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Disney buys 'Star Wars' producer Lucasfilm for $4.05B...
was as if a million Star Wars fans suddenly cried
out in terror Tuesday, with the surprise announcement
that entertainment titan Disney is in the process
of buying Star Wars creator George Lucas's production
company, Lucasfilm Ltd., along with rights to the
vast galaxy of Star Wars films, merchandise and other
spin-offs. The cost of the deal was pegged at $4.05
fans' minds further, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger
announced Disney's plans to release a new live-action
Star Wars film every two to three years, beginning
with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015. "We have
a pretty extensive treatment of the next three movies,"
Iger told a conference call of analysts and journalists
late Tuesday afternoon.
what of George Lucas himself, who announced his retirement
from movies in June? "It's now time for me to
pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers,"
Lucas said in a statement. "I've always believed
that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought
it was important to set up the transition during my
social media erupted with what's surely geekdom's
biggest news story of 2012, some bemoaned the deal
as the beginning of the end for Star Wars.
so. In fact, this is possibly the best thing to happen
to Star Wars since Lucas let his friend Irvin Kershner
handle directorial duties on 1980's The Empire Strikes
Back. With all due respect to the man who created
these pop culture touchstones, any new Star Wars movie
not written or directed by Lucas has to be a good
thing. The scars from the prequel trilogy - particularly
1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace,
with its wooden performances, leaden dialogue and
the awfulness that is Jar Jar Binks - are still fresh
after all these years.
Twitter, geek queen Felicia Day summed it up in a
point echoed by many calmer heads: "Every awesome
creative person in Hollywood would love to work on
something new (related to) Star Wars," she tweeted.
"So this could be a great thing."
Star Wars movie directed by The Avengers' Joss Whedon,
who is already firmly in the Disney/Marvel fold? Or
by Brad Bird, who helmed Mission: Impossible - Ghost
Protocol and Pixar's awesome The Incredibles? Based,
perhaps, on some of the beloved (and non-Lucas) Star
Wars novels and spinoffs? A fan can dream.
said new Star Wars TV shows, theme park attractions
and video games are also likely. Lucas's Indiana Jones
franchise now falls under Disney's domain as well,
but Iger said for the time being the focus will be
on expanding the Star Wars saga and not a new Indy
Disney dropped $7.2 billion US on Pixar in 2006 and
acquired comic book giant Marvel for $4.2 billion
US in 2009, there were similar qualms from fans of
each company. But Toy Story 3 and that little The
Avengers flick seemed to turn out OK.
leads to anger, as Yoda would say, and there's nothing
to fear with this deal. Time will tell how it all
plays out, but Disney and Star Wars could be the best
partnership since Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Farnhams son Rob making it in Hollywood...
Farnhams 33-year-old son Rob Farnham has been
spotted in West Hollywood leaving a restaurant with
his manager Rhys O'Connell (well known to the Media
Man agency) and band mate Matt Bolding.
was in LA to meet with producers and apply the finishing
touches to his new album, set for release in the US
son of The Voice has established himself
on the local Australian music scene over the past
few years touring his EP, So Long.
shows in and around LA at various venues, Rob has
been developing a fan following on the international
music scene by playing well-known venues such as The
will be making his US TV debut on celeb gossip show
Everybody wants to dress up as The Avengers this Halloween...
out the body paint and the robot outfit lying at the
back of the closet: The Avengers are this year's most
popular choices for movie-inspired Halloween costumes.
to a poll of 1000 film fans by US website Fandango,
Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr),
Captain America (Chris Evans, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)
and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are the hottest
movie-inspired outfits for the annual happening. Superheroes
are not a big part of Halloween the world over, and
Australia is no different.
