The Guardians of the Galaxy have returned for another interplanetary adventure, having decided to stick together after forming an unbreakable bond on their last journey. Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, Gamora and Groot (well... Baby Groot) are back but this time they are not alone. They are joined by Gamora's cynical and formerly evil sister Nebula, initially as a prisoner but then as a fully-fledged member of the team. Ravagers leader Yondu Udonta also join them, though not without trying to kill them first, and a new face in the form of Mantis is also among the new arrivals. Mantis happens to be the adoptive daughter of Ego - a mysterious being who Peter meets on his latest quest, and discovers that he is in fact his father. The team come against plenty of adversaries on their new adventures, but nothing compares to this confusing and unexpected meeting.
With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded franchise continues in its trajectory to provide mindlessly outrageous thrills involving muscly guys, tough girls and loud cars. This episode is marginally more grounded than the high-flying previous instalment, but it's still utterly preposterous. It's also a huge amount of fun, thanks to the snappy cast and far larger than life driving stunts.
We catch up with Dom and Letty (Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez) living in Havana and challenging the locals to some vroom-vroom racing antics. But their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Cipher (Charlize Theron), a mysterious woman who has something on Dom and lures him to the dark side. To stop Cipher's nefarious plan, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is brought back into action by Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his rookie colleague Eric (Scott Eastwood), who also draft in Letty and the team (Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel) before heading off to Berlin. Things don't go so well there, so they bring in hothead nemesis Deckard (Jason Statham) and chase Dom and Cipher to New York and Arctic Russia for even more outrageous vehicular mayhem.
New to the franchise, director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) gives the film a gritty edge that sits surprisingly well with a stream of wry comedy running right through every scene. He also kicks off the action from the opening shot, then barely pauses for breath for a odd moment of plot exposition or emotion along the way. This is full-on action entertainment, riotously over-the-top and hilariously enjoyable, even if it's dumb as a post. And the action sequences are jaw-droppingly enormous.
Continue reading: The Fate Of The Furious Review
The feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson isn't so serious.
Can we expect a Smackdown sometime soon between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel? Apparently, 'The Fate And The Furious' co-stars haven't been getting along. However, Vin has recently insisted that they are good now, and that he is totally 'rooting' for the former wrestler.
Vin Diesel at 'The Fate of the Furious' premiere
In August last year, The Rock spoke out about his last week shooting the then-named 'Fast & Furious 8'. He praised the 'hardworking' crew as well as his female co-stars, but he didn't have an awful lot of respect for some of the men on the set. While he didn't name any names, it was rather obvious he was talking about Vin.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Insists He's Dwayne Johnson's Only Film 'Brother'
It's been two months since the Guardians of the Galaxy defeated the evil Ronan, and their prize is freedom and a clean criminal record. Finally. These guys are truly inseparable now; Baby Groot's (Vin Diesel) rebirth has meant that he has a lot of growing up to do and is relying on Rocket (Bradley Cooper) to keep him on the straight and narrow (not that he's great with kids or anything), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) hasn't changed a bit and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who is still using the name Star Lord, has started to develop seriously cuddly feelings towards the feisty Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Their latest mission is to track down Quill's alien father, but they are not alone. Joining them on their new galactic journey is Gamora's changeable sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), Quill's (kind of) adoptive father Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) and antennaed newcomer Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
Just what does Dominic Toretto think he's doing? It seems the original team has disbanded, with Brian and Mia having retired from the fast life (literally) and the world of crime, and it seemed like Dom and Letty had a normal life ahead of them following their marriage. But that's just not the way life goes for Dom, whose love of danger seems to far outweigh his love for his friends and family. Just when you thought that their lives couldn't get anymore complicated, a mysterious woman walks in and threatens to dismantle everything, encouraging Dom to betray those he holds dear for one more adventure. Hobbs, meanwhile, isn't about to let Dom get away with it this time, and he and his team cross terrains of every kind from Cuba to the Arctic in a bid to take him down once and for all.
Vin Diesel loves to bring the ''Oh s**t'' factor to his films, and has described himself as a ''perfectionist''.
Vin Diesel loves to bring the '''Oh s**t''' factor to his films.
The 49-year-old actor - who is set to reprise his role as the secret agent Xander Cage, also known as xXx, in the action film - has admitted he is a ''perfectionist'' and will go to extreme lengths to ensure the movies he stars in pack a punch.
Speaking to the Metro newspaper about his role in the follow up to the 2002 film, which is titled 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage', he said: ''You know I'm a perfectionist. I have to make it incredible.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Loves To Bring The 'Oh S**t' Factor To His Films
The actor had an important goal after Paul Walker's death.
Between the original 'xXx' in 2002 and the upcoming 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage', Vin Diesel has appeared in four 'Fast and Furious' films and while they were no doubt extremely fun to shoot, the latest installment 'Furious 7' left a tragic mark on all the cast.
Vin Diesel had a very specific role in mind after 'Furious 7'
2015's 'Furious 7' was the final movie that Paul Walker appeared in after his death in 2013. Given that the movie was only half completed at the time, it was an emotional continuation with Paul's brothers Cody and Caleb being drawn in to stand in as his character Brian O'Conner. It's with this in mind that you can understand how best pal Vin Diesel needed a change of scenery.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Needed To Play A 'Very Happy' Character After Furious 7
Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated movies for release in 2017.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but hopefully they'll be better than 2016's lacklustre batch. (Release dates are subject to change.)
Star Wars: Episode Viii - Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill continue the saga (Dec). More sci-fi sequels worth waiting for: the gang reteams for more space antics in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (May), Michael Fassbender returns for Alien: Covenant (May), and Harrison Ford is back for Blade Runner 2049 (Oct).
Continue reading: The Ten Most Anticipated Films Of 2017
Vin Diesel spoke to YouTube journalist Carol Moreira, and he didn't make a particularly good impression.
Vin Diesel’s reputation has taken something of a hit after the Fast and Furious star gave a seriously creepy video interview with YouTube journalist Carol Moreira, in which he repeatedly remarked on her physical appearance and flirted with her.
The 49 year old American actor gave the interview to promote his new film, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which is released in January. During the ten-minute conversation, Diesel kept interrupting Moreira while she was trying to ask questions about his work.
Vin Diesel at the 2016 People's Choice Awards
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Gives Seriously Sleazy Interview To Female Journalist
Following three blockbuster smashes as Captain America, Evans is atop Forbes' annual list for the second consecutive year.
The 35 year old American actor, who has played the patriotic supersoldier Captain America / Steve Rogers five times since 2011, was found to represent the best value for money in Hollywood when it comes to the bottom line. For every dollar he was paid, he generated a whopping $135.80 at the box office.
