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When Furious 7 opens this weekend, one big question fans will be asking is “How can the franchise possibly top the action in that?” Looking backwards, one of the ways Furious 7 ups the ante from Fast and Furious 6 is by casting bigger actors and better fighters. Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey and Tony Jaa are just […]
- Germain Lussier
With production now underway on 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool movie, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that newcomer Brianna Hildebrand has signed on to play the obscure mutant Negasonic Teenage Warhead – a character created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, who made her debut in New X-Men #115 in 2001. She is described as “a pale-skinned student at a mutant academy”, although the character is expected to see some action, with Hildebrand currently undergoing physical and stunt training for the role.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the »
- Gary Collinson
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
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
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
The singer can be seen in the role in the film's first trailer - which was released last Friday (March 27).
The Voice UK coach is shown opening an apartment door to Gyllenhaal's Billy Hope looking dishevelled and covered in bruises.
The movie follows boxer Billy 'The Great' Hope (Gyllenhaal), whose life unravels after his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) is tragically killed. He is left to raise their daughter alone and faces a return to the boxing ring to provide for her.
Gyllenhaal put on 15 pounds of muscle for the gruelling role.
Speaking about her part to German Glamour magazine, Ora explained: ''It was an incredible experience. Jake made it very easy for me.
"The role that I play is indeed »
Gal Gadot has been working out hard in an effort to appease critics of her casting as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, releasing several pictures of herself having ” bulked up” for the role. Personally, I literally cannot tell the difference before and after. Some will argue that it makes me misogynistic for criticizing an actress for not resembling the comic book character they’re portraying. However, I don’t think Gal Gadot is a good fit for Wonder Woman, and it has got nothing to do with sexism when I say that.
I have a question that the Gal apologists seem unable to answer. Why is it that it’s okay to say males need to have a certain physique to play a comic book role, but not females? Why is it that Chris Hemsworth »
- Gary Collinson
14 years after it first hit the big screen in 2001, the Vin Diesel and Paul Walker-led Fast & Furious franchise has gone from strength-to-strength, earning more than $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office.
Originally based around illegal street racing, the Fast movies have evolved to become big, bombastic entertainment with larger-than-life characters and gravity-defying stunts. But underneath it all these are also films about family, with Diesel, Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez's characters the heartbeat of the series.
7. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
It's quite amazing that the Fast & Furious franchise survived at all after its misjudged sequel. Only Paul Walker remained for its second outing, which focused more on the street racing than the characters »
A few days ago Simon Pegg spoke about his work alongside Doug Jung on the script for Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek 3, stating that the screenplay had to be finished by June “come hell or high water”, and now he’s offered up a few comments on the tone they’re going for on the threequel during a chat with Spinoff Online.
“We just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know. Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation.”
- Gary Collinson
There’s no easy way to say this… I’m pregnant Trevor.
With that, Ryan Reynold’s authentic take on the ‘Merc with a Merc’ was shown to the world in leaked test footage.
The film has now entered production, and Deadpool himself has released the first image of the full suit, in a way utterly befitting of the character.
This appears to be right up there with the Spider-Man suits of the cinematic world in how authentic it is when compared to the source. Here’s hoping the rest of the film is similarly put together.
Update: And here’s the official synopsis, along with the official logo…
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. »
- Chris Cooper
Yesterday marked exactly one year to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Warner Bros. celebrating by giving us our first look at a bald Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and now EW (via Cbm) has released an official version of the Jason Momoa Aquaman image, minus the ‘Unite the Seven’ tagline…
On a side note, we’ve heard a whisper today that the first trailer for Batman v Superman will be with us on April 4th. This is unconfirmed, and there may be nothing to it so please don’t take it as gospel. Our money is on the first trailer coming with Mad Max: Fury Road. But you never know…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane »
- Gary Collinson
It's been a long road for Furious 7 to make it to theaters next week. While the film was meant to be fasttracked for a release last year to follow closely behind Fast & Furious 6, the film was struck with the tragic death of leading man Paul Walker, one of the stars of the original film that kicked off this ongoing action franchise. Production was halted, and a new approach needed to be hatched in order to finish the film while also giving Walker a proper send-off with what was already shot. We've heard reports of CGI and body doubles being used to help complete Walker's work on the film, and also his two brothers, but there's more. First, here's Neal Moritz talking about finishing the film without Walker: "Then it came to how could we actually finish 'Furious 7.' We had shot most of the movie with Paul, but »
- Ethan Anderton
As is the case with these new Trek films, the role itself is being kept under wraps, though previous rumors and comments from co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof in 2013 pegged Klingons as the adversaries this time around. Since there’s been a bit of a regime change with the franchise, there’s no telling if that’s still the case, and Variety’s sources refused to give any confirmation.
