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UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2013...
It seems that UK audiences can't get enough of the Fast & Furious series. The sixth instalment amassed a hefty £8,717,534 to claim first place in the box office chart this past weekend, delivering a franchise high opening, as well as giving Universal its biggest ever three-day debut on these shores.
Despite being destroyed by Vin Diesel and company, Baz Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of The Great Gatsby pulled in a respectable £4,095,325 in second, with £676k of Thursday previews giving it enough to knock last week's number one film Star Trek Into Darkness down into third.
Thanks to the arrival of Fast & Furious 6 and The Great Gatsby, much of the rest of the top ten were left fighting for scraps, with Iron Man 3 the only other film to break seven figures in fourth; in fact, »
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The Fast & Furious franchise has been on the road for quite awhile (pun!). The franchise began in Los Angeles, before subsequent sequels moved the adventures of Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and their gang to the roads of Miami, Tokyo, Mexico (after stops in La and Dr), Brazil and Europe, respectively.
Along the way, the franchise has evolved from street racer sub-culture expose (with dashes of crime-drama action) to a full-on crime-drama action franchise (with dashes of street racer sub-culture). This transition remains a divisive issue for the fanbase, with some fans of the earlier films loudly condemning a perceived “loss of roots” in more recent films.
Well, fans on both sides of the Fast & Furious division can maybe appreciate this latest bit of news: Vin Diesel is claiming that Fast & ...
Click to continue reading Vin Diesel Says ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Will Be Set in L.A. »
- Kofi Outlaw
Fast & Furious 6 starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris speeds into theaters on Friday, May 24, and will likely dominate the Memorial Day extended box office weekend.
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Agent Luke Hobbs enlists Dominic Toretto and his team to bring down former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw, leader of a unit specializing in vehicular warfare. »
While Fast & Furious 6 is the sixth installment of the popular franchise, the engine has just been revved. Fast fans gathered at the Gibson Ampitheatre on the Universal Citywalk on Tuesday as stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans and Elsa Pataky and director/executive producer Justin Lin hit the red carpet. Set to the backdrop of a rousing performance by Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz and Ludacris, the cast and creative team posed for the cameras and greeted fans before the movie premiered. Photos: 'Fast & Furious' 6 Roars Into Hollywood The latest Fast film
- Jennifer Calfas
Fast & Furious 6 premiered in La last night, and on the red carpet we caught up with the stunning Elsa Pataky. We chatted with the actress, who is married to Chris Hemsworth, about Paul Walker's dreamy eyes, Vin Diesel's secret soft side, and what it was like working in the supersuccessful action franchise. Elsa also says that while the movie may be all about the flashy driving scenes, there are romantic undertones there for the ladies. Check it out and watch for more on Popsugar Live! »
- Matthew Rodrigues
Fast And Furious 6 Spoilers Below According to Vin Diesel, the undisputed star of Universal’s ensemble “Fast and Furious” franchise, the next (and 7th) installment in the lucrative vehicle series will be returning to the streets of Los Angeles. Diesel made the announcement to fans gathered at a party for “Fast and Furious 6′s” Los Angeles premiere last night, which was attended by the domed one and his co-stars from the film, along with part 7′s new director, James Wan. Diesel was quoted as saying the following: I told the Universal people there was no way we were not having a Los Angeles premiere. One other thing: For ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ we are bringing it back to Los Angeles! This is interesting, especially given the ending of “Fast and Furious 6″, which finally bridged the gap between “The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift” (the third in the series) and the rest of the franchise, »
On Friday, Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters marking the sixth edition of the series that has spanned twelve years. Once again, the entire cast is back, including Jordana Brewster who portrays Mia Toretto – Dom’s (Vin Diesel) loyal sister and Brian’s (Paul Walker) husband. VH1 Celebrity put Brewster in the driver’s seat and quizzed on her own driving experience and who she’d beat in a real race.
VH1 Celebrity: How many times did you take your driving test before you passed?
Jordana: Once, which was really good. There was a ticking clock. If I didn’t get my license I wasn’t going to be able to get insured for the movie. Within a week of taking my driving test, we were flown to Las Vegas for this special driving class. So I had to pass or I wouldn’t have been in the movie.
So you didn »
- Stacy Lambe
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He Said What?: As much as we've always dreamed of Vin Diesel saying the classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" line, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it," it appears the "Fast & Furious 6" star thinks his bulging muscles would have stopped him from nabbing the role. "Being a physical presence will rule you out of a lot of roles. I couldn't have done 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' with that physical presence," the actor told Men's Fitness. "But I like it ...
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It seems like only yesterday that Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) walked up to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and inexplicably started a sentence with, "So check it out, it's like this," kicking off the first illegal street race in the "Fast and Furious" franchise ten minutes into "The Fast and the Furious" (2001). Alas, that was twelve years and many "the"s ago.
Now, on the eve of this week's debut of the sixth installment (!) of this venerable institution of American cinema, cleverly titled "Fast & Furious 6," we'd like to briefly recap the first five films of the franchise for those of you who may have missed a street robbery or a Ludacris megaphone shout along the way.
Yes, Lettys and Gentle-Doms, it's the Idiot's Guide to the "Fast and Furious" movies. Start your engines.
