This weekend marks Hercules’ return to the big screen. A staple in the hero canon, the half man, and half god has slayed lions, bedded mortal women, and even hung out with the Three Stooges. Over the past seven decades, the hero has transformed from an Italian Stallion of the 1950s to the Blockbuster Beefcake we see today thanks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kellan Lutz taking on the title role. With the former’s film (Hercules directed by Brett Ratner) opening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to look at the evolution of Hercules on the big screen.
Toni Braxton is back in the news thanks to a new duet album with Babyface and a revealing memoir, Unbreak My Heart. In the book she discusses her financial problems, family issues and her past relationships. While people read all the juicy stories, Braxton is focused on finding a new man. And just who might that be? The Rock, of course.
When Thor came out two years ago, Chris Hemsworth’s 16-plus-inch biceps were the talk of the town. We haven’t heard about his measurements for the sequel, but they look just fine to us. And anyway, size doesn’t matter — ha! Sorry, meant to say that size isn’t the only thing that matters in this all-important list of our 15 favorite pairs of arms in Hollywood (“30 arms” sounds weird, right?)
There is no badder badass in the world than The Rock. The fact that he can revert back to his significantly less badass birth name of Dwayne Johnson and not lose an ounce of his badassitude speaks to his impossibly high level of bassassery.
In the new Michael Bay flick Pain And Gain, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson play bodybuilders down on their financial luck who decide to use their strength to steal from the rich to give to themselves. In Hollywood, however, it usually works the other way around. An actor usually wants to become a different person on screen or stage first, and then they hit the gym and become bodybuilders.
Why did Diane Keaton give the best daytime interview on Ellen today? Ever wonder what your favorite celebrities would look like if they were bodybuilders? All this, plus your first look at the new Thor film, in today’s Last Lap.
G.I. Joe fans have been patiently counting down the days until the March 29 release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation ever since it got bumped from last summer’s release schedule. Early word on the street is that director Jon M. Chu‘s movie is a bit more faithful to the comic book and cartoon origins from the 1980s than the last film, G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra, was.
We’ve already begun squealing about the return of Jim Carrey in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone after the actor’s virtually acting-free 2012…and, um, those other years before that. That’s when we realized that a ton of our favorite celebs will be all over our big and small screens in 2013 (not to mention our internets, with all their interviews and such) after a dry spell. For example, according to IMDb, this year Carrie star Chloe Moretz and Oz the Great and Powerful lead James Franco return in seven and six film projects respectively. Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara have both been off the scene since 2010′s Black Swan and 2011′s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And Michael Cera? More Arrested Development means more sweet, sweet George Michael for your eyeballs.
Of course, some of these celebs seemed like they never left the limelight (see also: James Franco). Did you know Melissa McCarthy was in only one film in 2012? In Vanessa Hudgens‘ and Dwayne Johnson‘s case, it was the same film. (We didn’t know if either of them would bounce back from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, but here we are.) Check the gallery below to find out more about their respective upcoming projects, and what other celebs we cannot wait to see more of this year.
[Photos: MGM/New Line Cinema/Splash News Online]
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Michael Bay, you had better not be jerking us around. You do not put Rebel Wilson uttering the phrase “penis magic” in a doctor’s office in the new Pain and Gain trailer unless the film gives Rebel the attention she deserves. There is nothing we hate worse than a trailer that shows all the good parts of a film. If those “good parts” is one measly scene featuring Rebel Wilson, we don’t know what we’ll do. Okay, we’ll probably rage impotently in a blog post. But still! If you have a Google alert for your name, Michael Bay (and we know you do), you are going to get a pretty unpleasant email relatively soon if you let us down!
Other than Rebel, the rest of the trailer looks…somehow amazing? John Turturro and Rob Corddry are in the movie, for pete’s sake! We love all the sweat-drenched tank tops, we adore the weird skinny dog and the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson‘s quips with such serious music is downright hilarious. Never go back to the Transformers franchise again, Michael Bay. Unless Pain and Gain somehow ends up being terrible other than these few scenes. In which case, go crazy!
To quote my boss, “Nooooooo, Joe!” (Only with more Os.) This was a reaction to the news that Paramount has decided to move G.I. Joe: Retaliation from its scheduled June 29 release to March 29, 2013. According to Deadline, this is because the studio would like to convert the whole thing to 3D. Wait, so we will now get to see the bulging biceps of Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona and Bruce Willis in three dimensions?
The John Chu-directed flick has a better chance of making big bucks overseas with 3D effects added, not to mention Channing Tatum won’t be competing against his own abs, which will be so lovingly displayed in Magic Mike, which is still coming out on June 29.
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[Photo: Paramount Pictures]