First TV Spot for Brett Ratner’s HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The first TV spot for Brett Ratner‘s Hercules has gone online.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  This TV spot contains some new footage including Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) throwing a goddamn horse.

Hit the jump to check out the Hercules TV spot.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

First Clip from HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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On the heels of the first trailer, Paramount has released a Hercules clip with new footage.  Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his army walk into a trap set by ferocious, painted warriors.  Hercules puts on his lion head, declares he is not afraid, and then . . . the clip cuts away.

John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk also star.  Brett Ratner directed the July 25 release.  Check out our interview with Johnson here and watch the Hercules clip after the jump.

Dwayne Johnson Talks HERCULES, Using Yak Hair, Working with Brett Ratner, Almost Getting Russell Crowe on Board, and More

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Last week at CinemaCon, I was able to participate in a great roundtable interview with Dwayne Johnson for his upcoming film Hercules.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Brett Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  As you can see in the trailer, Johnson looks like he’s having a lot of fun in the role.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

During the extended interview Johnson talked about how the project came together, the tone (which he compares to Gladiator and 300), his look in the film and why he wanted it to stay under wraps during production, why he wanted Ratner to direct, how it’ll be PG-13 but they “pushed the limit,” why they filmed in Budapest, and so much more.  In addition, Johnson revealed they almost got Russell Crowe in the film but “we just couldn’t make the schedules align.”  Hit the jump for the interview.

First Trailer for HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The first trailer for director Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, is now online.  The trailer features Hercules fighting off a lot of CGI monsters while grandiose narration builds up the big reveal of Johnson as the Greek demigod.  It’s also a bit strange since the movie was previously billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist,” and I’m pretty sure I spotted a hydra and Cerberus.  However it pans out, this looks like it could be a lot of dumb fun.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click on the corresponding links for Johnson talking about Fast & Furious 7, DC superheroes, and G.I. Joe 3.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

Dwayne Johnson Talks G.I. JOE 3; Says RETALIATION Director Jon M. Chu Isn’t Coming Back but “We Would Love to Start Shooting in January”

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With G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu signing on to direct a Jem and the Holograms movie, the status of G.I. Joe 3 became uncertain.  Would Chu be able to direct both films?  Would he drop Joe for a different 80s property?  During a group interview with Johnson at CinemaCon for Hercules, he revealed Chu will not be back for the third installment and they’re currently looking for a director.

However, before you start to think the Joe franchise is entering development hell, Johnson revealed “the idea is that we would start shooting G.I. Joe in January, in the first quarter of next year. That’s the idea.”  While Chu did a great job with the second installment, there are plenty of directors in Hollywood that can handle this franchise.  Also, Paramount has been working on the screenplay for the 3rd installment for over six months, so I’d like to think they have some sort of idea where the franchise will go.  They can easily bring in a new director and have it going early next year.  With the second film making $375 million worldwide, it’s a safe bet the third installment is going to happen.  Hit the jump for Johnson’s quotes.

Dwayne Johnson Talks DC Superhero He’s Going to Play; Reveals 3 Clues Including That the Character Has Never Been on Screen

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Steve is currently at CinemaCon, which is a convention where studios push their upcoming films by showing promo materials, new footage, and providing interviews with the stars.  Paramount is promoting Hercules, so Dwayne Johnson was on hand to talk about the movie as well as some of his other projects.

During a group interview, Johnson talked more about the DC character he’d like to play, and while he wouldn’t say who, he did provide some clues.  Johnson said the character has never been on screen before, and combined with his other clues, likely candidates include Black Adam (the nemesis of the superhero Shazam) and Lobo (an a biker-style alien anti-hero who works as a bounty hunter/mercenary).  However, Johnson also notes that they’re still looking for a writer, so don’t expect this one any time soon.  Hit the jump for Dwayne Johnson’s full quotes, and sound off in the comments for who you think he’s talking about and/or a DC character you’d like to see him play.

Dwayne Johnson Talks FAST AND FURIOUS 7, Paul Walker, and Brad Peyton’s SAN ANDREAS

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Steve is currently at CinemaCon, which is where studios peddle their upcoming films to theaters.  Part of this involves bringing the talent in to talk about those films, and Dwayne Johnson was on hand to promote his upcoming movie, Hercules.  During an extended group interview, Johnson also touched on some of his other projects.  Johnson talked about the pain he felt over the death of Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, the sorrow he felt for Walker’s family, and trying to honor his legacy in Fast & Furious 7.

Moving to a happier topic, Johnson also spoke about re-teaming with Brad Peyton for the earthquake movie San Andreas, learning about earthquakes, his excitement for the material, doing the movie in 3D, and more.  Hit the jump for Dwayne Johnson’s quotes on Fast & Furious 7, which has resumed filming, and San Andreas, which begins filming in two weeks in Australia.

First Images from Brett Ratner’s HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson [Updated with First Poster]

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The first images have been released from Brett Ratner’s Hercules.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  Dwayne Johnson stars as the eponymous “first superhero” and tells USA Today, “The No. 1 goal is to make the definitive version of Hercules.  We know we’re going to be under a microscope.”  At the very least, no one’s going to doubt he’s right for the part.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for a picture of the logo that Steve took at CinemaCon.  The film also stars Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joe Anderson, Peter Mullan, and Rufus SewellHercules opens July 25th. [Update: Johnson has now released the first poster for the film, which is included after the jump as well.]

