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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 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 ‘The Rock’ Johnson and other stars’ strange paths to fame

With the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Central Intelligence starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, we take a look at a cluster of actors who didn’t take the normal path to stardom.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Hart’s co-star in Central Intelligence and all round big screen titan, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson started out his career as a WWE wrestler, having played American Football to national championship level. From 1996 – 2004 Johnson was a major figure on the WWE circuit. A study in the art of multi-tasking, Johnson enjoyed an overlap between his wrestling and film career, making his feature film debut in 2001’s The Mummy Returns as The Scorpion King; a role he reprised in 2002’s film of the same name. Roles in comedies Be Cool, Get Smart and Race To Witch Mountain followed, before Johnson got his big breakthrough with 2011’s Fast & Furious 5. Since then Johnson has been unstoppable,
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s five best movie roles to date

Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, is a hilarious, action packed comedy that proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes and it’s due to land on both Blu-ray and DVD come the 31st October 2016. To celebrate this upcoming release we’ve listed five of the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s best movie roles to date below…

Central Intelligence (2016)

Central Intelligence is easily one of the most likeable comedies of 2016 – something more than verified by its global box office returns. The film takes the traditional buddy comedy and spins the usual tropes so that stand-up sensation Kevin Hart is ostensibly the straight man to Johnson’s leftfield CIA oddball. The film also explores the weight of expectation placed on High School successes as opposed to the cold, hard reality of life after education. Johnson is Bob Stone, formerly and quite literally the butt of every joke
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R.I.P. Garry Marshall

Filmmaker Garry Marshall has died at the age of 81.

The Bronx-born director/producer was also an acclaimed writer and character actor. He began work as a joke writer in the 1960s before making the jump to television where he co-created "The Odd Couple" and went on to create "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley," "Joanie Loves Chachi" and "Mork and Mindy" in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Also in the 1980s he made the jump to directing with "The Flamingo Kid" his first hit. It was the one-two punch of megahits "Beaches" and "Pretty Woman" that made him a household name. Other notable hits include the two "The Princess Diaries" features, "Runaway Bride," "The Other Sister," "Georgia Rule" and more recently three holiday-themed ensemble rom-coms capped off by this year's "Mother's Day".

Over time Marshall also made a name for himself in acting circles, becoming a strong character actor and one
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'Cruella' Live-Action Movie Gets 'Fifty Shades' Writer

Two years after Disney first announced a live action movie based on the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil, the studio is finally moving forward on the project with a new writer. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the studio has hired Kelly Marcel to write the screenplay for Cruella. The site reports that Disney is putting this project on the fast track, although it isn't known when production may begin.

Earlier this week, Disney issued four release dates for unspecified fairy tale films. If Cruella is in fact being put on the fast track, it could very well be the movie that takes the first of these mystery release dates, December 22, 2017. Still, the studio hasn't confirmed a release date for Cruella, or which of the several fairy tale projects in development will get those four dates.

Cruella was first announced back in September 2013, when Aline Brosh McKenna (Annie) signed on to write the script.
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Dwayne Johnson Books A Jungle Cruise

Dwayne Johnson Books A Jungle Cruise
At Disney’s big D23 event this past weekend, Dwayne Johnson took the stage to promote the company’s new ‘toon Moana and talked about how it has always been his dream to be part of the Disney “family”, despite already having worked on Race To Witch Mountain and The Game Plan for the Mouse House’s live action department. Still, it appears he’s cementing that status, leaping aboard the long-gestating project aiming to bring the theme park ride Jungle Cruise to screens.Last talked up back in 2011, when Toy Story Duo Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were attached to a take on the film that had been sitting in dock since 2006, Jungle Cruise is just one of Disney’s attempts to replicate the success of the Pirates franchise. The Hanks/Allen version was to have updated the basic idea – you know, a river cruise encounters various threats and animals – to the modern day,
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Millennium Sets Start Date, New Location for Romantic Comedy ‘My Owner’s Wedding’ (Exclusive)

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Millennium Films has set a start date of February 2016 for its romantic comedy “My Owner’s Wedding” and is relocating principal photography from New York to Mexico City, TheWrap has learned. The film will be directed by Andy Fickman, who’s best known for such box office hits as “Parental Guidance,” “Race to Witch Mountain” and “The Game Plan,” all of which grossed over $100 million worldwide. “My Owner’s Wedding” follows two eligible young women, the guy they both want and his dog, who will go to great lengths to make sure his owner ends up with the right girl.
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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 passes $100 million worldwide

Despite being mauled by critics the world over, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 amassed another $330,000 this weekend to cross the $100 million mark worldwide.

