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Boss Vince McMahon on his WWE; (Q&A interview)...
the 1,000th episode of "Raw" approaches, the wrestling king offers his
thoughts on professional wrestling aka "sports entertainment" (The Hollywood
McMahon has the final say at the WWE. He is the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling
Entertainment, and his wife, Linda, is running for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut.
McMahon, 66, is preparing for the 1,000th episode of USA flagship live show Raw,
the longest-running episodic primetime program in the U.S. Raw, which reaches
more than 600 million homes worldwide and contributed massively to the network's
$340 million in revenue from live and televised entertainment in 2011. Today they
kick of with adding a third hour and becoming the most interactive show in pro
wrestling, and in just about any other medium or genre.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: You started on USA, moved to another network and then returned
Vince McMahon: We became the No. 1 show on USA. And they wouldn't
be No. 1 right now in primetime if not for Raw. We switched one time to what became
the Spike network and became the No. 1 show there. We have proved that we can
pretty much make TV networks.
WWE and your performers have started using Twitter more.
Back in the early days, our performers elicited a response -- a boo or a cheer.
Today, we use all this social media. We are going to do Tout, in which the WWE
just invested. With that, you get a 15-second video shout-out that goes straight
to our TV programs. Beginning with the 1,000th show, people can participate in
terms of the types of matches and what actually happens on air. It will be the
most interactive TV programming in the world.
Over the years, you had ups and downs. You had the Monday night ratings wars with
WCW, for example.
Ted Turner was a bit of a battle [when he bought the World Championship Wrestling
circuit]. Ted was part of Time Warner; that was difficult to compete with. But
perseverance is extremely important in life and in business. The other guys got
tired of traveling each and every week to do TV. They just didn't have the same
passion we do. They were working for a paycheck. It was only a matter of time
until they burned out.
Why has so much of your talent, like The Rock, gone on to film careers?
Our talent is taught not to be prima donnas, to be on time and know their lines.
And quite frankly, people in Hollywood, once they see what we do, they are amazed.
Our talent doesn't demand the biggest trailer or a certain amount of grape juice
or whatever the hell it is. Our talent is extremely flexible and knows how to
act, so it's a logical extension for them.
UFC gets big pay-per-view numbers. How do you stack up against them?
We're in show business, they are a sport. Their ratings are abysmal. They are
in the pay-per-view business, and they do reasonably well there. We just set a
record for WrestleMania. We had 1.3 million buys for this year's WrestleMania,
and our pay-per-view numbers for our shows have been up 30 percent since then.
So, we are looking pretty good.
Are you going to watch the Olympics?
I consider our business the Olympics, and it doesn't just happen every few years,
but every night. My favorite part will be the closing ceremonies. That means the
Olympics are over, and everyone will settle down and Raw, Smackdown! [on Syfy]
and WWE will have more prominence.
ION Enters Pro-Wrestling Ring with 'WWE Main Event'
Rock: The third-generation wrestler began his film career with The Mummy Returns.
Next: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Fast and the Furious 6.
Keibler: Keibler wrestled and managed WWE stars, then placed third on Dancing
With the Stars. And, oh yeah, she's been dating George Clooney since 2011.
Cold" Steve Austin: McMahon's beer-swilling adversary appeared in The Expendables.
Hulk Hogan: He's acted in Rocky III, starred on his own reality show and done
voice acting for Robot Chicken.
Prinze Jr.: The She's All That star and WWE fan was hired to help create Raw storylines
in 2008. He has guest-hosted on the show as well.
WWE Triple H Talks Talent...
this coming Monday's historic 1000th episode of Raw, Paul Levesque, also known
as Triple H, addressed a number of topics including Randy Orton's ongoing sixty-day
suspension for his second violation of WWE's Talent Wellness Program.
who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, the site of Monday's show, will be unable
to appear due to the suspension. Though Levesque won't divulge what Orton did
wrong, he notes "The Legend Killer" will be back once the suspension
is important to remember that all of our wrestlers are human but they also have
to be accountable," Levesque says of Orton's suspension.
WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Levesque's corporate
role is to discover tomorrow's Superstars. He admits it's a struggle.
trying to teach them to be the Stone Colds and the Undertakers of tomorrow, but
the one thing we can't teach is charisma," said Levesque. "You can teach
people to do moves and create story lines and the psychology of what we do, but
you can't teach someone to be the Rock. It's an innate ability to walk into a
room and have everyone pay attention. Put aside the athleticism and what happens
in the ring, what our business is really about is connecting with people emotionally.
