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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
Throughout Universal’s engine-revving Fast And Furious franchise, Dominic Toretto’s crew has preached constant themes – family, respect and buckets of iced Coronas. So why does F. Gary Gray’s The Fate Of The Furious shift gears so jerkily? Chris Morgan’s latest script abandons fist-pounding #brotendancies for a bumpier, more handcuffed adventure that’s too reminiscent of blockbuster generics. It’s less fast, and not as furious – albeit outrageous and fan-friendly. Entire scenes seem lifted from Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return Of Xander Cage (like, the whole opening), except without tongue-in-cheek awareness. This is the dark(ish), consequence-first mission the detours into metallic blandness and automobile product placement (drink every time a different company logo enters frame). Torreto’s team goes from grease-monkey Robin Hoods to pistol-gripping anybodies – Dom oh Dom, what have you done?
Fate Of The Furious is one big fan-service buffet that begins with the exotic flavors of Cuba. »
- Matt Donato
From "Tokyo Drift" by the Teriyaki Boyz to "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, music has always been a big part of the Fast and Furious films. Thanks to The Fate of the Furious, we have a brand-new soundtrack to look forward to, and Camila Cabello gave us the first look weeks ago. She's contributing a collaboration with Pitbull and J Balvin, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Wiz Khalifa is returning, along with G-Eazy, Migos, Post Malone, and Jeremih, among others. Take a look at the list below, followed by all the videos! »
- Maggie Pehanick
The first 10 minutes of “The Fate of the Furious” have everything that you could ever ask for in a “Fast and the Furious” movie, or any other movie for that matter. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) swaggers through the streets of Havana, tasting the local flavor as a bass-heavy Cuban pop song bangs on the soundtrack. The sun is shining, the cars are classics, and the girls are wearing hot pink thongs that make their butts pop off the screen like they’ve been post-converted into 3D. It’s like someone threw a Pitbull video and forgot to invite him.
Then, as Dom comes across a weirdly well-organized group of local auto fetishists, he finds his younger cousin being antagonized by the baddest guy in town. But there’s an easy solution to this problem. You see, Dom lives by a code, and that code is simple: “All human conflict can »
- David Ehrlich
The latest single from The Fate of the Furious: The Album is hotter than ever, thanks to three Latin superstars!
Pitbull and J Balvin teamed up with former Fifth Harmony starlet Camila Cabello for a spicy "Hey Ma" track and music video, recorded in both English and Spanish. The English version made its debut on Et on Thursday.
Filmed in Mr. 305's hometown of Miami, the music video was inspired by Cuban scenes from The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the popular action franchise. F8 was the first major Hollywood film to shoot in Cuba since the 1960s.
Cabello, chic in a sexy floral crop top, matching skirt and silver hoop earrings, kicks off the video by strutting her stuff around town as she makes her way to a street race, where she's greeted by a brightly-dressed J Balvin.
It's only a »
New Yorkers are known for telling it like it is. But, when E! News' Sibley Scoles traveled to Orlando Monday to quiz Jimmy Fallon about his favorite city, the Tonight Show host might have told a few fibs. Fallon is in Florida this week for a series of shows, which began Monday with Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal and Pitbull. The change of venue coincides with Thursday's launch of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, a new ride opening at Universal Studios; Jay Leno will be the main guest that evening. Theme park guests will soon join Fallon for race through, below and above New York City. So, with that in mind, Scoles asked the ride's official tour guide to answer the following »
After Fallon rocked out to House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” Shaq moved the microphone off the stage, declaring, “I’m not gonna need this.”
He then broke into his rendition of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.” He first brought a female audience member onto the stage, dancing up on her as Fallon laughed in the background.
Shaq was then joined by singer Pitbull and together they swiveled their hips and jammed out to the ‘80s classic.
“That’s not fair!” Fallon shouted. “Pitbull in the house.”
Watch the clip »
Jimmy Fallon is known for having his own mini versions of popular TV show segments on The Tonight Show. Last night was one of his better skits because none other than Shaquille O’Neal was involved. The hall of fame big man stopped by to participate in a Lip Sync Battle and audiences were highly entertained. Fallon kicked things off by doing House of Pain’s “Jump Around” but Shaq held his own by performing Bobby Brown’s “My prerogative.” Shaq said that he was “bringing 1988 back” and things moved up a notch when Pitbull appeared out of nowhere to guest star
- Nat Berman
What an epic Lip Sync Battle!
Shaquille O’Neal helped kick off Jimmy Fallon‘s weeklong taping of The Tonight Show in Orlando, Florida on Monday by going head-to-head with the late night host in the show’s wildly popular pretend-singing contest.
