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Rock VS CM Punk pro wrestling news; Dwayne Johnson
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Packer going to Hollywood to help make movies; Big
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class performing artists and entertainers to tour
Sydney, Melbourne... Australia - 9th November 2012
artists and entertainers upcoming Australian tours:
Mick Foley, Mike Tyson, Fozzy, Pink, Jennifer Lopez,
KISS with Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath, Blondie,
Journey with Deep Purple and more; Promoters include
Live Nation; What gigs will sell out or do well, News
media reactions, predications, backgrounds and updates...
agency has another in depth report on the upcoming
tours set to his Australian soil in early 2013.
Foley and Brendon Burns: Good God Almighty!...
WWE World Heavyweight Champion wrestler / pro wrestling
living legend and world class comedian Brendon Burns
are coming down under to Australia to perform stand
up comedy together! Foley, who you probably know as
Mankind, Cactus Jack or Dude Love from the squarded
circle is a New York Times bestselling author and
has been doing stand-up comedy for over a year now,
having performed with Burns at the Montreal Just for
Laughs festival in 2012. Burns, a wrestling fan met
Foley on his UK tour and will now join him onstage
for Good God Almighty! Wrestling laughs, stories from
the road and much more. You don't have to be a hard
core wrestling fan to enjoy the show, but it will
help. Get ready to be bodyslammed into laughter. WrestleMania
might not be coming to Australia but this WrestleMania
calibre headliner along with his funny as mate are,
so check em out, and as Mick says 'Have a nice day'!
Mike Tyson to entertain Aussie fans...
man formally known as 'The Baddest Man On The Planet'
is ready to entertain, inform and education Australian
fans (and even non fans). This gig will offer lots
more than just pro boxing stories, but true boxing
fans will of course lap up what Mike has to share.
Head of Markson Sparks!, Max Markson, is the mastermind
behind the Australian tour. The Aussie leg is going
ahead, but unfortunately for Kiwi's, the New Zealand
leg is now happening due to political and visa issues.
The 'Day Of Champions' promo reads "Behind The
Headlines And The 'Drama' Is The Real Mike Tyson.
A Man Who Is Dedicated, Hard Working, Courageous,Intelligent,
Insightful And Funny...
is coming to Australia to share his story from his
perspective - to share his demons, his victories,
his life experiences - and to pass these stories on,
not as a man on a pedestal, not holding himself up
as an example of how to live, but to share a very
real, very powerful, human story that will profoundly
affect everyone who hears it. But That's Not All...
'Day Of The Champions' show also features some of
the finest entrepreneurs on the planet - and you will
hear their stories firsthand.
entrepreneurs are real people who are making great
money in the current economy by embracing savvy investment
opportunities, new online business strategies or implementing
clever marketing techniques to traditional ' bricks
and mortar' businesses.
we all know its pretty tough at the moment, but this
is not the time to bunker down or put your head in
the sand - this is the time for innovation, reinvention
and tenacity- its a time where real champions are
Tyson's 'Day Of The Champions' Will Inspire Anyone
Who Aspires To Be More Than They Are,So Secure Your
*tour starts in Brisbane on 16th November. See the
official website for full details.
Pink - The Truth About Love Tour...
by: Live Nation
will make her hugely anticipated return to this country
for what will be the hottest tour of the year
The Truth About Love Tour 2013. Pink tickets are on
around the world as one of the most dynamic live performers
of her generation and by far the most successful
female touring and recording artist ever in the Australian
market - Pinks 2009 Funhouse Tour was one of
the biggest Australian tours ever.
off as a 20 show run, overwhelming demand meant that
the tour extended into a three-month stay, with Pink
eventually playing a phenomenal 58 sold out shows
to more than 670,000 fans around the country. Funhouse
broke Australian box office attendance records, reaching
a staggering 17 sold out shows and 220,000 ticket
sales at Melbournes Rod Laver Arena, 12 stunning
shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and 11 at
Brisbanes Entertainment Centre.
Truth About Love Tour is primed to deliver awe-inspiring
performances in the now trademark Pink style - thoroughly
captivating audiences with her rockin vocals
and a formidable catalogue of hits, all delivered
with a kick-ass attitude and spectacular staging.
2013 tour announcement follows shortly after the release
of Pinks sixth studio album, the ARIA #1 debut,
triple-Platinum The Truth About Love,
featuring the massive airplay and ARIA #1 smash Blow
Me (One Last Kiss) and Top 10 second hit single,
22 Aug - Rod Laver Arena additional show on sale Mon
5 Nov, 2.30pm
P!nk Shows Announced!
Mon 19 Aug, 20 & 22 Aug - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Thu 29 Aug & Fri 30 Aug - Brisbane Entertainment
Wed 4 & Thu 5 Sep - Allphones Arena, Sydney
*special thanks and credit to to Live Nation for re
publication of tour information.
Jennifer Lopez; JLO to tour down under in Australia:
Dance Again World Tour...
Lopez is hot hot hot.
is an often a strange thing, but Lopez has long lived
an interesting life, since getting her break as a
dancer on US TV show In Living Colour in the early
'90s. In the ensuing years, through her many hit albums
(On the 6, J.Lo, This Is Me... Then), occasional hit
movies (1998's Out Of Sight was good!) and a navel-bearing
Versace dress that garnered world attention just thought
it was pretty"), she's become a global superstar.
43, she's enjoying something of a career revival.
Her two seasons as a judge on American Idol (she was
the nice, nurturing, constructive one) reintroduced
her to the public and reinvigorated her career, which
had floundered for much of the past decade.
to the show, her recording career has taken off again,
too, and her 2011 single 'On the Floor' became her
most successful in eight years. It was also the most
viewed video on YouTube that year.
Idol made people look at me differently, which surprised
me because I always thought people knew how I was,"
she explains. "I'd always get confused when the
media would paint me to be different - it was so weird
to me. But with reality TV, you really are exposed
for who and what you are. I was lucky people saw the
real me, and that changed some people's opinion of
who I was."
the past year, she's been dating her former back-up
dancer Casper Smart, 25, who's now the choreographer
on her Dance Again World Tour, which heads to Australia
in December. "We work well together creatively.
He inspires me, I inspire him, and we can do something
that someone who doesn't have that kind of love for
you can't", she told media outlet News Limited.
another reason she left American Idol this year (happy
to let Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj duke it out at
the judge's table), despite advice it would hurt her
career. "I loved Idol, but I had to go with my
gut that it was time to get back to doing what I do,"
she says. "It's fun to be a judge and it was
a great thing for me. But, creatively, it wasn't fulfilling
to me as a person."
that means going back on tour, kids in tow. "They
watch the show almost every night - they love it,
they're excited by it." Max and Emme, it seems,
are starting to show signs of their parents' talent.
Lopez brings her Dance Again World Tour to Australia
from December 6 to 18. For more information, visit
KISS and Motley Crue rumoured Australian tour for
and Motley Crues heavily rumoured Australian
tour in early 2013 is likely to be happening in March,
rather than January or Feb at this stage of the game.
post on a tour fanpage crediting Brett
Bartlett as the source indicates the
heavy rock titans joint tour will now be happening
in March, not January as has been predicted all along.
will be touring in March...pushed back from January.
of the Kiss and Motley Crue tour first surfaced in
September when Motley drummer Tommy Lee mentioned
on his Facebook page that he had "A little break
till Jan 2013 then off to Australia with Kiss n Motley.
on the KISS Army Australia forum are speculating that
the tour could include an appearance at Adelaides
Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars Race, which also takes place
in March. The live music lineup for the weekend of
racing is to be announced in the near future.
Black Sabbath to tour Australia...
of the most influential bands of all time have announced
their widely rumored and highly anticipated reunion
for their first Australian shows in nearly 40 years.
Original band members - the Prince of Darkness himself:
Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist
Tony Iommi will make a thunderous return in April
for these once-in-a-lifetime shows will go on sale
at midday on Thursday, November 8th.
June, 2012 Black Sabbath headlined the 10th Download
Festival at Donington before a crowd of 100,000. The
group followed that show in August with a headlining
set at 2012s sold-out Lollapalooza Festival
Sabbath is currently recording the band's first new
studio album in more than 33 years, helmed by seven-time
Grammy winning producer, Rick Rubin. The album is
due for release in April 2013.
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Blondie to tour Australia...
is an American rock band, founded by singer Deborah
Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer
in the early American New Wave and punk scenes of
of Glass, Atomic, Rapture, Hanging On The Telephone,
Call Me, One Way Or Another, Picture This, Rip Her
To Shreds, Maria, Denis, In The Flesh, Dreaming, Union
City Blue and The Tide Is High... all super hits from
the one and only Blondie aka Deborah Harry.
your a fan of the 80's this is a can't miss as Blondie
was one of the hottest acts in the world and still
maintains her universal appeal, even as we approach
Dec 2012 SYDNEY ENMORE THEATRE
8th Dec 2012 SYDNEY THE DOMAIN, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN
*Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide concerts also likely
to go ahead. Visit the official website for updates.
Deep Purple and Journey to tour Australia together...
rock pioneers Deep Purple are heading down under in
2013, bringing four decades worth of music to our
Purple's classics such as Smoke on the Water, Hush,
and Highway Star are all going to be played, as well
as a few not so well known numbers.
you didn't already know, Journey is an American rock
band formed in 1973 in San Francisco by former members
of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has
gone through several phases; its strongest commercial
success occurred between 1978 and 1987, after which
it temporarily disbanded. During that period, the
band released a series of hit songs, including 1981's
"Don't Stop Believin'", which became in
2009 the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history.
Australia is blessed to have them performing in early
2013, so seriously consider checking them out as they
tour with Deep Purple.
Tue. 02.26.13 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Entertainment
Fri. 03.01.13 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
Sat. 03.02.13 Sydney, Australia Sydney Entertainment
Mon. 03.04.13 Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Entertainment
Thu. 03.07.13 Perth, Australia Perth Arena
More Entertainment - Australia December 2012...
BRAND I AM A WALRUS...
& NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2012
Sydney Entertainment Centre - 8th December 2012
comedian Russell Brand returns to Australia for his
first full national tour in December!
Brand shot to fame in the U.S. in 2008 when he was
seen as rocker 'Aldous Snow' in the Judd Apatow-produced
comedy FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Since then, the
British star has become an international comedic success.
his career as a stand-up comedian, Brand rose to fame
in the UK in 2003 for his Big Brother
spin-off, Big Brothers Big Mouth.
He launched his first nationwide UK tour, Shame, in
2006; the show was released on DVD as Russell Brand:
Live. Brand launched his second nationwide UK tour
in 2007, Russell Brand: Only Joking; released on DVD
as Russell Brand: Doin Life. He brought his
stand-up comedy tour to the United States and Australia
with his tour, Russell Brand: Scandalous.
Australian Artist News...Delta Goodrem injured; Will
still perform Australian shows...
Delta Goodrem has advised Aussie fans she will be
fit enough to perform at her scheduled concerts, despite
suffering nasty burns to her legs in an accident last
Friday. Ms Goodrem was forced to abandon a concert
at Sydney's State Theatre on Friday night, after succumbing
to the injuries suffered when she spilt boiling water
from a humidifier onto herself. "Unfortunately
the pain and effects from treating the burns got greater
and greater as the night progressed and ultimately
there came a point that I could not continue performing,"
Ms Goodrem said in an official statement. "I
want everyone to know that I am recovering well and
will be in fine form for my forthcoming Melbourne
shows next week. Thank you again for your support
and understanding." Australian based Promoter,
Paul Dainty, advised patrons at the Sydney concert
would be entitled to a generous 50 per cent refund.
"Delta showed incredible courage and dedication
to her fans by soldiering on through the pain and
dizziness to perform a brilliant first hour of her
show to a full house at the Sydney State Theatre,"
Mr Dainty said. "We are all just so proud of
her trying to do the best for her fans and at least
deliver half of her show under such difficult circumstances."
