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HBO Renews Dwayne Johnson Comedy ‘Ballers’ for Season 2

HBO has renewed the Dwayne Johnson sports comedy “Ballers” for a second season.

The half-hour series has generated strong buzz for HBO since its June 21 debut.

“The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the ‘Ballers’ cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience,” said HBO original programming chief Michael Lombardo. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season.” Continue reading >

Long-Time Creative Writer Leaves WWE to Work For Dwayne Johnson

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, long-time WWE creative writer Brian Gewirtz recently wrapped up his fifteen year career with the company. While he had taken a more minor role in recent years, working mostly from home and being brought in by request to write creative for The Rock when he was on television, Gewirtz was the head writer for WWE RAW for quite a few years. He was on hand for the June 29th edition of RAW in Washington, saying farewell to friends and coworkers backstage.

Interestingly, Gewirtz landed a job with 7 Bucks Productions, the company owned and operated by Dwayne Johnson and ex-wife Dany Garcia. 7 Bucks has taken off in recent years, announcing a massive “ROCK THE TROOPS” event for Veteran’s Day 2016, and co-producing Rock’s generally well-received HBO series, Ballers.

source: thewrestlingobserver

Secrets to Dwayne Johnson’s Rock Hard Abs & SpaghettiOs videos | ABC News


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By ALISON KENWORTHY via Good Morning America
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is the heavyweight wrestler-turned-actor who’s starring in some of the year’s biggest blockbusters.

In an interview with ABC News’ Sara Haines, Johnson, 43, opened up about “Ballers,” the HBO series in which he stars and also produces.

Johnson plays Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL star who is trying to reinvent himself as a suave financial guru for current football players.

He told Haines why he was drawn to the character. Continue reading >

HBO to air two premiere episodes on Facebook — for free

It’s yet another sign of Facebook’s increasing importance in the video space.

Television network HBO said it would offer the premiere episodes of two new comedy series on Facebook underlining the growing popularity of the social networking site as a video platform.

The popularity of web videos have led to U.S. networks experiment with new platforms to attract new viewers. With about 1.44 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become a sough-after outlet for companies looking to market their products via online videos, the fastest growing category of Internet ads.

Last week, Amazon.com  released the pilot episode of its show “Catastrophe” for a limited time on the social media network, instead of its own Prime Instant Video streaming service.

HBO, owned by Time Warner said on Wednesday viewers would be able to access the premiere episodes of Dwayne Johnson’s “Ballers” and “The Brink” on Facebook for a limited period. The two new original series premiered on Sunday. According to Variety, “Ballers” star and exec producer Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will host the episode directly on his Facebook page. Johnson has 49 million followers on Facebook, Variety noted.

Turner Broadcasting, another Time Warner network, said in April it granted exclusive video-on-demand rights to its Cartoon Network and Adult Swim programs to video streaming service Hulu.

On Tuesday Hulu said it would soon allow users to add CBS Corp’s CBS  TV network Showtime to their subscriptions.

Reporting by Sai Sachin R in Bengaluru; editing by Joyjeet Das. Added reporting from Fortune.

Source: Fortune

Ballers: EW review

Ballers

Genre: Comedy, drama; Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jazmyn Simon, Donovan W. Carter; Release Date: 04/10/2015; Release Date Limited: 04/10/2015; Release Date Wide: 04/10/2015; Broadcaster: HBO

Fresh from saving people from an earthquake in San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson arrives on the small screen in the form of Spencer Strasmore, a defensive end forced into early retirement who now looks after the financial interests of fellow pigskin warriors. The Miami-based series features plenty of automotive and beachside real estate escapism, but underneath lurks a funny, fast-moving skewering of the same types of headline-grabbing controversies Roger Goodell would like you to forget. Anchored by the endlessly erupting volcano of charisma that is Johnson, Ballers provides all the thrill and allure of the NFL without fear of domestic violence or devastating head injuries. A–

source: EW

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Opens Up About His New Show Ballers | People Magazine

By Melody Chiu | People Magazine

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Dwayne Johnson is currently heating up the big screen as an LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in San Andreas, but fans of The Rock will have the chance to see the star on the small screen this summer as retired athlete Spencer Strasmore in his new HBO show Ballers.

Executive-produced by the actor’s production company Seven Bucks Productions with his co-founder Dany Garcia, his Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg and his frequent producing partner Steve Levinson, the half-hour show delves into the lives of a group of former and current football players.

PEOPLE chatted exclusively with Johnson, 43, about his latest project.

How did you decide to produce Ballers through your own company Seven Bucks Productions?
The impetus was the quality of script that came in. I read it, loved it and knew I wanted to make it. Plus, it was a phenomenal opportunity for myself and Seven Bucks Productions to align with great partners in [creator] Steve Levinson, my good bud Mark Wahlberg and certainly HBO

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NFL licensing approval doesn’t matter to The Rock

ballersstillsmallHBO’s new football series “Ballers” will use NFL uniforms and logos without the league’s consent, according to a Pro Football Talk report.

The show starts with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character having flashbacks to his time with the Dolphins and the team’s clothing matches the team’s current version, PFT says.

“HBO is always mindful of other intellectual property owners, but in this context there is no legal requirement to obtain their consent,” a spokesperson for the cable giant told the website.

The news is noteworthy because the NFL pressured ESPN into canceling their football show “Playmakers” in 2003 for the way the sport was portrayed, and HBO is partners with the league for their yearly training camp documentary series “Hard Knocks.” The series premiere, which is June 21, does include some sensitive subjects.

The NFL did not comment when reached by PFT.

source: NYPST

Dwayne Johnson wants John Carpenter involved in Big Trouble in Little China remake

Plus: What Johnson thought of the polarizing reaction from fans

Reaction was split last week after it was announced Dwayne Johnson would star in Fox’s remake of Big Trouble in Little China, with many fans of John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic unhappy about the idea of a new spin on the material. Not that Johnson himself expected anything less.

“I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized – I’m the same way,” the star told EW at Saturday night’s taping of the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards. “My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter.”

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Seven Bucks Productions And Spike TV Announce “ROCK THE TROOPS” Global Event

NEW YORK, June 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, has joined forces with Spike TV and Casey Patterson Entertainment to create “ROCK THE TROOPS,” a grand scale music and entertainment event to celebrate and entertain deployed US Troops serving overseas. The Spike Original Special will be filmed at a Military Base overseas, location to be announced in the coming months. “ROCK THE TROOPS” will bow on Veterans Day 2016.

The star-studded event will feature live performances from headliners from the worlds of music, movies, comedy, sports and more.

Dwayne Johnson has always made supporting the brave men and women serving overseas a priority throughout his career. Our Mission is to honor, inspire and entertain in an epic way, as only The Rock can. He’ll bring all the heart, humor and big-bad energy that the world loves him for, to this show. I couldn’t have more dedicated partners than Dwayne, Dany and the Seven Bucks team for this very worthy event,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.  Continue reading >

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: I love the PH, I’ll never forget it

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Plus, he tells us about the intense scenes in ‘San Andreas’ and what he thinks of the outcome of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

MANILA, Philippines – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson knows he’s got a lot of Filipino fans, and he’s talking about his time in the Philippines, Pinoy boxer Manny Pacquiao, and invites Pinoy viewers to watch his new movie San Andreas in this new interview with Rappler via Zach Lucero. Continue reading >