July 11, 2015

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“San Andreas” continues to showcase Dwayne Johnson as a top tier action hero

We have more of almost everything at the movies these days, with one glaring exception: we don’t have nearly as many action heroes as we used to. Sure, there are plenty of action films opening with stars or up and comers in leading roles, saving the day, but very few true “action heroes”. One notable modern exception is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a certified A-list star of the action genre. He’s come a long way from just being The Rock, either in wrestling or his first on screen roles, but even removed from that, he’s a charismatic screen presence that holds the action hero title these days with aplomb. This week, he further cements his status with the disaster movie San Andreas.
In San Andreas, we get west coast spin on the disaster movie, leaving New York City alone for a moment to focus in on California. The film follows Johnson as a helicopter rescue pilot who tries to save his soon to be ex-wife and daughter in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively as the Golden State sees the San Andreas fault crack open in literally Earth shaking quakes. He then goes on a mission to save his family, as you’d expect. Johnson stars, with Carla Gugino as his wife and Alexandra Daddario as his daughter. The cast also includes Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Archie Panjabi, Kylie Minogue, Todd Williams, and Will Yun Lee. The director here is Brad Peyton, while the screenwriting team consists of Carlton Cuse, Andre Fabrizio, and Jeremy Passmore.
The special effects are the star of this one, but Johnson gives them a run for their money, demonstrating the screen presence and charisma that has made him the star that he now is in Hollywood. Those qualities made him the top pro wrestler of his generation, so it’s no surprise that he’s a ready made action hero. Initially, he coasted by on those qualities, but now he’s developed some acting chops to boot. He’s no Oscar nominee in the making (though anything is possible), but San Andreas represents one of his best performances to date, outside of Snitch and perhaps Pain and Gain as well. He’s a movie star through and through.
What makes Johnson not only one of the few action heroes we have, but one of the best, is how well he compliments whatever is happening on the screen. Be it car […]

The Dark Knight Rises comments thread…

HollywoodNews.com: So it’s midnight on the West Coast, which means the first midnight showings are just letting out on the East Coast. Okay, you know the drill. Here’s hoping I have more comments here than I did for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Anyway, I’m actually going to be away from my keyboard for a couple days, but I’ll *try* to do a weekend box office write-up on Sunday morning. Until then, it’s officially open season for anyone who saw the third and final Chris Nolan Batman film. You’ve heard my thoughts, now time to share yours, in as much detail as you desire.
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Kim Kardashian’s surprise ’30 Rock’ appearance

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian is seriously taking over TV as her empire has stretched from her reality TV shows to guest roles on major hit programs.
Kim showed up for a surprise appearance on a live showing of ’30 Rock’ for the West Coast broadcast, states UsMagazine.com. The scene she was involved in had her stumbling into Jack’s office to use a restroom while he was meeting with Liz. She later showed off her fame by rubbing in just how many Twitter followers she has watching her every step.
A number of other stars also took part in the live broadcast which included Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon and Amy Poehler.
Did you watch the show?
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Kim Kardashian reveals plans for a DASH LA store

