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Jake Peffer ranks the six installments of Fast & Furious franchise...
Since beginning in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise has become one of the most successful movie series of the past decade, combining cool cars with incredible action set pieces and likable characters. The franchise has changed somewhat over the years, going from being about street racing to following these characters as they run from the law. Each film certainly ranges in quality, but they all have plenty of entertaining moments, so with Fast & Furious 6 coming to theaters I felt it was time to rank the series from worst to best...
6. Fast & Furious (2009)
2009 saw the original cast from the first Fast & Furious movie reunite. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster all returned for the fourth installment, which ended up being the worst in the series. What makes this one the low point of the franchise is the »
- Flickering Myth
Fast & Furious 6
Directed by: Justin Lin
Running Time: 2 hrs 12 mins
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Plot: International fugitives Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) are hired by a federal agent (Johnson) to help stop a slick European man (Evans) from producing a dangerous weapon.
Who’S It For? If you like great action movies, and/or are weary of popcorn spectacles created more with computers than real life, do not miss out on the insane fun you’ll have watching Fast & Furious 6. And if you loved Fast Five, seeing this movie should be a no-brainer.
Expectations: I really loved Fast Five, and the more I think about this franchise, the more I love it overall. Thus, this didn’t mean I was going in ready to love Furious 6, but that it had massive expectations to live up to. »
- Nick Allen
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Greg Kinnear is headed toward his first regular TV gig since hosting E!'s "Talk Soup" in the early 90s. In "Rake," Kinnear plays a brilliant lawyer, who is less than smart with his personal choices. He's got a gambling problem, is in deep with a bookie, falls in love with a prostitute, has a woman who wants him dead and that's only the beginning.
The show has a good pedigree. Based on an Australian show, "Rake" is from director Sam Raimi and one of the creators of FX's "Rescue Me." It also stars Miranda Otto, John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan and Tara Summers.
"Rake" is an hour long, and set for Fox's midseason, Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Et. »
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano.
Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to »
- Movie Geeks
Fox will announce its 2013-2014 schedule on Monday, but the network gave viewers an idea of what's to come yesterday by announcing pick-ups of four dramas and five comedies.
Cast: Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie’s Angels), Jay Hernandez (Last Resort), Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious), Inbar Lavi (Underemployed), Rza, Cliff Curtis (Missing), Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill)
Synopsis: Follows a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks — ultimately landing on the Gang Task Force. There, he must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” on the Sfpd.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
"Rake" is Kinnear's broadcast TV debut, with Miranda Otto and John Ortiz co-starring. According to Deadline, "Rake" is being considered for a midseason launch in the vein of "The Following," one of the few hits of last season. Kinnear will play a "House"-esque criminal defense lawyer named Keegan Deane, described as "brilliant and frustratingly charming ... whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one. He takes on the cases that nobody else will touch, ruled by a resolute optimism, belief in justice and dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption -- much like himself." Sam Raimi directed the pilot, and the show was created by Peter Duncan, who came up with the original Australian version.
Also picked up is "Sleepy Hollow, »
- Laura Prudom
"Almost Human" from the "Fringe" team of J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in an action-packed buddy cop drama, set in the near future, when all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby and Minka Kelly co-star.
"Fringe" producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci are behind "Sleepy Hollow," a modern-day reinvention of the story of Ichabod Crane starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. Orlando Jones and Katia Winter co-star and John Cho guest stars in the pilot.
Among the noteworthy drama pilots not getting the go-ahead from Fox: Felicity Huffman’s Boomerang, an adaptation of the Delirum novels and The List (costarring Grey’s newbie Hilarie Burton). (Fox’s complete development slate can be found here.)
Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New
- Michael Ausiello
This week.s big release, hands down, is Silver Linings Playbook. Full of A-list actors, and lauded by critics and awards committees alike (with some disagreement, as well as some overlap), David O. Russell.s film about two dysfunctional individuals developing an intricate friendship under odd circumstances wowed at the box office, pulling in $232 million worldwide. Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and featuring a supporting cast offering the likes of Robert DeNiro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, and John Ortiz, the film was eventually nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning one. The Starz and Anchor Bay release is available on DVD and on Blu-ray in a 2-disc combo pack that comes with plenty of bonus features. Some are basic, including the deleted scenes and a featurette on the movie. However, some are a little quirkier, like the movie itself, including a .Dance Rehearsal. and a segment that teaches fans to »
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet and DVD release of the critically acclaimed film, Silver Linings Playbook, from writer and director Academy Award-nominee David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings and The Fighter) on April 30.
Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro after spending 8 months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. When Pat meets Tiffany (Academy Award Winner, Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. As their relationship plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
Looks like the new cool thing for directors to try after a big success is dipping their toes in TV. Ang Lee is following up his Life Of Pi Oscar triumph with a pilot for the Homeland team, and Sam Raimi is swapping the big fantasy visuals of Oz The Great And Powerful for Sony TV’s legal dramedy show Rake.Adapted from an Australian comedy drama series, Rake follows brilliant-but-batty criminal defence lawyer Keegan Joyce (Greg Kinnear), who is amazing at his job but terrible with people. He’s dedicated to justice and is surprisingly optimistic despite his rough outer shell. Yes, it sounds like it could be a little bit House-meets-Boston Legal..The show – assuming it gets picked up – was created by Peter Duncan (who crafted the original), who worked on it alongside Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Michael Wimer. Miranda Otto, Necar Zadegan, John Ortiz, David Harbour »
Richard Roxburgh starred in the original which follows the self-destructive, tactless Sydney criminal defense lawyer Cleaver Greene who defended some seemingly hopeless cases including a cannibal, a bigamist, a dog f--ker, an emasculator, a racist shock jock, an Assange-esque online reporter, and the wife of an incompetent suicide bomber.
