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The Fast & Furious franchise is continuing its tradition of casting gorgeous chanteuses in bit parts, with word that “Fancy” singer Iggy Azalea has a cameo appearance in next year’s Fast & Furious 7. The anticipated tentpole, which was dealt a serious blow when actor Paul Walker died in a car crash mid-way through production, recently wrapped production.
News of Azalea’s involvement came when an interviewer with France’s Skyrock FM asked actor Vin Diesel which songs he’d like to dance to most if he had to choose between Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” Azalea’s “Fancy” or Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” Answering the question, Diesel let slip that Azalea had a part in Fast & Furious 7 by saying:
“Well, Iggy Azalea, I just worked with her two weeks ago. I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this — we casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in »
- Isaac Feldberg
The actor dropped the news while promoting Guardians of the Galaxy. Here is what he had to say:
"Iggy Azaela, I just worked with her about two weeks ago. We casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7."
Nothing has been revealed about her character, but this will mark her acting debut. No story details have been revealed for Fast & Furious 7.
Fast & Furious 7 comes to theaters April 10th, 2015 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black. The film is directed by James Wan. »
Love her or hate her, there is no denying that female rapper Iggy Azalea has dominated summer music, with the ubiquitous hits, “Fancy” and “Problem.” Now, she’ll be throttling into movie theaters with a cameo in next year’s Fast & Furious 7.
Co-star Vin Diesel dropped the bomb in an interview with a Paris radio station, when he was being interviewed as part of the press junket for Guardians of the Galaxy. The affable star was asked which song would most likely make him dance, with choices including tracks by Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and rapper Azalea.
Diesel, quickly realizing his publicist was about to give him an earful, told the interviewer:
“Iggy Azalea, I just worked with her two weeks ago. I guess you'll be the first person that knows this. She has a cameo in ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ so I'm going to be loyal to Iggy.”
The extent of »
- Harrison Okin
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014….
Despite competition from Dwayne Johnson’s latest film Hercules, Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes retained top spot at the UK box office, pulling in a solid second weekend haul of £3,752,511, with Hercules having to settle for second after mustering a less-than-impressive opening of £1,449,120.
Hot on the heels of Hercules in third place was horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which debuted with £1,165,143, while two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with Earth to Echo earning £618,379 in sixth and The House of Magic propping up the chart in tenth place with £223,047.
Number one this time last year: Monsters University
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – £3,752,511 weekend (2 weeks)
2. Hercules – £1,449,120 weekend (New)
3. The Purge: Anarchy – £1,165,143 weekend (New)
4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £990,959 weekend (5 weeks)
- Gary Collinson
Even though Fast & Furious 7 has now wrapped recently and the movie is heading into post-production, French music station SkyRock.fm have learned that rapper Iggy Azalea will feature in the movie as a cameo.
“Iggy Azaela? I just worked with her about two weeks ago,” the actor said. “We casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7.”
Fast & Furious 7 is set for release on April 10th, 2015, with James Wan (The Conjuring) directing a cast that also includes returning stars Dwayne Johnson (Hercules), Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil), Jordana Brewster (The Faculty), Tyrese Gibson (Transformers), Ludacris (New Year’s Eve), Lucas Black (Jarhead) and the late Paul Walker alongside Jason Statham (Crank 2: High Voltage), Kurt Russell »
- Luke Owen
Apparently, the thing TV schedules most desperately need right now is another post-apocalyptic alien drama. So says USA Network, who have issued powerhouse producer Carlton Cuse with his second pilot order of the season, for Colony.
Former Lost writer, showrunner and executive producer Cuse counts Bates Motel, The Strain and The Returned among his post-island projects, as well as the recent pilot ordered by Amazon – Point Of Honor. Colony is his latest creation, which he will executive produce alongside Ryan Condal (Hercules). Described as a ‘naturalistic drama’, the show will follow a family in near-future Los Angeles, trying to stay together and survive under the occupation of external forces. It seems that some members of their community choose to collaborate with the occupiers, while others rebel and risk punishment.
