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Men in Black Spin-Off Gets Fate of the Furious Director

Sony Pictures' highly-anticipated Men in Black spin-off is moving full steam ahead, with the studio bringing in director F. Gary Gray to take the helm. The studio confirmed a summer 2019 release date back in September, but just a few weeks ago they moved it up from June 14, 2019 to May 17, 2019, which could indicate that the studio has put this on the fast track. Now that they already have a director on board, that could be the case, although it has yet to be confirmed when production is starting.

This project went through a few different incarnations at first, with Oren Uziel coming aboard in 2013 to write this spin-off, which became a hybrid of both Men in Black and 21 Jump Street, tentatively entitled Mib 23. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were initially set to reprise their roles from the 21 Jump Street franchise, with James Bobin coming aboard to direct, but that project ultimately fell apart.
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Men in Black Relaunch Recruits Fate of the Furious Director

The Fast of the Furious director F. Gary Gray is in talks with Sony to oversee the studio’s Men in Black franchise relaunch/reboot/spinoff. With a career that dates back more than 20 years to the Ice Cube comedy Friday, Gray has long been a mainstay in Hollywood, alternating between gigs directing music videos and feature films like The Negotiator and The Italian Job. His biggest breakthrough, though, came in 2015 with his direction of the critically acclaimed hit Straight Outta Compton, which was followed two years later by the worldwide blockbuster The Fate of the Furious – a movie that pulled in a gargantuan global haul of $1.2 billion.
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‘The Fate of the Furious’: F. Gary Gray is the First African American To Direct a Billion-Dollar Movie

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‘The Fate of the Furious’: F. Gary Gray is the First African American To Direct a Billion-Dollar Movie
You have to savor the irony: African Americans comprise a tiny portion of film directors; we all know the argument that black movies don’t play overseas. And in F. Gary Gray’s “The Fate of the Furious,” we now we have the first billion-dollar movie from a black director…and it was driven overwhelmingly by the overseas gross.

Read More: The 33 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed By Black Filmmakers

While Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” will be the most profitable title of the year, “The Fate of the Furious” just made F. Gary Gray the first African American to join an even more elite rank: He directed a film that’s earned over $1 billion worldwide.

The eighth entry in the “Furious” franchise currently stands at about $1.2 billion, with more than 80% of that business outside North America — making this the unusual (and welcome) case of a black director’s film making the
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F. Gary Gray's Furious Tendencies

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A Man ApartIn October 2016, Vin Diesel revealed that the director of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the multi-billion dollar series of films, would be none other than F. Gary Gray. To those familiar with his work, it seemed like a natural fit. Gray has worked in Hollywood for over twenty years and is one of the most financially successful black directors in history. Coming off of the massive success of Straight Outta Compton (his second film to gross over $100 million dollars at the domestic box office, after 2003’s The Italian Job), Gray seemed like the ideal choice for the latest Fast and Furious installment, where he could return to his cinematic trademarks: guns, heists, fast cars and racially diverse ensembles. These elements were staples of Gray’s work even before his first feature in 1995. Gray, a South Central Los Angeles native, began as a cameraman for Bet and Fox,
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Review — ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Is Little More Than a Loud Family Reunion

The Fate of the Furious’ Is Little More Than a Loud Family ReunionThe only thing furious here is the slapping of keyboards as hackers wage war.

If you look up “unlikeliest franchises” in the dictionary, well, you’re a fool, because that’s not how dictionaries work. But if they did, and if you did, the picture you’d see staring back at you from what has now become a picture dictionary of some sort would probably be of Vin Diesel grimacing behind the wheel of a car while flaming semi-trucks do wheelies out his back window. What started with the simple joys of street-racing in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious has morphed into the biggest and silliest film series out there.

