Kevin Hart hates working with animals in movies

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jun…

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.

The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but was less comfortable during filming this time as he had to deal with real beasts.

Kevin explained during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show that he prefers working with computer-generated animals as he can trust them more.

“I prefer green screen to actual animals – I have a certain respect for them because we don’t know what they are thinking!” he laughed.

However, his co-star Dwayne Johnson then revealed the real reason was because he had to ride a camel during a segment of the film set in the desert. “It’s a fear. He is terrified of camels!” he added.

The Ride Along actor also discussed playing a different character in the sequel, as he is now the avatar for Danny Glover’s Milo Walker, rather than the young athlete Anthony ‘Fridge’ Johnson.

“The thought of (playing an avatar) is challenging, but when you embrace the idea, it’s actually more fun than anything and we had the opportunity to elevate the first movie we did. The challenge was to come back and outdo that success,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, the wrestler-turned-actor shared his delight with the sequel, which expands upon the first movie, which was a reboot of the original 1995 film Jumanji, starring Robin Williams.

“The first movie was amazing – it really took off,” Johnson said. “With the success of that, we wanted to come back even bigger for part two so we all committed to each other that the story would be right and that the creativity would expand the Jumanji universe.”

Jumanji: The Next Level, which also stars Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, is out on 13 December.

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Black Adam movie

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the projec…

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the project on hold after plans to incorporate Black Adam into the recent Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi, fell through.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday night, Johnson announced a Black Adam movie was coming to cinemas in December 2021 as he shared the first official piece of artwork for the film, depicting him as the powerful supervillain.

“The Man in Black,” he began, referencing his new character. “Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people.

“It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs (years) old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be.”

The action man explained he soon realised Superman was “the hero I could never be” because he was “too rebellious” and wasn’t one to listen to authority – but now his “superhero dreams have come true” with his casting as Black Adam.

“I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM,” he wrote. “BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way.

“This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together.”

Black Adam, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, made his comic book debut in 1945.

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Dwayne Johnson developing biopic about champion wrestler

Dwayne Johnson is returning to the wrestling world to produce a new biopic about Anthony Robles.The movie action man, aka wrestling champ The Rock, has signed on to develop the project with his ex-partner Dany Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions…

Dwayne Johnson is returning to the wrestling world to produce a new biopic about Anthony Robles.

The movie action man, aka wrestling champ The Rock, has signed on to develop the project with his ex-partner Dany Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner.

Robles was born with only one leg and overcame a series of obstacles to become an undefeated college wrestling star and a National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.

Johnson’s film will be adapted from John Hindman’s script, based on Robles’s 2012 memoir, Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion.

“Our entire Seven Bucks team is passionate about sharing stories that inspire and resonate on a global scale,” Johnson and Garcia said in a statement. “We’ve had an eye on Anthony’s story for a long time and have been deeply moved by his perseverance that proves nothing is impossible. The powerful themes of redemption and tackling life’s obstacles are very familiar to us, we are excited to bring this triumphant underdog story to life.”

Unstoppable will also be produced by Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions, Andy Fraser for A Really Good Home Pictures, David Crockett for Coonskin Cap Productions, and Gary Lewis. Bob Yari will serve as executive producer. Casting details have not yet been announced.

“Words cannot express how honoured I am to have my story made into a film,” Robles added. “Because I was born missing my leg, my entire life I’ve had to deal with people having low expectations of me. When I got into wrestling, most people thought it was impossible for me to become even an average wrestler. I’m hopeful that people who see Unstoppable will walk away believing that you should never let your challenges define you. If you have a goal, go after it with everything you’ve got. Nothing is impossible.”

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Black Adam will start filming in 2020

Dwayne Johnson will begin filming his long-awaited comic book movie Black Adam next year.The flick, to be set in the DC Extended Universe franchise, will tell the story of the complex anti-hero, who is the arch-nemesis of fellow DC Comics character Sha…

Dwayne Johnson will begin filming his long-awaited comic book movie Black Adam next year.

The flick, to be set in the DC Extended Universe franchise, will tell the story of the complex anti-hero, who is the arch-nemesis of fellow DC Comics character Shazam.

While Johnson has remained tight-lipped about the project for some time, he recently shared a picture of a stunning model of Black Adam made by a sculptor on his Twitter page, and in the accompanying caption, praised the artist and also announced the start date for the film.

“I was so excited for @TheRock to play #BlackAdam that I sculpted him as the character in 1/5 scale,” Twitter user @TheKingsletter wrote alongside a black-and-white snap of his creation.

“Very cool man, thank you. Amazing detail. This project has been with me for over 10yrs (sic). Production begins this July. Appreciate the support,” the wrestler-turned-actor replied.

Back in January 2017, it was revealed that Johnson would be playing the anti-hero, and he was due to appear in last year’s Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, but studio bosses decided the character deserved a feature of his own.

Black Adam has been in and out of development for years, and the 47-year-old was even offered the role of Shazam before Levi signed on.

