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One of Hollywood’s enduring mysteries is how James Franco does it all — acting, directing, writing books, teaching university classes, pursuing multiple post-graduate degrees and, occasionally, (rumor has it) sleeping.
Now the multihyphenate star of “Milk” and “127 Hours” has another new venture, a nonprofit film studio that he says combines many of his passions — making films, teaching student filmmakers and benefiting his favorite charity.
Elysium Bandini Studios brings together the Art of Elysium charity with Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production banner to support the film projects of students and professionals, with any proceeds going entirely to Art of Elysium. The 19-year-old charity brings actors and other artists into contact with people in need — from hospitalized children, to the elderly and homeless to, soon, veterans and prisoners. As many as 4,000 artists work with needy clients on projects ranging from essays to poetry to plays, films and art installations.
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- James Rainey
Anyone who was impressed with her turn in last year’s Mad Max: Fury Road (read: everyone) will know and appreciate that Theron can handle her action beats as well as the next guy – even if the next guy is Vin Diesel.
Diesel recently announced that there’s a whole new trilogy in the works, with Fast 9 due in 2019 and Fast 10 (sweet Jesus) scheduled for 2021. If Theron does sign on the dotted line, it could well be for the entire three movies. Exactly what the role would entail is unclear at this point, but you can probably expect a team-up with returning bad guy Jason Statham.
- Dan Woburn
In just a few months, production will get under way on Fast & Furious 8, which we reported in September will kick off the franchise's final trilogy. Last month, Universal handed out release dates for Fast & Furious 9 (April 19, 2019) and the franchise finale Fast & Furious 10 (April 2, 2021), but there is still much we don't know about Fast & Furious 8 at this time. Today we have a new report from Deadline, which reveals that director F. Gary Gray and writer Chris Morgan are creating a new female villain, with Charlize Theron being eyed for the role.
This report reveals that the script still hasn't been completed quite yet, and while a formal offer hasn't been made, the site claims that the actress' schedule may have an opening that would allow her to come on board. Still, the actress hasn't even seen a script yet, and it isn't known if she would even take on such a role. »
Univseral has set release dates for another two Fast & Furious movies (bringing the franchise up to 10 total films), meaning The Rock and Vin Diesel will be speeding and drinking Caronas for atleast one more trilogy. Come inside to see when they'll hit.
Last years Fast & Furious 7 was praised by both fans and critics alike. Not to mention a very impressive 1.516 billion at the worldwide box office. We had to know that when Vin Diesel said a finally trilogy was coming, he wasn't just revving his engine. In typical Diesel fashion, the news comes via the star's Instragram account:
The last installment was directed by James Wan and was plagued with set problems. Most notably the untimely passing of the films second star Paul Walker. With a incredibly heartfelt send off for the late actors character, the future of the franchise was a bit shady, despite Diesels claims of one last trilogy. »
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With production scheduled to begin this spring on Fast & Furious 8, this highly-anticipated sequel is expected to be yet another international affair. While the bulk of filming will take place in New York City and Atlanta, we reported earlier this month that this sequel is eyeing locations in Cuba for part of its shoot, which would make it the first major motion picture to shoot there in over 50 years. Today, Visir is reporting that the production is also gearing up for a shoot in Iceland. The news was confirmed by Regína Ásvaldsdóttir, mayor of Akranes, Iceland, which is, approximately 28 miles north of Reykjavík, who stating that shooting is expected to begin in April.
This report also claims that the Fast 8 crew plans on pulling off the biggest explosion ever seen in Iceland, although no specific story details were given. The production plans on shooting near the Akranes »
On his Instagram page over the weekend, Vin Diesel revealed the first official teaser poster for the upcoming eight installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, confirmed to be called Fast 8. The poster promises that there are “new roads ahead” for Toretto and the gang, and also confirms that the film will release in April of 2017, with some of the story at least partially taking place within New York City.
Diesel’s post gave no frame of reference to the movie’s plot, of course, but recent reports suggest a portion of the movie will film in Cuba as well. Behind the scenes, Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray will be at the directing helm this time, taking over from Furious 7‘s James Wan. Most of the movie’s stars have yet to confirm their return to the franchise besides Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Vin Diesel has used his social media channels over the weekend to tease his upcoming roles in both the eighth "Fast and Furious" film and "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage". First up he posted a New York picture which effectively works as teaser poster for the former which seems to be going by the moniker of "Fast 8".
Then he teased that the third "xXx" film will boast a 'long board sequence' which he's begun training for. Filming on that project starts later this month in Toronto and the Philippines.
The material comes as a report has gone up at We Got This Covered that suggests the character of Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) will return for the eighth "Fast and Furious" following her leading role in the second film and cameo during the end credits of the fifth.
Should her return go well, the character may get her own spinoff »
- Garth Franklin
Shortly before the release of Furious 7, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that Fast & Furious 8 was already in the works, long before it was officially announced, and that the sequel will be set in New York City. Just a few weeks later, the actor confirmed that Fast & Furious 8 is actually happening, with Universal Pictures setting an April 14, 2017 release date. Today, the actor took to his Instagram page, releasing the first poster, which confirms the New York City setting.
