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HBO's New Series the "Ballers" has The Rock and Plenty of Action

HBO's New Series the
BY WINNIE BONELLI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Custom tailored suits, exotic cars, professional football, and scantily clad women – what’s not to like as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ascends to the helm of HBO’s new series “Ballers,” premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. Representing his first foray into a regular TV series, Johnson’s name alone is enough to initially attract curiosity seekers and generate respectable viewer numbers, yet this series has been designed for long term endurance.

Executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson, two of the creative forces behind “Entourage,” couldn’t have drafted a more personable contender. While the Rock’s built a solid career in the action genre, as seen in the current “San Andreas” where he plays a helicopter pilot rescuing survivors after the Big quake, “Ballers” gives him a license to exercise those previously untapped dramatic muscles.

This behind-the-scenes NFL dramedy kicks off with Spencer Strasmore’s (Johnson) delivering the eulogy at a former World Series team mate’s funeral. The deceased made the mistake of cheating on his wife and ended up plastered to the side of a heavy equipment truck. Serving as a cautionary hint of what’s to come, the player’s widow was left penniless – no will, no life insurance.

 

'Preludes' Off Broadway Review: An Excessively Imaginative Biography of Sergei Rachmaninoff

'Preludes' Off Broadway Review: An Excessively Imaginative Biography of Sergei Rachmaninoff
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Something of a gorgeous mess, “Preludes” is the latest music-theater work created by Dave Malloy, the gifted maker of “Natasha, Pierre & T...

MOVIE REVIEW: "The Overnight" Droll Sex Comedy for Grownups

MOVIE REVIEW:
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

A deftly written and acted sex comedy, “The Overnight” manages to be both genuinely funny and surprisingly erotic, no mean achievement. Focusing on two y...

'The Tempest' Off Broadway Review: More Mediocre Than Magical

'The Tempest' Off Broadway Review: More Mediocre Than Magical
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Good weather or bad, good shows or otherwise, there is always something magical about being in the open-air Delacorte Theater within the green...

'Consent' Off Broadway Review: A No-Strings Fling Goes Badly

'Consent' Off Broadway Review: A No-Strings Fling Goes Badly
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A laughable mashup of soft-core gay porn action and soap operatic dialogue, “Consent” is a lousy new play written and directed by David Rhodes...

Dave & Buster’s Looking at Locations in New Jersey

Dave & Buster’s Looking at Locations in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Among New Jersey’s many outdated laws is one that basically says state residents can have only so much fun.

Dave & Buster’s restaurant/bar/arcade wants to come to ou...

'Guards at the Taj" Off Broadway Review: What Price Beauty?

'Guards at the Taj
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A bloody good – and I do mean bloody – consideration of beauty and the price of it, “Guards at the Taj” is a new two-character drama by Rajiv ...

Up Close With Jeremy Piven: “Entourage” and PBS’ “Mr. Selfridge”

Up Close With Jeremy Piven: “Entourage” and PBS’ “Mr. Selfridge”
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The champagne is flowing, and a bikini clad bevy of beauties are frolicking on a yacht in the middle of Ibiza. Four years may have passed since “Entour...

'Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait' Off Broadway Review: Dust in the Wind

'Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait' Off Broadway Review: Dust in the Wind
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A nightmarish study in the senselessness of war, “Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait” increasingly grows hallucinatory as its 80 minutes p...

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