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
comes to hand true believers.
Man Entertainment News: WWE, Wrestling, Movies, Hollywood,
Casino and more - 4th September 2012
news, WWE, Hollywood, Australia, Sin City, Las Vegas,
gaming and more...
an exciting time for entertainment, movies, gaming
and wrestling fans. WWE just completed its Australian
RAW live world tour, Aussie Russell Crowe just got
rescued in New York while boating (publicity stunt)?,
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 Man agency
with the latest...
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 in
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...
- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson scared off a gang of would-be
thieves on the set of his latest film.
40-year-old actor spotted a group of youths breaking
into a warehouse in Hackney, East London while filming
The Fast and the Furious 6 and stormed off the set
mid-scene - dressed in full FBI agent costume - to
chase the burglars away.
source told The Sun newspaper: "It was so funny.
The Rock looked like an action hero because he had
his flak jacket on and an FBI badge in his hand.
of a sudden there was loads of gunfire and this giant
dressed as a copper was about to mow them down.
lads jumped out of their skin and scarpered down the
canal path and left the crew in peace. They must have
thought they were in the middle of a real-life action
the crew are joking that they should drop security
and just have The Rock do it."
former wrestler managed to prevent the theft of expensive
equipment thanks to his quick thinking and his impressive
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.
David 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 wrestling
Batista big media tour next week...
R.I. (Aug. 31, 2012) Former six-time World
Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Dave Bautista
is coming to Providence on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 to
kick off his press tour in anticipation of his professional
mixed martial arts debut, presented by Jimmy Burchfields
Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., in association
with June Entertainment and 4zero1 Entertainment Group
on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at The Dunkin Donuts
Center on Direct TV Pay Per View.
tour will culminate with a live meet-and-greet and
autograph signing in downtown Providence (time and
venue to be determined) followed by a second public
appearance at Vanity Restaurant & Lounge, located
at 566 South Main St., Providence, at 11 p.m. (EST)
Bautistas opponent, Rashid Evans of Newburgh,
N.Y., will also be attendance.
on Bautistas appearance will be released Tuesday.
Both appearances are open to the public and both fighters
will be available for media interviews.
for Real Pain, starring Bautista, are
available through www.ticketmaster.com or at The Dunkin
Donuts Center Box Office and are priced at $20.00,
$35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $250.00. The show
features 14 bouts, including the return of John Doomsday
Howard (17-7, 6 KOs), a Boston native and veteran
of seven UFC bouts; nine-time UFC veteran David Loiseau
(20-10, 13 KOs) of Montreal; Providence lightweight
Mike The Beast Campbell (11-4, 7 KOs),
a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) contender;
Woonsocket, R.I., bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath
(2-1, 1 KO); and Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Todd
The Hulk Chattelle (10-7, 8 KOs). Real
Pain will also be available on Direct TV Pay
Per View for $29.95. (U.S report)
WWE News: Jericho details WWE's lack of long-term
planning & day-of-TV-changes in interview on his
2012 WWE run...
an interview with the Busted Open satellite radio
show, Chris Jericho highlighted WWE's lack of long-term
planning and changes on the day of TV tapings, which
has been exacerbated by Raw shifting to three hours,
in a review of his 2012 WWE run.
Jericho said he did not find out about his "Contract
vs. Contract" send-off match against Dolph Ziggler
on the August 20 Raw the night after Summerslam until
ten minutes before Raw started.
didnt know until the day I showed up, actually
ten minutes before Raw started in Fresno that we were
doing this contract vs. contract thing. So, I didnt
even know this was going to happen. I just figured
I would have a match with Dolph and that would be
the end of it," Jericho said.
people who think that there is some long, drawn-out,
plan, it really wasnt. It was about ten minutes
before the show started and I was like 'Oh, we are
doing a contract vs contract thing? Oh okay.' So there
you go, a little special behind the scenes look."
also said WWE did not have a plan for his feud with
Dolph Ziggler when it started after the Money in the
Bank PPV in July. Jericho said he pressed for a back-story
to their feud before their strong opening promo.
couldnt wait to work with Dolph but I needed
a story. Whats the story? They said, 'we will
think of one later.' I said, 'I dont like that.'
I need to think of one now since I have a promo tonight
with Dolph. We can't think about this next week,"
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."
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can be heard from 2:00 to 4:00 EST on Sirius 94, XM
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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."
Ric Flair going through fourth divorce, waiting for
WWE call up...
are scarce at the moment, but Dave Meltzer, in this
week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, reported that
Ric Flair is currently going through a divorce, his
fourth one, with his current wife, Jacqueline Beems.
Apparently, Flair is the one who filed for divorce
and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason
for their break up.
news is unsurprising as less than two months ago Flair
was assaulted by Beems at his home, according to a
local police report. This wasn't the first such incident
during their marriage together, as Beems was arrested
for simple assault on February 21st, 2010 after getting
into a fight with Flair upon their return to their
residence after a night out. They managed to patch
things up after that highly publicised and embarrassing
affair, but obviously the second fight that required
police intervention was the straw that broke the camel's
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
'The Wolverine' movie wraps up in Australia; Now shooting
in Japan; Jackman swaps hair for suit...
wrapping the filming in Australia, "The Wolverine"
has officially kicked off its production in Japan.
Unveiling a first look at lead actor Hugh Jackman
on the Tokyo set of the Marvel film, a set of photos
featuring the Australian hunk as he filmed a scene
at the Zojoji Temple have made their round onto the
of sporting unkempt long hair and scruffy look just
like when he was filming in Australia, Jackman was
spotted rocking Wolverine's trademark haircut and
beard. Looking dapper, he donned an all-black ensemble
while filming a scene with a number of Japanese men
at the said Buddhist temple.
Comic Book Movie, the scene Jackman was filming happened
to be a "grand funeral." There were no further
details about whose funeral the actor's character
attended. It was said that the filming at the temple
was wrapped on Sunday, September 2 and Jackman was
expected to continue filming in Hiroshima next.
its cue from the early 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank
Miller miniseries, "The Wolverine" finds
Logan (Jackman), the eternal warrior and outsider,
in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium
claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his
past in an epic battle that will leave him forever
changed. Serving behind the lens is James Mangold.
has stressed that the upcoming film will be a standalone
one and won't be related to 2009's "X-Men Origins:
Wolverine". He told Total Film, "We've deliberately
not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be
placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an
all-new cast and setting in Japan, it's going to give
us a whole new visual aesthetic."
approach to character means we won't be overloaded
with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more
character-based," he claimed, before adding,
"I think in my ways it will feel like a completely
different X-Men film."
anticipated movie is scheduled to open wide in the
U.S. on July 26, 2013.
Whedon: 'The Avengers isn't a perfect movie'...
Whedon has claimed that The Avengers isn't "a
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."
film is set to increase its box office even further
this weekend, after being re-released in the US to
take advantage of the Labour Day holiday.
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 office.
retaining its number three position on the worldwide
box office list, The Avengers took in another estimated
$1.7 million over Labor Day weekend, which brought
The Avengers U.S. box office total to $619.5 million
and The Avengers worldwide box office total to $1.501
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.
Expendables blitzes box office...
guns and hand-to-hand fighting seem to be the flavour
of the month on Australian cinema screens, with The
Expendables 2 debuting at the top of the box office.
film, packed with 1990s action stars (and Liam Hemsworth)
took $2.962 million at the weekend, according to figures
released by the Motion Picture Distributors Association
Bourne Legacy held on to its No.2 position on the
box office charts while last week's top place-getter,
Total Recall, fell to third place.
Aussie movie The Sapphires fell one spot to fourth
but still managed to pull in $1.146 million, while
ageing rom-com Hope Springs also dropped a spot to
Dark Knight Rises is still in the Top Ten after seven
weeks and more than $41 million, at sixth place, while
Finding Nemo 3D debuted in seventh.
Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom dropped one place to eighth,
Will Ferrell's latest comedy The Campaign finished
ninth and Step Up 4: Miami Heat rounded out the Top
10 at the Australian Box Office this weekend:
The Expendables 2 - $2.962 million (Roadshow)
The Bourne Legacy - $1.273 million (Universal)
Total Recall - $1.166 million (Sony)
The Sapphires - $1.146 million (Eone/Hopscotch)
Hope Springs - $868,207 million (Roadshow)
The Dark Knight Rises - $570,846 (Warner Bros)
Finding Nemo 3D - $403,700 (Walt Disney)
Moonrise Kingdom - $393,824 (Universal)
The Campaign - $283,950 (Warner Bros)
Step Up 4: Miami Heat - $139,801 (Universal)
2012 Box Office News (U.S Report)...
summer movie season started out with a bang, and then
did we mention it started out with a bang?
wasn't exactly all downhill after The Avengers kicked
things off in record fashion, but it was close. Overall
domestic ticket revenue this summer will top out at
$4.3 billion, down 2.2 percent from last summer, according
to the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.
Avengers' big return to theaters: a Titanic surprise?
are more findings from the season, which concludes
this holiday weekend:
Avengers Wasn't the Most Powerful Movie: Well, all
right, it was, but it didn't make 16 times its production
budget. That honor goes to Channing Tatum's Magic
Mike, which cost $7 million and made $113 million
domestically, per BoxOfficeMojo.com stats. Other bottom-line
wonders: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which made
13 times its $10 million budget for a worldwide total
of $131 million; and, heywhaddya know?The
Avengers, which did its $220 million budget about
seven times better with a worldwide gross of $1.5
in Black 3 Was the Most-Valuable Movie: Per a rundown
of the studios' latest fiscal reports, Sony was about
the only major player that saw a significant uptick
in ticket revenue, and that was due to the not-especially
beloved MiB sequel, which grossed $624 million worldwide.
The Dark Knight Rises Outgrossed The Dark Knight Briefly:
We've noted it before, but it's worth noting again.
In the pre-Aurora world, The Dark Knight Rises scored
$30.6 million from opening-day midnight screenings,
and towered above its predecessor, which debuted to
$18.5 million in 2008. In the post-Aurora world, the
movie ran behind The Dark Knight in each and every
successive major box-office period.
alternate opening revealed
Recall Outgrossed Total Recall Once: The pricey
Colin Farrell reboot opened to a soft $26 million,
but averaged more per screen ($7,103) than a one-theater-only
rerelease of the 1990 original ($5,788). And thus
concludes the positive things to take away from the
pricey Colin Farrell reboot.
Isn't British for Nothing: With Andrew Garfield behind
the mask, nearly two-thirds of The Amazing Spider-Man's
$705 million worldwide take came from overseas audiences,
the largest percentage yet for a big-screen Spider-Man.
Hunger Games Competed: This was a nifty trick, as
The Hunger Games was not a summer movie, having opened
back in March. But the blockbuster played and played
and played, and from the start of the movie summer,
on May 4, through Wednesday, it grossed another $33
million domestically, a total that on its own was
roughly as big as Adam Sandler's That's My Boy, which,
no, was not big at all.
Sandler's That's My Boy Was Not an "Unfortunate,
Large Miss": That precise distinction belongs
to Battleship, which was branded as such by the chairman
of Comcast, which runs Universal Pictures. (E! and
Universal are both part of the NBCUniversal family,
which is owned by Comcast.) The $200 million Battleship
did make back its reported budget, grossing about
$300 million worldwide. The same can't be said of
Sandler's That's My Boy ($70 million budget; $50 million
worldwide gross). Or Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages ($75
million budget, $50 million worldwide gross). Or Ben
Stiller's The Watch ($68 million budget; $37 million
Sequels for Prometheus, Snow White, Magic Mike, more?
to Expect When You're Expecting Was No Prometheus:
Prometheus, like a number of summer movies, including
Snow White and the Huntsman, Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows
and the aforementioned Battleship and Total Recall,
failed to match or surpass their budgets from domestic
ticket sales alone. The unheralded Jennifer Lopez-led
ensemble comedy, however, grossed $41 million domestically,
and $80 million worldwide, from a $40 million budget.
Romano Is King of the World, Practically: Among the
summer's animated films, the latest Ice Age sequel,
Continental Drift, ran behind Brave and Madagascar
3: Europe's Most Wanteddomestically. Internationally,
the Romano-voiced wooly mammoth stood alone, grossing
a whopping $660 million-plus for a worldwide total
of about $815 million. That made Continental Drift
the third-biggest overall hit of the season after
The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. This is par
for the course for the Ice Age movies that probably
have their own postage stamps in countries such as
Germany, Finland and Brazil.
a rundown of the summer's Top 10-grossing films heading
into Labor Day weekend, per domestic stats from BoxOfficeMojo
and The Numbers:
Avengers, $617.8 million
The Dark Knight Rises, $425 million
The Amazing Spider-Man, $258.6 million
Brave, $230 million
Ted, $215.2 million
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, $213.9 million
Men in Black 3, $178.5 million
Snow White and the Huntsman, $155 million
Ice Age: Contiental Drift, $154.3 million
Prometheus, $126.3 million (E! Online)
Global James Bond Day - 3rd September
ANGELES, Calif. In celebration of the 50th
anniversary of the James Bond film franchise on the
anniversary of Dr. No, which enjoyed its
world film premiere in London on October 5, 1962,
and in anticipation of the worldwide release of the
23rd James Bond adventure Skyfall, Albert
R. Broccolis EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth
Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that
October 5, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day,
a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the
new feature documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures,
Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films,
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007,
will be also be unveiled, country-specific details
to follow. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In
Babylon), Everything or Nothing
focuses on three men with a shared dream Bond
producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author
Ian Fleming. Its the thrilling and inspiring
narrative behind the longest running film franchise
in cinema history which began in 1962.
worldwide events celebrating Bonds golden anniversary
include a global online and live auction charity event
of 50 lots to benefit twelve charitable institutions
organized by Christie´s in London (full details
at www.christies.com/bond), a global survey to discover
the favorite Bond film by country, a film retrospective
at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a Music
of Bond night in Los Angeles hosted by the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and an exhibition,
Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style,
at TIFF in Toronto.
up to Global James Bond Day, for the first
time ever fans can own all 22 films in the franchise
on Blu-ray Disc in one comprehensive collection with
BOND 50, releasing worldwide beginning
September 24. Further updates by country will be announced
in due course on 007.com and facebook/JamesBond007.
Craig is back as Ian Flemings James Bond 007
in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the
longest-running film franchise of all time.
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.
US actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies - 4th September
Clarke Duncan's fiancee says the Oscar nominee for
The Green Mile has died while being hospitalised following
a July heart attack.
Joy Fehily released a statement from Clarke's fiance,
the Reverend Omarosa Manigault, saying the 54-year-old
actor died on Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital
after nearly two months of treatment following the
July 13 heart attack.
196-centimetre tall, 136 kilogram Duncan appeared
in dozens of films, including such box office hits
as Armageddon, Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu Panda.
had a handful of minor roles before The Green Mile
brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting
1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the
same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer
at a penitentiary in the 1930s.
played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.
Russell Crowe bailed out by Coast Guard...
Crowe needed some help from the U.S. Coast Guard late
Saturday night during a kayaking trip that went awry
off New York's Long Island.
actor was enjoying some water recreation in Long Island,
where he's filming -- irony alert! -- the Darren Aronofsky
epic "Noah" (as in Ark). He took off in
a kayak from Cold Spring Harbor Saturday afternoon,
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki told
the Associated Press. When it got dark, he and a friend
apparently got lost but managed to make their way
to shore, beaching their kayaks in Huntington Bay
-- nearly 10 miles from where they had set out.
coast guard was patrolling the area and heard the
48-year-old actor calling out from the shore around
10 p.m. According to Swiecki, the officer did not
recognize the actor but paddled over and brought them
to Huntington Harbor.
wasn't really a rescue," Swieciki told the AP.
"Really, more of just giving someone a lift."
The two men were wearing life vests and sustained
his part, Crowe was grateful for the assistance, tweeting
at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, "Thanks to Seth
and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the
way ... 4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km)."
he later expounded, writing, "We knew where exactly
where we were, paddling around from csh into wind,
we ran out of day. Grand adventure eh."
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."
Prince Harry; casino tycoon Steve Wynn and fun and
games in Las Vegas and beyond...
the UK's Daily Mail states it's a rare man who walks
away from Las Vegas with nothing to regret.
Harry counts the cost of his escapades in Sin City,
he may just be coming to regret the day he ever made
the acquaintance of casino tycoon Steve Wynn.
the self-proclaimed King of Las Vegas, is the billionaire
owner of the five-star Encore Wynn resort, the opulent
hotel-casino in whose eight-room, £5,100-a-night
suite the prince was photographed playing strip billiards.
reports this week have suggested that cocaine was
snorted in the suite, and that a known prostitute
was among the guests. There are even rumours of a
video tape capturing the night's events. So how did
the third-in-line to the throne come to meet
even befriend a septuagenarian gambling mogul?
Wynn, a flamboyant showman with a surgically-enhanced,
wrinkle-free face, carefully coiffed hair, a volcanic
temper and a trophy wife, is famous for befriending
celebrities whose patronage would be good for business.
November, 70-year-old Wynn was spotted having dinner
with the prince in one of his Vegas steakhouses while
the Prince was enjoying a weekend break from an advanced
helicopter training course in Arizona.
the bills of celebrities is common practice in Vegas,
and it remains unclear who paid the estimated £30,000
bill for Harry's recent stay. According to Wynn's
spokesman, the tab was not picked up by either the
tycoon or his hotel.
the prince welcome to return? I can't see why not,'
the spokesman said.
is unlikely to be perturbed by Harry's naked shenanigans,
but if drugs do turn out to have been involved, he
may swiftly seek to distance himself from the events.
He may be Las Vegas's most revered casino owner, but
he still has his gambling licence and his reputation
to think about. It is a reputation that Wynn is eager
to protect. He has worked hard to erase the stains
of the past.
he is widely credited as the man who single-handedly
cleaned up' Vegas and made it into a place in which
Wall Street could invest and young families could
holiday (if parents don't mind their children collecting
the prostitutes' calling cards which litter the pavement).
for all his denials, Wynn, who is worth $2.5 billion,
has never shaken off accusations that he was linked
for many years to the mobsters who once ruled Las
has weathered successive U.S. investigations over
everything from drug-dealing to money-laundering,
and has never been found to have committed any wrong-doing.
Britain, the authorities have proved harder to convince.
When he tried to open a casino in London to exploit
the influx of rich Arabs in the early Eighties, Scotland
Yard denied him a licence. But in the desert city
of Las Vegas, he remains a swaggering icon. He has
a reputation for being sophisticated' but that's by
is a man who bought Impressionist masterpieces only
to hang them on the walls of his casinos; who reputedly
blew his finger off while playing with a gun given
to him by a former Mob hitman, and who boasts that
his wife Andrea has the greatest butt in the world'.
is no object. In 2005, Wynn sank $2.7 billion into
building just one hotel the curved glass and steel
Wynn Las Vegas. He then did the same again a few years
later with the Encore.
enamoured is he with the idea of himself as Sin City
royalty that he arranged his wedding last year to
coincide with that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
star Clint Eastwood was best man and lingerie model
Caprice a bridesmaid. The reception, held in the ballroom
of Wynn's Encore resort, boasted a 500-strong guest
list which included Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg,
Lionel Richie, Sir Philip Green and Celine Dion.
guest left with a five-inch high replica of the tiered
wedding cake, but it's unlikely Wynn or his rake-thin
new wife enjoyed much of the banquet. Both are vegans,
and the youth-obsessed Wynn, who exists on a diet
of vitamin pills, liquidised walnuts and the occasional
indulgent dribble of olive oil, boasts that he still
has a 32in waistline.
years of hard graft and wheeler-dealing, he has earned
the right to behave as he wishes. The son of an East
Coast bingo parlour operator and hardened gambler,
the brash and handsome Wynn Jnr expanded the family
business to Las Vegas with a string of clever investments
and ambitious hustling.
the Seventies and Eighties, when Wynn was building
his empire, Las Vegas was full of the mobsters who
had originally built its gambling industry.
say it was impossible to work in the city and not
come into contact with mafiosi, even unwittingly.
Others have suggested that, even so, Wynn had an unusually
large number of brushes with the Mob.
himself has vigorously denied any involvement with
the Mob, and none of the numerous law enforcement
investigations for gambling licences have ever concluded
that he worked for or with organised crime.
1967, he was with some business associates of noted
mobsters on a private yacht cruise on a lake in Nevada
when a naked young woman somehow fell over the back
of the boat and was chopped almost in half by the
propeller blades. Her death prompted an investigation,
but everyone on board denied having seen the incident.
he had trouble with officials in Atlantic City, New
Jersey, in 1986 after investigators discovered mobster
Tony Castelbuono, a friend of Wynn, was laundering
the profits of heroin trafficking at his gambling
tables. Wynn almost lost his gambling licence.
such tales of the Mob are just water under the bridge.
Wynn has re-invented himself as the business genius
who demolished seedy gambling joints along the Vegas
Strip and replaced them with slick hotel-casinos such
as the Mirage (the city's first 3,000-bed hotel),
the Treasure Island and the Bellagio.
of his success has been his ability to turn on the
charm with important people. But Wynn is notorious,
too, for his temper. In 1991, he reached an out-of-court
settlement for an undisclosed sum with the former
president of Wynn's Golden Nugget casino, who described
Wynn as a womanising, brutal boss.
allegations made in documents lodged at court, it
was said that he would get so angry that his eyes
bulged and he started screaming at the top of his
lungs and banging his head on the table'. There was
no admission of liability by Wynn, who denied the
mother Zelma claims his tyrannical behaviour is the
result of frustration over his failing eyesight. The
tycoon suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive
genetic disease which effectively gives him tunnel
vision by destroying his ability to see peripheral
images. In a dark room, he is completely blind.
vision may be failing, but for years he was infamous
for his roving eye, keeping keys to empty rooms at
his various hotels for trysts. He was known to favour
his female blackjack croupiers.
that came to a stop when he met the beautiful Mrs
Wynn. Usually described as a British socialite, 48-year-old
Andrea was, in fact, born in New York but, as her
proud husband likes to stress, was raised in England
and France. Tres sophistique.
all sounds rather less chic when you learn that the
family moved to France because her father, a wheeler-dealer
named Victor Danenza, fled there in 1976 to escape
an FBI fraud investigation.
becoming the second Mrs Wynn, Andrea had lived in
London with her first husband, Texan banker Robert
Hissom, a former polo-playing friend of Prince Charles.
met Wynn in 2008 in St Tropez, where he keeps a yacht,
and the couple began a very public romance. Wynn divorced
his long-suffering first wife Elaine, after 46 years
of marriage, and wed Andrea last year.
made around $740 million from the settlement one of
the biggest payouts in U.S. divorce history. The costly
divorce appears not to have troubled Mr Wynn, who
is delighted with his new wife.
like God made a woman for me,' he once said, before
pointing out the part of his wife he most admired
the greatest butt in the world'.
all goes to show that money can buy you neither taste
nor manners. Even Wynn's attempts to acquire a collection
of old masterpieces have invited accusastions that
he was vulgar and greedily acquisitive.
has, since the late Nineties, spent hundreds of millions
of dollars on paintings by Picasso and Degas, Caravaggio
and Titian. He has several times scooped the world's
great galleries at auction, only to horrify the art
world by hanging his purchases in his casinos.
70, he shows no sign of slowing down though controversy
continues to dog him. He is embroiled in a three-year
court battle with Joe Francis, founder of the soft
porn video empire Girls Gone Wild.
documents lodged at court, Francis claims Wynn threatened
in an email that he would kill him over a $2 million
gambling debt. Wynn is alleged to have written that
he would hit Francis in the back of the head with
denies the allegations and claims no such email exists.
Asia, where Wynn now earns 70 per cent of his profits
from the gambling mecca of Macau, a resort on the
South China Sea, he is embroiled in a battle with
a former business partner, Kazuo Okada.
week, Okada sued Wynn for $140 millino for libel after
each accused the other of paying bribes within the
Asian gambling industry. No amount of black marble
and old masters can hide the sleaziness at the heart
of Las Vegas.
is hard to believe Wynn when he claims he could just
as easily have gone into family theme parks if Walt
Disney hadn't done it first. Indeed, it seems about
as likely as Prince Harry settling for free entry
to Sleeping Beauty's Castle rather than a weekend
with his colourful acquaintances in Sin City.
ponders if the prince may be planning to visit in
any casino - hotels in the near future, and little
doubt that Australia's The Star or Crown Melbourne
would love to have him. The smart money say's Prince
Harry will no be stepping into any casino in Australia
or anywhere else in the near future, perhaps more
positive PR appearances will be on the cards however.
tops bill for Ten Days festival...
soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform at next year's
Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania.
New Zealand singer is one of two top international
acts secured by the organisers.
Kiri will perform in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie
during the festival next March.
director Jo Duffy says the Tasmanian performances
will give the acclaimed performer a very intimate
performed at the Royal Albert Hall, she's won Grammy
awards, she's performed at La Scala, she's performed
for the Queen and various members of the Royal Family,"
really a lot of performers, when they reach a certain
stage in their career, they want to almost get back
to were they began, to be able to look their audiences
in the eye and really relate to them very closely."
New York theatre company Elevator Repair Service will
open the festival with a performance based on an Ernest
Duffy says interest is already huge.
have already had people interested in coming to Tasmania
specifically to see this show."
only doing six performances and it's travelled around
the world to many of the very large international
arts festivals and it's not been to anywhere else
loss-making 60-year old Israeli daily Maariv plans
to stop appearing as a weekday newspaper and convert
to a digital-only edition unless a major new injection
of investment can be found to sustain it in printed
its plight also likely to cast a fresh spotlight on
the runaway successat least in circulation termsof
its newest competitor, the right-wing free paper Israel
Hayom, which is financially backed by US casino magnate,
the paper is likely to continue printing a weekend
edition for the foreseeable future, the planned move
comes amid fears by journalists at the paper of significant
Hefetz, Maarivs editor-in chief told Army Radio
yesterday: "We've been looking at the digital
direction for a number of months and it's all just
a matter of timing. If we won't have any oxygen, we
will be forced to make the move quickly."
Investments, which has a 62 per cent holding in the
paper and is part of the financially troubled IDB
conglomerate has agreed to back a £2.3m bank
loan, but one which is apparently conditional on a
halt to weekday printing and other cost cutting measures.
Hayom, which strongly supports Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, is owned and funded by Mr Adelson,
the American casino billionaire who is a major Republican
Party benefactor, and opponent of a two state solution
to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After supporting
the unsuccessful GOP primary candidate Newt Gingrich,
he indicated he could spend up to $100m on Mitt Romneys
Israel Hayom also has paid delivery to homes it is
handed out for free by seemingly ubiquitous newsboys
across the country. It says that "reaching every
citizen and every venue in Israel is one of the key
tenets of the papers mission.2
paper survived an unsuccessful attempt in 2009 by
Knesset members to block majority newspaper ownership
by foreigners. An unnamed Yedhiot Ahronot executive
was recently quoted in the business daily Globes saying:
"Adelson has simply brought ruin to the Israeli
newspaper market, and the Israeli politicians who
benefit from its flattering coverage have allowed
this unprecedented phenomenon to occur."
the paper has a range of established columnists and
is highly professionally produced, it was criticised
over its deletion of an insulting reference to Mr
Netanyahu in its report of the letter left by Moshe
Silman, who set fire to himself during a social protest
in Tel Aviv in July.
other media, Israel Hayom provided readers with an
illustration of the letter written by Mr Silman, who
later died of his injuries. And it said that Mr Netanyahu
and his finance minister Yuval Steinitz were among
those Mr Silman blamed for his financial plight. But
unlike other media it displayed an image which failed
to include the letters two lines describing
the two politicians as scumbagsor
literally stinking dead bodies.
to the latest authoritative survey by the market research
organisation TGI Israel Hayom, which boasts a weekday
distribution of 275,000 copies, has a 38.1 per cent
share of that market, compared to its closest rival,
Yedhiot Ahronot, with 36.1 per cent and Maariv with
11.1 per cent. The left-leaning daily Haaretz has
a market share of 7.2 per cent. (Belfast Telegraph)
Sam Razavi Wins 2012 APPT Melbourne Main Event - 03
second Main Event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT)
wrapped up this weekend at the famed Crown Casino
in Melbourne, Australia as the final nine players
competed for the AUD $326,125 first prize. In the
end, it was Englands Samad Sam Razavi
who emerged triumphant for his first ever APPT title.
entered the nine-handed final table second in chips
with 1.318 million, one of four players over the million
chip mark. He had a bit of a gap to make up, though,
as Tom Grigg led the remaining field with 2.271 million
took Razavi about three hours to make his big move,
but as they say, good things come to those who wait,
right? Throughout much of the final table, he was
basically just one of the crowd, not really doing
much to distinguish himself aside from eliminating
Brendon Rubie in 9th place, but Rubie was down to
just 30,000 chips at that point, anyway. In the meantime,
other players had made runs at the top, including
Wayne Bentley and Keith Walker. But finally, with
just four players remaining, Razavi made his move.
raised pre-flop to 60,000 and Razavi called. Razavi
then check-called a 150,000 bet after the flop landed
Q diamonds-6 diamonds-4 diamonds. The check-bet-call
pattern was the same on the turn A hearts and river
8 clubs (but for 250,000 and 400,000 chips, respectively).
