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Rumble In The Jungle: New Jumanji Set Videos Feature The Rock And Co. Kicking Back

23 September 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If there was one big takeaway from Rawson Marshall Thurber’s crime caper Central Intelligence, it was the cracking chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Endearing, genuine, and wildly entertaining, the pair’s camaraderie extends beyond the screen, too, but in 2017, we’ll be laying eyes on a new collaboration when Johnson and Hart make tracks for the depths of the jungle in Sony’s Jumanji sequel.

Ever the one to utilize Instagram as a digital bullhorn, in between takes, Johnson has been busy turning in status reports for his legions of vying fans, and just a few days back the fan-favorite unveiled the core Jumanji cast – Karen Gillan and Jack Black included – kitted out and ready to explore.

It’s a little different this time around, with the actor offering up a pair of behind-the-scenes videos that are more designed to draw attention to the likeable chemistry between »

- Michael Briers

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Longtime Wme Agent Cliff Roberts Exits Agency

30 August 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Longtime agent Cliff Roberts has left Wme after working in the lit department for a decade, TheWrap has learned. Roberts has a client list that includes Oscar-winning co-writer and director Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), Rawson Thurber (“Central Intelligence”) and Morten Tyldum (“Passengers”), and writers such as Seth Grahame Smith, Carlton Cuse, Mark L. Smith, Anthony Peckham and Dana Fox. It is unknown how many of Roberts’ clients will remain at Wme. Also Read: Ufc Sold to Wme-img-Led Buyers for $4 Billion (Updated) It’s also rumored that Roberts will end up at CAA, however a rep for the agency »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Wme Vet Cliff Roberts Exiting; Will He End Up At CAA?

30 August 2016 5:09 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: This is unfolding in real time. Longtime Wme agent Cliff Roberts has just parted company with the agency after 10 years there (with another six years spent as an agent at Wma after starting in the mailroom). The word is that CAA is his likely landing place, but that part hasn’t yet happened. Roberts has a stellar client list. His longtime clients include Oscar-winning The Big Short co-writer and director Adam McKay, Central Intelligence helmer Rawson Thurber, Th… »

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‘Central Intelligence’ Is the Highest Grossing Action-Comedy of the Year, Worldwide

29 July 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

For those of you who have said that you can’t stand Kevin Hart, this may come as annoying news for you. His action-comedy film “Central Intelligence”, in which he co-stars with Dwayne Johnson, from director Rawson Marshall Thurber, officially became the… Continue Reading → »

- Sergio Mims

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Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Central Intelligence’ Breaks $200 Million at Global Box Office

29 July 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Central Intelligence” has crossed the $200 million milestone at the global box office, making it the highest-earning action comedy this year.

Central Intelligence,” starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, is being handled by New Line Cinema domestically and Universal Pictures internationally.

The film opened with $35.5 million in its first weekend in North America and generated strong holdover numbers, topping $124 million. International grosses have reached $75.9 million.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of worldwide distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, stated: “We knew audiences would respond to the unbeatable chemistry of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in this fun, action-packed comedy. ‘Central Intelligence’ plays big and delivers across a wide demographic.”

In the film, Johnson portrays a CIA agent who was bullied in high school and Hart plays his high school friend and reluctant recruit. Rawson Marshall Thurber directed from a script he co-wrote with Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen.

The film also stars Amy Ryan, »

- Dave McNary

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Bo Report: The Legend of Tarzan falls short of Finding Dory

10 July 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Legend of Tarzan.

Finding Dory has enjoyed a fourth week on top of the Australian box office, bringing in $5 million over the weekend; a fall of only 10 per cent. The Finding Nemo sequel has grossed $40.3 million so far.

The Legend of Tarzan, starring Margot Robbie as Jane, swung in behind, making $4.3 million over its opening weekend.

Steven Spielberg's The Bfg enjoyed a boost over its second weekend, raking in $3.3 million to finish 23 per cent ahead of its debut.

Rawson Marshall Thurber's Central Intelligence fell 36 per cent in its second week, bringing in $3.1 million. The action comedy is now sitting on a gross of $10.4 million.

Comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, starring Adam DeVine and Zac Efron, debuted on 277 screens this week to $2.5 million.

Ice Age: Collision Course also saw higher figures in its second week, bringing in 2.2 million over the weekend - up 34 per cent.

