RAW 1000th Episode
RAW 1000th Episode Screens In Australia today; Movie,
Hollywood, Celebrity and Casino News - 25th July 2012
RAW 1000th Episode Screens In Australia today; Movie,
Hollywood, Celebrity and Casino News; The Dark Knight
Rises, The Wolverine, Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Games...
wrestling fans down under in Australia - are you ready?
The WWE RAW 1000th episode screens today at 2.30pm
EST on FOX8. Most of the modern day wrestling legends
who helped make RAW as great as it is will be appearing.
Today's Media Man agency report also offers up news
and info on comic book movies and games associated
with 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'The Wolverine' and
'Amazing Spider-Man'. Then we check out the Australian
casino scene, and pick up a bit of political and celebrity
news for good measure. Keep checking the news website
portal daily for some of the most superior news coverage
on the internet.
Boss Vince McMahon on his WWE; (Q&A interview)...
the 1,000th episode of "Raw" approaches,
the wrestling king offers his thoughts on professional
wrestling aka "sports entertainment" (The
McMahon has the final say at the WWE. He is the chairman
and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, and his
wife, Linda, is running for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut.
McMahon, 66, is preparing for the 1,000th episode
of USA flagship live show Raw, the longest-running
episodic primetime program in the U.S. Raw, which
reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide and
contributed massively to the network's $340 million
in revenue from live and televised entertainment in
2011. Today they kick of with adding a third hour
and becoming the most interactive show in pro wrestling,
and in just about any other medium or genre.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: You started on USA, moved to another
network and then returned to USA
Vince McMahon: We became the No. 1 show on USA. And
they wouldn't be No. 1 right now in primetime if not
for Raw. We switched one time to what became the Spike
network and became the No. 1 show there. We have proved
that we can pretty much make TV networks.
WWE and your performers have started using Twitter
Back in the early days, our performers elicited a
response -- a boo or a cheer. Today, we use all this
social media. We are going to do Tout, in which the
WWE just invested. With that, you get a 15-second
video shout-out that goes straight to our TV programs.
Beginning with the 1,000th show, people can participate
in terms of the types of matches and what actually
happens on air. It will be the most interactive TV
programming in the world.
Over the years, you had ups and downs. You had the
Monday night ratings wars with WCW, for example.
Ted Turner was a bit of a battle [when he bought the
World Championship Wrestling circuit]. Ted was part
of Time Warner; that was difficult to compete with.
But perseverance is extremely important in life and
in business. The other guys got tired of traveling
each and every week to do TV. They just didn't have
the same passion we do. They were working for a paycheck.
It was only a matter of time until they burned out.
Why has so much of your talent, like The Rock, gone
on to film careers?
Our talent is taught not to be prima donnas, to be
on time and know their lines. And quite frankly, people
in Hollywood, once they see what we do, they are amazed.
Our talent doesn't demand the biggest trailer or a
certain amount of grape juice or whatever the hell
it is. Our talent is extremely flexible and knows
how to act, so it's a logical extension for them.
UFC gets big pay-per-view numbers. How do you stack
up against them?
We're in show business, they are a sport. Their ratings
are abysmal. They are in the pay-per-view business,
and they do reasonably well there. We just set a record
for WrestleMania. We had 1.3 million buys for this
year's WrestleMania, and our pay-per-view numbers
for our shows have been up 30 percent since then.
So, we are looking pretty good.
Are you going to watch the Olympics?
I consider our business the Olympics, and it doesn't
just happen every few years, but every night. My favorite
part will be the closing ceremonies. That means the
Olympics are over, and everyone will settle down and
Raw, Smackdown! [on Syfy] and WWE will have more prominence.
ION Enters Pro-Wrestling Ring with 'WWE Main Event'
Johnson/The Rock: The third-generation wrestler began
his film career with The Mummy Returns. Next: G.I.
Joe: Retaliation, The Fast and the Furious 6.
Keibler: Keibler wrestled and managed WWE stars, then
placed third on Dancing With the Stars. And, oh yeah,
she's been dating George Clooney since 2011.
Cold" Steve Austin: McMahon's beer-swilling adversary
appeared in The Expendables.
Hulk Hogan: He's acted in Rocky III, starred on his
own reality show and done voice acting for Robot Chicken.
Prinze Jr.: The She's All That star and WWE fan was
hired to help create Raw storylines in 2008. He has
guest-hosted on the show as well.
