Arnold Caption Contest: Pumping Iron

Update: Thank you for participating. This giveaway is now closed. 

Congratulations to bozpictures for winning our Arnold Schwarzenegger caption contest!

We received lots of really good captions, but this one really gave us a chuckle.
An honourable mention goes to Joseph A. for “Is this just a routine blood check? Because you might need a bigger needle!”

Come back Monday, September 16 for another fun Arnie picture and another chance to win a copy of Total Recall.

From bodybuilder to actor to politician. We’re celebrating the extraordinary life of chameleon Arnold Schwarzenegger and the upcoming release of his memoir Total Recall with a caption contest.

Every Monday for the month of September, we’ll post a new photo to this blog.Submit your best caption (in 30 words or less) for these photos as a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of four copies of Total Recall! One winner will be selected and announced every Friday.

Here is our next photo: young Arnie during his days of training for the Mr. Olympia competition.

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And the winner is…

Congratulations to Dexter for winning our first Arnold Schwarzenegger caption contest!
With over 40 movies under his belt we’d say Arnie has a lot of screening to do.

Thanks to everyone who entered, the S&S Canada team got a good chuckle from all the entries. But don’t put away your thinking cap yet, we’ll have another photo for you on Monday. Come back for more Arnie fun times and another chance to win a copy of Total Recall.

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With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to reread some of your favourite books. We asked our charming staff at Simon & Schuster Canada to share some of their top picks with you. Next up, Senior Publicist Max suggests Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind.

I love books on film, both criticism and behind-the-scenes stuff. A couple of my favourites are The Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson (thousands of great 1000-word-or-so entries; on Keira Knightley: “…about as interesting as a creme brulée where too much refrigeration has killed flavour with ice burn”) and Shock Value by Jason Zinoman about the golden age that was 1970s horror.

The latter is obviously descended from Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind which breaks-down another 1970s golden age: that of the American auteur who made movies for the mainstream. Easy Rider, a strange movie that feels like it sprung ex nihilo from its writer (Peter Fonda) and its director (Dennis Hopper), made so much money that it paved the way for a decade of idiosyncratic film. Some of them, like Chinatown, Taxi Driver, and The Deer Hunter, are masterpieces that also made profit. Others like Personal Best and especially Heaven’s Gate are much lesser movies. The latter, directed by Michael Cimino, with its huge over-budget, Cimino’s on-set fascism, and animal-abuse as special effects, is generally thought to be the film that actually killed the auteur. After Heaven’s Gate, studios stopped giving individual artists so much money and power and they focused on inoffensive, packaged films (though I do love Top Gun as much as the next guy).

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