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There was an important scene cut out of ‘Tomorrowland’

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Disney’s latest film “Tomorrowland” is an uplifting story that champions those who believe imagination can better the world.

Though Frank (George Clooney) and Casey (Britt Robertson) are two such dreamers, they are trapped in a world crippled by war and a planet dying due to our own disregard for it.

Their only hope is a far-away place called Tomorrowland. And as we learn through the film, this wondrous utopia was created by some of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Jules Verne, and Gustave Eiffel joined forces to become the group known as Plus Ultra, which founded Tomorrowland.

plus ultra 1 finalBut “Tomorrowland” director Brad Bird was planning to give Plus Ultra a much larger origin story if he didn't have to cut it out due to running-time constraints.

According to Eddie Pasquarello, who was the co-visual effects supervisor on the film, animation studio Pixar created a short story for the movie that’s part-Plus Ultra explanation, part-recruitment video for entry into Tomorrowland. Pasquarello’s team was tasked to create a CG-heavy ride in the style of what you'd find at a Disney amusement park for a scene that the Pixar story would be told in.

Pasquarello explains the scene, which would have presumably been in the beginning of the film when young Frank is on the “It’s A Small World” ride at the 1964 World’s Fair:

“It was pitched as a ride under a ride. When Frank drops below the ‘It’s A Small World’ ride instead of going right to the portal to Tomorrowland he would have taken this ride first, like a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' boat ride. Moving set pieces, mist curtains, it would have been literally riding a classic Disney ride and it would have told the backstory of Plus Ultra.”

But animation on the ride portion was shut down after Bird realized he couldn’t fit it in the film.

Instead, last month he tweeted out the Pixar short as backstory.

Including it in the film may have helped crystallize to the audience how Tomorrowland came to be, but as the film’s production designer Scott Chambliss told The New York Times: “It’s a great cartoon, and we all loved doing it, but it stopped the movie dead, according to Brad.”

Pasquarello believes in the future if Bird ever wanted to include the Plus Ultra origin story with the CGI ride portion, it's possible. 

“I think there’s enough done that it could be a Blu-ray extra, for sure,” he said.

Watch the origin of Plus Ultra here.

 “Tomorrowland” is currently playing in theaters.

SEE ALSO: It took 200 people to create the dazzling futuristic world in "Tomorrowland"

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What all the 'Avengers' superheroes really looked like in the comics they were created in

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One of the best parts of the current superhero movie boom is the costume design—all these wonderful, garish things proudly strapped onto super-famous actors in billion-dollar movies.

Thanks to the staggering success of Marvel Studios, we're now getting superhero movies at a pretty steady clip. But it's not until very recently that these adaptations have approached anything as inherently weird as some of the source material for "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Marvel has a pretty well-established history of remixing and streamlining the best and most iconic of the many looks each of its characters have sported over the years for their big-screen adaptations (in a funny bit of symmetry, the movie designs usually end up influencing how a character will look in the comics afterward).

So before we move on from "Avengers" into the rest of the summer, let's revisit each of the characters' classic looks to see how they transformed to the big screen. 

Chris Hemsworth's Thor has looked mostly the same in every movie appearance.



That's appropriate, since comics Thor stayed consistent for a very long time, too—and doesn't look all that different from Hemsworth.



Iron Man is a tricky one—his armor changes every movie, but the general design is mostly the same. Below are his original suit and one of his suits from the latest film.



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George Lucas was scared to death to shoot this epic scene in ‘Attack of the Clones’

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Almost exactly three years from the release of “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace,” “Episode II - Attack of the Clones” opened in theaters on May 16, 2002 with many excited for the release of the latest chapter, and hopeful that the continuation of the prequel storyline would leave behind the kiddy playfulness in “Episode I.”

10 years later in the saga, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is under the tutelage of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and is reunited with Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) following an assassination attempt on her. Skywalker is assigned to protect Senator Amidala while Kenobi investigates the attempted assassination. Skywalker and Amidala soon fall in love, while Kenobi learns of the Republic’s clone army and the Separatists’ battle droids led by renegade Jedi master, Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). This leads to the beginning of the Clone Wars

Attack of the Clones PosterThe film concludes with Kenobi and Skywalker facing off against Dooku. Once Dooku fights them both off, Yoda enters the battle for a sequence most “Star Wars” fans never thought was possible.

Showing how far the computer graphic wizards at Industrial Light and Magic have come, we watch Yoda have a dazzling lightsaber battle with Dooku.

This goose-bump inducing scene took years to pull off and many sleepless nights for George Lucas.

“To be very honest with you, I was scared to death of this sequence and how we were going to pull this off,” Lucas said on the commentary of the Blu-ray of “Attack of the Clones.” “This was the biggest risk in the whole movie. Could I make this realistic enough to make it believable, or would it be this ludicrous joke.”

It was far from that. Let’s break it down.

Yoda enters the fray by facing off with Dooku using their powers of the Force.

yoda 1First Dooku tried to throw the rocky ceiling on Yoda.

yoda 2Dooku then tried to uses his electric power on him, but Yoda sends it right back at him.

yoda 3When neither finds an advantage they turn to their lightsabers. Yoda uses the Force to unhinge his lightsaber from his holster to his hand and then prepares for battle.

yoda 4Yoda and Dooku fight throughout the hanger.

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yoda 6Dooku finally ends the duel and escapes by using to Force to land a large generator on top of Kenobi and Skywalker. 

Yoda 7But Yoda uses his powers of the Force to protect them.

Yoda 8There was a lot of tweaking that went on with this sequence before we all finally saw the finished product.

The original script had Yoda entering the Dooku fight right when he appears in the hanger. But some of the senior members of ILM, including visual effects supervisor John Knoll and animation director Rob Coleman were able to convince Lucas to draw the sequence out a bit and include the exchanging of Force powers before Yoda and Dooku turn to lightsabers.

