE BARBARIAN is not only one of the great scores of the early eighties...it's one of the greatest scores of all time...at least in my humble opinion. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that there isn't someone out there who can write another awesome score for the new CONAN film. Just don't expect it to be Poledouris...that defeats it from the get-go.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Killik I just need him to pull a guys arms off

    by craptacular

    And then laugh about it, because that's what Crom would expect.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    So who IS scoreing this?

    by JackSlater4

    Tyler Bates would knock it out of the park

  • July 2, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Kitchen and the orgy awesome song on Barbarian score.

    by necros

    Prob go to Steve Jablonsky since hes done a few Nispel movies. Brian Tyler would be good too, as long as they use a big orchestra.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Baywatch, Spraywatch...

    by MajorFrontbum

    ...what's the difference. This guy can't act, I don't care what martial arts he knows, he should NOT be making movies, he is hopeless! EMPLOY PROPERLY TRAINED ACTORS!

  • July 2, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Too skinny. That is all.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    John Murphy composing...class-sick

    by joshtownsend

    2nd choice Tyler Bates because he just plain gets it.....

  • July 2, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    He looks a bit like...

    by Baryonyx

    ...Kate O'Mara: http://www.posters.ws/images/842434/kate_o_mara.jpg

  • July 2, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I don't know why people are so hung up Arnold.

    by DigitalBeachWar

    He's a shitty actor. The only thing he was good at was grunting and looking ultra muscley. Fuck off with the Arnold shit.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Whoever says he doesn't look like the artwork is a liar

    by terry1978

    That being said, I need to hear him speak some lines that are in tune with the Cimmerian to make a final decision.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Meh.

    by thedarklinglord

    Bring on the next Solomon Kane movie - and, this time, give the dude a proper budget so the CGI (even though there ought to be as little CGI as possible) doesn't look so dodgy - because that's as close as we're ever going to get to a decent Conan movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Conan is not Hawaiin. EPIC FAIL!

    by Saen

    Seriously, not going to get over that. It is just terrible terrible casting. FAIL.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Sure, he looks the part, but

    by davidwebb

    he's still a bit, I don't know, pretty? I'd have preferred them to go with someone a similar look to Russell Crowe or Daniel Craig. not those actors, but that rough, could hold their own in a fistfight look. Also, will his quest be to undo the spell of living stone cast upon his family, by driving the evil serpent men back into another dimension, and vanquishing their leader, the cruel wizard Wrath-Amon? Cause that would be awesome.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Yeah he definitely looks like the illustrations

    by JackSlater4

    minus the stupid fucking haircut with the stupid fucking bangs

  • July 2, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Please-oh-please-oh-please

    by Fuzzyjefe

    be good. Please, Conan? Crom doesn't care, that's his thing, but I do. I don't ask for much. Just a coherent story, a little bit of the ol' hack-and-slashery, and comely wenches. And, y'know, a little bit of intelligence behind those barbarian eyes. Conan is not a 'man of few words'. Conan is dangerously intelligent, given to great mirth AND great melancholies, and can disembowel your 'civilized' ass before you realize it. <p> Don't misunderstand, I LOVE Conan the Barbarian. But that is with the concession that though Arnie was great, he honestly was not Conan as written by Howard, and I'd like to see that at least once before I die. I know they were a bit shackled by Arnie's limited range, but Conan knows how to throw down too. He's able to carry on a coherent conversation. Arnie's Conan was just a bit too grim. <p> I'll echo the score sentiments. If it can't be Poledouris, it has to at least be epic & memorable. So many scores today are too minimalistic. Bring on the EPIC.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Crom laughts at minimalist soundtracks

    by craptacular

    He laughs from his mountain.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Craptacular...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I'll be cleaning diet mt dew off my screen now, you glorious bastard.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I won't let myself hope for this to be good, but...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...that's a pretty cool snapshot, especially if they're going for a younger, leaner Conan as described in the stories.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    SERIOUSLY... COME ON MEDIA...

    by blhotz

    WTH, Momoa was on SG: Atlantis for YEARS big, bulky and kicking ass and everyone pretends it never happened?! HUH? He will be a great Conan!

  • July 2, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    ...and in addition to a story of biblical proportions...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...this needs some moments of brutality never seen before on screen.<P> A Conan movie needs to make you leave the theater shaking your head...thinking "I can't believe I just saw that".

  • July 2, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    ...I mean, a lot of Howard's stories are essentially...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...horror/action.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    FlickaPoo...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I would love to read an interview in the future in which Nispel says, "Yeah, we had to trim about 15 minutes of violence. And that was for an NC-17. It took another 20 to get an R."

  • July 2, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Saen

    by 3D-Man

    He's only part Hawaiian. Dean Cain was part Japanese and he played Superman. Did that bother you too?

  • July 2, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Gotta go with FlickaPoo on this one

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Nice call, FlickaPoo, and that just got me thinking...<p>How long has it been since we saw some crazy 'roided up, violently cool action onscreen that got everybody all up in arms about the portrayal encouraging that sort of thing in RL? I mean, it seems like a long time. Time to bring it back, bitches!

  • July 2, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    If 'Hostel' was a person

    by Fuzzyjefe

    and saw a Conan movie that was as violent as some of Howard's stories, Hostel would be like, "Damn, that is some sick shit."

  • July 2, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    ...Fuzzyjefe...preach it. Howard is heavy on the...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...butchery. If I was making a Conan movie, a significant % of the budget would go towards sides of beef to stuff inside armor and hack up.<P> We need to see splinted bone.

  • July 2, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Schwarzenegger is not the definitive Conan

    by rev_skarekroe

    You guys do realize that Conan is a literary character right?

  • July 2, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    ...yeah, Sharer...action flicks have been slackin' off...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'm not into torture porn, but I hear that stuff gets away with murder and makes a good return on the investment in fake blood...<P> I'd prefer to see all that bloody mindedness channeled into Conan movies.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Rev...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    it's a sad, sad truth that a lot of those who love films (not suggesting anyone here..oh no, never) wouldn't crack a book unless there were pics of boobies in it. And that's fine. To each their own. Myself, I love STORIES, whatever the medium. Books, movies, the telly, comics...I love 'em all. Humanity has always had a tradition of story-telling, so who am I to go against my genetic code? <p> I honestly think that sooner or later, Hollywood will remember that 'quality' is a good thing. There's always gonna be crap, and an audience for it, but surely the scales must balance some day. Right? RIGHT? <p> Are those crickets?

  • July 2, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Needs to borrow Bale's Batman Begins Growth Hormone kit

    by picardsucks

  • July 2, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Rambo 4 satisfied my craving for extreme violence

    by JackSlater4

    he turned people into puddles

  • July 2, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    ...and a Conan movie needs to include a hair-raising...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...rock climbing scene or two...maybe a fight on a rock wall. <P> Anyone who's read Howard knows this to be true.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    ...true, Jack. A noble exception.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 2, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Unfortuneately

    by JackSlater4

    Too many assholes are downloading movies, so rated R joints aren't making what they used to, and if a movie like Conan has to be toned down to get a certain rating so they can get a return on their investment I can only hope for an unrated DVD.<P> I blame all of you.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for unrated Live Free or Die Hard blu-ray

    by JackSlater4

    assholes

  • July 2, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Basil Poledouris was the ace

    by Flexfill

    up Milius' sleeve. Not just on Conan, but also on the legendary surf oddessy "Big Wednesday." Basil was the man RIP.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    ...but I wonder what would happen if you made...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...an Conan movie and advertised it as horror/action. Release it around Halloween and everything.<P> Maybe make it one of the smaller stories...Red Nails is epic, but it has a relatively small cast and just one elaborate set.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    and say what you want about Bay

    by JackSlater4

    But should Bad Boys 3 happen, that bitch will be R.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Expendables is R

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Heath Ledger will be a terrible Joker

    by SmokingRobot

  • July 2, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig as Jame Bond? Fail.

    by SmokingRobot

  • July 2, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Seriously, haven't we heard this shit before?

    by SmokingRobot

    Jason will be an awesome Conan. And if I'm wrong I'll say so. Arnold is not that good an actor...understatement, that. And Body-builders as actors? Dumb.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    George Clooney would be a perfect Batman

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    gfgh

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  • July 2, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Too bad everybody is a spammer

    by JackSlater4

    that's a funny handle

  • July 2, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Momoa & Books . . .

