Dwayne Johnson Wanted His Hercules To Be Rock Solid

137Whether it’s climbing the wresting ladder as The Rock or becoming a bonafide box-office king, Dwayne Johnson understands that nothing ever comes easy. Challenges are part of his lifestyle, so taking on the iconic role of Hercules seems like the perfect fit. Along with undertaking a rigorous physical regimen, Johnson researched the role to ensure this film is the definitive version of Hercules for a new generation.

The picture took shape after Johnson and filmmaker Brett Ratner talked about their respective visions of the project. Ideas are a great thing, but with two of Hollywood’s heavy hitters in the mix, Hercules became a tangible reality.

Hercules opens in theaters this Friday.

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Master Of Iconoclastic Wit And Charm James Garner: R.I.P.

136Word hit over the weekend that JAMES GARNER was found dead in his California home at the age of 86. A leading man on both the large and small screen, he shot to fame as the titular charming card shark on the 1950s western send-up MAVERICK and followed that playing the titular cranky-but-charming private eye on the 1970s crime show send-up THE ROCKFORD FILES. A veteran of more than fifty feature films, GARNER seemed equally at ease dealing with drama or comedy.

A list of just a few of his unforgettable films would have to include THE GREAT ESCAPE, VICTOR/VICTORIA, MURPHY’S ROMANCE, THE THRILL OF IT ALL, MOVE OVER DARLING, THE WHEELER DEALERS and his own personal favorite, THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (written by PADDY CHAYEFSKY and co-starring JULIE ANDREWS).

Over the years, we had the pleasure of sitting down with GARNER several times and it was during one of those interviews that explained what he thought was the key to his long career.

JAMES GARNER (1928 – 2014)

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Zach Gilford: If He Had The Urge To ‘Purge’

24The Purge: Anarchy is the follow-up to last year’s hit horror thriller The Purge. In case you missed the original, the storyline centers on a 12-hour  period during which people can commit all types of crime without legal repercussions. With this installment, a married couple are coming home on the  night of The Purge and, unfortunately, their vehicle runs out of gas. An empty tank on a crime-ridden night is a recipe for disaster, and this couple undergo a nightmare of epic proportions.

Friday Night Lights actor Zach Gilford, last seen in the scary found-footage film Devil’s Due, has his own idea of what he’d do if an actual purge occurred.

The Purge: Anarchy also stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)  and Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross).

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Mick Jagger Recalls ‘The T.A.M.I. Show’ And Working With The Legendary James Brown

135Considered by many to be one of the biggest musical events of 1964 (and that was a year littered with major musical events), THE T.A.M.I. SHOW was a live concert filmed in a sort of proto-high definition format dubbed ‘Electronovision’ and aired in movie theaters all over the world. An acronym for ‘Teen Age Music International’, THE T.A.M.I. SHOW was hosted by JAN & DEAN who sang the theme song ‘FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD‘) and featured such diverse acts as THE BEACH BOYS, MARVIN GAYE, GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS, LESLIE GORE, THE SUPREMES, JAMES BROWN and THE ROLLING STONES (to name just a few). Produced by American International Pictures, the show reached an audience of unheard of proportion for the time and energized an already electric music scene.

ROLLING STONES frontman MICK JAGGER is currently a producer of GET ON UP, the soon-to-be-released big-screen biopic of the legendary JAMES BROWN and, at yesterday’s press conference to promote the film, he offered up his recollections of being part of the historical T.A.M.I. concert. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)



GET ON UP opens in theaters 8/1
THE T.A.M.I. SHOW is available on DVD

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Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘I Origins’ Reunites Old Pals Brit Marling And Mike Cahill

134In theaters today, I ORIGINS spans the globe in telling its story of a young molecular biologist whose obsession with the human eye could lead to a scientific breakthrough that would change the course of the human race. Pitting faith against science and throwing in elements of a romantic thriller, writer/director MIKE CAHILL has fashioned a film both stylish and engrossing. Heading the cast are MICHAEL PITT, BRIT MARLING, STEVEN YEUN, ASTRID BERGES-FRISBEY and (the always wonderful) ARCHIE PANJABI.

A reunion for director CAHILL and BRIT MARLING, who started making movies together when both were in their teens, I ORIGINS was a natural collaboration. During our recent interview with the actress, MARLING talked about their history and her attraction to this role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


I ORIGINS opens in theaters today.

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