Through his years of work as a writer, director, and producer (and eventually performer) on such television series as The Office, Extras, Life’s Too Short, and Hello Ladies, Stephen Merchant has proven to be not just one of the great makers of comedy currently working, but also a craftsman of awkward moments. And few moments in life are more awkward than the ones with have with our family, which may have been one of the reasons Dwayne Johnson hand-picked his Tooth Fairy co-star to write and direct Fighting with My Family, the surprisingly engaging and moving film about real-life WWE wrestler Paige (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis and played by Florence Pugh in a career-making turn) and her journey from growing up in a wrestling family in Norwich, England to becoming one of the most successful and popular female wrestlers of all time. Only Merchant’s second feature film as writer/director (following 2010’s Cemetery Junction), this features a note-perfect group of … [Read more...] about ‘Fighting With My Family’ Director Stephen Merchant on Stepping Beyond Comedy and Into the Wrestling Ring [Interview]
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If you grew up in a family that loved wrestling and/or you’re a fan yourself, you know a lot about Hulk Hogan. Maybe too much. Hulkamania is a very real thing and I have had to watch my brother attempt to rip a shirt off time and time again (all failed unless cut slightly to make it easier). But how to do you get from “Hulk Hogan” to “Chris Hemsworth”? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Thor star is set to play Hogan in a new movie. The story is said to focus on the rise of Hulk Hogan and the creation of Hulkamania more than Hogan’s problematic later years. From director Todd Phillips, the film will look at the wrestling legend at a time when wrestling movies seem to be back on the rise (Fighting With My Family about wrestler Paige and her climb into WWE fame is about to hit theaters). Do we need this movie? Absolutely not. But then again, maybe we can get biopics of Ric Flair and the Undertaker too and just go back to the 80s … [Read more...] about Things We Saw Today: Chris Hemsworth Is … Hulk Hogan? Okay????
By Michael Bergeron, Correspondent Updated 2:00 am PST, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Actor Dwayne Johnson (left) and director Stephen Merchant (right) on the set of “Fighting with My Family.” Actor Dwayne Johnson (left) and director Stephen Merchant (right) on the set of “Fighting with My Family.” Photo: Robert Viglasky Photo: Robert Viglasky Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 Actor Dwayne Johnson (left) and director Stephen Merchant (right) on the set of “Fighting with My Family.” Actor Dwayne Johnson (left) and director Stephen Merchant (right) on the set of “Fighting with My Family.” Photo: Robert Viglasky Director Stephen Merchant finds an unlikely ally … [Read more...] about Director Stephen Merchant finds an unlikely ally in The Rock for ‘Fighting with My Family’
As the 2019 Sundance Film Festival heads into its second weekend, the buzz around this year's crop of films can still be felt, which is a testament to the magnitude of the festival's offerings this go 'round.There's Mindy Kaling and Nisha Ganatra's "Late Night," which scored a record-breaking $13 million distribution deal with Amazon, then there's the Ted Bundy flick, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," which sees Zac Efron take on the role of the infamous serial killer and the controversial four-hour Michael Jackson documentary, "Leaving Neverland."SEE ALSO: All of the Sundance 2019 hot-spots you need to know aboutJudging by the conversation sparked by those three films alone, Sundance 2019 made a much bigger impact than the previous couple of years, which spawned incredible films of their own that failed to make a big splash as the year progressed into their respective awards seasons. Of course, Sundance isn't only about films anymore: In addition to a … [Read more...] about Sundance 2019: Inside the film festival’s star-studded first weekend
Good news, local nerds: This year’s con season is about to begin, and it's going to kick off with one of the biggest geek events of 2019 in the Valley. This weekend, the star-studded Ace Comic Con will make its return to Glendale for a second year with plenty of A-list talent in tow.Like many sequels, the three-day event — which runs from Friday, January 11, to Sunday, January 13, at Gila River Arena in Glendale — will offer many of the same geeky thrills as its first edition. That includes appearances by actors, actresses, pro wrestling legends, and dozens of prominent comic book artists and writers. Continue ReadingAce Comic Con is a touring geek event that’s also taken place in other U.S. cities (ranging from Seattle to New York) and is the brainchild of brothers Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who both helped create the ultra-popular Wizard World conventions across North America. Ace made its Arizona debut last January and brought thousands of local geeks to Gila … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know About Ace Comic Con 2019 in Glendale