Dwayne Johnson Comedy BALLERS Gets Series Order at HBO; Fox Picks Up Will Forte’s LAST MAN ON EARTH

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The TV comedy landscape just improved by two.  Firstly, THR reports that HBO has picked up to series the half-hour comedy/drama Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson.  The show hails from executive producer Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and revolves around the lives of a group of former and current football players, with Johnson playing the lead.  Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are also onboard as executive producers, and the show marks Johnson’s first foray into the series regular TV world.  This comes on the heels of HBO recently picking up to series the political comedy The Brink, with Jack Black and Tim Robbins starring.

Hit the jump for series order news of a new comedy on Fox starring Will Forte and executive produced by the directors of The LEGO Movie, marking a Clone High reunion of sorts.

Dwayne Johnson Teases Meeting with Warner Bros. and DC Comics, Plus More on His Upcoming Films SAN ANDREAS and NOT WITHOUT HOPE

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In case you missed it, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a really good year in 2013, landing the top-grossing actor spot to the tune of $1.3 billion in box office receipts.  So it goes without saying that major motion picture studios would like to welcome Johnson into the fold for their tentpole projects going forward.  One of those studios just happens to be Warner Bros., which just so happens to have a partnership with DC Comics (you may have heard about Man of Steel and its highly anticipated sequel).  Johnson recently teased his Twitter followers about a meeting with WB’s CEO regarding a DC property.  Hit the jump to find out more, including his comments on his other upcoming films.

FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blu-ray Review

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It’s now nearly impossible to watch Fast & Furious 6, and not reflect on the passing of star Paul Walker.  Surely this big fun summer movie will now be tinged with a melancholy that it will be the last time Walker got to play Brian O’Conner in total.  But removed from the context of grief, Furious 6 (as it’s titled on screen) is a lot of fun, for the most part.  Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez co-star in this tale of underground racers turned crime-fighters.  My review of Fast and Furious 6 follows after the jump. 

Peter Berg Says He’s Meeting with Writers for a Sequel to THE RUNDOWN; Looking to Team Dwayne Johnson with an Unnamed Actor

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The other day, Steve did the press junket for Lone Survivor, and he sent me an e-mail asking if I had any questions for director Peter Berg.  I didn’t, but I told Steve to tell Berg that I adore his 2003 action-adventure film, The Rundown.  For those who haven’t seen it, it’s similar to Midnight Run in that a tough guy (Dwayne Johnson) has to retrieve a squirrelly, meeker guy (Seann William Scott), but Berg’s film distinguishes itself with exciting set pieces and delightful performances, especially from Chistopher Walken.  It’s my favorite Peter Berg film, but after ten years, I had given up any hope of a sequel.

But other fans have kept that hope alive, and now their patience might be rewarded.  Berg says he’s actively developing a sequel.  Hit the jump for more on The Rundown 2 (unofficial title, but it feels good just to write that).  Lone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th and goes wide on January 10th.

Dwayne Johnson Shares New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Images Teasing Fight with Jason Statham

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Nowadays the marketing campaigns for films begin in the midst of production.  With the advent of Twitter and Instagram, many filmmakers and actors have made a habit of sharing teaser images with fans while production is ongoing.  One such property taking advantage of social media is Fast & Furious 7, as we’ve already seen a number of behind-the-scenes images from the set of director James Wan’s action sequel, and now Dwayne Johnson is adding a couple more to the pile.  Johnson has been teasing his return as Hobbs on Twitter, and he recently shared two images from the Fast 7 set—one of Hobbs looking mighty intimidating on an abandoned street, and another promising a fight sequence between Johnson’s character and Jason Statham’s villain.

Hit the jump to check out both images.  Fast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on July 11, 2014.

Dwayne Johnson Attached to Star in NOT WITHOUT HOPE

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Quickly becoming the hardest working guy in Hollywood, actor Dwayne Johnson is adding another project to his to-do list.  It was announced today that Johnson has attached himself to lead an adaptation of the best-selling memoir Not Without Hope for Relativity.  Written by Nick Schuyler, the book recounts a 2009 fishing trip Schuyler took with four of his friends (including NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith) in the Gulf of Mexico that turned into a disaster when their boat capsized, stranding them at sea.  It’s a harrowing account in the vein of Into Thin Air and should make for a nice dramatic vehicle for Johnson, who has recently been busy rejuvenating franchises left and right.

The actor recently wrapped Hercules: The Thracian Wars with director Brett Ratner and is currently reprising his role in Fast & Furious 7.  He is also poised to return for G.I. Joe 3 and is attached to lead a number of developing projects including San Andreas, The Fall Guy, Lore, and the supernatural actioner Seal Team 666.  Read the press release after the jump.

Dwayne Johnson Attached to Star in Supernatural Actioner SEAL TEAM 666; Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon Form Foundation of 99 HOMES

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Here’s some of today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

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