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Backstage Update on Match Change to Clash of Champions Kickoff Show (SPOILERS) - 411mania.com
There are some new details on changes being made to the WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff show later tonight due to the backstage chaos and disarray.
– As previously reported, tonight’s WWE Clash of Champions 2020 event appears to be in disarray as some major last-minute changes are being made to the event. As noted, the Nikki Cross vs. Bayley and women’s tag team title matches are said to be off the card, as Nikki Cross and women’s tag champs Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are all off the show and not backstage for tonight. PWInsider has an update with news on some additional changes being made for tonight’s show. As noted, the Raw women’s title match featuring Asuka vs. Zelina Vega is expected to be moved to the main pay-per-view card off the Kickoff show. As a result, this left the Kickoff show without a televised match. Due to the last-minute scrambling and chaos, the SmackDown tag team title match with Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura defending their titles against Lucha House Party is reportedly being moved to the Kickoff show. WWE was advertising the SmackDown tag team title match for the main Clash of Champions broadcast earlier today via Twitter, which you can see below. As of 7:30 am EST, Asuka vs. Vega was still being advertised for the Kickoff: WWE has not yet made any announcements or confirmations on changes to the card, and the Kickoff show is slated to begin in just about an hour at 6:00 pm EST. Will the #LuchaHouseParty manage to take the #SmackDown#TagTeamTitles from @WWECesaro and @ShinsukeN TONIGHT at #WWEClash of Champions? https://t.co/XBDN2PQF0upic.twitter.com/mTHV5rbmFc — WWE (@WWE) September 27, 2020 TONIGHT on #WWEClash of Champions Kickoff, @Zelina_VegaWWE looks to make a splash when she challenges #[email protected] for the #WWERaw#WomensTitle! https://t.co/VJaSfUWy7Rpic.twitter.com/B1yzyNYIIC — WWE (@WWE) September 27, 2020
WWE Alumnus Kamala Passes Away at 70 | 411MANIA - 411mania.com
2020 has taken another legend of the wrestling business from us, as James Harris -- best known as Kamala -- has passed away.
2020 has taken another legend of the wrestling business from us, as James Harris — best known as Kamala — has passed away. The Cauliflower Alley Club announced on Twitter that Harris passed away at the age of 70. The details surrounding his passing have not yet been revealed, though he has been dealing with several health issues over the last several years, including having both of his legs amputated due to diabetes and going on life support in 2017 after undergoing emergency surgery. Harris began his career in 1978 under the ring name of “Sugar Bear” Harris and was managed by Percy Pringle. He won titles early in in NWA Tri-State and Southeastern Championship Wrestling, before going over to Europe where he developed the4 first seeds of the character he would become most famous for when he worked as the Mississippi Mauler. He eventually returned to the US in 1982 and worked for Jerry Lawler, who worked with Jerry Jarrett to develop the Kamala character for Harris. As Kamala, Harris would go on to great success in Lawler’s Continental Wrestling Association and Mid-South Wrestling, as well as WCCW. He made his WWF debut as Kamala in 1984 after Andre the Giant pushed the company to sign him. Managed by Freddie Blassie, he would go on to challenge Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship in August of that year. He would exit the company in 1984 but returned in 1986 and 1987. He would make a second return in 1992 before going into semi-retirement, brought out for a brief run in WCW in 1995. From there he would continue to make sporadic WWE appearances, as well as working regularly on the independent circuit. His final match was in 2010 at a Juggalo Championship Wrestling show, teaming with the Weedman to defeat Pauly and Vito Thomaselli. While his times in WWE were not generally very long, Kamala’s cartoonish character and unique look made him an instantly-recognizable performer and he has long been recognized as an icon of last 1980s and early 1990s WWF. On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends, and many fans of Kamala; he will most certainly be missed. The CAC family wishes to extend our sincerest condolences to the family friends and fans the world over upon the news that the legendary James "Kamala" Harris has passed away at the age of 70. Rest in Peace James. pic.twitter.com/7p0LUkkU4P — CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) August 9, 2020
Comedy Central Reviving Beavis and Butt-Head With Two Season Order, Spinoff Plans - 411mania.com
It's time to put your shirt up around your head and practice your dumb laughs, because Beavis and Butt-Head is making a return.
It’s time to put your shirt up around your head and practice your dumb laughs, because Beavis and Butt-Head is making a return. THR reports that Comedy Central has ordered a two-season revival of the iconic 1990s MTV animated series, with plans for additional spinoffs and other specials. The site reports that Mike Judge, who created the series, will be back behind the wheel and will write, produce and voice act for the return, providing the voice for both characters once again. The new revival will see the characters enter a “whole new Gen Z world” in a series that will contain “meta-themes” that will serve new fand old. The news comes after Comedy Central picked up Jodie an adult animated series that is a spinoff of the Beavis and Butthead spinoff Daria. “We are thrilled to be working with Mike Judge and the great team at 3 Arts again as we double down on adult animation at Comedy Central,” said ViacomCBS executive Chris McCarthy. “Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we cant wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own.” The series originally debuted as part of MTV’s Liquid Television animation block in 1992 and transitioned to its own series in 1993. The show ran through 1997 and had a previous revival in 2011, as well as a feature film titled Beavis and Butt-Head Do America in 1996. The series became a part of mainstream pop culture consciousness and ultimately inspired South Park.
AMC Theaters Won't Show Universal Films Following Statements About Trolls: World Tour Success - 411mania.com
AMC Theaters has put a line in the sand, saying that they won't be showing Universal films after comments made about Trolls: World Tour's PVOD success.
