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We’re likely to get the official announcement this weekend at Comic-Con, but the cat is peeking out the bag regarding a DC Comics superhero role for Dwayne Johnson. He hinted in a recent interview with Total Film that he has finally found the character for him, and without naming names he basically revealed that character is Shazam. “Just say the word,” he not-so-cryptically said at the end of the conversation, which is a pretty good giveaway considering Shazam, aka Captain Marvel, becomes his super-powered self when a kid named Billy Batson exclaims the word “Shazam.” He also reverts to his younger self by saying it again. Johnson also noted that his secret role has the powers of Superman, and Shazam certainly has those. In fact, he was believed to be modeled after the more famous DC hero when Captain Marvel debuted in the pages of competitors Fawcett Comics. Presumably Shazam, a movie already slated for 2016 with Peter Segal (Grudge Match) producing and possibly directing, will be a part of the Justice League mega-franchise that Warner Bros. is building (to be kicked off/continued in 2016 with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). That could be chalked up to producers truly believing that Johnson is the opposite of kryptonite for troubled franchises — which Justice League has been before even getting off the ground. Shazam has been part of the team at times, yet he’s not one of the core JL characters that we tend to think of as being a member. […]

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GRUDGE MATCH-FILM

The idea of Rocky vs. Raging Bull is almost irresistible, and when it comes to that factor, Grudge Match has its moments. However, those moments aren’t enough to make a good movie. Indeed, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro have been cashing their nostalgia bitcoins for a while now. De Niro seems to be taking every film that comes his way – good or bad – and relying more and more on his reputation rather than giving a good performance. It’s not just the Meet the Parents films that capitalize on this. In fact, The Family from earlier this year had a huge plot point to the film hinge on De Niro’s long career playing a Mafioso (resulting in a scene almost as awkward as the Julia Roberts gag in Oceans 12). Similarly, Stallone has been trying to spin his once-top-rated box office name into modern success. It worked with The Expendables and The Expendables 2, but pretty much everything else he’s tried to reclaim his 80s glory days has fallen flat. While I thought Bullet to the Head wasn’t bad and thoroughly enjoyed Escape Plan this past fall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, few others did.

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Grudge Match

It’s the cinematic boxing match we’ve always dreamed of witnessing: Rocky Balboa vs. Jake LaMotta. It’s just happening about 30 years later than anticipated. But still! Rocky and the Raging Bull, together at last! Peter Segal‘s Grudge Match is a silly comedy starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as aging boxing legends and mortal enemies. As Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro), the boxers faced off twice back in the day but a tiebreaking match never happened. They’re bitter, to say the least. Fast forward to present day, and they’re looking to settle the score for good after a viral video spreads of them bickering during a video game shoot in their motion-capture suits. It’s kind of precious. Cue the insane workout montages and inevitable journeys of self-discovery:

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In the grand tradition of Freddy vs. Jason and Aliens vs. Predator comes Grudge Match, which pits boxing legends Rocky Balboa and Jake La Motta against each other in an epic battle to the death. Or, probably not. But Grudge Match is an upcoming boxing comedy coming from Tommy Boy and Anger Management director Peter Segal. It tells the story of two retired boxers who step into the ring one last time in order to finally settle an old score. It’s kind of like that episode of The Cosby Show where Combustible Huxtable races Tailwind Turner one final time, but with punching instead of running. The real exciting news about this project isn’t that it’s a boxing comedy about old dudes, though, it’s the names that are being looked at to play the two leads. The Wrap is reporting that Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are currently in negotiations. These two are, of course, the two stars of probably the greatest boxing movies ever made, Rocky and Raging Bull, so there’s a whole meta component to their casting that adds to the fact that watching Stallone and De Niro clown around together already sounds kind of fun in a dumb way.

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The flames are hot here in development hell, and there’s way too much cocaine. Way, way too much. So why wouldn’t we come back? When we first examined 8 Promised Movies That Still Haven’t Been Made, it was an exploration of the complex world of filmmaking where the smallest issue can derail an entire project potentially worth millions. Nervous executives, scheduling conflicts, hangnails. Getting a movie made is a miracle, and even those that get hailed in the press as moving forward are sometimes abandoned. Considering our national grand obsession with hypotheticals, here are 8 more movies we were told would happen that haven’t (including some that won’t).

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Jennifer Garner and Anna Faris may be teaming up soon, in a way that may remind you of the team of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. In the wake of the success of The Hangover, 20th Century Fox appears to be dusting off the Karen McCullah Lutz (The House Bunny) written comedy The Bachelorette Party.

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Director Peter Segal is making news today from a few different places. Apparently, his directorial slate — which still includes the long-gestating superhero flick Shazam! — could be getting very busy in the near future.

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With the hiring of Bill Birch, should we be celebrating taking chances on new talent or still lamenting the loss of John August? Either way, Captain Marvel still has a long way to go.

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As scribe John August explained on his personal blog yesterday, Shazam! has died in the script stage due to some cold feet and misguided direction of the execs at Warner Bros.

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Captain Marvel

The last time we were talking about the Captain Marvel movie, known to many as Shazam!, director Peter Segal and I were sitting at Comic-Con in 2007. And a year later the project has made a comeback.

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Anne Hathaway and Steve Carell in Get Smart

When Peter Segal and Co. set out to make this new version of Get Smart, they set out not to remake, but to reinvigorate. In that light, their film can be seen as a significant accomplishment.

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As part of our Spy Week, check out the Film School Rejects sit-down interview with Get Smart director Peter Segal, who talked to us about spies, Steve Carell, and Shazam!

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Get Smart

We spent a day with all the cast members of Get Smart, and it quickly turned into a Steve Carell lovefest. Deservedly so, we say! Find out more about what’ll be coming up in this bumbling spy movie based on the bumbling spy television series as our Spy Week continues.

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Dwayne Johnson and Steve Carell in Get Smart

It seems as if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is popping up everywhere in this big, new update that we have for all things Get Smart.

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This new trailer for the upcoming comedy Get Smart may ultimately serve as nothing more than a reminder that the film is coming up soon, but that really doesn’t stop it from making me laugh.

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Get Smart

If you were wondering what Get Smart co-creator and all-around legend Mel Brooks thought of the people behind the upcoming big screen adaptation, here is your answer.

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Steve Carell in Get Smart

In order to assist you in getting yourself into the Get Smart mood, WB has released the following five silly, but fun TV spots.

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Get Smart Official Website

The website for the upcoming Warner Brothers film Get Smart, starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway and The Rock gets a sleek makeover.

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Get Smart Movie Poster

It is worth saying though, that you can’t take these lame teaser posters into account when you look at this film. Based on everything we’ve seen so far, I have the feeling that Get Smart is going to rock. Call it intuition, call it blind faith in director Peter Segal, call it whatever you want, but I have a good feeling about this film — and you should, too.

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Steve Carell brings the funny, Anne Hathaway brings the sex and Get Smart finally delivers an awesome trailer!

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