Ticket agency Ticketmaster will contact all patrons
regarding the refund procedure. Ms Goodrem is due
to play at the Hamer Hall at the Melbourne Arts Centre
on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8.
rumour of the day: The Rock will not be on 'I'm A
Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here'...
a Celebrity': The Rock issues denial...
and pro wrestling living legend and Hollywood actor
The Rock has issued a denial of his involvement in
I'm a Celebrity on Twitter. Retweeting a comment from
a fan about him taking part in the ITV1 show, The
Rock, real name Dwayne Johnson, wrote: "Garbage
rumour." 'The Rock' will however be in the upcoming
reality TV program which he helped produce: 'The Hero'.
Wrap Up - The Last Word...
thanks for reading our update on the hot acts that
will be touring the land down under of Australia.
Time a moment to reflect on the great Aussie and Yankee
promoters who help put these gigs together, as well
as the unsung heroes - the roadies who travel from
city to city, busting there backs, erecting and packing
up the stages et al.
tuned - Don't change your dial...
this space fans as the Media Man team will be providing
reviews to most, if not all of the above gigs. Your
fan contributions are also welcome, and also be watching
out for more hot upcoming events. Rock on!
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.
celebrity, entertainment and gaming news: James Bond,
- 6th October 2012
news, WWE, Hollywood, Australia, Sin City, Las Vegas,
gaming and more...
an exciting time for entertainment, movies, gaming
and wrestling fans. WWE
new angles and storylines, plus Main Event hits Australian
has just released a new game, and you must check out
the new Marvel Heroes online game. We've also got
Hollywood box office reports, pro wrestling
scoops, celebrity news and lots more. The Media
Man agency with the latest...
Bond new documentary...
highs and lows of the James Bond film franchise have
been brought into the spotlight with the release of
a new documentary.
or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007' charts the story
behind the movie franchise and has been launched to
coincide with the 50th anniversary of the films.
Steven Riley told Reuters he was pleased the producers
let him delve into the story behind the stories.
wanted to tell a real truthful history of the franchise,
so I had requested that we could tackle some of the
tricky areas, some of the hard luck story of Bond
and they were thankfully very open about that,' he
were many obstacles in the way, there were changing
times to cope with changing generations, tastes, there
were changing relations - well personal struggles
and personal relationship failures and really how
did the films survive despite those obstacles in the
way was something I really wanted to get to the root
of.' Riley said.
documentary interviews five of the six official bond
actors with the original Bond, Sean Connery, a noticeable
absence after turning down interview requests.
Bond girls mingled with the biggest names in James
Bond at the premier screening in London earlier this
the guests were the children of the pioneering producers
of the film franchise Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli and
you know it's our baby and we feel very very protective
over the Bond franchise, it's something our father
started over 50 years ago and he had great passion
for it and we have just been carrying the flame.'
Cubby's daughter Barbara Broccoli told Reuters.
or Nothing' was released in theatres on Friday October
5, branded 'Global James Bond Day'.
Bond theme tops iTunes...
Adele's theme for the new Bond film Skyfall has shot
to the top of the iTunes chart within hours of its
track is hotly tipped to become the first 007 theme
to make it to number one in the official chart when
it is announced on Sunday.
song - also called Skyfall is her first new material
since her career exploded following the success of
second album 21 early last year.
Vince McMahon returning to WWE television on Monday's
Raw (U.S Report)...
head Vince McMahon will return to WWE television on
Monday's Raw. WWE said Friday that McMahon will deliver
a "State of WWE Address."
topics hinted at by WWE include Raw GM A.J. Lee's
job performance, McMahon's future in WWE (storyline-wise),
and the fictional Board of Directors.
return to television follows a typical pattern. When
WWE Raw TV ratings slide to alarmingly-low levels,
which was the case this week, it usually leads to
McMahon returning to television.
pattern was in-play this spring when Raw slipped below
a 3.0 rating during the post-WrestleMania lull period,
which prompted McMahon to return to television. Raw
then received an artificial boost leading into the
Raw 1,000 episode.
the Raw 1,000 episode on July 23, Raw's TV ratings
sunk back to the 3.0-ratings level. Raw then dipped
below a 3.0 rating the previous four weeks against
football before tumbling to a 2.5 rating this week.
WWE News: WWE and Ion release "Main Event"
TV ratings info - how did the premiere episode fare?
and Ion Television issued a press release Thursday
evening announcing they are pleased with the ratings
performance for the premiere episode "WWE Main
Event" on Wednesday, October 3, which featured
WWE champion C.M. Punk vs. World Hvt. champion Sheamus.
press release did not provide an official TV rating,
but noted average male viewership was 876,000 and
average female viewership was 518,000. It translates
to an average audience of about 1.4 million viewers.
Additional information provided:
Main Event drew the "highest male audience in
the last year" on Ion Network in males 18-49
(422,000 viewers on-average) and males 25-54 (444,000
Main Event ranked #4 during its time period among
males 18-34 & males 18-49. The show ranked #5
in males 25-54.
WWE and Ion claim Main Event topped the MLB regular
season finales on ESPN and ESPN2 among key male and
Main Event topped most female cable networks with
the average female viewing audience of 518,000.
CEO Vince McMahon commented in the press release:
"Our partnership with ION Television is off to
a strong start. We expect our fans will make WWE Main
Event the number one show on the network as they have
done for WWE programs with all of our other TV Partners.
press release also slipped in a note about "Main
Event" being comparable to the U.S. presidential
debate between U.S. president Barack Obama and Mitt
Romney, which immediately followed WWE's show. The
release headlines: "Obama vs. Romney was not
the only match viewers tuned into on Wednesday night."
The Rock on: Dwayne Johnsons new competition
series, The Hero; U.S auditions...
"The Rock" Johnson will headline and
executive-produce a new competition series, The Hero,
set to premiere in the summer of 2013 on TNT. Producers
are going on a seven-city U.S. casting call for the
series, searching for competitors who display
the physical, mental and emotional strength to participate
in a battle of brains, brawn and morality, resulting
in one winner being named the ultimate hero.
show will host Dallas auditions on Oct. 20 at the
new Studio Movie Grill, 13933 N. Central Expressway
at Spring Valley Road, Far North Dallas. For more
information, visit theherotnt.com.
show will bring together 10 ordinary people
in a house, and then assign them various missions
[it] will challenge the competitors to prove
that theyve got what it takes to be heroes,
pushing them to the limits to see what they are willing
(and able) to overcome, undergo or sacrifice for their
fellow contestants, the press release continues.
Johnson will serve as The Heros mentor
In a unique twist on the reality-competition
format, The Hero will incorporate social media into
every facet of the show, from pre-production and casting
to on-location shooting and live broadcasts. Through
the shows interactive digital platform, viewers
will be able to vote each week for the contestant
they consider to be the most heroic.
Off beat festival fires up...
Tasmanian festival combining music and art has been
launched with a drumming performance in Hobart's River
drummer wearing zebra print gumboots strode into the
water in front of Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art,
to launch the upcoming MONA FOMA Festival.
played for about ten minutes on a drum kit in the
upcoming festival will include Indian bongo drums,
theatre performances and quirky art installations
all over Hobart.
Brian Ritchie is expecting a big crowd and says last
week's Helpmann Award for best contemporary music
festival in Australia is likely to boost numbers.
have seen steady growth of visitors coming for MONA
FOMA and we would expect that to increase," he
festival runs from the 16th to the 20th of January.
Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista weighs in for MMA
WWE Superstar Dave
Bautista weighed in at 265.5 lbs. for his MMA
debut tomorrow against Vince Lucero (20-22), who weighed
in at 300 pounds. The two heavyweights will square
off at "Real Pain" from The Dunkin' Donuts
Center in Providence, R.I.
doing this for my love and passion of MMA, not for
personal reasons," Bautista said of the fight.
"I'm tired of talking about myself at this point,
but I want to thank everyone who has supported me
and supported this event."
also spoke to "The Nick and Artie Show"
to promote tomorrow's fight, you can listen to the
Arnie admits cheating with Stallone's ex-wife...
Schwarzenegger had an affair with Brigitte Nielsen
shortly before she wed Sylvester Stallone.
philandering actor has revealed he had a steamy fling
with the actress - who was once married to his good
pal Sylvester - during the early years of his relationship
with now ex-wife Maria Shriver.
has confessed to having an affair with the Danish
actress while he was dating Maria in his new autobiography,
according to US gossip website TMZ.
wrote that he and Brigitte became close while filming
'Red Sonja' together in 1985; the same year she married
'Terminator' film star's admission comes more than
a year after Brigitte originally blew the whistle
on their "outrageous affair" in her own
memoir 'You Only Get One Life', in which she claimed
she didn't know he was living with Maria at the time.
is said to be furious with the actor for doing an
interview about her reaction to his new book on '60
Minutes' because she did not receive an advance copy
of his tell-all and was not contacted by the show
to give her own reaction before their interview.
has also reportedly told Maria that she should not
expect a share of the profits from his autobiography,
'Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story', even
though much of the book is about their relationship.
recently admitted his affair was the "stupidest
thing" he ever did in his marriage.
said: "I think it was the stupidest thing I've
done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I
inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable
pain on the kids."
WWE Studios 'The Day' positive movie reviews...
Day" hit theaters this week and the positive
reviews are in on WWE
Studios and Anchor Bay Films' chilling horror
film about a day in the lives of a group of people
living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
by Marc Graser
'The Day' is one of the most effective horror movies
made in years, successfully delivering a feeling of
dread that so many films in the genre lack these days,
along with a unique story and captivating characters.
Douglas Aarniokoski doesnt take the easy out
in his direction and never relies on camp or amps
up the gore quotient to thrill audiences. Hes
an impressive filmmaker who is worth keeping an eye
by Russ Weakland
Studios and Anchor Bay Films have always delivered
films all over the spectrum and with 'The Day' they
continue to entertain us with a story of humanity
torn by war, destroying civilizations and most of
all life on earth, which makes those that are the
survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to
stay alive." ...
if you want to go out and see a film that will make
you think and give you some jumps and chills 'The
Day' is your movie. You will not be disappointed!"
Los Angeles Times by Mark Olsen
Passmore's screenplay is stingy with his explanations
about who these people are or how the world came to
be in this state, and that turns out to be one of
the film's greatest strengths." ...
Mary, the most recent enlistee to the tribe, [Ashley]
Bell has a secretive reserve and steely resolve."
The Rock 'foils would-be burglars in London'...
Rock has apparently foiled an attempted burglary
actor - also known as Dwayne Johnson - was working
on his new movie Fast and Furious 6 in Hackney when
he spotted the group of would-be thieves as they attempted
to break into vans.
who was dressed as an FBI agent for filming, was said
to have abandoned a fight scene mid-take in order
to confront the group.
was so funny. The Rock looked like an action hero
because he had his flak jacket on and an FBI badge
in his hand," an insider recalled to The Sun.
"All of a sudden, there was loads of gunfire
and this giant dressed as a copper was about to mow
them down. The lads jumped out of their skin and scarpered
down the canal path and left the crew in peace.
was like the Only Fools [and Horses] 'Batman' sequence
- they must have thought they were in the middle of
a real-life action movie."
source also quipped that the crew have suggested that
actor - wrestler Johnson should be single-handedly
responsible for security on the Fast and Furious 6
source said: It was so funny. The Rock looked
like an action hero because he had his flak jacket
on and an FBI badge in his hand. All of a sudden there
was loads of gunfire and this giant dressed as a copper
was about to mow them down. The lads jumped out of
their skin and scarpered down the canal path and left
the crew in peace.
was like the Only Fools Batman sequence they
must have thought they were in the middle of a real-life
the crew are joking that they should drop security
and just have The Rock do it.
