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    Road House Redux with Ronda Rousey

    This should be good.

    Ronda Rousey to Star in MGM’s Reimagining of ‘Road House’ (EXCLUSIVE)


    SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 | 08:59AM PT
    Justin Kroll Film Reporter @krolljvar

    UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is building up her acting slate following another dominating victory and the announcement that she would be starring in a movie based on her autobiography for Paramount.

    After passionately pursuing the project for some time, MGM has decided to move forward with a new take on 1980s action pic “Road House,” with Rousey expected to step into the role Patrick Swayze made famous.

    Sources say MGM is currently meeting with writers to pen the script with with no shortage of scirbes getting in line for the opportunity to do so.

    Released in 1989, the original pic starred Patrick Swayze as a bouncer hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce. A gentleman with a degree in philosophy, his calm is put to the test when he needs to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.

    Production is set to begin in 2016.

    The film became a breakout hit and still has a cult following today. Given MGM’s interest in rebooting some of its classics (the “Rocky” spin-off “Creed” bows in November), a “Road House” retelling felt right for the studio.

    Rousey thought the idea of starring in a remake was a great idea but wanted to be respectful when pursuing the project. Sources say Rousey recently reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing to star in the remake, which insiders say Niemi gladly gave.

    Based on the physicality of Swayze’s performance, Rousey’s experience in mixed martial arts makes her a clear choice for the role.

    The project would mark her biggest job to date, since the property carries such a large following. This will be the fourth project being specifically developed for Rousey to star in, following her biopic “My Fight/Your Fight” at Paramount, “The Athena Project” at Warner Bros. and the STX action pic “Mile 22,” which has Pete Berg on board to direct with production set to start in February which will follow her next fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14.

    Rousey has already had a busy year at the cinema, appearing in “Furious 7” and the “Entourage” movie after a cameo in last year’s “The Expendables 3.”

    She is repped by WME and attorney David Feldman.
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    YoWWW! Would love to see this titan babe beat the crap out of a bunch of insulting obnoxious drunken slobs.
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    I'll check it out. Sounds like a potentially good watch.

    At the bottom of that article, at first I misread WME as WWE. Whew! If WWE studios were involved with the movie it would suck.

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    Nick Cassavetes to Write, Direct

    This just got real.

    Nick Cassavetes to Write, Direct Ronda Rousey’s ‘Road House’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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    October 12, 2015 | 01:24PM PT
    Justin Kroll
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    After nabbing UFC fighter Ronda Rousey to star in a reboot of Patrick Swayze’s “Road House,” MGM has now found its director.

    Sources tell Variety that Nick Cassavetes has closed a deal to write and direct the re-envisioning of the ’80s action classic, with Rousey on board to star and produce.

    Rousey is currently in training for her championship fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14 at UFC 193. Insiders say once the fight is over, the plan is to immediately begin prepping for a fast-tracked shoot in the first quarter of 2016.

    Released in 1989, the original film starred Swayze as a bouncer hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce. Swayze’s character is put to the test when he needs to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.

    This movie became a breakout hit and maintains a cult following. “Road House” follows MGM’s reboot of another classic; the “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” hits theaters in November.

    Cassavetes has directed his fair share of male-focused films like “Alpha Dog” and “John Q,” but sources say it was his skill of writing strong roles for women that was a major selling point for execs, showcased in films like “The Notebook” and “The Other Woman.”

    The project would mark Rousey’s biggest acting gig to date. This marks the fourth project being specifically developed for Rousey to star in, following her biopic “My Fight/Your Fight” at Paramount, “The Athena Project” at Warner Bros. and the STX action pic “Mile 22,” which has Pete Berg on board to direct.

    Cassavetes is repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Rousey is repped by WME and attorney David Feldman.
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    I don't know why...

    ...but this struck me as really funny today.

    Ronda Rousey's 'Road House' Remake Is 'Bullsh-t,' Terry Funk Says
    The hardcore wrestling king – and featured player in Patrick Swayze's original film – takes issue with Rowdy's reboot: "She don't belong in there!"



    BY JAMES MONTGOMERY December 3, 2015

    Sure, Ronda Rousey's action-star status may have taken a hit – or a kick to the head – when she was felled by Holly Holm last month in Australia, but the former UFC Bantamweight champ is still pressing on with plans to star in a remake of Road House. And that's got Terry Funk's blood boiling.

