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Randy Orton’s Injury Legitimate And Needs Physical Therapy Before WWE Return

30 December 2011 1:08 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news » have posted an update on Randy Orton’s severe back injury which we heard this week was likely to keep him out of action for six months and would force him to miss Wrestlemania 28 in April. Yesteday, WWE physician Dr. Michael Sampson examined Orton and concluded that he had suffered a herniated disc on the L4-L5 level on the left side, which has resulted in the pain and weakness down his leg that he has been feeling and complaining about in the past two weeks that has led to his back problem.

Sampson said;

“He’s going to need some time off for rehab, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy,” said Dr. Sampson.

There had been some conjuncture on the web as to whether the injury was real or not and certainly we speculated early that it might have been a way to give Orton some weeks off »

- Matt Holmes

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Images Of WWE’s New Live House Show Sets

30 December 2011 12:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

At live house shows this week the WWE debuted new stage sets and PWInsider have provided us with several photos from a SmackDown event in Detroit, Michigan;


Reports from the house show stated that the arena was only about 70% full for the event and the last photo above certainly backs up that statement. This was also the event where the WWE were offering full refunds to those fans who were disgruntled by the absence of the previously advertised marquee star Randy Orton from the show after being pulled because of a severe back injury.

The Street Fight matches against Wade Barrett were instead fought by Sheamus who was a replacement for Randy Orton. Sheamus had been wrestling on house shows and on pay-per-views in a programme with Christian before his recent injury and as a character hasn’t been going anywhere fast in storylines since, so this was the smart move. »

- Matt Holmes

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Goldust Wants To Face Cody Rhodes At Wrestlemania 28 In A Miami Street Fight

12 December 2011 10:35 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

WWE veteran wrestler Goldust (Dustin Runnels) is continuing to campaign for a match against his brother Cody Rhodes at next year’s Wrestlemania 28. Previously we had heard about his Twitter campaign for an Intercontinental Title vs. Career Match to be booked as a culmination of a feud that would probably see him hang up his boots as an active wrestler.

Latest reports from say Goldust wants the match to be contest as a Miami Street Fight. This of course brings up memories of perhaps Goldusts’ most famous match when he took on Rowdy Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania 12 in a ‘Hollywood Backlot Brawl’ which went from Hollywood all the way to the ring!

However WWE officials have said to be hesitant all along about the idea to stage the match at Wrestlemania but would be more than happy to have the feud at another pay-per-view event. The idea is »

- Matt Holmes

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Evan Bourne Returns At WWE House Show In Florida

4 December 2011 1:40 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

After completing his thirty day suspension for a first violation of WWE’s Talent Wellness Program on Wednesday, Evan Bourne returned to a WWE ring last night at a Raw house show event in Sunrise, Flordia. Bourne took on the United States Champion Dolph Ziggler in a title match and lost.

Bourne was suspended from competing whilst still half of the WWE Tag Team Champions and it’s unknown how long he and Kofi Kingston will stay with the gold in the near future.

Meanwhile Skip Sheffield also returned at Florida house show. This was his first match in almost two years since breaking his leg and ankle and having needed three surgeries to get him back into ring condition. He took on and defeated Alex Riley with a Clothesline from Hell. Reports are saying Sheffield was in great shape and looking better than ever with shades of Jbl.

Full house »

- Matt Holmes

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Academy's Doc Shortlist Includes -- and Leaves Out -- Plenty of Great Films (Analysis)

18 November 2011 3:35 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Scott Feinberg

Each year when the Academy's documentary branch screening committee announces its shortlist of 15 films from which the five best documentary (feature) Oscar contenders will be selected, as they did today, there are inevitably a few omissions that leave doc buffs stunned. This year is no exception. I applaud the committee for a number of its selections this year: If a Tree Falls, a gripping doc about eco-terrorism by Marshall Curry, who was previously nominated for Street Fight (2005); Pina, a German doc about dance in which the great Wim Wenders makes some of the best use of 3-

