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Chicago – I empathize with Dwayne Johnson and simultaneously don’t. Most people never get rich and famous once, let alone twice. Sure, it’s hard to re-brand people from the wrestling superstar you once were into the dramatic action star you’re trying to become, but your past is forever immortal.
Like Jackie Chan wants to be viewed as a dramatic actor instead of a funny karate man, so too does Dwayne Johnson want to drop his wrestling image as The Rock and be taken seriously as a real actor. The problem is he’s all over the place. It’s hard to be Hercules when you’re being remembered as campy in films like “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and the upcoming “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon”.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Based on Friday's North American box office numbers, Universal Pictures' Lucy is set to earn between $42M to $44M in its opening weekend. The sci-fi actioner stars Scarlett Johansson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and was directed by Luc Besson ("Léon: The Professional"). This will be the best opening weekend for a film starring Scarlett Johansson that wasn't produced by Marvel Studios. It will also be the best opening weekend for a film directed by Luc Besson. His previous best was $17M for The Fifth Element. However, the film was not well received by audiences as they only gave it a 'C+' CinemaScore. Paramount and MGM's Hercules will finish in second with $28M to $30M. It stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role. If the numbers stay about the same this will be the 8th best opening for a movie starring The Rock, just ahead of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island »
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
Lately we've seen the work of Jules Verne brought to the big screen in subpart adventures like Journey to the Center of the Earth and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. There was hope that we might get a spectacular adaptation of Verne's classic tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with David Fincher and Brad Pitt, but Disney was never able to get the project going. Now THR reports one of the characters from the latter Verne title may still end up in theaters as Sony Pictures (Columbia Pictures) has landed a spec script from "Smallville" creators Alfred Gough & Miles Millar with a new take on Captain Nemo. Read on! Captain Nemo was introduced in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1970 and appeared in The Mysterious Island and Journey Through the Impossible. He's known for traversing the depths of the ocean in his submarine, The Nautilus, which he built on a deserted island. »
- Ethan Anderton
She opted not to return for series four of The Voice UK and now it appears she’s trading vocal coaching for tectonic scorching as Kylie Minogue has signed up to appear in San Andreas. It’s easy to forget she’s an actress, but Kylie has dabbled with movies over the past three decades, with roles in The Delinquents, Street Fighter and Moulin Rouge. Her last high profile acting job was alongside David Tennant in the Doctor Who festive special Voyage Of The Damned. If this is an attempt to crack Hollywood or whether she’s merely cropping up remains to be seen. The Us-set film is actually being shot in Australia, which may also explain her involvement.
Stars Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino play estranged but clearly resourceful parents, who undertake the world’s most perilous road trip to rescue their daughter when a superquake hits California. Is »
- Steve Palace
How does Dwayne Johnson spend his 42nd birthday? On a movie set, of course. Best wishes go out to the action icon as he continues to shoot the disaster thriller San Andreas. Alexandra Daddario and Carla Gugino co-star in this latest adventure from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton, which finds a helicopter pilot attempting to rescue his daughter after a devastating earthquake hits California. Watch as The Rock goes rappelling out of a helicopter and into a canyon...
Gotta do my own stunts on my birthday... Massive action sequence for San Andreas. #AirRescue#Lafd… http://t.co/60TK73gisZ
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 2, 2014
With The Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich now pursuing (slightly) more serious fare than his usual effects-driven blockbusters, there has been a certain deficiency of big-budget disaster thrillers at the box office lately. And unless you count the found-footage film Into the Storm, this summer won’t offer much for fans of the subgenre. The summer of 2015, however, is a different story. In June of next year, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in an epic disaster thriller titled San Andreas, which explores what happens when a colossal, long-dreaded earthquake devastates the West Coast.
In addition to offering plenty of jaw-dropping sequences of destruction and explosive action scenes, San Andreas may also offer some moments of genuine drama, if its strong cast is any indication. Today, Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) signed on for the film, joining Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes, Art Parkinson, Archie Panjabi, Morgan Griffin and Todd Williams. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Hugo Johnstone-Burt has joined the cast of San Andreas, an action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson that.s now shooting on the Gold Coast. Johnson plays a helicopter pilot who joins up with his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) to search for their daughter who goes missing after a devastating earthquake hits California.
Johnstone-Burt, who starts work in mid-May, will play a quirky, charming guy who meets the girl (Alexandra Daddario of TV.s True Detective) just before the quake and helps her to reach a safe place. The actor whose credits include Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries, Mr and Mrs Murder, Goddess and Home and Away, will film his scenes in Queensland and California. He.s represented in the Us by UTA and in Australia by United Management.
- Don Groves
The movie from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures reunites Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", said a statement.
The movie is set in California and is about a rescue-chopper pilot who makes a dangerous journey across the state to rescue his estranged daughter after a massive earthquake.
The production will start in the coming week and the film is slated to release in June, 2015.