This achievement admits Sony’s clumsy comedy to an elite group of only twenty films to attain $100 million worldwide this year. The picture is now only trailing Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, sitting in 19th place for the year, by $600,000, so could perceivably continue its remarkable rise in the box office charts. Also, this weekend’s box office smash, Spy, made $86.5 million upon its worldwide opening, only $15 million less than Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2‘s total gross, and will surely crack the top 20 in the next few days.

Cracking $100 million is a huge achievement, and quite a shock, for a film openly branded “a gobsmackingly witless excuse for entertainment.”

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is directed by Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain, She’s the Man
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What The Rock’s Been Cooking: A Dwayne Johnson Retrospective

The key moment in the acting career of Dwayne Johnson is an obvious one that occurs not very long into The Rundown, the 2003 adventure film that paired him with the intermittently watchable Seann William Scott. As Johnson’s character, a “retrieval expert”, walks into a club to collect one of his charges, Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing himself for all we know, tips his hat to Johnson and simply says, “Have fun.” It’s a blessing, first of all, from the undisputed king of action film braggadocio, but as delivered by the Terminator himself, it’s also a warning, a reminder to not take the blows of his career too seriously, especially in an arduous career that will likely involve getting critically lambasted on the regular despite being popular as all get out. The funny thing is that Johnson has never seemed to struggle in his career, even when his talents have
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10 Things…. you didn’t know about ‘San Andreas’

The arrival of a movie starring Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, aka The Brahma Bull, aka The Great One, is always an occasion to celebrate, and here’s the first of a new series of tongue-in-cheek columns here at Thn which reveal ten things you didn’t know about the truly epic new action film, San Andreas.

Let’s count it down!

10. Something to do with GTA? Right?

No, this film has nothing at all to do with the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, silly, but you have to admit that this dude has an array of tats to rival those of the Great One… New movie franchise opportunity? You read it here first.

9. So, San Andreas is where…?

The movie was shot largely in Australia. Not California, where the San Andreas Fault obviously is. We’re guessing it was cheaper, or maybe they relocated because…

8. … Kylie Minogue is in it.
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Robert Rodriguez to Direct Live-Action Jonny Quest Movie

Warner Bros has been working on turning the "Jonny Quest" property into a live-action family adventure franchise for almost a decade. In 2009, Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan) was attached to direct, with Zac Efron in talks to play Jonny Quest and Dwayne Johnson in talks to play Race Bannon. None of that worked out, but now comes word that the studio just hired Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) to direct the film. Rodriguez will also work on the script with Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean). "Jonny Quest" revolves around a young boy who travels the world with his scientist father, adopted brother from India, Bandit the bulldog, and a government agent assigned to protect them as they go on their adventures investigating scientific mysteries.
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Robert Rodriguez directing a live-action Johnny Quest movie

Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Sin City) has signed on to direct a live-action version of Johnny Quest, the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a young boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures.

As well as directing the Warner Bros. project, Rodriguez is set to co-write alongside Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), while Dan Lin (Godzilla) will serve as producer.

The Adventures of Johnny Quest premiere in 1964 and ran for just 26 episodes. It was subsequently revived in both the 1980s and 1990s, while a feature film has been in development since the early 90s, having passed through the hands of directors such as Richard Donner (Superman: The Movie), Andy Fick (Race to Witch Mountain) and Peter Segal (Grudge Match).
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Final San Andreas Trailer Rocks In

Final San Andreas Trailer Rocks In
While Fast & Furious 7 was only able to make limited use of Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas promises a full-on Rocksplosion, with the man-mountain taking on the biggest earthquake ever seen in California and beyond... and Roland Emmerich isn’t to blame this time. Here’s the latest promo for the film. The movie finds The Rock as Ray Gaines, a talented Los Angeles Fire Department rescue pilot who has just packed daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) off to San Francisco when the Big One, a bloomin’ massive earthquake hits California and, if Paul Giamatti’s expert is to be believed, will be felt all across the Us of A. With a whole lot of shaking going on and his spawn in danger, Ray must team up with his ex-wife Emma (Johnson’s Race To Witch Mountain co-star Carla Gugino) and try to find a way to track down their daughter. But
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New San Andreas TV Spot Drops

