16 items from 2014
Nikki Rocco, one of the film industry’s game changers and revolutionaries, will retire from Universal Pictures tomorrow as its President of Distribution, a post she held for 19 years as part of her 47-year run with the studio that began at age 17 (Deadline announced the news back in April). Rocco is an anomaly: Not only has she survived countless regime changes in a dog-eat-dog business, but as the first female distribution head she rallied Universal past the $1B mark nine times (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007-08, 2011-14), with last year’s $1.42B haul marking an all-time high for the studio. Such box office feats have been achieved by Rocco not only by meeting moviegoers head-on during prime seasons such as summer and the year-end holidays but in her boldness to successfully launch titles and cater to crowds on weekends that rival distrib chiefs underestimated.
Before any Marvel film broke an opening record during the first weekend of May, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
In 2000, WWE superstar The Rock took some time off from wrestling to film a small role in The Mummy Returns. The success of that movie eventually led to The Rock leaving WWE for the superstardom of Hollywood as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, turning from wrestling champion to box office champion.
WWE owner Vince McMahon saw The Rock’s Hollywood success as an opportunity to expand his pro wrestling empire. He established what would later be named WWE Studios, an in-house production studio that would make feature films starring WWE wrestlers.
What McMahon didn’t bank on is that few WWE wrestlers have the crossover appeal of The Rock. After all, McMahon already unsuccessfully attempted to turn 1980s wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan into a movie star with the 1989 film No Holds Barred.
- Chris McKittrick
Hollywood has been good to Dwayne Johnson since the wrestler made his acting debut as The Scorpion King in 2001′s The Mummy Returns. In the years since he’s seen great success from the Journey the Center of the Earth, G.I. Joe, and Fast & Furious franchises, and will soon get to play the supervillain, Black Adam in Warner Bros./DC Comics’ feature, Shazam.
Yet, the opportunity to head his own action-adventure franchise still alludes Johnson. Or, it did until those behind bringing The Janson Directive – Bourne creator/author Robert Ludlum’s final novel – to the big screen came calling.
Based off Ludlum’s novel of the same name – published posthumously in 2002 – The ...
- Sarah Moran
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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It’s been rumored for some time that Dwayne Johnson — better known as The Rock of WWE fame — has been attached to star in a potential upcoming DC Comics movie. That film is to be based on the character of Shazam — formerly known as Captain Marvel.
Shazam made his first comic book appearance in Whiz Comics #2, way back in 1940. Since then the character has largely remained the same, possessing powers of flight, superhuman strength and speed, and the ability to wield magic lightning, among others.
Dwayne Johnson has gone on to become a huge box office star beginning with his film debut in 2001′s The Mummy Returns. Since then, he has received top-billing in various blockbusters including the ongoing Fast and Furious film series and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also recently starred in the Hercules film, and has accrued a respectable resume with his assorted action and comedy roles.
- Douglas Scarpa
Pro wrestler-turned-actor John Cena will battle Brock Lesnar during SummerSlam 2014 in their headlining match this Sunday. But he's not the only WWE star to come from behind the ropes and onto the Hollywood stage with ease. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Stacy Keibler and more wrestling powerhouses have readily transitioned into silver and small screen stardom. Putting his ripped biceps to good use long before starring as the Greek hero Hercules, The Rock got his best-known acting start as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns. Meanwhile, the tallest WWE Diva to ever enter the ring—earning her the title The Legs of WWE—has appeared in Psych, Chuck »
Yesterday we reported that The Mummy reboot was finally starting to emerge from its cinematic tomb with a new director, Alex Kurtzman, announced at the helm. Originally slated to come out in theaters on April 22nd, 2016, Universal Pictures has already revealed a new release date for the upcoming Mummy movie that will have fans waiting just a bit longer to see this monster in action.
Deadline reveals that The Mummy reboot will now hit cinemas on June 26th, 2016. Since the release has only been delayed by about two months, there shouldn’t be any major holdbacks in production.
The reason for the move comes from another big Universal property that filled in the abandoned April 22nd slot: The Huntsman, the prequel to 2012′s Snow White and the Huntsman that will be directed by Frank Darabont (showrunner on Season 1 of The Walking Dead, director of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption »
- Derek Anderson
The Mummy reboot has been clawing at the walls of its cinematic tomb since 2012, when producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci signed a production deal with Universal Pictures. After going through two directors and collecting dust, the movie is finally finding its way into the light, as a new director for the film has been announced, one who is already deeply invested in the project.
According to THR, Universal has looked to Alex Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot, which is set for an April 22nd, 2016 release. Kurtzman is already a producer on the project and has been a major contributor along with fellow producer Chris Morgan in planning out an interconnected cinematic environment with Universal’s classic monsters. Kurtzman and his writing collaborator Roberto Orci have worked on the script penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Universal’s decision to hire Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot (Kurtzman has directed one prior feature film, »
- Derek Anderson
No matter the stage, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the best performers of his generation.
