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Dwayne Johnson on His Rock-Solid Empire and Walk of Fame Honor

Dwayne Johnson on His Rock-Solid Empire and Walk of Fame Honor
It’s midnight and my phone rings. “Hey, E-Wag!” exclaims a deeply masculine, yet comforting and chipper voice.

It’s Dwayne Johnson. The pro wrestler-turned-superstar is calling from the car in Hawaii on his way to catch an overnight plane from the first stop of his “Jumanji” press tour to the next leg of the global gabfest in Paris.

Despite squeezing in a call during his only 45 minutes of free time, in transit, nonetheless, Johnson’s enthusiasm and focus is magnetic. His personal greeting to this reporter is perfectly in line with how he interacts with his 175 million followers on social media every day, and is evident of The Rock’s unique knack to form a genuine connection with everyone from fan from studio executive. His commitment to a simple phone interview is exemplary of how he attaches himself to each and every project — and there are a lot of them.

This past year,
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Dwayne Johnson to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Dwayne Johnson to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
What can the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce say except “You’re welcome”? Multi-hyphenate Dwayne Johnson is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Dec. 13 ceremony will honor Johnson in the motion pictures category for his status as a global box-office powerhouse.

“Not only does Dwayne have a great personality and talent, but he also does a great amount of philanthropic work which is part of the criteria for earning an immortal spot on the Walk of Fame,” producer of Walk of Fame ceremonies Ana Martinez said. “We envision scores of photos being taken at his star by his fans.”

Johnson will soon be seen alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black in Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which hits theaters Dec. 20. Next year, he’ll star in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” based on the theme park ride, along with the upcoming films “Rampage” and “Skyscraper.”

This past year, Johnson starred
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Dwayne Johnson Shares More 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off Plans

For all his success as a worldwide box office attraction, Dwayne Johnson has yet to lead his own movie franchise. That's all about to change. Early in his career, Johnson appeared The Mummy Returns, which was a huge success, and then starred in the spin-off movie The Scorpion King, which was a more modest success. By the time he made his first appearance as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, first in Fast Five (2011), he was an established star who gave the Fast and Furious franchise a welcome jolt of energy. In subsequent years, even as he's costarred in the next three installments, his own headline status has continued to rise. As we heard recently, he and Jason Statham will star in a spin-off movie revolving around their Fast and Furious characters. Now...

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Dwayne Johnson Shares More 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off Plans

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For all his success as a worldwide box office attraction, Dwayne Johnson has yet to lead his own movie franchise. That's all about to change. Early in his career, Johnson appeared The Mummy Returns, which was a huge success, and then starred in the spin-off movie The Scorpion King, which was a more modest success. By the time he made his first appearance as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, first in Fast Five (2011), he was an established star who gave the Fast and Furious...

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Can John Cena Make it to The Rock Status as a Movie Star?

No one really thought much of The Rock’s transition from WWE to film. After all he had one bit role as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns and as awesome as he was, the CGI in the final battle was just horrible. His acting was great, but then he decided to return in The Scorpion King to resume the role and, unfortunately, it got a very PG rating which essentially killed the film. If he’d been allowed to cut loose and really be the deadly assassin he was supposed to be then everything would have been fine. But I

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How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved

How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved
Sad news hit Universal Pictures this summer when their adventure thriller The Mummy flopped at the box office. It was supposed to ignite a sprawling monster franchise known as Dark Universe. But this first outing starring Tom Cruise was not the summer blockbuster hit the studio was hoping for. They have Bride of Frankenstein next on the docket. But many fans believe that this series, based on classic horror movies of yesteryear, is doomed. Well, guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. Universe can turn this sinking ship around, and we're confident that Dark Universe can live and thrive in today's modern cinematic landscape. But how you might ask? Let me explain.

With big movie franchises like Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious, The Bourne series, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey films, one would think that Universal Pictures would be happy. This isn't to
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Why Brendan Fraser Didn't Show Up in The Mummy Reboot

Why Brendan Fraser Didn't Show Up in The Mummy Reboot
Universal Pictures kicked off its Dark Universe this past weekend with The Mummy reboot, which brings the iconic franchise to present day. This horror series stretches all the way back to 1932 with The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff, although most fans are most familiar with the 1999 version of The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. While there was a reference to the 1999 film, some fans were wondering why there wasn't at least a cameo from Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell, but it turns out there's a perfectly good reason for that.

Last week, we reported that this reboot is connected to Brendan Fraser's Mummy, without featuring the actor himself. This entire Dark Universe centers around a corporation known as Prodigium, lead by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), and we see at its London headquarters that they have assembled a number of artifacts from various creatures throughout the years,
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Brendan Fraser: the lost movie star?

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

Brendan Fraser seemed on the verge of being a major movie star in the late 1990s. But it never came to be. We look at why…

I remember going in to watch 1994’s Airheads at the cinema, at the time tempted to do so more by the name of Michael Lehmann on the end credits than Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser above the title. Steve Buscemi’s presence helped too, of course. But Lehmann had, after all, come to the project off the back of the unfairly maligned Hudson Hawk, and also, this is the man who gave the world Heathers. Can’t grumble with that.

