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The WWE launched its much-spoken of, much-publicized and much-advertised by its announcers on television every single week, Network at the end of February and now we are just over five months on from the launch, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Network now that the issues have been ironed out, more content has been added and rumours have begun to swirl that WWE are planning to launch it in the rest of the world before 2014 comes to a close.
When it launched five months ago the WWE Network was a big of a mess in terms of glitches and errors, from people experiencing numerous problems with the sign-up process, people being charged twice, people being charged even though they cancelled before the end of the “free trial”, and then the issues that came once you signed in. Freezing during the on-demand portion of the service, »
- Chris Cummings
With the announcement that Sting would be joining the roster of the upcoming WWE 2K15 as a pre-order bonus character, fans were agog.
Last year’s WWE2K14 was a showcase for how it was possible to combine the rich history of World Wrestling Entertainment with the incredible graphics and state-of-the-art gameplay of a cutting edge video game. The two story modes in particular, 30 Years Of Wrestlemania and The Streak, brought Wrestlemania to life for gamers the world over, allowing us to work our way through three decades of WWF and WWE stories on the grandest stage of them all.
But Sting… he was one of the only professional wrestling legends never to wrestle for either WWF or WWE. Although the company had teased signing The Icon for some time (even posting a speculative promotional video for a potential Sting/Undertaker match on wwe.com back in April »
- Ben Cooke
The week after WWE Battleground was certainly an eventful one, but what’s gotten more attention than the results of the pay-per-view is a moment many wrestling fans thought may never come, as Sting made his first official appearance at a WWE event, joining a panel to debut his new WWE action figure.
Plenty more happened as well: we saw an arrest on Raw, heard from Triple H about Brock Lesnar, and Bad News Barrett made a surprise return. And again, that wasn’t all, so read on to see the best things you didn’t see this week.
Before you do, though, here’s a bit about what this article series is all about. The content on the following pages almost exclusively comes from the WWE App, WWE.com, the WWE Network, and WWE television shows by way of WWE’s YouTube page. Because fewer people watch Main Event, »
- Alex Musso
The San Diego Comic-Con International is in full swing, and we’ve got a few of yesterday’s big panels for you to watch right here, starting with Benedict Cumberbatch talking about his upcoming role in Penguins of Madagascar (and Sherlock, of course):
Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.
Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV seriesHannibal. »
- Gary Collinson
Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, sees Irish-born director John Carney (who brought us Once), explore the story of a chance encounter between a troubled music-business executive and a struggling singer-songwriter. Set in New York, their encounter leads to a captivating and creative collaboration which is the perfect excuse for a great soundtrack. The soundtrack includes interesting contributions from Knightley, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and songs written by the director himself. To celebrate the release of Begin Again, we take a look at ten film actors that have surprisingly delved into a career in music and expanded their CV’s – for better or worse! Headphones at the ready!
There is nothing Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr. can’t do, so it’s no surprise he made his own album called The Futurist that was released in 2004. Before this, he sang in various films such »
- Louise Tooth
Right about now, the lights should be on in the Beverly Hilton ballroom for the very first panel of the summer 2014 Television Critics Association press tour. I'm not due to arrive at tour until sometime tomorrow, but Fienberg and other members of the TCA should be there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the start of the 16-day event (which, for many people, will run straight into the start of Comic-Con). Each time I get ready to go to press tour (give or take that time that I broke my ankle), I like to present some version of the guide to press tour I originally wrote in my Star-Ledger days (with a lot of help from Matt Zoller Seitz). If you've been following my tour coverage all this time, odds are you know a lot of this and can skip down to the bottom for the 10 biggest questions Dan and I have about this current tour, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Since acquiring both Ecw and WCW, Vince McMahon’s WWE has become the veritable titan in the sports entertainment industry. Their “Then. Now. Forever.” ethos has been exemplified on their recent video archive, the WWE Network, their Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and every episode of Raw where Michael Cole refers to a flying elbow as “shades of Randy Savage.”
Most recently, this mentality has been at the center of the last two installments of 2K’s WWE video game series, with the Attitude Era being represented in 2012, and 30 Years of Wrestlemania being showcased last year. With Sting finally signing his Legends contract, it’s the perfect opportunity for the upcoming 2K15 installment to honor World Championship Wrestling and show off some of their more entertaining storylines.