“[We] talked to George month after month about how we could make this real and believable,” Coleman said on the “Clones” Blu-ray commentary. “We felt if we got into the fight too quickly the audience would not be able to travel that distance from Yoda being an 800-year-old character to be able to go around with such speed and be nimble. So we talked to George about, what we called, ‘The Wizards' Battle’ and we added this into the sequence because I think it really helps us as an audience to travel with Yoda to find the inner strength and energy to fight this evil Jedi master, this Sith lord.”

And another decision made before production began was to have a “digital double” of Christopher Lee. Though Lee boasts he holds the record for most sword fights in front of the camera than any other actor, the legend was 79 at the time of shooting, so a majority of his shots in the sequence were done by a stunt double.

lee_and_double_finalThen when the double's face could be revealed on camera, it was replaced digitally by Lee's face. And in regards to knowing where Yoda would be when they filmed the actors for the scene, a small Yoda doll was used on set as a reference point for the actors.

Lucas even had fun with Lee by placing a pair of fangs on the Yoda doll to tease Lee of his legendary performances as Dracula in the 1960s.

yoda fangsThe part that brought the most anxiety was making Yoda digital

In the theatrical release of “Episode I,” Yoda was still a puppet (a digital version replaced the puppet in the 2011 Blu-ray release of the film), so this was the first time an audience saw the 800-year-old Jedi Master sans Frank Oz (who not only did Yoda's voice but operated the puppet).

One of the biggest challenges for the animators was keeping that puppet feel.

Coleman and his team poured over footage of Yoda from “The Empire Strikes Back” to give their digital version authentic mouth movements and even have Yoda’s ears bounce slightly as the puppet version did.

lucas coleman at computerBut for the fight with Dooku, they had to create the believability of Yoda moving quickly. Lucas and Coleman spent months painstakingly going over the sequence that the animators created. They had to make a lot of decisions where Yoda was concerned: Will Yoda have a robe or won't he while fighting? They also had to make sure Yoda wasn't moving too fast in the battle, but enough to prove he was still a master of his craft. 

yoda computerLucas said he knew the sequence would work when he saw Yoda's incredible entrance.

"I was worried right up to the point where the animators showed me the shot where he walks in and looks tough," he said. "Suddenly, Yoda in his acting, I believe this was a tough character you had to look out for… This is what we've been waiting for."

Watch the Yoda/Dooku fight below (beginning at the 2:30 mark).

 

SEE ALSO: How a simple wooden plank helped create the greatest fight in "Star Wars: Episode I"

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It took a team of 200 people to create the dazzling futuristic world in ‘Tomorrowland’

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In director Brad Bird’s stunning “Tomorrowland” (opening Friday) we are thrust into a futuristic world that’s a playground for those with big ideas.

This magical place is the brainchild of one of the biggest idea men ever, Walt Disney. In 1955 he unveiled the Tomorrowland theme land in his Disney theme parks, which depicted views of the future. 60 years later those ideas have been expanded by the marvels at Industrial Light & Magic.

The visual effects studio created by George Lucas to achieve the special effects feats for his "Star Wars" saga and has since made the impossible possible on everything from "Jurassic Park" to the recent blockbusters from Marvel, were tasked in 2013 to convert Disney’s theme land to an eye-popping futuristic world for the screen.

“There were many, many ideas originally,” “Tomorrowland” co-visual effects supervisor Eddie Pasquarello told Business Insider. “If you see the different iterations you would see the theme park in the '70s, it ran the gamut. Even while making the visual effects for the film, the look of 'Tomorrowland' didn’t get locked until half way through our post production process.”

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tomorrowland8The look that was finally decided is a sleek city with pointy skyscrapers and filled with people flying on jet packs, rockets launching in the distance, swimmers diving down bottomless floating swimming pools, and monorail tracks weaved throughout it. Oh, and if you look hard enough during the movie you’ll see Space Mountain, the theme land’s flagship ride, tucked away in the city. 


“It wasn’t just a wink to the theme park,” Pasquarello notes, “it’s one of the best designed buildings in the Tomorrowland park.”

ILM spent two-and-a-half years on the film and produced 1,037 effects shots with a staff of close to 200 split between their San Francisco and Vancouver offices.

Most of the effects done for the Tomorrowland world were almost completely computer-generated, though some were done with stationary pieces that the actors stood on during shooting in Vancouver and Valencia, Spain.

Pasquarello said the biggest challenge ILM took on was creating the experience Britt Robertson’s character, Casey, has when she first visits Tomorrowland.

In the film, Casey and Frank (George Clooney) are optimistic dreamers who have visited Tomorrowland and are determined to return. Frank first visited as a young boy, who found his way there when he was at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Casey's initial visit happens after she finds a special pin that gives her a glimpse of the world when she touches it. In a four-minute sequence that’s one continuous shot, we follow Casey as she marvels over the world.

tomorrowland rockets“Making that feel like one big long shot was a huge undertaking,” said Pasquarello. “It was like a movie within a movie.”

The sequence was broken down into four parts and taken on by a team of 30 people total.

“The challenge was seaming into one shot all of the stationary pieces together [with the computer graphics],” Pasquarello explained.

To give an example, Pasquarello said a shot of Robertson on a sound stage in Vancouver would become her riding a monorail in the sequence. ILM would then have to sync that shot seamlessly with a shot of her standing at a stationary piece in Spain, which after they were done with it would become a section of the sequence where she's standing on a rocket-launch platform.

Pasquarello says out of all the FX shots ILM did for the movie that sequence was the most rewarding when watching the finished film.

“Seeing everything put together to work, I just smiled watching it all,” he said.

