About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.
Entertainment Weekly


Rambo producer Andy Vajna dies at 74

MJ Kim/Getty Images

Posted on

Hungarian-American film producer Andy Vajna has died, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Vajna was born in Budapest on Aug. 1, 1944, but he didn’t stay there for long. He escaped Hungary’s postwar communist regime in 1956, the same year that the country was shaken by a nationwide revolution against the Soviet Union’s control. The revolution was ultimately suppressed, but Vajna made it out — first to Canada, and then to Los Angeles, where he reunited with his parents.

He went on to become a successful film producer. Some of Vajna’s most notable productions include Sylvester Stallone’s first three Rambo films. He also produced many films set in Hungary, such as 1996’s Evita starring Madonna. In 2005, he co-produced (alongside the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu) the documentary Freedom’s Fury, which told the story of the 1956 Olympic water pool match between Hungary and the Soviet Union. This violent game, sometimes known as the “Blood in the Water” match, was depicted as the receptacle for the political tensions related to the revolution that year, which Vajna had escaped as a child.

Since 2011, Vajna has been a political commissioner in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government, in charge of developing Hungary’s film industry. His efforts led to the creation of the Hungarian National Film Fund, which helps finance Hungarian films. One of their productions, 2015’s Son of Saul, went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.