Don’t say the word “grounded” to director David Leitch. The filmmaker behind Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and most recently, Hobbs & Shaw, wants his big blockbusters to live in a fantasy land far, far away from gritty reality. He wants his escapism to look cool and stylish, not familiar. It’s probably why his sensibilities were suited for the Fast & Furious franchise, which are basically superhero movies with cars instead of capes.
Hobbs & Shaw is probably the most fantastical entry in the series, with minor elements of science-fiction and superhuman acts performed by the titular duo. Realism has no place in this franchise, which allowed Leitch to have as much fun as possible with all the franchise’s toys and staples. While staying true to the family spirit and ridiculousness of the franchise, Leitch also brought his eye-popping graphic novel style to the Fast & Furious franchise.
Recently, at a press day for the Hobbs & Shaw Blu-Ray release, the filmmaker told us about bringing his style to the series, his fondness of John Woo and Jackie Chan, and his distaste of the word “grounded.”
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International superstar Dwayne Johnson started his career as a professional wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation (now called WWE). But now the man formerly known as “The Rock” will be stepping into a different fighting arena for Smashing Machine, a new biopic that will see the wrestler playing two-time UFC champion Mark Kerr. Read More »
After the sensational box office success of 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, director Jake Kasdan and co. knew they had to bring its sequel to a whole new level. And they did more than simply title the third Jumanji film Jumanji: The Next Level. They brought in two legendary comedians in the form of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover — for about the 15 minutes of the movie. The rest of the movie will consist of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart doing DeVito and Glover impressions, respectively. Genius.
Jumanji: The Next Level takes us back into the world of the video game, which has now malfunctioned and accidentally pulled in DeVito and Glover’s cranky grandpas, swapping them in the bodies of Johnson’s Dr. Bravestone and Hart’s Franklin Finbar. Shenanigans naturally ensue. Watch the new Jumanji The Next Level trailer below.
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There’s something to say about consistency in television. How many mighty shows have we seen fall in their final seasons? Too many, but for a show to stay true to its self, evolve, and entertain for many years, that’s a feat. It’s an accomplishment HBO’s Ballers pulled off through its five-year run on HBO, where it was the cable network’s most popular 30-minute comedy, and yet not the most popular comedy to talk about. It wasn’t ever a show to tweet about every Sunday anyway, but in spite of generally solid reviews for a solid show, there wasn’t much love for a Dwayne Johnson performance that deserved more attention. But Ballers was one of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s faves for good reason.
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Following the massive success of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Disney is looking to another beloved Disney Parks attraction for their live-action films. Jungle Cruise is based on one of the first Disney Parks attractions, which takes passengers on a riverboat cruise through the major rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. The film will narrow that location down to the Amazon, which serves as the mystical location of the mythic Tree of Life, which Dwayne Johnson‘s riverboat captain and Emily Blunt‘s scientist are searching for in the film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Watch the Jungle Cruise trailer below.
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Dwayne Johnson soon stars in Disney’s live-action theatrical riff on Jungle Cruise, based on one of the company’s classic theme park rides. But Johnson’s interest in Disney parks evidently extends beyond that single ride: a new report says he will executive produce a Disney+ show called Behind the Attraction which traces the history and evolution of Disney theme park rides over the years. Read more about the upcoming project below. Read More »
The year may not be over yet, but the numbers for determining the highest paid actors and actresses are calculated at the midpoint of each year. This year, Dwayne Johnson landed at the top of the list of the highest paid actors while Scarlett Johansson topped the list of highest paid actresses. Find out how much they made and who else ended up on each list below. Read More »
Are you ready to watch Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt go on a quest for a mystical healing tree? That’s the ultra-simplified plot of Jungle Cruise, Disney’s upcoming movie adaptation of the classic Disneyland theme park ride, which features skippers making purposefully terrible jokes and puns. In the film, Johnson plays a captain tasked with delivering a woman (Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) to a tree with magic healing powers, but we learned a bit more about the film during its presentation at today’s D23 Expo. Buckle up, keep your arms and legs inside the boat, and read on to find out the latest about this film. Read More »
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Ballers is nearing the endzone now. The upcoming fifth season of the HBO football comedy will be its last, according to star and executive producer Dwayne Johnson. The fifth and final season will debut this Sunday on HBO.
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If you went into Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw expecting to get some cameos from the cast of the primary Fast and Furious franchise, then you walked away mostly disappointed. But if you went in not expecting a couple key cameos from two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, then you may have left the theater satisfied.
The marketing for Hobbs and Shaw kept the cameos in question out of the marketing, and the internet has been surprisingly good about keeping them under wraps, but now the cat’s out of the bag, and the cameos are officially being used to push the second weekend of release. Find out who made these big Hobbs and Shaw cameos and even see clips of one of them below. Read More »