AMC Theaters has put a line in the sand, saying that they won’t be showing Universal films going forward after comments made about Trolls: World Tour’s PVOD success and day-and-date release windows. As reported earlier, the animated sequel has made nearly $100 million after Universal decided to release the film straight to home video at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental. The move didn’t make theater chains happy and now AMC head Adam Aron has sent a letter (per Deadline) to Universal Studios Chairman Donna Langley saying that due to comments made by NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell in the Wall Street Journal, the theater chain will not be showing Universal films going forward once theaters reopen.Aron told Langley in the letter, which you can see below, that he understood Universal’s stance on the matter and that they “accepted this action as an exception to our longstanding business practices in these unprecedented times” considering Universal’s concerns about closed theaters and their toy licensing deal. However, after Shell was quoted as saying that As soon as theaters reopen, we expect to release movies on both formats,” and Shell said that AMC has had enough as it indicates Universal is willing to release future films day-and-date with VOD and in theaters.Aron said, “Accordingly, we want to be absolutely clear, so that there is no ambiguity of any kind. AMC believes that with this proposed action to go to the home and theatres simultaneously, Universal is breaking the business model and dealings between our two companies. It assumes that we will meekly accept a reshaped view of how studios and exhibitors should interact, with zero concern on Universals part as to how its actions affect us. It also presumes that Universal in fact can have its cake and eat it too, that Universal film product can be released to the home and theatres at the same time, without modification to the current economic arrangements between us.”He added that “This policy affects any and all Universal movies per se, goes into effect today and as our theatres reopen, and is not some hollow or ill-considered threat. Incidentally, this policy is not aimed solely at Universal out of pique or to be punitive in any way, it also extends to any movie maker who unilaterally abandons current windowing practices absent good faith negotiations between us, so that they as distributor and we as exhibitor both benefit and neither are hurt from such changes.”Universal has not yet responded publicly to the letter. AMC Theaters is one of the largest theatrical chains in the US and globally.Donna LangleyChairmanUniversal Studios Dear Donna, At this time of national emergency and the coronavirus wreaking havoc on the entire world, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. I worry and I wish the best for the health of all of our industry colleagues. Never in our lifetimes has there been a more challenging time. Amidst a global pandemic as a backdrop, I wish we were spared from also having to address a different issue that arises from Universal actions currently underway. For 100 years, AMC Theatres has served as a strategically critical and highly profitable distribution platform for movie makers, and for all that time the exclusivity of the theatrical release has been fundamental. When a movie is Only in Theaters, consumers perceive it to be higher quality entertainment. Countless filmmakers and moviegoers believe that their creative works are best enjoyed by consumers on the big screen. And we all know that those theatrical releases indeed boost publicity, positive word-of-mouth, critical acclaim and downstream revenues. For much of the past four and a half years, I have been in direct dialogue with Jeff Shell and Peter Levinsohn of Universal about the importance of a robust theatrical window to the viability of the motion picture exhibition industry. Throughout that time, AMC has expressed a willingness to consider alternatives to the current windowing strategy common in our industry, where the aim of such alternatives is to improve both studio profitability and theater operator profitability. Universal stated it only pursued a direct-to-home entertainment release for Trolls World Tour because theaters were closed and Universal was committed to a lucrative toy licensing deal. We had our doubts that this was wholly Universals motivations, as it has been a longstanding desire by Universal to go to the home day and date. Nonetheless, we accepted this action as an exception to our longstanding business practices in these unprecedented times. In todays Wall Street Journal, Jeff Shell is quoted as saying that: The results for Trolls World Tour have exceeded our expectations and demonstrated the viability of PVOD, Mr. Shell said. As soon as theaters reopen, we expect to release movies on both formats. This radical change by Universal to the business model that currently exists between our two companies represents nothing but downside for us and is categorically unacceptable to AMC Entertainment, the worlds largest collection of movie theatres. Going forward, AMC will not license any Universal movies in any of our 1,000 theatres globally on these terms. Accordingly, we want to be absolutely clear, so that there is no ambiguity of any kind. AMC believes that with this proposed action to go to the home and theatres simultaneously, Universal is breaking the business model and dealings between our two companies. It assumes that we will meekly accept a reshaped view of how studios and exhibitors should interact, with zero concern on Universals part as to how its actions affect us. It also presumes that Universal in fact can have its cake and eat it too, that Universal film product can be released to the home and theatres at the same time, without modification to the current economic arrangements between us. It is disappointing to us, but Jeffs comments as to Universals unilateral actions and intentions have left us with no choice. Therefore, effectively immediately AMC will no longer play any Universal movies in any of our theatres in the United States, Europe or the Middle East. This policy affects any and all Universal movies per se, goes into effect today and as our theatres reopen, and is not some hollow or ill-considered threat. Incidentally, this policy is not aimed solely at Universal out of pique or to be punitive in any way, it also extends to any movie maker who unilaterally abandons current windowing practices absent good faith negotiations between us, so that they as distributor and we as exhibitor both benefit and neither are hurt from such changes. Currently, with the press comment today, Universal is the only studio contemplating a wholesale change to the status quo. Hence, this immediate communication in response. AMC has invested significant time and energy with Universal executives over the past few years trying to figure out a new windows model that would be beneficial both for your studio and for our theatre operations. While Universals unilateral pronouncements on this issue are unpalatable to us, as has always been the case, AMC is willing to sit down with Universal to discuss different windows strategies and different economic models between your company and ours. However, in the absence of such discussions, and an acceptable conclusion thereto, our decades of incredibly successful business activity together has sadly come to an end. Sincerely, Adam AronCEO and PresidentAMC Entertainment