Michael Bay is spending his time in between Transformers making a film based on the true story of Miami bodybuilders who kidnapped a guy in order to make some easy money, and ended up enmeshed in a cycle of torture and murder.

And yet, on the poster for the movie, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Mark Wahlberg look like pretty OK guys. They’re the leads of Pain & Gain, and as such are the two guys who start that violent get rich scheme. We know things go wrong in the movie eventually — there’s a photo of the Rock doing things with a human body part that you don’t see all that often — but based on this poster you’d never know it. Read More »

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‘Snitch’ Trailer: The Rock is a Good Dad Playing Bad

Snitch is based — probably very loosely — on a real story in which a father tries to dig himself into the drug trade in order to help his son out of prison. The father here is played by The Rock, with Susan Sarandon showing up as the hard-ass prosecutor who doesn’t want to let his kid off easy, leading Dad into a gig driving for some pretty bad men in the hopes of taking down the people responsible for putting his kid behind bars.

Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, with Stephen Dorff) directs, and the supporting cast looks like the best part of the film: in addition to Sarandon you’ve got Michael K. Williams, Nadine Velazquez, and Jon Bernthal. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

In Fast Six, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns as DSS agent Luke Hobbs. This time, his crew’s power is bolstered by the addition of Gina Carano, the former MMA fighter whose first film, Haywire, led to her gig in Fast Six.

The film is shooting now under the direction of Justin Lin, who returns to the director’s chair, and Johnson has tweeted a photo of he and Carano in costume on the set of the film. Read More »

Yesterday, Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) tweeted this vague response, igniting rumors that Johnson is in talks or cast in an upcoming DC Comics movie adaptation. Many fans responded to The Rock’s tease, but got no response. So what might The Rock have up his sleeves? Could there be a Warner Bros/DC Comics movie in the works? Or is The Rock just trying to get his fans talking (sometimes a lot of nonsensical buzz can turn into reality).

I remember back in 2007 that Johnson was attached to play Black Adam in a big screen adaptation of the Captain Marvel comic book Shazam!. Somewhere along the line, that project fell off the board. Has the project been rekindled? Or more likely, is Johnson in talks for another DC Comics property? If so which one?

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was initially famous for his presence and swagger in the wrestling ring, and for his goofy but memorable tagline “can you smell what The Rock is cooking?”

As an actor the guy has taken a few steps beyond that initial image (only a few) but now Michael Bay is bringing him right back to that original question. In a new set photo from Pain and Gain, Bay’s ‘ripped from the headlines’ movie in which a couple juiceheads kidnap a local businessman, the Rock is cooking something crazy. See the full image below. Read More »

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ International Trailer

Cinemacon delivered a new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation earlier this week, and now a new international trailer features a great deal of new footage. It’s pretty much entirely big, cheesy stuff in which the betrayed Joes battle the devious forces of Cobra with high tech and charming brawn, the latter courtesy of The Rock and Bruce Willis.

But like most of the other footage from Jon M. Chu‘s sequel, it looks like it might be just as entertaining as it is fluffy. Is it possible that Chu has his the sweet spot for summer movies with this cartoonish action film? Let’s hope. Check out the new stuff below. Read More »

Real-Life Weirdness: The Rock For President?

It doesn’t take a serious student of American politics to take quick stock of men who have jumped from entertainment to politics. Ronald Reagan went from actor to California Governor to being one of the most popular United States Presidents. (Most popular on the conservative side, anyway.) Arnold Schwarzenegger went from bodybuilding to acting to Governor of California; Jesse Ventura transformed himself from a wrestler to Governor of Minnesota. There are many more, but you get the idea.

Could the next political transformation be waiting in the form of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? Read More »

Two of the most in-demand action stars working right now may be on the verge of teaming up. Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are close to signing on for Dito Montiel‘s Empire State, with the former on the verge of closing a deal and the latter in negotiations. The film sounds more or less like what you might expect from a collaboration between Hemsworth and Johnson: It’s an indie heist movie involving an armored car robbery. More details after the jump.

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