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WrestleMania: Batista Officially Announces Retirement After Loss To Triple H

Batista has officially retired from WWE in-ring competition following his loss to Triple H at WrestleMania XXXV. Batista made his shocking return to professional wrestling on an episode of Monday Night Raw where he attacked former tag team partner and mentor, Ric Flair. This led to Batista getting the attention of Triple H, who he has wanted to face in one last match for quite some time. The 6-time world champion turned major Hollywood actor finally got to leave on his own terms in a physical farewell match at WrestleMania.

These days moviegoers will recognize Batista as Drax the Destroyer from James Gunn’s popular Guardian’s of the Galaxy series. After leaving WWE for the second time in 2014, Batista ventured off to Hollywood just like John Cena and the Rock have done. However, Batista has always wanted to come back for one last match to leave WWE on his own terms. After teasing a potential bout against Triple H during an Evolution reunion on the 1000th episode of SmackDown last year, Batista returned earlier this year make the match official. Despite his in-ring success, The 6-time world champion and two time Royal Rumble winner has always felt that Triple H held him back from reaching his full potential. Now, Batista has officially retired from in-ring competition following his physical encounter with Triple H.

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The two faced off in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania XXXV which resulted in “The Animal” Batista falling victim to “The Game” Triple H. The contest was very brutal from the start and the two veterans showed why they are two of the best to ever lace a pair of boots. Sadly, Batista didn’t prevail over “The Game” and suffered defeat after Flair appeared at ringside to offer assistance to Triple H and distracted Batista, which led to Triple H hitting one last pedigree for the victory. After the match, Batista posted his official retirement message thanking fans for their support over the past 17 years. Check out Batista’s farewell message below:

With his in-ring career now over, Batista can fully shift his focus to making a name for his self as a big-time movie star in Hollywood. He is currently set to reprise his role as Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, and he will return for the third entry in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, which is expected to begin production in 2021. And, while his No Holds Barred match was well executed and a fitting conclusion to his career, many fans hoped WWE would mention Batista’s film success in detail and how management ignored Batista’s interest in returning while building up to the match. Sadly, WWE danced around Batista’s actual frustration’s with Triple H but still allowed both men to go out to the squared circle and steal the show.

With Batista now retired, that leaves two out of the four Evolution members remaining as active in-ring competitors, Triple H and Randy Orton. Wrestling fans who grew up watching Batista will certainly miss seeing him compete in the ring, but moviegoers who have come to know him as Drax the Destroyer will have more to look forward to from the 6-time world champion and future Hall of Fame competitor. While the match was lacking in its build, WWE still gave Batista a brutal yet memorable in-ring send-off on the grandest stage of them all.

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2019-04-08 06:04:47

Eric Trigg

10 Movies To Watch If You Liked Triple Frontier

Sporting an all-star cast of some of Hollywood’s most in-demand and diverse leading men, Triple Frontier is the latest Netflix original action movie about a group of ex-military operatives who raid a cartel compound. Bound by the sort of brotherhood forged by being constantly under fire on dangerous missions for the special forces, they decide to pillage a drug dealer’s insanely large payload as compensation for all their unrecognized heroic efforts.

If films that have tropes including disenfranchised military personnel, heists, double-crossing, and brotherly bickering appeal to you, here is a list of movies to check out. Triple Frontier stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund.

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10 ZERO DARK THIRTY

Fans of authentic military movies that show the harsh realities of operatives in warzones will appreciate Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, about a group of intelligence and military personnel devoted to taking down Osama Bin Laden following the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Towers in New York.

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Bigelow was actually attached to direct Triple Frontier when it was in development for several years, but when it failed to gain any financial investment she left it to go make Zero Dark Thirty.

9 THREE KINGS

David O. Russell’s movie about four soldiers who track down gold stolen by Saddam Hussein from Kuwait is big on action and on camaraderie. Starring George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg (who was almost in Triple Frontier), and Spike Jonze, it is at times hilarious, touching, and frequently action-packed.

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Like Triple Frontier, its operatives use intelligence gathered during their legitimate mission during the Gulf War to pull off a daring heist, but its actors don’t take themselves quite as seriously as those in the former.

8 THE EXPENDABLES SERIES

The Expendables franchise is like Triple Frontier on steroids, with every elite operative in the film’s team being comprised of the top names in the action movie genre. The group does everything from rescue missions to assassinations, and over the course of the film series they take on drug leaders and rogue CIA agents.

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Though some may scoff at Sylvester Stallone leading a who’s who of action stars from the ‘80s and ‘90s, the film couldn’t have been made back when all the actors commanded enormous salaries, so it’s fun to enjoy their over-the-top screen time.

7 THE HURT LOCKER

Before he was Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner became noticed by audiences for The Hurt Locker, another gritty military film from Kathryn Bigelow. It followed a bomb squad leader becoming a special ops mercenary following the Iraq War, performing a heist between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. Much like Triple Frontier, it explored a soldier’s precarious life post wartime conflict.