After peaking with Fast Five in 2011 the franchise left that film’s perfect balance of beautiful, ridiculous action and entertainingly silly writing to tilt further and further into full-on, regrettably
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The New Movies of April 2017, In Order of Anticipation

Guns, monsters, and self-realization come together in our most anticipated movies of the month.

Is April the beginning of the summer movie season? Universal has been making that case for a few years now by opening their Fast and the Furious movies this month, and you can’t argue with their summer-sized box-office results. Happily there are plenty of smaller films hitting theaters in the coming weeks too from all manner of genres including drama, horror, comedy, and the hybrid that is Nacho Vigalondo’s latest.

Keep reading to see which movies we’re most excited for this month! The Circle (4/28)

Pros: Has a film ever looked this good on paper? Director James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour), writer Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (The Fountain), composer Danny Elfman, a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson
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On Eve of ‘Fate of the Furious,’ F. Gary Gray Celebrates 25 Years of Filmmaking

On Eve of ‘Fate of the Furious,’ F. Gary Gray Celebrates 25 Years of Filmmaking
F. Gary Gray was 16 when he decided he wanted to become a filmmaker. Always a compulsive planner, he drew up a step-by-step plan to break his way into the film business, and prepared himself to spend years in the trenches manning cameras, getting coffee on set, working as a driver. By his initial set of benchmarks, he hoped to be ready to direct his first feature by the time he turned 45.

As it turned out, that schedule was more than two decades off. Gray is now 47, and preparing to release his ninth feature later this month, nearly a quarter century after accepting his breakthrough directing gig, for Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” video. The most expensive film of his career, “The Fate of the Furious” was shot across three different countries, from New York and Atlanta in the U.S. to Iceland and Cuba. It’s a long way,
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Read an Excerpt from James DeMonaco & B.K. Evenson’s Apocalyptic Novel Feral

Filmmaker James DeMonaco has shown horror fans a ruthless society in the world of his Purge movies, and now he's diving into another frightening future in Feral, a new novel he co-wrote with B.K. Evenson that's set in a world where men have transformed into manic killing machines. With Feral coming out on April 4th from Penguin Random House's Anchor imprint and Blumhouse Books, we've been provided with an excerpt from the apocalyptic novel to share with Daily Dead readers.

Check out the excerpt below, and to learn more about Feral, visit Amazon and Blumhouse Books.

"About Feral, by James DeMonaco and Brian Evenson

Allie Hilts was still in high school when a fire at a top-secret research facility released an air-borne pathogen that quickly spread to every male on the planet, killing most. Allie witnessed every man she ever knew be consumed by fearsome symptoms: scorching fevers and internal bleeding,
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Watch Samuel L. Jackson Revive His Pulp Fiction and Jurassic Park Characters

Watch Samuel L. Jackson Revive His Pulp Fiction and Jurassic Park Characters
One of the regular features on The Late Late Show With James Corden is called Role Call, where the host will recreate a number of iconic scenes with his guest that evening. Earlier this week, the iconic Samuel L. Jackson appeared on the show, and being the good sport that he is, agreed to take part in that night's Role Call, where the actor revisited his beloved Jules Winnfield character from Quentin Tarantino's indie classic Pulp Fiction. Throughout this 11-minute video, the star revisited a number of his most indelible performances, with the help of some props, wigs and fake backdrops.

The 11-minute video was posted on The Late Late Show's YouTube page, which begins with Jules Winnfield's iconic Biblical speech, and has James Corden playing the role of John Travolta's Vincent Vega. They then quickly transition to another early scene in the film where Vincent Vega
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See Samuel L. Jackson Reenact Violent Film Career With James Corden

See Samuel L. Jackson Reenact Violent Film Career With James Corden
James Corden and Samuel L. Jackson reenacted Jackson's extensive filmography on The Late Late Show on Wednesday. While Corden played everything from Yoda, a shark, a T-Rex to a snake, Jackson delivered countless iconic lines from his career.