Edward Cullen from Twilight doesn't even get a look-in
in the top 10 list, and he's older than most of the
comic-book-turned-movie-heroes. Vampires are now aged
are the top 10 costumes based on 2012 films according
to the poll:
Thor (The Avengers)
Iron Man (The Avengers)
Captain America (The Avengers)
Hulk (The Avengers)
Batman (The Dark Knight Rises)
James Bond (Skyfall)
Ted the Raunchy Teddy Bear (Ted)
Gandalf (The Hobbit)
Magic Mike (Magic Mike)
Wreck-It-Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)
Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises)
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Queen Ravenna (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Black Widow (The Avengers)
Red-Eyed Bella the Vampire (The Twilight Saga: Breaking
Dawn - Part 2)
Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games)
Selene (Underworld: Awakening)
Alice (Resident Evil: Retribution)
those considering more classic costumes, Indiana Jones,
Batman, Dracula, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and
Belle from Beauty and the Beast are top of the pile,
according to Fandango voters.
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'Avengers' tops Hollywood-inspired Halloween costumes...
do Thor, Captain America and Batman have in common?
(Hint: we're not talking about their spandex.)
three characters, along with Iron Man and the Hulk,
made the top five guys' picks in this year's list
of the most in-demand movie-inspired Halloween costumes,
according to The Hollywood Reporter.
women picked Catwoman, who was seen this summer in
"The Dark Knight Rises," as their No. 1
from "The Hunger Games," Snow White and
Queen Ravenna from "Snow White and the Huntsman,"
and "The Avengers' " Black Widow rounded
out the top five choices for the ladies.
survey, conducted by Fandango, is based on more than
1,000 responses and also includes a "classic"
costume category, with favorites such as Dorothy from
"The Wizard of Oz" and Indiana Jones.
rest of the top costume picks are more varied, including
heart-of-gold hunks ("Magic Mike"), heart-of-gold
princesses (Merida from "Brave") and super-specific
vampires ("Red-Eyed Bella the Vampire").
Entertainment Avengers costumes #1..
Marvels The Avengers made over $1.5 billion
at the box office this year were not too surprised
to hear the superhero characters will be filling the
streets this Halloween. Yes, they even beat Batman.
surveyed 1000 moviegoers on which film-related costumes
theyd be sporting on Halloween. Among
2012 releases, Avengers characters took the top four
spots with males, with Chris Hemsworths Thor
edging out the other characters from summers
box office hit for the No. 1 spot. Robert Downey Jr.s
Iron Man came in second, followed by Chris Evans
Captain America and Mark Ruffalos Hulk,
according to The Hollywood Reporter. Batman was #5.
can probably guess which female characters the women
said they were most likely to dress as for Halloween
but here are the stats. Meanwhile, action heroines
dominated the womens choices, with Anne Hathaways
Catwoman, also from The Dark Knight Rises, coming
in at No. 1, followed by Jennifer Lawrences
Katniss from The Hunger Games. Rounding out the top
five were Kristen Stewarts Snow White and Charlize
Therons Queen Ravenna from Snow White and the
Huntsman and Scarlett Johanssons Black Widow
from Avengers. Effie Trinket and Merida were
also on the list.
it comes to costumes not originating from the 2012
box office, men favored Indiana Jones while women
chose Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
'Skyfall' debuts at No. 1 in 25 foreign countries,
Pictures is spying a hit in its latest James Bond
film, as "Skyfall" debuted at No. 1 in 25
foreign countries this weekend.
film, starring Daniel Craig in the 23rd entry featuring
007, collected an impressive $77.7 million overseas
this weekend, according to an estimate from Sony,
which is distributing the film internationally. "Skyfall,"
financed by Sony and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for just
under $200 million, doesn't hit U.S. theaters until
the 25 international markets the film played in this
weekend, it easily did best on Bond's home turf, the
United Kingdom. The picture sold $32.4 million worth
of tickets there the biggest opening of the
year so far and 30% ahead of the opening for Craig's
last Bond film, 2008's "Quantum of Solace."
was also strong in France, where the movie grossed
$9.1 million, and in Russia, where receipts amounted
to $8.6 million. The last installment in the franchise,
"Solace," ultimately collected $417.7 million
abroad roughly 71% of its worldwide gross.
strong international bow for "Skyfall" bodes
well for its U.S. prospects, especially since early
reviews have been exceptionally positive. As of Sunday,
the movie had earned a 94% fresh rating on Rotten
Bullet To The Head...