Apparently, Razavi wasnt too worried about losing
the hand, quickly revealing Q spades-T clubs for just
second pair (or maybe he wanted to end the pain quickly,
like tearing off a bandage). If that was confidence,
it was spot on, as Bentley mucked, handing the sizable
pot to Razavi. That hand sent Razavis stack
up to 2.5 million, while Bentleys fell to 1.1
minutes later, Razavi grabbed another 200,000 chips,
this time from Grigg, who was seeing his fortunes
decline. Just a few minutes later, though, Grigg took
a large sum of chips while eliminating Wayne Bentley
in 4th place. Bentley had gotten all of his chips
in on the turn with a flush draw and Grigg had made
the call with top pair. The flush, obviously, never
came to fruition.
into three-handed play, it was a very close race with
Razavi holding 2.74 million chips, Grigg claiming
ownership to 2.6 million, and Walker clutching 2.2
million. After more than an hour, it looked like Grigg
was going to run away with the tournament, as his
stack was up to 5 million, while Razavi had 1.5 million
and Walker had just 1.2 million.
Razavi doubled-up with 9-9 versus Griggs A-K,
followed by Walker winning an 800,000 chip pot from
Grigg. And then, just like that, it was Sam Razavis
tournament. In what may have been the turning point
of the tournament, Grigg opened pre-flop to 105,000
and Razavi called. Grigg again bet 105,000 on the
K-T-T flop and Razavi again called. They both checked
the 4 on the turn and Grigg checked the 3 on the river,
but Razavi bet 500,000. Grigg went deep into the tank
and finally made the call, though his cards were never
revealed as Razavi flipped over 3-3 for a rivered
full house. That was nearly a one million chip pot
for Razavi, sending him up to 2.65 million chips.
then, after having led for much of the final table,
Tom Grigg was gone. Grigg raised a hand pre-flop to
100,000 and was once again called by Razavi. Just
like before, Grigg bet 105,000 on the 7-7-5 flop and
Razavi called. When a Queen landed on the turn, Grigg
threw down 215,000 chips and Razavi made the call.
The river was a 3 and Grigg checked, only to be shocked
when Razavi moved all-in. Obviously a huge decision,
Grigg pondered it so long that Razavi had to call
clock on him. Grigg eventually made the (crying) call
and Razavi instantly showed that he had 5-5 and flopped
a boat. Grigg was eliminated and Razavi took a 5.9
million to 1.8 million chip lead into heads-up play
against Keith Walker.
play was short and sweet. On one of the opening hands,
Walker three-bet all-in pre-flop with pocket Jacks
and Razavi called with K-T of spades. The flop presented
two spades, giving Razavi a flush draw, and the turn
brought third, clinching the hand and the tournament
title for Sam Razavi.
AUD $326,125 first prize is the largest cash of Razavis
career. He has had success in the past, placing sixth
in the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event for $222,530
and winning the 2011 UK & Ireland Poker Tour
Cork Main Event for $100,628. He has now earned over
$800,000 on the live tournament circuit.
Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne Final Table
Sam Razavi $326,125
2. Keith Walker $205,345
3. Tom Grigg $114,750
4. Wayne Bentley $87,575
5. Gary Benson $72,475
6. James Bills $57,375
7. Kristian Lunardi $45,300
8. Nigel Andrews $36,240
9. Brendon Rubie $27,175 (Poker News Daily)
Bwin.party losing its poker face...
(SHARECAST) - Online gaming titan bwin.party says
revenues in the first half of 2012 grew at its casino
and gaming offerings but poker has been hit by strong
competitors and difficulties in southern Europe.
group was formed last year by the merger between German
outfit bwin Interactive Entertainment and British
firm PartyGaming and still has co-Chief Executives
Norbert Teufelberger and Jim Ryan.
a pro forma basis (comparing the results of both companies
before the merger), total revenue increased by 3%
to €410.0m (2011: €398.0m). This was achieved
despite an 11% increase in gaming taxes so that the
pro forma clean earnings before interest,
tax, depreciation and amortisation increased 13% to
€92.3m (2011: €81.9m). This is better than
the forecast of €89m made by analysts at Peel
has also had to take a nasty one-off charge of €31.5m
after the Spanish authorities contacted all of the
major online gaming operators making clear any online
operator that had ever accepted customers from Spain
had an obligation to pay Spanish taxes.
group offers four online experiences:
sports betting produced revenues of €128.1m in
the first half, versus €125.7m in 2011; casino
and games delivered €139.7m, against €124.3m
in the prior year; bingo was down from €33m to
€31.5m; while the weakest performance was from
which fell from €104.9m to €96.4m.
a joint statement, Ryan and Teufelberger said they
were "determined to return [poker] to growth
through execution of a detailed plan that includes
pooling our poker liquidity as well as repositioning
our flagship PartyPoker
interim dividend has been increased by 10% to 1.72p
per share although the company warned that net gaming
revenue since June has fallen 8% as the end of the
Euro 2012 Championships and a late start to the Bundesliga
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New Trailer For Marvel Heroes...
Entertainment is proud to show off a new trailer for
Marvel Heroes. The new trailer announces 3 new playable
heroes in the game Daredevil, Punisher, and
Squirrel Girl. The trailer made its debut at the Marvel
Heroes panel at PAX 2012. The panel featured Gazillion
President David Brevik (one of the creators of Diablo!),
legendary Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate
Spider-Man! Avengers vs. X-Men! And) and Marvels
mighty VP of Games Production TQ Jefferson. If you
look closely, youll also see a bunch of villains
were also revealed in the trailer, including Mr. Fisk
the notorious crime lord.
Heroes is a FREE-TO-PLAY action-packed massively multiplayer
online game created by David Brevik, the visionary
behind Diablo and Diablo 2. Set in the iconic Marvel
Universe, Marvel Heroes combines the core game-play
style of Diablo and MMOs with the expansive library
of heroes from the Marvel Universe. In the game, players
can collect and play as their favorite Marvel Superheroes
(including Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Hulk, Spider
Man, Captain America and many others). Team up with
friends and try to stop Doctor Doom from devastating
the world with the power of the Cosmic Cube in a story
crafted by comic-book super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis.
The Main Event's top 10 best MMA fights of the rest
weekend has been more about the fight that didnt
happen than any that did.
151 was canceled Aug. 23 and the the finger of blame
has been pointed in every which direction. The basics
are that Dan Henderson partially tore his MCL and
was unable to compete in the main event against Jon
Jones. Jones was given a fill-in opponent in Chael
Sonnen, but turned it down, causing the UFC to cancel
the show altogether and inciting president Dana White
to go all medievel on Jones in a media conference
blames Jones and his coach Greg Jackson. Jones has
blamed the UFC, himself and Henderson (or that
old man, according to a tweet Saturday). Theres
more finger pointing here than in the Republic National
Convention. Just not as many empty chairs or old,
But whats done is done. Jones will face Vitor
Belfort at UFC 152 on Sept. 22. UFC 151 will forever
be known as the event that wasnt and its
time to move on.
are plenty of exciting fights to look forward to before
2013. Heres a look at our top 10 (barring injuries):
Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le (UFC on Fuel TV 6, Nov.
10 in Macau)
This one isnt as much about the fight as it
is about the significance of the event the
UFCs first in China. Neither of these guys is
currently in their prime, but they always give crowd-pleasing
performances. Le, a native of Vietnam, should have
a massive Asian following.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky Freire (Bellator 76, Oct.
12 in Windsor, Ontario)
Alvarez might have dropped the Bellator title last
year to Michael Chandler, but hes still one
of the top 15 lightweights in the world. This also
could be his last Bellator fight with his contract
expiring dont be surprised if hes
in the UFC in 2013. Explosive knockout artist Freire
will be a game opponent.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson, UFC flyweight
title (UFC 152, Sept. 22 in Toronto)
Dont blink. These are two of the fastest guys
in MMA and both challenged for the bantamweight title
before the UFC created its flyweight division. This
bout will determine the companys first-ever
flyweight champion and these are legitimately the
top two guys in the world at 125.
Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson (TUF 16 finale, Dec. 15
in Las Vegas)
Theres very little chance this one leaves the
first round. Carwin and Nelson love to slug it out
and after coaching against one another on The
Ultimate Fighter they probably wont be
too friendly. Itll be nice to see Carwin, a
former heavyweight top contender, back in the cage.
Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir (Strikeforce: Mir vs.
Cormier, Oct. 27 in TBA)
This might be a Strikeforce fight, but it has UFC
implications. Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champion,
takes on Strikeforce champ Cormier in somewhat of
a crossover matchup. But Cormier will be in the UFC
right after this fight courtesy of Strikeforce's heavyweight
division being disbanded and a win here puts him on
path for a title shot in 2013.
BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald (UFC on Fox 5, Dec. 8 in
The trash talk has already been fun between the two,
but things will really heat up when they enter the
Octagon. Think of this as something of a passing of
the torch fight. Penn, in the twilight of his career,
will put up a strong challenge against the young lion,
but the multi-faceted MacDonald is nearing superstardom
in the welterweight division.
Benson Henderson (c) vs. Nate Diaz, UFC lightweight
title (UFC on Fox 5, Dec. 8 in Seattle)
This could easily be a Fight of the Year candidate
if it goes how its supposed to. Neither of these
guys gives an inch both Henderson and Diaz
are perpetually moving forward. A win here, against
a superior standup fighter in Diaz, would put Hendersons
name among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Frankie Edgar, UFC featherweight
title (UFC 153, Oct. 13 in Rio)
Well, this is a pleasant surprise. Aldo was supposed
to defend his title against Erik Koch, but Koch had
to pull out with an injury and his loss is the fans
gain. Edgar was the UFC lightweight champion for more
than a year and his last two losses were by the slimmest
of margins. Aldo, meanwhile, is a buzzsaw one
of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
This is, indeed, a superfight.
Georges St. Pierre (c) vs. Carlos Condit, UFC welterweight
unification (UFC 154, Nov. 17 in Montreal)
It seems like its been forever since St. Pierre
has fought. One of the best MMA fighters of all time
has not competed in more than a year and a half due
to injuries, including a torn ACL. He returns to face
red-hot Carlos Condit, who is coming off a win over
Nick Diaz in January. St. Pierre, a dominant champ,
has never faced anyone with the combination of speed,
athleticism and technique that Condit has.
Junior dos Santos (c) vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC heavyweight
title (UFC 155, Dec. 29 in Las Vegas)
This time, well get the incredible battle of
wills that we were promised last year. Velasquez lost
his title to dos Santos last November in just over
a minute via stunning knockout. To make matters worse,
it was the UFCs first show on Fox and the company
took undeserved criticism for the quick, flash KO.
knew that dos Santos-Velasquez wouldnt be a
war? This one will make up for it, closing the year
on a huge high note the two best heavyweights
in the world trading in the center of the cage. Only
one will be standing at the end. (New
Captains agree it's Manly or Dogs to win - 3rd September
NRL competition is a two-horse race between last year's
premiers and this year's minor premiers, according
to the eight captains taking part.
pair, going head to head at ANZ Stadium in a qualifying
final, were the overwhelming favourites in a poll
of the team leaders at Monday's captains' call.
favourites the Sea Eagles were favoured by Canterbury's
Michael Ennis and Cronulla's Paul Gallen as the team
to beat, while North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston
and Canberra's Terry Campese like the chances of this
year's minor premiers.
can't go past Manly obviously with the side that they've
got,' Gallen said.
a pretty good side and they've been there and done
Sydney's Michael Crocker summed up this year's premiership
race perfectly when he admitted he couldn't pick a
favourite between the two.
Raiders only just squeezed into the finals on the
back of a five-game winning streak, but they've been
dubbed the dark horse of the competition, alongside
the Rabbitohs, who emerged from a slump with two wins
to finish the regular season.
have got a really good style of play and I reckon
they're the smokies,' Thurston said.
flown under the radar.
team goes through a period like that (where they lose
a few) but they've bounced back.'
witnessing the Raiders pile on 36 unanswered points
against last year's grand finalists the Warriors,
Crocker admits he will be keeping one eye on the Green
way the Raiders have been playing, they're a scary
prospect,' he said.
you look at their performance in the second half yesterday,
when they were 22-6 down at halftime, to come out
and score 36 points, they've got that ability and
so many class players across the park.'
Barba was unanimously anointed this year's Dally M
Medal winner for his scintillating season with the
Bulldogs, and was tied with Thurston on two votes
a piece as the player most oppositions will fear these
Jason King declined the opportunity to participate
in the poll.
news, WWE current and future legends, NWO, Hollywood,
Australia, Sin City, Las Vegas, Olympics, gaming and
more... - 30th July 2012
Nash teases NWO - New World Order return...
Nash, who was likely joking, teased an nWo reunion
on his Twitter account recently, writing, "A
lot of you wanted an NWO reunion,there will be one.As
you know we only come in take over mode.Stay tuned!!!"
The message was then re-tweeted by TNA Executive Eric
Nash later wrote, "Rock will never walk out of
the Rumble with the belt we got Phils back... Sorry
@CMPunk we got your back!!!!"
also stated that Punk would be the leader and that
the nWo army would be there "to protect the gold."
Wrestling legend Rey wants Pacquiao-Floyd in WWE ring...
Rey Mysterio's tour stop in Manila, Philippines, Mysterio
teased a mixed tag match with top boxing stars Manny
Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who "competed"
at WrestleMania 24 four years ago. I love Manny.
In fact, Manny, if youre watching right now,
Im inviting you to join forces with Rey Mysterio
in the WWE to take on Money (Floyd) Mayweather,"
Rey said on Manila TV, playing off Mayweather and
Pacquiao unable to come together on a dream boxing
fight. "I know you dont need me to take
him on but this is just a teaser: me and you versus
him and Alberto Del Rio."
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and 'Iron' Mike Tyson at
WWE Summerslam weekend function...
Hall of Famers "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
and Mike Tyson are scheduled to attend a Summerslam
Weekend function in Los Angeles, according to WWE
announcer Jim Ross. Ross wrote in his latest blog
on jrsbarbq.com: "If you see me wandering around
L.A. Summerslam weekend, I'm there for a major, THQ
function at the Grammy Museum the night before the
PPV. Among those scheduled to attend the private affair
are @steveaustinBSR and @miketyson, among many others."
WWE Announcer Legend Jim Ross Blog Update...
Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with his latest blog
about Monday's 1,000th episode of RAW, here are just
a few highlights:
1000: "Memorable week especially kicking it off
with RAW1000 in St Louis. No guarantees that any of
us will be around for RAW2000 so I particularly enjoyed
my experiences Monday night.
reality of the matter is this...it is highly unlikely,
thanks Gorilla, that exact collection of performers
will EVER be under the same roof again. I look back
upon my attendance at RAW1000 as a privilege and am
grateful to have had the opportunity to see so many
old friends that have meant a great deal to me over
my long career."
Mick Foley in the WWE Hall of Fame: "@RealMickFoley
when asked who would induct him if/when Mick goes
into the WWE HOF mentioned Terry Funk and yours truly.
While I would love to honor Mick on that special occasion,
there is no way that I would ever put myself in the
same category with Terry Funk. Terry mentored Mick
and treated Mick like a son. While I'd love to induct
Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy into the WWE HOF, I think that
Terry Funk is the best choice. However, I stand ready
if called upon."
CM Punk would reform the nWo: "A follower on
@JRsBBQ on Twitter asked if I thought @CMPunk would
reform the nWo. I have no idea if this topic is any
thing more than speculation based on my friend Kevin
Nash having some fun with the subject on Twitter.
Bottom line is that I don't know but I would be surprised
if Punk headed up a faction at this time because he
seems to be such a solitary man. The only way that
I see that ever happening at this stage of Punk's
career is if he had complete control on who comprised
Pro Wrestling giant Great Khali has tumor removed...
wrestler Great Khali (Dalip Singh) had a tumor removed
on Wednesday, which will put him out of action for
2-3 months. The tumor was on Khali's pituitary gland,
which caused him to increase in height to over seven-feet-tall.
However, if left untreated, the tumor could have been
fatal, according to WWE's chief medical director,
Dr. Joseph Maroon. It's the same issue that affected
Andre the Giant. Surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian
in Pittsburgh, Pa.
TNA Video: Funny or Die Olympic training featuring
Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam...
It began as a goof two brothers horsing
around, dreaming up exotic wrestling moves straight
out of the Vince McMahon WWE handbook and trying them
out on each other.
move has since gone viral as a YouTube sensation,
become a nickname and, before the 2012 London Games
are over, it might become part of U.S. Olympic lore
a highlight burned into our minds forever.
Coleman and his older brother, Lillashawn, used to
wrestle with each other at their high school outside
of Chicago when they would dial up crazy moves to
use on each other.
best of them was called the Flying Squirrel.
Ellis never forgot it, and now has turned it into
a cottage industry for himself.
at age 21 the youngest member of the six-man U.S.
Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team, has used the move
about a dozen times in competition.
the highest profile time he used it was in last years
Junior World Championships to come back and beat his
opponent in the semifinals. ESPN ranked the move third
on its Best of the Best Highlights
been crazy, Coleman said yesterday. Every
time someone sees it, kids are reaching out to me
on Facebook and Twitter asking me to show them the
the words of Coleman, one of a host of athletes at
these Olympic Games representing the New York Athletic
Club, heres how the move is executed: You
snap the opponents head down, leap over him
and, as you land on your feet, you grab his waist,
pull him over, pick him up and throw him down.
Greco-Roman wrestling, the competitors get points
for their various moves. Five points is the most you
can get for one move. Coleman said he has used the
move about a dozen times and usually gets at least
three points for it.
first unveiled it out of desperation in a match he
was losing, stunned his opponent with it and went
on to win it.
said he likes to use the move as an element of surprise
and isnt sure if he will use it in the Olympics.
Im losing, though, youll definitely see
it, he said. Its a risky move.
Its a spur-of-the-moment thing. Its so
sudden you cant stop it. I always pictured myself,
even in the Olympic setting and losing in the finals
match, third period with 15 seconds left, hitting
the Flying Squirrel and everyone going
crazy. I still picture it.
Colemans teammates chide him for the move, they
also embrace his guts for using it.
should probably put him on medication for even trying
that, teammate Justin Lester said jokingly.
Hes crazy for doing it, but thats
whats going to make him good in the long run.
Youve got guys like him who are innovative and
arent afraid to wrestle.
definitely a move of desperation, said
Dremiel Byers, the elder statesman and heavyweight
of the Greco-Roman team at age 37.
his wild card. It lets the opponent know hell
do anything to win.
Wrestling Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser said Colemans
flash has brought a lot of attention to wrestling
and Greco. Hes talented, hungry and young
and a pleasure to work with. Hes a very coachable
kid. We love him.
Flying Squirrel craze reached such
a pitch that Coleman recently bought himself a live
flying squirrel pet and named him Rocky, who is about
45 days old and eats lot of apples and seeds.
bond with their owners, Coleman said.
He sleeps during the day and is very nocturnal,
so Ill take him out of his cage and hell
crawl on me and fly to the curtains. Eventually, when
he bonds with me, Ill be able to take him out
in my pocket and hell stay there without flying
dreams of flying away from these Olympics with some
hardware. Something gold, perhaps. (The New York Post)
NSW govt investigates 'floating casino'...
NSW government is investigating whether cruise company
P&O operated an illegal floating casino off the
Minister George Souris on Wednesday said a government
authority was investigating an allegation that passengers
could play blackjack, pontoon, poker and roulette
on a cruise that left Sydney on Friday night.
cruise ship also had 40 poker machines onboard and
let passengers charge $5000 on their credit cards
for gambling, News Ltd reported.
asked the Office of Liquor and Gaming to investigate
whether a casino operation was under way in NSW territorial
waters or whether gambling operations were under way
in commonwealth waters," he told reporters in
may be that NSW jurisdiction was breached, it may
be that the commonwealth jurisdiction was breached.
It may be even that both were breached."
said NSW had no jurisdiction beyond 12 nautical miles
are international waters," he said.
international shipping after the 12-nautical-mile
limit it opens boats to gambling but also to duty-free
James Packer to speak at tourism conference in Canberra...
James Packer will be the drawcard for hoteliers, resort
operators and owners attending a tourism conference
in Canberra in late October. Mr Packer will open the
Tourism & Transport Forum's annual "Leadership
gaming tycoon is a major tourism player given his
Crown resorts in Perth and Melbourne attract 25 million
visitors a year...
Jackman to Begin Filming Wolverine in
star Hugh Jackman will begin filming the next installment
of his X-Men spin-off movies in Sydney
next week, even though the female lead is yet to be
who admitted struggling to get into shape after packing
on the pounds to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables,
said his role as Wolverine, which he first played
12 years ago, was the backbone of my career.
love the character. I still love the character,
he said. I had no choice at the time, I was
going to take anything that came along, but I happened
to have walked into probably the most interesting
and complex of the superhero characters.
always loved playing it and when I stop loving it
Ill stop doing it, he added.
Melco Crown Project Gets Red Light on Casino...
casino operator Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. MPEL
+2.32% still doesn't have permission to build a casino
at its latest project, according to a revised government
contract published Wednesday.
Macao Studio City project, in which Melco Crown has
a 60% equity interest, is designated for a five-star
hotel and film facilities, indicates the latest government
contract detailing various revisions to the agreement.
But the document doesn't mention any casino facilities
despite the company's earlier statements they hope
to open up to 400 gambling tables at the property.
It's possible the government could give the green-light
on a casino later, but the uncertainty could complicate
the company's efforts to finance the project.
Crown, backed by Lawrence Ho and James Packerthe
sons of Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho and the late
Australian casino-and-media magnate Kerry Packeris
one of six casino license holders in Macau, where
it already runs two casino-resort properties in the
world's largest gambling hub.
representative for Melco Crown didn't respond to requests
June 2011, Melco Crown signed a $360 million deal
to gain control over the Macao Studio City project,
resolving a bitter dispute between the project's earlier
partners that had escalated to the Hong Kong courts,
stalling development for years. New Cotai Holdings
LLC, an arm of U.S. investment firms Oaktree Capital
Management L.P. and Silver Point Capital L.P., retained
its 40% stake in the project.
this month Melco Crown announced plans to enter the
burgeoning Philippines market by teaming up with local
property developer Belle Corp. BEL.PH -0.20% to partner
on a casino resort that will cost at least $1 billion
in an area the Philippines hopes will become Manila's
version of the Las Vegas Strip. (The Wall Street Journal)
First Second unveils André the Giant comic...
Second has confirmed its André the Giant biography.
Box Brown is working on the book charting the life
of the professional wrestler and actor, reports ICv2.
Roussimoff was a star and one-time champion of the
World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).
is also known for his role in cult classic movie The
has the condition acromegaly, which saw him grow to
7'4" in height. He died of heart failure in 1993
at the age of 46.
is the author of Xeric grant-funded graphic novel
Love Is a Peculiar Type of Thing.
untitled André the Giant biography is scheduled
for release in 2014. (Digital Spy)
The Expendables 2 slapped with R rating for extreme
star-laden sequel The Expendables 2 has been given
an R rating for its violent and sexual content in
Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger
and co will even be throwing some bad language into
the mix as they bat off hostile attackers in this
follow-up to the 2010 action-packed extravaganza.
was rumoured to have been considering a PG-13 rating
for the film, which is due for release in the States
on August 17th.
again, Stallone assembles his hardened team of old-school
mercenaries for a special mission - taking revenge
after one of their squad is murdered on the job.
Simon West was never in any doubt that the film would
receive such a high rating, given the 'very hard'
violence and language perpetrated by the all-star
cast throughout the film.
sure there were some financial people who wanted it
to be PG-13 because they thought it would somehow
make more money or have a broader audience, but there
was no way,' he told wegotthiscovered.com.
you get these guys on the set, they can't say a line
without putting the F-bomb in it, and they can't pick
up a gun without blowing several limbs off.' (Metro)
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
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.
New X Men, Wolverine 2 Film Revealed Possible New
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
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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
casino, Spider-Man movie, movie ratings, The Wolverine,
Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, James Bond 007 in
Skyfall, Highest paid actors includes "The Rock"
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]
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
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.
Voice news media report; Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park,
Sydney, Australia - 12th June 2012
Voice enjoyed a media conference at Hordern Pavilion,
Moore Park, this morning, with Voice coaches and finalists
there to help promote the smash hit TV show, as the
finals approach via Channel Nine.
culling of eight singers from The Voice last night
has set the stage for a controversial finale Channel
Nine's talent comp.
Leahcar, Sarah De Bono, Darren Percival, and Karise
Eden will battle it out in next week's grand final.
one singer per team was permitted to go through and
critics and viewers took to Twitter to complain about
the final line-up.
ruling meant fan favourites on the same team were
Leahcar and Percival battled a virus as well as the
high-pressure nerves, which told in their limited
vocal performances last night.
Charlotte rock god Joel Madden, who had culled Prinnie
Stevens and Layken Heperi, chose Sarah DeBono over
popular lad Ben Hazlewood.
the show's preamble, Madden likened the semi-final
line-up to The X Men: "We all have super powers.
No one is better than anyone else."
final performances will be on Sunday, with each contender
performing one cover and one original song. The winner
revealed on Monday night, no doubt to massive TV ratings,
the likes of which have not been seen by Nine for
years, is the inside word.
contender will perform one cover and one original
the best man or woman win, and hopefully its also
a win for the Australian entertainment industry.
TV Report With Ratings - The Voice leads...
Voice leaped to 2.13 million viewers as the talent
show heads towards to its finale.
figure (based on actual broadcast time - not the preliminary
figure of 2.15 million) is up on last Monday's 1.90
million audience in the capital cities and it appears
the two finales on Sunday and Monday should hit around
three million viewers for Nine.
program gave Nine a 29.6 per cent channel share against
Seven's 21.0 per cent and ABC1's 13.3 per cent, with
its current affairs line-up led by 736,000 viewers
for PM Julia Gillard's appearance on Q&A.
key result for Nine was Tricky Business's performance
into its fifth week. Preliminary figures from OzTAM
demonstrate the Aussie drama rose to 1.091 million
viewers, higher than its launch episode in May. But
the actual figures based on broadcast times show the
drama starring Gigi Edgley averaged 682,000 viewers
with its number rocketed by The Voice's over-run as
"Team Seal" decided its contestant for Sunday
and Monday's finale.
News came in second for the night with 1.55 million
viewers and rare wins over Nine in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Block continued to build for Nine, up to 1.49
million in the 7pm slot, besting Masterchef Australia
(1.08 million), ABC News (1.05 million) and Home and
Away (1.01 million).
continued its awesome run for Seven with 1.218 million
had a stronger Monday night than usual, led by Q&A.
Four Corners was up to 734,000 viewers, Australian
Story 719,000 and Media Watch 712,000, all well up
on their 2012 averages in the 600,000 region.
Sports Monday Night Football match between the Panthers
and Warriors bested the platform, with 278,000 viewers
while 210,000 watched the afternoon AFL match between
Melbourne and Collingwood. Seven's AFL figures were
not yet available for publication.
