Ronda Rousey finally returned to WWE programming Sunday night at their Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, after surprising everyone by showing up unannounced at the Royal Rumble a month ago. It was advertised as Rousey appearing to officially sign her contract to be a Raw superstar. But since this is “sports entertainment,” contract signings almost never go smoothly.
News recently broke that Sony and Tristar Pictures are teaming up to make a dramatized biography film about Vince McMahon, the man behind pro wrestling’s rise to pop-culture relevance in the 1980s and beyond (and still going strong today). The movie apparently has the official backing of the WWE CEO, with WWE Studios partnering on to help with production. The movie, given the ridiculous/awesome title of Pandemonium, is still in the very early stages of having a script finalized. No director or actors are attached to the project, but there is one glaring question that needs to be answered — who will play Vince McMahon?
Okay, so we’re not sure how much of a “starring role” it actually is, but WWE’s Eva Marie was the fourth name mentioned in the list of actors starring in the upcoming film Inconceivable, behind Cage, Dunaway, and Nicky Whelan, so maybe she’ll have a larger role than that Colin Farrell film that WWE tried to pretend “starred” Wade Barrett. The movie looks to be a thriller about a single mother with a hidden past (Whelan) moving to a new neighborhood and befriends a local couple (Cage will play the husband), in which Eva Marie will play an emotionless robot sent back in time to destroy John Connor. No, we’re sorry, that was a typo, she is an emotionless robot from the future, but there’s no word on what her role in this movie, which begins filming in October, will be.
Tales of a film based on the life and tragic final days of WWE Superstar Chris Benoit have been floating around essentially since just after the horrific double murder/suicide in 2007, an event which changed the face of professional wrestling forever, especially as it relates to studies on the effects of concussions on wrestlers. This week, Academy Award-nominated director Lexi Alexander, who has also directed the movie Punisher: War Zone, and several episodes of DC Comic’s various superhero TV shows, confirmed on social media an IMDB listing that claimed she has signed on with the film.
The great thing about The Rock is that you can always count on him to keep you updated on what he’s up to on a daily basis, whether it’s his exercise routine, his eating habits, his adorable puppies, or whichever of the six dozen movie projects he’s currently working on. This time, he’s provided his fans with a first look at the concept art for his starring role in the “reimagining” of the family film Jumanji, where he apparently plays a character named Dr. Bravestone. Really stretched your creativity on that one, people. Anyway, have a look, and just like The Rock, wonder where the heck his upper body disappeared to.
You’ve probably heard by now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had some less-than-complimentary things to say about one of his Fast 8 co-stars after shooting wrapped up, and industry sources revealed that the source of Rock’s ire was mostly likely the star of the franchise, Vin Diesel, who Rock seemed to be accusing of laziness and unprofessionalism. Everyone has an opinion on this, from the other stars of the film, to industry experts, to wrestling fans, and it seems like it’s that last group who might have figured out the angle on this whole thing from the very beginning.