    by Dave I

    First, man, let's just give the guy a chance. This could be pretty good. <p><p>If I want to educate myself on the Conan stories, what's a great place to start? I'd like to go through them all if it makes a difference. <p><p>-Cheers

  • July 2, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Momoa's "CONAN" IS looking less "BAYWATCH",

    by BetterCallSaul

    but it kind of looks shittier than M. Night's "THE LAST AIRBENDER"

  • July 2, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I never read any Conan books

    by JackSlater4

    but I read a few comics in the late 80's because every once in a while my mom would take me to work with her and it was the only comic they sold at the newstand in her office building.<P> They were huge, and awesome, and too graphic for someone my age to be reading.<P> A few years later I started reading Groo. Can I get a Groo The Wanderer movie with Danny McBride please? Thanks.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    People said the same about Danny Elfman and BATMAN

    by CENOBITE

    but IMHO, Howard/Zimmer made a pretty amazing score.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Dave I

    by antmanx68

    You can read some of Howard's Conan stories for free online. They are all pretty cool, there's no real chronology to them since they were written out of sequence but Tower of the Elephant would be a good one to start on, he was supposed to be pretty young in it.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    all that matters is ROBERT E. HOWARD's vision

    by CENOBITE

    and making that come to life. If this film can do that then this is a success. I would love for them to bring Frazetta's visions to that like the 70's film, but we shall see.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    math

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  • July 2, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Conan was never that big

    by Flippadippa

    he never had 18/00 strength iirc. 18/76 or something.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Really everybody? You went with math?

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Nispel is no Milius

    by PinkFloyd7

    John Milius is still alive, isn't he? Why can't he direct this?

  • July 2, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    As Saul says, how is that less Baywatch? It's kind of exactly Baywatch.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    this has everything going against it

    by disfigurehead

    Arnie's Conan is the greatest movie ever. Beautiful cinematograph, Arnold and some AMAZING music. I have played the soundtrack to death!

  • July 2, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Dave I

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Any bookstore worth visiting (or Amazon) would have the 3 volumes of all of Howard's Conan stories. The first is "The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian", then "The Bloody Crown of...", last "The Conquering Sword of...". They present his stories unaltered in the order of their publication. The first Conan story is actually from his time as king. Howard jumped all around in Conan's life, so they aren't chronological in that sense.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Also Dave...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    there's "The Complete Chronicles of Conan", which is a nice leather volume that has all those puppies together.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    ...everybody's first sentence has a kind of genius...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...to it...<P> "...this is the demonstration stature good season..."<P>"...lets lithe, the individuality..."<P> "mature you start from here!"

  • July 2, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    math

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  • July 2, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Howard's Conana

    by jae683

    was never described as a body-builder. As someone above already stated, hes was rangy. Hopefully this will be closer to the books.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    ...Fuzzyjefe, I have that three volume set. I figured...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'd be a purist and everything.<P> I hate to say it, but it turns out that a couple of my favorite Conan stories were reworkings by Carter and de Camp in those old ACE paperbacks.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I won't debate the Poledouris effect,

    by jae683

    that soundtrack was awesome.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Stargate Atlantis dude is a double-edged sword

    by DioxholsterReturns

    not 100% sure hes right for the role, hes acting is too structured, he does it as it is nothing else.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    ...one of my favorite Conan stories isn't even a Conan...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...story.<P> The Valley Of The Worm...<P> http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Valley_of_the_Worm

  • July 2, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    well

    by pauduro

  • July 2, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Not sold on him as Conan yet either but...

    by skycrapper

    can't wait for him to "crown" the beggar king and sire the "stallion that mounts the world"

  • July 2, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Dark Horse Conan= film any issue and poof!

    by UltraTron

    Perfect conan movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    That RED colour....

    by D o o d

    makes it more Baywatch!

  • July 2, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    HE LOOKS LIKE A GAY PORN STAR. STINKS.

    by JonChambers

  • July 2, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Is Harry dreaming of a 3-Way with this guy???

    by JonChambers

  • July 3, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    is having a 3-way gay? 2 guys 1 girl?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    what if they tag teamed? or played Battlesh

  • July 3, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    isnt that the Dothraki way?

    by DioxholsterReturns

  • July 3, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Momoa is the sexiest beanpole tomboy around.

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 3, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Less Baywatch, More Chippendales...

    by Das_Butt

    This is gonna suck ass. And judging from that pic I'll guess there'll be plenty of that in the movie.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    And yeah that pic...

    by Das_Butt

    ...is from the movie's great bukake final when he gets sprayed by a thousand gay hollywood producers.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    That Momoa CONAN is looking less Baywatch!

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

    and more Baywatch Nights

  • July 3, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    My ass...

    by GroolDemon

    Every picture I see of this film looks more and more ridiculous. Quit getting your hopes up because we all know that this will be that 90's Hercules TV show quality at best.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    He still looks like he's a Glee watcher

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    And So You Think You Can dance too

  • July 3, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Those poor sparkles!

    by AzzyAzzy

    Why is he swinging a sword at them?

  • July 3, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    As Gabe Logan would say: " Right. "

    by ToMonicker

    I'm sorry but no...

  • July 3, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Well, we shall see...

    by Lornsorrow

    I'll give it a go, but it probably wont do it for me. Have to admit, I love Arnold's take on it. But honestly, neither Arnold nor this new dude really matches what Howard wrote. When I read Howard, I picture a guy who is more built than the new dude, and a bit less built (less perfectly body builder shaped) than Arnold. A guy who has spent a hell of a lot of time in the sun, who's body shows use and abuse. A few scars, but not so many as you would think he sucks at what he does. If you go to wikipedia at the moment, and you look up "Conan The barbarian" there is a picture on the right side by an artists named Mark Schultz that comes closer, in my opinion, to the way Howard described Conan. If we could mix that with something along the lines of Frazetta classic images of barbarians, etc., then we might be closer. And remember, "Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet." — Robert E. Howard, The Phoenix on the Sword, 1932. Somehow, I don't feel this when I see this new dude, but we shall see I guess.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Why is his hair curly?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    He uses curlers now??

  • July 3, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Cimmerians are quasi Nordic/Scottish

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    A similar land region, meaning blue eyes, jet black hair. The Austrian Oak at least fit the bill with the more important blue eye factor.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    THIS WILL BE FUCKING TERRIBLE

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Nispel can't direct traffic.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I'll just watch the original thank you

    by HeisenbergsBlueSky

    FFS hollywood has really gone to shit i feel sorry for kids today growing up amongst such shit for entertainment

  • July 3, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    He's not playing Arnold....err, is he?

    by philldwill

    NO, he's not. So quite saying "He's no Arnold." It's obvious that he's not Arnold and, unless I'm mistaken, he's not playing Arnold. He's playing Conan and Conan isn't some juiced up body builder. No one looks like a body builder other than body builders. Momoa looks much more like a fighter than Arnold ever could. Now in no way am I saying he'll be good or that this movie will work, I'm just saying stop comparing him to Arnold. That's just what people did with Daniel Craig, hell they went so far as to make a page called craigsnotbond or something. And at the end of the day, he is Bond and he's one of the best there has been.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Oh harry, I was wondering...

    by philldwill

    Do you ever read the comments on this page and realize how many terrible, homophobic, jealous, loser readers you have and get the desire to just unplug your computer forever? Cause I get that desire every time I read the comments but for some reason I always come back... I guess seeing all these lame people posting here makes me realize how amazingly cool I actually am.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    It will be like 300, I am sure.

    by RPLocke

    Cpnan will about 200 guys into battle and Conan will be the last one and fight the big evil bad guy. The end.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Only Conan

    by shran

    that I know was Arnold. I'm probably an illiterate ape. But I thought the first Conan movie was 1 million metric tons of ass kicking awesome (I should write headlines for AICN). All other versions of Conan are completely spoiled for me. Enjoy this Stargate dude, folks. It 'aint for me.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Conan will always have metal hair

    by Tall_Boy66

    Straight bangs or curly bangs, whatever, that's a minor detail. Rocking the flow = metal.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Arnold was a good actor depending on the part/director

    by Tall_Boy66

    Example: he's awesome in both Terminator movies, and his most human and realistic yet still awesome superactionhero performance is in True Lies. Both from James Cameron, by the way. Dude can act, but I think it's mostly with Cameron he ups his game.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST

    That is a very encouraging photo. The trailer will be

    by Mr Nicholas

    the proof of the pudding though.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Sop, justy add water and you have a Conan?

    by AsimovLives

    Bulshit! That guy is not looking like Conan at all. Jesus, AICN, if you guys sell yourself to a movie production, do it more subtly.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    "[Conan] was rangy"

    by buggerbugger

    Conan could only be described as 'rangy' if you didn't know the definition of the word 'rangy'. 1970s Clint Eastwood was rangy. Doesn't look like you'd imagine Conan to look like, does he?

