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‘Fast & Furious 7′ Sped Up By A Week

‘Fast & Furious 7′ Sped Up By A WeekThe franchise sequel had the April 10 date all to itself, but Universal said today that it’s moving the film’s release ahead a week to Easter weekend. Fast & Furious 7 now is set for April 3, which gives it an extra weekend of play before the April 17 debut of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. F&F7‘s new opening-weekend competition will be Fox romancer The Longest Ride. James Wan is directing this installment of the blockbuster series, which again stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker — in his last film — Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and others, including franchise rookies Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou and Kurt Russell.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Hercules’

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 10:29am PDT

“I only want to be a husband and a father,” Hercules says humbly. So we all know what’s gonna happen to the family. Dwayne Johnson stars as the Son of Zeus, out for vengeance against men, beasts and descendants of Hades — who cannot be killed by an ordinary mortal. Based on Radical Comics’ take on the mythical muscle man, the Paramount-MGM actioner co-stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt. Brett Ratner directs from a script by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Check out the new trailer for Hercules, which invades theaters July 25.

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Ioan Gruffudd Heads For ‘San Andreas’

By | Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 2:05pm PDT

Ioan GruffuddEXCLUSIVE: Welsh thesp Ioan Gruffudd is set to join Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino in New Line’s disaster actioner San Andreas. Johnson stars as a former Special Ops firefighter scouring a post-quake California for his ex-wife and daughter. Fantastic Four star Gruffudd will play Daniel Reddick, a wealthy real estate developer who’s engaged to Johnson’s ex-wife (Gugino). Alexandra Daddario is aboard as the daughter with Arrow‘s Colton Haynes also cast. Brad Peyton is at the helm of the Warner Bros and Village Roadshow co-financed co-production, which begins filming in Australia in June and hits theaters in Summer 2015. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing and Rob Cowan is exec producer. Gruffudd recently wrapped feature Home Invasion and ABC and WB’s pilot Forever. He’s repped by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment, and Nelson Davis.

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Hot Trailer: Dwayne Johnson In ‘Hercules’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 10:43am PDT

Paramount and MGM’s revisionist take on Hercules stars Dwayne Johnson as the legendary hero, adapted from Steve Moore’s graphic novel. Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt co-star in the actioner which drops July 25. For those not in the CinemaCon audience last night in Vegas here’s the first Hercules teaser:

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Dwayne Johnson’s HBO Half-Hour Pilot ‘Ballers’ Picked Up To Series

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 4:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

dwaynejohnsonDwayne Johnson is headed to HBO‘s primetime. The pay cable network has picked up to series half-hour pilot Ballers toplined by the wrestling and movie star in his first major series gig. He is executive producing the series with his Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg; Wahlberg’s manager/frequent producing partner Steve Levinson, on whose original idea the project is based; showrunner Even Reilly; and Peter Berg, who directed the pilot. Written by Levinson in his pilot-writing debut, Ballers is exploring the lives of a group of former and current football players. Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete. The cast includes Omar Benson Miller as Charles, an affable former pro athlete who is searching for his next career; Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington as Ricky, a highlyhbo45__130924185923-275x112 competitive and highly spiritual pro athlete; Rob Corddry as Joe, a financial advisor who tries really hard to fit in; Troy Garity as Jason, a top-tier sports agent; Donovan Carter as Vernon, a deeply family-oriented pro athlete; Jazmyn Simon as Julie, wife of an ex-pro athlete; Taylor Cole as Michaels, an ESPN sideline reporter who is romantically involved with Spencer; and LeToya Luckett as Tina, widow to one of Spencer’s closest friends.

The series pickup for Ballers, which will start production later this year, comes on the heels of the series order on Tuesday of another half-hour project with marquee stars from a top director and producer, The Brink, starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. Jay Roach, who directed the pilot, and Jerry Weintraub are executive producing. Both series have been touted as capable of attracting broad audiences, something Johnson already has done in primetime as his WWE alter ego The Rock and on the big screen. He next reprises his role on the Fast & Furious 7 movie, whose production has been delayed by the death of star Paul Walker, and also has feature Hercules and TNT reality series Wake Up Call coming up. Read More »

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Year-End: Top International Box Office Draws Of 2013 – Robert Downey Jr And Dwayne Johnson Battle For Supremecy

International Box Office Stars 2013

YearEnd2013_badge__131227212819Which superstar outdrew their peers to top the international box office in 2013? The answer might surprise you. Here are the Top 10 Hollywood heavyweights of this year’s global live-action hits whose star power played a significant role in international returns (Sandra Bullock just missed making the cut). Click on a photo to launch the slideshow countdown: Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson-Starrer ‘San Andreas’ Gets June 2015 Release Date

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 5:59pm PST

New_Line_Cinema smallerWarner Bros has slotted its earthquake actioner San Andreas for June 5, 2015. The disaster pic will be released in 2D and 3D, the studio said today. Brad Peyton directs Dwayne Johnson in the New Line- and Village Roadshow-produced movie, which centers on a massive earthquake that hits California. The big-budget film was hatched by producer Beau Flynn and scribes Jeremy Passmore & Andre Fabrizio as a pitch. Allan Loeb as well as Carlton Cuse did polishes, and the most recent draft is from Chad and Carey Hayes. Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo is producing, as is Tripp Vinson. This one’s been in the works for a while — producers went out to directors on this in December 2011 before finding Peyton. Johnson, who worked with the helmer on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, came aboard this October to star as a rescue-chopper pilot who treks across the earthquake-devastated state in search of his estranged daughter.

