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Dwayne Johnson on His Rock-Solid Empire and Walk of Fame Honor

Dwayne Johnson on His Rock-Solid Empire and Walk of Fame Honor
It’s midnight and my phone rings. “Hey, E-Wag!” exclaims a deeply masculine, yet comforting and chipper voice.

It’s Dwayne Johnson. The pro wrestler-turned-superstar is calling from the car in Hawaii on his way to catch an overnight plane from the first stop of his “Jumanji” press tour to the next leg of the global gabfest in Paris.

Despite squeezing in a call during his only 45 minutes of free time, in transit, nonetheless, Johnson’s enthusiasm and focus is magnetic. His personal greeting to this reporter is perfectly in line with how he interacts with his 175 million followers on social media every day, and is evident of The Rock’s unique knack to form a genuine connection with everyone from fan from studio executive. His commitment to a simple phone interview is exemplary of how he attaches himself to each and every project — and there are a lot of them.

This past year,
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Sea Shepherd, Taino Warriors And Michelle Rodriguez Team To Provide Sustainable Tools To Puerto Rico

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has partnered with Taino Warriors and actor/activist Michelle Rodriguez on a campaign to help the hurricane ravaged and economically impacted island of Puerto Rico rebuild in a sustainable manner.

Video: Taino Spirit Promise Campaign Video

The campaign, titled Operation Taino Spirit Promise, comes 75 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, forcing a complete rebuild of its already weakened infrastructure.

In the spirit of Puerto Rico’s indigenous Taino people, Operation Taino Spirit Promise, will deliver supplies to local Puerto Rican NGOs committed to rebuilding Puerto Rico sustainably focusing on the areas of environment, eco-agriculture and children’s mental health and education.

The vessel will also retrieve plastics and raw materials off the island, alleviating the pressure from Puerto Rico’s over-flowing landfills. The campaign is set to launch mid-December and continue into 2018.

“Taino Spirit Promise will identify disrupters & change makers in Puerto Rico to empower
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‘Fate of the Furious’ Sound Crew Had to Go Bigger, Louder

‘Fate of the Furious’ Sound Crew Had to Go Bigger, Louder
It’s hard to imagine that a single sonic failing could derail a film, but that’s exactly what the sound team was grappling with on Universal’s “Fate of the Furious.”

It was the moment in which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) stomps on a red button on the floorboard of his souped-up 1971 Plymouth Gtx, and the car goes into misfire mode, giving him a ruse to slip from the clutches of criminal mastermind Cipher (Charlize Theron). The audience needed to be convinced that the misfiring engine sound could fool Cipher, and make sure people would buy it.

“The whole film almost unraveled at that point,” says supervising sound editor Peter Brown. “Basically, we gave [re-recording mixer Frank A. Montaño] every sound effect of a stalling car that’s ever been recorded and he did something with it — a lot of different times.”

Although pivotal, the car misfire is just one tiny element in the movie’s massive aural landscape, comprising complex
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Tyrese Gibson Speaks Out After 50/50 Custody Ruling: ‘Today Is a Win for Our Daughter’

Tyrese Gibson Speaks Out After 50/50 Custody Ruling: ‘Today Is a Win for Our Daughter’
Tyrese Gibson is celebrating after being granted 50/50 custody of his 10-year-old daughter in his tumultuous court battle with ex-wife Norma Mitchell Gibson.

The 38-year-old Fast & Furious star posted an emotional gallery of photos of himself and daughter Shayla to Instagram on Saturday, explaining in the caption that he ruling was not a win for him, it was “a win for our daughter, Shayla, who unfortunately has been exposed to tension, private and public embarrassment and growing up and feeling torn between parents who are no longer married.”

“It is a win because she gets to spend equal time with both
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Gal Gadot to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Rising Star Award

Gadot in “Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot is set to receive a well-deserved honor at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. The “Wonder Woman” actress will take home the Rising Star Award at the fest’s Awards Gala, a press release has announced.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman showed us a strong, capable, poised, curious, and compassionate character, and her performance has been universally praised, resonating with audiences everywhere,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “Gal plays the immortal warrior so well, and the film’s themes are especially apt for today, empowering all types of people — women and men, young and old — the world over.”

Wonder Woman” has taken home over $821 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing live-action film ever helmed by a woman and one of the biggest hits of the year. Director Patty Jenkins is signed on to step behind the camera again for “Wonder Woman 2,” set to bow December 2019.

“We are all used to having male protagonists in movies [directed by men]. But the way Patty has captured the Wonder Woman character, she is very relatable to everyone. Boy, girl, man, woman — everyone can relate to her,” Gadot has said. Her other credits include the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, and “Date Night.”

Previous Rising Star winners include Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, and Ruth Negga.

Gadot will accept her award January 2. The fest runs from January 4–15.

