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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The film is the third instalment in the action-packed ‘xXx’ franchise.
Vin Diesel is back as Xander Cage, in the first xXx movie in 12 years, XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
But joining Diesel this time around are a multicultural cast of actors, carefully chosen from all around the world, to give the film a truly international feel.
Vin Diesel assembled a multicultural cast for XXX: Return of Xander Cage
The star reveals how different she was to her female friends.
Ruby Rose is well-known as a gender-fluid icon, even admitting to wanting to be a boy when she was younger. But what you may not know is that, more specifically, she wanted to be Vin Diesel after watching him in 2002 film 'xXx'. Now she's got the next best thing.
Ruby Rose idolised Vin Diesel when she was younger
The 'Orange Is The New Black' star confessed who she idolised to be as she promoted her latest film 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' - the third film in the series in which she plays the lead character's close friend Adele Wolff.
Continue reading: Ruby Rose Wanted To Be Vin Diesel When She Was Growing Up
Former hitman John Wick is in Rome following events in the first movie where he sought bloody revenge on the man who killed his dog and stole his car. He's still bereaved from the death of his wife Helen (who died before events in the first film) but he has at least got himself a new puppy. While it can be argued that his revenge massacre doesn't necessarily mean he's back in the game even if it did find him in the company of his former associates, this time his vow of retirement is broken for sure. An old friend is trying to takeover over a nefarious group of international assassins, and he is forced to join him because of the blood oath he made many years ago. This is not the kind of job you can quit easily.
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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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Milla Jovich takes to the screen as the badass undead slayer, Alice, in Resident Evil 6; the final instalment of the hugely successful film series.
Over the course of the five previous movies, Racoon City found itself being overrun by the undead who have been infected by a mutant virus that originated thanks a deadly vile being stolen from a corporation known as The Hive Corporation who manufacture genetic material. The virus was so strong that it was unable to be contained to one city; it soon spread to the far reaches of the world.
After The Umbrella corporation witness Alice's apparent powers, they decide to modify her (whilst she's in a coma and without her consent) and also take samples of her DNA to hopefully clone. Alice’s mission takes her to different parts of the world and as she learns of the clones, the war between the undead and the soldiers working with Umbrella deepen and Alice’s main aim is to find a safe haven for survivors to retreat to.
The actress and model thinks people need to take a step back.
Ruby Rose has taken a stand on social media to stick up for her friend Taylor Swift, whose touchy-feely new relationship with Tom Hiddleston is still attracting more criticism than necessary. Of course it's a bit of a shock to see such blatant public romance just days after her break-up with Calvin Harris, but Ruby Rose says it's none of our business.
Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are still getting hate
The 'Orange Is The New Black' star has had enough of all this negativity directed at Taylor Swift and, indeed, other celebrities with controversial love lives. Ruby Rose posted a screenshot of a written statement about divorce alongside a caption explaining its relevance to fans' obsession with celebrities and their love lives on Instagram. 'I believe that you were meant to spend that time with that person, no one can take that away... It isn't always meant to last forever. Sometimes they end up a big part of your life for 2 years, others they end up being you best friend', the screenshot read.
Continue reading: Listen Up Taylor Swift Critics: Ruby Rose Has Some Sage Advice
There's still a long way to go for diversity in television.
The media seems to be determined to spread the message of support for members of the LGBT community, and indeed huge steps have been taken in the world of showbiz to better represent the sexual and gender fluidity of humankind as a whole. However, the fact remains that only 4% of main characters on primetime shows diversify into LGBT territory.
Ruby Rose in Orange Is The New Black
For ten years, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has compiled an annual Where We Are on TV report, exploring just how much the industry has changed/is changing. While there is, indeed, a significant rise in the number of LGBT characters on our screens, there are often stereotypes attached and, as GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis revealed in the report, 'LGBT stories must go far beyond the common "coming out" narrative.'
Sheeran co-presented the EMAs with Ruby Rose on Sunday night, but his rowdier-than-normal antics caused some to speculate whether he was drunk.
They’re supposed to the ‘sensible alternative’ to the showbiz blowout of the VMAs, but the MTV Europe Music Awards at the weekend provided a surprising number of talking points – not least the sight of a slightly drunk Ed Sheeran proving once and for all that he’s not just some bland nonentity.
The superstar, who picked up two awards during the evening as well as sharing the hosting duties with ‘Orange Is The New Black’s Ruby Rose, put in a gloriously half-cut performance that had many viewers commenting with amusement on his antics.
Ed Sheeran arriving to present the MTV EMAs
Continue reading: Was Ed Sheeran Drunk While Presenting The MTV EMAs? Probably.
The MTV EMAs ceremony comes from Milan this year, and Taylor Swift is up for a record-breaking 9 awards.
Both stars have revealed their excitement at being selected to host the event together, which is being held at the Mediolanum Forum in the northern Italian city on October 25th.
Sheeran announced to his 15 million Twitter followers on Wednesday (September 30th) that he had been picked to present. “So happy to say I'm hosting the #MTVEMAs on 25th October! Cannot wait,” he wrote.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran And Ruby Rose To Present MTV EMAs 2015
It's been 15 years since Vin Diesel walked away from his XXX role, killing off...
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Xander Cage has led quite a life, he's been an extreme sports celebrity with his...