    For those of you who don't know, Funk is the hardcore wrestling icon who has spent the past 50 years kicking ass (and getting his ass kicked) in rings around the world. The tough Texan has feuded with everyone from the late Dusty Rhodes to Mick Foley, and set a new standard for brutality in promotions like ECW and IWA Japan, where he'd compete in an infamous "King of the Death Match" tournament. Oh, and he's also acted on occasion – in films that included Over the Top and, of course, Road House, where he mixes it up with rowdy patrons at the Double Deuce saloon.

    Despite that, Funk was apparently unaware that a Road House reboot was even in the works, which definitely explains his reaction after being told of Rousey's involvement in it: "You've got to be ****ing kidding me."

    "Ronda Rousey in 'Road House?' They're making a remake and I'm not in it and she is? That's bull****," the Funker says. "She don't belong in there! I'd like to go ahead and get her in the god**** ring – it wouldn't take me 10 rounds to kick her ass."

    Woah, settle down, Terry. Of course, it doesn’t help that the guy asking him about the film keeps referring to the MMA fighter as "Ronda Rosey," but cut him some slack – dude was in the Full Blooded Italians back in the day. And, Funker, if you're looking to land a role in the new film, perhaps threatening its star isn't the best way to go?
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    Good call on Ronda's part

    Major film lead or the cage? Just got to grab those opportunities when they come.

    Ronda Rousey will star in ‘Road House’ instead of facing Holly Holm at UFC 200
    By Des Bieler January 13


    Ronda Rousey is shown at July’s ESPY Awards, where she was named Best Fighter. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Now we know why UFC President Dana White reversed course and gave Holly Holm the thumbs-up to face Miesha Tate in March. He had wanted Holm to wait until July, all the better to face Ronda Rousey in a mega-rematch at UFC 200, but the latter has asked for some more time off.

    And why did Rousey ask for that? So she could complete filming of a remake of “Road House.”

    In fairness, the filming of that movie was delayed, likely affecting whatever schedule Rousey had mapped out to do that while also getting back into fighting shape after her knockout loss to Holm at UFC 193 in November. Also, the mixed martial arts star is set to step into Patrick Swayze’s shoes as the star of the new “Road House,” a major opportunity many would find impossible to pass up.

    Still, the news that arrived Tuesday won’t do much to allay criticism by some MMA fans that Rousey hasn’t been paying enough attention to the thing that made her an international icon in the first place. And it deprives the company of what would have been its headline bout at UFC 200, already set to be an extravaganza at a brand new arena in Las Vegas.

    “The filming of the movie got pushed back,” White told Yahoo Sports. “She could do both, but the question is, should she do both? She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she’d finish before [UFC] 200, but it would be cutting it too close.”

    White made it clear that he was more than willing to let Rousey take her time returning to the Octagon. Her explosion over the past year has vaulted not just women’s MMA, but the entire sport, far more into public consciousness than it had ever been before.

    “The way I look at this one is, Ronda has worked her ass off for us for the last three years,” White told Yahoo Sports. “She’s been fighting, promoting and building the sport. If anyone deserves the time off, it’s her. The night [of UFC 193], Holly said she’d do the rematch and that Ronda deserved it and everything else. So we were holding it for her if she wanted to do it.”

    “Anything we needed, [Rousey] didn’t say no to anything; said no to nothing,” White added. “She even took over responsibilities somebody else was supposed to have. So when she tells me she wants more time, you know what? She’s got it.”

    In the meantime, Holm will take on Tate at UFC 197 in March. That event promises to be a blockbuster in its own right, partly because it will mark Holm’s first match since handing Rousey her first MMA defeat, but also because emerging superstar Conor McGregor will attempt to add an unprecedented lightweight belt to the one he holds in the featherweight division, when he takes on Rafael dos Anjos.

    A rematch with Rousey still figures to be Holm’s next match after facing Tate, and even if the latter gets the win at UFC 197, Rousey-Holm 2 — whenever it occurs — will undoubtedly generate major interest. MMA fans can only hope that it will also feature a fully focused and prepared “Road House” star.


    Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.
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    Filming delayed

    This'll push back the rematch.

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    Ronda Rousey: 'Road House' filming pushed back until at least May
    By Damon Martin Published February 17, 2016


    GLENDALE, CA - OCTOBER 27: Ronda Rousey speaks to media at a press conference leading up to her fight against Holly Holm in UFC 183 at the Glendale Fighting Club on October 27, 2015 in Glendale, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    Ronda Rousey promises that she's returning to the Octagon to get a second shot at Holly Holm, but filming for her upcoming movie "Road House" has been back until at least May.

    This is according to the former women's bantamweight champion, who revealed the news late Tuesday night when asked about earning a second shot at Holm, who knocked Rousey out last November at UFC 193.

