Screen Junkies » Dwayne Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:13:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Dwayne Johnson And Kevin Hart Teaming Up For Film We Could Have Just Assumed Was Being Made http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-johnson-and-kevin-hart-teaming-up-for-film-we-could-have-just-assumed-was-being-made/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-johnson-and-kevin-hart-teaming-up-for-film-we-could-have-just-assumed-was-being-made/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:03:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267217 They'll play former classmates who now work for the CIA. DUH.

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In the vein of The Other Guys and the Jumpstreet franchise, we’re seeing quite the 1980′s buddy-cop rennaiassance. Next up is Central Intelligence starring the hulking Dwayne Johnson and the diminutive lil’ Kevin Hart as former classmates who get mixed up in a CIA plot following their reunion.

Johnson will play a former high school nerd who got bullied, and Hart will play the jock who settled into an ordinary life. The hilarity of the flashbacks could be a strong enough selling point to get audiences into the theaters.

The film will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who, in addition to having the WASPiest name in history, also directed We’re the Millers. So the jury’s still out on whether this piece of news is a good or bad thing.

But The Rock and Kevin Hart in a buddy cop movie sounds like a no-brainer.

(Variety)

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The Rock To Grapple With ‘Shazam’ In Black Adam http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-grapple-with-shazam-in-black-adam/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-grapple-with-shazam-in-black-adam/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:46:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264682 Can the Rock pull this off?

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Like the guy who unfairly calls shotgun before even leaving the damn house, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson long ago laid claim to both the role of Shazam and his nemesis Black Adam if Warner Bros. ever decided to turn the property into a film. The actor’s wish has come true now that the studio has decided to green light an adaptation of Shazam and they’ve offered him a starring role. He’s the BatKid of Hollywood.

Johnson tweeted to update which silly tights he’ll be squeezing into, “‘Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.’ My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics”

What’s interesting here is that the Rock hasn’t played a villain since his role as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns which later lead to his starring role in The Scorpion King, which was set 5,000 years prior and featured him as the good guy and now my head hurts. It hasn’t been announced whether or not Warners are considering a Black Adam spin-off but you so know that Warners is considering a Black Adam spin-off.

 

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Screen Junkies Show: The Rock Smacks Down High School Bully http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-the-rock-smacks-down-high-school-bully/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-the-rock-smacks-down-high-school-bully/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:33:46 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263366 Nick Mundy had Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson call the people who bullied him in high school. Things, predictably, didn't go as planned.

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It’s The Rock vs. Nick Mundy: Round 2!! This time, Nick had Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson call the people who bullied him in high school. Things, predictably, didn’t go as planned.

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The Rock’s Worst Interview
Did Godzilla Suck?
Movie Monster Showdown
Most F***ed Up Movie Scenes
How To Fix Marvel
Morgan Freeman Reads The Fox

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Dwayne Johnson, Realizing He Hasn’t Played A Comic Book Hero Yet, Suggests He’ll Be DC Comics’ Shazam http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-johnson-realizing-he-hasnt-played-a-comic-book-hero-yet-suggests-hell-be-dc-comics-shazam/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-johnson-realizing-he-hasnt-played-a-comic-book-hero-yet-suggests-hell-be-dc-comics-shazam/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:19:26 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263238 Don't worry. We explain who Shazam is.

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It took them long enough, but now, DC Comics has watched Marvel’s success and thought to themselves, “Hey, we can make some money with this comic book stuff.” So with Dawn of Justice coming up in a year or so, DC continues to set the table for Justice League movies, spinoffs, and all the other crap we’ve seen from Marvel.

When both DC and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson realized that he had never been a comic book hero before, they worked to fix that as soon as possible. In a recent interview with Total Film, The Rock hints at a role, then gets less and less subtle about it.

“Just say the word” is a very thinly veiled reference to Shazam, a DC character who gets his powers by saying “Shazam.” I don’t know if it’s proper style to ever write “shazam” without following it with at least one exclamation point, but I’m yielding on matters of style to DC here.

The role sounds imminent, but we’ll probably be able to see him in the Superman/Batman film or the next one.

In the meantime, start spouting off gibberish words with enthusiasm to see if they grant you special powers.

WALLABY! PUIG! ROCOCO!

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‘Hercules’ Trailer: They Keep Pulling Him Back In http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hercules-trailer-they-keep-pulling-him-back-in/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hercules-trailer-they-keep-pulling-him-back-in/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:13:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261963 Hercules just wants to chill.

