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Dwayne Johnson is to take the lead in 'Rampage'.
Dwayne Johnson is about to protect America from a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf in a big-screen adaptation of the 1980s arcade game Rampage. Johnson is reteaming with his San Andreas producer Beau Flynn for the action movie, which is set to start production next summer.
Dwayne Johnson is to battle some unusual enemies in Rampage
The script is to be written by Ryan Engle, who penned the Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, though a director is yet to be announced.
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson To Battle Gorilla, Lizard And Wolf In 'Rampage'
The Rock clipped somebody's wing mirror on the way to the set of his new movie 'Central Intelligence' back in May, but he managed to charm his way out of it.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was fortunate to get away pretty lightly when he hit another car a few weeks ago after the owner of the other vehicle refused to accept payment – because he was a huge fan of the actor!
The Furious 7 and San Andreas star took to Instagram on Monday (June 16th) to tell followers about the fender bender, in which the rock clipped the parked car’s wing mirror with his truck. “Here's a fun story to start your week off...” he writes. “I'm driving to set in my pick-up truck - music blasting - I'm singing away like I'm having a one man party in my truck - then I hear a loud BANG.”
'Jurassic World' has knocked it out of the park, passing the $200million mark in its opening weekend in America.
We all knew it would be big. Bring back the Jurassic Park franchise after a gap of 14 years, add Chris Pratt and a fearsome new dinosaur into the mix, and push the Steven Spielberg connection (albeit as executive producer), and Universal has undoubtedly got a hit on its hands.
Chris Pratt: now one of Hollywood's most bankable stars
But it's not until after Jurassic World's opening weekend that anyone knew quite how big it would be. The film has debuted in the US with a whopping $204.6million, doubling the studio's original weekend estimate, Box Office Mojo reports.
Continue reading: 'Jurassic World' Claims Second-Biggest Weekend Ever In America
The long-awaited fourth film in the 'Jurassic Park' franchise is smashing expectations at the US box office.
Dinosaurs ruled the earth 65 million years ago, and now they're ruling the box office, with Jurassic World making an estimated $82.8million in America by the end of Friday.
Chris Pratt and his wife Anna Faris at the Jurassic World premiere
Outperforming most analysts' predictions, the film has scored the third-best Friday opening on record, according to Box Office Mojo, placing it behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84.4m) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($91m).
Continue reading: 'Jurassic World' Roars Into Cinemas With Monster Opening
The star-studded special was announced during Saturday night’s Spike TV Guy’s Choice Awards.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson had a very special announcement during Saturday night’s Guy’s Choice Awards on Spike TV, as the action star unveiled his latest project, a star packed variety show titled 'Rock the Troops'. The show, which will air on Veteran’s Day next year, will entertain and support U.S. troops stationed overseas and will be filmed on location at a military base to be announced soon.
Dwayne Johnson will be rocking the troops next Veteran’s Day.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly backstage at the awards Johnson explained, “It is so important to me to give back to the troops. I really want to create something special for our boys and girls who are overseas and hopefully we do such a good job that we can do it again and again. I have military in my family, some vets and two Navy SEALs. That was the genesis of that.”
Horror takes on comedy in cinemas this weekend, but there's no clear winner based on Friday's estimates.
As ticket sales for Dwayne Johnson's San Andreas cool off a little, two very different films are vying for the number-one spot this week: the third (but probably not the last) instalment of the Insidious horror series, and Melissa McCarthy's crime comedy Spy. And they're neck and neck after one day in cinemas according to Box Office Mojo - Insidious has made $10.4million, while Spy is slightly behind with $10.25m.
Lin Shaye (the one on the right)
The directorial debut of actor-writer Leigh Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 has received a warmer critical reception than many people expected, but its opening-day haul is roughly half what the second film in the series made in its first 24 hours, meaning it will likely end the weekend with a considerably lower total than Chapter 2's $40.3m.
Continue reading: 'Insidious' And 'Spy' Are Neck And Neck At US Box Office
The ‘San Andreas’ star is said to be in talks to take on Kurt Russell’s 1986 role.
After dominating the box office at the weekend with San Andreas, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is already eyeing his next big screen role which looks set to be in a remake of 80s cult classic, Big Trouble in Little China.
Johnson is currently riding high at the box office with San Andreas.
According to The Wrap, Johnson is already in talks to star in and produce the remake, which will be scripted by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. The film will be produced by 20th Century Fox, who are yet to comment on the rumours.
