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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.
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.
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John Cena has taken the WWE Championship from Freedom graduate Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania 29 Sunday at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium.
Cena who won the title for the unprecedented 11th time, was in a rematch with the Rock at the main event of the WWE championship. Last year at WrestleMania 28, The Rock defeated Cena and this year’s match was touted as an epic rematch. Although The Rock seemed to be on the way to a second win early on in front on a crowd that seemed to be rooting primarily for the People’s Champion, Cena was able to turn the match around and pull out the defeat. Showing good sportsmanship, the two long-time rivals hugged after the match.
The WWE said Sunday’s show had been the MetLife Stadium’s all-time highest grossing event earning $12.3 million from 80,676 guests.
On social media, many fans suggested that The Rock has been too busy with his film career to be able to train properly for the match, although it’s been reported that the Rock has a ring set up so he can practice wherever he is filming.
He is cuurently shooting “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” based on the Radical Publishing “Hercules” comic books of which there were two series; “The Thracian Wars” and “The Knives of Kush,” both written by Steve Moore with art by Cris Bolsin.
The Rock will portray Hercules, the powerful son of the god king Zeus. According to IMDB the movie will follow Hercules, who “after twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become.”
The Rock, who attended Freedom in 11th and 12th grade, left the WWE in 2003 to pursue an acting career that quickly took off with a starring role in “The Scorpion King,”
His latest action flick “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” came out last week and was the number o1 new movie Easter weekend. Coming up is Michael Bay’s “Pain & Gain” April 26 and “The Fast and the Furious 6,” May 23. “Empire State” has not set a release date but also is slated to come out sometime in 2013.
Johnson is also attached to New Line’s “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon,” a sequel to the hit movie “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island;” will portray Sinbad in “Arabian Nights” in 2014 and is planning to air his self-produce reality show “The Hero” in which 10 housemates compete against one another in missions that will test their brains, their brawn and their morality, in June.
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According to a tweet by WWE‘s EVP, Stephanie McMahon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be the cover star on 2K’s first WWE game after acquiring the rights from the defunct THQ, WWE 2K14. The tweet reads, “Breaking News: @TheRock will be featured on the cover of WWE 2K 14.”
This year, The Rock stars in G. I. Joe: Retaliation, Snitch and Fast & Furious 6; he is currently the WWE Champion. That is a whole lot of attention for one man within a year.