  • July 3, 2010, 4:37 a.m. CST

    "Marcus Nispel is a sharp shooter"

    by AsimovLives

    Yeah, right, like so many other thousands of Mickey Bay wannabes are... sharp shooter is not the way i would describe that Marcus Niespel clown. Hack, more like it.<br><br>If you want to know how a true viking versus indians movie should look like, watch VALHALLA RISING. That's the real deal, not Niepel's bullshit crap!

  • July 3, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by AsimovLives

    "I just want the movie to be good, that's all."<br><br>One directed by that hack Niespel and staring that surfer boy? Dream on!

  • July 3, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    A great actor for Conan: Ray Stevenson

    by AsimovLives

    Given his age (mid40s), he wouldbe great to play the older King Conan at the begining of his rule of Aquilonia. But he wouldbe great as Conan: he has the build, and he is one hell of an actor.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Crom, where is the wizard who killed my mother?

    by therealkumar

  • July 3, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    by TheStrayCat

    Just re-watched Conand The Destroyer last night. As bad as an actor Arnold was in the movie, he is still going to be hard to top. Of course he was given few lines as possible which is fitting. I kind of like a barbarian to be a man of action, not a man of many words trying to describe why he does what he does. If it's important he will speak of it.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    he's...

    by 1st and only

    ..nowhere near big enough as Conan, and looks nothing like how i've always pictured him...meh

  • July 3, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    He's looks retarded. Asswipe is stronger.

    by JonChambers

  • July 3, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    HE'S JUST ANOTHER DAVID HASSELHOFF

    by JonChambers

  • July 3, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    can't wait to listen to the score for this movie

    by AsimovLives

    Af if it has any chance to even pale in compasrison to Polidouris masterwork. I pity the fool who will compose for this movie. They migth as well just use music from Wagner operas and save the embaracement.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    That's one fugin ugly orc looking mudufu

    by TheJudger

    That Neanderhead means He's product of incest.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    David Hassholedork

    by AsimovLives

    His spirit still lives on!

  • July 3, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Harry, about the script...

    by catlettuce4

    Tell us something, anything about it, and why you like it! I can't believe it is faithful to the Howard stories, so what is it about the script that makes you hopeful for the film?

  • July 3, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    And about this actor, blue eyes, etc.

    by catlettuce4

    As I understand it, his eyes are going to be turned blue with CGI. And he does have the look of a swordsman not a modern bodybuilder, which is exactly how he should be. Still looks a little too "clean" and the hair is not like any Conan hair I have ever seen depicted before, in print or in artwork. Anyone comparing him to Arnold is not getting it though... Arnold's movie was good, but it (and he) did not resemble the real Conan from the original stories.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    what part of "directed by marcus niespel"...

    by AsimovLives

    ... don't you guys understand? jesus, how many times you guys need to suffer from bad movies until you finally read the writing in the wall and stop being fooled by bullshit? how many times more?

  • July 3, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    He looks OK

    by Bruce of all Trades

    Too bad the movie will suck balls.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    needs more bulking up.

    by alice133

    call stallone yo.<p>or cgi shrink his head.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Conan-The Musical

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    As sung By Arnold http://tinyurl.com/2g5b2v9

  • July 3, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    That kid is not Conan

    by CuervoJones

    Danny Trejo is Conan.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    looks kinda gay

    by Potatino

    ...just saying

  • July 3, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Some people stand in the darkness

    by alan_poon

    afraid to step in the light.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Hey FlickaPoo...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Is that "Valley of the Worm" the story where he's chased thru a dead city by a giant slug? I remember reading that one in one of the old paperbacks with the Frazetta covers from waaaay back in the 80s. I was heartbroken when I realized it wasn't a Howard original, 'cause I loved that one too.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah, just read the link you posted Flicka...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    It seems it was at least an adaptation with Conan inserted, and of course he escapes. Conan felled by a giant worm? Pah! But I remember he ran like a little girl. Then again, who wouldn't?

  • July 3, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    And that's one of the things I love about Conan

    by Fuzzyjefe

    If he's armed in has to fight, he will; if something is trying to eat a comely wench, he'll dive right in. If, however, he's unarmed in some black-as-midnight underground grotto with a 50-foot snake SOMEWHERE, he's more like "I hope to hell I don't run into that thing." He's bad-ass, but he gets freaked the hell out sometimes.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Conan's not a fan of magic

    by rev_skarekroe

    He'd rather not deal with it. Of course, his sword often trumps wizard's spells regardless.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Momoa's

    by NippleEffect

    close combat fight scene's on SG: Atlantis were among the tightest ever shown on television<br> And Jason's pretty ripped<p> I have no worries about him being able to carry the part<p> I worry more about the story they use<p> imho neither of the Schwarzenegger Conan movies was very good<br> They butchered the character's and one of the classic stories (queen of the black coast)<p> Bunch of muscle dewds swinging ridiculous weapons in slo-mo<p> This movie will have to be pretty bad to match Schwarzenegger's abominations

  • July 3, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Rev_skarekroe...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Yeah, he HATES the magic. I love the end of the "The God in the Bowl", after he's ALREADY beheaded the monster...he sees what that head was attached to and can't get out of there fast enough. It's that juxtaposition of bad-assery and almost child-like fear of the wierd in Conan that is one of the great things about him.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Sorry anyone

    by Fuzzyjefe

    if I've spoiled "The God in the Bowl" for you. But really, Conan chops so many heads from shoulders, that one isn't gonna ruin too much.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Arnold and Jason comparisons

    by Omar B

    I really don't get it. people complaining about Jason who looks a damn lot closer to REH's Conan than Arnold ever did. Or the constant babbiting about CTB being so great. It's a good movie, but I have yet to find anything in there resembling REH's character. Conan's a literary character, enough of this "Arnold is the real Conan," because I'm pretty sure Conan as written wouldn't have a very high opinion of the Oak. Jason's done quite a few years of TV acting so he's quite experienced, he's good at stage combat and aside from the eyes, curly hair and being about 15 pounds too small, he's the guy.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Conan: The Barbarian will always be greatness

    by Viewer 3

    ...to me, at least, being someone who is mostly unfamiliar with the source material. I could just never get into the comics, maybe because I had seen the movie first. Now I'm sure there are a good mix of people out there who had been fans of the comics and then saw the movie and thought it was blasphemy, as well as the crowd who thought the movie sucked but then somehow got into the comics. I'm one of those that actually thought the first movie was great, but was disappointed with the depiction of Conan in the comics.<p><p>Which is entirely backwards considering fans of the comic consider it to be the "true" telling of the character, and have plenty of harsh things to say about how inaccurate the movie's depiction on the story and character were. But as someone who saw and enjoyed the movie first, I actually preferred Arnold's Conan to the one I saw in my brief encounters with the comics.<p><p>Maybe it's the art style. Comic Conan just looks utterly stupid IMO. A half-ape, primitive, braindead looking savage. And not "savage" in the "ass-kicking" sense, either.<p><p>Now before you blow a gasket, let me make one thing clear. He's a descendant of ancient man, so of course he has the more "ape"-style facial structure. Of course he's primitive, in accordance to the time period the story takes place in. Of course he's "savage"; he's a barbarian! I get it. Obviously nowhere near as much as people who are knowledgeable of the story- by no means am I claiming as much. But I "get" why he looks the way he does in the comics. I'm just saying it's entirely unappealing to me compared to the more relevant version in the film.<p><p>Arnold's Conan was much more compelling to me because of the growth of the character that was shown. From being enslaved and forced to fight because of his strength, to becoming a prize fighter who was rewarded with knowledge and education, to becoming a freelance thief for survival, to eventually riding around in shiny armor like a king. I'm sure the comics probably tell an equally if not more compelling story about the character's growth, I was just never able to see it because the initial character design never even made me want to read more than a few issues. I understand that the story of Conan is about more than just the comics, but that seems to be mostly what people are talking about when it comes to this upcoming movie.<p><p>I just think it's ridiculous to say things like "Arnold's body-building physique ruined the character". Give me a break. Now everyone is complaining about this new guy's hair and eye color, as if it's "ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE STORY THAT HIS HAIR BE THE PERFECT LENGTH, PERFECT SHADE, AND PERFECT DEGREE OF CURLY/STRAIGHTNESS". I'm all for authenticity and creative integrity, but some of you people seriously need to go outside and get some sun.<p><p>I know the film version was an entirely different, probably watered-down version of Conan that was most likely an insult to the source material. I can understand the hatred in that respect. And I also know that it's popular to emphasize some of the more "cheesy" aspects of the movie. But seriously, it was 1982. It was actually ahead of its time in a lot of ways. And at its core, it was a very serious, epic story. Maybe not as "serious and epic" as your comics, but don't take it out on the script or the direction that someone like Arnold was given; just appreciate it for what it was.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Groo Should be played by

    by Mighty Chin

    Jonah Hill! Inspired Casting!