In the original comic books, he was called Teth-Adam or Mighty Adam and began as a hero of humanity, but then fell victim to corruption. Now, he’s labelled Black Adam and was exiled by Shazam, but has returned in the modern day to clear his name.

A director has not yet been found for the highly anticipated project, however, Johnson will produce alongside Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia.

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Tyrese Gibson pokes fun at Dwayne Johnson over disappointing Hobbs & Shaw debut

Tyrese Gibson has refuelled his war of words with Dwayne Johnson by poking fun at the box office numbers for his Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. The film debuted at number one in America on Sunday, but its $60.8 million (£50 million) domestic h…

Tyrese Gibson has refuelled his war of words with Dwayne Johnson by poking fun at the box office numbers for his Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.

The film debuted at number one in America on Sunday, but its $60.8 million (£50 million) domestic haul is the worst opening for a Fast & Furious film since 2006’s The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift – and Tyrese wanted to make sure fans knew.

“I have to show my respects for one thing… He tried,” Gibson wrote in a now-deleted tweet, before calling the box office take for Hobbs & Shaw “NOT a win”.

Tyrese sparked a feud with Johnson when he accused the action star of delaying the ninth Fast & Furious film with his spin-off.

In his latest post, he added: “Folks called me a hater… And attacked me for speaking out… Breaking up the family clearly doesn’t have the value that one would assume it does… You know what maybe just maybe… The Rock (Johnson) and the crew will come dance with us again for #Fast10. We can all hug it out and get back to giving the true fans who have supported this franchise for 20 years WHAT they want… No hating I’m just pointing out the facts…

“Again my respects cause he tried his best… The world is clearly used to being severed (sic) its Thanksgiving meal a certain way… they want the table to ‘include’ all its flavors and all of its usual ingredients.”

Gibson appeared to have put his feud with Johnson behind him last month when he acknowledged it was “unprofessional” to have called his co-star out.

“I found myself being the messenger on behalf of various people associated to the franchise, but stupid me was the only one who went public about those feelings, which is my own fault,” he said during an appearance on Van Lathan’s The Red Pill podcast. “It’s not professional, it’s not cool.”

He also blamed his behaviour on medication he was taking at the time.

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Idris Elba: ‘I was knackered by the end of filming Hobbs & Shaw’

Idris Elba was worn out after spending long days on the set of Hobbs & Shaw with his action co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. In the action movie, the British actor plays rogue MI6 operative Brixton Lore, a wanted terrorist equipped with high…

Idris Elba was worn out after spending long days on the set of Hobbs & Shaw with his action co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

In the action movie, the British actor plays rogue MI6 operative Brixton Lore, a wanted terrorist equipped with highly advanced technology that grants him superhuman abilities.

In an interview with U.K. morning show Lorraine on Wednesday, the 46-year-old admitted filming the action-packed role took its toll.

“It was good working with the two lads. Jason and Dwayne are probably the biggest action stars in the world… the two of them were really open to the idea of Idris coming in to kick them down a bit…I relished it,” he said. “It was tiring, it was long hours, I was knackered by the end of it.”

The Thor actor also discussed contributing a song to the movie’s soundtrack.

“I managed to write this song, I called up the legendary rap group Cyprus Hill… the director loved it and put in the big chase sequence,” he smiled. “I love making music. I’ve made music in my bedroom since I was four, pretty much and now I’ve managed to fuse the two together a little bit.”

Idris, who also moonlights as a DJ, famously spun the tunes at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception last year, an event he felt “privileged” to be a part of.

“They had an amazing time, I was part of that, and everyone there had a great time. You can’t ask for more as a DJ to be asked to do something like that,” he shared.

And the superstar, who also has a residency at Hi Ibiza in Spain over the summer alongside superstar DJ David Guetta, added that he finds getting behind the decks very “grounding”.

“When you are DJ-ing in front of 2000 people they don’t care if you are a movie star, they just like to have a good time,” he stated.

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Dwayne Johnson signs on as brand ambassador for VOSS Water

Dwayne Johnson is diving into the bottled water business via a new partnership with VOSS Water.The professional wrestler-turned-actor has teamed with executives at the Norway-based company and not only will he appear in the upcoming Live Every Drop cam…

Dwayne Johnson is diving into the bottled water business via a new partnership with VOSS Water.

The professional wrestler-turned-actor has teamed with executives at the Norway-based company and not only will he appear in the upcoming Live Every Drop campaign but has acquired a stake in the firm and will serve as a strategic advisor.

“I’ve been hydrating with VOSS for years, whether on set, in the Iron Paradise (his gym at home), or spending time with my family and friends,” the Skyscraper star said in a statement. “This partnership is a natural evolution as I look to partner with exceptional brands looking to innovate and impact the globe with sustainable best in class deliverables. I’m thrilled to have evolved my genuine passion for VOSS into a formal business investment and work with their exceptional leadership team, to create new products and develop strategic brand initiatives and collaborations.”

VOSS Water is sourced from Iveland, a sparsely populated area on the southern tip of Norway, and comes packaged in a sleek container.

