The Rock

Even The Rock Can’t Save HBO’s ‘Ballers’

By

It makes perfect sense that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is starring in a sports comedy from HBO. It’s a natural progression for the action star who has proven, time and time again, that he is a talented  actor with a preternatural knack for nailing every line he’s given (a skill wrestlers hone in the ring, due to the ridiculous promos they have to deliver with total seriousness). A sports comedy is right up his alley — he easily embodies the character of Spencer, a retired football player (like Johnson) currently working as a financial manager for athletes. It gives Johnson room to have a little more fun on screen and to show off his comedic timing. The problem is that the series, not Johnson, is incredibly disappointing. 
…Read More

Supreme Leader Snoke and Supreme Painter Tennessee Williams: Links You Need to See

By

It’s imperative to begin this links roundup with some some photos of breathtaking bookstores, because this is the internet, on which people write about things that aren’t at all imperative — like looking at photos of breathtaking bookstores — as if they were. Apart from providing listicle opportunities, bookstores (which happen to be “hanging in there” despite the changing technologies behind the act of reading) also contain books, which contain information, likely spanning the history of the entire world. What they might not contain, however, is the otherworldly news of the just-revealed, very very silly name of Andy Serkis’ character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Said very very silly name in question is: Supreme Leader Snoke
…Read More

10 Memorable WWE Wrestlers’ Movie Roles, Ranked

By

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

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

By

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

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

By

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

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

By

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

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

By

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