WWE Triple H Talks Talent...
this coming Monday's historic 1000th episode of Raw,
Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H, addressed a
number of topics including Randy Orton's ongoing sixty-day
suspension for his second violation of WWE's Talent
who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, the site of Monday's
show, will be unable to appear due to the suspension.
Though Levesque won't divulge what Orton did wrong,
he notes "The Legend Killer" will be back
once the suspension concludes.
is important to remember that all of our wrestlers
are human but they also have to be accountable,"
Levesque says of Orton's suspension.
WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent and Live
Events, Levesque's corporate role is to discover tomorrow's
Superstars. He admits it's a struggle.
trying to teach them to be the Stone Colds and the
Undertakers of tomorrow, but the one thing we can't
teach is charisma," said Levesque. "You
can teach people to do moves and create story lines
and the psychology of what we do, but you can't teach
someone to be the Rock. It's an innate ability to
walk into a room and have everyone pay attention.
Put aside the athleticism and what happens in the
ring, what our business is really about is connecting
with people emotionally. If you are emotionally connected
to your character, then people will want to see you.
It's true in Hollywood and movies. You don't have
to be the best actor, just be a presence."
H, The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
created on-screen personas "fans loved, hated
or loved to hate" on Raw in the late '90s. Levesque
feels they were the first stars of reality television.
guy we have, whether it's me, whether it's the Undertaker,
whether it's John Cena playing the character John
Cena, is a performer," said Levesque. "What
we did is very much the beginning of reality television.
'Jersey Shore,' whether people want to believe it
or not, is a scripted kind-of show. They don't give
them every single word, but they give them premises
and they set things up. It's not a documentary where
you follow them around brushing their teeth. And that's
what we are we blur that line and that's what
people find intriguing."
also offers insight on The Rock and Kane's on-stage
personalities, WWE's decision to make their shows
"PG" television, critics denouncing wrestling
as "fake," and more.
WWE Raw Supershow - What To Expect On The Broadcast
Live in St. Louis, Mo, USA
three-hour WWE Raw era will start with a new signature
WWE open capturing WWE through the years.
clips of memorable moments throughout Raw's history
- Vince's "Bret screwed Bret" speech, Shawn
Michaels losing his smile, Edge retiring, Ric Flair
retiring, and Triple H tributing Eddie Guerrero.
video package focusing on "Stone Cold" Steve
Austin, Shawn Michaels and and Bret Hart becoming
McMahon to welcome and thank the fans.
reunion with most members.
Rock to address the WWE Title.
Lesnar accept Triple H's Summerslam Challenge?
Bryan and A.J. to get married.
champion C.M. Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE Title
-- World Hvt. champion SHEAMUS & REY MYSTERIO
& SIN CARA vs. CHRIS JERICHO & DOLPH ZIGGLER
(w/Vickie Guerrero) & ALBERTO DEL RIO
-- JACK SWAGGER vs. BRODUS CLAY (w/Mick Foley)
-- IC champion CHRISTIAN vs. THE MIZ -- Intercontinental
Sheen via Skype to talk wrestling and "anger
-- HEATH SLATER vs. LITA
The Undertaker returns to RAW.
5 -- WWE champion C.M. PUNK vs. JOHN CENA -- WWE Title
thanks to our friends at WWE, Pro Wrestling Torch,
Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Wrestling Inc in
assisting with this report.
X Men, Wolverine 2 Film Revealed Possible New Viper
X Men, Wolverine 2 film revealed possible new Viper
actress. According to a new report from Collider,
talks with Jessica Biel to play character Viper in
the new Wolverine 2 flick, did not workout,so now,
this new Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova is
currently in talks to play Viper instead. Its
also reported that Svetlana is expected to close a
deal with the studio pretty quickly.
character of Viper is said to be of Eastern European
decent, and has a complex relationship with Wolverine
that includes, at one point, a sham marriage. Svetlana
is mostly known for her work in Russia, but she appeared
last year in the espionage flick Tinker, Tailor,
location work on The Wolverine will be done in Japan,
while stage work will be shot in Australia in August.
The movie stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki
Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima,
Brian Tee, and is scheduled to hit theaters on July
26th,2013. Stay tuned.
Wolverine sequel: Jessica Biel out...
days after Jessica Biel was announced to play Viper
in the forthcoming Wolverine sequel, The Wolverine,
it has emerged that the actress has now walked away
from the project after contract talks broke down.
Mangold has taken the reins for this installment with
Hugh Jackman returning to play the titular title role.
