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culture and comic icon Stan Lee fighting Disney re Marvel; Not a Marvel video
game!; Stan Lee takes gamble on legal fight with Disney...
Lee Media (SLM) has launched info a multi-billion dollar legal lawsuit VS entertainment
and media giant Disney claiming the entertainment king does not own the rights
to the Marvel Comics characters depicted in its films. Huge claim, we know.
company, which Stan Lee himself is no longer associated with, claims that the
comic book icon signed over the rights to the superheroes and villains he created
to its corporate predecessor in a deal inked back to 1998.
claims that an amended version of that agreement was filed with the US Securities
and Exchange Commission in March 2000 - that's almost a decade before Disney acquired
Marvel Entertainment, online publisher Deadline reports.
company is seeking $5.5 billion in damages, an amount calculated based on the
profits from movies such as The Avengers, X-Men: First Class and Thor, as well
as the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. These are some of the most
popular movies of the current Hollywood era.
The Walt Disney Company has represented to the public that it, in fact, owns the
copyright to these characters as well as to hundreds of other characters created
by Stan Lee," read SLM's complaint.
representations made to the public by The Walt Disney Company are false."
which acquired Marvel in a massive financial deal in 2009, is yet to respond to
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celebrity, entertainment and gaming news: James Bond, WWE, Wrestling...
6th October 2012
news, WWE, Hollywood, Australia, Sin City, Las Vegas, gaming and more...
an exciting time for entertainment, movies, gaming and wrestling fans. WWE
new angles and storylines, plus Main Event hits Australian TV, Bwin.Party
has just released a new game, and you must check out the new Marvel Heroes online
game. We've also got Hollywood box office reports, pro wrestling
scoops, celebrity news and lots more. The Media
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Bond new documentary...
highs and lows of the James Bond film franchise have been brought into the spotlight
with the release of a new documentary.
or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007' charts the story behind the movie franchise
and has been launched to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the films.
Steven Riley told Reuters he was pleased the producers let him delve into the
story behind the stories.
wanted to tell a real truthful history of the franchise, so I had requested that
we could tackle some of the tricky areas, some of the hard luck story of Bond
and they were thankfully very open about that,' he said.
were many obstacles in the way, there were changing times to cope with changing
generations, tastes, there were changing relations - well personal struggles and
personal relationship failures and really how did the films survive despite those
obstacles in the way was something I really wanted to get to the root of.' Riley
interviews five of the six official bond actors with the original Bond, Sean Connery,
a noticeable absence after turning down interview requests.
Bond girls mingled with the biggest names in James Bond at the premier screening
in London earlier this week.
the guests were the children of the pioneering producers of the film franchise
Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.
you know it's our baby and we feel very very protective over the Bond franchise,
it's something our father started over 50 years ago and he had great passion for
it and we have just been carrying the flame.' Cubby's daughter Barbara Broccoli
or Nothing' was released in theatres on Friday October 5, branded 'Global James
Bond theme tops iTunes...
Adele's theme for the new Bond film Skyfall has shot to the top of the iTunes
chart within hours of its release today.
track is hotly tipped to become the first 007 theme to make it to number one in
the official chart when it is announced on Sunday.
song - also called Skyfall is her first new material since her career exploded
following the success of second album 21 early last year.
Vince McMahon returning to WWE television on Monday's Raw (U.S Report)...
head Vince McMahon will return to WWE television on Monday's Raw. WWE said Friday
that McMahon will deliver a "State of WWE Address."
topics hinted at by WWE include Raw GM A.J. Lee's job performance, McMahon's future
in WWE (storyline-wise), and the fictional Board of Directors.
return to television follows a typical pattern. When WWE Raw TV ratings slide
to alarmingly-low levels, which was the case this week, it usually leads to McMahon
returning to television.
pattern was in-play this spring when Raw slipped below a 3.0 rating during the
post-WrestleMania lull period, which prompted McMahon to return to television.
Raw then received an artificial boost leading into the Raw 1,000 episode.
the Raw 1,000 episode on July 23, Raw's TV ratings sunk back to the 3.0-ratings
level. Raw then dipped below a 3.0 rating the previous four weeks against football
before tumbling to a 2.5 rating this week.
WWE News: WWE and Ion release "Main Event" TV ratings info - how did
the premiere episode fare? (U.S Report)...
and Ion Television issued a press release Thursday evening announcing they are
pleased with the ratings performance for the premiere episode "WWE Main Event"
on Wednesday, October 3, which featured WWE champion C.M. Punk vs. World Hvt.
press release did not provide an official TV rating, but noted average male viewership
was 876,000 and average female viewership was 518,000. It translates to an average
audience of about 1.4 million viewers. Additional information provided:
Main Event drew the "highest male audience in the last year" on Ion
Network in males 18-49 (422,000 viewers on-average) and males 25-54 (444,000 average
Event ranked #4 during its time period among males 18-34 & males 18-49. The
show ranked #5 in males 25-54.
WWE and Ion claim Main Event topped the MLB regular season finales on ESPN and
ESPN2 among key male and adult demos.
Main Event topped most female cable networks with the average female viewing audience
CEO Vince McMahon commented in the press release: "Our partnership with ION
Television is off to a strong start. We expect our fans will make WWE Main Event
the number one show on the network as they have done for WWE programs with all
of our other TV Partners.
press release also slipped in a note about "Main Event" being comparable
to the U.S. presidential debate between U.S. president Barack Obama and Mitt Romney,
which immediately followed WWE's show. The release headlines: "Obama vs.
