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Smashing Pumpkins Rocker Billy Corgan Purchases National Wrestling Alliance (Report)

1 May 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

From The Smashing Pumpkins to body-slamming: Billy Corgan has purchased the National Wrestling Alliance, according to PWInsider. The rocker and former Tna Wrestling president now owns the name, rights and trademarks to the Nwa — he also gets its iconic championship belt. Additionally, Corgan inherits a ton of history: the National Wrestling Alliance was formed way back in 1948, and its roots are even older. Since officially starting 69 years ago, the league has produced many all-time greats, like Buddy Rogers, Pat O’Conner, Dory Funk, Jack Brisco, Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes, Kerry Von Erich, Ric Flair, Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Ken Shamrock, Jeff. »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Logan Lucky’: Steven Soderbergh Says His First Film in Four Years Is ‘An Anti-Glam Version of an Ocean’s Movie’

21 April 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As retirements go, Steven Soderbergh’s lasted just a little longer than Terry Funk’s. That’s in part because the prolific writer/director never stopped working after “Behind the Candelabra,” even if his masterful work on “The Knick” aired on the small screen rather than the silver one. He’s returning to feature filmmaking with this summer’s “Logan Lucky,” which he says he decided to direct because he “couldn’t bear the thought of somebody else getting to do it.”

Read More: ‘Logan Lucky’ First Look: Steven Soderbergh Returns to the Big Screen For the First Time in Four Years

That’s from a new Entertainment Weekly interview about the film, a caper starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough and Daniel Craig. Soderbergh says that, despite any superficial similarities to a certain heist trilogy he directed, “Logan Lucky” is actually “the complete inversion of an ‘Ocean’s’ movie. »

- Michael Nordine

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