Stallone stars in the new film from director Walter
some time back, but having had its release put back
to early 2013, Sylvester Stallone's next movie is
Bullet To The Head. In it, he's playing a hitman who
teams up with a New York cop, on the hunt of bad people.
A simple enough set-up.
gives us hope that Bullet To The Head might just turn
out to be a treat is the presence of director Walter
Hill behind the camera. Hill's CV features many favourites,
such as The Warriors, 48 Hrs, Last Man Standing, Red
Heat and the TV show Deadwood. Hopefully, he can inject
the necessary quality into Bullet To The Head, too.
Hogan Settles Lawsuit With Bubba The Love Sponge,
Bubba Issues Statement...
Hogan has settled his lawsuit with former best friend
Todd Alan Clem, a.k.a. Bubba the Love Sponge. Terms
of the settlement are confidential, however Clem issued
a public apology to Hogan on his radio show this morning.
am now convinced that Hulk Hogan was unaware of the
presence of the recording device in my bedroom,"
Clem said. "I am convinced [Hulk Hogan] had no
knowledge that he was being taped...It is my belief
that Hulk is not involved, and has not ever been involved,
in trying to release the video, or exploit it, or
otherwise gain from the video's release in any way."
attorney, David R. Houston, stated that his client
was "pleased" with Bubba telling the truth
lawsuit against Gawker.com remains pending, and a
hearing for his request for an injunction will be
held next Thursday, November 8th. (Wrestling Inc)
WWE Studios and ABC Family Set Christmas Bounty...
Studios and ABC Family today announced that they are
partnering to develop an upcoming television movie,
Christmas Bounty, for a 2013 world premiere during
ABC Familys popular 25 Days of Christmas
programming event. WWE Superstar, The Miz, is attached
to star in a lead role.
Bounty is said to be an action-filled comedy about
a former bounty hunter turned elementary schoolteacher.
Determined to have a normal life, and keep her bounty
hunter past a secret, she reluctantly returns home
for Christmas to help save the family business by
catching the one bounty that got away. But when her
fiancé follows her home for the holiday, she
struggles to hide her wild family business and a bounty
hunter ex-boyfriend she thought shed left behind.
Written by Andrew Black & Vivian Lee, and James
Berg & Stan Zimmerman, the movie is scheduled
to go into production in early 2013.
are so pleased to partner with a tremendous network
like ABC Family, said Michael Luisi, President,
WWE Studios. 25 Days of Christmas is one of
the biggest cable programming events of the year and
is the perfect release platform for this engaging
Family is the destination for holiday programming
and is known for great original holiday movies. Were
thrilled to partner with WWE Studios and bring WWEs
passionate fan base to ABC Family and our wonderful
25 Days of Christmas programming event with such a
fun movie, added Kate Juergens, Executive Vice
President, Original Series Programming and Development,
Miz has been a devoted WWE fan his whole life, and
most recently starred in WWEs film The Marine
3: Homefront. MTVs Real World alum Mike The
Miz Mizanin competed on the fourth season of
WWEs reality show Tough Enough in hopes of winning
a contract to become a WWE Superstar. After finishing
as the runner-up, The Miz didnt give up on his
dream and continued to train once the show concluded.
Now, his hard work is being rewarded as the reality
TV Star with the frat boy looks, sophomoric humor
and explosive intensity is living out his dream at
the top of the WWE roster.