- James Garcia
When Mike wrote about Idris Elba's casting in Harmony Korine's new movie yesterday he referred to him as "everyone's favorite actor to hypothetically cast in movies" and it seems it's becoming less and less hypothetical as of late as Elba has lined up another new role, this one as the possible villain in Star Trek 3 to be directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6). Variety breaks the news saying Elba is in early talks to play the villain with stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin all set to reprise their roles as members of the Enterprise crew. As of now, Pegg and Doug Jung are writing the film's screenplay. There is no word on what character Elba would be playing, but Variety cites rumors suggesting Klingons would be the main villains in the movie. That wouldn't be too surprising. »
- Brad Brevet
Though we know it’s setting the scene for the larger DC cinematic universe and have a good idea who’ll be in it, there isn’t that much information around Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Up until today, we didn’t even know if Lex Luthor would have hair or not. But now we do!
Just released by Entertainment Weekly, here’s the first photo of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor:
He definitely look intense, plus he’s got previous experience from The Social Network playing a billionaire who isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
- Chris Cooper
It's been a long and dramatic road for Vin Diesel and the cast and crew of "Fast 7." The death of Paul Walker, one of Diesel's good friends, delayed the film for almost a year and led to additional work on the picture. The film got a sneak screening at SXSW where HitFix's own Drew McWeeny raved about it. This pundit was at another screening and is currently embargoed from discussing it in detail, but I will reveal that all the buzz about an emotional ending is very, very true. "Fast 7" is also reportedly looking at a monster $115 million three-day weekend when it opens a week from Friday which would top "Fast & Furious 6's" $97 million debut in 2013. Diesel, who is also a producer of the film, recently spoke to Variety about the expected blockbuster and, not surprisingly, made some slightly out there comments. "Universal is going to have the biggest »
- Gregory Ellwood
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly about his new film Woman in Gold, Ryan Reynolds offered up some comments on the long-gestating Deadpool movie, which is finally about to go into production after years of development hell.
“It’s just how unusual he is,” said Reynolds when asked about the appeal of the character. “You understand why there was trepidation to make the movie early on? Because it’s a really difficult character to put up on the screen for the studio. He’s a character that’s aware he’s in a film, he’s aware that he breaks the fourth wall. I mean, he does certain things that are unlike anything else in the X-Men Universe yet he is a part of the X-Men Universe. So it makes it a little challenging, I think, to find a way. He’s so popular—the comic book alone [is] one of »
- Gary Collinson
Director: James Wan; Screenwriter: Chris Morgan; Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black; Running time: 137 mins; Certificate: 15
From small beginnings as a plucky street racing drama, the Fast & Furious series has transformed itself into a juggernaut tentpole franchise that delivers jaw-dropping vehicular carnage and testosterone-soaked fist fights. Cast members aside, the Fast movies of recent years bear little resemblance to the early outings.
It wasn't until the arrival of Dwayne Johnson in 2011's Fast Five that the films really found their feet - now they're competing for serious box office bucks with the likes of Marvel and Transformers. In short, the Fast franchise now produces the kind of action movies you wished The Expendables would.
Fifteen years ago, a magazine article about illegal street racing left a producer with dollar signs in his eyes, and the result was the trashily entertaining The Fast & The Furious - a high-speed reworking of Point Break with a title taken from an old Roger Corman movie (director Rob Cohen got the title from Corman in exchange for a few reels of stock footage).
That Universal now has such a huge franchise on its hands is no small thanks to director Justin Lin, who managed to take the series from its increasingly niche street racing roots and into new, colossally over-the-top action territory with Fast Five. But Fast & Furious 7 sees Lin replaced by a new director, James Wan - a filmmaker more closely associated with his Saw films than high-octane stunts. »
“Furious 7″ is barreling toward a record opening weekend, with tracking services predicting that the adventure film could debut to as much as $115 million.
The Universal sequel doesn’t premiere until April 3, but it seems to be benefiting from a number of factors — chief among them a lack of big-budget action films pegged at male audiences and the fact that “Furious 7″ is Paul Walker’s last completed film before his 2014 death in a car crash.
“It’s going to blow up really big,” said Phil Contrino, VP and chief analyst with BoxOffice.com. “It’s similar to what we saw from ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Everybody wants to talk about the film and be able to discuss the ending and how they handled the Paul Walker situation.”
Walker’s death has generated the lion’s share of the headlines, and the film has turned into a »
- Brent Lang
The Fast & Furious franchise will never be the same without Paul Walker, but at least we'll get to see him one more time in Furious 7. The film's trailer showcases more stunts than ever, and now, pictures are out. Walker costars alongside Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, and more familiar faces in the movie, but now we also have a look at newcomers Jason Statham (who appeared briefly at the end of Furious 6) and Kurt Russell. Check out all the pictures before the movie is released on April 3 and listen to "See You Again," Wiz Khalifa's touching song from the soundtrack. »
During an interview with Robot Underdog, Gal Gadot has been speaking about her upcoming role as Wonder Woman in next year’s DC ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and more specifically, the criticism levied towards her casting as the Amazon Princess.
“They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small. hen I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amused me. The true amazons had one boob so it won’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t… After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny, they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I »
- Gary Collinson
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