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All Hercules wanted was a simple life where he could chill and stare at his true love’s butt and not have to worry about killing any giant monsters or demon warrior things. Well, Hercules, you can’t always get what you want.

Some jerk gods decide that a civilized Hercules is no good for anyone and they kill his family, setting him on the well-trodden action hero path for vengeance. This trailer points out that we might have to sit through ten or so minutes of Hercules figuring himself out but the rest is all monster-killing so plan your pee break accordingly.

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The Rock Is Getting An HBO Series But Will We Get To See His Boobs? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-rock-is-getting-an-hbo-series-but-will-we-get-to-see-his-boobs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-rock-is-getting-an-hbo-series-but-will-we-get-to-see-his-boobs/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:56:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259390 Also starring Rob Corddry.

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HBO has ordered Ballers from executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, ensuring that Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain will have a douchey effect on the culture well past its own shelf-life. The show centers on the lives of current and retired NFL players as they hang out and walk around in slow motion together. Johnson stars as a retired player and leads the cast that also includes Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Denzel Washington’s son, and Taylor Cole as The Rock’s love interest.

It’s a half-hour dramedy from some of the team that brought you Entourage, so expect the first few seasons to be good and then resolve yourself to having to watch it while waiting for whichever really good drama comes on afterward. (Deadline)

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The Rock To Star In McG’s Remake Of ‘The Fall Guy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-star-in-mcgs-remake-of-the-fall-guy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-star-in-mcgs-remake-of-the-fall-guy/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:07:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256839 But will he do his own stunts?

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The question here is whether or not he’ll do his own stunts.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has continued his trend of just doing everything that comes his way and signed on to star in McG‘s big screen adaptation of The Fall Guy – the 1980′s action series that followed a stuntman/bounty hunter originally played by Lee Majors. WWE Entertainment is producing the film and apparently taking it seriously. A stuntman who is also a bounty hunter? That’s one of the more ridiculous moonlighting gigs. That’s even sillier than a movie blogger who is also a pleasure machine for the ladies. I’d say it couldn’t exist if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. (THR)

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The Rock To Make A Movie Based On A Drawing Of A Teddy Bear http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-make-a-movie-based-on-a-drawing-of-a-teddy-bear/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-make-a-movie-based-on-a-drawing-of-a-teddy-bear/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:55:30 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253064 The Rock should team with Pixar on this one.

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Yesterday when I saw headlines about The Rock producing and potentially starring in a movie about a teddy bear, I rolled my eyes, expected another bland family film from the former wrestler and moved on. In my defense, I didn’t know that the movie was going to be based on this illustration.

How awesome is that?! No. Not the picture which The Rock’s assistant found on DeviantArt. The fact that all it takes these days to make a movie is a drawing. That’s incredible. Besides the picture should totally be put in the able hands of Pixar.

The picture in question was drawn by Alex Panagopoulos, a Greek software engineer turned fantasy artist. It features a little girl asleep in bed while a small brown teddy bear — brandishing a laughably small wooden sword and shield — holds an enormous, fanged monster at bay. And in the fashion of a motivational poster, a caption reads “Teddy Bears: Protecting innocent children from monsters under the bed since 1902.”

Hiram Garcia, a former assistant to Johnson, found the illustration and brought it to Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo and New Line. The company, Flynn and Johnson together made the 2012 family adventure movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island; Garcia was an associate producer on the film, which made nearly $328 million worldwide.

Let’s hope this does well and opens the door for other under-conceived films making it to the screen. Like this one:I’ve been trying to get that bitch into production for five years. (THR)

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‘The Walking Dead’s’ Jon Bernthal Agrees To ‘Snitch’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-walking-deads-jon-bernthal-agrees-to-snitch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-walking-deads-jon-bernthal-agrees-to-snitch/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:05:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236530 Walking dead men tell no tales.

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The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal has joined Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Susan Sarandon in Summit‘s Snitch. Shooting of the the Ric Roman Waugh-directed action drama begins early next month in Louisiana.

In the film, The Rock stars as the owner of a construction company who becomes snitch for the DEA in order to reduce his son’s prison sentence. Bernthal will play his employee, an ex-con who is forced by his boss to introduce him to an underground drug dealer. Bernthal is expected to blink a whole bunch and avoid direct eye contact. Acting!! (Deadline)

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Ray Stevenson To Ray Stevenson Up ‘GI Joe 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ray-stevenson-to-ray-stevenson-up-gi-joe-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ray-stevenson-to-ray-stevenson-up-gi-joe-2/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2011 17:37:27 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219531 A little of that Ray Stevenson feeling, please.