Staying In San Diego Until 2016...
annual geek gathering and Mayor Jerry Sanders announced
today that Comic-Con has extended its stay in San
Diego one more year. Comic-Con had been contractually
committed to remain at the San Diego Convention Center
until 2015, and event organizers had indicated they
might leave their long-time home if an expansion of
the Convention Center did not occur. While building
has not started, the city today committed to a $500
million plan. Comic-Con was started in 1970 as the
Golden State Comic Book Convention. The July gathering
now attracts more than 130,000 attendees and has proven
an important marketing launchpad for studios and broadcasters.
Comic-Con 2013 is scheduled to run July 18-21.
WWE® Declares Quarterly Dividend...
Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE (NYS: WWE) announced
that its Board of Directors today declared the Company's
regular quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share for
all Class A and B shares of common stock. The record
date for the dividend will be December 14, 2012, and
the payment date will be December 26, 2012.
a publicly traded company (NYS: WWE) , is an integrated
media organization and recognized leader in global
entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio
of businesses that create and deliver original content
52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed
to family friendly entertainment on its television
programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing
platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than
145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than
600 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered
in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los
Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore,
Istanbul and Tokyo.
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are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These
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risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements,
including television and pay-per-view programming
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and travelling to and from our large live events,
both domestically and internationally; the risk of
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relating to increasing content production for distribution
on various platforms, including the potential creation
of a WWE Network; risks relating to our computer systems
and online operations; risks relating to the large
number of shares of common stock controlled by members
of the McMahon family and the possibility of the sale
of their stock by the McMahons or the perception of
the possibility of such sales; the relatively small
public float of our stock; and other risks and factors
set forth from time to time in Company filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results
could differ materially from those currently expected
or anticipated. In addition, our dividend is dependent
on a number of factors, including, among other things,
our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow,
strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital),
our financial results and condition, contractual and
legal restrictions on the payment of dividends, general
economic and competitive conditions and such other
factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.
Team Punk Vs. Team Foley Announced For WWE's Survivor
has announced that Team CM Punk vs. Team Mick Foley
in a traditional Survivor Series match will main event
November's Survivor Series pay-per-view. Here are
Punk: CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, The Miz,
Alberto Del Rio
Foley: Ryback, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Kane, Daniel
Series takes place on November 18th from Indianapolis,
Hulkamania Online Slot Game Launches...
checking your favorite online casinos for the slot
game based on legendary pro wrestler, Hulk Hogan.
Hogan, is an American professional wrestler, actor
and television personality. He is a 12-time world
champion and the second longest-reigning WWF Champion
of all time. Play as the greatest wrestler of all
time in this 20 line slot game, and try to reach the
2 bonus rounds!
Australian casino king James Packer defends Sydney
casino bid process; Entering virgin territory...
James Packer has defended the way he and the New South
Wales Government have gone about securing a second
Sydney casino at a new harbour-side development.
the New South Wales Government gave a preliminary
tick of approval for the casino-hotel proposal at
the Barangaroo site.
Government says any new casino will not be allowed
to start operation until 2019 because of an exclusivity
arrangement with Star Casino.
the project will not go out to tender - although Mr
Packer insists he would have won any tender had it
Packer told a business dinner in Sydney that he was
not just interested in making money, but wanted to
build something "special" on the site at
spent a lot of time in casinos as a kid with my dad,
and I ended up thinking, f***, this must be a good
business," he said.
dad was a lot smarter than I am and a lot more successful
than I'll ever be, but he got his adrenalin rushes
from going to a casino.
the customer that we want. And there are a lot people
out there who can afford it, and who you're selling
adrenalin to, and they're happy to pay for that experience."
Packer and his gaming company Crown Limited are having
an especially good run of luck.
says the latest project has been given the preliminary
tick not because of lobbying, but because it is a
really good idea.
is more than just about money for me. My dad was a
larger-than-life figure and I think this is my chance
to do something that is special.
Labor Party and the Liberal Party were prepared to
look at this or the Labor Party especially
in a bipartisan manner and Premier O'Farrell
was willing to say 'let's just do it'," he said.
three stages, and we've got to get through stages
two and three ... Premier O'Farrell's made it very
clear that we're not done and I don't think we're
done, we're a long way from done, but we've had a
very good day."