It will hopefully stay faithful to the Chris Claremont/Frank
Miller series which sees Wolverine transported to
Japan in one of his darkest storylines.
had been cast as Viper, a character who has a tempestuous
relationship with Wolverine/Logan, including blackmail,
a forced marriage and the odd wound both physical
and mental. Viper is also known as Lady Hydra, a high
ranking officer in the Hydra network, but this may
not be referenced in The Wolverine as the rights to
Hydra are with Disney/Marvel Studios and Hydra was
used in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Wolverine has had a bumpy ride so far getting to the
big screen, with Darren Aronofsky leaving the project
very early on. This caused a delay in filming, which
then grew as Hugh Jackman had commitments to film
another setback for the production that commences
in Australia this August before filming on location
in Japan. Sources say that Fox are now talking to
other actors about the role as they look to move quickly
to replace Biel.
film is scheduled for release July 2013.
Marvel Entertainment movies; Thor, Spider-Man boost
popularity of online slot games...
Media Man agency reports that Marvel comics themed
games such as Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Fantastic
Four and The Incredible Hulk have received a boost
thanks to recent and upcoming movie releases tied
in with Marvel Entertainment. For the gaming world
that Excelsior! (as Marvel legend Stan Lee would say).
Check em out at PartyCasino.com,
as featured across the Media Man network.
Comic Book Movies News Update...
and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino will soon be scripting
for DC Comics. The announcement, made at San Diego
Comic Con, was nothing short of cryptic, and we are
waiting on more details to be divulged.
Marvel NOW! Point-One teaser sequentially revealed
the heroes that will be strongly implicated in the
special issue to be released this Fall. The characters
are Nick Fury, Jr., Cable, Ant Man, Loki, Wiccan,
Miss America, Nova and Starlord.
Film and Television:
recently entered a bidding war for Classic Media film
and television rights to properties like He-Man, Godzilla,
Voltron, Turok, Dick Tracy, Archie, Rocky and Bullwinkle,
and many more.
Studios is investigating the leak that uncovered the
production of a Guardians of the Galaxy film weeks
before the film's planned announcement at San Diego
Dark Knight Rises has reportedly earned $162 million
at the box office in its opening weekend despite tragedy.
The gross puts TDKR third behind Marvel's The Avengers
and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II,
both of which had inflated grosses due to 3D ticket
O'Neill formally takes over as Echo chairman - 23rd
Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill has officially
taken over as chairman of casino operator Echo Entertainment
O'Neill takes over from John Story who stepped down
on June 8 following a campaign to remove him by James
Packer, head of rival casino operator Crown.
O'Neill, a non-executive board director and chief
executive of the Australian Rugby Union, subsequently
assumed the role of Echo's acting chairman.
appointment received Mr Packer's support.
Packer, seeking a presence in the lucrative Sydney
gaming market, wanted to to increase his influence
on Echo, which holds the city's sole casino licence.
took a 10 per cent holding in Echo.
operates The Star in Sydney, the Jupiters casinos
on the Gold Coast and in Townsville, and the Treasury
casino in Brisbane.
operates the Crown casino in Melbourne and the Burswood
casino in Perth.
Steven Spielberg Wants Chris Hemsworth for Robopocalypse...
actor Chris Hemsworth was a relative unknown Stateside
only a couple years ago, but he has become the go-to
guy for roles requiring a handsome badass who fights
inhuman threats. Hemsworth has battled Frost Giants
in Thor and alien invaders in The Avengers as Thor
and Thor's wicked brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston),
in both movies and trolls as the Huntsman in
Snow White and the Huntsman, and it looks like he
will soon be battling robots for director Steven Spielberg
three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker has been
trying to put together an adaptation of Daniel H.
Wilson's best-selling novel of the same name since
before the book was completed, and now it seems he's
finally ready to start moving forward with it. According
to Deadline, Spielberg recently met in secret with
Hemsworth to discuss starring in the movie and has
chosen him to lead the resistance against the artificial
intelligence Archos, which seeks to annhiliate the
details on the adaptation are scarce at this point.
Goddard wrote the initial screenplay adaptation of
his book, but Deadline reports that Kario Salem (The
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) has been hired
to rewrite Goddard's script. Here's the synopis of
the book from Random House's website:
far into our future, the dazzling technology that
runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike
yet massively powerful artificial intelligence
known as Archos, the global network of machines on
which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes
an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour the
moment the robots attack the human race is
almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants
regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined
effort to fight back. This is the oral history of
that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors
who experienced this long and bloody confrontation
with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly
detailed, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with
chilling implications about the real technology that
the robots' world, we just live in it...for now.
