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, Manager of Creative Services Paul suggests Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo.

I like my novels ice-cold. Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis fits the bill. This is the story of Eric Packer, a young, ultra-rich trader taking a day-long crosstown trip in his stretch limo. Stuck in hellish traffic, watching Manhattan from behind dark glass, his fortune evaporating as the trading day goes sour, he is visited by clients, friends, mistresses and doctors. Ghosts of the past, present and future.

Written in 2003, taking place just before 9/11—and, come to think of it, before the economic collapse and Occupy Wall Street—this is DeLillo doing at his dread-filled, end-of-days thing. Which I love.

It’s a good time to read Cosmopolis. David Cronenberg’s film version debuts at Cannes this spring. With Robert Pattinson as Eric, and the likes of Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, and Paul Giamatti showing up in the limo.

Read an excerpt from the book.

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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, Marketing Assistant Loretta suggests Lawless (previously titled The Wettest County in the World) by Matt Bondurant.

The first paragraph in this book brings us to the trigger end of a .22 rifle, peering straight down the barrel and into the eye of a sow. Jack Bondurant shoots, splashing a bullet into the animal and sending his rifle into the mud. Jack’s struggle to kill the beast is ended by his older brother’s knife, dragged in one clean cut across the sow’s neck. “Hot blood smoked in the calcified winter air. Jack crouched on the ground like a muddy toad, cradling the rifle and watching the stream of crimson like liquid fire. He was eight years old,” writes Bondurant.

This book is based on the true story of three brothers who make their living bootlegging during prohibition. We follow them into the hills and down the dark county roads as they stand against law and man. The author, Matt Bondurant based the story on the experience of his grandfather and granduncles. It’s strong and it’s dark and it’s going to be released as a movie by John Hillcoat, with a screenplay by Nick Cave, the same pair from The Proposition. Our movie tie-in edition releases this July.

The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages

For those of you who loved The New York Times bestselling Savages, Don Winslow brings us the story of what happened before that with The Kings of Cool coming out in June. Coinciding this release, Savages comes to life in a movie with an all-star cast in July, boasting the names and faces of John Travolta, Blake Lively, Benecio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and Salma Hayek, under the direction of Oliver Stone.

In Savages, O and her two boyfriends, Ben and Chon, live glamourous lives as marijuana packagers in southern California. Things take a sharp turn when Ben and Chon refuse a Mexican Baja Cartel who wants a cut of their premium grade product. The cartel kidnaps O, sending Ben and Chon on a wild chase who, fuelled by love, will do anything to get her back. With such a stellar cast and talented director behind it, I couldn’t be more excited for this summer blockbuster to hit the big screen, bringing to life Winslow’s high octane thrill ride. Prepare yourself for the movie by reading the novel!

Now in The Kings of Cool, Winslow gives us the story before Savages, delving into the families, histories and events that shaped the lives of O, Ben and Chon, and made them who they are in Savages. The twists, turns and tension are back in this powerful prequel to what everyone’s sure to be buzzing about this summer.

Click here for an excerpt from Savages, a book that Stephen King calls, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload.” You can also find out more about the highly-anticipated film and watch the trailer here.