Dwayne Johnson has done it again at the box-office.
The earthquake disaster movie San Andreas has stormed the U.S box office, taking $53.2 million to further establish Dwayne Johnson as one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. San Andreas knocked last week's number-one, Tomorrowland, into third place, with Pitch Perfect 2 in second.
San Andreas is now Dwayne Johnson's biggest non-sequel debut at the box-office
San Andreas' success allayed fears that audiences in quake-prone regions would actively avoid the film.
Continue reading: 'San Andreas' Does Huge $53.2 Million To Storm U.S Box Office
Let The Rock teach you a thing or two about earthquakes.
This year’s recipe for a successful movie really has only one ingredient: The Rock. I don’t know when a former WWE wrestler-turned-comic-relief-go-to became The Guy to call for a blockbuster project, but it is what it is. Case in point: San Andreas, which scored an easy victory at the box office this weekend.
The Rock is here to save everyone (well, a couple of people anyway.)
With $53,2 million in domestic earnings, the earthquake disaster flick brought the thunder (or the shake, if you will) to the box office over the last weekend of May. According to Forbes, the movie went above and beyond early tracking predictions.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will certainly be this weekend’s box office champ after Bradley Cooper’s ‘Aloha’ bombs.
After taking a massive $18.2 million on Friday, including $3.1m after Thursday previews, earthquake disaster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, looks on course to take $48 million this weekend. The disaster flick is way ahead of Bradley Cooper rom-con Aloha which also opened this weekend and suffered dismal reviews from the critics.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in disaster flick San Andreas.
According to Forbes, San Andreas crushed the competition on Friday and is now on course for a weekend debut as high as $48 million, with audiences giving the movie a resounding thumbs up. It seems US audiences can’t help but be enthralled by the idea of The Rock taking on an earthquake and the box office receipts will speak for themselves.
Melissa McCarthy made a name for herself in 'Bridesmaids', and is now getting a chance to hold a movie up on her name alone.
Melissa McCarthy's new action-comedy 'Spy' marks a leap in her career from supporting goofball (she was Oscar nominated for 'Bridesmaids') to co-lead (alongside Sandra Bullock in 'The Heat') and now to carrying a major blockbuster on her own shoulders. It's no coincidence that all three of these movies are directed by Paul Feig, a filmmaker who has long thought that more films should be centred on strong, funny women.
Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'
McCarthy grew up in Illinois, and describes her family as "a bunch of funny men who think women are really funny. I didn't grow up with a sense that people thought any differently."
Continue reading: 'Spy' Is Melissa McCarthy's Big Break Out
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been on fire this summer, with multiple box-office smash-hits and a Guinness World Record - where can it go from here?
Dwayne Johnson has already conquered the 2015 box office with 'Furious 7', and now his next huge blockbuster 'San Andreas' is rumbling into cinemas. He also just set a Guinness World Record by taking 105 selfies in three minutes at the film's premiere. Clearly life is good for the 6-foot-4 former wrestler, who at 43 shows no sign of slowing down.
Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino in 'San Andreas'
Johnson enjoyed the challenge of making 'San Andreas'. "It's been a long time since there had been an earthquake movie - 1972 was the last Earthquake movie," he says. "There's an expectation, so we want to meet that expectation in terms of heroic characters across the board, all of them having the core of heart. But we also wanted to exceed the expectations too."
Continue reading: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Is On A Roll With 'San Andreas'
Set up as an old-style disaster movie with only a fraction of the plot, this earthquake action adventure is preposterous enough to just about work as a guilty pleasure. Everything else about the film is simply absurd, from the fake science to the simplistic family dynamic that strains to hold the story together. But it's definitely a big-screen spectacle, and Dwayne Johnson was made to fill the big screen.
He plays Los Angeles Fire & Rescue chopper pilot Ray, who is going through a divorce from Emma (Carla Gugino) after the death of his young daughter. Now his older daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) needs help moving up the coast, but Ray has been called to respond to a freak quake in Nevada. So she travels instead to San Francisco with her mother's millionaire boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd). Then jittery Cal Tech scientist Lawrence (Paul Giamatti) works out that this temblor is heading for L.A. and will move up the coast to San Francisco, perhaps creating the biggest seismic event the world has ever seen. As he issues urgent warnings, Ray rescues Emma from a collapsing L.A. skyscraper, and they both head north to save their daughter. Meanwhile, Blake has teamed up with sexy Brit Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his perky little brother Ollie (Art Parkinson) to survive the chaos in San Francisco.