House also has a one-minute video short set in the
world of Robopocalypse on its site. The director of
the short, Stephen Lunsford, is no Spielberg, but
the short is worth watching solely for the creepy,
child-like voice of Archos declaring itself humanity's
will be a joint Dreamworks-Fox production distributed
by Disney. It is slated for release on April 25, 2014.
Hugh Jackman echoes sorrow over massacre...
actor Hugh Jackman has expressed his sadness following
the mass shooting at a US screening of The Dark Knight
I can echo is the sorrow I feel for the families,
the community, for everybody,' he says.
an issue that goes way beyond, obviously beyond acting,
beyond film or anything like that.
is just a tragedy on a level that we have experienced
in Australia many years ago in Tasmania and it's devastating
and I can't comment on (it) anymore than as a human
being and my feelings for those people involved.'
was speaking in Sydney at a press conference on Tuesday
for his new film The Wolverine, alongside its director,
James Mangold, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
was sporting a red right eye, but it wasn't because
of training for the action movie, but rather 'a very
energetic game of tag with my kids', which he thinks
burst a blood vessel.
says it wasn't easy getting back into shape for the
part, particularly coming from his last role as Jean
Valjean in Les Miserables.
was a particular challenge because Les Mis, I had
to start at 83 kilos and I finished at about 97 kilos
by the end of the movie,' he says.
did have a holiday recently, but it was more like
boot camp for me. But the kids and Deb (his wife,
actress Deborra-Lee Furness) were happy.'
of The Wolverine is scheduled to start in Sydney on
July 30, after a number of setbacks for the sequel
to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
March, director Darren Aronofsky left the project,
and Mangold stepped in to replace him. Then the shoot,
which was originally meant to be in Japan, was postponed
last October because of weather conditions.
says The Wolverine is based on a series of comics
that detail the mutant's journeys in Japan and he
refuted reports that Jessica Biel had turned down
the lead role of Viper.
story couldn't be more of a fantasy frankly, in terms
of what I was reading, so it was nothing more than
a list of people we were considering and still are,'
who has played Wolverine now in five different movies
over the past 12 years, says he takes the movies on
one at a time.
The Wolverine, he saw the screenplay and was sold.
feel like a golfer, always looking for a hole in one
and I thought this was the best script we've had,'
Hollywood declares box office truce after massacre...
Hollywood studio behind the Batman movies has decided
not to publish weekend box office figures after the
Colorado theatre massacre.
people were killed and 58 injured when a gunman dressed
in full body armour opened fire at a packed midnight
premier of The Dark Knight Rises in Denver.
Holmes, 24, was taken into custody outside the cinema
after the attack. He is in solitary confinement and
is due in court on Monday morning.
hours of the attack, Warner Brothers had cancelled
the movie's Paris premiere, which was to have been
accompanied by a press junket with the cast and crew
including director Christopher Nolan and main star
company also cancelled red carpet events for the film
in France, Japan and Mexico, although screenings will
go ahead as planned.
Bros has now confirmed it will not publish weekend
takings - a form of crowing about box office success
- until Monday.
was despite the fact that unofficial figures cited
by industry daily Variety suggest that it made $US75
million on Friday alone, the third biggest opening
day ever at the US box office.
move was swiftly followed by major Hollywood rivals
including Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate and Universal.
initial radio silence from most of the cast and crew,
Nolan issued a statement lamenting the "senseless
tragedy," and expressing "our profound sorrow
at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire
Saturday Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne aka Batman, also
expressed his sadness.
cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin
to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims
and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them,"
he said in a statement.
a separate move Warner Bros scrambled to pull a trailer
for another film, Gangster Squad, including a scene
in which mobsters shoot at theatre audiences. (AFP)
Christian Bale: My Heart Aches for Victims
film is expected to be among the most lucrative movie
openings and possibly contend with the record $207.4
million brought in by "The Avengers."
Dark Knight Rises" star Christian Bale said Saturday
that his heart goes out to the victims of the Colorado
shootings, a tragedy that brought Hollywood studios
together in a rare show of solidarity as they opted
to give the weekend box-office a rest.
cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale,
who plays the caped crusader in the film, said in
a statement. "I cannot begin to truly understand
the pain and grief of the victims and their loved
ones, but my heart goes out to them."
Sony, Fox, Disney, Universal, Fox, Paramount and Lionsgate
said Saturday that they are joining "Dark Knight
Rises" distributor Warner Bros. in withholding
their box-office numbers for the weekend.
