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Lee Media sues Disney for billions over Marvel copyright
et al - 10th October 2012
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
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
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
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 the allegations.
tuned to the Media Man agency for more news as it
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celebrity, entertainment and gaming news: James Bond,
- 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
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
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 said.
documentary 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
the guests were the children of the pioneering producers
of the film franchise Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli and
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 told Reuters.
or Nothing' was released in theatres on Friday October
5, branded 'Global James Bond Day'.
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
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?
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. champion Sheamus.
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
Main 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
Main Event topped most female cable networks with
the average female viewing audience of 518,000.
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 hero.
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, visit theherotnt.com.
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
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
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
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
festival runs from the 16th to the 20th of January.
Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista weighs in for MMA
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
Arnie admits cheating with Stallone's ex-wife...
Schwarzenegger had an affair with Brigitte Nielsen
shortly before she wed Sylvester Stallone.
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
'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 their interview.
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 his marriage.
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 the kids."
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
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." ...
if 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
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
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
the crew are joking that they should drop security
and just have The Rock do it.
Dwayne Johnson wards off burglars...
'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
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 promoting
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 -
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
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
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,"
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 Bryan.
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
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
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
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 Seats)
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
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
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 way."
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
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
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
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 making business.
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
tweeted: "6 days till we start shooting... and
we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f'n then!
@ChloeGMoretz @MintzPlasse @donald_faison #kickass2.
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
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
hope she can convince them to come to a truce, but
its not looking very promising, said the
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
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
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
Robertson said Howzat! was great entertainment and
brilliantly produced but riddled with inaccuracies.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 betting profit.
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
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
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,"
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,
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 to disappoint.
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
Bit Of History
company acquired Mastertronic and rolled Sega's Master
System across the European region.
Europe continued to power along, then Virgin Interactive
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
saw partners and affiliates come on board including
such greats Westwood, Bethesda, Capcom, LucasArts
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
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 this publication.
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
is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal
development company. Gaming is just one of a dozen
of industry sectors they cover
writer 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
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
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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UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe
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Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 130
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Ancillary businesses now include UFC.com with over
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Let the Battle Begin, Australia - November 2009
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Shepherd Conservation Society Fundraising event, Sydney,
18th November 2008
is home to some of the best events and live entertainment
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"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,
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