The Rock returns in yet another big blockbuster
Dwayne Johnson has already made a big impact on the box office with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” and he is looking to do it again this summer with “Skyscraper,” a new thriller from Sony whose high-flying first trailer debuted during the Super Bowl.
“Skyscraper” stars Johnson as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U. S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.
In China, he finds the tallest and safest building on the planet suddenly ablaze — and he’s being framed for the accident. The new trailer shows Ford struggling to survive as he dangles from a cord thousands of feet above the ground. Rawson M. Thurber wrote and directed the film, with Neve Campbell, Chin Han, and Pablo Schreiber also starring.
“Skyscraper” hits theaters July 18. Watch the trailer in the clip above.
25 Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ranked, From The Black Eyed Peas to U2 (Photos)
25. Black Eyed Peas (2011) Before this show, young ‘uns were celebrating the end of the halftime show being owned by the “retirement home.” Afterwards, the old folks were smugly smirking. The Peas were absolutely abominable, with stiff choreography and mailed-in vocals that made The Who seem 40 years younger. The absolute worst moment came when Slash arrived to save the day, only for Fergie to commit a cardinal sin against rock by mangling “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Later in 2011, the Peas’ new album got panned, their motion-sensor video game bombed, and by year’s end, they announced they were going on hiatus. Getty Images
24. Indiana Jones (1995) If you thought Katy Perry’s shark was weird, get a load of this. Disney used this halftime show to promote its new Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, and it featured Indy (not played by Harrison Ford) trying to steal a plastic Vince Lombardi trophy from a temple. Throw in a lip-synching Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett, and you have a real stinker. Getty Images
23. The Who (2010) Let’s make something clear: The Who are absolute legends. They are essential not just to rock, but to all of music. But unlike previous classic rock acts, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend really felt past their prime in this performance, and that’s the worst thing you can do at a show like this. Some have speculated that since Roger and Pete had never seen an American football game before, they may not have realized just how big this gig was in American culture. Getty Images
22. James Brown, ZZ Top, and the Blues Brothers (1997) Another lineup that seemed great on paper and disappointed in reality. The Godfather of Soul was forced to blatantly lip-sync his greatest hits, and Jim Belushi cavorted around the stage doing a weak imitation of his brother John in his iconic role. Getty Images
21. Phil Collins, Enrique Iglesias, and Christina Aguilera (2000) Wow! Look at that lineup! By all rights, that should be a smash show. But it ended up being a Disney-produced bore about the “Tapestry of Nations.” Instead of thumping out Genesis songs, Collins got stuck doing one of the songs he wrote for “Tarzan.” Iglesias and Aguilera did a duet called “Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand.” Amazingly, Xtina would go on to hit a bigger low at the Super Bowl when she flubbed the National Anthem a decade later. Getty Images
20. Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting (2003) This one is just forgettable, particularly since after the game, Bon Jovi stole the spotlight by singing “It’s My Life” just before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were awarded the trophy. Gwen Stefani teaming up with Sting to do “Message in a Bottle” almost saved this show. Almost. Getty Images
19. Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and The Judds (1994) Super Bowl XXVIII tapped country music stars for an ultimately unmemorable “Rockin’ Country Sunday” halftime show. Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and Wynonna Judd all performed a few of their hits, with Naomi Judd joining her daughter on stage for the finale, “Love Can Build a Bridge.” Getty Images
18. Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Savion Glover (1999) The seemingly random lineup of Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder and swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy combined to make 1999’s halftime show a high-energy affair. There was even a cameo by E. T. (the extra-terrestrial) to help stump for Progressive auto insurance, who sponsored the show. Getty Images
17. Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations (1998) In celebration of Motown’s 40th anniversary, Boyz II Men led the Super Bowl XXXII halftime show, with assists from legends like Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and the Temptations. The 40 years of age come through in this one, though. While it’s a fun set, it ultimately doesn’t strike too lasting a chord. Getty Images
16. The Rolling Stones (2006) Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones took a break from the world tour supporting their 24th studio album “A Bigger Bang” in 2006 to perform at the halftime show for Super Bowl XL. The Stones turned in a lot of energy, but the NFL snipped a few of Mick’s racier lyrics in the pre-recorded tape, leaving Mick a bit miffed. Getty Images
15. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (2008) More concerned with performance than spectacle, Tom Petty opened the Super Bowl XLII halftime show with crowd favorites “American Girl” and “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty’s performance didn’t blow any doors off, but it nailed all the hits and gave everyone a solid show. Getty Images
14. Lady Gaga (2017) Gaga kicked it off by jumping off the roof of Reliant Stadium, which was incredibly awesome. Everything that came after, by comparison, seemed rather mundane, with no guests artists or anything particularly surprising happening. It was a solid Lady Gaga show, to be sure — but for the Super Bowl we need something more. Getty Images
13. Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014) Following Beyonce at the Super Bowl must have been a daunting prospect, but Bruno Mars still managed to put on a good show with a little help from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Unfortunately, it came out later the band wasn’t actually playing its own instruments, which marred the whole show a bit. Getty Images
12. Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M. I. A., Cee Lo Green (2012) Madonna’s halftime show wound up being a bit chaotic. It featured a slew of guests, including Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green, and went all-in on being an over-the-top spectacle. Through it all, the most memorable moment may have been M. I. A. flipping the bird on live TV. NFL sued over the move, in fact, but wound up settling. Getty Images
11. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (2004) Ah, yes. Maybe this isn’t the best, but it was definitely among the most memorable. Janet and Justin were doing a rendition of “Rock Your Body” that was absolutely smoking… until the smoke turned into a PTC wildfire. In hindsight, the wardrobe malfunction might have saved this show. Does anyone even remember that Nelly, Diddy, and Kid Rock also performed that night? Getty Images
10. Diana Ross (1996) The halftime show went through some growing pains in the 1990s, but Diana Ross’ soulful performance at Super Bowl XXX was definitely a high point. Her dramatic exit via helicopter was a precursor for the larger-than-life moments that later performers would pick up. Getty Images
9. Paul McCartney (2005) Sir Paul’s show marked the beginning of the six-year classic rock era of halftime shows following the backlash from Janet Jackson’s notorious wardrobe malfunction in 2004, and what a breath of fresh air it was. McCartney knew exactly what songs from his catalog would fill up a football stadium. Starting with “Drive My Car,” pumping through with “Live And Let Die,” and finishing with the crowd pleaser “Hey Jude,” this show showed how sometimes the old ways are the best. Getty Images
8. Katy Perry (2015) This is a halftime show that we’ll look back at as emblematic of its time. Katy’s show was loud, weird, and specifically tailored to the Internet’s tendency to latch onto viral moments and meme the fajezzus out of them. But in terms of actual musical performances, the real star was Missy Elliott, who strutted out in a surprise appearance and blew the crowd away.
The Rock returns in yet another big blockbuster