Dwayne Johnson wards off burglars...
'The Rock' Johnson scared off a gang of would-be
thieves on the set of his latest film.
40-year-old actor spotted a group of youths breaking
into a warehouse in Hackney, East London while filming
The Fast and the Furious 6 and stormed off the set
mid-scene - dressed in full FBI agent costume - to
chase the burglars away.
source told The Sun newspaper: "It was so funny.
The Rock looked like an action hero because he had
his flak jacket on and an FBI badge in his hand.
of a sudden there was loads of gunfire and this giant
dressed as a copper was about to mow them down.
lads jumped out of their skin and scarpered down the
canal path and left the crew in peace. They must have
thought they were in the middle of a real-life action
the crew are joking that they should drop security
and just have The Rock do it."
former wrestler managed to prevent the theft of expensive
equipment thanks to his quick thinking and his impressive
Fast and the Furious 6 also stars Vin Diesel, Paul
Walker and singer Rihanna, who is set to play a villain
in the popular film franchise.
Box Office results for new WWE movie...
Studios's latest movie, "The Day," drew
an estimated $10,100 in its first full weekend in
theaters. The movie, which was shown in 12 theaters,
ranked 52 out of 54 movies tracked over the weekend,
according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. (Pro Wrestling Torch)
- U.S news report
No Holds Barred star facing prison time...
"Tiny" Lister, who was back in the spotlight
this summer when WWE re-released "No Holds Barred"
on DVD, faces up to five years of prison time for
alleged mortgage fraud. Lister, who played Zeus in
the WWE movie, pled guilty to "conspiring to
commit mortgage fraud" in federal court on Friday,
according to a TMZ report.
to the plea agreement, Lister and other individuals
conspired to obtain mortgages worth $5.7 million,
costing lenders $2.6 million. Lister was also accused
of defrauding lenders of another $1.1 million. Lister
is due back in court in September for sentencing,
which could be up to five years in federal prison.
Otunga talks WWE and movies...
wrestler David Otunga said in a recent interview that
he hopes to eventually advance to the top of the card
in WWE. "I am very goal oriented and want to
see my character go to the top. I am hoping to have
the creative freedom to do that and let it pan out
the way I would like. Its exciting for sure
and hopefully in the next few weeks my character continues
to grow," Otunga told ChicagoNow.com promoting
also discussed his recent movie role for WWE Studios's
"The Hive." Otunga said, "The film
was unbelievably fun because it came to me second
nature. With the WWE, the acting classes, and the
improv I do it was very easy to blend in. The only
major difference was me having to shave. I havent
shaved in many, many years but it had to be done and
it helped me get into character."
WWE Interested In Lingerie Football Star...
WWE NXT website has added a profile for Summer Rae
and in that profile they acknowledge her past career
with the Lingerie Football League. On a related note,
WWE apparently has interest in another LFL star -
Post & Courier columnist Mike Mooneyham's Sunday
column features a review of a new NWA
documentary, "History and Tradition: The Story
of the National Wrestling Alliance," which focuses
heavily on the history and prestige of the NWA World
Title. The story also reviews the current state of
the NWA, which is being re-organized by R. Bruce Tharpe
after buying the rights to the organization. Included
are quotes from PWTorch senior columnist Bruce Mitchell
on the history of and state of the NWA and his view
on whether the organization has a place in today's
WWE News: Jericho details WWE's lack of long-term
planning & day-of-TV-changes in interview on his
2012 WWE run...
an interview with the Busted Open satellite radio
Jericho highlighted WWE's lack of long-term planning
and changes on the day of TV tapings, which has been
exacerbated by Raw shifting to three hours, in a review
of his 2012 WWE run.
Jericho said he did not find out about his "Contract
vs. Contract" send-off match against Dolph Ziggler
on the August 20 Raw the night after Summerslam until
ten minutes before Raw started.
didnt know until the day I showed up, actually
ten minutes before Raw started in Fresno that we were
doing this contract vs. contract thing. So, I didnt
even know this was going to happen. I just figured
I would have a match with Dolph and that would be
the end of it," Jericho said.
people who think that there is some long, drawn-out,
plan, it really wasnt. It was about ten minutes
before the show started and I was like 'Oh, we are
doing a contract vs contract thing? Oh okay.' So there
you go, a little special behind the scenes look."
also said WWE did not have a plan for his feud with
Dolph Ziggler when it started after the Money in the
Bank PPV in July. Jericho said he pressed for a back-story
to their feud before their strong opening promo.
couldnt wait to work with Dolph but I needed
a story. Whats the story? They said, 'we will
think of one later.' I said, 'I dont like that.'
I need to think of one now since I have a promo tonight
with Dolph. We can't think about this next week,"
added, "Thats when I came up with the concept
of everyone was bitching that Jericho never won a
match on PPV... I thought it would be real interesting
to go with the 'you cant win the big one' scenario.
But sometimes the writers will write 'this old broken
down guy who is on the last legs of his career.' Im
like, 'Wait a second, broken down? Im in the
best shape of my life, never been hurt, Ive
never missed a match...' I wanted to focus on the
storyline of 'he cant win the big one.' It gave
us a great place to go."
has said in recent interviews that he wasn't supposed
to feud with Ziggler in his send-off program culminating
at Summerslam. Jericho expanded on his reaction to
being told he wouldn't be feuding with the other candidates,
Sheamus and Daniel Bryan.
I was supposed to feud with Sheamus, and then it was
Daniel Bryan. Then the day of Raw, they said I was
doing something with Dolph. I was like, 'What happened
to Daniel Bryan and Sheamus?' They said it changed
and I was fine with it. Ive been doing this
long enough that I roll with the punches," Jericho
future stars on the roster replacing the old guard,
Jericho talked about the uphill battle that wrestlers
like Ziggler and Miz have in front of them not being
having well-rounded wrestling experience outside of
WWE. Jericho said, "When that light bulb comes
on and they already have ninety percent, but that
last ten percent is what makes you a great performer;
some guys never figure out that last ten percent and
when the guys do, thats when they become guys
you can base companies around and put in main events."
on whether Ziggler can be a future main-eventer, Jericho
said, "Dolph is one of the best guys on the roster,
but he is still learning as are a lot of the other
guys. People say, 'Oh, Damien Sandow is the next guy
or Kofi.' These guys are still learning. In time,
I think these guys will be amazing, amazing performers.
But, right now they are still on their way up the
learning tree. So, yes, I think Dolph is going to
be an amazing performer. Yes, I think the Miz is going
to be a great performer. Lots of guys are getting
into that zone, but they are still learning... Its
a different world out there right now than the way
it used to be. There is a lot of great, great performers
or potential great performers that are on the way
to getting there." [ FYI: Busted Open with Dave
Lagreca and Doug Mortman can be heard from 2:00 to
4:00 EST on Sirius 94, XM 208, and Sportszone 860
on the Internet ] (Pro Wrestling Torch)
Ric Flair Comments On 'Hangover 3' Campaign And His
Daughter Working For WWE NXT...
noted before that fans online are trying to get WWE
Hall of Famer Ric
Flair a cameo appearance in The Hangover 3 movie.
Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald spoke with Flair
this weekend about the campaign and The Nature Boy
is perfectly fine with it.
man, I love my fans. So cool they started this whole
campaign. I could play anything, as long as I'm not
the guy getting married."
also says he's proud of his daughter Ashley, who is
currently working as Charlotte in WWE NXT. Flair said:
my hope that people see that her accomplishments aren't
a result of me. She's worked extremely hard for this.
It's a very physically and mentally demanding business,
and I really just couldn't be more proud."
can check out the full article by clicking here.http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/01/2980014/hangover-suits-wwe-hall-of-famer.html
Ric Flair going through fourth divorce, waiting for
WWE call up...
are scarce at the moment, but Dave Meltzer, in this
week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, reported that
Flair is currently going through a divorce, his
fourth one, with his current wife, Jacqueline Beems.
Apparently, Flair is the one who filed for divorce
and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason
for their break up.
news is unsurprising as less than two months ago Flair
was assaulted by Beems at his home, according to a
local police report. This wasn't the first such incident
during their marriage together, as Beems was arrested
for simple assault on February 21st, 2010 after getting
into a fight with Flair upon their return to their
residence after a night out. They managed to patch
things up after that highly publicised and embarrassing
affair, but obviously the second fight that required
police intervention was the straw that broke the camel's
cause of their second fight together never came out
publicly. But Ric Flair still living The Nature Boy
lifestyle and their money problems worsening, what
with Flair losing his job with TNA, were all likely
at least partly to blame. Ric's adultery was at the
heart of his divorce with second wife, Beth; while
third wife, Tiffany VanDemark, quickly "had enough"
of his inability to retire gracefully and lead a more
normal lifestyle with her.
a fifth marriage in the not too distant future for
Flair, as he obviously has a psychological need to
be in a serious relationship at all times, even though
he clearly finds it difficult to fully commit to a
partner and amend his behaviour to ensure that a marriage
lasts the test of time.
also had the latest on his status with WWE:
was talk surfacing of Flair replacing [Vickie] Guerrero
with [Dolph] Ziggler but I don't know how serious
that is. Plus, even though Flair can legally start
with WWE on 9/10, WWE has yet to sign anyone from
TNA since the lawsuit was filed.
may explain why Ziggler is currently in a holding
pattern of putting over the likes of Randy Orton and
Sheamus on a seemingly weekly basis. WWE may not want
to pull the trigger on him cashing in the Money In
The Bank briefcase and winning the World Heavyweight
Championship until TNA's lawsuit against them for
contract tampering has been dealt with and Flair can
return to WWE as his manager.
have mixed feelings on Flair becoming Ziggler's new
manager. Though it should help Ziggler to be taken
more seriously, there is the risk that he will be
overshadowed by Flair and make it more difficult for
him to get heel heat. At least being managed by Vickie
ensures plenty of boos. Personally, I think Flair
would be much better utilised in an onscreen figurehead
role - what do you think Cagesiders? (Cageside Seats)
Joss Whedon: 'The Avengers isn't a perfect movie'...
Whedon has claimed that The
Avengers isn't "a great movie".
film has met with critical acclaim and outstanding
commercial success, becoming the third highest-grossing
film of all time in just a few months, but Whedon,
the superhero blockbuster's writer and director, is
determined to keep his feet on the ground.
an interview with Vulture, the 48-year-old claimed
that the box office numbers became, ultimately, "meaningless".
said: "They're large, and you can't really count
what his goals were with The Avengers, he claimed:
"I felt like I had a particular mission in making
what I felt was a slightly old-fashioned movie, because
I grew up wanting to make summer movies and wanting
to make superhero movies, and I got to do both at
felt like summer movies haven't been what I remember
them to be, so I felt like I would love to evoke something
that's less hip and ironic and more heartfelt and
character-driven, and apparently, other people cared
about that in a large way."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator then
conceded: "I don't think it's a perfect movie.
I don't even think it's a great movie. I think it's
a great time, and I'm proud of it, but for me, what
was exciting is that people don't go to see a movie
that many times unless it's pulling on something from
within, unless there's a need there. That's very gratifying."
will oversee a Marvel-produced SHIELD television show
for ABC, before starting work on the Avengers sequel,
due for a summer 2015 release.
The Avengers Crosses $1.5 Billion At Worldwide Box
the re-release of The
Avengers at the U.S. box office might have failed
to break into the top ten Labor Day weekend movies,
it did help The Avengers reach another major milestone.
The Avengers has become the third movie in history
to cross the $1.5 billion mark at the worldwide box
retaining its number three position on the worldwide
box office list, The Avengers took in another estimated
$1.7 million over Labor Day weekend, which brought
The Avengers U.S. box office total to $619.5 million
and The Avengers worldwide box office total to $1.501
enough, The Dark Knight Rises also reached a milestone
today, surpassing $1 billion at the worldwide box
office, which means that combined The Avengers and
The Dark Knight Rises have accounted for $2.5 billion
at the worldwide box office this year. If you add
in The Amazing Spider-Man, which currently sits at
number four on the 2012 worldwide box office list
with $734.9 million, then the total rises to $3.2
billion. Its definitely a good time to be in
the superhero movie making business.
Jim Carrey joins Kick-Ass 2 cast...
Carrey has been offered the role of Colonel Stars
in Jeff Wadlow's superhero comedy, director Jeff Wadlow
has strongly hinted.
Jeff Wadlow and creator Mark Millar have hinted that
the 50-year-old funnyman has landed the coveted role
of Colonel Stars in the sequel to 2010's wacky superhero
tweeted: "6 days till we start shooting... and
we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f'n then!
@ChloeGMoretz @MintzPlasse @donald_faison #kickass2.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse replied asking who his new
co-star was going to be, the original comic book's
author Mark replied: "Clue - he lives with 200
raccoons and parrots, owns the mask of Loki and named
by spielberg as a genius. (sic)"
Jim's 1994 film 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective', which
sees him play the titular character, his alter-ego
is a private investigator who specialises in the retrieval
of captive animals.
Mask' star Jim is reportedly a big fan of the original
'Kick-Ass' film by Matthew Vaughn and was being courted
to play the born again Christian superhero, who assembles
a motley crew of superheroes to help fight evil.
sequel will see several new additions to the cast,
including 'Scrubs' actor Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity
and John Leguizamo as Red Mist's bodyguard, Javier.
comedy will begin shooting this Friday (07.08.12)
and sees Aaron Johnson returning as the lead Kick-Ass,
while co-stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz
and Nicolas Cage are also reprising their roles from
the first film.
2' is set for release in June 2013.
Aussie actors Crowe and Jackman at war...
Crowe and Hugh Jackman are at war!
to various news reports, the actors having been fighting
like catty tween girls while shooting the new Les
refuse to be in the same room trying to get
them to promote a film together is a nightmare,
a source tells Star magazine.
known each other for a decade, but during this shoot,
any shred of civility was thrown aside. They cant
stand each other, each calling the other an embarrassment
to the profession.
sneers at Hughs musical-theater background.
But Hugh says Russell embarrassed his country with
his bad reputation in Hollywood.
Anne Hathaway has tried to mend fences, but the actors
hope she can convince them to come to a truce, but
its not looking very promising, said the
of the moment: Crowe VS Jackman at WWE WrestleMania
(Jackman is a known massive WWE fan and has participated
in a physical WWE angle in the past, so here's hoping).
Howzat: Kerry Packer's war on cricket may be missing
in media and sports circles are now buzzing that the
true founding father of one-day cricket was not Kerry
Packer but Dennis Lillee - yet the TV smash Howzat!
whitewashes him from history, one of the original
World Series directors has revealed.
an rocket on Channel 9's ratings blockbuster, World
Series Cricket director Austin Robertson - who also
featured as a character in the mini-series - said
Australians should thank Lillee for creating the one-day
response, the show's producers launched a broadside
of their own, claiming they asked Lillee to contribute
but the bowling superstar refused to because he wouldn't
get any money.
Robertson, who worked closely with the former Nine
king and the rebel team, also defended "the Big
Fella" and said he was not the bully he was portrayed
to be. Nor was the late batting star David Hookes
the simpering and indecisive vacillator depicted in
Robertson said Howzat! was great entertainment and
brilliantly produced but riddled with inaccuracies.
producers made a nonsense of the way they treated
the man really responsible for the whole thing - Dennis
Lillee," he said.
was visible enough but he is not given the acknowledgement
for having the idea in the first place, and his contribution
in putting the entire thing together. Other people
have put their hands up for having the brainchild
of WSC but I am here to say that, without Lillee,
it would never have happened at the time.
Packer was determined to get the precious television
rights, they would never have been delivered at that
time without having the best fast bowler in the world
in his corner.
the producers of the show, in the curtain-call of
the program, in the segment 'Where are the main players
today,' DKL was again overlooked.
had to ask myself, why did they do that? It was Lillee
who delivered the players and, while it was great
to be playing on the Packer team, without Lillee it
would have never got off the ground."
Star producer John Edwards, who made the show, hit
back at Mr Robertson. He said Lillee boycotted the
show and "shut down" Mr Robertson after
learning no money was on offer.: "He (Robertson)
was invited. There's nothing more to say really. He
was mad keen on being involved and Dennis got to him
and he was shut down. Dennis wanted money.
tried to speak to everybody and not everybody wanted
to speak. Some people had grievances and grudges.
Chris Lee tried to involve them as much as as possible
in the story and they chose not to be involved."
Robertson confirmed he and Lillee had been approached
but declined to take part. He declined to comment
further or say whether money was an issue.
could not be reached but he has consistently refused
to comment on Howzat!.
Robertson praised Mr Packer and revealed the media
tycoon was not as aggressive as the show portrayed:
"The portrayal of Kerry as a constant bully and
user of foul language is far from the truth. He could
bully. I saw him on many occasions rise up like an
out-of-control bull elephant and reduce a grown man
to tears. I heard him swear like a storm trooper when
out of control. But I never saw him chuck a plate
thought Kerry was in the main a humble man, often
revealing great compassion, a gentle giant who would
talk issues out for hours before making a decision,
and then following it through.
mini-series gave everybody the impression he was a
loud, foul- mouthed bully and we saw precious little
of his other side."
9 declined to comment however sources at the network
said they felt the show was spot on in capturing Mr
Robertson also rejected Howzat!'s portrayal of friend
David Hookes, who died after an altercation with a
bouncer in Melbourne in 2004.
was not a weak, indecisive and nervous character who
'spilled the beans' to The Age's Peter McFarline."
as for his own portrayal Mr Robertson said: "From
birth, and throughout the many years I have enjoyed
on the earth I have never had a moustache."
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
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 accusations 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 was until recently 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 million 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.
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 Top 10 best MMA fights of the rest of 2012...
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)
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 York Post)
Live RAW Tour: Event Results From Sydney, Australia
- 31st August 2012, by Greg Tingle
Punk VS Daniel Bryan - Allphones Arena, Sydney,
wrestling WWE style - Sports Entertainment returns
to Sydney, Australia...
WrestleMania (Australian style) returned to Sydney
on Friday night and the show did not disappoint.
wrestling fans young and old got their fix of WWE
WWE marketing and media machine can be attributed
to what looked to be a 90 percent full Allphones Arena
- making it a crowd of approximately 15,000. It's
unclear how much of the crowd was papered (unpaid),
but the smart money says it was fans who parted with
their hard earned money.
mixed crowd of both hardcore fans, casual fans and
families, who were pretty vocal and hyped up for the
show commenced with Brodus Clay VS Jack Swagger. Naomi
was with Brodus, no Cameron. Swagger got some good
heat, but Brodus got his hand raised quick. Entertaining
and fun, but not a classic wrestling match - nor was
it supposed to be. Kids just love Clay.
was the divas (ladies) match. WWE Divas Champion Layla
defeated Rosa Mendes. We appreciated the effort of
the ladies but its safe to say the WWE should raise
the bar in the Diva's division. Maybe bring in a few
Japanese lady pro wrestlers as well as snatch some
of TNA Wrestling's best also. WWE have so much TV
time to fill up, so ramp up the Diva's for the female
and male fans in the WWE Universe.
Tag Team Champions R-Truth and Kingston beat Primo
and Epico in a solid match. R-Truth was on fire, both
with in-ring skills and the mic, and 'Little Jimmy'
was over big time with young and old.
Miz defeated Alex Riley to retain the Intercontinental
Championship. The Miz got strong heat. Nice mic work
telling everyone he wasn't "awful", but
"awesome". AR was surprisingly over. Maybe
because he's a pretty strong worker and Australian
fans are not overexposed to the WWE product (with
live shows), like rather spoilt American fans. Lot's
of Wooooo's! (for the chops), respecting Ric Flair,
who most fans want to see return to his rightful home
Ryder defeated Tensai. Zack Ryder got a huge pop and
Tensai got pretty decent heat and reactions. At least
Tensai looks like a pro wrestling "monster"
- he has the look and size, and moves well for a big
man. Younger fans seem to be scared of Tensai and
went nuts when Ryder got the win.
defeated David Otunga. Decent heat for Otunga. Santino
is over in Australia, but not as much as he is in
the U.S. Keep WWE belts off both these guys... they
don't need them. They worked the crowd fairly well
and Santino is funny, but this was not a classic wrestling
match - and it was never expected to be. Passable
Punk defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship
in an awesome match which went for almost 30 minutes.
Stalling by both at first, but the crowd was pretty
into it. Established characters can stall for ages
with little fan backlash - the way the late Randy
"Macho Man" Randy Savage and living legends
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair used to do. CM Punk worked
as a face and was over big time. "Yes" chant
all throughout the match as well. Tons of fan signs
for both and lots of fans bought their t-shirts.
Cena defeated The Big Show and John Laurinaitis in
the main event. Decent match for these guys. After
the match Laurinaitis attacked Cena with a chair,
but Cena turned around and hit him with an attitude
adjustment to finish the show.
strong show - especially for an Australian WWE show,
which were mixed in the past. We're giving it 8 out
of 10 and it was value for money.
The Big Show
Of The Show:
Punk VS Daniel Brian
for improvement: More strong WWE Divas, bring back
Ric Flair urgently (1000s of fans did the Woooooo!),
bring Ziggler and Randy Orton to the next Australian
show, have 2 top line NXT talents on the next down
under show. It would be nice to see Ric Flair and
Hulk Hogan back with the WWE. Strong rumours Flair
will be back within a month or two, so hopefully he
makes the next Australian tour. Wooooo!
Gaming Expo report from Sydney; Australia - Day 3
- 23rd August 2012
arts for Paltronics by Human
by Eva Rinaldi
was the 3rd day for the most high profile and successful
gaming expo in Australia - the Australasian Gaming
Expo, which is being hosted by the Sydney Convention
Centre at Darling Harbour. It's gaming, gambling,
technology, sales...even creative arts elements and
It's a key time for the gaming industry in Australia
with all the regulation elements, responsible gambling
initiatives and such, and most of the big boys of
the industry were on hand to show off their wares,
with some exhibitors demonstrating significant creative
flair to help showoff their latest and greatest wares.
friends at Human Statue Bodyart were back again and
they had a couple of body models made up in bodypaint
(Anastasia as a butterfly and Victoria as a panda)
- complete with wings and sparkles, for leading gaming
brand Paltronics and its latest game 'Jungle Madness'.
expo centre itself is huge - 15,000 square metres
(about the size of an Aussie Rules football oval)
and this provided more than ample opportunity for
over 750 slot games on display.
Australasian Gaming Expo is by far the largest event
of its type in Australia and one of the worlds
learned through the grapevine that a trip for 2 to
Las Vegas will be won by a lucky visitor on each of
the 3 days of the Expo, and this is compliments of
the Gaming Technologies Association which owns the
event. It's understood the winner of the trip will
be named later this afternoon.
tipped over 20,000 people have walked through the
games expo thus far, with those in the business being
the majority, and no doubt a few punters, checked
through the gates (but note that the games on display
do not accept coins or notes).
done to everyone associated with the success of the
expo and we'll see you there again next year.
