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The horror film Rideshare is currently negotiating distribution, and while we wait for an update, a new trailer has arrived. To commemorate the occasion, we chatted with Syd Wilder, one of its stars, for a “fast five” about the film… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
For all his success as a worldwide box office attraction, Dwayne Johnson has yet to lead his own movie franchise. That's all about to change. Early in his career, Johnson appeared The Mummy Returns, which was a huge success, and then starred in the spin-off movie The Scorpion King, which was a more modest success. By the time he made his first appearance as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, first in Fast Five (2011), he was an established star who gave the Fast and Furious franchise a welcome jolt of energy. In subsequent years, even as he's costarred in the next three installments, his own headline status has continued to rise. As we heard recently, he and Jason Statham will star in a spin-off movie revolving around their Fast and Furious characters. Now...
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- Peter Martin
For all his success as a worldwide box office attraction, Dwayne Johnson has yet to lead his own movie franchise. That's all about to change. Early in his career, Johnson appeared The Mummy Returns, which was a huge success, and then starred in the spin-off movie The Scorpion King, which was a more modest success. By the time he made his first appearance as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, first in Fast Five (2011), he was an established star who gave the Fast and Furious...
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Dany Garcia admits some people may have underestimated her when she began a Hollywood career, managing ex-husband Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “Dwayne is a big presence, a loud voice,” Garcia notes. “In our initial meetings, we would come in, he’d have a conversation, then hand it off to me. I would run with it and talk about business models and return-on-investments. And we loved watching the reaction in the room; it was always satisfying.”
Garcia is used to shattering expectations. Growing up in Miami the daughter of immigrants from Cuba, she says her plan was just to be financially successful. After majoring in international marketing and finance at the University of Miami, she rose to vice president at Merrill Lynch, then formed her own wealth management firm. But she left the world of finance behind to take on Johnson’s career in 2008, transitioning him from a wrestler with a few solid movies into a global superstar »
- Jenelle Riley
It seems the rumors are true, with Universal Pictures setting a July 26, 2019 release date for a currently-untitled Fast and Furious Spin-Off, which will star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. This comes just one day after the studio pushed its Fast & Furious 9 release date up a whole year, from April 19, 2019 to April 10, 2020. It was rumored that the release date was pushed because of this long-rumored spin-off, which lies at the heart of a feud between Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson.
We first reported on this spin-off back in April, which brings together Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw (Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham). This spin-off was even teased in The Fate of the Furious post-credit scene that was never shown in the film, because Vin Diesel was reportedly not pleased with the scene and vetoed it. The scene in question featured both Hobbs and Shaw bantering together, with the April report claiming »
During the production of Fate of the Furious, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson went public with his on-set feud. At the time, he called some of his male co-stars 'candy asses'. And it was later revealed that his comments were directly aimed at leading man Vin Diesel for his lackadaisical approach to work, and his penchant for being late to set and making others wait. While that feud was seemingly put behind the two actors before the sequel's release, another feud is now brewing. And this time it's between The Rock and second tier co-star Tyrese Gibson. Tyrese is upset about the purposed Hobbs Fast and Furious Spin-Off. And is pleading with The Rock not to do it.
Yes, fans. It sounds like the Fast and Furious family is experiencing another major shake-up, and this could be a very broken home soon. The eighth installment of the franchise, Fate of the Furious, »
Cult of Chucky review: The possessed Good Guy doll, Chucky, is back to terrorise audiences with the seventh film in the horror franchise.
Cult of Chucky review, Kat Hughes at Frightfest 2017.
Cult of Chucky review
It was almost thirty years ago that cinema audiences were first introduced to Charles Lee Ray, better known as Chucky. Since then, the tale of the possessed Good Guy doll has unfolded over three decades and six films; now it’s time for lucky number seven – Cult of Chucky.