OVERNIGHT RANKINGS FOR MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012
THE VOICE Nine 2,154,000
SEVEN NEWS 1,549,000
THE BLOCK Nine 1,485,000
TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,296,000
NINE NEWS 1,279,000
REVENGE Seven 1,218,000
A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,137,000
TRICKY BUSINESS Nine 1,091,000
MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Ten 1,082,000
ABC NEWS ABC1 1,053,000
HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,006,000
THE FORCE - BEHIND THE LINE Seven 998,000
BORDER SECURITY - AUSTRALIA'S FRONT LINE Seven
TEN NEWS AT FIVE Ten 837,000
BILLY CONNOLLY'S ROUTE 66 SNEAK PEEK Seven 799,000
Man does not represent The Voice, Shine Australia
or Channel Nine
Celebrity And Gaming News: Hollywood, AussieWood,
Sin City Sydney, Australia - 8th April 2012
movie, entertainment and wrestling fans. It's time
for yet another showbiz update. We've got Marvel Entertainment,
WWE, gaming, celebrities, and more.
Cent, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger Will
Star In 'The Tomb' Movie...
Cent continues to evolve. The music mogul just signed
on for yet another film, Summit's latest action-thriller,
"The Tomb. After working together on Lionsgate's
"Fire With Fire," Fif will reunite with
Vincent D'Onofrio and Vinnie Jones in this Mikael
Hafstrom directed action-thriller. The film also stars
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with
Oscar nominee Amy Ryan as its female lead.
Cent To Guest Star On SyFy's 'Dream Machines'...
film is focused around Stallone who plays an expert
on structural security. The plot thickens as Stallone
is framed and put in a high-security prison of his
own design. The storyline then unfolds as he must
put his skills to the test to find out who put him
70 million dollar movie is being co-financed by both
Summit and Emmett/Furla Films, which also produced
"Fire With Fire." However, this is not 50s
first time working with Emmett/Furla films, as he
was also cast in the company's "Setup" with
Bruce Willis, "Freelancers" with Robert
De Niro and "The Frozen Ground" with Nicolas
month 50 Cent announced that his fifth studio album
will be released this summer. My album is coming
out july 2. I got some heat trust me I'm ready,
Fif tweeted. The announcement comes after the New
York MC called out Interscope Records for a lack of
support surrounding the release of the LP.
CM Punk At Chicago Comic-Con...
IL, April 06, 2012 - Wizard World Chicago Comic Con,
which for nearly two decades has thrilled hundreds
of thousands of fans with standout celebrities, top-notch
superstar artists, VIP experiences and more, rolls
out an expanded, full four-day show, August 9-12 at
the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. More than
50 celebrities, including headliners like William
Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal and WWE
Superstar CM Punk, notable artists Carlos Pacheco,
George Pérez, Greg Capullo and dozens of others
are already signed up to attend what is shaping up
as the biggest Wizard World show ever and the Midwest's
No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.
international pop culture icon Shatner ("Star
Trek," "T.J. Hooker") will appear on
Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, Ryan ("Star
Trek: Voyager," "Boston Public") on
Sunday, Aug. 12, Eisner Award Hall of Famer and comic
book legend Lee and Bernthal ("The Walking Dead,"
The Ghost Writer) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
and WWE Superstar CM Punk, the current WWE champion,
World Chicago Comic Con continues to grow in all areas,
from celebrity guests to Artist Alley to evening entertainment
to VIP experiences, so much so that we've made it
a full four-day show for the first time," said
John Macaluso, CEO, Wizard World. "William Shatner,
Jeri Ryan and Stan Lee are at the top of a deep celebrity
roster that will connect with fans of all ages."
announcement follows the recent news that one of Hollywood's
fastest-risers, Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers),
will headline Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on June 2.
longest-running and highest-attended show annually
on the Wizard World calendar, 2012 Wizard World Chicago
Comic Con will also feature movie and television stars
such as Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries,"
CHLOE), Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek: Voyager,"
Remo Williams), Bruce Campbell (Army Of Darkness,
Evil Dead), Tom Felton (Harry Potter, Rise of the
Planet of the Apes), Amy Acker ("Angel,"
The Cabin In The Woods) and dozens of others.
Award winner Pérez ("Superman," "JSA"),
nominee Pacheco ("X-Men," "Green Lantern")
and Capullo ("Batman," "Spawn")
are joined in Artist Alley by Rodolfo Migliari ("Green
Arrow," "Green Lantern"), "Brom"
("Dungeons & Dragons," "The Plucker),
"CAFU" ("Superboy," "Action
Comics"), Ken Kelly ("Batman," "Star
Wars") and Pat Lee ("Spider-Man," "Iron
Man"), among a first-class roster of special
World Chicago Comic Con, produced by Wizard World,
Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans
of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture,
movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming,
television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles,
contests and more.
more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit
Dwayne Johnson Named CinemaCon Action Star of the
receive the honor at the upcoming convention of theater
owners in Las Vegas.
Johnson will be lauded with the Action Star of the
Year Award at CinemaCon.
summer, Johnson stars in Paramount tentpole G.I. Joe:
Relaliation. He's currently still in theaters in box
office hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, from
will receive the CinemaCon award during Paramount's
opening night presentation.
Captain America sequel scheduled for 2014 release...
official: Captain America will continue to fight the
good fight for liberty and freedom.
Thursday, Walt Disney Studios announced that a sequel
to last summer's Captain America: The First Avenger
is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2014, one
month before the release of the sequel to The Amazing
Spider-Man, who begins spinning his web July 3 of
Evans -- formerly Johnny Storm/the Human Torch of
The Fantastic Four -- finally put Marvel's patriotic
super-soldier on the A-list of superheroes in the
original, which earned $368 million dollars worldwide.
actor returns to the role as one of "Earth's
Mightiest Heroes" known as The Avengers with
Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth
(Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/the Hulk), Jeremy
Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Scarlett Johnansson
(Natascha Romanoff/Black Widow), and Samuel L. Jackson
(Nick Fury); the film comes out in the U.S on May
'Captain America' sequel heads to theaters in 2014...
ANGELES Captain America is getting another
solo shot on the big-screen.
Disney Studios announced Thursday that a sequel to
last year's superhero hit "Captain America: The
First Avenger" will arrive in theaters on April
first movie starred Chris Evans as the patriotic fighter
for justice dressed in red, white and blue. "Captain
America" took in $368 million at the worldwide
reprises his role as Captain America in "The
Avengers," an ensemble adventure featuring Robert
Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson,
Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner as
a team of Marvel Comics heroes.
Avengers" is due out in the U.S on May 4, and
Australia will likely be just days after.
Brock Lesnar Retired From MMA / UFC; Re Signs With
WWE Pro Wrestling / Sports Entertainment...
was billed as The Next Big Thing when
he first ripped up the pro wrestling business.
more than 10 years later, WWE head honcho Vince McMahon
and his top brass are hoping he's still be The
Next Big Thing.
return to pro wrestling after an eight-year hiatus
made global news he meWWE posterboy John Cena with
an F-5 (ex FU) at the conclusion of last week's RAW,
as seen on Rupert Murdoch's Foxtel in Australia.
buzz confirmed Lesnar sightings in Miami over Wrestlemania
weekend, and wrestling fans had hoped that star would
make a surprise appearance at Mania. It's likely Lesnar's
contracted was signed before WrestleMania 28, but
the powers that be elected to use him the RAW after
WM, to help maintain momentum, and give viewers more
reason to continue to choose to tune into the WWE
who departed WWE in 2004 primarily due to a massive
road schedule, reportedly signed a one-year deal with
WWE that will include a lighter workload and less
work dates than his last run. He is expected to be
featured mainly on pay-per-views and live televised
shows leading up to next year's Wrestlemania.
an NCAA heavyweight champion at the University of
Minnesota, is expected to initially feud with Cena.
There's also talk of a possible match with The Rock
at the Wrestlemania 29 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), who defeated Cena last
Sunday U.S) at Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, already has
committed to appear at next year's wrestling 'Grand
Dadddy Of The All".
defeated The Rock in their last matchup back in 2002.
Many wrestling experts feel that a "Brock vs.
Rock" rematch would draw big money and huge interest
once again for the WWE machine.
already is being promoted for WWE's Extreme Rules
pay-per-view in Chicago on April 29, and is scheduled
to appear on the April 9 Raw in Washington, D.C.,
and a three-hour Raw on April 23 in Detroit.
last UFC match was Dec. 30 in a loss to former Strikeforce
heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. Following the
loss, Lesnar announced his retirement from mixed martial
arts, mentioning his life-threatening bouts with diverticulitis.
34, is married to the former Rena Mero, the ex-WWE
diva and Playboy centerfold known as Sable. They have
two young children.
a number of issues, including burnout and a massive
travel schedule, Lesnar left the wrestling business
eight years ago after advising WWE owner Vince McMahon
that he had come to the realization that he was miserable
in his job.
admission, though, came at a particularly critical
juncture just days before a dream Wrestlemania
showdown with Bill Goldberg in what had been billed
as one of the biggest events in WWE history.
the time Lesnar told colleagues and company officials
that the match would mark his last in the wrestling
years later, and on the heels of a relatively short
but highly publicized run in the mixed martial arts
industry, Lesnar appears ready for a return to pro
and the company are hoping he's in for the long haul
or at least until Wrestlemania 29.
Contract Details And More...
wrestling fans, and sports fans worldwide have been
abuzz all week after Brock Lesnar returned to WWE
Raw this past Monday night. Lesnar, a former Ultimate
Fighting Championship athlete joins Hollywood actor
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the latest
mainstream celebrity to be signed to a WWE contract.
Both men formerly labored for Vince McMahon's empire
before they coursed on to bigger and more prestigious
accolades. However, there have been reports that many
current WWE roster members are not too pleased with
the return of The Rock and Brock Lesnar.
contract stipulations begin to leak, on of those circumstances
reported in Brock Lesnar's agreement was that Brock
had to work a told 30-40 wrestling dates for the year.
For those intervals, Lesnar would receive five million
dollars. The dilemma with this exists that other full
time members of the roster perform over 200 dates
per year and don't even make a fifth of Lesnar's income.
In fact, other than a handfull of elite headliners,
most WWE wrestlers make less than $500,000 dollars
a year. And that doesn't include travel expenses and
hotel accommodations that those wrestlers have to
fork out for out of pocket each week. The gap between
dates and salary among full time WWE wrestlers and
Brock Lesnar is huge.
Rock has a comparable WWE contract. It has been reported
that The Rock will work a modest amount of matches
over the next year, which will likely culminate in
a bout at Wrestlemania 29 against Brock Lesnar.
Storm smashes 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's Texas ranch...
Texas -- Wrestling legend "Stone Cold" Steve
Austin was left stunned this week after the barn on
his Texas ranch was destroyed by a storm.
47-year-old, real name Steven James Williams, saw
the roof of his barn torn off at the storm ripped
through Broken Skull Ranch in McMullen County.
wrestler-come-actor said he planned to use the damage
to add more storage space.
He told TMZ fixing the damage, "ain't gonna be
Andy Kaufman's pro wrestling exploits recalled in
CNN feature, claims WWE won't allow him in the Hall
pro wrestling exploits of Andy Kaufman were chronicled
in a lengthy CNN website feature. The story states
that Kaufman remains shut out of the WWE Hall of Fame.
"His absence from the Hall of Fame is conspicuous,"
Syracuse professor Bob Thompson said. "He is
one of the really important members of the pantheon
of that form." To read the full article, visit
Digital Entertainment To Ramp Up New Product Offers;
Social Media Attack And More...
Digital Entertainment has reported plans to develop
and launch numerous gaming products. Since the merger
in April 2011, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment has
strived to evolve and grow in the competitive online
has reported its desire to continually integrate its
platform and products as well as invest in Research
and Development. The online gaming giant has announced
the development of a rush poker variant and the launch
of social gaming products in order to stay pace with
the evolving market. Furthermore, co-CEOs Jim Ryan
and Norbert Teufelberger have reported that the company
is well placed to take advantage of the
regulatory movement in both Europe and the US.
has reported plans to launch several products ranging
from mobile applications to new gaming products. The
gaming giant plans to launch a social gaming platform
in addition to building an independent social gaming
site. The first social gaming product is tipped to
be poker-based game called Aces Hangout, which was
tested in late 2011 and we understand launched on
Google+ days ago. The company has announced that the
poker-based social gaming offerings will be followed
by a casino and sports book application. In addition
to these social gaming offerings, the company plans
to launch mobile applications for its core products
as well as HTML5 versions of its major gaming sites.
Jim Ryan recently told news media that We expect
to gain competitive advantage this year from additional
scale and improved flexibility that will flow from
the integration and migration of our main products
to a single technology platform.
addition to the launch of the social gaming platform,
Ryan announced that the company has launched the development
of a rush poker variant.
has announced that it is well positioned to take advantage
of the regulatory movements in major markets like
Spain and the US. In Spain, the gaming company is
one of 60 companies that are waiting for the approval
of the licensing application that was recently delayed
due to controversy surrounding a Spain regulator.
In the United States, Bwin.Party secured a joint venture
with brick and mortar casino operators MGM and Boyd
Gaming in order to position itself for the anticipated
regulation of online poker in the US. Furthermore,
the company has an application for the Schleswig-Holstein
Board that will allow the launch of all products except
Bwin.Party announced an increase in flat pro-forma
revenues from €814m to €816m and a 9% increase
in its casino revenue. EGamingReview also reported
that analysts have a positive outlook on the company
with a 2% average daily increase over last years
continues to evolve in the competitive gaming market
and plans to launch several exciting products in the
near future. In addition to the new developments and
regulatory preparations, Bwin.Party is expected to
finally have real money dotcom players move to the
merged platform by the third quarter of 2012 and the
dot.it and dot.fr migrations to occur in the fourth
quarter of this year. The company expects this migration
to further enhance its position in the poker market
alongside its major competitors like PokerStars, Virgin
Games and PKR.
Man will be following up Bwin.Party developments,
and as we go to press the have already released at
least one new slot to the online casino portfolio
as seen on the Media Man network, so its game on!
Eleven' voted greatest ever remake; Hollywood Celebrity
News, Pro Wrestling Connection - 29th February 2012
we're hear to tell you that the 'Rock N Roll Wrestling
Connection' is back, with a bit of casino fun and
games thrown into the mix, both in Australia and in
Eleven' has been chosen as the best movie remake of
all time in a recent poll.
casino king James Packer, is probably going to be
pleased to hear that land based casino themed movies
are in vogue, since he's looking to open or take over
his own Sydney, Australia casino soon. Obviously,
JP won't be hoping for a casino robbery - to state
the obvious. Vegas casino and hotel tycoon Steve Wynn
would have caught the 'Ocean's Eleven' news no doubt.
Not sure if Kevin Nash (once upon a time known as
Vinnie Vegas) did. Nash, also a former leading member
of the nWo is currently off the WWE wrestling roster,
following a feud with Triple H.
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.
And 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.
Legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper In Fancypants
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'.
Four Canadians indicted on US gambling charges; Online
Casino Royale or Ocean's Eleven...
authorities seized the gambling website Bodog on Tuesday
and announced the indictment of four Canadians on
charges of illegal sports betting and money laundering,
including founder Calvin Ayre.
federal grand jury indictment of Ayre, James Philip,
David Ferguson, Derrick Maloney and the Bodog Entertainment
Group was unsealed in Baltimore, Maryland, and is
the latest blow by US prosecutors against online gambling.
betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits
bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they
are located outside the country," US Attorney
Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.
of the harms that underlie gambling prohibitions are
exacerbated when the enterprises operate over the
Internet without regulation," Rosenstein said.
law prohibits US financial institutions from knowingly
accepting payments for online gambling made through
credit cards, electronic transfers and checks, but
bills have been introduced in the US Congress to ease
April, 11 people were charged with bank fraud, money
laundering and other offenses in a crackdown on the
three largest online poker companies -- Absolute Poker,
PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.
spokeswoman for the US Attorney's Office told the
press that none of the four accused Canadians is in
custody but warrants have been issued for their arrests
and the United States would seek their extradition.
indictment accuses Bodog and the defendants of conducting
an illegal online sports gambling business and conspiring
to commit money laundering between June 2005 and January
defendants and their conspirators allegedly moved
funds from Bodog's accounts located in Switzerland,
England, Malta, Canada and elsewhere to pay winnings
to gamblers, and to pay media brokers and advertisers
located in the United States," the US Attorney's
conspirators directed payment processors to send at
least $100 million by wire and by check to gamblers
located in Maryland and elsewhere," it said.
Revenue Service special agent Eric Hylton said "laundering
money from illegal activity such as illegal Internet
gambling is a crime.
of how the money changes hands -- via cash, check,
wire transfers or credit cards -- and regardless of
where the money is stored -- in a United States financial
institution or an offshore bank -- we will trace the
funds," Hylton said.
an affidavit supporting a seizure warrant for the
Bodog.com website domain name, a former employee of
Bodog was quoted as saying the gambling operation
has hundreds of employees in Canada and Costa Rica.
visitor to Bodog.com is met with a message reading
"This domain name has been seized" and pictures
of the official seals of the Department of Justice
and Department of Homeland Security.
a statement on his website, Ayre, who is described
by Forbes magazine as a "former billionaire,"
said the Bodog.com domain name has been dormant for
sure what to say," Ayre said. "The brand
left the market last year and the domain in question
has been dormant globally for longer than that."
50, who launched Bodog.com in 1994 and operates several
other gaming websites, also said he was a victim of
"abuse of the US criminal justice system for
the commercial gain of large US corporations.
is clear that the online gaming industry is legal
under international law," he said. "It is
also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to
slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion."
gambling charges are punishable by up to five years
in prison while a conviction for money laundering
conspiracy can bring 20 years behind bars.
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.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Continues His
Journey Towards WrestleMania Match With John Cena...
before, never again, reads the tagline for this WrestleMania
match of the decade (if not century).
one side of the ring is wrestler, turned Hollywood
movie megastar, Johnson, and on the other side, wrestler
- rapper (and occasional actor, John Cena).
old school terms, there is a lot of "heat"
between the two, or at least that's what the WWE storyline
would have you believe.
head honcho Vince McMahon is set to make a financial
killing with this with live tickets, PPV (including
Australia's Foxtel - Main Event), merchandising, advertising
and god knows what else.
pebbles are set to collide as Mr 'You Can't See Me'
Cena wrestles with "The Most Electrifying Man
In Sports Entertainment" with a lot of 'Boots
To Asses" thrown in there.
is a bit of a triple headliner this year with CM Punk
("The Best In The World" VS Chris Jericho
("The best in the world at everything I do",
then there's Daniel Bryan VS Sheamus, and how can
forget The Undertaker VS Triple H, as Hunter attempts
to end The Undertakers's WrestleMania winning streak
inside a 'Hell In A Cell' cage match.
up the show is pretty loaded and may actually produce
one or two matches of the year, but time will tell.
Before you ask, no Brock Lesnar as he's still under
contract to the UFC, even though he's retired from
MMA. UFC are set to invade Sydney's AllPhones Arena
on the 3rd March 2012.
live WWE RAW tour will hit Sydney, Australia on Friday
31st August 2012. And if they tour Perth, WA they
will likely perform at Crown Perth (formally known
as Burswood Casino or Burswood Entertainment Complex).
tells us that Austin will be leaving his Broken Skull
Ranch in Texas to catch WrestleMania lose up, and
so should you.
if you didn't hear already, The Rock stars in Journey
2: The Mysterious Island, which is currently breaking
box office records in Australia, the US, and in most
other parts of the world.
checking Street Corner and the Media Man blog network
for more on these developing news stories and more.
last thing... kids, don't try this at home or anywhere
else. Leave it to the professionals.
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.
Marvel Comics and Movies Alive And Well At Bwin.Party
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!
TV News From Australia And U.S; Excess Baggage, Mrs
Sly Stallone, WWE Legends House
Baggage For Channel Nine?...
Nine's weight loss reality TV program 'Excess Baggage'
might be pulled from TV screens before viewers see
the contestants drop weight!
premiered on Monday with 880,000 viewers. Only 555,000
Aussie's tuned in to watch last night. Its Channel
Ten rival The Biggest Loser attracted 734,000 viewers
Australian newspaper, a Murdoch publication, is reporting
that Channel Nine executives held a crisis meeting
last night to discuss the future of the program, shown
in the paramount 7pm timeslot.
network is reportedly considering moving the heavily-promoted
show to a later timeslot or to one of its digital
is still underway, however there is the possibility
that it will be cut short.
replacement may be re runs of US sitcom The Big Bang
Theory. The Celebrity Apprentice Australia could also
get a fast track back to Nine around Easter time.
official TV ratings year begins on Sunday, February
celebrities, eight ordinary Australians and one life
changing decision. Their physical and emotional baggage
is holding them back, and theyre ready to reclaim
their lives. Travelling far across this country, and
deep inside themselves they will discover the secrets
to shedding lifes Excess Baggage. Hosted by
Kate Ceberano with celebrities: Kevin Federline, Christine
Anu, Kate DeAraugo, Gabby Millgate, Darryn Lyons,
Brant Webb, Ajay Rochester and Robert Dipper
Sylvester Stallones Wife Approached Again For
Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills...
Stallone's wife Jennifer Flavin has reportedly been
approached to feature in their reality show The Real
Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
it appears that the 43-year-old former model could
have the looks, the fortune and the connections to
best all the women on the show.
is reporting that the good looking brunette has been
invited in for talks with producers of the Bravo series.
producers asked Jennifer Flavin to talk to them about
being on the show,' an informer told the website.
and Flavin own a huge mansion in Beverly Hills...
just down the road from her potential co-stars Vanderpump
and Adrienne Maloof and her husband Paul Nassif.
action star and his wife have three beautiful daughters
together, Sophia Rose (15), Sistine Rose (13) and
Scarlet Rose (9).
well as being a model, Flavin has also appeared on
two reality game shows, including Gladiator and alongside
her hubby in 'The Contender'.
brunette is also a business queen of sorts, owning
her own skin care line Serious Skin Care.
is also said to be already friends with some of the
women on the popular programme.
would be great on the show, shes married to
a super famous guy and shes friends with a few
of the women on the show, the source told media.
has her own business and shes really successful
all on her own. Plus shes got a great personality
for reality TV.'
does however remain to be seen if Sylvester will actually
let his wife appear on the show.
The actress' friends are believed to think he will
be opposed to the idea.
friends dont think that Sly would ever let her
be on the show,' the source added. 'They dont
think he would ever want her to do it, but he might
if she really wants to.'
news comes as it was reported earlier this month that
Camille Grammer does not intend to continue her role
on the reality show when it returns for its third
the executives behind the Bravo show are allegedly
already auditioning women to replace the blonde.
source told media 'Producers are asking Lisa Vanderpump,
Adrienne Maloof and Kyle Richards if any of their
wealthy female friends would be interested in appearing
on the show.'
the informant added that the reality star is displeased
with the way she has been portrayed during the current
second season of Real Housewives.
source said: 'It's an open secret that Camille most
likely won't be back for a third season. She came
off as such a b**** during season one, whereas this
season she has been very reserved, and she isn't exactly
eager to return.'
mother of two apparently intends to move on to bigger
and better things should she leave the popular show.
informant claimed: 'Camille has some other projects
in the works, but she needs to get released from her
Bravo contract before she can pursue those.'
source told Radar Online that viewers can expect some
changes when it returns for a third season.
blonde denies that Bravo had any influence on the
ploy and said she she believes that it was solely
the women's idea.
I really dont think so, no one at Bravo ever
told me what to say, there was plenty of drama, there
was no need for Bravo to create any,' she said.
reunion opened some old wounds, we were ok and then
we had to rehash the past arguments, it brings it
all out again.'
WWE Legends House May Appear On TV Before WWE Network
Hits The Air...
fans from Sydney's Bondi Beach, New York, USA, Hollywood
and around the world are buzzing at the news of an
upcoming WWE television show - WWE Legend's House,
may be one of the showcase programs on the new WWE
a source tells us that if the WWE Network takes too
long to launch, "Legends House" may start
on a TV station such as Sci-Fi.
is to commence next month in Rancho Mirage, California,
USA and its turned into quite a news media frenzy
with video camera operators and photographers all
seeking out shots of the legends.
February at least eight former World Wrestling Entertainment
stars will be under one roof in a show not too unlike
MTV's "Real Life" with a bit of "Jersey
Shore", "Big Brother", "The Ultimate
Fighter" and "Tough Enough" thrown
in there for good measure.
Legends House will be filmed in Rancho Mirage at the
historic home of late comedian Harpo Marx at the Tamarisk
Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund, the
legendary wrestling announcer and interviewer, has
been confirmed for the show. Australian fans will
recognise Gene as the host of "WWE Vintage Collection"
as seen on Foxtel - Fox 8, usually in a TV spot next
to WWE SmackDown or WWE Superstars.
been tipped off that other cast members with include
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, "Rowdy"
Roddy Piper and The Iron Sheik. We're hoping that
Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Jimmy "Superfly"
Snuka, "The Honky Tonk Man", "The Magnificent"
Don Muraco or even Ric Flair (*Flair is currently
under contract to Impact Wrestling) are also a chance
to appear. Don't expect Scott Hall to appear as the
man formally known as "Razor Ramon" has
been getting some WWE Wellness Program rehab (for
real) in recent years, and to have Hall on the new
show would not be a wise risk to take at this stage
of the game, however we're hopeful Hall may be able
to appear on future episodes of Legends House, should
the show be as wildly successful as anticipated.
Australia's "Outback Jack" - real name Peter
Stilsbury (circa 1987 with WWF) won't appear, nor
will Nathan "The Front Row" Jones. Neither
would be considered an outright WWE legend, however
both were certainly well known in their day.
you imagine The Iron Sheik drinking, eating and just
socialising in general with other WWE legends. Something
tells us they are going to have to bleep out much
of his foul language, but fans familiar with the very
funny and vulgar sheik will get the idea.
fans will remember the time Australia's Wide World
of Sports on Channel Nine aired the Madison Square
Garden matches featuring "The Iron Shiek".
One was when then WWF Champion Bob Backlund got caught
in the camel clutch by the Iranian and Backlund's
manager, (the late) Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel.
The other famous sheik match that aired on the then
Kerry Packer owned Channel Nine was when Hulk Hogan
beat the sheik with his famous clothesline and atomic
leg drop. The old WWF Championship Wrestling used
footage from the Hogan - Sheik match for its intro
music video for many years.
WWE is going to pitch "Legends House" to
audiences as unscripted drama, which is curious as
pro wrestlers by nature usually work of a script.
Wooooo! - we just broke kayfabe again, but most of
the western world knows pro wrestling aka "sports
entertainment" has storylines, angles, script
writers et al these days, but that's not to say they
are not talented athletes - they are indeed some of
the best athletes on the planet, but only a few such
as Roddy Piper could be considered a very talented
actor as far as regular movie appearances go.
concept does share some similarities to the UFC's
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) series, but its wrestling legends
- not up and coming UFC stars, who have to prove their
worth in matches.
fans are hoping for a few outcomes - legends sharing
tales from the road trips and locker rooms, who hated
who for real, secrets of the profession and that sort
of thing. We suppose if a real fight breaks out on
set that will be a bonus.
Media Man agency's spokesperson said "We fully
expect that WWE Legends House" will become one
of the most popular and most talked about shows on
both American and Australian television. WWE top brass
genius Vince McMahon has really hit the sweet spot
with this one. It's got ratings winner all over it
and fits in perfectly with the current "reality
era" of the WWE, where the pro wrestling action
and scripts carry a much more realistic edge than
in the '90 - 2000 era. Australian TV networks, be
it Foxtel or Network Nine or Ten, would do well to
get in early on this one and secure the rights of
a sure fire winner. Kids and parents should try not
to copy some of the bad language and practical jokes
that are bound to be a staple of this hot new show".
fans are hopeful that Aussie pay TV will get the show.
Foxtel, are you listening?
Australian TV Ratings - 2nd Feb 2012...
