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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of those action superstars who can do just about anything, so it's sort of unsurprising that he's throwing his hat in the supernatural action ring, especially since that's where he got his big break (his first role was in "The Mummy Returns"). This time, though, instead of ancient Egypt, he will be fighting ghouls in present day as the leader of "Seal Team 666, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yes, that's really what they're calling it, and yes, that title is amazing.
The project is for MGM, who recently launched the dreadful "Carrie" remake, and will be scribed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who wrote the upcoming "Hercules" movie for The Rock and MGM. Weston Ochse wrote the book that "Seal Team 666" is based on, which is only available for purchase on your Kindle, so you know it's really good. It concerns a group of Navy SEALs »
- Drew Taylor
You don’t need me to tell you that the original The Mummy is one of the long standing tenets of horror, the third classic Universal picture following Dracula and Frankenstein, and one that featured a singularly iconic performance by legendary Boris Karloff, aided with tremendous makeup by Jack Pierce and directed by Dracula auteur Karl Freund. But I just did anyways.
The Mummy is no stranger to sequels, remakes, or reboots. Just eight years after the original, Universal released The Mummy’S Hand, which didn’t pick up the original storyline nor featured any of the same characters. The film spawned three sequels, with Lon Chaney Jr. taking over as the Mummy for The Mummy’S Tomb, The Mummy’S Ghost, and The Mummy’S Curse.
- Andy Greene
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the Us release of Five Fingers Of Death, the movie that began the martial arts film craze in America (buoyed also by the surprise TV hit of 1972, “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine). For a short time in the mid 70′s, a flurry of hastily dubbed and edited Eastern action programmers filled drive-ins and urban neighborhood grind house theatres. From this film frenzy a cinema icon emerged: Bruce Lee. After the low-budget sensation Fists Of Fury, Hollywood snapped him up for the martial arts epic Enter Of The Dragon. Lee’s untimely death struck a blow to the booming “kung fu fightin’” flicks. Sure there was Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but Lee’s shadow still looms large over this genre. There have even been several film biographies of Lee, the best of which may be the twenty year-old Us made Dragon: The Life Of Bruce Lee. »
- Jim Batts
Looks like The Mummy reboot isn’t going to be in theaters for awhile.
Len Wiseman, director of the seemingly endless onslaught of Underworld films and high-action hot messes like Total Recall, recently left the Universal project, according to Variety. Universal had no comment, but this obviously means that a spot is open for one of Hollywood’s greatest directorial talents to step in and make a quality reboot, one good enough that it’ll make it seem like The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor never happened.
You, the ever intelligent pop culture fanatic at home, might ask: Why the reboot? »
- Sheridan Watson
Director Len Wiseman has dropped out of the Untitled Mummy Reboot for Universal Pictures, citing scheduling issues. The project is still moving ahead, with the studio currently searching for another filmmaker to take the helm.
The filmmaker signed on for the reboot last September, just a month after his latest film, the Total Recall remake, debuted in theaters. However, we haven't heard much about the project since then, except for a report from February when screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) signed on to write a draft separate from the existing script written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That story indicated that Universal was considering combining both drafts into one shooting script.
Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Sean Daniel are producing and spearheading the effort to find a new director. The producers had previously stated that they hope to make a darker version than the 1999 hit The Mummy, which spawned the sequels »
Nineteen new images have been released online for Stephen Sommers' adaptation of Dean Koontz' novel, Odd Thomas. The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, and judging by the trailer, it's got a fun, quirky vibe that's a far cry from Sommers' previous blockbuster films, which includes The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Van Helsing, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The images don't tell us much about the film we didn't already know, but we have learned some unfortunate news about the feature. According to THR, "Two Out of Ten Prods., known at Toot, and Fusion Films filed their lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming as defendants Outsource Media Group Fund, Abs Investment Group, individuals Craig Chang and Mark Bishop, and Outsource Media Group," over $35 million in marketing and distribution costs. THR has more details regarding the particulars of the case, »
- Matt Goldberg
Director: Ric Roman Waugh.
Running Time: 112 minutes.
Synopsis: A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.
