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It’s time to put the pedal to the metal as the Fast & Furious 6 races into Cineplex theatres this week. We’re shifting into overdrive and coming up with as many car puns, um, I mean quiz questions as we can in our movie quiz this week where we are talking cars, car movies, and chase sequences.
With the sixth film in the franchise and a seventh just announced, Vin Diesel and co show no signs of slowing down yet as the gang is reunited on the big screen in Fast 6 as Dominic (Diesel) is recruited by FBI agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to capture a former black ops agents skilled in vehicular warfare. Yup, that’s a thing. You know what else is a thing? Returning from the dead! Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty who we all though had bit the dust is back…or is this just an elaborate mind game? »
- Rachel West
Paramount Pictures' highly anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness arrived at the North American box office this past weekend with Captain James Kirk and crew beaming up a solid but unexceptional $84 million during the3 film's four days of release. The arrival of J.J. Abrams' latest Trek adventure pushed previous two-time champ Iron Man 3 and Warner's The Great Gatsby down a notch on the list, yet each continued to rake in the big bucks.
Star Trek Into Darkness was projected to have a bigger opening, especially with the inclusion of IMAX and 3D screens. I've published a more in-depth analysis of Trek's debut here. Additionally, the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD versions of Star Trek Into Darkness are already available for pre-order.
The return of Kirk and Spock did knock Iron Man 3 down but far from out. Marvel's first Cinematic Phase 2 flick zipped by the $300 million (domestic) and »
A few weeks ago I got a chance to check out “Fast & Furious 6″ and lucky enough to speak to the director of the past four Fast & Furious movies, Justin Lin, whose films have grossed $1.2 billion worldwide.
Lin talks about the mythology of the characters from the franchise, his departure and much much more.
Just when I thought you couldn’t do any better than your previous film, you topped it off with this one.
Justin Lin: Oh, thanks. It was good to come back and just, like, wrap a few things up. That’s kind of been…when I was talking to the studio back in ’05 and Vin [Diesel] and everything, that was my biggest dream, for me to be talking to you right now. It feels great to have done everything that I wanted to do.
Can you talk about the mythology you created with the characters in this film? »
- Kellvin Chavez
Star Trek Into Darkness easily opened on top this weekend, though it wasn't the kind of box office sensation that many*including distributor Paramount*were expecting it to be. The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel took in an estimated $70.6 million for the three-day frame; add in its grosses from Wednesday night and all-day Thursday, and the movie has to-date earned $84.1 million. In comparison, 2009's Star Trek grossed $75.2 million for the weekend, and $86.7 million through its first four-and-a-half days.While it's usually unfair to knock a movie for opening in line with its predecessor, it certainly feels like the "disappointment" label is applicable in this case. All signs suggest the 2009 Trek is very well-liked (it has a strong 8.0 rating on IMDb) and Paramount's marketing did a decent job walking the sequel tightrope (a balanced approach of promising more-of-the-same and offering something new). Additionally, there was four years of ticket price inflation and »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The long-awaited Star Trek Into Darkness arrived on the scene this weekend at the North American box office with Captain James Kirk and crew beaming up a solid but unexceptional $84 million in its first four days of release. The movie pushed previous two-time champ Iron Man 3 and Warner's The Great Gatsby down a notch on the list, yet each continued to rake in the big bucks.
Star Trek Into Darkness was projected to have a bigger opening, especially with the inclusion of IMAX and 3D screens. I will be diving deep into why it may have opened lower in an in-depth analysis that will be published a little later today. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD versions of Star Trek Into Darkness are already available for pre-order.
The return of Kirk and Spock did knock Iron Man 3 down but far from out. »
"Fast & Furious 6" raced out of the gate as the No. 1 film in the U.K. and Ireland on Friday, posting Universal's biggest opening day ever in that market with $4.6 million. That figure beats the $3.6 million that the fourth film in the franchise, "Fast & Furious," opened with in 2009 and is the year's second-best opening day in the U.K., just behind the $4.7 million of "Iron Man 3." Warner Bros. rolled out "The Great Gatsby" on Thursday in the U.K., and that film has taken in $2.5 million. Also »
- Todd Cunningham
Have you ever watched a "Fast and Furious" movie (any of the previous five qualify, including "Tokyo Drift," we guess) and thought, "Man, this is good, but I kind of wish there was less action. Less fights, less explosions, less street races. Actually, you know what would be great? If this was directed by Sofia Coppola." Of course you have. Who hasn't?
