And AussieWood Movie And Celebrity News - 2nd March
And AussieWood Movie And Celebrity News
Eleven' most popular movie remake...
Eleven' has been chosen as the best movie remake of
all time in a recent poll.
movie, which is based on an original 1960 film, hit
screens in 2001 and went on to gross over 450 million
sees Clooney lead an all-star cast of Brad Pitt, Matt
Damon and Julia Roberts in an attempted casino robbery
in Las Vegas.
Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three
Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.
has been dating former WWE wrestler - diva Stacey
Keibler for over 6 months and they attended the Oscars
man Clooney was up for a Best Actor and Best Adapted
Screenplay at the Academy Awards.
despite losing out on the Best Actor accolade, Clooney's
girlfriend Stacy Keibler made sure he went home with
an Oscar of his own as her dress appeared to have
been inspired by the statuette.
her first Academy Awards on Clooney's arm, Keibler
looked stunning in a gold Grecian-style Marchesa creation.
Writers: George Clayton Johnson (1960 story), Jack
Golden Russell (1960 story)
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts
10 Best Remakes...
Oceans Eleven (2001)
2. The Mummy (1999)
3. King Kong (2005)
4. The Italian Job (2003)
5. Cape Fear (1991)
6. The Parent Trap (1998)
7. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
8. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
9. Scarface (1983)
10. Alfie (2004)
10 Worst Remakes
2. The Wicker Man (2006)
3. Fame (2009)
4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
5. Clash of the Titans (2010)
6. Planet of the Apes (2001)
7. Piranha 3-D (2010)
8. House of Wax (2005)
9. Freaky Friday (2003)
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis arm wrestle...
tough guys and action heroes Sylvester Stallone and
Bruce Willis challenged each other to an arm wrestle
during a recent night out.
actors were enjoying a meal with their respective
wives when they started arguing about who was in better
65, challenged 56-year-old Willis to an arm wrestling
match and the pair then swept aside glasses, cutlery
and plates to lock arms and start their fight.
at nearby tables were initially stunned but as as
they recognised the wrestler like actors they started
cheering and Willis and Stallone grunted, groaned
and wheezed for several minutes.
the men's wives were not impressed and asked them
to "break it up", which they duly listened
understood that soon after their meal, Stallone went
into hospital to have an operation on his shoulder,
although it is not thought to have any link to his
night out with Willis.
Media Man agency spokesperson said "We suspect
this may be another elaborate publicity stunt by Team
Stallone, although we can't prove it. Stallone fans
will recall that only a week ago Stallone was photographed
in a hospital bed alongside long time mate Arnold
Schwarzenegger, both nursing the same injury, and
Arnold took a photo for the world to see. Well, as
least the cast of Expendables 2 is doing well, and
it seems that they sure as heck know how to promote
movie fans take note however that in the filming of
the original Expendables WWE wrestling legend "Stone
Cold" Steve Austin did break the neck of Stallone
for real, or so the story goes.
James Bond studio makes £3.9m loss...
Shepperton studios slumped to a £3.9m loss in
2011 after it failed in an attempt to build replicas
of Paris, New York and Amsterdam on green belt land.
studios enjoyed record revenues of £50.7m in
2011, up by 17 per cent after it filmed scenes for
movies such as The Hobbit and the next James Bond
film, Skyfall. But it took an exceptional charge of
£7.1m reflecting five years of costs for its
"Project Pinewood" application, which officials
turned down in January. This pushed the company, which
is majority owned by the property group Peel Holdings,
£3.9m into the red, after profits of £5.8m
the previous year.
Pinewood would have seen the creation of a "purpose-built"
film set with 1,400 permanent homes inside the streetscape
buildings at Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. The project
would have cost £200m and created almost 1,000
jobs in the next 10 years, with 420 affordable homes
offered inside the film sets. But it was fiercely
resisted by campaigners.
Pinewood and Shepperton studios have been home to
more than 1,500 films in the last 75 years, while
the two studios and the company's Teddington site
have hosted more than 600 television shows.
Clooney talks Brad Pitt friendship...
Clooney doesn't spend as much time with Brad Pitt
as people think.
50-year-old 'Descendants' actor - who went head-to-head
with Brad for the Best Actor award at Sunday night's
(26.02.12) Oscars, before losing out to Jean Dujardin
- admits that contrary to popular belief, they only
get chance to catch up every couple of months.
said: 'People think Brad and I hang out all the time,
but the truth is that we see each other very rarely,
maybe a couple times a year.
had great fun spending time with my friend again over
the awards season.'