This is calculated by Forbes analysing the last three movies an actor has starred in before June 2016, excluding cameos, animated films and movies released on fewer than 2,000 screens.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Named 'Best Actor For The Buck' For Second Year In A Row
If you thought things had cooled down for the 'Fast and Furious' team in the last film, you were wrong. They compromised their amnesty over their past crimes with events in 'Furious 7', and now most fo the group has disbanded, Brian and Mia have retired from their street-racing-cum-crime careers and Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are intending to follow a normal life following their honeymoon. Unfortunately, Dom's love of danger draws him to a mysterious stranger who enlists him into another crime-fuelled adventure which takes him everywhere from Cuba to New York to the Arctic. He ends up betraying his closest friends, people who have become more like family, as he embarks on a journey that will bring him challenges that he's never experience before.
Continue: Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious Trailer
The Guardians return two months after their epic battle against Ronan with their criminal records erased and a feeling of peace with the knowledge that the highly destructive Infinity Stone is in the hands of Nova Corps. Groot is doing his best to grow up, but he has a lot to learn now that he has been reborn as Baby Groot and that's something that is a permanent frustration for his partner in crime Rocket. Meanwhile, Drax is still hopeless when it comes to sensitivity or discretion, making things very awkward for Peter Quill most of the time because he just can't keep his mouth shut about Quill's feelings for Gamora. This ragtag team have more serious things to deal with howevever; Quill has learned that he is actually only half-human, and his alien father of unknown origin resides somewhere in the cosmos.
Continue: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer
Five of our favourite unlikely heroes re-assemble in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. The second instalment of the movie takes place only months after the first ended.
Having defeated Ronan and saved the universe from impending doom, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket and Groot are travelling through space together but keeping the small crew of rebels isn't going to be easy.
At the end of the first film, everybody thought that Groot was a gonner but thankfully is old buddies Groot made new roots and was saved.
Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb helped complete his scenes in 'Furious 7'.
The brothers of the late Paul Walker have spoken about the possibility of his character Brian O’Connor making a cameo in more Fast and the Furious films. Walker tragically died in November 2013, during the filming of Furious 7, and afterwards his brothers Caleb and Cody stepped in to help complete his final scenes.
Paul Walker's brothers have discussed the possibilty of his character being ressurected
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Caleb said: "I had a phone call with Vin for about an hour and we really discussed this a while back. He wanted our blessing.” He added that Diesel asked if and when they thought it "would be acceptable to maybe bring Paul's character back… to really kind of let his fans know he's still out there.”
Diesel was rumoured to be the target of Johnson’s rant about his male co-stars earlier this month
Dwayne Johnson has officially wrapped production on Fast 8 and has some thank-yous to hand out. But while the wrestler-turned actor name checked co-stars Scott Eastwood and Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel’s name was noticeably missing from the list.
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Thanks 'Fast 8' Cast, But Leaves Out Vin Diesel
Johnson had accused some of his male co-stars on ‘Fast 8’ of unprofessionalism on the film’s set.
Yesterday Dwayne Johnson posted a furious rant to social media, calling out unnamed male co-stars for their bad behaviour on the set of Fast 8. While the former WWE champ didn’t clarify which of his co-stars he was talking about, it’s been alleged the rant was aimed at Vin Diesel.
Was Dwayne Johnson talking about Vin Diesel yesterday?
TMZ reports that after Johnson posted the message he held a secret meeting with Diesel to work out their problems. Sources told the website that Johnson was referring to Diesel when he wrote that some of his male co-stars were not "stand up men” and too "chicken s***” to do anything about it.
Continue reading: Was Vin Diesel The Target Of Dwayne Johnson's 'Fast 8' Rant?
The Rock has laid the smackdown on some of his 'Fast 8' co-stars, saying he has 'zero tolerance for candy asses'.
Dwayne Johnson has called out some of his male co-stars on the upcoming Fast 8 movie in an angry post on social media. The nice guy pro wrestler-turned actor blasted the unprofessionalism he had experienced from some unnamed male stars on the film’s set, warning that he has ‘zero tolerance for candy asses.’
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Hits Out At Fast 8's Male Co-Stars In Facebook Rant
The Mad Max star is rumoured to be playing the role of a villian
As the Fast and Furious franchise continues into an eighth film, it seems it has got itself a new action movie stalwart star to play its newest villain. Fresh from her stint in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron has reportedly signed up for the next Fast and Furious film.
Charlize Theron has signed up to star in Fast and Furious 8
As one of Hollywood’s most successful franchises, the news of Theron’s involvement in the latest film was finally confirmed by Variety after rumours continued to circulate.
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Has Signed Up For Fast And Furious 8
The next instalment of the franchise is said to be featuring ‘a fierce female villain’.
Charlize Theron is reportedly set to play the villain in the next instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast 8. According to Deadline, the film will feature a sole female villain and Theron is the actress they have their eye on for the role.
Charlize Theron is reportedly set to star in Fast 8.
Sources told Deadline that director F. Gary Gray and screenwriter Chris Morgan are inserting a ‘fierce female villain into the story’. Theron is thought to be their first choice thanks to her performance in Mad Max Fury Road last year.
Continue reading: Is Charlize Theron Set For Villain Role In 'Fast And Furious 8'?
The actor has confirmed that three more 'Fast and Furious' movies are on their way, starting with the eighth instalment in 2017.
Vin Diesel has confirmed that there’s still more left in the engine for the Fast and Furious franchise, with a whole new trilogy coming our way. On Instagram the actor announced the release dates for the three new movies, beginning with Furious 8 in April 2017.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Confirms Release Dates For New 'Fast And Furious' Trilogy
An emotional tribute from the 'Furious 7' star.
'Furious 7' softie Vin Diesel opens up about late friend and co-star Paul Walker once again as he accepts the People's Choice Award for their latest movie and, indeed, their last movie together. And, like every other time Paul's tragic death is mentioned, we cannot stop crying. Vin, man, you gotta stop.
Vin Diesel spreads the love at People's Choice Awards
When Diesel tragically lost his friend and colleague in a car accident back in 2013, there weren't enough tears to cry. He's been pretty public about his sadness, and each year refuses to let the world's memories of Paul die. This year is no different. As he hit the stage at the 2016 People's Choice Awards to collect the awards for Favorite Movie and Action Movie which went to 'Furious 7', it wasn't long before his emotions got the better of him.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Sings For Paul Walker At The People's Choice Awards - Video
The Last Witch Hunter star has posted a pic of his rock hard physique after being called out for having a ‘dad bod’ online.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words then Vin Diesel needs just one to answer those who called him out on the internet for having a ‘dad bod’. The Last Witch Hunter actor was pictured shirtless on the balcony of Miami's Shore Club hotel last week, looking a little softer than usual causing some to negatively comment on his physique.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Show Off His Abs On Instagram After 'Dad Bod' Jibes
If you thought the Fast & Furious franchise was on its way out, you clearly are not familiar with the dynamics of Hollywood franchises. As the F&F, Spider-Man, Star Wars and numerous other series have proved, you don't just enjoy success, you ride its coattails until they're so warn and ragged that the money stream starts to thin out.
