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Dwayne Johnson Keeps Talking About 'Shazam,' Also Lines Up 'Journey 3 & 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 9:23 AM
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Dwayne Johnson, Shazam
Dwayne Johnson doesn't need much prodding to talk about "Shazam." In fact, we're pretty sure his breakfast order is, "three eggs scrambled, multigrain toast, bacon, beans, fruit smoothie and....oh hey, did I tell you about the DC Comics movie I'm doing?" And so while he waits for Warner Bros. to finally make it official, the erstwhile Rock continues to talk about the project he hoped would've been formally announced last month in San Diego.

Box-Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ Beauty Outperforms Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Brawn

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 27, 2014 11:58 AM
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Lucy
Call it a battle of the beauty and the beast if you like. Though audiences didn’t seem to love Luc Besson’s “Lucy” or Brett Ratner’s “Hercules”—at least considering those dismal Cinemascore ratings (C+ for the former). But they were unsure about either and curious, as reviews for both hit rather late in the week. And so viewers chose “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson—reviews being largely, “ridiculous, but entertaining”—over Dwayne Johnson and “Hercules”—reviews more akin to “ridiculous and just bad.” The critical buzz surely didn’t hurt, Besson not having made a critically lauded film in some time, and perhaps audiences wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And so “Lucy” perched itself atop the box office this weekend, hauling in approximately $44 million. That makes for the highest grossing box-office debut for a Scarlett Johansson-starring vehicle ever (all those Marvel films don't really count) by a rather large margin. Perhaps 2006's the "Black Dahlia" ($10 million opening) is the last movie that could be considered a "starring" role for the actress.

Review: 'Hercules' Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane And John Hurt

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 25, 2014 9:00 AM
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Hercules
There are cheap costumes, cartoonish special effects and endless nonsense monologues in Brett Ratner's “Hercules." Ergo, there's also Ian McShane. HBO's "Deadwood" blew up the journeyman actor's career, making him a must-have accessory in the eyes of all casting agents. But since the end of that show, where he essayed the role of the iconic Al Swearengen, he's been lost in an increasingly inessential sea of special effects-heavy blockbusters, from “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” to “Jack The Giant Slayer," from “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” to “Snow White And The Huntsman." You figure the qualifications for McShane appearing in your movie involve the least amount of acting possible. “Hercules” may be the first film where, finally, everyone is on the exact same page as McShane.

Dwayne Johnson Terrible At Secrets: All But Reveals Captain Marvel Role

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 24, 2014 7:14 PM
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Dwayne Johnson, Shazam
Dwayne Johnson doesn’t really know how to play the super hero tease game. Or at least, he’s not very good at it and if this were a Christopher Nolan project, the filmmaker would be having a heart attack by now. So the “Hercules” star already basically let it out of the bag that he’ll be playing Captain Marvel or will have a role in that D.C./Warner Bros. film. And now, unless he’s really screwing with us, he’s tweeted some not so subtle photos.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Teases Playing Shazam, Plus New Clip From 'Hercules' (That Alan Moore Wants You To Boycott)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 10:48 AM
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Hercules
This weekend, the 6' 5" charisma machine that is Dwayne Johnson will flex his way into multiplexes across the country in Brett Ratner's "Hercules." It's another showcase for the blockbuster actor, this time in a major leading role after taking supporting turns in both "Fast & Furious 6" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." And the folks at Warner Bros. will be looking at the results for that film very closely as they've been talking with the actor about taking on a still unspecified DC Comics character. Well, leave to The Rock to tease what he says is an impending announcement (maybe at Comic-Con?) about the project that will bear his name.

New Featurette, TV Spot & Images Of Dwayne Johnson In Brett Ratner's 'Hercules'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2014 1:06 PM
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Hercules
After a decade-long quest, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is finally a fully-flung movie star: he's helped elevate sequels in the "Fast & Furious," "Journey" and "G.I. Joe" franchises to be significantly more successful than their predecessors. But so far, the actor's standalone actioners haven't had the same level of success, with movies like "Faster" and "Snitch" disappointing, and "Empire State" failing to even get a theatrical release.

Universal Wants Dwayne Johnson For Robert Ludlum's Bourne-esque Franchise 'The Janson Directive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2014 4:47 PM
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The Janson Directive Dwayne Johnson
Tell me if this sounds familiar: a former special ops agent leaves his government gig and goes into business for himself, taking on cases that he believes will help those in need. So sort of a bit of Jason Bourne mixed with Jack Reacher? Sounds about right, and perhaps it's no shocker that "The Janson Directive" comes from the pen of 'Bourne' writer Robert Ludlum. Universal has been sitting on "The Janson Directive" for a few years now, but it looks like they want to get it moving with a big name to bring it to life.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Gets Mythological In New Full Length Trailer For 'Hercules'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2014 9:04 AM
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Hercules
We gotta be honest, we nearly forgot that "Hercules" was still coming this summer. Maybe you did too. There's a veritable onslaught of blockbusters set to descend on multiplexes, and this season won't be complete without Dwayne Johnson flexing his impressive muscles. And he'll do that and much more in this latest take on the Greek myth, with a new full length trailer dropping today.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Is Not Afraid In First Clip From 'Hercules'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 12:36 PM
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Hercules
So, Brett Ratner has made a "Hercules" movie that's coming out this summer. It's certainly not a sentence we enjoy writing, but those are the facts and whether or not we like it, this thing is real and happening. But on the plus side, the always magnetic Dwayne Johnson is in the lead. But again, this is a Brett Ratner joint.

Dwayne Johnson Reveals 3 Clues About The DC Character Warner Bros Is Developing For Him

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 26, 2014 9:25 AM
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Hercules
In DC Comics' and Warner Bros' ongoing attempt to emulate the Marvelverse and introduce huge numbers of characters to the screen, with all the attendant potential for standalones, spin-offs and the like, one name has been around for a long time without becoming attached to any known role. Or rather, two names, one guy: The Rock, maybe better known nowadays as plain Dwayne Johnson. Rumors have swirled for ages, such that we basically know for sure the man will be in a DC movie soon— probably at least for a moment in “Batman vs Superman,” likely with a bigger role in a putative “Justice League” movie a year or two later.

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