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Dwayne Johnson Is Finally Getting the Recognition He Deserves, and Here's Why It's Long Overdue

16 November 2016 9:30 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Aaron Davidson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was a big part of my childhood. I've watched him wrestle on WWE since I was 8 years old; while my father and I were never close, sitting on the couch and watching Raw and Smackdown was one of the things we did together, and I looked forward to it every week. Dwayne was recently crowned People's Sexiest Man Alive, and while it makes me so proud to see how far he's come in his career, the coveted honor means so much more given all the trials and tribulations he's overcome in his life. Not only does his win bring back a special pastime between my dad and I, but the half-Samoan and half-black actor is the first person of color to earn the title in 20 years (Denzel Washington was named in 1996) - and while that's a huge feat in itself, the »

- Monica Sisavat

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Justin Lin To Helm Knight Rider Series For Machinima

25 October 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

On paper, this seems like a match made in heaven. The director of arguably the best installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise (Fast Five)  spearheadind development on a revitalized retelling of an '80s classic. What's not to love? It definitely can't be any worse than the most recent, 2008 attempt to reboot the beloved talking car action show.  There's no casting news to speak of at the moment but expect an announcement fairly soon, possibily before the end of 2016. Check out the official press release below.  The digital series is expected to be released some time in 2017. Yomyomf, Justin Lin, MacHinima Andnbcuniversal Partner To Produce Digital Series Reboot Of The Beloved 80’S NBC Television Series Knight Rider Los Angeles, CA –October Xx, 2016 – Machinima, the first global Many2Many programming service focusing on fandom and gamer culture, announced today that it has partnered with Yomyomf, Justin Lin and NBCUniversal »

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Newswire: Vin Diesel is convinced that Fast 8 is the one to finally win an Oscar

20 October 2016 12:56 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Part of what gives lovable lunkhead Vin Diesel his charm is his eternal optimism. Whether he’s pounding Coronas with the family or engaging in a good-natured pro-wrestling beef with his co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Diesel seems like the kind of guy who’s happy just to be invited. He’s also the Fast & Furious series’ biggest fan, perennially expressing his disbelief that the series isn’t sweeping the Academy Awards like a little kid whose favorite movie is always the last movie he saw, especially if he got to eat pizza afterwards.

In fact, Diesel has been expressing a “Cubs fan” level of optimism about the series’ Oscar chances since Fast Five, which he said in 2011 had a shot at winning Best Picture. His faith endured through last year’s Furious 7, which Diesel said would “probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars ...

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Double Threat Zuher Khan - On the Fast Track to Filmmaking and Acting Success

20 October 2016 6:56 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

  New York native Zuher Khan isn’t wasting any time.  Growing up with aspirations to both act and produce on/for big screen and TV, he decided, at age 19, to produce the film "3 Holes And A Smoking Gun,” from a script by veteran writer Scott Fivelson (“Route 666”). For the next 3 years Khan did just that - raised the money, cast the film, oversaw production and post-production.   For cast, he successfully locked in Golden Globe Winner Joaquim de Almeida who starred opposite Sandra Bullock in Warner Bros. "Our Brand Is Crisis", "Desperado" with Antonio Banderas, and "Fast Five" with The Rock and Vin Diesel. He also cast in the other lead roles, the great character actors Rudolf Martin who starred in film "Sword...

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Vin Diesel calls Fast 8 "dark & different" and discusses its Oscar chances

19 October 2016 6:05 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Most long-running franchises have had to change things up at some point during their run, for better or for worse, and the Fast & Furious franchise is no exception. Knowing that it needed to evolve or die, the franchise switched gears with Fast Five and put an increased emphasis on its ensemble cast, or "family" as Dominic Toretto likes to put it. While undoubtedly still... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Justin Lin Fills Up The Tank For ‘Hot Wheels’

29 September 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you have a franchise that needs a boost, give Justin Lin a ring. He’s responsible for giving fresh life to the “Fast & Furious,” directing four installments including the breakout “Fast Five,” and the follow-up “Furious 6” as well. This summer, he got the “Star Trek” series back on track with “Star Trek Beyond,” which removed the grim sheen of “Star Trek Into Darkness” and pumped a whole lot more fun back into the property.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hot Wheels Movie Gets Fast and Furious Director Justin Lin

28 September 2016 4:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mattel is hoping they can enjoy the same success Hasbro has by bringing their toys to the big screen. Just like Hasbro did with Transformers, Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is developing a Hot Wheels movie with his production company Perfect Storm Entertainment. The project is reportedly in the very early stages, but Lin is attached to direct the movie for Legendary Pictures.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, also revealing that Justin Lin and his company Perfect Storm will have the option to co-finance the movie. The director and his partner Troy Craig Poon, along with Legendary, are reportedly searching for a writer to board the project and bring Hot Wheels to life. The report also notes that this project will not be Justin Lin's next directorial effort, as it is still very early in the development process. He is also attached to Space Jam 2, so perhaps »

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Gal Gadot Brings The Heat In Two New Low-Res Images From Wonder Woman

