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‘Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press’ Review: Hulk Hogan’s Gawker Trial Gets a Big, Scary Context

22 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Well, let me tell you something, brother: Hulk Hogan always goes over in the end. The result of last year’s tabloid-friendly trial between Hogan (real name Terry Bollea, as Jenny Slate kindly reminded us in “Obvious Child”) and Gawker may have been less surprising to pro-wrestling fans than it was to everyone else, but its long-term impact will likely be even more consequential than the Hulkster body-slamming Andre the Giant in front of 93,000 screaming Hulkamaniacs.

Read More: ‘Nobody Speak’ Trailer: Hulk Hogan and Gawker Go to War in the Court Room

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” isn’t as indulgent with wrestling references as that last paragraph, which is probably to its credit. Brian Knappenberger’s documentary is compelling and slickly produced in the way that timely Sundance documentaries often are, with no shortage of talking heads and trial footage assuring us that there’s nothing normal about the new normal in which we all find ourselves. Also like a lot of similar movies, the subject itself is more engaging than the filmmaking.

The plaintiff in the trial was a lifelong showman whose fame and fortune are a direct result of his ability work an audience, whether it be in an open-air arena or an intimate courtroom; one of the defendants made a massively ill-advised joke about child sex tapes. To say that Hogan acquitted himself well and his opponent did not would be an understatement.

But however self-inflicted Gawker’s wounds may have been — they chose a questionable hill to die on, and die they did — the implications of that trial are troubling, to say the least. What other casualties might follow suit in the future? This concern is put best by a First Amendment attorney interviewed here: “The reason to save Gawker is not because Gawker was worth saving,” he says. “The reason to save it is that we don’t pick and choose what sort of publications are permissible, because once we do, it empowers the government to limit speech in a way that ought to be impermissible.”

The reading of the verdict and $140 million in damages comes halfway through the film, and it’s then that “Nobody Speak” pivots to its ultimate focus: Peter Thiel and other billionaires who seek to muzzle the press. Lawyers are expensive, and litigants with deep war chests tend to win. Knappenberger presents his case with all the passion of a trial lawyer who knows that his case be unwinnable but presses on anyway.

Read More: Netflix Close to Acquiring Hulk Hogan Doc ‘Nobody Speak’ — Sundance 2017

It was Thiel who financed Hogan’s lawsuit and considered doing so a philanthropic act. He’d been outed by Gawker nearly a decade earlier. The potential danger is obvious: Other millionaires and billionaires could follow suit and use their vast financial resources to sue journalistic outlets they don’t like as a means of score-settling.

Knappenberger links this to Donald Trump’s promise to “open up libel laws” and his rabid supporters’ violent threats toward journalists at rallies, not least because Thiel was an early supporter of then-candidate Trump. These conclusions are persuasive, frightening and (one hopes) a little alarmist — surging background music and other theatrics have a tendency to detract from the film’s arguments rather than enhancing it. A film about the vital importance of speaking truth to power needn’t be so concerned with dressing up its own frightful truths, but “Nobody Speak” still compels as an opening statement on journalism’s dubious future.

Grade: B-

“Nobody Speak” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s available to stream on Netflix as of June 23.

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Roman Reigns shoots on WWE fans, Rusev returning to WWE – WrestleTalk News

15 June 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…


Life can be tough as a WWE undercard wrestler, destined for throwaway pre-show matches and never ending feuds with Titus O’Neil. But listen up, jobbers – this one simple trick will transform your career!

Rusev was previously just a former-us champion who had feuded with John Cena and Roman Reigns. But after just several months of the PushRusev hashtag on Twitter, he’s had his WWE Title feud plans scrapped in favour of Jinder Mahal, and has been split up from his real-life wife Lana!

Social media! Tell WWE which characters you’re invested in, so they can act accordingly!

Like Zack Ryder. He was once just a super-over YouTube personality, who fans enjoyed so much, they chanted for him over The Rock! Now with the power of getting yourself over, he’s in a »

- Oli Davis

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The best thing in WWE right now..? – WWE Smackdown Live, June 6, 2017 review

7 June 2017 6:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Lana-lina Debuts

Shane McMahon opened the show introducing all five women in the ladies’ Money in the Bank match, and then unveiled the prize at the top of the ladder: a white briefcase with gold trimmings. Considering WWE’s patchy sexist past, I’m glad it wasn’t a handbag.

