Dwayne Johnson Cast in Disaster Pic ‘San Andreas’

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Dwayne Johnson did such a good job reviving the Journey to the Center of the Earth franchise that New Line is giving him an opportunity to jumpstart one of his own.

Johnson has been set to star in San Andreas, a 3D disaster pic which, despite what you may have guessed from the title, is not related to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Brad Peyton is directing from a script most recently rewritten by Carey and Chad Hayes. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Dwayne Johnson Rock Pain Gain

Briefly: Few men can fill the shoes of Lee Majors but one who comes close is Dwayne Johnson. The actor formerly known has The Rock is in talks to star in a remake of the Eighties TV show The Fall Guy, with McG (Charlie’s Angels) behind the camera.

Majors starred in the original TV show which followed a Hollywood stuntman who used what he did in the movies to be a bounty hunter. It’s a project that’s been kicking around Hollywood for several years and is now being shopped around by Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE Studios. Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller wrote the latest draft, which breathed new life into the franchise. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Lore

This summer’s R.I.P.D., which looked like nothing so much as Men in Black with dead people, was a huge flop for Universal. Indeed, by some measures, it’s one of the biggest box office bombs of all time.

But perhaps because the original Men in Black franchise is still doing pretty well for Sony, Warner Bros. remains eager to launch a similar movie of its own. Last year, they started discussions with MIB director Barry Sonnenfeld to helm the MIB-esque Lore, based on an IDW comic book.

Sonnenfeld has since departed the project, but now they’ve brought relative newcomer David Green (not to be confused with David Gordon Green) on board to replace him. Dwayne Johnson remains attached to star. Hit the jump to learn more about the movie and its new helmer.

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GI Joe Dwayne Johnson

News of a new G.I. Joe film, the continuation of Pacific Rim and some crazy riffs on potential follow-ups are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Jon Chu confirms Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for G.I. Joe 3.
  • Sandra Bullock doesn’t think there will be a sequel to The Heat.
  • Despite rumors, there are no plans to do a sequel to The Simpsons Movie.
  • Gareth Edwards comes up with a hypothetical idea for a Godzilla sequel.
  • James Wan says he’d love an electric car in Fast and Furious 7.
  • Mel Gibson‘s brother wants to lend his voice to the Mad Max video game.
  • Travis Beacham promises more Pacific Rim, at least in comics.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 gets a greenlight and the whole gang is back.

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Hercules set (header)

After years of trying, Brett Ratner is finally getting his chance to bring a legendary Greek hero to life. Production is currently underway on Hercules, based on Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

With the release date still a year away, it’s unlikely we’ll get to see real footage any time soon. But thanks to star Dwayne Johnson, we have our first peek at some of the props and costumes, along with the set. Hit the jump to check out the images.

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Dwayne Johnson Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson has had quite a 2013: Snitch, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Fast and Furious 6, he’s now shooting Hercules, was up for Transformers 4, will soon do Fast and Furious 7 and was even in the main event at Wrestlemania. However, if the latest rumor somehow comes true, it would terminate all of that.

The latest juicy, probably untrue, but amazing to imagine rumor is that the upcoming Terminator 5 is being developed with a role for Johnson. Read about that, and a few other Terminator rumors, below. Read More »

Empire State

Dwayne Johnson may be “franchise Viagra,” having helped prop up the Journey to the Center of the Earth, Fast and Furious, and G.I. Joe movie series over the past couple of years, but even he can’t keep Dito Montiel‘s Empire State from going straight to DVD.

The film’s lack of a theatrical run is even more surprising when we look at the rest of the cast list: The Hunger GamesLiam Hemsworth leads, while Michael Angarano and Emma Roberts play supporting roles. As starry ensembles go, it’s not Les Misérables, but it’s a combination that sounds on paper like it should sell tickets.

Then again, even the brightest, most talented stars can only do so much to elevate an otherwise mediocre film. And while the first trailer isn’t quite terrible, it is damningly generic. Hit the jump to check it out.

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The Wolverine

On November 1st 2012, I visited the set of The Wolverine in Sydney, Australia. To give you an idea of the timeline of my visit, Hurricane Sandy had just wreaked havoc in New York, and I woke up early one morning from the constant noises coming from my computer because I was getting so many notices of the breaking news that Disney had purchased LucasFilm and was making more Star Wars movies.

It is five in the morning and I’m standing in a street lined with Japanese houses covered with snow. The elaborate set was  built in a huge parking lot that was built for the 2000 Olympic games. Flakes of snow fall as ninjas run and ride motorcycles along the rooftops. Hugh Jackman is hanging off the top of a snow plow as it barrels down the street, away from a crowd of masked ninjas. Jackman, employing safety harnesses, flips to his feet on top of the snowplow and “activates” his claws. The second unit director calls “cut”, and Hugh notices our little grouping of press off in the corner and yells out “So you guys a pulling an all nighter? Why don’t you put some ninja suits on and get in the action?”

After the jump you will find a compilation of interesting facts I learned while visiting the set.

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