Another round with Vin & co.? Don't mind if we do.
Yes, there will be a Fast & Furious 8 (or some variation upon that name). Vin Diesel announced on Thursday that there will be an eight installment of the muscle car franchise released on April 14, 2017.
‘See You Again’ is taken from the soundtrack to ‘Furious 7’.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa is on top of the UK charts this weekend with the emotional ‘See You Again’, which pays tribute to the late Furious 7 actor Paul Walker. The track, which features Charlie Puth on vocals, has also become the fastest selling single of the year so far, overtaking Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’.
Khalifa's ‘See You Again’ pays tribute to the late Paul Walker.
‘See You Again’ climbed 21 places to top the chart this week, bringing its combined sales total up to 193,000 copies. The single is taken from the soundtrack to the seventh instalment of the Fast and Furious series, which has just surpassed the $1billion mark at the worldwide box office.
Shots of American actor Vin Diesel who has starred in the Fast and Furious movie franchise as well as being the voice of 'Groot' in the blockbuster movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was spotted as he arrived at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 30th March 2015
Helen Mirren's "great ambition" is to star in a 'Fast and Furious' movie.
Helen Mirren is not a woman to turn down difficult roles. She has, after all, played three different Queens of the United Kingdom and, in a voice part, the Queen of Egypt. Yet there is nothing 69-year-old Mirren would like more than to star in a Fast and Furious film and do her own driving stunts.
Helen Mirren would love to be in a Fast and Furious movie.
Vin Diesel - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Interstellar holds a big New York premiere while Tarantino treats his Hateful Eight cast to dinner in L.A., Dumb and Dumber To makes its bow, and we get new glimpses of Paul Walker's last film, Alex Garland's directing debut, the Despicable Me spin-off and a Kiwi vampire comedy...
After earlier permieres in L.A. And London, Interstellar held a week-of-release premiere on Monday in New York, attended by Christopher Nolan and his wife producer Emma Thomas and cast members including Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Bill Irwin. The film hits cinemas this weekend.
Photos - New York Premiere of 'Interstellar'
Paul Walker is set to make a posthumous appearance in the seventh 'Fast & Furious' movie, thanks to stand-ins and CGI.
After a the tragic car crash that killed Paul Walker in 2013, his on-screen character, Brian O'Conner, will ride again in 'Furious 7', the seventh movie in the 'Fast & Furious' movie franchise. Walker had reportedly finished the majority of his scenes, although he died before principle photography finished. With the help of his two brothers, Caleb and Cody, four body-doubles, and some CGI magic, filming was finished in order to pay homage to the actor.
Paul Walker died in November, 2013, in a car crash
Walker was killed on 30th November, 2013, when his friend Roger Rodas crashed the Porsche they were driving into a concrete light pole at around 100 mph. The two had reportedly died before the car burst into flames from their injuries. Filming for 'Furious 7' came to a halt while the studio consulted Walker's family before determining what to do with the footage.
Continue reading: See Paul Walker In The High-Octane 'Furious 7' Trailer
The ‘Fast and the Furious’ actor was also remembered by his co-stars on Friday.
Meadow Walker paid a touching tribute to her father Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker on Friday (September 12th) on what would have been the actor's 41st birthday.
On her Instagram account the teenager posted a picture of her father holding her when she was a little girl with the caption, “Happy Birthday I love you.” Walker was just 40 when he was tragically killed last November in a car accident while visiting a charity event in Valencia, California.
Mr Danks made £1,000 selling copies of the movie on his Facebook page.
A man who secretly filmed Fast & Furious 6 in a Walsall cinema has been sentenced to three years in prison. Philip Danks, 25, from the West Midlands is thought to have cost Universal Pictures around £2.3 million in lost revenue after uploading the movie onto the web.
Vin Diesel in 'The Fast & Furious 6'
Danks had visited a showing of the film on its release date on May 17 and his pirated copy was downloaded over 700,000 times. He was also selling copies of his recorded version on his Facebook page for £1.50, making £1,000 in the process. He was arrested on May 23.
Continue reading: Man Gets Prison For Watching, Sorry, Filming 'Fast & Furious 6'
Vin Diesel has hinted at a 'Inhumans' movie - does he know something we don't?
Vin Diesel, who voices Groot in Marvel's hugely successful Guardians of the Galaxy movie, has hinted at his association with a new 'Inhumans' project. The studio is yet to introduce the Inhumans into the Marvel universe though it's known to be a on a list of priorities for the coming years.
Vin Diesel at the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Premiere [Getty/Charley Gallay]
The Inhumans are a fictional race of superhumans created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby who first appeared in Fantastic Four #45 in 1965. Notable members include Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal, Maximus the Mad and, of course, Lockjaw.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Hints At 'Inhumans' Movie - But What Is It, Exactly?
With Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt has been thrust into the spotlight of a superhero. We take a look at what he's done before.
Who is Chris Pratt? Now, he’s the main star in one of the most talked about films in the Marvel Studios’ collection. He’s slim, he’s fit and he’s in a superhero movie that is showcasing itself as one of the stand-out superhero films amongst quite heavy competition. With Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt has been thrust into the spotlight as a relative newcomer in the big, budget action movie world but he’s stood up to the challenge well and has received some impressive reviews for his turn as Peter Quill.
Chris Pratt has been thrust into the superhero spotlight as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy
But who was he before?
Continue reading: Just Where Has Chris Pratt Come From?
The stars of Marvel comedy action flick 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' were warmly welcomed on their arrival at the New York premiere; among them were main star Chris Pratt and his co-stars Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel, who play Peter Quill, Gamora and Groot respectively.
Could the two Marvel properties collide?
With the release of Marvel's latest movie Guardians of the Galaxy, rumours are rife about what this whole new corner of the comic book world means in the bigger picture of other Marvel heroes, namely the Avengers.
There's already been a bit of crossover, as the characters Collector and Thanos have briefly appeared in teaser scenes in other movies. But now that the Guardians have a movie all their own, there's conjecture about everything from a Hulk-in-space adventure to a Guardians versus Avengers epic.
Continue reading: Guardians Of The Galaxy Head For Avengers Crossover
With some criticising The Hobbit for spreading over three films, what other franchises have gone on for a long time?
The Hobbit trilogy has been criticised by some viewers for having too little content spread too thinly over the course of too many films. Originally, the idea was to split the 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien story over two films; however, in 2012, director Peter Jackson confirmed his plans for a third film; some six years after the two-film decision had been made.
Director of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, originally thought the franchise would only spread across two films
Was this to enhance viewers’ experience of the story or was it because three films make more money than two? Audiences will never know. They will instead have to settle with a narrative with a lot less to say than The Lord of the Rings trilogy over the same number of motion pictures; with the final chapter in the piece, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, released in the UK on 12 December.