  • July 3, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Looks more like Frazetta's Conan

    by Bot-Bot

    ...a lot more than Arnold did. He has the same eyebrows as the old illustrations, and the same body proportions.

  • July 3, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Viewer 3

    by Omar B

    Hey Bud, you keep calling Conan a comic, ignoring that they were novels way before comics got to Conan.

  • July 3, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Omar B

    by Viewer 3

    Hey Bud, why don't you bother reading:<p><p>"I understand that the story of Conan is about more than just the comics, but that seems to be mostly what people are talking about when it comes to this upcoming movie."

  • July 3, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    AICN Talkbackers: shirtless = gay?

    by Bot-Bot

    Seriously, every time a man is shown shirtless on this site, the "gay" comments come out. What a bunch of homophobes!

  • July 3, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Not gay because of shirtless

    by InActionMan

    Gay because it looks like he is being showered in jizz.

  • July 3, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Fuck the haters

    by FrankManhattan

    I want to see more Conan

  • July 3, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Viewer 3

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I can get where you're coming from. I saw CTB before I read any of the original Howard, and it blew my mind. I still LOVE the movie, more because they got so much of the world right. My complaint about Arnold isn't his build or look, that was good. Conan is big, but he's described as quick and graceful. <p> My main problem, after I edumecated myself, was that Arnold wasn't really Conan as far as personality. I posted earlier that Conan was a pretty smart cookie, and he wasn't quite so grim. Of course, I can understand grim for that movie, 'cause his people had been massacred and he had been a slave most of his life. In the holy Howard text, he left Cimmeria of his own choosing, and was seen as sort of an odd duck by his own people. They had no real interest of anyone or anything outside of their own, and his curiosity and wanderlust was sort of unique. Not to mention the fact that anyone that would go looking for a fight in Cimmeria would go home limping, if at all. They are some badass people.<p> THAT'S what I hope is conveyed in this iteration. Y'know, a few dimensions to his character. They tried that in CTB, but Arnold wasn't up to conveying a lot of that back then. If they made a King Conan movie today, I wouldn't want ANYONE else to play him except Arnold. Period.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    hopeful image?

    by etantao

    Why? it's just a ripped dude wet. Just cause the image looks ok doesn't mean the 48,723,847st remake coming out will be any less shitty that the 48,723,846 that came before. Just needless shit

  • July 3, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Arnold and acting

    by Hipshot

    I think he was a decent actor, but a fantastically charismatic star. The two overlap, but aren't the same thing.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Viewer 3

    by Omar B

    Hey Bud, missed that (posting from the Blackberry). It just gets my goat any time a literary character such as Conan is reduced to a comic. It's happened with Conan and Bond (my favorite literary character) and the translation from lit to comic panels just never works.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    still looks like a shit sandwich

    by palewook

    it aint REH's conan.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Still looks like shit.

    by SunTzu77

    Just take the old pic... dip him in water. That's it. Looks like shit... and will likely be shit.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    THE TRUE PINBACK

    by rxse7en

    I still get chills humming that shit in my head.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Bring back Arnie…

    by rxse7en

    …reuse Basil's soundtrack and give us old Conan's story. http://tinyurl.com/32s633f

  • July 3, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Don't get it.

    by UltimaRex

    Conan + hard R = My butt in a seat. End of. Now, Superman news?

  • July 3, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    This WILL be mediocre to crap, you and I know this

    by ChristmasCameLate

    You know, I know it, everybody knows it--I mean, we KNOW it. See the Van Helsing-looking Soloman Kane? Yep. See the Sherlock Holmes film that tries to elevate him to action hero status instead of the logical by-the-numbers deductive reasoning chap he's supposed to be? Yep--action heroes are being brought towards a middle ground, never masculine enough, never intellectual enough. They never come across as EXCEPTIONAL anymore--somewhat smart, yes. Bulky and handsome,sure, (they ALL are that--it's a requirement to look hot now. Not hot? You don't get the part--no more average-looking John McClane's or gap-toothed Conan's). Period. CONAN IS BLOOD-DRINKING, RATED R, WOMAN-FUCKING MASCULINE BEAST INCARNATE, while Sherlock Holmes is meant to be INTELLECTUAL WHO GIVES NOT EVEN TWO FUCKS ABOUT WOMEN, and yet they are brought down to this "middleground" kind of hero, a "safe" hero that all audiences can appreciate. That makes them unremarkable...yet they ARE a fleeting, half-remembered somewhat entertaining movie while your butt is in the seat, with perhaps ONE semi-cool scenet that KIND OF sticks in your head after the fact...but the film in its bulk is forgotten entirely. Uninteresting, bland, and forgettable, and yet, I'm TOTALLY judging a God damn book by its cover. Know why? Because every lame ass fantasy, sci-fi, or spy thriller novel I've ever read has had the SAME generic covers--wispy-haired elf fucker on the front with a gay ass sword, and a crosshairs on someone's eye for a spy thriller cover.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    BTW, Robert E. Howard and Pouledouris ROCK

    by ChristmasCameLate

  • July 3, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    OH, and, YouTube "Conan on location"

    by ChristmasCameLate

    A guy made a personal pilgrimage to all the areas where CTB was filmed, stood EXACTLY where the scenes were filmed, literally dozens of places, from where Conan and Tsubatai ran across the fields to where the final battle happened. From Slovenia to Spain, the guy went everywhere taking these pictures--10 mins. long, set to Pouledoris's musice, and well worth the watch. Gets me every time. Like walking through the Bibble. The Man Bible.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    "Bible"

    by ChristmasCameLate

  • July 3, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Still too Man-icured

    by donkingkong

    Then again so was Arnold

  • July 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Didn't know Conan waxed his eyebrows...

    by Roketopunch

    he looks femme, gay, terrible.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    He looks like a f***ing pig in heat

    by johnnyangelheart

    and you know the rest

  • July 3, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    So you also dig Conan The Barbarian? Cool. I don't have as much problems about the depcition of conan's character in the movie as you do. I see it as a permutation of Coana which is still quite faithful in the more important details, specially dealing with his stoicism and single-minded persuit of a target. also, i think the movie was sucessful in depicting Conan as a smart, savvy guy. I really love the movie, it's one of those i can't see anything wrong and at fault with it.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    I swear, if some bitch here will claim...

    by AsimovLives

    ... this new movie is bnetter then Milius, there will be shit flying all over the fucking place. And i'll be one of those sneding shovels of it against the fan. There will be shit and blood. The fuckers will get their ass kicked like the bitches they are.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    i like this new take of Conan

    by DioxholsterReturns

    new and exciting, but i have reservations about the actor not because of his looks but coz he isnt a magnet on screen.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Something a lot of people don't understand about Conan...

    by Sulla

    is that quite a few of the original REH stories are very Lovecraftian in a weird way. Conan encounters Shapeless, nameless things that lurk in the dark and within the walls. The reason for this is obvious, REH & Lovecraft were pen pals & friends, they shared a lot of the same interests. But my point is that the Lovecraftian aspect of Conan will most likely never be done correctly and is often overlooked.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Sulla

    by ChristmasCameLate

    You are absolutely right.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    He needs a jacket.

    by Triple_J_72

    Looks cold out there.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    "(and didn't look like Howards description)"

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Uh actually he did sans the brown hair.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Hey there again Asi....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I think maybe I'm coming across a bit more critical of CTB than I really am. It's one of my favorites. The only thing that really stuck with me was how GRIM Conan was. I agree they showed that Conan was no moron (the planning and execution of the final battle is proof of that), but Conan has a real zest for life that was missing. Again, that was true to Conan as he would have been shaped in that film, but I always got the feeling from Howard that he did a lot of his hacking and slashing with a smile on his face & a gleam in his eyes, and his drinking and wenching with an even BIGGER one. <p> But c'mon, you gotta admit Arnold didn't exactly exude wicked intelligence. Sitting with your head in your hand staring into the distance does not necessarily equal smarts.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Arnold was crap as Conan???