HollywoodNews.com: The Kardashian sisters just can’t slow down when it comes to expanding their empire as the girls are reportedly working on a new DASH Los Angeles store.
Kim Kardashian took to her blog to reveal that the girls are working on opening a Los Angeles store to go along with their original Calabasas location, states RadarOnline.com.
“This weekend Kourt, Khloe and I all met up with designer Jeff Andrews to start working on the new DASH LA store. Since we’ve opened DASH stores in Miami and NYC we decided that we want to re-vamp our west coast store and open a brand new LA location!” Kim revealed.
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Top line-up of Hollywood talent set to present honors at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Executive Producer Spike Jones, Jr. and Talent Producer Carole Propp have confirmed a top line-up of Hollywood talent set to present honors at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony coming up on Sunday, February 19, at the Hollywood Palladium. This year’s West Coast show will feature writers, actors, and directors who’ve collaborated to create memorable films, television series, videogames, new media, and other written programs.
In addition to previously announced 2012 WGA Hollywood show co-hosts Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Joel McHale (Community, The Soup), this year’s Writers Guild Awards presenters will include: Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler with Parks & Recreation co-creator Michael Schur, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, 2 Broke Girls star Kat Denning with 2 Broke Girls co-creator Michael Patrick King, Web Therapy star/co-creator Lisa Kudrow with Web Therapy co-creator Don Roos, actor-comic Patton Oswalt (Young Adult) with director-screenwriter Brad Bird (MI4: Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille), Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner with Mad Men co-star Kiernan Shipka, who portrays daughter Sally Draper on the AMC series, Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, and the three-generation comic writing dynasty of Academy Awards telecasts writer Buz Kohan, $#**! My Dad Says co-creator David Kohan, and Weeds creator Jenji Kohan.
Academy Award-nominated actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (The Help) will present the Guild’s Paul Selvin Award, given to a writer whose script embodies constitutional rights and civil liberties, to The Help screenwriter-director Tate Taylor.
Deadwood and Luck creator David Milch will present the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screen to Academy and Writers Guild Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), plus a special taped message from director David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Via a special taped message, Academy and Writers Guild Award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash) and Emmy and Writers Guild Award-nominated writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) will help present the WGAW’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television to Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writers Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick (thirtysomething).
Emmy-winning animation writer Mike Reiss (The Simpsons) will also present the WGAW’s Morgan Cox Award to Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writer and former WGAW President Patric M. Verrone (Futurama) for his service to the Guild.
More updates to talent line-up to be announced closer to show date.
In addition to Jones, Jr. (Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards) and Propp (Primetime Emmy Awards, Tony Awards), the 2012 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony will […]

‘Jersey Shore’ star likely headed to Vegas for New Year’s Eve

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Jersey Shore’ star Ronnie doesn’t have solid New Year’s Eve plans yet, but he will apparently likely end up in Las Vegas.
Ronnie recently admitted that he will probably fly west for the holiday, states Hollyscoop. “It’s too cold back home. I’d rather be on the west coast,” Ronnie said about wanting to head to Vegas.
It definitely doesn’t come as a surprise that a star from the reality TV show would want to be at the party city for the biggest party of the year.
Where do you think is best to celebrate NYE?
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‘Gossip Girl’ cast filming in Los Angeles for new season

HollywoodNews.com: The ‘Gossip Girl’ cast is leaving the Upper East Side for the West Coast while they are working on the upcoming season.
Blake Lively, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick were reportedly spotted filming at Venice Beach, states TooFab. The three reportedly filmed on a yacht, while Lively and Crawford later shot outside a marijuana dispensary.
It is unknown how many episodes will be filmed in Los Angeles but they have allegedly been in the area for at least the last week.
Season 5 will start on September 26th with there being 24 episodes this time instead of the usual 22.
Will you watch the new season?
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Kristin Cavallari talks about relocating for love

HollywoodNews.com: Kristin Cavallari just got engaged to Chicago Bears player Jay Cutler and this will bring a lot of changes to her life, including where she lives.
Cavallari recently revealed that she will relocate to be with her husband, states People. “I want us to be together. I don’t want to be one of those married couples where one person is on the West Coast, and the other is somewhere else,” Cavallari commented.
She also added that kids will be in their future, while not know, maybe in a few years.
Do you think it’d be hard to live far away from a spouse?
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‘Housewives of NYC’ star has West Coast plans for herself

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps has been taking over the big city, but now she may have plans to try out the other coast.
LuAnn would reportedly like to try out ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ states E! News. “You think they would have! They should. I would love to do it,” LuAnn said about the show calling her to be a contestant.
However, if that reality show doesn’t happen, the TV star isn’t giving up on West Coast plans: “What do you think of me moving to Beverly Hills? Imagine the Countess in Beverly Hills!”
Do you think Countess LuAnn de Lesseps should move from New York?
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Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, evacuated for tsunami warning

HollywoodNews.com: After the 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, a number of areas on the West Coast have been evacuated due to a tsunami warning, which now has Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner getting to safer grounds.
The two ‘Twilight’ stars and the cast filming along with them reportedly had to leave the Vancouver Island beach area in British Columbia for safety reasons, states People. Stewart and Lautner are not expected to be in danger, but the evacuation was done for safety precautions.
It is unknown at this time where the ‘Breaking Dawn’ stars were moved to as a result.
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