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The Princess Bride

William Goldman and Rob Reiner’s unchallenged modern classic captures the magic of fairy tales about noble lovers, loyal warriors and low-down villains. Everybody’s terrific, all the characters are hilariously magical and Goldman’s writing glows with love for happy storytelling leavened further by sly wit. Criterion presents the Blu-ray in a lush storybook package with a treasure chest of extras.

The Princess Bride

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1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 98 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 30, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, André the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Cook, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal.

Cinematography: Adrian Biddle

Original Music: Mark Knopfler

Written by William Goldman from his book

Produced by Rob Reiner, Andréw Scheinman

Directed by Rob Reiner

Criterion’s extra label for the front of its new The Princess Bride special edition doesn’t tell us that it’s authorized,
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‘Andre the Giant’ HBO Doc Couldn’t Fit This Story About WWE Legend Nearly Drowning 2 Rivals

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‘Andre the Giant’ HBO Doc Couldn’t Fit This Story About WWE Legend Nearly Drowning 2 Rivals
André Roussimoff, better known as the wrestler André the Giant, wasn’t only a giant in stature: he was living a legend.

In the upcoming HBO documentary, “André the Giant,” from Bill SimmonsRinger Films, he’s even referred to as “a god.”

The film, which debuts on Tuesday, April 10, gathers up the titans of wrestling to share their larger than life stories about André.

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There’s Arnold Schwarzenegger telling of the time that when he tried to pick up the check at dinner, André instead picked Arnie up and put him on an armoire like he was a rag doll. And of course, everyone has a legendary story aboutAndré’s drinking. Ric Flair says in the film that he and André once put away 106 beers.

But there were a lot of stories that couldn’t fit into the documentary, even for someone as big as André (he officially stood 7-foot-4). Here’s one from “André the Giant” director Jason Hehir, who spoke with TheWrap to share a couple of stories that were cut for time.

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André had a reputation from “The Princess Bride” as something of a “gentle giant,” as director Rob Reiner puts it in the HBO doc. But here’s a story that shows a more dangerous side of André.

“This legendary story that [Ric] Flair was there for. It was at this beachside bar. I forget if he said it was in Charlottesville, or somewhere down south, along the beach,” Hehir recalled.

“And Blackjack Mulligan reaches across the table and punches André in the face. And André grabs Mulligan and one other guy, Dusty Rhodes maybe or someone, and drags them out onto the shore and starts drowning both of them,” he said. And Flair had to come out and break up the fight. And then André just turned around, walked in and sat down and started drinking again.”

That was just a glimpse into the anarchy of those days.

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Another story dates back when André was when he was 18. “Back in those days, you had to enlist in the army if you were an 18-year-old male in France,” Hehir said. “And one of the reasons why he got into wrestling is — he could have been off enlisted in the army somewhere, training, but he didn’t have any uniforms that would fit him. So, he kind of fell through the cracks because of that. Ironically, a guy that size falls through the cracks,” he laughed.

“And then soon after that is when he was ‘discovered’ as a pro wrestler. So when he’s 18 he’s supposed to be fitted and he can’t fit into that uniform. When he’s 19, that’s when you see that black and white video of him [training as a wrestler] that we showed,” Hehir explained.

Hehir admits his “bulls— detector” went off a bit on that first story, and made a judgment to keep it out based on a lack of “evidence and plausibility.”

André passed away in 1993, but his legend still lives on.

“André the Giant” premieres on HBO Tuesday, April, 10 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Check back with TheWrap for more from our conversation with Hehir on Tuesday.

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How André the Giant Was Cast in ‘The Princess Bride’

How André the Giant Was Cast in ‘The Princess Bride’
Jane Jenkins, the casting director of “The Princess Bride,” looked at a lot of tall men for the part of the giant Fezzik. But in her mind, there was only one giant who could plausibly haul three people up the Cliffs of Insanity: André the Giant.

In speaking with TheWrap, Jenkins explained how André Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant and quite literally the biggest wrestler in the world, got out of a wrestling match in Tokyo and ended up cast in Rob Reiner’s cult classic comedy “The Princess Bride.” Jenkins and Reiner met with the book’s author William Goldman to find out just what they were dealing with.

“So this Fezzik character, this giant, what are we talking about? Am I looking for a basketball player,” Jenkins recalls asking Goldman. “Oh no, I want a giant like André the Giant,” was his reply, referring to the late star who is the subject of a new HBO documentary produced by Bill SimmonsRinger Films titled “André the Giant.”

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The first problem was, Jenkins didn’t know who that was. “You don’t know who André the Giant is,” her friend told her at the time. “He is, pardon the pun, a huge wrestler!” (Roussimoff was billed to be 7 feet 4 inches tall.)