My Kitchen Rules Seven 1,439,000
2 Seven News Seven 1,129,000
3 Nine News Nine 1,050,000
4 A Current Affair Nine 994,000
5 ABC News ABC1 983,000
6 Today Tonight Seven 981,000
7 Home And Away Seven 934,000
8 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nine 764,000
9 The Biggest Loser Ten 734,000
10 Ten News At Five Ten 684,000
11 7.30 ABC1 678,000
12 Desperate Housewives Seven 620,000
13 The Straits ABC1 599,000
14 Law And Order: SVU Ten 570,000
15 Excess Baggage Nine 555,000
16 Desperate Housewives E2 Seven 537,000
17 CSI: NY Nine 535,000
18 Hot Seat Nine 535,000
19 The Project Ten 527,000
20 A Gifted Man Ten 524,000
News: AussieWood And Hollywood - WWE, Stallone, Schwarzenegger,
Hemsworth, Underbelly, by Greg Tingle
Media Man agency has a bush tucker of interesting
news to report today. We're got Hollywood, AussieWood,
Australia's own Chris "Thor" Hemsworth,
"Underbelly" from the mean streets of Sydney,
Australia, and more. 3, 2, 1 and action...
Sign Son of Legendary Country Singer Kris Kristofferson
singer and actor Kris Kristofferson is currently celebrating
his son Jody being signed by WWE. Jody Kristofferson
had a tryout match at WWE last Summer and impressed
deal has apparently been in place for some time now,
but the deal was kept quiet. Jody had been going by
the nickname Big County in All Pro Wrestling.
APW is a California-based promotion and has helped
trained many big stars in the industry including:
Crash Holly, Great Khali and Sara Del Rey.
has appeared on an episode of SmackDown in 2010. He
wrestled against Big Show in a 3-on-1 handicap match
on August 13. At the time, Matt Striker referenced
him as the Highway Man. The Highwaymen
were a group of country singers comprising Jodys
Dad Kris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie
impressing WWE officials against Brodus Clay this
past Summer, Jody was signed to a developmental deal
and is expected to start working with Florida Championship
Wrestling very soon.
H notably worked with Jodys Dad in the 2004
movie Blade Trinity.
WWE will be in Sydney on 31st August with its RAW
WWE Superstar David Otunga -- Slams Competition in
Triumphant Return to His Lawyer Life...
superstar David Otunga took a break from his full
time wrestling gig to return to his previous career
-- attorney-at-law -- and much like his "Monday
Night Raw" matches ... crushed the competition.
found out Otunga returned to court Thursday morning
to represent a man who believes he was wrongfully
terminated and denied unemployment benefits. Otunga
tells us he was repping the man in his appeal to the
NY State Department of Labor.
proceedings took place before an administrative judge
who heard witness testimony and arguments from both
-- who graduated from Harvard Law School before wrestling
-- told us he "smoked the witness during cross
examination." The judge agreed ... Otunga's client
won the appeal and will now get unemployment benefits.
says he enjoys keeping his legal skills sharp, and
adds ... "If the outcome of the case is any indication
of how I'll do in the Royal Rumble this weekend, then
it looks like I'll be the winner."
the way, Otunga didn't do it for the cash -- he took
the case, pro bono. (Credit: TMZ)
New Terminator film to be R-rated...
the week after Sylvester Stallone confirmed that The
Expendables 2 was to be a PG-13 movie, at the wishes
of Chuck Norris, theres better news surrounding
the planned Terminator 5.
project is stuck in limbo at the moment, with planned
director Justin Lin committed to two more Fast And
The Furious movies. But Megan Ellison, who is funding
the new Terminator movie, has answered one key question
about the new film: Will it be stuck with a PG-13
rating? The answer? No, it wont.
wrote on Twitter, We can't really tell you guys
anything about Terminator BUT it will be an R rated
film as God and James Cameron intended.
on Terminator 5 soon.
Sly and Arnie 'killing thousands of bats'...
Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are under fire
from animal activists after they woke up one of Europe's
biggest colonies of hibernating bats to film their
say the bats may starve in their thousands because
the lights and cameras disturbed their winter sleep,
leaving them disorientated and confused.
Schwarzenegger and their crew entered the Devetashka
cave in Bulgaria to film The Expendables 2, due to
be screened this summer.
Sylvester Stallone Responds to The Expendables 2 PG-13
few days back we got wind that that The Expendables
2, the follow-up to Sylvester Stallone's 2010 action
flick that starred about half of Hollywood's action
stars, would be rated PG-13. The story was instantly
thought as a a rumor after Chuck Norris told a Polish
news site that he only agreed to appear in the sequel
if the "vulgar dialogue" was dropped so
the movie could avoid a R-rating that would exclude
"many young people" from watching.
Norris misquoted? Or was the translation off? Many
thought the story couldn't be true, because the first
Expendables movie didn't end up earning $274 million
worldwide by playing nice. While it may be disappointing
for some, Stallone wrote to AICN and revealed that,
yes, Norris was telling the truth after all. He also
warns that before fans "pass judgement",
Expendables 2 is still going to "deliver."
the film is fantastic with (Jean-Claude) Van Damme
turning in an inspired performance... Our final battle
is one for the ages. The PG13 rumor is true, but before
your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say this
film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level.
This movie touches on many emotions which we want
to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT,
fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale Ass Bashing
will not leave anyone hungry...Sly
Expendables 2 brings back the Expendables crew
Barney Ross (Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham),
Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),
Toll Road (Randy Couture), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews)
and newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth)
and Maggie (Yu Nan) for a new mission where
they will lose one of their own and seek revenge.
Whether the movie will be the "barbeque"
that Stallone promises remains to be seen, as the
teaser trailer released in December spent its running
time going through the movie's massive cast rather
than revealing much footage from the sequel. We keenly
await another trailer to help judge.
by Simon West (Con Air), The Expendables 2 co-stars
Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
the streets of 1920s Darlinghurst to the back
alleys of Melbourne in the 90s, the Underbelly
franchise has kept us engrossed by the extraordinary
criminal stories in Australia. In 2012 Underbelly
is back, along with one of its biggest characters
Hemsworth in a constant honeymoon...
Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have been on a 'constant
honeymoon' since they got married.
couple - who are expecting their first child together
- tied the knot in December 2010 after almost a year
of dating and the actress says they have loved every
minute of married life so far.
said: 'Marriage has been wonderful. A constant honeymoon.
I feel very lucky to have found the person who completes
she doesn't know the gender of her unborn tot, Elsa
is expecting their baby to be 'stubborn' because it
is a characteristic shared by herself and her spouse.
explained: 'Because it's our first child, we would
be happy with either a boy or a girl. The only thing
we care about is that it is healthy. But it's bound
to be stubborn because we both have such strong personalities.'
- who is Spanish - also admitted she has no idea where
she and Australian-born Chris will welcome their child
into the world because her spouse is so busy.
where the baby will be born, she told Britain's HELLO!
magazine: 'We don't know yet. It depends where we
are. We move about all the time. Chris has got a lot
of projects on the go and at least four movies coming
out this year, so it depends on that. Wherever he
is, that's where I'll be.'
News Media: WWE Australian Tour; International Hulk
Hogan, Austin and Piper News, by Greg Tingle
wrestling aka "sports entertainment" continues
to be a red hot commodity in both Australian and overseas
United States may be the birthplace of pro wrestling
but Australians have long been recognised as some
of the most passionate fans on the planet, dating
back to the good old days of the original World Championship
Wrestling which was broadcast on Kerry Packer's Channel
Nine circa 1970 - 78.
on into 2012 and pro wrestling appears to be heading
towards another golden era in pro wrestling with more
focus been giving to wrestler's with tremendous athletic
gifts such as CM Punk, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho
and the soon (likely) to be returning, Brock Lesnar.
Australia, will soon once again be host to the WWE
Live Tour, as the gentle giants tour down under, also
doing Melbourne and most other capital cities, promoted
by Melbourne based Dainty Entertainment. The WWE Tour
is set to hit Australia on the 30th August 2012.
to be outdone, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
is set to return to Sydney via All Phones Arena on
3rd March 2012, but sadly Brock Lesnar will not be
going there, having recently retired from UFC - MMA
compeition, following his loss against Alistair Overeem.
development of course may be WWE's gain, aiming to
secure Lesnar for their yearly showcase event - WrestleMania.
RAW World Tour 2012, Australia details...
by: Dainty Group
unique brand of action packed entertainment is returning
to Australia with WWE RAW. Fans will be able to see
all their favourite WWE Superstars including John
Cena®, Alberto Del Rio®, CM Punk®, The
Miz® and many more*.
subject to change
In Brisbane from 19.30, Thursday, August 30th
In Sydney from 19.30, Friday, August 31st
In Melbourne from 19.30, Saturday September 1st
from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Live from the Sydney AllPhones Arena
Live from the Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
go on sale on Thursday, December 8th at 9am and can
be purchased at:
Charge by Phone: 132 849
Card subject to change
Thu 30 Aug - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Fri 31 Aug - Allphones Arena, Sydney
Sat 1 Sep - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Let's bodyslam ourselves into what's news on some
of the world's hottest pro wrestlers...
Cold" Steve Austin - 'STONE COLD' STEVE AUSTIN
Tebow Can HAVE My 3:16 If ...
there was Tebow 3:16 in the NFL ... there was Austin
3:16 in the WWE ... and now the wrestling legend says
he's willing to surrender his iconic numbers to the
NFL star, pending one GIANT condition.
spoke with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin --
who tells us he watched Tebow's Mile High Miracle
this weekend and was blown away when he learned Tim
threw for exactly 316 yards in the playoff victory.
-- the numbers have a special meaning with Stone Cold,
who created the famous faux bible verse back in the
'90s to humiliate his enemies -- "Austin 3:16
says I just whooped your ass!!!"
Austin tells us, "Austin 3:16 still rules"
... but adds, "If Tebow can throw for 316 yards
again this weekend then hell, he can have the numbers
and I'll have no problem with it."
continues, "A guy named John was using it before
me ... so if Tebow can do it again, more power to
wish him all the luck in the world," Austin says
... adding, "I'm not a Denver fan but Tim's a
great role model for kids." (Credit: TMZ)
Hogan to shave off his iconic moustache...
Hogan is going to shave off his iconic moustache.
wrestling legend has revealed he is planning to take
a razor to his famous facial hair and long hair in
the coming weeks for some movie auditions.
- who has starred in several films, including 'Rocky
III' and 'Suburban Commando' - said: "I'm getting
ready to go to some auditions; I'm getting ready to
shave my head and moustache so that should be scary!"
TNA Wrestling star has also revealed he had to have
a "hole drilled" into his head to clear
an infection in his mouth.
58-year-old grappler underwent surgery in October
to get dental implants and then after having a teeth
mold fitted he got an infection which wouldn't clear
up which was revealed to have been caused by a metal
tack left in his mouth by a dentist.
told TMZ.com: "The theme for today is kids take
care of your teeth, because if you stuff candy in
your mouth you're going to rot your teeth out.
many years of not taking care of teeth correctly I
had to finally have surgery and a couple of glitches
in the system and we got an infection.
had surgery and they drilled a hole in my head - which
I needed to let all the hot air out - cleaned everything
up so I'm good to go. But it feels like somebody punched
me in the face."
the course of his five decade spanning career, Hulk
has only been seen a handful of times without his
moustache in the ring and on screen.
is not yet known if the 12-time world heavyweight
champion will recover in time to join the rest of
the TNA roster for the Maximum IMPACT Tour of the
UK later this month.
tour kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Nottingham
Capital FM Arena before heading to the Manchester
company's flagship TV show 'IMPACT Wrestling' - which
is broadcast on Challenge TV in the U.K. and Ireland
and Spike TV in Canada and the U.S. - will then be
filmed for the first time outside of the U.S. at London's
Wembley Arena on Jan. 28.
tour will feature a host wrestling's biggest names,
including Kurt Angle and AJ Styles and will also be
the last ever appearance made in the UK by grappling
Hulk Hogan Surgery Scare - Metal Tack Removed, Will
Shave Off Iconic Mustache?...
Hogan is going to shave off his iconic mustache.
wrestling legend has revealed he is planning to take
a razor to his famous facial hair and long hair in
the coming weeks for some movie auditions.
who has starred in several films, including
'Rocky III' and 'Suburban Commando' said: "I'm
getting ready to go to some auditions; I'm getting
ready to shave my head and mustache so that should
TNA Wrestling star has also revealed he had to have
a "hole drilled" into his head to clear
an infection in his mouth.
58-year-old grappler underwent surgery in October
to get dental implants and then after having a teeth
mold fitted he got an infection which wouldn't clear
up which was revealed to have been caused by a metal
tack left in his mouth by a dentist.
told TMZ.com: "The theme for today is kids take
care of your teeth, because if you stuff candy in
your mouth you're going to rot your teeth out.
many years of not taking care of teeth correctly I
had to finally have surgery and a couple of glitches
in the system and we got an infection.
had surgery and they drilled a hole in my head - which
I needed to let all the hot air out - cleaned everything
up so I'm good to go. But it feels like somebody punched
me in the face."
the course of his five decade spanning career, Hulk
has only been seen a handful of times without his
moustache in the ring and on screen.
is not yet known if the 12-time world heavyweight
champion will recover in time to join the rest of
the TNA roster for the Maximum IMPACT Tour of the
UK later this month.
tour kicks off on Thursday January 26 at the Nottingham
Capital FM Arena before heading to the Manchester
company's flagship TV show 'IMPACT Wrestling'
which is broadcast on Challenge TV in the UK and Ireland
and Spike TV in the US - will then be filmed for the
first time outside of the US at London's Wembley Arena
on January 28.
tour will feature a host wrestling's biggest names,
including Kurt Angle and AJ Styles and will also be
the last ever appearance made in the UK by grappling
Legend Rowdy Roddy Piper Reveals One Last
wrestling legend, and star of the cult horror classic
movie by John Carpenter "They Live", Roddy
Piper announced on his Twitter that he expects to
wrestle one last match. A fan asked Piper about the
possibility of having a final match and Piper responded,
via the social networking site, "I have not been
asked to be in Royal Rumble. I tell u a secret, promise
to keep it? I am going to do 1 more balls to wall
The Giant (the late) - set to appear in an online
slot game at Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment - PartyCasino.
The game was developed by North Sydney based NextGen
Gaming. You can trust the Media Man and Wrestling
News Media network to keep following up the story.
producing "Legends House"...
continues to develope a slew of new content for the
launch of their upcoming 24/7 channel, WWE Network.
"Legends House" is set to be a part of the
launch as a reality series focusing on WWE legends
living together in the a house. WWE has promoted the
show and the new network via WWE RAW on the USA Network.
concept of the show is expected to be similar to traditional
reality set-up like MTV's "Real World" and
CBS's "Big Brother", yet with larger-than-life
personalities of WWE peformers it will be must-see
TV for any wrestling fan, as well as for fans of the
reality TV genre.
legendary stars have been confirmed for the series
yet, but there's plenty of speculation.
The very controversial and foul mouthed Iron Sheik
is rumored to a part of the cast. On social media
many fans have chatted about what legends they would
want to see on "Legends House." Hacksaw
Jim Duggan, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart, and Dusty Rhodes
were among some of the names being tossed around between
fans on Twitter and Facebook. We're hoping Jake "The
Snake" Roberts, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka,
Sgt Slaughter, Billy "Superstar" Graham,
Don "Magnificent" Muraco, Paul "Mr
Wonderful" Orndorff, "Cowboy" Bob Orton,
and Dusty "The American" Dream also get
serious consideration. A similar pitch was made to
Media Man three years ago, however at the time a number
of financial related aspects slowed concept to reality.
This time around the project looks to be moving full
speed ahead and the Media Man agency will be offering
strong media coverage should the project keep moving
forward. For the record, we think its going to cross
the finish line and put a nice little pay cheque in
a few people's pockets. Let's hope the legends are
looked after fairly for all their blood, sweat and
tears they put out over the years.
ONeal Close to WWE WrestleMania Deal?; Latest
on Brock Lesnars Return...
to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Shaquille "Shaq"
ONeal has reportedly been closing in on his
WWE WrestleMania deal, and he may have already agreed
to business terms.
creative has been told to start thinking about weaving
ONeal into storylines - likely for a match with
The Big Show (Paul Wight).
to its John Cena vs. The Rock main-event, WrestleMania
28 is a strong contender to set the all-time buyrate
record, and WWE is striving to do everything it can
to push the interest and buy rates to the moon. Adding
Shaquille ONeal into the equation, especially
with Shaq should help further the events must
see statue as WWEs biggest WrestleMania of all-time.
a Brock Lesnar return, no one has been provided any
reason to expect it will happen at this years
WrestleMania, but it might just happen. WWE top brass
Vince McMahon reportedly told at least one creative
staff member that it is not a foregone conclusion
a Lesnar return would include the return of Paul Heyman
as his manager.
returned WWE Superstar, Chris Jericho, for what its
worth, has been having little verbal jabs at Lesnar,
so we will have to see if that develops into something
any event, this years WrestleMania should be awesome.
recent updates on pro wrestling keep checking the
Wrestling News Media www.wrestlingnewsmedia.com web
blog along with the website of our friends over at
Box Office News: Tom Cruise leads US box office for
Cruise's Mission: Impossible movie held on to the
top of box office charts over New Year's weekend as
Hollywood said see ya to a slow-ish year at movie
2011 ended, US and Canadian revenue dipped from last
year and attendance slumped to its lowest level since
industry commentators including the Media Man agency
put the low numbers down to the struggling economy,
with many movie fans staying at home watching commercial
or pay TV, and getting the occasional DVD new release
to satisfy their new release fix. Movie lovers also
satisfied their entertainment desires with internet
use and a range of handheld devices.
year's final weekend saw top movies add to ticket
sales from the Christmas holiday one week earlier
but no change in the top three chart positions.
Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise
films took the second and third positions behind Cruise's
Friday through to Monday, Mission: Impossible - Ghost
Protocol netted in an estimated $US38.3 million at
US and Canadian theatres, distributor Paramount Pictures
movie that features the 49-year-old Cruise as special
agent Ethan Hunt hanging off the world's tallest building
has grossed $US366.5 million globally.
that, $US225.3 million has come from international
markets, affirming Cruise's place as a solid performer
for global audiences and cementing a strong year for
along by the third Transformers film, Paramount's
movies grossed nearly $US5.2 billion worldwide, the
studio said. The total included nearly $US2 billion
at U.S theatres and a record $US3.2 billion internationally.
new movies were released nationwide over the weekend.
second place, detective sequel Sherlock Holmes: A
Game of Shadows grossed $US26.5 million over four
days. Third place belonged to family film Alvin and
the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which pulled in $US21
out the top five, Steven Spielberg's family film War
Horse galloped into fourth with $US19.2 million, and
thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo pulled in
The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep in a critically
praised performance as former British prime minister
Margaret Thatcher, opened strong with $US280,409 from
just four theatres. That's a massive per-screen average
of $US70,102, nearly three times higher than the next-closest
ticket sales for all films rose 10 per cent from the
same weekend a year ago, but the strong finish could
not lift yearly revenues in line with 2010.
revenue for 2011 fell 3.4 per cent to $US10.2 billion,
the second-straight yearly decline, according to estimates
from Hollywood.com. More troubling for studios and
theatre chains is that attendance dropped 4.2 per
cent to 1.3 billion, the lowest pace since 1995.
typically peg low turnout on unappealing movies, but
this year studio executives and industry experts have
said other factors may be dampening sales. They cite
the weak economy and competition from mobile devices,
social networking, video games and a range of other
year also was measured against early 2010 results
from Avatar, the top-grossing movie of all time with
$US760 million at U.S and $US2 billion at international
confluence of factors contributed to the downturn,"
said Paul Dergarabedian of box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
coming year, with a large slate of promising titles,
"will be a very pivotal year. It will tell us,
is it really just the product, or is something bigger
going on," he said.
the year ended on a positive theme. The final week
of the 2011 ranked as the year's second highest with
domestic sales of more than $US350 million, said Chris
Aronson, senior vice-president for domestic distribution
at 20th Century Fox.
not all doom and gloom," he said. "We just
had a sensational week of movie-going."
also note global ticket sales remain healthy with
several of 2011's biggest titles seeing the bulk of
sales from international markets, much like Mission:
forward, Hollywood aka Tinsel Town is counting on
a packed line-up of big-budget action movies and sequels
to bring crowds back in 2012.
offering will include Batman sequel The Dark Knight
Rises, superhero flick The Avengers, young-adult book
adaptation The Hunger Games and the first of two Hobbit
News Media: WWE, Kevin Nash, Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan,
Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Andre The Giant, Steve Austin,
The Rock, John Cena, UFC - 7th November 2011
Nash aka 'Diesel' returns to WWE Raw on Monday's episode
from the United Kingdon. Nash is scheduled to resume
his feud with an "injured" Triple H as part
of the build-up to an expected singles match in the
near future. Plus, more build-up for The Rock &
John Cena teaming up at Survivor Series. Nash continues
to run his official website, sporting gaming in the
mix, but his site could do with a major update, not
that ours is perfect either. Great to see Nash become
relevant again and Triple H should bring out the best
in him, but don't expect a Shawn Michaels 5 star classic.
TV Network News Update...
WWE's quarterly conference call with investors this
past Thursday, WWE CEO Vince McMahon had some harsh
words about talk show host Oprah's cable TV network
and contrasted the Oprah model with WWE Network plans,
which McMahon was very optimistic about during the
would say I suppose the one of the notorious ones
(branded TV Network models) would be the Oprah Network,
which is a miserable failure on all accounts because
you have a brand like Oprah and it does take a genius
to figure out that, 'Okay, why dont we have
Oprah do what she does best in our very own network,'
and that's the one thing that doesn't happen,"
McMahon said. "So, in terms of the introduction
of a network theory, you're saying, 'Okay, let's take
Oprah, but lets dont use, lets not
whatever we do, we dont use her and what she
does best. Lets just try and take an Oprah name
and try and brand that in a big round about way,'
which obviously from a common sense standpoint, it
doesn't make sense... We know what our WWE attributes
are. So, we have the opportunity to enhance all of
that and bring further viewers, lapse viewers, and
as well as current viewers and new viewers from a
younger age set of two to 11 into the network, which
will be extraordinary, because we are giving the audience
what they want, not what they don't want."
Foley WWE Return...
Foley returned to WWE at Wednesday's Raw house show
in Dublin, Ireland, which started WWE's bi-annual
European Tour. Foley, who has hinted at a WWE return
for several weeks, is in the U.K. for his own promotional
Piper campaigning for Piper's Pit with Rock &
Hall of Famer Roddy Piper has taken to Twitter to
campaign for a Piper's Pit segment with The Rock and
John Cena prior to their tag team match at Survivor
THE WWE DOESN'T PUT THE ROCK, CENA, PIPER IN PIPER'S
PIT THEY ARE CHEATING EVERY FAN IN THE WWE UNIVERSE.
THINK THERE AFRAID? i'M NOT," Piper tweeted Friday.
"SPAM THE WWE FOR PIPERS PIT WITH CENA AND ROCK.
I PROMISE, IT WILL BE EPIC."
Ric Flair staying put in TNA; Interesting in more
the meantime Flair will be staying in Impact Wrestling
(formally known as TNA). Flair continues to endorse
Carolina's Education Lottery, and is keen to see a
Ric Flair online slot game become a reality, following
in the footsteps of Hulk Hogan and the late Andre
The Giant, both expected to have their slots online
in a number of months.
28 press release; Rock vs. Cena...
Conn., November 2, 2011 WWE® announced today
that tickets for its annual pop culture extravaganza,
WrestleMania XXVIII, will go on sale this Saturday,
November 5 at 10 AM ET. WrestleMania XXVIII will take
place Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Sun Life Stadium
in Miami, FL. The event will be headlined by the highly
anticipated main event featuring the most electrifying
man in all of entertainment, The Rock® against
WWE Superstar John Cena®.
prices range from $25-$850. There will also be a limited
number of Gold Circle VIP Packages available
for $1,500. The Gold Circle packages include seating
in the first four rows ringside, an exclusive Gold
Circle VIP Stadium Entrance, a collectible WrestleMania
XXVIII ticket holder and the commemorative WrestleMania
XXVIII take-home folding chair. Tickets can be purchased
through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com
or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject
to service charges and facility fees.
year, a capacity crowd of 71,617 fans from all 50
states and 30 countries attended WrestleMania XXVII
at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. WrestleMania is
more than just a one day event, its a week long
celebration, as WWE will be taking over the greater
Miami area during WrestleMania Week. In addition to
WrestleMania XXVIII, other activities will include:
WrestleMania Axxess WWEs four day interactive
fan festival; WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals;
WrestleMania Pro-Am Golf Tournament and the 2012 WWE
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Additional information
on these events will be announced in the future at
Sylvester Stallone speaks to Entertainment Tonight
about his Steve Austin injury during 'The Expendables'...
Tonight's Nancy O'Dell (one-time WWE Raw guest host)
caught up with Sylvester Stallone on-set at his new
movie, "Bullet to the Head," to discuss
the film's progression before an April 2012 scheduled
release date. Stallone noted he's still feeling the
effects of neck surgery that was required after he
suffered an injury at the hands of "Stone Cold"
Steve Austin shooting "The Expendables"
last year. Austin was required to tackle Stallone,
who accidentally landed on a pile of bricks. Stallone
said, "It's never really the same. "You're
just able to function a little bit better."
Hogan and Diamond Dallas Page starring in new movie...
Hogan and Diamond Dallas Page are scheduled to be
featured in an upcoming movie, "Black River,"
that is currently in production. According to a synopsis
released by filmmakers Corn Bred films, the movie
centers around several murders, a local town secret,
and a father who lost his son and whose life "rapidly
deteriorates into a storm of violence, murder, and
small town intrigue."
UFC 138 Gets Fox Sports...
more than a devade of working his arse off and telling
anyone who would listen that mixed martial arts would
one day surpass soccer as the worlds most popular
sport, UFC president Dana White has finally gotten
to the super big time in the sports media world.
UFC, the major league of MMA, will debut on network
television on Saturday when Fox Sports airs the heavyweight
title bout between champion Cain Velasquez and No.
1 contender Junior dos Santos live at 9 p.m. ET/6
p.m. PT from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
seven-year deal between the UFC and Fox, which runs
through 2018, is an affirmation of the brilliant work
done in the last decade by White and UFC co-founders
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta (casino, gaming and entertainment
entrepreneurs from Station Casinos) in building a
sport from the ground up.
Velasquez-dos Santos match up is an interesting clash
of styles, pitting Velasquezs top line wrestling
and awesome conditioning against dos Santos
terrific boxing and underrated jiu jitsu.
match up would have been a huge pay-per-view main
eventer, but when he finally landed the network deal,
White didn't hesitated to offer it as the first Fox
main event. The show will essentially serve as a one-hour
promo for the UFC, and there could be no better way
to showcase the sport at its best than by putting
the two top fighters in the sports marquee division
on network television in front of the largest possible
is a throwback to the old days of boxing, White
said. We are putting a big fight a huge
fight on free TV to expose this thing to a
new audience. Our goal has always been to bring big
fights back to network television. We are thinking
long-term for the future of this sport. It is an investment
in the future of the UFC. Fans that have never seen
the UFC before will see this show, and thats
why we decided to put Cain and Junior in this position.
know for a fact this is going to be an awesome fight.
I know it is going to be great. Thats why it
was these two [fighters] in this position. I have
no worries at all this is going to be a great fight.
its popularity has grown, the UFC has added a vast
array of businesses. There is now a UFC video game,
a UFC magazine and UFC-branded gyms. There are DVDs,
trading cards, action figures, fan festivals and tons
turnaround that White and the Fertittas engineered
with the UFC, which they bought for $2 million in
Jan. 2001, is every bit as impressive as what Vince
McMahon did with the old WWWE -Titan Sports, bringing
it to WrestleMania and sports entertainment level.
and the Fertitta brothers engineered a similar turnaround
with the UFC. Less than five years into their ownership,
they were $44 million in debt and on the verge of
selling the company.
though, believed deeply in the sport and in putting
on the best, most evenly matched fights he could.
Then, he encouraged his fighters to compete in a fan-friendly
style, awarding cash bonuses for Fight of the Night,
Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night.
In addition, White often pays fighters locker-room
bonuses, which are above and beyond what fighters
are contracted to earn, if he likes their matches.
Those bonuses have gone in excess of $1 million at
the best fights he could and rewarding the fighters
who delivered entertaining bouts are key reasons for
the UFCs skyrocketing popularity and is largely
what made the Fox deal possible.
