6 items from 2016
Nxt is coming from us in a new home in Florida this week as Carmella is set to take on Bayley for the Nxt Women’s Championship. Friendships will be tested, and places need to be earned. There are also appearances from Nxt’s Job Squad, and a fantastic main event angle. Oh, and one of the worst matches of 2016 so far. It’s this week’s Nxt…
1. Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano
Corbin’s hatred for indie wrestlers continues as he takes on Johnny Wrestling. Corey Graves argues that Corbin has a good claim to still be the #1 contender. Heads up Graves, he doesn’t. Story of the match was similar to one from a couple of weeks ago where Corbin is the bigger and stronger man while Gargano was the quicker man working round him. Gargano has some offense early on, but Corbin cuts him off with a »
- Luke Owen
The book features interviews with Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Bag of Bones, Desperation, The Stand,) John Ottman (Composer/Editor of X:Men: Days of Future Past, The Usual Suspects,) Mark Ordesky & Jane Fleming (Producers of Lovely Molly, Exists,) Kane Hodder (Jason from the Friday the 13th, part 7 to 10, Hatchet,) Tibor Takacs (Director of The Gate, Spiders 3D, Megasnake,) John Debney (Composer of Predators, Sin City, End of Days,) Jojo Draven (Composer of Patient Seven, Ghost Month, Reel Evil,) Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science,) Mike Mendez (Director of The Gravedancers, Big Ass Spider,) Neal Marshall Stevens (Screenwriter of Thir13en Ghosts, Hellraiser: Deader,) Chris Alexander (Former Editor in Chief of Fangoria Magazine, Filmmaker,) Jessica Cameron (Actress/Director of Truth or Dare,) Denise Gossett (Founder »
It’s been a whirlwind of a week in the world of wrestling with fans buzzing over the arrivals of Aj Styles, Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura in WWE. Styles made his highly anticipated debut in the 2016 Royal Rumble match while Aries appeared at last Friday’s set of Nxt tapings in Orlando. Days later, it was announced that Nakamura will be in action at Nxt TakeOver: Dallas.
How WWE will treat Nakamura in Nxt remains to be seen, but if the way they have utilized Styles so far on the main roster has been any indication, he will be just fine. He dominated the Japanese wrestling scene for over a decade and will now face a new set of challenges in Nxt, where he will face some of the greatest wrestlers in the world today.
It feels like every signing to the so-called developmental territory is more exciting than the last. »
- Graham GSM Matthews
We’ve got two new debuts heading to Nxt in the coming weeks in Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura, but before that we’ve got to crown a new #1 contender to Finn Balor as Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and Samoa Joe battle it out in the main event. It’s this week’s Nxt Recap & Review…
1. American Alpha vs. Blake & Murphy
Crowd get ‘American Alpha’ chants going, which doesn’t quite work. Murphy grabs one of Jordan’s legs, but Jordan manages to jump over each of his attempts to sweep the other leg. That was a great spot. At one point, Murphy does a drop down/leap frog spot but when he comes down he grabbed his knee and started screaming bloody murder. The ref looks to stop the match as Murphy sells his knee, but then Blake attacks Gable from behind and Murphy miraculously recovers to chop block him. »
- Luke Owen
Before even typing this news I already know that it will cut audiences in half with its reception. After six years as the lead writer of the worlds longest running science fiction series, Steven Moffat has officially quit Doctor Who.
The talented writer will step down as showrunner after his final series next year (the 10th of the rebooted show). However, much to disappointment of fans (myself included) this does mean that 2016 will only contain one new episode of Doctor Who. The gap between now and this years Christmas special will now be filled by the upcoming young adult spin-off Class written by Patrick Ness.
Series 10 is slated to return the show to its former spring teatime slot where Moffat’s final 12 episodes will air. This will then leave Doctor Who in the very capable hands of Broadchurch’ Chris Chibnall for another complete series in spring 2018. Chibnall has already written »
- Ben Read
Miami-based Cisneros Media Distribution (Cmd) is unveiling a host of innovative shows at Natpe, led by “Just Looking” (“Para Verte Mejor”) a 120-episode telenovela that can also be broken into a five-season romcom of 24 episodes each. “We incorporated five cliff hangers and more dynamic pacing so that it can be adapted into a series format,” said Marcello Coltro, Evp, Content Distribution. Adapting shows to new viewing habits on myriad platforms “is one of the challenges of the telenovela industry,” said Coltro who noted that a variety of shows have been in development the past eight months across three studio partners: Cisneros Studios, Mobius Lab and Venevision.
There are also fewer characters and subplots in “Just Looking” and Cmd’s new family-friendly telenovela “Separated by Love” (Entre tu Amor y mi Amor”) to allow for binge-watching, a phenomenon that Ott leader Netflix has initiated. Both telenovelas are co-produced with Cisneros-owned Venezuelan broadcaster Venevision. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
6 items from 2016
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