Jenkins then tracked down his contact at the World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE) and simply asked to meet him for a movie Reiner was directing. But they learned that André had a conflict with a wrestling match in Tokyo for which he would be paid millions, and unless they were willing to buy it out and match his salary, he was unavailable.

“So we did not have André the Giant,” Jenkins said. “So I proceeded to meet every tall person in L.A. and say ‘if you didn’t duck in through my doorway, you were way too short.'”

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Among some of the other potential Fezziks, Jenkins met with Carel Struycken, another 7-footer who was already committed to do a part in “The Witches of Eastwick.” She met a Scottish man who was known as the strongest man in the world, but wasn’t “the tallest man in the world.” And she even met a man she described as being like Ichabod Crane who, when they shook hands, made her own hand feel like “an infant’s hand inside a catcher’s mitt.”

“He said in a British accent, ‘I see there are a lot of fight scenes. I have a rather awkward center of gravity. Would there be a double for me,'” Jenkins recalled. “I don’t think that we can double you,” she responded.

But as if bestowed by Miracle Max himself, André’s fight was canceled, so Reiner and producer Andrew Scheinman dropped everything — literally leaving during an audition — to fly out to Paris and meet the Frenchman. Reiner told TheWrap via email that Scheinman read lines along with André, and Reiner ultimately put all of Fezzik’s lines onto a tape recorder for André to study and learn.

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In upcoming HBO doc, Reiner explains that André had auditioned for the part, but upon their first meeting, the filmmaker couldn’t understand a word he said. Reiner also added that André’s sensitive side came to define the cliche of the “gentle giant.”

“André the Giant” airs Tuesday, April 10, on HBO at 10 p.m.

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How André the Giant Was Cast in ‘The Princess Bride’

How André the Giant Was Cast in ‘The Princess Bride’
Jane Jenkins, the casting director of “The Princess Bride,” looked at a lot of tall men for the part of the giant Fezzik. But in her mind, there was only one giant who could plausibly haul three people up the Cliffs of Insanity: André the Giant. In speaking with TheWrap, Jenkins explained how André Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant and quite literally the biggest wrestler in the world, got out of a wrestling match in Tokyo and ended up cast in Rob Reiner’s cult classic comedy “The Princess Bride.” Jenkins and Reiner met with the book’s author William...
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Robin Wright and Arnold Schwarzenegger pay homage to Andre the Giant in new trailer for the HBO documentary

  • HeyUGuys
Wrestling fans are in for a treat come April when HBO premiere a new documentary on the gentle giant himself, Andre the Giant.

The documentary features a star-studded line-up of commentators including The Princess Bride stars Robin Wright, in which Andre starred as Fezzik, the giant, Billy Crystal and wrestler’s Hulk Hogan and Arnold Schwarzenegger whilst exploring not only the wrestler’s charisma but also the sadness he harboured.

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WWE, HBO Sports and Bill Simmons served as co-producers on André the Giant. For Simmons, who created the website and podcast network The Ringer, the film is the first in a forthcoming slate of documentaries, Ringer Films.

Andre the Giant premieres April 10 on HBO.

You can watch the trailer for the documentary below.

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‘André the Giant’ Trailer: The Gentle Giant ‘Knew He Wasn’t Gonna Live Long’ — Watch

‘André the Giant’ Trailer: The Gentle Giant ‘Knew He Wasn’t Gonna Live Long’ — Watch
“It’s almost like the whole room moved when he walked through the crowd.” “He had this wonderful sense of humor about himself, but he had a sadness, too.” “He was hurting — he was really, really hurting.” These are just some of the words spoken about André the Giant in HBO’s upcoming documentary about the wrestler-turned-actor, whom everyone seems to have admired greatly — even and especially because they knew he wasn’t long for this world. Watch the new trailer for “André the Giant” below.

He’s remembered by the likes of Ric Flair, Robin Wright, Vince McMahon, Billy Crystal, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recalls the gentle giant’s ability to “grab me out of the chair and hold me up like a little doll.” Born André René Roussimoff, he was one of the World Wrestling Federation’s biggest stars — along with Hulk Hogan, he main-evented WrestleMania III in
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‘André the Giant’ Trailer: The Larger-Than-Life Legend Was Gentle, but He Was Also in Pain — Watch

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The phrase “larger than life” is overused to the point of cliche, but it almost feels like an understatement when referring to André the Giant. In addition to standing 7’4″ tall and weighing in at a reported 520 pounds, André René Roussimoff had an outsize personality that’s almost entered the realm of legend at this point. All of which is to say that it’s surprising it took this long to make a documentary about the professional wrestler/actor, which is what HBO Sports, WWE, and Bill Simmons have done. Watch the trailer below.