Continue reading: Film Franchises That Go On Forever
Guardians of the Galaxy buzz grows with L.A. and London premieres, while new trailers, features and photos tease audiences waiting for Fifty Shades, Lucy, biopics of James Brown and Alan Turing, and new Mad Max and Hunger Games movies...
In the wake of especially strong buzz from critics who have seen the film, the cast of assembled for their world premiere in Los Angeles this week, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker. They then dashed across to London for a Leicester Square premiere, where they were joined by Disney/Marvel colleagues Mark Hamill and Chris Hemsworth, plus Diesel's Fast & Furious costar Elsa Pataky. The film opens next week. Browse through our gallery of the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy - Los Angeles, California, USA. We also have some shots of celebrities at the 'Guardians of Galaxy' premiere in London.
Luc Besson's new action romp Lucy opens today in the US and next month in the UK. In a new short feature, Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman give a backstage look at working with Besson on the movie, including glimpses of the crew filming elaborate action scenes. The clip ends with a brief trailer for the finished film. Watch 'Lucy - Luc Besson' Featurette.
Vin Diesel - Actor Vin Diesel gives a thumbs up to onlookers on the set of "Fast and the Furious 7" with co star Jordana Brewster filming in downtown Los Angeles. The actor also brought his double decker bus to the set for more comfort. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 2nd June 2014
Vin Diesel has opened up to fans on Facebook about how his role as Groot in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" helped him grieve for Paul Walker.
Vin Diesel has claimed that “Guardians of the Galaxy” helped him to get over the death of his close friend and co-star, Paul Walker. Before you ask, Diesel didn’t turn to religion, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is not a new branch of scientology, it’s his upcoming Marvel superheroes movie.
Vin Diesel has said that working on "Guardians of the Galaxy" helped him deal with the death of Paul Walker
Diesel, who voices extraterrestrial tree-like being Groot in the film, explained on a Facebook Q&A that the role allowed him to work through his pain: “It was very personal - it was the month after my brother Paul Walker and it was the first time I had worked since…Although it was challenging, just to get back to work was therapeutic - especially as Groot. There was an innocence about the character that was just refreshing - and it may have been more challenging under other circumstances, but at that time, it was very therapeutic.”
Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Paloma Jimenez, Hania and Vincent - Actor Vin Diesel got a special visit from long time girlfriend Paloma Jimenez with his two kids Hania and Vincent on the set of "Fast and the Furious 7" filming in Malibu Ca. - Malibu, California, United States - Wednesday 21st May 2014
Vin Diesel has shared the first photo of the brothers on set.
A few days ago it was announced that Paul Walker’s siblings, Caleb and Cody, were to act as body doubles for the late actor, in order to complete his last installment of the Fast & Furious series. The first photos of the brothers on set have now been released by the production. The siblings were spotted on set of Fast & Furious 7 on Monday, April 21, chatting with their brother's longtime co-star Vin Diesel. The caption on Diesel's Facebook page read: "After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids."
For the FF7 guys, it's a family affair
Paul Walker’s tragic death following a high-speed car accident - which also claimed the life of Roger Rodas – threw his most high-profile movie to date into question; how would Fast & Furious 7 reach completion without one of its key stars?
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel star in Fast & Furious 6
Well now it seems as though Walker’s close family are stepping in to get the high-octane franchise back on track, helping to finish the last scenes still needing to be shot. "The Fast & Furious saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other," the franchise posted on Facebook on Tuesday.
Finally, some of the weird is starting to seep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One week into promotion, it’s becoming clear that no one with any internet access will be safe from Guardians of the Galaxy until August 1st, when the new Marvel flick is due to come out. In that spirit, we might as well just give in and talk about the Guardians for a while – especially the most ignored one, the lovable, but slightly terrifying Groot.
Is he scary or endearing?
Vin Diesel, who plays the genetically engineered treelike humanoid, recently shared some bonus content on his facebook page. Diesel posted a photo of himself in the motion capture suit, used to create Groot’s movement. The actor added the following message: “Wait until you see what James Gunn has done with Guardians of the Galaxy… I was lucky to be able to see so much of it... and I gotta say, the cast is so damn good in this movie… Haha, you will see… August 1st!”
Watch the hilarious trailer for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' below and check out some awesome pictures even further down the page.
It’s finally time for you to take a look at Guardians of The Galaxy – the highly anticipated movie from Marvel starring Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Dave Batista and Lee Pace, to name just a few.
Chris Pratt doing his best impression of the old-school Matthew McConaughey
First off: this isn’t your average Marvel superhero movie featuring traditional all-American saviours clad in intricately designed suits. These guys are misfits, and the story adds levity to the well-trodden genre almost exclusively walked by Marvel themselves.
The new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' teaser gives a glimpse into the new action movie.
A 15 second teaser trailer has been released for Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's upcoming action epic, as fans wait patiently for a full-length trailer. The new teaser may be finished in virtually the blink of an eye but we're given a glimpse of just enough of the film to get that little bit more excited. For a start, we see a pretty hench Chris Pratt as his character Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord, as well as some mind-boggling special effects and death-defying stunts.
The First Teaser Trailer Has Been Released For Upcoming Marvel Action Movie, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy.'
There has been a great deal of chatter on the internet regarding the potential success of Guardians of the Galaxy and whether it'll be Marvel's first flop movie. The concern partly stems from the notion that an entirely new host of characters are being introduced all at once without any precursors in other movies. Some say that GOTG will not do as well as Marvel's most successful film, The Avengers, because the characters have not had the individual movie back-stories like the Avengers did.
Vin Diesel has revealed Universal's plans for 'Riddick' 4, but is another installement of the franchise really a good idea?
Yesterday Vin Diesel announced that a fourth instalment of the ‘Riddick’ series is on its way. In a video posted on his Facebook page he told his fans: ''Universal just called me and told me 'Riddick' is number one on the DVD charts. There's no way Riddick would have been made without you guys”. Adding, “it's a win for all of us and I really, really thank you so much. Yeah, I'm excited, and of course, Universal also says they want to develop the next one.’' However 'Riddick' is not really known as one of the sci-fi world’s most successful franchises, leading us to ask is a fourth movie really a good idea?
Diesel at the LA premiere of Riddick
The Riddick franchise tells the story of Riddick, an escaped convict who can see in the dark fighting in the 28th century. Our first taste of the character portrayed by Vin Diesel was in 2000’s Pitch Black. Despite a budget of $23million, the film became somewhat of a cult hit and ended up grossing over $53 million worlwide. However the film was seen more positively by fans than critics with many finding it too typical of the sci-fi action genre.