SEE ALSO: Walt Disney's original plan for Epcot sounded like an eerie futuristic dystopia

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The ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ director just hinted a big group from the comics may appear in the next film

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"X-Men: Apocalypse" director Bryan Singer—ever the plugged-in, social media-loving, 21st century filmmaker—just dropped a pretty huge tease about the upcoming movie via Instagram on Tuesday. It looks like the 2016 film will be the first X-Men film to feature a pretty important group of X-Men characters: The Morlocks.

 

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A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on May 26, 2015 at 10:56am PDT

According to Singer's post, one of the sets to be featured in "Apocalypse" will be "Caliban's place of 'business.'" For the uninitiated, Caliban is notorious for two things: being a member of the Morlocks, and becoming one of Apocalypse's Horsemen. 

It's that first bit that's a big deal. 

The Morlocks—intentionally named after the creatures from H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine"—first appeared during writer Chris Claremont's seminal run on "Uncanny X-Men" as a group of mutants that felt they were outcasts that could never live among humankind and decided to retreat to the sewers. They're led by the fierce Callisto, and come into conflict with the X-Men after they kidnap Angel to be her mate. It's a little weird, but it leads to one of Storm's defining moments when she fights Callisto in a duel to the death in order to save him. 

Here's the group in a clip from the '90s animated "X-Men" series:

 

Caliban, then, is one of the original Morlocks, an albino mutant gifted with the ability to sense other mutants. Since Apocalypse is the villain next summer's movie is named after, chances are he'll follow his comic book counterpart and join Team Apocalypse somehow—but how much of the Morlocks will we see?

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The photo from Singer appears to show the sort of underground hideout favored by the Morlocks, and is a good sign that they might appear—but we'll have to wait and see how deeply Singer will plumb one of the most classic X-Men stories in his new film. 

SEE ALSO: How far Disney is trying to bury the X-Men

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A remake of 'Point Break' is out later this year — Here's the first adrenaline-fueled trailer

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Warner Brothers just released the first trailer for its remake of the beloved 1991 action classic "Point Break." The remake doesn't offer the same star-power found in the original, which featured Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. 

The cast of the 2015 version is filled with mostly unknown names, but the trailer indicates that the movie will make up for a lack of marquee names by showcasing some of the most epic stunt sequences we've seen outside of the "Fast and Furious" franchise.

"Point Break" is scheduled to open on Christmas Day.

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It looks like Marvel is changing the gender of a big character in its upcoming 'Doctor Strange' movie

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With "Avengers: Age of Ultron" out of the way, "Ant-Man" almost ready to release, and "Captain America: Civil War" already in production, we're starting to hear the first rumors about Marvel's second big movie for 2016, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring "Doctor Strange." And it looks like one of the first tidbits to leak out is a fascinating gender-flip. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is currently in negotiations with Tilda Swinton—the charismatic powerhouse most recently seen in films like "Snowpiercer" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel"— to play a character known as The Ancient One. 

In the comics, The Ancient One is Doctor Stephen Strange's mentor, Earth's Sorceror Supreme before the arrogant neurosurgeon seeks his training and ultimately takes his place. As you can probably tell by the pronouns in that last sentence, The Ancient One from the comic books is a man—here's what he looks like in J. Michael Strazcynski and Brandon Peterson's 2004 miniseries "Strange."

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THR notes that Marvel originally intended to cast a man in the role, but "rethought the role," and decided to cast a woman as the Tibetan mystic.

"Doctor Strange" is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4, 2016. 

SEE ALSO:  Five reasons Marvel wants Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange.

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A 'Point Break' remake is on the way — but it has nothing on the 1991 cult classic

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Warner Brothers just released a trailer for its upcoming remake of the 1991 action classic "Point Break."  While the new take on the story seems to promise some impressive action sequences, some fans might find it a little sacrilegious to remake a movie that is widely perceived to have gotten it right the first time. The original "Point Break" has everything: surfing, skydiving, bank robberies... and Gary Busey!

Produced by James Cameron and directed by Academy Award-winner Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty"), the R-rated 1991 original didn't do blockbuster business at the box office; its total take was a serviceable $83.5 million. But thanks to home video and cable, the movie is widely revered as 90s action-classic with stunt-heavy set pieces that still hold up, notably the unbelievable sky-diving sequences.

It's no surprise that Hollywood is revisiting this promising property. Hopefully the remake will encourage younger audiences to go back and check out the movie that started it all. And it serves as a harbinger for the talent of Bigelow, who would go on to make history as the first female winner of the Academy Award for Best Director.

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The new David Foster Wallace movie is much more than a biopic

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"The End of the Tour," aka "that Jason Segel David Foster Wallace movie," is a not a traditional, life-spanning biopic, and thank heavens for that. The film is a more personal, meditative examination of the artist that has enough wisdom and profundity to appeal to fans and novices alike.

"The End of the Tour" is based on Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky's (Jesse Eisenberg) memoir, which was based on a Rolling Stone long-form interview that was never published. In 1996, Lipsky traveled to Bloomington, Illinois, to spend five days with Wallace (Jason Segel) and accompany him on the final stretch of his publicity book tour for his best-known novel, "Infinite Jest."

Over the course of these five days, Lipsky keeps his tape recorder on as he and Wallace pontificate on anything and everything, from the big questions about life and loneliness to more petty things like how "Die Hard" is awesome and what Alanis Morissette would look like eating a bologna sandwich. It's a very intimate experience, and the camera often feels like a fly on the wall. 

end of the tour 1Segel is sublime in what is easily his best and most serious performance. Segel still gets big laughs, but they come from the undeniable chemistry — and, later, the tension — between him and Eisenberg, who also puts in stellar work here. Segel perfectly conveys Wallace's disinterest in his own fame while highlighting his worrying obsession with the public's perception of him, which is no easy task.