The actors opened with Pulp Fiction. First, Corden stood in an ill-fitting wig while Jackson quoted scripture. Then, the backdrop behind the two men transformed and Corden played John Travolta's character, Vincent Vega, instructing Jackson how to ask for a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris.

Cartoonish violence was the main
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Samuel L. Jackson, James Corden Recreate Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Snakes on a Plane, Django and More

Samuel L. Jackson, James Corden Recreate Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Snakes on a Plane, Django and More
There’s no question what’s in Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet once you realize that the ubiquitous film star has been in practically every movie.

On Wednesday, Jackson — who is currently promoting Kong: Skull Island — partook in The Late Late Show With James Corden‘s signature “Role Call” segment, which enlists A-list talent to revisit their filmography via green-screen-enhanced reenactments all shot in one take.

VideosTom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Corden Recreate Jerry Maguire, Top Gun, Mission: Impossible and More

In total, Jackson and Corden “recreated” scenes (or, in the case of his work as Nick Fury in the Marvel films,
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Samuel L. Jackson Acts Out His Film Career in 10 Minutes With James Corden

Samuel L. Jackson Acts Out His Film Career in 10 Minutes With James Corden
Samuel L. Jackson has played a lot of iconic characters. With more than 100 film credits to his name, Jackson reenacted just a small fraction of his most memorable scenes of all time when he appeared on CBS' The Late Late Show Wednesday. With a little help from host James Corden, Jackson ran through his oeuvre, reviving characters from Goodfellas, Jackie Brown, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Negotiator, Shaft and many more. Jackson began by (mis)quoting Ezekiel 25:17, just as his character Jules Winnfield did in 1994's Pulp Fiction. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and...
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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Trailer Drops During Super Bowl (Watch)

‘The Fate of the Furious’ Trailer Drops During Super Bowl (Watch)
A new trailer for “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, dropped Sunday afternoon during the Super Bowl on CBS.

Universal’s next “Fast and Furious” chapter finds Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty on their honeymoon, with the rest of the crew exonerated, finding a semblance of a normal life. However, when a new villain, played by Charlize Theron, who’s making her debut in the franchise, seduces Dom into a world of crime he can’t seem to escape, the family will face a new set of trials.

And as evident from the tagline of the trailer, the rules have certainly changed. The footage even shows Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw joining forces… begrudgingly.

Theron joins fellow series newcomers Helen Mirren and Kristofer Hivju. Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris will also be returning.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Purge: Election Year Blu-ray

“I want my candy bar!”

Director and writer James DeMonaco (Assault on Precinct 13, The Negotiator) delivers the best and most action-packed Purge yet when The Purge: Election Year, the third chapter in the thrilling franchise, arrives on Digital HD on September 20, 2016 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on October 4, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. As the government prepares for its annual Purge, the one night a year when all crime is legal, America’s New Founding Fathers are faced with strong opposition from a presidential hopeful and her supporters who wish to abolish the country’s violent tradition. With deleted scenes, a character spotlight, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, The Purge: Election Year offers viewers a closer look at the disturbing, thought-provoking and timely thriller.

Now, you can win the The Purge: Election Year Blu-ray! We Are Movie Geeks
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‘Snake Eyes’: Brian De Palma’s Funhouse of Facades and Fabrications

In the weeks leading up to Snake Eyes’ release in August of 1998, my dad and I had gone together to see Lethal Weapon 4, There’s Something About Mary and The Negotiator. Both action titles were forgettable fare, but were a big deal upon release. (Riggs and Murtaugh vs. Jet Li! Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey conversing via walkie-talkie!) Brian De Palma‘s Snake Eyes with dad was the next order of business. The theater was packed because adults frequented the multiplexes not so long ago. You’re all of 10 years old, Nicolas Cage’s recent output – The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off — has been terrific, and something seemed off with this new one. You remember leaving the theater not disappointed, but with little to discuss with dad on the ride home. Dad passed away in 2013, long after the Gary Sinise villain era and a few years before
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'Fast and Furious 8' in Talks with 'Straight Outta Compton' Director