The public response to Diesel’s anti-hero Riddick however, was good enough to ensure a sequel with the character taking centre stage. First, however, came a straight to DVD animated feature further developing the Riddick character. The Chronicles of Riddick had a considerably bigger budget than its predecessor, reported to be around $105 to $120 million, however its box office performance was disappointing taking between $107 million and $115 million worldwide. Critics this time were even less favourable with many feeling that it lacked depth beyond showing off its star Vin Diesel. However the cult following built up by Pitch Black ensured that the movie performed well upon its DVD release.
It seemed that despite Diesel’s hype, the 'Riddick 'franchise was just not a box office performer. While the sequel’s poor takings made a 'Riddick' 3 look unlikely, Diesel’s other franchise The Fast and the Furious was enjoying renewed success. This plus good DVD sales caused ‘Riddick’ to be given the green light nine years after the previous instalment.
With a budget of $38 million, considerably less than its predecessor, ’Riddick’ grossed just over $98million dollars worldwide, despite opening at number one in its first weekend in North America. Critics were still not too favourable of the franchise.
What seems clear is the person who’s most excited about the whole 'Riddick' franchise always is Vin Diesel himself. The third film did not have the backing of Universal and Diesel revealed to The Hollywood Reporter last August that he had to leverage his house, adding, "if we didn't finish the film, I would be homeless.” The franchise still performs well in the DVD market, as demonstrated by Vin Diesel’s celebration of the third instalments sales, dancing to Katy Perry on video. However the box office numbers just don’t add up. Thats why Diesel’s admission yesterday that a fourth movie was on the way is somewhat surprising.
Continue reading: Is 'Riddick 4' Really A Good Idea?
Vin Diesel breaks it down to Beyoncé and Katy Perry as he celebrates the news of his 2013 action-film 'Riddick' topping the DVD charts.
Vin Diesel is one of Hollywood's top action stars, known for playing bad ass character's on the big screen.
So it came to a surprise when the 44 year-old revealed to be a fan of pop singers Beyoncé and Katy Perry.
A video, uploaded onto his official Facebook page on Tuesday (Jan 28th), show's Diesel dancing around, for nearly seven and a half minutes, while 'Drunk In Love' and 'Dark Horse' are playing in the background.
Vin Diesel's tribute to his late friend
Paul Walker’s death stunned everyone when he and Roger Rodas were involved in a fatal and fiery car crash in November last year. As one of the key stars of the Fast & Furious franchise and, by all accounts, a lovely guy, the news sent shockwaves through various media outlets, family, friends and fans alike.
The relationship between Walker and his ‘Fast’ co-star, Vin Diesel, was well documented. They famously argued and feuded – something the ‘Riddick’ actor latest admitted to regretting. But in tribute to his late friend and co-star, Diesel posted an 18-minute documenting their time together.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel's 18-Minute Tribute Video For Paul Walker
Dramatic graphic art sets the scene for the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' August release.
Dramatic artwork from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy comic book adaptation blockbuster have been released, giving the already rabid fans and insight into the fantastical world of Marvel and James Gunn's August 2014 movie.
Enrapturing Artwork Sets Our Imaginations Alight.
Slickly rendered art shows the franchise's key characters, including Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Chris Pratt's Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel's Groot, looking set to kill in various action poses.
Continue reading: Awe-Inspiring 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Concept Art Unveiled [Pictures]
Vin Diesel announced the release date of 'Fast and Furious 7' on his Facebook page. The death of Paul Walker caused producers to halt the film's production, however it seems the film will be released ahead of schedule in April 2015.
Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday (22nd December) when the producers of the seventh film announced it would be released, despite the untimely death of one of its stars, Paul Walker.
Paul Walker died in November aged 40.
Producers initially anticipated the film's release date would be delayed but it seems the film will be completed ahead of schedule. Fast and Furious 7 was initially slated to be released in Summer 2015. However, Vin Diesel announced the film would be released on April 10th 2015. In his statement, posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, Diesel included a still from his last scene with Walker.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Announces Fast & Furious 7 Release Date
Thanks Marvel, for confirming something even dogs could figure out
Vin Diesel has been hinting at his role in Guardians of The Galaxy for ages now, so Marvel confirming that Groot will be played by the deep-voiced Hollywood star doesn’t really come as a surprise. But it’s nice to know what’s going on.
"Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can't tell you how much I like this guy," the movie's director James Gunn wrote on Twitter linking to an image of Vin hugging a model of Groot.
Fast & Furious 7 is moving on, but will be released a year later than planned.
Fast & Furious 7 has gotten an official release date – April 10, 2015. Vin Diesel announced the news via his Facebook page on Sunday. Despite the tragic death of F&F star Paul Walker on November 30th, the production soldiers on, but will be released later than originally planned.
Vin Diesel announced the news, while also honoring his late co-star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walker will appear in the movie and his co-star’s message also pays tribute to the late actor. Diesel wrote: "The last scene we filmed together…There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we've come… Fast and Furious 7 will be released… April 10th 2015! P.s. He'd want you to know first…"
Its Official: Vin Diesel will use his vocal muscles to voice 'Groot' in the upcoming Marvel adaptation 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.
It is finally official, Vin Diesel will lend his voice for the sentimental tree-like hero 'Groot' in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.
Marvel studios made the announcement on Saturday (Dec 21st).
The upcoming movie, based on the comic book of the same name, follows a group of intergalactic heroes, led by Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord, as they are tasked with battling cosmic threats.
His family and friends have also said that they are still coming to terms with the actor's sudden death
Paul Walker's death was sudden and unexpected and perhaps unsurprisingly his family and friends are still struggling to come to terms with his death. As they come to terms with the actor's tragic demise, a report from HollywoodLife.com has revealed that his family will finally begin planning their final farewell to the star, in what has been deemed a "special funeral" service.
Walker has been fondly remembered since his passing
"They have not decided when the funeral will take place, it is still a work in progress,” a friend of Paul and his family told the gossip site. “They want to make sure that everyone who wants to mourn will be together and all schedules match. They hopefully will have more of an idea next week.”
Continue reading: Paul Walker's Family Planning 'Special Funeral' For Deceased Star
Among a flood of tributes to Paul Walker, friend and colleague Vin Diesel finally spoke out.
Four days after Paul Walker’s tragic death, his on and off-screen friend Vin Diesel has issued a statement in mourning. The actor wrote on his Facebook page: “Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me.”
Walker [l] and Diesel [r] have been close friends since filming the original 2001 Fast & Furious movie.
Following some comments, which popped up on instagram and twitter under Diesel’s name, but later turned out to have been posted by fake accounts, the actor shared some touching sentiments in his first real statement. His post begins with a quote by Thomas Campbell: “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die.” Diesel then goes on to express his grief in a statement, which has so far gathered thousands of likes and over 36,000 sympathetic comments, all lamenting the actor’s sudden death.
Filming for the seventh edition of the film series will commence despite Walker's death in a car crash this weekend.