'The Fast and the Furious' (2001)
Detective Brian O'Conner, who looks like he just dropped out of »
- Nick Blake
Lights, cameras, and fast cars. The stars of "Fast & Furious 6" were ready to party last night at the movie's premiere in L.A. VIn Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Cris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Tyrese Gibson were all on hand to celebrate the latest "Fast" installment, and celebrate they did. Actors/musicians Gibson and Ludacris not only walked the red carpet, they performed at the event, along with rapper Wiz Khalifa. But they weren't the only cast members who put on a show -- Diesel joined them on-stage, while Rodriguez deejayed at the after-party. In the latest adrenaline-pumping "Fast" installment, Agent Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) enlists Dom (Diesel) and his team to bring a rival gang, led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), to justice in exchange for a blank slate (aka no criminal record). Sounds like a good deal! Check out the photos below. "Fast & Furious 6" speeds into theaters May 24. »
- Dana Taddeo
Vin Diesel is continuing his reign as the world's Vin Dieseliest human. And the cover story of this month's Men's Fitness magazine brings us more of his sage wisdom. Take it away, amazing Vin Diesel quotes!On being typecast: "Being a physical presence will rule you out of a lot of roles. I couldn't have done Ferris Bueller's Day Off with that physical presence. But I like it as part of me; it's part of what I represent, and I think if Humphrey Bogart were around today he'd be a lot bigger." On the industry: "Hollywood is more concerned about its male actors being in shape than its female actors." On art: "There were scenes that were so dangerous that if the studio really knew I was doing them they'd have shut down production on Fast 6. There were days when I came home and looked at my kids and »
- Margaret Lyons
Elsa Pataky joined up with her Fast & Furious 6 costars Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel to premiere their new flick in La yesterday. The opening bash wasn't short on spectacle, with Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, and Ludacris - who also stars in the film - taking the stage to perform for the crowd gathered at the Universal CityWalk. Unfortunately, Elsa's husband, Chris Hemsworth, couldn't join her for the premiere as he is busy filming Cyber with Viola Davis. The new Fast and Furious film, which hits theaters on Friday, is the latest installment in the speed-addicted franchise that has spanned an impressive 12 years - be sure to check out the evolution of the Fast and Furious stars! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Michelle Rodriguez makes her big return to the "Fast and Furious" franchise with the release of "Fast Six," hitting theaters on May 24. Rodriguez's character Letty Ortiz was thought to be dead after the fourth film in the series, but her resurrection was alluded to in "Fast Five" and comes to pass in "Fast & Furious Six."
The role has been lucrative for Rodriguez, landing her in multiple "Fast and Furious" installments and aiding in the growth of her career. It was, however, a part that she was slightly apprehensive about at first.
"Oh my god, I was crying on the set," Rodriguez said in an interview with Vulture. "I was like, “Look, dude, I love you guys, I really want to be a part of this, but I can’t play a slut in front of millions of people around the world.” I’d rather go back to Jersey City, doing my small little indie movies. »
- Madeline Boardman
Although Fast & Furious 6 doesn't hit theaters until this Friday, May 24, work is already underway for a seventh big screen entry, planned for July 11, 2014. Speaking today with Variety , franchise star Vin Diesel says that, while the past few films have played up international locales, Fast & Furious 7 will take the action back to where it all began. "We are bringing it back to Los Angeles,. he says. Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7 with more actors expected to be confirmed soon. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Diesel and Neal H. Moritz return as producers. »
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- NextMovie Staff
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- Laura Marie Meyers
Fast & Furious 6, 2013.
Directed by Justin Lin.
The gang of car thieves and illegal street racers are brought out of retirement to face a global menace...and track down a long-lost member.
This sixth (yes sixth) entry in the ever-increasingly popular Fast & Furious series is too loud, too stupid, and too nonsensical to be judged as anything other than, well, a Fast & Furious film. It straddles the lines between fun and utter garbage from the first minute to the last, but somehow, through the belief in its own convictions, Fast & Furious 6 end up being just about more fun than dumb. It may be 51% against 49% but a good time is there to be had.
The old adage of “leave your brain at the door” to enjoy a big budget film is not one »
- Flickering Myth
It was a night full of amazing performances on ‘The Voice,’ and it all started with an emotional tribute to the victims who suffered in Oklahoma.
‘The Voice’ Pays Tribute To Oklahoma Tragedy
On May 20, Blake explained how close to his heart the tragedy was, as Okla. is his home state. So it was extremely meaningful when he and Miranda took the stage to perform “Over You,” a song the couple wrote together about the death of Blake’s brother.
Shakira and Usher also performed on the results show. Shakira and her team performed “Stand By You.” However, we couldn’t stop looking at what she was standing in — a pair of super sexy glittery boots.
Usher and his team also performed on the show, »
- Emily Longeretta
On Tuesday's (May 21) episode of "The Voice," the Top 10 shed a little dead weight, with two more artists let go based on America's vote. It could've been a dicey night for coaches Usher and Shakira, who each only had two singers left in the game at the top of the hour. Would the evening end with a coach's team empty? Or might Adam Levine and Blake Shelton lose one of their artists?
First, a little music: Blake takes the stage with wife Miranda Lambert to perform a touching tribute to the Oklahoma tornado victims. After that, Shakira takes the stage with her team on "I'll Stand By You." This seems to continue the theme of honoring those who've been touched by tragedy in Oklahoma this week. It's wonderful take on the song, with Sasha Allen sounding particularly great.
With Fast & Furious 6 hitting theaters this week, it's time to take a look back at the five films that brought us to this point in the four-wheeled, fan-favorite franchise that began with 2001's The Fast and the Furious. The latest film finds Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) assembling their team of high-speed heist experts to take down a former Special Ops soldier (Luke Evans). They're joined by returning federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), as well as a host of newcomers on both sides of the mission. As anyone who's taken the franchise for a spin knows, the Fast & Furious movies combine fast cars, amazing stunts, and a talented cast of recurring characters that add a genuine sense of continuity to the series. And with...
- Rick Marshall
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