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Biz Break: Dwayne Johnson Just Wants To Be Your Teddy Bear

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 23, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 23, 2013 |

You’ve seen the picture before, right? The tiny teddy holding a ferocious monster at bay while a child sleeps? New Line saw it too and said, “Ooohhh! Let’s make a movie based on this drawing! And cast The Rock!” Well, so far New Line has Dwayne Johnson producing and possibly starring, but you know how that usually ends up.


The story pulled from the illustration is being kept hush hush, but the studio hopes to make a four movie franchise out of it. Four movies based on teddy bears keeping monsters at bay. I smell disaster, CGI, and the whiff of sh*t. I’m imagining versions of Ted running around with cleaner vocabularies and swords.


Hey, kids! There is going to be an Insidious Chapter 2! Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne look to be back for the sequel, which makes me wonder what the hell is going on in chapter 2 that crushes the ending of the first one. That damn movie, man. It started out one way, took a turn, and then pooped its pants. Anyway, you can win a walk-on role, which means you can walk behind someone in the movie. Maybe you can remember to check out Wilson’s ass for me.

In more news that might break you, James Gunn and Marvel are still searching for their Star-Lord for Guardians of the Galaxy. Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Chris Lowell (The Help), John Krasinski (MINE), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), and Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe) are all rumored to be under consideration for the lead role. Now there is news that Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler are being looked at for unspecified role or roles in the movie. Maybe one or both of them are being considered for Rocket Raccoon, the talking raccoon, and Groot the giant tree?

Can you handle some more superhero news? Rumor has it, and it seems to be more than rumor, that Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel will be besties with Jenny Olsen instead of Jimmy Olsen. IMDB lists Rebecca Buller as Olsen and you can see a woman that looks an awful lot like the actress holding the hand of Perry White (Laurence Fishburne). Do we really care if Jimmy is Jenny? Will that impact anything at all in Superman’s world? “Jenny Olsen’s Blues” is just as good.

If you are interested in possible spoilers for Man Of Steel based on LEGO tie-in toys, head over to Screen Rant and check out their in-depth speculation. The studio, director and actors can keep a movie’s details under wraps, but the toys always spoil something.

Finally, I leave you with a set photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. He looks like a f*cking albino. *shudder*


Jodi Clager is also HBIC for product review blog Hot Ink and has a Twitter she barely updates. Adam Sandler would make a great talking tree.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.