George says that when they do get to meet, he has
nothing but admiration for the 'Moneyball' actor -
who is raising six children with partner Angelina
former 'ER' star - who is dating former wrestler Stacy
Keibler - told The Advocate: 'Not only do I enjoy
him as a person and respect his talent, but I also
love what he does in the world. I can't speak highly
enough about how hard he works at making the world
better. I'm very proud to call him my friend.'
Aussie actor Jai Courtney secures role in Die Hard
actor Jai Courtney has landed a potential career making
role as Bruce Willis's son in the next instalment
of the Die Hard franchise.
25, has had roles in Packed To The Rafters and Spartacus:
Blood and Sand and also filmed a modest role in the
Tom Cruise action drama flick One Shot.
will star alongside Willis in A Good Day To Die Hard,
the fifth Die Hard franchise.
movie is expected to hit the big screen early next
Russell Crowe in Talks to Join Darren Aronofskys
Crowe has expressed interest in taking on the title
role of director Darren Aronofskys new project,
on the biblical tale of Noahs Ark, the movie
will be Aronofskys first since the critically
acclaimed Black Swan. While following
some of the classic plot points of the original tale,
Noah will approach the story from a new
perspective. This modern Noah will be played as a
man who has a deep love for earth and its inhabitants,
but who is heartbroken over the way humans have taken
advantage of the planet.
asked about the films religious connotations,
Aronofsky responded, "I dont think its
a very religious story. I think its a great
fable thats part of so many different religions
and spiritual practices. I just think its a
great story thats never been on film. I want
to make a big event film, and I think it can be that."
director, who arrived on to the scene with 1998's
Pi, has made it clear from the start that
he wanted Crowe on board. When the Gladiator
star found out he was being eyed for the film, he
coyly tweeted to his fans, And Im eyeing
him right back
whole lot of eyeing."
names that were thrown around for the role included
Liam Neeson, Christian Bale, and Michael Fassbender.
The project received big buzz even before Crowes
involvement, after it was announced that its budget
would be a substantial $130 million.
is due to start filming this July and will hit the
cinema in 2013.
Mel Gibson completes anger management...
Mel Gibson has completed a course of court-ordered
anger management therapy as part of his probation.
movie star pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery
charge, relating to an alleged attack on ex-girlfriend
Oksana Grigorieva in 2010, and was sentenced to three
years probation, 16 hours of community service
and 52 weeks of counseling to curb his infamous temper.
fulfilled the community service requirements last
year and has continued to impress Los Angeles Superior
Court Judge Stephanie Sautner with his efforts by
completing additional therapy sessions too.
entertainment news website TMZ has reported the actor
will finally be off the hook if he stays out of trouble
for two more years.
is understood to be looking to release his movie 'Get
The Gringo' via Icon Film Distribution Australia.
Icon is planning a traditional theatrical release
despite North American plans to launch an exclusive
video-on-demand (VOD) offer.
US deal will result in the action-thriller being distributed
by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment from May 1
on DirecTV, which will charge $10.99 per home viewing,
according to Deadline.com. A wider release on Blu-ray,
VOD, and digital download will be rolled out after
a statement, Fox Home Entertainment president Mike
Dunn said: "As digital distribution evolves,
we are constantly looking at new ways to bring the
consumer greater access than ever before to our movies.
Reaching nearly 20 million households on the DirecTV
premium platform offers us an opportunity to explore
innovative approaches like this one for Get The Gringo."
Film Distribution is set to release the film in Australia
on May 12.
Wrestling Legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper In
is a 2011 film directed by Joshua Russell and starring
Patrick Gleason, Roddy Piper, and Robert Carradine.
Featuring Nick Turturro, Richard Kind, and introducing
is a comedy/drama about a professional wrestler who
is afraid of conflict in real life. He is nearing
the end of his career and finds out he has one fan
left in an 8-year old boy, who hides a secret that
will change Leo's life forever. The film was shot
entirely on location in Chicago.
film won Best Feature at the 2011 Sunscreen Film Festival
in St. Petersburg, Florida, and was an official selection
at the 2011 Seattle True Independent Film Festival.
Piper is also rumoured to be one of the house-mates
in upcoming WWE reality TV show, 'Legends House'.