I’d not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen before, although even by this stage, he’d earned some currency. Encino Man – California Man in the UK – had overcome savage reviews to prove a decent hit. School Ties, that I
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‘Wonder Woman’ Rules — and While Tom Cruise is Not a Flop, He’s No Longer in Control

‘Wonder Woman’ Rules — and While Tom Cruise is Not a Flop, He’s No Longer in Control
Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) built on its strong opening with a better than average second-weekend hold. The Patty Jenkins-directed D.C. Comic world entry is looking at strong foreign results, but it’s the domestic take where the response is strongest.

The same can’t be said for Universal’s attempt at a new series of classic monster character movies. “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise at the lead reinforced the big story for many top studio releases this summer so far. Foreign is strong initially, but domestic is weak even by relatively modest estimates.

In an otherwise unexceptional weekend, two wide releases — “It Comes At Night” (A24) and “Megan Leavey” (Bleecker Street) — from distributors usually associated with the specialized market placed in the top 10. Neither was stellar, but added about $10 million to the total. At this point, the boost is needed.

The Top 10

1. Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) Week 2 – Last weekend
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‘Wonder Woman’ Repeats Box Office Victory, Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Misfires

‘Wonder Woman’ Repeats Box Office Victory, Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Misfires
Different weekend, similar story: “Wonder Woman” is box office royalty.

The Warner Bros. and DC Comics standalone will have earned $57.2 million from 4,165 theaters by the end of its second weekend, putting it solidly in first place. That’s only a 45% drop from its opening weekend, giving the film an estimated $205 million domestically in two weekends.

The Gal Gadot-starrer will also make more during its second frame than did both “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” despite those films having larger opening weekends than “Wonder Woman” ($133.7 million for “Suicide Squad” and $166 million for “Batman v Superman”). Unlike those two films, Patty Jenkins’ has critical support — a current 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“It’s an extraordinary hold for an extraordinary film,” said Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief at Warner Bros. “When you open up at this high level, to have only a 45% drop, you just don’t see it.
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How Brendan Fraser's The Mummy Is Connected to Dark Universe

How Brendan Fraser's The Mummy Is Connected to Dark Universe
Fans across the country were among the first to check out sneak preview screenings of The Mummy reboot last night, the first installment in Universal's Dark Universe franchise, which reboots classic horror characters from the studio's library with modern-day adventures. Universal's history with The Mummy goes all the way back to 1932, with the Boris Karloff classic that spawned numerous movies throughout the 1940s. Most fans, though, are more familiar with the most recent trilogy, which began in 1999 with The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser and a breakout performance by a talented young actress named Rachel Weisz. It seems that this new Mummy has a subtle Easter Egg that acknowledges the previous trilogy. There will be mild Spoilers below for The Mummy, so read on at your own risk.

Last month, Universal unveiled the official Dark Universe logo, and confirmed that Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man while Javier Bardem has
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Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea

Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea
Ahead of its release in the U.S., “The Mummy” is enjoying a strong opening in at least one overseas territory. The Tom Cruise film opened to $6.6 million in South Korea on Tuesday — that’s the biggest opening day ever in the market.

The previous record was set last year by “Train to Busan,” which went on to earn a record-shattering $34.3 million over its five-day opening run. The Korean zombie apocalypse movie still holds the record in the country for the highest single day gross with $9.9 million.

Cruise is toplining the newest Mummy movie, the cast of which also includes Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe. Alex Kurtzman directed the movie based on a script from a team of writers — David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman. Kurtzman, Jon Spaihts, and Jenny Lumet have story credits.

The original “Mummy” was released in
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Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?

Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?
Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman headed into its box office opening weekend with a myriad of contrasting projections, with some predicting a debut between $65 million and $85 million, while others projected as high as a $105 million debut. As it turns out, the latter projection was more accurate, with the actual numbers coming in even higher than the estimates, with Wonder Woman earning $103.2 million in its debut. This weekend, the superhero adventure goes up against three wildly different films, Universal's The Mummy reboot, A24's thriller It Comes At Night and Bleecker Street's true story adaptation Megan Leavey. While it may be a closer race than some may expect, Wonder Woman should repeat atop the box office for its second straight weekend with $56.7 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Mummy reboot is slated to open in 4,000 theaters, and while both It Comes at Night and Megan Leavey are expected to debut in wide release,
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Universal still wants Dwayne Johnson and Angelina Jolie for its Dark Universe

It looks like Dwayne Johnson is still a contender to play The Wolfman for the Universal StudiosDark Universe. According to THR, the studio is looking at the actor very closely, as well as Angelina Jolie for the Bill Condon-directed Bride of Frankenstein. Now, this isn’t exactly breaking news: rumors of Johnson’s involvement stem all the way back to last June, while Jolie was first mentioned as a possibility for Bride of Frankenstein back in 2015.

Casting Dwayne Johnson in Universal’s ambitious “Monster-verse” is a no-brainer. Very few actors in Hollywood right now can come close to matching the crowds that the Fate of the Furious actor attracts; he is the very definition of an international superstar. Putting Johnson and Jolie into the mix with the likes of Tom Cruise, who is a mega-star in his own right, could prove extremely lucrative for Universal.