Romney was not the only match viewers tuned into on Wednesday night."
The Rock on: Dwayne Johnsons new competition series, The Hero; U.S auditions...
"The Rock" Johnson will headline and executive-produce a new competition
series, The Hero, set to premiere in the summer of 2013 on TNT. Producers are
going on a seven-city U.S. casting call for the series, searching for competitors
who display the physical, mental and emotional strength to participate in a battle
of brains, brawn and morality, resulting in one winner being named the ultimate
show will host Dallas auditions on Oct. 20 at the new Studio Movie Grill, 13933
N. Central Expressway at Spring Valley Road, Far North Dallas. For more information,
show will bring together 10 ordinary people in a house, and then assign
them various missions
[it] will challenge the competitors to prove that
theyve got what it takes to be heroes, pushing them to the limits to see
what they are willing (and able) to overcome, undergo or sacrifice for their fellow
contestants, the press release continues. Johnson will serve as The
Heros mentor and motivator.
In a unique twist on the reality-competition
format, The Hero will incorporate social media into every facet of the show, from
pre-production and casting to on-location shooting and live broadcasts. Through
the shows interactive digital platform, viewers will be able to vote each
week for the contestant they consider to be the most heroic.
Off beat festival fires up...
Tasmanian festival combining music and art has been launched with a drumming performance
in Hobart's River Derwent.
drummer wearing zebra print gumboots strode into the water in front of Hobart's
Museum of Old and New Art, to launch the upcoming MONA FOMA Festival.
played for about ten minutes on a drum kit in the river.
upcoming festival will include Indian bongo drums, theatre performances and quirky
art installations all over Hobart.
Brian Ritchie is expecting a big crowd and says last week's Helpmann Award for
best contemporary music festival in Australia is likely to boost numbers.
have seen steady growth of visitors coming for MONA FOMA and we would expect that
to increase," he said.
festival runs from the 16th to the 20th of January.
Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista weighs in for MMA fight...
WWE Superstar Dave
Bautista weighed in at 265.5 lbs. for his MMA debut tomorrow against Vince
Lucero (20-22), who weighed in at 300 pounds. The two heavyweights will square
off at "Real Pain" from The Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
doing this for my love and passion of MMA, not for personal reasons," Bautista
said of the fight. "I'm tired of talking about myself at this point, but
I want to thank everyone who has supported me and supported this event."
also spoke to "The Nick and Artie Show" to promote tomorrow's fight,
you can listen to the interview below:
Arnie admits cheating with Stallone's ex-wife...
Schwarzenegger had an affair with Brigitte Nielsen shortly before she wed
philandering actor has revealed he had a steamy fling with the actress - who was
once married to his good pal Sylvester - during the early years of his relationship
with now ex-wife Maria Shriver.
has confessed to having an affair with the Danish actress while he was dating
Maria in his new autobiography, according to US gossip website TMZ.
wrote that he and Brigitte became close while filming 'Red Sonja' together in
1985; the same year she married Sylvester.
'Terminator' film star's admission comes more than a year after Brigitte originally
blew the whistle on their "outrageous affair" in her own memoir 'You
Only Get One Life', in which she claimed she didn't know he was living with Maria
at the time.
is said to be furious with the actor for doing an interview about her reaction
to his new book on '60 Minutes' because she did not receive an advance copy of
his tell-all and was not contacted by the show to give her own reaction before
has also reportedly told Maria that she should not expect a share of the profits
from his autobiography, 'Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story', even
though much of the book is about their relationship.
recently admitted his affair was the "stupidest thing" he ever did in
said: "I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship.
It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on
WWE Studios 'The Day' positive movie reviews...
Day" hit theaters this week and the positive reviews are in on WWE
Studios and Anchor Bay Films' chilling horror film about a day in the lives
of a group of people living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
by Marc Graser
'The Day' is one of the most effective horror movies made in years, successfully
delivering a feeling of dread that so many films in the genre lack these days,
along with a unique story and captivating characters. Douglas Aarniokoski doesnt
take the easy out in his direction and never relies on camp or amps up the gore
quotient to thrill audiences. Hes an impressive filmmaker who is worth keeping
an eye on."
by Russ Weakland
Studios and Anchor Bay Films have always delivered films all over the spectrum
and with 'The Day' they continue to entertain us with a story of humanity torn
by war, destroying civilizations and most of all life on earth, which makes those
that are the survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to stay alive."
you want to go out and see a film that will make you think and give you some jumps
and chills 'The Day' is your movie. You will not be disappointed!"
Los Angeles Times by Mark Olsen
Passmore's screenplay is stingy with his explanations about who these people are
or how the world came to be in this state, and that turns out to be one of the
film's greatest strengths." ...
Mary, the most recent enlistee to the tribe, [Ashley] Bell has a secretive reserve
and steely resolve."
The Rock 'foils would-be burglars in London'...