Clients, judges and city officials have been played by high-profile guest stars with the likes of Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Sam Neill, Rachel Griffiths, Martin Henderson, Noah Taylor, Jacqueline McKenzie and Jack Thompson all appearing in colourful roles.
The American version has Greg Kinnear stepping into the role of Greene, while Miranda Otto, Necar Zadegan, John Ortiz, David Harbour and Ian Colletti also star. Roxburgh, Ian Collie, show creator Peter Duncan, and "Rescue Me" showrunner Peter Tolan will executive produce. »
- Garth Franklin
At the First Time Fest, there was a “First Exposure” series in which well known and accomplished directors would get their first directed films shown and have the chance to speak about the process. Some of these well known actors include Wes Anderson, Barbara Kopple, John Huston, Darren Aronofsky, Nancy Savoca, Michael Van Peebles, Hal Hartley, Sofia Coppola, Todd Solondz, and more.
In addition, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan attended, speaking about their experiences while making Hoffman’s directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating. The film is about two adults (Hoffman and Ryan) having a crush on one another without taking any action to move forward in their relationship, all while they see the relationship of their friends ( John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega) fall. Curated by David Schwartz, the director of programming for the festival, here’s what they had to say about their film.
Amy Ryan: She’s »
- Catherina Gioino
This story first appeared in the March 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. As TV pilot casting ramps up, networks seem to be heading toward a more diverse 2013-14. Fox is leading the way, hiring highly sought-after Latino lead actors Michael Pena (The List), Ramon Rodriguez (Gang Related) and John Ortiz (Rake), while Shame’s Nicole Beharie and newcomer Angelique Cabral have nabbed leads in Sleepy Hollow and Enlisted, respectively. RZA, Jay Hernandez and Sung Kang co-star in Gang Related, and Common Law’s Michael Ealy will play the android lead in the high-concept J.J. Abrams-
- Lesley Goldberg
“I'd rather have someone human and available and raw and open. Don't give me someone cold, or cut off, or someone who considers themselves dignified.”
—Lily Tomlin, The New York Times, Sep. 19, 2004
We live in suburban single-families just around the corner; we walk, run, or ride bikes to get where we’re going, and don’t use cars or even sidewalks (there’s a fuckin’ tons of roads to run in!). The second-hand soundtrack of our lives, overheard from other movies, is overplayed classic rock, usually Zeppelin, but sometimes a drum-heavy instrumental there to underscore abandon. Our clothes express where we’re at in life, not who we are. We come running from out of nowhere like we always have, like the security guard in I Heart Huckabees, tackling Jason Schwartzmann from outside the frame for planting trees in a parking lot. Like immigrants or the crew of a John Ford movie on location, »
- Otie Wheeler
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
It’s pilot season, which means your favorite out-of-work TV actors, actresses, creators and writers are getting a chance to return to the small screen once more.
Although we have yet to know what new series we’ll see next year, the networks have been busy selecting projects to consider for their schedules. So far, almost 100 scripts have been chosen, and audiences will only get to see a handful actually come to fruition.
Several are duds, but there are a few promising prospects that I hope network executives will keep around for the 2013-2014 season — even if it means they have to cancel old favorites to make room (just keep Parks and Recreation, Ok, NBC?).
Check out my choices for the best prospective ABC and Fox pilots, and read my selections for NBC and CBS if you missed them yesterday:
• Premise: »
- Rachel Bennett
According to TVLine, Helfer will play the lead role of Molly Parker, the only female Ranger in the male-dominated Texas Rangers. Look for the character to ruffle a few feathers on her quest for the truth.
In other pilot news ...
Bads new for Renee Zellweger. Lifetime has passed on the Oscar-winning actress' pilot "Cinnamon Girl," which she co-created and executive produced. The pilot followed four girls coming of age in the late '60s/early '70s against the La music and movie scenes. [Deadline]
- Chris Harnick
Stults, who's coming off a recurring part on the canceled "Ben and Kate," will star in "Enlisted" from "Cougar Town" co-creator Kevin Biegel. The show follows three brothers stationed at a small Army base in Florida; Stults will play one of them, a sergeant recently sent home from Afghanistan after punching a superior officer.
More pilot casting:
- Ramon Rodriguez, who played Bosley in ABC's "Charlie's Angels" last season, will star in Fox's drama "Gang Related." He'll play a San Francisco gang member who infiltrates the city's police force and finds himself caught between the two cultures. The show comes from "Fast & Furious" writer Chris Morgan, »
Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen) has been tapped as the lead in the Fox drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Written by feature scribe Chris Morgan and directed by Allen Hughes, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department who rises through its ranks but must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the Sfpd’s Gang Task Force. Morgan and showrunner Scott Rosenbaum exec produce the pilot with Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. I hear Rodriguez has been the top choice for the role since the project’s inception and was originally approached by the studio in December, long before Gang Related got a green light. He came on board after the pilot’s schedule could be synched up with »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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