20 items from 2017
Sir Ben Kingsley has never been shy about hamming it up in low-rent garbage (check out 2015’s “Self / Less” to watch him dye his skin orange and play a bald-headed version of Trump), but his latest performance takes things to another level entirely. The kind of low-rent action movie that only exists because everybody involved knew that nobody in the Western world would ever see it, Eran Creevy’s “Collide” stars Nicholas Hoult as a reformed car thief and Felicity Jones as the dying girlfriend whose kidney failure inspires him to do one last job.
But they’re both really boring. You know who’s not boring? Geran, the Turkish drug kingpin who lives in a gold-plated trailer with four prostitutes, suffers from short-term memory loss, and likes to spend his free time watching the 1985 John Travolta classic, “Perfect” (that’s the one where Travolta goes undercover in a Los Angeles fitness club). Kingsley, »
- David Ehrlich
It may be a little hard to believe, but the eighth movie in The Fast and the Furious franchise will be coming out in a little under two months. Somehow, Universal has turned a couple of movies about good looking people, fast cars and crime into one of the most successful and long-running franchises ever. The upcoming installment, The Fate of the Furious, is going to be a massive movie in more ways than one. Not only will it be big on action and spectacle, but the movie is reportedly going to be nearly three hours long.
IMDb recently updated The Fate of the Furious movie page and now has the movie listed with a reported run time of 160 minutes. Yes, if this new information is true, Fast and Furious 8 is going to be by far the longest movie in the franchise and one of the more lengthy movies to be released in recent memory. »
Love it or hate it, The Fast and the Furious franchise has become one of the most financially successful and long-running movie franchises of all-time. Though, if the box office is to be believed, quite a few people really love it. In just a couple of months, Universal will be unleashing the eighth installment of the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, and the trailers have revealed that Vin Diesel's character will be turning his back on those he loves in an act of betrayal. A new, absolutely insane but really fun fan theory suggests that this is because Dominic Toretto is a Terminator.
The theory, which even the creator knows sounds absolutely insane, comes courtesy of the YouTube channel Jim & Them. The video provides a truly staggering amount of evidence that Dom could actually be a cybernetic organism and that in Fast and Furious 8, we are going to get the big reveal. »
7 February 2017 9:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Fast and the Furious is busting out of the big screen.
The car-racing movie franchise is revving up to tour the world with a live arena show — and there will be lots of cars, vehicular acrobatics and set designs to accompany the mayhem.
The tour is launching in January 2018.
The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the franchise, is in theaters April 14.
- Aaron Couch
The first Fate Of The Furious trailer revealed that Vin Diesel had betrayed the family and joined up with Charlize Theron’s high-tech terrorist villain for some reason, and this Super Bowl trailer digs into the other big twist from that last teaser: the Fast & Furious team has to join forces with Jason Statham this time around, reprising his role as the evil (formerly evil?) Deckard Shaw from Furious 7. Plot aside, though, the most exciting part of this trailer was when everybody was driving cars while on the run from a submarine. That’s god damn crazy, and it makes us wonder how the serious could possibly get any more ridiculous after this point, but doubting The Fast And The Furious has never been a good idea.
Anyway, The Fate Of The Furious will be in theaters on April 14.
- Sam Barsanti
Yesterday, The Rock teased us all by saying that he had seen the new trailer for The Fate of the Furious that Universal prepared for the Super Bowl. In an Instagram post, he said "Just watched our trailer that'll air during the Super Bowl. Fire. Very strong. Universal did a tremendous job and during the 2nd quarter, you'll see for yourself. Get your popcorn ready... 'cause daddy's gotta go to work." Well, now we can all see it, because the trailer has made its way online.
Universal decided it was a good idea to spend a few million dollars in order to promote The Fate of the Furious during the Super Bowl with this new spot, and why not? They have the most bankable star in the world right now with Dwayne Johnson and given how unbelievably successful Furious 7 was, audiences are sure to be excited that a new »
Joel and Ethan Coen have lured moviegoers to films ranging from “The Big Lebowski” to “No Country for Old Men.” Can they now direct football fans to blow tens of thousands of dollars on a new Mercedes?
That will be the challenge come Sunday, when a 30-second ad will air during Super Bowl Li featuring Peter Fonda, the auto manufacturer’s slick Amg roadster, and a gang of burly bikers listening to Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild.” The question, of course, will be if the Coens can make the kind of art that leads to commerce.
Based on the teaser made available online – a 60-second behemoth that will no doubt be ill-served by the editor’s knife when it is cut down to half that length – the answer may be “No.” After spending time with the colorful denizens of the tavern (it’s called “Tiny’s,” by the way) it’s hard to figure out why »
- Brian Steinberg
I was extremely excited when I walked out of the original xXx back in the summer of 2002. Finally, a spy film for my generation. Something that could mix international espionage and the X-Games aesthetic that seemed poised to take over the world. I’ve rewatched xXx recently and it does not hold up at all. Also, I never participated in any extreme sports or watched very much of any X-Games so I have no idea why embracing this culture appealed to me at all. In retrospect, the original xXx was an okay action movie with some fantastic costuming and an awful lot of dated references. 15 years later xXx: Return of Xander Cage is still trying to traffic in counter-culture hipness, but it doesn’t feel like anyone involved in the production has talked to a cool person or a youth in decades. Return of Xander Cage is jam-packed with the »
- Arthur Tebbel
Publicly, studio executives tend to be a rosy bunch, predicting that each year’s crop of movies will be better than that which preceded it. But behind closed doors, few in the business were expecting much from 2016.
When the final numbers are tallied, the global box office will probably fall short of last year’s record-breaking $38.9 billion. Most observers expect ticket sales to fall roughly 2% to just over $38 billion. That decline is reason for some alarm, particularly as the shortfall is largely attributable to a slowdown in China. After years of explosive growth, in which returns were expanding at a 40% clip annually, revenue in China was essentially flat in 2016 — a disappointment for the world’s second-largest film market, which had been expected to surpass the U.S. in terms of revenue in a matter of months.
“As China goes, so goes the international marketplace,” notes Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. »
- Brent Lang
Vin Diesel braves some of the worst lines ever on his return to the preposterous series
There was always something a little off about the premise of the xXx films. It posits that, when facing global calamity, rather than a group of highly trained professionals like, say, Navy Seals, we would be better served by placing our trust in extreme sports enthusiasts. Those guys who take selfies while dangling off skyscrapers by a toenail and a tattoo? They are, in fact, the saviours of the world.
Of course, credibility was never the point of this series that, buoyed by the dogged endurance of B-movie franchises such as The Fast and the Furious and The Expendables, returns to our screens 12 years after the last instalment and 15 since the last appearance of muscle-bound skateboarding ladies’ man Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). The point of the xXx movies has always been their preposterous stunt »
- Wendy Ide
In 2002, with The Fast and the Furious and Pitch Black already under his belt, avid franchise collector Vin Diesel seemed to have another series to play with in the form of xXx, which saw the gravelly voiced one step into the role of Xander Cage, an extreme sports turned super spy. Basically think of James Bond if he was thought up by a room full of teenage boys. Very much in the mould of his other characters, Cage was the consummate bad ass, though he lacked Diesel’s usual charm and ultimately came off as an unlikeable dick. Even though he had signed on for the sequel before the original even opened, Diesel opted out of 2005’s xXx: State of the Union, passing the torch to Ice Cube. State of the Union crashed and burned, and seemed to be that for the series. But never count a franchise out when »
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When asked about his most daring role of all time, Vin Diesel had a pretty surprising answer.
“The craziest stunt I ever did? Fatherhood,” the actor told Entertainment Tonight at the Los Angeles premiere of his highly anticipated movie, xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
The 49-year-old action-film star is dad to daughters Similce, 8½, and Pauline, 22 months, as well as son Vincent, 6½, with longtime girlfriend Paloma Jiménez.
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He eventually said his craziest physical stunt took place during »
- Blake Bakkila
xXx Return of Xander Cage review: It’s all out action as Vin Diesel returns to the franchise to take it to the next level.
Read our xXx Return of Xander Cage review below.
The original xXx barged its way on to our screens back in 2002 with ambitions to become something of a steroid-pumped antithesis to James Bond. It had a ‘so-hot-right-now’ Vin Diesel as the lead, and his The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen at the helm. It made a sizeable splash at the box-office, yet a sequel didn’t seem to quite materialise in the way you imagine anyone expected. Both Cohen and Diesel turned their backs, leading to a rather humourless sequel in the form of the Ice Cube starring The Next Level. Now, a whopping 15 years since he first had three X’s painted on to the back of his neck, Vin returns to his would-be tent-pole franchise, »
- Andrew Gaudion
One side effect he may not have anticipated, though? His little girl Pauline — who was named after the late Paul Walker — having an affinity for cars before she’s even stringing sentences together.
“Do you know my daughter, she’s only 22 months old, has a favorite car already?” the actor, 49, said on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! “I think it runs in the genes.”
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- Jen Juneau
A love letter to Vin Diesel’s extreme sports heroism.
The cinema of Rob Cohen peaked in the years 2001 and 2002 with the release of The Fast and the Furious, and, as an alternative to a Fast/Furious sequel, the extreme-sports cash-in xXx, starring once and future Fastest and most Furious of all, Vin Diesel. Before getting to xXx (it is no longer necessary to get to The Fast and the Furious, it having long since ascended to pop legend) as a whole it’s necessary to talk about Cohen as a filmmaker, which isn’t possible to do in a positive sense without grappling with some large contradictions. The first, and biggest, is that he’s a director whose strong points are the very things his detractors foreground as faults: his cinema is big and often unwieldy, favoring force over grace, and requires the panacea of adrenaline to counteract the host of elements that fold under rational »
- Danny Bowes
Ben Mortimer Jan 23, 2017
Hollywood may have been built on the cult of the movie star, but in an industry now dominated by branded franchises like Star Wars, Marvel and Bond, it’s notable how rare they’ve become. For all the millions raked in by Iron Man and Star Wars movies, audiences don’t turn out for Robert Downey Jr. or Harrison Ford, they come to watch Tony Stark and Han Solo.
In this climate, there are perhaps a handful of actors who can draw audience based on nothing more than their presence in a movie, and perhaps none more successful than Vin Diesel. Since his breakthrough role in Pitch Black, Diesel has been the leading man in two blockbuster franchises: The Fast And The Furious and Riddick, and with xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, »
On January 25th of last year, I shared a report with you regarding xXx: Return of Xander Cage while that project was still in its earliest stages. In that report, I shared with you a pair of rumors that- if true- suddenly made this new xXx far more interesting. While one of them remains merely a rumor (one that we won't know the status of until the film arrives in theaters), the other already seems to be coming true.
It would appear that xXx: Return of Xander Cage will definitely not be a one-off, and that Paramount and star Vin Diesel are hoping it becomes the next Fast & Furious franchise. Why do I say that? Because, according to Diesel, Paramount is already trying to lock up the cast to shoot a fourth film in May.
"I was in the middle of »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Mason and Reign Disick had one awesome birthday party!
"Mason and Reign share the same birthday so every year we throw them a big joint party," Kardashian explained. "This year, Mason wanted a Fast and the Furious theme complete with a monster truck bouncy house slide, mini race track, and the actual car from the movie."
While Mason turned 7 and Reign turned 2 on Dec. 14, it seems both boys had a blast at the party, posing for a sweet pic with Kardashian, dad Scott Disick, and sister Penelope, 4.
"About an hour into the party »
9 January 2017 9:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Maybe it was the comical premise, but when a Michigan resident filed a lawsuit in 2011 over the Ryan Gosling-starrer Drive, practically every news outlet wrote about it. The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Guardian, Time magazine and other publications were fascinated by a woman's allegation that the trailer was misleading — Drive wasn't a chase film a la The Fast and the Furious — and her gripe that the movie supposedly promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith.
As far as we can tell, no one wrote about »
- Eriq Gardner
Ben Mortimer Jan 9, 2017
Most set visits start the same way: meeting with the publicists in the lobby of a hotel before jumping on a coach and heading to the filming location. Inevitably, given that the hotels are usually in major cities, those coach rides tend to involve waiting in traffic jams; so it was no surprise when - on our way to the shoot of xXx 3 - there was a long tailback on a bridge up ahead.
After an early start and an hour on a minibus, the prospect of sitting in traffic and losing valuable interview time wasn’t particularly welcome, but as we drew closer to the cars it became clear something wasn’t quite as expected. The vehicles were static, the engines were off, »
20 items from 2017
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