Despite the filmmakers' stated goal to recreate a classic disaster epic like The Poseidon Adventure (1972) or Earthquake (1974), this film doesn't bother to feature an ensemble cast with complex intertwined storylines. Instead, it heaps all of the drama onto Johnson's beefy shoulders. He has more than enough charisma to hold it together, even if his one big emotional scene feels a bit, well, stony. Everyone else provides a masterclass in panic-stricken acting, running and screaming and fearing for everyone's lives even though it's clear from the start that very few characters will die. Hundreds of thousands of anonymous digitally rendered victims perish, but the movie doesn't bat an eyelid about them.
Continue reading: San Andreas Review
Dwayne Johnson connects with 'San Andreas' character on many levels.
Dwayne Johnson opens up about how events in his personal life helped him connect to the problems of single father rescue pilot Ray Gaines in his new earthquake thriller 'San Andreas'; his second movie with director Brad Peyton which hits the UK today.
Dwayne Johnson says 'San Andreas' role was 'meant to be'
The movie sees a first responder helicopter pilot on a journey to rescue his estranged daughter following a devastating earthquake along the San Andreas fault in California. And while Dwayne Johnson might never have been stuck in a natural disaster of this scale himself, he certainly knows what it's like to experience the deeper issues that Ray Gaines is going through.
Continue reading: The Rock Shows His Softer Side: 'I Know What It's Like To Struggle'
The Rock was cooking a whole load of selfies at the London premiere of ‘San Andreas’.
Movie star, pro wrestler and now undisputed selfie king!! Yes move over Kim Kardashian, because when it comes to selfies, DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON officially rules. At the London premiere of his new movie San Andreas on Thursday, Johnson entered himself into the record books, breaking the Guinness World Record, for most selfies taken in a three minute period.
Johnson now holds the world record for most selfies in three minutes.
Johnson managed to snap 105 selfies in the three minutes, posing with fans who had queued for hours to get an up close look at the action star. But before you think that getting a record breaking amount of selfies in just three minutes was an easy task, let us assure you it what all very scientific.
Dwayne Johnson made a fan's day when he got ordained in order to officiate his surprise wedding!
Dwayne Johnson surprised one of his biggest fans by officiating his wedding. Johnson has frequently been interviewed by comedian Nick Mundy for the online magazine and YouTube channel, Screen Junkies. Mundy was in for the biggest surprise of his life when his co-workers at Screen Junkies set up Mundy and secretly arranged his wedding with a little help with Johnson.
Dawyne Johnson was ordained so he could officiate a fan's wedding.
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Surprised His Biggest Fan By Officiating His Wedding
Dwayne Johnson is returning to the 'Fast and Furious' films, reprising his role as Hobbs in the eighth instalment.
Dwayne Johnson has confirmed he will be appearing in the eighth instalment of the Fast and Furious movie franchise. The 43-year-old actor, also known as The Rock, will be reprising his role as Hobbs in the upcoming Fast and Furious film. Hobbs, a bounty hunter and member of the Diplomatic Security Service, has appeared in the past three Fast & Furious movies: Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7.
Dwayne Johnson is returning as Hobbs in Furious 8.
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Reprising Hobbs Role In 'Furious 8'
The star of ‘Furious 7’ and ‘San Andreas’ is the latest Hollywood star to be immortalised outside the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
WWE wrestler turned movie star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was immortalised in Hollywood on Tuesday, with a hand and footprints ceremony at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson leaves his hand and footprints outside the Chinese Theatre.
Along with his hand and footprints Johnson also singed his name in the wet cement outside the legendary theatre, as well as writing the word ‘blessed’. In his speech the actor thanked his friends and family and spoke of how he needed time to process just what was happening.
The man who threw sugar at the Maroon 5 singer this week was sentenced with three years of probation and counselling sessions.
Navid Farsi, the man who struck Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine in the face with a bag of sugar this week, has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to one charge of battery.
The singer was arriving at a studio near Hollywood Boulevard to appear ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on Wednesday (May 6th), and was greeting fans when Farsi lobbed a bag of confectioner’s sugar at him, hitting him in the face and bursting, leaving Levine covered in white powder. He was immediately wrestled to the ground and detained until the police showed up to arrest him.
Adam Levine (in white shirt) was left covered in sugar after Farsi threw a bag at him
Continue reading: Adam Levine Sugar Thrower Given Three Years Probation
‘The Longest Ride’ provide no match for the seventh ‘Fast and the Furious’ instalment.