Rock has apparently foiled an attempted burglary in London
actor - also known as Dwayne Johnson - was working on his new movie Fast and Furious
6 in Hackney when he spotted the group of would-be thieves as they attempted to
break into vans.
who was dressed as an FBI agent for filming, was said to have abandoned a fight
scene mid-take in order to confront the group.
was so funny. The Rock looked like an action hero because he had his flak jacket
on and an FBI badge in his hand," an insider recalled to The Sun. "All
of a sudden, there was loads of gunfire and this giant dressed as a copper was
about to mow them down. The lads jumped out of their skin and scarpered down the
canal path and left the crew in peace.
was like the Only Fools [and Horses] 'Batman' sequence - they must have thought
they were in the middle of a real-life action movie."
source also quipped that the crew have suggested that actor - wrestler Johnson
should be single-handedly responsible for security on the Fast and Furious 6 set.
source said: It was so funny. The Rock looked like an action hero because
he had his flak jacket on and an FBI badge in his hand. All of a sudden there
was loads of gunfire and this giant dressed as a copper was about to mow them
down. The lads jumped out of their skin and scarpered down the canal path and
left the crew in peace.
was like the Only Fools Batman sequence they must have thought they were
in the middle of a real-life action movie.
the crew are joking that they should drop security and just have The Rock do it.
Dwayne Johnson wards off burglars...
- Dwayne 'The Rock'
Johnson scared off a gang of would-be thieves on the set of his latest film.
40-year-old actor spotted a group of youths breaking into a warehouse in Hackney,
East London while filming The Fast and the Furious 6 and stormed off the set mid-scene
- dressed in full FBI agent costume - to chase the burglars away.
source told The Sun newspaper: "It was so funny. The Rock looked like an
action hero because he had his flak jacket on and an FBI badge in his hand.
of a sudden there was loads of gunfire and this giant dressed as a copper was
about to mow them down.
lads jumped out of their skin and scarpered down the canal path and left the crew
in peace. They must have thought they were in the middle of a real-life action
the crew are joking that they should drop security and just have The Rock do it."
former wrestler managed to prevent the theft of expensive equipment thanks to
his quick thinking and his impressive 6'5" frame.
Fast and the Furious 6 also stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and singer Rihanna,
who is set to play a villain in the popular film franchise.
Box Office results for new WWE movie...
Studios's latest movie, "The Day," drew an estimated $10,100 in its
first full weekend in theaters. The movie, which was shown in 12 theaters, ranked
52 out of 54 movies tracked over the weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
(Pro Wrestling Torch) - U.S news report
No Holds Barred star facing prison time...
"Tiny" Lister, who was back in the spotlight this summer when WWE re-released
"No Holds Barred" on DVD, faces up to five years of prison time for
alleged mortgage fraud. Lister, who played Zeus in the WWE movie, pled guilty
to "conspiring to commit mortgage fraud" in federal court on Friday,
according to a TMZ report.
to the plea agreement, Lister and other individuals conspired to obtain mortgages
worth $5.7 million, costing lenders $2.6 million. Lister was also accused of defrauding
lenders of another $1.1 million. Lister is due back in court in September for
sentencing, which could be up to five years in federal prison.
Otunga talks WWE and movies...
wrestler David Otunga said in a recent interview that he hopes to eventually advance
to the top of the card in WWE. "I am very goal oriented and want to see my
character go to the top. I am hoping to have the creative freedom to do that and
let it pan out the way I would like. Its exciting for sure and hopefully
in the next few weeks my character continues to grow," Otunga told ChicagoNow.com
also discussed his recent movie role for WWE Studios's "The Hive." Otunga
said, "The film was unbelievably fun because it came to me second nature.
With the WWE, the acting classes, and the improv I do it was very easy to blend
in. The only major difference was me having to shave. I havent shaved in
many, many years but it had to be done and it helped me get into character."
WWE Interested In Lingerie Football Star...
WWE NXT website has added a profile for Summer Rae and in that profile they acknowledge
her past career with the Lingerie Football League. On a related note, WWE apparently
has interest in another LFL star - Zipporah Chase.
Post & Courier columnist Mike Mooneyham's Sunday column features a review
of a new NWA documentary,
"History and Tradition: The Story of the National Wrestling Alliance,"
which focuses heavily on the history and prestige of the NWA World Title. The
story also reviews the current state of the NWA, which is being re-organized by
R. Bruce Tharpe after buying the rights to the organization. Included are quotes
from PWTorch senior columnist Bruce Mitchell on the history of and state of the
NWA and his view on whether the organization has a place in today's wrestling
WWE News: Jericho details WWE's lack of long-term planning & day-of-TV-changes
in interview on his 2012 WWE run...
an interview with the Busted Open satellite radio show, Chris
Jericho highlighted WWE's lack of long-term planning and changes on the day
of TV tapings, which has been exacerbated by Raw shifting to three hours, in a
review of his 2012 WWE run.
Jericho said he did not find out about his "Contract vs. Contract" send-off
match against Dolph Ziggler on the August 20 Raw the night after Summerslam until
ten minutes before Raw started.
didnt know until the day I showed up, actually ten minutes before Raw started
in Fresno that we were doing this contract vs. contract thing. So, I didnt
even know this was going to happen. I just figured I would have a match with Dolph
and that would be the end of it," Jericho said.
people who think that there is some long, drawn-out, plan, it really wasnt.
It was about ten minutes before the show started and I was like 'Oh, we are doing
a contract vs contract thing? Oh okay.' So there you go, a little special behind
the scenes look."
also said WWE did not have a plan for his feud with Dolph Ziggler when it started
after the Money in the Bank PPV in July. Jericho said he pressed for a back-story
to their feud before their strong opening promo.
couldnt wait to work with Dolph but I needed a story. Whats the story?
