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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Zachary Levi was hesitant about auditioning for Shazam!

Actor Zachary Levi was convinced auditioning for Shazam! was a waste of time because he looked nothing like Dwayne Johnson, who had already been cast as the superhero’s evil doppelganger. The Tangled star joined the DC Comics universe in October, 2017…

Actor Zachary Levi was convinced auditioning for Shazam! was a waste of time because he looked nothing like Dwayne Johnson, who had already been cast as the superhero’s evil doppelganger.

The Tangled star joined the DC Comics universe in October, 2017, when he was announced as the adult lead of the movie, which centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, who can transform into the grown-up superhero simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

The news emerged three years after Johnson was confirmed as Black Adam, the evil reflection of Shazam!, also known as Captain Marvel, and Levi admits even he was surprised when moviemakers called on him to bring the adult version of the character to life on the big screen, because the two actors couldn’t be more different.

“I knew enough about the world and the lore of Captain Marvel/Shazam! to know that the character of Black Adam is the bad version of him (Shazam), like, the doppelganger, and I also knew that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was cast as Black Adam years prior…,” Levi explained on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly & Ryan.

“And so when I was trying to wrap my head around the idea of why I would be auditioning to play his twin, I was like, ‘This looks like I’m wasting everybody’s time!'”

However, director David F. Sandberg thought otherwise: “Fortunately for me, I was very, very wrong and my director and producers, and New Line and Warner Bros. (bosses) were more concerned about finding an actor that had the essence of a child!” he smiled. “So it all paid off!”

Black Adam had initially been rumoured to be the nemesis in the new Shazam! movie, but Johnson will instead make his debut as the supervillain in a standalone film at a later date.

Shazam! opens in U.S. theatres this week (05Apr19).

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Sick Dwayne Johnson forced to cut short Jumanji sequel shoot

Hollywood hardman Dwayne Johnson was recently forced to cut short filming for the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel after suffering from fluid in his lungs. The Rampage star, also known as The Rock, has been busy shooting scenes for the action/adv…

Hollywood hardman Dwayne Johnson was recently forced to cut short filming for the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel after suffering from fluid in his lungs.

The Rampage star, also known as The Rock, has been busy shooting scenes for the action/adventure follow-up, but for the first time in his career, he was unable to push through his illness to stay on schedule, and had to end his work day early to get some much-needed rest.

“Got my a** kicked yesterday when I woke up with a fever,” he wrote in a post on Instagram on Friday (22Mar19). “Saw my Dr who observed I had fluid in my lungs. Fun.

“Went to work, but for the first time in my entire career – wrestling around the world thru pain and hardcore injuries – shooting movies/touring around the world – yesterday was the first time ever I tapped out with only 3hrs left in my shooting day. So sick I couldn’t finish the job. Drive home miserable (sic).”

Dwayne shared the news alongside a photo of his “magic potion” – antibiotics and vitamin supplements, but then revealed he was already on the mend, and was returning to the Jumanji set to continue shooting.

“The kid is back,” he declared. “Going to work. Ready to finish what I f**king started and finishing this week on a strong uptick with my hard working crew.”

Taking friendly aim at his friend and co-star Kevin Hart, he concluded, “I’m also gonna do my best to get @kevinhart4real sick today. Wish me luck.”

Followers were quick to offer up their well wishes to the recovering star, and Dwayne later returned to the social media site to share his gratitude.

“Happy Friday,” he posted. “Thank you so much for the (love)”.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel also features the return of Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, alongside new castmembers Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, and Awkwafina.

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Lindsey Vonn unveils new athletic wear collection with Under Armour

Skiing champion Lindsey Vonn is fronting a new campaign for Under Armour’s latest collection, which has been designed just for athletes. The gold medalist announced the collaboration in a video post on Instagram on Tuesday (05Mar19), sharing her excit…

Skiing champion Lindsey Vonn is fronting a new campaign for Under Armour’s latest collection, which has been designed just for athletes.

The gold medalist announced the collaboration in a video post on Instagram on Tuesday (05Mar19), sharing her excitement over being the first athlete to join the label’s Project Rock venture alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson,

“I’m so proud to announce that I’m the FIRST athlete to join team #ProjectRock alongside @therock,” she captioned the footage. “DJ’s attitude towards training, and life in general, inspires me to be better, stronger; pushing to bend boundaries any way I can. And just because I’m retired doesn’t mean my training is over. My next chapter is just beginning!!”

Vonn admits it was Johnson’s involvement that made her want to be a part of the apparel company’s new venture.

“I am so excited to be on team Project Rock,” she tells People. “What I find so inspiring about Dwayne is that he always gives 110 per cent in everything that he does. He basically stands for 100 per cent authenticity and 100 per cent effort.”

Johnson launched Project Rock last year (18) and released the widely popular 1 athletic sneaker. Vonn’s new collection is set to be released on 21 March (19).

It comes after Vonn was forced to step back from her sporting career at the end of the 2018-2019 season following extensive knee injuries.

“It’s been an emotional two weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing,” Vonn wrote on the photo sharing site last month (Feb19). “I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG (super giant slalom) next week in Are, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career.”

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Wrestler Paige cried hysterically after learning Dwayne Johnson wanted to make biopic

Wrestler Paige was left in tears when she learned Dwayne Johnson wanted to make a movie about her life and career. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star is the producer of the new biopic Fighting with My Family, which centres on Paige’s time working…

Wrestler Paige was left in tears when she learned Dwayne Johnson wanted to make a movie about her life and career.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star is the producer of the new biopic Fighting with My Family, which centres on Paige’s time working to become a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Diva, and she reveals Johnson contacted her about making the movie after watching a 2012 documentary about her story.

“It all started with Dwayne,” she tells People magazine. “I didn’t know it was going to be made the day of Wrestlemania 2014. I get a text on my phone, ‘Hey, it’s DJ. I would love to talk to you at some point today.’ I didn’t know who DJ was! I didn’t know he had a nickname. And then I go, I get taken to his room, he comes in, he’s like, ‘Hey, I just want to let you know that I stumbled across your documentary. And I fell in love with the family. I fell in love with your story and I think it’s so beautiful and so relatable that I want to do a movie on it.'”

“(I was) speechless,” she continues. “I was crying my eyes out.”

Dwayne, who used to wrestle under the name The Rock, also appears in the film, and Paige reveals he has become a mentor to her as she moves from wrestling to entertainment, following her ring retirement last year (18).

“He’s such a good human being and he always makes time to speak to you, even though he as the busiest schedule of anyone in the world,” she says.

Actress Florence Pugh stars as Paige in the movie, which was written and directed by Stephen Merchant. It was released in the U.S. last week (ends15Feb19).

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