Bros. announced Friday that it would forgo the usual
revenue reports until Monday out of respect for the
victims and their families in the Aurora, Colo., shooting
that killed 12 and wounded 58 at the midnight show
of "The Dark Knight Rises" earlier in the
other studios said they also would not report numbers
until Monday. Box-office tracking service Rentrak,
too, said it would not report figures this weekend.
box-office estimates are a weekly routine for Hollywood,
with studios jostling for bragging rights as the No.
1 movie and always aiming to break revenue records.
the shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater at
a midnight screening of the new Batman film, the box-office
performance of "The Dark Knight Rises" had
been eagerly anticipated. The film is expected to
be among the most lucrative movie openings and possibly
contend with the record $207.4 million brought in
by "The Avengers."
that now appears unlikely, even though "The Dark
Knight Rises" earned $30.6 million from midnight
screenings alone. Hollywood trade publications Variety
and Hollywood Reporter reported estimates of roughly
$75 million to $77 million for the film on Friday,
based on box-office insiders.
would put it on track for somewhere around $165 million
for the weekend. Such a total would be the second
highest weekend opening ever, after "The Avengers."
projections, though, are bound to be rough approximates
given the atypical nature of the situation. Many of
Friday's tickets were presold before the shooting.
Moviegoers making their way to theaters also faced
increased security and, in some places, bag checks.
AMC Theaters, the country's second-largest movie chain,
said it would not allow costumed fans or face-covered
masks into its theaters.
Bros. rushed to react to the tragedy, immediately
canceling a Friday night premiere in Paris. On Saturday,
it also canceled the other remaining red-carpet extravaganzas
in Mexico City and Tokyo.
studio, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., also moved
to pull trailers from its upcoming film "Gangster
Squad" from theaters. The trailer of the film,
which stars Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in a ruthless
war between Los Angeles police and the mob, includes
a scene of mobsters firing into a crowded movie theater
from behind the screen.
Nolan, the director of "The Dark Knight Rises"
earlier responded to the tragedy, expressing his sorrow
for the victims and their families.
Nolan: "The movie theater is my home and the
idea that someone would violate that innocent and
hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is
devastating to me."
Entertainment, Hollywood and Celebrity News - 12th
Entertainment, Hollywood and Celebrity News: Sydney
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Australia's Lend Lease: development could host small-scale
planned $6 billion development on Sydney Harbour does
not have space for a large casino but could cater
for smaller-scale VIP gaming, developer Lend Lease
said on Monday, which would suit a proposal put forward
by billionaire James Packer.
outlined a plan for an international hotel and casino
at Barangaroo, on Sydney's waterfront, after his company
Crown Ltd doubled its stake in its main rival, Echo
Entertainment, which owns Sydney's sole casino.
wants to raise its stake in Echo to 25 percent from
10 percent, as part of its plans to lobby for a second
Sydney casino licence to attract more Asian high-rollers.
developer of the site, Lend Lease, said on Monday
it could focus more on plans for the hotel after announcing
it has secured A$2 billion ($2.04 billion) funding
for the first two commercial towers at its flagship
project, including A$1 billion committed by Canada
Pension Plan Investment Board.
Lease chief executive Steve McCann said the site did
not have the capacity for a mass-market casino.
there was going to be anything in the tower with any
gaming capacity, it would be VIP-style gaming,"
he told analysts on a conference call.
New South Wales state government would need to approve
any gaming licence, since Echo currently holds Sydney's
exclusive casino licence until 2019. The state government
previously welcomed Packer's proposal as a boost to
Lease has said it is in talks with a number of hotel
groups for the site, including Crown.
in Crown gained 1.5 percent in morning trade and Lend
Lease was up 0.3 percent, against a broader market
down 0.8 percent. (Reuters)
'Amazing Spider-Man' Tops Box Office, Snares $140
Million Over Six Days...
a record-setting opening day, "The Amazing Spider-Man"
remained strong through the weekend, helping the Sony/Columbia
production earn $140 million in less than a week in
theaters. Oliver Stone's "Savages" also
opened with a decent $16 million in revenue, though
music documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me"
struggled to find an audience and racked up just $7
million. Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" also continued
to hit with its target demographic, hauling in $32
million and pushing its 10-day total to an enormous
$120 million in domestic revenue.