Well, wish no longer, friend. Above, we have an entertaining cartoon depiction of three versions of the upcoming "Fast and Furious 6" — one from Sofia Coppola, one from Jim Jarmusch, and one from Terrence Malick — and we're happy to report that they're all wonderfully artsy in their own respective Coppolian, Jarmuschian and Malickian (muh-licky-in) ways.
In fact, we would pay to see all three versions, if they were to ever actually be made. And since there are no real signs of stopping this franchise — wait for the upcoming $100 million »
- Nick Blake
With a week to go before the film hits theaters, Warner Bros. has decided to issue a red band trailer for The Hangover Part III as it will face off with Fast & Furious 6 next weekend. While reviews for Fast 6 have already started hitting the web, Warner Bros. has yet to lift the Hangover veil, letting their trailers build the last minute buzz along with getting a jump start on Fast 6 by releasing one day earlier than the latest installment in the driving franchise on May 23. The film brings back the four members of the Wolfpack -- Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha -- along with Ken Jeong and others for one final Hangover movie. Watch the trailer below and let me know, is this one high on your list of must sees? »
- Brad Brevet
Even with The Hangover Part III and Fast and Furious 6 making their way to theaters next weekend, this might be the most ridiculous sequel news we've heard all year. Without director Ang Lee or nearly all of the original cast, the Weinstein Company is moving forward with a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Oscar-nominated, fantastical martial arts drama released all the way back in 2000. According to The Hollywood Reporter Michelle Yeoh will be the sole cast member to reprise her role, and the directing duties will be taken over by Yuen Wo Ping. We first learned about these sequel plans in late January, back when Freddy vs. Jason director Ronny Yu was in talks to direct and Yuen Wo Ping was merely on board as a fight choreographer. And to be fair, the original Crouching Tiger was based on a book in a series by Wang Du Lu, »
Feature Ryan Lambie 20 May 2013 - 06:19
Spoilers abound, as Ryan takes a closer look at Fast & Furious 6's credit sequence, and wonders what it will mean for Fast 7...
Warning: read no further if you've yet to watch Fast & Furious 6, and want to do so without its ending and post-credit sequence being spoiled.
Ever since 2009's Fast & Furious, the spectre of death has been hanging over one character in particular: Han Seoul-Oh, street racer and good friend of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). This is because, in the third movie, Tokyo Drift, we saw Han (played by Sung Kang) die in a high-speed chase that ended with his car upside down and on fire.
With the Fast & Furious movies that came after 2006 effectively prequels to Tokyo Drift, the question of when Han would meet his fate in Tokyo has lurked in the background. And in this year's otherwise upbeat and relentlessly daft »
Vin Diesel and the cast of Fast & Furious 6 have teased the upcoming seventh instalment in the franchise.
Lin told Digital Spy that his post-credits scene in Fast 6, which introduces a new villain to the series, was his "parting gift" to the series.
Diesel added that the seventh film will kick-start a new trilogy and begin filming in September. Discussing the locations to be used in the sequel, the actor/producer said: "We're definitely going back home, as you know from seeing Fast & Furious 6.
"We will have a stint in Tokyo and there is the Middle East next, that could be very interesting."
Fast & Furious 6 opens on Friday in the UK and on May 24 in the Us. »
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.
Vin Diesel is about to have a good summer. His most famous character — soulful auto-outlaw Dominic Toretto — is returning to screens in Fast & Furious 6, which marks the long-running franchise’s return to the summer blockbuster season. It’s opening on Memorial Day, and Universal is bullish on its box office prospects. (Fast & Furious 7 is already slated for a 2014 release.)