After Naomi spoke about how ‘lit’ this match is going to be – whatever that means – Lana-lina debuted her new gimmick for the first time since moving to Smackdown. Her sexualised dancer character jarred with the merit-based wrestlers around her, acting as a throwback to the Diva era, but at least WWE are playing on the juxtaposition – with the others laughing at Lana-lina as she put herself forward for Money in the Bank. It’s a shame she’s still using the Russian accent. »

- Oli Davis

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Vince McMahon Biopic Called ‘Pandemonium’ is Going to Happen

26 April 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Can you even fathom just how big Andre the Giant is from this picture?  It’s not like Vince McMahon is a small dude.  In fact, quite the contrary.  McMahon is as jacked as they come.  Speaking of the WWE titan, Vince McMahon is going to be immortalized in Hollywood with a feature film called Pandemonium.  According to Deadline: The film is landing at Sony Pictures’ TriStar, with Andrew Lazar producing with WWE Studios president Michael Luisi and Adam Goldworm. Nobody’s talking, but the film covers McMahon’s ascension in the wrestling business, and having WWE Studios involved indicates the project has the

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- Nat Berman

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WWE star injured, Shelton Benjamin WWE return update | WrestleTalk News

18 April 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

They might not be able to book babyfaces you can cheer, nor heels you can ever fully ‘boo’, but credit where credit’s due: WWE can book big, sweaty men really well.

After deadlifting an ambulance on Roman Reigns last week, last night’s Monday Night Braun had The Monster Among Men beat up R-Truth, throw Goldust through a gate and dump Kalisto in a bin. The night’s big set piece, however, came in the main event, where Strowman suplexed Big Show off the middle rope, causing the ring to collapse.

I don’t know what they thought was going to happen. Last time these two main evented Raw, the whole night was built around reinforcing the ring fittings. This time, no reinforcing. Kurt Angle needs to read up on the health and safety requirements. »

- Oli Davis

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Andre The Giant Flying out of Japan in 1980

16 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I don’t think people really understood just how big Andre the Giant was unless they experienced him in person.  I never did unfortunately.  But I think the moment I realized just how much of a “giant” he was, was in the movie The Princess Bride.   It was when Indigo Montoya put his hands in Andre’s hands and you saw just how massive Andre’s hands were.   I mean sure, you look at him in interviews and all that but to see a grown man’s hands get completely swallowed up by his hands was a defining moment of his sheer size. Back

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- Nat Berman

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Real reason why Wrestlemania match cancelled, ex-wwe star reveals return talks | WrestleTalk News

14 April 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

You might’ve noticed that Kane hasn’t been on Smackdown as of late. If you thought he’d taken time off to eviscerate his enemies or burn the souls of his foes, you’d be mistaken. Because the real reason is actually more ridiculous. He’s running for mayor in Knox County.

The Big Red Machine – whose real name is the much less intimidating Glenn Jacobs – announced his bid at a press conference earlier this week, and followed it up with a campaign video seemingly using his Corporate Kane gimmick. The ‘Lighting the way for our future’ slogan and flame in the middle of his logo are nice references to his Demon alter-ego.

Even without Kane, Smackdown’s post-Superstar Shake-Up roster looks mighty fine: Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Aj Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura are the most exciting headliners, »

- Oli Davis

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Great Job, Internet!: Why everything’s coming up Rock

13 April 2017 2:10 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

You may or may not be surprised to learn that the best-paid Hollywood actor last year was Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, taking in a whopping $64.5 million. Maybe it’s not that hard to understand: After all, he’s now a key component of the Fast And The Furious franchise, which just released its bound-to-be-successful eighth film. He stars in an HBO series, Ballers, which just got renewed for a third season. And F8 probably won’t even be his only summer hit, as he’s Hasselhoffing it up with the Baywatch movie, which opens May 25. Everything’s coming up Rock, it seems.

As ex-professional wrestlers go, you’ve got to admit that The Rock is the shit; while others like Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Andre The Giant also became household names, none even come close to The Rock’s stature. So what ...


- Gwen Ihnat

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Kevin Owens, New Day, Charlotte & more to Smackdown! | WWE Smackdown Live, April 11, 2017 Review

12 April 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The New Kevin Owens Show

Kevin Owens opened the show, declaring his Superstar Shake-Up move to Smackdown. He even wore a blue tie to stay on brand. The sudden announcements didn’t feel as out-of-place as on Raw the previous night. Probably because we’d already had a whole day to get used to the fact: this booking makes no sense.

