– The Hollywood Reporter reports that WWE’s movie division (WWE Studios) will be shooting movies back-to-back as part of a new strategy to save on filming costs. The movies shot under this new plan are John Cena’s Legendary, Big Show’s Knucklehead and Randy Orton’s Big Red. WWE is planning to release 9 movies under this back-to-back shooting schedule. 2011 will see three WWE movies released in theaters. John Cena’s Legendary will get a limited two-week theatrical release in the US beginning in September. The DVD of the movie will be released two weeks later to take advantage of one single marketing campaign.
– With the incredible amount of money WrestleMania brings to its host city each year, Variety.com
is reports that a staggering 14 cities are vying to host WWE’s showcase event over the next 3 years. WrestleMania brought over $50 million to the local economies of Orlando and Houston in 2008 and 2009 and around 60% of the fans who attended those shows traveled from other states to be there. The article contains quotes from various city officials gushing about the significance of their cities hosting WrestleMania. According to Variety, Miami, Los Angeles, New York City, Detroit, Toronto, Tampa, Vancouver, New Orleans, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Orlando and Houston are now in the running to host WrestleMania 28, 29 and 30. As reported earlier, Atlanta will host WrestleMania XXVII on 4/3/11.
* VIDEO: Backstage Celebration for Shawn Michaels After His Match at WrestleMania