They said, 'we will think of one later.' I said, 'I dont like that.' I need
to think of one now since I have a promo tonight with Dolph. We can't think about
this next week," Jericho said.
added, "Thats when I came up with the concept of everyone was bitching
that Jericho never won a match on PPV... I thought it would be real interesting
to go with the 'you cant win the big one' scenario. But sometimes the writers
will write 'this old broken down guy who is on the last legs of his career.' Im
like, 'Wait a second, broken down? Im in the best shape of my life, never
been hurt, Ive never missed a match...' I wanted to focus on the storyline
of 'he cant win the big one.' It gave us a great place to go."
has said in recent interviews that he wasn't supposed to feud with Ziggler in
his send-off program culminating at Summerslam. Jericho expanded on his reaction
to being told he wouldn't be feuding with the other candidates, Sheamus and Daniel
I was supposed to feud with Sheamus, and then it was Daniel Bryan. Then the day
of Raw, they said I was doing something with Dolph. I was like, 'What happened
to Daniel Bryan and Sheamus?' They said it changed and I was fine with it. Ive
been doing this long enough that I roll with the punches," Jericho said.
future stars on the roster replacing the old guard, Jericho talked about the uphill
battle that wrestlers like Ziggler and Miz have in front of them not being having
well-rounded wrestling experience outside of WWE. Jericho said, "When that
light bulb comes on and they already have ninety percent, but that last ten percent
is what makes you a great performer; some guys never figure out that last ten
percent and when the guys do, thats when they become guys you can base companies
around and put in main events."
on whether Ziggler can be a future main-eventer, Jericho said, "Dolph is
one of the best guys on the roster, but he is still learning as are a lot of the
other guys. People say, 'Oh, Damien Sandow is the next guy or Kofi.' These guys
are still learning. In time, I think these guys will be amazing, amazing performers.
But, right now they are still on their way up the learning tree. So, yes, I think
Dolph is going to be an amazing performer. Yes, I think the Miz is going to be
a great performer. Lots of guys are getting into that zone, but they are still
learning... Its a different world out there right now than the way it used
to be. There is a lot of great, great performers or potential great performers
that are on the way to getting there." [ FYI: Busted Open with Dave Lagreca
and Doug Mortman can be heard from 2:00 to 4:00 EST on Sirius 94, XM 208, and
Sportszone 860 on the Internet ] (Pro Wrestling Torch)
Ric Flair Comments On 'Hangover 3' Campaign And His Daughter Working For WWE NXT...
noted before that fans online are trying to get WWE Hall of Famer Ric
Flair a cameo appearance in The Hangover 3 movie. Scott Fishman of The Miami
Herald spoke with Flair this weekend about the campaign and The Nature Boy is
perfectly fine with it.
man, I love my fans. So cool they started this whole campaign. I could play anything,
as long as I'm not the guy getting married."
also says he's proud of his daughter Ashley, who is currently working as Charlotte
in WWE NXT. Flair said:
my hope that people see that her accomplishments aren't a result of me. She's
worked extremely hard for this. It's a very physically and mentally demanding
business, and I really just couldn't be more proud."
can check out the full article by clicking here.http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/01/2980014/hangover-suits-wwe-hall-of-famer.html
Ric Flair going through fourth divorce, waiting for WWE call up...
are scarce at the moment, but Dave Meltzer, in this week's Wrestling Observer
Newsletter, reported that Ric
Flair is currently going through a divorce, his fourth one, with his current
wife, Jacqueline Beems. Apparently, Flair is the one who filed for divorce and
cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their break up.
news is unsurprising as less than two months ago Flair was assaulted by Beems
at his home, according to a local police report. This wasn't the first such incident
during their marriage together, as Beems was arrested for simple assault on February
21st, 2010 after getting into a fight with Flair upon their return to their residence
after a night out. They managed to patch things up after that highly publicised
and embarrassing affair, but obviously the second fight that required police intervention
was the straw that broke the camel's back.
cause of their second fight together never came out publicly. But Ric Flair still
living The Nature Boy lifestyle and their money problems worsening, what with
Flair losing his job with TNA, were all likely at least partly to blame. Ric's
adultery was at the heart of his divorce with second wife, Beth; while third wife,
Tiffany VanDemark, quickly "had enough" of his inability to retire gracefully
and lead a more normal lifestyle with her.
a fifth marriage in the not too distant future for Flair, as he obviously has
a psychological need to be in a serious relationship at all times, even though
he clearly finds it difficult to fully commit to a partner and amend his behaviour
to ensure that a marriage lasts the test of time.
also had the latest on his status with WWE:
was talk surfacing of Flair replacing [Vickie] Guerrero with [Dolph] Ziggler but
I don't know how serious that is. Plus, even though Flair can legally start with
WWE on 9/10, WWE has yet to sign anyone from TNA since the lawsuit was filed.
may explain why Ziggler is currently in a holding pattern of putting over the
likes of Randy Orton and Sheamus on a seemingly weekly basis. WWE may not want
to pull the trigger on him cashing in the Money In The Bank briefcase and winning
the World Heavyweight Championship until TNA's lawsuit against them for contract
tampering has been dealt with and Flair can return to WWE as his manager.
have mixed feelings on Flair becoming Ziggler's new manager. Though it should
help Ziggler to be taken more seriously, there is the risk that he will be overshadowed
by Flair and make it more difficult for him to get heel heat. At least being managed
by Vickie ensures plenty of boos. Personally, I think Flair would be much better
utilised in an onscreen figurehead role - what do you think Cagesiders? (Cageside
Joss Whedon: 'The Avengers isn't a perfect movie'...