With Dean Ambrose’s Intercontinental Title now on Raw, Baron Corbin said he deserves a shot at Ko’s United States Championship. Logic point No.1. But Owens had two more challengers – complete babyface Aj Styles, thankfully still on Smackdown, and the night’s second Superstar Shake-Up move, Sami Zayn. The Zayn vs Owens feud was driven into the ground on Raw, but trust in Smackdown’s bookers to actually make future matches mean something.

Daniel Bryan pointed out Ko can’t defend his Us title until after his match with Chris Jericho at Payback. »

- Oli Davis

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Chuck: first trailer for real-life Rocky Balboa movie

8 April 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Apr 10, 2017

The boxer who fought Muhammad Ali and inspired Rocky gets his real story told in Chuck. Here's the first trailer...

If you're a fan of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky, you may want to keep an eye on Chuck. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the biopic tells the story of former New Jersey boxer and booze peddler Chuck Wepner, who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, and inspired the character Rocky Balboa.

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Wepner is played by a beefy Liev Schreiber, while the movie also stars Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Naomi Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport, Pooch Hall and Morgan Spector in supporting roles.

Chuck received good reviews when it screened at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, so we're rather looking forward to this one. Like Balboa »

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Shocking backstage WWE Aj Lee story, WWE star upset over Wrestlemania match

7 April 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

You might have noticed that despite running well over 19 hours, the Wrestlemania 33 broadcast never referred to the venue by its actual name – The Camping World Stadium. Which, admittedly, is a stupid name.

The most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting the funniest ‘Vince-ism’ of Wrestlemania weekend, where McMahon decided the Camping World Stadium name couldn’t be used, so everyone referred to the site by its old name, The Citrus Bowl. For once, I’m actually on Vince’s side there.

Also according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, a six-man Cruiserweight match was scheduled for Wrestlemania, with the competitors even being present backstage, but they were told just hours before the event that they weren’t going to be used. It could be worse. They could’ve been put in the 87 man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal instead, and jobbed out in seconds.

According to Sean Waltman on his X-Pac 12360 show, »

- Oli Davis

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Predicting Key Moves in WWE’s ‘Superstar Shake-Up’

7 April 2017 5:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Liam Hoofe with some predictions for WWE’s superstar shake-up…

To say the last week in the WWE has been exciting would be an understatement. The returns of Kurt Angle and the Hardy Boys, the debuts of The Revival, Tye Dillinger and Shinsuke Nakamura, and the heartbreaking retirement of The Undertaker have shaken the WWE Universe and breathed new life into a product that had been struggling in the earlier parts of the year.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though, as Vince McMahon announced on Monday night that next week we would be seeing ‘a superstar shake-up.’ Which in effect, means a mini draft of sorts. Now, while the exact details of what will take place next week remain vague it seems safe to assume that we will several big name swaps between the two brands, potentially with some champions jumping ship too.

The shake-up should provide plenty of »

- Liam Hoofe

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Watch: A Growling Rob Gronkowski Jumps into the Ring at WrestleMania

3 April 2017 11:16 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Get it, Gronk!

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal during Sunday’s WrestleMania Kickoff. 

Following a ringside altercation between WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal and Gronkowski’s buddy, WWE’s Mojo Rawley, the NFL star pulled out the stops to back up his friend. 

The 27-year-old threw his shirt off and walked past security into the ring, sporting red shorts and a white tank. He squatted down, stuck his tongue out and ran head on at Mahal.

From Coinage: Super Bowl Winners Pay as Much in Taxes as You Make »

- Rose Minutaglio

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How Do You Not Feature Rob Gronkowski At Wrestlemania 33 on Your Site?

3 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

There were plenty of show stealers at Wrestlemania 33 last night but I’m pretty sure that everyone would agree that Rob Gronkowski’s appearance would make anyone’s top 5 list.   “Gronk” who is arguably one of the best tight ends in the history of football is known equally if not more for his off field antics than his on.   The Patriots tight-end has had quite the offseason attending numerous Spring Break events and doing what he does best: partying and taking his shirt off.   According to Yahoo Last night Gronk was watching ringside in Orlando, Florida during the Andre the Giant

How Do You Not Feature Rob Gronkowski At Wrestlemania 33 on Your Site? »

- Nat Berman

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WWE WrestleMania 33 Review

3 April 2017 7:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Liam Hoofe reviews WrestleMania 33…

Well, what a night that was. Clocking in at over 7 hours Wrestlemania 33 was quite the endurance test (finishing at 6:10am in my time-zone.) For once, though, the length of the event felt justified and WWE delivered a truly great Wrestlemania that will be fondly remembered for years to come.

