WWE Headed To China?, WWE Comics, Dibiase/TLC, More
By Ryan Clark | December 08, 2009
-- Newsarama.com has a feature up on the WWE Heroes comic book series.
-- The San Antonio Press has an interview up with Ted DiBiase, promoting the TLC PPV as well as The Marine 2. You can check that out at http://www.mysanantonio.com/ Here are some highlights, with DiBiase discussing growing up a third generation star: "Yeah, sure, immediately people compare you to your father and grandfather. My dad, what an impact he made on this business. He'll forever be remembered as The Million Dollar Man, one of the greatest in the company, and he paved the way for us young guys. But now it's not as hard to make a name for myself as it was at first. I'm very proud of who I am and where I'm going, and the challenge."
-- CNBC.com has an article upon WWE looking to expand into new markets, such as Russia and Brazil. They also mention TNA Wrestling as their main competitor, and that they have tried to use a different take on the business, and not challenging WWE had to head.
-- WWE sent out this extremely LONG press release, announcing their next WWE Studio's film, Brother's Keeper…
Clarkson Leads Cast for WWE Studios' "Brother's Keeper" Award-winning actress Patricia Clarkson ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), WWE Superstar John Cena ("12 Rounds"), Devon Graye ("Dexter"), Madeleine Martin ("Californication") and Danny Glover have been cast in WWE Studios' film (tentatively titled), "Brother's Keeper," it was announced today by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Director Mel Damski ("Psych") helms this family drama, which is scheduled to begin principal photography in and around New Orleans, LA on December 8, 2009. Written by John Posey, "Brother's Keeper" explores one teenage boy's journey (DEVON GRAYE) to reunite his mother (PATRICIA CLARKSON) with his older, estranged brother (JOHN CENA) ten years after the death of their beloved father, a state collegiate wrestling legend.
"Brother's Keeper" is produced by WWE Studios Vice President David Calloway. Executive producers are WWE Studios Executive Vice President Mike Pavone and WWE Studios Senior Vice President, Development & Production Steve Barnett. Patricia Clarkson stars as Sharon Chetley, a mother grieving the loss of her husband while struggling with an estranged, older son and one-time high school wrestling star (Cena) and a brighter, socially isolated younger son (Graye), determined to re-connect with his older brother and to put what is left of his wounded family back together.
Clarkson, a New Orleans born-and-bred performer, has established herself as a versatile, award-winning leading lady and critically acclaimed actress in blockbusters ("The Green Mile," "The Untouchables"), independent films ("The Station Agent," "High Art," "All the Real Girls"), television ("Murder One," "Frasier") and stage ("The Maiden's Prayer," "A Streetcar Named Desire"). A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, Clarkson received two Emmy Awards for her recurring guest-starring role as Sarah O'Connor on HBO's "Six Feet Under."
WWE Superstar® John Cena portrays estranged older brother, Mike Chetley, a one-time high school and collegiate wrestling champion, who suffers a downward spiral after his father's accidental death. One of the most recognizable and successful WWE Superstars, Cena has starred in the action films "12 Rounds" and "The Marine" and appeared on several television series including "Saturday Night Live," "Punk'd," "Psych" and "Manhunt." Cena, who is currently WWE Champion, has also been World Heavyweight Champion, U.S. Champion and World Tag Team Champion.