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Yesterday, a report surfaced that Universal Pictures has narrowed its Fast & Furious 8 director search down to four candidates, F. Gary Gray, Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier and William Eubank. While principal photography on Fast & Furious 8 isn't expected to begin until next spring, pre-production is slated to begin at the end of this month, and the studio was expected to make their decision very quickly. Variety reports that F. Gary Gray has been selected to take the helm, and while Universal hasn't confirmed the report, star-producer Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself and the filmmaker on his Facebook page.
This news comes less than a week after Vin Diesel himself said that he wants Rob Cohen, who directed the first movie in the franchise, 2001's The Fast and the Furious, to come back for Fast & Furious 8. The actor said that his late co-star Paul Walker always wanted him »
If you were to take the charm and playful visual language of Jean-Pierre Jenuet’s Amelie and pair it with a blistering satire of religious dogma, the end result would look something like The Brand New Testament, a new film from Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. His previous feature, Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto as the last living human on Earth, also showcased a penchant for high concepts that veer towards the absurd rather than the literal. With his latest entry, Dormael is gunning for the big guy himself, God, portraying Him less as an all-powerful deity and more like an irritable grumpy man hellbent on making life miserable for us petty humans. In bringing life to these religious icons, he weaves a rich tapestry of conflicted characters whose unique problems become fodder for a truly holy upheaval of all that we know to be real.
The setup for The »
- Raffi Asdourian
Last week, Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that a director will be announced soon for Fast & Furious 8. Furious 7 director James Wan has moved on to direct The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist, and Justin Lin, who directed the last four Fast & Furious movies before that, is currently shooting Star Trek Beyond. Today, Variety reports that Universal Pictures has narrowed their directorial choice down to four candidates, F. Gary Gray, Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier and William Eubank.
The report claims that none of these four filmmakers have emerged as the front runner yet, but the studio is reportedly close to making their final decision. Variety also reports that there is no truth to rumors that Vin Diesel may be in the mix to direct Fast & Furious 8 himself. The actor did reveal over the weekend that he wants Rob Cohen, who directed the very first The Fast and the Furious »
Earlier this week, Vin Diesel confirmed rumors that he was holding up Fast & Furious 8 with his director's search. He wants the next film to be perfect. And he has a lot vested in it. Previous rumors claimed he wanted to direct the sequel himself. He's now gone on record, addressing his fans on Facebook. Yes, he explains, his mother did urge him to direct Fast & Furious 8 or he wouldn't make the movie. But it doesn't sound like that is happening. Instead, Vin Diesel wants to bring in longtime collaborated and director of the very first movie in the franchise, 2001's The Fast and the Furious, to return to the helm. This is what Vin Diesel has to say on the current state of Fast & Furious:
It is no secret that my good friend Justin [Lin] and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it for almost a decade. »
Last week, news surfaced that Universal Pictures is having difficulties finding a director for Fast & Furious 8, which the studio has set for release on April 14, 2017. The report suggested that Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel is at least partially to blame for the sequel having no director in place yet, claiming the actor/producer is difficult to work with, and that he may be eyeing to direct one of the forthcoming sequels himself. Over the weekend, Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to issue a statement, revealing that no filmmaker has been given an offer to direct Fast & Furious 8, which will be part of the franchise's last trilogy.
"The fans of the Fast & Furious Saga are the best fans in the world... Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way... literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you. »
Belgian helmer Jaco van Dormael emerged on the filmmaking scene with Toto the Hero, a life-long spanning story condensed into a 90-minute kaleidoscope made up of flashbacks and fantasies of the eponymous protagonist. Van Dormael´s penchant for epic narratives came into full realization in his third feature, Mr. Nobody, a saga revolving around 118-year-old mortal human (pop)philosophizing on life though three parallel storylines. Notwithstanding the mixed reviews and some fervent cries of it being a failure, Mr.Nobody became a textbook example of pop-arthouse fare rather than a guilty pleasure. After an exhausting process of getting Mr. Nobody done, the director returns with the less over-structured yet no less charming piece, The Brand New Testament. His penchant for decades-spanning storytelling dominates the first act, trading human...