If you are emotionally connected to your character, then people will want to see
you. It's true in Hollywood and movies. You don't have to be the best actor, just
be a presence."
H, The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin created on-screen personas
"fans loved, hated or loved to hate" on Raw in the late '90s. Levesque
feels they were the first stars of reality television.
guy we have, whether it's me, whether it's the Undertaker, whether it's John Cena
playing the character John Cena, is a performer," said Levesque. "What
we did is very much the beginning of reality television. 'Jersey Shore,' whether
people want to believe it or not, is a scripted kind-of show. They don't give
them every single word, but they give them premises and they set things up. It's
not a documentary where you follow them around brushing their teeth. And that's
what we are we blur that line and that's what people find intriguing."
also offers insight on The Rock and Kane's on-stage personalities, WWE's decision
to make their shows "PG" television, critics denouncing wrestling as
"fake," and more.
WWE Raw Supershow - What To Expect On The Broadcast
Live in St. Louis, Mo,
WWE Raw era will start with a new signature WWE open capturing WWE through the
clips of memorable moments throughout Raw's history - Vince's "Bret screwed
Bret" speech, Shawn Michaels losing his smile, Edge retiring, Ric Flair retiring,
and Triple H tributing Eddie Guerrero.
video package focusing on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels
and and Bret Hart becoming friends again.
McMahon to welcome and thank the fans.
reunion with most members.
Rock to address the WWE Title.
Lesnar accept Triple H's Summerslam Challenge?
Bryan and A.J. to get married.
champion C.M. Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE Title
-- World Hvt. champion SHEAMUS & REY MYSTERIO & SIN CARA vs. CHRIS JERICHO
& DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Vickie Guerrero) & ALBERTO DEL RIO
-- JACK SWAGGER vs. BRODUS CLAY (w/Mick Foley)
-- IC champion CHRISTIAN vs. THE MIZ -- Intercontinental Title match
Sheen via Skype to talk wrestling and "anger management".
-- HEATH SLATER vs. LITA
The Undertaker returns to RAW.
5 -- WWE champion C.M. PUNK vs. JOHN CENA -- WWE Title match
thanks to our friends at WWE, Pro Wrestling Torch, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
and Wrestling Inc in assisting with this report.
New X Men, Wolverine 2 Film Revealed Possible New Viper Actress...
X Men, Wolverine 2 film revealed possible new Viper actress. According to a new
report from Collider, talks with Jessica Biel to play character Viper in the new
Wolverine 2 flick, did not workout,so now, this new Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova
is currently in talks to play Viper instead. Its also reported that Svetlana
is expected to close a deal with the studio pretty quickly.
character of Viper is said to be of Eastern European decent, and has a complex
relationship with Wolverine that includes, at one point, a sham marriage. Svetlana
is mostly known for her work in Russia, but she appeared last year in the espionage
flick Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
location work on The Wolverine will be done in Japan, while stage work will be
shot in Australia in August. The movie stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki
Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee, and is scheduled
to hit theaters on July 26th,2013. Stay tuned.
Wolverine sequel: Jessica Biel out...
days after Jessica Biel was announced to play Viper in the forthcoming Wolverine
sequel, The Wolverine, it has emerged that the actress has now walked away from
the project after contract talks broke down.
Mangold has taken the reins for this installment with Hugh Jackman returning to
play the titular title role. It will hopefully stay faithful to the Chris Claremont/Frank
Miller series which sees Wolverine transported to Japan in one of his darkest
had been cast as Viper, a character who has a tempestuous relationship with Wolverine/Logan,
including blackmail, a forced marriage and the odd wound both physical
and mental. Viper is also known as Lady Hydra, a high ranking officer in the Hydra
network, but this may not be referenced in The Wolverine as the rights to Hydra
are with Disney/Marvel Studios and Hydra was used in Captain America: The First
has had a bumpy ride so far getting to the big screen, with Darren Aronofsky leaving
the project very early on. This caused a delay in filming, which then grew as
Hugh Jackman had commitments to film Les Miserables.
another setback for the production that commences in Australia this August before
filming on location in Japan. Sources say that Fox are now talking to other actors
about the role as they look to move quickly to replace Biel.
film is scheduled for release July 2013.
Marvel Entertainment movies; Thor, Spider-Man boost popularity of online slot
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Comic Book Movies News Update...
and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino will soon be scripting for DC Comics. The announcement,
made at San Diego Comic Con, was nothing short of cryptic, and we are waiting
on more details to be divulged.
Marvel NOW! Point-One teaser sequentially revealed the heroes that will be strongly
implicated in the special issue to be released this Fall. The characters are Nick
Fury, Jr., Cable, Ant Man, Loki, Wiccan, Miss America, Nova and Starlord.