a $230 million production budget and a very large
built-in fan base, expectations were understandably
high for "The Amazing Spider-Man." The Sony/Columbia
reboot didn't take long to find its audience, racking
up $35 million in revenue on Tuesday alone and putting
up solid numbers throughout the rest of the week.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" ended up with $65
million in weekend revenue, helping it to hit the
lofty industry expectations.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" also got off to
a good start by bringing in more than $200 million
in revenue outside of the U.S. After already eclipsing
$340 million worldwide, "The Amazing Spider-Man"
will easily cruise past $500 million in worldwide
revenue in the coming weeks, though it's still unclear
whether it will be able to challenge the franchise-best
$890 million that "Spider-Man 3" brought
in. Without any major new competition until "The
Dark Knight Rises" opens in a couple weeks, "Spider-Man"
should remain a box office stalwart and continue to
put up some big overall numbers throughout the rest
of the month.
mainstream action audiences came out in droves to
see the new version of "Spider-Man," older
audience members turned up for Oliver Stone's thriller
"Savages." Backed by some decent critical
reviews, "Savages" ended up with a decent
$16 million in opening revenue - a strong total for
a $45 million production. "Savages" also
doesn't have to worry about too much new competition
next weekend, opening the door for another decent
"Spider-Man" and "Savages" mainly
hit with their target demographics, "Katy Perry:
Part of Me" wasn't quite as fortunate. "Katy
Perry" managed just $7.15 million over the weekend
and $10.25 million in its first four days following
its Thursday release. Though these are unimpressive
numbers for a release of more than 2,700 total venues,
"Katy Perry" also comes with a slender production
budget of just $12 million. "Katy Perry"
won't end up as one of the most lucrative music documentaries
released in recent years, but it should end up as
an overall success for distributor Paramount.
at a much different demographic than "Katy Perry"
this weekend was "Ted," which headed into
its second weekend with plenty of buzz. After dominating
the box office a week ago and posting $54 million,
"Ted" dipped just 40% from its opening totals
and finished the weekend with $32 million. Now with
$120 million domestically in just 10 days in theaters,
"Ted" is easily the top R-rated hit of the
year and might even challenge $200 million in the
U.S. if it can remain strong in the coming weekends.
continuing to hit with its intended audience was Pixar/Disney's
"Brave." "Brave" earned $20 million
in its third weekend in theaters, pushing it to a
very solid $174 million in its first 17 days. Foreign
numbers have been slow so far for "Brave,"
though that should also change as it gets released
in its biggest overseas markets in the coming weekends.
The only real problem for "Brave" is the
impending release of "Ice Age: Continental Drift,"
which opens this weekend with an enormous built-in
weekend, the release schedule will slow down, as "Ice
Age: Continental Drift" is the only new title
slated to hit theaters in wide release. Though not
as touted as some other animated franchises, "Ice
Age" has been a great success for Fox, with enormous
worldwide revenues despite production budgets roughly
half the size of Pixar releases. The following weekend,
Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"
brings a similar amount of hype as "The Avengers"
and is a lock to dominate the box office well into
Studio Box Office Estimates for 7/6/12 - 7/8/12 (In
The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony/Columbia): $65 [$70]
Ted (Universal): $32.59 [$32]
Brave (Disney): $20.16 [$18]
Savages (Universal): $16.16 [$13.5]
Magic Mike (Warner Brothers): $15.61 [$21]
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection (Lionsgate):
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Paramount/Dreamworks):
Katy Perry: Part of Me (Paramount): $7.15 [$13]
Moonrise Kingdom (Focus): $4.64 [$2.6]
To Rome with Love (Sony Classics): $3.50 [N/A]
Hugh Jackman Joined By Six Additions to Cast of The
director James Mangold's (3:10 to Yuma) The Wolverine
hadn't been beset by weather, script and scheduling
problems title star Hugh Jackman opted to star
in the musical version of Les Miserables rather than
wait for those issues to be sorted out the
movie would currently be in post-production, with
potentially enough edited footage to offer at least
a teaser at this week's San Diego Comic-Con. As it
is, Mangold is spending his time in the casting room,
rather than the editing room, as he tries to put together
a cast to support Jackman. In the last several days,
six actors have joined the cast of The Wolverine,
which takes Logan (Jackman) far away from his X-Men
teammates and his wilderness retreat in Canada to
Japan, where he must fight against the Silver Samurai
and the deadly Hand ninjas at his command.
by Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie), with rewrites by Mark
Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard), The Wolverine is
based on the classic Marvel Comics limited series
Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, creator
of Sin City and 300. The series stripped away Wolverine's
superhero trappings and thrust him into a Japanese
underworld brimming with feudal warriors and mystical
ninjas. According to the list compiled by Empire from
various sources, the cast will include: Hiroyuki Sanada
(Speed Race) as Japanese crimelord Shingen Harada,
leader of Clan Yashida; Tao Okamoto as Shingen's daughter
and Wolverine's love interest, Mariko Yashida; Will
Yun Lee (Total Recall remake) as Mariko's mutant half-brother,
Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai; Rila
Fukushima as Yukio, an assassin who drugs Wolverine
before his duel with Shingen; Hal Yamanouchi (The
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) as Yashida; and Brian
Tee (Wedding Palace) as Noboru Mori, a corrupt minister
of justice betrothed to Mariko.