UFC flourished on cable. Its deal with Spike saved
the company and helped it to get to the point where
every major broadcast network had some degree of interest.
still got a long way to go however. UFC fighters arent
nearly as well known as stars in other sports or sports
entertainment. No UFC fighter is close to WWE's The
Rock, John Cena, Steve Austin or Impact Wrestling's
is banking on the Fox deal to help bring the UFC into
the mainstream. Lightweight contender Joe Lauzon,
who fought on The Ultimate Fighter reality
show on Spike, is convinced Fox will propel the sport
to the next level.
is just the beginning, Lauzon said. The
UFC took a huge jump when they got on TV with The
Ultimate Fighter, [though] no one really understood
how big of a deal it was until after the fact. Look
how far the UFC has come with just Spike, basically.
that they have Fox, and its going to take another
tremendous jump. I think that Lorenzo Fertitta was
saying its a commercial for the UFC. Theyre
going to use these Fox shows to get attention and
funnel people into the pay-per-view.
to this deal, Velasquez would be preparing to defend
his belt on pay-per-view. But White, 42, grew up in
an era when there was still plenty of live boxing
on television. He religiously watched fights on the
weekends on ABCs Wide World of Sports
and during the week on USA Networks Tuesday
biggest stars in the sport competed in those fights.
But when pay-per-view came along, boxing promoters
took their stars off network television and put them
on PPV, where they were fighting in front of a significantly
never forgot that, and when he took over the UFC,
he vowed that he would honor the Wide World
of Sports tradition and put big fights on free
television when he got the opportunity.
are few bigger bouts than a heavyweight championship
match. Velasquez, who defeated former WWE megastar
Brock Lesnar 13 months ago to win the belt, is an
unlikely star in many ways.
two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, he
is soft-spoken and polite and not the kind of person
to draw attention to himself. But hes a fierce
fighter who has become a fan favorite because of his
aggressive, entertaining style.
was on the set of Foxs NFL pre-game show and
has made dozens of appearances as hes prepared
to face dos Santos. Seeing the growth of the sport
up-close has been mind-boggling to him.
saw it growing because its a very fun sport
to watch, and it appeals to a young audience,
Velasquez said. I never saw this, though. This
is well beyond what I thought would ever be possible.
its only going to get bigger. The Fox contract
will expose the sport to many who havent given
it a chance and will help White cultivate an entirely
new segment of fans.
UFC may never become bigger worldwide than soccer,
as White predicts, but thats hardly a problem.
combination of a network TV deal and Whites
firm commitment to putting first-rate fights consistently
on Fox will guarantee that the UFCs growth spurt
is nowhere close to being finished.
no mistake, UFC is right up their with WWE and most
say its already far surpassed professional boxing
(while taking away legions of fans from the sweet
and his UFC are on top of the world, right next to
WWE's Vince McMahon, who he has deep respect for.
Casino Braces For TV Week Logies; Katy Perry On Despite
Lawsuit, by Greg Tingle - 29th April 2011
night of nights - the TV Week Logie Awards are to
hit James Packer's Crown Casino - The Palladium to
be exact, and security is to be on high alert as Katy
Perry is to perform despite a lawsuit against ACP
Magazines for story she says is not true. And, security
and Crown Casino powers that be have banned mobile
devices in response to last years Twitter-Gate, where
one writer was fired for inappropriate Tweets. Will
plastic handcuffs be required and will any footballer
players or guest run a muck? Media
Man with the calm before the storm that is forecast
to hit the TV Week Logies at James Packer's most famous
Casino Expects Huge TV Week Logies Night; Show Must
Go On Despite Katy Perry Lawsuit...
Packer, Australian gambling and media king loves this
event - certainly the positives it brings his world
famous Crown Casino in Melbourne - home of the original
real life and TV Underbelly (in with a slight chance
of a Logie we hear).
the 1st of May Australia and the world will know who
the Logies winners will be, and there's going to be
plenty of news and gossip stemming from the prestigious
Teenage Dream'... call her what you will (but we are
not sure on the Russell Brand statue these days before
you ask us) has her scheduled performance confirmed
at the Logies On Sunday evening. Not even her lawsuit
against ACP Magazines...publishers of TV Week is going
to slow down this runaway train.
who arrived in about 56 hours ago in Melbourne for
her down under tour, has fired off a lawsuit to ACP's
women's gossip mag NW claiming it falsely reported
that Perry married for six months to Russell Brand
(star of Arthur and all round bloody funny chap)...
has been having an affair with record producer Benny
Blanco. It's implied it was more than a fling.
writ, lodged in the Victoria Supreme Court against
ACP Magazines, said: "By reason of the publication
of the article, the plaintiff (Perry) has been gravely
injured in her reputation and feelings (and) has suffered
distress, embarrassment and humiliation."
suit, lodged on Wednesday, has put a shadow over the
Logies Awards since ACP - the main partner of the
event - is reportedly remunerating Perry in the region
of $300,000 to perform on the big night.
publishing firm may even have to more if Perry's suit
is successful. Her label EMI Music yesterday confirmed
the pop singer was still due to perform.
spokesman Peter Holder said: "ACP or Nine Entertainment
Co have not been served with any court documents as
yet and have no comment to make."
understood NW executive editor Corrine Barraclough
flew to Melbourne yesterday to consult with lawyers.
FOXTEL Stars To Invade Logies; Tipped To Win Big...
TO SHOWCASE ITS BIGGEST EVER LINEUP OF STARS AT THE
2011 TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS
FOXTEL stars will light up the stage and red carpet
at the 2011 TV Week Logie Awards, to be held at the
Crown Palladium in Melbourne this weekend. The cast
of the much-anticipated Tim Wintons cloudstreet
(showcase) will be in attendance, including Stephen
Curry also presenting an award on the night
Todd Lasance, Essie Davis, Geoff Morrell and
Huge Johnstone-Burt. cloudstreet will premiere on
Sunday, May 22. Justine Clarke, Silver Logie nominated
actress and star of Tangle (showcase) will also attend
TVs night-of-nights, as she prepares to commence
production on the third season of the hit drama series
in Melbourne. Host and Executive Producer of Australias
Next Top Model (FOX8), Sarah Murdoch, will present
an award at the ceremony and will be joined on the
red carpet by Australias Next Top Model judge,
Charlotte Dawson, as production commences on Series
7 of FOXTELs most-watched series. Gorgeous model
Tahnee Atkinson, winner of Series 5 of Australias
Next Top Model returns to the Logies stage for the
second year in a row to present the winners with their
Awards. Megan Gale, the new host of Project Runway
Australia (Arena), will grace the red carpet in a
custom-made gown by Project Runway mentor and red
carpet divo Alex Perry. The fashion reality series
recently wrapped production in Melbourne and will
premiere on FOXTELs Arena channel in July. Megan
will also take the stage to present an award on the
night. Nominated for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage,
FOXTELs own Matt Shirvington, Tiffany Cherry
and James Bracey will represent the team from FOXTELs
coverage of the XIX Delhi Commonwealth Games and will
be joined by superstar athletes Geoff Huegill and
Liesel Jones. In 2011, one of the most tumultuous
years in political history, SKY NEWS has received
a nomination for its coverage of Election 2010 in
the Most Outstanding News Coverage category
and representing Australias News Channel will
be Political Editor, David Speers, Senior Political
Reporter, Kieran Gilbert and Political Reporter Ashleigh
Gillon. One of the biggest ratings hits of 2010, Grand
Designs Australia (The LifeStyle Channel), has received
a nomination in the viewer voted Most Popular Lifestyle
category. Host Peter Maddison will attend the 52nd
annual Awards, alongside LifeStyle stable mate Sarah
Wilson. For the second year in a row, the hosts of
Nickelodeons Camp Orange: Castle Mountain, Luke
Joseph Ryan and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd will rock the red
carpet in celebration of their nomination for Most
Outstanding Childrens Program. Three of the
most photographed and beautiful woman on Australian
TV host of Cricket Superstar (FOX8) Lee Furlong,
host of Dating in the Dark (FOX8) Laura Dundovic and
MTVs Erin McNaught will add some glamour
to the red carpet. From the new Movie Extra series
Small Time Gangster, lead star Steve Le Marquand and
Sacha Horler are also on the guest list this Sunday
night. Rounding out the guest list are the stars of
FOX8s hot new reality series WAG Nation, who
are leaving their ball-playing men at home for a night
of glitz and glamour. Shoe designer Terry Biviano,
fiancée of NRL Sydney Roosters player Anthony
Minichiello; event planner Lynette Bolton, wife of
AFL Sydney Swans player Jude Bolton; fashion boutique
owner Jackie Spong, fiancée of AFL Carlton
Blues player Jarrad Waite; promotions manager Jana
Peterson, long-term girlfriend of NRL Cronulla Sharks
player John Williams; and flight attendant Chantelle
Raleigh, girlfriend of NBL Gold Coast Blaze player
Adam Gibson will all attend the Logies.
Week 2011 Logie Awards...
the nominations are:
WEEK GOLD LOGIE Most Popular Personality on
Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks, ABC1)
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Chrissie Swan (The Circle, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Karl Stefanovic (Today, Nine Network)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Popular Actor
Callan Mulvey (Rush, Network Ten)
Don Hany (Offspring, Network Ten / Tangle, Foxtel
Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Michael Caton (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Popular Actress
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Margot Robbie (Neighbours, Network Ten)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Zoe Ventoura (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Popular Presenter
Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks, ABC1)
Chrissie Swan (The Circle, Network Ten)
Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy 'Specials', Network
Karl Stefanovic (Today, Nine Network)
Shaun Micallef (Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, Network
POPULAR NEW MALE TALENT
Charles Cottier (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Eddie Perfect (Offspring, Network Ten)
Firass Dirani (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Manu Feildel (My Kitchen Rules, Channel Seven)
Ryan Corr (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
POPULAR NEW FEMALE TALENT
Chrissie Swan (The Circle, Network Ten)
Emma Booth (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Hannah Marshall (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Julie Goodwin (Home Cooked! With Julie Goodwin, Nine
Poh Ling Yeow (Poh's Kitchen, ABC1)
POPULAR DRAMA SERIES
Home And Away (Channel Seven)
Neighbours (Network Ten)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Rush (Network Ten)
Underbelly: The Golden Mile (Nine Network)
POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Good News Week (Network Ten)
Hey Hey It's Saturday (Nine Network)
Sunrise (Channel Seven)
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (Network Ten)
The Circle (Network Ten)
POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)
Domestic Blitz (Nine Network)
Getaway (Nine Network)
Grand Designs Australia (Foxtel [The Lifestyle Channel])
Ready Steady Cook (Network Ten)
POPULAR SPORTS PROGRAM
Before The Game (Network Ten)
The Footy Show (AFL) (Nine Network)
The Footy Show (NRL) (Nine Network)
The Matty Johns Show (Channel Seven)
Wide World Of Sports (Nine Network)
POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
Dancing With The Stars (Channel Seven)
MasterChef Australia (Network Ten)
The Biggest Loser Australia (Network Ten)
The Farmer Wants A Wife (Nine Network)
The X Factor (Channel Seven)
POPULAR FACTUAL PROGRAM
Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Bondi Vet (Network Ten)
RPA (Nine Network)
Undercover Boss Australia (Network Ten)
Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS)
WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Outstanding Drama Series,
Miniseries or Telemovie
Hawke (Network Ten)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Rush (Network Ten)
Sisters Of War (ABC1)
Underbelly: The Golden Mile (Nine Network)
WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Outstanding Actor
Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Jason Gann (Wilfred, SBS)
Richard Roxburgh (Hawke, Network Ten)
Richard Roxburgh (Rake, ABC1)
WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Outstanding Actress
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Catherine McClements (Rush, Network Ten)
Claire van der Boom (Sisters Of War, ABC1)
Justine Clarke (Tangle, Foxtel [Showcase])
Kat Stewart (Offspring, Network Ten)
KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW TALENT
Emma Booth (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Firass Dirani (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Richard Davies (Offspring, Network Ten)
Ryan Corr (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Sarah Snook (Sisters Of War, ABC1)
OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
"Brothers In Arms" (Sunday Night, Channel
"Hey Dad..! Scandal" (A Current Affair,
"Iraq's Deadly Legacy" (Dateline, SBS)
"Smugglers' Paradise" (Four Corners, ABC1)
"The Condemned" (Dateline, SBS)
OUTSTANDING LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Hamish & Andy's Caravan of Courage: Great Britain
& Ireland (Network Ten)
Luke Nguyen's Vietnam (SBS)
Spicks And Specks (ABC1)
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (Network Ten)
Yes We Canberra! (ABC1)
OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE
2010 AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
2010 Melbourne Cup (Channel Seven)
Rugby League - 2010 State Of Origin - Game One (Nine
The Ashes 2010 First Test - Day One at the Gabba (Nine
XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (Foxtel)
OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Camp Orange: Castle Mountain (Foxtel [Nickelodeon])
Dance Academy (ABC3)
Dead Gorgeous (ABC3)
Hi-5 (Nine Network)
Prank Patrol (ABC3)
OUTSTANDING FACTUAL PROGRAM
Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Miracle in the Storm (ABC1)
RPA (Nine Network)
Such Is Life: The Troubled Times Of Ben Cousins (Channel
Trishna & Krishna: The Quest For Separate Lives
Shane Bourne To Host Logie Awards...
actor Shane Bourne will host the 2011 Logie Awards.
In a statement announcing who would be the host, TV
Week said Bourne "promises to deliver what he
does best" at the 53rd Annual Logie Awards on
May 1 at Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex.
"I am genuinely thrilled to be involved in TV's
night of nights," Bourne said. "It's an
honour to be following in the footsteps of such television
luminaries as Bert Newton et al - and the timing couldn't
be better. "I've always enjoyed myself immensely
at the Logies, and since the chances of a nomination
coming my way this year look pretty slim, I figure
it's not a bad way of making sure I score an invitation."
Bourne currently stars in the Seven Network drama
series City Homicide, but is also known for his comedic
roles. Most recently, he hosted the popular show Thank
God You're Here and was a regular on Hey Hey It's
Saturday for many years. Thank God You're Here won
a Silver Logie for most outstanding comedy in 2007.
Bourne was also nominated for the most outstanding
actor Logie in 2003 for his leading role in medical
drama MDA. This year's Logie nominees will be revealed
on April 3. Critics are at the read to praise or pan
Bourne. Will Twitter-Gate strike again at Crown Casino.
Crown Casino Gorilla's Will Have Plastic Handcuffs;
Last Resort To To Use On Patrons Or Special Guests...
confirmed that Crown Casino security will have plastic
handcuffs (and other measures) at the ready for patrons
or special guests who get out of hand. We are not
certain if someone attempting a Tweet on a mobile
device falls into that category, but punters, don't
tell us we didn't warn you. Spin or tap your thingo
to win or lose. Enjoy the Logies and don't do anything
we wouldn't do. Good luck to all.
writer owns shares in Crown Limited
And Hollywood Gambling TV Movie News, by Greg Tingle
- 10th April 2011
Kerry Packer and Ita Buttrose In New Cleo TV Show...
and media fans. You won't have to wait much longer.
The late Kerry Packer (played by actor Rob Carlton)
will be returning to Australian TV screens (and internet).
Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, promises to be a
quality production that will also show some of the
more intimate details of the relationship between
the late Packer and Ita, as well as show us a bit
of our mate, Jack Thompson (in a Cleo spread no less).
Jack is understood to be pleased with the choice of
model just quietly. Yeah, we're going to get some
nudity boys and girls. The telemovie stars Asher Keddie
as Ita Buttrose and will tell the story of the magazines'
rise in the Australian media circa 1970s. The viewer
will also get some solid insight into the lives of
Packer and Buttrose. What do our friends at the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation have to say about it? "In
early 1972, 30 year old journalist and editor, Ita
Buttrose (Asher Keddie) and 35 year old Kerry Packer
(Rob Carlton), heir to what was then Australia's most
ruthlessly powerful and influential publishing family,
got together to create a magazine that became one
of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing
history. CLEO went on to help define women, Australia
and the relationship between the two." Buttrose,
who first cemented her place as the magazine's editor,
was a consultant on the production. "If there
was a supposed affair it didn't happen in this timeframe.
I have no idea if there was, we didn't raise it with
her," said producer John Edwards. A 2007 feature
article by The Sydney Morning Herald revealed on Packer
- Buttrose: "He soon proposed marriage and, despite
rumours to the contrary, she accepted him. But she
was less committed to the idea of marriage than he
was. She already had one failed marriage behind her,"
we were told. That marriage to Alasdair Macdonald
produced Buttrose's two children, Ben and Kate. "After
Ita accepted Kerry's proposal, Kerry told his wife
Ros, who knew about the affair anyway. She threatened
to take half his wealth and deny him custody of his
children, Gretel and James. Kerry found himself weighing
up the loss of half of his riches and the loss of
his children and finally had a change of heart. He
didn't want to lose either." Actor Carlton says
he approached the role of Packer with "an equal
dose of terror and exhilaration. Like most encounters
with Kerry Packer, I'm told". The two-part telemovie
will go to air at 8.30pm, Sunday 17 April (and) the
same time on Monday, 18 April, on ABC1. News media
is speculating is the son of the late KP, James Packer,
may get any positive spin offs or PR's from the telemovie
which is being touted to be the talk of 'Sin City'
Sydney, and perhaps even across Australia, such is
the interest in Packer and Buttrose. Buttrose is managed
by the Harry M. Miller Group, and Packer is well...
not easy to get in touch with, but the right approach
to Crown Casino directly can sometimes work wonders.
No, please don't ask us for more information on how
to, and no, we don't manage them either, but offer
online profiles on the two for folks who are interested.
From the leaks we've got on Paper-Cuts so far; 4 out
of 5 stars. "It's 1972. Skirts are up, pants
are down". Spin to win with Cleo, the telemovie,
not the slot!
Empire On Australia's Foxtel ...
the night if you have pay tv service Foxtel. The much
hyped Boardwalk Empire continues it's dream run on
Australian screens. We're 3 episodes in now and the
storyline is awesome. We hear that tonight a fella...
a bad guy arrives in hospital, giving a shit load
of problems for corrupt Atlantic City treasurer Nucky
Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Thompson's bro Eli, the
city sheriff (Shea Whigham), to make sure the witness
dies in hospital. Michael K. Williams (The Wire's
Omar) plays Chalky White, a black leader. It's a bit
like a Yankee version of Underbelly, but most critics
say the acting and production is much better than
the Aussie equivalent. No offence Firass Dirani or
John "Vulcan" Seru. Just saying.
flick stars John Travolta as the leader of the legendary
and notorious Gambino crime family is: "Gotti:
Three Generations." Film spokesman Steve Honig
confirmed the title Saturday and says the biopic about
"Dapper Don" John Gotti will be shot on
a budget of roughly $75 million this year. Honig says
details would be released April 12 at a news conference
in New York, where the project will be filmed. An
insider spoke on condition of anonymity. It will be
produced by Marc Fiore and directed by Nick Cassavetes.
The infamous mob leader died in prison in 2002. His
son, 47-year-old John "Junior" Gotti, sold
film rights to Fiore last year for an undisclosed
Stallone Movie And Casino Industry Hotshot To Do Rambo
legend Stallone reckons he has what it takes for men's
fashion. The 64-year-old actor is working on his own
clothing line, inspired by his two iconic characters
in "Rambo" and "Rocky,". The collection,
set to debut in 2012, will fall under his new men's
lifestyle brand Sly Inc. and will feature "looks
for the rebel and the gentleman." "I thought
the time is now," Stallone said. "I've lived
a life where I know what has worked and what hasn't
worked. Clothing is the first step to building a character."
According to Sly Inc. president Michael Henry, the
collection, to be sold in mid-tier department stores
like Macy's, will first debut with jeans, shirts,
outerwear and watches, and will then follow by eyewear,
fragrance, shoes and grooming products. Stallone,
who recently starred in "The Expendables"
with Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Steve Austin,
said the idea to start his own line came up when he
lost 45 pounds between "Rambo 2" and "Rambo
3." "Nothing fit so I started buying custom
clothing," he said."I found out I really
like this world." He added, "I pay a great
deal of attention to the way I dress. When men learn
to put things together, they start taking care of
themselves better." I hope that what worked for
me will work for others," he said. "I really
believe I have an understanding of the male psyche
on all levels. I want to expose people to things that
will work and this is the apropos time. I'm not experienced
in this field, but we have the proper team to move
this vision along."
Dogg Does 'Sin City' Sydney's Star City; Official
only is SNOOP DOGG a living legend in hip-hop, he
is also one of the greatest rappers and pop culture
icons of our time. In a musical career spanning over
two decades, Snoop has amassed an impressive discography
consisting of ten solo albums and has sold tens of
millions of albums worldwide. He has scored acting
roles in over 40 movies, featured in his own reality
show and has endorsed numerous pop culture brands.
Its his natural appeal to both the hood and
Hollywood that has allowed Snoop to stay tremendously
relevant through the years. Since bursting into our
consciousness alongside famed producer Dr. Dre on
the 1992 classic The Chronic, Snoop has
remained a constant force in hip-hop and a household
name around the world. With 18 Top 20 singles in Australia,
including 3 number ones, NELLY is a Grammy Award winning
artist that has been topping the charts for over 10
years. With a genre-defying discography, its easy
to see why Billboard Magazine recognized Nelly as
the #3 artist of the decade (2000-2009). Hailing from
St. Louis, Nelly first burst onto the scene with the
massive worldwide hit Country Grammar,
and continued to consistently return to the charts
with hit after hit including Hot in Herre,
Dilemma and Over & Over.
Nelly became a rapper capable of crossing practically
all boundaries from the Dirty South to MTV and everything
in between. With 21 million album sales under his
belt, Nelly is also a successful actor and entrepreneur,
owning two clothing lines, Apple Bottoms and Vokal,
plus the energy drink Pimp Juice. Nellys latest
album 5.0 is out now featuring the hit
single Just A Dream which peaked at #3
on the Aria Charts. *Snoop Dogg has also appeared
in various film and TV shows such as Scrubs, Old School,
Bigg Snoop Dogg: Raw 'N Uncut Vol. 1, Snoop Dogg:
Drop It Like It's Hot, "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood",
Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: The Adventures of Tha Blue
Carpet Treatment, Snoop Dogg: On the Record with Fuse,
Snoop Dogg: On the Record with Fuse - The Lost Tapes,
Doggy Dogg: Smokefest 1996 Tour Video, Hood of Horror,
Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, Gang of Horror, Bigg
Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tour, Youth Authority:
California and Snoopadelic Films Presents: Welcome
to tha House - The Doggumentary DVD.
Pacific Mega Gambling News Update, by Greg Tingle
- 9th April 2011
NSW War Pokie Laws...
poker machine restrictions proposed by Tasmanian independent
Andrew Wilkie will "annihilate" pubs and
clubs in the Hunter, leaving hundreds out of work,
ClubsNSW Newcastle councillor Jon Chin says. Clubs
Australia is launching a $20 million advertising campaign
on Monday in an attempt to prevent the introduction
of mandatory pre-commitment technology for all poker
machines. Banjo, a John "Singo" Singleton
company is behind the campaign. Mandatory pre-commitment
requires pokies users to commit to a spending limit
before they begin gambling. Once they reach that limit
they will be unable to gamble again until the following
day or longer, depending on what restrictions the
player sets for themselves. Chin said the cost of
implementing the new technology in the Hunter region
would surpass $100 million. This figure did not include
the 40% in revenue clubs would experience once the
restrictions were imposed, he said. "This means
Hunter clubs will lose another $100 million, making
it impossible for us to sustain our businesses,"
he said. Australian Hotels Association Hunter sub-branch
vice-president Bruce Woods said there was no evidence
to suggest the restrictions would discourage people
from gambling. "This won't help pathological
gamblers at all but it will lead to a loss of jobs,"
he said. "We support the clubs' campaign against
this, it will affect pubs just as much as clubs".
Gaming Strong Growth In Asia...
gaming industry has grown into a $US3 billion business
that provides a good standard of living to migrant
workers in Asia who play games all day and sometimes,
all night! Virtual currency is all the rage, it sometimes
gets sold to punters abroad for cash. A World Bank
study demonstrates an emerging industry in which firms
seeking to boost their brands' popularity pay low-skilled
workers overseas to become their Facebook fans or
Twitter followers. The study, Knowledge Map of the
Virtual Economy, is the World Bank's first in-depth
look at the impact of online gaming and social media
in the developing world. Vili Lehdonvirta, a co-author
of the report, advised that the bank should not pour
its money into the industry, because he said the deal
making violated some of the game publishers' terms
of service and was cheating. Known in the business
as "gold farming", the game-playing boomed
in the early 2000s with games like World of Warcraft
and has evolved considerably. Labourers in Asia spend
numerous hours each day advancing through levels of
an online game, picking up gold, swords and gems that
enhance a game player's status. Then gaming studios,
which employ the players, sell those virtual goods
to online retailers. Next step, the retailers sell
on those goods to more than 120 million players globally,
many of them in Europe and North America, who don't
want to play the games day and night to gather their
own. The bank's report indicates that online gaming
has a positive impact in Asia because 70% of the industry's
revenue remains in the gaming countries, with most
of that money going to the gaming studios. Compared
with the $US70 billion coffee market...in which only
a tiny fraction of the revenue remains in the bean-growing
countries...the gaming industry had a "much better
development impact", the report states. A report
survey checks out on a group of 26 players and studio
managers that offers a rough, yet rare demographic
look at their lives. Most of the players work out
of studios in China, in Beijing or Changsha, capital
of Hunan province. They earn an average wage of $US2.70
an hour, $US1 more than Beijing's minimum wage for
part-time factory work. "The larger point is
that online gaming is often viewed as exploitation,
Lehdonvirta said. "Certainly it's not a dream
career, but the players are not at sweatshop levels."
The gaming studios keep about 60% of the industry's
$US3 billion in revenue. Readers, would you like to
be a prize gather for the gaming studios on that level
of pay? Better not answer!
Casino Proposal Has Social Concerns For Kiwi, Samoan
these places have land based casinos - Las Vegas,
Monte Carlo, Macau, Melbourne and just maybe soon
- Apia in Samoa. Some business folks have earmarked
it as a future gambling destination, and Kiwi group,
the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, is
advising against it, citing social harms of a casino
will outweigh any economical benefits that the Samoan
government will hope to achieve. In an admission of
the dangers of gambling, the proposed casino in Apia
will attempt to bar locals by only allowing the holders
of foreign passports to gamble. Problem #1... many
locals have duplicate passports, so getting in to
a casino for locals may not be that hard, and don't
even bring up the subject of fake ID. Will the region
get a land based casino? Stay tuned for updates.
Australia War On Gillard Labor Government Re Pokie
Australia has declared "open warfare" on
the Gillard government, preparing a $20 million media
campaign to try to stop laws to limit how much punters
can spend on poker machines. Last year "Tasmanian
Devil" (MM satire) independent MP Andrew Wilkie
backed Labor to form a minority government in return
for a clampdown on the use of poker machines. Now,
the lobby that represents clubs and pubs is wrestling
and punching back, with a media blitz targeting Wilkie
and Prime Minister Julie Gillard. Both Wilkie and
Gillard are in big trouble in the popularity polls,
with Labor set to lose the next federal election,
following their NSW loss, where it was bloody and
crimson mass. Billboards, a website, beer coasters
and more It's war on nationwide. The campaign has
been criticised as misleading for claiming punters
will need a licence to gamble. Clubs Australia executive
director Anthony Ball rejects that. "What we
do know is that everyone who plays a poker machine
will need to register and obtain a card, and then
insert it into a poker machine and set a binding limit.
There needs to be player tracking, because how else
does the machine know what the player is doing? It
will have your private details and your gambling history
on it. Now if that's not a licence, I don't know what
is." Under Wilkie's master plan, gamblers would
have to nominate a dollar figure for how much they
are prepared to lose before they start gambling, a
scheme known as "mandatory pre-commitment".
Wilkie wants the law in place by 2014 and he has the
backing of South Australian independent Senator Nick
'Mr X' (MM satire) Xenophon. Senator Xenophon describes
the Clubs Australia campaign as a "joke".
"This industry is willing to spend $20 million
of tax-break money that they get from community clubs
- effectively taxpayers' monies, indirectly - to peddle
lies in terms of a campaign where they haven't even
seen what the final report will say. Whether it's
$20 million or $200 million, this mob can spend as
much as they like, but they can't spin that they are
causing enormous damage out in the community. There
are 300,000 Australians who either have a severe gambling
problem because of poker machines, or are already
showing the signs of one."