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Heard it all now.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Now that's Conan!

    by hallmitchell

    It was looking too pretty before.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    arnold has nothing in common with howard's conan

    by happyboy

    but obviously Arnold's Conan is iconic in its own right. Howard's conan had a completely different personality and ethnicity than Conan the Barbarian. whoever this new dude is looks like a fag. everyone positive on this is gay

  • July 3, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    For those ragging on Mr. S.

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    It is almost negligible to rag on Arnold's 'acting' skills - he was a truly charismatic star regardless, and had a powerful screen presence. Something I guarantee this Momoa - and the legions of other emasculated pretty boy 20 and 30 something male stars of the last decade - assuredly do not have. Crom laughs at you Hawaiian model supporting fools; he laughs from his mountain!

  • July 3, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Arnold needed to be more buff for Conan

    by DioxholsterReturns

    thats why he was crap. comon arnie go to th gym

  • July 3, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Arnold was a good Conan, too bad it wasn't in a Conan film

    by nudgenudgewinkwink

    His mercenary "Dutch" in PREDATOR was as close as Arnie ever got to playing Robert E Howard's character. The John Milius and Robert Fleischer films were just dreadful, although as bad as "the Destroyer" was as a movie, it wasn't as bad as "The Barbarian". "...and to hear the lamentation of their women."??? Oh, brother, was that laughable.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    by DarkSeider

    This movie better be flirting with an NC-17 rating to be good. I'm talking flying severed heads, limbs, smashed skulls, tits, and tons of gratuitous violence. Anything less than a hard R rating and I won't bother.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    FUCK OFF, this is a joke.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • July 3, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Milius Had Arnold Train Down For Conan

    by Buzz Maverik

    He didn't want to make a cheesy Steve Reeves 1950s Hercules film. He wanted Conan to look like a man made strong by good genetics, hard work and combat. I remember a MUSCLE & FITNESS article at the time (I'm not gay, I actually thought I could get muscles and be fit at one time)where Arnold said that he switched to lighter weights with higher reps, cut out everything except tuna, veggies and water. Milius also made a point of keeping Conan clothed for a great deal of the movie. Howard's Conan was usually clothed and often armored.<p>The Conan movie was mostly grim whereas Howard's Conan was a carouser. As many have pointed out over the decades, most recently an excellent article in EMPIRE, Milius' Conan was actually Howard's Kull. It was a good movie but very different from Howard's Conan. I happen to like both (nope, still not gay). Hated CONAN THE DESTROYER.<p>I completely agree with those of you who mentioned the Lovecraft influence on Conan and would like to see more sorcery in the sword and sorcery. I also agree with everyone who about Pouledoris score. Man, this production should get the rights to Basil's score from the first two movies, pay his estate the big, big bucks they deserve and use the scores for this film. I miss Pouledoris. The CONANS. RED DAWN. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. ROBOCOP. STARSHIP TROOPERS. THE BLUE LAGOON. I know pop culture from our childhood's means more to us, nostalgia and all, but film music seems like it was better then.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    And I Think Arnold Is A Good Film Actor

    by Buzz Maverik

    Conan, the Terminator, Doug Quaid and the Doc Savage-like character he played in TWINS, and the pregnant scientist all being good performances.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    FAREWELL TO THE KING

    by Buzz Maverik

    Another great Pouledoris score. One of the few composer at the time who went to film school. Part of the USC bunch with Lucas, Milius, Randal Kleiser, etc.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    "Gay because it looks like he is being showered in jizz."

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    In answer to why the photo is gay, wins my talkback award of... this talkback. It made me chuckle so InActionMan gets to win the prize of re-enacting the above photo. You'll be put up in a five star hotel in Canada, get a free two hour work out session and then spend a day with an award winning photographer as a group of guys shower you in jizz whilst you swing your sword around. Your friends will be so proud!<p>Well done that (InAction)man!

  • July 3, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    i dunno

    by Ringworm

    i see this dildo on atlantis and i think he can do the cold,D.G.A.F persona pretty well. Quite frankly i dont really see him doing any other type of character well as his range seems to be smash something and shoot a toothy smile. That being said who knows whats being put into the other parts of the film

  • July 3, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    InActionMan thinks of nothing but jizz and anal probing

    by DioxholsterReturns

    that guy is a freak and we shouldnt be encouraging that amateur hobo

  • July 3, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    LORDOFLIGHT

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Yeah but you put it in a way that he didn't look like REH Conan at all. I'm willing to give leeway to the least important physical trait he had, the rest he had it nailed which was a lot more than this new guy has.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Destroyer not as bad as Barbarian!?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Hey i love Destroyer too and glad to hear its championing but why shit all over Barbarian to make it better? I guess reflex against the pro-Barbarian anti-Destroyer camp thats rampant i suppose.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    nudgenudgewinkwink

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Good insight on Dutch being more like REH Conan, however even if Arnie didnt act like REH Conan it still was one of the greatest 80s movies ever, THE best sword n sorcery movie to date and had the biggest influence on teh 80s swodr n sorcery boom, i guess i'm in that tiny camp that loves both the original tales and the movie.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    He looks...

    by SouthSide_2010

    Real bloody and bitchy like Ron Jeremy's dick...

  • July 3, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Seriously, both Conan films were horrible

    by nudgenudgewinkwink

    And the reason is that the guy Arnold was playing wasn't Conan. Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name is more Conan than anything in either of those two films. But the reason I said that I disliked BARBARIAN more than DESTROYER was that Milius (as director and screenwriter) made Conan into a buffoon and that's a sin I find unforgivable. The greatest badass in all of literature was no fool. In DESTROYER he had a little more brains (thanks to Roy Thomas & Gerry Conway's admittedly less than brilliant script. Be that as it may, it was still no Conan. The perfect Conan film would be every bit as much a horror film as it would be a sword epic. With hot chicks in flimsy outfits needing rescuing. By a barbarian who had the cunning/smarts to be a thief, a general and a king and do so while speaking every known language in his time. So enough with the "stupid oaf with a sword" portrayals, please.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    The other 100 guys that they turned down

    by Isotherm

    probably would make CONAN's than MOMOA.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    As for Momoa...

    by nudgenudgewinkwink

    Who the heck knows until we see his performance. I will say this, as far as his physical appearance, it's a given that he's not the Cimmerian that Howard describes but if he can move and say his lines without causing the audience to groan, he'll work. To me, he looks more like Barry Windsor Smith's version of Conan which always felt a touch thin to me. That said, when I look back at the lumbering slow musclebound Arnold in his sword fight scenes, I think it may look better ON FILM to have the powerful panther type. The bottom-line is that it's film, not a short story and what works in one doesn't mean it'll work in the other.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Yeah...

    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    It doesn't look BAD, and you really shouldn't judge it until ya see it. I'll give it a go. Hopefully they can pull it off because those fucking AHHnald movies blew. Grace Jones?!?! WTF were they thinking?!?!?

  • July 3, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Screw Conan, where's our THUNDARR movie?!

    by 3D-Man

    With John Hamm as Thundarr, a CGI Ooklah and Zoe Saldana for Princess Ariel!!!!

  • July 3, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    I Love You too Dioxholster

    by InActionMan

    XX OO. And no those two O Os are not Stargates.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    At least he ain't a limey

    by NippleEffect

    Im sick of limeys playing americans or playing the lead in american movies

  • July 3, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    What kind of faggot talks about Stargate

    by MattmanReturns

    on a Conan talkback?

  • July 3, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    nudgenudgewinkwink

    by catlettuce4

    Milius made Conan stupid? Wasn't it Destroyer in which he counts on his fingers like a fool? I always thought he seemed like more of an oaf in the sequel.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    fuck you mattman, thats Ronan Dex right there

    by DioxholsterReturns

    if you dont like then leave!

  • July 3, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Great photo. One hairstyle away from terrific.

    by kevred

    That is, the lack of a hairstyle would make it terrific.<p>And to all the idiots above: Arnold was fantastic in Conan. It's not Shakespeare, and shouldn't be. He played it perfectly.<p>No one film could encompass everything that Howard wrote. But it captured so much, and with so much integrity, force, and bravado, that it's a classic.<p>We know what we love about Howard's stories. And we know how films tend to get made these days. And the two don't fit. If this one works, it will be a surprise, because contemporary film style just isn't right for this material.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Dumb Conan is dumb Conan.

    by nudgenudgewinkwink

  • July 3, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    As I said, both Conan films were terrible.

    by nudgenudgewinkwink

    Milius's drunk Conan snoring in a bowl of whatever was played for laughs as well. I don't recall much in the way of comic relief in RED NAILS or QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST. Conan slaughtered fools, he didn't play one.