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Director: James Wan
Running Time: 131 minutes
Special Features: Extended Feature / Inside the Fight / Deleted Scenes / Talking Fast / Flying Cars / The Cars of Furious / Race Wars: Fast & Furious 7 / Making of the Fast Ride / Back to the Starting Line / Snatch & Grab / Tower Jumps / See You Again music video
I’ll be honest with you, after the first Fast & Furious I didn’t come back until the sixth but when I did it was with colossal love for the renewed franchise. I don’t think there are many people – critics nor the public – who thought it would speed back into life with such praise and the seventh? Well, they’ve hit the ground running once again.
Fast & Furious 7 doesn’t waste any time in continuing from where the last one finished. We all know »
- Dan Bullock
It is time for me to make my peace with the fact that I will not be at Fantastic Fest this year. Last year's fest was one of my favorites ever, fitting for a tenth anniversary, and I would love to go this year. It's just not in the cards, though. It guts me, too. The event continues to grow and change and evolve, and it features one of the greatest programming teams in the business right now. There are films playing at the festival that I'll see in Toronto, and I'm sure I'll catch up with others, but that's not the point. Fantastic Fest is an experience, and an amazing one. If you want to go, you still can. "Daytime Only Badges, Fan Badges, and 2Nd Half Badges for Fantastic Fest 2015 are available for purchase here," today's press release urged. If you can go for the second half, you'll »
- Drew McWeeny
Back in April, just a few weeks after Furious 7 was released in theaters, Universal Pictures set an April 14, 2017 release date for the sequel Fast & Furious 8. We already know that Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson will be back as Dom and Hobbs, but no other characters have been confirmed, until now. While speaking to Access Hollywood recently, Furious 7 star Jason Statham confirmed he'll be back as Deckard Shaw.
"We're already talking about doing another one, Part 8. I'm a newcomer, I just got invited to the party in this last one, so it's nice to know I'm going to be doing another."
Jason Statham first appeared at the end of 2013's Fast & Furious 6, where it was revealed that he killed Sung Kang's character Han, setting him up as the main villain in Furious 7. Along with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, it is believed that »
Vin Diesel is one of the most social media-savvy stars out there today – over the past few years, he’s used it to tease us with his involvement in superhero movies (he ultimately ended up voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy), pay tribute to his co-star and friend Paul Walker in a touching musical performances and of course, plug the Fast & Furious franchise.
A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on May 26, 2015 at 12:26pm Pdt
The image confirms that the eighth Furious film will be taking Dominic Toretto and company to the mean streets of New York City, where it’s expected that they’ll again run into the shadowy government »
- Isaac Feldberg
In the beginning, things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe — or at least, that’s the playful conceit behind Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament,” an irreverent (but otherwise harmless) ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story. Incidentally, Van Dormael has volunteered an alternate creation myth of some kind in all four of his features (which also include “Toto the Hero,” “The Eighth Day” and “Mr. Nobody”), only this time, the Belgian idea-meister goes as far as to target God directly, “outing” Him as kind of a jerk who lives in Brussels and sits at His personal computer, conjuring natural disasters as a way of staving off boredom. When his daughter rebels and decides to simultaneously enlighten everyone on earth, all hell breaks loose, and the narrative starts to lose its thread, unspooling zany consequences that ought to convert skeptical distributors worldwide. »
- Peter Debruge
Le Pacte has picked up sales on Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s latest collaboration Saint Amour, starring Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde as a farmer and his son who bond and find love on an eventful wine tour.
Poelvoorde is a frequent collaborator with Delépine and Kervern, starring most recently as middle-aged punk in Le Grand Soir – which won Un Certain Regard’s Grand Jury Prize in 2012.
In Saint Amour, Poelvoorde plays disheartened cattle breeder Bruno who is attending the Paris International Agriculture Show with his father Jean, played by Depardieu.
The latter is hoping their prize bull Nabucodonosor will finally take top honours at the event and that »
Following yesterday’s Cannes Critics Week line-up, today brings the slate for another sidebar at the festival, the Directors’ Fortnight. With Philippe Garrel‘s In the Shadow of Women set to open, Miguel Gomes‘ 6-hour, three part Arabian Nights will screen along with the next films from Mr. Nobody director Jaco Van Dormael, Blue Ruin‘s Jeremy Saulnier, Takashi Miike (trailer […] »
- Jordan Raup
New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas, as well as recent Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” are among the films set to screen in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival.