Pokie Laws With Cost 10,000's of Aussie Jobs...
Australia advise the changes will cost jobs. They
want it to be a voluntary scheme and have rejected
a government request to hold off on the ad war. "It
will cost jobs, for the simple reason that asking
Australians to sign on to this licence to gamble will
mean they'll do something else," Mr Ball said.
"They'll go and gamble online where none of these
controls exist, or they they'll go to the TAB - they
won't do it at the club.Even the proponent of this,
Andrew Wilkie, is saying that this will cost up to
40% of revenue."
It's all hot fodder in Aussie Parliament too. Liberal
Steve Ciobo sits on the joint committee on gambling
reform, which has been hearing arguments pro and con
against a mandatory pre-commitment scheme. "The
committee was charged by the Labor party with the
responsibility to look at a roll-out of pre-commitment,"
he said. "But Coalition members will be putting
in a dissenting report because the evidence is clear
that it's going to cost jobs, it's going to cost investment,
and I'm concerned based on the evidence that it will
make problem gambling potentially worse." The
committee is due to report in the next few weeks.
The states and territories have until the end of May
to decide if they will agree to the Wilkie-led reforms.
If they refuse, the Commonwealth believes it has the
power to introduce overriding legislation to impose
a national scheme. The pokie industry has shown the
willingness to wrestle all the way to the next election,
and perhaps even beyond. It's the lovers VS the haters.
Who will win, and when will the final victor emerge.
City Entertainment Group Stocks Fall From Sky...
City Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator,
fell 0.9% to $3.41 amid media reports that overseas
competitors were looking to hire the 500 staff made
redundant or on leave without pay due to the closure
of the Christchurch Casino. SkyCity owns a 50% stake
in the business.
Bouncer Thought Disabled Bloke Was Drunk...
South Australian man with deasiese cerebral palsy
says he was refused entry to the Adelaide Casino because
the bouncer thought he was drunk. Mark Thiele was
on a big night out with friends when he attempted
to enter the casino, but was refused by a bouncer
aka "gorilla". Thiele says the bouncer mistakenly
thought he was drunk, but the casino is sticking by
its decision. "I had said to the man that I wasn't
a drunk, I was crippled," said Thiele, talking
about his rejection on 7.30 South Australia. "He
had said to me he was convinced I was intoxicated
even though we said that I had only had a few drinks
earlier on in the evening. "So I can't see why
I was singled out and everybody else in my party wasn't.
There was no difference between any of us besides
the obvious. It's a mystery to me really." Last
month, he and his friends had walked to the casino
from the city's Hindley Street entertainment strip
a few blocks away. Thiele has trouble moving his body
and for him, walking distances is a big effort. His
mate Aaron Nettlebeck says the casino bouncer did
not understand. "Walking that sort of distance
does get very, very sweaty over that sort of short
period. It was a bit infuriating that it happened
like that after such a nice evening." Thiele
says he has not had a problem at venues until now.
"For the vast majority it's never been a problem.
Bouncers that I've come into contact with have been
understanding and even let me skip the line a few
times just to put me at ease," he said. "Obviously
it's a stamina thing that I can't walk these long
distances and stand in lines and all of these things."
He says he is considering lodging a complaint with
the commission or under South Australia's liquor laws.The
casino's general manager, David Christian, has offered
an apology of sorts. "It was certainly not our
intention that Mark would have felt discriminated
against and I'm sorry that he does feel that way,"
he said. But he is defending the actions of his staff.
"They believe that they made the right call.
I would believe that with the calibre we have and
the training we put into our security officers, and
the level of management that oversees it, that they
would be right most of the time."
Zealand Christchurch Casino Workers Hurting From Earthquake
and emotional aftershocks are still be felt by the
casino sector after a series of earthquakes that rocked
the Asia Pacific - Japan and New Zealand region. Christchurch
Casino workers are feeling disappointed and even depressed
after having failed attempt to get a bigger redundancy
payday.In excess of 500 formally happy and motivated
casino employees were offered redundancy at the central
Christchurch casino last weekend, which was badly
damaged in the February 22 quake and has stayed closed
ever since the act of mother nature. Anyone who wants
to stay at the casino will be paid their holiday pay
as either a weekly amount or in a "lump sum".
Simply put, they will remain as employees of the land
based casino on leave without pay until the the gambling
den opens again. The SFWU (Service and Food Workers'
Union), which reps for 100 plus casino workers, has
a meeting with the casino's managers on Thursday.
SFWU strategic industry boss Len 'Razor' (MM tag)
Richards said workers were sombre but firm in their
desire about securing a more attractive redundancy
package. The union power that be were also asking
for continued pay for employees that choose to stay
on until the casino opens again. However, he advised
management was not prepared to increase the amount
of redundancy pay for staff, but did agree to request
for a government wage subsidy. Due to a private insurance
deal and policy in place, the land based casino has
not relied upon the $1.5 million government subsidy
available for quake-affected businesses. Richards
stated that the union has contacted earthquake recovery
minister Gerry Brownlee to request assistance to help
pay workers who remain employed. SkyCity, half owner
of the famous Christchurch Casino, has projected a
$130 million plus profit this year. It's not known
how much financially the quake cost Christchurch Casino
or SkyCity. Christchurch Casino top sheep er top dog...chief
executive Brett 'Ask Him' (MM satire) Anderson said
about 70% of employees have indicated they will stay
with the company rather than take the offered redundancy.
He said a number of employees are also being offered
jobs offshore. Anderson elaborated "I'm getting
phone calls from Australia looking for our people
and likewise all over New Zealand, and a few of them
have spread their wings. More than a few have gone
over to the Gold Coast. It's a lot warmer, it's a
lot more stable, you can swim in the sea, the pay
rates are better." Anderson said he still does
not know when the casino will reopen.Employees have
a deadline until Monday to decide whether they will
take the redundancy package or stay on. Yep, it's
the money or the box. Workers who have not contacted
the company by showdown at 5pm on Monday will be deemed
to have left their jobs and will be paid out a four-weeks-notice
payment, along with their annual leave entitlements.
Casino workers, did you get that. D Day is approaching.
Media Man spokesperson said "In the current global
economy anyone with a decent job should be grateful,
especially in the casino or gaming sector. Well done
to Christchurch Casino management for doing their
utmost to assist in their difficult times. Employers
will always want to ask for more... its in the nature.
Land based casinos generally remain popular around
the world so good staff will always be in demand."
Man and Gambling911 wish all parties well with their
dealings, and hopefully some win - win - wins will
still be possible.
Probe Sports Betting Ads...
states are uniting to consider a crackdown on an explosion
in advertising of sports betting, Victoria's Gaming
Minister says. Michael O'Brien last night revealed
the betting blitz on sport was being examined by the
Council of Australian Governments. "There is
growing concern at the extent to which is becoming
inseparable from the coverage of major sporting events.
Kids are being exposed to it constantly just by watching
the footy or cricket," he said.AFL chief executive
Andrew Demetriou said the league had expressed its
concerns to stadium managers. Goal posts, boundary
line fences and scoreboards at the MCG and Etihad
Stadium have been plastered with ads from bookmakers.
Demetriou said the alarm was raised during last year's
Brownlow Medal telecast. "There seemed to be
an enormous amount of (gambling) advertising after
each break," he told press. O'Brien said the
AFL, which enjoys lucrative sponsorship arrangements
with gambling giants, could take responsibility through
its media and stadium deals. "It may be that
there's an opportunity for this influence to be exercised
to ensure the promotion of sports betting isn't allowed
to detract from family-friendly objectives of (such)
sports," he said. This week, former Demon Daniel
Ward revealed in the the newspapers his battle with
gambling. "It's always in your face," he
said of the ads. "It's like being a drug addict
and an advert comes on saying, 'The first 50 people
to ring will get a free bag of marijuana'."
Former Ms Univervese Lookalike Kahili Blundell Wins
Ralph Swimwear Title At Star...
City Sydney babe Kahili Blundell has snatched the
Ralph Australian Swimwear Model of the Year comp.
The Crows Nest bikini super babe bested more than
2000 babes from all over Australia and Kiwi land to
grab the coveted title at Sin Sydney's Star City Casino
on Thurday. "I feel more than special right now,
I'm blown away and so honoured to be given this position,"
Blundell said. "I was expecting him to call another
number and I stood there thinking 27, is that me?
"It's also my boyfriend's birthday, but I realised
it was me and I was shivering." The 21-year-old
Jennifer Hawkins lookalike works as a personal assistant
and dabbles in makeup artistry in her spare time.
Blundell says modelling has been tough, slogging it
out for 3 years. "Since November I've been training
every week for this, thinking about it every night,"
she said. "I've been brought up to eat very healthy,
so I don't have too much trouble doing that, but I
definitely exercise a lot. I've been working very
hard so thank god it's all paid off." The comp
saw the 38 finalists strut their stuff in catwalk
parades. Sex bikinis were all the rage. A select group
of a bakers dozen were picked, then reigning champ
Emmi Moore handed over her sash and championship title
to Blundell. "I've been doing this for three
years now and this is exactly what I've been dreaming
and hoping for," Blundell said. "I'm open
to any opportunity and I love challenges. I've obviously
done well in the bikini field, so I might just continue
on this track for a little while." Burlesque
babe Sina King from Underbelly home Melbourne snatched
runner-up while second runner-up went to 21-year-old
writer - journo type Tiffany Baker from Fremantle
in Western Australia.
Boxer Katsidis To Fight Guerrero In MGM Grand Casino
Las Vegas Bloody Sunday...
under's Australia's Michael Katsidis and his opponent
in Sunday's (AEST) interim lightweight world-title
fight at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Casino, America's Robert
"The Ghost" Guerrero, also have powerful
stories. Guerrero's world was crushed big time circa
2007 when his wife, Casey, was diagnosed with leukemia.
The Californian gave up boxing, giving up his world-title,
so he could be by Casey's side and stay close to their
young children as she underwent a bone-marrow transplant.
Things are now looking up for Guerrero. "Casey
has been cancer free for almost a year now,"
28-year-old Guerrero, the number one ranked lightweight
in the world and a former featherweight and super
featherweight champion, said. Last year Katsidis'
was having a dream run. The likable 30-year-old blokefrom
Toowoomba celebrated his first wedding anniversary
with wife Kumiko. He loved being a dad to their one-year-old
daughter Kalia and was preparing for the biggest bout
of his career, a world-title fight in Las Vegas against
Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez. Things quickly
went downhill when five weeks before the Marquez fight
he learned his 31-year-old brother, champion Australian
jockey (horse racing) Stathi Katsidis, had passed
away. Just days later Katsidis' longtime trainer,
Brendon Smith, received two more bad news calls. Smith's
nephew got paralysed from the chest down in an accident
and one of the trainer's former boxers passed away.
"We got it all within three weeks and just before
the Marquez fight," Smith said. Katsidis and
Smith made the call to keep training at their Thai
boxing camp and take on Marquez at the MGM Grand Casino,
a match that would be voted the Fight of the Year
after Katsidis floored Marquez to the mat in the third
round. Marquez guts and balls by getting up and pounding
Katsidis so badly ref Kenny Bayless ended the match
in the ninth round, giving Marquez a ninth round technical
knockout victory. On the eve of the Guerrero fight,
Katsidis and Smith, who kept quite before the Marquez
bout, finally opened up about their personal tragedies.
Katsidis did not sleep two days before the Marquez
fight. "He was emotionally spent before he got
in the ring and to do what he did under the circumstances
was incredible," Smith said. "I believe
if something doesn't kill you it only makes you stronger,"
Katsidis said. Guerrero has 22 knockouts in his 27
professional victories. "This is truly a fight
for boxing fans," Guerrero, who has a 28 win
(18 KO), one loss professional record, said. "You
are going to see two guys go at it and give it their
all." The winner of the match will be named the
interim World Boxing Association and World Boxing
Organisation lightweight champions. Promoter 'Golden
Boy' Oscar De La Hoya has named the MGM card "Action
Heroes", with another Mexican legend, Erik Morales,
fighting Argentina's exciting welterweight contender
Marcos Maidana and in another welterweight battle,
Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi VS Jose Miguel Cotto.
The matches will be broadcast live in Australia on
Sunday from 11am AEST by Main Event pay-per-view.
"For a boxing card, sounds like it will be value
for money for a bit of a change", said a Media
Gets Average TV Viewership In February..., by Greg
had to happen eventually. The TV Underbelly series
numbers have done down. The third Underbelly telemovie
'The Man Who Got Away' came out in 9th for the night
with just over a million viewers for Channel 9. It
was beaten black and blue (pardon the pun) in its
timeslot by a new episode of 'Bones' on Channel 7,
which snatched 1.148 million. Seven's 'My Kitchen
Rules' was champion of the night with an massive 1.457
St Ives Gets Gunshots For Underbelly TV...
residents were instructed not to be alarmed by machine
guns before scenes from series of a couple of Underbelly
takes were shot in an otherwise quite St Ives street.
Filming took place at two homes in Waterhouse Ave.
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities is set in the years
from 1976 to 1986. Series on-set manager Chris Wheeler
said the street was a good reflection of houses from
this period. "St Ives shows the 70s and 80s style
for the series in the most beautiful way," he
said. Residents were informed of filming via a letterbox
drop. In the letter, location manager Carl Wood said:
"The production of Underbelly in Sydney (rather
than Melbourne) is considered to be something of a
coup for Sydney, and the NSW Government is right behind
the project." The prequel cast includes Peter
OBrien, Roy Billing, Asher Keddie and Matt Newton.
Empire: International Bonus - Atlantic City Roaring
1920s: Crime, Gambling, Prostitutes, The Works...
Atlantic City in the 1920s when prohibition was introduced
and alcohol became illegal, everybody partied big
time. Dancing, champagne, beer, the best food. County
Treasurer, Enoch Nucky Thompson (Steve
Buscemi) was living large. Nucky was a real life character
in Atlantic City who rose to power as one of the citys
leaders who became a racketeer running bootlegging,
gambling and prostitution. HBOs new drama series
is a fictionalised version inspired by actual events
in a book by writer Nelson Johnson. Its a backdrop
to themes of corruption, vice and larger-than-life
characters. Buscemi has the lead TV role. Screenplay
is by Sopranos writer Terence Winter. It has Martin
Scorsese directing its first episode. Mark Wahlberg
is also a producer. Nucky is a complex man. To the
masses and media he condemns alcohol to the Womens
Temperance League while secretly commandeering backroom
deals of booze smuggled and sold at inflated prices,
all going strong under the federal law of Prohibition.
He was the king in Atlantic Citys own underbelly,
acquiring wealth via organised crime. Buscemi nailed
this role, even snatching a Golden Globe for his efforts.
The other key characters in the opening episode include
Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) Nuckys former protégé,
who is tempted to work for the Feds, and Margaret
Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald) a wife who is beaten by
her husband and turns to Nucky for help. In a city
of liars, cheats and fornicators, she serves as the
symbol of virtue. The production values of Boardwalk
Empire are awesome. The Art Direction, Costume and
Cinematography are outstanding. There are lavish sets
and the attention to detail is world class. Scorseses
use of period music hits the right tone. Theres
nothing quite like hearing a 20's ditty warbling on
an old gramophone while an unlucky person gets whacked.
Boardwalk Empire premieres 8:30pm Sunday March 27th
on Australian pay television via Showtime. If you
have pay TV, you owe it to yourself to tune in. Yes,
most critics think its better than 'Underbelly' also,
but you be the judge, jury and executioner.
Casino Teams Up With NRL's Melbourne Storm...
are expecting a cyclone size backlash as the latest
Rugby League club to link with a gambling establishment
after confirming Crown
Casino as their new major sponsor. In a massive
deal snatcher for a club which last year was disgraced
after being stripped of all points and two premierships
during the salary cap scandal, the Storm unveiled
Crown as their front jersey sponsor on Friday. Melbourne
chief executive Ron Gauci agreed there would be criticism
of the club's link with gambling. However he defended
the arrangement and said Crown offered a home for
Storm supporters, which the club had not had since
it joined the competition in 1998. All Storm after-match
and mid-season functions for members will be held
at Crown. The casino believes the sponsorship will
boost their exposure interstate. "I think you'll
have those that wish to comment but I think we need
to emphasise what it is that we wanted out of the
relationship and that is a home for our supporter
base," Gauci said. "If you think about what
Crown has to offer as an entertainment complex ...
this is a great place to consolidate those activities."
The Storm lost major sponsors Host Plus and ME Bank
in the wake of last season's scandal. Gauci said the
new sponsorship delivered a message of confidence
in the Storm ahead of the 2011 season. "I think
it does deliver us a substantial message to the marketplace,
and for the club it's very important to have an organisation
as big a Melbourne icon as Crown is to support the
club. It delivers a magnificent message about the
confidence the corporate world has in Melbourne Storm
and our future direction." The Storm joined South
Sydney as the second NRL club to have a gambling
establishment as their major sponsor, while Penrith
have renamed their home ground Centrebet Stadium and
Manly will also have the Centrebet logo on the back
of their jumper. Yes, NRL ramped up links to gambling
are all the rage. A rumour has started that igaming
want into Australia and would accept an NRL jersey,
shorts or even stadium deal. The firm is known for
its well known and respected PartyCasino,PartyPoker
Poker Tour brands, which have a strong following
in Australia, other parts of the Asia Pacific, such
as New Zealand. Party is also looking to ramp up sports
betting services in the Asia Pacific region. Melbourne's
announcement also comes in the same week as Ryan Tandy,
who left the Storm midway through last season to join
Canterbury, was arrested and charged as a result of
an ongoing police investigation into "irregular
betting" on a match between the Canterbury Bulldogs
and North Queensland Cowboys last August. Dennis Watt,
rugby league general manager with News Limited, who
own the Storm, defended the arrangement between a
gambling establishment and a sport sold as a family
game. "I can speak for Crown as an integrated
entertainment, retail complex. It is very much reflective
of the heart and soul of Melbourne and it's a great
relationship for us to have and I don't see a conflict
for the relationship the Storm have sought here."
He echoed the views recently expressed by NRL chief
executive David Gallop that the association between
sport and gambling "is as old as sport itself".
"Gambling's a part of the Australian way of life,
part of our character and our history," he said.
"We advocate moderation, we know that problem
gambling affects less than half a per cent of the
population. "You've got two million problem drinkers,
four million smokers, over nine million Australians
suffering levels of obesity which are also big social
spokesperson said "The Crown Casino - Melbourne
Storm sponsorship deal looks to be a match made in
heaven. Crown has world class facilities and entertainment
is the name of the game. Entertainment takes many
forms, be it football, burlesque, television, rock
bands or slot machines aka one armed bandits. Crown
Casino can do it all. Already this deal has generated
national and international headlines, and yes, we
are helping spread the word to our friends in the
U.S and Canada. Gambling911, CAP, GWPA and Poker News
Daily are just a few outlets that we expect to run
the story. It's balanced and positive coverage all
the way, instead of the agenda driven gaming hater
stuff you read from time to time. Chalk up more browny
points for Crown's James Packer and his world class
team at Crown, and good on the NRL and The Storm for
seeing the golden opportunity and moving it into high
gear. I never thought I would say this again after
last season's scandals, but Go The Storm!"
Betting Limited 'Bullet Proof' NOT! Says Maker Aristocrat...
card-based system forcing pokie players to set betting
limits isn't a "bullet proof" solution to
problem gambling, poker machine maker Aristocrat Leisure
Ltd says. Aristocrat, representing over 60% of the
Australian pokies market, is instead proposing a machine-based
system that lets gamblers set time and/or betting
limits. But the proposal was met with some opposition
when Aristocrat executives appeared before a joint
federal parliamentary committee hearing in Sydney
on Friday. The committee is investigating the idea
of a pre-commitment scheme using smart card or other
technology to force pokie players to set limits on
their gambling. It follows a controversial commitment
from Prime Minister Julia Gillard to Tasmanian "independent"
(so to speak - has seen to be bias and preduduce against
those liking a punt) MP Andrew Wilkie to introduce
such a scheme across the country in return for his
support of her Labor government. "As a company,
we acknowledge that there is a problem out there,"
Aristocrat general manager of corporate affairs Kristene
Reynolds told the hearing. "For us, coming here
today is to come to the table and be part of that
solution." The company's managing director in
Australia and New Zealand, Trevor Croker, said card-based
systems, which have been used in other countries,
can be manipulated by problem gamblers. "It is
not a bullet proof solution. People do swap cards
and have been able to use multiple cards," he
said. "I think finding the complete solution
is going to be a very difficult outcome. "It
should not be something we don't aspire to, but it
will be very difficult, from what we see in those
(other) markets." Aristocrat will soon trial
a new slot machine that features opt-in pre-commitments,
allowing users the option to set themselves spending
or time limits. These machines could be ready for
mass production from the end of 2012, and phased in
as part of the normal machine replacement cycle, Croker
said. But with the average cost of a pokie at $25,000,
Labor MP Stephen Jones questioned the Aristocrat executives
on the cost effectiveness of such a solution. "It
would be good for Aristocrat, I can see that. But
it's a very expensive solution to the problem, isn't
it?", he asked. Aristocrat general manager of
design and development Justin Brown said smaller venues
could be given longer to replace their machines, while
newer models may only require a software upgrade,
at a cost of about $3,000. Mr Wilkie, the committee's
chairman, also questioned the motives of Aristocrat's
proposal. "I can't help feeling an element of
commercial self interest in your advice to the committee
here," he said. Further questioning resulted
in the Aristocrat executives conceding their machine-based
proposal would not prevent problem gamblers from simply
switching machines or venues once they had reached
a pre-committed loss or time limit. The hearings continue
in Canberra and Hobart later this month. In Australia
the machines are often known as pokies or poker machines,
in the U.S - slots, and much of Europe - Fruit Machines
Sunshine Coast A Big Winner For Lottery Sector; Punters
To Win Homes Via BoysTown Gambling...
steal from the rich to give to the poor! Ok, not exactly,
but read on and you will get the drift soon enough.
The Sunshine Coast has long been regarded as a prize
location by local residents, but now a range of national
and state lottery organisations are taking notice.
BoysTown Lotteries recently unveiled a million-dollar
home in Buderim as its latest prize home offering.
Located at 22 Orme Rd, the home is part of a prize
package worth more than $1.5 million. It is arguably
one of Buderims most beautiful homes, according
to BoysTowns general manager fundraising Keith
Coventry. "Our previous lottery prize home was
in Nerang (Gold Coast) and the one before that was
in Rainbow Bay (Coolangatta). Now we find ourselves
in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast. When deciding on
a prize home, we look at the property itself and then
the desirability of the location and the features
of the area," Coventry said. "I think the
thing about Buderim is that you are close to the beach,
but you also have those great views over the ocean
and the coastline. I guess you get the best of both
worlds. "The Buderim home has been particularly
popular and the retail sales have been very strong."
Yet another contender in the Coasts prize pool
is a home in Mount Coolum, raising funds for the Mater
Foundation as part of the Mater Prize Home Lottery.
Also sporting a million-dollar price tag, the home
is located at 47 Boardwalk Blvd in Coolums Boardwalk
Estate. Twin Waters is the site of Surf Life Saving
Lotterys prize home, which is valued at more
than $750,000. The three-bedroom home at Lot 4 Ameen
Cct comes with $41,832 in furniture and electrical,
along with 12 months paid council rates. Coventry
said funds raised from the BoysTown lottery would
assist the Kids Helpline service, which was in particular
demand since the recent floods. "Kids Helpline
is certainly taking a lot more calls from kids who
are worried about the impacts of the floods, or who
have been affected by the floods. A lot of people
are seeking assistance with the mental health aspects
of this natural disaster, so I think that is certainly
going to be the focus of much of our fundraising over
the coming months." The money raised from Mater
lotteries help funds medical research teams and the
purchase of life-saving medical equipment, as well
as supporting patients and families. Surf Life Saving
lotteries assist Surf Life Saving clubs around the
country. Aussies, feeling lucky. Go on, give them
a go, and you know the money is going to a good place,
if you don't happen to win. Mind you, feel welcome
to check out the slots, poker, bingo and other casino
games showcased on the portal also. BoysTown Lottery
will set you back a bit, while at Media Man partners
like PartyGaming, many games can be played for free
or for money. The choice if yours. Hours of entertainment
for young and old - just kidding, check legalities
but most counties insist you are at least 18 years
old to gamble, and that includes from lottery to poker
to slots, ok crew!
Australia VS Productivity Watchdog: Dog Fight; Bark
Worse Than Bite?...
Australia will today accuse the nation's productivity
watchdog of making a mathematical error in its claim
that problem gamblers are responsible for 40% of poker
machine revenue. Media Man spokespersons and investigators
have been disputing the "problem gambling"
numbers for almost 2 years! The figure of 40% is being
used by anti-gambling politicians aka "gaming
haters" to try to justify new limits on gambling
the Gillard government has pledged to introduce to
maintain the support of independent MP Andrew Wilkie
in the hung parliament. Clubs Australia is fighting
a mandatory precommitment scheme that would force
pokies players to set a limit on how much they intend
to spend before they start gambling. It claims the
scheme will cost clubs and pubs $2.5 billion nationally
and cost thousands of jobs if it turns off casual
gamblers from having a punt, throwing a couple of
bucks down the throat of an "one armed bandit",
whilst often sinking a cold Aussie beer at the same
time (not that we endorse it). Beer can change ones
thinking, but you likely knew that already Jack! Politicians
backing the reform have seized on a claim in the Productivity
Commission report that problem gamblers contribute
40% of pokie revenue to justify the crackdown. Clubs
Australia president Anthony 'On The Ball' Ball will
tell a parliamentary inquiry in Sydney today the figure
is "highly contentious" and "inaccurate".
In his opening address to the inquiry he will say
that the Productivity Commission claims there are
95,000 problem gamblers who play the pokies and spend
on average $21,000 each year on the machines. When
multiplied together, this comes to a total of $1.995bn,
and this figure represents just 16.8% of the $11.9bn
total expenditure on poker machines. "These are
not our numbers. These are the figures from the commission,"
Ball will say. "Therefore the vast majority of
gambling revenue comes from recreational gamblers."
The Productivity Commission used a range of different
methods to calculate the amount spent by problem gamblers
and found both problem and recreational gamblers underestimated
how much they spent on gambling each year. The 40
per cent figure was not derived from multiplying the
number of problem gamblers by the amount they said
they spent each year but was derived from a range
of surveys that looked at what gamblers actually spent.
Clubs Australia will tell the parliamentary committee
the proposed mandatory precommitment scheme is a "massive
infringement of people's individual rights".
"There's a vast difference between making the
pre-commitment available to any player who wants to
use it, and forcing anybody who wants to play a gaming
machine to register, obtain a device and provide personal
details or fingerprints in order to be able to play,"
Mr Ball plans to tell the inquiry.
Gambling Enquiry: Traditional Gamblers Heading Online
For Slots, Poker, Roulette Et Al; Problem Gamblers
VS Problem Child Government Policy?...
hi-tech to force pokies players to set betting limits
would drive gambling addicts online in the masses
and divert resources away from helping problem punters,
a Senate inquiry has heard. The inquiry, chaired by
Tasmanian federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie, is
investigating the concept of a pre-commitment scheme
using smart card or other technology to force all
pokies players to set limits on their gambling. Clubs
Australia, the peak body for registered clubs in the
nation, on Friday told the joint parliamentary committee
inquiring into the issue it had reservations about
the proposal in its current form. Clubs Australia
executive director Anthony Ball said more research
was needed on how effective it would be. "There
is very little good research out there about whether
this proposal or any others are going to work,"
he told the inquiry in Sydney. "There are a multitude
of gambling opportunities. The strategy must not be
to drive (problem gamblers) online ... The strategy
must be to find these people, get them the right treatment
and turn their lives around." He said state regulations
on gambling were sufficient and that a 'one-size-fits-all'
policy should not be applied across all states. Clubs
Australia president Peter Newell said the three main
issues regarding the scheme were cost, whether it
would reduce problem gambling and the consequences
of implementing it. He said the system failed to work
in Norway, and instead drove problem gamblers to the
internet. Five million Australians would play the
pokies in any given 12-month period and the system
would only drive away recreational players, who represented
the "vast majority" of gambling revenue,
he said. "As a recreational gambler myself, I
am disturbed that there are people who think I need
assistance in determining how I spend my money,"
he said. "Mandatory pre-commitment fails to provide
what problem gamblers need most and that is treatment,
and in doing so, diverts attention and resources away
from treatment. Problem gamblers will still gamble
in the mandatory pre-commitment system. They are addicted.