Disclaimer: No title on a pole matches included.
- Kiefer Vincent Storrer
If you're one of Sting's six children, this news is likely going to sting. The music legend, who is worth an estimated $300 million, says he won't be leaving his three sons and three daughters a big inheritance. "I told them there won't be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in we spend, and there isn't much left," says the 62-year-old rocker, who supports a number of charities with Trudie Styler, his wife of 21 years. "I certainly don't want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate." Sting »
Sting might be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but the musician says that he won’t be putting a part of his fortunes into trust funds for his children.
Sting Says No Trust Funds For Kids
Sting, 62, who is married to his wife of 21 years, Trudie Styler, supports a number of charitable organizations, which is one reason his kids won’t be getting massive trust funds or inheritance. Furthermore, Sting sees trusts funds as “albatrosses round their necks” that would impede their potential for personal success.
"I told them there won't be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in we spend, and there isn't much left," Sting told The Daily Mail. "I certainly don't want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, »
It doesn't pay to be Sting's kids.
It doesn't pay to be Sting's kids. The music legend told British publication the Daily Mail that his children won't be getting their hands on any of his money when he dies.
Sting, who grew up poor near the Wallsend shipyards in England, has an estimated net worth of $300 million. Now, he wants his children to have the chance to come up the way he did.
Related: Casting Near-Misses - Sting in 'The Terminator'?
"They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate," Sting said. "Obviously, if they were in trouble I would help them, but I've never really had to do that. They have the work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit."
The 62-year-old musician added that he didn't want to "leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their »
On Monday night, stars stepped out to support The Trevor Project at the TrevorLIVE event in NYC. The project focuses on crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to Lgbtq youth, and the semiannual event honors those who help support the cause. Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, are both co-chairs for the project and spoke at the event this year. Last week, Neil not only won his first Tony Award, but gave a lap dance to Sting as his transgender character from Hedwig and the Angry Inch during the Tonys. TrevorLIVE came just one night after Neil mixed work and play on Father's Day. After a jazz brunch with David and their twins, Gideon and Harper (who are just too cute for words), he performed his Broadway show twice on Sunday night! Neil and David weren't the only ones showing their support. Ellen Page, who recently came out during an emotional speech, »
- Alyse Whitney
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting news for the post-apocalyptic horror film, State of Desolation, a new clip from Crawlspace, release details for Worm, Devil’s Mile, Glorious Plague, and much more:
State of Desolation Casting Details: “Writer/Director Jim Towns (House of Bad), is at work again filming his next feature film, a post-apocalyptic horror called “State of Desolation”. The film takes us on the journey of an unusual relationship forged between an aging mercenary, played by Craig Stark (Django Unchained) and a young pampered suburbanite, played by Jamie Bernadette (Axeman), as they both try to survive the Apocalypse. Rounding out the cast are Daniel Buran (True Blood), Jessica Morris (Haunting of the Innocent), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), and Victoria De Mare (Stripped). In the coming weeks, more roles will be filled and director Jim Towns states, »
- Tamika Jones
WWE are now offering Sting a deal better than just a legends contract, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The same source had previously reported that WWE’s offer was just a standard $10,000 legends deal. It is now understood that Sting’s deal has the legends contract as part of it, but there are more to the talks than just that.
This makes far more sense, Sting’s WCW fame clearly puts him at a cut above of your regular old timer wrestler. WWE can utilise him in high profile ways, particularly if they can make a WrestleMania 31 match of Sting vs Undertaker, which has been strongly speculated towards. The Observer confirms that Sting still hasn’t signed but they believe he inevitably will at some point in the future.
The report also comments on the news of an agency filming a Sting promo video. This is indeed a WWE project, »
- Grahame Herbert
If you thought the Tonys ended when A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder walked off with the telecast’s last award (for Best Musical), boy, are you in for a surprise. Now, the fun really begins, as TVLine names its own winners — and losers — in a variety of, shall we say, “alternative” categories. And the nonexistent statuettes go to…
Most Tireless Performer | Four-time host Hugh Jackman bounced up and down – literally bounced up and down – for nearly five minutes to open the show and hardly slowed down after that. When he wasn’t flirting with the audience, he »
There are tentative plans for Sting to be included in the WWE 2K15 video game as a pre-order bonus, reports WrestlingDVDNews.com.