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Ray Stevenson, hot off of Thor, has gotten another gig that’s likely to get him an action figure – he’s playing a villain in GI Joe 2: Cobra Strikes by the name of Firefly. Not the most masculine supervillain name I’ve ever heard, but what are you gonna do? Ray Stevenson’s gotta eat too. I wouldn’t say this to Firefly’s face, though, since he’s described as “a saboteur, ninja master and explosives expert.” If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life’s travels, it’s to never make fun of a ninja master’s name.

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Stevenson is joining Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Elodie Yung, RZA and D.J. Cotrona, none of whom (except for Tatum) are returning from the first movie. This, friends, is what happen when a movie makes enough money to get a sequel, but is so hated by everyone that none of the original cast members want anything to do with it. It’s like The Brady Bunch of summer blockbusters. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Mr. Rock Goes To Disneyland http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/mr-rock-goes-to-disneyland/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/mr-rock-goes-to-disneyland/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:21:33 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217784 His muscles won't save him from his watery fate below.

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His muscles won’t save him from his watery fate below. (@therock)

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Sorry, Keith David. The Rock Is Roadblock In ‘G.I. Joe 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sorry-keith-david-the-rock-cast-as-roadblock-in-g-i-joe-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sorry-keith-david-the-rock-cast-as-roadblock-in-g-i-joe-2/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:11:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214921 Dwayne Johnson steps in to save another sequel.

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After a hugely successful turn in Fast Five, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks to join another sequel. Though he could be using his talents to play a biologist on the verge of a groundbreaking discovery or concert pianist, he’s chosen to take the role of Muscle-y Guy in G.I. Joe 2.

Reports are that he’ll play Roadblock — the Army chef turned infantryman who carries around an M2 Browning machine gun. The story is developing but it’s also looking likely that Channing Tatum will return for the Jon Chu-directed sequel. With JJ Abrams needing extra time to make Star Trek 2 enjoyable, Paramount needs to release G.I. Joe 2 next summer so expect more soon. But, seriously, time’s ticking. You really don’t want to hurry such rich characters and plot-lines that center around secret bases hidden inside volcanoes. (Deadline)

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Warner Bros Forces ‘Dark Shadows’ Into The Light With Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-forces-dark-shadows-into-the-light-with-release-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-forces-dark-shadows-into-the-light-with-release-date/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 23:57:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211894 Three Warner Bros movies got release dates, so mark your calendars for 'Dark Shadows', 'Rivals' and 'Journey 2'. Or just let their incessant marketing campaigns remind you.

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Three Warner Bros movies got release dates, so mark your calendars. Or just let the incessant marketing next year remind you. Either way works.

Dark Shadows, a gothy new Tim Burton / Johnny Depp love-fest, opens May 11, 2012. Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter also star in this 60′s cult TV show turned feature film. Get ready to see vampires, ghosts and ghouls during the scariest time of the year: mid-May. oooOOOooo.

Rivals, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two guys who I’m sure will not being competing against one another, opens Aug. 10, 2012. It’s the story of two rival political candidates, directed by Jay Roach. I would have hoped they’d be running together on the Frat Party ticket. Ah well.

However, before all that, you and Dwayne Johnson are going on a journey together. Specifically, a Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D journey. Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens will be along for your crazy ride come Jan. 27, 2012. It’s sure to be a journey… into pure cinematic genius. (Deadline)

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The Rock To Trade Suplexes For Serenades In Charley Pride Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-trade-suplexes-for-serenades-in-charlie-pride-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-to-trade-suplexes-for-serenades-in-charlie-pride-biopic/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:09:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209694 Can you smell what Charlie Pride is cooking? It's racial harmony.

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It’s true that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson knows how to act, damn it. Haven’t you seen any of his matches movies? The guy’s a pro. Anyway, now he apparently wants to prove his abilities in the greatest acting challenge of them all: The musical biopic.

The subject of this biopic is Charley Pride, the first black country music star. That might not seem like such a big deal now, in the totally racially integrated world of country music, with stars like [insert black country music star here] and [insert second black country music star here] selling millions of records, but back in the 60s and 70s, his race was actually kept a secret from audiences. Oh, to see the look on white America’s face when they found out Charley Pride was black – maybe I will see this movie.

You might be having doubts about whether Johnson has the acting chops to play Pride, but Pride doesn’t. Here’s what he had to say about the casting choice:

“Dwayne is such a force on screen. It startled me a little at first, but he flew down to Dallas and spent a day with me just sitting, talking recently. And when he left it was like parting with an old friend. We had such similar views on so many things.”