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- Scott Feinberg

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WWE Smackdown Review November 4th – Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry

5 November 2011 1:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Smackdown! November 4th 2011

Street Fight

Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

What a treat! Street fight starts off with exchanging of holds in the ring, until an Orton dropkick sends Rhodes to the floor. Randy follows but ends up getting sent into the steps. Orton manages a hangman on the top rope then pays back Rhodes sending him into the steps. It’s not long before they fight out into the crowd through that area that always has no fans standing in it. Orton takes him back over the barrier and takes out a bagger for good measure. He throws Rhodes back in the ring, but he slides out the other side. He throws the other bagger into Randy, who drops him with an Rko to take us to commercial. When we’re back, they’re brawling on the top of the ramp and Rhodes rams Orton’s head into the stage. »

- Patrick Farren

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers 01/10/2011 – Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes in Street Fight

2 November 2011 1:21 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Friday Night Smackdown Tapings from Greenville, Sc:


1) Randy Orton defeated Ic Champion Cody Rhodes in a Non-title Street Fight

Said to be an awesome contest and easily the best match of the night that went all the way through the crowd. Orton won with after a hanging Ddt off the barricade to the floor on the outside and then an Rko inside the ring. Orton bagged Rhodes post-match.


2) Ted Dibiase defeated Tyson Kidd

World Champion Mark Henry was interviewed backstage and trashed talked Daniel Bryan over his Money In The Bank/Wrestlemania dreams. He challenged Bryan to a non-title match tonight and Bryan accepted.


3) Alicia Fox defeated Natalya

Natalya is the victim of week female division and as she is the second major heel behind Beth Phoenix, she is sadly being jobbed out to every female babyface as an attempt to get them over as genuine contenders to Phoenix. In the long term, »

- Matt Holmes

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Real Steel,’ ‘Ides of March’ & ‘Dirty Girl’ Alternatives

6 October 2011 3:29 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we look at alternatives to Real Steel, The Ides of March and Dirty Girl.

 In theaters Friday, giant Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots will do box office battle with dirty pool-playing politicians and a road-tripping dirty girl. But if you want to take tales of sci-fi adventure, political intrigue and comedic coming-of-age home, then check our latest list of recommended movies available online.

In a world where robots box for our amusement, a struggling fight promoter (Hugh Jackman) works to get his career and his relationship with his estranged son on track.

Do you like your family-friendly father-son tales with a dollop of sci-fi thrills?

Tron: Legacy  (2010) This visually dazzling sci-fi sequel also centers on a long-lost father and son team. Here Sam Flynn »

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Win: Bobby Fischer Against The World On DVD

10 September 2011 8:29 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Following on from the hugely successful theatrical run, Dogwoof proudly presents Award-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus’s fascinating portrait of one of the most intriguing and enigmatic figures of the 20th century – World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.

Available on DVD 12th September, a week after the iTunes release, Bobby Fischer Against the World traces the Grand Master from child prodigy to Cold War hero to controversial recluse. Cutting interviews with Bobby and the people who knew him with footage and news reports, Bobby Fischer Against the World is a mesmerising portrait of the rise and bizarre fall of one of the great American icons. With DVD extras including three short films, selected trailers and “Taking on a Grandmaster” clips; this is a DVD must buy for all chess fans or anyone wanting an insight into troubled genius.

To be in with a chance of winning one of two copies of the DVD we have to give, »

- Matt Holmes

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Video: Ryan Gosling Street Fight Videographer Vividly Recalls the Actor's Heroic Act

23 August 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

On Monday, the Internet learned that real human being Ryan Gosling had joined the ranks of hero after breaking up a New York City street fight. ("Street fight.") Many questions remained after watching the shaky video evidence, though, and the guys over at tracked down Gosling street fight videographer Valerie Herrera to get to the bottom of the incident. »

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Bret Hart in Calgary For Tonight’s WWE Smackdown Taping?