Furious 7 is still sitting on top of the US box office, after taking $60.6 million in its second weekend. The action packed sequel opened last weekend to a record-breaking $147.2 million and has fallen just 59% in week two.
Furious 7 looks set to become the biggest of the Fast and the Furious series
The film is now well on the road to become the highest-grossing film in the history of the Fast and Furious franchise. The seventh instalment stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and also deals with the death of star Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident in 2013 before the film was completed.
Despite being the seventh addition in the franchise, 'Furious 7' opened to the highest box-office for the first week in the franchise.
In less than a week, the seventh film in the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has passed $500 million at the global box office, and doesn't look likely to slow down until the end of the month, when 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' arrives. 'Furious 7' is poised to not only maintain its dominance on box office charts, but the movie is certain to become 2015's biggest hit next weekend when it passes the global total earned by 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ($566 million). And it hasn't opened yet in major markets like China, Russia or Japan.
Dwayne Johnson in 'Furious 7'
In North America, 'Furious 7' had the fourth best opening of all time, after two 'Harry Potter films' and 'The Avengers'. In the UK, 'Furious 7' opened bigger than any 2014 release, and has already outgrossed the lifetime UK totals of all previous films in the franchise.
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Vrooms Into Cinemas
Projections had forecast that 'Furious 7' would enjoy a nine-figure opening weekend in America, but its success across the globe has been astonishing.
As widely predicted, Furious 7 romped to victory at American box offices this weekend, but what wasn’t expected was the scale of its success internationally. Incredibly, the film has debuted at number one in every single territory in which it’s been released thus far.
The Universal flick, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and the late Paul Walker, has taken a staggering $240.4 million from international box offices. Added to the receipts from the American domestic audience, that makes a total of $384 million in ticket sales since the release date of April 3rd, CNN Money reports.
The 'Furious 7' gang, including the late Paul Walker (2nd R)
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Breaks American And International Box Offices
The movie could be headed for a $150+ million weekend.
The Fast & Furious franchise is going out with a bang. Or, if we’re talking sounds, it’s probably more of a ka-ching. Since its release on Thursday, Furious 7 has already recorded the highest opening of 2015. On Friday, the flick made a spectacular $67.3 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
Furious 7 gave Paul Walker a final tribute.
The numbers put it on track to close the weekend past the $150 million mark. Of course, we won’t know until Monday morning. According to BOM’s stats, this puts the flick in tenth place for all-time biggest opening, on par with The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight. It's up 74 percent on Fast & Furious 6, which was the previous best debut in the 14-year-old franchise. In a single day, Furious 7 has already earned more than the third instalment in the franchise (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) grossed during its entire run.
Continue reading: Furious 7 Set To Top All Predecessors
Dwayne Johnson miming and dancing to Taylor Swift? Yep this actually happened.
The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson, stole the show in the first episode of Spike’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ which pits a pair of celebs against each other every week in the ultimate miming contest. The former WWE champ teamed up with rapper Common to take on Jimmy Fallon and John Legend on Thursday evening, demonstrating his miming skills to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’.
The Rock is now a champion of the 'Lip Sync Battle'
Johnson performed Swfity’s modern pop classic, as well as donning the infamous John Travolta white suit for a rendition of the Bee Gee’s ‘Stayin’ Alive’. The 42 year old’s partner Common also performed Lionel Richie’s 'All Night Long' and 'I Want You Back' by The Jackson 5, helping to secure victory for the pair.
For their seventh adventure, the Fast & Furious cast and crew continue to outdo themselves with mind-boggling stunt driving and outrageous action mayhem, this time infusing everything with emotion as a way of honouring late actor Paul Walker. The rip-roaring pace and more internalised drama combine effectively to create a riotous thrill ride that might actually bring a lump to the throat. Even if it's all utterly preposterous, it's solidly entertaining.
