HBO has released a trailer and poster art for its upcoming documentary on skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off will premiere April 5 on HBO and stream on HBO Max. Directed by Sam Jones (who made the 2002 Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, the film chronicles Hawk’s life and career as he became one of skateboarding’s most influential and impactful figures and a name known throughout pop culture.
The documentary will feature unseen archival footage from Hawk’s early days in skateboarding, following his ascension from a teenager to a competitor who pulled off one of the sport’s most difficult tricks — the “900,” a vertical jump with an aerial spin of 2 1/3 revolutions — at the age of 31. The film also chronicles Hawk’s struggles with fame and the constant risk he puts his body through, in addition to the the effects those have on his family.
Check out the trailer:
Anyone familiar with Hawk knows that this documentary isn’t him taking a victory lap or settling down to look back on his life. The 53-year-old continues to skate and take risks. Earlier this week, he told fans on Instagram that he broke his femur in a skating accident and shared photos of the x-rays, along with him standing and walking on the injured leg.
Hawk acknowledged the timing of suffering the injury just before HBO released the trailer for Until the Wheels Fall Off.
“There is a strange irony that this happened on the even of HBO releasing a trailer for Until the Wheels Fall Off, Sam Jones’ documentary about my life & career, which has a strong focus on the philosophy of how I/we do this at our age,” Hawk wrote.
“The answer is complicated, but ultimately it’s because I have found my sense of purpose and shaped my identity through skating, and it nourishes my mental health immensely. I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I am physically unable. A broken leg — with plenty of hardware — will probably be the biggest test of that creed.”
The documentary will also feature a soundtrack sure to appeal to viewers, whether they’re fans of skateboarding or not. Among the artists whose work will be in the film are The Clash, Joy Division, The Sex Pistols, Echo and The Bunnymen, XTC, Oingo Boingo, Pavement, New Order, and The Replacements. That music is sure to reflect the era during which Hawk grew up and reached fame, as well as the culture surrounding his sport.
The poster art for Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off can be seen below:
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off premieres on HBO April 5 and will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.