Film and Television:
recently entered a bidding war for Classic Media film and television rights to
properties like He-Man, Godzilla, Voltron, Turok, Dick Tracy, Archie, Rocky and
Bullwinkle, and many more.
Studios is investigating the leak that uncovered the production of a Guardians
of the Galaxy film weeks before the film's planned announcement at San Diego Comic
Knight Rises has reportedly earned $162 million at the box office in its opening
weekend despite tragedy. The gross puts TDKR third behind Marvel's The Avengers
and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, both of which had inflated
grosses due to 3D ticket sales.
O'Neill formally takes over as Echo chairman - 23rd July...
Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill has officially taken over as chairman
of casino operator Echo Entertainment Group's board.
O'Neill takes over from John Story who stepped down on June 8 following a campaign
to remove him by James Packer, head of rival casino operator Crown.
O'Neill, a non-executive board director and chief executive of the Australian
Rugby Union, subsequently assumed the role of Echo's acting chairman.
appointment received Mr Packer's support.
Packer, seeking a presence in the lucrative Sydney gaming market, wanted to to
increase his influence on Echo, which holds the city's sole casino licence.
took a 10 per cent holding in Echo.
operates The Star in Sydney, the Jupiters casinos on the Gold Coast and in Townsville,
and the Treasury casino in Brisbane.
operates the Crown casino in Melbourne and the Burswood casino in Perth.
Steven Spielberg Wants Chris Hemsworth for Robopocalypse...
actor Chris Hemsworth was a relative unknown Stateside only a couple years ago,
but he has become the go-to guy for roles requiring a handsome badass who fights
inhuman threats. Hemsworth has battled Frost Giants in Thor and alien invaders
in The Avengers as Thor and Thor's wicked brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston),
in both movies and trolls as the Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman,
and it looks like he will soon be battling robots for director Steven Spielberg
three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker has been trying to put together an
adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's best-selling novel of the same name since before
the book was completed, and now it seems he's finally ready to start moving forward
with it. According to Deadline, Spielberg recently met in secret with Hemsworth
to discuss starring in the movie and has chosen him to lead the resistance against
the artificial intelligence Archos, which seeks to annhiliate the human race.
details on the adaptation are scarce at this point. Goddard wrote the initial
screenplay adaptation of his book, but Deadline reports that Kario Salem (The
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) has been hired to rewrite Goddard's script.
Here's the synopis of the book from Random House's website:
far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against
us. Controlled by a childlike yet massively powerful artificial
intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world
has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour
the moment the robots attack the human race is almost annihilated, but
as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined
effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international
cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the
machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly detailed, Robopocalypse is an action-packed
epic with chilling implications about the real technology that surrounds us.
the robots' world, we just live in it...for now.
House also has a one-minute video short set in the world of Robopocalypse on its
site. The director of the short, Stephen Lunsford, is no Spielberg, but the short
is worth watching solely for the creepy, child-like voice of Archos declaring
itself humanity's god.
will be a joint Dreamworks-Fox production distributed by Disney. It is slated
for release on April 25, 2014.
Hugh Jackman echoes sorrow over massacre...
actor Hugh Jackman has expressed his sadness following the mass shooting at a
US screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
I can echo is the sorrow I feel for the families, the community, for everybody,'
an issue that goes way beyond, obviously beyond acting, beyond film or anything
is just a tragedy on a level that we have experienced in Australia many years
ago in Tasmania and it's devastating and I can't comment on (it) anymore than
as a human being and my feelings for those people involved.'
was speaking in Sydney at a press conference on Tuesday for his new film The Wolverine,
alongside its director, James Mangold, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
was sporting a red right eye, but it wasn't because of training for the action
movie, but rather 'a very energetic game of tag with my kids', which he thinks
burst a blood vessel.
says it wasn't easy getting back into shape for the part, particularly coming
from his last role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
was a particular challenge because Les Mis, I had to start at 83 kilos and I finished
at about 97 kilos by the end of the movie,' he says.
did have a holiday recently, but it was more like boot camp for me. But the kids
and Deb (his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness) were happy.'
of The Wolverine is scheduled to start in Sydney on July 30, after a number of
setbacks for the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
March, director Darren Aronofsky left the project, and Mangold stepped in to replace
him. Then the shoot, which was originally meant to be in Japan, was postponed
last October because of weather conditions.
says The Wolverine is based on a series of comics that detail the mutant's journeys
in Japan and he refuted reports that Jessica Biel had turned down the lead role
story couldn't be more of a fantasy frankly, in terms of what I was reading, so
it was nothing more than a list of people we were considering and still are,'
who has played Wolverine now in five different movies over the past 12 years,
says he takes the movies on one at a time.