'Fast and Furious 8' in Talks with 'Straight Outta Compton' Director
Yesterday, a report surfaced that Universal Pictures has narrowed its Fast & Furious 8 director search down to four candidates, F. Gary Gray, Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier and William Eubank. While principal photography on Fast & Furious 8 isn't expected to begin until next spring, pre-production is slated to begin at the end of this month, and the studio was expected to make their decision very quickly. Variety reports that F. Gary Gray has been selected to take the helm, and while Universal hasn't confirmed the report, star-producer Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself and the filmmaker on his Facebook page.

This news comes less than a week after Vin Diesel himself said that he wants Rob Cohen, who directed the first movie in the franchise, 2001's The Fast and the Furious, to come back for Fast & Furious 8. The actor said that his late co-star Paul Walker always wanted him
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Fast And Furious 8: Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Grey Enters Exclusive Talks To Take Over Franchise

After, what, a day of speculation on which director would take over the franchise, THR is reporting that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray has entered into exclusive talks with Universal to take over the 'we can print our own money' Fast and Furious franchise. Gray looks to have beat out other short list directors Louis Leterrier, William Eubank and oddly enough The Guest's Adam Wingard. Gray has worked with Vin Diesel in the past, on the 2003 action film A Man Apart. Gray's other work in the action-thriller genre include The Italian Job, The Negotiator and Law Abiding Citizen. Diesel met with Gray yesterday and took the picture which you see above and posted on his Facebook page. The report at THR notes that Diesel...

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F. Gary Gray, Louis Leterrier and Adam Wingard rumoured to direct Fast & Furious 8

More news on the next film in the Fast & Furious franchise, with reports from both The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter about who may be stepping into the director’s chair for the new installment.

The Wrap have reported that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray is in pole position to take over from Fast 7‘s James Wan, who has moved away from the film to direct Warner Brothers and DC’s Aquaman.

Straight Outta Compton was another in a long line of massive successes for Universal Pictures, who are behind the Fast franchise, and see Gray as the ideal replacement. The director has brought us such films as The Italian Job, The Negotiator and A Man Apart, with the latter starring Vin Diesel.

See Also: Vin Diesel says Fast & Furious 8 will launch “one last trilogy to end the saga”

Insiders are rumoured to have said that producers
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Fast & Furious 8 has director shortlist, F Gary Gray favourite

As the hunt for a director to Fast & Furious 8 continues, the search is now down to four potential names, it's revealed...

We recently heard the strange story that one of the biggest franchises on the planet is struggling to find a director. With Fast & Furious 7 breaking the $1.5bn barrier and its sequel pegged for a 2017 release, The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Universal had offered Fast 8 to several filmmakers - who'd all turned it down.

James Wan, Justin Lin and Jaume Collet-Serra were all offered the Fast 8 gig, and all passed because they had other plans - Wan has Robotech and Aquaman, Lin has Star Trek Beyond, and Collet-Serra appears to be busy with The Shallows, which has something to do with a shark.

With the clock ticking on a huge, stunt-heavy production, Universal has, according to Variety, drawn up a shortlist of potential directors - and there's some interesting choices on here,
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F. Gary Gray Q&A: The Hard Life Lessons That Led To ‘Straight Outta Compton’

F. Gary Gray Q&A: The Hard Life Lessons That Led To ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Exclusive: Studio execs who thought of F. Gary Gray as a go-to guy for taut thrillers like The Italian Job, The Negotiator, Law Abiding Citizen and Be Cool already are reassessing as Straight Outta Compton opens tomorrow with rave reviews and strong box office expectations. The film chronicles the fast rise and fall of N.W.A and the birth of streetwise poets who reflected the poverty, gangs, drugs, guns and heavy-handed law enforcement that was part and parcel of living…
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