Jim Cornette Presents Behind the Curtain: Real Pro Wrestling Stories

I’m really enjoying the Dark Side of the Ring series airing on Viceland.  Three episodes in and I remain impressed.  The series interviews the wrestlers, referees and behind-the-scenes folks that were actually involved in the events that each episode covers.  If you have any interest in the business of old school professional wrestling, then The Dark Side of the Ring is worth checking out.

If you’ve read this far, you also might be interested in Jim Cornette Presents Behind the Curtain: Real Pro Wrestling Stories.  Written by Cornette with an assist from Brandon Easton and art by Denis Medri,  Jim Cornette Presents Behind the Curtain: Real Pro Wrestling Stories is…

A true-story style anthology, these insider tales will show the lengths that wrestlers went to uphold “kayfabe” (the old carny term for the presentation of legitimate conflict) as well as the noteworthy cultural, racial, and economic effects these events and characters had on society. This is the graphic novel that old school wrestling fans have been waiting their entire lives for: a no-holds-barred representation of the moments that wrestling insiders couldn’t talk about for years.

Featuring appearances by Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, Andy Kaufman, Sputnik Monroe, The Sheik, Junkyard Dog, the Fabulous Freebirds, the Midnight Express, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels.

Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories present three chapters of tales, personally curated by Cornette and adapted by Brandon Easton (M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and Denis Medri (Red Hood/Arsenal), the award-winning team behind Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.

Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories drops on August 6, 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

 

Ranking Bruce Willis’ Best Films

Riley Jones at Goliath took on the task of Ranking The 25 Greatest Bruce Willis Movies.  From Jones’ list, my top three would be…

  1. Die Hard: Wouldn’t this be #1 on any Bruce Willis’ best list?
  2. The Sixth Sense: Perhaps a contender for the #1 Bruce Willis spot by folks who don’t dig action flicks?
  3.  The Last Boy Scout: I always felt that TLBS was under-rated and would support sequels.

I didn’t include Pulp Fiction in my top three since I look at it as more of a Quentin Tarantino film with a Bruce Willis supporting role.

Peter Tork – R.I.P.

Peter Tork died today after a long battle with cancer at the age of 77.

Born Peter Thorkelson on February 13, 1942, Peter was, of course, better known as Peter Tork a member of The Monkees.

The Monkees [Peter, along with Davy JonesMickey Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith] took the world by storm in 1966.  The group was hand-picked by Screen Gems in an effort to create a tv show about a group of young musicians.  Lightning struck and the group not only had a hit tv series but became one of the biggest selling bands of the 60’s.  In 1967, The Monkees sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.  The Monkees even appeared in a feature film called Head that was co-written by Jack Nicholson!

I was a huge Monkees fan like many kids my age [7].  I collected their albums, trading cards, comic books and magazines.  I had a model of The Monkeemobile.  I even followed The Monkees after Peter, then later Mike, quit the band.  Sadly, I never got to see them perform live when they reunited for several reunion tours.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter’s family, friends and fans.

Jack Benny in “Casablanca”

Fans of Jack Benny and/or Humphrey Bogart probably know that they appeared together on an episode of The Jack Benny Show.  But for years there has been a rumor that Jack Benny made an uncredited cameo appearance in Casablanca.

BookSteve’s Library takes a look at the rumor, finds newspaper articles and contests indicating that Benny did make an appearance in Casablanca and comes up with a conclusion that may surprise you.  If this interests you, check out Jack Benny in Casablanca.

Jackie Chan’s Remastered “Police Story” & “Police Story 2” Returning to Theaters

Jackie Chan’s classic Police Story and Police Story 2 have been remastered and are returning to select theaters.  You can see when and where at this link.  If you’re lucky enough to be near a city getting them, you should go and enjoy!

Dead Film Franchises Begging to Be Revived

ComingSoon ran a piece called Dead Film Franchises Begging to Be Revived.  Of the films listed, here are the three I felt most deserving and a couple of more that didn’t make the list but should have…

Kill Bill – Tarantino has talked up a sequel for many years now.  The set-up was right there in Kill Bill, Volume 1:  Ambrosia Kelley (who played Vivica Fox’s daughter) is now grown and would return to take revenge on The Bride.

Blade – I didn’t care for Blade; loved Blade II and thought Blade: Trinity was good.  So, why not bring back Snipes for another outing?

Dirty Harry – My initial thought was, “No.”  But the idea of Scott Eastwood picking up his dad’s role as Harry Callahan got me thinking that it could work.  My biggest concern is that the social climate is much different now than it was when the original Dirty Harry was released.

Two movie franchises that didn’t make the list but should have…

Billy Jack – I’d love to see a remake of Born Losers, the film that introduced Billy Jack to the world.  Get someone like Kurt Sutter to take the reigns and you’d have a winner.

Escape from – Snake Plissken continues to be a popular character with fans.  Have Wyatt Russell (Kurt’s son) put on the eye patch and let’s go.

 

10 Fun Facts About “Better Call Saul”

Scott Beggs and Mental Floss present 10 Fun Facts About Better Call Saul.  Here are three of my favorites…

3. THE TITLES HAVE HIDDEN MEANINGS.
You can take nothing for granted in the Better Call Saul universe, including the episode titles. In the first season, every episode (from “Uno” to “Marco”) ended in the letter O, except “Alpine Shepherd Boy,” which was supposed to be called “Jell-O” before the producers waved it off to avoid being sued by the gelatin makers. Even crazier, the first letters of season two’s episodes (S-C-A-G-R-B-I-F-N-K) unscramble to spell “Fring’s Back”—a clear message for Breaking Bad fans.

6. CHUCK WASN’T INTENDED TO BE A BAD GUY.
Everyone who watches the show hates Chuck McGill, Jimmy’s brother played by Michael McKean, but it wasn’t until writing the seventh episode that Gilligan and the writers realized Chuck was a villain. “Believe it or not, the idea of Chuck being the ‘bad guy’ was a late addition to Season 1,” Gilligan explained during a 2015 Reddit AMA. “This points out one of the things I love most about writing for TV. There are enough episodes and enough lead time (if you’re lucky) for writers to change the direction of a story midstream.”

8. YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT COLOR PEOPLE ARE WEARING.
Gilligan’s fanatical dedication to detail includes the colors that get associated with each character. It was a major element in Breaking Bad. It’s also a big part of Better Call Saul in the form of the “Fire and Ice Theory,” partially confirmed by writer Peter Gould, who confessed that hotter colors like red were associated with criminals. That tacitly means cooler colors are meant for the innocent, so it’s curious that Jimmy’s car is yellow with one red door …