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Can you smell what the ‘Hercules’ trailer is cooking?

The answer is cheese. The Hercules trailer is cooking lots and lots of cheese. Dwayne Johnson plays the Grecian idol in this Brett Ratner-directed joint, though we don’t get to see what kind of flavour he’ll bring to the role until the very end of this teaser, in which he screams a lot. You may not […]

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Trailer Debut: ‘The Legend of Hercules’

There are two Hercules movies coming out in 2014: one that stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role, and one that stars The Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz. This is the trailer for the latter, The Legend of Hercules. It’s going to be hard for anyone to muster excitement for this particular re-telling of the Greek legend. […]

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R.I.P. Paul Walker

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker perished in a car accident over the weekend. He was 40 years old. According to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred around 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon, in Valencia, California. The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, was being driven by his friend Roger Rodas. Minutes earlier, they had attended a […]

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Play It Again: Southland Tales (Flop Edition #3)

By Simon Miraudo September 17, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up … or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, […]

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Djimon Hounsou joins Fast & Furious 7

Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou has joined the ever-expanding cast of Fast & Furious 7, Variety reports. Though the details of his part are unknown, he joins other series newcomers Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, and Ronda Rousey. Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson will all return for the …. whatever-you-call-a-seventh-instalment-quel. James Wan takes over directorial […]

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The winner takes it all – Pain & Gain review

By Simon Miraudo August 8, 2013 Michael Bay, burdened with glorious purpose, pours his everything into Pain & Gain; the closest thing to an indie-spirited passion project he will likely ever make. It tells the true tale of three bodybuilders who kidnapped a fellow patron of their Sun Gym haunt and tortured him until he […]

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Speed freaks – Fast & Furious 6 review

By Simon Miraudo June 6, 2013 You don’t necessarily go to the sixth instalment of a franchise for originality, though it’s always appreciated when they throw in something new. The Fast and Furious saga has survived – and thrived! – thus far thanks to some purely cosmetic enhancements; adding a Tyrese or a Dwayne Johnson, subtracting all instances of ‘the’ from the title, […]

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Trailer Debut: Pain & Gain (Red Band)

A new trailer for Michael Bay’s (relatively) low budget black comedy Pain & Gain has arrived online. This one shows off its gorier aspects, hence the Red Band. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson star in the flick as ‘roided-up gym junkies who get tangled up in a blackmail scheme. It’s based on a fantastically compelling true story […]

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Interview: Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation)

By Simon Miraudo March 26, 2013 Jon M. Chu’s directorial credentials didn’t necessarily suggest he’d be the best director for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. We suspect it was his enthusiasm for the Hasbro universe that got him the gig. And good thing too: the resulting product is a lot of fun. Having cut his teeth on […]

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A few good ninjas – G.I. Joe: Retaliation review

By Simon Miraudo March 25, 2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation is easily the best film produced under the Hasbro banner, clearing the lowest cinematic bar perhaps ever known to humanity. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu has been subbed in for the outgoing Stephen Sommers (who helmed predecessor Rise of the Cobra), while […]

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Teaser and Poster Debut: Fast & Furious 6

The first teaser for Fast & Furious 6 aired during the NFL Superbowl this morning, as ads for highly anticipated movies are wont to do. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and their team of car-jacking buddies are back, this time recruited by Dwayne Johnson for an ambitious endeavour that has something to do with tanks and exploding jets. (There’s a […]

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Dwayne Johnson making movie based on picture of sword-wielding Teddy Bear

Here’s some news that will no doubt inspire millions of DeviantARTists to keep pumping out their slightly-skewed works in the hopes of securing a million dollar movie deal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne Johnson is attached to produce and potentially star in a film based on a picture of a sword-wielding teddy by Alex […]

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Trailer Debut: Pain & Gain

See Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in all their brawny glory in the trailer for Michael Bay’s black comedy Pain & Gain. Wahlberg and Johnson star in the flick as ‘roided-up gym junkies who get tangled up in a blackmail scheme. You may not believe it after watching the trailer, but it’s based on a true […]

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Poster Debut: Pain & Gain

We’ve got our first look at Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay’s (relatively) low-budget black comedy Pain & Gain in this new poster. The two of them star as ‘roided-up gym junkies who get tangled up in a blackmail scheme. Inspired by a true story, Bay spent just $22 million on the making of the […]

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Poster Debut: Pain & Gain

Michael Bay‘s upcoming action-comedy Pain & Gain gets a poster and the fascination continues regarding this mysterious ‘low-budget’ effort from the grand auteur of chaos cinema. For years Bay has spoken of returning to his roots to make a small film and it seems the reality of this bizarre project is getting closer and closer. Pain […]