As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference on Tuesday, the Fortnight will unspool 19 features this year — three of them directed by Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes, whose six-hour-plus trilogy, “Arabian Nights,” was announced by the Fortnight last week, as was “My Golden Years,” the latest from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin. Both Gomes and Desplechin were turned down from the main competition and opted to take their films to the other side of the Croisette rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard — a major coup for Waintrop that signals one of the most openly competitive years for the official selection and Directors’ Fortnight in recent memory. »
- Justin Chang
The Fast & Furious franchise has long since reached the point that it has become not only critic-proof, but analysis-proof. Those who like the films don’t need a reason anymore, they like them because they like them. The films can do anything now. They’re appeal is simply that they’re shiny.
Furious 7 is very aware of this, so when an idea for a stunt, or plot turn comes up, it just gets thrown in. No one worries about whether or not it makes sense to the story, is true to the characters, or is even remotely plausible.
The result is that when a drug lord flies a military helicopter through Los Angeles to chase our crew of heroes, launching missiles and blowing up buildings along the way, the audience isn’t supposed to think beyond the pretty explosions in order to wonder about things like how said helicopter »
- Marc Eastman
The coolest thing you’re going to find all year is hitting on September 15th, and it’s packed with goodies. It’s the 50th Anniversary of Lost in Space, and the complete series is going to be available on Blu-Ray, and the release gives you a lot for your money.
Not only does the release have over 7 hours of total bonus content, but it has brand new featurettes, new commentary tracks on episodes, and tons of archival footage.
This is an amazing package that is not only something for fans of the show, but is a great opportunity to expose the show to millions of new ones.
Much as the show has gone down in history as something of a goof, you might be surprised at how much future shows owe to this one, and not just by way of carving out a bit of cultural popularity for the sci-fi genre. »
- Marc Eastman
With all the attention on Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary in 2016, we overlooked its predecessor is hitting its Golden Anniversary this fall. 20th Century Home Entertainment reminded us today with the following exciting announcement.
Los Angeles, CA (April 7, 2015) – Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment pays tribute to one of the most iconic television series of all-time as “Lost in Space” – The Complete Series arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever on September 15. Running from 1965-1968, this collection allows fans to bring home Irwin Allen’s intergalactic family saga that earned an enormous following of devoted fans over the years. Set in the space age future of 1997, follow the heart-racing, cliff-hanging adventures of John Robinson™ and his family aboard the Jupiter 2™, along with Robot B-9™ and the delightfully devious Dr. Zachary Smith™.
Produced with Space Productions, Inc. and Synthesis Entertainment, this massive 18-disc set contains all 83 episodes remastered in high definition, »
- ComicMix Staff
Just in time for it's 50th Anniversary, the classic and much beloved science fiction series, Lost in Space, is making it's way to blu-ray completely remastered and bursting with new special features for fans to enjoy. Come inside to learn more!
Science fiction fans and collectors are sure to be drooling at the announcement of Lost In Space - The Complete Series on blu-ray, as it's brings together all the episode of the classic series (just in time for it's 50th Anniversary), with new features and other goodies. If you're interested in re-living this piece of sci-fi history, you'll get your chance on September 15, 2015.
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment pays tribute to one of the most iconic television series of all-time as “Lost in Space” – The Complete Series arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever on September 15. Running from 1965-1968, this collection allows fans to »
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As expected, Furious 7 opened with a massive first weekend at the box office, taking in an enormous $143.6 million, the highest opening weekend in history for the month of April. The sequel was originally set to open last year, but was pushed to April 2015 after the tragic death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker. While doing press for Furious 7, director James Wan revealed that the original ending, which was scrapped after Paul Walker's death, would have helped set up Fast & Furious 8. Here's what the director had to say below.
"The original ending of Furious 7 was setting up, you know, the bigger world of where the Fast & Furious franchise could go into. And that's obviously very smart of them to think so. But when the tragedy happened, all of that became irrelevant. So it did not matter anymore, all of that stuff. And to the studio's credit, »
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