So far, that key summer weekend slot has Fox’s B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, with Universal’s Jurassic World staking out the next weekend.

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Chris Pratt In Early Talks For ‘Jurassic World’; Dwayne Johnson & Relativity Set For ‘Not Without Hope’; Hannah Marks Joins ‘Anesthesia’; Harry Hamlin & Irina Bjorklund Spark ‘Erotic Fire’

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 6:44pm PST

Chris Pratt is in very early talks for Jurassic World, the 3D sequel that Universal will release June 12, 2015. The actor would play the role Josh Brolin was being  eyed for last month. Colin Trevorrow is directing the pic, and he co-wrote the latest draft with Derek Connolly. Steven Spielberg is producing the film with Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. Pratt next appears in the Vince Vaughn starrer Delivery Man , which opens next weekend. He has a voice role in The Lego Movie and also will star in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Recent film credits include Zero Dark Thirty and The Five-Year Engagement. Pratt also stars on NBC’s Parks And Recreation. He is repped by CAA and Mosaic.

Related: Ty Simpkins Lands Lead In ‘Jurassic World’

Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in Not Without Hope for Relativity, which will finance, produce, and distribute the deep-sea survival pic. Johnson will play Nick Schuyler, whose best-selling memoirs form the true-story basis of the film. Pic tracks Schuyler and his three buds, including NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith and ex-college athlete Will Bleakley, whose fishing trip went awry, leaving the foursome adrift off the coast of Florida in 2009. Read More »

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TNT Greenlights New Reality Series Starring Dwayne Johnson From Electus

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 9:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TNT has greenlighted Wake Up Call (working title), a successor to this summer’s The Hero. The new aspirational reality series comes from the same auspices –  star/executive producer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Electus. I hear TNT wanted to keep the aspirational theme of The Hero but in a close-ended format that would better showcase Johnson. In each episode, Johnson and his team will make a 4 AM “wake up calls” to a different set of everyday people who are facing enormous challenges in their lives and need help. TNT has ordered eight one-hour episodes for a 2014 premiere. Electus, 5×5 Media and 7 Bucks Entertainment are producing, with Electus’ Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox executive producing alongside Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk and Charles Wachter of 5×5 Media; and Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia of 7 Bucks. “We had a wonderful time working with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on The Hero, in which he challenged and mentored a group of everyday heroes,” said David Eilenberg, SVP, unscripted development for TNT and TBS. “Wake Up Call evolved from our experience on The Hero and is its natural successor, bringing the human spirit of that show home to take on everyday challenges.”

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Dwayne Johnson Toplines ‘San Andreas’

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT

Dwayne Johnson will star in the disaster pic San Andreas for New Line. He’ll play a rescue-chopper pilot who treks across an earthquake-devastated California in search of his estranged daughter. Brad Peyton, who directed Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, will helm San Andreas. The actor’s recent credits include G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Pain And Gain, and he next appears in Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Fast & Furious 7. He is repped by WME, the Garcia Companies and Gang Tyre.

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Jon M. Chu Re-Enlisting To Helm ‘G.I. Joe 3′

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 3:41pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount and MGM are making a deal with Jon M. Chu to direct another installment of G.I. Joe. It was Chu who essentially guided a do-over from 2009′s G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, and it wasn’t the easiest process. The film was refashioned with Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis as its core leads. Even then, Paramount pulled the film from its 2012 release calendar (to make it 3D and do some creative enhancements) and did the same with World War Z (to shoot a whole new third act). It looks like the studio’s gamble will pay off in both cases. G.I. Joe: Retaliation came out in March to gross $365 million globally, and WWZ is beginning to generate positive buzz after being prematurely written off because of its production issues, now that people are seeing it’s a good movie. Read More »

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MGM, Paramount Start Shooting Dwayne Johnson-Starrer ‘Hercules’

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT

Principal photography on Hercules has begun in Budapest, Hungary. The film, starring Dwayne Johnson and Ian McShane is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The ensemble action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist. Brett Ratner is directing from a screenplay by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Ratner also is producing with Beau Flynn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Rufus Sewell, Peter Mullan, John Hurt also star in the ensemble cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie. Hercules will be distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures on July 25, 2014, with select international territories as well as all television distribution being handled by MGM.