25 September 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

With the critically maligned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice & Suicide Squad out of the way, Warner Bros. can now shift their attention to the next major step in building their DC Films Universe, the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman., which is surely hoping to buck the negative trend of its predecessors. The film stars Gal Gadot (Fast Five) as the titular heroine and Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond) as her beloved Steve Trevor. The original source on these images is undetermined at this point, but the first appears to be from a magazine while the second is either an unused shot from the Comic-Con trailer or a work-in-process shot from an upcoming trailer. Check them both out below: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their »

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Gal Gadot Brings The Heat In Two New Low-Res Images From Wonder Woman

25 September 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

With the critically maligned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice & Suicide Squad out of the way, Warner Bros. can now shift their attention to the next major step in building their DC Films Universe, the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman., which is surely hoping to buck the negative trend of its predecessors. The film stars Gal Gadot (Fast Five) as the titular heroine and Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond) as her beloved Steve Trevor. The original source on these images is undetermined at this point, but the first appears to be from a magazine while the second is either an unused shot from the Comic-Con trailer or a work-in-process shot from an upcoming trailer. Check them both out below: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their »

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‘Jumanji’ First Pic: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan Gear Up

20 September 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 1995, TriStar Pictures released Joe Johnston’s family adventure film “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, about a board game that comes to life and wreaks havoc until the players have completed it. The film was a box office success and has had a lasting impact on a generation of kids.

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Now, a new “Jumanji” film, a continuation of the 1995 film, is currently in the works, and it stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (“Fast Five”), Kevin Hart (“Central Intelligence”), Jack Black (“School of Rock”), Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), and Nick Jonas (“Goat”). Check out a image from Kevin Hart’s Instragram below from the first day of the “Jumanji” shoot, featuring Hart, Johnson, Black, and Gillan in costume. The caption reads, “We had a amazing first day. The chemistry & energy of our cast & crew was beyond amazing! »

- Vikram Murthi

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The Rundown 2: Jonah Hill Wanted Opposite Dwayne Johnson For Long-Gestating Sequel

14 September 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Cast a fleeting glance over Dwayne Johnson’s IMDb page at any given time and you’ll no doubt lay eyes on a slate crammed full of tentpole blockbusters – whether it’s upcoming creature feature Rampage or something more family-oriented in the vein of Sony’s Jumanji sequel.

In tracing back through the wrestler-turned-actor’s career – one that shot into the stratosphere following Fast Five – you’ll also stumble upon a handful of low-key action movies including Walking Tall and Peter Berg’s The Rundown. For years, Berg has been trying to engineer some form of follow-up to the latter, and it appears the Deepwater Horizon helmer has zeroed in on his candidate of choice for The Rundown 2: Jonah Hill.

Back in 2003, the original cult actioner featured The Rock as a musclebound bounty hunter assigned with a gig that involved locating his boss’ wayward son (Seann William Scott). Also »

- Michael Briers

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Dwayne Johnson’s busy schedule holding up G.I. Joe 3

10 September 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Perhaps being the world’s biggest and busiest movie star does come with a few problems after all, as a new report from Lrm confirms that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be the reason why Paramount has yet to take major moves forward with the third G.I. Joe installment.

Three years ago, Johnson joined the live-action G.I. Joe movie franchise, which stumbled right out of the gate with 2009’s poorly received G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a sequel that performed much better at the box office and with critics than the first offering. In fact, the film is one of many in The Rock’s catalog, along with Fast Five and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, that helped him earn the nickname of “franchise Viagra.”

Ever since, G.I. Joe 3 has been in development, with D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) filling in for Retaliation director »

- Justin Cook

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Jason Statham Wants No Part of Fast 8 Feud Between the Rock and Vin Diesel

24 August 2016 8:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, production came to an end on Fast and Furious 8, which came with quite a bit of controversy. Shortly before production wrapped, franchise star Dwayne Johnson called out some of his male co-stars, calling them "candy asses" while chastising their unprofessional behavior. The actor didn't identify exactly who he was referring to in the Instagram post, but it was since revealed that the subject of The Rock's ire was in fact franchise star Vin Diesel. While we'll have to wait until next year to see if all this on-set drama affected the product on screen, one of their co-stars is staying out of the whole mess.

After making his surprising debut at the end of Fast & Furious 6 as Deckard Shaw, Jason Statham returned as the main villain in last year's Furious 7, and he came back to reprise his role in Fast 8 as well. Very little »

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Newswire: It’s Rumor Time: That whole Fast 8 feud might really be about WrestleMania

24 August 2016 6:24 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Earlier this month, Dwayne Johnson broke all of our hearts when he suggested that one of his Fast 8 co-stars was a “candy ass.” As the days went on, it became clear that Vin Diesel—Mr. Furious himself—was the candy ass, but Johnson eventually backed down and declared that he and his co-stars actually get along great and are all a family. That seemed like the end of it, but then Diesel said that Johnson’s role in Fast Five was originally written for the decidedly un-Rock-like Tommy Lee Jones, which seemed like it could’ve been a burn, but we’re not sure.