Things pick up right where Part 6 left off, with former black-ops killer Deckerd Shaw (Jason Statham, who else?) determined to avenge his fallen brother. As he tracks them down, Dominic and Brian (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) have reassembled their team (Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges) to take a job with shady government agent Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell). Their target is the even shadier villain Jakanda (Djimon Hounsou), who has kidnapped a genius hacker (Nathalie Emmanuel) to get his hands on her all-seeing gadget. But Shaw is on their trail as they track Jakanda to the mountains of Azerbaijan, and he interrupts their mission there as well as in the deserts of Abu Dhabi and the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
The double-edged premise offers all kinds of opportunity for plot twists, but of course the main point of these movies is to create increasingly insane set-pieces. This time, the film opens with Brian explaining to his young son that cars can't fly, after which director James Wan proves otherwise, flinging our heroes' hot rods into the sky from airplanes, tower blocks and cliff tops. Amazingly, they seem able to steer even in mid-air! But never mind, it looks so painfully cool that there's little do do but sit back and enjoy the chaos, knowing that even though a flashy vehicle is destroyed every minute, there's a newer, more awesome car coming in the next scene.
Continue reading: Furious 7 Review
Dwayne Johnson hosted SNL and got up really, really close with the cast.
Saturday Night Live came back with a bang (you'll see what I mean) last night, with an episode hosted by Dwayne Johnson himself. Clearly, any attempts at subtlety were thrown out the window. Basically, Johnson spent a significant chunk of the show with his face thrust in another man's crotch in a "standing 69."
Remember, guys, the Rock is a serious actor now.
Yep, it was one of those episodes. The golden moment came during a segment depicting an "Indiana Jones" knockoff movie, "Escape From Jungle Island." Johnson, playing "Dr. Bones" - get it? Huh? You got it - plays an adventurer who finds himself on an island with a male companion, Shortlong, and a female companion, who's desperate for Dr. Bones' attention.
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Turns SNL On Its Head
The sins of London have followed them home. After throwing Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) out of a cargo plane, his brother, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), is out for revenge. When Shaw kills Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) in a brutal car-crash, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) are forced back behind the wheel for one last ride, in order to find the man who killed their friend before he can get to them. This investigation will see the team dropping their cars out of planes and driving between buildings to prove that they are the Furious 7.
Continue: Furious 7 - Super Bowl TV Spot
California is well-known for playing host to regular earthquakes, being located right on top of the San Andreas fault; in other words, the tectonic plate boundary that separates the Pacific and the North American Plates. However, rarely have earthquakes been seen that have reduced whole cites to rubble, caused huge chasms in the Earth and deadly tidal waves through streets killing thousands of people. The only option for residents is to get as far away as possible, though with such a huge disaster ripping through the state, this one is still going to have an effect on the other side of the country. Meanwhile, chopper pilot Ray and his estranged wife are desperate to find their missing daughter Blake first, and use a Fire Department rescue helicopter to search high and low throughout the state.
Continue: San Andreas Trailer
There's ever more death-defying stunts to be had with this crack team of vehicular warriors, who reunited after a brief retirement when DSS agent Luke Hobbs enlisted them to help catch former soldier Owen Shaw and stop his rampage of terrorism. After he is spectacularly defeated, the team, led by Dominic Toretto, are faced with another potentially fatal situation as his brother Ian Shaw is dead-set on revenge. Somehow, the team find themselves parachuting from an aeroplane in their respective cars, hanging off the edge of cliffs and various other deadly exploits as Shaw and his men ruthlessly hunt them down. Danger and disaster might be what these guys live their lives by, but have the team finally met their match?
Continue: Fast & Furious 7 Trailer
Is this the final Furious? The trailer kinda makes it seem so.
The first trailer for Furious 7 (aka the seventh Fast & Furious) is out and here’s the good news – it’s faster and furious-er than ever. The late Paul Walker takes the honorary spot in a trailer that features him dangling off a cliff and then running up a bus dangling from that same cliff and into a truck... oh, you’ll just have to watch the trailer. Also, camels.
Almost a year after Paul Walker's death, the actor received another tribute at the trailer launch.
No, I’m not even kidding. Featuring the ominous line “One last ride.” And Vin Diesel’s epic “I don’t have friends. I have family,” this one might actually be a tear-jerker. In some of the last material he filmed before his shocking death – in a car crash, of all things – last year, Paul Walker returns as Brian O’Connor, partnering with Vin Diesel’s Dominic “Dom” Torretto for one final heist.
Continue reading: "Furious 7" Trailer Revealed: Is This The End Of An Era?
You know when you hear about a combo and it’s so painfully perfect, you wonder why it hasn’t been done before? Picture this – Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch. Now stop imagining because this is actually happening, probably. Paramount, the marketing geniuses that they are, are moving forward with a Baywatch movie and Johnson is “loosely attached”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Rock will star in Baywatch. This is just too perfect for words.