Wolverine is set to begin shooting next month. It
will primarily be filmed in Jackman's native Australia,
but will also shoot on location in Japan.
Showing:The Wolverine is slated to open July 26, 2013
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson In Highest Paid
The Rock Johnson was listed at #4 on the
Forbes annual list of the highest paid actors in the
world over the past year. Johnson was reported as
earning $36 million this past year, behind only Tom
Cruise ($75 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($37 million)
and Adam Sandler ($37 million).
Bwin.party warns over 'predictable' Euro 2012 results...
digital entertainment, the worlds largest listed
online gaming company, said a run of predictable
results in the Euro 2012 football championships marred
an otherwise solid second quarter performance.
football tournament, in which all of the favourites
progressed to the later stages, is believed to have
hit the betting industry hard this summer.
said customer numbers and activity rose during the
tournament but gross margins were lower than
this, the online gambling group said its casino and
bingo products helped offset the weakness in sports
betting and continued pressures in poker.
had been in negotiations with Shuffle Master (NasdaqGS:
SHFL - news) to offload Ongame, its poker network,
but talks were aborted at the end of last month after
the two sides failed to reach agreement.
a pre-close trading update on Tuesday, bwin said several
parties were interested in buying Ongame.
group claims it has reached a top three market position
in Spain, where online gaming was recently opened
up by authorities.
ahead, the company warned gaming taxes in Germany
and an investment in social games games that are played
through sites such as Facebook would impact its performance
in the second half. (News Corp)
Zynga is all in to acquire Bwin.party-owned
poker business Ongame: Report...
gaming juggernaut Zynga is poised to take over online
poker provider Ongame Network from its current owner,
Internet gambling powerhouse Bwin.party.
exclusive report from eGaming Review (eGR)
behind a paywall says Zynga is leading
the race to acquire Ongame, although there are
four other unnamed bidders at the table (poker pun
has made a verbal offer, according to
eGRs sources, and have reportedly visited Ongames
Stockholm headquarters last Friday.
table and slot machine maker Shuffle Master had already
agreed and announced that it would be purchasing for
up to $38.9 million in cash in February 2012, but
it dropped those plans last week.
Shuffle Master said it would pay out 10 million euros
($12.6 million) of that total purchase price within
five years of the transaction closing, provided that
real-money online poker would be legal in the United
States within such period something that will
happen eventually but is taking time.
familiar with Ongame? Heres what they do, according
to their website:
is the worlds leading B2B online poker provider,
serving partnes including bwin, Betfair, Betsson and
Unibet. Reaching over 20 million customers in more
than 25 markets, with an international network licensed
in Gibraltar, as well as regional networks in Italy
is the premier choice for sportsbook operators, providing
a poker environment optimized for recreational players
and a proven track record of increasing partner revenues.
claims P5, the game engine powering its poker offering,
is the most advanced poker engine ever designed.
company is owned by Bwin.party as a result of an earlier
merger, and has been dubbed by the latter as a surplus
of course offers a wildly popular poker game called
wait for it Zynga Poker, which can be
played on Zynga.com, Facebook, iOS and Android devices.
fact, Zynga Poker was the companys very first
certainly makes a lot of sense for them to buy Ongame
Networks, even if its to keep it out of the
hands of other players looking to move online with
poker games as soon as it becomes legal in the US,
and the company certainly has the cash on hand to
make this kind of acquisition.
'Amazing Spider-Man' finishes weekend with $62M...
ANGELES (AP) "The Amazing Spider-Man" had
a slightly slower start at the box office than initially
estimated, taking in $62 million domestically over
final numbers Monday came in $3 million lower than
the $65 million that distributor Sony had projected
a day earlier, but it still was a healthy start for
the new take on the Marvel Comics superhero.
opening last Tuesday, "The Amazing Spider-Man"
has taken in $137 million domestically. Its worldwide
total is about $340 million since it began rolling
out overseas the previous week.
top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday
through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross,
number of theater locations, average receipts per
location, total gross and number of weeks in release,
as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:
"The Amazing Spider Man," Sony, $62,004,688,
4,318 locations, $14,360 average, $137,022,258, one
"Ted," Universal, $32,202,395, 3,256 locations,
$9,890 average, $119,849,740, two weeks.