To start off the showdown, Fallon, 42, hyped up the crowd with House of Pain’s 1992 smash “Jump Around.” Meanwhile, the retired Hall of Fame basketball player, 45, channeled Bobby Brown for a rendition of the New Edition band member’s 1988 hit “My Prerogative,” with a little help from Pitbull, who was the night’s musical act.
For the second and final round, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
"I'm bringing 1988 back," the NBA star joked as he ditched the standing mic for a mic headset and invited audience members up to the stage to dance with him. Musical guest Pitbull made a surprise appearance during O'Neal's set.
The two competitors made nice toward the end of the battle, as O'Neal »
- Meena Jang
The Tonight Show is going to Universal Orlando Resort!
To celebrate the grand opening of his signature virtual reality ride, Jimmy Fallon‘s late night talk show will be taping in Orlando for four nights next week — with a slew of exciting celebrity guests.
The lineup kicks off Monday with guests Vin Diesel and Shaquille O’Neal (who will go head-to-head with Fallon in an epic Lip Sync Battle!) followed by a musical performance by Pitbull featuring Stephen Marley.
- Aurelie Corinthios
Camila Cabello will release a collaboration with Pitbull from the upcoming The Fate of the Furious soundtrack. But the rapper has revealed that the song, titled “Hey Mama,” was originally supposed to feature Britney Spears and not Cabello. “At first, it was me and Romeo Santos, Britney Spears was on the record,” Pitbull told Radio.com. “[The] Fast and Furious [team] ends […]
- Aleks Simeonova
It's finally here! We've followed along on social media and today, Pitbull, J Balvin, and Camila Cabello have released their song "Hey Ma." They also simultaneously released the music video for it too! The song will be featured in The Fate of the Furious, which is the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise. The film partially takes place in Cuba, which connects two of these artists. The former Fifth Harmony member was born in Cojímar, Cuba, and Pitbull was born to Cuban parents. As the music video begins, you realize that it's all a nod to their roots and the setting of the movie. "Working with »
During an interview with Radio.com on Friday, Pitbull revealed that the original version of the song featured Spears and Romeo Santos, but that the team behind the Fast and the Furious franchise asked him to re-record the track with Camila Cabello and J Balvin.
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"Funny story behind that," he said. "At first, it was me and Romeo Santos. Britney Spears ended up on the record. Fast and Furious ends up loving the record, and they brought on board J Balvin and Camila Cabello. So, it's been an interesting journey."
"To watch it go on to become the intro of the movie -- the first huge movie franchise to shoot in Cuba »
Universal’s upcoming eighth installment in the Fast & Furious saga, The Fate of the Furious, has just received an international trailer. Despite the video being relatively short (clocking in at around one minute), it manages to both show off never-before-seen footage and give a sneak peek at production on the music video for one of the film’s original songs. Watch it below…
The trailer places quite a bit of emphasis on the relationship between Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), a dynamic that previous spots and trailers for Fate failed to highlight, instead showcasing the over-the-top action set pieces fans have come to expect.
Many were surprised when the Fate team announced they’d be heading to Cuba to shoot scenes, but the beautiful scenery on display in the trailer indicates it was a good decision. Toretto and Ortiz couldn’t have chosen a better honeymoon spot. »
- Justin Cook
The iHeartRadio Music Awards is right around the corner — and the nominees (plus the show’s first performer) have been revealed.
The news for the highly-anticipated event was announced Wednesday morning, and by the looks of it, it’s sure to be a star-studded evening.
Bruno Mars, who was nominated for both Song of the Year and Best Collaboration last year, is set to take the stage in March as one of the show’s performers.
Meanwhile, Drake leads the nominees with 12 nominations, including Male Artist of the Year. The Chainsmokers are right behind the singer with 11 nominations, including the inaugural category, »
- Mariah Haas
The iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations are here!
The nominees for the fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced on Thursday, dominated by hip-hop artists like Drake, who earned 12 nominations, including Male Artist of the year, and new group The Chainsmokers, who nabbed 11 nods, including the inaugural Best New Pop Artist category.
Related: iHeartRadio Music Awards Winners List 2016
Of course, our girls Beyonce and Adele also earned several nominations each, while the award show's new category, Best Music Video, is sure to be a face-off between many famous faces, including Zayn Malik, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Calvin Harris.
As for the night's entertainment, Bruno Mars is the first performer to be announced by the show.
See the nominees below:
Song of the Year
"Can't Stop The Feeling" - Justin Timberlake
"Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
"One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
"Stressed Out" - twenty one pilots »
17 items from 2017
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