Tonally the films have shifted over the years. The first three films were your typical late eighties / early nineties video nasties. They were creepy as Hell and were the cause of many bouts of Pediophobia (that’s fear of dolls). The trio of terror followed youngster Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) as he tried to keep his body, and soul, away from the voodoo practising Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif). Then, »
- Kat Hughes
It's a wonder that Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman. In the Aug. 25 issue of Rolling Stone, the actress reveals why she didn't buy into the hype surrounding a role that took 75 years to bring to the big screen. "When you're a beginner, you get excited about having a job," Gadot, 32, explains. "That's where I was." Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder had seen Gadot's work in Fast & Furious and Fast Five, so he asked her to come in for an audition. "Zack called me and was like, 'So do you know what you're testing for?' I said, 'No,'" she recalls. "He said, 'Well, I'm not sure if you have her in Israel, but did you hear »
Frightfest 2017: Kat Hughes gives a rundown on her top picks of what to watch at this week’s Frightfest. Thn’s Frightfest Picks
This weekend London’s Leicester Square will be taken over by the eighteenth Frightfest. The festival that celebrates the dark heart of cinema, returns to the Empire – Now Cineworld Empire – a venue where it has spent many happy years.
As always, the list of films playing is longer than the list of victims for the likes of Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers. With so many movies to choose from it can be tough deciding what to watch. To make the decision a little easier, we’ve compiled this handy highlights list.
Cult of Chucky Thn’s Frightfest Picks
Cult of Chucky opens the festival and it seems only fitting that it should also open our list. The film, directed by Don Mancini, will be the seventh »
- Kat Hughes
No genre illustrates the evolution of cinema better than the crime film. As recently as the ’90s, Hollywood regularly released stories of cops-and-robber showdowns and mystery-thrillers based on best-selling novels — but as the middle class continues to disappear from Hollywood films, smart crime stories moved to television (see: “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Night Of,” et. al.).
Outside the studios, there is a longstanding tradition – from the B-movies to the Coen brothers – of new directors showcasing their filmmaking chops with dark, stylish, and intense crime sagas. A surge of new filmmakers in the ’90s brought fresh interpretations to the genre, from the pastiche of “Reservoir Dogs” to the unnerving realism in “Boyz n the Hood.”
- Chris O'Falt, Kate Erbland, David Ehrlich, Zack Sharf, Jamie Righetti, Michael Nordine, Steve Greene and Jude Dry
From epic reunions to unexpected showdowns, Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones was on fire -- literally! -- and we're breaking it all down on Westeros Weekly!
It's no secret that Dax Shepard and his wife, Kristen Bell, are GoT's biggest celebrity super fans. Not only did they show off their Stark family pride at the season six premiere event, the couple also took their passion for Westeros one step further and filmed their own hilarious version of the drama's iconic opening sequence!
So when we recently caught up with Shepard on the set of a top-secret Funny or Die project, we asked the 42-year-old actor to take on our Wildfire Fast Five quiz -- and apparently he's a big fan of the smoldering sexual tension between Daenerys and Jon.
More: 'Game of Thrones': Daenerys Unleashes Her Dragons in Most Epic Battle Yet -- Plus, Is [Spoiler] Really Dead?
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Holy Mother of Dragons!
After Sunday night's viciously satisfying episode of Game of Thrones, we knew that only a true superfan could help us break down all the biggest moments from "The Queen's Justice."
You may know Patrick Fabian as the smooth-talking Howard Hamlin from AMC's Better Call Saul, but we know him as a diehard Game of Thrones fanatic, so we flew him into the Et studios (via dragon, of course!) to co-host this week's episode of Westeros Weekly!
More: 'Game of Thrones' Longest-Kept Secret Finally Revealed!
In addition to discussing Olenna Tyrell's jaw-dropping Joffrey confession and Cersei's fitting kiss of death, Fabian weighed in on one of the most shocking (and plausible!) GoT theories out there: Jamie will be the one to kill his sister.
Let's break it down…
As you may recall, the woods witch Maggy told young Cersei a cryptic prophecy which correctly predicted that all three of the queen's children »
Winter is here -- and so is Et's new Game of Thrones after-show, Westeros Weekly!
Each Monday, Et's Leanne Aguilera and Ash Crossan will be breaking down the latest episode's most shocking moments (Hey there, Ed Sheeran!) and debuting exclusive interviews with your favorite Game of Thrones stars and celebrity super fans.
This week, Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, is the first to answer our signature Wildfire Fast Five speed round of questions, and reveals his pick for who really deserves to rule the Iron Throne. (Warning: His answer will definitely surprise you!)