"Brave," Disney, $19,612,370, 3,891 locations,
$5,040 average, $173,969,341, three weeks.
"Savages," Universal, $16,016,910, 2,628
locations, $6,095 average, $16,016,910, one week.
"Magic Mike," Warner Bros., $15,642,337,
3,120 locations, $5,014 average, $72,829,107, two
"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection,"
Lionsgate, $10,177,029, 2,161 locations, $4,709 average,
$45,822,984, two weeks.
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," Paramount,
$7,520,690, 2,861 locations, $2,629 average, $195,905,126,
"Katy Perry: Part of Me," Paramount, $7,138,266,
2,730 locations, $2,615 average, $10,240,213, one
"Moonrise Kingdom," Focus Features, $4,519,195,
884 locations, $5,112 average, $26,780,989, seven
"To Rome with Love," Sony Pictures Classics,
$3,104,328, 806 locations, $3,852 average, $4,863,538,
"People Like Us," Disney, $2,194,535, 2,055
locations, $1,068 average, $9,190,902, two weeks.
"The Avengers," Disney, $2,168,124, 1,125
locations, $1,927 average, $611,127,884, 10 weeks.
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Fox,
$1,944,534, 1,657 locations, $1,174 average, $34,050,910,
"Prometheus," Fox, $1,815,500, 1,105 locations,
$1,643 average, $122,390,274, five weeks.
"Snow White & the Huntsman," Universal,
$1,768,355, 1,152 locations, $1,535 average, $149,756,565,
"Men in Black 3," Sony, $1,680,714, 879
locations, $1,912 average, $173,089,690, seven weeks.
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Fox Searchlight,
$741,091, 359 locations, $2,064 average, $41,991,873,
"Rock of Ages," Warner Bros., $639,406,
701 locations, $912 average, $36,974,619, four weeks.
"That's My Boy," Sony, $621,656, 400 locations,
$1,554 average, $36,100,833, four weeks.
"Bol Bachchan," FIP, $561,996, 98 locations,
$5,735 average, $561,996, one week.
and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast
Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures
Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned
by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned
by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard
Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight
are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line
are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group
of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage
Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions
Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks
Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
Broker snap: Taxing times for bwin.party, says Peel
Hunt has pared its target price for online gaming
group bwin.party digital entertainment from 140p to
124p and maintained its hold rating on
H1 pre-close held few surprises and no real catalyst
to get the shares moving. At the current point the
rating reflects concerns about Germany and a lack
of visibility in many of the groups markets,
said analyst Nick Batram.
is unlikely to change in the short term and further
downgrades reflect the uncertain margin environment.
broker says that the uncertain regulatory backdrop
continues to hit the bottom line, with federal sports
taxes in Germany set to reduce EBITDA (earnings before
interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) by EUR5-10m.
Hunt has reduced its clean EBITDA forecast by EUR10m
to EUR165m for the year ending December 2012. The
2013 EBITDA estimate has been cut from EUR196m to
regulation is the main factor, the businesss
underlying performance is also a growing concern,
particularly the rate at which poker is going backwards,
were down 3.25% at 104.3p by 10:56 on Tuesday.
Roger Moore croons 007 birthday song...
One-time 007 Roger Moore has teamed up with
a former Bond Girl to record a song marking 50 years
of the spy's on-screen adventures, a James Bond fan
club said on Wednesday.
84-year-old British actor took over Bond film duties
from Sean Connery in 1973, making his debut in "Live
and Let Die" before completing the sequence with
"A View to a Kill" 12 years later.
teamed up with Irka Bochenko, his co-star in the 1979
film "Moonraker", for the anniversary duet
titled "Happy Birthday Mr. Bond!", the spy's
French fan club told AFP.
will be posted online at www.jamesbond007.net ahead
of the record's release in September.
of items -- from tuxedos to bikinis and vodka martinis
-- went on show at London's Barbican Centre last week
to mark 50 years since Bond made the jump from Ian
Fleming's novels to the silver screen with the 1962
next Bond movie, "Skyfall", directed by
Sam Mendes with Daniel Craig as the glamorous spy,
will hit world screens from October.