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Fighting and driving enthusiasts (of both sexes) rejoice. The tyre-burning, high-speed Fast & Furious franchise is back once again with its latest offering, Fast & Furious 6 (hitting UK cinemas on 17 May). In this new franchise entry, Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) summons Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew to London in order to take on a team of mercenary drivers who have caused havoc across a dozen countries. Realising that Dom knows the only men and women in the world with the skills to get the job done, Agent Hobbs offers them all full pardons. High octane high-jinks consequently ensure. To celebrate the release of Fast & Furious 6, we've narrowed down our favourite action women in contemporary film.
We kick off our list with an actress who immediately springs to mind when we think of the ultimate female bad-ass, Michelle Rodriguez. Starting her career in hard-hitting boxing drama Girl Fight, Rodriguez blasted »
- CineVue UK
Helen Murdoch on her favourite movie soundtrack...
Music is paramount to the success of a film. Hit the wrong note; include the wrong song and the whole can kilter off balance. Take Steven Soderbergh’s female actioner Haywire – although a flawed film it had some great action, but for me all this was ruined by the choice of music. It felt as if it was leftover from Ocean’s Eleven and completely changed the tone of the film.
When thinking about my favourite movie soundtrack/score numerous options went through my mind – from Inception through to Se7en, Drive, The Godfather, Trance and so on – but in my mind no score has fit more perfectly then Danny Boyle’s 2007 sci-fi effort Sunshine. Set in a future where our sun is dying, the story follows a group of trained astronauts, physicists, and scientists as they head off to kick start the sun. »
- Flickering Myth
Like the characters in the franchise, director Justin Lin reassembles his trustworthy team of writers Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson to pen another episode of the adrenaline-pumping, big-action smashing and testosterone-dripping Fast & Furious mayhem that throws reality and caution to the wind in Version 6. Rio’s favelas played host last time in 2011 and got royally destroyed.
This time it’s London’s city skyline and tourist spots’ turn in 2013, completely farcical for supposed high-speed car chases, considering the usual gridlock on the capital’s roads, whatever the hour and especially around Piccadilly Circus, but utterly enthralling once you’ve suspended total disbelief. Maybe it’s the arresting sight of the ever-increasing muscle mass of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who reappears as beefcake lawman Luke Hobbs, or Vin Diesel’s ever-loyal, brooding and likeable Dominic Toretto’s vow to find out the truth behind lover Letty’s (Michelle Rodriguez) death »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
Review Ryan Lambie 14 May 2013 - 05:58
With 2011's Fast Five, director Justin Lin managed to boost a franchise that was rapidly running out of fuel. By increasing the budget and introducing Dwayne Johnson’s enormous federal agent Luke Hobbs, Lin took what was once a film series primarily about illegally racing cars on city streets into absurd yet entertaining action heist territory.
Two years later, and Lin’s faced with the unenviable task of improving on the template he established with his previous movie - not to mention finding new things for his increasingly bloated cast of car thieves, racers and disgraced cops to do.
That increasingly rare Hollywood franchise in which the heroes sport street clothes instead of spandex, Universal’s “Fast and Furious” shifts into sixth gear with few evident signs of engine wear. Mounted on an even larger scale than 2011’s epic (and massively profitable) “Fast Five,” this series swan song for helmer Justin Lin (on board since 2006’s “Tokyo Drift”) ups its own ante on balletic vehicular mayhem and international intrigue, while mending some loose narrative ends and unfurling others. Faithful fans and passersby alike should be more than pleased by this superior piece of classical action craftsmanship, which looks to meet or exceed its predecessor’s nitrous-boosted $626 million global take.
Arriving three months after the misbegotten “A Good Day to Die Hard,” “Fast & Furious 6” (or merely “Furious 6,” as its official title card reads) offers an object lesson in how to keep a leggy saga alive and relevant without losing sight »
- Scott Foundas
Myriad Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right; Crazy, Stupid, Love), Michael Angarano (Brass Teapot, The Forbidden Kingdom, Haywire), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Baby Mama, Stuck in Love), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, Abduction, The Blind Side), and Nathan Lane (The Producers, Mirror Mirror, “Modern Family”). Following the film’s recent world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Myriad will screen the film for the first time for buyers at this month’s Cannes Marche du Film. The English Teacher is the charming story of a small town teacher whose mundane routine is turned around when a former student returns after failing as a playwright in New York City. The film was written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton and is an Artina Films production. Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
With another year of cinema comes the glut of movie hook-ups that will have studio executives rubbing their hands with glee, imagining the extra cash their film is going to earn simply by even implying that two hot movie stars rutted, all in the name of art. If nothing else, the majority of mainstream cinema frequently reminds us that sex sells, and what better way than to throw two good-looking stars together for some mid-film relaxation?