Gal Gadot to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Rising Star Award was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Vin Diesel and Virgil Williams Team for Boxing Drama at NBC (Exclusive)

Vin Diesel is revving up his TV development slate.

The Fast and the Furious star is teaming with Mudbound scribe Virgil Williams for a boxing drama set up at NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Titled Crushers Club, the hourlong project revolves around a struggling boxing gym, which serves as a second home for kids in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. The gym gains an unlikely ally in Sonia, a single mom from the suburbs who has found new purpose in her life.

Williams will write the script and executive produce with Diesel through his One Race Television banner. One Race TV...
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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Donate $5 Million to Tyrese Gibson Amid Custody Battle

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Donate $5 Million to Tyrese Gibson Amid Custody Battle
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith shelled out quite the cash for their famous friend, Tyrese Gibson. The Fast and the Furious star took to social media once again for a new personal update, this time publicly tipping his hat to the Oscar nominee. "When we show Up for each-other there's nothing that can't be done I️ repeat nothing...... My wife kept the news away from me cause I've been on with lawyers all day but our family and our sister Jada-Pinkett Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million dollars to help keep us afloat," Gibson wrote on Instagram with a collage of photos of the two men together. However, the donation...
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Paramount, Hasbro Sign Five-Year Distribution, Production Pact

Paramount, Hasbro Sign Five-Year Distribution, Production Pact
Paramount Pictures and Hasbro and teaming up to make live-action and animated films based on the toymaker’s products, as well as original stories. The movies will be developed by Hasbro’s newly launched Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation. The announcement confirms a Variety scoop from last month about the formation of the company and the appointment of Greg Mooradian, a former Fox 2000 and Paramount executive, as its head. Allspark Animation will be led by Hasbro’s Meghan McCarthy.

The deal extends and deepens a long-standing partnership. Hasbro and Paramount have teamed up on five “Transformers” movies, as well as two “G.I. Joe” films. They are working together on an upcoming Transformers spinoff, “Bumblebee,” which opens in December 2018.

Paramount and Hasbro will finance the projects together, although the two companies did not provide additional financial information in a release announcing the deal. Paramount will distribute the pics. The two companies will also collaborate on television programming
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Tyrese Gibson Threatens to Quit ‘Fast 9’ if Dwayne Johnson Returns

Tyrese Gibson Threatens to Quit ‘Fast 9’ if Dwayne Johnson Returns
Tyrese Gibson has threatened to quit the “Fast and the Furious” franchise amid his ongoing feud with co-star Dwayne Johnson.

Gibson posted on Instagram Wednesday, telling “loyal fans and loved ones from Our Fast universe” that he won’t appear in “Fast 9” if Johnson is involved.

“I’m sorry to announce that if [Dwayne] is in Fast 9, there will no more Roman [Pearce]. You mess with family and my daughters survival I mess with yours,” Gibson captioned a selfie of him, Johnson, and Vin Diesel. Gibson is currently in a legal battle with his ex-wife over custody of their daughter.

This latest rant comes after Gibson criticized Johnson on Instagram in October when Universal Pictures announced the ninth “Fast” installment was being pushed back a year to accommodate a spinoff around Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters.

Gibson joined the “Fast” franchise with “2 Fast 2 Furious” in 2003, with Johnson coming on board in 2011’s “Fast Five.”

“Congratulations to [The
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Franchise Veteran Justin Lin In “Advanced Talks” To Helm Fast And Furious 9

If Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has his Instagram game down to a tee, then his Fast and Furious co-star, Vin Diesel, rules the roost when it comes to Facebook.

For years, the franchise veteran and all-around petrolhead has maintained a relatively open dialog with his legions of fans, and Diesel’s latest Facebook video has brought the future of Hollywood’s lucrative street-racing franchise into sharp focus.

Staying true to his original promise that Fast and Furious 9 and its untitled sequel will herald the end of Universal’s Toretto saga – you know, barring the planned character-driven spinoffs – Vin Diesel touched on that two-part finale, before confirming that Justin Lin is in “advanced talks” to steer the franchise toward the distant sunset.

Lin is a bona fide stalwart of The Fast and The Furious, having directed the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth instalments, so it’s small wonder why Diesel and Co.
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Blue Crush Drama Series in the Works at NBC, Based on 2002 Surf Film

Blue Crush Drama Series in the Works at NBC, Based on 2002 Surf Film
TV’s endless wave of remakes and revivals keeps coming: NBC is developing a drama series based on the 2002 surf movie Blue Crush.

The new take, still in the early stages of development, will be written by Hannah Schneider (Reign), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Like the original film, NBC’s Blue Crush will follow a young female surfer on Hawaii’s North Shore who looks to rebuild her career as a competitive surfer after surviving a life-threatening accident.