Australasian Gaming Expo www.austgamingexpo.com
Gaming Technologies Association www.gamingta.com
PALtronics Australasia www.paltronics.com.au
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre www.scec.com.au
Human Statue Bodyart www.humanstatuebodyart.com.au
Human Statue Bodyart Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/humanstatuebodyart
Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography
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Casino News Media www.casinonewsmedia.com
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across the network, and featured at partner PartyCasino,
are boosting the popularity of the superhero themed
online slot games. Bwin.Party currently offers The
Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man and
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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...
stars Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam are featured in Funny
or Die video. The theme is Angle returning to the
Olympics with RVD as his trainer. You can check out
the video at Funnyordie.com/videos/636c3d08e1/olympic-trials-with-kurt-angle?playlist=featured_videos
Squirrelly move puts U.S. wrestler on
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)
Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray and DVD Announcement
this fall, the third highest-grossing movie of all
time and the #1 movie in the world, Marvels
The Avengers assembles as youve never
seen it before on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray,
DVD, Digital and On-Demand platforms on September
25, 2012. In anticipation of this release, Marvel
is also launching an all-new App in July - The
Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App
(available for the first time on iPhone) that
gives fans unprecedented access to exclusive content
building up to the home entertainment release.
announcement comes as Marvels The Avengers
crossed the incredible $600 million domestic box office
threshold on June 26 only the third film in
history to do so. It has now grossed an estimated
$1.44 billion globally.
viewers with the ultimate in-home experience, the
premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique
ways to enjoy Marvels The Avengers
(on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital
Download of Avengers Assembled Music from
and inspired by the film) and brings to life the Super
Hero team-up of a lifetime in a whole new dimension
on Blu-ray hi-def with stunning visual effects, superior
sound and unparalleled bonus content.
include a gag reel, a first for a Marvel Studios film,
the chance to hear from the cast and Joss Whedon on
their experiences in bringing these larger than life
characters to the big screen, a behind-the-scenes
look at the groundbreaking visual effects and stunning
cinematography, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.s
Helicarrier, Soundgardens Live to Rise
Music Video, deleted scenes and more!
for the first time ever, fans will be able to enjoy
even more of the Marvel Universe via the all-new The
Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App.
By downloading this onto a secondary device, consumers
will be able to gain unprecedented access to exclusive
content building up to the home entertainment release
on September 25. Pieces will be unleashed bi-weekly
in July & August and weekly in September leading
up to a full immersive experience accompanying the
film on Blu-ray. Content includes special access to
the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D.
agent, invitations to special missions
either remotely or in the field, links to character
profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital
reader comic books and more. App owners will receive
push notifications whenever new content is uploaded
and available for their viewing.
suggested retail price for Marvel's The Avengers
is: 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $49.99 U.S./$59.99
Canada; 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack =$39.99 U.S./$46.99
Canada; 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada. And
for Digital & On-Demand platforms, please check
with your television provider or favorite digital
retailer for pricing.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
June 29, 2012
Pop Culture Expo Hits Sydney, Australia - 16th June
Supanova pop culture expo has returned to Sydney,
Australia, and has warmly embraced the pop culture
phenom which is taking place at Olympic Park, Homebush,
in Sydney's west.
a 3 day pop culture mania bringing together fans,
actors, game players, information and tons of merchandise
and collectibles. Make no mistake - this is big business,
but also lots of fun. It brings out the kid lurking
inside all of us, no matter what our age.
the general public dress up as their favourite hero,
heroine or monster was just as much fun as the official
to the expo to join in the fun (and big business)
are over 40 international stars from various shows,
films, franchises and worlds including Christopher
Lloyd (Back To The Futures Doc Brown), Yvonne
Craig (the original Batgirl), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora
Tonks in the Harry Potter series, Osha in Game Of
Thrones) and Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from the Austin
our favorite real life superheroes of Australian pro
wrestling - AWF Wrestling turned up and put on some
very solid chain wrestling and brawling to the delight
of the crowd. The wrestlers were also a big favorite
with the media and the brawlers got somewhat crowd
mobbed with famed actor Verne Troyer (Mini-Me) from
'Austin Powers' fame joining in the fun and games.
Christopher Lloyd question and answer session was
very entertaining and educational, and was a much
sought after attraction for both news media and fans.
Lloyd shared stories from his illustrious acting and
show business career, much of which has been pop culture
included such as 'Back To The Future' franchise, where
he portrayed Dr. Emmett Brown. Lloyd even talked about
the cult film fav 'Suburban Commando', which also
featured pro wrestling living legend, Hulk Hogan (not
known for great acting), but a very entertaining showman,
none the less. Lloyd told the crowd of 500 plus that
he enjoyed working with Hulk and that he was a really
nice guy and didn't pretend to be a great actor. One
lucky fan asked Lloyd if he could have a "high
five", and the actor obliged, which got a nice
reaction from the jam packed crowd.
Star also at Supanova Sydney...
of Buffy, Mercedes McNab, has come Down Under for
Supernova and is loving it.
blonde is in Sydney for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo
at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park.
known for playing mean girl Harmony Kendall on 'Buffy
The Vampire Slayer', McNab has enjoyed a successful
career as a modern day scream queen.
the popular Hatchet horror movie franchise to spooky
shows such as Buffy and Angel, the 32-year-old says
she has come to feel comfortable within the genre
and loves "a good death scene".
hilarious. I never thought Id be considered
a scream queen, but I guess Ill take it.
think I gravitate more towards comedy and comedy can
sometimes be in a darker vein, like sarcasm."
edgy stuff started early for McNab, with her big screen
debut opposite Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams
in The Addams Family movie and its sequel.
the age of 16 she auditioned for a supporting role
on Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a move
that would change her life.
were on a brand new network and the show was based
off a B-movie," she says.
one expected a spin-off to come of it or such a great
fan reaction. No one could anticipate how welcomed
and received the show was.
the beginning we never knew whether if we were going
to get killed off.
get the script and skip to the end to make sure you
werent going to die."
experienced quite a character turn on Buffy when her
superficial character was transformed into a vampire
and eventually went on to join the spin-off series
have Joss call you and have him ask you to be a part
of anything he does is pretty awesome."
that Whedon has found mainstream and box-office success
with the hit of the year - 'The Avengers' - McNab
says his loyal friends couldn't be happier.
such a genius. He's just proved to the industry what
he can do."
Pop Culture Expo is on today and Sunday at Sydney
Showground, Olympic Park.
Hero is no longer Expendable. Eric Roberts is The
Master of Supanova!
a career spanning five decades, Eric Roberts has become
recognisable to millions of film and TV fans. He has
appeared in almost 200 movies and in countless TV
shows including Heroes, The Drew Carey Show, Frasier,
Oz, Touched By An Angel, Law & Order: SVU and
even in a Doctor Who telemovie as the Doctors
nemesis, The Master.
has filmed in over 17 countries, including Australia
(in The Coca-Cola Kid), and received critical acclaim
for his performances in Star 80, Its My Party
and Truman Capotes In Cold Blood. In 2008, Eric
joined the cast of Batman: The Dark Knight as Gotham
gangster Sal Marone; in 2010 he appeared alongside
Stallone, Lundgren, Statham and Li in The Expendables.
of comics and animation know him as the voice of Mongul
in the Justice League cartoons. Hes such a familiar
face that he has appeared as himself in 63 productions,
often making light of his notoriously chequered movie-star
lifestyle. Brother to Julia Roberts and father of
teen actress Emma Roberts, Eric is a true Hollywood
therefore also the perfect guest to kick off festivities
for Supanovas TENTH ANNIVERSARY at the Sydney
expo, in addition to the Perth expo the following
weekend, with an exclusive Q&A and special appearance
at each of our Friday evening Preview Nights which
are exclusively for full weekend ticket holders (SUPA
FAN PASS), in helping us celebrate a decade of successful
Supanova Expos; something we couldnt have done
without your wonderful support.
will then spend the weekends meeting fans, signing
autographs and posing for studio portraits. (Supernova)
Nintendo Flies High at Supanova with Kid Icarus: Uprising!...
youre heading to Supanova this weekend, Nintendo
are hosting a Kid Icarus: Uprising Multiplayer Battle
Challenge! Bring along your Nintendo 3DS and copy
of Kid Icarus as its the perfect opportunity
to StreetPass with other Nintendo 3DS owners and enjoy
some friendly multiplayer fun with the Nintendo community.
3DS consoles and Kid Icarus: Uprising games will also
be available to use on the day so everyone is welcome
to join in the fun!
Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards only available at this
event will be a special bonus for those who play.
These AR cards are very exclusive and availability
is strictly limited so please ensure you are there
early to ensure you get your hands on one.
25 years after the original Kid Icarus game for NES
captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers worldwide,
Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure
of this beloved series to new heights and new
visual dimensions on the Nintendo 3DS system.
The dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army have
returned, and theyve got their sights set on
the heroic angel Pit. With the aid of Palutena, goddess
of light and guardian of the human race, Pit must
fend off this malevolent threat. The richly immersive
graphics of the Nintendo 3DS system offer incredible
depth as Pit battles enemies by air and by land. (Supernova)
Special guests appearing at Supernova Sydney and Perth
Street Fighter II: Turbo, Udon Comics,
Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Slave of Sondelle
Scion, New Avengers, Avengers: The Childrens Crusade
Lt. Selar, K'Ehleyr, the Female Q, Tarah, in TNG,
Voyager and Enterprise
Artist on Kabuki, Daredevil, Avengers
Author of Torn.
Author of the 'Seven waters' trilogy.
Batgirl in the 60's Batman Series, Orion Slave girl
'Marta' in Star trek
Family Guy, The Cleveland Show.
Author of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.
Artists Alley promo...
is all about supporting the local industry and providing
a spotlight for the local comic creators. That spotlight
is Artists Alley; the place where the fans can meet
the creators and explore worlds they may never have
known existed before. Whether its a 25 page self-printed
black and white comic, or a full color, fully bound
graphic novel, or even stunning computer art prints,
youll find something to astonish in Artists
artists are approachable and always willing to give
constructive feedback on artwork. As such, Artists
Alley can be a fantastic tool for the emerging artist
to improve their skills or make new connections and
possibly take their first leap into the professional
you to all involved in the promotion and success of
Supernova. We look forward to seeing you all out there
again tomorrow. As Marvel Comics living legend Stan
Lee says, Excelsior!
Pop Culture Expo
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; Australia, Hollywood And
Internet World - 24th March 2012
"The Wolverine" Jackman punches Russell
"The Gladiator" Crowe in play...
Jackman tried to punch Russell Crowe as many times
as possible during rehearsals for theatre production
Australian star keeps asking to re-shoot fight scenes
where he knocks Crowe out, because he enjoys it so
source told The Sun newspaper: "The crew find
it hilarious as Crowe would obviously sweep the floor
with Jackman in real life.
keeps ribbing Russell and winding him up but he's
been getting his own back by calling Hugh a twirlie,
which is showbiz speak for a singer/dancer."
Jackman has always had to be in good shape to play
muscular superhero Wolverine in the X-Men films, he
was recently told he had to bulk up to play the character
in the next movie, The Wolverine, as he had lost so
many pounds while appearing in Hugh Jackman: Back
said: "The studio wants me to bulk up. Singing
and dancing makes the suits nervous because weight
just falls off me, but I'd rather sing and dance on
Broadway than make movies."
is also no stranger to long fight scenes, having undergone
gruelling shoots against Michael Shannon in Superman:
Man of Steel, in which he played the titular superhero's
tweeted: "15km bike ride, umpteen hours fighting
Michael Shannon. He's very hard to put down. Hard
to tell who wins, we are still fighting tomorrow.
The Star Casino Nightclub To Lure Paris Hilton, Boyfriend
And Clique - End Of Month...
been mixed headlines for The Star over the past month,
but the powers that be are hoping the ship will turn
around after re pushing the celebrity card, now looking
to have netted Paris Hilton and friends.