Whedon has claimed that The
Avengers isn't "a great movie".
film has met with critical acclaim and outstanding commercial success, becoming
the third highest-grossing film of all time in just a few months, but Whedon,
the superhero blockbuster's writer and director, is determined to keep his feet
on the ground.
an interview with Vulture, the 48-year-old claimed that the box office numbers
became, ultimately, "meaningless".
said: "They're large, and you can't really count that high."
what his goals were with The Avengers, he claimed: "I felt like I had a particular
mission in making what I felt was a slightly old-fashioned movie, because I grew
up wanting to make summer movies and wanting to make superhero movies, and I got
to do both at once.
felt like summer movies haven't been what I remember them to be, so I felt like
I would love to evoke something that's less hip and ironic and more heartfelt
and character-driven, and apparently, other people cared about that in a large
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator then conceded: "I don't think
it's a perfect movie. I don't even think it's a great movie. I think it's a great
time, and I'm proud of it, but for me, what was exciting is that people don't
go to see a movie that many times unless it's pulling on something from within,
unless there's a need there. That's very gratifying."
will oversee a Marvel-produced SHIELD television show for ABC, before starting
work on the Avengers sequel, due for a summer 2015 release.
The Avengers Crosses $1.5 Billion At Worldwide Box Office...
the re-release of The
Avengers at the U.S. box office might have failed to break into the top ten
Labor Day weekend movies, it did help The Avengers reach another major milestone.
The Avengers has become the third movie in history to cross the $1.5 billion mark
at the worldwide box office.
retaining its number three position on the worldwide box office list, The Avengers
took in another estimated $1.7 million over Labor Day weekend, which brought The
Avengers U.S. box office total to $619.5 million and The Avengers worldwide box
office total to $1.501 billion.
enough, The Dark Knight Rises also reached a milestone today, surpassing $1 billion
at the worldwide box office, which means that combined The Avengers and The Dark
Knight Rises have accounted for $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office this
year. If you add in The Amazing Spider-Man, which currently sits at number four
on the 2012 worldwide box office list with $734.9 million, then the total rises
to $3.2 billion. Its definitely a good time to be in the superhero movie
Jim Carrey joins Kick-Ass 2 cast...
Carrey has been offered the role of Colonel Stars in Jeff Wadlow's superhero comedy,
director Jeff Wadlow has strongly hinted.
Jeff Wadlow and creator Mark Millar have hinted that the 50-year-old funnyman
has landed the coveted role of Colonel Stars in the sequel to 2010's wacky superhero
"6 days till we start shooting... and we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty
f'n then! @ChloeGMoretz @MintzPlasse @donald_faison #kickass2. (sic)"
Christopher Mintz-Plasse replied asking who his new co-star was going to be, the
original comic book's author Mark replied: "Clue - he lives with 200 raccoons
and parrots, owns the mask of Loki and named by spielberg as a genius. (sic)"
Jim's 1994 film 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective', which sees him play the titular
character, his alter-ego is a private investigator who specialises in the retrieval
of captive animals.
Mask' star Jim is reportedly a big fan of the original 'Kick-Ass' film by Matthew
Vaughn and was being courted to play the born again Christian superhero, who assembles
a motley crew of superheroes to help fight evil.
sequel will see several new additions to the cast, including 'Scrubs' actor Donald
Faison as Doctor Gravity and John Leguizamo as Red Mist's bodyguard, Javier.
comedy will begin shooting this Friday (07.08.12) and sees Aaron Johnson returning
as the lead Kick-Ass, while co-stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz and
Nicolas Cage are also reprising their roles from the first film.
2' is set for release in June 2013.
Aussie actors Crowe and Jackman at war...
Crowe and Hugh Jackman are at war!
to various news reports, the actors having been fighting like catty tween girls
while shooting the new Les Miserables movie.
refuse to be in the same room trying to get them to promote a film together
is a nightmare, a source tells Star magazine.
known each other for a decade, but during this shoot, any shred of civility was
thrown aside. They cant stand each other, each calling the other an embarrassment
to the profession.
sneers at Hughs musical-theater background. But Hugh says Russell embarrassed
his country with his bad reputation in Hollywood.
Anne Hathaway has tried to mend fences, but the actors wont budge.
hope she can convince them to come to a truce, but its not looking very
promising, said the source
of the moment: Crowe VS Jackman at WWE WrestleMania (Jackman is a known massive
WWE fan and has participated in a physical WWE angle in the past, so here's hoping).
Howzat: Kerry Packer's war on cricket may be missing Dennis Lillee...
in media and sports circles are now buzzing that the true founding father of one-day
cricket was not Kerry
Packer but Dennis Lillee - yet the TV smash Howzat! whitewashes him from history,
one of the original World Series directors has revealed.
an rocket on Channel 9's ratings blockbuster, World Series Cricket director Austin
Robertson - who also featured as a character in the mini-series - said Australians
should thank Lillee for creating the one-day game.
response, the show's producers launched a broadside of their own, claiming they
asked Lillee to contribute but the bowling superstar refused to because he wouldn't
get any money.
Robertson, who worked closely with the former Nine king and the rebel team, also
defended "the Big Fella" and said he was not the bully he was portrayed
to be. Nor was the late batting star David Hookes the simpering and indecisive
vacillator depicted in the show.