  • July 4, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Can someone name me good black pornstars?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    that are EBONY and not mulatto? im sorry but im kinda drunka and this has been in my mind for the past few months.

  • July 4, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Can someone name me good black pornstars?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    that are EBONY and not mulatto? im sorry but im kinda drunka and this has been in my mind for the past few months.

  • July 4, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    sorry but Barbarian

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    is awesome,

  • July 4, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    miko lee was a good one

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    too bad her tits are scrweed to pooch and she has a bitchy personlity thats developed from years of rampant sex.

  • July 4, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    ...good black pornstars...

    by caruso_stalker217

    I don't really know their names. I just jerk off to them. Who's the girl with the cockeye? I've spilled more than my share of seed to that cutie pie.

  • July 4, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    She was in that Hustler Star Trek parody

    by caruso_stalker217

    You know, the one with the cockeyed ebony girl whom I spilled my seed to.

  • July 4, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Read the Savage Sword of Conan books

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    published by Dark Horse. 500 pages of reprinted Marvel magazines from the 70s in B&W volumes. Absolutely some of the best comic book fun you can have in your life by crom. I am really looking forward to this movie and hope it is the start of a new franchise of S&S greatness. He looks the part, moreso than Arnie. The 1st Arnie movie is a great movie, but he doesn't really feel like Conan. The 2nd movie is pretty rank, a poor cut rate version of the 1st one.

  • July 4, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Conan the Barbarian is a bad adaptation

    by CuervoJones

    But that movie is the best sword and fantasy movie ever, even better than The Lord of the Rings or Excalibur.

  • July 4, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Looks like shit

    by Suskis

    Send him back to the beach.

  • July 4, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Looks like a still from a Peter Andre bukkake video

    by Yates

  • July 4, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    This movie need to be a Hard "R"

    by Dark Doom

    To be faithful to Conan and to be a good movie we need some wenches, blood, and brainspatter and in general gore and even more wenches

  • July 4, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Soundtrack should be done by . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    The Sword.

  • July 4, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    "He's no Arnold"

    by Powerring

    Good...then maybe he can act and project intelligible speech.

  • July 4, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Caruso it was Jada Fire

    by Larry Sellers

  • July 4, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    "best sword and fantasy movie ever"

    by nudgenudgewinkwink

    To call CONAN THE BARBARIAN that is ridiculous. The effects were cheap, the acting was dreadful (the principles were played by a bodybuilder, a surfer and a dancer –– give me a break). Harryhausen's JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS and SINBAD films mop the floor with that film. Beyond a killer music soundtrack, BARBARIAN is a joke. The chick, Valeria was a bigger badass than Conan in that film. That along makes it drivel.

  • July 4, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    nudgenudgewinkwink, you must be a high functioning moron.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Good for you. Shithead.

  • July 4, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Stereotypical Evil Archer

    by nudgenudgewinkwink

    Suck my virtual cock, rump wrangler.

  • July 4, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    That guy?

    by Clarence Bodiker

    Fuck that noise. - go to youtube - enter Conan the Barbarian: the musical. - watch in breathless delight

  • July 4, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Black pornstars

    by NippleEffect

    only one whos name I know is Rane Revere<br> Very, very, very pretty. Not as nasty as most porn stars, not surgically augmented<p> Has a cute booty clap though

  • July 4, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Larry Sellers

    by caruso_stalker217

    Yeah, she was in it. But I was thinking of Taylor Starr. Had to do a little... research.

  • July 4, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Star Trix: Deep Penetration

    by caruso_stalker217

    That was the movie. Yeah.

  • July 4, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Will check out Jada, Rane and Starr

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    thanks guys!

  • July 4, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    i like redheads, anyone know a good redhead pornstar?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    coz my life is so empty lol

  • July 4, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    im not opening that

    by DioxholsterReturns

    until i know what it is lol i dont trust you breast milk

  • July 4, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Nope..still gay.

    by Harry_Knowles_Here_for_Benadryl

  • July 4, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    And So...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...Momoa returned the wayward hair gel of King Osric to its medicine cabinet. And having no further concern he and his companions sought personal hygiene products in the West. Many hair extensions and body waxings did did Momoa enjoy. People Magazine Hot Lists and GQ fashion spreads were heaped upon his name, and in time he became a romance novel cover model by his own appearance. <p> But that is another story.

  • July 4, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    ...hahahahaha...Red Ned.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 4, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    He looks like a Special Needs Conan.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    I smell Oscar nomination.

  • July 4, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    shes okay, but i want something more cute

    by DioxholsterReturns

    she looks like a throw back to the 80s

  • July 4, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    re: GO! MO! GO!

    by Darth_Von_Stroheim

    "He still doesn't have the physical appearance of Arnold. Can he act?" Could Ahnuld ever act? I can't say I really care either way if this new Conan movie is going to suck or not, but lemme just say that Momoa actually resembles the Conan from Marvel Comics art and the covers of all those Conan novels. Honestly I am just tired of the shit state American film is in these days. Very little in the way of new ideas. It's all shitty remakes, reboots, and adaptations of garbage best left unadapted. For every Hurt Locker we have to put up with a half-dozen 80s cartoons and toy movies and stuff that was brilliant when it was a foreign film but rubbish when turned adapted for U.S. audiences, who are apparently severely retarded...

  • July 5, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Claerence Bodiker.....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    A buddy of mine showed that video to me today and I just about pulled a muscle laughing so hard. They friggin' NAILED it. It was the perfect balance of parody and love. I did notice they cheated in that one shot from Destroyer though.

  • July 5, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Script?

    by Grand Moff Toht

    Our host mentioned the script is one of the things he actually likes about this production. Is that so? Go over to the forums at conan.com and you may change your mind about the script's quality. Unless the draft you read is wildly different than the treatment that leaked out a few months back, then you can't possibly find anything good about this hack work. SELL OUT!!!! SUCK SUCK SUCK!!! Honolulu Momoa is the least of Conan's problems. Conan's greatest foes at this moment are Marcus Nispel and whichever teams of mediocre nameless writers have worked on this project. They can all eat a dick. You may fire when ready.

  • July 5, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    "Football Practice!"

    by hst666

  • July 5, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    batmans_pants

    by batmans_pants

    is that the same sword as in the Arnie Conan films? The Pommel looks the same. Anyone?

  • July 5, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    I think that in Milius movie, Conan starts baraly more then an animal, but as the story progresses, he becames more and more clever and sohpisticated. I think the idea was that Conan had a primordial intelligence, which made him not be clouded by the lies from civilization, specially those regarding organized religion, of which the movie is not at all shy in it's criticism. Conan, in Milius movie and as portaited by Arnold, as the movie's version of street smarts, which put him, in the hend, above all else, and even immune to the charms and hypnoticism of Tulsa Doom.<br><br>Arnold's Conan is an intelligent Conan, just not a philosopher, more of a down to Earth kind.<br><br>How i love that movie! Everytime some idiot tries to seel the idea that fun can only be achieved with dumbed donw shit like Bay's TRASHFORMERS, i'm reminded about such movies as CONAN THE BARBARIAN which are epic blockbusters but also intelligent, artistic and done with a porpose and integrity.

  • July 5, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Conan goes Emo

    by UrbanSamurai

    Deep trailer voice: “In a world... where vampires are more wimpy than Anne Rice's creations..... -Where Werewolves are as dangerous as Rin Tin Tin -There will come a man, who will become a legend..... -As the man, who made Frank Frazetta turn in his grave." Frazetta's original Conan image should be the benchmark. Momoa isn't even close. Much to pretty. Don't forget, Conan is no nic-guy hero, he is a brute, savage man in a constant battle for survival and power. I sense a giant stinker coming up....

  • July 5, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Conan goes Emo

    by UrbanSamurai

    Meant „nice-guy hero“, of course. Shouldn't do this while I am working... Still sensing a stinker, though.

  • July 5, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    This shit is just unbelievable

    by AsimovLives

    On one hand we have dedicated supporters of that piec eof shit CONAN THE DESTROYER. On the other hand, we have this mind boggling support of this Momoa surfer boy guy as Conan. He should be called Conan The Wrong.<br><br>Really, the mind of some people! Where people get this opinions from?