This wouldn’t
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Dwayne Johnson Rumored To Play A Monster From Universal's Dark Universe

In the last twenty four hours we have heard a lot of concerning news about Universal Picture's Dark Universe. Like the fact that The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crow is projected to make around $40 million dollars domestically. Hardly the figures that you would want to see if you are kicking off an entire universe. Then there was the news about issues with the name "Dark Universe". Warner Bros. is thinking about taking legal action against Universal as they already had plans for the name using the supernatural heroes that in comic books form the Justice League Dark. This is definitely not the kick off that Universal Pictures wanted for their franchise that they are trying to resurrect.

Related: Should Universal Be Worried About Their Dark Universe?

But even with all these bad breaks, Universal Pictures has announced some of the films it intends to
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Dwayne Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions Launches Pilot Program

It's amazing to see how some people careers progress. In this case I am talking about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The former WWE superstar who's first match came in 1996 at Survivor Series at Madison Square Garden. His film debut came in The Mummy Returns in 2001 and since then he has taken the film industry by storm doing films like Walking Tall and joining the Fast and the Furious crew all the way to being The Tooth Fairy. With future films already in the works like Rampage and a future role as DC Comic's Black Adam, it is safe to say that Johnson isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

If wrestling and movies weren't enough, Johnson alongside Dany Garcia are expanding their production company known as Seven Bucks Productions. Variety is reporting that using their digital arm called Seven Bucks Digital Studios and in partnership with Studio71, Seven Bucks Productions has launched it's first-ever pilot program.
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The Mummy Inspired a Soccer Coach to Kill Her Dad

The Mummy Inspired a Soccer Coach to Kill Her Dad
A young woman claims the 2001 sequel to The Mummy 'told' her to kill her dad. Which she eventually did, stabbing the man. The indecent happened just as The Mummy is about to make a big comeback this summer in a new reboot starring Tom Cruise.

Former University of Pittsburgh soccer player Christina Nicassio killed her 69-year-old father, Dr. Anthony Nicassio, in cold blood, recounts a story in the Saturday edition of The New York Post. The 27-year-old woman says she was instructed to do the heinous deed while watching a copy of the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns.

She reportedly plunged the knife deep into her father's body twice, leaving the knife lodged inside the man on the second thrust. This happened Saturday morning in Plum Borough around 3 am in the morning. The incident took place at the 900 block of Capri Court. The deceased man tried to grab the knife away
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Dwayne Johnson Isn’t Your Average Superstar: How The Rock Has Built a Career With Smart Choices

Dwayne Johnson Isn’t Your Average Superstar: How The Rock Has Built a Career With Smart Choices
Like most famous people, Dwayne Johnson’s Wikipedia page includes a nifty sidebar that includes bare bones facts, like birthday and age, with a couple of lines reserved for “occupation.” Johnson’s “occupation” line is almost amusingly slim — it simply reads, “Actor, producer, singer, professional wrestler,” which is an understated way of saying “this guy does a lot.” And it doesn’t even mention his best-selling memoir, or his charity work, and “professional wrestler” hardly indicates the tremendous success he’s had in the ring.

And “actor”? That’s a very concise tribute to his blockbuster career on the big screen, one that’s amounted to dozens of credits and an estimated lifetime box office gross (domestic only!) that totals over $2.7 billion. With Johnson toplining the early summer’s biggest hit so far, the box office-dominating “Fate of the Furious” and a non-stop barrage of other features on the way,
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Dwayne Johnson teases the Fast & Furious spin-off with Jason Statham

We reported late on Friday that Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are to go head to head in a spin-off from the Fast & Furious movies, and now the actor has teased the forthcoming film via his highly-followed Instagram account.

His message was posted with a photo celebrating Fast and Furious 8‘s (aka The Fate Of The Furious) two-week reign at the top of the box-office.

“A very very special shout out to a certain bald-headed, English tea drinkin’, crumpets eatin’, God Save The Queen singin’ suuuuuum bitch, Jason Statham. One fine day, we will give the audience what they want and fight. And it will be the greatest fight in the history of movies. We will then drink like brothers as you nurse your wounds, because I’m gonna knock your teeth so far down your throat, you’re gonna have to stick a toothbrush up your ass to brush ’em.
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Fast & Furious 8: Dwayne Johnson Celebrates Nearing $1 Billion, Teases Fight With Statham

Everyone at Universal is likely popping a few bottles of champagne, and celebrating the strong performance of Fate of the Furious at the box office the past couple weekends. No, it may not have done anywhere near as well as Furious 7, but when all said and done, no one could have expected it to do as well, given the circumstances surrounding that particular film.

With Fate of the Furious currently at just north of $900 million, it’s pretty much guaranteed to hit $1 billion this week at some point, which is a huge success by any measurement. Even when you take into account the massive $250 million budget, the cost in print and advertising, and the cut for theater chains, the movie will be making plenty of cash for studio.

Related: Fate Of The Furious Wins For A Second Weekend

Actor Dwayne Johnson, social media master, and one of the hardest
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