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“He was stronger than all of us, he was bigger than all of us,” says Hulk Hogan as we watch footage of André dominating his opponents in the squared circle. “He kept everybody in line.
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‘The Sopranos’ Strip Club Location Satin Dolls Is Closing Amid Criminal Investigation

‘The Sopranos’ Strip Club Location Satin Dolls Is Closing Amid Criminal Investigation
In a case of life imitating art, the New Jersey location of Tony Soprano’s infamous Bada Bing! strip club has been shut down amid pending criminal investigation, the AP reports. The Lodi, New Jersey strip club Satin Dolls has been accused of solicitation of prostitution, lewd activity, and failure to account for “large amounts of cash moving in and out of the businesses.” “Illegal activity was glorified at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey,” said New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino in a release. “It’s time to shut it down.”

The owners of Satin Dolls have been under investigation for six years, according to the Ag’s report. One of the owners, Anthony Cardinalle, admitted to federal income tax evasion in 1995, and pled guilty in 2013 to a racketeering conspiracy linked to the Genovese crime family.
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The First Trailer for HBO’s Andre The Giant Documentary ‘He Was A God’

HBO has a documentary coming out fairly soon that will focus on the legendary Andre the Giant. He Was a God is kind of an odd title for anything and leaves a lot to live up to but when you consider just how big Andre was, physically and otherwise, he is very deserving of his fame and the type of reputation he earned. To some he was nothing short of mythical since he was one of the largest people to ever exist, but to others he was just a very big man that banked a lot of success by performing

The First Trailer for HBO’s Andre The Giant Documentary ‘He Was A God’
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer: Jeff Goldblum, Uh, Finds a Way — Watch

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer: Jeff Goldblum, Uh, Finds a Way — Watch
It doesn’t have Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard rubbing dinosaur poop on themselves, but the trailer for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is now upon us all the same. Colin Trevorrow was too busy helming the instantly infamous “Book of Henry” to return to the director’s chair, and so “A Monster Calls” director J.A. Bayona boldly stepped up in his absence. Watch the trailer below.

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If you’ve heard anything about “Fallen Kingdom,” it’s that Jeff Goldblum is returning because life does indeed find a way — and look, there he is! Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B. D. Wong are returning alongside newcomers Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin and James Cromwell; one imagines there will likely be some dinosaurs as well.

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Watch The New Trailer for HBO's Documentary Andre The Giant

There are few professional wrestlers who have left the ring and crossed into the mainstream: Hulk Hogan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, John Cena, and Dave Bautista are probably the most well-known today. But a new HBO documentary that looks at the career and life of André the Giant proves that his personality was even bigger than he was. Not only was he one of the greatest wrestlers the world has ever seen, he also had one of the biggest hearts. 

André Roussimoff is probably best known by some people for his part in The Princess Bride, but that role only highlighted a fragment of the massive man's talent.

One of his most famous wrestling matches, Wrestlemania III with Hulk Hogan, will certainly be a major point of the documentary. That even signified the moment when wrestling transitioned from being about the Giant to being about Hulkamania.

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WWE Smackdown Review 5/12/17- Shinsuke Nakamura Returns, Several Changes to Clash of Champions, Sami Zayn takes on Randy Orton

Liam Hoofe reviews this week’s episode of SmackDown Live…

SmackDown begins this week and surprisingly, Shane McMahon isn’t out to start the show. Owens and Zayn make their way to the ring and address last week’s main event. The two run down the McMahon family and mention Stone Cold Steve Austin and his encounters with them in the past, they also reference Randy Orton just being a hired gun for the McMahons these days. Sami walks around the ring, explaining how he didn’t break the rules last week, while also taking cheap pops at the commentators and the fans.

While this is happening, Orton hits an Rko out of nowhere on Kevin in the ring. Sami begins to retreat up the ramp and then, of course, outcomes big Shane. Shane announces that Orton and a partner of his choosing will face Zayn and Owens at Clash
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‘Barry’ Trailer: Bill Hader Takes the Spotlight in HBO’s New Hit Man Comedy — Watch

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‘Barry’ Trailer: Bill Hader Takes the Spotlight in HBO’s New Hit Man Comedy — Watch
HBO has now given us something to look forward to for the coming new year, and it comes in the form of Bill Hader in the network’s upcoming comedy “Barry.”

The recently released trailer features Hader as a “world-class” assassin named Barry, whose name seems to be known (and maybe frowned upon) by what looks like a lot of people from the criminal underworld. However, when he travels to Los Angeles to get a job done, he becomes engrossed in a scene you wouldn’t expect a hit man to be interested in: the Los Angeles theater community.