But recreational gamblers will walk away from pokie
machines." Newell said the system would be expensive
and difficult to implement across 197,000 machines
nationwide, taking years and billions of dollars to
do - forcing clubs to close and costing thousands
of jobs - with no indication as to how effective it
will be. It's man VS machine; The People VS The Government,
and The Government VS The Gaming Industry. News media
and website portals just keep lapping up the action
resulting in a readership jackpot bonanza.
Celeb News: Media, Casino And Gaming Celebs, by Greg
Tingle - 29th January 2011
punters, celebrities, journos, high rollers - casino
whales, gambling millionaires and billionaires, poker
sharks, entertainment news junkies, media tycoons,
politicians, insiders, outsiders, legal eagles,...
one and all. You know who you are. Seems just about
everyone is a celebrity, or knows a celebrity these
days. God know the poker world is full of them. This
is our Aussie celebrity special, featuring Aussie
celebs from the world of media, gaming, poker and
more, and even a few ring-ins for good measure. Media
Man and Gambling911 with celebrities you love
to love, and even a couple you love to hate...
Warne...And Liz Hurley...
and Liz look to be in love, with each other and with
Twitter. The spinner is hanging out for a game of
poker or "poke her" with Liz, almost begging
Burley to come down under for a face to face. The
couple have taken to Twitter like ducks to water.
Warne and Hurley's developing romance is good fodder
out for their almost half a million Twitter followers.
They are now publicly planning her trip Down Under.
The poker - fashion babe might be in Australia within
weeks. Hurley has been tweeting about her new parrot,
Ping Pong. "I'm getting jealous of ping pong!
Think it's time you left ping pong alone for a while
& come visit me in Australia," Warne tweeted.
"No need for jealousy SW, she's not getting any
cuddles or kisses!" Hurley replied. The model
brunette is teaching the parrot to talk and Saints
fan Warne has urged her to teach it the St Kilda club
song. "Don't forget advance Australia fair !!!!
In tune too please ping pong . . . Ps organized kangaroos
and koalas for your trip," he wrote. The affair
between the former spinner and the movie - poker babe
went public in December and the pair were busted on
a romantic weekend in LA earlier this month. Both
have bounce back, and judging by the Tweets, can't
wait to bounce, fly and play together. Is it an Aussie
expression... a bird in the hand is worth two in the
bush? Never mind. Tweet me at twitter.com/mediamanint
Crowe: Ex Kiwi (On Defending His South Sydney Rabbitoh's
Star City Casino Deal)...
football club is a completely different organisation
from the leagues club. We don't have any control over
what the leagues club does; they run their own game."
then went on to defend the move by pitching Star
City as primarily an entertainment precinct and
putting forward society benefits from gaming revenue,
of which there is some truth in. Entertainment is
the name of the game, and its broken into sub sectors.
"This is an entertainment venue in general; it's
not just about gaming. Let's get real about this situation;
we're living in a state where they're telling us that
the revenue from poker machines is paying for our
hospitals. What we're talking about here is about
a connection between two organisations that are all
about entertainment, that are all about the future
of Sydney." Souths chief executive Shane Richardson
seconded the views put forward forward by NRL chief
executive David "Gambling" (MM satire) Gallop
this week that the association between sport and gambling
"is as old as sport itself". "Let's
be honest no sport in the world could ignore it, we're
not holier than thou, the NFL, the English Premier
League, wherever it is, there's gambling. As David
Gallop said all along, it's going to be there, it's
a major part of what sport is whether we like it or
not and we've got to be part of it to have some sort
of control over it." Crowe did concede that his
own personal beliefs on gambling were at odds with
the deal and recognised that problem gamblers were
an issue of concern. "I don't like them (pokies).
I'm not a fan of them; I've made that clear in the
past. "But in life I am a gambler. The fact that
I took on South Sydney underlines that." Media
Man and Gambling911 congratulate both the Rabbitohs,
Crowe and Tabcorp's Star City for taking a bet on
this. Life is a gamble, just don't let it get the
better of you, and always have fun... on and off the
field. Work hard and play harder!
is possibly Australia's most notorious public figure
in a strange sort of way. Hero or Villain? Guess it
depends on who you ask. If you ask Prime Minister
Gillard we think you know the answer! This weekends'
The Australian newspaper fueled rumours that the James
Bond franchise might like to have an Assange type
in an upcoming flick. The journo penned...Ian Fleming
could have turned the WikiLeaks boss into a villain
in a James Bond novel. Given the pervasiveness of
the Bond myth, it is no surprise that Assange, like
Osama bin Laden before him, should be likened to a
Bond villain. He has been labelled many things both
positive and negative, from champion of free speech
to cyber-terrorist. Perhaps the strangest, and for
many fans of popular culture most glamorous, epithet
applied to Julian Assange is that of Bond villain.
Moreover, it is an epithet that has found widespread
media acceptance. The connection has been made in
blogs and especially tabloid newspapers, and equally
it has surfaced in such diverse publications as Britain's
The Guardian, The Financial Times and the US's The
Washington Post. The most conspicuous parallel between
Assange and the fantasy world of Ian Fleming's James
Bond involves the Bond villain's lair. The WikiLeaks
HQ, known as the Pionen data centre, is a remodelled
Swedish nuclear bunker set in a granite mountain face.
Special thanks to Simon Caterson at News Limited.
We like your work mate.
once former flame of Brit gambling tycoon Damian Aspinall
has got busy again as of late. Elle
Macpherson and Cate Blanchett were guests at the
major bling event for the Portofino range at a dinner
in Geneva yesterday. They were joined by Lost's Matthew
Fox - looking heavier and a bit ratty in a Brad Pitt-style
Catweazle beard - plus Kevin Spacey, Ronan Keating
and more. We're sure it was a fun event. And we're
sure all received a special gift.
Aspinall (James Packer Mate) To Sell Aspinall's Casino
In Britain Following Bad Luck!..
does business with Australia's James
Packer, but its possible that soon that may come
to an end. The Brit has had relationships with glamorous
women, including the TV presenter Donna Air, Elle
Macpherson and Naomi Campbell. He confirmed the
scale of the clubs debts but said it was not
unusual for a casino business. He said: You
are talking about a business that has £250 million
a year drop (the money staked by its clients). So
it is a bit circular. You are looking at unlucky years.
That is the business we are in. Anyone in the
business with high value VIP tables will have years
when you do well and years when they dont do
well because it is volatile." Asked about the
houses performance last year, he added: Thats
completely normal. You are talking about a volatile
business. He said over a 10-year period Aspinalls
was winning 18 per cent of the money gambled at its
tables. But he added: You have years when you
do nine per cent and years when you do 24 per cent.
The most recent available accounts for the club are
for 2009 and Mr Aspinall said the club was now doing
better. He said that despite his plan to move away
from the elite clubs founded by his father such businesses
would not die out. I think there is a future.
You have got to be grown up about those sorts of investments.
You lose £10 million one week, and win £8
million the next. It is part of the business. When
you lose these amounts it is a knock for the casino
concerned, but you have weeks like that. We also had
a week where we won £11 million in six days.
It is big numbers these days. The winners could be
three people over a number of days, it can be one
person in one night. There are plenty of players all
over the world who have won and lost that sort of
money in a night."
law enforcement sources say Summit Entertainment which
is distributing Aussie Mel's upcoming movie, "The
Beaver" - gave Mel the final cut of the movie
on DVD. Mel
screened it at his home, and at 10:45 AM put the DVD
in his mailbox so a courier could pick it up and return
it to Summit. The DVD was rumoured to go missing in
action, not Mel!
Winfrey, Halle Berry and Marisa Tomei Among Oscar
Presenters...Tony Award winner and previous Academy
Awards host Hugh Jackman will be part of this year's
Oscar ceremony, according to the Associated Press.
Jackman will be a presenter at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Other presenters currently include Sandra Bullock,
Jeff Bridges, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and Marisa
Tomei. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements
of 2010 will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre
at Hollywood & Highland Center. The awards will
be televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning
at 8 PM ET. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host
this year's ceremony. Jackman, who was seen on screen
in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine,"
earned a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway musical
The Boy From Oz. He is also known for his film roles
in the "X-Men"
trilogy, "Someone Like You," "Swordfish,"
"Kate and Leopold," "Van Helsing"
and the recent "The Fountain" and "Happy
Feet" (in voice). His stage credits also include
Trevor Nunn's staging of Oklahoma! at Britian's National
Theatre and award-winning work in productions of Sunset
Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast.
Travolta...(As John Gotti)...
was at Amici restaurant in Brentwood a few nights
ago. He wasn't giving much away about taking the role.
But Marty Ingels, Executive Producer of the movie
was much more direct, stating Travolta will play the
lead role in the movie, "Gotti." Leaks tell
us James Franco has been approached to play John Gotti,
Jr. Bang! Hit us up for an update soon.
is tipped to be very shortly flying to the U.S to
test the waters re the upcoming float on the stock
market on his CVC. Nine
Entertainment's private equity owners will assess
the health of the local equity and advertising markets
this month. After which, they will decide the date
for a $5 billion listing of the television, magazine
and digital group. According to market sources, Nine's
owner, CVC Asia Pacific, is yet to decide on the listing
date although most observers expect the debt-laden
group to test the waters as soon as April if global
equity markets remain relatively strong. Management,
including newly installed chief executive David Gyngell,
will travel to the US next month to gauge the interest
of potential offshore investors.
Poker Pros: Tyron Krost And Stewart Scott: Celebrity
Stars Going Down In Ratings; Direct Response To Poor
Showing In Aussie Millions 2011...
couple of poker celebs were on fire at some point,
but lately a shower has been thrown on their parade.
Both are former Aussie Millions champs - Krost from
last year, Scott from 2009. Fellas, time to win some
big games again or you might not even be thought as
celebs any more. Start performing or might those sponsorship
deals with PartyGaming'sPartyPoker.com
pro Van Marcus, currently in Melbourne for Aussie
Millions, is the chap who has his red rare Ferrari
nicked from the Crown valet parking last year, in
a story that generated massive international headlines.
In the past days Marcus has been seeing driving around
Melbourne in what looks to be the same card, but this
time reportedly with a hot blonde or brunette in the
passenger seat. Hows the ride girls?
Chris Hemsworth Plays Father To Thor; Anthony Hopkins
Aussies and Brits are teaming up again in film, thanks
to our friends at Marvel Entertainment. The industry
is abuzz for Aussie Hemsworth and Brit Hopkins. Hopkins
has portrayed so many notable characters from history,
literature, and the arts, that its no surprise
we will see him in yet another role of stature. In
this years hotly anticipated Paramount
Pictures and Marvel
Entertainment epic adventure Thor, he will be
Odin, the major god of Norse mythology, and father
to Thor, (played by Australian Chris Hemsworth). The
film is based on the Stan
Lee comic book version, and directed by Kenneth
Branagh. Excelsior! Marvel Entertainment: Don't just
buy the comics and watch the movies, play the games
at PartyGaming. May the power of Thor be with you.
Packer And Co...
and gaming advisers to James
Packer have leaked that they see merit in having
an Aussie Millions branded online slot game. They
saw the popularity of Cleopatra and Sinatra in an
online environment, and well as PartyGaming's World
Poker Tour slot in land based casinos. They have
not confirmed a Kerry Packer themed slot game, with
some concerns it may be a uncomfortable proposal for
one or two of the Packer family, however many punters
and insiders think that Kerry would have loved the
idea, and further would have loved the concept that
a slot game will his likeness via tribute slot would
actually make Crown
Limited money. PartyGaming,WMS
are keen to talk turkey with Crown Limited with their
online plans, which may also compliment what's in
store for the further development of Packer 50% owned
Who is tipped to the the contract?
based on their strong US land based casino deals,
ink still drying over the last few days, but you will
just have to keep watching the space.
they say on TV, I'm a celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!
Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet
portal development company. Gaming is just one of
a dozen sectors covered
writer owns shares in Crown Limited and Ten Network
Day Special, by Greg Tingle - 26th January 2011
and Happy Australia Day everyone. Ok, we know some
of you punters, journos, high rollers - casino whales,
entertainment news junkies, politicians, insiders,
outsiders and legal eagles are from across the globe
are not Australia, nor have ever been down under,
but you get the idea. Did you know that some indigenous
Australia's call Australia Day 'Invasion Day'! That's
because most history books show that Captain James
Cook and his crew invaded Australia on this day in
1988. They are known by a new names including the
First Fleet, while some aborigines will always think
of them and murderous mongrels, who stole their land
and pride. It's easy for many of us to get the point
of the blackfellas (affectionate). Media
Man and Gambling911
with a bush tucker bag full of Australian gambling,
casino, poker, media and sports news. Fair winds...
Banana Bender State: Pub Pokies And Online Pokies
Becoming More Popular?...
armed bandits are maintaining their popularity in
'The Sunshine State'. It's understand that punters
might have only a 1 in a million chance of winning
really big, lotto - millionaire style, but they just
keep coming back for more. Yep, throw another dime
in the pokie baby. Queenslanders "invested"
close to $2 billion last year as the punters passion
for the slots maintained its fever pace. The total
pokies expenditure of $1.81 billion was slightly down
on the previous year, it was the third year consecutively
the number exceeded $1.8 billion. We're also learned
that the 2008 figure of $1.83 billion was an all-time
record. Now, this is important - those numbers Do
Not take into account the rabid take up and roll our
of online poker or sports betting. You know, betting
over the global medium - the internet. Overall, Queenslanders
spent $7 million less on pokies than last year and
$28 million less than in 2008, but it still works
out at in excess of $150 million every month down
the slots August was the year's biggest month for
slot gamblers, who put close to $170 million in the
throats of the one armed bandits. August was also
the biggest month for gamblers in 2008, with more
than $173 million lost. Pokies remain by far the most
popular games for punters in Australia, bringing in
most of the estimated $17 billion spent on all forms
of gambling down under each year. Some insiders think
that the reduction in official spending was more a
sign of the increased popularity of internet and sports-based
gambling. Concentrating on pokie figures, it appears
Queenslanders gambled more at the height of the global
financial crisis two years ago than they did throughout
'Devil' Gambling Tycoon Devilish Quotes...
Walsh from Tasmania was such a big hit with the readership
we thought we would dig up a few more of the red hot
'The Devil's' quotes, that are too good not to share.
First a refresher...Art and gambling do mix, at least
that's the experience of Brits Damian Aspinall, Phil
'Tuffers' Tufnell, Australian artist Gina Sinozich,
(bodypaint and burlesque "fetish") and Tasmanian
gambling whale - tycoon, David 'Wicked' (satire) Walsh.
You will pick up on Dave's affectionate nickname by
us later. We like you David, ok mate. Tasmania's most
famous or infamous gambling figure, millionaire, David
Walsh yesterday gave us a peak into his art exhibit...the
biggest (and weirdest) private art gallery in Tasmania,
if not the Asia Pacific. The $110 million Museum of
Old and New Art is nestled on the banks of Hobart's
By The Tasmanian Devil!...
the art, let's rock'n'roll."
think formal curation is a form of mental masturbation."
not really that interested in a bunch of big names.
Most of the works are by people most people haven't
heard of and still won't have heard of because there's
no wall labels."
don't want to lose control (or) something that ends
up looking like a pale version of the National Gallery
see reception if you are planning a pool party or
a ritualistic orgy."
the opportunity to mess with your head. I like the
idea of people having a couple of beers and looking
at the art, having a couple more and changing their
a privileged guy with a megaphone"
like a rich mans soap box. Im standing
on my soapbox and Im shouting my views like
they mean something."
take all the popular stuff out. And if you go to the
toilet two or three times well recommend a good
brother once said about me that Id rather be
outside a barrel pissing in than inside the barrel
pissing out. Im anti this idea that we know
what were doing with certainty. I kinda think
that most things that are good happen to people largely
by accident, but then they start looking for explanations.
You see the views of rich, successful people on television,
and they tell you why they got rich and successful;
they dont interview all the people who went
through the same process and didnt. I think
most things are complete crap. I want to show that
you can be fortunate without believing that your fortune
was anything other than fortune."
are so many things we do that we hide from. We hack
open cows and eat their guts but we compartmentalise
that away from our lives so we can pretend its
not happening. And on a larger, more important scale,
if each of us acted individually to say OK,
we f ed up the atmosphere, it is our personal
responsibility, humanity would behave in a very
of the things about having money is that I
feel a bit of guilt and a level of privilege, and
it seems to be an obligation to do something, and
since art is what Ive been doing....but it wasnt
really like that. It was: I bought this small gallery,
bought a bigger one, and gradually it became something
of this scale. Its become a lot more serious
endeavour than I intended it to be. Theres a
bit of thumbing my nose at the establishment and trying
to bypass academia, but mainly I just wanted it to
be a bit of fun. And it is. And it will be."
gambling is all a computer thing that is going on
Cairns Reef Hotel Casino Poised To Raise Big Bucks
For Flood Relief On Australia Day...
let's all spare a thought for those who have been
attacked by the floods on Australia Day. Numerous
events are being planed around Australia, from 'Sound
Relief' to and initiative from the Cairns Reef Hotel
Casino 'Bring on the Sun' It will be one of the biggest
events on the Australia Day calendar for the city
and all funds raised will go to the Premiers
Flood Relief Appeal. There's a good old fashioned
sausage sizzle, competitions and female performers
including the Marlins cheer squad. "The
whole idea is slanted towards the female performer,"
entertainment manager Bruce Stewart said. "Weve
got an eclectic blend of female artists coming to
perform as well." Cazalys, El Mundo Tapas Bar
and the Marlin Coast Bowls Club will also host events
to raise money for flood victims. Cairns Regional
Council will hold events across the region, including
the ever-popular celebrations on the Esplanade. Mayor
Val Schier said the council was expecting a good attendance
as usual with residents keen to get outside and celebrate
our sunburnt country in the green and gold. "Even
last year when it poured, a huge number of people
came to the Aussie breakfast; we expect the same will
happen this year, rain, hail or shine. It is one of
those days where people can come together as a community
and help celebrate why it is great to be an Australian.
We live in a fantastic country and it is good for
people to get out and enjoy it." Pubs and clubs
will also get into the Aussie spirit with a number
of activities on offer. Paradise Palms Resort and
Country Club has a patriotic, fun-filled day planned
with activities that pay homage to Australias
heritage such as the much-anticipated pie-eating competition.
"Everybody is welcome to come along and have
some fun while tucking into our Aussie selection of
meat pies, icy beers, lamingtons and classic Australian
music by DJ Danny from Millennium Sounds," director
of sales and marketing Darlene Holdsworth said.
Palms Resort and Country Club Australia Day celebrations
Whats on: Australian menu served from noon in
Restaurant 59, pie-eating and thong-throwing competitions
start at 1.30pm. Pies, icy beers, lamingtons and classic
Australian music on offer at the resort.
Time: 12pm. Entry free.
Bring on the Sun at Cairns Reef Hotel Casino
Whats on: Entertainment, sausage sizzle, raffles,
jumping castle and more with all proceeds going to
the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal.
Time: 2pm. Entry free.
Shane Warne And Poker Mates Get VIP Star Treatment
At Australian Open Tennis Sunday Night...
spinner got there at 8pm hoping to get star VIP treatment
for 14 of his closest mates. In the mix was was Joe
Hachem, who he had earlier caught up with at the launch
of the Aussie Millions Poker Tournament at Crown Casino.
Warne requested an escort (no, not that type silly)
when he arrived and posed mostly for photographs with
his sunglasses on. He also spent time in Andy Roddick's
player's box during his loss to Swissman Stanislas
Wawrinka. It been a big couple of days for "poker
her" for the legend, playing rendezvous with
Liz Hurley in LA. He is expected to play in the second
round of the poker tournament and could face off against
Gary Ablett Jr and Jeff Fenech tomorrow. Blett made
it through to the second round.
Australian Financial Review Goes Gaga For Lady Gaga;
Gets Facts Wrong (We Think)...
took us a few months of going through newspapers but
we finally found the AFR to make a slip up, and its
a doozy....An article reads "the complex will
have a few upmarket bars, including one on the roof,
and an events theatre to house live acts think
Lady Gaga as well as awards nights." With
Gaga's level of popularity she would require a much
larger venue than Star City. Earlier this year, she
- they played two concerts at the Sydney Entertainment
Centre, capacity 12,000 or thereabouts. Do the math.
Kylie Minogue To Do The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
Las Vegas: Aphrodite Live...
is down Kylie fans the word over. She's doing Ceasers
Sunday May 22, 2011 8pm
Melbourne: Aussie Joker Comedian Performs At Packer's
Crown; Raises Cash For Flood Relief...
folks at Crown Casino recently enjoyed 'The Jokers
Comedy That Rocks' at Crown Casino. James Packer's
casino donated all proceeds from last Friday nights
show to Queensland flood victims. Organiser William
Leitch has happy with the way things went and showcased
an evening with some of the citys top stand-up
artists, including Brad Oakes, Christine Basil and
Greg Fleet. It's understood he got close to 150 people
to come along, and he may be invited back on upcoming
Top 100 ASX Listed Companies Respond To Flood Cry
For Help; Gambling And Gaming Industry Steps Up; Mining
Firms and Banking Bastards Lead Charge...
BHP Billiton: $1.3 million (in addition, matching
CBA: $1.35 million
Westpac: $1 million
ANZ: $1 million
NAB: $1 million
News Corp: $500,000 and Blue Ribbon campaign
Rio Tinto: $1 million ($700,000 to Premier Relief,
$300,000 to Emerald community)
Wesfarmers: $7.5 million (plus $3.5 million from Coles
Telstra Corp: up to $1 million by matching staff contributions
(so far $338,000; is also supplying phones and free
calls to people affected)
Woolworths: $6.9 million (matching customer donations
in Woolies, Big W, Dick Smith dollar for dollar)
Fortescue Metals: Matching staff donations dollar
QBE Insurance: not releasing a statement
Origin energy: $1 million
Macquarie Group: $200,000 (combined staff and company
effort with fundraising activities continuing both
here and overseas)
AXA Asia Pacific: No response
Santos: $500,000 plus use of helicopters and vehicles
for clean up. Also $50,000 for flooding in WA
Coal and Allied Industries: (see Rio Tinto)
AMP: $250,000 + matching employee contributions to
WA flood appeal up to $250,000
Suncorp Group: $100,000 (staff and customers have
Foster's Group: $500,000
Brambles: No response
Leighton Holdings: No response
Orica: No response
Oil Search: No response
Stockland: Donated $250,000 to the Premier's flood
relief appeal, another $30,000 to the Mayoress Rockhampton
regional flood appeal and are matching employee donations
dollar for dollar
Coca. Cola Amatil: No response
Amcor: No response
Westfield Retail Trust: No response
IAG: No response
Crown: Donation tins in Crown complexes and have committed
to matching all donations as well as staff contributions
Tabcorp Holdings: $1 million
Tatts Group: Going to run a dedicated lottery for
the Queensland flood appeal where all profits will
go to the Premier's Flood Appeal. They ran the same
thing in Victoria after the Black Saturday bushfires.
It will run on Wednesday 2 Feb in Queensland and is
expected to raise $200,000. In addition, another donation
will be made from the unclaimed prizes fund of an
as. yet undecided amount
Fairfax Media: Matching staff donations
Seek: Reported it had made a donation to the Premier's
Flood Appeal but chose not to disclose how much
Flood Relief Money Gets Spend On Pokies, Vice - Piss
Up At Pubs...
been reported in a number of Queensland newspapers
that the $1000 flood relief grants that went to many
good folks in Granville are being used to feed slots
and buy piss (beer) rather than food and necessities.
Two Maryborough publicans say that in some instances
the answer to that is yes, and they are disgusted.
One of the publicans was so incensed by the misuse
of flood relief money she telephoned Fairfax Media
to complain. "A man came in bragging about how
hed got the $1000 payout because he told Centrelink
he was stuck in Granville but he was here the
whole time. It makes me sick that people are openly
admitting theyve got the money for nothing,
while there are people whove died or lost everything."
She said Centrelink should have screened the applications
more carefully to make sure only people who were genuinely
in need received the cash. Another pub owner said
his one armed bandits had not stopped buzzing since
the grants became available. "We were quiet during
the actual floods but this weeks been totally
different. The pokies and the bottle shop have been
going non-stop." Yeah, Aussie continue to love
a punt, rain, hail, shine or flood!
Millions Game 8 Results...
London based chap took down the $1,100 8 game mixed
event title at Crown Casino in Melbourne adding AUD$23,800
to his almost $1.2 million in career tournament earnings.
He entered the final table as the short stack, but
managed to grind his way to victory and nudge away
Australia's Bruno Portaro for the victory. The event
marked Ashby's 8th final table appearance at the Aussie
Millions that includes a side-event win back in 2005
and a seventh-place finish in the main event in 2009.
Ashby also won his first WSOP bracelet this summer
in the $1,500 7 Card Stud event and went well in the
$10k H.O.R.S.E. for his biggest career score of $378,027.
The 2011 Aussie Millions $1,100 8-Game Mixed event
drew 68-players and paid the final 7.
are the results:
1 Richard Ashby AUD$23,800
2 Bruno Portaro AUD$16,320
3 Casey Kastle AUD$10,880
4 Daniel Ospina AUD$6,800
5 Oliver Gill AUD$4,760
6 Dane Coltman AUD$3,400
7 Paul Ravesi AUD$2,040
Main Event Day 1b: PartyPoker And Full Tilt Poker
Players Feel The Pain...
and Full Tilt Poker's powers that be likely won't
be celebrating. Ok, they got news coverage and exposure,
but its because their players are out. Yep, history
maties. Full Tilt went well on Day 1a but Day 1b was
rooted. Many of the big name pros went down for the
count as locals stepped up. 209 players entered the
Crown Poker room but after 7 levels of play, 80 remained.
David Oppenheim, Annette Obrestad, Carlos Mortensen,
David Benyamine, Andrew Feldman, Steve Yea, Andy Bloch
and Gus Hansen were some of the Full Tilt players
who died. Other casualties included Luke Santo, Raj
Ramakrishnan, George Moussa, Michael Pedley, Graeme
Putt, Martin Comer, Dennis Huntly, Jamie Pickering,
Bruno Portaro, Casey Kastle, Ben Savage and Tim Marsters.
2005 World Champion Joe Hachem (tweeting he struggled
with jetlag following a recent trip to the PokerStars
Caribbean Adventure.) Defending champ, 2010 Aussie
Millions Main Event winner Tyron Krost (PartyGaming's
pro went down too). A new champ will be crowned in
2011 with plenty of Aussies still in contention. The
field kicked off with Jeff Rossier in the lead with
154,900, closely followed by Michael Ottobra (143,400)
and Martin Drewe, After winning the Opening Event
last week and going deep in another event, Drewe is
now set in the chip leaders in the Main Event after
getting to 136,100. Jay SEABEAST Kinkade
did nicely with 128,700, Haibo Chu (113,900), Manny
Stavropoulos (85,600), Sorel Mizzi (74,400), Michael
Egan (61,100), Kent Hunter (56,400), Jeff Lisandro
(55,000), Eric Assadourian (50,300), Scott Montgomery
(49,200), Chris Ferguson (45,400), Lee Nelson (30,200),
Neil Channing (28,800), Roland de Wolfe (26,100),
Aleks Brkovic (24,600), Jackie Glazier (21,900), Grant
Levy (18,300), Gary Benson (10,500) and Mel Judah
(7,200) amongst those who will return on Day 2. The
3rd and final flight of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main
will commence Tuesday with another strong field and
a few big names expected. Even Van Marcus will front
up. Van, is your Red Ferrari safe this time mate?
We're looking for more good fodder to write about.