This is an expected development that most expected since Sting began talks about joining the WWE earlier this year. The 55-year-old is the last remnant of WCW that never joined WWE since it folded in 2001 and therefore has become the biggest star never included in a WWE video game. It’s likely Sting’s inclusion in the game will be revealed soon.
Meanwhile a new WWE produced DVD chronicling the career of former Nwa/WCW legend Sting is set to be released on DVD & Blu-Ray in the Us on September 23 and in the UK on September 29th. WrestlingDVDNews.com has obtained the synopsis of the DVD:
The Sting DVD chronicles his entire career from his Mid-South days as part of the Blade-Runners (with Ultimate Warrior) through his last WCW match vs. »
- John Canton
The 68th Annual Tony Awards has added a slew of presenters and performers, including Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Hudson, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light, Rosie O'Donnell, T.I., Patrick Wilson and “NCIS: Los Angeles” pair Barrett Foa and LL Cool J, in advance of the ceremony airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. Hudson will perform at the night's ceremony, singing a song from the upcoming musical “Finding Neverland.” Also read: Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Sting and ‘Wicked’ Cast Performing at Tony Awards The ceremony, hosted by “X-Men Days of Future Past” star Hugh Jackman, will also feature a slew of appearances by movie, »
- Tim Kenneally
WWE has offered Sting a deal similar to the standard $10,000 Legends contract without any other guarantees, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Negotiations had been going smoothly, but ultimately it resulted in only a legends offer, which we presume is why the rumoured deal stalled. The Observer states that talks are still ongoing.
The news of WWE’s lowly offer is somewhat surprising, and we can understand why Sting hasn’t agreed to that deal. Not to call him greater than anyone else, but he clearly represents more value than a standard legend. As a businessman who has always been aware of his own brand, Sting isn’t about to devalue himself, he will play the long game to secure a better deal. WWE broke the bank to bring back Bruno Sammartino in 2013, Sting won’t get the same sort of money, but he will expect the same kind »
- Grahame Herbert
Hot on the heels of announcing the presenters at this year’s Tony Awards, the show has confirmed the annual ceremony’s performance lineup. The headline news: Nominated musicals Hedwig and the Angry Inch, If/Then and Violet will be showcased with performances by their Tony-nominated stars, Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, and Sutton Foster, respectively. Alan Cumming will also reprise his award winning role as the Emcee in a performance from Cabaret.
Other nominated musicals, revivals, and new musicals from the 2014 season to be represented onstage include Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, »
- Andrea Towers
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, Backstage University is teaming up with Rock the Audition coach Sheri Sanders to offer you an audition class especially for pop/rock musicals. Rock musicals are dominating Broadway and are now being written by authentic pop recording artists: Cyndi Lauper “Kinky Boots,” Sheryl Crow “Diner,” and Regina Spektor “Beauty.” Tori Amos’ “The Light Princess” is up and running in London, and Sting’s “The Last Ship” is on its way to Broadway as we speak. The musicals “Motown” and “Beautiful” are following in the footsteps of jukebox musicals such as “Priscilla,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Jersey Boys,” using authentic Motown and ’70s folk/rock. Actor, teacher, and author Sheri Sanders literally wrote the book on auditioning for pop/rock musicals. She tours worldwide to teach professional and aspiring actors how to choose, cut, arrange, research, and perform popular music to successfully audition for rock musicals. Sherri has had students on Broadway, »
The network that brings you so much grave Law and Order and Grimm horror plans to give you more of the same, except in slightly lighter formulations. The heaviest new drama premiering this fall on NBC’s just-announced 2014-15 schedule is the political thriller State of Affairs, which will inherit the Monday time slot of its fraternal twin, The Blacklist, when the latter drama moves to Thursday in November as part of NBC’s radical rethink of a night that was once Must See, but no more.
Katherine Heigl returns to TV (yay?) as a CIA analyst »
- Jeff Jensen
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