It’s a classic staple that has served studios well for decades, and will continue to this year, as a number of promising matches appear on the horizon. Either because the match-up is hilarious, or because we’re genuinely excited to see it, here are 10 sex scenes we can’t wait to see this year…
Whoever decided to pair The Rock and Gina Carano clearly knew what they were doing, »
- Shaun Munro
Blockbuster season is in full swing as April ticks over into May, with Star Trek Into Darkness and Fast & Furious 6 zooming into multiplexes. There's also the final instalment in the Hangover series and Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby adaptation to look forward to.
Digital Spy takes a look at the five must-see releases for May below...
Release date: May 9
Why you should see it: Four years is an unusually long time to wait between franchise instalments, so naturally anticipation is at fever pitch for Jj Abrams's new Star Trek movie. Benedict Cumberbatch's rogue Starfleet officer John Harrison is the villain terrorising the Enterprise, and from all the trailers and preview clips it's looking like his scene-stealing could be the highlight of the movie.
Release date: May 16
Why you should see it: F Scott Fitzgerald's roaring '20s novel is rightly seen as a literary classic, »
Ahead of its release next month, Universal Pictures has dropped one last trailer for the 'high-octane action sequel' Fast & Furious 6, which sees Justin Lin reuniting several veterans of the franchise, including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Patak. Joining the action is Gina Carano (Haywire), while Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) is set to play the film's bad guy. Check out the new trailer after the official synopsis...
"Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided »
- Flickering Myth
Scarlett Johansson. That’s a good start, right? Yes, the exquisite Scarlett is joining forces with Luc Besson, the man behind Taken, The Transporter, The Fifth Element and, of course, the excellent Leon. If you haven’t seen the latter, it’s once of those you should and see how much has been stolen from it since 2004.
Anyway, she’s confirmed for the lead role in his upcoming action-thriller Lucy. In this film, she’s somewhat of a drug mule but when one day it gets into her system, it gives her superpowers that include telekinesis, martial arts brilliance and a rather handy extra bonus – immunity to pain. In essence: an awesome machine of power.
- Dan Bullock
Behind the Candelabra
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: May 26, 2013 (HBO 9Pm/8c)
Trailer Score: 8/10
Thoughts by Tsr: The real takeaway from most recent HBO films seems to be the performances. Al Pacino in his pair of murderer biopics, Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock, Claire Danes winning all the awards for Temple Grandin, and Julianne Moore as you-know-who in Game Change were what most talked about. A distinct directorial style tends to be an afterthought. Well, we should have expected that to change when Steven Soderbergh stepped up and took his Liberace film to HBO. Sure, Michael Douglas as the flamboyant showman is a standout, but this trailer is distinctly Soderbergh. And that’s a very good thing.
Soderbergh is one of my favorite directors, so any time he has a new film coming out it’s a big deal. »
- Shane T. Nier
In Total Film magazine issue 206, we motor onto the set of Fast & Furious 6 to get the lowdown on the juggernaut of a franchise. You can read the full feature inside the issue (available for just £1.99 on your iPad), but here’s a snippet from our interview with Gina Garano, the Mma champ who made a bid for action superstardom with Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. Had you seen the previous films in the franchise when you got cast? “No, I needed a bit of catching up – definitely. I’m more of a Pride And Prejudice type girl! It was...
- Total Film
Gina Carano has said that she would be keen to play Wonder Woman.
The Haywire actress revealed that she would "absolutely" be interested in the role if it was written well.
"Actually, I think that would be fascinating if done correctly, if they did it more in a way where they're humanising her," she told Total Film magazine.
"She comes from an all-female planet - something the world hasn't seen. I just think that there's so much story there."
Wonder Woman actually comes from Themyscira, a hidden island located on Earth.