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TNT’s Dwayne Johnson Drama ‘The Hero’ Starts Off Solid With 1.5M Viewers

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 2:13pm PDT

In a summer where Dwayne Johnson seems to be everywhere the blockbuster star hit the small screen last night with the debut of The Hero  on TNT. With just over 1.5 million viewers tuning in at 8 PM for the reality competition series hosted by the Fast & Furious 6 actor, The Hero had a solid debut. Last night’s premiere was down from the 1.6 million viewers that now-cancelled The Great Escape garnered when it premiered on June 24, 2012, at 10 PM. But unlike TNT’s first attempt at an original unscripted show, The Hero did not have the third episode of Season 2 of the alien-invasion drama Falling Skies as a lead-in nor Game 1 of the NBA Finals as competition. Over two plays on Thursday, the Electus produced show pulled in a little more than 2.1 million viewers. Among Adults 18-49, the 8 PM debut of The Hero had 855,000 viewers. That’s TNT’s best unscripted premiere result in the key demo and its median age of 39 is the lowest the network has ever had for a series launch. The premiere also drew 832,000 viewers in the Adults 25-54 demo.

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Omar Miller To Co-Star In HBO’s Dwayne Johnson Dramedy Pilot

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 5:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Omar Miller, Dwayne Johnson, HBO pilotEXCLUSIVE: CSI: Miami alum Omar Miller is set to co-star opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in HBO’s untitled dramedy pilot Johnson executive produces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. Written by Levinson, the project chronicles the lives of athletes — some retired, some still active — living in Miami. Miller will play Charles, an affable former pro athlete who is searching for his next career. Peter Berg is directing the pilot and will executive produce, along with Johnson’s manager Dany Garcia, who runs his production company. Miller, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and MBST, next will be seen in action feature Homefront, written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder.

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Dwayne Johnson To Star In & Produce HBO Pilot About Athletes From Steve Levinson & Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg To Direct

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has given a pilot order to a half-hour dramedy pilot starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This marks the first TV-starring role for the movie actor/wrestler, who is executive producing the project with his Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. Peter Berg is on board to direct the pilot and will executive produce, along with Johnson’s manager Dany Garcia who runs his production company. Written by Levinson, the untitled project chronicles the lives of athletes — some retired, some still active — living in Miami. Johnson will play one of them, with filming eyed for the fall.

Johnson’s collaboration with Wahlberg and his manager/ frequent producing partner Levinson on the project, based on an idea by Levinson, stems from Johnson and Wahlberg’s work together on Michael Bay’s action movie Pain & Gain, which opened at No. 1 this past weekend. The two actors also are repped by the same agency, WME. Read More »

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TNT Announces Summer Premiere Dates For New Dwayne Johnson Series ‘The Hero’, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ & More: Video

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 12:01pm PDT

Other networks are announcing their season finales this week but TNT is putting up dates for when its shows are coming back and when new series are debuting this summer. The network announced that the Dwayne Johnson reality competition show The Hero will premiere on June 6 at 8 PM. The Electus produced show aims to push its contestants to see if they have what it takes to be heroes. Another new competition series 72 Hours will debut right after at 9 PM on June 6. 72 Hours drops three new competing teams of strangers into the wilderness with only a single bottle of water and a GPS tracking device with three days to find a briefcase of cash and win a $100,000 prize. Starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn, new private eye drama King & Maxwell premieres on June 10 at 10 PM. The last new show that TNT is offering this summer is going by the working title Cold Justice which starts on August 27. The unscripted procedural follows two real-life female investigators as they look into old unsolved small town murder cases.

With those new shows now on the schedule, old series are also back. Falling Skies is back with its third season with a two-hour premiere on June 9. Major Crimes returns for its Season 2 on June 10 while Rizzoli & Isles is back for Season 4 on June 18. Perception has its … Read More »

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Rufus Sewell Joining Dwayne Johnson In MGM’s ‘Hercules’

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 3:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Rufus Sewell is set to star as Autolycus alongside Dwayne Johnson in Hercules for MGM. Ryan Condal has written the film and Evan Spiliotopoulos rewrite it and Brett Ratner is directing. Ratner will produce with Barry Levine and Beau Flynn. After renouncing his mythological origins, Hercules lives in exile and fights as a mercenary for hire alongside his loyal but weary comrades. Hercules and his crew will face their most challenging labor yet when one battle forces the man behind the myth to question everything he once believed, and reconsider the truth behind his own legend. The pic has been set to open July 25, 2014. Read More »

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Super Bowl Spot: ‘Fast & Furious 6′

By | Sunday February 3, 2013 @ 4:10pm PST

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker & Co. are back behind the wheel in Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, which opens May 24:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Related: Super Bowl XLVII To Air 6 Studio Film Ads

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Paramount Dates ‘Hercules’ August 8, 2014

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 5:50pm PST

Paramount‘s Brett Ratner-directed Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson as the legendary strongman, will hit theaters August 8, 2014, a week after Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy is slated to bow. Hercules is an adaptation of the 2008 Radical Studios graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which takes the supernatural out of classical mythology and places it in a more real-world context. If the MGM-Paramount co-production is a hit, it could signal the beginning of a franchise; the graphic novel was followed by a sequel, The Knives Of Kush, in 2011. The film’s script is by Ryan Condal, with revisions by Evan Spiliotopoulos. Ratner, Beau Flynn and Barry Levine are producing, with Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger executive producing. Production is scheduled to start soon. Aside from Johnson, no other cast has been announced.

Related: Paramount & MGM Team For ‘Hercules’; Dwayne Johnson To Star, Brett Ratner To Direct

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