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Action man Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has signed on to star in two more Journey to the Center of the Earth sequels.
The Hercules star replaced Brendan Fraser as the star of the franchise for 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and the film was such a hit he has been invited back for two move family movies.
Brothers Chad and Carey Hayes, who created horror movie The Conjuring, have been hired to write the screenplay for the two films. They have become friends with Johnson after working with him on new disaster film San Andreas.
Tool star Danny Carey has signed up to replace ailing Primus drummer Tim Alexander as he recovers from open heart surgery. Alexander underwent an operation after suffering a heart attack last month (Jul14), leaving his band in need of a touring drummer - so they reached out to Carey.
Primus frontman Les Claypool tells RollingStone.com, "The mighty Tim 'Herb' Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey. Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia (tree).
"I can't wait to see that menacing grin of Danny's shine out as we pound our way through Here Come the B**tards and Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers. He's a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard, and I would wager we are equally, if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together and do more than just consume fancy booze."
Carey will joining Primus for their Riot Fest appearances in Chicago, Illinois and Denver, Colorado.
Alexander hopes to return to the band in October (14).
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Here’s the sole compliment I will pay Into the Storm: it let’s you know right away what you’re getting into. The very first minute of the movie introduces fans to the sort of grim, nihilistic, aesthetically repugnant and substantially barren horror that maintains throughout the hour and a half to follow, saving only the extent of its special effects for later… and trust me, it’s not worth the wait.
While we’ve been debating the toxicity of “destruction porn” since before Man of Steel, but surely we can point to entries in the disaster genre that don’t feel like soul-mincing works of large scale snuff — we can point to this summer’s Godzilla, for instance. But for every thematically dense project like the aforesaid, we have a half-dozen Into the Storms: movies that, somehow, pass off the most mangled constructions of mindless, banal, uninspired, grotesque unpleasantness as entertainment.
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We are asked to believe that there are characters in this movie: Richard Armitage insists that he’s a father of two, a disappointingly joke-free Matt Walsh tells us that he’s a storm chaser and a documentarian, and Sarah Wayne Callies introduces herself as a meteorologist of some kind. But we never get more than a résumé recitation from each character; we never earn an understanding of what any of them would do when faced with mortal danger, what they would think about, who they would want to be with.
So, really, we’re not given much of a story. Sure, there are tidbits mentioned about Armitage’s strained relationship with his two sons (Max Deacon and Nathan Kress), about Walsh’s obsessive devotion to his work, about Callies’ desire to make it home to her five-year-old daughter (ugh, the pandering). But these don’t feel like character beats, but rather like bits of data. Nothing within these characters exists beyond what we are explicitly told about them. As such, they wind up feeling less like people to whom we’re anchored and more like chunks of debris being tossed around between tornadoes.
And that’s what’s so ugly, unenjoyable, and dangerous about this movie: it’s dehumanizing. It prefers the thrills of demolition to the pathos inherent in accessing what this demolition might be doing to real people. But even in its misguided mission does Into the Storm fail: it’s not thrilling. Not fun. Not cool to look at. It is, in all conceivable ways, a disaster.
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Wale has brushed off a Twitter.com attack from fellow rapper Meek Mill after he was accused of failing to support his label mate's new album. Mill took aim at the Pretty Girls hitmaker in a series of posts on Tuesday (08Jul14), a day after announcing plans for his next album Dreams Worth More Than Money, and suggested the stars, who are members of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group (MMG) crew, had fallen out some time ago.
He tweeted, "Wale just ain't gone tweet a thing about my album.... He's been hating on me long time now ...don't even text me cornball! #UNOTMMG (sic)..."
Mill went on to lash out at other hip-hop stars in the music industry too, stating, "I don't need no support...It's about a lot of these dudes really b hating behind closed doors..All these guys that's on the rap scene kno (sic)".
Wale responded to the online attack shortly afterwards and shared a snap of an Instagram.com picture he had posted seven weeks ago, urging fans to check out Mill's new track Suicidal.
In the accompanying message, he wrote, "Few weeks ago. (7w (weeks)) I posted this .but ok. Movin along . My Avi (avatar) always changed when it's THAT time .. Ok that's not enough... But I don't care.. I wrote a long a** post (promoting the song) day before his single dropped .. (sic)".
Wale went on to comment on the lack of support he had received from his MMG associates after his track with Mariah Carey, You Don't Know What To Do, was released in May (14), adding, "Mariah record dropped nobody said a word I didn't care .. I still don't... I carry myself with confidence and humility".
He also claimed that Mill had been the one to ignore his text messages after wishing him a Happy Father's Day last month (Jun14), and ended the lengthy post by insisting he had nothing against Mill.
He continued, "one (thing) I'm not is a hater... I'm me and I'll be me and do this s**t... till I don't wanna do it (sic). I encourage you to wake up soon as you find time. This was a post about #nothin".
Birthday boy George Michael has given Mariah Carey his personal seal of approval after the R&B superstar recorded a cover of the British singer's 1988 hit One More Try for her new album. Carey included her rendition of One More Try on her latest release, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, and Michael reached out to the beauty via Twitter.com on Wednesday (25Jun14) to express his delight.
