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‘Mysterious Island’: Kristin Davis wants to pet Josh Hutcherson

Kristin Davis and Josh Hutcherson

The characters in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" encounter all manner of unusual animals on the film's Jules Verne-inspired island, but the only creature actress Kristin Davis wanted to pet Thursday was costar Josh Hutcherson.

The "Sex and the City" star revealed that she was a big fan of Hutcherson’s performance in "The Kids Are All Right" and said she prepared for playing the 19-year-old's mother by getting tips from Mama Hutcherson herself.

"I talked to Josh's mom. I said, 'I always want to pet him,'" Davis told Ministry of Gossip at the film’s L.A. premiere Thursday at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. "She said, 'You can’t really touch them when they get to this age, 'cause they feel like you're making them like a kid.' ... In the movie I had to scold him. But I felt bad because Josh is such a mature young man."

The family adventure movie, a sequel to 2008’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” takes 17-year-old Sean (Hutcherson) and his stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) to a mystical island in search of Sean’s grandfather (played by Michael Caine).

In preparation for filming underwater scenes, Hutcherson and Johnson got scuba-diving certification.

"I've always wanted to get scuba certified, and this was a great excuse, and I didn't have to pay for it!": said Hutcherson, who will next be seen in the much-anticipated "The Hunger Games" in March.

Johnson, a.k.a. "The Rock," may be most recognized for his wrestling career and tough-guy roles in movies like last year’s "Fast Five," but Hutcherson busted that stereotype.

"He's fun, he's charismatic, he's outgoing. He has a sensitive side," the actor told reporters. "But he’s also very physical and has the whole action hero side as well."

Luis Guzmán, who plays the helicopter pilot who takes Sean and his stepfather to the Mysterious Island, said of Johnson, "He is the man. I'd work with Dwayne any day of the week. He certainly made an action hero out of me. I'm just waiting for my action figure to come out."

"Journey 2" brought Johnson home to Hawaii, where he grew up, a location that costar Vanessa Hudgens took plenty of time to enjoy.

"The adventures I got to have in my downtime –- I would take my car and drive around, go to the North Shore, hang out, check out the waves, go on a bunch of dives cause I'm certified," Hudgens said of filming on Oahu. "I'm such an adventurer, and I love being on the island."

"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” hits theaters Feb. 10.

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Photo: Kristin Davis and Josh Hutcherson at the L.A. premiere of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Dwayne Johnson in talks for role in 'G.I. Joe' sequel

Dwayne Johnson, 'The Rock,' in talks for role in 'GI Joe' sequel

Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks to appear in "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes," the franchise's sequel in which the former pro wrestler known as the Rock would play a machine gun-toting "big guy."

Johnson could take on the role of Roadblock, Variety reported, a brawny and imidating soldier who actually aspires to be a chef and is, as described by the G.I. Joe wiki,  one of "most amiable members of the Joe Team and a great source of camaraderie."

The franchise may undergo an overhaul, however, in the wake of a $175-million budget that seriously outweighed the box office success of its 2009 predecessor, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," which starred Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. Tatum, however, should be coming back in the Paramount sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film will probably be directed by John Chu, who also helmed "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never."

As for Johnson, his role in "Fast Five" with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson has him considering revving up for another installment, thanks to the car film's $568-million take at the worldwide box office.  

His participation in a sixth film all depends "on how much ass I could kick in that movie," he told Access Hollywood. "We set out to make a good movie and the fans are really enjoying it."

That could be possible, seeing that he won the Biggest Ass Kicker award at Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards on Sunday for his role in "The Other Guys."

Johnson has also starred in "The Game Plan, "The Tooth Fairy," the "Get Smart" reboot, "The Scorpion King" (a prequel to "The Mummy" series) and "Be Cool" (the sequel to "Get Shorty").

He'll soon appear in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" with Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine and Josh Hutcherson.

So, perhaps his stock is going up because of his reputation as a sequel saver. Do you think Johnson would make a good Roadblock? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Dwayne Johnson during a "Fast Five" photo call in France. Credit: Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters


'Fast Five' movie premiere: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson go to Rio

In Rio, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson at the "Fast Five"

Gal Gadot in "Fast Five"While the animated birds who star in "Rio" were racing toward the year's best opening-weekend box office, Vin Diesel and other stars of the street-racing movie "Fast Five" were actually in Rio de Janeiro for the premiere of the newest installment of the franchise.

Cast members Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris and Gal Gadot were on hand Friday in Brazil, as was director Justin Lin, who also helmed 2009's "Fast & Furious." Click the pics for more photos from the premiere.

Walker, Diesel and Brewster starred in the 2001 franchise launcher, "The Fast and the Furious." If "Fast Five" copies "Rio" and takes in more than $40 million its first weekend, that would push the "Fast" films' combined global box-office total over the $1-billion mark.

The movie hits theaters April 29.

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Photos: Dwayne Johnson, top left, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson at the "Fast Five" premiere in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 15, 2011. Right, Israeli actress Gal Gadot at the premiere. Credits: Felipe Dana / Associated Press


Dwayne Johnson, 'the Rock,' will return to host pro wrestling

 

It was pro wrestling that made Dwayne Johnson famous, and to pro wrestling Dwayne Johnson will return: The actor also known as the Rock will host WrestleMania XXVII after seven years away from the wrestling spotlight.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in "Tooth Fairy" "The most electrifying man of all of entertainment is hosting the most electrifying event of all of entertainment!" (Hey, if you say so, Dwayne.)

The announcement came on USA's "Monday Night Raw," setting off a Twitter frenzy that included a message from WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross: "Dwayne Johnson's classic 'Rock' promo 2nite on RAW was the best thing on RAW in recent memory. Young wrestlers hopefully paid attention."

And hopefully they weren't paying too much attention to "Tooth Fairy" and "Race to Witch Mountain"?

It's unclear whether Johnson will get in the ring or simply host -- and also unclear how this jibes with the performer's name-change request from a few years back: "From now on, please call me Dwayne Johnson," he said in 2006. "I want to be known as Dwayne Johnson the actor, and not the Rock."

Wrestlemania XXVII will be held April 3 in Atlanta.

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Photo: Dwayne Johnson rocks the movie "Tooth Fairy." Credit: Diyah Pera / 20th Century Fox


 


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