It's a complicated role and Segel truly owns it. The scene in which Lipsky asks Wallace why he wears the bandana is particularly moving — it's here that Wallace comes face to face with the idea of his own mythos, and the true weight of his dilemma is felt. 

end of the tour 3There are so many subtle, touching moments that display Wallace's genius as well as those that hint at the inner turmoil that ultimately led to his suicide. Segel's portrayal of Wallace is equal parts aloof and disturbed, but director James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now,""Smashed") never exploits his alleged "dark side" for a cheap sentimental moment. All the humanizing moments connect on a real emotional level without pandering to the audience, and Ponsoldt brilliantly turns biopic conventions on their heads by refusing to peg Wallace down to any one interpretation. 

The film is essentially one long, occasionally philosophical and always amusing, ongoing conversation. It's surprisingly moving, wise and full of profound and well-articulated ideas, so much so that I had to stop taking notes as I was basically writing down every other line. Fans of Wallace's writing will find plenty to love here, but even the unfamiliar will walk away inspired and affected.

Watch the trailer below. 

"The End of the Tour" plays BAMcinemafest in Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 17. 

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the best Steve Jobs film is this 1999 made-for-TV movie

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is one of the few people who intimately knew Steve Jobs and Apple's journey to becoming the leader in personal computing devices.

So, Wozniak clearly has his take on whether Hollywood has gotten it right when it comes to how the 2013 feature film "Jobs" portrayed his late friend and business partner.

"I think that there were a lot of weaknesses about the 'Jobs' movie, the one with Ashton Kutcher, a lot of weaknesses from the screen writing and all, but I gave it a chance. I was hoping it would be a great movie," Wozniak said on a press call Wednesday for National Geographic Channel's upcoming episode of documentary series "American Genius" titled "Jobs vs. Gates."

He continued, "['Jobs'] didn’t get into the inner thinking of Steve Jobs, which the movie was about Steve Jobs."

Wozniak didn't believe the movie went deep enough into the character of Jobs' biggest rival, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, either.

"That one wasn’t about Bill Gates, but it didn’t get into how he worked inside and how he actually negotiated and worked on people and portrayed his ideas through," Wozniak explained. "It kind of shortened everything. It sort of had the outside Steve Jobs, the frill, the façade and done very well, but I wanted more. I want to really know what is behind this thinking that goes a step further than other people."

pirates of silicon valley tntBut Wozniak said that he doesn't feel it's impossible for Hollywood dramatizations to get it right.

In fact, he pointed to TNT's 1999 original TV movie, "Pirates of Silicon Valley," which starred Noah Wyle and Anthony Michael Hall as Jobs and Gates, respectively, as a good example. 

"I absolutely feel that it can be captured and has been captured in drama style," he said. "One of the things is, yes, it not only captures inside of Steve Jobs. It’s the events that occurred and what was their meaning in the development of computers and 'Pirates of Silicon Valley' was intriguing, interesting. I loved watching it."

Nominated for five Emmy awards in 1999, "Pirates" portrayed Jobs and Gates' lives from 1971-1997. It followed the duo from their formative college years to how their rivalry would impact and fuel the race to create the best personal computer and then to their alliance in 1997.

Watch the trailer below:


"Every one of those incidences occurred and it occurred with the meaning that was shown in that TV movie, 'Pirates of Silicon Valley,'" adds Wozniak. "In the 'Jobs' movie, it was just like, I don’t know, I felt like I’d eaten a big meal and I was still hungry. Somehow, I had not gotten what I tuned in for."

Although he has yet to watch Nat Geo's "American Genius: Jobs vs. Gates," Wozniak has high hopes.

"I think that this show will do a lot better at it," the 64-year-old inventor said. "I don’t know if you can compare a National Geographic presentation to a feature movie, but I’m as anxious as anyone else to see it. I’m thinking that this one is going to turn out a lot better because first of all, you’re starting out with National Geographic and a lot of credibility and things on the line they can’t risk by trying to be overly dramatic or just take aside. I think it’s more searching for the truth when it comes from National Geographic."

"American Genius: Jobs vs. Gates" premieres Monday, June 1 at 9 p.m. on National Geographic Channel.

SEE ALSO: HBO's 'Silicon Valley' took a page from Mark Cuban's story about being naked and becoming a billionaire

MORE: Former Apple CEO John Sculley admits Steve Jobs never forgave him, and he never repaired their friendship, before Jobs died

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We finally know who motion capture king Andy Serkis will play in the new ‘Star Wars’ movie

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Much of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" cast has been revealed, but there's still been one giant question mark up in the air until now. 

StarWars.com revealed the role of motion capture king Andy Serkis in the upcoming film Thursday afternoon, and it sounds like he'll be on the Dark side of the Force.

Serkis, who's known for his motion capture roles as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” series and Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes" films, will play Supreme Leader Snoke.

While we don't know much about the character yet, we do know Serkis will be using motion capture to bring Snoke to life via an image released on StarWars.com.

star wars the force awakens andy serkisThe image, which was originally shot for Vanity Fair's big "Star Wars" feature, but never made it into the final issue, comes from photographer Annie Leibovitz.

We've already gotten a little taste of Serkis' character in the first "Star Wars" teaser trailer, but you may not have realized it.

Serkis confirmed back in November 2014 to Absolute Radio he's the guy behind the ominous, yet thrilling voiceover in the first teaser trailer who says, "There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light."

 

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is in theaters on December 18. 