Rounding out the team so far are Justin Malen, who will re-write (well, write) the story and the comedy writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris (the guys behind We’re The Millers) to direct.
The 42 year-old star is set to become the villain in DC Comic's forthcoming adaptation of 'Shazam.'
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will finally star in a superhero movie, and it is fair to say he is the perfect man for the job. However, any fans getting excited about his upcoming role may be surprised to hear he won't be playing the good guy.
Johnson will play the villianous Black Adam in the upcoming DC Comic flick
Johnson hinted he has part of upcoming flick based on DC Comics' 'Shazam' late last month, but did not specify on the character he would be playing. Although many expected the former wrestling champion to take the lead in the adaptation, it has finally been confirmed he will become the superhero's arch nemesis, Black Adam.
Continue reading: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Will Play The Bad Guy In DC Comics' 'Shazam'
Dwayne Johnson has revealed the role he will be playing in the movie adaptation of Shazam.
It was only a matter of time before Dwayne Johnson got a superhero makeover, and many expected him to take the lead in the new movie based on DC's Shazam adaptation, but the story's taken a twist- The Rock won't be the hero, he's going to be the villain.
Things are going to be getting villainous for Johnson, more used to playing heroes
On Tuesday Johnson tweeted a picture of the villain Black Adam and made the announcement, saying it was his "honor to become..#BlackAdam". The wrestler turned actor has played a wide variety of roles, from an animated astronaut to a hockey playing tooth fairy, and fans have wondered for a long time when he would turn his hand to a superhero project. His latest project was the epic Hercules, in which he took on the role of the eponymous Greek hero.
But the 42 year-old star still doesn't know which character he will play.
It was only a matter of time before Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson would star in a superhero movie, and the 42 year-old star recently revealed that the production he will be part of is an upcoming Warner Bros. and DC Comics flick based on 'Shazam.'
Johnson confirmed he will star in a Warner Bros. and DC Comics flick based on 'Shazam'
While promoting 'Hercules' in Mexico City, the former WWE superstar confirmed that he will have a starring role in the superhero film, but admitted to not knowing which character he will be portraying. It will either be the protagonist Shazam or his nemesis Black Adam, according to the Associated Press.
Continue reading: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Confirms He Will Star In DC Comics' 'Shazam'
DC Comics character Shazam is definitely a project, but no details of a release date have been announced yet
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has finally confirmed his involvement with DC Comics and Warner Bros. on an upcoming movie about the superhero Shazam.
Dwayne Johnson has indicated his involvement with a future movie about DC Comics' 'Shazam'
In an interview with Spanish website La Nacion, Johnson said (according to the Google translation) “Interpret a character in DC Comics. It's the story of Shazam, but I cannot say now if (my role) is Shazam and Black Adam. We've been developing for some time and have been a fan of anti-heroes. And this particular I think that we will make justice. I'm putting my heart and soul into this role.”
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Indicates Involvement With 'Shazam' Movie Project
The former Wrestling champion's mother and cousin were hospitalized after being hit head on by a female drunk driver.
Even though Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is one of the toughest, biggest and muscle-bound actors in Hollywood, he is still a mommy's boy at heart, and this is clearly obvious when the 41 year-old picked up his mom from hospital after she was involved in a car accident.
Johnson's 65 year-old mother, Ata Johnson, and his cousin, WWE NXT Diva Lina Fanene, were hospitalized after getting hit head on by a female drunk driver who was speeding away from the police, on August 2nd in Clermont, Florida. The intoxicated woman was also reportedly checked into hospital and later charged with driving under the influence.
The drunk woman, who crashed into The Rock's mother and cousin, is now facing criminal charges for the head on collision.
Johnson's mother and cousin were in the car at the time of the crash
The horrific car crash occurred on August 2nd in Clermont, Florida, even though Johnson only revealed the news Sunday (Aug 10th), and prior to the incident the drunk woman had already ran two red lights, TMZ reports.
The actor shared that his mother and cousin were fine, but urged drivers to stay cautious.
Dwayne Johnson had some unfortunate news for his fans today – the Hercules star’s mother and cousin were struck head on by a drunk driver. Johnson didn’t go into too much detail, but he did tweet about the accident. The wrestler turned movie star is very close to his mother, Ata Johnson and his cousin, Savelina Fanene.
You do not want to mess with Johnson's family.
Johnson posted a picture of the terrible aftermath of the crash. The fronts of both cars are smashed almost to bits, but his family managed to escape relatively unscathed. He used the traumatic moment to spread a message of love to his Twitter and Instagram followers – more or less. "First reaction was to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them."