Universal is distributing another Diesel movie this summer, featuring the actor’s other iconic character: Riddick arrives in theaters in September, 13 years after Pitch Black unexpectedly started the sci-fi franchise and nine years after the so-so box office for The Chronicles of Riddick »
- Darren Franich
Exclusive: Yesterday, I broke a story about Warner Bros making big plans on a live-action feature based on the role-playing fantasy game fixture Dungeons & Dragons. Not so fast, says Hasbro, which claims that it owns the rights to D&D, and that the toymaker company has set up the project at Universal to be developed as a directing vehicle by Chris Morgan, the scribe behind the last five films in The Fast And The Furious franchise (including the upcoming Fast 6) and 47 Ronin. Related: Warner Bros Acquires ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Rights Well, nobody is commenting for the record at Warner Bros, but I can tell you the studio isn’t backing down from its plans to move forward on a project that already has a completed script by Wrath Of The Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson, with Roy Lee producing alongside Courtney Solomon. Solomon actually directed the 2000 feature based on the billion-dollar fantasy game. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The day was June 22, 2001. George W. Bush was midway through the first year of his presidency. TNT had just reinvented itself with the slogan “We Know Drama.” Annoying suburban children across this country were thrilling to the pop-punk sounds of Blink-182′s latest album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. And a movie called The Fast and the Furious was hitting theaters, opening the same weekend as Dr. Dolittle 2. It was teen-dreamboat Paul Walker’s first starring role. It more or less invented the idea of Vin Diesel, Action Star. And it launched one of the most surprising and »
- EW staff
When it comes to running before you can walk, or as is the case with this franchise, bombing down the street at 80 Mph before you can confidently find the biting point, Fast & Furious 7 has its pedal to the metal. Fast & Furious 6 is still weeks away from hitting cinema screens yet its follow up is well underway. The latest chunk of news? Recently-back-from-the-dead Michelle Rodriguez made comments to DesdeHollywood confirming that Jason Statham is definitely in the series.
The rumours going round re: his alleged role all point to him becoming the film’s villain. Allegedly he’ll play Ian Shaw, the brother of Fast & Furious 6 bad guy Owen Shaw (played by Luke Evans.) Much like Fast Five had a mid-credits exposition sequence, so too will Fast & Furious 6. As we learned of Michelle Rodriguez’ return via that method, we’ll witness Statham make his Fast debut at the end of Fast 6. »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: The Crow will fly with Welsh actor Luke Evans playing the title role in the F. Javier Gutierrez-directed franchise reboot for Relativity Media. Evans was the original choice, but he has been incredibly busy. He was just cast as the lead in Dracula Year Zero, he is the villain in Fast & Furious 6 and is Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Evans seemed to be unavailable because of production on Dracula and promotion on The Hobbit. The distributor looked at Tom Hiddleston and more recently Alexander Skarsgard, the latter of whom has a bunch of offers after Warner Bros halted Tarzan. Ultimately, they have decided to push the start date to early next year to accommodate his schedule in order to secure Evans, who is currently promoting the release of Fast 6. So hey junket guys, be sure to ask him about it. They are »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
(Pictured Above: Will Smith and Kristen Stewart.)
Logline: An inexperienced female con artist teams with a more seasoned male counterpart.
Summer Slate: Smith can be seen in Sony’s After Earth, which bows May 31.
Why it Matters: When Smith comes on to a project, it has a ripple effect, and this film was no exception. In the past few years, the actor has reduced his workload by producing more projects, and taking on roles where he doesn’t carry the whole film. Lately, he has been zeroing in on more adult material, such as thriller The Accountant and Sony’s American Can. Warners has been looking for a star to headline Focus for some time (Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck had all been considered) and most insiders believed that without someone like Smith, »
- Justin Kroll
When it comes to Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, the cars have been as much of a star attraction as the actors behind the wheel.
That comes with the territory when your films are based around the culture of street racing.
But instead of the typical Hollywood car chase line up of foreign luxury or exotic sports cars, the “Fast” films have put the spotlight on American muscle cars of the 1960s and ’70s.
Dodge in particular has benefitted from the series’ success and is again prominently featured in “Fast & Furious 6″, which races into theaters on May 24.
The automaker has appeared in the franchise since its 2001 debut and has used the series to hype its redesigned Charger and Challenger nameplates. Vin Diesel’s glossy black 1969 Charger, nicknamed “the Judge,” serves as the series’ signature hero car, »
- Marc Graser
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 May 2013 - 06:57
With Fast & Furious 6 on the horizon, we revisit the entire series from beginning to end, and dig out our favourite moments...
It's strange to think that it's well over a decade since the Fast franchise began. But like a juggernaut rolling down a hill, this ageing series shows no sign of slowing down; in fact, this year's Fast & Furious 6 will be joined by yet another sequel, Fast Seven, due out in cinemas next year.
But given that the Fast movies now have such a long history, with various stars fading in and out of them as the past decade has rolled on, perhaps it's a good time to look back at how the series has evolved, and work out how its events will lead up to Fast & Furious 6...
The Fast And The Furious (2001)
The first Fast movie is something of a Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. »
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