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It's been 15 years since Vin Diesel walked away from his XXX role, killing off the character before the 2005 sequel. Both films were pretty terrible, mindless action connected by the thinnest imaginable plots. And this franchise relaunch is just as random, with a nonsensical thriller storyline that exists merely to string together a sequence of explosive stunt trickery. Thankfully, this time the cast and crew make it clear that they know how preposterous this is.
No, Xander (Diesel) isn't dead. He's whizzing around the jungles of the Dominican Republic, wooing sweaty, scantily clad babes and keeping the locals cheering at his exploits. Then CIA black ops director Marke (Toni Collette) appears to draft him back into the XXX programme, because she needs to recapture a gadget terrorists are using to drop satellites from orbit onto carefully chosen targets. OK, sure. X assembles a team of his old pals (actually newcomers, played by Kris Wu, Ruby Rose and Rory McCann), plus a hot computer geek (Nina Dobrev), and chases down the team of equally extreme baddies (Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Tony Jaa and Michael Bisping). And as they head to London, the Philippines and Detroit, everyone realises that there's something else going on here.
There probably isn't a law of physics that isn't broken in this movie. These characters fly, are shot, fall from great heights and are blown to smithereens, but emerge unscathed, apart from their excessive tattoos (Xander has somehow redesigned his logo neck art for the reboot). Refreshingly, everyone keeps their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, winking at the camera at each ridiculous moment. Such as the chase in which motorcycles magically transform into water-bikes. Or when Xander does a spot of Alpine skiing through a rainforest. Or the frankly jaw-dropping weightless fight scene in a power-diving airplane.
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Xander Cage has led quite a life, he's been an extreme sports celebrity with his own TV show, worked as an undercover spy for the National Security Agency and saved the world from a deadly toxin being released. Xander wasn't exactly the most obvious person to become a spy as his celebrity status made him know around the world but his arrogance and known run-ins with the cops are will publicised.
He was recruited by NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons who saw potential in the daredevil. To test his skills, Gibbon's dropped Cage into a number of life threatening situations including an armed robbery and an escape from a cocaine plantation run by violent cartel bosses. Having successfully completed his tests, Xander found himself face to face with a Russia mobster who was planning to release toxic matter which is capable of killing millions. His mission was a success and he also found love with a Russian FSB agent called Yelena. Realising that the life of a spy isn't all it's cut out to be, the pair retire to Bora Bora.
Years later a crooked agent called Cobb is thought to have assassinated Cage leading to Gibbon's to find a new XXX agent - a title that only seems temporary for its holders.
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If successful, she'll be starring alongside Ellen Page and Diego Luna in the re-make of the 1990 sci-fi classic.
‘The Vampire Diaries’ former star Nina Dobrev is “in talks” to feature in the rumoured re-boot of cult sci-fi movie Flatliners, according to new reports.
Movie news website Deadline claims that the 27 year old actress, who played the role of Elena Gilbert for six seasons of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ until last year, is negotiating with Sony about landing the role of Marlo, described as an “overachiever at the top of her class” in a reported re-make of the 1990 thriller. If successful, she’ll be joining Ellen Page and Diego Luna in the film.
Nina Dobrev is in talks to star in the forthcoming re-make of 'Flatliners'
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It’s official: Nina Dobrev and Austin Stowell are an item.
After months of rumours, Nina Dobrev has confirmed she is in a relationship with fellow actor Austin Stowell. Dobrev and Stowell took to Twitter earlier this week and shared the news with their followers.
Nina Dobrev at the 2015 Elle Women of the Year Awards.
'When attending anniversary screening of 'Camp Bloodbath', an infamous 80s horror flick starring her later mother, Max and her friends get mysteriously sucked into the silver screen. Finding themselves actually trapped inside the cult classic movie the gang soon realise that they must team up with the characters in order to battle the film's machete-wielding killer. But among the blood and gore Max must also face her emotions regarding her late mother who is ever present as the movie's heroine. As the body count starts to rise as each iconic scene take place the gang need to work out who to align with in order to make it all the way to the end credits.
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The Teen Choice Awards can always be counted on as one of the most fun ceremony’s of the year…
Last night the stars gathered for the annual Teen Choice Awards which celebrates the best in music, movies and television, all while handing out giant surfboards. The evening was as usual packed full of talking points as Britney Spears showed she’s definitely still got it and Little Mix’s Pierre Edwards showed ex Zayn Malik what he’s missing.
Britney Spears was named Candie's choice style icon at the Teen Choice Awards.
Britney Spears was honoured for her ever-evolving fashions, picking up the Candie's choice style icon award from Fifth Harmony. Accepting the surf board the singer stunned in a low-cut sequinned dress while sporting some freshly blue and purple ombre hair.
Dobrev’s final episode will air this Thursday on the CW.
It’s nearly time for fans of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ to bid farewell to Elena, as Nina Dobrev bows out of the supernatural drama this Thursday on the CW. After six years on the series, Nina’s final episode is sure to be an emotional event, but for the actress leaving the show means taking the next, exciting step in her career.
Dobrev is leaving the CW series after six seasons.
"I feel like I’m a completely different person than I was and I’ve grown so much. It’s been a big part of my life, and I want it to be beautiful. I want it to end well,” Dobrev told this month’s issue of Self magazine.
Nia Dobrev is saying goodbye to The Vampire Diaries.
Nina Dobrev has announced that she is to leave The Vampire Diaries after the current sixth season. Dobrev announced the news on Instagram on Monday, posting a photo with showrunner Julie Plec along with an explanation of why she would be stepping down from her role as Elena Gilbert.
Nina Dobrev is leaving The CW's Vampire Diaries after the sixth season
"I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there's still so much more to come before the season finale in May," she wrote.
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Fashion designer Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace were spotted arriving at the Spring 2015 Versus Versace fashion show held during the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Versus is an offshoot fashion line from Versace which was resurrected in 2009 with accessories by Christopher Kane. It now boasts an impressive collection of watches and perfumes, with the fashion show also displaying a new clothing line by Anthony Vaccarello.
All work and no play? Not for Orlando Bloom and Nina Dobrev, apparently.
Ok, so the romance at Comic-Con is definitely secondary to the first order of business, which is always nerding out. But when Orlando Bloom and Nina Dobrev are seen attending several parties together and, according to the Daily News “getting cozy” with each other, you can bet it’s going to generate headlines for at least a couple of days afterwards.
Was Orlando Bloom romancing a new lady at Comic-Con? Reports point to "yes".
So, are they or aren’t they? Well, obviously we don’t know, because as famous as they are, both Bloom and Dobrev have the right to their privacy, as well as very clever publicists, capable of manufacturing any kind of impression about their clients.
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