Every week, at least twice a week, World Wrestling Entertainment puts on a TV show. There’s never a rerun, there’s a huge cast of characters, and it’s all performed live without a safety net. And unless you’re a fan, it’s hard to explain that the matches aren’t always why we watch. We watch for the drama. The story. One wrestler simply talking to another wrestler in the middle of the ring. A key interaction back stage. Something going on outside the ring while a match is happening. These are the things that make wrestling great. It’s the best soap opera on TV.
Still, wrestling has a stigma as low-brow entertainment and someone has to defend it. Who better than Max Landis? The verbose screenwriter has made a 24 minute short film called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling where he tells the story of legendary wrestler turned executive Triple H. But Landis gender-swaps the entire cast, just to prove this epic, decades long story is on par with the best storytelling there is no matter who’s playing the roles. Watch Max Landis’ Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
We’ve got some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:
- Jennifer Aniston makes a Horrible Bosses 3 casting suggestion
- Scooby-Doo and WrestleMania will team up once more
- Den DeBlois gives a How to Train Your Dragon 3 status update
- Producer wants Jonathan Levine to write Warm Bodies 2
- That “leaked” Ghostbusters 3 script from 2009 is a fake
- Now You See Me 2 makes room for Sanaa Lathan
- Andy Serkis says the Apes franchise might go beyond a trilogy
- Flip through some Night at the Museum 3 character posters
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When you hear WWE Studios, you probably automatically think of No Holds Barred. It’s fine. The WWE is the premiere pro wrestling company in the world and probably the biggest pro wrestling movie of all time is that Hulk Hogan catastrophe. Funny thing is, the WWE had very little to do with it. (They did help release a Blu-ray recently.)
No, WWE Studios is in the business of making non-wrestling movies. Movies starring, or related to, their talent. Films like The Marine with John Cena, See No Evil with Kane or, once upon a time, The Scorpion King with The Rock. Their latest film was Leprechaun: Origins starring Hornswoggle. In fact, according to Wikipedia, since 2002 WWE Studios (in one form or another) has helped produce almost 30 movies and the only one with a wrestling connotation is Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. The wrestling movie studio had never made a live-action movie about wrestling.
That changed in 2012 when they helped produce a French film called Queens of the Ring. It features cameos by The Miz, CM Punk and others. Now, it’s finally getting released, and you can check out the trailer for WWE Studios Queens of the Ring below. Read More »
One of the most anticipated trailers of the year is finally hear. Not Interstellar, not Star Wars Episode VII, not even Transformers: Age of Extinction. It’s Scooby-Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery! This collaboration between WWE Studios and Warner Bros. features Scooby, Shaggy going to the biggest event on the wrestling calendar, only to find a mystery they need to solve. It features the voices of some of the biggest WWE superstars and will be direct to DVD on March 25. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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 »
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s been some talk already about whether Harrison Ford might return for the Blade Runner sequel, but now Sean Young would like to express her interest in the new film as well. Read her comments after the jump. Also:
- Expendables 3 will shoot this fall, says Dolph Lundgren
- Skyfall hits digital HD and then Blu-ray/DVD next month
- The Best Man sequel will bring back the original cast
- WWE’s new Leprechaun movie will be “a little darker”
- Flip through more images from Before Midnight
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The next two statements are totally true. World Wrestling Entertainment is producing an animated Scooby-Doo film centering on a murder mystery at Wrestlemania, and a man shot himself in the ass while sitting down in a screening of The Bourne Legacy. After the jump, read the details on the crazy but true stories. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
In this current remake-happy cinematic climate, that Gone With the Wind is being eyed for a do-over isn’t much of a shocker — but the name behind it certainly is. In an interview with NextMovie, former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff expressed his desire to star in a remake of the classic romance from 1939, and even offered up one idea about the casting.
Hasselhoff told the site that his manager had been unhappy with him for signing on to the ultra-campy Piranha 3DD. “He wants me to do a Knight Rider film or Nick Fury, which I was supposed to do, or a remake of Gone With the Wind,” Hasselhoff said. Later in the conversation, he brought up the potential Gone With the Wind project again. “Hopefully the Gone With the Wind will come, hopefully something great will happen.”
Naturally, the conversation then turned to who could tackle the iconic Scarlett O’Hara role opposite Hasselhoff’s Rhett Butler. Hasselhoff suggested Rachel Weisz, though he initially referred to her as “Rachel Rice.” “I think she’s hot,” he said.
After the jump, WWE’s Leprechaun remake hires a writer and Robocop star Joel Kinnaman offers up new details.
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Real wrestling fans know anyone hoping to make a television show based on the professional wrestling boom of the 1980s will be hard pressed to beat Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. The Saturday morning cartoon series featured Hogan and some of the World Wrestling Federation’s other good guys battling Rowdy Roddy Piper and a team of bad guys. And while it might seem like I’m joking, it was the first thing I – and many other wrestling fans – will think of when they hear the news that super-prodcuer Jerry Bruckheimer has teamed up with former wrestling superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to produce a pilot based on professional wrestling in the 1980s for NBC. The series will be a drama and explore the golden age of wrestling where the sport went from a regional attraction to world wide sensation. Read more after the jump. Read More »