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Family: Fast/Furious, 2001-2017

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How can we not talk about family When family's all that we got?—Wiz Khalifa (feat. Charlie Puth), See You AgainWhat a long, strange ride it's been… and still some way to go. As I write, the eighth film in the Fast/Furious series (Ff) is still playing in thousands of cinemas worldwide. I won't concern myself here with the box-office performance of The Fate of the Furious—nor will I attempt synopsis of this or the previous installments—except to note that enough money was taken on opening-day alone to confirm we can expect the ninth and tenth in this prodigiously lucrative Universal franchise to hit our screens late spring or early summer, in 2019 and 2021.Ideally the 10th—and, presuming Vin Diesel's September 2015 comment about "one last trilogy" is honored, final—picture should arrive exactly 20 years after Rob Cohen’s The Fast and the Furious bowed on 22nd June,
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30 ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Facts You Might Not Know (Photos)

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30 ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Facts You Might Not Know (Photos)
The Fast and the Furious” The movie was inspired by a magazine article The idea for “The Fast and the Furious” was originally born after director Rob Cohen read an article called “Racer X” in Vibe Magazine, by Ken Li, in 1998. The article detailed the New York street racing scene. After that, Cohen sought out a race in Los Angeles, and after seeing it, was inspired to do the movie. He convinced Universal and bought the rights to the article from Li. The movie was originally called “Redline” For most of the filming, “The Fast and the Furious” had a different name:.
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First 'The Fate of the Furious' Trailer Tears the Family Apart!

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Dare we say that the Fast and Furious franchise has become the most beloved film series in modern times? The series began as an exciting action thriller some 15 years ago, taking its cues from reality, namely, Ken Li's magazine profile of a driver named Rafael Estevez. Over the course of its first seven installments, the franchise steadily drew upon more fantastical elements, all while developing a core cast of loyal and lovable characters who were resolutely human and relatable. Grounding the movies in a measure of reality has been key to the success of the series and that was never more apparent than in Furious 7, which survived the tragic loss of Paul Walker during production to deliver a rip-roaring, dramatic thriller. How does the series move on from the loss of...

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Watch: First 'The Fate of the Furious' Trailer Tears the Family Apart!

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Dare we say that the Fast and Furious franchise has become the most beloved film series in modern times? The series began as an exciting action=thriller some 15 years ago, taking its cues from reality, namely, Ken Li's magazine profile of a driver named Rafael Estevez. Over the course of its first seven installments, the franchise steadily drew upon more fantastical elements, all while developing a core cast of loyal and lovable characters who were resolutely human and relatable....

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The man behind The Fast and the Furious: £1.5 billion movie franchise began with one boy racer

As a 24-year-old freelance reporter in 1998, Ken Li had no idea that his articles about urban drag-racing in New York City would get optioned by Universal Studios, let alone turned into 2001's The Fast and the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Michelle Rodriguez. But the stories he wrote about a 30-year-old Dominican drag-racer named Rafael Estevez – first in the New York Daily News, and then in Vibe magazine – were so gripping, they became the seed for a 14-year-long movie franchise that would end up grossing around £1.5bn worldwide.
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Ranking the Fast & Furious movies from worst to best

Ranking the Fast & Furious movies from worst to best
14 years after it first hit the big screen in 2001, the Vin Diesel and Paul Walker-led Fast & Furious franchise has gone from strength-to-strength, earning more than $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office.

Originally based around illegal street racing, the Fast movies have evolved to become big, bombastic entertainment with larger-than-life characters and gravity-defying stunts. But underneath it all these are also films about family, with Diesel, Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez's characters the heartbeat of the series.

With Fast & Furious 7 due out on April 3, Digital Spy's Fast experts Tom Eames, Morgan Jeffery and Simon Reynolds went back through them all to come up with a definitive ranking from worst to best.

7. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

It's quite amazing that the Fast & Furious franchise survived at all after its misjudged sequel. Only Paul Walker remained for its second outing, which focused more on the street racing than the characters
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Thor crushes rivals as Fast & Furious 5 races on

Kenneth Branagh's Norse epic hammers the competition while latest Fast & Furious instalment shows no sign of slowing down

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To say that Marvel's film division had a lot riding on the success of its Thor movie would be an understatement. The company and distribution partner Paramount had a hit franchise in Iron Man, but would audiences show up for a Kenneth Branagh action sci-fi about a hammer-wielding alien god starring Jim Kirk's dad from the Star Trek reboot (Chris Hemsworth)? And if they didn't, where would that leave the forthcoming Captain America picture, next year's Avengers team-up, and more besides?

In the UK and elsewhere, Marvel and Paramount have plenty to be happy about. Thor debuted with £5.45m, including £2.34m from three days of previews. Add in bank holiday Monday, and that tally rises to £6.44m. That's in a similar ballpark to Iron Man three years ago, which
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'Fast Five' Flashback: Vin Diesel Puts The Pedal To The Medal In 'The Fast And The Furious'

'Fast Five' Flashback: Vin Diesel Puts The Pedal To The Medal In 'The Fast And The Furious'
With this Friday’s release of "Fast Five" barreling towards us, MTV Movies Blog is taking the time to look in the rearview at the four films that paved the way. First up, the movie that started it all.

There have been a host of car racing movies that came before "The Fast and the Furious," but its debut in 2001 saw the rise of the sub-genre’s biggest and most popular franchise ever. Described as “gritty and gratifying” by Variety, the Rob Cohen-directed film cemented the popularity of Vin Diesel after his role in "Pitch Black" the previous year and used an ensemble cast composed of young Hollywood’s biggest stars of the time. Although American car racing movies had long relied on the horsepower of homegrown ‘muscle’ cars, “The Fast and the Furious” super-charged its debut by relying primarily on vehicles from the Asian import scene that had
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