SEE ALSO: Why the costumes in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be much different than in the original trilogy

AND: One of the most beloved characters from the original "Star Wars" finally gets some recognition

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How Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson went from WWE wrestler to Hollywood's box-office champ

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the rock san andreas After the global box-office success of "Furious 7," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson returns to theaters this weekend in "San Andreas," another high-octane adrenaline rush which sees Johnson saving lives as a first responder at the expense of the largest earthquake of all time.

Though the film has been getting mixed reviews, estimates are predicting the film will have an opening north of $40 million.

Since 2002's "The Scorpion King," The Rock has become a box-office king proving he could win over audiences as a single dad in "Tooth Fairy" or as a heavy-hitting action star in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," and the "Fast and Furious" saga. His movies combined have made over $5.2 billion worldwide

But before he was rocking the box office, he was just a wrestler, best known for his signature move "The People's Elbow."

Frank Pallotta and Mallory Schlossberg contributed to an earlier version of this story.

Before he was "The Rock," Dwayne Johnson was born May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California.

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Wrestling is in Johnson's blood. His father, Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson, was a member of the first African-American tag-team champions and his grandfather, Peter Maivia, was one of the first Samoan wrestlers.

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Johnson didn't go straight to wrestling. His first sport was football. After starring in high school he played in college for the Miami Hurricanes. Over his tenure at the school, Johnson started just once but appeared in 39 games and had 77 tackles, and he was a part of the 1991 national championship team.

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One of the best comics of 2014 is getting turned into a movie

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Yet another comic book series is going to be adapted for the big screen, and there's good news and bad news. 

The good news: That comic is "Lumberjanes," one of the best comic books of 2014. It's about five girls who are best friends and attend the "Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types." They're like Girl Scouts, but aren't as concerned with selling cookies as they are with being awesome, as well as fighting weird supernatural bearwomen because, to quote the comic, "duh."

"Lumberjanes" is also a fantastic piece of feminist fiction, created for women, by women at a time when cultural concern for comic book publishers' efforts to reach out to female fans began to reach a fever pitch. Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen's creation managed to be both necessary and entertaining, simultaneously important, and a really fun time. 

It is also very, very funny. 

Here's the bad news, or at least the strange news: According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox has chosen Will Widger—writer of the hot Black List script "Munchkin"—to adapt the comic for the screen. That's a bit concerning. 

As Rachel Handlen writes over at The Dissolve, "It’s massively disappointing that Fox didn’t entrust a woman with adapting this lady-empowering, trope-smashing work of art." She's right, too. Half of the point of "Lumberjanes" is that, behind the extremely funny, all-ages adventures, is a fierce defiance of old assumptions that pop culture made by and for women doesn't have broad appeal, and that women aren't worth marketing anything other than romances to. 

Widger may be a very good writer—and he probably is—but ultimately, the decision to hire him will come across as hopelessly tone deaf at best, and a betrayal of what the "Lumberjanes" comic stands for at worst.  

SEE ALSO: One of the oldest comics genres might be making a comeback

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'Mad Max' fans are overrunning an Amazon page for a product with hilarious references to the movie

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Ever since the release of "Mad Max" mid-May, the film's fan base has grown rapidly and more passionate by the day. It has inspired memes and mashups alike, including one very clever one simply called "Mario Kart: Fury Road."

Now, the phenomenon of "Fury Road" is taking one of the biggest websites in the world by storm.

For those who have seen the movie, you might recall the War Boys, one of the many warring tribes of this post-apocalyptic world and main antagonists to Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa (Charlize Theron). In the film, they cover their faces with a chrome spray right before sacrificing their lives for their leader Immortan Joe. Their deaths are supposed be rewarded with an eternal visit to Valhalla, the heavenly place that is a central aspect of both Norse and War Boy mythology.

The fans have now made it to Amazon and have infiltrated the page for Wilton Silver Color Mist, a food coloring spray that very much resembles the spray from the film.

Here's what that product looks like:

Wilson Spray Mad Max AmazonHere's how the spray looks on one of the War Boys in the film:

Mad Max Fury Road War BoysThe Wilton Silver Color Mist, which could easily be a product used by the boys, has inspired a page that is now covered in "Mad Max" references and jokes. 

It all starts in the FAQ section of the product on Amazon, which other fans have taken to answering:

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One of these questions even merited a serious answer:

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The madness didn't stop there.

Not long after the movie came out, "Fury Road" fans took to the comment section of the product and have essentially taken it over.

Prior to the film's release, the comments were solely about food.

Now you can find reviews like this:

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The very first one seemed to pop up on May 20, just five days after "Fury Road" was released, showing how instantly quotable this movie really is.

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Some of them contain very specific references to the movie.

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And some people used this to somehow give the product negative reviews.

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Somebody else might have done Wilton a favor and come up with a new tagline.

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The spray paint related references have gone beyond Amazon into real-life situations.

Earlier today, a Home Depot that ran out of silver and chrome paint used "Fury Road" to explain the inconvenience to its customers:

Nobody knows why exactly all the silver paint happened to disappear from that Home Depot, but with San Diego Comic-Con around the corner, maybe we can expect to see some War Boys in tow.

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Here's what Forrest Gump's investment in Apple would be worth today (AAPL)

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One of the more memorable scenes in "Forrest Gump" happens when the title character's shrimping money is invested by his partner, Lt. Dan, in what Forrest describes as "some kind of fruit company."

That fruit company, of course, was Apple Computer, which would go on to become the largest and most profitable corporation in the history of the world.

Inspired by a conversation on Quora about how an investment in Apple at the time the movie was released in 1994 would have performed, we decided to instead estimate what Forrest and Lt. Dan's investment would be worth today.

Unfortunately, the movie is not overly specific about the size or exact timing of Lt. Dan and Forrest's investment. There is, however, a very narrow window in which the investment could have happened.

Apple was initially founded on April 1, 1976. The scene in which Forrest receives his letter from the "fruit company" thus needs to happen after that date.

