Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
“What would WWE wrestlers look like as animated surfing penguins?” is probably not a question you’ve ever thought to ask, let alone expected to be answered. But sometimes life is full of delightful surprises. Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania picks up with young surfing penguin Cody Maverick, who along with his friends Chicken Joe and Lani fall in with the Hang Five. Described as “the most extreme dream team” of surfers, the Five have the extreme voices to match their extreme skills: they are portrayed by the WWE’s
Described as “the most extreme dream team” of surfers, the Five have the extreme voices to match their extreme skills: they are portrayed by the WWE’s John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Paige, and Mr. McMahon. Watch the Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania trailer below.
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Next year it will be 10 years since Surf’s Up hit theaters and went on to get an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Film. However, you might not remember the film since it only pulled in $58 million domestic and another $90 million internationally on top of that. Nevertheless, Sony Pictures Animation has apparently determined there must be some interest left in Surf’s Up since they’ve just announced a sequel — with a twist.
Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania will bring in professional WWE wrestlers John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, Paige and Vince McMahon as a big wave riding crew who let young penguin surfer Cody Maverick join in on a journey to a legendary location where the biggest waves in the world are rumored to hit the shore. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
If you’ve seen even a little bit of her Comedy Central series, you already know that Amy Schumer one of the funniest actresses on the small screen. Now she’s poised to take over the big screen as well, as the writer and star of Judd Apatow‘s Trainwreck.
Schumer plays a woman who’s utterly allergic to commitment. Actually, “commitment” seems like too strong a word — based on the Trainwreck trailer, she doesn’t even like getting to the second date if she can help it. Enter a handsome doctor played by Bill Hader, who threatens to upend her life.
The supporting cast is equally stellar, with Vanessa Bayer and Lebron James(!) as Schumer and Hader’s supportive pals, Tilda Swinton as Schumer’s boss, and much much more. Watch the first Trainwreck trailer after the jump.
Update: A Trainwreck red-band trailer has also hit, with more raunchy jokes. Plus, a new poster and new stills — see it all below. Read More »
Judd Apatow‘s next film, Trainwreck, has just filled out its cast. Apatow will direct a script written by and starring Amy Schumer. Now almost a dozen new actors have joined a cast which already included Bill Hader, Brie Larson and Colin Quinn. They are recent Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, comedian and director Mike Birbiglia, Girls neighbor Jon Glaser, SNL MVP Vanessa Bayer, WWE superstar John Cena, Perks of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller and last, but definitely not least, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton. The film is scheduled for release July 24, 2015. Read More »
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Fans of the classic animated series The Flintstones should always remember this: You’ll always have the original. After a set of live-action films in the Nineties, a new animated, direct-to-DVD film is now set to go into production aimed at release in 2015. Here’s the kicker, though. It’ll be produced by World Wrestling Entertainment and feature the voices of WWE superstars like CM Punk, John Cena and Chairman Vince McMahon. The wrestlers aren’t voicing Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the gang, however. Those characters are just going to to attend their first prehistoric wrestling match featuring new characters named Vince McMagma, John Cenastone and CM Punkrock.
This marks the second team up between WWE and Warner Bros., who currently owns the Flintstones rights. The companies co-produced an animated Scooby-Doo film set at Wrestlemania that’ll be released on DVD on March. Read More »
Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.
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I’m not a pro wrestling bash-er. I use to be a fan back in that big boom. I actually believe there is untapped talent in the organization, and am shocked that World Wrestling Entertainment has been unable to produce one single watchable movie.
That said, I think Vince McMahon should give up on his movie dreams. The last three efforts (See No Evil, The Marine, and The Condemned) have an average IMDb user rating of a 5.1 (which is pretty poor by even genre movie standards). Made for an estimated $50 million, the three films have made less than $41 million domestically. Lionsgate dumped the wrestling entertainment company, but the WWE have found another sucker in the form of the Fox genre arm, Fox Atomic.
WWE is teaming with Fox Atomic to produce 12 Rounds, an action film about a New Orleans police detective whose girlfriend is kidnapped. Star wrestler John Cena will star alongside Steve Harris, Aidan Gillen and Brian White. Hack action director Renny Harlin has been tapped to direct. Harlin, best known for directing Die Hard 2, has been recently involved in some of the worst genre movies of recent years: Driven, Exorcist: The Beginning and The Covenant.
Production begins on February 25th in New Orleans. Good luck with that. Let’s hope that the 133th round is direct to dvd.
Stone Cold Steve Austin isn’t going to make any crappy movie. The retired pro wrestler told /Film that he actually turned down The Marine, which was later made starring John Cena.
We’ve been talking about doing movies forever, towards the end of my career. And the first one that I was going to was going to be The Marine. I got the script to The Marine, and I didn’t really like it too much, so I passed,” Austin told /Film. “But The Condemned seemed like a cool story, cool concept, a lot of it outdoors, and just seemed like, I don’t know, for some reason it grabbed me. It was something I saw myself doing, and people would expect me to be in, and it seemed like the right thing to do. If you compare The Marine to The Condemned, this is a way better movie. It is.”
The Condemned was the first movie in a three film deal with WWE Films.
“Yeah, we haven’t found anything, but I read about probably 10 or 15 [scripts already] â€“ but we just can’t find the one that’s going to be the one, so we can’t make a decision yet.”
Austin told us that the next project will most likely be more of a solo project, although they are also considering the buddy action movie genre.