23 August 2011 8:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Just what will WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart be doing on Smackdown tonight? Hart has been advertised for an appearance in Calgary tonight where tapings of Friday Night’s Smackdown will be taking place at the Saddledome and rumours are circulating that his involvement will involve him appearing as a special enforcer for a dark mark match between Randy Orton vs. Christian in a Street Fight for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Which of course is great for the live audience… but what does it mean for Hart on television? What do the WWE have planned here?

Smith Hart, the eldest of the Hart family, wrote on his Facebook page today;

“Boarding a flight to Calgary shortly. Hart Family in full force tonight on Smackdown.”

Hmmm…. intriguing right?

On Smackdown, one match has been announced so far – Mark Henry vs. Sheamus. »

- Matt Holmes

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10 Greatest WWE SummerSlam Matches

12 August 2011 3:02 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With this year’s SummerSlam just days away I thought it’d be a fun idea to count down what I feel are the ten most impressive bouts from the event’s illustrious history. As the PPV which cemented the star power of Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Rock, Triple H and Brock Lesnar among many others, WWE’s second biggest night of the year after Wrestlemania, SummerSlam has had its fair share of classic moments and matches which meant that I was truly spoilt for choice when having to decide on ten key clashes which I think show the event in the best light.

So what better way to hype yourself up for this weekend than reminding yourself of some of these epic encounters and becoming caught up in the best of what the WWE’s mega-show has had to offer since its inception in 1988. Featuring gravity defying bumps, hardcore violence, »

- Laurent Kelly

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10 Things Today’s Gamers Wouldn’t Understand

25 July 2011 5:10 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As an increasingly old and, as some would have it, bitter man, I’ve recently begun to cast my resentful mind back on the many trials that afflicted the 90s gamer which today’s youth would doubtless fail to grasp. I’m not talking about the obvious here: graphics have gotten far better and we didn’t have touch screens on our Sega Mega Drives. Instead the list below gathers together some odd things even those who lived at the time may have relegated to the limits of their subconscious and one you may never have heard of (though I’m certain I haven’t made it up). Quirks, practices and technological limitations that your grandchildren, dear reader, will scarcely be able to believe afflicted you: the greatest generation.

I could have mentioned demo discs, “cheats”, the size of the original Game Boy (above) or the fact that we used »

- Robert Beames

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WWE Smackdown Review 22/07/2011 – Mark Henry Takes Another Victim

23 July 2011 1:30 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Big News: After enduring a tough street fight with Randy Orton, Kane becomes the latest victim of a Mark Henry demolition.

Randy Orton was sat on a chair in the middle of the ring to start the show. He managed to somehow summarise the current cutting edge wwe affairs in a manner that seemed both blaise and monotonous before before bringing up his unfinished business with Christian who recently took away his world title at the Money in the Bank Pay Per View. They highlighted some key images from the match with Christain spitting at Orton in the face and Orton being unable to resists a Dq worthy retalitaion despite knowing beforehand that this such actions would lead to the belt changing hands.

Christian interrupted with title in hand and said that if Orton had any unfinished business then it should be with himself and his anger issues. He »

- Laurent Kelly

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Interview: A Chat With Doc Master Marshall Curry As 3Rd Film Debuts

29 June 2011 11:40 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Michael Moore, Spike Lee, Morgan Spurlock, and other attention-courting provocateurs tend to receive the vast majority of media coverage that is devoted to the documentary world, but none of them have made as many high-quality docs over the past decade as Marshall Curry, one of my favorite filmmakers, whose latest is about to arrive a theater near you, and who I interviewed last week.

Curry, 36, a humble, soft-spoken academic-turned-documentarian, has helmed only three films, thus far, but each has been a gem. “Street Fight” (2005), his debut, chronicled the unlikely 2002 campaign of Cory Booker to become mayor of Newark, and earned Curry a best documentary (feature) Oscar nod. His next film, “Racing Dreams” (2009), was named best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, where I saw it and called it “the best film of the year so far… an instant classic.” And his third film, “If a Tree Falls” (Oscilloscope, 6/22, not yet rated, »

- Scott Feinberg

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Bobby Fischer Against The World looks at life of enigmatic chess champ

29 June 2011 11:01 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Bobby Fischer was not only one of the greatest chess players of all time, he was possibly also one of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th century.