Well, there you have it. Don’t let Charley Pride down, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And more importantly, don’t let yourself down. (Telegraph-Journal)

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Review: Fast Five http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-fast-five/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-fast-five/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:14:10 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209184 Not as fast and furious as one might hope.

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I wish I could say that Fast Five was the fastest, most furious movie of the series, and that there wouldn’t be faster, more furious movie all year. I have to be honest though. Fast Five just wasn’t fast enough for me, and it’s hardly furious at all.

It opens with the prison break suggested at the end of Fast & Furious. Then in Rio, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordanna Brewster) go on a run with their old L.A. racer Vince (Matt Schulze). Dominic (Vin Diesel) shows up on the heist, but the deal goes bad and DEA agents get killed. So the feds send in Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his boys from the Diplomatic Security Services to bust them.

People make fun of the Fast and Furious movies for being light on plot, but the problem with Fast Five is that there’s too much plot. I should have known something was wrong when they showed the prison break. The stunt is straightforward and not as cool as if it were implied, and it’s got nothing on the pre-title tanker sequence from Fast & Furious.

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The first heist has some good moments like ripping open the side of a train for Dom’s grand entrance, and Brian does some Keanu-worthy jumps from/onto moving vehicles. Then they start taking apart the GTO the Brazilian gang was after, because they’re still expert mechanics. Here begins a lot of explanation about a chip and Reyes’s (Joaquim de Almeida) drug money.

Hobbs busts onto the scene with charismatic bravado. He asks a character, “Am I right?” and when she agrees, he replies, “Of cours I am.” He walks through a gang of Brazilian gunmen on pure attitude and tosses official papers aside, because he gets it. This is the job just because it is. A rooftop chase between the DSS, the Brazilians and Dom’s gang balances three elements with complicated movements, but it’s never quite awesome.

From here it’s a solid hour of all exposition. Dom and Brian get the team from previous sequels back together. Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) help with the technical and Gisele (Gal Gadot) and pre-Tokyo Drift Han (Sung Kang) handle intel. It’s nice to see everyone again but they waste a lot of time on stupid scenes like Roman fast talking a guard. That’s a shame because he was funny in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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Dom maps out Reyes’s entire operation. Then the DSS re-figures it out on their own. Dom and Brian finally go to a street race party, complete with Brazilian T&A, and they skip the race. I get the joke that we just assume they won, but when there’s been no action for a while that’s a flat out failure. THIS is the race you leave implied? Instead we see the crew make practice runs for the heist they’re planning against Reyes.

We finally get a quarter mile race about 80 minutes into the movie. I think they saved all their fury for the climactic sequence, which is good. There’s certainly not enough Hobbs. I appreciate all the talk about family but all those plot scenes weren’t building any character. You do get to see Diesel and The Rock fight, about as cathartic as Jet Li vs. Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables.

Because I was anticipating it so highly, Fast Five becomes my first official disappointment of the summer, and that makes me FURIOUS.

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‘Fast Five’ Macho Quiz http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fast-five-macho-quiz/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fast-five-macho-quiz/#comments Sun, 24 Apr 2011 21:04:58 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=208755 Johnson vs. Diesel vs. Brewster vs. Walker

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While in Rio de Janeiro for the Fast Five press junket, I had the chance to sit down with the cast of the film and administer the Macho Quiz. It’s Dwayne Johnson vs. Vin Diesel vs Paul Walker vs. Jordana Brewster for the coveted title. In a movie filled to the brim with testosterone, I know you’re all itching to find out who ranks the highest. They’re just all lucky Tom Selleck doesn’t have a cameo.

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‘Fast Five’ Interactive Trailer: Click All Over Jordana Brewster http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fast-five-interactive-trailer-click-all-over-jordana-brewster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fast-five-interactive-trailer-click-all-over-jordana-brewster/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 05:31:19 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207887 In this trailer for 'Fast Five', you click on stuff and info videos pop-up. Click, click, click. Fun.

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Traditional movie trailers are broken. When you click on the trailer for, say, Bridesmaids, a mini-video doesn’t pop up showing how embarrassed Jon Hamm was to be in the film. Luckily, the folks at Fast Five created a fix to this decades-old problem. Thank you, Vin Diesel and friends.