    "Hopefully we'll start around May. We'll see," Rousey told Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show".

    Rousey committed to doing the "Road House" remake weeks before she actually stepped into the Octagon with Holm. At the time, Rousey obviously believed she would be victorious and then she could take a break from fighting to film the movie.

    "Road House" is being written and directed by Nick Cassavettes ("The Notebook"), but rumors have surfaced over the last few months that there would be a significant delay to the movie's production dates, which were originally slated for February.

    Rousey told UFC president Dana White that because her acting schedule was getting pushed back, she wouldn't be able to fight at UFC 200 in July, which was the original plan for her rematch with Holm.

    "I promised that I would film "Road House" after the last fight," Rousey said. "I made a promise and that's it. My word means something so I'm going to go film "Road House" first."

    Rousey's film schedule has been getting busier and busier lately. In addition to "Road House," she has a planned project with Mark Wahlberg titled "Mile 22." She also signed onto a comedy film alongside Tina Fey called "Do Nothing B--ches," based on her own signature catchphrase that she unleashed ahead of her fight with Bethe Correia at UFC 190 last year.

    Still despite a packed 2016 with at least two movies expected to film this year, Rousey is committed to returning to the cage to face Holm a second time.

    "Of course (there will be a rematch)," Rousey said.

    White has speculated that Rousey's return would likely happen in November but if her filming schedule continues to get pushed into the summer, it wouldn't leave her a lot of time to train for a fight in the fall.

    Either way, it seems Rousey is committed to her film career for now and she'll resume her fight career when at least "Road House" is completed.
    I just posted an excerpt of that Fallon interview here.
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    ttt 4 2020

    This is our only Road House thread.

    Sorry, Shawshank, but Road House and Jumanji were the most-played movies on basic cable this year
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    Screenshot: Roadhouse, Jumanji

    “R.I.P. Cable TV” reads the splashy headline of an in-depth new Variety story detailing the slow collapse of broadcast TV in the streaming age. Though some sources defend the medium’s staying power—dads never miss a Yellowstone—there’s ample evidence, such as the fact that MTV has resigned itself to just playing Ridiculousness on a loop, that cable is becoming a minor factor in the future of media. People rarely tune in to live TV these days; rather, they flip until they see something familiar that stops them, be it for 10 minutes or two hours.

    The easiest way to do that? Movies. Beloved ones that remind people of simpler times. “With movies, it’s like flypaper. You can get people to join you at any time through the movie and they tend to stay longer than they think they’re going to,” Chuck Saftler, president and COO of FX Networks, told Variety. “When you have a two-hour strip of flypaper where viewers just land and stick, it’s a great way to program a large chunk of time and to promote other shows. Because people are watching live and not DVR-ing, they’re actually seeing the promos.”

    This isn’t a new tactic, of course, but it’s perhaps become a more vital one in age where Netflix is only a click away. So, as an accompaniment to the aforementioned piece, Variety also dug up the data on which old standards cable networks have been trotting out during the 2019-20 season. And while you’ll see plenty of familiar flicks on there, you might also find some surprises. These days, for example, you’re less likely to stumble upon The Shawshank Redemption, long considered the crown jewel of basic cable, than you are 2004's Walking Tall remake or 50 First Dates.

    The most-replayed movies on basic cable, however, were Road House, because some things never change, and 1995's Jumanji, which likely saw a boost following the success of Sony’s recent reboots. The former has played 83 times across 10 different networks since last September, while the latter has played 77 times across 11 networks.

    Other films you’re likely to find at any given time:

    Gladiator, which played 74 times across five networks
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which played 74 times across nine networks
    Ghostbusters, which played 69 times across nine networks
    A Few Good Men, which played 66 times across five networks
    Top Gun, which played 66 times across five networks

    But where, you ask, are Goodfellas and Jurassic Park? They’re there, friend, just airing fewer times on fewer networks than Coyote Ugly. It also aired only a few times more than Deep Impact, which people seem to love watching despite it being so god****ed depressing.

    Another neat takeaway: IFC tends to run its movies into the ground, having shown 2002's We Were Soldiers 38 times and Tropic Thunder a whopping 49 times—the most single-network showings of any film on the list—in the past year. Walking Tall and Speed, meanwhile, played on 12 networks apiece, making them the most widespread movies on the list, if not the most played. Not far behind were Ocean’s Eleven and Grease, whose ongoing ubiquity bodes well for its upcoming prequel.

    Have a look at the full tally over at Variety and let us know in the comments what movies are your own personal flypaper.

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