NBC will produce the potential series in partnership with Imagine TV, with Brian Grazer serving as an executive producer. (Grazer also
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Eden Estrella

People who watch The Fast and the Furious movies might recall Eden Estrella, who is the girl who has played Luke Hobbs’s daughter in two movies so far. Besides that role, Estrella has appeared in other projects such as Lifeline and Uncle Buck, but so far, she is just getting started in her acting career. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Eden Estrella: Mix of Heritages Estrella has a mix of heritages. For example, she can claim a measure of not just Filipina but also both Spanish and Portuguese heritage through her mother.

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Eden Estrella
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What Dwayne Johnson Wants To Do With His Fast And Furious Spinoff

What Dwayne Johnson Wants To Do With His Fast And Furious Spinoff
A lot of people seem to have a lot of opinions about the recently announced spinoff to the Fast and Furious franchise. However, one person who hasn't spoken up has been the guy who's actually going to make the movie, until now. Dwayne Johnson recently took to Instagram to explain to fans why he decided to take on the Hobbs focused spinoff. Ultimately, he says he wants to expand the Fast and Furious franchise into new places and with new characters so the fans have more ways to enjoy it. According to Johnson...
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Dany Garcia Continues to Grow Her Empire With ‘Skyscraper,’ ‘Jumanji’ and More

Dany Garcia Continues to Grow Her Empire With ‘Skyscraper,’ ‘Jumanji’ and More
Dany Garcia admits some people may have underestimated her when she began a Hollywood career, managing ex-husband Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “Dwayne is a big presence, a loud voice,” Garcia notes. “In our initial meetings, we would come in, he’d have a conversation, then hand it off to me. I would run with it and talk about business models and return-on-investments. And we loved watching the reaction in the room; it was always satisfying.”

Garcia is used to shattering expectations. Growing up in Miami the daughter of immigrants from Cuba, she says her plan was just to be financially successful. After majoring in international marketing and finance at the University of Miami, she rose to vice president at Merrill Lynch, then formed her own wealth management firm. But she left the world of finance behind to take on Johnson’s career in 2008, transitioning him from a wrestler with a few solid movies into a global superstar
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Tyrese Gibson And Ludacris Turned Down A Fast And Furious Spinoff

It seems that Instagram is the place to settle conflict these days – at least if you’re a cast member of The Fast And The Furious franchise. After Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez all aired their views and differences with passive-aggressive Instagram posts over the past year, Tyrese Gibson has now entered the fray, fuelling speculation about the true cause of a recently announced release delay for Fast And Furious 9.

The sequel to the blockbuster hit The Fate Of The Furious has been delayed by a full year, and rumours have begun to swirl – asking whether it’s due to the development of a spinoff film featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Days ago, Tyrese Gibson responded to Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram post, which pictured him hard at work on project development, with a ‘calling out’ of what he considers to be divisive behaviour. Gibson clearly believes
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Universal Has Delayed Fast And Furious 9, Pushing Release Back To 2020

Since The Fast And The Furious was released back in 2001, Universal has built the property into one of the biggest film franchises ever made. Two of its instalments – Furious 7 and The Fate Of The Furious – have secured spots in the top 15 highest grossing movies, worldwide, of all-time. Globally, the series as a whole has generated over $5 billion in box office revenue. This is a flagship title for the studio, which makes it all the more curious to hear that the release date for the next instalment – tentatively titled Fast And Furious 9 – has been delayed by a full year.

Despite its success, the franchise has not been without its production problems. Most significantly, the Fast And Furious cast suffered the death of original, returning cast member Paul Walker during principal photography of Furious 7. Much time was spent considering how to move forward with the series after the loss of such a central figure.
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Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group launching 9 graphic novels at New York Comic Con

Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group is set to debut nine brand new graphic novels at the New York Comic Con this week, which come from acclaimed creators such as George Pelecanos (The Deuce), Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and Scott Rosenberg (Con Air). Check out the titles here…

Bad Moon Rising – A wild smash up of The Wolfman and Sons of Anarchy from writer/producer Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, Jumanji 2, Welcome to the Jungle, and the CBS series Zoo).

ExMortis – An epic WWII action adventure from the minds of Paul + Pete Williams, VFX gurus behind Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Chronicles of Narnia.

Humbug – A masterly plotted merry and manic mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and Ghostbusters from A.J. Gentile, the writers and creators of Micronauts and Visionaries.

Nvrlnd – From the creative minds of the writing team, Stephanie Salyers and
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‘Fast & Furious 9’ Stalls at the Starting Line; Release Date Pushed Back by Universal

With eight, high-octane features in The Fast and the Furious franchise tallying $1.76 billion (adj.) domestically and a stupid $5.13 billion worldwide, clearly Universal is aiming to keep the box office-busting vehicle cruising along. This year's installment, The Fate of the Furious, added a huge chunk to that total with over $224 million (adj.) domestically and more than $1.23 billion worldwide, so it's obvious that the hype for this movie-verse is still strong. The studio had previously set the ninth installment for an April 19, 2019 release, but now, Fast & Furious …
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