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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Back in the Spotlight, So Who's Laughing at Him?

The Guardian fired at a broad target yesterday, serving up choice bits of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger memoir Total Recall for our collective snarkification. Make fun of his accent and his questionable taste in movies all you want, but it's pretty hard to laugh at someone who bought a block of California real estate in his early twenties and quadrupled his investment in three years.

This week Disney's "Cinderella" received the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray treatment, joining the ranks of classics like "Bambi" and "Lady and the Tramp." The latest transfer is downright immaculate --  it's almost disturbing. Unsurprisingly, the discs are chock-a-block with features including songs and artwork that didn't make the cut back in 1950. But is it totally wrongheaded that I was most excited to find an animated short called "Tangled Ever After," an odd little continuation of Disney's 2010 Rapunzel feature? It's the little things that count.

Speaking of reviving the classics, "Man of Steel" screenwriter David S. Goyer assures us that his Superman movie will be "naturalistic" and "rooted in reality." To his credit, Goyer admits that it won't be easy. Taking this approach with a character who's basically a space alien with laser eyes and has a confirmed fondness for stretchy outfits will be quite a challenge.

People have been wondering for at least a year when (or if) "Winnie" would wash up on America's shores. The film stars Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") as the wife of South African political leader Nelson Mandela -- you can watch the trailer below. There's been tons of backtalk about Hudson's ability to tackle such a demanding role, and people are swift to deride the Hollywood-izing of such an important story. Look, figures like the Mandelas are bigger than any one movie -- we can have the popcorn version and still look forward to more intellectual attempts down the road. (In the meantime, we should all be glad Beyonce didn't get her hooks into the role.)

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