Paul Walker died in sudden and tragic circumstances this week, prompting an outpouring of grief from across Hollywood for the loss of a beloved star and devoted father. In the face of such a tragedy, there was doubt placed on whether the Fast & Furious franchise would be able to go on without one of its main stars, however Sony Pictures have since confirmed that filming will continue and the seventh instalment of the series will be completed.
Paul Walker died tragically and suddenly
As stated by The Hollywood Reporter, production on F&F7 has been halted and will be delayed whilst the cast and crew come to terms with the loss of their friend and co-star. Still, there are no plans to abandon the project and whilst the film will be delayed beyond its planned July 2014 release, those speaking with THR said that Walker had already filmed most of his scenes and filming would be able to go on regardless of his death.
Continue reading: Paul Walker's "Tour De Force" Movie 'Hours' Set For Release Next Week
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Vin Diesel lead the tributes following the star's sudden passing
Following the tragic passing of actor Paul Walker earlier this week, there has been an outpouring of emotion from Hollywood on behalf of the 40-year-old actor. A number of celebrities have taken to their social media accounts to send their condolences to Walker's family and pay tribute to the fallen star.
Paul's death has shocked Hollywood, and the rest of the world
Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, both died in the fiery crash on Saturday, 30 November, after Rodas lost control of his Porsche Carrera GT and crashed it into a light post and a tree. The car burst into flames upon impact and both Walker and Rodas were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred as the pair were leaving a fundraising event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide, which was aiming to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan at the time.
Continue reading: Paul Walker Dead At 40: Hollywood Remembers The Fallen Star
DVD releases 2013: A comprehensive list for all your Christmas present-buying needs.
It’s been a pretty special year for cinema: we had Henry Cavill donning the big S and playing Superman in Man of Steel; Steve Carrell and his Minions sending everyone into raptures, and low budget horror, Insidious: Chapter 2 thrilling its way to the top of the box office. And with all these titles either just released, or coming out at some point in December, here’s your definitive Christmas DVD list, so you can be sure not to miss out on a single stocking filler. All release dates are American.
Kick Ass 2 - Released on December 17th
These super heroes might not have super powers, but they certainly kick ass
Continue reading: Christmas DVD Releases: From Superman To Minions - See What's Out, When
Lin will sit behind the camera for the next 'Bourne' film, due in cinemas in summer 2015
Justin Lin has been signed on to direct the next instalment of the Bourne franchise, which will see Jeremy Renner return as the star of the show. Filming for the fifth Bourne film is due to begin next year, with the movie expected to arrive in cinemas in summer 2015.
Lin, who masterminded the Fast and Furious franchise - which has become one of the most successful film series in history - was announced as the director of the next Bourne film via Deadline, who also revealed that Renner will be returning as Aaron Cross. The 2015 release is being written by Invictus and Sherlock Holmes writer, Anthony Peckham.
The fifth Bourne film will be Lin's first project since stepping down as the head of the Fast and Furious franchise - which grossed over $1 billion from the last three films alone - in place of James Wan. Universal have enlisted the help of Lin to hopefully propel the Bourne series to similar heights enjoyed by F&F.
The box office makes sweet reading for Vin and his Riddick buddies
Living up to his character in the film, Vin Diesel was the most wanted this weekend as cinema-goers flocked to see his survival epic. Riddick managed $18.7m, landing it the top spot for this weekend’s box office rankings.
Vin Diesel poses with his co-stars at the Riddick movie premiere
But while leading the box office is no bad thing, $18.7m does represent a slightly lower total than was predicted for the third entry to the Riddick franchise. Experts – and certainly the studio – had predicted/hoped (depending on which side you fall) that the dark action adventure would achieve something north of $20m, but it wasn’t to be.
Vin Dielsel's latest turn as the formidable Richard B. Riddick has shot to the top of the US box office in it's opening weekend
The third instalment of the 'Riddick' series, this time called Riddick, has shot to the top of the US Box Office on it's opening weekend with estimated takings of $18.7 million. In what has been a relatively disappointing weekend in terms of box office earnings, Vin Diesel's latest turn as the formidable ex-con Richard B. Riddick out-muscled it's nearest performer by around $10 mil. and managed to bring in less than $10 mil. from overseas markets such as the UK and Hong Kong.
David Twohy (L), Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff and Jordi Molla (R) attend the premiere of Riddick
After three weekends on top, "The Butler" has been bumped by a Vin Diesel sci-fi flick.
It was a tense fight, but this weekend’s box office goes to the Vin Diesel sci-fi action Riddick, meaning Lee Daniels’ The Butler has finished its three-week run. Riddick made $18.7 making it the first weekend box office winner of Hollywood’s fall season (estimates according to Hollywood.com). The Butler made around $8.9million and was closely followed in the box office chart by Instructions Not Included, We’re The Millers and Planes.
Vin Diesel seems filled with confidence of 'Riddick' release.
Vin Diesel has made a grand appearance on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie 'Riddick' which is finally set to hit theatres everywhere nine years after the previous movie.
The baritone-voiced action hero first appeared as Richard B. Riddick in 2000 with the movie 'Pitch Black' - a commercial success grossing more than $53 million worldwide from a $23 million budget.
However, 'The Chronicles of Riddick' fared significantly worse; with a budget between $105 and $120 million, its $110 million gross and harsh lashing from critics rendered it a royal flop. With 'Riddick''s considerably more modest budget of $38 million, Vin seems convinced that the sparkly-eyed alien badass can still be a hit, dubbing it's upcoming release as a 'victory'.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Says 'Riddick' Release Marks 'A Victory'
The gravely voiced actor will probably be playing Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' after all, and he isn't ending his collaboration with Marvel there
For a while now Vin Diesel has been dropping subtle hints that he's working on something that will have all the nerds in the west clipping their heels together in a joyous embrace of his future projects. Whilst promoting his new film, Riddick, the smooth headed star addressed the rumors persisting him about his future plans and revealed that he has a busy schedule lined up for the next four or five years.
With a voice like his, there's no end as to which character Vin could portray
The rumors surrounding Vin of late mostly refer to his potential role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, with many speculating that he will play the alien creature Groot; a mostly speechless character that from time to time bellows "I AM GROOT!" whenever it is necessary. In a recent sit down with Entertainment Weekly this was one of the most eagerly awaited questions to be asked, and despite being coy in his answer the actor pretty much confirmed that this is who he'll be playing in the adaption.
In a Marvel double whammy, Cooper's confirmed talks also came with the news that Elizabeth Olsen is in negotiations to play the Scarlet Witch in 'Avengers 2'
Marvel studios have two highly anticipated superhero ensemble films coming out in the next few years, with Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron heading to the big screen in the next two years. With casting for both movies almost under wraps, the Disney-owned company is just adding the finishing touches to the films, including finalising the full cast; enter Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Olsen, who are the latest names to be strongly linked with a role in one of the films.
Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Olsen are both in talks with Marvel to star in their upcoming films
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper is in talks with Marvel Studios to voice the character Rocket Raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, whilst Olsen is in discussions with Joss Whedon and co. to play the villainous Scarlet Witch in the sequel to The Avengers. Olsen's involvement was first announced by Bleeding Cool on Tuesday (20 August) before being confirmed by THR, with Cooper's involvement with GotG being first announced in Latino Review on Thursday (22 August). Marvel have made no comment on the potential appointments just yet.
Continue reading: Bradley Cooper To Play Rocket Raccoon In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'?
Check out these on-set photos
As Guardians of The Galaxy, Marvel’s superhero team have a pretty big catchment area, which includes London. Cast frm th movie were seen filming scenes on the Millennium Bridge over the River Thames over the weekend.
Cast film Guardians of The Galaxy in London
The highly anticipated film actually has its base in the English capital, with Shepperton Studios housing the production. Filming started yesterday with the cast sprinting over the Millennium Bridge.
This years annual Comic-Con saw the world premiere of'Agents of SHIELD,' an abundance of 'GoT' talk, TV schedule announcements galore and a host of other exciting announcements from the world of television and movies and more.
At the Mecca of Geekdom - the San Diego Comic-Con International - the annual Comic-Con kick started in front of an eager audience this Thursday (July 18), with the our-day event already revealing some rather juicy pieces of information about what future films and TV shows have in store. Here's what we know so far, following the first two days of geeky gossip at the annual gathering.
Smulders appeared in the 'Agents' pilot
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was one of the biggest talking points of the firsts two days, as ABC's Avenger's spin-off was discussed by a panel including Avengers director Joss Whedon and Agents... star Clark Gregg. Gregg discussed the miraculous recovery of his Avengers character Agent Phil Coulson, who was 'killed' by Loki in the first Avengers film only to return in time for his own starring series. Revelers got more than just a frank talk, as they were treated to a world premiere of the pilot episode for Agents..., which featured fellow Avengers star Cobie Smulders and was directed by Whedon. For those of you who weren't at Comic-Con, the series premieres on September 24.
This week's box office chart holds no surprises.
The critics definitely aren’t favoring After Earth this week and for ones, movie-goers seem to agree. M. Night Shyamalan’s crack at sci-fi, starring Will and Jaden Smith is hemorrhaging money at this point, with a measly taking of $10 million on Friday (according to The Chicago Tribune) and looking at an unimpressive $25 million in weekend takings. That’s definitely not enough to justify Sony’s $130 million investment in a project, which, it is becoming increasingly obvious, could turn out to be the year’s biggest flop. Of course, this might not be the final curtain for After Earth, but with earnings at less than half what the studio predicted (After Earth was predicted to debut at somewhere between $30 to $40 million) it isn’t looking good for the lackluster sci-fi adventure.
Meanwhile, the unlikely success of Fast & Furious 6 continues. This weekend the Dwayne Johnson flick isn’t quite putting the pedal to the metal like last week, but it’s still going at a steady $40 million on its second week of release. Then again, Fast & Furious definitely has the formula for a summer blockbuster – namely, cars, quips and scantily-clad people – down pat, while After Earth – a Frankenstein-like mix of sci-fi, drama and comedy – struggles to find its audience.
"Fast & Furious 6," will likely stay at No. 1 in its second weekend with an estimated $50 million over three days. Previous "Fast" movies have dropped sharply in their second weekends, but the strong opening for the sixth installment shows that the series may have hit its peak later on in the game.
This action blockbuster has something more, but what is it?
There are good films, there are bad films, and there are entertaining consumer films. The Fast and Furious has always fallen under the latter category, providing two hours of explosions, guns, cars and women.
We’re not suggesting for a second that The Fast And Furious 6 doesn’t provide those things, but, rather surprisingly, it’s gone one step further and impressed the critics, not to mention a fantastic performance at the box office. So often we’re used to seeing a little green splodge next to the Fast and Furious films on Rotten Tomatoes; they rarely managed an aggregate score over 50%. The sixth attempt, however, has blasted its way to a healthy 72%, with people praising the seamless thrill ride. An estimated $98.5m (£65.1m) saw it top the box office by a long way, setting records at the same time. It knocked the disappointing Hangover III out of the park – a film that would have liked to say goodbye in style, but, in the end, whimpered towards the finish line.
Continue reading: What Makes 'Fast And Furious 6' So Good?
Fast and Furious 6 is the king of the box office, for now
The Fast And Furious 6 surprised everybody by getting some good reviews. Perhaps what wasn’t so surprising, though, is that it zoomed to the top of the box office charts. A $122 million Memorial Day debut is looking likely, which will be the studio’s biggest opening of all time.
Universal's previous best opening was Jurassic Park entry The Lost World, which debuted to $90.2 million over Memorial Day weekend in 1997."This isn't just a car racing movie anymore. It's an action pic with broad appeal," said Universal president of domestic distribution Nikki Rocco. "And it played to a tremendously diverse audience." It wasn’t so pleasing for the Hangover III, though, which underperformed both critically and financially. "Tracking had us a lot closer. It was a little surprising that we didn't reach the $80 million mark, but I can't look at a $63 million or $64 million opening and say it wasn't solid," he said. "Obviously, the first choice was Fast 6, but hopefully people will get a dose of that film and then come back to us."
It's massive, utterly ridiculous and it works!
Throughout the surprisingly long life of Fast & Furious, we’ve come to think of the franchise as something of a joke. Macho men and beautiful women revving up engines and performing absurd stunts, with barely a thread of plot to hold the whole thing together. And yet, not only is Fast & Furious still around, but the sixth installment in the series is geared up to take the weekend box office charts by a landslide. The film grossed over $38 million domestically on Friday and is projected to cash in at $120 million by the end of the holiday weekend (according to USA Today) and it miraculously earned the approval of 75% of critics and 95% of fans on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Pardon us while we stop and wonder: how on earth did this happen?
Well, there’s obviously the very enticing presence of both Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel – both of whom look like your stereotypical tough guys, but turn out to be surprisingly relatable and have really good comedic pacing. Then there are of course the members of the supporting cast – Paul Walker, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Jordana Brewster – who’s clever and well-timed quips make this highly watchable. Then there are, of course, the machines, the explosions, your typical action flick fodder, which this franchise takes very seriously. But all that just makes for an entertaining, easily forgettable movie, perhaps one sequel. What Fast did and what’s helped the franchise not only live on, but become bigger and better, with the sixth installment being the best yet, where normally a franchise would be on its last leg, was to stop taking itself seriously. Somewhere around Fast Five the producers realized the ridiculousness of the whole premise and, instead of trying to disguise it, decided to just go for the full monty (we presume that’s how it was mentioned in meetings.)
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris and the Rock are all back for the sixth (but not last) installment of the franchise
Fast and Furious 6 gets it's U.S. release today and whilst many are scratching their heads at how the franchise ever managed to get to six films, critics and audiences alike are in agreement with each other that the big wigs behind the franchise have left the best film until last (Though there's probably going to be a seventh).