Breaking out on the WWF circuit in the mid-90s as the smack-talking "The Rock," Johnson eventually outgrew the ring and brought his talents to the big screen. The starring roles came immediately with sleeper hits such as "The Rundown" (2003) and "Walking Tall" (2004), and it wasn't long before the big blockbusters came calling. This summer, Johnson is (extra) bulked up and portraying the mythical hero in "Hercules".
From his incredible wrestling lineage to his surprising NFL teammate, here are 29 things you probably don't know about Dwayne Johnson.
2. Johnson's grandfather was also a professional wrestler, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, making The Rock a third-generation wrestler. In fact, he was the WWF's first third-generation wrestler, and was heavily hyped upon his professional arrival. »
- Jonny Black
This Friday will see the release of The Rock’s (None of this Dwayne Johnson nonsense, he’s The Rock) newest action tentpole Hercules, with him playing the historic hero. You’ve probably already made up your mind if you’re going to see this film or not, you’re not anxiously waiting on the fence. You probably haven’t given a second thought to Hercules. But I have, and for the first time in a long time, I’m worried about The Rock.
When you really stop to think about it, The Rock has built a career becoming one of the most unlikely box office superstars. In 2013 Forbes named him the highest grossing actor of the year with his films that year bringing in $1.3 billion. But I say box office superstar with a caveat: He only smashes numbers when he’s part of an ensemble. Put the guy in »
- Dylan Griffin
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. This could be a very big week for Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock. He's starring in the latest (since January) version of Hercules, which opens Friday, and he's expected to be (officially) announced at Comic-Con as star of a DC superhero movie, probably playing Shazam, aka Captain Marvel. After 15 years of acting -- outside of the performances involved in being a professional wrestler, that is -- he's not always taken that seriously as a movie star. A good-luck charm for movie franchises, maybe, but ever since his weird-looking CGI feature film debut in The Mummy Returns, he's had his ups and downs as far as respectability. Part of this is because for...
- Christopher Campbell
Baroness - G.I. Joe Cosplayer: Jenny Poussin * Photographer: Sergio Rico Click Here - More Images G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. Joe team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”). Director: Stephen Sommers * Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller »
It’s just a few months now until Jack Bauer will return to television screens after a four year absence in 24: Live Another Day, a miniseries continuation of the show that aired for eight seasons across a nine year period on the Fox network. Here, the former CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent will be joined in a London-set story by the ever-dependent Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), his former love Audrey Raines (Kim Raver), her father, Secretary of Defence turned President James Heller (William Devane) and a collection of new characters played by the likes of Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski, Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley, Colin Salmon and even Stephen Fry as the Prime Minister.
Whilst this new iteration will drop the series’ most notable quirk – events being shown in real time over a twenty four hour period – it will presumably be as manic and unpredictable as its predecessor, »
- Alex Antliff
He’s faced down wrestling champions, giant reptiles, drug traffickers, car-racing mercenaries and the evil Cobra organization, but 2015 will find Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on his most daunting opponent yet: Mother Nature. In Warner Bros.’s disaster flick San Andreas, he’ll play a rescue chopper pilot who travels across an earthquake-ravaged California in order to save his estranged daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Luckily, it looks like Johnson won’t be making the trek alone, with news that Carla Gugino has signed on for a major supporting part.
Gugino, known for her roles in Sin City and Watchmen, is set to play the ex-wife of Johnson’s character, who journeys with him from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their daughter after a gargantuan earthquake destroys California.
- Isaac Feldberg
In Paul W.S. Anderson's new historical disaster epic, "Pompeii," Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Atticus, an African gladiator who needs one more victory in the Roman arena to obtain his freedom. To win that, he must face Milo (Kit Harington), a captured Celt and formidable fighter who thirsts for vengeance against the Romans who murdered his people. The relationship between Atticus and Milo, against the looming catastrophe of the erupting Mount Vesuvius, evolves from enemies to comrades to heroes, an arc that Akinnuoye-Agbaje handles elegantly.
Since launching his acting career in 1994, the London-born Akinnuoye-Agbaje has piled up a steady stream of credits that include films like "The Mummy Returns," "The Bourne Identity," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and more recently, "Thor: The Dark World." But the actor may be best known to American audiences for two TV roles: as Simon Adebisi for three years on the HBO prison drama "Oz" and as Mr. »
- Don Kaye
Face Off is back tonight, and it hits the ground running. Last season’s Pros vs Rookies was a great theme and hard to beat, but we are promised that Season 6 will be a “season of extremes,” and I can’t wait. Tonight gets us off to a great start; wait until you see the wigs on the Foundation Challenge.
Though you’ll see the fabulous house in which they’re staying during the competition, all you’ll be hearing about is how great the house is. No strategizing, no trash talk. It’s a terrific, informative, inspiring competition show, and as I often say, the only one I follow.
Get a taste of all the tension and talent and the near-complete lack of whining and back-biting in the trailer and clip below:
Trailer: Face Off – Season 6
Clip: Face Off – Season 6: Episode 1
Syfy’s smash hit and acclaimed unscripted series, »
- Erin Willard
16 items from 2014
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