New San Andreas TV Spot Drops
Who would win in a fight, Dwayne Johnson or Mother Nature? It’s a close-run thing, but the quaking earth certainly packs a punch (and has a tsunami haymaker follow-up to make things even tougher) in this new TV spot for disasterthon San Andreas. The film finds The Rock as Ray Gaines, a talented Los Angeles Fire Department rescue pilot who has just packed daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) off to San Francisco when the Big One, a bloomin’ massive earthquake hits California and, if Paul Giamatti’s expert is to be believed, will be felt all across the Us of A. With a whole lot of shaking going on and his spawn in danger, Ray must team up with his ex-wife Emma (Johnson’s Race To Witch Mountain co-star Carla Gugino) and try to find a way to track down their daughter. But the situation may be even worse than he suspects.
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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 movie review: stupor hero

Hard to believe, I know, but this is a real movie that real people have unashamedly put their names to. Because a sweet paycheck trumps human dignity. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Imagine being asked to feel sorry for the Three Stooges. Except there’s only one of them, a combination of Larry and Curly (incorporating Moe would bring too much gravitas and intelligence to the character). Stir for 90 minutes, and leave for undemanding moviegoers to serve themselves. And then do it all again, though with even less sense of anyone involved giving a damn or putting in any actual effort, because the first such attempt made an ungodly amount of money so why bother?

Presenting Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. It sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch that thinks
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San Andreas Teaser Trailer Quakes Online

San Andreas Teaser Trailer Quakes Online
As though foretold by the pre-quake tremors of the initial imagery yesterday, the full teaser trailer for San Andreas has now arrived online. Find somewhere safe to watch and point your eyes below. brightcove.createExperiences();Dwayne Johnson anchors this one as Ray, a talented rescue pilot who has just packed daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) off to San Francisco when the Big One, the mother (nature) of all earthquakes hits California and, if Paul Giamatti’s expert is to be believed, will be felt all across the Us of A.With the ground heaving apart, buildings shaking and the Golden Gate bridge probably rolling its eyes and tutting, “not this shit again”, Ray must team up with his ex-wife Emma (Johnson’s Race To Witch Mountain co-star Carla Gugino) and try to find a way to track down their daughter. But the situation may be even worse than he suspects. What,
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‘Hunger Games’ Tribute Volunteers For Anthony Hopkins Thriller ‘Go With Me’

‘Hunger Games’ Tribute Volunteers For Anthony Hopkins Thriller ‘Go With Me’
Exclusive: Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig will join Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, and Ray Liotta in Pacific Northwest thriller Go With Me, for director Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest). The picture centers on a young woman, newly returned to her hometown, who becomes the subject of harassment by a local crimelord and turns to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick (Ludwig) for help.

The Enderby Entertainment and Gotham Group production is adapted from the novel of the same name by Castle Freeman, Jr. and marks a reunion for Alfredson and Hopkins, who recently filmed period drama Kidnapping Freddy Heineken together. Hopkins is producing alongside Rick Dugdale, Lindsay Williams, and Elaine Goldsmith-Vein.

Ludwig started acting at a young age with roles in The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising and Race to Witch Mountain. He appeared in The Hunger Games
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First trailer for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for the comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which sees Kevin James returning to the role of the titular security guard under new director Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain). Check it out below after the official synopsis…

In this sequel, in which Kevin James reprises the role of Paul Blart, the security guard is headed to Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) before she departs for college. While at the convention, he inadvertently discovers a heist – and it’s up to Blart to apprehend the criminals.

Also featuring in the cast of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 are Eduardo Verastegui (Bella), Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry), Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), Daniella Alonso (Revolution), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) and David Henrie (How I Met Your Mother
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Kevin James Segways to Las Vegas in 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Trailer

"Every casino in Vegas is being hit." After guarding shopping malls, the overly clumsy Paul Blart is heading to Las Vegas. That's right, whether you like it or not, Kevin James is back in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the most necessary sequel of all time, and the first trailer has just arrived. If you like slapstick humor then this is going to be the disaster for you. Kevin James tries to fight an exotic bird, slams into a glass window, and crashes his segway. How hilarious and wacky is that? Apparently he's attending some kind of security guard conference in Sin City, and gets caught up trying to prevent a big heist, because of course he does. Here's the first trailer for Andy Fickman's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 from YouTube: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is directed by Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance, You Again, Race to Witch Mountain
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