With 13 matches to get through, let’s begin my match by match breakdown of last night’s crazy event.

Pre-Show: Neville defeated Austin Aries

This one really should have been on the main show. Neville and Aries delivered a cracking match to get the pre show started and further cemented Neville as the Mvp of the Cruiserweight division.

Aries looked really strong in his PPV debut and the top rope spots were awesome, I could watch Neville hit the Red Arrow all day.

Neville retaining through nefarious measures mean we are likely to see more matches »

- Liam Hoofe

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Wrestlemania 33 Kick-Off Show – Results & Review

2 April 2017 5:47 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s time once more for Wrestlemania the biggest professional wrestling and sports entertainment event for fans and performers that there is. This year the event is held in Orlando, the home of Nxt – where a lot of the current roster of superstars got their start -and as usual (at least on paper) the card doesn’t seem that great. But that’s the thing with the WWE’s biggest pay per view, there’s always surprises: especially when it comes to Wrestlemania moments…. So with that lets get into Wrestlemania 33 – starting with the usual 2-hour kick off pre-show, which this year features the Crusiserweight Championship match the the now-annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale.

Wrestlemania 33 Kick-Off Show Cruiserweight Championship Match: Austin Aries vs Neville

Aries has the upper hand early in the match, hitting a spinning elbow on Neville off the middle rope, sending him to the outside. »

- Phil Wheat

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WrestleMania 33: NFL Star Rob Gronkowski Jumps Into the Ring With Mojo Rawley in WWE Debut

2 April 2017 4:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With Shaquille O’Neal off the line-up for WWE’s WrestleMania 33, there was a gap on the roster for a professional athlete. And who better to fill his shoes than Rob Gronkowski? Ok, well technically Shaq wears size 22 sneakers while the NFL’s best tight end is merely a size 16, but they are both unnaturally large human beings. Gronk flew from New England to Orlando to back up his best buddy and aspiring superstar Mojo Rawley, who made his WrestleMania debut in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Sunday night. Also Read: Maria Menounos Says WWE's WrestleMania Is Like the 'Super. »

- Debbie Emery

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Rob Gronkowski Gets in the Ring for WrestleMania 33 (Photos + Video)

2 April 2017 3:50 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Rob Gronkowski is apparently a wrestler now during the off-season ... he just kicked some ass in the ring at WrestleMania 33. The Pats star was in the crowd Sunday watching his pal Mojo Rawley get pummeled by Jinder Mahal during the 4th annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal  ... and then decided to step in when Jinder got in his own face.  What happens next is nothing short of epic, and is sure to go down »

- TMZ Staff

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The Undertaker: a look at his 23-1 WrestleMania record

1 April 2017 11:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Gavin Jasper Apr 3, 2017

As the Undertaker announces his retirement, we look back at his Wrestlemania record...

This article is from Den Of Geek Us.

WrestleMania XXX was an eventful show. It calmed the fears of those afraid that it would crash the WWE Network and cause major damage to the company's latest venture. Cesaro broke away from his tag team and broke out by winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy. Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and the Rock hung out in the ring and had a blast. Mr. T and Roddy Piper buried the hatchet. Daniel Bryan went through an endless supply of punishment before being defeating Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista.

That was a big moment and a major story, but the thing people will be talking about for a long time is the end of Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar. For the first time ever, Undertaker lost at »

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Samoa Joe Wrestlemania 33 role revealed? Last minute Wrestlemania changes?

31 March 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Wrestlemania 33 set to run just shy of 27 hours, missing the pre-show seemed like a good way to reduce that butt-numbing length. But then WWE added Austin Aries vs Neville to the kickoff show. And the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, complete with bonus Braun Strowman.

Fans were annoyed – particularly over the Cruiserweight title match – but the major outrage was saved for the big Smackdown announcement: the two hour pre-show would also include the blue brand’s Women’s Championship match, as displayed by the below Wrestlemania kickoff graphic, which looks to be advertising the weirdest four way ever.

See Also: Shelton Benjamin cleared to return, WWE stars injured heading into Wrestlemania

The Internet wasn’t happy, as prior to the Road to Wrestlemania, Smackdown’s women’s division was prominently featured on weekly TV – and many argued that’s where the real women’s revolution was; with actual »

- Oli Davis

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