Packer also defended his decision not to wait for
a competitive tender process.
unsolicited proposal legislation was designed for
good ideas and this is a good idea and we took advantage
of the legislation that was in place," he said.
I think frankly if there was a tender it would be
very hard to see how we wouldn't have won it."
far, the gaming venue has been touted as one that
would lure high rollers, especially international
tourists, and it would not have pokies.
Mr Packer says that could change.
is not an economic no-brainer," he said.
know, there has never been a casino in the world built
for a billion dollars without slot machines.
we're entering virgin territory, and we're sitting
there and saying we'll wait until 2019, as we should."
the same time as promising to give Sydney an economic
kickstart, he says he wants to be the one to leave
a legacy in keeping with his father's.
is more than just about money for me," he said.
am a great believer in Sydney, this country has been
incredibly kind to my family, this city has been incredibly
kind to my family.
dad was a larger-than-life figure and I think this
is my chance to do something, you know, that is special."
Response to Australia controversy...
NWA professional wrestling organization issued a response
to the incident that occurred in Australia over the
weekend, where their champion Adam Pearce tossed the
world title down and quit the organization. 411mania.com
reported on Oct. 29 that NWA president R. Bruce Tharpe
sent out a press release teasing a new champion.
NWA World Heavyweight Title has been vacated. The
Board of Governors wish former champion Adam Pearce
the best in his future endeavors. There will be a
new NWA World Heavyweight Champion crowned on Friday,
November 2nd in Clayton, New Jersey."
entire situation came to a head when champion Adam
Pearce defended his world title against Colt Cabana
in a "Seven Levels of Hate" challenge series.
Pearce said if he lost, he would leave the NWA forever.
The series was tied at 3-3 and the seventh match took
place last weekend.
the NWA had a falling out with their Los Angeles affiliate
so Pearce and Cabana moved their match to Australia.
Apparently, the decision was for Cabana to win the
match and become the new NWA World Champion.
problem is that the NWA is ran by a governing body
and they decide as a voting body who the champion
will be. They refused to sanction the match as a title
match, therefore proclaiming they would not back Colt
Cabana as their champion.
the match ended, and Cabana won, both men took turns
on the microphone to bury the NWA. Cabana said it
was an organization ran by idiots who lived in the
past and refused to represent them. Pearce tossed
down the title saying that when they pushed out Cabana,
they pushed him out too.
both men leaving, it is unclear who the NWA plans
to put in the match for the title in November.
bwin.party Gaming Platforms to Be Powered by Lightstreamer
Lightstreamer Technology Will Be Used by bwin.party,
a Global Leader in Digital Entertainment, for Pervasive
Live Data Delivery Over the Web
ITALY--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2012) - Weswit, a global
leader in real-time web solutions, today announced
that bwin.party (LSE:BPTY), the global online gaming
company, has re-selected Lightstreamer to power its
world-class gaming and betting platforms.
which has millions of customers worldwide and pro
forma net revenue in 2011 of EUR816.0 million, will
progressively deploy Lightstreamer in its online poker,
casino, and bingo product verticals.
is a massively scalable solution for pushing live
data over WebSockets and other web protocols, to millions
of users. With a growing number of customers ranging
from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, the Lightstreamer
technology enables the streaming of real-time gaming
data and messaging across multiple channels and apps,
including HTML5, Android, iPhone, iPad, and many other
was the clear scalable solution to handle the complex
real-time data communication required by our state-of-the-art
gaming products," commented Tod Martin, bwin.party's
Group Technology Director. "We are confident
the Lightstreamer solution will provide the highest
quality gaming experience for our customers."
