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- 13th March 2012
and AussieWood fans, and all you pro wrestling aka
sports entertainment fans out there. It's that time
of the week again. Here's your latest fix of entertainment
and celebrity news Aussie style, direct from the Media
Says "That's Entertainment"; Movies And
Games Collide Online...
giant bwin.party digital entertainment has just released
a bush tucker bag of new online games via its PartyCasino
brand. Check out Knight
Rider and more Hollywood blockbusters now, and
check out Media
Man for all the new game reviews. Not surprisingly
old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra, has maintained his popularity
with young and old with the Sinatra
slot. You can even play for free or for money
in USA, AUD, CAN or EURO. Poker fans will also be
in luck. Not into games?
No problem - check out the movie
Hollywood Stars, Paris Hilton Tipped To Party At The
Star In Sin City Sydney...
Aussie casino wars, and the war for the entertainment
dollar is alive and well. It's Echo Entertainment
- The Star VS Crown Limited - Crown Melbourne and
it a month or so... time for The Star casino scandals
to cool off a bit more, and a bush tucker bag of Hollywood
movie stars and celebs galore will be partying hard
at its new nightclub, Marquee.
hear that the VIP guests including a few casino whales
are due to hit the party on March 30.
producer and DJ Afrojack - real name Nick van de Wall,
is confirmed, and now we hear that hunt is on for
his babe Paris Hilton (that was quite likely the original
sin idea. Get the woman via the man. Talk about bait
for fish and whales. Will it lure the right school
of fish or not? time will tell, but the odds of success
are there with Paris Hilton and friends. The heiress
milked the rumours days ago via Twitter with: "Congrats
@NoahTepperberg on@MarqueeSydney! @DJAfrojack is gonna
kill it at the opening party down there! I love #Australia!"
all know about the loss of former Star embattled boss
Sid Vaikunta and The Star will be looking to get PR
back to positive, but will the Australian press let
is a joint venture with Tao Group, which is behind
many of America's biggest nightclubs, including Tao
in Las Vegas and New York, and Marquee Nightclub and
Dayclub in Vegas.
Vegas Marquee is able to draw names such as Rihanna,
Beyonce, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, so let's
wish them well shall we.
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.
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 ...
week...Ross 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.
WWE Smackdown Did Mohegan Sun Arena In Land Based
the WWE doesn't own a casino anymore, but from time
to time it does perform in the gaming and entertainment
WWE Smackdown TV cameras returned to Mohegan Sun Arena
on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m and it was all broadcast
on Australian TV via FOX on Foxtel.
Main Event was Randy Orton (son of Cowboy Bon Orton)
VS Daniel Bryan VS Sheamus aka "The Great White)
in a "Triple Threat Match" for the World
Heavyweight championship belt.
WWE Superstars included The Big Show, Mark Henry,
Cody Rhodes, Ted Dibiase, Santino Marella and the
Diva's (wrestling babes).
don't forget WWE WrestleMania 28 is just around the
corner, and the sports entertainment company also
has an Australian tour locked down for August and
September of 2012.
Wrestling (formally known as TNA Wrestling), is also
set to tour New Zealand (and likely Australia) in
about 6 or 12 months, and wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett
recently thanked TV host Rove McManus in a very public
way via Twitter, so where there's smoke, there's usually
fire - even in professional wrestling.
WWE Legends House Will Get At Least One Non Wrestler
the only confirmed WWE Network show, Legends
House, looks like it will feature some celebrity involvement
as legendary actor Adam West, famous for his roles
as Batman and, more recently, lending his voice as
Mayor Adam West on Family Guy, was pictured
with the cast of Legends House, appearing with
Rowdy Roddy Piper, Mean Gene
Okerlund, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Howard Finkel,
Hillbilly Jim, Tony Atlas, Pat Patterson, and Jimmy
Hart. The photo also shows P cat Dolls singer, Ashley
Roberts, who is slated to be hosting the show, while
Adam West will be a guest star on one of the episodes.
Comedian Jeff Dye from the MTV show, Money from Strangers,
also filmed some footage for the show, but his role
is unknown. The Media Man agency tips high ratings
will follow the show, but some other commentators
are not quite as sure. Don't change your dial wrestling
fans. This will be reality TV like never before, and
tons of laughs are in store for those of you who stick
with it. For a taste, check out the WWE YouTube channel
where many other WWE shows are being broadcast, such
as the famous 'Long Island Story' by Zack Ryder.
The Rock 'hyped' to star in NZ-shot movie...
actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is "hyped"
about starring in a blockbuster to be filmed in New
Zealand later this year.
former pro wrestler is heading downunder to star as
Hercules in American film director Brett Ratner's
upcoming epic by the same name.
told his 2,226,466 Twitter followers he is looking
forward to the new action role.
to become HERCULES and bring the mythology to life.
#TilDeathOrGlory," he tweeted today.
man mountain, standing at 6 feet 5 inches (195.58cm),
spent a brief period of his childhood in Auckland
with his mother's family.
attended Richmond Road Primary School before returning
to the United States with his parents.
is based on the 2008 Radical Publishing comic Hercules:
The Thracian War, written by Steve Moore.