After the Fast & Furious franchise started in Los Angeles with 2001's The Fast and the Furious, the beloved film series quickly became an international affair, with its sequels set in Miami, Tokyo, Panama, Rio de Janeiro and London. No plot details have surfaced yet, but Vin Diesel teased last year that Kurt Russell's Furious 7 character Mr. Nobody will play a key role in the sequel, which would start a new trilogy. »
Universal doesn’t want their Fast & Furious franchise to end anytime soon. Fast & Furious 7 made over $1.5 billion dollars at the box office, and even aside from the money, this series shows no signs of slowing down. Director Justin Lin raised the bar with Fast Five, making these movies more popular than ever before. Understandably, Universal wants to keep the brand going outside of the […]
- Jack Giroux
Despite being seven films in, with an eighth instalment in production, Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Aside from that aforementioned eight outing, the studio is also looking to build an extended cinematic universe with the films (of course they are) and it’s all going to start with a few prequels and spinoffs that they have planned.
Up until this point, we hadn’t heard anything on what exactly those films would involve, but now, we have a small hint as to the direction of at least one of them.
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If you recall, not too long ago, we told you that Eva Mendes would be brought back for Furious 8. That still appears to be the case. But now, the same source who gave us that tip is back and has new information for us. »
- Josh Wilding
Eva Longoria and America Ferrera have deemed their Golden Globes bit, which poked fun at those who can't tell Latina actresses apart, a success. After host Ricky Gervais introduced the actresses on Sunday as “two people who your future president, Donald Trump, can’t wait to deport,” Longoria and Ferrera exercised their own comedy chops when the former referred to herself as “not Eva Mendes” and the latter, “not Gina Rodriguez.” The joke was a reference to the Golden Globes’ unfortunate Twitter blunder last month when the award show’s official account confused Ferrera, who helped announce the nominees that
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Source: INFphoto.com It's been more than 11 years since The Notebook made you feel all kinds of emotions, including those feelings about Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as a couple. They were a real-life duo for two years before their split in 2007, and they've both since moved on with multiple matches. Rachel was serious with Michael Sheen and rumored to have dated her True Detective costar Taylor Kitsch, while Ryan and his current leading lady, Eva Mendes, welcomed a daughter together in 2014. Ryan and Rachel might be over, but in honor of the their epic love in The Notebook - and their recent reunion at the Golden Globes - we're looking back at 10 sweet snaps that will really make you want them back. Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: INFphoto.com Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: INFphoto.com Source: Getty Source: Getty »
- Lauren Turner
MTV Australia is under fire after sending an offensive tweet from their official Twitter account during Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards. "Where are the English subtitles? We have no idea what @AmericaFerrera and @EvaLongoria are saying," the news and entertainment channel wrote in a since-deleted tweet. I would call you out on this @Mtvaustralia but as I'm Latina, you might not understand what I'm typing here. pic.twitter.com/942hB7mVrW— Ella Cerón (@ellaceron) January 11, 2016 Eva Longoria: My Dog Is Definitely a Desperate Housewife Before presenting the award for best actor in a television series, drama, American-born Latinas Ferrera, »
- Andrea Park, @scandreapark
Golden Globes presenters who killed it, unite! America Ferrera gave the world a backstage peek at the star wattage inside the presenters green room when she posted a fun selfie with fellow presenters Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer. "Really good light back here in the presenters green room," she captioned an Instagram image Sunday that featured herself and Schumer sticking their tongues out for the camera, while Longoria and Lawrence sweetly grinned. Ferrera and Longoria earned laughs while presenting the award for best actor in a television series, drama, pointedly joking that they are often mixed up with other Latina actresses. »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
Remember when the Golden Globes got Gina Rodriguez and America Ferrera confused? America Ferrera does! While presenting the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, Ferrera and Eva Longoria took aim at the Globes' mistake, which, this being the Globes, hopefully means they'll get the call to host next year. That is, unless the Globes call Eva Mendes by mistake. »
- Vulture Editors
America Ferrera and Eva Longoria have a message on behalf of Latina actresses. At the Golden Globes on Sunday, the stars joked about being confused with other women while presenting the award for best actor in a television series, drama, which Jon Hamm won. "Eva Longoria and America Ferrera aren't just beautiful talented actresses, they're also two people who your future president Donald Trump can't wait to deport," host Ricky Gervais quipped before the two women took the stage. "Hi, I'm Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes," said Longoria, 40. "And hi, I'm America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez," said Ferrera, 31.. "And neither »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Our lives were flipped upside down when George Clooney, the unofficial representative for eternal bachelordom, married lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The news came as a shock mostly because George has been quite candid about his resistance to marriage in the past, as was Cameron Diaz, who married Benji Madden in a surprise ceremony in 2015. With the plethora of celebrity weddings that have taken place recently, it seemed necessary to shed some light on some of the stars who aren't planning to walk down the aisle anytime soon. Many famous women - including Kourtney Kardashian, Eva Mendes, and Oprah Winfrey - have spoken out about their decision to remain single, as have a handful of male celebrities like Jon Hamm and Al Pacino. Keep reading for 14 stars who have no desire to say "I do," and three that seem to have changed their minds. »
- Brittney Stephens
17 items from 2016
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