Above is an interactive trailer for Fast Five. You click on stuff and info videos pop-up. There’s also a game element, where you try to unlock safes or something. The point is: clicking on trailers is fun. Click, click, click. Fun. You’ll see Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster in extended clips and behind-the-scenes videos. You’ll also learn a lot more about the cars. Of course, that’s if you bother to watch the info videos, and aren’t just rapid-clicking to find the vaults, like I was doing. I play to win.

Fast Five rolls into theaters April 29, 2011.

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We’re Chillin’ In Rio With The ‘Fast Five’ Crew! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/were-chillin-in-rio-with-the-fast-five-crew/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/were-chillin-in-rio-with-the-fast-five-crew/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:49:34 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=206376 Sometimes this job is really tough.

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Universal Pictures invited me out to Rio de Janeiro this week to hang with the cast and crew of Fast Five. After giving it some serious thought, I replied, “HELL YES!” All of your favorite drivers will be there, including Vin Diesel Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster (you know, for the fellas). There will also be sun, sand, and unbelievably hot Brazilian women strolling the beach wearing bathing suits of limited fabric. I hope my pasty white movie blogger skin doesn’t frighten them away.

If you have questions for any of the stars of the film, or director Justin Lin, please leave them in the comment section. I’ll be interviewing Tyrese, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, and Sung Kang as well. Since this film is packed to the brim with masculinity, maybe you have some “man” questions you’d like to get answered. Like, how does a real man get his steak cooked, or what’s the best scotch to drink while contemplating your awesomeness?

You’ll also be able to watch a streaming live broadcast of the world premiere of the film on Friday night. More info on that coming later. But for now, I gotta catch a flight to Brazil, and brush up on my Portuguese. Tchau.

That’s “bye,” right?

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The Rock Pinky Swears That He Will Star In ‘Snitch’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-pinky-swears-that-he-will-star-in-snitch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rock-pinky-swears-that-he-will-star-in-snitch/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:44:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203128 Dwayne Johnson's transformation back into The Rock grows more complete with every casting. He's just signed on to punch guys in the face and do that thing where you pick them up by the throat and then throw them down for the movie Snitch.

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Dwayne Johnson‘s transformation back into The Rock grows more complete with every casting. He’s just signed on to punch guys in the face and do that thing where you pick them up by the throat and then throw them down for the movie Snitch.

Johnson’s role in the action flick is a far cry from those that have required him to wear fairy wings and soap bubbles. He stars as a blue-collar working class dad on a mission to free his falsely-incarcerated son. That setup could mean we’ll see a more serious, morose Rock than we’ve ever seen before, as the desperation to save his character’s son coul drive him to extreme actions.

As of now, he’s the only cast attached to the film directed by former-stuntman Ric Roman Waugh. We’ll keep you posted when we know who he’ll get revenge on this time. (Deadline)

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‘Fast Five’ Poster Is Faster, Furiouser, Five-ier http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fast-five-poster-is-faster-furiouser-five-ier/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fast-five-poster-is-faster-furiouser-five-ier/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:55:03 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24745 Five times the car chases. Five times car crashes. Five times the car motion blurs lines.

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Five times the car chases. Five times car crashes. Five times the car motion blurs lines.

Below is the new poster for Fast Five, the latest Fast and the Furious movie to run-over the title continuity of the series like so much roadkill. At least the other movies had “furious” in the title. Will this entry be nearly as “furious” as the first four? With Vin Diesel Paul Walker and Dwayne “Smell My Cooking” Johnson returning, all signs point 2 yes.

Another sign of this movie’s furiousity: according to a recent interview with director Justin Lin, they shot all the action sequences practically. So when you see a bunch of trucks crash into a train, those were real trucks, a real train, and the whole thing was really expensive. Those aren’t woosy CG wireframe trucks assembled in the Troniverse.

However, I hear the talking scenes will be processed through the program Actor Effects, so the dramatic moments are smoother and also tolerable. (JoBlo and IGN)

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‘Fast Five’ Teaser Trailer Is Mission: In-freaking-sanity http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fast-five-teaser-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fast-five-teaser-trailer/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:37:56 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=12391 I decided to creep Vin Diesel's Facebook page for the first time in my life today, and as random fate would have it, I found the teaser trailer for Fast Five.

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I decided to creep Vin Diesel’s Facebook page for the first time in my life today, and as random fate would have it, I found the teaser trailer for Fast Five. Finally, a high-octane look at The Rock dressed as a West Hollywood genie in hot pursuit of Diesel and his muscle car army.