Robertson said Howzat! was great entertainment and brilliantly produced but riddled
producers made a nonsense of the way they treated the man really responsible for
the whole thing - Dennis Lillee," he said.
was visible enough but he is not given the acknowledgement for having the idea
in the first place, and his contribution in putting the entire thing together.
Other people have put their hands up for having the brainchild of WSC but I am
here to say that, without Lillee, it would never have happened at the time.
Packer was determined to get the precious television rights, they would never
have been delivered at that time without having the best fast bowler in the world
in his corner.
the producers of the show, in the curtain-call of the program, in the segment
'Where are the main players today,' DKL was again overlooked.
had to ask myself, why did they do that? It was Lillee who delivered the players
and, while it was great to be playing on the Packer team, without Lillee it would
have never got off the ground."
Star producer John Edwards, who made the show, hit back at Mr Robertson. He said
Lillee boycotted the show and "shut down" Mr Robertson after learning
no money was on offer.: "He (Robertson) was invited. There's nothing more
to say really. He was mad keen on being involved and Dennis got to him and he
was shut down. Dennis wanted money.
tried to speak to everybody and not everybody wanted to speak. Some people had
grievances and grudges.
Chris Lee tried to involve them as much as as possible in the story and they chose
not to be involved."
Robertson confirmed he and Lillee had been approached but declined to take part.
He declined to comment further or say whether money was an issue.
could not be reached but he has consistently refused to comment on Howzat!.
Robertson praised Mr Packer and revealed the media tycoon was not as aggressive
as the show portrayed: "The portrayal of Kerry as a constant bully and user
of foul language is far from the truth. He could bully. I saw him on many occasions
rise up like an out-of-control bull elephant and reduce a grown man to tears.
I heard him swear like a storm trooper when out of control. But I never saw him
chuck a plate of food.
thought Kerry was in the main a humble man, often revealing great compassion,
a gentle giant who would talk issues out for hours before making a decision, and
then following it through.
mini-series gave everybody the impression he was a loud, foul- mouthed bully and
we saw precious little of his other side."
9 declined to comment however sources at the network said they felt the show was
spot on in capturing Mr Packer.
Robertson also rejected Howzat!'s portrayal of friend David Hookes, who died after
an altercation with a bouncer in Melbourne in 2004.
was not a weak, indecisive and nervous character who 'spilled the beans' to The
Age's Peter McFarline."
as for his own portrayal Mr Robertson said: "From birth, and throughout the
many years I have enjoyed on the earth I have never had a moustache."
To Get Sports Stadiums Branded By Gambling and Gaming Companies, by Greg Tingle
- 15th January 2011
punters, journos, high rollers, sports news, entertainment news junkies, politicians,
insiders, outsiders... one and all. Today we probe the situation where a number
of Australian sports grounds could soon be named after gaming and gambling companies.
How do like the sound of Betfair Stadium, Centrebet Park and PartyGaming Cricket
Ground? Don't laugh, this type of scenario is on the cards, with local gaming
brands likely the first to pounce, followed by international powerhouses. Media
Man http://www.mediamanint.com and Gambling911
with another ground breaking news report from the land of world class casino,
media companies and sports arenas...
Will Get Gambling Arenas; Aussie Aussie Aussie; Oi Oi Oi...
Australia being in the world's top 10 gambling nations, it shouldn't shock or
surprise that we're tipped to soon have a number of sporting arenas and grounds
named after gambling and gaming companies, both national and international brands.
Yep, money will talk where B.S sometimes walks.
Packer's Betfair is understood to build upon their Betfair Park branding, Europe's
PartyGaming is keen, and currently Centrebet looks to be leading the charge, with
many insiders saying its a case of when, not if, for the household name brand.
already has significant branding, thanks in part to a swag of TV and online adverts,
plus who can forget the Centrebet branded part of Network Nine's 'The Footy Show'.
gambling companies already have a number of key targets, and many cash strapped
and / or cash handy NRL team and home grounds are near the top of the hit list.
instance NRL team, The Penrith Panthers, are seriously considering having their
home stadium named Centrebet Stadium. We kid you not punters.
the deal goes through, they will make history becoming the first major Australian
sporting team to snatch a betting firm as the naming-rights partner for a playing
Racing already has some naming rights deals with tracks and in the mix such as
Betfair Park and then you have races named after gambling brands such as the Lasseters
Cup, Lasseters known for its hotel - casino up in Australia's top end.
forecast Betfair deal comes as a police continue to probe the NRL gambling scandal
that from last season following a number of "irregular" wagers was picked
up in the Canterbury Bulldogs VS North Queensland Cowboys match up.
Panthers, Centrebet and a swag of gambling companies, have rather pissed off the
gambling and gaming haters, who continues to get organised into lobby groups.
Media Man spokesperson such "Many
people in and out of news media and gaming, the general public, are starting to
get really pissed off at the gaming, gambling and sports betting haters. The bible
bashers. Who do they think they are trying to push their beliefs onto others.
Many Australians just love a punt, and that's the way it is. Some of the gaming
haters have strong ties to church groups and there appears to be some sort of
brainwashing system going on. They keep discussing the 'evils of gambling'. I
mean, seriously, come on. People know not to over-do it on on the slots, sports
events, poker and the like, but the haters keep trying to be the thought police.