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It will be quite interesting to see the contrast between Hader’s well-known comedic antics and Barry’s obscure line of work amid, the angst of up-and-coming artists from the La theater world. Hader is predominantly known for his comic roles,
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‘Wormwood’ Trailer: Errol Morris’ Netflix Movie May Not Be a Documentary, but You Need to See It Anyway — Watch

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Depending on who you ask, “Wormwood” isn’t a documentary. But it is a new project from nonfiction master Errol Morris, making it a must-see regardless of which genre you consider it a part of. Netflix has released a new trailer for the film deemed too episodic by the Academy to qualify for the Best Documentary category. Watch it below.

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Touching on a range of subjects — the CIA, mind control, LCD, even Peter Sarsgaard — that are connected in ways only Morris could fathom, “Wormwood” is described by Netflix as a “twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death.” (Lest you feel too bad about the whole Oscar thing, know that Morris won the award for “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.
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‘Altered Carbon’ Trailer: There’s Life After Death in Netflix’s Sci-Fi Series, but It’s Not Like It Used to Be — Watch

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On behalf of PsychaSec, Netflix has released the trailer for “Altered Carbon,” a new sci-fi series premiering next year. Laeta Kalogridis created the show, which is based on Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk novel of the same name. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

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Here’s the premise: “Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, ‘Altered Carbon’ is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, ‘on ice,’ for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again.
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HBO Presents ‘Andre The Giant’ Documentary

  • ET Canada
It’s going to be huge, literally. HBO have released a relatively short trailer for a new documentary on the larger-than-life pro-wrestling legend Andre the Giant. Related: Shane McMahon Hospitalized After Hellish 20-Foot Fall The documentary focuses on the former WWF World Heavyweight Champion, often touted as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”. The frenchman was also […]
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‘André the Giant’ Trailer: The Eighth Wonder of the World Has His Story Told by HBO and Bill Simmons — Watch

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‘André the Giant’ Trailer: The Eighth Wonder of the World Has His Story Told by HBO and Bill Simmons — Watch
Anybody want a trailer? HBO has released one for “André the Giant,” an upcoming documentary about, you guessed it, André The Giant. Jason Hehir is directing the film, which is being executive produced by noted pro-wrestling enthusiast Bill Simmons. Watch the teaser trailer below.

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“He was a god — literally the biggest celebrity in the world,” we hear via voiceover. “He is at once a real human but, at the same time, a mythological figure.” The wrestler-turned-actor, born André René Roussimoff, was bodyslammed by Hulk Hogan in front of 93,000 screaming Hulkamaniacs at the Silverdome in the main event of WrestleMania III; he also appeared in “The Princess Bride” and “Conan the Destroyer,” among other films.

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‘Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady’ Review: ‘Daily Show’ Contributor’s HBO Stand-Up Set is A Glorious Overview of Life in 2017

‘Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady’ Review: ‘Daily Show’ Contributor’s HBO Stand-Up Set is A Glorious Overview of Life in 2017
In the comedy world, 2017 has been a year of struggling to stay timely. When the most monumental breaking news is reduced to a tiny blip in record time, it’s difficult to make something that feels relevant without leaning on that day’s crisis. So in her debut special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady,” Wolf takes a slightly different headline-free tack and ends up with an hourlong set that makes for a very funny time capsule for where we are now.

“Nice Lady” was filmed in mid-August and, as you may have heard, a lot has happened since then. But it’s even more a testament to Wolf’s approach to topics like workplace equality, birth control, and societal expectations that they feel ready-made for the full swath of what this year has offered. Wolf doesn’t have to reference the downfall of powerful men in the past few months when
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Watch the trailer for HBO’s Andre the Giant documentary

HBO, The Ringer and WWE have released an official trailer for their upcoming documentary on the legendary professional wrestler Andre the Giant, which explores the career of the Eighth Wonder of the World. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Andre the Giant was — literally — the biggest professional athlete in the world for decades. He was larger than life: From his exploits in the ring to the stories of his drinking, reality could hardly contain Andre. Featuring original interviews with everyone who was a part of his expansive life, from Vince McMahon, to Rob Reiner, to Andre’s brothers in France, Jason Hehir’s new film explores the life — in full — of the man who casts the biggest shadow in the history of sports and culture.”

Andre the Giant is set to air on HBO in April 2018.

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Wrestling Daily News Roundup – New Us Title Belt!?, Smackdown Tag Team Splits, Asuka Sets Some Records

Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…

New Us Title Design

Over the last few years, the WWE has set about redesigning all of their titles, often to a very negative reaction from the WWE universe. Well, it looks as though the next belt to receive a makeover will be the Us title, with the Florence Civic Centre, which is hosting a WWE show on the 20th January sharing this image on their Facebook page.

While the new belt design, if that is what it is, is actually quite nice, I’m a big fan of the current Us belt and I don’t feel as though it needed changing. New belts often come with new champions, though, so could Baron Corbin be dropping the belt to Roode at Clash of Champions? This could be nothing, but it seems unlikely that a venue would just change a title for their promotional images.
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