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The Rock’s Fast and Furious Spin-Off Begins Shooting This Fall

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A new report suggests that the Fast and Furious Spin-Off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will be directed by Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch and production will begin on September 6th, 2018. It was recently announced that Leitch was the frontrunner for the director’s spot and that looks to be true at this point in time. The Hobbs and Shaw movie has been highly anticipated since it was announced, and it looks like the July 26th, 2019 release date will remain in place.

The September production start date makes sense for the Fast and Furious spin-off since Dwayne Johnson will have wrapped production on The Jungle Cruise in August and that will give the actor a chance to take a breather before jumping into another action movie. Fans of the Fast and Furious are excited for the spin-off, but some are angry that Fast and Furious 9 has been delayed, most likely due to the spin-off. However, the movie still does not have a director attached either, so the spin-off might not be the main reason.

The Hobbs and Shaw movie has been criticized by Tyrese Gibson after the Fast and Furious actor called out Dwayne Johnson for being selfish and looking out for his own best interests while pursuing the spin-off that fans have been clamoring for since Fast and Furious 5 when Johnson’s Luke Hobbs was introduced. Gibson and Johnson went back and forth in their feud, which was heavily reported about in the press, but it has supposedly been squashed according to Tyrese Gibson who said back in November that he had spoken to some of Dwayne Johnson’s associates and everything is good now.

Dwayne Johnson is riding the huge wave of success that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has brought to him and the rest of the cast and crew. The movie has earned nearly a billion dollars at the box office thanks to the quirky cast and the power of the Jumanji franchise. The sequel is still in theaters and will be released on Blu-ray on March 20th. Dwayne Johnson was the second highest earing actor of 2017 and basically, anything that he touches turns into a success, meaning the Hobbs and Shaw movie is truly a no-brainer for the studio.

While the September production start date for the Fast and Furious spin-off makes sense, nothing has been officially announced by the studio in terms of director David Leitch or a time for filming to begin. Dwayne Johnson is pretty active on social media to interact with his fans, so if this report proves to be true, expect some announcement by the actor soon. For now, you have plenty of time to go back and re-watch all of the Fast and Furious movies to prepare for Hobbs and Shaw. This report originated from the Omega Underground.

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Are John Cena and Nikki Bella Back Together?

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Are John Cena and Nikki Bella Back Together?

Just over a month ago we revealed that WWE Superstars John Cena and Nikki Bella broke up ( you can click here to find out why Nikki Bella broke up with John Cena.)

Since their break-up both John Cena and Nikki Bella have been on a media frenzy, one for her reality TV show, and the other for his blockbuster movies.

John Cena has made it clear in these interviews, that he will stop at nothing to win Nikki Bella back, and it looks like it actually worked.

John Cena and Nikki Bella are finally back on the road to reconciliation!

A source told us that “they’re basically back together.”

“They both got a wake-up call once they canceled the wedding, and they both realized they could fix what was broken,” the source revealed.

“They never stopped talking,” a source told People Magazine. “Other than the actual wedding weekend, when they took some space, they have been talking.”

John had made it clear on NBC’s “Today” show that he wanted to have a family with Nikki and still wanted to marry her. If you watch Total Divas or Total Bella’s than you already know that this is exactly what Nikki wanted to hear.

“He has poured his heart out to her, and she was more than ready to take him back once she heard what she needed to hear,” the source from People Magazine added. “He’s been saying and doing all the right things.”

As seen below, TMZ spotted the couple in San Diego over the weekend, and it looks like we may see the power couple together again real soon for good!

 

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Andy Serkis’ ‘Mowgli’ Trailer: A Darker Look At ‘The Jungle Book’

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Andy Serkis’ ‘Mowgli’ Trailer: A Darker Look At ‘The Jungle Book’

With this morning’s trailer debut of Andy Serkis’ Mowgli, we now have a trailer for every major Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. release for 2018 except for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born and James Wan’s Aquaman. I’m guessing we’ll get a Star Is Born trailer (the film opted to forgo Cannes in favor of the more Oscar-friendly Fall festival circuit) attached to Ocean’s 8 in early June. That Aquaman trailer will drop, I dunno, sometime next month with Incredibles 2 or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom or with July’s Ant-Man and the Wasp just before SDCC?

Either way, this darker, PG-13 variation on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is going to have to justify itself 2.5 years after Disney beat them to the punch with a pretty acclaimed and $996 million-grossing version of the iconic story.  Yes, this one is presumably more faithful to the original book than the Disney toon, the 1994 Stephen Sommers actioner or Jon Favreau’s animated/live-action hybrid from 2016. But at the end of the day, it’s still another live-action/animated action drama set in the same general world and stemming from the same source material.

It’ll be an uphill battle, even if this does turn out to be essentially a Jungle Book movie with the tone, mood and flavoring of Matt Reeves’ recent Planet of the Apes sequels. To be fair, this looks pretty spectacular from a purely visual point-of-view. And the animal cast, including Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Eddie Marsan and Naomie Harris among others, is pretty impressive if not quite as conventionally star-studded as Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Walken and Idris Elba. If not for the fact that we just had a variation on this movie from a different studio two years ago, this one would probably be looked at as a much bigger deal.

But this isn’t 1998 where audiences necessarily want two loose copies of the same movie in a short period of time. Heck, even in 2013 there was only room for one “Die Hard in the White House” movie, as the underrated but overbudgeted White House Down fell to the cheaper and nastier Olympus Has Fallen. Of course, a 2.5-year difference is different than a six-month (or less) span between movies. So will audiences feel that enough time has passed in between Jungle Book movies, even if this one does look pretty neat and does feel closer in spirit to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes than Walt Disney’s (occasionally somber and arthouse-ish) Jungle Book adaptation?

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Jake Gyllenhaal set to play villain in new Spider-Man movie

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Jake Gyllenhaal set to play villain in new Spider-Man movie

Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play villain Mysterio in the next ‘Spider-Man’ movie.

The 37-year-old actor has reportedly won the race to portray the antagonist opposite Tom Holland who is returning as the webslinger in his second standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Gyllenhaal was in competition with Ryan Gosling for the coveted part but the latter star pulled out of the running due to a scheduling conflict with another project.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Producers were keen to sign Ryan but he was busy filming another project. Jake is a suitable alternative with experience of playing villainous characters.”

Mysterio made his first appearance issue #13 of comic book ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ in 1964 and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the men responsible for giving Spider-Man to the world.

The original Mysterio is Quentin Beck, a special effects wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio who uses his expertise to pursue a life of crime after failing in his ambitions to become a rich and famous actor. There have been three different incarnations of the character since the original.

Shooting on the MCU blockbuster is due to begin in London in June.

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