Gambling companies in Australia have a very high focus on responsible gambling
with warnings everywhere. It's great to see the gambling and gaming industry place
so much focus on safe better. The sports stadiums will be great for business,
, but no one is forcing anyone to have a bet. It's a personal decision, as it
always has been. 2011 is going to be a very exciting year for punters, especially
those who like to have a bet of sports matches, and television and online website
portals and brands will bring it all together nicely".
to the first prime target #1...The modest 22,500-capacity sports ground, owned
by Penrith City Council, was in a past life known as CUA Stadium. What's up is
that the club's contract with the Brisbane financial services company has expired,
and negotiations between Panthers, the footy club and Centrebet have been taking
place, even prior to Christmas about renaming the stadium. Other clubs and stadiums
have also caught the buzz and are opening chequebooks and crunching the numbers.
first of its kind business agreement between the club and Centrebet is just about
a done deal, and ink is expecting to try on contracts sooner rather than later,
possibly within a fortnight. An exciting, if not controversial type of announcement
is fully expected by the Panthers in the coming week. Sports and gambling commentators
are quick to point out that Penrith already has ties to Centrebet, the gambling
brand being lit up across the top of the video screen at the stadium. This kind
of exposure has also been very good for their mobile - hand held device sector.
campaigner Senator Nick Xenophon is especially unhappy with the development of
the gambling branded sports stadiums in Australia. He went on recent with:
can a footy code currently embroiled in a betting scandal possibly allow a stadium
to be named after a betting agency? There was a time when rugby league was all
about the game. Now it's all about the odds, and that is ruining the game".
the last couple of years the NRL (and AFL) has watered down its laws and regulations
relating to clubs' deals and partnerships with gambling - sports betting firms,
allowing them to be branded on footy jerseys for a virgin time. Cronulla Sharks
have sponsor PokerStars (.net) on their jersey sleeves while cashed up Manly Sea
Eagles are tipped to have Centrebet's signage on the back of their jerseys this
season after a widely reported $1 million plus deal with the Northern Territory
based betting outfit announced just before Christmas. Yep, it looks like a few
clubs and stadiums will be getting their Christmas presents and will have lots
to celebrate, while the gambling haters will be spewing in Grinch like fashion.
National Rugby League of course also has corporate ties with TAB Sportsbet, and
is understood to snatch a 5% "product fee" via the company's rugby league
spokesman John Brady advised he would not comment on individual clubs' sponsorship
agreements but maintained there was no concern about the prospect of gambling
agencies assuming naming rights for the game's venues, at least from his take
on the situation.
an area that was relaxed last year. As such there are a number of betting sponsorships
that are available to clubs in terms of jerseys and other opportunities,"
advised any and all betting firms involved with the NRL via sponsorship of clubs
were made to sign "integrity agreements" to ensure transparency.
majority of NRL clubs now have corporate deals with betting agencies. Centrebet
sponsors five teams: Penrith, Manly, Parramatta, St George Illawarra and North
Queensland. "Comon' Betfair and PartyGaming, pull you're finger out",
a Media Man sports journalist was overheard shouting when he found out the news
of Centrebet's ongoing infiltration of the sport.
stadium pending name change has been intertwined we understand by some to the
financial problems that have hit the football club's parent body, Panthers Group.
licensed club is no longer quite the licence to print money as it was in the 90s
Some audited figures about to do public by the conclusion of the month are expected
to show black and white confirmation of a Murdoch - News Limited news story of
last February that said Panthers were due to report a rather embarrassing net
loss of $11 million bucks.
are not afraid to speak on the record about their on and off field performance,
which has seen better days.
Simpson, Panthers Group chief exec since last July, said a culture change and
"renewal of process" across Panthers clubs had improved their situation.
Analysts question that was a PR line or absolute truth. Mind you, we don't blame
club for trying to focus on positives. "We're probably looking at reducing
that loss by somewhere in the order of $8-$9 million," Simpson said.
Media Man spokesperson said "At
this stage of the gaming the overseas trend of seeing sports groups and football
teams pick up sponsorship and strong branding for gambling, gaming... sports betting
companies looks to be moving full speed ahead down under in Australia. Centrebet
might become the Bwin of Australia. PartyGaming is said to be currently crunching
numbers to see if an Australian sports ground deal is viable. They already have
a Aussie Millions former champion sponsored by their poker brand and a couple
of Aussie poker players signed up, so anything is possible. James Packer's Betfair,
a direct competitor of Centrebet is not likely to take the situation lying down
either. Betfair is 50% Packer owned and wants to keep building their sports betting
brand, as well as opening up many online casino games in Australia, poker and
more. Could an Australian sports stadium ever be known as PartyGaming stadium
or WPT Stadium? Not overnight, but never say never, stranger things have happened.
It's all going to add a lot of money into the game and business of sport and entertainment,
and already our firm is starting to experience some positive spin off benefits.
It's all very exciting and profitable".
Branson Expanding Virgin Gaming iGaming Empire, by Greg Tingle - 20th May 2010
Gaming, gambling and iGaming fans, have we got some news hot of the press for
you. Our bat phone has been running hot hot hot!
the past few months Media Man and Gambling911
have been keeping you updated on all sorts of exciting developments at Richard
Branson's Virgin Group, namely Virgin
Casino, Virgin Games, Virgin Poker, Virgin Bingo, and offshoot, AWOMO (A World
Of My Own), with a GDI (Game Domain International) tie in. Last week Branson's
Virgin Racing also sponsored Full
Branson will unleash the Virgin return to the video gaming sector at the E3 event
in Los Angeles, USA, in June.
understand that a hard launch is being orchestrated, with Sir Branson, the one
and only, in attendance. Can't wait to see what the man and his army wear and
what sorts of stunts they have up their sleeve, but Branson isn't usually one
was one of the most successful brands to have ever competed in the video gaming
industry, albeit over a decade ago, but 2010 is looking to be a record breaking
year for the brands re birth, pardon the pun.
was one of the first pioneers - visionaries to see the massive potential of computer
software as a global Virgin entertainment business, establishing Virgin Games
in downtown London circa 1984. He later moved the core of the operation to Guernsey
which has lower overheads and is understood to be more igaming industry friendly!
