June 1, 2015 |
Enough with Captain America and Thor and Iron Man and Ultron. Enough with mall cops. Enough with Fury Road and the Furious crew, and enough with "The Rock. " (Although San Andreas , Dwayne Johnson's mega-temblor pic, definitely rocks.) Summer doesn't have to be the exclusive domain of comic-book superheroes, mutants of the post-apocalypse, disaster epics, effects-driven spectacles, and Melissa McCarthy turning into a spy. If you're looking for an antidote - many, in fact - to the bloat and bluster of the studios' summer lineup, alternatives are coming to theaters (and other viewing platforms)
June 19, 2014 |
WHENEVER JOHN CENA - "The face of the WWE" and holder of a record number of championships - is determined to do something, he simply does it. Nothing can stop him. What Cena says he wants to do this weekend is "have fun ordering out a cheesesteak" and then take Wizard Con Philly by storm. "I have an appearance there from 1 to 2:30 Sunday and then . . . I have a show that night," Cena said. "I'm happy to be able to do it. I'd love to do all day. " Cena says he is "flattered" by those fans who call him a hero and understands why despite a clean-cut image, he is a polarizing figure.
March 29, 2013 |
BACK IN 2009, Hasbro followed its "Transformers" hits with another toy-based, hoo-rah extravaganza, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. " It was a junky, guilty pleasure, starring a cusp-of-fame Channing Tatum as team leader Duke, and the whole thing had the energy of a young recruit: eager to please, game for anything, immune to embarrassment. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," however, is the opposite. This botched sequel feels like a shellshock victim: flailing, screaming, inept and utterly incoherent.
February 22, 2013 |
"SNITCH" IS A NICE February surprise, a taut B-movie with echoes of "Taken," featuring Dwayne Johnson as a Dad Gone Mad, determined to get his son out of jail. The story is drawn from a "Frontline" expose about federal minimum-sentencing excesses, and the case of a father who tried to reduce his son's drug-related sentence by independently going undercover to implicate traffickers - with the blessing of federal officials. The man's name was James Settembrino, and his story illustrated the legal absurdities that can be created by sentencing guidelines, by prosecutors who misuse them.
February 6, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Kristen Bell; Bret McKenzie; comic John Roy. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Sarah Michelle Gellar; Joe Scarborough; Die Antwoord. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Dwayne Johnson; Cirque Du Soleil's "Ovo. " Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - LL Cool J; Angela "Big Ang" Raiola; Pitbull performs.
November 26, 2010 |
This review originally appeared Wednesday. When we first see Driver (Dwayne Johnson), the antihero of George Tillman Jr.'s revenge saga Faster , he's pacing his prison cell. He's totally buff - all muscles and monochrome prison tats. And he's crazed with impatience. He paces and paces like the Panther in the classic Rainer Maria Rilke poem. Rilke and the Rock? Huh? That, in a word, sums up Tillman's wildly ambitious, but deeply disappointing meta-actioner, which stars Johnson as a bank robber who has spent 10 years in prison planning to kill the villains who ripped off his score and murdered his brother.
March 13, 2009 |
In the overlooked Disney film from 1975, Escape to Witch Mountain , a pair of imperiled orphans are rescued by Eddie Albert. In the new Race to Witch Mountain , the kids on the run are aided by Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock. So this loosely linked remake has at least supersized the hero. In most other regards, Race to Witch Mountain is a diminishment of the original. The film doesn't really have a plot. It's more of a premise, cartoonishly executed. A spaceship crashes in the Nevada desert, discharging Sara and Seth (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig)
June 7, 2008 |
THE PREMATURE JOLIE-PITT twins story just got so much weirder. Brief recap: Last week, "Entertainment Tonight" reported on its Web site that it had information from an anonymous source "inside the delivery room" who had confirmed that Angelina Jolie had given birth to two healthy girls. The information was broadcast on the "Entertainment Tonight" TV show later that night despite contradictory information coming in from several other celebrity news organizations. As Jolie still appears to be pregnant, ET is left looking pretty silly.
October 13, 2006 |
When you measure your life in 24-hour intervals, a Monday night bout in South Carolina carries equal weight with the release of your major film debut. The future will take care of itself, says John Cena, the pro wrestler/rap artist who stars in "The Marine," opening today. "You put your focus on what's going on right now," says Cena. "A lot of the time, you can't control what's going to happen to make it not happen. If you're doing one day at a time, you put in your day's work, go to sleep happy, and you're all set. " If that seems a rather devil-may-care philosophy from a guy who might legitimately be looking beyond a future of smackdowns and cage matches, well, this is World Wrestling Entertainment champion John Cena talking.