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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is continuing his string of kickass roles on the big screen. After the record breaking release of Furious 7, The Rock is now starring in the new disaster flick, San Andreas.

When a 9.6 magnitude quake rocks Los Angeles and San Francisco, Johnson, who plays a rescue-chopper pilot, maneuvers his way through LA to save his daughter who is fighting for her life in Fog City.

“It was a lot of fun but it was also a lot of hard work,” The Rock told us about shooting the film. “The  challenge comes in because it’s the biggest earthquake of all time. There’s the challenge of visual effects, practicality, shooting on location, San Francisco Bay, Downtown San Francisco. There was a lot of challenging elements.”

And for actress Carla Gugino, who plays Johnson’s estranged wife, shooting this film was a challenge for other reasons. Gugino, who experienced the 1994 earthquake in Northrdige, Ca, tells HipHollywood that maneuvering her way through the natural disaster in the film brought up several emotions. “I certainly thought about that a lot,” she said.

Gugino said she also thought about her time living in New York during 9/11. “That also really came to mind so often in this movie for me because that was a real wake up call in regards to just not sweating the small stuff.”

San Andreas hits theaters May 29.

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience



Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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