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The top 10 athletes turned actors

The top 10 athletes turned actors. By Simon Miraudo. In Magic Mike, you might recognise the hirsute male stripper Tarzan not from other flicks, but in fact from his career as a professional wrestler. Yes, Kevin Nash has made the transition from sports to the silver screen, like so many other male and female beefcakes […]

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Anthony Mackie in talks for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain

Anthony Mackie (Half Nelson, The Hurt Locker) is in negotiations to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay‘s crime caper Pain and Gain. According to Variety, Mackie would play the third lead in the picture. Said to be a relatively smaller budget exercise for Bay – at least, smaller than the presumed budget of his […]

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Dwayne Johnson to play Hercules for Brett Ratner

Dwayne Johnson is in talks to star in MGM’s adaptation of Steve Moore’s comic Hercules: The Thracian War, Variety reports. Brett Ratner is set to direct. Moore’s graphic novel was published in 2008, and tells of Hercules’ struggle to turn the Thracian army into unstoppable killing machine. The screenplay has been penned by Ryan Condal (also a writer on the ill-fated Paradise […]

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Ed Harris to reteam with Michael Bay for Pain and Gain?

The Rock star Ed Harris might reunite with director Michael Bay for Pain and Gain, Vulture reports. Ironically, Dwayne Johnson – aka The Rock – is already set to star in the pic, which has been nicknamed “Michael Bay’s Fargo”. Said to be a relatively smaller budget exercise for Bay, it is based on a true story in […]

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Taylor Lautner and Dwayne Johnson to play David and Goliath?

The Biblical tale of David and Goliath is heading to the big screen (and no, not just in the form of the scrappy underdog fighting robot flick Real Steel). According to Twitch, Taylor Lautner and Dwayne Johnson have been offered the opportunity to star as David and Goliath in Scott Derrickson‘s upcoming adaptation. Talks with […]

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Boy toys – Fast and Furious 5 review

Fast and Furious 5 – Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Justin Lin. Rated M. Originally published April 23, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s not the sign of a particularly good film when the entire cast could be replaced by belligerent three-year-olds and you could expect most of the line readings to […]

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Bruce Willis in negotiations for G.I. Joe 2

Stunt casting, or just plain perfect casting? Bruce Willis is in talks to star as the eponymous Joe in G.I. Joe 2. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willis would play General Joe Colton, who, according to comic lore, kick started the strike team and earned the nickname G.I. Joe. Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki and […]

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G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes scores a Wonder Woman

In a parallel universe, Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki is playing Wonder Woman on television, and there is no sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. That is not the universe we live in, and frankly, I have mixed feelings about that. According to Deadline, Palicki has joined the cast of G.I. Joe: […]

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So, how many Oscars will Fast and Furious Five win?

The L.A. Times has gone long on the increasing popularity of the Fast and Furious franchise, interviewing all the major players about the series’ cultural and social significance (don’t scoff … yet). The piece actually does offer some interesting insights into the success of the saga – the most recent instalment of which has broken […]

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Boy toys – Fast and Furious 5 review

Fast and Furious 5 – Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Justin Lin. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. It’s not the sign of a particularly good film when the entire cast could be replaced by belligerent three-year-olds and you could expect most of the line readings to remain exactly the same. Fast […]

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Dwaynegerous – Faster review

Faster – Starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Directed by George Tillman Jr. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It has taken almost an entire decade for Dwayne Johnson to shed his wrestling moniker and be recognised by audiences as an “ac-tor” with a regular name minus any definite articles. He’s proven in […]

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Fairy movie – Tooth Fairy review

Tooth Fairy – Starring Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant and Julie Andrews. Directed by Michael Lembeck. Rated G. Originally published January 14, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. To call Tooth Fairy a bad film is like calling star Dwayne Johnson a big guy. Both statements are accurate, but neither actually conveys the degree to which they are […]

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The Other Guys trailer debut

The first official trailer for the new Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg action comedy The Other Guys has debuted online. Ferrell re-teams with director Adam McKay (Talladega Nights, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Funny or Die) for this latest comedy about two NYPD desk-jockeys living in the shadow of their more action-oriented police brethren. I know that some are […]

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Fairy movie – Tooth Fairy review

Tooth Fairy – Starring Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant and Julie Andrews. Directed by Michael Lembeck. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. To call Tooth Fairy a bad film is like calling star Dwayne Johnson a big guy. Both statements are accurate, but neither actually conveys the degree to which they are true. Dwayne Johnson isn’t just […]

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