The plan was to have Vin release this to his 20 million Facebook fans first, and the Paul Walker, Ludacris, and everyone else would post it to their own pages. Vin always goes first. In trailers and in line for lunch. Dude won’t eat chili mac at room temperature.

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Video Interview: The Rock ‘Faster’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/video-interview-the-rock-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/video-interview-the-rock-faster/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:16:05 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9199 Johnson was a good sport when I tied in Faster with the upcoming Fast Five. He also appreciated my Point Blank reference and told us it’s okay to still call him The Rock.

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In my 10+ years of journalism experience, I have found that the best interviews ever are professional wrestlers. Their entire job is public speaking, riling up the crowd. When they get into a more intimate situation, they know exactly how to present their soundbites so they sound like natural conversation and engage you personally.

Dwayne Johnson has been doing this for 10 years himself as a movie star. His latest movie, Faster, is a return to the sort of action we always expected from The Rock. He plays Driver, an ex-con simply out for revenge. He goes after the gang who betrayed him and killed his brother with nary a word, let alone a cute one-liner.

Johnson was a good sport when I tied in Faster with the upcoming Fast Five. The fifth in the Fast and the Furious series pits Johnson against Vin Diesel. He also appreciated my Point Blank reference and told us it’s okay to still call him The Rock. Check out the video below.


The Roc Faster Interview – Watch more Funny Videos

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Review: Faster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-faster/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:05:44 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8831 The tough guy movie of the year is here. Faster is all about the characters and attitude, much more so than action. This is how you make a cool movie. It’s not just set pieces. It’s an overall tone.

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The tough guy movie of the year is here. Faster is all about the characters and attitude, much more so than action. This is how you make a cool movie. It’s not just set pieces. It’s an overall tone.

driver (Dwayne Johnson) gets out of prison and goes on a rampage, shooting people before you even know what’s going on. This is a list movie, where they introduce all the bad guys and then Driver goes through killing them all. That might remind audiences of Kill Bill but to me it harkens back to Point Blank. There’s no watered down “likeability” but it’s full of respect and honor.  The characters accept their role in this story and have their confrontations.

Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is on Driver’s tail, and Killer is just interested in conquering another quest. He’s already a perfect physical specimen. He just needs a more dangerous game. Cop (Billy Bob Thornton) is on the case, but he’s not a very good cop. Each character speaks to what another character lacks, and it’s a more interesting triangle than usual.

Driver is the best character The Rock has ever played, and that includes The Rock. His actions are so stark before he does pretty much any talking, it just brings us into this story. We don’t have to know Driver’s motivations right away, but we’ve got to stick with him because we’re already in too deep to get out.

I like The Rock, and Johnson is good at comedy too, but it’s cool to see him take a serious badass role. There’s a lot of staring going on. He’s sweaty and gritty. He crosses several lanes of traffic without looking. Of course we know the cars will stop but he doesn’t care. He tosses an interventionist card because he’s not going to talk about his feelings. The Rock is back in action, and better than ever.

George Tillman, Jr. may not have a lot of action set pieces in Faster but he knows how to play visually. His character introductions are completely informative, incorporating behavior and visual cues with slow motion, music and humor. Driver’s reunion with his car is a big deal, even though there’s not really a car chase. There kind of doesn’t have to be, because Driver probably wouldn’t risk his beauty.

Faster brings back all the classic elements that have been missing from movies and takes them to new levels. Driver is one of those miraculous cases of survival who should be dead but he’s back. The hit man is obsessed with excellence and conquering all challenges. There is actually a character close to retirement, and the “one last job” angle has a way different context here. There’s even a gratuitous strip club scene, although they’re all in bikinis. Damn.

The film introduces some new twists too. Real things happen to these characters in between plot points. The deadbeat cop who works too much actually chooses his family in an interesting, still morally ambiguous way. They deal with relationships, addictions, families and religion. Some films throw that in to pretend they have more of a plot, but Faster actually delivers the drama.

I do wonder how all these expert drivers in movies have time to work out and study martial arts too. Learning how to drive that well must take hours and hours behind the wheel every day for your entire life. Those are good skills but you’re still in a seated position. What, you drive for six hours, lift weights for two and do kata before bed?

Faster is just a solid, aggressive thriller. The title might suggest more action than the movie actually delivers, because that’s probably the only way to market it. It’s actually a refreshing minimalist character piece, but man does it propel you through Driver’s anger and Killer’s obsession. Dare I say Faster is also furious? I dare.