Like the hulking big man’s muscles, the career of former wrestling superstar Dwayne Johnson can only get bigger following the success of his Fast & Furious appearances. Early (and lets be honest, laughable) breakout roles with the likes of The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King and his woeful Walking Tall remake seem almost forgotten thanks to a number of pivotal career choices over the last few years. Like him or not, Johnson is certainly a charismatic standout presence on screen, and his early efforts are arguably practice for his current, more honed acting skills. Most impressive of late in the predictable but »
- Craig Hunter
From Next Movie
For the past few years, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has made a hobby of joining a movie franchise already in progress and making it way better. "The Mummy Returns" may have been a rocky start to The Rock's movie saving, but the power of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," and the "Fast & Furious" series cannot be denied.
If you needed any further proof of The Rock's ability to instantly improve any movie, the folks over at Next Movie have edited him into classic movies just to make that point. Now you can see the former professional wrestler in films like "E.T.," "Casablanca," and, of course, "The Rock."
Check it out in the video above!
- MTV Movies Team
Since The Rock's in everything these days, we imagined a world where he's in some of our favorite classic movies. And yes, that does include "The Rock." Edited by Avaryl Halley.
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Fast Five | Spaceballs | The Mummy Returns | Be Cool | Bring It On | The Game Plan | Horse Feathers | Taxi Driver | Race To Witch Mountain | Journey 2: The Mysterious Island | The Jerk | Casablanca | Et | The Rock | Faster »
By Tara Fowler
This weekend sees the sixth (sixth!) installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise hit theaters (and it's not the last — a seventh is set for next summer). The action series received a blast of adrenaline in the form of Dwayne Johnson with 2011's "Fast Five," and "Fast & Furious 6" promises to be just as, well, fast and furious thanks to the big guy's return (and that's saying something, since there are quite a few "big guys" — sorry Vin Diesel!). Here are seven things you may or may not have known about Johnson and his 18-inch biceps below:
1) He has a degree in criminology: And a criminal record. In fact, Johnson elected to get a degree in the field partly due to his shady past. "I struggled to stay on the right path," he told the Examiner. "I had multiple arrests by the time that I was 17. The last time I was arrested, »
- MTV Movies Team
There is no badder badass in the world than The Rock. The fact that he can revert back to his significantly less badass birth name of Dwayne Johnson and not lose an ounce of his badassitude speaks to his impossibly high level of bassassery.
He burst onto the world’s wrestling ring in 1996, first as “Rocky Maivia”, and then as simply “The Rock” a year later. His WWF (now WWE) days made him a star, allowing him to showcase his swagger, charisma, epic bouts with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and infamous rallying cry “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?” We never could at home, but we imagined that it smelled like eau de badass and pain. Lots and lots of pain.
- Jordan Runtagh
Sneak Peek Oscar-winning English actress Rachel Weisz in the Spring 2013 edition of "Harper's Bazaar" (UK) magazine.
A former fashion model and classically-trained stage actress, Weisz started her film acting career in the British mini-series "Inspector Morse", followed by "Scarlet and Black" and the Mow "Advocates II".
In 2007 Weisz starred in "My Blueberry Nights", followed by "Fred Claus", "Definitely, Maybe" (2008), "The Brothers Bloom (2008), "Agora" (2009), "The Lovely Bones (2009), "The Whistleblower (2010), "The Deep Blue Sea (2011), "Dream House" (2011), "The Bourne Legacy" (2012), and "Oz The Great and Powerful" (2013).
Weisz' new film »
- Michael Stevens
Given the news that American professional wrestling legend Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption) has been cast as Drax in the forthcoming Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought I’d take a look at the ten best films to feature fighters turned actors. Check them out below:
Enter The Dragon (1973)
No list of fighters turned actor would be complete without Bruce Lee. Widely considered to be the best Martial Arts expert ever, he even invented his own Martial Arts philosophy – Jeet Kune Do. Before dying at the age of 32 Lee starred in a string of Kung Fu movies the best known of which is Enter The Dragon. What it lacks in plot and dialogue it more than makes up for in sheer power and energy.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Dwayne Johnson found fame in the ring as ‘The Rock’ and proved to be a firm fan favourite. »
- Phil Wheat
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 2013.
Directed by Jon M. Chu.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Lee Byung-hun, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Elodie Yung, RZA, Joseph Mazzello, Arnold Vosloo, Walton Goggins and Channing Tatum.
When Cobra takes control of the Us government and orders G.I. Joe destroyed, a small team of Joes led by Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) seek help from the original Joe, General Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis), and hatch a plan to win back the White House and defeat the evil terrorist organisation.