However, according to this upload of the movie's script, a few scenes after Forrest gets that letter, he and Jenny are watching a TV broadcast of the bicentennial celebrations that took place on July 4, 1976. Therefore, Lt. Dan must have made that investment somewhere in the three-month period between those two dates.

Regardless of exactly when the investment was made, Apple would not go public for another four years, and so trying to nail down a stock price or valuation of Bubba-Gump Shrimp's investment in the computer company is very difficult.

To make our lives easier, we considered what the price return on a $10,000 investment in Apple at the time of the company's IPO on December 12, 1980 would have been in the long run for Forrest and friends.

It would actually take some time for the Apple investment to mature to the point where Forrest "don't have to worry about money no more." The stock's price hovered at or below the IPO value for a couple years. It would double in value for a brief time by May 1983, before stagnating throughout most of the rest of the 1980s.

On the July 6, 1994 release date for "Forrest Gump", Forrest and Lt. Dan's hypothetical $10,000 investment would have been worth $18,173.

The stock didn't really take off until Apple's successes in the 2000s and beyond.

But if Forrest were still holding onto his Apple investment today, it would be worth over $2.5 million.

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'Inside Out' is Pixar's most stunning animated film since 'Finding Nemo'

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Pixar's latest, "Inside Out," packs all the feels. Quite literally.

The movie follows 11-year-old Riley, spirited and goofy, as her dad's new job in San Francisco uproots the family from the Midwest. Helping to navigate Riley through this change are her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).

The anthropmorphic emotions live in Headquarters, the control center of Riley's mind, where they work together to advise her through everyday life. It's one of Pixar's most daring concepts to date. Directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen reimagine the brain as a Rube Goldberg-inspired aparatus, where memories are stored in glowing orbs that play back like Vines and a literal train of thought runs on a track through her psyche.

"Inside Out" is an unmistakable Pixar production. Much like "Toy Story," Finding Nemo," and "Up," the movie takes you on wildly funny adventures, all while tugging at the heartstrings. It strikes a perfect balance between childlike wonder and enthusiasm and smart, crass humor — appeasing both the kids and adults watching. And while "Inside Out," which is the studio's first release since 2013's "Monsters University," falls just shy of its predecessors' emotional pull, it surpasses them in its stunning animation and technical feats.

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In an interview at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, Del Carmen ("Up,""Ratatouille") told Business Insider that the team set out to create the "largest set" of any animated movie. It was an absurdly tall order.

"We had to create the worlds that have never existed before. What does the interior of the mind look like? What are the systems in place?" del Carmen said. How do you visualize short-term memory converting into long-term memory, and the process of forgetting things? "We had to make that represented in the movie."

A person's personality, for example, is made up of large, amusement park-like "personality islands." Each represents a core trait or value. Below, we see the emotions peering out into the vast landscape of Riley's mind, where family island, friendship island, ice hockey island, and goofball island form her very essence.

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The emotions interact with the real world through the looking glass: Riley's eyes. The vibrant colors and detail are exquisite.

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Getting an audience to care about such conceptual characters — emotions that you recognize, but have never seen manifested in the physical form — is an enormous challenge. But Pixar made their lives all the more difficult by advancing the tech used to make the film.

If you look at Joy, her clothes, teeth, and hair appear plain, however, her skin appears to shed twinkling particles of energy. Pixar's chief creative officer John Lasseter described them as "champagne" bubbles.

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When Anger is particularly angry, his skin prickles even more. This technique informs the viewer how the emotions are feeling.

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Del Carmen told us this bold style didn't come cheap, but the effect was worth it.

"Having a character that is made of little particles that actually move around and lift up and disappear and not be distracting" was a tall order, he said. They blew through the budget in order to do it. But, "these characters are uniquely their own. They're not toys, they're not made out of plastic or wood, they're emotions." Their texture is how you know.

Typically, once the animators and voice actors finish their jobs, the footage is sent to the lighting department, where technicians manually light the frames and characters to make them more dynamic. This process can be arduous, particularly when the leads appear to be light sources themselves.

Pixar sped up this process by developing a new lighting technology that automatically made the characters' feet and appendages emit light on their surroundings, Cinemablend's Nick Romano reported in an interview with the filmmakers. 

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It's as simple as that. Add some effervescent glitter, and boom — you've turned chemical firings in the brain into a digestible and iconic visual metaphor for understanding what role emotions play in your life and the lives of those around you. "Inside Out" teaches that each serves you in some way, be it Joy who fulfills you, Fear who keeps you safe, or Anger who defends you when you are wronged; and the film's ambitious animation succeeds in executing that concept.

I certainly hope for an "Inside Out" sequel starring Puberty.

"Inside Out" is in theaters June 19.

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Here's everything leaving Netflix tomorrow

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As summer begins, some streaming videos will come to an end. 

Now that June's almost here, it's time to for your monthly check-in on what movies and TV shows will be leaving Netflix. It's a relatively painless month as far as these things usually go, with only a few big favorites leaving. If you've never seen Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," consider fitting it into your schedule before June's done, along with a few late-'80s and early-'90s classics like "Silence of the Lambs,""Rain Man," and "Amadeus."

Oh, and don't forget "The Rocketeer." That movie is a treat — and directed by Joe Johnston, of "Captain America: The First Avenger" fame.

Check out the full list below — we've highlighted a few more that might be worth squeezing in.