Casting choices have yet to be announced for Colony, but the projects of Carlton Cuse have a tendency to attract impressive names. »
- Sarah Myles
They don’t get more down to earth in Hollywood than Dwayne Johnson (aka the Rock), the star of Hercules — Brett Ratner’s adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Johnson plays the mythological hero, whose adventures have been the subject of numerous stories through the ages. Ratner’s film opened last weekend and focuses on Hercules' battle against a tyrannical warlord in order to help the King of Thrace and his daughter. The film picks up after Hercules completes his legendary Twelve Labors, a series of tasks the demigod endured as penance for slaying his wife and sons in a fit of madness. Since Hercules had to overcome some difficulties in his past, writer and actor Nick Mundy (for Screen Junkies) wanted to discuss his...
- Alison Nastasi
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has held off competition from Hercules to top the UK box office for the second consecutive weekend.
The only chart climber is Boyhood, now on its third weekend on release, which moves up a place to number seven.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - £3,752,511
2. (-) Hercules - £1,449,120
3. (-) The Purge: Anarchy - £1,165,143
4. (2) How to Train Your Dragon 2 - £990,959
5. (3) Transformers: Age of Extinction »
Let's talk about bodies of work. As in an entire career versus another entire career. Come on. Focus on the acting. Focus on the movies. Fine, both Scarlett Johansson and Dwayne Johnson get most of their attention from being really, really good looking. Each actor had a new movie out this past weekend; Johansson in Luc Besson's Lucy, Johnson with Brett Ratner's Hercules. What happens when these two get into the ring and battle it out? Let's find out in this week's Film Face-off with Scarlett Johansson versus Dwayne Johnson. The Box Office Scarlett Johansson Johansson's three biggest films are Marvel's The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man 2, in which she plays...
- Jeff Bayer
Some are still buzzing with energy, while others are a little sad that it's all over for another year. There are even those dour sourpusses who feel this year was nothing but lackluster. Even if that's the case, Comic-Con 2014 wasn't without its surprises. Maybe there weren't as many as in years past. And the fact that neither Marvel nor DC announced any of its upcoming titles still stings. But, dang that footage! Both studios are clearly on the path to releasing two of the biggest movies of all time! It's clear that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Avengers: Age of Ultron will be vying to knock Avatar off its perch as the top grossing movie of all time. But seeing the latest and first footage from these superhero behemoths wasn't the only fun studios had with their fans and ever-expanding audience. There were a couple of curveballs thrown »
While critics may be saying relatively the same thing about these films, things are shaping up very differently at the box office for the two big releases this weekend. Lucy, getting slightly worse reviews than its competition Hercules, nevertheless took the first-place spot with $43.9 million – more than enough to be make money against its $40 million budget. Hercules took second with $29.8 million, but the Dwayne Johnson vehicle has a much bigger debt to pay off, still needing to cover over $70 million of its $100 million production costs (and could be doing better overseas).
The rest of the box office is a mixed bag; third place went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $16.8 million, which became a domestic success this weekend by crossing its $170 million costs. The Purge: Anarchy dropped off from its debut week, but it still made a splash, earning $10.5 million and ensuring the low-budget terror franchise will »
- Seth Paul
Audiences seemed to go for it as well, the film scoring $44 million at the box-office this weekend, easily pushing aside Dwayne Johnson-starring "Hercules" to take the top spot. It is also scoring well with women, with around half the film audience being females of a variety of ages rather than the mostly male-skewing audience these kinds of action films tend to pull.
Now, Besson's Statement of Intent for the film has managed to make its way online where in it talks about how the film's three acts shift in tone and how by the third it becomes a strange reality-bending experience. Besson aimed high with the films he cites, including his own "Leon The Professional »
- Garth Franklin
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Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human. Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in Director Brett Ratner’s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages.