  • July 5, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    The pussification of Conan

    by AsimovLives

    Red Sonja and Valeria would never give a fuck and two seconds of their time to this surfer clown, that's for sure.

  • July 5, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    This Conan next to Valeria...

    by AsimovLives

    ... and he would be the cunt.

  • July 5, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    And i'm so sure about this new movie's score

    by AsimovLives

    It will be coimpletely unremarkable. We will nkow it exists because occasionally the horns will blow furiusly and the strings will rage like mad dogs. but there will be not one single memorable line or theme, it all just be wallpapar scoring. and worst, 95% of the fuciing movie's running will have the fucking score playing non-stop, making the movie even more anoying and anonymous. And one will not evne bother to compare to Pouledoris' score for Milius move because there will be no comparison. This is such a sure bet. Of course, some dumb redneck will claim the score is good and how they loved it so much and how it is a great "reference/hommage" to the Pouledoris' score and all that type of tripe that lovers of shit scores say.

  • July 5, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Im just gald somebody is bringing Conan back to the screen

    by mojoman69

    Arnold was great, but its a new day. THis guy looks like the Buscema Conan and thats ok. Give it a chance. Id love to see the crossover with Conan and Elric from the comics. THat would be awesome. Alexander Skarsgaard as Elric would rock!

  • July 5, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    ScarJo would make a great Red Sonja......

    by mojoman69

    Just sayin'....

  • July 5, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    What's the best thing in life ?

    by PTSDPete

    Nothing.

  • July 5, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    So what's wrong with this picture exactly?

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I'm not super familiar with Conan. I've only see bits and pieces of the films and I've never read any of the novels or comics. But am I missing something as far as Conan being a muscle-y guy with long hair hacking up things with a giant sword? The picture itself seems to go with that so what am I missing besides the fact that the actor has very pointy eyebrows for some reason...

  • July 5, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    As mamonas do Momoa

    by AsimovLives

    Fucker will have tits bigger then his female co-star.

  • July 5, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    SCARLETT, great to know there isn't a single shitty movie...

    by AsimovLives

    ... that you don't like. Predictable too. Why just stop at Michelle Bayass's abortions? At least there's consistency in taste.

  • July 5, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    mojoman69

    by AsimovLives

    So, any shitty Conan will do? any shitty crap will do? You hav eno standards? Small wonder most filmmakers are not even bothering to put some quality into the commercial movies, if so many think like you.

  • July 5, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Who fucking cares if movies are good now, hem?

    by AsimovLives

    Really, who fucking cares if movies are good? Any old shit will now nowdays, so why care? Bring on the dumb shitty incompetence! Fucking asses!

  • July 5, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    re: Im just gald somebody is bringing Conan back to the screen

    by Darth_Von_Stroheim

    I don't think Hollyweird could handle a fascinating and complex character like Michael Moorcock's Elric. You might start with a good script and characterization, but exec meddling and subsequent rewrites would reduce the character to a brooding action hero, at best. It is for this reason, that as much as I love Gene Wolfe's Severian character (the Book of the New Urth series), I would not be happy to hear that Hollywood was adapting the New Urth saga. Robert E. Howard, on the other hand, was a racist, marginally talented hack, so I could care less what happens to Conan or Red Sonja on the silver screen.

  • July 5, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Momoa is going to crush the whiners

    by 9000rpm

    I've read all the original Conan books, read some of the comics, and was a huge fan of Arnold even before Conan. I know Conan the character and while the first Conan movie was good even Arnold really wasn't a convincing Conan. He was almost a cartoon version of Conan. Regarding Momoa, have any of you watched the 5 seasons of SG:A? Momoa is the best thing about the show. He dominates every scene he's in and he is terrific at selling the fighting sequences (he's genuinely fast and seemingly well-trained in a martial art or two). If he's bulked up a bit all the better. The upcoming Conan reboot will be even more Conan-esque than Arnold's original and if it isn't it certainly won't be Momoa's fault.

  • July 5, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    hey Asimov Lives

    by mojoman69

    Since you havent seen the movie I cant see how you can judge how it will be. I didnt say any shitty Conan will do. I think thus guy looks the part. But if being a troll makes you feel better, have at it.

  • July 5, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Darth von stroheim

    by mojoman69

    I agree Elric would be hard to pull off. Just like Thor will be hard to pull off. If it got a good director,say McTeirnan and a decent script whos to say? The hardest part to sell would be Elric's otherworldlyness. Bowie would have been perfect 30 years ago. Of course an animated Elric could be pretty amazing. Everything that Beowulf wasnt.

  • July 5, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    This movie needs Lisa Bonet

    by NYC

    in a loin cloth & a scanty bra. Momoa's married to her after all...

  • July 5, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    hey id hit that

    by mojoman69

  • July 5, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Fuck the haters...

    by Alexxa

    ...because they lead miserable lives.

  • July 5, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Elric

    by Omar B

    Elric would be amazing to see on screen, but you know how much they are gonna change to make it more Hollywood. An albino leading man who's not the typical muscle bound alpha. How would they make that work without casting Crispin Glover in the role?

  • July 5, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    It's the director you should be concerned about.

    by Dingbatty

  • July 5, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Life aint miserable...

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    ...when you're hatin!

  • July 5, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    but actually,

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    I don't hate that pic. It kinda gives me hope. And as much as I don't like the director or the actor they chose I want the movie to be good because I love Conan and want to watch a good Conan movie.

  • July 5, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Asi...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    You've got me in the mood to pop CTB in the ol' player tonite and give it another go. Haven't watched it in a while. But honestly, if you haven't watched "Conan the Musical" on youtube like Clarence Bodiker suggested, I recommend it. It's funny as hell without malice. You can tell they love the movie too. If the 'hand stomping' verse doesn't get you, you must have had your sense of humor surgically removed. Trust me. I'm a doctor. Of awesome.

  • July 5, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Well LORDOFLIGHT...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    He and Lovecraft both were pretty much products of their time. Normally, especially in Lovecraft, anyone of color was usually portrayed as just a few steps above beasts; or they were 'up to no good', with their fingers all up in some supernatural shenanigans. It was a lot more obvious in Lovecraft's writings, but it's there in Howard as well.

  • July 6, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    If he doesn't punch a horse this will fail

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  • July 6, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Why do they have to go over tropes from a movie that has little to do with the source material? It was a funny bit, but even hurting an animal that is no threat is pretty far from Conan in anybody's book.

  • July 6, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    He punched a camel, actually.

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  • July 6, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Howard and Racism

    by Hipshot

    If you only define racism as "kill the darkies" then probably not. But if you define it as believing that groups vary widely in intelligence and worth, then yep. Both in depictions of people and the things he had his characters say and do, it was clear that Howard considered Asians and Blacks inferior physically, morally, and intellectually. Now, you can say "he was a man of his time" and that would be true. And while that means he's not a demon, it hardly means he isn't a racist--just that racist ideas and tendencies were so common at the time that no one noticed. I remember a line in one of his stories (I forget which) in which a character entered a town and was "repulsed by the stench of Negroes." Nice. And others in which Chinese are presented as incredibly weak, wicked and ugly, and the highest complement is: "you're a white man." You can excuse him by saying these attitudes were common...but then you lose the right to ever suggest blacks had a level playing field in the 20th century, dontcha?

  • July 6, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Hipshot

    by Fuzzyjefe

    My use of the phrase 'products of their time' is in no way an attempt to excuse their ignorant attitudes toward non-whites; it was more of a shorthand for 'They were white, it was the 20's/30's, so of fucking course they were racist.'

  • July 6, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Racism

    by Hipshot

    I don't think all whites were racist in the 20's/30's. The prevailing attitudes were "racist" but there were plenty of decent people who, while they might have assumed blacks weren't "quite like us" did extend full humanity. My grandfather knew many of these. LORDOFLIGHT--you are correct that a sophisticated literary point of view is to force psychological perspective by presenting a point of view character's attitudes as "truth." This, however, does not determine the ACTIONS of the target group. If they are presented by the author as cowardly, stupid, expendable, etc., it is reasonable to consider these the attitudes of the author, and not a literary technique. Note, please: I don't consider racism to be a matter of "socially inadequate twats." I think it an innate and nearly universal tendency of human perception: everybody thinks they're smarter and better. Note the way Talkbackers categorize their OPINIONS of movies as "truth": it IS garbage. This director IS a moron. People who like such and such ARE tools. Not "in my opinion..." but the actual assumption that what you think represents reality. Once you go down that road, you can get totally admirable people (Thomas Jefferson, for instance) with attitudes that would be considered horrifically racist today. And trust me: a hundred years from now, people will look back and say that many of the attitudes we hold are just as primitive. "The only thing necessary for bigotry to triumph is for people of good will to think we're Post-racial."