Leaving 6/1/15

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”
“City of Ghosts”
“Dance with Me”
“Deep Blue Sea”
“DeRay Davis: Power Play”
“Dream Lover”
“Drugs, Inc” seasons 2 and 3
“Ever After: A Cinderella Story”
“Frankie and Johnny”
“G.I. Jane”
“Garfield and Friends” Vol. 1 and 2
“Hatchet II”
“I Escaped A Cult”
“Ink Master” Season 1
“Inside Combat Rescue” Season 1
“Last Action Hero”
“Picture Perfect”
“Platoon Leader”
“Rain Man”
“Reign Over Me”
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“Snatch”
“Soul Survivors”
“Swept Away”
“Syriana”
“Tank Girl”
“The Great Queen Seondeok”
“The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story”
“The Phantom of the Opera: Special Edition” (2004)
“The Rocketeer”
“The Triplets of Belleville”
“Waking Life”

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Leaving 6/15/15

“Space: Unraveling the Cosmos”
“The River Why”
“Tin Man”

Leaving 6/17/15

“Dummy” (2002)

Leaving 6/20/15

“Amadeus”
“Collateral Damage”
“Lonesome Dove”
“Practical Magic”
“The Guilt Trip”

Leaving 6/22/15

“Madonna: The MDNA Tour”
“Stand Up Guys”

Leaving 6/28/15

“Biutiful”

Leaving 6/29/15

“Iron Man: Armored Adventures” Season 1 and 2
“Texas Chainsaw” (2012)

Leaving 6/30/15

“Donnie Brasco”
“Godzilla” (1998)

 

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”
“Jack Reacher”
“National Security”
“Steel Magnolias”
“Taxi Driver”
“The Baby-Sitters Club” Season 1

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A new 'Fifty Shades of Grey' book is coming out later this month from the male point of view

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" fans are in for a big surprise. 

Another new book in the erotica series from author E.L. James is out later this month, titled "Grey."

James made the announcement on her social media accounts.

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The fourth book in the series, following billionaire Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, won't be a sequel. Instead, it will be a retelling of the first book from Grey's point of view. 

The first three books were all told from the perspective of recent college grad Anastasia Steele as she first encountered Grey.

The book will be released June 18, 2015, which just so happens to mark Christian Grey's birthday.

According to Variety, James is dedicating the book “to those readers who asked… and asked… and asked… and asked for this.”

"Fifty Shades of Grey" started out as fan fiction based on the popular "Twilight" series from Stephanie Meyer.

Funny enough, Meyer was going to do a similar thing with her book series. 

After the successful run of the "Twilight" series, Meyer planned to release a book called "Midnight Sun," which would have been "Twilight" from perspective of the male lead, Edward Cullen. However, after multiple chapters from the book were leaked online, Meyer stopped work on the book in 2008. Instead, Meyer made rough drafts of the chapters available for free to her fans online.

There couldn't be a more perfect time to release a "Fifty Shades of Grey" companion book.

The film adaptation became an instant hit. Not only did the film have the best opening weekend ever in February, it also had the largest opening for an erotic thriller and romantic movie. All together, the film has grossed over $569 million worldwide on a reported $40 million budget.

A sequel for the film is planned for a 2017 release. James' husband, Niall Leonard, will write the script for that film.

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The velociraptors in the 'Jurassic Park' movies are nothing like their real-life counterparts

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One of the most memorable and frightening dinosaurs introduced in  the "Jurassic Park" series is the Velociraptor. They may not be as gigantic as the T. rex, but the intimidating raptors have appeared in each of the three films so far. 

We'll see them again on screen in "Jurassic World," which hits theaters June 12. 

However, you may not realize the ferocious beasts we've become acquainted with onscreen are much different than what popular culture might lead you to believe.

Jurassic Park VelociraptorWhile they are portrayed as vicious, cunning reptile-like hunters in the movies, in reality, they were much smaller, less intelligent, and resembled a bird more than a reptile.

"It's the size of a big turkey or a small wolf,"Dr. John Hutchinson, an evolutionary biomechanist and professor at the Royal Veterinary College in London, explained to Business Insider. "The evidence of their brain is that it's no smarter than a pretty dumb bird like an Emu or something like that."

The real Velociraptor was also feathered, a discovery which wasn't made until after "Jurassic Park" was released in 1993. 

"We know that for sure because we found specimens that have the insertion points for feathers on their arms." Dr. Mark Norell, current Chairman of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, told Business Insider.

Here's a sketch of what an actual Velociraptor may have looked like by artist Luis V. Rey. This depiction has even made it into a museum in America.

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Michael Crichton, who wrote the book which "Jurassic Park" is based on, and director Steven Spielberg were both aware of the Velociraptor's less than intimidating size back when the movie was being developed in the early '90s.

The Velociraptor we see on screen ended up based off of another dinosaur, Deinonychus. This is partially because Crichton based his novel on Gregory Paul's "Predatory Dinosaurs," which "labeled the Velociraptor as a Deinonychus subspecies." 

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Spielberg could have changed it to the more accurate term, but most Paleontologists think he probably kept it that way because "Velociraptor" sounded a lot cooler than "Deinonychus."

"[Velociraptor] is a much sexier, better-sounding name." Norell said. "For somebody to be talking about that Deinonychus because even Deinoychus, amongst the professional community, people pronounce it different ways, you know? I mean, it just flows off the tongue a lot easier."

When asked the same question, Dr. Hutchinson also described the Velociraptor name as "sexier."

While the scientific name isn't that catchy, Deinoychus does translate to "Terrible Claw" -- and the Velociraptors in the "Jurassic Park" franchise have some pretty mean ones. 

The film's Velociraptors were a bit bigger than Deinonychus.Funny enough, just two years before the debut of "Jurassic Park," a new dinosaur was discovered called the Utahraptor which is nearly identical to the Velociraptors seen onscreen. Utahraptor

"Jurassic World" will bring back basically the same Velociraptors as before. However, they still won't have any feathers, and it appears from the trailers that they won't change much in size, either. This makes them consistent with the original film, but not so much with modern science.

