18 items from 2017
Just about every actor hopes to land a high-profile role in a blockbuster film. However, one of the dangers of landing such a part is that the actor will be defined by the role. This can lead fans to forget the actor’s wide range of skills. Such is the case with the highly talented Sung Kang. Kang is most famous for his popular role in the Fast and the Furious film franchise. While most know him as Han Seoul-Oh from this franchise, his background reveals that he has a great deal of experience in several fields. For those who want
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Sung Kang »
- Timothy Hickey
Filming to continue in Toronto until mid-July 2017; Elevation targets 2019 Canada release.
Code 8 is set in a world where four percent of the population is born with supernatural powers and face discrimination and a life of privation. The film centres on a young man with abilities who clashes with a militarised police unit after committing a series of crimes.
The film is based on Chan’s short film of the same name that inspired an Indiegogo campaign in 2016 that exceeded its initial $200,000 goal by raising more than $1.7m, allowing for production to begin on the feature version.
In addition to the Indiegogo funds raised, Code 8 is financed by Telefilm Canada and the Fyzz Facility.
Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada, while [link=co »
After raising the necessary finance through crowdfunding last year, actors and cousins Stephen and Robbie Amell have begun shooting Code 8 in Toronto. The film is being directed by Jeff Chan and also stars The Fast and the Furious‘ Sung Kang, Maudie‘s Kari Matchett, Frontier’s Greg Bryk and Hannibal’s Aaron Abrams.
Code 8 is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but those who are gifted with abilities face discrimination and poverty, often turning to crime in a world that is virtually a police state. In an effort to pay for his mother’s health treatment, Robbie Amell’s character is seduced into criminal underworld by Stephen Amell’s character, who works for a powerful drug lord, played by Bryk.
“We’re thrilled to be starting production with such an extraordinary cast and creative team led by Jeff, and excited »
- Ricky Church
Gainesville, Georgia-born Korean actor Sung Kang, best known for his role as Han Seoul-Oh of the Fast & Furious franchise has just signed on to join cousins Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell in the science-fiction thriller Code 8. Directed by Jeff Chan (Dandy Lions, The Apostles) and poised to begin shooting in Toronto by mid-July, Code 8 is set in a world where 4% of the population... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
The Amells raised $1,722,409 from 20,201 backers last year on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for “Code 8” and are executive producing. The 30-day campaign had an original goal of $200,000. The campaign included the release of a ten-minute short film, directed by Chan from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pare.
“Code 8” is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, most “specials” face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime in a world now carefully monitored by drones, guardians, and the police. Robbie Amell’s character is struggling to pay »
- Dave McNary
8 June 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Kang will play Agent Park, the head of a militarized police unit in the indie directed by Jeff Chan and shooting through mid-July in Toronto. Code 8 is set in a world where 4 percent of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but rather than be billionaires or superheroes, most "specials" face discrimination, live in poverty and often resort to crime.
- Etan Vlessing
With a worldwide haul of $685 million and climbing, The Fate of the Furious is currently the biggest movie on the planet, and in a bid to strike while the iron is piping hot, Universal is purportedly pushing full steam ahead with a spinoff movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s warring anti-heroes.
Deadline has the scoop, which claims that franchise architect Chris Morgan is the brains behind the script, one that forces Us Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs to “form an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Deckard Shaw.” Essentially, it’ll build on the foundations laid down in F. Gary Gray’s blockbuster sequel, wherein Dwayne Johnson’s musclebound Hobbs turns to Shaw in a last-ditch attempt to bring Vin Diesel’s rogue Dominic Toretto back from the brink and, ultimately, make the Fast family whole once more.
- Michael Briers
The Fast & Furious franchise has one of the most strangely convoluted timelines in existence. The first three generally seem to be in order, and then we find out that Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and the beginning of Furious 7 are all a giant flashback. What’s worse, Han’s death in Tokyo Drift, it turns out, actually no nothing to do with the plot of Tokyo Drift, and everything to do with Dom’s family getting attacked by Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
Han’s death is what set off the entirety of Furious 7, and so long as Deckard remained squarely on the other side of the line separating family from non-family, we were square. Sadly, for Han-lovers, Fate of the Furious saw Dom’s crew team up with Deckard, and from the looks of it, he’s probably sticking around. Given the huge emphasis this film franchise has on family, »
- Joseph Medina
Even before The Fate of the Furious took in a record-breaking global box office debut of $531.9 million, Universal had already put plans in place for the final two movies in the franchise. Fast & Furious 9 is set to hit theaters on April 19, 2019, with the franchise finale, Fast & Furious 10 hitting theaters on April 2, 2021. While the movie's box office take apparently wasn't affected at all, this new movie made headlines for a behind-the-scenes feud between stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, which reportedly even lead to both actors being separated during the movie's promotional tour. Today a new report claims that both actors have put their differences aside and resolved their feud, both now slated to return in Fast & Furious 9, while Kurt Russell also expresses his interest in coming back as Mr. Nobody.
‘Tokyo Drift’ Saunters Out Of Old Mexico Into Neon GloryJustin Lin’s debut embodies the best of the Fast and Furious franchise.“You know those old Westerns where the cowboys make a run for the border? This is my Mexico. … Look at all those people down there. They follow the rules for what? They’re letting fear lead them. … Life’s simple. You make choices and you don’t look back.” — Han Seoul-Oh
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the best Fast and Furious movie. I hold this truth to be self-evident. And that’s my piece for this week. Thanks for coming out. I kid! Just give me about twelve miles of runway to make my case.