"We are honoured that Lightstreamer will be part
of bwin.party's online gaming platforms," declared
Mauro Fantechi, Co-CEO and Chairman at Weswit. "Being
deployed in such well-known, cross-platform gaming
environments, our solution keeps confirming its value
for the betting and entertainment industries, which
are at the forefront of technological development
is truly exciting to know that bwin.party has selected
our Lightstreamer real-time web technology,"
added Alessandro Alinone, co-CEO and CTO at Weswit.
takes care of all the complexity of delivering real-time
data over the web, reducing the technological risks
and drastically enhancing the pervasiveness of games."
is made up of a high-performance server, which routes
the real-time messages over the web protocols, and
a rich set of client libraries, which easily enable
any application to send and receive live data in an
efficient and reliable way. Lightstreamer can reach
any desktop and mobile client, whatever connectivity
the user experiences, passing through any kind of
proxies and firewalls. Features include bandwidth
optimisation, adaptive throttling, data conflation,
delta delivery, and total control over the quality
Weswit, with its flagship product Lightstreamer, is
a global leader in real-time web streaming solutions.
Since the beginning, Weswit has been focused on real-time
technologies aimed at making the Web a live environment,
and superseding the traditional web paradigm, where
any update had to be "pulled" by the client,
rather than "pushed" by the server.
has provided Lightstreamer to a growing number of
companies ranging from small size startups to Fortune
500 corporations, including top-tier financial institutions,
as well as aerospace, military, energy, gaming, sporting,
and entertainment companies. In 2012, Weswit has been
recognized as a "Cool Vendor in Application and
Integration Platforms" by Gartner, the world's
leading information technology research and advisory
has thousands of free users and hundreds of customers
worldwide, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch,
J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, NASA, Sony Music, Honeywell,
SocGen, UBS, IG Group, City Index, ICAP, and Fixnetix.
bwin.party digital entertainment
bwin.party digital entertainment plc (LSE:BPTY) is
a global online gaming company, formed from the merger
of bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and PartyGaming
Plc on 31 March 2011. Incorporated, licensed and regulated
in Gibraltar, the Group also has licences in France,
Italy, Spain and Denmark. With offices in Europe,
India, Israel and the US, the Group generated total
pro forma revenue of EUR816.0m and pro forma Clean
EBITDA of EUR199.3m in 2011. bwin.party commands leading
market positions in each of its four key product verticals:
online sports betting, poker, casino and bingo with
some of the world's biggest online gaming brands including
and Foxy Bingo. The Group's scale, technology and
strong portfolio of games collectively differentiate
its customer offer from those of its competitors.
bwin.party is a constituent member of the FTSE 250
Index and the FTSE4Good Index Series, which identifies
companies that meet globally recognised corporate
CALIFORNIA ONLINE POKER ASSOCIATION COLLAPSES...
certainly had noble intentions, but the ride is over
for the California Online Poker Association after
several million dollars spend and a handful of failed
legislative bills caused the organisation to cease
its lobbying efforts.
had poured a lot of money into ensuring that online
poker was both legalised and regulated in the state,
but after spending $1.2 million on its efforts in
the first half of 2012 alone without making any headway,
it was decided that the group must fold.
outspending companies like Chevron and the California
Teachers Association, COPAs two-year run saw
a handful of proposed bills fall through the legislative
cracks as interest dissipated or the state could not
agree on the financial rewards for those who were
operating agreement had stated that the organisation
would dissolve if significant progress had not been
made by January 2013, but the decision was made to
pull the plug ahead of schedule earlier this month,
with Ryan Hightower, the groups spokesman, confirming:
The decision was based upon insufficient progress
within the legislature towards the passage of an online
San Manuel and Morongo tribe who had affiliated themselves
with COPA, however, are not giving up the fight just
yet and have stated that they believe it is only a
matter of time before online gambling happens in California.
If legislation does change after 2013s proceedings,
dont be surprised to see the efforts of COPA
and its partners reassessed in light of the new online
Spider-Man Inspired By Masked Luchadors...