Jurassic World VelociraptorOne thing that may be different, though, is that the Velociraptors here could be a lot friendlier then they have been in the past. One trailer shows Chris Pratt's character training the raptors as he talks about "a relationship based on respect."

But maybe it wasn't their behavior that needed changing.

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While it is hard to determine exactly how they behaved, there is some evidence to show real Velociraptors were indeed vicious fighters.

One famous fossil found in Mongolia preserves a Velociraptor mid-fight with a Protoceratops.

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"I wouldn't wanna tangle with one," Hutchinson said.

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6 reasons why Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has become a huge box-office draw

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The definition of an action star is changing and there’s no better example of that then the recent success of The Rock.

Since the early 2000s, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has gone from being one of the biggest names at WWE to becoming one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood.

This was confirmed over the weekend when Johnson’s latest film, disaster movie “San Andreas,” topped all projections with a $53 million domestic opening weekend

Johnson’s blueprint for success has been filled with trial and error, but in the last five years he’s hit his stride thanks to jumping on popular movie franchises and constantly engaging his huge fan base on social media.

The “San Andreas” opening proves Johnson doesn’t just need to be the burly member of an ensemble to attract audiences.

Let’s look at six reasons he’s made the jump to super stardom.

1. He's learned from past failures.

The Scorpion King the scorpion kingThough Johnson created one of the most memorable WWE wrestling characters in its history with The Rock — a buff catch-phrase-a-second renegade who was the perfect anti-hero for wrestling fans thrusting for something different in the late ‘90s — his transition to action movie star was a tough hill to climb.

He jumped around from straight-up action movies like "The Scorpion King" and "Doom," which showed off his exterior qualities, to more light-hearted fare that proved he could be entertaining on screen like "The Rundown" and "The Game Plan." He even slimmed down his size and tried to go the family-friendly route with films "Race to Witch Mountain,""Tooth Fairy," and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." Though these different routes proved Dwayne Johnson was more than “The Rock,” he wasn’t a star who could carry a film.

So he got strategic.

2. The “Furious” franchise solidified his action star status.

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Instead of trying to do it alone, as the action stars of the ’80s and ’90s did it, Johnson saw an opportunity to shine in movies with ensemble casts.

In 2011 he joined the “Fast and Furious” franchise in “Fast Five” as the massively huge (yes, he went back to the weight room) agent Hobbs who's hired to arrest Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his street racing gang. The movie was number one at the box office its opening weekend with $86 million (it went on to have a worldwide gross of over $600 million). 

In 2013’s "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," Johnson came onto the franchise headed by Channing Tatum as the jacked-up character Roadblock. No one ever questioned Johnson’s believability in an action movie, but here we saw his talents working off other actors with sly one-liners. Again, the movie was number one at the box office its opening weekend with $40 million

The same year, Johnson returned to play agent Hobbs in “Fast & Furious 6” and earlier this year in “Furious 7.” Both films did number one their opening weekends at the box office. "FF 6” made close to $800 million worldwide while "Furious 7" has crossed $1 billion. The latter is now one of the most profitable franchises of all time for Universal. 

Johnson’s role in both were ingrained more in the storylines and audiences couldn’t get enough of his dark stare and tough guy act.

But on the internet, we saw another side.

3. He’s built a massive social media presence.

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With over 49 million Facebook likes, 8 million plus followers on Twitter, and over 15 million followers on Instagram, Johnson has not been shy to show off his daily life to his fans, and that has only made him more relatable. From working out to flexing on The Great Wall of China to just washing his pick up truck, he’s shown his fans everything with a hint of humor and likability that proves he’s more just the tough guys he plays on screen.

It's also an example of the brand he’s building.

4. He knows how to sell himself and a movie.

the rock dwayne johnsonIn the lead-up to the release of "San Andreas," Johnson did everything to get the word out from hosting "Saturday Night Live" (his fourth time) to breaking the world record for most selfies done in under three minutes. This is just a small example of how he’s shown he’s a different kind of action star.

But zany antics aren't anything new to Johnson. He was even on the debut episode of the popular Spike show "Lip Sync Battle." Could you have ever imagined Schwarzenegger or Stallone singing a popular pop song in their prime? And pull it off

And knowing TV will only extend his brand to those who aren’t into butt-kicking movies, Johnson will headline the HBO series "Ballers" later this month. In it he'll play a former football player who turns to being a financial adviser for former players (he’s also an executive producer on the show).

5. He hasn’t forgotten WWE fans.

rousey 7You would think with the success Johnson has gained he would run far from his wrestling past, but he’s only embraced it over the years. Since he hung up his “Brahma Bull” tights in the early 2000s, The Rock has returned occasionally to WWE’s major Pay-Per-View events to huge ovations.

Most recently he appeared at WrestleMania with UFC champion Ronda Rousey, who put the smackdown on WWE bigwig Stephanie McMahon after McMahon slapped The Rock. It turned out to be one of the most memorably moments of the evening. 

Johnson is certainly aware that this is still his bread-and-butter fan base and has been smart to show that he still appreciates them.

6. Massive stunts/destruction only helps.

dwayne johnson san andreas 3Though “San Andreas” has shown Johnson can bring in box office dollars without the help of a loaded ensemble cast, he’s also aware his fans want him in dangerous situations. Johnson hasn’t gotten to the Tom Cruise-hanging-from-flying-planes level, but whether it’s firing massive guns or rescuing his family as large skyscrapers crumble behind him, audiences are buying a ticket to see the spectacle as much as they are to see The Rock.

Naturally, he’s keeping the big movies coming. He’s going to try his hand at another “Journey” film with “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon,” which will be out next year and will, if anything, be a CGI spectacle. And “Furious 8” is in the works ... we have a feeling that one will be big.  

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