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First Pics From Dito Montiel's Heist Flick 'Empire State' Starring Liam Hemsworth & Dwayne Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 9:01 AM
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Well, if Dito Montiel is an example of anything, it's of that famous old saying: when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. It was about a year and a half ago that the director endured savage reviews at Sundance for "The Son Of No One," his procedural starring a promising cast of Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche and more that ultimately wound up getting a cursory release before disappearing onto home video. But he's dusted himself off and gotten another film on the way, "Empire State," and the first two images of the film's stars, Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson, have emerged.

Watch: International Trailer For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Still Kinda Dumb, But It Does Have Ninjas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 1:01 PM
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While "Battleship" will probably still be the dumbest movie of the summer by a country mile (though with $129 million in the bank already thanks to international ticket sales, it's Universal who's laughing last), "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" could be coming in at close second.

Watch: New Trailers For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Look Like The First One, But With More Bald People

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2012 8:40 AM
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Three years back, Paramount hoped that "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" would follow in the footsteps of their other toy-based franchise, "Transformers," and become a giant blockbuster. The film did ok -- $300 million worldwide is nothing to sniff at. But given that the film cost a little more than $200 million, excluding marketing, it wasn't the kind of profit machine that they'd hoped for. Unbowed, the studio have ripped it up and (almost) started again, bringing a new director, "Step Up 3D" helmer Jon M. Chu, and essentially restarted the cast, with Dwayne Johnson now heading up the film (after he helped make "Fast Five" by far the biggest in the series), and Bruce Willis added to the mix as well.

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Unleashes 8 Character Posters On The World

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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Yesterday, the marketing team behind "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" synchronized their watches and unveiled eight character posters for the upcoming sequel on film sites around the world, making sure every territory got a taste of the upcoming Mattel movie. And it seems that "Magic Mike" won't be the only movie this summer offering hunky slabs of man meat.

New Pics From 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Come Out Of The Packaging

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 12:40 PM
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With all this talk of "The Avengers," "Dark Shadows," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Prometheus" it seems the sequel no one asked for, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" is getting left out of the conversation. But even if it's a movie that no one who bought a ticket for "G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra" was anticipating, it is looking like passable entertainment. After all, it has sword fighting on the side of a fucking mountain, so that has to count for something right?

Warner Bros. Creates 'Lore' With Dwayne Johnson

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 13, 2012 12:19 PM
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While action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is currently working on director Michael Bay’s dark comedy “Pain and Gain” in Miami, Florida, he’s had no shortage of movement on future projects. He’ll be getting oiled up for helmer Brett Ratner’s “Hercules,” will be suiting up as a black market mercenary in the comic adaptation “Ciudad,” and it’s no surprise he’ll be returning for further mega franchise adventures in “Journey 3” and “Fast Six.” Johnson is no proving he’s no slouch, signing up for yet another action-heavy role.

Michael Bay Adds European Actress/Model Yolanthe Cabau To 'Pain And Gain'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 10, 2012 9:22 AM
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Michael Bay is all about T&A up and coming talent, isn't he? The helmer is continuing the trend, plucking little known Spanish-Dutch actress/model Yolanthe Cabau out of obscurity for his upcoming dark comedy-thriller "Pain And Gain."

Discuss: Why Are There So Few Reliable Leading Men, And Who Might Yet Become One?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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The box office is up in 2012, but of the ten biggest grossers of the year so far, only one, "Safe House" was sold on the back of an established A-list star, namely Denzel Washington. The rest, for the most part, featured total unknowns, or in the case of "Act of Valor," active Navy SEALs, rather than actors. This is not, it should be said, a new trend. From "Avatar" to "Star Trek," big movies have been shunning established names in the favor of new faces for quite a while. But it is indicative of a problem that Hollywood has been facing lately: a distinct lack of new leading men.

Dwayne Johnson & Josh Hutcherson Expected To Return For 'Journey 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 2:05 PM
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Did you go see "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"? No? Well, guess what, it doesn't matter because a whole lot of people overseas went to go see it, helping the movie bring in over $270 million worldwide. Only a couple of days ago it was confirmed that a three-quel was in the works, and it looks like the producers want to keep their secret ingredients of Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson in the mix.

Dwayne Johnson To Star In Action Pic ‘Ciudad’ From 'You, Me & Dupree' Directors The Russo Brothers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 6, 2012 10:38 AM
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On a long list of cinema’s best lugheads, or muscle-bound action stars as they would prefer to be called, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would probably fall somewhere in the middle. While never really opening a movie outside of Disney’s family film “The Game Plan” on his own, Johnson has recently fallen back on mega-grossing blockbusters like “Fast Five,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” and the upcoming “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.” In this writer’s opinion, he’s not without talent, showcasing an admirable comedic timing and acting prowess well above what you’d expect from a guy who started his career getting oiled up for WWE wrestling matches.

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