The Amazing Spider-Man, which hit theaters Tuesday,
Peter Parker is inspired to create a mask after winding
up inside a wrestling ring surrounded by posters of
masked luchadors. It is not the first wrestling connection
in the movie franchise as in the premiere film released
in 2002, Peter enters a wrestling tournament and squares
off against a character portrayed by the late Randy
"Macho Man" Savage.
movie has strong ties to pro wrestling; "Macho
Man" Randy Savage connection..
Amazing Spider-Man was released during the Independence
Day week and so far the flick has performed well.
Spider-Man franchise is awesome, it is something else
which has pro wrestling fans excited about the latest
reboot of the superhero franchise.
the original film, starring Tobey Maguire, we witnessed
Spider-Man enter a pro wrestling match in order to
win a sum of cash which would allow him to purchase
a used car he thought would impress Mary Jane.
Peter Parker wanted to be called The Human Spider,
but Bruce Campbell put a stop to that nonsense and
sent him down to the ring as Spider-Man.
if seeing the man most famously known as Ash Williams
wasn't enough, we were treated to a second cameo within
was facing off against Bonesaw McGraw, who was played
by the late, great Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
was here where Spidey first faced off against a foe
who put him through hell.
cameo by the legendary "Macho Man" was warmly
welcomed by wrestling fans who had missed Savage.
The new film, featuring Andrew Garfield as the webby
one has gone back to its roots and given Peter Parker
another wrestling-based inspiration.
one point in the film Peter Parker is walking away
from a group of hoodlums he had just schooled when
he falls through a roof, landing in the middle of
a wrestling ring.
he stood up and looked around he saw what provided
him with the inspiration for his signature mask.
small arena was filled with signs featuring Lucha
Libre masks, one of which catches Parker's eye more
than the others.
mask is red with dark-colored designs surrounding
the eyes, nearly an exact copy of Spidey's look sans
the webbing all over the face area.
Marc Webb made a lot of wrestling fans happy by inserting
another inspiration for Spider-Man which is based
in the world of pro wrestling.
fans and comic book fans have a large cross over audience
which these film makers have smartly plugged into
- further casting their own web, to help increase
net profits of course.
and pro wrestling have a few elements in common. They
both feature people dressed in fancy outfits, have
signature attacks / finishing moves, and have a good
VS evil theme for the most part.
Marc Webb and Sam Raimi chose to use wrestling as
a launching pad for Peter Parker is also another point
that wrestling fans are high on.
latest part of the Hollywood - pro wrestling connection
has gone over well and may even lead to the wrestling
themes been further cast out in the Hollywood movie
web and the movie industry wrestles attempting to
get back some of the glory and money it used to make.
Marvel Entertainment Movies: Amazing Spider-Man, Thor
2, The Avengers Et Al Boost Popularity Of Marvel Slot
agency reports that Marvel themed online slot games
across the network, and featured at partner, PartyCasino,
are boosting the popularity of the superhero themed
online slot games. Bwin.Party currently offers The
Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man and
Fantastic Four, with more expected to soon hit the
popular gaming and entertainment website destination.
WWE Keen To Work With UFC Fighter; Ties To C.M Punk
And "Stone Cold" Steve Austin...
news media has reported that WWE is interested in
working with 35 year old UFC fighter "The American
Gangster" Chael Sonnen. There's been mixed reports
on whether Sonnen will one day try his hand at pro
wrestling, post MMA, following the lead of 'King Mo'
who now wrestles in TNA Wrestling. Oh, did you hear...
Batista may soon be returning to professional wrestling
WWE style - watch this space, and be sure to check
him out in the new flick 'The Man With The Iron Fists',
where he plays 'Brass Body'.
to the talented big mouth fighter Sonnen...he has
ties to WWE as he is mates with WWE Champion CM Punk.
Punk was ready to accompany Sonnen to the Octagon
for a fight several months back but that was nixed.
is also close to WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin. Austin
has been bringing Sonnen out to his Broken Skull Ranch
in Texas to help him with strength and conditioning