Carano has also been linked to a female Expendables project. She will soon be seen in Fast & Furious 6. »
Universal Pictures is revving its engines as the latest instalment in the high-octance action series Fast & Furious 6 prepares to race into cinemas next month, releasing an extended TV trailer for the Justin Lin-directed sequel, which you can watch below...
Fast & Furious 6 is set to complete the franchise's transition from street racing series to full blown action, and reunites several Fast & Furious veterans, including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Patak, while newcomers include Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Gina Carano (Haywire).
"Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been »
- Flickering Myth
Apparently even in the 20th century, colonized people don’t like being colonized and sometimes fight back. This is a true story about that. The film open in the U.K. next Friday, but if you can’t wait that long, there are three special screenings taking place this Sunday in London: Hackney Picturehouse at 2pm Odeon Covent Garden at 4pm Cine Lumiere at 6pm Writer, director, and star Mathieu Kassovitz -- you remember him from Haywire, Munich, and Amelia -- will be on hand at each for Q&A’s after the screenings. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Universal Home Video has announced director Steven Soderbergh’s “last” theatrically-released film Side Effects for Blu-Ray in May. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.
Director Steven Soderbergh will be truly missed if the rumors regarding Side Effects being his last theatrically-released film are true. At the same time I’m glad that he’s going out with this particular film, because it’s a very well done drama, with lots of unpredictable twists and turns and an amazing performance by Jude Law, who was all but wasted when he last teamed up with Soderbergh for Contagion.
Soderbergh is a master of first-class drama and unfolding storytelling and Side Effects is just another respective notch on his ever-expanding belt. »
- Jeremy Lebens
In the buddy cop/twisty crime thriller 2 Guns, a pair of bank robbers turn out to be officers of the DEA and Naval Intelligence – unfortunately, neither one knows the other is an undercover agent. When the rivals discover the mix-up, they also find out that the “big heist” that exposed their cover was a set-up designed to sow inter-agency strife. Now they have to team back up to figure out who’s really pulling the strings and how to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.
2 Guns is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband) from the Boom Studios-published comic book by Steven Grant. Denzel Washington (Flight) and Mark Wahlberg (Transformers 4) headline a cast that also includes James Marsden (30 Rock), Bill Paxton (Haywire), and Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica).
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- Kyle Hembree
Paramount Pictures just released three new behind the scenes clips of the set of the upcoming action film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” from director Jon M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 3D, When the Kids are Away) and starring Bruce Willis (The Expendables 2, Kane & Lynch, Catch .44), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Haywire, Foxcatcher), Dwayne Johnson (The Fast and the Furious 6, Arabian Nights, Snitch), Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn, Friday Night Lights), Ray Stevenson (Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Thor, The Three Musketeers) and Ray Park. Synopsis: A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM [ Read More ]
The post Go Behind The Scenes of G.I. Joe: Retaliation appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Brian Corder
If Dwayne Johnson is to be believed (and why wouldn’t you believe him? I mean, look at those muscles!), there are plans afoot for a “Fast and Furious” spin-off movie starring his law-enforcement character Luke Hobbs, who was first introduced in “Fast Five” and will continue to play a pivotal role in the lives of Dom and Brian and company in the upcoming “Fast and Furious 6″ and, possibly, beyond. When asked by Empire during a press junket for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” about a possible stand-alone Luke Hobbs movie, Johnson reveals that yes, plans are indeed in the works for such a movie, telling the site that they might even “possibly” get something together after “Fast and Furious 6″ and before “Fast and Furious 7″, though nothing’s set in stone yet. Obviously Hobbs is a very big character now, and with the addition of “Haywire” star Gina Carano, the cops in »
While it might not be a secret to some cinephiles, director Steven Soderbergh has served as editor his own films like Magic Mike and Haywire under the pseudonym Mary Ann Bernard (his mother's maiden name). But more frequently, Soderbergh has worked as a cinematographer on nearly all of his films under the guise of Peter Andrews (using his father's first and middle names). But why the pseudonym? In a cool video essay from Nelson Carvajal, the director is quoted saying, "My policy is to have my name on a movie only once. Having your name once increases the impact of that credit because I think every time you put your name up there, you’re actually diluting it.” And there's plenty more in the rest of the video. Here's Nelson Carvajal's video essay Peter Andrews: The Soderbergh Vision via Press Play: Since Traffic in the year 2000, Soderbergh has »
- Ethan Anderton
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