Magazine says filming on the MGM flick is set to start
has emerged as one of Hollywood's leading action stars
with a string of films including Fast Five, G.I Joe:
Retaliation and Faster.
'Road Warrior' Animal Says Sting Isnt An Icon
Unless He Passes Through WWE...
Hall Of Famer Road Warrior Animal, who hosts Extreme
Pro Wrestling Radio on 100.3 KFAN in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, broadcast during a recent show that he
doesnt think Sting is a wrestling icon until
he passes through WWE.
is not in the same league as guys like Triple H, Stone
Cold, The Rock. Sting will never be considered a legend
or icon until he lets his pride go and joins WWE.
He needs to bury his personal issues and just get
into the WWE. Sting has to come over to the WWE to
be that guy, its a bigger stage. Impact is one
thing, the WWE is a way bigger thing, Animal
also takes credit for Stings arrival to the
National Wrestling Alliance in 1987.
NWA was looking for a spot for Sting and I said make
him a brother in paint and then Sting joined us (Road
Warriors) in our six-man matches, he said.
the best singles worker of all time, Animal said,
Easily, (Ric) Flair!
Rock Dwayne Johnson To Star In Pain and Gain (2013)
pair of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an
extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly
Writers: Scott Rosenberg (screenplay), Christopher
Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Ed Harris
is also set to appear in the following:
2013 Snitc* (post-production)
2012 G.I. Joe: Retaliation (post-production)
Arabian Nights (pre-production)
2013 Empire State (pre-production)
2013 The Fast and the Furious 6 (pre-production)
WWE megastar John Cena is right when he implies Rocky
has gone Hollywood. Aw well, its all entertainment.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire Help Launch Mobli
up-to-date with technology, Leonardo DiCaprio and
Tobey Maguire were spotted at the Mobli 2.0 Launch
Party in Austin, Texas on Saturday night (March 10).
most of his face, the "Inception" actor
wore a Raiders hat with a dark suit jacket and jeans
while posing for pictures alongside the "Spider-Man"
star, who covered his slender frame in a blue button
up and jacket.
other stars such as Kevin Connelly Jared Leto and
Lukas Haas alkso on hand, the blokes were there to
help launch the updated app, Mobli, which gives iPhone
users a fun way to share photos.
and DiCaprio believe in the company so much that theyve
invested in the new version of the app that many say
will appeal to the hipster crowds. DiCaprio has reportedly
shelled out nearly $4 million.
[is] a brand new site where users can share moments
and see the world through other people's eyes, is
a real-time, visual social media platform, made up
of subject-based channels such as people, places and
topics. a spokesperson for the mobile app company
the event, DiCaprio who came in from a film shoot
in New Orleans, munched on sushi while he spoke with
the Mobli team.
posed for photos with fans. During the event Tobey
shared his first social media post ever with the app.
outing comes as Leo and Tobey will soon hit the big
screen together - as they just wrapped up filming
"The Great Gatsby" in Sydney, Australia
- most of which took place at White Bay, Rozelle.
movie follows Nick Carraway (Maguire), a Midwesterner
living on Long Island who finds himself fascinated
by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his
neighbor, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), while being drawn
into Gatsby's circle and becoming a witness to obsession
starring Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher,
the Baz Luhrmann directed motion picture is set to
hit theaters on December 25, 2012.
James Packer donates $250,000 to Katter political
based billionaire James Packer will not have any political
influence over Katter's Australian Party, despite
making a $250,000 donation, a spokesman says.
spokesman Scott Barrett told media Mr Packer's donation
was the result of a long-standing friendship between
the Packer family and party founder Bob Katter.
grandfather was very good friends and business partners
with Ted Theodore, who is one of Bob Katter's greatest
heroes,' he said.
a very good, close relationship between them (Mr Packer
and Mr Katter) and they have very similar sort of
not surprising to see people like James Packer, who
have a lot invested in Australia's future, to get
are the only party really that is getting behind Australia's
future in backing Australian industry and Australian
Packer's donation is one of the biggest recorded from
a single donor in Queensland.
Mr Barrett said that did not mean the casino mogul
would be pulling the party's strings.
Packers have known Bob Katter for many years, so they
know what they're getting,' he said.
know that he's not easily swayed.
because he's contributed in this way doesn't mean
he's going to pull the reins.
Katter knows what he wants and hasn't shifted on that
for 40 years, so this isn't going to change the course
of what were out to achieve.'
party is holding its official campaign launch in Townsville
James Bond and Batman help rescue London developers...
is helping London developers weather the financial
crisis by turning empty offices into film sets, providing
cash and publicity for landlords struggling to fill
buildings with tenants because of the uncertain economic
addition to films and television shows, a growing
number of developers are also opening their doors
to events like London Fashion Week or temporary retail
sites for online companies such as Amazon, eBay and
are planning to cash in on short-term demand from
film crews seeking rooftops with panoramic views during
the Olympic Games and celebrations marking the 60th
anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.