Star in 'Sin City' Sydney will fly in some big name
celebs to help launch its new nightclub, Marquee.
sounds like its going to be a huge night come March
30, and one of the hottest tickets in town we bet.
producer and DJ Afrojack (Nick van de Wall) is signed
up, and Paris Hilton is as close to 100% as you can
heiress recently fuelled the rumours when she posted
this message on Twitter: "Congrats @NoahTepperberg
on@MarqueeSydney! @DJAfrojack is gonna kill it at
the opening party down there! I love #Australia!"
casino is looking to throw off the negative press
that came its way re the the surprise departure of
former boss Sid Vaikunta.
is a joint venture with Tao Group, which is responsible
for America's biggest nightclubs, including Tao in
Las Vegas and New York, and Marquee Nightclub and
Dayclub in Las Vegas.
Vegas managed to snatch the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce,
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, and 'Sin City' version
is hoping to at least equal that.
Are Bruce Willis And Sylvester Stallones Wives
Joining Season 3 Of Real Housewives of Beverly Wills?...
There has been many rumors that Sylvester Stallones
wife, Jennifer Flavin was asked to join season 3 of
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but no confirmation
just yet. The National Enquirer is now reporting that
Jennifer is "heavily recruiting" close friend
and Bruce Willis wife Emma Heming to join the show
as well! A Hollywood pal told The Enquirer, "They
know each other from their modeling days, and Jen
thinks the two of them together can take over
the show and she loves that their hubbies are
how exactly does Bruce and Sly feel about this? The
leak says, "While Jennifer says Sly is totally
supportive of the idea, shes trying to get Emma
to convince Bruce that this would be a good thing.
Hes wary because Emma is about to become a first-time
mom. Hes also not thrilled about having a reality
TV crew following them everywhere." The two couples
were seen having dinner last week and apparently "Bruce
told Jennifer he would consider the idea. But first
he wants to get past the impending arrival of his
Brummer 'acted in self-defence' during nightclub scuffle...
former Home and Away heart-throb allegedly attempted
to bite one man, and punched and kicked another in
the scuffle at the city's Crown Casino after the actor
was turned away from a Logie Awards afterparty in
appeared in court in Melbourne on Friday (23 Mar 12)
to face charges of unlawful assault and attempting
to commit an indictable offence for allegedly trying
to bite the security guard.
the actor's lawyer, Andrew Dickenson, argued the incident
was "largely a case of self-defence" as
Brummer was being restrained by up to five guards
and had his hands tied.
asked for the case to be reviewed at a diversion hearing,
which allows first-time offenders to escape a conviction
by making amends for their actions.
magistrate granted the request and the diversion hearing
will be held on 1 May (12).
Soapies star tried to bite bouncer - court...
soapie star Dieter Brummer will reappear in court
in May for allegedly trying to bite, push and kick
Crown Casino security guards on Logies night.
36, was outside a Logies after-party at Melbourne's
Crown Casino on May 2 last year when he was restrained
by up to five security guards aka "gorillas in
Magistrates Court heard Brummer tried to bite one
of the guards and pushed and kicked another.
his lawyer argued he was acting in self-defence.
who shot to stardom on Home and Away and more recently
starred in two Underbelly series, appeared in court
on Friday facing nine charges.
lawyer Andrew Dickenson said Brummer had been restrained
by up to five security guards during the scuffle,
had a bloodied nose and his hands tied when he lashed
this is a case of self-defence, but whether or not
it's reasonable under the circumstances" he told
court heard Brummer had drugs in his possession but
they were later found to be prescription medication.
Dickenson asked for the matter to be referred for
a diversion hearing, given the circumstances.
Ann Collins initially had reservations, but agreed
after hearing Brummer's claim of self-defence.
these sorts of incidents are not the sort of incidents
that would be diverted," she said.
prosecution said the security guards were 'amenable'
to the matter proceeding as a diversion.
of the nine charges will proceed: attempting to commit
an indictable offence and unlawful assault.
was ordered to reappear in court on May 1 for a diversion
hearing, under a program which allows first-time offenders
to avoid a criminal conviction.
a winner of two silver Logie awards, walked from the
court with his lawyer without speaking to news media.
Red Dog Film To Become Musical; Set For The Star Lyric
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -
and Strictly Ballroom next year - the hit Australian
film Red Dog is to become a stage musical.
producer John Frost and film producer Nelson Woss
will meet next week to thrash out ideas for Red Dog
who has An Officer and a Gentleman opening at Sydney's
Lyric theatre in May, says the new show (''music by
Bach?'') is at least two years away. He thinks the
story is likely to stay "pretty close" to
the warm-hearted film, which was based on a true story
about a free-spirited red Kelpie who united an outback
mining community in the 1970s. And he hopes to do
what Woss managed with the film - attract such big
mining companies as Rio Tinto and Woodside as investors.
shows cost 7 or 8 million dollars," he told The
Herald's Garry Maddox. "It's a lot of money to
raise. It'll probably end up costing more than the
film cost, as did Priscilla."
Media Man publicity and internet agency just loves
the idea. "Ruff and ready, and should make a
motza of money for any half decent theatre that takes
it on", a insider was overhead saying.
Star Casino Fun And Games...
is everything, as management at The Star discovered
when the millions spent on flashy parties and celebrities
backfired after boss Sid Vaikunta was sacked for inappropriate
behaviour. Now the casino has yet another big-name
party to launch its new nightclub Marquee, sister
club to its racy Las Vegas counterpart famed for celebrity
high jinks. Enlisted for the launch next Friday are
Afrojack, Bobby Burns and Redfoo, of LMFAO fame and
the hit song Sexy and I Know It. Team Media Man and
Music News Australia is pretty keen to come to the
afterparty, and we're not that hard to find kids.
Marc Webb Talks Amazing Spider-Man...
Marc Webb reveals several details for the upcoming
reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.
at the WonderCon that is currently being held in Anaheim,
California, check out what director Marc Webb has
to say regarding the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spider-Man..
Amazing Spider-Man follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield),
a teenager who is an outcast from high school and
abandoned by his parents when he was young and is
now living with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt
May (Sally Field), spends his days trying to unravel
the mystery of his own past and winning the heart
of his high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to
his dad which leads him to his dad's former partner,
Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans). The discovery of his father's
secret will ultimately shape his destiny of becoming
"Spider-Man" and bring him face to face
with Connors" alter ego, the Lizard. Under the
direction of Marc Webb, the movie will swing in to
theaters on July 3, 2012.
Official Marvel Avengers Colognes Hit the Online Marketplace...
debuting at the International Toy Fair, Avengers colognes
become available for public purchase online and at
select comic stores throughout the U.S. and Canada
VALLEY, Md., March 22, 2012 - After debuting at the
International Toy Fair in true Super Hero fashion,
JADS International, LLC, a company producing fine
fragrances worldwide, is proud to announce that official
Marvel's The Avengers Colognes are now available for
public purchase through the company's online marketplace
(www.jadsinternational.com). Anticipation and excitement
for the colognes and perfume has been building as
the May 4 premiere of Marvel's The Avengers draws
for our official Avengers cologne and perfume has
been, pardon the pun, out of this world and we are
happy to report that fans can now get their hands
on our products before the film premieres," said
Andrew Levine, Chief Executive Officer of JADS. "Everyone
has conventional cologne and perfume at home, but
we take it to another level by offering supernatural
scents that will empower and bring out the Super Hero
in all of us."
JADS Spring 2012 Line for Marvel's The Avengers is
most accessible online and includes:
Avengers Cologne Set (four 60ml Eud du Toilette Vaporisateur
Spray Colognes, $59.99). Set includes four heroic
Cologne, Your Attack Plan: inspired by Captain America,
pays homage to the confident, stand-up to bullies,
hard working average Joe in everyman. The cologne
features hints of green lime and white pepper with
finishes of dry oak wood, sandalwood and tequila.
VII Cologne, Armor Up: inspired by Iron Man, combines
mandarin and jasmine with light patchouli to create
a contemporary expression of "I don't play well
with others" confidence; leaving you ready for
whatever a genius, billionaire, playboy-philanthropist
might encounter throughout their day.
Cologne, Posses the Power: inspired by Thor, is a
woody citrus cologne with a combination of bergamot,
frozen ginger and wheatgrass blended with a hint of
fresh natural grapefruit and layered with cypress;
creating a deep dry masculine almost "God-like"
Be Angry: inspired by Hulk, is a clean scent with
clear top notes of water lily and nutmeg, which carries
on an intense woody dry down, enriched with Indian
sandalwood, dry musk and warm cedar. Complimentary
to full range emotions, it wears well at work, in
the lab, or an evening out on the town.
Widow Perfume (50ml Vaporisateur Eau de Parfum, $29.99)
Russian spy, trained assassin, world-class
ballerina, girl from legal department. This perfume
has a clear shot of citrus slowly giving way to sensual
caramel and honey. The scent dries down with a blend
of bitter chocolate, clear patchouli and praline.
Formula Cologne (100ml Eud du Toilette Vaporisateur
Spray Cologne, $29.99) Inspired by Nick Fury,
CIC of S.H.I.E.L.D., this cologne is a seductive fragrance
for not just any man; but only for those who will
risk everything to keep the dream of freedom alive.
And sure, you could describe it as a citron cocktail
smoothed over with a couple of stiff shots of tonka
bean and guaiac wood; or you could just put it on
and know it makes you smell good.
Cologne (100ml Eud du Toilette Vaporisateur Spray
Cologne, $29.99) Inspired by Thor's bad brother,
Loki, this unisex fragrance combines a base of green
tea and amber with bergamot and cardamom in a dangerous-sexy,
yet playful way that wears well on anyone; day or
All fragrances are made in the U.S., never tested
on animals and are cruelty free.
information and additional comic inspired cologne
and perfume lines are available on www.jadsinternational.com.
The website also supplies a list of comic retailers
selling the products.
Marvel's The Avengers Marvel Studios presents "Marvel's
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 effort begins.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo,
Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
and Samuel L. Jackson, and written and directed by
Joss Whedon, "Marvel's 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
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The Godfather Movie Franchise Turns 40...
Ford Coppola's The Godfather turns 40 this weekend,
a surprisingly ripe old age for a movie that hasn't
aged a bit.
of the great American movies, The Godfather hasn't
stopped influencing popular culture since the day
it was released.
Scorsese owes much of his career to it, The Sopranos
wouldn't have made sense without it, and VH1's reality
show Mob Wives is a winking travesty of it.
film's alluring portrait of the mob as Old World charmers
with ice-cold hearts appears again and again in crime
films, comedies, video games, comic books, hip-hop
videos - the list goes on. In fact, nearly anything
that focuses on organized crime, corporate gamesmanship
or the glories of patriarchy - from HBO's The Wire
to AMC's Mad Men - seems unable to escape the long,
broad-shouldered shadow of The Godfather. You can
even play The Godfather online slot game at Bwin.Party
Digital Entertainment owned PartyCasino.com
Tell 'em the Media Man sent you.
for all its heavy themes (immigration, politics, business,
the American dream), The Godfather is also vastly
entertaining. It's a grand, macho soap opera full
of unfettered ids, violently settled scores and men
wearing enviable suits. And talk about a bromance:
Have you ever seen so many guys hugging and kissing
in a Hollywood movie?
Miranda Kerr and Jen Hawkins among richest models
in the world...
models Miranda Kerr, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Jennifer Hawkins
and Elle Macpherson have all made Grazia's model rich
magazine published a list of the 11 highest paid models
in the world in its latest issue and listed Kershaw's
earnings as more than the royals.
reported the Melbourne-born model earns $100, 000
a week, making her one of the highest paid models
on the planet.
mum Kerr has a net worth of $11.4 million, while Hawkins
earns $5 million a year.
industry veteran Macpherson dwarfs all of their salaries
with a total worth of $57 million.
