A week before Wrestlemania, John Oliver took on the WWE on Sunday's episode of his HBO late-night show, Last Week Tonight. During his main story segment, he went on a lengthy rant against the organization for what he argued was a lack of concern about its athletes' health and long-term health care. He showed a montage of clips featuring wrestlers who've died at a relatively young age, including Eddie Guerrero (age 38), Randy "Macho Man" Savage (58), Chyna (46) and "King Kong" Bundy (61). Oliver showed data that shows that wrestlers die at a young age at a higher rate than NFL players. He talked about how WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon has a monopoly over professional wrestling — citing data noting that the organization makes $930.2 million in revenue last year and is ranked at No. 6 among the most valuable sports brands (the World Series is No. 10) — and showed a clip of a sketch comedy in which McMahon used the N-word as a joke that went over like a lead balloon. … [Read more...] about John Oliver Calls WWE “Morally Subterranean,” Slams Vince McMahon Over Wrestlers’ Health Issues
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Park City • The biggest movie star in Hollywood — in terms of box-office appeal and upper-body strength — would normally look out of place among the independent, non-mainstream artists who show their works at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. But Sundance also likes stories about underdogs, and the movie Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came to Park City to promote late Monday night is definitely one of those. Johnson was in attendance at The Ray Theatre in Park City for the world premiere of “Fighting With My Family,” a comedy based on the true story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, known to the world as Paige, the English pro wrestler who went from her family’s ramshackle wrestling circuit to becoming the youngest woman ever to win the WWE’s Divas Championship. Johnson, who is one of the movie’s producers and appears in it as himself, learned about Paige’s story in 2012 while shooting the sixth installment of the “Fast … [Read more...] about An English wrestler became the youngest woman to win WWE’s Divas Championship. Star Dwayne Johnson came to Sundance to promote a comedy about her life.
This March 8, 2017, file photo shows former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush at an awards ceremony hosted by Congregation Beth Israel in Houston. George H.W. Bush died Nov. 30 while Barbara Bush died April 17. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File) Burt Reynolds, right, who stars in the movie “The Longest Yard,” is interviewed before the movie’s premiere Thursday, May 19, 2005, in Los Angeles. Reynolds’ son Quinton Reynolds is at left. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) This Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, shows singer Aretha Franklin performing during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington. The famed singer died Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 8, 2015, British scientist Stephen Hawking (C) arrives on the red carpet with former wife Jane Hawking (L) and daughter Lucy Hawking (R) for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in … [Read more...] about Names we won’t forget: Famous people who died in 2018
By Bob Strauss | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: December 26, 2018 at 10:03 am | UPDATED: December 26, 2018 at 10:04 am Before we get into the most obvious thing about the upcoming movies for 2019 – which is, Marvel is going to make a lot of money, again – can we first look forward to some great filmmakers who’ll be doing exactly what they want to do? Like Martin Scorsese, whose Netflix-backed “The Irishman” reunites our greatest living filmmaker with old cronies Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, and tosses Al Pacino into the bargain. It’s a mob epic that spans decades, with a lot of digital de-aging, at a price tag that’s been estimated somewhere between $140 and $175 million. Or Quentin Tarantino, who will apply his always distinctive, film-geek sensibility to that most notorious of showbiz-adjacent crimes, the Manson Murders. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” boasts its own superstar cast of Brad Pitt, Leonardo … [Read more...] about 2019 movie preview: Marvel looms large, but look who else is prepping releases
British WWE legend Thomas Billington, aka Dynamite Kid has passed away. He was 60-years old. Billington's nephew, Davey Boy Smith Jr. confirmed the news on social media this morning, shocking the pro wrestling community. Billington shot into fame in the early 1980s as one half of the British Bulldogs alongside his cousin, Davey Boy Smith. Over the years, Billington had suffered a number of health issues and was relegated to a wheelchair in the mid 1990s. The wrestler died on what would have been his 60th birthday. Dynamite Kid competed in the World Wrestling Federation, Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid-to-late-1980s. He was born in Golborne, Lancashire and was around boxers through most of his young life. Both his father and his uncle were boxers and started training him early on. While in school, the future Dynamite Kid didn't really enjoy academics, but he excelled in gymnastics and wrestling, which became his favorite things to do. … [Read more...] about WWE Legend Dynamite Kid, Thomas Billington, Dies on His 60th Birthday