has been a sea change in the way landlords deal with
empty space since the financial crisis," said
Mark Hughes-Webb, managing director of SPACE-2 Consulting,
which finds buildings for shoots and events. "They
are more focused on cashflow as shareholders want
to know they are working their assets." Developers
have struggled to fill a series of striking new buildings
meant to attract a wave of tenants: five skyscrapers
in central London at varying stages of build have
signed one office deal between them. The office vacancy
rate in London's main financial district was 7 per
cent in January, double where it stood at the end
of 2007, its last low point, data from property consultancy
CBRE show. SPACE-2's turnover has almost doubled over
the same period.
neighboring office blocks near the Bank of England
in the main financial district have the equivalent
of eleven soccer pitches of empty space between them.
is Cannon Place and though reportedly close to signing
its first tenants, Hughes-Webb said it was the venue
for a new BBC spy drama, the type of shoot that can
raise 1,500-7,000 pounds ($2,400-$11,100) per day.
SPACE-2 takes about a quarter of any fee. "We
choose the right events to keep Cannon Place in the
public eye and associated with quality brands,"
said Mark Swetman, project director for Cannon Place
developer Hines, saying good publicity was a bigger
consideration than money.
other block is the Walbrook building, which was used
to shoot the latest film in the spoof spy series Johnny
English. In the real world, it has been empty for
two years and wealth manager Schroders pulled out
of a move there in December.
shoots raise similar amounts to TV productions and
it is not only buildings in the best locations that
benefit. New Batman film The Dark Knight Rises includes
a stunt sequence shot at an office block in the south
London suburb of Croydon, with the area's dour 1960s
architecture doubling up as Gotham City. Not all landlords
are opening their doors. Western Europe's tallest
skyscraper, the 1,016-feet Shard nearing completion
next to London Bridge train station, turned down makers
of the new James Bond film Skyfall, which has been
filming near the Tower of London, even though it has
not yet signed an office tenant.
is disruptive. We do not need those kind of gimmicks,"
a spokesman for developer Sellar Property Group said.
and events can raise even more. London Fashion Week
netted landlord Land Securities more than 10,000 pounds
when it set up one of the longest catwalks ever seen
in London at the One New Change retail and office
scheme next to St Paul's Cathedral this month.
of the fastest growing sources of new revenue is internet
retailers like eBay setting up temporary stores to
build trust with shoppers wary of buying goods online.
Landlords can fill space for between one week and
six months and demand for space far outstrips supply,
developer Lend Lease did 20 temporary lettings across
three British shopping centers last year to plug gaps
left by failing retailers, something that would not
have occurred to developers five years ago, said Simon
Donaldson, head of retail operations.
only did it bring in several hundred thousand pounds
extra in rent, it saved more than a million pounds
in empty rate liabilities," he said. Owners of
buildings with panoramic rooftop views plan to cash
in on demand from camera crews looking for sites during
this year's Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee events.
Fees will likely double from their norm to 300 pounds
per hour, Hughes-Webb said. "It should not have
taken the recession for developers to get more creative
and work out there is cash to be made," he said,
citing a small patch of roof on a building north of
London Bridge that is frequently used to film crowds
square meter is probably the most valuable piece of
real estate in London."
Marvel Announces Two All-New, All-Ages Titles...
out The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adventures
and Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures this April...
April, Marvel is pleased to announce the launch of
THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES ADVENTURES
#1 and ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES #1, two all-new
ongoing comic book titles for comic fans of all-ages!
These titles connect with TV's highly anticipated
animation destination, Marvel Universe on Disney XD,
debuting Sunday, April 1, the only place to catch
"Ultimate Spider-Man" and season two of
"The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes!"
With two action-packed animated series and compelling
comics, fans will have the chance to further immerse
themselves in the adventures of Spider-Man, Captain
America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and the rest of the
Avengers--including special guest stars!
couldnt be more excited for Marvel Universe,
said Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso. There
is something special about the Avengers and Spider-Man
that speaks to fans of all ages, and with the launch
of Marvel Universe on Disney XD this April, what better
way to connect the two experiences than these new
In THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES ADVENTURES
#1, the creative team of Chris Yost and Adam Dekraker,
present not one, but TWO new action-packed Avengers
stories to catch you up on the adventures of Earths
Mightiest through the eyes of Agent Coulson.
in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES #1, from Man Of
Action ("Ben 10"), Dan Slott, Ty Templeton
& Nuno Plati, Peter Parker must balance battling
super villains and the drama of high school! But fear
not True Believer, there is no menace too diabolical
and no test too challenging for Spider-Man!
fan of the Avengers or Spider-Man can miss out on
these new action-packed series, sure to excite fans
of all ages! So make sure youre the first one
in line this Spring to catch THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S
MIGHTIEST HEROES ADVENTURES #1 and ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
ADVENTURES #1 as the heroes make their big TV debut!
THE AVENGERS: EARTHS MIGHTIEST HEROES ADVENTURES
Written by CHRIS YOST
Pencils by ADAM DEKRAKER
ON SALE THIS APRIL!
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES #1
Written by MAN OF ACTION, DAN SLOTT & TY TEMPLETON
Art by NUNO PLATI
ON SALE THIS APRIL! (Credit: Marvel Entertainment)
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