Ireland was listed as the richest model in the world
with a fortune of $333 million. Controversial supermodel
Kate Moss is worth $75 million, while her rival Naomi
Campbell has $47 million.
by Forbes to become the "world's first billionaire
supermodel", Gisele Bundchen is well on her way
with an estimated fortune of $238 million.
stalwarts Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum are worth
$52 and $68 million respectively.
personality Tyra Banks is another one of the big earners
with profits from her television and beauty empire
worth $85 million.
Producer Offers Update On Quentin Tarantinos
a ton of casting news followed by some very basic
set photos, alls been quiet on the Django Unchained
front for some time now. Thats because writer/director
Quentin Tarantino has been working hard with his amazing
cast (Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Don Johnson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Samuel
L. Jackson, Anthony LaPaglia) to complete the film,
which is aimed at a December 25 release date.
seen some stuff and its amazing. Were
still shooting and my partner Stacey [Sher] is producing
with Pilar Savone who worked for Quentin and Reggie
Hudlin. Im exec-producing and were like,
maybe, half-way through. You have no idea. Its
the most amazing film cause, as you know, its
a spaghetti western about slavery and Quentins
vocabulary is such that its just pure entertainment,
Leonardos the bad guy, its gonna be awesome.
the update on a film thats still in production
but Shamberg not only produced Pulp Fiction for Tarantino,
hes also did The Big Chill, Reality Bites, A
Fish Called Wanda, Out of Sight, Contagion and many
more. Not a bad track record. And its good to
know theyre about half way done.
the film Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave freed by
a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph
Waltz). The pair team up to free Djangos wife
Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) who is held captive
by plantation owner and slave runner Calvin Candie,
played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Smelly Leo DiCaprio not a shower man, says girlfriend
DiCaprio reportedly refuses to use deodorants, while
his girlfriend, model Erin Heatherton, wants him to
clean up a bit and be hygiene-conscious.
has let his love for the environment take over his
whole world and it's killing his love life, he only
showers a couple of days a week to conserve water
and he considers deodorant to be unnatural,"
the showbizspy.com website quoted a source as saying.
loves him dearly but is starting to feel like Leo
loves the environment more than her. Erin has warned
him to clean up his act and his hygiene. If not, he
may wind up chasing off the woman of his dream."
WWE® Studios and Anchor Bay Films to Distribute
The Day - 23rd March 2012...
Studios WWE and Anchor Bay Films today announced a
partnership to co-distribute the provocative action
thriller, The Day. WWE Studios secured the U.S. distribution
rights to the film immediately after the film's initial
audience screening at the Toronto Film Festival.
Day was one of the most buzzed-about films at the
2011 Toronto International Film Festivals Midnight
Madness section. The film stars a stunning cast that
includes Shawn Ashmore (The X-Men trilogy), Dominic
Monaghan (Lost and The Lord of the Rings),
Shannyn Sossamon (A Knights Tale, 40 Days and
40 Nights) and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism).
the incredible audience reaction it saw at Toronto,
we knew that The Day would be a great addition to
our brand, said WWE Studios President, Michael
Luisi. By combining the marketing power of our
television, digital/social media and print assets
with Anchor Bays tremendous distribution capabilities
and successful track record, we look forward to bringing
this film to a broad audience.
are extremely excited that we are partnering with
WWE Studios in this venture, commented Kevin
Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and
Co-Productions. The films production team
has created a truly fresh story and brought in top
young talent to bring it to life. Audiences will be
thrilled, thoroughly entertained and will be left
hungry for more.
Studios continues to strategically diversify its slate
of films, which include theatrical releases and direct-to-home
premieres, under the guidance of President Michael
Luisi. Upcoming films for WWE Studios includes: No
One Lives starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus
Clay which was co-produced with Pathé Films;
and Barricade starring Eric McCormack.
a publicly traded company WWE, is an integrated media
organization and recognized leader in global entertainment.
The company consists of a portfolio of businesses
that create and deliver original content 52 weeks
a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family
friendly entertainment on its television programming,
pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms.
WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries
and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million
homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford,
Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami,
London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and
Stacy Keibler to judge X Factor?...
Keibler is in talks to join 'The X Factor'.
former professional wrestler - who is the main squeeze
aka girlfriend of actor George Clooney - has reportedly
been involved in a series of secret meetings about
the possibility of becoming a judge on the upcoming
second series of the US version of Simon Cowell's
pop star search TV show.
the blonde beauty and pop superstar Britney Spears
are believed to be filling the two panel slots left
vacant by axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger,
insiders have suggested Stacy's "lack of experience"
in the music industry means she could be more likely
to take over from former host Steve Jones.
leak said: "Stacy Keibler is also in talks to
join the show, but her lack of experience in the music
business may make her more appropriate as a host.
She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma."
Britney is believed to have been offered a deal worth
$10 million to become a judge, it is alleged she is
demanding "a lot more money".
source added to the New York Post newspaper: "Talks
are still ongoing with Britney and she is asking for
a lot more money than was originally offered. But
producers are confident Britney will realise this
is a great opportunity for her to reinvent herself
and accept their deal."
boss Simon - who is joined on the judging panel by
record label chief L.A. Reid - has previously admitted
he is keen for the presenter of the series to not
come from a hosting background.
said: "I always wanted a boy and a girl to host
the show. And I like hosts who don't kind of have
a hosting background, it's a different kind of dynamic."
HBO cancels Luck after horse deaths...
Dustin Hoffman's television series Luck, which earned
some of its critical acclaim for its portrayal of
thoroughbreds racing around the racetracks of southern
camera however the show has had some very bad luck.
horseracing drama series Luck has been cancelled after
the deaths of three horses, TV network HBO and producers
which is currently filming the drama's second series,
has abruptly suspended the use of horses on its set
following the sudden death of yet another one of its
series won't return for the second season run that
began production last month, it said.
horse was put down on Tuesday after it reared, fell
over backwards, and hit its head.
incident, which occurred on location at Santa Anita
racetrack north of Los Angeles, was the third fatal
accident involving horses in Luck's short history.
rights activists are understood to be outraged by
the development, and have called for police to launch
an investigation into possible breaches of welfare
blamed the "outrageous" deaths on "sloppy
oversights" by the makers of the show, created
by the Hollywood director, Michael Mann.
for its part, can barely afford more negative publicity
for the expensive show, which recently debuted in
the UK on Sky.
heavily marketed, and despite receiving positive reviews,
Luck has underperformed commercially, attracting just
625,000 viewers in the US.
a statement, the network said it was "deeply
saddened" by the horse's death.
promised "full co-operation" with an investigation
by the American Humane Association [AHA].
assertions of lax attitudes or negligence could not
be further from the truth," it read.
will not be filming horses until AHA completes its
week's fatal accident was witnessed by Gary Beck,
horse was on her way back to the stall when she reared,
flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the
ground," he said, in a statement.
the injury was too serious to respond to treatment,
euthanasia the only appropriate move, he added.
California Horse Racing Board, which has allowed HBO
to use Santa Anita during its off-season, said that
a full post mortem will now be carried out on the
we see several of these injuries in the stable area
every year," said its equine medical director,
are more common than people realise."
local animal welfare lobby is unlikely to be impressed
with the statement.
before this week's events, they were investigating
Luck's treatment of its equine stars, alleging that
two other horses who suffered fatal accidents during
the filming of the show's first series should never
have been allowed on set.
first season of Luck premiered in Australia on Showcase
Celebrity real estate: Sinatra, Cruise homes hit market...
Keys is moving on from her gorgeous Manhattan apartment,
Frank Sinatra's former home is for sale, and the former
rental home of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes as well
as Russell Crowe is available for lease.
Keys lists 'Empire-State-of-Mind' penthouse
about moving on up. Singer and New York native Alicia
Keys did that a long time ago, trading her childhood
residence at the artist-friendly Manhattan Plaza apartment
complex in Hell's Kitchen for a slick SoHo real estate
Keys and her producer husband Swizz Beatz have listed
their Crosby Street penthouse for $17.95 million only
two years after the couple bought the place from funk/soul/rocker
Lenny Kravitz for $12.5 million.
to Sotheby's International, which holds the listing,
the apartment boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms,
four powder rooms and an enormous state-of-the-art,
windowed, gourmet eat-in kitchen with walk-in butler's
pantry. And separate formal dining room that faces
east encased in a glass solarium.
only the start of the grand tour of a pad once rented
by Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington. The place
also has an expansive living room with fireplace and
library/media room that are all surrounded by undoubtedly
one of the most beautiful private terraces in all
of SoHo. Upstairs, there's a separate private master
suite complete with spa, pass-through dressing area
and private terrace.
of former Sinatra home didn't stay long
Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey bought
Frank Sinatra's former Los Angeles home in November
2010 for $18.5 million, the famous Hollywood producer
had big plans to restore and renovate the brick ranch
that sits on a parklike 2.3 acres.
out that, in the end, the Sinatra house that inspired
Grey's dreams was merely a nice set for Grey's wedding
in April 2011 to his new wife, Cassandra. The wedding
was called lavish, and attended by the likes of Tom
Cruise, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez. The couple has
since moved to Bel Air, making Grey's ownership stint
a lot like Sinatra's.
client still owns (the Sinatra house) but I sold him
another property. He didn't want to go through the
process of renovating the house,'' said Stephen Shapiro,
who holds the listing at Westside Estate Agency.
property has been back on the market since September,
when Grey listed the Holmby Hills residence for $23.5
million. After a price drop on March 15, the former
Sinatra home at 320 N. Carolwood Drive was re-listed
for its current list price of $19,995,000.
to the Sinatra biography "The Voice,'' by James
Kaplan, Sinatra bought the house in 1948 for $250,000
at a time when his career was at a low ebb. Sinatra
had built a dream home in Palm Springs, and was strapped
for cash and on the verge of divorce.
like Tom Cruise or Russell Crowe for $100K a month...
do Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Russell Crowe have
star status and high-paying movie roles, all three
have at some point, for at least a little while, called
918 N. Alpine Drive home in Los Angeles.
Tudor-style home was rented by Katie Holmes and Tom
Cruise for $55,000 a month and then leased by Russell
Crowe while he filmed "State of Play."
2001, the nearly three-acre estate was also the filming
location for several scenes in the movie "Blow"
starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.
for someone with a celebrity-sized housing budget,
the home is available again this time for a
whopping monthly rental price of $100,000.
as a short or long-term lease, the Beverly Hills rental
is set back from the street perfect for privacy-seeking
celebrity tenants. With almost three acres of landscaped
property, 6,685 square feet of living space and three
separate guest apartments, the estate also has enough
room for the star with the biggest entourage of stylists,
security personnel and various and sundry assistants.
WWE signs Australian Wrestler...
has signed an Aussie! Sonny Elliot (formally Danny
Bolton). Sonny was South Australian based and trained
with Lance Storm in Canada. He was recently added
to the main FCW roster. We wish Sonny well as his
To Get Sports Stadiums Branded By Gambling and Gaming
Companies, by Greg Tingle - 15th January 2011
punters, journos, high rollers, sports news, entertainment
news junkies, politicians, insiders, outsiders...
one and all. Today we probe the situation where a
number of Australian sports grounds could soon be
named after gaming and gambling companies. How do
like the sound of Betfair Stadium, Centrebet Park
and PartyGaming Cricket Ground? Don't laugh, this
type of scenario is on the cards, with local gaming
brands likely the first to pounce, followed by international
powerhouses. Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com
and Gambling911 with another ground breaking news
report from the land of world class casino, media
companies and sports arenas...
Will Get Gambling Arenas; Aussie Aussie Aussie; Oi
Australia being in the world's top 10 gambling nations,
it shouldn't shock or surprise that we're tipped to
soon have a number of sporting arenas and grounds
named after gambling and gaming companies, both national
and international brands. Yep, money will talk where
B.S sometimes walks.