Bit Of History
company acquired Mastertronic and rolled Sega's Master System across the European
Europe continued to power along, then Virgin Interactive Entertainment.
1994 it lost its Virginity, being acquired by Blockbuster for a cool $250 million,
then was purchased by media powerhouse Viacom (which owns about half the media
Interactive Entertainment reached its financial global revenue peak in 1997, bringing
home the bacon to the tune of $210 million.
94 - 98 it shared market dominance with EA (Electronic Arts).
saw partners and affiliates come on board including such greats Westwood, Bethesda,
Capcom, LucasArts and Disney.
2004 Virgin Games has been V's staple gaming brand, other gaming ventures basically
on ice... until now!
new gaming "start up" (of sorts), expected to go public at E3 will see
Virgin pro actively exploring partnerships with publishers, content owners, and
you get the idea. The timing looks to be right with 'Avatar' type technologies
all the rage, movies being adapted to games in record time, and the availability
of broadband internet at reasonable prices.
console formats and more will see the big V feature red hot games, both classics
and newbies. Think Space Invaders to Cleo to Avatar, and their cousins.
are calling for interactive slot games, tournaments, TV and movie brands, and
more casino and poker type experiences, in addition to what they already enjoy.
expect some sort of firm announcement from Virgin at the expo or soon after re
return to the mainstream games market.
fire up the consoles...Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, multi-player PC gaming
and more is just around the corner from the man who brought you Virgin Records,
V Festival and Virgin Galactic... be excited... we sure as hell are.
the moment Americans and Australians are not able to play casino, poker or bingo
games at Virgin, however with the expansion of Virgin
Games, and the push to clear up any gray areas in regions such as the U.S
and down under in Australia, the whole suite of Virgin Games may go global sooner
rather than later.
of sorts, PartyGaming - including PartyCasino
and poker brands, Betfair
are all said to be watching this space closely. Australia's Fairfax Media, publisher
of The Sydney Morning Herald and News Limited, publisher of The Daily Telegraph
and The Australian, are also following for both potential deal opportunities and
in a journalistic (journalism) capacity. Foxtel has only just got wind of the
news, putting out its own gaming related press release less than 24 hours before
gamers and igamers... Tomb Raider, Rome Total War, Cleopatra, Flatout, WarHammer
Mark Of Chaos, Pain Killer: Black Edition, maybe even Dan Dare and who knows what
surprises will be jumping out of your computer once Team Branson turns on the
turbo and blasts off Virgin Galactic style. TNA Wrestling, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair,
Bill Goldberg, UFC, NASCAR, F1 and Bull Run are all understood to also want to
talk turkey and potential deals with Branson and 'V'.
Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Playtech, IGT, World Poker Tour,
WSOP, SKY, Harrah's Entertainment, Trump Casinos, Infinity Ward, Sony and Sega
remain tight lipped on the Virgin developments.
Games, AWOMO (A World Of My Own), bring in on... faster than you can say Virgin
Racing Inks Deal With Full Tilt Poker! Read about the life and times of Branson
and his world of planes, trains and automobiles (and spaceships) on the Media
Man International website portal. Hours of entertainment for free.
remains one of dozens of corporate tech and communications giants seeking clarity
on Australian censorship laws, both online and offline.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
Man http://www.mediamanint.com is
primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is
just one of a dozen of industry sectors they cover
is has conducted business with a number of arms of the Virgin Group and is a pro
active member of Virgin Unite
114 OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT - 27TH MAY 2010
Vegas, NV (USA) UFC announced today that tickets for UFC 114: Rampage vs.
Evans at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. are officially sold out. The
war of words between former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton Rampage
Jackson and Suga Rashad Evans has created one of the fiercest rivalries
in the history of the sport. Its also created one of the hottest tickets
in Sin City.
are still available for the closed circuit telecast of UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans
to be held at MGM Grand Conference Center. Tickets for the closed circuit telecast
are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smiths Food
and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino) and at any MGM Grand box office outlet. To
charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com, www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
114: Rampage vs. Evans will also be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND,
DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications and Viewers Choice
Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.95 for standard definition or high-definition
broadcasts (where available).
more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com, UK.UFC.com, GERMANY.UFC.com,
UFCJapan.jp or UFCEspanol.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
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Let the Battle Begin, Australia - November 2009
News search "Paris
Formula 1 Grand Prix
Shepherd Conservation Society Fundraising event, Sydney, Australia -
is home to some of the best events and live entertainment in the world. We have
compiled a list of some of the "can't miss" attractions. Note, this
list is not complete by any means, namely because there are so many events, however,
it's a useful guide. For additional event and live entertainment listings, we
recommend Google, the newspapers, and personal
Man main event partners overseas include:
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Great Aussie Promoters, by Greg Tingle
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Go Global - New Reality TV Show Reaches Markets Down Under
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