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- Dan Bullock
Luc Besson's "Lucy" opened this weekend, and if there was any doubt that audiences want to see Scarlett Johansson kick ass, those were put to rest. The movie outmuscled the Dwayne Johnson-starring "Hercules" for the top spot, and even managed to score better-than-expected reviews (including ours). Indeed, the critical community hasn't been this kind to a Besson film in years, and perhaps it has to do with the overall ambition of the film. Over the weekend, the filmmaker's Statement Of Intent—presumably from press notes or other materials from the film—started being tossed around online, and it draws some quick parallels for those looking to quickly understand his action thriller. He describes the shifting tones and narrative of the movie as going from "Leon The Professional" to "Inception" to "2001: A Space Odyssey." And while I haven't caught up with "Lucy" yet (I will, if only because »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise, and there would be backslapping and cigars all around for a $100-million PG-13 movie that would surely earn back its investment from both domestic and overseas audiences (who bought an estimated $28.0 million worth of tickets) .
And yet, that opening was good enough only for second place. Coming out more than 50 percent ahead to debut in the No. 1 slot was "Lucy," a French-made R-rated action movie starring petite Scarlett Johansson, shot for a modest (by action standards) $40 million. Playing on 422 fewer screens than "Hercules, »
- Gary Susman
Women once again proved their might at the North American box office this weekend, delivering a big win for Lucy, the Scarlett Johansson action movie that easily crushed Dwayne Johnson's Hercules, director Brett Ratner's muscle-bound take on the classic Greek hero. The R-rated Lucy debuted to $44 million in North America, far more than expected and the best showing ever for a female action title not based on a young adult book (i.e., The Hunger Games) or a video game (Tomb Raider). Hercules, conversely, opened to $29 million. Photos Wonder Woman: How Hollywood Has Brought the Iconic Superhero
- Pamela McClintock
Dwayne Johnson was accompanied at the Hercules premiere by his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian, who rarely makes public appearances with the action star.
Who Is Lauren Hashian?
Johnson, 42, and Hashian, 29, hit the red carpet together at the Hercules premiere last week at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. For the occasion, the WWE fighter-turned-actor wore a gray pattered suit with a white, blue and brown checkered shirt and navy blue tie. Hashian kept her look simpler in a white cut out dress.
Johnson and Hashian have been dating for the last seven years after meeting on the set of The Game Plan (2007) in Boston. At the time they first met, Johnson was married to Dany Garcia, whom he divorced a year later. It’s been rumored that Johnson’s relationship with Hashian led to the divorce, though he and Garcia still have an amicable relationship and share custody of their child. »
Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »
According to the action sci-fi thriller Lucy, using more than 10% of your brain's full capacity can allow you to bend the laws of physics and stop time. It also allows Scarlett Johansson to thoroughly trounce Dwayne Johnson in the battle for box-office supremacy.
1. Lucy – $44 million. Who could have guessed that a lot of people would want to watch Scarlett Johansson beat the hell out of a bunch of dudes? That's exactly what happened this weekend. While $44 million isn't record setting, director Luc Besson – creator of The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional – was able to create a blockbuster epic on a relatively modest $40 million budget.
2. Hercules – $29 million. While Dwayne Johnson beating up boars, lions and tattooed zombie people didn't draw as many people to the theaters as ScarJo punching gangsters »
★☆☆☆☆Hollywood has made quite the habit of reappropriating myths and fairytales, setting about debunking and demystifying them for modern audiences. The latest such icon to undergo this particular treatment of refinement is the son of Zeus himself, the mighty Hercules (2014). Dwayne Johnson might ably fill the demigod's armour but the story labours to fill in the man behind the legend, putting a tired modern twist on his famous adventures. Based on a graphic novel by comics scribe Steve Moore, this is an attempt to ground the character in historical epic. Sadly, director Brett Ratner actually devalues one of the most enduring of heroes, turning a potential fun fantasy thrill ride into homogeneous rubbish.
- CineVue UK
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