Independence Day: Resurgence »

- Jackie Keast

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Exclusive Interview – Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of Central Intelligence

4 July 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Flickering Myth’s Scott Davis caught up with director Rawson Marshall Thurber this past week to discuss his new film Central Intelligence, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Check it out here…

See Also: Read our review of Central Intelligence here

The story follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high-school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.

Central Intelligence is out now and features a cast that also includes Aaron Paul, »

- Gary Collinson

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Central Intelligence review – amiable odd-couple caper

30 June 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A by-the-numbers plot doesn’t stop the central duo of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart from hitting all the right notes in this good-humoured action comedy

Some films get very lucky with topical gags hitting the mark more effectively than the writers could have realised. The one about Taylor Swift here got a very big laugh when I saw it. This is a likable odd-couple action comedy from director and co-writer Rawson Marshall Thurber, who gave us Dodgeball. I suspect he has been influenced by Ivan Reitman’s Twins from 1988, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. (I even wondered if he had seen Dominik Moll’s black-comic classic Harry, Un Ami Qui Vous Veut Du Bien, from 2000.) It starts with that sine qua non of the modern studio comedy: the “anti-nostalgia prelude” sequence set in high school when the protagonists were hilariously naff. It’s wish fulfilment for comedy writers, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Exclusive: Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber

30 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Impressively named filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber looks like he has another comedy hit on his hands. The director of cult classic Dodgeball and 2014 hit We Are The Millers is now bringing Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart together for Central Intelligence. We spoke to Thurber when he was in London recently, and found out what it was that […]

The post Exclusive: Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Cassam Looch

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Dwayne Johnson Wanted as The Wolf Man?

22 June 2016 6:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Universal Pictures started their Monster Universe a few years ago, there had been talk of several different classic projects getting rebooted. Dracula Untold became the first installment in this franchise, after a post-credit scene featured Luke Evans' title character showed him emerging in present day. The Mummy reboot will be next out of the gate, hitting theaters next June. But we aren't sure which project is moving forward next. Today we have word that the studio wants Dwayne Johnson to star in their modern update of The Wolf Man.

Buried within Deadline's report about Dwayne Johnson setting up another project at Sony entitled Son of Shaolin, the site claims there are "persistent rumors" that Universal wants the actor to portray the title character, although it isn't clear when that project may get off the ground. If it's far enough down the line, it's possible that Dwayne Johnson may »

- MovieWeb

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Central Intelligence review

17 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart look to strike comedy gold in Central Intelligence. Spoiler: they don't.

Personally, I’m amazed that Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have time to sneeze, yet alone fit in a movie together, such is the prolific workrate of the pair of them. Two of the most industrious actors in Hollywood have thus now come together for an R-rated comedy from Dodgeball and We’re The Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber. They;re popping off to remake Jumanji next.

The conceit of this one though owes just a little to the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedies of the late 80s and 90s, in that it’s Johnson who’s playing against type. We first meet his and Hart’s character in their high school days, with Hart the popular, loved by everybody Calvin Joyner, and Johnson the overweight, bullied kid. Fast forward 20 years, and Calvin »

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Review: Dwayne Johnson gets weird in surprisingly enjoyable 'Central Intelligence'

17 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Buddy comedies are a Hollywood staple at this point, and they’re fairly easy to execute at a baseline level of competence. Sometimes it’s a script that distinguishes one, sometimes it’s the easy chemistry between the stars, and sometimes it’s a director who elevates things. In the case of Central Intelligence, several things work better than I would have suspected, and as a result, I genuinely enjoyed the movie. Color me shocked. First and foremost, The Rock has become one of the most reliable brands in modern movies, and, yes, I am aware that I just called him a brand. I think he’s more than “just” a movie star. He’s an overall force of personality that exists to just shine positivity and humor and good energy into the world via movies, TV, wrestling, and social media. If The Rock didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him. »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Many Faces Of Dwayne Johnson

17 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week sees worldwide premieres of Rawson Marshall Thurber's Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Peter Martin didn't slag the film in his review, and included the following bit about Dwayne: "Johnson has always threatened to wink at the audience. A former football player, he began his entertainment career as a professional wrestler and thus he knows how to play to a crowd. That has sometimes made it hard to take him seriously as a dramatic actor, though he's improved in that regard over the years, but when allowed to embrace his buoyant public persona and comic instincts on screen, he's an absolute pleasure to watch." True words, all of them! So once again I'm going to use eleven pictures of...

