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RIP Abismo Negro

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I’m way behind on this, but the 37 year old masked wrestler was found dead on March 22nd and the circumstances surrounding his death are pretty damned peculiar.

Apparently he was on his way to Mexico City by bus when he suffered a panic attack and forced the driver to pull over and let him out by the side of the road in the middle of the night.

His wife received a text message from him at some point during the night saying he was lost in the dark woods. A search party was formed by a local promoter and eventually, the missing luchador was found dead, face down in a river.

The official cause of death is listed as drowning, but foul play hasn’t been ruled out.

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Lucha Libre Double Feature

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The first ever PUBLIC screening of the English-language version of LOS CAMPEONES will be February 5th at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre, along with a surprise second creature feature staring
El Santo.

Eddie and Lili will be presenting some never-before-seen production art and designs on the big screen, and FPU creator luchaninjakeith will be giving away FPU back issues.

It'll be a big full night of Mexican masked wrestlers and monsters, with insight from the creators to boot.

Event details and advanced tickets are up on the Egyptian's web site:
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The Wrestler at the Aero Tomorrow

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I’m so utterly marked out that I’ll be subjecting myself to the hellish pre-Xmas Friday rush hour trek out to the hated Westside for a sold out sneak preview of The Wrestler, followed by a discussion with its star, Mickey Rourke. nathan_long, luchaninjakeith and I are planning on bringing our embroidered hankies, because we know we’ll all be bawling like a bunch of grandmas watching Beaches.

The Wrestler Trailer

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Yuma and Campeones

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The trip to Yuma was quicker than I really needed it to be. I shot a ton of photos of mundane, utterly unremarkable places and things, which was my mission. Too often the only photos of a city or town that are available online show nothing but the pretty places, the images most appealing to tourists. Or else you find striking, unusual photos taken by skillful shutterbugs with an eye for composition and visual balance. You can never find a photo like this:



I still have a few other setting issues that need to be nailed down, but otherwise, mission pretty much accomplished.

In other news, last night was the special premiere midnight screening of Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre . The event kicked off with a live performance by the amazing Mariachi Los Toros, whose music is featured in the film. The film itself was absolutely gorgeous, just as good, if not better than I had hoped. It’s also jam packed with cool monsters and hilarious Lucha in-jokes. Watch closely for a sneaky cameo of Rafael Navarro’s Chocolate Tio Chango poster from HOODTOWN.

Click here for a slide show of the star-studded premiere, including one or two of me looking really sleepy and worn out, like I just drove to Yuma and back in one day. (Oh wait…)

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I often get these obsessions, like a crush on a certain topic, whenever I’m working on something new. My latest crush: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as dementia pugilistica or “Punch Drunk Syndrome.” I’m particularly intrigued by the more subtle, esoteric cognitive effects such as irrational jealousy, poor impulse control, and deterioration of social inhibitions. Now that a microscopic autopsy has been performed on Chris Benoit, it’s looking like CTE, not steroid use, was the real cause of his horrific mental breakdown that ended in murder suicide.

Currently reading: Sports Neuropsychology: Assessment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre

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Here's what the creators have to say about it:

"'Los Campeones de La Lucha Libre' is a new animated feature film directed and produced by Eddie Mort & Lili Chin of Fwak! Animation, creators of the hit cartoon TV series '¡Mucha Lucha!', in conjunction with Bouncynet Inc (Mexico/USA). It is distributed by TV Azteca/ CineAzteca and will premiere theatrically in Mexico, 2008.

'Los Campeones de La Lucha Libre' is written by Keith J. Rainville (From Parts Unknown Publications), with musical direction and score by Phofo (Superswell), and featuring a main cast of Armando Valdes-Kennedy, Richard Green , Eduardo Antonio Garcia ("No Country For Old Men"), Ruth Livier, Candi Milo ("Mucha Lucha"), Eric Bauza ("Ren and Stimpy"), Matt Danner, and Lux Interior."

Can't wait for the LA premiere!

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RIP Fabulous Moolah

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The Fabulous Moolah, one of the most famous female wrestlers in America, died on November 2nd. At age 84 she still could have kicked my ass. She was a natural born heel, and undoubtedly the toughest senior citizen ever to don a school-girl uniform.

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