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Kathryn Bigelow was working on The Hurt Locker when she developed the idea, along with writer Mark Boal, for Triple Frontier. After finding no funding, however, she went off to make another critically acclaimed military film, Zero Dark Thirty.

6 ELITE SQUAD

Set in the favelas of Columbia, Elite Squad follows Rio’s military police as they combat drug lords and high-powered cartel criminals. It’s action sequences and tight pacing amongst its military personnel are reminiscent of several key scenes in Triple Frontier.

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It’s no surprise, as it’s directed by Jose Padilha, who worked on Netflix’s Narcos series and had a rival project in development to Triple Frontier called Tri-Borders that has yet to be made. In the states, he’s known for his Robocop remake and several documentaries about drug cartels in the Triple Frontier area.

5 TRAFFIC

Traffic, with its multiple intertwining narratives and focus on heroin smuggling, was similar to how Triple Frontier was intended to be, back when Kathryn Bigelow was writing it. It would have followed operatives of varying ages in the Tri-Border areas, all working towards a single narrative strand with a particular goal (presumably the heist of cartel money).

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Traffic is set in America, with a US drug czar, corrupt DEA agents, and a Mexican cop, and seems entirely too convoluted for the somewhat straight-forward lean that Triple Frontier chose to take, though it would have been interesting.

4 DEAD PRESIDENTS

When young Vietnam combat veterans return home to the Bronx to face reintegration into civilian life, nothing but hardship awaits. They decide to band together and begin a life of crime, feeling hopelessly unrecognized by society for the service they’ve given to their country.

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Though the cast in Dead Presidents (which includes Chris Tucker, Larenz Tate, Freddy Rodriguez, and Bokeem Woodbine) doesn’t take on any drug cartels and are painted as disenfranchised rather than action-hero badasses, they share similar feelings of abandonment as the team in Triple Frontier.

3 SICARIO

With an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro, this action-packed crime thriller about busting up drug cartels has the same level of moral ambiguity. An FBI agent gets assigned to a Department of Justice special joint task for, but comes to realize its operatives have personal motivations for bringing down one of the largest drug cartels in Mexico.

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Triple Frontier is much less edgy than Sicario, and the motives of its team less murky, but it shares similarities in tone, pacing, attention-grabbing set-design, and understated acting.

2 THE LOSERS

Part superhero movie, part military action movie, The Losers follows an elite commando team as they track war criminals and drug dealers in the Bolivian jungles. Just before they are to return to the United States, their helicopter is intended to go down in an orchestrated betrayal. Technically “deceased” in the eyes of their superiors, they decide to use their litany of skills to get revenge.

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Starring huge names like Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana, the movie was based on a graphic novel and crackles with pithy dialogue. It is a little referenced but underestimated gem in the genre.

1 KELLY’S HEROES

Like Three Kings, Kelly’s Heroes presents soldiers behind enemy lines involved in a heist of goods in the possession of their aggressor. In this case, the goods are a cache of gold and the enemy is Nazi Germany. The tight-knit group of the 35th infantry leave their assignment to go after the gold and probably get a lot richer than they would in their outfit.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, and Don Rickles, it’s an action-packed, feel-good romp that doesn’t really evoke the same danger as Triple Frontier, but definitely must be acknowledged as an inspiration for it.

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2019-03-17 01:03:32

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Triple Frontier’s Original Cast Was Even Crazier

Triple Frontier had a more than impressive cast for a Netflix movie, but the original cast could have been even crazier. Bringing Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, and Garret Hedlund together as an elite team of former soldiers is one of the highlights of the film, as their chemistry is the core element that makes the movie work, but they’re hardly the first (or second or third) iteration of the cast in Triple Frontier‘s long road to the screen.

Originally starting development in October 2010 at Paramount with the name Sleeping Dogs, Katheryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were going to team up again as director and writer after their Oscar wins for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, along with a slew of other awards including Best Picture for  The Hurt Locker. When production didn’t come together quickly, Bigelow moved on to other projects and J. C. Chandor came aboard to revise Mark Boal’s script and see the movie the rest of the way through production. Bigelow is ultimately credited as an Executive Producer for her early work on the film.

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While Bigelow didn’t get very far into production, Tom Hanks was officially cast and Johnny Depp was in talks to play lead roles, presumably Tom ‘Redfly’ Davis Miller and Santiago ‘Pope’ Garcia – the roles that ultimately ended up being played by Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac.

After Chandor came on to direct, Will Smith entered talks to play a lead role alongside Hanks, presumably replacing Johnny Depp as Pope. Smith would eventually leave due to scheduling conflicts, and Depp re-entered discussions, although both Depp and Hanks would ultimately depart when the film still didn’t take off.

In 2017, the project finally started moving again, as Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy signed on, likely as the brothers, William and Ben Miller, but it’s possible they were also intended as Redfly and Pope. Mahershala Ali also joined the cast, presumably for either the role of Pope or Francisco ‘Catfish’ Morales, who was ultimately played by Pedro Pascal. Adria Arjona also signed on as the first member of what would ultimately be the final cast.