The Four Horsemen Including Ric Flair To Be Inducted
Into WWE Hall Of Fame 2012; Jim Ross Tweets - 27th
on Ric Flairs Birthday: Happy Birthday to Ric
Flair. Naitch called me this past week to catch up.
Hes got a great opportunity with Coca Colas
energy drink along with his state lottery work. I
went on You Tube and checked out Rics TV commercials
for the lotteries he promotes and they were hilarious.
of my fondest memories in the business involve Ric
Flair and Im so blessed to have been able to
broadcast not only many Ric Flair bout but @ShawnMichaels
bouts over the years, too as they are widely considered
the two, best, all around pro wrestlers ever. Thats
a debate that will rage on until the end of time but
no one can intelligently say that Naitch and HBK arent
on an abbreviated list of the best ever.
Corner and the Media
Man blog network for more on these developing
news stories and more.
Entertainment Movies: Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers,
The Wolverine and Ghost Rider - February 2012
is continuing its lover affair with superhero themes,
movie revamps and the like, and Australian fans are
lapping it up with the superhero jackpot bonanza.
year we're looking at a bush tucker bag of sequels,
prequels, remakes... you name it. The Hollywood studios
will be pumping out their best efforts in order to
make as much money as they can muster, and who can
kingpin Marvel Entertainment are going to be spinning
out their The Amazing Spider-Man, hitting
us hard with "The Avengers", "Ghost
Rider" is about to ride into "Sin City"
Sydney, Australia, and then there's Australia's favorite
son, Hugh Jackman back in "The Wolverine".
Warner Bros. - DC Comics tag-team is going to attempt
to combat that Marvel onslaught with the next instalment
of Batman - "The Dark Knight Rises", but
most tipsters are picking Marvel to win the movie
superhero fight over DC Comics this year, but time
a peek at some of this years coming attractions...(US
Cage provides a winter warm-up with Ghost Rider:
Spirit of Vengeance (Feb. 17), returning as
the bounty hunter from hell on a mission to rescue
a child from the devil.
Avengers (May 4), teaming Robert Downey Jr.
as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans
as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible
Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy
Renner as Hawkeye.
is The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3), with
Andrew Garfield taking over as Peter Parker in director
Marc Webbs new take on how a mutant spider bite
turns a teen into a web-slinging hero.
Bale returns as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises
(July 20), director Christopher Nolans third
and final tale of the well to do vigilante with all
the cool gadgets. Anne Hathaway joins the cast as
the late Heath Ledgers Academy Award-winning
performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight,
Nolan went with a lesser-known villain: This time,
its Bane (Tom Hardy), known to comic-book fans
as the brute who breaks Batmans back and puts
him in a wheelchair.
Avengers are assembling...
released more stills from its superhero superteam
movie reving up fans who are eagerly awaiting the
answers to the age-old question, who would win in
a fight between The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty
first image shows Captain America (Chris Evans) in
full updated costume and shield, flanked by Avengers
teammates Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow
(Scarlett Joahnsson), the three heroes walking as
if they mean business. The second still is slightly
less dramatic, simply showing Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
gripping a conference room chair, pondering heavy
thoughts next to S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson (Clark
you walk out of your trailer and you bump into Chris
Hemsworth with the cape on and you see Downey in the
Iron Man suit and thats when you really get
excited and you start geeking out a bit, Evans
told The News last year from the film's New Mexico
are already starting to geek out, more than two months
before the film's May 4 (U.S) release date.
Marvel Studios movie, which is directed by fanboy
favorite Joss Whedon, unites three franchises (Iron
Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk) within an
even bigger franchise thats expected to be one
of the biggest box office hits of all time.
Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures
Marvels The Avengers--the super
hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel
super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor,
Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an
unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety
and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international
peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself
in need of a team to pull the world back from the
brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment
Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris
Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel
L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay
by Joss Whedon, Marvels The Avengers
is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series
The Avengers, first published in 1963
and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself
for an exciting event movie, packed with action and
spectacular special effects, when Marvels
The Avengers assemble in summer 2012.
Release Dates Updated (U.S)
addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel
Studios will release a slate of films based on the
Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3"
on May 3, 2013; and "Thor 2" on November
Andrew Garfield as Spiderman Featured in an Avengers
(English, 2012) Cameo...