Dwayne’s Live Every Drop campaign is to “exemplify the mentality that you get out of life what you put in,” and will launch around the world, beginning in the U.S., from 5 August.

Regarding the collaboration, John Shulman, vice-chairman of VOSS Water, commented that the 47-year-old is the perfect fit for the brand.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dwayne and his team over the past number of months to specifically layout VOSS’ ambitious plans for expansion. Dwayne shares the same passion towards excellence, responsibility and consumer satisfaction,” he praised. “I expect nothing but great things from this partnership and speak for all our executives when I say we are extremely enthusiastic about this relationship and the unique opportunities we will create together.”

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Dwayne Johnson: ‘Hobbs & Shaw made my mother cry so hard’

Dwayne Johnson brought his mother to tears by speaking Samoan in his new movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.When asked about the best parts of making the movie in an interview with U.S. TV show Extra, the 47-year-old revealed it was his mother…

Dwayne Johnson brought his mother to tears by speaking Samoan in his new movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

When asked about the best parts of making the movie in an interview with U.S. TV show Extra, the 47-year-old revealed it was his mother Ata’s response to seeing their Samoan heritage being showcased onscreen that made it all worthwhile.

“She is incredibly proud of the movie,” he shared. “It’s the very first time in the history of Hollywood that the Samoan culture has ever been showcased on this scale, so it’s a big deal.”

He went on to reveal Ata was on the set of the flick the day they filmed scenes where he performed the Siva Tau, a Samoan war dance usually performed by Samoan sporting teams before a game, and confessed she was overcome with emotion when she saw her culture being brought to life.

“Within the scene, she never heard me speak in Samoan to this degree,” the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star continued. “She hears me speaking in Samoan, calling on our ancestors to give us strength… I look over and she is crying so hard. When the scene was over, a really beautiful moment – all the boys, the guys that play my brothers in the movie, go over and gave her a hug… (It was) a memory forever.”

In Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne reprises his role of Luke Hobbs from the Fast and Furious franchise, alongside Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. The film, which also stars Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren, hits cinemas from 31 July.

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Ryan Reynolds joins Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures. With a script f…

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.

The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures.

With a script from director Rawson Marshall Thurber, the plot is to follow an Interpol agent who is tracking the world’s most wanted art thief. Details about the characters to be played by Reynolds, Johnson, and Gadot have not yet been announced.

“Director/writer Rawson Thurber has delivered a dynamic script that me and my co-stars and partners-in-heist, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, can’t wait to shoot,” said Johnson in a statement, adding of the Netflix deal: “The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly – the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries – all at the same moment.”

In addition to starring in Red Notice, Johnson will also serve as a producer alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Turber will also produce the feature, with Scott Sheldon to executive produce.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making Red Notice with (head of Netflix film) Scott Stuber and Netflix – a company that believes in filmmakers and big ideas for a global audience,” commented Thurber.

Red Notice marks the third feature Johnson and Thurber have teamed up on, with the pair previously working together on 2018’s Skyscraper and 2016’s Central Intelligence. Principal photography is set to take place in various locations in 2020, with the film slated for release in November that year.

Johnson is attached to appear in upcoming Netflix movie John Henry and the Statesmen too, and is currently in the post-production phases on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji: The Next Level, and Jungle Cruise.

Meanwhile, Reynolds has been shooting The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy.

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Dwayne Johnson was urged to ‘drop some weight’ at start of career

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was urged to “drop some weight” when he first arrived in Hollywood.The wrestler-turned-actor picked up the Generation Award during the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday night, which aired in the U.S. on Monday, and he gave a h…

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was urged to “drop some weight” when he first arrived in Hollywood.

The wrestler-turned-actor picked up the Generation Award during the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday night, which aired in the U.S. on Monday, and he gave a heartfelt acceptance speech, in which he looked back at his humble beginnings.

“When I first got to Hollywood – Hollywood, they didn’t know what the hell to do with me. I was this half-black, half-Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro wrestler,” he said after taking the stage at the Barker Hanger in Los Angeles. “You know, I was told at that time, ‘You’ve got to be a certain way. You’ve got to drop some weight… You’ve got to stop working out.’ Stop doing the things that I love. You’ve got to stop calling yourself The Rock – what? And for years, I actually bought into it.”

The 47-year-old continued, “I was miserable doing that, so I made a choice. And the choice was, I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was going to conform to me. So, Hollywood conformed to me, and here I am with all of you getting the Generation Award… It’s important that you are your most authentic self. I’m a walking example of that.”

The Fast & Furious star concluded with a heartfelt message to fans, encouraging them to be true to themselves.

“There’s another side to being your authentic self, your true self, and that’s the side that the magic is on. That’s the side that’s gold. While yes, it’s important to be yourself, you’ve got to recognise the joy and responsibility of bringing everybody with you,” he added. “We bring everybody with us, and you do that by being kind, by being compassionate, by being inclusive, and straight-up being good to people, because that matters.”

Previous winners of the prize, which celebrates “beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names in the industry,” include Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise, and Jim Carrey.

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