I was mildly entertained by the Joes' first big screen outing in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I wouldn't go as far as to say I enjoyed the film, but I enjoyed it as much as possible, considering that Stephen Sommers' name was on the credits. Sure I thought it had its faults, plenty of them, but in »
- Flickering Myth
When your film franchise has gotten tired - the Fast aren't quite as Furious, the Mummy needs a reason to Return - Dwayne Johnson is the guy to call.
The 40-year-old actor has become a saviour of stale film series, injecting new life into Fast Five, The Mummy Returns, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and now G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The former professional wrestler rocks established franchises by joining them on the second or subsequent installment and boosting the property's box office.
Fast & Furious 6 and Journey 3 are on the way, and Johnson's Mummy character got his own spinoff film, The Scorpion King.
"We call him franchise Viagra," said Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. "He comes in and he elevates everything, not just physically, but energy-wise... He was the only one in our minds that could reinvent G.I. Joe and carry the franchise forward."
In Retaliation, Johnson takes over for Channing Tatum, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Los Angeles -- When your film franchise has gotten tired – the Fast aren't quite as Furious, the Mummy needs a reason to Return – Dwayne Johnson is the guy to call.
The 40-year-old actor has become a savior of stale film series, injecting new life into "Fast Five," "The Mummy Returns," "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" and now "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." The former professional wrestler rocks established franchises by joining them on the second or subsequent installment and boosting the property's box office.
"Fast & Furious 6" and "Journey 3" are on the way, and Johnson's "Mummy" character got his own spinoff film, "The Scorpion King."
"We call him franchise Viagra," said "Retaliation" director Jon M. Chu. "He comes in and he elevates everything, not just physically, but energy-wise... He was the only one in our minds that could reinvent G.I. Joe and carry the franchise forward."
In "Retaliation," Johnson takes over for Channing Tatum, »
Ok so he can't act, but there is no soggy blockbuster in the world he can't save by just Rocking up and being himself
Everything about GI Joe: Retaliation points to a flop. The unceremonious kiboshing of its original June 2012 release date in May 2012. The terrible early reviews. The fact that it's a sequel to GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra; a film that needs a sequel like a giraffe needs rollerskates.
But if GI Joe: Retaliation somehow beats the odds and turns out to be in any way successful, it'll be down to one thing and one thing alone: Dwayne Johnson. It's been proved so many times that it barely needs restating, but there isn't a film franchise on Earth that Dwayne Johnson can't improve just by showing up.
The evidence speaks for itself. When Johnson started making films a decade ago, back when he was still called the Rock, »
- Stuart Heritage
In an interview with Empire, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said that his character Luke Hobbs (from Fast Five) is expected to get his own spin-off film, “possibly” after the release of the upcoming Fast & Furious 6.
Should this character get his own movie? Would it (should it) be more guns and ammo oriented?
This isn’t the first time that Rock has been given a spin-off movie. In 2001, he had a small part in The Mummy Returns as a Mathayus the Scorpion King.
A year later, he had his own spin-off called The Scorpion King. It was a hit, making $165 million worldwide against a $60 millon dollar budget.
Rock will also be seen this year in Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, in which he makes Mark Wahlberg look tiny. Usually you’re impressed by actors (who aren’t former wrestlers) when they get ripped like Hugh Jackman for The Wolverine but Wahlberg »
- Alex Corey
Sure, he's known for kicking butt in the wrestling ring, but Dwayne Johnson has made a second career of playing the action hero in a number of movies over the years. With his latest movie Snitch arriving in theaters this weekend, we're putting it to a vote: what is The Rock's most butt-kicking movie? Here are your options, but if you don't see your favorite non-wwe role listed below, feel free to sound off in the comment section below. The Scorpion King Following a cameo appearance in The Mummy Returns, Johnson scored a starring role in this spin-off as a desert warrior who rises up against an evil army that is destroying his homeland. The film co-starred Steven Brand, Kelly Hu and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. The Rundown Johnson...
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Hollywood and politics have always shared a strange love affair especially when it comes to liberalism as Hollywood is as famous for its films as it is for its outspoken left wing artists. The town also has had an unfortunate history with what is perceived as right wing politics (the blacklist from the McCarthy era) and now conservative leaning actors and artists either remain silent or choose to keep their values away from their films.
But, does that mean the films we see from Hollywood are influenced by left wing values? Usually no. However, any art will be influenced, however minor-ly, by an artist’s own ideals and views on the world. This may mean that politics organically can work their way into a film or an artist can throw story to the wind and just put an agenda forth. So, at times, some films have been more heavily influenced »
- Zachary Leeman
20 items from 2013
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