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The Many Faces Of Dwayne Johnson

17 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week sees worldwide premieres of Rawson Marshall Thurber's Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Peter Martin didn't slag the film in his review, and included the following bit about Dwayne: "Johnson has always threatened to wink at the audience. A former football player, he began his entertainment career as a professional wrestler and thus he knows how to play to a crowd. That has sometimes made it hard to take him seriously as a dramatic actor, though he's improved in that regard over the years, but when allowed to embrace his buoyant public persona and comic instincts on screen, he's an absolute pleasure to watch." True words, all of them! So once again I'm going to use eleven pictures of...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]


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Movie Review – Central Intelligence (2016)

17 June 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Central Intelligence, 2016.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet, Ryan Hansen, Thomas Kretschmann, and Jason Bateman.


After he reunites with an old school pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

As I preface with every movie I review starring Kevin Hart, it must be said that I don’t understand the hate for the guy, and genuinely think he is one of the more gifted comedians and comedic actors on the scene today. On the other hand, having been a professional wrestling fan for two decades now, I have always been familiar with Dwayne Johnson Aka The Rock and his unprecedented, incomparable electrifying chemistry in humorous situations, especially when his role is basically to talk shit, act condescending, and mess with others nowhere near his imposing physical stature. Remember how The Rock used »

- Robert Kojder

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Central Intelligence – The Review

16 June 2016 4:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The pairing of Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson creates nice chemistry in Central Intelligence. It’s too bad that they’re adrift in a lackluster buddy comedy that starts out well but is a distinct let-down for those expecting more.

Central Intelligence opens with a High School prologue set in 1996 with Johnson as Bob Weirdick, a bullied fat kid dragged out of the shower and thrown onto the gym floor during an assembly. Class president Calvin “The Golden Jet” Joyner (Hart) takes pity and hands Bob his letter jacket to cover his nakedness. Jump to 20 years later and Bob (who has changed his last name to Stone) is now a muscular CIA agent returning home for his high school reunion. He connects with Calvin, now a married but childless accountant, on Facebook and recruits him to hack into some security codes. Calvin soon finds himself in the middle of a wacky world of espionage, »

- Tom Stockman

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 17, 2016)

16 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 17. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Central Intelligence

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Ryan Hansen, Bobby Brown, Megan Park, Timothy John Smith

Synopsis: “After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. »

- Steve Greene

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Central Intelligence Review

16 June 2016 10:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Despite starring two of modern-day Hollywood’s hottest actors, Central Intelligence finds itself caught between a “Rock” and a “Hart” place (I’LL Take My Pulitzer Now, Please). But seriously – The Rock and Kevin Hart should melt any screen shared between the two, yet this Ride Along wannabe barely limps across the comedic finish line. We’re talking base-value funny. Like, to a criminally infuriating point considering how The Rock and Kevin Hart could be a modern-day Schwarzenegger/DeVito team (Shut Up, Twins Is Great). Instead, Hart spends most his time yelling/talking/chatting about poop, and The Rock plays out a helplessly uncool, soft-as-a-marshmallow alter-ego – neither of which pay off.

“Intelligence” belongs nowhere near this film’s title.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Bob Stone, who was better known by his high school nickname, “Fat Robbie.” Classmates were relentless in their harassment, but “Robbie” bottled all that energy into a fuel that helped him transform into the lean, mean, CIA-agent-machine known as Bob Stone. Yet, not everyone from Bob’s graduating class can boast such luck, including Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) – Mr. “Most Likely To Succeed.” Now a desk-jockeying accountant, Calvin thinks himself such a failure that he refuses to attend his high school reunion – but that doesn’t stop Bob from coming back home and changing Calvin’s life forever. Who needs a high school reunion when you’ve got a CIA mission worth crashing?

Right off the bat, director Rawson Marshall Thurber introduces an important, yet heavy-handed message – bullies are bad. This’s true, and needs to be stated. Bullies can destroy self-confidence and bring upon years of mental scarring. But, Central Intelligence doesn’t offer anything new on the topic except for The Rock’s continued “I don’t like bullies” line, which comes and goes whenever the plot has time to get all mushy. It’s tough, because writers Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen Want to preach something, but just don’t have the means. Bullies are bad, and we know that – but punching them in the face years later doesn’t solve much.

