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.

Vin Diesel Shares New Set Photo from FAST & FURIOUS 7 Featuring Dwayne Johnson

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Vin Diesel continues to roll out photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7.  After yesterday’s photo featuring Jason Statham, Diesel has now provided an image with Dwayne Johnson, who plays the badass Hobbs.  I’m interested to see where Hobbes goes in the sequel considering his betrayal in Fast & Furious 6.  A friend of mine pointed out that Hobbs never would have done that, but he did and now the character will have to face those consequences.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John BrothertonFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014. [Warning: Photo contains minor spoilers.]

First Images of Dwayne Johnson in FAST & FURIOUS 7 and HERCULES

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Dwayne Johnson‘s movies seem to do well when he’s part of an ensemble (Fast & Furious movies, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and less well when it’s all on him (Snitch, Faster).  Either way, he’s still a charismatic presence, and we’ll see him in both kinds of films next year with James Wan‘s Fast & Furious 7 and Brett Ratner‘s Hercules.  Plot details on Fast 7 are being kept under wraps beyond the gang squaring off against a new villain played by Jason Statham.  As for Hercules, the movie is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  Johnson has been tweeting out set photos from Hercules, but now he’s given us our first good look at him in the movie.  Also, as a sweetener, he’s tweeted out the first image of Hobbes in Fast 7.  Or maybe I have them mixed up and both films are going in wildly unexpected directions.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Fast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.  Hercules opens July 25, 2014.

Dwayne Johnson to Star in New Line’s Earthquake Film, SAN ANDREAS

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Dwayne Johnson has landed a starring role in New Line’s earthquake disaster flick, San Andreas.  The picture will be directed by Brad Peyton, who previously worked with Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.  Originally scripted by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore, with Chad and Carey Hayes currently penning the rewrite, San Andreas follows the devastation after a California earthquake and sees a man (Johnson) embarking on a dangerous trip to rescue his estranged daughter.  The character, as described by Heat Vision, is a “rugged rescue helicopter pilot”.  Since Johnson is officially on board, New Line has set April as a start date for production with a planned release in 2015.  Johnson is currently filming James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7, after having just wrapped on Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars.


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Check out a couple of behind-the-scenes images from the following films:

  • Dumb and Dumber To – The Farrelly Brothers’ sequel to the 1994 comedy, Dumb & Dumber, reunites stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.  This new image reveals the return of Brady Bluhm as Billy in 4C
  • Hercules: The Thracian WarsDwayne “The Rock” Johnson shows off his muscles and make-up in this new image from the set of Brett Ratner’s fantasy action film.  Hercules: The Thracian Wars opens July 25, 2014.

Hit the jump to see the images.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Blu-ray Review

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Large explosions, death-defying aerobatics, flashing gunfire, and buff people talking about stuff in dramatic fashion. G.I. Joe: Retaliation gives audiences exactly what they’re expecting—nothing more, and nothing less—which can be a good thing.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation picks up where the first movie left off, with Duke (played by Channing Tatum) leading the elite fighting force in a number of missions against their hated foe, COBRA. While celebrating some much deserved downtime, the Joes are attacked by a squadron of COBRA helicopters and ground units, and are killed almost to a man, save for a few survivors. On the verge of eradication and marked as terrorists by their government, the Joes must uncover the face of their attackers and once again save the world’s governments from being overtaken by the diabolical Cobra Commander.  Hit the jump for my full review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-ray.

Dwayne Johnson is THE FALL GUY for Director McG

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The adaptation of 1980s TV series The Fall Guy has been in development for a while, but what better actor to land to give the project a shot in the arm than Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6).  Starring Lee MajorsThe Fall Guy centered on a stuntman who moonlighted as a bounty hunter when work was slow.  Just as Johnson is reported as being in negotiations to step into Majors’ shoes, McG (We Are Marshall) is also in talks to direct.  If deals were to close, casting would likely look to the roles of a sidekick cousin and a fetching female stunt actress, played by Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas in the original series, respectively.  That is, if the big-screen version were to follow in the footsteps of the ABC series; no plot details are available just yet.  Hit the jump for more, including a look at the show’s intro that features shots of 1980s Hollywood (and a vintage beauty in Thomas). 

Dwayne Johnson Shares Battle Scars, Claw and Bite Marks in New HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS Image

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Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious Six) has been tweeting out a lot of behind-the-scenes images and video from the set of Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars.  And I mean a lot. Today is no different as Johnson reveals a frame from his four-hour daily make-up routine, complete with battle scars that suggest he’s been involved in a few skirmishes (perhaps a particularly laborious one against a lion of legend?).  The heroic look certainly lends itself to the film’s approach of a more realistic retelling of the mythological monster-slayer.

Hit the jump to check out the new image.  The film also stars Ian McShaneRufus SewellJoseph FiennesPeter MullanJohn HurtRebecca FergusonIngrid Bolso BerdalAskel Hennie and Reece Ritchie.  Hercules: The Thracian Wars opens on July 25, 2014.

David Green Replaces Barry Sonnenfeld as Director of LORE Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The feature adaptation of Lore, a comic book from husband-and-wife team Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise, was first announced three years ago with Cory Goodman (Priest) and Jeremy Lott on board to write the script.  Warner Bros. picked up the screenplay and attached Dwayne Johsnon (pending scheduling) in 2012.  Since the producers are said to want a Men in Black-style franchise, they reached out to Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld this time last year.  Sonnenfeld and the studio reportedly could not agree on a budget, so Sonnenfeld will step down as director, but remain involved as executive producer.

WB has found a replacement in a director who will likely be more agreeable: David Green.  More after the jump.

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