He tweeted, "@MariahCarey thank u (sic) for recording One more try. Such an honour 2 (sic) have one of the best voices in the world singing my song. Gorgeous @MariahCarey ...... PS, love the album! Big kiss, The singing Greek."
The note caught the attention of Carey, who admitted she was flattered by the praise, responding: "@GeorgeMichael I'm so honored u (sic) like my rendition of One More Try. You & this song have always meant so much to me. Fan&friend for life".
She later sent a special message to the veteran singer, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday, writing, "@GeorgeMichael P.S. Happy birthday!!!!".
Michael's Twitter exchange with Carey occurred just a day after mutual pal Donatella Versace offered up her take on the song in a review for Vogue.com and claimed the Brit would love the cover.
She wrote, "I can't stop listening to Mariah's rendition of One More Try. George Michael is a great friend and one of my favourite artists, so I never think that anyone can do justice to his music. But I feel that Mariah really understands every word that he has written. At times her voice is angelic, at times pleading and then, towards the end, it goes into a crescendo reaching amazing heights. I'm sure that George would be very proud of Mariah's version of his much-loved song."
"I'm so d**n proud of my husband. He is being inducted into the Sports Hall Of Fame tomorrow - and I can't think of anyone who deserves it more...These guys give their bodies - their bones, their sweat, their tears, their blood. Every time they go to work they risk everything. Reminds me... of my family a bit. Anyways - I'm so proud of you..." Pop star Pink gushes over husband Carey Hart ahead of his induction to the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements as a motocross rider.
Pamela Anderson saved the day at the World Music Awards in Monaco on Tuesday (27May14) when she stepped in at the last minute to replace Sharon Stone as host, according to reports. It is still not clear why Stone had to pull out of the ceremony, but her replacement had a great time, posing with the stars and then posting the photos online.
In a tweet on Wednesday (28May14), Anderson wrote, "Last minute - was asked to Saved the day (sic) - hosting @WORLDMUSICAWARD Rock 'n Roll - I love."
Anderson's last minute hosting gig wasn't the only drama at the World Music Awards - Mariah Carey reportedly delayed the show by more than an hour when she showed up late for her opening performance.
The World Music Awards kicked off more than an hour late on Tuesday (27May14) after opening act Mariah Carey was late taking to the stage, according to a report. The Hero hitmaker opened the show in Monaco with a performance of new song Meteorite prior to picking up the Pop Icon Award, but she was delayed by around 60 minutes, prompting organisers to push the evening's schedule back.
Editors at Britain's The Sun newspaper report stars including Miley Cyrus were kept waiting, and the singer poked fun at Carey's tardiness in her acceptance speech as she picked up a prize, telling the crowd, "Thank God! I thought this party was never going to get started." Cyrus, who brought her younger brother Braison as her date for the event at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, was named the World's Best Female Artist and her controversial Wrecking Ball music promo landed the trophy for World's Best Pop Video.
Ricky Martin was honoured with the Latin Legend accolade and Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Cyrus closed the show with an emotional rendition of Wrecking Ball, while other performers included Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida and British rapper Tinie Tempah. The complete list of winners will be revealed when the show airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (28May14).
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
From "Pon de Replay" to Chris Brown. Let's look at the history of Rihanna. Watch her evolve at Celebuzz.
What do Gwyneth and Mariah have in common? They are both a little out of touch with reality. See the gallery and read famous quotations from out there celebs at VH1 Celebrity.
You always wanted to see the Muppets as Twin Peaks characters. Didn't you? Check out the awesome images at Flavorwire.
Did you remember that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in Angels in the Outfield? We didn't either. Find out all the other child celebrity roles that you forgot about at Hollywood.com.
As a show in its 18th (!) season, it makes sense that Dancing with the Stars decides to revamp and retool as it goes along. In fact, just this season, they replaced host Brooke Burke-Charvet with Erin Andrews – a change welcomed by many fans, who had taken to referring to the former co-host as the "Brooke-bot." Among other changes new to Season eighteen, DWTS has also decided to add a fairly revolutionary twist: with the advent of the "Switch-Up," fans were able to cast their votes via Twitter for new pairings – in other words, they're choosing the dancing partners for Episode 4.
Now, DWTS has always been a show that relies heavily on fan input – it's one of the reasons the show is filmed live, unlike other reality competitions like America's Next Top Model, or Project Runway. When it comes to judging and eliminations, fan vote makes up a whopping 50 percent of the final decision, which allows technically less gifted dancers to progress quite far in the season. It's a great way to keep viewers on their toes, and give them a real input into the season – and now they have even more.
Which should be good, right? Making fans more invested should be a good thing! But there's something else to consider: dance competition though it may be, DWTS is really all about the chemistry. And we don't just mean physical or romantic chemistry, either – using last season as an example, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater's charming father/daughter feelings helped them get almost all the way to the finals (and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke's brotherly/sisterly relationship wasn't too bad either). Already this season, there's a flirtation (scripted or otherwise) between a few of the pairs (most notably between Maks Chemerkovskiy and Meryl Davis), and is that really something we want to tamper with? They say no – in this week's episode, Maks said, "The worst thing that could happen is the switch." He said it with a twinkle in his eye, but there could be more than a grain of truth in that comment.
What do you think? Will the switch-up liven things up, or grind things to a halt? Vote below: