7 items from 2013
The sixth installment in Universal’s blockbuster car-racing franchise isn’t looking to win any Oscars, and that’s a good thing. Though it may lack high-caliber acting and a flawless plot, Fast & Furious 6 has more to offer movie watchers simply in search of a good time than any other action extravaganza this year.
For a series to still feel fresh, exciting and innovative six movies in is a rare thing indeed, but Fast & Furious 6 exists not only as an assurance that there’s plenty of fuel left in this franchise’s tank, but also as definitive proof that big-budget, high-octane, low-iq tentpoles can be an art form unto themselves. By preserving the series’ adrenaline-junkie heart and infusing it with some well-conceived action-adventure adornments, Fast & Furious 6 takes the series in a promising new direction while never neglecting the car-porn pleasures that put it on the map. It’s a total blast. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Oh Gwyneth. You know how to push our buttons and make us question our love for you. How you love to prod us with your snug ways and Goop-y self. Oh, how you make us Tina Fey eye roll, especially in the 40th year of your life. We know it’s your birthday (p.s. happy 41st birthday) but you torture us so…
Here’s a chronological look back at every time we rolled our eyes at Gwyneth Paltrow:
2) Nov. 22, 2012: When Goop recommended we buy a $2,200 fitness bike for him.
3) Nov. 22, 2012: And used the phrase: ‘Ride or Die.’
- Stacy Lambe
Fast & Furious 7 has already added several new faces to the crash-happy franchise, including Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, and probably several hundred cars that will soon meet their destruction in a metropolitan fireball of automotive calamity. But the series isn’t forgetting its roots: EW has confirmed that Lucas Black — who memorably essayed the part of White Dude in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift — will return for Fast & Furious 7.
Deadline originally reported that Black’s deal is actually for the next three Fasts, which implies that the franchise is world-building towards a genuine trilogy — a three-film saga »
- Darren Franich
Vin Diesel fans have enjoyed a pretty diesel 2013. Among Diesel's accolades: His random cover of Rihanna's "Stay" went viral, he stars in the certain blockbuster "Fast and Furious 6," and even found time to resurrect Riddick for the aptly named sci-fi film "Riddick." To say nothing of plans for "Fast and Furious 7," which is set for release next summer.
To celebrate "Fast Six" (out on May 24), HuffPost Entertainment has compiled the best Diesel quotes from the "Furious" press tour for Justin Lin's new film. Ride or die and enjoy the wisdom of Big Vin below.
On his hobbies: "Maybe because I'm a Dungeons & Dragons head, my approach to everything is a little more thought-out." (via EW.com)
On his 40 million Facebook fans: "Facebook really owes me billions of dollars. But whatever. [Laughs]" (via EW.com)
On social media's influence: "If there was social media in the '50s, there probably would've »
- The Huffington Post
Fast & Furious 6, 2013.
Directed by Justin Lin.
Newly retired from the crime circuit, the ‘Ride or Die’ crew now have the luxury to indulge their millions in beach houses, casinos and private planes. That is, until Agent Hobbes makes his reappearance, bearing details of a dangerous terrorist named Owen Shaw operating within London and with designs on a powerful bomb. That’s not all: Shaw has a special friend along for the ride in Letty Ortiz, back from the dead and out of her head…
“This isn’t what we do,” says Ludacris’ Tej, after his fast and furious team are faced with the proposition of siding with the law – god forbid - against a much greater foe. Agent Hobbes (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) has wasted little time in tracking down the »
- Flickering Myth
Honestly, we’re not entirely sure just when it became okay to adore the Fast and Furious franchise – was it when The Rock and his beautiful, glistening head joined the series? when the term “Tokyo drift” entered the cultural lexicon? when the latest film, Fast & Furious 6, all but lit this year’s Super Bowl on fire with a TV spot that included a crashing plane basically vomiting a car? Tyrese? – but we don’t care, because we love this crazy goddamn cinematic wonder, and you should, too. Proof of that? The newest (long-form) trailer from the summer release, which sees the crew heading to Europe for whocaresgiveusmorecarplaneadventures, along with a hefty batch of new stills from the film, all the better for you to write your fan fiction from. Ride or die (or just hit that break) Fast & Furious 6 opens on May 24th. [via ComingSoon] »
- Kate Erbland
Have you watched the Fast 6 Super Bowl trailer a couple dozen times? Do you feel like you’ve sufficiently dissected that car-flip-tastic minute of cinema? Well, fellow films fans: Prepare yourself. Get yourself a body bag, strap yourself in, and check out the full three-and-a-half minute trailer which just hit the internet in the face. Here’s a quick tease of what you’ll see: More cars. Gina Carano getting into a totally badass punch-and-kick-you-down-the-stairs fight with Michelle Rodriguez. The dude from The Raid doing a flying kick into Tyrese. Things collapsing. Everything Collapsing. Vin Diesel saying “Ride or die »
- Darren Franich
7 items from 2013
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