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Links Away: Fan-Made ‘Faster’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-fan-made-pro-rock-faster-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-fan-made-pro-rock-faster-trailer/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 01:15:24 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=8271 Studios should take fan-made trailers and run them nationally as official film trailers. Fans seem to make movies look a lot more badass than professional trailer editors. This trailer for Faster emphasizes what The Rock should have been doing all along -- stompin' fools instead wearing tutus and fairy wings.

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Studios should take fan-made trailers and run them nationally as official film trailers. Fans seem to make movies look a lot more badass than professional trailer editors. This trailer for Faster emphasizes what The Rock should have been doing all along — stompin’ fools instead wearing tutus and fairy wings. (/Film)

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Dwayne Johnson Loves Head Shots In New ‘Faster’ Red Band Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-loves-head-shots-in-new-faster-red-band-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-loves-head-shots-in-new-faster-red-band-trailer/#comments Wed, 06 Oct 2010 22:43:58 +0000 Reza F. CBS Films has dropped a new red band trailer for Faster. It’s directed by George Tillman Jr. and stars Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock Anymore” Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton,...

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CBS Films has dropped a new red band trailer for Faster. It’s directed by George Tillman Jr. and stars Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock Anymore” Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, and Moon Bloodgood.

Looks like there are plenty of brutal head shots as an ex-con drives, I’m going to assume fast, throughout the city knocking off the gang members that killed his brother ten years prior. Why anyone would ever f*ck with Dwayne’s family is beyond me. I would just assume once he’s let out of prison I’m dead.

Check out the NSFW trailer after the jump…

Mor Faster Videos

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Michael Caine Accepts ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ Paycheck http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-caine-accepts-journey-2-the-mysterious-island-paycheck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-caine-accepts-journey-2-the-mysterious-island-paycheck/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Michael Caine has admitted on record that the only reason he did Jaws: The Revenge was for the money and the free trip to the Bahamas. "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific!" So, there's not much surprise that he's agreed to co-star opposite the Rock in the Hawaii-based Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Plus, he gets to work with Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore director Brad Peyton. What actor would turn down that opportunity?! In the film, he'll portray Josh Hutcherson's adventure-seeking granddad who wanders off and winds up on a mysterious island. This will be an action-heavy role for Caine that will see him squaring off against giant bees. If you listen closely, that beeping sound is a dump truck full of money backing up to Oscar-winner Michael Caine's terrific house. (THR)

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Michael Caine has admitted on record that the only reason he did Jaws: The Revenge was for the money and the free trip to the Bahamas. "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific!" So, there’s not much surprise that he’s agreed to co-star opposite the Rock in the Hawaii-based Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Plus, he gets to work with Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore director Brad Peyton. What actor would turn down that opportunity?!

In the film, he’ll portray Josh Hutcherson‘s adventure-seeking granddad who wanders off and winds up on a mysterious island. This will be an action-heavy role for Caine that will see him squaring off against giant bees. If you listen closely, that beeping sound is a dump truck full of money backing up to Oscar-winner Michael Caine‘s terrific house. (THR)

 

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Dwayne Johnson Joins ‘Journey To The Center Of The Earth’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-johnson-joins-journey-to-the-center-of-the-earth-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-johnson-joins-journey-to-the-center-of-the-earth-sequel/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's slow transformation into Brendan Fraser is nearly complete. The wrestler-turned-actor (Walking Tall, Southland Tales, Chef Boyardee commercials) has signed on as the lead in the upcoming Journey To The Center Of Earth sequel. Many expected that Josh Hutcherson would make the leap to leading man for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, but it seems that he's riding shotgun this time around. In the film, Johnson plays Hutcherson's mom's boyfriend who tags along for the exhilirating adventure when the boy travels to an unchartered island to find his missing grandfather. Seems like a lot of trouble. Did you check the local A&P, Josh? That's the first place I look when my granddad wanders. (THR)

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson‘s slow transformation into Brendan Fraser is nearly complete. The wrestler-turned-actor (Walking Tall, Southland Tales, Chef Boyardee commercials) has signed on as the lead in the upcoming Journey To The Center Of Earth sequel. Many expected that Josh Hutcherson would make the leap to leading man for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, but it seems that he’s riding shotgun this time around.