More: 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Premiere: The Most Satisfying Opening Scene of All Time!
1. Who's your favorite GoT character? (You can't say your own!)
2. If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?
Kh: Michelle Fairley [as] Catelyn Stark.
3. What would you like to see your character accomplish before he/she »
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
Now eight films in, the “Fast and Furious” franchise keeps chugging along to big box office returns and a seemingly unstoppable string of storylines, but at least one member of the crew would like to see a few changes under the hood. Earlier this week, star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to ask that series “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” implying she might not stick around if some changes weren’t mad. She’s not wrong, because while the series has plenty of interesting, cool, and diverse ladies as part of its ranks, it’s often neglected to put them in the driver’s seat. That needs to change.
Read More: All 8 ‘Fast And Furious’ Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best
The “Fast” franchise already has plenty of »
- Kate Erbland
The latest installment in the still-revving “Fast and Furious” franchise (the Fast-iverse? we really do need a better name for this one), “The Fate of the Furious,” is now available via digital release, and star Michelle Rodriguez is celebrating in a surprising manner: by asking the series to do better by its female stars.
In a new Instagram post (via Deadline), Rodriguez writes, “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love.”
Rodriguez’s character, Letty, has been the most enduring female star of the franchise during its sixteen-year run, »
- Kate Erbland
Gal Gadot has been working on cementing her place in Hollywood since her first movie role in 2009's Fast & Furious, and now, thanks to her lead role in Wonder Woman, practically everyone knows her name. But what was Gal up to before she caught the acting bug, you ask? Well, when the aspiring star was only 19 years old, she competed in and won the 2004 Miss Israel pageant. She then moved on to the Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador, that same year but ended up losing to Jennifer Hawkins (aka Miss Australia). RelatedWho Is Gal Gadot's Husband? Get to Know the Lucky Man Who's Married to Wonder Woman After her stint in pageantry, Gal was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces (conscription is mandatory in Israel for both men and women), where she served two years as a physical fitness specialist and taught gymnastics and calisthenics. As it turns out, »
- Monica Sisavat
Gal Gadot is the ultimate badass, on screen and off screen. Not only is she breaking gender barriers as Wonder Woman, but before she dove into the acting world, she was a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. After being named Miss Israel in 2004 (yep, she did that, too), Gal was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces (conscription is mandatory in Israel for both men and women), where she served two years as a physical fitness specialist and taught gymnastics and calisthenics. "The soldiers loved me because I made them fit," she told Maxim in 2007. Related17 Badass Facts You Should Know About Literal Wonder Woman Gal Gadot As it turns out, Gal's military background also helped her break into the acting world. In a 2011 interview with Forward, Gal mentioned that it was a big reason director Justin Lin cast her as Gisele in Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, saying, »
- Monica Sisavat
Gadot is noted for her role as 'Wonder Woman' in the 'DC Extended Universe', starting with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016), continuing as the lead in "Wonder Woman" (2017), and thereafter in the first part of the "Justice League" films.
At the age of 20, Gadot carried out two years of service as an enlisted soldier in the 'Israel Defense Forces', serving as a combat instructor. She says of her time as a soldier: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect".
A casting director called her to audition for the part of 'Bond' girl 'Camille Montes' in the film "Quantum of Solace". Although she lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, the same casting director hired Gadot for the role of 'Gisele' in »
- Michael Stevens
Gadot won Miss Israel back in 2004, and went on to compete at Miss Universe.
Gadot learned poise and how to compete in the pageant circuit, but it was her two years of mandatory service in the Israeli army that helped her nab a role in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise.
“I think the main reason was that [director] Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons,” she told Forward in 2011.
- Lawrence Yee
Playing world’s biggest female superhero in one of the summer’s biggest films takes a strong woman. Luckily, Gal Gadot is just the right person for the job.
The actress, who got her start in the Fast & Furious franchise, realizes there is a lot of pressure that comes with playing Wonder Woman, who finally gets her own standalone film (in theaters Friday).
“This character is so big and the expectations that all of the fans have for it are huge,” Gadot says in the latest issue of People.
“I feel very privileged that I got the opportunity to portray such an iconic, »
- Chancellor Agard and K.c. Blumm
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