  • July 6, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Very well put Hipshot.....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    And yes, there were many people in the 20's/30's that were 'ahead of the curve', so to speak. And sadly, as a resident of the buckle of the bible belt, Alabama, I am sadly very aware that racism is still alive and well in these times. <p> However, it honestly seems to me that many of the youth of today are a lot less prone to it, especially in the metro areas. I would hazard a guess that's because we're finally becoming much more of a 'melting pot' as time goes on. But it's a different world in some of the more deeply rural areas. <p> I agree with you wholeheartedly on your point that as long as humans walk the earth, there's gonna be 'us and them' in one form or another. I consider myself fortunate in that I don't subscribe to that backwards-ass attitude in regards to race OR sexuality, because it could have turned out that way. God help you if you are gay in this state, 'cause most of 'His followers' won't.

  • July 6, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Please allow me to amend

    by Fuzzyjefe

    my last statement. There are many people here who are Christian in the true sense of the word. They are kind, loving, and non- judgmental. Unfortunately, they are also outnumbered. <p> I recently had a bad experience with a very religious person on the subject of 'the gays' that definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. <p> In the spirit of full disclosure only, I myself am a heterosexual man who firmly believes that anyone that is lucky enough to find love in this messy world is blessed. <p> Am I alone in finding the humor from the fact this back-and-forth is going on in a CONAN talkback? CROM!!

  • July 6, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by Hipshot

    Please, in no way take anything I say to imply that things haven't gotten better every generation. I think we are close to an "as good as it gets" point in terms of NO ONE publicly accepts overt racism. The covert stuff? Eh, that probably won't go away unless/until everyone's the same color. I've lived long enough to see MASSIVE change socially. Still waiting to see a black man get laid in a movie that makes over 100 million, though. Might have to wait for Jaden Smith to grow up a bit...

  • July 6, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Hipster....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I didn't take it that way at all. I was just stating that even down here, days are a bit brighter. And if that's the case in the city that used to welcome african americans with dogs and firehoses, it can absolutely happen anywhere. <p> And I'm too lazy to check, but did Hancock cross 100 mill? 'Cause he put holes in the roof. ;) But I know what you mean.

  • July 6, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Dammit, I'm sorry Hipshot...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I totally just flubbed your name. Honest mistake. I just finished off the last of the leftover ribs, and I'm kinda in a rib-induced haze.

  • July 6, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Hancock

    by Hipshot

    Crossed 100. If we'd seen so much as a PG kiss and fade-out, I'd be ecstatic. Got to give me SOMETHING!

  • July 6, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    could have sworn there was at least a little something there. But I do believe I saw the 'unrated' dvd. Didn't see the theatrical version. That was one of those 'mixed bag' of reviews, so I used caution & didn't see it in the theater.

  • July 6, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Cool still from "Pathfinder"

    by Gozu

    Kind of looks like Conan in this one. Weird.

  • July 7, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    THIS WILL SUCK

    by theplant

    THIS IS NOT CONAN, ARNOLD IS CONAN. NO ARNOLD, NO CONAN FILM.

  • July 7, 2010, 7 a.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    I watched "Conan The Musical" and i ccryed laughing. and as you said, it was done with love for the movie, and not malice. and they did a great job, must had taken a lot of effort to make it. Kudos!

  • July 7, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Gozu

    by AsimovLives

    Trust me,there's nothing cool in PATHFINDER once you see the movie projected in motion instead of a collection of stills. And the dialogue is beyond belief! And frnakly, the type of "visualist" that Nispel is doesn't impresse me in the slightest. Visuals without competent to tell a story doesn't impress me in the slightest. Niespel is such a clown. And then the movie is dumb beyond belief. If you want to watch a really smart and visually arresting movie between vikings and indians, watch VALHALLA RISING instead.

  • July 7, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Gozu

    I hated "Pathfinder" and this looks worse. On the other hand, "Valhalla Rising" is going to be playing near me soon and I'm pretty psyched.

  • July 7, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    He still...

    by thebastard

    looks bad for this part. (sigh) fucking hollywood

  • July 7, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Gozu

    by AsimovLives

    Meanwhile, i already got VALHALLA RISING in DVD.

  • July 7, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Glad you liked it Asimov...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    'cause it's the bee's knees, fo sho. And just FYI--they have some more pics from the film over at (looks left, looks right)CHUD. His costume looks torn right out of the early promo pics for the Dark Horse comic. Longish red kilt/skirty thing, wide belt, boots. Me likey.

  • July 7, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    Liked it? Dude, i worship VALHALLA RISING. I saw it two time sin a row when i first saw it. I watched it 6 times in six days! Damn if ever i gave use to a DVD! I love, love, love the movie! The filmmaker and the guy who interviews him in the audio comentary say there are many elements of 2001 in the movie, but i also see a lot of APOCALYPSE NOW in it, the movie which, for me, bears far more resemblance. And really, for me to say that a movie is heavy on 2001 and APOCALYPSE NOW is like sweet manna from heaven. And then there's the fact the movie has the most badass anti-hero of recent cinema. Best one-eyed badass since Snake Plissken, that's for sure. God, how i love the movie!

  • July 7, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Asimov....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I'm sorry I didn't make myself clear...I was referring to Conan the Musical. <p> But based on your unabashed gush of love for Vahalla Rising, it's just made my 'future list' of must-sees (recently unemployed, money's tight). Getting Netflix as soon as I'm in a better way. I'm old-school y'see, and all the actual video stores around have closed.

  • July 7, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    A 2nd photo

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

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  • July 7, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    "all the actual video stores around have closed"<br><br>Oh man, that's depressing. Part of the fun of going to the video stores was the browsing. It could led you to rent this movie which you knew nothing about, and ending up with a pleasant suprise. That's how i got to watch THE DUELISTS for the first time. And i have loved that movie ever since.

  • July 7, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I know Asimov...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I saw a lot of little gems I otherwise wouldn't have. Ravenous, freakin' Reservoir Dogs, Clerks...the list goes on. We don't get a lot of indie films in theaters here in Birmingham, Alabama. Hell, no one's showing Winter's Bone here. But we got Marmaduke! <p> I'll tell you, my best day at the movies ever was a back-to-back of Pan's Labyrinth and The Fountain. They were at different theaters. And the one that showed The Fountain is now closed (the only reason Pan's was here was b/c of the huge buzz, and it played for all of 2 weeks). <p> We have nothing but chain theaters now, and even if they have 12-16 screens, most double-screen multiple movies at the same time. I understand the 'business sense' of this, but throw the small contingent of real cinema lovers a friggin' bone from time to time, ya know?

  • July 7, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    And by 'a bone' I mean...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    maybe show smaller films at the 7-ish and 10-ish time slots on Monday and Tuesday nights. How many families are gonna be having a movie night at the first of the week? <p> It suuuuuuuucks. At least our downtown library has a pretty good 'graphic novel' collection these days. Been reading 100 Bullets. *Awesome*

  • July 8, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    i know what you mean about the overwhelming presence of multiplexes friendly movies, because the same shit happens here. However, some "indie" movies do get some modest multiplex releases because, i figue, of some pressure from the cultural elite and maybe even to fill extablished quotas. Also, because i live so close to the capital, which is also the biggest city in my country, it means i have acess to some screens specialized in independent studios and distributors, which means i can see one of those "indie2 movies in a big screen. for example, MOON was shown her eat one of the largest screens in the country. and it was worthwhile! The movie might had been on a few pennies, but it is epic in scope, if shown in a big screen.<br><br>As for Alabama, let me tell you this: it was unforgivable what you natives tried to do to the british Tv show TOP GEAR presentes Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond and the film crew. You almost assaulted them and shot them just becasue they were driving around in cars with phrases painted on them that reads "Man Love Rules", "Hilary For President" and "NASCAR Sucks". I mean, really!! If you had wanted to shoot Clarkson for what he says about the Bentley Continental GT, that would be another matter, perfectly understandable.

  • July 9, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    AsomovLives...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Not a big NASCAR fan myself, but there's assholes everywhere.