Feb 13, 2012 - A few days ago we reported the rampant
Internet rumor that Andrew Garfields Spiderman
would be featured in an Avengers cameo. All of this
was built off a statement made by actress Jenny Agutter
who has a small role in the Whedon production. Well,
weve stumbled across another source who confirms
Spider mans cameo in Avengers.
will be similar to how Wolverine made a quick cameo
in X-Men: First Class and Sonys going to make
sure to promote their new Spiderman movie any way
they can. Andrew (Garfield) isnt a widely known
actor so they want to get his face on everything,
including The Avengers even if its for a couple
is an absolute multiple bonanza for the superhero
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris
Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom
Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel
L. Jackson, and written and directed by Joss Whedon,
Marvels The Avengers is based on
the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The
Avengers, first published in 1963 and a comics
institution ever since.
The Avengers is presented by Marvel Studios
in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is
being produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin
Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee,
Jon Favreau, Louis DEsposito, Patricia Whitcher,
Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. The film is distributed
by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
movie is to release in India on 27th April, 2011.
The Wolverine Gets Release Date...
is official, a sequel to that 2009 X-Men Origins:
Wolverine movie will be coming to a theatre near you
on or around July 26th 2013 (depends if your in the
U.S, Australia or elsewhere). After months of production
delays, including replacing Darren Aranofsky as director,
that cigar smoking, 'bub' saying, furry Canadian Logan
will once again rip things up. The film sequel is
running with the title: The Wolverine and will take
Logan to Japan where he finds a forbidden romance
and the Silver Samurai to deal with. Hugh Jackman
has already praised the script as being "one
of the best we've ever had." This is good news
for those fans and critics who felt the first Wolverine
movie offering could have been better. We trust that
director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman deliver on
this to keep both Marvel hardcore and casual fans
happy. What the critics will think is anyone's guess,
but as a few stars have noted - movies are made for
fans (not critics).
'Ghost Rider' movie controversy; Red hot back story...
new "Ghost Rider" movie's ticket sales are
not very strong, but the controversy raging in the
comic-book community is like a mega fireball.
story begins back in 1972, when the flaming motercyclist
was created at Marvel Comics by writer Mike Friedrich,
editor Roy Thomas and artist Mike Ploog. Comics creators
in those days - and often today - don't own anything
they create for the major publishing houses, because
of a contract called "work for hire." But
when the first "Ghost Rider" movie came
out in 2007, Friedrich sued Marvel for partial ownership
of the character on a technicality - which would result
in a windfall from the movie.
desperately needed the money. Friedrich, now 69, is
unemployed, broke and suffering from liver problems.
He has been getting through the days by selling autographed
"Ghost Rider" items at conventions as a
paid guest, which according to documents amounted
to a total of $17,000.
ownership of trademark and copyright isn't something
that comics publishers take lightly. Both of the major
comic publishers (ala Marvel and DC Comics) make more
income from licensing their library of characters
than they do selling comic books. Here's the thing:
According to U.S. law, failure to defend a trademark
can lead to losing it.
Marvel - and parent company Disney - went after the
lawsuit, including a countersuit demanding the $17,000.
They were victorious. In December, the court threw
out Friedrich's suit and ordered him to pay Marvel.
Also, his future income was constrained, in that he
can sign and sell only "Ghost Rider" material
that he buys retail.
creative and fan community responded with fury. Blogs
across the Internet excoriated Marvel, or started
petitions for the $17,000 to be forgiven. Steve Niles,
creator of "30 Days of Night," led a charge
on Twitter and set up a Facebook page for contributions
(www.steveniles.com/gary.html). Creators such as Gail
Simone ("Batgirl") and Jill Thompson ("Scary
Godmother") tweeted encouragement. Longtime creators'-rights
champion Neal Adams was one of many who auctioned
original art, with proceeds going to Friedrich.
you might expect, there were calls to boycott the
new film, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."
That might have contributed to the film's disappointing
third-place finish on its opening weekend in the U.S,
with $22 million at the U.S box office.
the movie did well, it would still be overshadowed
by the back story - comics creators and fans rising
up like a tidal wave to help one of their own.
a red hot and real superhero story.
out the "Support Gary Friedrich" Facebook
page (www.facebook.com/supportgaryfriedrich) for more.
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superhero fans - great news... more superhero themed
online games rumoured to be soon hitting PartyCasino.
Stay tuned to the Media
Man network for more on that.
it sounds like 2012 is going to be a pretty good year
for superhero movies, both on an entertainment front
(for fans) and business angle (for studios etc), that's
because it is. Enjoy brigadiers, and as Marvel living
legend Stan Lee would say - Excelsior!