10 items from 2016
Dwayne Johnson’s been on a lot of minds lately. The actor was recently dubbed the highest paid actor in Hollywood for 2016 by Forbes, and for the past couple years has roughly attached himself to no less than ten separate franchises (that may or may not be an exaggeration). Given all the news surrounding the actor, my mind recently wandered to one of his first big project back in the early 2000s: The Rundown.
This was an action comedy film that starred Johnson in the lead role for the first time (he was still being credited as “The Rock” at the time), and co-starred Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Walken. Back then, I remember the conversation largely being if the Rock could actually lead a film. At that point, he’d had some experience in TV shows, a minor role in The Mummy Returns, as well as a »
- Joseph Medina
It's hard to imagine a time when Dwayne Johnson wasn't the biggest star on the planet, but as with most things in this world, you've got to start somewhere. Following his debut as Mathayus in both The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King, Dwayne Johnson starred in The Rundown as Beck, a bounty hunter who wants out of the game but agrees to take on one last bounty by... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
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
While Dracula Untold is the official first movie in Universal's Monsters Universe, The Mummy is fully opening up this world that will include a number of iconic crossovers with some of the studio's most infamous ghouls. The remake is set to hit theaters in 2017. It stars Tom Cruise in the lead role, with Sofia Boutella playing the title monster, the first time in series history that this mummified zombie has ever been played by a woman. Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis, which gives us an idea of what we can expect.
"Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the »
Tony Black on whether the Universal Monsters will deliver the next big cinematic franchise…
You all remember The Mummy, right? Brendan Fraser doing his best Harrison Ford impression while Arnold Vosloo pranced around in a gold nappy trying to hide his broad South African brogue. Rather good, wasn’t it? You may be surprised to learn it came out in 1999. Some readers of this may not have been born then! The Mummy Returns followed in 2001 and then The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008 (but we don’t talk about that), with a Dwayne Johnson-starring The Scorpion King spin-off wedged in between. Had these films all came out a decade later, chances are they would have been much more of a cinematic universe, which of course are hot stuff these days thanks to Marvel’s successes in the superhero genre. Universal Pictures got into the act last year »
- Tony Black
Dwayne Johnson first burst on to the movie scene as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, but long before that, The Rock had already won our hearts. Drawn to his signature charm and hilarious catchphrases, one might say the only reason we tuned in to watch WWE's SmackDown or Monday Night Raw was to see Dwayne. And who could forget his out-of-this-world body? There's no denying that there's just so much to love about Dwayne, whether he's showcasing his muscles, flashing his megawatt smile, or simply telling us a story about his humble beginnings. In honor of his 44th birthday, let us count all the ways we love Dwayne, and then get a load of his supersmooth dance moves. »
- Monica Sisavat
When My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 hits theaters this weekend, it will be 14 years since the original film debuted and went on to become one of the biggest sleeper hits at the box office. In April 2002, IFC Films released My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 108 theaters. The small-budget film starring a then-unknown actress (Nia Vardalos) opened against Sandra Bullock's Murder By Numbers and Universal's The Scorpion King, a spinoff to The Mummy Returns. Despite the competition, the little-film-that-could continued to expand and stayed in theaters for nearly a year, ultimately grossing $368 million worldwide.
- Jackie Strause
Please allow us to open the Internet time capsule for you that is Brendan Fraser's website. The year 2005 was quite a time in history. George W. Bush was in the White House. Tom Cruise was jumping on Oprah Winfrey's couch. Your MySpace Top 8 was all that mattered. We were living in a post-The Mummy Returns, pre-The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor world. It was also the year that actor Brendan Fraser seemingly stopped updating his website, BrendanFraser.com. Similar to Space Jam's untouched movie website from 1996, Fraser's site is one of those monuments that stand the test of time, which Reddit users like to flag up now and again. Just to remind us all of the »
After several years of delays, Universal is finally moving forward with their Untitled Mummy Reboot. Last month, the studio confirmed that Tom Cruise is set to star, with Sofia Boutella portraying the title creature, and the studio setting a June 9, 2017 release date. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Annabelle Wallis has signed on to play the female lead alongside Tom Cruise.
The site reports that Tom Cruise is playing "a special forces soldier (or former soldier)" in the reboot, which is set in modern-day. The previous Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser were all period pieces, but this project will fall in line with 2014's Dracula Untold, which ended with a prologue that brought the title character into present day. The Untitled Mummy Reboot will be the first movie in the studio's new monster universe that will be set entirely in present day.
Variety reports that Annabelle Wallis »
Last month, we reported that Universal Pictures had entered talks with both Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella to star in their long-awaited Untitled Mummy Reboot. Today we have a new report from Variety, which reveals that both Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella have officially signed on, with Universal Pictures also setting a new release date of June 9, 2017, pushing it up three months from March 24, 2017. This upcoming adventure will now go up against Paramount's World War Z 2 and Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Ascendant, while it would have only faced Lionsgate's Power Rangers in its old March 24, 2017 date.
No plot details have been confirmed yet, but the movie is set in present day, marking the first full adventure in Universal's shared monster universe. It was confirmed in 2014 that Dracula Untold's end credit scene, where Luke Evans' title character was seen in present day, serves as a prologue to the entire series, »
10 items from 2016
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