Justin Lin crosses into a world of intoxicating coolness. Without that atmosphere, it’s impossible to understand why anyone would get involved with the Yakuza. The neon revelry in Tokyo is painfully lush. I »
- William Dass
Can he drive… a franchise to a greater and greater embrace of multiculturalism?
The soundtracks of the Fast and Furious movies (or however you’d like to denote the inconsistently-named series) are second in importance only to the stunts. The latest, The Fate of the Furious, opens in Havana, Cuba to the song “Hey Ma” by J Balvin and Pitbull (featuring singer Camila Cabello). That is, a pop song performed by a Colombian and two Cubans, a delicious continuation of multicultural musical tradition for the series. Furious 7 slightly eschewed tradition with its all-American tearjerker hit “See You Again,” but as a tribute to the late Paul Walker, its roots are part of its respectful appeal.
However, despite that song’s ability to reduce even the most hardened Toretto into a blubbering Roman when the road divides down two irreconcilable paths, I’d argue that the most important song of the series is the one that’s »
- Jacob Oller
The eight-movie, 16-year history of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is nothing less than the story of Hollywood filmmaking in the 21st century. As a scrappy, overachieving summer blockbuster has exploded into a series of bi-annual box office behemoths, the continuing adventures of Dominic Toretto have come to serve as an incredibly lucid chronicle of the transition from analog action to digital spectacle, and of how a hyper-localized star system gave way to our internationally focused age of branding. No other series in recent memory has taken so many sharp turns over the years, and no other series has been able to survive so many flat tires thanks to the sheer power of family.
With “The Fate of the Furious” ready to roll into theaters, we’ve decided to place the film in its proper context by ranking each installment of the saga from worst to best. Buckle up. »
- David Ehrlich
So much of Universal’s marketing blitz for The Fate of the Furious has been concerned with Dominic Toretto going rogue that no one has stopped to ask the question: how does Helen Mirren factor into F. Gary Gray’s blockbuster sequel? Well, wonder no more.
Proving those early rumors to be true, we know that the esteemed actress will play the part of Magdalene Shaw opposite Vin Diesel and the rest of the Toretto gang. As mother hen to both Owen (Luke Evans) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Helen Mirren looks set to enjoy a crucial role in determining The Fate of the Furious, and up above you’ll be able to take a peek at her character dishing out a slap or two. Given the circumstances of their meeting – Dom walking out on family, Magdalene reuniting with her son(s) – we’re intrigued to find out whether Helen Mirren »
- Michael Briers
We already know that the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, arriving next weekend, will set up the final trilogy, with Fast & Furious 9 arriving on April 19, 2019 and Fast & Furious 10 bringing the franchise to a close on April 2, 2021. The franchise has had a unique timeline, with characters such as Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) coming back from the dead, while others like Brian O'Connor, played by the late Paul Walker, were given a fitting tribute. Still, seemingly anything is possible in this high-octane universe, and now it seems we may be seeing another deceased character, Sung Kang's Han, a.k.a. "Han Seoul-Oh" on the big screen in Fast & Furious 9.
It’s going on 16 years since The Fast and the Furious made its humble debut in theaters and in those intervening years, Universal’s gleefully over-the-top street racing drama has gone on to become a global phenomenon – not bad for a film that was initially written off as ‘Point Break with cars.’
Six movies later and we arrive on the verge of The Fate of the Furious, F. Gary Gray’s action-packed sequel set to spark a mini civil war from within Universal’s dysfunctional family. In short: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), seemingly under the influence of Charlize Theron’s Cipher, walks out on his nearest and dearest in their most desperate hour, spawning a series of blockbuster set-pieces each more preposterous than the last.
Indeed, if each entry into the franchise aims to top the spectacle seen in its predecessor, The Fate of the Furious looks set to go »
- Michael Briers
One of the biggest fan-favorite characters in the entire Fast & Furious franchise is Han Seoul-Oh, played by actor Sung Kang. The character died in Tokyo Drift, but he was such a hit with fans that writer Chris Morgan decided to alter the entire series’ timeline in order to incorporate him into more movies in the saga. The […]
- Ben Pearson
The Mexican actress has been cast in a recurring role, playing a high-level drug dealer named Alicia Jimenez. She will appear in three episodes.
“Power,” which has been renewed for a fourth and fifth season, is one of Starz’s all-time highest-rated series. The crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and creator Courtney Kemp ranked as the second highest-rated premium cable show in all of 2016, only behind “Game of Thrones.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Berlin’s International Film Festival is just now getting underway, and already we’re beginning to catch wind of exciting projects emerging from the European Film Market. Case in point: Code 8, a bold sci-fi feature starring Stephen and Robbie Amell.
Best known for their work on the small screen – Stephen with Arrow; Robbie with The Flash – the Amells headlined Jeff Chan’s short film of the same name when it launched in 2016. An Indiegogo campaign was quickly whipped into shape with the intention of transforming Code 8 into a full-length feature and, after raising upwards of $1.7 million, Deadline brings word from Berlin that Xyz Films has scooped up international rights to the project in question.
The script, one dreamed up by Chan and Chris Paré, takes place in the not-so-distant future, where a portion of the human population – 4 percent, to be precise – are born with some type of supernatural ability. »
- Michael Briers
18 items from 2017
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