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Pain and Gain stars Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg will star in a new HBO dramedy pilot. The untiled show will follow retired athletes living in Miami and is scheduled to begin shooting this fall. The project comes from Entourage‘s Stephen Levinson and will be produced by Johnson, Wahlberg, Dany Garcia and Peter Berg. There’s no word on when the show will begin airing if it’s picked up.
“Rosenberg interviews “The Rock” and as he put it, ‘this is some exclusive sh** you’re getting right here’ as he discusses the controversy around Wrestlemania 29… and was it his last?”
JOHNSON: “I was born to do this.” Photo by Ruben Nepales
LOS ANGELES—Just when Dwayne Johnson is about to finally realize his dream to star in a Hercules movie, a competing project comes along with “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz as the Greek god.
But that doesn’t dampen Dwayne’s enthusiasm to play the son of Zeus in “Hercules: The Thracian Wars.” In our recent interview in Miami, Dwayne said, “‘Hercules’ is something that I have been chasing and developing for over a decade. When I first got into Hollywood, one of my first thoughts was, where is ‘Hercules’ and who’s doing it? I was in a different position at that time than I am today. But I always had ‘Hercules’ in the back of my mind. My onscreen heroes are Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Hercules. Hercules is essentially the world’s first superhero.”
The former wrestling champ admitted, “I feel like I was born to play Hercules. I’m very excited. The prep has been 12 to 14 weeks with dialect coaches. We’re getting ready to go to Budapest (Hungary) to shoot for four and a half months. We’ve put together a great team.”
The team includes director Brett Ratner, writers Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos (who adapted from the novel, “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” created by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya), and a cast composed of Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell and Joseph Fiennes.
“I respect the mythology of Hercules to such a great deal,” said the son of an African-American wrestler Rocky Johnson and Samoan Ata Johnson. “What’s so exciting is when you’re making a film that has a foundation in a beloved mythology. We all felt that if we were going to make ‘Hercules,’ [we should] make the definitive version that would stand the test of time. Hopefully it will be the basis by which similar movies like these are going to be measured, and we could raise the bar. We’ll make it darker. We’re very familiar with Hercules and his labors. We’ll do some really interesting things. We have a phenomenal writer, a Greek (Evan Spiliotopoulos), who came on board. He’s deeply connected to the mythology of Hercules.”
HE WATCHES his diet but loves chocolate. Photo by RUBEN NEPALES
“I wish those guys the best of luck with their movie,” he said of “Hercules 3D,” which will be directed by Renny Harlin and written by Sean Hood and Hanna Weg, and which will be shot in Sofia, Bulgaria. “We’ll make ours and the audience will decide. There’s room [for both movies].”
Kellan’s project is set to open in the United States in March 2014, with Dwayne’s version taking a July 2014 schedule.
“I’ll show you what our definitive version of Hercules will look like,” said Dwayne, who also stars with Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay’s “Pain & Gain.” He showed a photo on his iPad of how they envision Hercules. “I’m going to look good with long hair,” he said, grinning.
A man whose humongous arms seem bigger than my two legs combined, Dwayne talked about how he deals with aging. He explained, “I found out as I got a little older—I turned 40 this year—that I train smarter, really try and understand and educate myself on supplements and what I’m eating, when I’m eating. I hired a great diet conditioning coach, who is very knowledgeable in helping me not only for these roles but even in between roles, and to understand what certain foods do and don’t do. We have wonderful holistic doctors in New Mexico who continue to do body testing and things like that.”
Dwayne revealed that he does eat whatever he craves “once a week or every two weeks. I treat myself. It’s what I call ‘Don’t cheat yourself.’ You got to treat yourself so I have pizza, brownies or whatever it is.”
“I love chocolate,” he said. “On my cheat day, my girlfriend (Lauren Hashian) makes these incredible brownies. She’ll take two brownie boxes. She’ll lay one brownie mix down, put peanut butter cookie mix in the middle and then she’ll layer another brownie on top of it, then bake that. It’s amazing.”
For years, the professional wrestling world has been in awe of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson simply because what he has achieved in his wrestling career. He’s been a WWE champion in wrestling and also been Hollywood’s favourite for some time. Now he has added a very special award to his illustrious career.
Johnson was recognized by the University of Miami’s(UM) Alumni association last Thursday night at the Alumnus of distinction award during an awards ceremony at the UM campus.
The awards program honours alumni (former students) who have been successful in their field or have made a significant impact through community service. The “Alumnus of Distinction” is the highest honour that a UM graduate can receive for personal and professional achievements that bring honour to the university.
The Rock continues to help the University of Miami. In the past he has generously donated to the UM’s Alumni centre and the Football facilities renovation fund. It was noted to be the largest donation ever given to the university’s athletics department by a former student.
BREAKING: Star Vin Diesel just announced at CinemaCon that Universal‘s The Fast And The Furious 7 will be released July 11, 2014 with the entire cast — including Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese — set to return. That date is just more than a year after Fast And Furious 6, which opens May 24 and is still in postproduction. The studio is doing its presentation for exhibitors right now and Diesel is part of the group unveiling footage from the upcoming pic. Our Mike Fleming scooped that James Wan is in negotiations to direct the seventh installment of the franchise, which brings back longtime producer Neal H. Moritz of Original Film, and Chris Morgan is returning to write his fifth script and will be an exec producer. Production on the new one starts in August — a fast turnaround that begins right after the stars finish publicity on No. 6.
April 14 2013
WWE kicks off The Road to WrestleMania and in 2013…Finally!…The Rock has come back to the Royal Rumble! Will the People’s Champ finally bring the WWE Championship home to Team Bring It for the first time in over ten years?
Plus, 30 or more Superstars compete in WWE’s historic over-the-top rope main event where one resilient Superstar earns a chance to main event WrestleMania! Sheamus emerged from the pack in 2012 and went on to claim the World Heavyweight Championship on the grandest stage. Who will add their name to the illustrious list of Royal Rumble winners this year, and will they have a date to go one-on-one with the great one, The Rock, at WrestleMania 29? This is truly a monumental edition of one of the WWE’s most long-standing events, and a must-have for all WWE fans.
To celebrate the release of Royal Rumble 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray as of the 15th April (FremantleMedia), we have a DVD copy to give away to one lucky winner!
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