After his 1972 World Championship victory in Iceland against the Ussr's Boris Spassky (pictured right), Fischer - who was born in Chicago and raised in New York - vanished off the radar but resurfaced for a 1992 rematch held in Yugoslavia.

However, Yugoslavia was under a Un embargo at the time, so Fischer's American passport was revoked. When he travelled to Japan on the invalid documentation, he was detained there for nine months (see picture below), before being granted citizenship by Iceland where he lived until his death in 2008, aged 64.

Now his story is being brought to life by the award-winning, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus.

Released in UK cinemas by distributors Dogwoof on July 15, Bobby Fischer Against the World traces the Grandmaster from »

- David Bentley

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‘Bobby Fischer Against the World’ Trailer

23 June 2011 8:16 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

HBO Documentaries is certainly on a roll after producing and/or premiering such films as Gaslight, How To Die In Oregon, James Marsh‘s Project Nim, Martin Scorsese‘s Public Speaking, Reagan, and the Oscar-winning Taxi To The Dark Side. One of their latest films is Bobby Fischer Against the World, and like a few mentioned above, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Liz Garbus‘ doc takes a look at the world’s greatest chess player and received mostly positive reviews at Sundance. I’ve heard you truly have to love the sport to appreciate a doc like this, since his 1972 match with Boris Spassky is the main focus. The film will UK cinemas next month and we have one of their trailers via HeyUGuys. Check it out below.


Award-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus presents a fascinating portrait of one of the most intriguing and enigmatic figures »

- Jordan Raup

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Bobby Fischer Against the World Trailer & Images

23 June 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Dogwoof have sent over their trailer and some new images for their new movie, Bobby Fischer Against the World directed by Liz Garbus. It’s released on 15th July and is focuses around the game of chess! Sounds dull – but we can assure you it isn’t!

Award-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus presents a fascinating portrait of one of the most intriguing and enigmatic figures of the 20th century – World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. Out in cinemas 15 July, Bobby Fischer Against the World traces the Grand Master from child prodigy, to Cold War hero, to controversial recluse. Cutting interviews with Bobby and the people who knew him with footage and news reports, Bobby Fischer Against the World is a mesmerising portrait of the rise and bizarre fall of one of the great American icons.

In 1958, 14-year old Robert James “Bobby” Fischer stunned the chess world by becoming the youngest Grand Master in history, »

- David Sztypuljak

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Buñuel, "Unfinished Films," "Passione" and More

22 June 2011 10:51 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Openly, contentedly delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess," Luis Buñuel "may have been the greatest filmmaker of the medium's first century," suggests Michael Atkinson in the Boston Phoenix. "Had any filmmaker realized so acutely the unconscious torque inherent in cinema? Certainly among the 12 or so unassailable masters of the medium, he is the wittiest, the most philosophically imaginative, and the most formally unceremonious. His career stretched nearly 50 years, culminating amid what could be thought of as the death throes of international art cinema; his last masterpiece That Obscure Object of Desire hitting the open air the same year Star Wars forever wrecked the popular market and turned moviegoing into a experience of childish spinal emergency…. It's just as well: from the beginning Buñuel stood outside of fashion, and just as his flirtation with Surrealist dogma quickly became an »

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Interview | "If a Tree Falls"'s Marshall Curry: "This movie has a point of view. It’s complex."

22 June 2011 7:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Marshall Curry's ("Street Fight," "Racing Dreams") latest documentary, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," tells the story behind what the FBI has deemed America's "number one domestic terrorism threat"--the radical environmentalist group, the Earth Liberation Front (Elf). In 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by the FBI in a nationwide sweep of the activist organization. Curry (and co-director Sam Cullman) use his arrest as a springboard »

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