In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Dwayne Johnson teases a big change for Hobbs in Fast 8.
- Fast 8 organizes an Omaze campaign to benefit the Paul Walker Foundation.
- James Gunn counts down to the release date of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
- A new featurette explores Idris Elba‘s Krall in Star Trek Beyond.
- Go behind-the-scenes of Rihanna‘s new Star Trek Beyond song and watch her discuss her fandom.
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It took eleven different guys to take down Andy Garcia in Ocean’s Eleven, so it should come as no surprise that even Dwayne Johnson will have some trouble facing off with the Oscar nominee in the forthcoming second season of the HBO series Ballers.
The series is essentially Entourage set in the world of sports, but with much more of a focus on the business side of things. Essentially, it’s like Dwayne Johnson is Jeremy Piven’s character, but he’s much less obnoxious and nowhere near as offensive or angry. The second season is premiering later this week, and a new Ballers season 2 trailer shows that Andy Garcia will be a force to be reckoned with for Dwayne Johnson. Read More »
I’ll give Universal this much: they appear to be hellbent on ensuring that their upcoming Universal monster revivals are major events. The original films were B-movies in the classic sense of the word, produced for small budgets by clever filmmakers forced to work within the confines of a genre that many audiences and artists simply did not take seriously. Time has been kind to Dracula and Frankenstein and the rest of their cinematic siblings, but it took a few decades for the original run of classic monster movies to truly earn their place in the larger cultural canon.
And now, we’re looking at a possible future where Dwayne Johnson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, is apparently being eyed to star in a new version of The Wolf Man.
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Take one of the biggest movie stars in the world and team him up with one of the smallest, and it sounds like a gimmick in the making. On paper, just the sight of Dwayne Johnson standing alongside Kevin Hart will incite a smile. But do the two have what it takes to lead an action comedy that is funny, exciting and overall entertaining?
Thankfully, in Central Intelligence, from We’re the Millers director Rawson Thurber Marshall, the answer is mostly yes. However, this may only be because Johnson and Hart are such an irresistible duo that they make you forget that the action and plot surrounding them is hollow, dull and merely acts as an excuse for these two to engage with each other for laughs.
Continue reading our Central Intelligence review after the jump.
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This fall, Disney adds another princess to their roster of female characters with Moana. However, rather than having another princess who needs saving by a handsome, Disney is continuing their increased dedication to creating strong female characters for little girls to look up to while also delivering some diversity with their first South Pacific princess, voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho.
The first Moana trailer has arrived, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the title character’s high seas journey that will see her teamed up with a demi-god named Maui, voiced by none other than one of the hardest working talents in Hollywood today, Dwayne Johnson. Watch the Moana trailer after the jump. Read More »
Just over a week ago, a video from the production of Fast 8 featured nearly the entire cast of the action sequel on set, though not with all of them together. Now a new photo from Vin Diesel rounds up all the principal performers from the film directed by F. Gary Gray, including all the returning cast members and the new ones as well. It also gives us our first look at Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju in the film with that wild red beard of his intact. Check out the Fast 8 cast photo below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
If you’re a fan of Dwayne Johnson (and who isn’t?) you may already be aware that his Instagram is the best source of updates on any and all Dwayne Johnson-related projects. It’s where we got some of our first looks at Central Intelligence and Baywatch, and where we learned Johnson had officially been cast in Shane Black’s Doc Savage, and where we once got that amazing photo of The Rock rescuing his puppies from the pool.
Now, Johnson’s taken to Instagram to offer a little sneak peek at his work in Disney Animation’s Moana, as well as the first photo of his character Luke Hobbs in Fast 8. Read More »
Nearly two weeks ago, Dwayne Johnson teased a new project that would having him teaming up with Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys director Shane Black in 2017. The project was not specifically named, but since Black is beginning production on his new Predator movie later this year, we assumed that Johnson would be leading the long-gestating big screen adaptation of the pulp hero Doc Savage.
Now we have official confirmation of Dwayne Johnson as Doc Savage thanks to a new Instagram post that features him alongside Shane Black as well as writers Anthony Bagarozzi & Chuck Mondry and producer Hiram Garcia, the vice president of production at Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Productions. Read More »
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Production is underway on Fast 8, the next sequel in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise. Recently the film because the first major Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba, so that will be something cool to see on the big screen next spring. But this past week marked the first time Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) got his whole team together on set all at once.
Universal has a released a set video of the cast having the time of their life working on the sequel, and you can watch that after the jump. In addition, a couple other official videos straight from the set offer even more glimpses at the production and what we can expect from the action-packed sequel. Watch the Fast 8 set videos after the jump. Read More »
On the surface, a report about Dwayne Johnson signing on to star in another big action movie is about as unsurprising as movie news can get. Of course The Rock has joined another new movie because that’s what The Rock does – he fills every square inch of his available schedule with another movie he wants to shoot. However, it’s the little details that make Skyscraper sound like an interesting project to keep your eye on. Not because of plot (details are scarce), but because this is one of those films that sounds like it will be carefully constricted to appeal to an international audience. This is what the future of mainstream moviemaking looks like.
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