Packer's Betfair is understood to build upon their
Betfair Park branding, Europe's PartyGaming is keen,
and currently Centrebet looks to be leading the charge,
with many insiders saying its a case of when, not
if, for the household name brand.
already has significant branding, thanks in part to
a swag of TV and online adverts, plus who can forget
the Centrebet branded part of Network Nine's 'The
gambling companies already have a number of key targets,
and many cash strapped and / or cash handy NRL team
and home grounds are near the top of the hit list.
instance NRL team, The Penrith Panthers, are seriously
considering having their home stadium named Centrebet
Stadium. We kid you not punters.
the deal goes through, they will make history becoming
the first major Australian sporting team to snatch
a betting firm as the naming-rights partner for a
Racing already has some naming rights deals with tracks
and in the mix such as Betfair Park and then you have
races named after gambling brands such as the Lasseters
Cup, Lasseters known for its hotel - casino up in
Australia's top end.
forecast Betfair deal comes as a police continue to
probe the NRL gambling scandal that from last season
following a number of "irregular" wagers
was picked up in the Canterbury Bulldogs VS North
Queensland Cowboys match up.
Panthers, Centrebet and a swag of gambling companies,
have rather pissed off the gambling and gaming haters,
who continues to get organised into lobby groups.
spokesperson such "Many people in and out of
news media and gaming, the general public, are starting
to get really pissed off at the gaming, gambling and
sports betting haters. The bible bashers. Who do they
think they are trying to push their beliefs onto others.
Many Australians just love a punt, and that's the
way it is. Some of the gaming haters have strong ties
to church groups and there appears to be some sort
of brainwashing system going on. They keep discussing
the 'evils of gambling'. I mean, seriously, come on.
People know not to over-do it on on the slots, sports
events, poker and the like, but the haters keep trying
to be the thought police. Gambling companies in Australia
have a very high focus on responsible gambling with
warnings everywhere. It's great to see the gambling
and gaming industry place so much focus on safe better.
The sports stadiums will be great for business, ,
but no one is forcing anyone to have a bet. It's a
personal decision, as it always has been. 2011 is
going to be a very exciting year for punters, especially
those who like to have a bet of sports matches, and
television and online website portals and brands will
bring it all together nicely".
to the first prime target #1...The modest 22,500-capacity
sports ground, owned by Penrith City Council, was
in a past life known as CUA Stadium. What's up is
that the club's contract with the Brisbane financial
services company has expired, and negotiations between
Panthers, the footy club and Centrebet have been taking
place, even prior to Christmas about renaming the
stadium. Other clubs and stadiums have also caught
the buzz and are opening chequebooks and crunching
first of its kind business agreement between the club
and Centrebet is just about a done deal, and ink is
expecting to try on contracts sooner rather than later,
possibly within a fortnight. An exciting, if not controversial
type of announcement is fully expected by the Panthers
in the coming week. Sports and gambling commentators
are quick to point out that Penrith already has ties
to Centrebet, the gambling brand being lit up across
the top of the video screen at the stadium. This kind
of exposure has also been very good for their mobile
- hand held device sector.
campaigner Senator Nick Xenophon is especially unhappy
with the development of the gambling branded sports
stadiums in Australia. He went on recent with:
can a footy code currently embroiled in a betting
scandal possibly allow a stadium to be named after
a betting agency? There was a time when rugby league
was all about the game. Now it's all about the odds,
and that is ruining the game".
the last couple of years the NRL (and AFL) has watered
down its laws and regulations relating to clubs' deals
and partnerships with gambling - sports betting firms,
allowing them to be branded on footy jerseys for a
virgin time. Cronulla Sharks have sponsor PokerStars
(.net) on their jersey sleeves while cashed up Manly
Sea Eagles are tipped to have Centrebet's signage
on the back of their jerseys this season after a widely
reported $1 million plus deal with the Northern Territory
based betting outfit announced just before Christmas.
Yep, it looks like a few clubs and stadiums will be
getting their Christmas presents and will have lots
to celebrate, while the gambling haters will be spewing
in Grinch like fashion.
National Rugby League of course also has corporate
ties with TAB Sportsbet, and is understood to snatch
a 5% "product fee" via the company's rugby
league betting profit.
spokesman John Brady advised he would not comment
on individual clubs' sponsorship agreements but maintained
there was no concern about the prospect of gambling
agencies assuming naming rights for the game's venues,
at least from his take on the situation.
an area that was relaxed last year. As such there
are a number of betting sponsorships that are available
to clubs in terms of jerseys and other opportunities,"
advised any and all betting firms involved with the
NRL via sponsorship of clubs were made to sign "integrity
agreements" to ensure transparency.
majority of NRL clubs now have corporate deals with
betting agencies. Centrebet sponsors five teams: Penrith,
Manly, Parramatta, St George Illawarra and North Queensland.
"Comon' Betfair and PartyGaming, pull you're
finger out", a Media Man sports journalist was
overheard shouting when he found out the news of Centrebet's
ongoing infiltration of the sport.
stadium pending name change has been intertwined we
understand by some to the financial problems that
have hit the football club's parent body, Panthers
licensed club is no longer quite the licence to print
money as it was in the 90s Some audited figures about
to do public by the conclusion of the month are expected
to show black and white confirmation of a Murdoch
- News Limited news story of last February that said
Panthers were due to report a rather embarrassing
net loss of $11 million bucks.
are not afraid to speak on the record about their
on and off field performance, which has seen better
Simpson, Panthers Group chief exec since last July,
said a culture change and "renewal of process"
across Panthers clubs had improved their situation.
Analysts question that was a PR line or absolute truth.
Mind you, we don't blame club for trying to focus
on positives. "We're probably looking at reducing
that loss by somewhere in the order of $8-$9 million,"
spokesperson said "At this stage of the gaming
the overseas trend of seeing sports groups and football
teams pick up sponsorship and strong branding for
gambling, gaming... sports betting companies looks
to be moving full speed ahead down under in Australia.
Centrebet might become the Bwin of Australia. PartyGaming
is said to be currently crunching numbers to see if
an Australian sports ground deal is viable. They already
have a Aussie Millions former champion sponsored by
their poker brand and a couple of Aussie poker players
signed up, so anything is possible. James Packer's
Betfair, a direct competitor of Centrebet is not likely
to take the situation lying down either. Betfair is
50% Packer owned and wants to keep building their
sports betting brand, as well as opening up many online
casino games in Australia, poker and more. Could an
Australian sports stadium ever be known as PartyGaming
stadium or WPT Stadium? Not overnight, but never say
never, stranger things have happened. It's all going
to add a lot of money into the game and business of
sport and entertainment, and already our firm is starting
to experience some positive spin off benefits. It's
all very exciting and profitable".
Branson Expanding Virgin Gaming iGaming Empire, by
Greg Tingle - 20th May 2010
Gaming, gambling and iGaming fans, have we got some
news hot of the press for you. Our bat phone has been
running hot hot hot!
the past few months Media
Man and Gambling911 have been keeping you updated
on all sorts of exciting developments at Richard Branson's
Virgin Group, namely Virgin
Casino, Virgin Games, Virgin Poker, Virgin Bingo,
and offshoot, AWOMO (A World Of My Own), with a GDI
(Game Domain International) tie in. Last week Branson's
Virgin Racing also sponsored Full
Branson will unleash the Virgin return to the video
gaming sector at the E3 event in Los Angeles, USA,
understand that a hard launch is being orchestrated,
with Sir Branson, the one and only, in attendance.
Can't wait to see what the man and his army wear and
what sorts of stunts they have up their sleeve, but
Branson isn't usually one to disappoint.
was one of the most successful brands to have ever
competed in the video gaming industry, albeit over
a decade ago, but 2010 is looking to be a record breaking
year for the brands re birth, pardon the pun.
was one of the first pioneers - visionaries to see
the massive potential of computer software as a global
Virgin entertainment business, establishing Virgin
Games in downtown London circa 1984. He later moved
the core of the operation to Guernsey which has lower
overheads and is understood to be more igaming industry
Bit Of History
company acquired Mastertronic and rolled Sega's Master
System across the European region.
Europe continued to power along, then Virgin Interactive
1994 it lost its Virginity, being acquired by Blockbuster
for a cool $250 million, then was purchased by media
powerhouse Viacom (which owns about half the media
Interactive Entertainment reached its financial global
revenue peak in 1997, bringing home the bacon to the
tune of $210 million.
94 - 98 it shared market dominance with EA (Electronic
saw partners and affiliates come on board including
such greats Westwood, Bethesda, Capcom, LucasArts
2004 Virgin Games has been V's staple gaming brand,
other gaming ventures basically on ice... until now!
new gaming "start up" (of sorts), expected
to go public at E3 will see Virgin pro actively exploring
partnerships with publishers, content owners, and
you get the idea. The timing looks to be right with
'Avatar' type technologies all the rage, movies being
adapted to games in record time, and the availability
of broadband internet at reasonable prices.
console formats and more will see the big V feature
red hot games, both classics and newbies. Think Space
Invaders to Cleo to Avatar, and their cousins.
are calling for interactive slot games, tournaments,
TV and movie brands, and more casino and poker type
experiences, in addition to what they already enjoy.
expect some sort of firm announcement from Virgin
at the expo or soon after re return to the mainstream
fire up the consoles...Xbox Live, PlayStation Network,
multi-player PC gaming and more is just around the
corner from the man who brought you Virgin Records,
V Festival and Virgin Galactic... be excited... we
sure as hell are.
the moment Americans and Australians are not able
to play casino, poker or bingo games at Virgin, however
with the expansion of Virgin
Games, and the push to clear up any gray areas
in regions such as the U.S and down under in Australia,
the whole suite of Virgin Games may go global sooner
rather than later.
of sorts, PartyGaming - including PartyCasino
and poker brands, Betfair
are all said to be watching this space closely. Australia's
Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald
and News Limited, publisher of The Daily Telegraph
and The Australian, are also following for both potential
deal opportunities and in a journalistic (journalism)
capacity. Foxtel has only just got wind of the news,
putting out its own gaming related press release less
than 24 hours before this publication.
gamers and igamers... Tomb Raider, Rome Total War,
Cleopatra, Flatout, WarHammer Mark Of Chaos, Pain
Killer: Black Edition, maybe even Dan Dare and who
knows what surprises will be jumping out of your computer
once Team Branson turns on the turbo and blasts off
Virgin Galactic style. TNA Wrestling, Hulk Hogan,
Ric Flair, Bill Goldberg, UFC, NASCAR, F1 and Bull
Run are all understood to also want to talk turkey
and potential deals with Branson and 'V'.
Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Playtech,
IGT, World Poker Tour, WSOP, SKY, Harrah's Entertainment,
Trump Casinos, Infinity Ward, Sony and Sega remain
tight lipped on the Virgin developments.
Games, AWOMO (A World Of My Own), bring in on... faster
than you can say Virgin Racing Inks Deal With Full
Tilt Poker! Read about the life and times of Branson
and his world of planes, trains and automobiles (and
spaceships) on the Media Man International website
portal. Hours of entertainment for free.
remains one of dozens of corporate tech and communications
giants seeking clarity on Australian censorship laws,
both online and offline.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal
development company. Gaming is just one of a dozen
of industry sectors they cover
writer is has conducted business with a number of
arms of the Virgin Group and is a pro active member
of Virgin Unite
Let the Battle Begin, Australia - November 2009
is home to some of the best events and live entertainment
in the world. We have compiled a list of some of the
"can't miss" attractions. Note, this list
is not complete by any means, namely because there
are so many events, however, it's a useful guide.
For additional event and live entertainment listings,
we recommend Google,
the newspapers, and personal recommendation.