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10 Memorable WWE Wrestlers’ Movie Roles, Ranked

It can be argued that wrestling is more acting than athleticism. Wrestlers have a set character that they stick to, a script, and fictional friends and enemies. It’s why WWE Raw works so well as a TV comedy or drama. It’s also why so many wrestlers try to make the jump from the ring to the big screen to see if they can command a movie the way they command a wrestling crowd. Unfortunately, doing so doesn’t always work so well. For every blockbuster starring The Rock are a dozen forgettable straight-to-video action flicks starring whoever WWE is pushing that month. From murderous Santas to Tarzan strippers, here’s a ranking of the 10 wrestlers’ most memorable film roles. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: The Rock Does Taylor Swift

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, The Americans come clean, Cougar Town says goodbye, and The Rock sings T. Swift. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Janelle Monae, The Rock, and Cheese Cleanses

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson aces everything he does. From college football and professional wrestling, to music videos and blockbuster movies, Johnson’s charismatic personality and competitive drive quickly established him as a cut above the muscled lunkheads in Hollywood. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu once described Johnson as “franchise Viagra” — a nickname that SNL riffed on during the actor’s opening monologue last night. If anyone could use a pick-me-up, it’s Saturday Night Live. See how Johnson’s appearance helped smooth over SNL’s uneven slate, below. … Read More

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America’s Sweetheart, The Rock, Makes TNT’s ‘Wake Up Call’ the Rare Motivational Reality Show Worth Watching

Motivational reality programs are hard to do correctly, and can be excruciating to watch. Producers must walk a thin line in order to make their series inspiring instead of exploitative. They must show that they are honestly invested in their subject and the changes the subject want to make, but they have to do so in a caring, touching way, or else the program runs the risk of falling into the category of a “scared straight” episode of a trashy talk show, one that puts terrified teenagers into a jail cell and films them crying for hours. When done well, each installment ends with a sense of accomplishment for everyone involved — the host, the subject, the viewers — but when done poorly, it’s an embarrassing watch that leaves you feeling dirty. TNT’s Wake Up Call, hosted by wrestler-turned-actor (and hopefully soon turned-politician) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson goes back and forth between these two extremes from episode to episode but always lands on the good side, and ends with an emotional bang. … Read More

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The ‘Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actresses List and the End of the Movie Star

Every year, Forbes releases its lists of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors and actresses, presumably to give schoolteachers and cops and social workers an opportunity to think a little harder about their choices. This week saw the release of the ten highest-paid actresses list, topped by Angelina Jolie at $33 million a year. Putting aside the rather glaring issues of gender pay — that top $33 million paycheck would barely land Jolie in the top ten of male actors — here’s a question: Angelina Jolie? Seriously? Angelina Jolie hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2010. (The year, not the forgotten 2001 sequel.) That film, The Tourist, is mostly remembered these days as the punchline for Golden Globes stories. It made a little bit of money, but certainly not enough that its leading lady should still be coasting on it. Yet this year’s Forbes lists are mostly interesting as confirmation of what we’ve been suspecting for a while: that movie stars don’t matter anymore. … Read More

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Despite the Hype, the ‘Fast/Furious’ Franchise Is Still Terrible

The original The Fast and the Furious, back in 2001, was a monumentally stupid summer throwaway in which handsome young Paul Walker and tough guy Vin Diesel did a lot of glaring and a lot of driving and a lot of growling. The plot was a warmed over Point Break retreat that existed solely as a clothesline upon which to hang the film’s many street racing scenes, where any displays of skill or suspense were undercut entirely by the laughable computer-assisted effects. The first sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, found Walker going solo (Diesel and director Rob Cohen had gone off to make the equally dense xXx) under the direction of once-promising hack John Singleton, and the film supplemented the dopiness of the original by amping up the misogyny. After that film, this viewer checked out; these movies were clearly not for me, and they could continue making them for the vroom-obsessed demo without my participation. … Read More

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