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Preaches Road Safety After Mother's Severe Car Crash
The former WWE superstar's mother and cousin were lucky not to have died or suffered serious injuries in the horrific accident.
This driver may have made the worst mistake of his life! Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson recently revealed some very scary news concerning two very close family members. The professional wrestling star's mother, Ata, and cousin, WWE NXT Diva Lina Fanene, were involved in a severe car crash earlier this week.
Johnson revealed the scary news via Instagram
The pair were travelling in the same vehicle when a drunk driver collided head on with them, Johnson confirmed on Sunday morning (Aug 10th) by posting a snap of the wreckage on Instagram. However, they fortunately survived the accident and only suffered fairly minor injuries.
Think The Rock and Hulk Hogan are the only movie star wrestlers? Think again.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Dave Bautista, better known to WWE fans as Batista, is currently flexing his acting muscles on the big screen in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. But the former WWE champ is just the latest in a long line of wrestlers who have made the leap from the ring to movie theatres. Alongside Batista, here’s our pick of 10 wrestler movie appearances you need to watch out for.
Batista stars in Guardians of the Galaxy as Drax
Dave ‘Batista’ Bautista -Guardians of the Galaxy
After a few direct to video movie appearances, Batista first properly hit the big screen in The Man with the Iron Fists alongside Russell Crowe. However his big break has come with the role of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. His next starring role will be in a remake of 1989 martial arts movie Kickboxer, originally starring Jean Claude Van Damme.
Despite Lucy's premise, things didn't look too bright at the box office this weekend.
This week at the box office, the sci-fi thriller Lucy won out over slim competition – Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson and the holdover hit from last week Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took second and third, respectively. Deservingly or not – the reviewers have questioned everything about Lucy from the plot, to the execution, to most of the action. Even Scarlett Johansson’s acting barely gets a pass, thanks to the godawful material she’s working with, according to The Atlantic. Humans only use 10% of their brain? This Luc Besson sci-fi thriller uses even less. Regardless, whatever limited brain capacity Lucy was working with, propelled it to a $44 million weekend, well beyond critical predictions, which put it somewhere around $40 million.
Only an intense love for Johansson's screen presence can save viewers from scoffing their way through this one.
This week's box office science and smarts won over myths and muscles.
Despite lukewarm reviews, the Scarlet Johansson starrer Lucy has gone on to best Dwayne Johnson’s latest crack at a franchise starter, Hercules. Lucy, a sci-fi flick about a woman with unlimited mental capacities is on track to finish the weekend past its projected $35 million. The movie registered $17,1 million on Friday and has seen Johansson’s star rise even higher. With films like 2013’s Under the Skin and Her, her Avengers role as Black Widow (the character is soon to have her own film) and now Lucy, the savvy actress has flexed both her acting brains and brawn in the sci-fi genre.
Scarlett Johansson is only going up.
Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office. The eponymous flick, based on a 2011 graphic novel and directed by Brett Ratner took in a disappointing $11 million on Friday. However, as these types of film often do, Hercules fared much better internationally. It was released in 19 markets this week and still may do better than originally projected. Lucy won’t open internationally until next week.
Continue reading: Brainy "Lucy" Outsmarts Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" At The Box Office
'Hercules' completes a double whammy for the legendary character.
It happens almost every year: two films are released with virtually the same premise. Generally, one of them goes on to box office glory while fans remember the lesser-known film with fondness. This year, we have two incarnations of Hercules battling it out for supremacy.
Dwayne Johnson in 'Hercules'
Kellen Lutz played the demigod in The Legend of Hercules, released in America in January and in Britain in March. Directed by Finnish action maestro Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger), the movie was shot in Bulgaria and earned a paltry $61 million at the global box office (it cost more than $70 million to make). Even worse, the film has a dire 3% positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics, and a slightly better 35% of audiences that liked it.
Continue reading: Two 'Hercules' Movie Releases This Year. One Is Very Good.
Far more entertaining than it has any right to be, this is a big, messy blockbuster retelling of the Greek myth that thankfully has a sharp sense of humour and some surprising twists up its sleeve. The cast is also packed with veteran performers who know how to make the most of some eyebrow-raising innuendo, generating intrigue while keeping the audience laughing with them rather than at them.