How about do a publicity stunt and make world wide
headlines ago. Maybe someone at Crown Casino - Crown
Limited might be open to it. Stanger things have happened...
like Ferrari's getting stolen on site, casino fights
and a man getting stuck in the Crown Casino kitchen
Millions Event #9 Day 1b: Rossiter In Front...
was down to business with players investing AUD$10,600
to buy in all with the goal of becoming the 2011 Aussie
Millions Champion. 7 seven levels of play, and the
209-player field went to 80. Jeff Rossiter is in front
with 154,900. Martin Drewe, 2011 Aussie Millions Event
#1 winner with 136,100 - now 3rd on the leaderboard.
Australian Jay Kinkade is on 128,700, and European
Poker Tour mainstay Jeff Sarwer sits 5th with 120,500.
Randy "nanonoko" Lew has 110,000 and Gavin
Griffin 101,700 in 9th ninth and 10th place. Sorel
Mizzi, Jeffrey Lisandro, Eric Assadourian, Team Full
Tilt's Chris Ferguson, Full Tilt Poker Red Pros Scott
Montgomery and Roland de Wolfe, Neil Channing, and
Lee Nelson have also all made it to Wednesday's Day
2, but it was touch and go for some of them, testing
the skill VS luck debate. Full Tilt Poker $25,000
Shootout Invitational winner David Oppenheim, Annette
Obrestad, Carlos Mortensen, Andy Bloch, David Benyamine,
Andrew Feldman, Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem, and David
Steicke all had to say goodnight nurse. PartyGaming's
Tyron Krost was eliminated in a hand VS Gavin Griffin
where his Ace-Queen couldn't best Griffin's Aces.
The 3rd and final Day 1 flight commences Tuesday in
Melbourne, Australia at 12:30 p.m. local time.
board of poker yet? If so, try your luck er skill
at Baccarat or Craps. If your more into luck, check
out the slots like Cleopatra, Sinatra, Rambo, Goanna
Gold and The Terminator. Rumour goes PartyGaming
also have, or will soon get, a World
Poker Tour themed online slot game. We recommend
punters open an account with PartyCasino,PartyGaming
Poker Tour, just to have all based covered. Party
appears to still be the most popular online casino
brand in Australia despite big efforts by the likes
of 888. Marvel
slot games are forecast to be some of the most
popular of this year with Captain
America and Thor
tipped to hit Australia cinema's this year, with Spider-Man
also getting a remake. Whatever your casino game of
choice, good luck, and let us know how you go guys
and girls. Spin to win.
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Celeb News; James Bond Casino Icon Connection, by
Greg Tingle - 29th December 2010
Greetings punters, entertainment news junkies, one
and all. Today we have a look at the latest from Aussiewood
and Hollywood powerhouses James Bond, with a Bondi
Beach twist, Marvel Entertainment (go Wolverine)..we
love you Hugh, Spider-Man, Underbelly and more.. Media
with your celebrity and entertainment news fix, just
in time for the New Year. Ho Ho Ho!...
Emerging from Bankruptcy; Wants To Produce James Bond
Studios is emerging from bankruptcy with a $500 million
line of credit, and its first Xmas wish is to produce
James Bond #23, rumoured to be directed by Sam Mendes
and starring Daniel Craig (again), despite many leaks
saying that means it will be a gay Bond (for real),
if you follow.
James Bond franchise has long been a fav of casino
and gambling lovers, with Casino Royale being the
top pick for most punters.
Studios has been going through the wars as of late,
with the filing of bankruptcy hanging around their
neck. Their massive financial troubles led to the
delay of not only The Hobbit, directed by New Zealander
Peter Jackson, but also James Bond 23 starring the
studio just underwent a giant restructuring and was
able to acquire $500 million worth of credit from
financial powerhouse JP Morgan, a good lot of which
will likely be spent on the sequel to Quantum of Solace.
MGM is expected to partner with Sony for co-financing,
as it has done a few times previously with Casino
Royale and Quantum of Solace.
fans, did you know that 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary
of Dr. No (1962), the very first James Bond movie
ever, which makes it bloody good timing to release
a new Bond movie. The studio will be attempting to
secure and shore up its cast, director, and screenplay
for the new movie in very short order.
studio had previously announced that Peter Morgan,
and frequent Bond collaborators Neal Purvis and Robert
Wade, would be penning a draft of Bond 23. Purvis
and Wade have worked on every James Bond flick since
The World Is Not Enough, and that includes Die Another
Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace - the last
two of which were rewritten, to some extent, by Paul
have been flying for months have indicated that Sam
Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) is leading
the pack to direct the new movie. Now, Mendes is not
a filmmaker known for his action style skills. He
did however direct Road to Perdition, co-starring
none other than Daniel Craig.
of press, James Bond will not be film in 3D. Oh, did
we mention Media Man is the agent and manager for
John Seru who played bad guy Gabor in Bond's 'The
World Is Not Enough'. In Nine's 'Underbelly' Seru
placed Kiwi Steve in the following episodes: Alpha
and Omega, The Good Lieutenant, Hurt on Duty (2010),
Saving Face and Women in Uniform.
is still technically under bankruptcy protection for
a couple more months.
Entertainment's The Avengers: New Mexico Connection...
Entertainment's biggest film project of all time is
is now New Mexicos biggest film production ever
as 'The Avengers' confirms its 2011 shooting locations.
not only hits off the summer movie season of 2011,
but it sets up events that will culminate in the Marvel
superhero team-up epic, The Avengers, the following
year. With story elements of Thor taking place in
New Mexico, and the production shooting in Santa Fe
and Galisteo, its of little surprise to see
Marvel Studios returning once again for their biggest
Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Marvel Studios
officially announced the agreement making The Avengers
the single largest film production in the states
history. The current schedule has Joss Whedons
The Avengers shooting in New Mexico between April
and September of next year, using both Albuquerque
Studios and of course, the beautiful and vast surrounding
locations that so many other major Hollywood flicks
Avengers also is set to shoot action in Michigan and
New York but production will primarily take place
in New Mexicos largest city Albuquerque.
Richardson talks to local economic benefits to New
Mexico: "In addition to being our biggest production
to date, The Avengers will be the most technologically
advanced and will provide cutting-edge training opportunities
for our crew Im announcing this as a Christmas
present of sorts to the people of New Mexico. This
is a perfect example of the incredible job creation,
economic impact and global visibility this industry
has brought our state over the past eight years, and
of the need to keep it moving forward."
Marvel heroes fans, be looking out for Chris Evans,
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo,
Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg and
Samuel L. Jackson.
opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America
hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to
debut May 4, 2012.
Broadway No Match For Movie; Spidy Fans Disappointed;
Would Rather Play Spider-Man Games And Play Dress
new and much talked about Spider-Man musical has another
problem stuck in its web. Sick to death of waiting
for the problematic Broadway show to officially open,
critics for two mainstream news companies released
early and negative reviews of the $65 million musical,
which won't officially open until February 7.
for Bloomberg News, the influential financial news
wire service, veteran critic John Simon slammed the
show as "an unfocused hodge-podge of story-telling,
myth-making and spectacle that comes up short in every
department. A few good songs would help, in which
department the show is sorely lacking," Simon
wrote in the review late Sunday night. Like most rock
stars, Bono and The Edge havent a clue about
writing for the theatre."
U2 legends wrote the score for the show, which was
directed by Lion King helmer Julie Taymor.
Simon and Newsday's Linda Winer defended their premature
reviews on the grounds that the show was charging
full ticket prices in some cases more than $200 a
seat for the performances, and that the opening date
had been pushed back twice.
called the show's infamous high-flying acrobatics
"exciting and scary, in a circus way" but
dismissed the second act as "weak."
was also impressed with the flying scenes: "An
hour of anticipation for about 90 seconds of exhilaration,"
you believe four actors have been injured during the
show's rehearsals, including a horrible injury to
lead aerialist Chris Tierney last week.
almost never publish their reviews of productions
before the official opening night. Spider-Man: Turn
Off the Dark has pushed back its debut twice.
New York Times said in a posting to its arts blog
that it would not review the show until the official
Man loves Marvel Entertainment, Spider-Man and U2,
but this project does not sound good. Sorry guys.
TV Movie Legal Problems...
Nine may be forced to shelve forever one of its Underbelly
telemovies because of legal action in the state of
New South Wales.
Them Lucifer Was Here, the first of 3vtelemovies being
made under the Underbelly Files title, tells the story
of the 1998 murders of Victoria cops Rod Miller and
a probing investigation by the Lorimer Task Force,
Bandali Debs and Jason Roberts were found guilty of
the double murder in 2003. Debs was sentenced to life
in prison, Roberts to 35 years.
subject seemed relatively safe... for true crime.
Reader may recall the first Underbelly could not be
screened in Victoria.
anything that identifies "Debs" could be
a bit no go zone in NSW.
September 24, the Victorian Government Solicitor applied
to the Melbourne Magistrates Court to have Debs transferred
to a NSW prison for questioning over the death of
a Sydney prostitute 15 years ago.
lawyer, Michael De Young, did not oppose the application,
saying his client maintained his innocence and was
confident of being acquitted and returned to Victoria.
South Wales Police have been trying for 2 years to
question Debs...also was convicted in 2007 of the
1997 murder of 18-year-old sex worker Kristy Harty...and
reckon they have enough evidence to link him to the
transfer order was granted by the court, but Debs
had 14 days to appeal the decision.
Nine has 3 options: rush the Silk-Miller telemovie
out before NSW police have laid any charges that might
arise from the interview; release the telemovie in
all states bar NSW if charges are laid; or hold off
for a national release until any case has been heard.
has has yet to comment on this matter.
#4 To Hit Aussie TV...
4th Underbelly series to screen in 2011 promises to
showcase the birth of organised crime in Australia.
in Sydney in the roaring 1920s, Underbelly Razor tells
the story of the bloody battle between "vice
queens" Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh.
Nine Network are calling it their most "ambitious
and daring" Underbelly series yet.
will be joined by 3 Underbelly telemovies - Tell Them
Lucifer was Here, Infiltration and The Man Who Got
Away...which were announced earlier in the year.
Poker Celeb King Shane Warnie Tag Team With Wolverine
Hugh Jackman In Cricket Nets; Jackman Hit In Balls
(Almost) In Lead Up To Boxing Day Ashes Test...
tag team led the celebrity contingent to the Melbourne
Cricket Group for the prestigious Boxing Day Test.
'Our Hugh' got hit in the balls by a Warnie spinner,
so it seemed, but he had a cup on, perhaps taking
safeguards, after getting hit in the eye with a foreign
object at his Oprah Winfrey grand entrance via way
of flying fox a couple of weeks ago. Wolverine Jackman
joined other famous mugs in the crowd, including Opposition
Leader Tony 'The Bruiser' Abbott and veteran English
talk show king Sir Michael Parkinson aka 'Parkie'.
Premier Ted Baillieu and wife Robyn also tagged along,
as did Eddie "Everywhere" McGuire, Cathy
Freeman and Molly Meldrum. In a smart and rather cunning
move, just outside the MCG sports stars and entertainment
biz celebs tag teamed a game of cricket which raised
money for the McGrath Foundation. The foundation ambassador
Lee Furlong joined ex-cricketers Justin Langer and
Michael Slater, Glen Moriarty, Kris Smith and Guy
Sebastian at the friendly game. Earlier, Shane Warne
made one of his very first public appearances since
the "Hurley-burley", acting as host for
his fav Shane Warne Foundation's annual Boxing Day
breakfast at Crown. Warne mate, James Packer, attended,
along with wife Erica in a show of support. Singer
Leo Sayer also entertained to an appreciative crowd
that included Glenn Robbins, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy,
Aaron Hamill and Bill Brownless. A great day was had
by all, as best we can tell.
Poker Celeb Shane Warne And UK Sort Liz Hurley: Come
Down Under And Come In Spinner?...
Liz Hurley coming to Australia? Getting spotted at
Heathrow Airport sent press into a frenzy and created
munch speculation she will keep her date with Warnie.
Friends of Hurley told the Pommie press she had dumped
the cricket spin legend after learning he had sent
more than 100 sexy text messages to another woman
behind her back. Warnie is known for his ability to
sent sexy texts that can get the right response. Now
it appears Liz may have reconsidered after attempts
to stop an imminent divorce and rekindle her relationship
with husband Arun Nayar reportedly failed. During
her public flirtation with the spinner on Twitter,
Hurley wrote that she was keen to attend the January
3 "Pink Test," which supports the Jane McGrath
Foundation. Talk about a play on words "Pink
Test", got to love her form. Liz also told Warnie
she would "definitely" make an appearance
on his Channel Nine chat show if she made it to Sydney.
Sources close to the Aussie spinner have said the
cricketer was devastated after being apparently dropped
by Hurley, having previously confided his desire to
marry her. Both Hurley and Warne announced on Twitter
that they had split from their respective partners
shortly after spending 2 delightful, fun filled nights
together at a luxury London hotel earlier this month
and being papped kissing outside a restaurant. Warne
was last week caught in the outfield sending erotic
texts, including, "I want to see you riding me"
to middle-aged Melbourne mum Adele Angeleri. In an
apparent attempt to win Hurley back after the messages
were published in the British tabloids he logged back
on to Twitter to pen "No matter what anyone says
if you know in your heart who cares what people
think / say !!!" Hurley was snatched in the airport
mess at Heathrow, where snowy conditions caused widespread
cancellations from Saturday, leaving over 100,000
punters stranded, having their patience tested. A
fellow traveler said the swimwear model and well loved
celeb babe "looked nervous" as she attempted
to blend in with the crowd, wearing large sunglasses
and dressing down. "She'd dressed down and it
was clear she wanted to be left alone," the witness
told The Sun. "She looked like a woman with a
lot on her mind." Lizs office refused to
comment on her travel plans. Whatever the case, we
wish Liz (and Warnie) well on any of their upcoming
For Aussies On TV And Film Success: Not Yet...
Australia's remain pissed that they are not able to
bet on financial outcomes of upcoming TV shows and
motion pictures. Passionate Aussies has been reading
reports filed by Media Man and Gambling911 on Box
Office betting exchanges, but none of the action has
come to Australia, so us Aussies can't be on it. We're
not sure any Yankees of Canooks got to bet on outcomes
either. Sly, Arnie and Wall Street - when you read
this, give us an update please. We want to bet on
movie and TV outcomes. PartyGaming and Virgin were
rumoured to have some interest in the concept, but
nothing has eventuated from our probe as yet. Oh,
if you want to see the way Hollywood used to work,
do yourself a favor and rent or buy 'The Last Mogul',
which told the career story of the late Lew Wasserman.
Oh, we heard you want a review, so here it is mates...
Last Mogul: The Life And Times Of Lew Wasserman...
the second half of the 20th century, Lew Wasserman
was without question the most powerful money man in
show business, even if most people had no idea who
he was. Born in Cleveland, OH, in 1913, Wasserman
started out booking music gigs for mob-controlled
clubs, and quickly became an agent for Music Corporation
of America, which became the most lucrative music
agency in America. Funny that. As Wasserman rose through
the ranks at MCA, he established such innovative business
practices as "packaging" talent i.e: booking
hot acts and artists only in a package deal with other
artists who were not as talented, to put it politely,
and took the company into managing acting talent in
Hollywood, where he re invented the film industry
forever by negotiating a ground-breaking deal for
James Stewart on the film Winchester '73, which reduced
the actor's up-front salary in favor of a cut of the
movie's profits, earning the actor a mint in the process.
Under Wasserman's lead at MCA, the company took over
Universal Pictures, established the studio's television
branch and made it the most important production outlet
in the business), created the hugely successful Universal
City studio tours, and expanded MCA's recording branch
into one of the biggest record companies in the world.
Wasserman was also politically well connected. Ronald
Reagan was one of his early clients when MCA want
Hollywood), and was reputed to have some handy connections
to organized crime. Wasserman was a secretive fellow
who did not give interviews or commit anything to
writing if it could be avoided, but he knew nearly
everyone in show business. The Last Mogul: The Life
and Times of Lew Wasserman is a documentary that through
interviews with his friends and business associates
beautifully showcases his remarkable career, from
his childhood in Ohio to his death in 2002. Yep, there's
mob ties and such, but hey, that's show business.
er, punters, how did you like our report? What films
and celebs take your liking? As Shane Warne says,
'How good was that?!". Have you been naughty
or nice? Did Santa give you what you had hoped for?
What have you got planned for New Year's Eve? Tell
us in the forum.
you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over
it, and for God's sake, have fun.
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- Hollywood Entertainment News, by Greg Tingle - 29th
Stallone Sex Film 'The Party at Kitty and Stud's'
Sells For $400K on eBay...
The Italian Stallion himself, is back in action erotic
action, sort of... The rights to a soft-porn film
starring Sylvester Stallone four decades ago, was
sold on e-Bay for $412,100. The then strapped-for-cash
star made his on-screen debut in the 1970 film "The
Party at Kitty and Stud's." Stallone played Stud,
a young man who, along with his oversexed lover Kitty,
enjoys inviting various women into their bed. The
71-minute movie was eventually renamed "The Italian
Stallion" by Bryanston Distributors after the
actor became famous in "Rocky." Now that
the rights have been purchased (the owner has not
yet been identified), it's likely the film will be
re-released, The Sun reported. In an interview in
the 1970s, Stallone, now 64, told Playboy that he
was so poor that he had to take the role. "It
was either do that movie or rob someone because I
was at the endat the very endof my rope.
Instead of doing something desperate, I worked two
days for $200." After filming "Rocky,"
the erotic filmmakers tried to sell the movie back
to Stallone for $100,000, but the actor said he "wouldn't
pay two bucks for it," according to AOL's Moviefone.
Last year MGM unsuccessfully tried to buy the flick.
Sly, you've cum a long way since then.
legend Bono Waits For Table At Australian Bondi Beaches'
snuck into 'Sin City' Sydney on Saturday. He headed
for a eat and a drink as he often does when down under.
The renowned Irish rock singer, who spent two weeks
at Sydney's Bungan Beach with his family in 2006 completely
undetected, casually strolled into Rose Bay nosherie
Catalina on Sunday for a seafood feed with guitarist
The Edge (David Evans) and the eatery's owner, Michael
McMahon. On Saturday night he arrived unannounced
at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at Bondi Beach and
like a normal person waited or a table at the "no
reservations" restaurant. "He was having
a red cocktail but didn't finish it because a table
became available," advised a deepthroat. No,
not a Stallone type of deepthroat you rascals. The
U2 360 tour begins in Melbourne this Wednesday night.
Michelle Rodriguez Star Teams Up With Sea Shepherd
babe actress Michelle Rodriguez, star of Avatar, was
in Fremantle supporting anti-whaling activist group
Sea Shepherd. Rodriguez has been aboard Sea Shepherds
flagship vessel MY Steve Irwin. The crew are replenishing
supplies before heading to the Southern Ocean in December.
The trip, dubbed 'Operation No Compromise', will be
Sea Shepherds seventh mission into the frigid
waters of Antarctica to attempt to stop the slaughter
of whales by Japanese "scientific researchers".
Among the crew are three Perth residents including
former Labor Attorney General Jim McGintys brother
Kevin McGinty, Steven Bennett and Georgie Dicks. Captain
Locky MacLean said the crew are looking forward to
having Rodriguez on board. The group, which uses rather
militant art of war tactics in its fight against whaling,
made headlines early this year when their stealth
vessel the Ady Gill was "cut in half" by
Japanese whalers. This year, a new monohull fast vessel
called the Ocean Adventurer will replace the Ady Gill.
SS are currently seeking a large sponsor which would
give them the naming rights to use 'Godzilla'. Something
like that. Sea Shepherds Australian Director
Jeff Hansen said: "It is great to see high profile
people like Miss Rodriguez giving up their spare time
to help promote our fight to defend the whales being
illegally targeted in New Zealand and Australian waters".
Media Man lost good mate Peter Carrette this past
weekend, approximately 48 hours after doing photography
at the Bondi Beach 'No Compromise' gig at Bondi Beach
last Friday. R.I.P Peter. We miss you mate.
Aronofsky Explains 'The Wolverine' Aussie Hugh Jackman...
you're wondering why "Black Swan" director
Darren Aronofsky was hired to tackle "The Wolverine"
for 20th Century Fox, wonder no more. Aronofsky himself
has broken his silence on the "Wolverine"
front in an extensive interview with Movie City News.
According to the filmmaker, his reasons for choosing
the "Wolverine" non-sequel as his next project
are quite simple: in the end, he just wanted to have
a good time. "I'm just trying to have fun,"
he said. "I think, for the first time in my life,
you know, every single film that I've done so far
I've been the only person in the room who wants to
make the movie. And, I kind of am excited about doing
a film where actually everyone wants to make it just
to see what the experience is like and to see if I
can do what I do in that world." It's not like
I'm going to change my process," he added. "I'm
going to be working with the same team, and making,
you know, really trying to do something very, very
different and see what happens." During the interview,
Aronofsky said that he's received a large amount of
support both from franchise lead Hugh Jackman and
Fox Studios head Tom Rothman, joking that Rothman
"doesn't even know how gutsy it is" that
he hired the outside-the-box filmmaker for "The
Wolverine." "I've been looking for a situation
where everything lines up really well. This just makes
sense; I think I'm being hired because of who I am.
I'm not being hired to turn into someone. I'm being
hired to do what I do. I don't know if (Rothman) knows
exactly what he's bought, but we're definitely going
to make something great, you know, but it will be
very different, and that's what I do. We're going
to try and have a great time with it."
Travolta and Kelly Preston 'Overjoyed' With New Baby
Benjamin; Travolata Not Gay...
legend and iconic star of Saturday Night Fever (the
movies and the online slot game), is delighted with
his new baby, but very unhappy about the gay rumours.
Actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston took to Travolta's
website earlier this week to announce the birth of
their 8-pound, 3-ounce son, Benjamin Travolta. "We
are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our son,
Ella's baby brother, Benjamin Travolta. Born November23,
2010 in Florida, Benjamin is healthy and doing beautifully.
Thank you for the congratulations messages and wishes...we
are beyond happy about the newest addition to our
family," the family said in the message. Travolta,
56, and Preston, 48, announced the pregnancy earlier
this year, celebrating with a dozen close friends
at a shower held at their Los Angeles-area home. "This
baby is such a healing baby," a family friend
told People magazine. The pregnancy was the first
bit of good news they had shared in a long time. "It's
impossible to keep a secret," they wrote in a
statement on Travolta's website in May, "especially
one as wonderful as this." We want to be the
first to share this great news with everyone that
we are expecting a new addition to our family,"
the online statement continued and like this week's
update, was signed "Love, John, Kelly and Ella."
John Travolta's family has been dealt another blow
as reports emerge that he has been allegedly cheating
on his wife...engaging in "lewd sex acts with
other men" as part of a "secret gay spa
subculture." Perez Hilton posted the story on
his website along with a cover of the National Enquirer,
carrying the headline "John Travolta Caught In
Cheating Scandal! "John Travolta has been cheating
on Kelly for years!" said Robert Randolph, author
of the memoir, You'll Never Spa in This Town Again.
"And when the details emerge, he's gonna make
Tiger Woods look like a boy scout." John has
been married to Kelly Preston for 19 years, with the
pair expecting their third child this year. They lost
their eldest son Jett in 2009 to an autism-related
Studios Films Flop At Box Office; Perform Well In
DVD Rental Market...
trade publication Variety published a report today
on WWE Studios's new films strategy "flopping"
at the box office, but perhaps finding a market on
home video. Variety followed up on WWE's third quarter
earnings report last Thursday by noting WWE reported
$3.8 million in revenue related to "Legendary,"
despite the movie drawing a measly $200,000 at the
box office. WWE executive Jim Connelly told Variety
that WWE is banking on strong storefront marketing
at retail locations such as Walmart to help boost
DVD and Blu-ray sales of their movies. Variety also
reported on WWE pushing their slate of movies to theaters
simply for marketing purposes before pulling the movies
and releasing them on DVDs. That was apparent with
WWE Studios's theatrical release schedule for "Legendary"
and "Knucklehead." Related to the planned
launch of the WWE TV Network potentially in 2011,
Variety reports that WWE is looking to their slate
of movies to serve as "more high-profile programming"
on the new cable tele channel. Going forward, Jim
Connelly told Variety that WWE will be re-evaluating
their movie release schedule for 2011 as they begin
to roll out the next slate of low-budget movies in
theaters with an eye on home video. Variety concluded:
"For now, it appears as if the future of WWE
Studios will play out on the smallscreen."
Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban To Appear On Oprah Winfrey
Show Tomorrow; Australia Catches Oprah - Oprah House
actress Nicole Kidman and huby singer Keith Urban
will be on The Oprah Winfrey Show tomorrow. Urban
has earlier confirmed that he would be performing
in the shows Ultimate Australian Adventure episodes
to be filmed later this year. "Tomorrow, two
of the hottest Aussies are here! Nicole Kidman and
Keith Urban! The countdown to Oprah's Ultimate Australian
Adventure starts now!," says a post on the official
Facebook page for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Keith Urban
was in The Oprah Winfrey Show earlier this November
where he confirmed his performance at the much anticipated
episodes set to be shot in Sydney this December. Urban
promoted his sixth studio album Get Closer to in the
United States. However, the Australia singer did not
comment on rumours that his wife Nicole Kidman will
also be on Oprah's Australian show. Tomorrow's episode
might just confirm if Nicole Kidman will indeed be
a guest on December 14 and 15 at the Sydney Opera
Max Revamped Movie #4 Will Happen Says Aussiewood
Insiders; Fury Road?!...
the Aussie cult film classic that went on to mainstream...Max
Max. They got to #3, always with Aussie tough guy
Mel Gibson in the lead as 'Max Rockatansky' aka 'The
Road Warrior'. Filming will take place near Broken
Hill, New South Wales. Gibson will not be reprising
his old role in Mad Max 4: Fury Road which will star
British actor Tom Hardy alongside Charlize Theron.
In November 2006, George Miller had stated that he
still had full intentions to make Fury Road, telling
the press that he was considering doing the film without
Mel Gibson, saying, There's a real hope. The
last thing I wanted to do is another Mad Max, but
this script came along, and I'm completely carried
away with it." The film's screenplay was co-written
with cult British comic creator Brendan McCarthy,
who also designed many of the new characters and vehicles.
Miller again confirmed his desire to make another
Mad Max at the 2007 Aurora film maker initiative.
However, he did say he thought Mel Gibson would not
be interested in the film because he is too old (not
Branson To Launch Apple iPad Lifestyle Mag...
live Branson and Virgin, so you'll love this...Word
of Sir Dick's plans to publish "Project"
for delivery on iPads came shortly after media mogul
Rupert Murdoch hinted that his News Corp empire will
soon publish a digital newspaper for the hot Apple
gadgets. News Corp, owner of The Australian, has been
tight-lipped about the project but 79-year-old mogul
Murdoch acknowledged in an interview last week that
"The Daily" is in the works. Sir Richard
said in invitations to the press that "Project"
themes will include entertainment, travel, business,
design, and international culture. The event in New
York City on Wednesday did not indicate whether "Project"
would be provided as passenger reading on flights.
Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard owns about half
of Virgin Atlantic airline with its aircraft that
boast internet-age amenities such as power outlets
at seats and wireless connections to the web. He recently
said that his Virgin Galactic enterprise is on track
to offer commercial space travel within 18 months,
and that space hotels are next on the drawing board.
Yeah, we know, Branson has appeared in films such
as Casino Royale, Around The World in 80 days, and
a good spread of other movies and TV specials. If
your going to be a media tart, you might as well be
very good at it.
Murdoch Acquires Ten Network Stake, Joins Shareholder
Aussie James Packer...
Murdoch, son of News Corp. Chairman Rupert, has recently
acquired a little over half of James Packers
stake in Ten Network Holdings Ltd. Packer bought a
17.88% stake, or 172.2 million shares, in the media
group last month through Cavalane Holdings Ltd. Murdoch,
through Illyria Nominees Television Pty Ltd. has agreed
to buy 93.4 million shares for A$128.2 million, according
to a regulatory filing to the ASX (Australian Stock
Exchange). The two gents will act in concert in relation
to the exercise of their votes, the statement said.
Packer and Murdoch agreed to join the board of Australias
third-ranked television broadcaster last month. Gina
Rinehart, Australias richest woman, lifted her
stake in the company to 10%. Packer also owns 49%
of Consolidated Media Holdings Ltd. which in turn
has 25% of Foxtel, down under's largest pay television
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