In May of 2017, Paramount entered talks to sell the movie’s rights to Netflix and Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck entered talks to replace Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum, who left the project weeks before shooting was set to start over creative differences. Since Ben and Casey are brothers in real life, it’s the most logical they were initially brought in to play the Miller brothers the movie, even though Affleck ultimately ended up cast as Redfly, but casting reports are unclear, but it’s also possible Ben was always eyed as Redfly and Casey was Pope. The other possibility is that Redfly and Pope were also brothers in an earlier draft. Regardless, the Afflecks would also depart and Mark Wahlberg entered talks to play Redfly as the film’s cast finally began to fill out with Hunnam, Hedlund, and Pascal all coming aboard.

With days left before shooting was set to commence (again) in March 2018, Ben Affleck returned to the project in the role of Redfly with Oscar Isaac stepping in as Pope and the rest is history.

The final product worked out great, but with a number of alternate versions of the movie out there, it’s impressive so many big names were attached at one point or another before finally ending up on Netflix. It’s equally impressive that a movie could go through so much drama in its path to production before ending up on Netflix but still maintain its big-name star status and get a positive reaction. Hopefully, the story of Triple Frontier will help signal that, in the age of Netflix, “development hell” is no longer a place good movies go to die.

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2019-03-16 01:03:25

Stephen M. Colbert

Garrett Hedlund and Charlie Hunnam: Triple Frontier Interview

The “men on a mission” movie gets a modern facelift with Triple Frontier. Directed by J.C. Chandor (All is Lost), this action/adventure story follows a squad of hardened soldiers who strike out for themselves and set out to rob a South American drug kingpin.

The squad of soldiers are played by some of the hunkiest men in Hollywood: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Charlie Hunnam, and Pedro Pascal are a veritable mountain of machismo, and the film makes a grand showing of balancing the emotional journey of these characters with a non-stop barrage of action, adventure, and white-knuckle tension.

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During a New York City press junket for the film, we spoke to the stars of Triple Frontier, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund. The Sons of Anarchy and Tron: Legacy stars, respectively, shared with us some behind-the-scenes details of the film, including finally sharing the screen together after years of friendship and discussing their training regimen; particularly, being forced to take swimming lessons for insurance purposes.

Screen Rant: You guys, this movie. So… so many words… It’s manly, but it’s emotional. It’s an adventure. It’s like The Guns of Navarone meets Treasure of the Sierra Madre. You guys function as such a unit in this movie. How well did you and the rest of the cast know each other before you started production?

Charlie Hunnam: Garrett and I have known each other and been very dear friends for fifteen years, and that’s how we ended up becoming brothers in the film. Initially, J.C. (Chandor, director) hadn’t intended for these two characters to be brothers, but he was looking at us both, and feeling like there was too much similarity physically, and just our vibes were too similar, that he felt like it would be distracting, it would ask too many questions if we weren’t related. So he was trying to figure out which one of us he would hire and which one he wouldn’t, and then he had this eureka moment of realizing he could just change the script and write us as brothers and have us both! It required very little for the two of us to create a brotherly bond…

Garrett Hedlund: …But it’s been a long time in pairing. And Oscar and I, this is our third film together, so we’ve known each other for ten years and been super close pals. You know, to jump on this and go on this journey with them, especially with this story that’s so involved with brotherhood and camaraderie, it was a perfect fit.

Screen Rant: So you’ve worked together a lot. Did have any bonding exercises that you did in rehearsals or anything, or was that in itself the bonding exercise?

Garrett Hedlund: We took swimming lessons together.

Charlie Hunnam: It’s true.

Garrett Hedlund: We wrestled on the beach. Charlie and I would wrestle in the gym. He’s a big fan of Jiu-Jitsu, so he was trying to teach me a few things. We trained together. We did tactical stuff together with the SEALs and military supervisors that were on the film. I mean, all these things add up, so we spent some time together.

Charlie Hunnam: Yeah, we probably… In terms of the way films are made, generally, it’s a trajectory of truncating rehearsal time because it costs money to get everyone together, but on this, we actually had, like, two and a half weeks, or three weeks of time. And really, they stack those days for us. So we were all together doing military training, horse training, and, Garrett said, swim lessons, which was kind of unnecessary, but, you know, we had fun!

Garrett Hedlund: Insurance, man! Gotta cover it.

Screen Rant: You mentioned military training, and this movie is so intensely physical. Can you talk a little about the physical intensity of climbing mountains and carrying all that equipment?

Garrett Hedlune: A lot of the equipment we had in the gym were pieces to deal with the elevation and stuff like that; certain treadmills that were testing your oxygen and stuff like that, and everyone’s endurance. There was so much climbing and stuff, and the Sierra Nevada was treacherous, I think we were shooting at, like, 13,000 feet. The stuff in Bogota was at, like, 12,000 or 13,000 feet. Just overall, the scenes, the action, the crashes, you know, got to be a lot!

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2019-03-08 12:03:33

Zak Wojnar

TRIPLE FRONTIER Trailer # 2 (NEW 2019) Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac Netflix Movie HD



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