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Kurt Russell debuted a new clip from “Furious 7” while appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday night. Russell plays the mysterious Mr. Nobody, a shady government agent, in the latest installment in the megahit action franchise. In the clip, Nobody is trying to convince Dom (Vin Diesel) to help him steal a computer program called God’s Eye. Nobody assures Dom that if he gets the program for him, Dom will be able to use it to hunt and stop the evil Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). See Photos: Evolution of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Franchise Russell, who was sporting quite the. »
- Joe Otterson
Furious 7 doesn't hit theaters for another three days, but already star Vin Diesel has begun dishing details about its inevitable sequel. But don't worry, there aren't really any spoilers here for either Furious 7 or whatever The Fast and the Furious 8 ends up being called, just a baiting of the hook. The current movie is anchored around Diesel's character and the core team he's been punching physics in the face with for the last few movies, but it does introduce us to a few new faces. Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey, and Nathalie Emmanuel all pop up in the movie and make big impressions, but the biggest new character we get to meet is... Mr. Nobody. Seriously, Mr. Nobody is the officially credited name of Kurt Russell's character. He's a shadowy...
- Peter Hall
Too long, too convoluted, too sentimental, and too ridiculous. Some will say those are its good points. Will they embrace the homoeroticism too? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): mostly not a fan of the series
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We are through the looking glass here, people. We have reached peak Hollywood. There is nothing negative anyone can say about Furious 7 (aka Fast & Furious 7) that cannot be taken as a positive. There is the “review-proof movie” that will gather a massive audience no matter what we egghead critics think of it, and then there’s the movie that is actually hardened against reviews like it’s coated in Teflon: scoffing just slides right off it.
I could say that this is the kind of movie in which, when someone says to a child who has just tossed a toy, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Summer doesn't officially begin until Sunday, June 21. But don't tell Hollywood that. Looking to get an earlier jump on things every year, it appears that the Hollywood Summer Season officially starts in April. And that's apparent in the fact that we're getting one very big blockbuster next week. To get you fully prepared for the month ahead, we've pulled together 7 other big movies coming your way that you don't want to miss! Things kick off with what will surely be one of the biggest movie of the year, followed by a slapstick comedy, a teen slasher flick, a romantic drama, a sci-fi thriller, a time travel adventure and a kung fu action masterpiece! You could say that April has a little bit of everything to offer. Take a look:
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Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist »
Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during World War II. The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Vincent Perez.
Joining the production team are cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne (“Irina Palm,” “Mr. Nobody”), production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos (“Amour,” “10,000 B.C.”) and editor Francois Gedigier (“On the Road,” “Yves Saint Laurent”).
X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre,” “Saving Mr. Banks »
- Leo Barraclough
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
Based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during the Second World War, principal photography will begin tomorrow (March 27) on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
French actor Vincent Perez will direct.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
A new director at the helm and the sudden death of leading man Paul Walker might have spelled doom for the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, but rather like one of its own seemingly indestructible muscle cars, “Furious 7” has emerged miraculously unscathed. In taking over for longtime director Justin Lin (parts 3-6), horror auteur James Wan (“The Conjuring”) ably steps up to the big-action plate, orchestrating two-plus-hours of increasingly outlandish vehicular (and aerobatic) mayhem that revs pulses and engines in roughly equal measure. Completed under what were surely challenging circumstances, but (mostly) seamless to behold, “Furious 7” provides both a satisfying chapter in the movies’ preeminent gearhead soap opera and a tactful, touching memorial to Walker, whose final screen appearance will help ensure that this already $2.3 billion series is seven times lucky at the worldwide box office.
When Walker died in a high-speed car crash in November 2013, he was »
- Scott Foundas
At this point, the entire Fast & Furious franchise has become nothing but an exercise in one-upping itself. Starting with Fast Five‘s gravity-defying cliff jump, Justin Lin took to Fast & Furious 6 with every intention to blow his previous film’s scope away in a haze of Nos residue – and he did. Lin’s antics cemented a fresh tone of absurdity for future filmmakers to follow, and first up is James Wan with his entry into the car-chasing, muscle-bulging, explosion-heavy franchise.
So how does Furious 7 stack up against Lin’s turbo-fueled ass-kickers? Let’s just say Wan makes a damn good case as to why he left the horror genre behind for a bit, silencing any doubters who thought his transition to be foolish. The boys and girls are back, and you’ll be glad that you are, too.
In Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) latest adventure, the brother »
- Matt Donato
Diane Kruger has signed on to play the female lead in Good Films' The Infiltrator, alongside Bryan Cranston. We first reported on this project back in October, when Bryan Cranston signed on to star. No details were given for Diane Kruger's character at this time
The film is based on the true story of Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston), a federal customs and excise agent who lived the high life of Colombia's most powerful cartels while using his undercover alias Bob Musella, all the while recording damning evidence that culminated in a major takedown at a staged wedding. His target under Operation C-Chase was bankers who manipulated complex international finance systems in order to launder money for drug lords like Pablo Escobar, and ultimately proved critical in the conviction of General Manuel Noriega.
Berlin– Le Pacte-repped ‘The New New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy, has converted a raft of international distributors at the Efm.
After showing a promo reel of the film, Le Pacte has pre-sold it to Germany and Austria (Nfp), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Aerofilms), Hungary (Mozinet), Romania (Independenta), Norway (Njuta), Sweden (Another World), Brazil (Imovision), McF (Ex-Yougoslavia), Turkey (Kurmaca), Poland (Gutek), Switzerland (Frenetic), Belgium (Belga), Grece (Strada) and Hong Kong (Edko).
Polevoorde plays opposite Catherine Deneuve (“Three Hearts”) and Yollande Moreau (“Seraphine”).
Raising questions about fate, freedom and love in modern times, the film stars Benoit Polevoorde (“Man Bites Dog,” “Three Hearts” ) as God, a Brussels-based man whose computer gets hacked by his daughter, leaking to the entire world their date of death.
The original script was co-written by Van Dormael and Thomas Gunzig.
Camille Neel, head of international sales at Le Pacte, said the film had sparked interest from Russian, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Get ready for some inventive strangeness from Belgian auteur Jaco Van Dormael, who won the Camera d’Or back in 1991 for his inspired debut, Toto, the Hero. But he’s most famous for his lavish 2009 English language production, Mr. Nobody, a sort of philosophical sci-fi extravaganza that starred Jared Leto. The film cost upwards of 33 million euros and was greeted with an incredibly cool reception, not even available for Us audiences until 2013 when Leto’s Oscar campaign for The Dallas Buyers Club was in full force. Now, Van Dormael has scaled it back a bit (he did have a demure 2011 title, Kiss & Cry, which has yet to see any kind of release here) with his latest, Le tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament), which professes to tell the story of God and his exacerbated relationship »
- Nicholas Bell
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