The Wolverine, he saw the screenplay and was sold.
feel like a golfer, always looking for a hole in one and I thought this was the
best script we've had,' he says.
Hollywood declares box office truce after massacre...
Hollywood studio behind the Batman movies has decided not to publish weekend box
office figures after the Colorado theatre massacre.
people were killed and 58 injured when a gunman dressed in full body armour opened
fire at a packed midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises in Denver.
Holmes, 24, was taken into custody outside the cinema after the attack. He is
in solitary confinement and is due in court on Monday morning.
hours of the attack, Warner Brothers had cancelled the movie's Paris premiere,
which was to have been accompanied by a press junket with the cast and crew including
director Christopher Nolan and main star Christian Bale.
company also cancelled red carpet events for the film in France, Japan and Mexico,
although screenings will go ahead as planned.
Bros has now confirmed it will not publish weekend takings - a form of crowing
about box office success - until Monday.
was despite the fact that unofficial figures cited by industry daily Variety suggest
that it made $US75 million on Friday alone, the third biggest opening day ever
at the US box office.
move was swiftly followed by major Hollywood rivals including Disney, Fox, Sony,
Lionsgate and Universal.
initial radio silence from most of the cast and crew, Nolan issued a statement
lamenting the "senseless tragedy," and expressing "our profound
sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community".
Saturday Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne aka Batman, also expressed his sadness.
cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the
pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them,"
he said in a statement.
a separate move Warner Bros scrambled to pull a trailer for another film, Gangster
Squad, including a scene in which mobsters shoot at theatre audiences. (AFP)
Christian Bale: My Heart Aches for Victims
film is expected to be among the most lucrative movie openings and possibly contend
with the record $207.4 million brought in by "The Avengers."
Dark Knight Rises" star Christian Bale said Saturday that his heart goes
out to the victims of the Colorado shootings, a tragedy that brought Hollywood
studios together in a rare show of solidarity as they opted to give the weekend
box-office a rest.
cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale, who plays the caped crusader
in the film, said in a statement. "I cannot begin to truly understand the
pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."
Sony, Fox, Disney, Universal, Fox, Paramount and Lionsgate said Saturday that
they are joining "Dark Knight Rises" distributor Warner Bros. in withholding
their box-office numbers for the weekend.
Bros. announced Friday that it would forgo the usual revenue reports until Monday
out of respect for the victims and their families in the Aurora, Colo., shooting
that killed 12 and wounded 58 at the midnight show of "The Dark Knight Rises"
earlier in the day.
other studios said they also would not report numbers until Monday. Box-office
tracking service Rentrak, too, said it would not report figures this weekend.
box-office estimates are a weekly routine for Hollywood, with studios jostling
for bragging rights as the No. 1 movie and always aiming to break revenue records.
the shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater at a midnight screening of the
new Batman film, the box-office performance of "The Dark Knight Rises"
had been eagerly anticipated. The film is expected to be among the most lucrative
movie openings and possibly contend with the record $207.4 million brought in
by "The Avengers."
that now appears unlikely, even though "The Dark Knight Rises" earned
$30.6 million from midnight screenings alone. Hollywood trade publications Variety
and Hollywood Reporter reported estimates of roughly $75 million to $77 million
for the film on Friday, based on box-office insiders.
would put it on track for somewhere around $165 million for the weekend. Such
a total would be the second highest weekend opening ever, after "The Avengers."
projections, though, are bound to be rough approximates given the atypical nature
of the situation. Many of Friday's tickets were presold before the shooting. Moviegoers
making their way to theaters also faced increased security and, in some places,
bag checks. AMC Theaters, the country's second-largest movie chain, said it would
not allow costumed fans or face-covered masks into its theaters.
Bros. rushed to react to the tragedy, immediately canceling a Friday night premiere
in Paris. On Saturday, it also canceled the other remaining red-carpet extravaganzas
in Mexico City and Tokyo.
studio, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., also moved to pull trailers from its
upcoming film "Gangster Squad" from theaters. The trailer of the film,
which stars Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in a ruthless war between Los Angeles police
and the mob, includes a scene of mobsters firing into a crowded movie theater
from behind the screen.
Nolan, the director of "The Dark Knight Rises" earlier responded to
the tragedy, expressing his sorrow for the victims and their families.
Nolan: "The movie theater is my home and the idea that someone would violate
that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating
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