The premise takes a revisionist approach, grounding the legend of the demigod Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) in real stories that have been exaggerated by his nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), who travels with him as a kind of toga-era marketing expert. Their team of mercenaries includes wryly fatalistic seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), quick-witted blade-thrower Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), bow-wielding amazon Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and loyal mute warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie). When they're offered a fortune by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to quell a rebellion, they find themselves in the middle of a massive battle that doesn't go the way they expected. And as events take unforeseen turns, Hercules and his gang have to dig deep to turn the tide in their favour.
Johnson is a natural in the role, so massively pumped up that he looks like he could be popped with a pin. His hulking physique and just enough back-story give the character's reputation some weight, both literally and figuratively, so even if he's not half-god his achievements are still pretty impressive. (There are also plenty of hints that he may turn out to be a god after all.) And the surrounding characters add to this with cleverly written roles that are expertly played by British scene-stealers Hurt, McShane, Sewell, Mullan and Fiennes. McShane is so good that he essentially walks off with the whole movie. But relative newcomers Ritchie, Hennie and Berdal more than hold their own.
Continue reading: Hercules Review
No, it's not good, but The Rock is at his Rockiest.
It’s Hercules time! So we know that Dwayne Johnson made a lot of money off the mythical epic. And let’s be honest – it’s Dwayne Johnson and Greek myth, we’re definitely going to enjoy this. But is it actually a good movie? That’s the million – or in this case $110 million – question. Sadly, it looks like a firm “no” at this point.
Well, if there's anyone who could pull off Herc, it's this guy.
Critics from the UK, where the film has been out for a week, have already panned it as not worth the ticket. So far it’s been called “an artistically bankrupt misfire” (Digital Spy) and “crude, calorific and full of half-jokes” (The Telegraph).
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Battles His Way Through Non-Stop Absurdity In "Hercules"
But who made the top 5?
Robert Downey Jr. is the highest paid actor in Hollywood for a second year running, Forbes has announced, putting Iron Man star top of the list with earnings totalling around $75 million. It is his involvement with the Marvel franchise that boosts his position to pole – the movie bagged around $1.2b when it was released last May and comprises the bulk of his counted earnings.
Robert Downey Jr is a rich, rich man [Getty/Jason Merritt]
Given Iron Man’s heavy involvement with the Avengers team – the highest grossing single film in the entirety of the company’s output – Downey Jr. presence in the upcoming instalment, Age of Ultron, means he’ll be ‘there or there abouts’ for a few years to come, we’d predict.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Is The Biggest Earner In Hollywood, Again
Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes Magazine's annual list of Top Earners in Hollywood for the second year in a row.
With an estimated income of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, Downey Jr. shows that he's somewhat similar to his onscreen counterpart, billionaire superhero Tony Stark. 2014 has actually been a fairly quiet year for Downey Jr. considering there is no Marvel blockbuster hitting our screens (featuring him, at any rate) but he still managed to maintain his spot at the top.
It's been another great year for Robert Downey Jr.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Crowned King Of The Box Office
Planet of the Apes stars meet the press in San Francisco, while the casts of Hercules and Begin Again stage photo-calls in London. Ferrell tries out prison garb in L.A., and new trailers offer glimpses of Horrible Bosses 2, Paddington and The Skeleton Twins...
It was a week for photo-calls, as the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gathered in San Francisco. Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and director Matt Reeves were all on-hand to premiere the film and then pose for some picturesque shots in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. The film opens next week in the US and July 18th in the UK. Watch 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' trailer.
Dwayne Johnson and his costars in the blockbuster retelling of the Hercules myth gathered in London this week to meet the press. Director Brett Ratner introduced the cast and showed a new clip-reel before heading out into Trafalgar Square for a photo op with Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Irina Shayk. The film opens at the end of the month. Take a look at some photo's from the Hercules Photocall taken in London on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.
After having tweaked the movie to allow for Paul Walker's death, Universal have pulled the 'Fast & Furious 7' release date forward by a week.
The release date of the next Fast & Furious movie has been pulled forward by a week from the 10th April to the 3rd April 2015, Universal Pictures has announced. According to THR, the decision was made to allow the action sequel to have "more international playdates."
The movie was originally scheduled for release this summer but actor Paul Walker's tragic death last November meant the filmmakers had to reconfigure some of the scenes he was scheduled to shoot. Walker died in a high speed Californian car crash along with his friend Roger Rodas and was killed instantly on collision with roadside obstacles.
Walker will still be featured in Fast 7 but some of his scenes will have been edited to account for his unfinished filming. He will be seen starring alongside franchise returners Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster.
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