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You have to savor the irony: African Americans comprise a tiny portion of film directors; we all know the argument that black movies don’t play overseas. And in F. Gary Gray’s “The Fate of the Furious,” we now we have the first billion-dollar movie from a black director…and it was driven overwhelmingly by the overseas gross.
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While Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” will be the most profitable title of the year, “The Fate of the Furious” just made F. Gary Gray the first African American to join an even more elite rank: He directed a film that’s earned over $1 billion worldwide.
The eighth entry in the “Furious” franchise currently stands at about $1.2 billion, with more than 80% of that business outside North America — making this the unusual (and welcome) case of a black director’s film making the »
- Dana Harris and Tom Brueggemann
A Man ApartIn October 2016, Vin Diesel revealed that the director of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the multi-billion dollar series of films, would be none other than F. Gary Gray. To those familiar with his work, it seemed like a natural fit. Gray has worked in Hollywood for over twenty years and is one of the most financially successful black directors in history. Coming off of the massive success of Straight Outta Compton (his second film to gross over $100 million dollars at the domestic box office, after 2003’s The Italian Job), Gray seemed like the ideal choice for the latest Fast and Furious installment, where he could return to his cinematic trademarks: guns, heists, fast cars and racially diverse ensembles. These elements were staples of Gray’s work even before his first feature in 1995. Gray, a South Central Los Angeles native, began as a cameraman for Bet and Fox, »
‘The Fate of the Furious’ Is Little More Than a Loud Family ReunionThe only thing furious here is the slapping of keyboards as hackers wage war.
If you look up “unlikeliest franchises” in the dictionary, well, you’re a fool, because that’s not how dictionaries work. But if they did, and if you did, the picture you’d see staring back at you from what has now become a picture dictionary of some sort would probably be of Vin Diesel grimacing behind the wheel of a car while flaming semi-trucks do wheelies out his back window. What started with the simple joys of street-racing in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious has morphed into the biggest and silliest film series out there.
After peaking with Fast Five in 2011 the franchise left that film’s perfect balance of beautiful, ridiculous action and entertainingly silly writing to tilt further and further into full-on, regrettably »
- Rob Hunter
Guns, monsters, and self-realization come together in our most anticipated movies of the month.
Is April the beginning of the summer movie season? Universal has been making that case for a few years now by opening their Fast and the Furious movies this month, and you can’t argue with their summer-sized box-office results. Happily there are plenty of smaller films hitting theaters in the coming weeks too from all manner of genres including drama, horror, comedy, and the hybrid that is Nacho Vigalondo’s latest.
Keep reading to see which movies we’re most excited for this month!
https://medium.com/media/957a1e3bef7d512bffaa68ddd3ac8cda/href10. The Circle (4/28)
Pros: Has a film ever looked this good on paper? Director James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour), writer Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (The Fountain), composer Danny Elfman, a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson »
- Rob Hunter
F. Gary Gray was 16 when he decided he wanted to become a filmmaker. Always a compulsive planner, he drew up a step-by-step plan to break his way into the film business, and prepared himself to spend years in the trenches manning cameras, getting coffee on set, working as a driver. By his initial set of benchmarks, he hoped to be ready to direct his first feature by the time he turned 45.
As it turned out, that schedule was more than two decades off. Gray is now 47, and preparing to release his ninth feature later this month, nearly a quarter century after accepting his breakthrough directing gig, for Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” video. The most expensive film of his career, “The Fate of the Furious” was shot across three different countries, from New York and Atlanta in the U.S. to Iceland and Cuba. It’s a long way, »
- Andrew Barker
Filmmaker James DeMonaco has shown horror fans a ruthless society in the world of his Purge movies, and now he's diving into another frightening future in Feral, a new novel he co-wrote with B.K. Evenson that's set in a world where men have transformed into manic killing machines. With Feral coming out on April 4th from Penguin Random House's Anchor imprint and Blumhouse Books, we've been provided with an excerpt from the apocalyptic novel to share with Daily Dead readers.
Check out the excerpt below, and to learn more about Feral, visit Amazon and Blumhouse Books.
Allie Hilts was still in high school when a fire at a top-secret research facility released an air-borne pathogen that quickly spread to every male on the planet, killing most. Allie witnessed every man she ever knew be consumed by fearsome symptoms: scorching fevers and internal bleeding, »
- Derek Anderson
One of the regular features on The Late Late Show With James Corden is called Role Call, where the host will recreate a number of iconic scenes with his guest that evening. Earlier this week, the iconic Samuel L. Jackson appeared on the show, and being the good sport that he is, agreed to take part in that night's Role Call, where the actor revisited his beloved Jules Winnfield character from Quentin Tarantino's indie classic Pulp Fiction. Throughout this 11-minute video, the star revisited a number of his most indelible performances, with the help of some props, wigs and fake backdrops.
The 11-minute video was posted on The Late Late Show's YouTube page, which begins with Jules Winnfield's iconic Biblical speech, and has James Corden playing the role of John Travolta's Vincent Vega. They then quickly transition to another early scene in the film where Vincent Vega »
James Corden and Samuel L. Jackson reenacted Jackson's extensive filmography on The Late Late Show on Wednesday. While Corden played everything from Yoda, a shark, a T-Rex to a snake, Jackson delivered countless iconic lines from his career.
The actors opened with Pulp Fiction. First, Corden stood in an ill-fitting wig while Jackson quoted scripture. Then, the backdrop behind the two men transformed and Corden played John Travolta's character, Vincent Vega, instructing Jackson how to ask for a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris.
Cartoonish violence was the main »
There’s no question what’s in Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet once you realize that the ubiquitous film star has been in practically every movie.
On Wednesday, Jackson — who is currently promoting Kong: Skull Island — partook in The Late Late Show With James Corden‘s signature “Role Call” segment, which enlists A-list talent to revisit their filmography via green-screen-enhanced reenactments all shot in one take.
In total, Jackson and Corden “recreated” scenes (or, in the case of his work as Nick Fury in the Marvel films, »
Samuel L. Jackson has played a lot of iconic characters. With more than 100 film credits to his name, Jackson reenacted just a small fraction of his most memorable scenes of all time when he appeared on CBS' The Late Late Show Wednesday. With a little help from host James Corden, Jackson ran through his oeuvre, reviving characters from Goodfellas, Jackie Brown, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Negotiator, Shaft and many more. Jackson began by (mis)quoting Ezekiel 25:17, just as his character Jules Winnfield did in 1994's Pulp Fiction. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and »
Universal’s next “Fast and Furious” chapter finds Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty on their honeymoon, with the rest of the crew exonerated, finding a semblance of a normal life. However, when a new villain, played by Charlize Theron, who’s making her debut in the franchise, seduces Dom into a world of crime he can’t seem to escape, the family will face a new set of trials.
- Alex Stedman
11 items from 2017
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