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The rapid advancement of technology over the last decade has basically thrown the entire world of movie distribution into upheaval, so much so that it hasn’t looked like any of the confusion regarding the best way for movie studios to make money off their content libraries is going to get cleared up anytime soon. Back in the 80s and 90s things were easy. Your movie played in theaters for a while, it left theaters, and then it got put out on home video. With the advent of mobile devices, high speed data connections, streaming HD video, and all-you-can-eat subscription services, however, that simple model has been subverted. Now we’re living in a world where video stores are dead, DVD sales are plummeting, advertisers can’t rely on viewers watching TV shows as they first air, and it’s left all of the content creators out there scratching their heads, trying to figure out how they’re going to keep making money off of all the entertainment they’ve built their businesses creating. Well, everyone has been scratching their heads except for evil genius/Chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Vince McMahon, it seems. With the announcement of his company’s new content platform/subscription service, the WWE Network, he just may have come up with the right mix of intangibles to keep selling backbreakers and eye gouges to wrestling fans from here until the end of time. And he may have provided a business model that can keep all of the big media companies profitable in […]

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When it was announced that WWE Films would be teaming up with Lionsgate to reboot the Leprechaun franchise, it seemed like the fledgling film studio was on the verge of making a bunch of big moves due to the leadership of its new president Michael Luisi. And they are…but some of their moves are proving to be better thought out than others. WWE Films was originally conceived as a production studio that would develop film projects for WWE pro-wrestlers to star in, and there’s two new bits of news on that front. The first concerns the aforementioned Leprechaun reboot. Variety has a report that states the new project has an official title, Leprechaun: Origins, and it also mentions that the film is indeed intended as a starring vehicle for WWE’s resident leprechaun, Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl), which many have theorized since the project was first announced. This is good news as far as WWE’s film future is concerned. I mean, if you have a leprechaun living under your ring, you might as well find a way to make some money off of it. The less fortunate news involves WWE main-eventer Randy Orton. One of the WWE’s most recognizable current grapplers, Orton seemed like a solid choice to star in the third installment of WWE Films’ Marine franchise, The Marine: Homefront. So far every Marine movie has been about a super badass member of the U.S. Marine Corps getting a family member kidnapped and then having to go after them, and Homefront […]

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Once you’ve already taken a film franchise both to space and to the hood, there aren’t really any other ways left that you can keep it going other than to bite the bullet and opt for a full reboot. So that’s what Lionsgate is doing with their Leprechaun films. Because heaven forbid we live in a world without more Leprechaun. Lionsgate isn’t just going to be attacking this project alone, however. In order to give us a new take on a little green Irish demon who is murderous in the protection of his gold they’re teaming up with Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE Films started out as a division of the pro wrestling company meant to produce wide release features for its wrestling talent, but after the luke warm responses for films like The Marine and See No Evil, they’re regrouping and changing up their game plan a bit.

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Rejoice! A Missing in Action remake is coming!

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Today’s daily diversion requires very little explanation. Mickey Rourke went on Larry King Live the other day, where he was forced to talk to Chris Jericho, whom he had called out a few days ago on the red carpet.

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published: 04.18.2014
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