While we’re talking about scripting, let’s address the real elephant in the room – an inexcusable amount of laughs. Then again, do we expect any better from a movie that slings its “Who is Taylor Swift dating these days?” joke within the first five or so minutes? That’s after a blatant rip-off from Neighbors 2, when Calvin’s co-worker talks about inventing a smartphone app that…um…beefs up your dick pics (Scoonie invents the same thing).

I’m not sure what’s scarier – that two movies made the same joke merely a month a part, or that such jesting is socially relevant.

As assumed by my previous musings, Central Intelligence never really strives to be more than a dumbed-down, near-sighted comedy. We get it. Kevin Hart is a little man, barely larger than The Rock’s thigh. This accounts for 75% of Barinholtz and Stassen’s jokes, with at least another 20% being attributed to Hart’s elongated rambling – typically ending with a fecal reference.

There’s chemistry between Thurber’s two unlikely leads, but comically, their contrasting differences lose shock value no more than halfway through this kinda-action-y, non-thrilling spy story. Hart fires jokes with his typically rapid pace, but The Rock plays a unicorn-loving loser whose excited “Hey Dawg!” greetings and outdated references deflate *quickly* over time. There’s no lasting value in wackier, opposite-day-type personalities, and far too many jokes end up being lazy fat pokes – for a movie that hates bullying so much, it sure does plenty of it.

You must understand, I adore The Rock. I gave San Andreas a positive review because of The Rock. And I think Kevin Hart is a tremendous comedian – but Central Intelligence is a sad waste of talents (a Honey Badger reference, today?). These two should be a comedic dream team, but besides a tender glimpse of The Rock swaddling Hart (which should spark some epic fan fiction), there’s a ton of dead air floating between the two. Give me my badass, confident Rock – going soft and cuddly just doesn’t work to this ridiculous degree. Hart feels like he’s carrying entire scenes, which is a gargantuan task if The Rock is the one clinging to your back. Their chemistry exists, but prime material does not – plain and simple.

So, what is Central Intelligence? Strange, unfunny, and misguided. You have a great message, but also cheap jokes at your victim’s expense. You also have a tremendously enigmatic team, but you handcuff its most imposing member. There’s bro-bonding, a forgetful plot (Hart’s wife comes and goes/this is an anti-bullying movie, right?), and momentary bursts of action that can’t distract from a such a vapid sense of humor. In the end, you’ll find yourself thinking about better times, but it’s telling that those times are the Ride Along franchise. Mull that one over.


- Matt Donato

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Review: Rawson Thurber's 'Central Intelligence' is Seriously Funny

16 June 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as wrestler "The Rock") has solidified himself as a global box-office powerhouse, with numerous box office hits over these last few years. In 2001, he starred in The Mummy Returns, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide. Universal Pictures immediately planned a spin-off based on his character, The Scorpion King, which broke a few box office records in 2002. Since then, Johnson has starred in dozens of movies, including the enormously successful Fast and the Furious franchise, San Andreas, Pain & Gain, and Hercules. With this year's buddy comedy Central Intelligence, however, Johnson has found the perfect vehicle to flex his comedic muscles, as well as his ass-kicking ones. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (of We're the Millers, Dodgeball previously), Central Intelligence stars Johnson as Robbie Weirdicht, an uncool kid who grows up to be a badass CIA operative. We are introduced to "Fat Robbie" in a flashback where, after »

- Adam Frazier

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“Central Intelligence” showcases Dwayne Johnson’s comedic chops

16 June 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Back when he was The Rock, we all saw how charismatic Dwayne Johnson could be, but I don’t think anyone ever expected him to be this apt at comedy. This week, he shows off those comedic skills once again in Central Intelligence, an action comedy that pairs him up with Kevin Hart and more or less just lets him loose. It’s interesting to see him set up as the manic and wild one, as opposed to the straight man of the duo, but that’s the twist here in the film, one that I can definitely appreciate. Honestly, without Johnson, this movie wouldn’t be worth seeing. He almost makes it a quality summer diversion on his own. This flick is a buddy comedy, essentially, albeit one with action trappings as well. Plot wise, it’s pretty loose, fair warning. In high school, Calvin Joyner (Hart) was the big man on campus, »

- Joey Magidson

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