In the film, Johnson plays Hutcherson’s mom’s boyfriend who tags along for the exhilirating adventure when the boy travels to an unchartered island to find his missing grandfather. Seems like a lot of trouble. Did you check the local A&P, Josh? That’s the first place I look when my granddad wanders. (THR)

 

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Dwayne Johnson Is Pissed in the ‘Faster’ Teaser Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-is-pissed-in-the-faster-teaser-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-is-pissed-in-the-faster-teaser-trailer/#comments Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:58:16 +0000 Reza F. The Faster teaser trailer has Tokyo drifted onto the scene. It’s nice to see Dwayne Johnson shedding his tooth fairy wings and picking up a gun. He should only kick...

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The Faster teaser trailer has Tokyo drifted onto the scene. It’s nice to see Dwayne Johnson shedding his tooth fairy wings and picking up a gun. He should only kick ass from now on and stop these movies where he gets into embarassing situations with nine-year-olds.

The film follows an ex-con who sets out to avenge his brother’s death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. It also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace, Moon Bloodgood, and Carla Gugino. That’s a whole lotta sexy for one movie. The women must have joined together at some point to fend off Billy Bob’s forceful advances.

Faster skids into theaters Novembe 24, 2010.

Check out the teaser after the jump…


Faster — Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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Casting Round-Up: ‘Fast Five,’ ‘Moneyball,’ and Cox Will ‘Rise’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-fast-five-moneyball-and-cox-will-rise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-fast-five-moneyball-and-cox-will-rise/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 It's time once agin to gather round the computin' box and gather some freshly-branded casting news. YAWWWWW!!!!FAST FIVE - will be gaining one Ludacris and one The Rock according to Twitter all-star Tyrese Gibson. “Major shouts to Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, & Dewayne [sic] “Rock” Johnson!! “Fast & Furious Five” Let’s get em again!!” Yes. He misspelled The Rock's name but please keep in mind, he typed this with his ab muscles. Impressed, now? (Collider)RISE OF THE APES - has cast Brian Cox to play a villianous dean general Robert McKee owner of a primate research facility. When reached for comment, James Cromwell said, "Aw, dammit." (/Film)MONEYBALL - "Parks and Recreation" shoeshine man, Chris Pratt, will spend his hiatus from the show portraying a catcher whose hurty elbow leads him to become a batting phenom. Just like Rookie Of the Year (note: nothing like Rookie Of the Year.) (Collider)

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It’s time once agin to gather round the computin’ box and gather some freshly-branded casting news. YAWWWWW!!!!

FAST FIVE – will be gaining one Ludacris and one The Rock according to Twitter all-star Tyrese Gibson. “Major shouts to Vin Diesel Paul Walker, & Dewayne [sic] “Rock” Johnson!! “Fast & Furious Five” Let’s get em again!!” Yes. He misspelled The Rock’s name but please keep in mind, he typed this with his ab muscles. Impressed, now? (Collider)

RISE OF THE APES – has cast Brian Cox to play a villianous dean general Robert McKee owner of a primate research facility. When reached for comment, James Cromwell said, "Aw, dammit." (/Film)

MONEYBALL – "Parks and Recreation" shoeshine man, Chris Pratt, will spend his hiatus from the show portraying a catcher whose hurty elbow leads him to become a batting phenom. Just like Rookie Of the Year (note: nothing like Rookie Of the Year.) (Collider)

 

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Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock Anymore” Johnson Might Join Next ‘Fast & Furious’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-dont-call-me-the-rock-anymore-johnson-might-join-next-fast-furious/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dwayne-dont-call-me-the-rock-anymore-johnson-might-join-next-fast-furious/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "Mmmm, I'd like to be the meat in this sandwich."A little birdy told Deadline that Dwayne Johnson is sniffing the butt of a lead role in Fast & Furious 5, or the title Paul Walker wrote in crayon on his Trapper Keeper, Fast Five. Johnson is already starring in the revenge drama Faster where he'll also be driving fast. We got it, Rock. You're a man. You like fast cars, fast women, and eating chili peppers with Vin Diesel. It would be really cool if you'd let Paul tag along sometime. He doesn't think you guys like him. Awww, come back here, Paul! You weren't supposed to hear that!

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"Mmmm, I’d like to be the meat in this sandwich."

A little birdy told Deadline that Dwayne Johnson is sniffing the butt of a lead role in Fast & Furious 5, or the titl Paul Walker wrote in crayon on his Trapper Keeper, Fast Five. Johnson is already starring in the revenge drama Faster where he’ll also be driving fast. We got it, Rock. You’re a man. You like fast cars, fast women, and eating chili peppers with Vin Diesel. It would be really cool if you’d let Paul tag along sometime. He doesn’t think you guys like him. Awww, come back here, Paul! You weren’t supposed to hear that!

 

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