Now, though, another wrinkle has popped up in this ongoing-ish feud. According to Life & Style, an unnamed “insider” says the whole thing is “a huge prank” that’s “all for publicity.” Supposedly, Johnson told Diesel to “amp up the drama between them” so they ...

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How One Fan Helped Get Dwayne Johnson Cast in 'Fast and Furious' Instead of Tommy Lee Jones

24 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Dwayne Johnson made his first appearance as a supporting character in the Fast and Furious series back in 2011 (above), it was a pleasant surprise. By that point, Johnson had been starring in action vehicles like The Rundown, Walking Tall and Doom for years, and tended to supplement his star turns with supporting roles in comedies like Get Smart and The Other Guys. Johnson made a definite impression in Fast Five as Hobbs, a role in which he represented law and order as a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, charged with capturing Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker). He ends up helping them instead. Hobbs returned in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 and reportedly plays a key role in the upcoming Fast 8. Originally, however, another actor was envisioned to...

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Vin Diesel: The Rock’s ‘Fast’ Role Was Originally Written for Tommy Lee Jones

24 August 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been a central component of the “Fast and Furious” films since 2011’s “Fast Five,” but apparently this wasn’t meant to be the case. During a Facebook Live video recorded after production on “Fast 8” wrapped last Friday, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that the role of Hobbs was originally intended for a much different actor: Tommy Lee Jones.

Read More: Dwayne Johnson Blasts His ‘Candy Ass’ Male ‘Fast 8’ Co-Stars In Furious Social Media Post

“Back in the fifth film, when I was asking ‘Who should I work with?’ The reason why we brought Dwayne Johnson into ‘Fast Five’ was because of you,” Diesel says in the video. “There was a girl named Jen Kelly who said, ‘I would love to see you guys work together onscreen’ and so we gave a role, that was initially written for Tommy Lee Jones, but we gave it to Dwayne, »

- Michael Nordine

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The Rock replaced Tommy Lee Jones in ‘Fast and Furious 5’

24 August 2016 12:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Some intriguing news from films of yesteryear now with this little tidbit of information from Vin DieselCharlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Kurt Russell may all be lining up to star opposite Diesel in the forthcoming Fast 8, but it seems that another box-office heavyweight was set to join the franchise instead of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in the fifth movie in the series.

Diesel posted a video to his very popular Facebook page (which has 100 million followers plus), where he revealed the following:

“Back in the fifth film, I was asking ‘Who should I work with?’ The reason why we brought Dwayne Johnson into Fast Five was because of you. There was a girl named Jen (maybe, Jan?) Kelly who said, ‘I would love to see you guys work together on-screen.’ And so, we gave a role that was initially written for Tommy Lee Jones but we gave it to Dwayne, »

- Paul Heath

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Fast 5: The Rock's role was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones

23 August 2016 11:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's beefy role in Fast Five? That was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones, Vin Diesel reveals...

Released in 2011, Fast Five marked a major turning point in the Fast & Furious franchise. Street racing and tinkering with modified cars took a back seat to rippling muscles and high-octane action - and audiences loved it. The Fast series has been on an upward trajectory ever since in financial terms, with each sequel out-performing the last at the box office.

That change in fortunes is thanks in no small part to Dwayne Johnson, who made his debut as the towering lawman Luke Hobbs in Fast Five. But according to Vin Diesel, the part of Hobbs wasn't written for Johnson at all, but veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones. During a video posted on Facebook, Diesel explained that Johnson's casting in Fast Five came as a result of feedback from fans. »

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Dwayne Johnson's Fast & Furious Role Was Originally Written For Someone Else

23 August 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It's taken a good while, as well as a few miscast roles and fails, but Dwayne Johnson has become one of Hollywood's hardest working actors. He currently has his name on a variety of franchise, but perhaps the one he's most known for is his role as Hobbs in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Badass and wise-cracking, it's a role that certainly seems tailor-made for the tank of an actor. Well, it turns out that assumption was dead-wrong, as was revealed by Fast & Furious franchise star and cheerleader Vin Diesel.

Taking to his Facebook page (as Diesel tends to do), Diesel discussed how the role in Fast Five ended up going to Johnson.

"Back in the fifth film, I was asking ‘Who should I work with?’ The reason why we brought Dwayne Johnson into Fast Five was because of you. There was a girl named Jen (maybe, Jan?) Kelly who said, »

- Joseph Medina

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Vin Diesel Tempers Dwayne Johnson Feud Rumors with Praise for His Fast 8 Costar

22 August 2016 4:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Feud? What feud? Amidst all the rumors and reports of tension between Fast 8 costars Vin Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Diesel recently took to Facebook Live to acknowledge the end of the film's production and to praise his fellow actors, including Johnson. "The reason we brought Dwayne Johnson into Fast Five was because of you!" Diesel said of listening to suggestions form his fans, who were asking him questions during the live video he posted Friday. "There was a girl named Jan Kelly who said, 'I would love to see you work together on screen.' So the »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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