- Rahul Kapoor
(Cbr) It appears the Mirakuru on "Arrow" has leaked over into Colton Haynes’ professional life, as his career just got a super-strong boost in the form of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Deadline reports that Haynes, who plays Roy Harper on The CW superhero drama, will next be seen opposite Johnson in "San Andreas". Directed by Brad Peyton ("Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"), the film stars Johnson as a former special operative, now a firefighter pilot, who goes in search of his missing daughter after a massive earthquake rocks California. There’s no word on who Haynes is playing in the earthquake thriller, but he’s in good company: "San Andreas" also stars "Watchmen" actress Carla Gugino as Johnson’s estranged ex-wife. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Principal photography begins Tuesday, April 22, on location in Australia for San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson. The action thriller from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over...it's just getting started.
The film also stars Carla Gugino (Night at the Museum, TV's Entourage), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, TV's True Detective) and Archie Panjabi (TV's The Good Wife), as well as Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV's "Home and Away »
With production set to get underway this coming week, New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures have released the official synopsis for the upcoming disaster flick, which sees Dwayne Johnson reuniting with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton:
“After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.”
As well as Johnson, San Andreas stars Carla Gugino (Sin City), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Home and Away), and Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones). The film is set for release on June 5th 2015.
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- Gary Collinson
Dwayne Johnson shared frequent photos from the set of his upcoming action-adventure Hercules last year, and the actor seems to be continuing the same trend with his new project San Andreas, a week before shooting begins. Earlier today, the actor sent out the following photo of his training with the Los Angeles Fire Department Air Squad, where he is practicing his rappelling techniques. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes training photo below, then read on for more information about this disaster movie.
Helo rappelling techniques for our earthquake disaster film San Andreas. Shooting starts next week. #Lafd#AirSquadpic.twitter.com/eEthf00FXQ
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 16, 2014
The actor is portraying a Los Angeles Fire Department Air Squad helicopter pilot, who sets off on an aerial journey from L.A. to San Francisco, to rescue his estranged daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive earthquake strikes in Northern California. Carla Gugino, Colton Haynes »
The action thriller from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures reunites Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
San Andreas is slated to open in theatres on Friday, June 5, 2015.
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
- Michelle McCue
Following a behind-the-scenes image from earlier today, New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures have officially announced that principal photography begins Tuesday, April 22, on location in Australia for San Andreas , starring Dwayne Johnson. The action thriller reunites Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island . After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over.it.s »
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is all about the kinds of films that others dread — remakes. After posting support on Facebook for writers Mark and Brian Gunn (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”) drafting a screenplay for Universal's remake of 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie “Timecop,” the filmmaker provided a counter argument for those cinephiles adamantly against reviving an old idea for a new audience. See video: First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Clip: See Chris Pratt in Star-Lord Action “Remakes are not ‘Hollywood running out of ideas’ – they've been around in film since the silent era, and on stage long before that, »
- Greg Gilman
The reboot of Timecop is moving forward after securing new writers.
It has been reported that the film will be tonally similar to Looper, with more emphasis on big-budget special effects.
Watch a trailer for 1994's Timecop below: »
Total Recall. RoboCop. Blood Sport. Godzilla. The Fantastic Four. The Pink Panther. Gremlins. For better or worse, Hollywood loves a reboot. The latest reboot to make the leap into development is Universal's Timecop. THR reports Universal has hired cousins Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, co-writers of the Dwayne Johnson action-comedy Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, to write the screenplay for a rebooted Timecop. The original 1994 movie starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and was inspired by the comic book series by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. The action flick was set in 2004, where--as the trailer below outlines--"time travel is a reality." Meanwhile, in actual reality it's 2014 and we still don't even have hoverboards, but I digress. Anyway, in Timecop time travel wasn't only possible, but also a criminal offense. It's just too tempting to go back and time and steal sweet loot (Time Bandits) or bet on sporting events you already »
Star Wars Last week, rumors began circulating that J.J. Abrams might be revisiting some of the classic environments of the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: Episode VII, namely the ice planet Hoth and the desert planet Tatooine. Now, THR is adding some weight to at least half of that rumor by reporting that a "source" inside the production has revealed that Abrams is building a "re-creation of Tatooine." Abrams is a self-avowed devotee of the original movies and the entire Skywalker storyline revolves around the desert planet so this seems like one slam-dunk of a rumor.
Far less certain is the recent rumor that a virtual unknown has landed a major role in the new trilogy. Again, THR is out in front of this rumor, placing Oxford-educated actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers "in line to nab" a key role, possibly as the Jedi daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. So far, the »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Universal Pictures has been trying to reboot Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1994 time-travel action film "Timecop" for many years. Back in May, the studio was reaching out to writers. And now comes word that it just hired writing partners Mark and Brian Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). The original "Timecop," which grossed $102 million globally, is set in the near future where time travel is regulated by a police force. One officer (Van Damme) attempts to stop a crooked politician (Ron Silver) using time travel to further his political career. The new version is said to be a more gritty and grounded police story with the sci-fi not playing as big of a role. It will still focus on one man's personal journey. Van Damme will not be involved. »
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