With original stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker joined by the likes of franchise regulars DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON and Ludacris (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges), the latest release is still very much a Fast & Furious film, but don't let that put you off just yet. With all the usual motoring chaos and carnage to expect, only this time round with a little added spice, the film is everything you could from a F&F movie, with added va-va-voom.
Continue reading: Fast And Furious 6 Is Released Today, And It Might Be The Best One Yet!
Rub your eyes in disbelief, Luhrmann's getting trounced
If at the beginning of the year you’d predicted that the Vin Diesel-starring Fast And Furious 6 would be getting more commercial and certainly critical acclaim than Baz Luhrmann’s hugely anticipated F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Great Gatsby, you’d have been deftly scooped up, carried urgently to the nearest psychiatric ward and been placed in a straitjacket with so many belts on it that you’d go around being known as ‘Auld Belty’ for the rest of your days.
It's been Vin Diesel vs. Leonardo Di Caprio at the UK Box Office
However, Gatsby has already been panned by many critics, while the sixth instalment of the brainless Fast And Furious series seems to have found favour. Now it looks like the film’s set to trounce Luhrmann’s movie at the box office too. The Independent reports that Fast And Furious 6 took more than £8.7 million at the UK box office on its debut weekend, which is more than double the £4.1 million taken by The Great Gatsby on its opening weekend. Sobering indeed.
Ex-convict Richard B. Riddick is back and more formidable than ever before. He is alone after being left for dead on a burning planet (not for the first time) but, as he is preyed upon by a new army of deadly creatures, he becomes more and more powerful making himself the biggest predator on the planet. His adversaries soon return, however, determined to finally have his head (literally) but with more than one advantage over them such as the ability to see in the dark, it becomes a brutal and deadly chase with only one likely victor. Riddick has his enemies just where he wants them in his bloody scheme to rescue his home planet Furya.
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Stars convinced that this will be the biggest and best installment yet.
Fast and Furious co-stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster have been giving us the low down on the forthcoming new film and the sixth of the franchise, Fast And Furious 6.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel And Fast And Furious 6 Co-Stars Talk New Movie [Video]
The 'Fast and Furious' franchise stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez are interviewed about the latest sequel 'Fast & Furious 6' in London. They discuss the size and scale of the movie and the chick fight between Michelle's character Letty and Gina Carano's character Riley.
'Everybody came together for this one and I think everybody across the board wanted to make this the best film which is rare', Vin explained. 'The size and scale is huge.. I think Justin [Lin - director] didn't want to be held back with too much reality on this. I think he just wanted to take off the training wheels and just go as crazy as he could go.' On her fight with Gina, Michelle explains her initial reservations about her character coming out on top despite Gina being an MMA fighter. 'I don't want it to be something fake, something that people are like, 'Yeah right, Michelle Rodriguez against an MMA fighter'', she says. 'So we got together with Justin Lin and developed the skillset and the mindset behind the fight.'
Dom, Brian and Mia may be living it up with $100 million dollars in their back pockets, but living the fast life hasn't been entirely beneficial as a hole in the lives has been left by the fact that they cannot return home after the trouble they got in with the law. When DSS agent Luke Hobbs approaches Dom to ask for his help nabbing a gang of highly-trained drivers who are leaving a trail of destruction everywhere they go, Dom is less than tempted by the offer. However, when Hobbs shows him a week old photograph of Dom's former love Letty who he thought was dead, he takes on the job with his friends, determined to find out the truth even if it's the last thing he wants to hear. In return for the capture of this gang of road miscreants, the trio are offered a full pardon for their own crimes. However, with the stakes this high, survival becomes the most sought after prize for their latest challenge.
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Dominic, Brian and Mia maybe $100 million richer following their daring heist at the expense of crime lord Hernan Reyes in Rio de Janeiro, but their lives have been left somewhat ruptured by the fact that they cannot return home despite DSS agent Luke Hobbs letting them go after they saved his life. However, they are given a chance to be pardoned in full when Hobbs enlists them and their team to help him take down a group of deadly mercenary drivers with their own formidable street racing skills. Things aren't as simple as that though, especially when Dom discovers that his former love Letty who he believed to be dead makes a return as the brutal and self-serving assistant of the criminal kingpin behind the organisation. Will the Fast and Furious team succeed in the dangerous mission with their lives and their chance to go home hanging in the balance?
Following the events of the Fast franchise's fifth instalment 'Fast Five', our favourite street racers are back with the upcoming 'Fast & Furious 6'. With a full all-star cast return, the movie looks set to be a hit following the trailer's debut at the Super Bowl XLVII. It has been directed by Justin Lin ('Annapolis') and written by Chris Morgan ('Cellular', 'Wanted') of the last three instalments and is scheduled to be released in the UK on May 24th 2013.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Elsa Pataky, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Joe Taslim, Rowena Diamond, Kim Kold,
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For the record, Rob Cohen's The Fast and the Furious -- which took the name from a 1955 Roger Corman racing flick, and updated the master's exploitation bent with well-deployed studio gloss -- was a perfectly enjoyable piece of work. Throwing squadrons of neon-colored muscle cars and a still-trying Vin Diesel into the middle of an overheated potboiler drama about family honor and loyalty turned out to be a genius stroke; the thing left scorch marks. It moved with the skillful speed of well-honed pulp. By contrast, the near-laughable Fast & Furious (directed by Justin Lin, who did the honors on the last installment, Tokyo Drift) tries far too hard and achieves very little.
Continue reading: Fast & Furious Review
At the start of the film, Riddick is being chased on a remote, frozen planet by some bounty hunters, whom he promptly dispatches and steals their ship to ride back to the planet of Helios Prime, where their employer was from. Once there, he finds out the bounty was put on him by one of Pitch Black's other survivors, Imam (Keith David, resplendent in flowing robes and a sharp goatee). Apparently, Imam and Aereon (Judi Dench), an ambassador from a ghost-like race called the Elementals, think that Riddick, being a member of the Furion race, will be able to help the galaxy fight off an onslaught of planet-destroying religious fanatics called Necromongers. The Necromongers are on a galactic jihad to bring about something called "the Underverse" and will convert or kill anybody in their path. But, before any of this can really be figured out, the Necromongers' gigantic armada crashes down on Helios Prime and things get really complicated. There's about ten minutes' worth of action that takes place later in a prison which, even now, after much contemplation, still makes absolutely no sense.
Continue reading: The Chronicles Of Riddick Review
Writer-director David Twohy creates an uncommonly vivid and comprehensive science-fiction universe in "The Chronicles of Riddick," complete with genuinely otherworldly planets and detailed cultural mythologies. But he spends so much time and energy on such minutiae that the film fails to live up to the promise of it all. His manifold details serve a standard action-star-against-an-army plot with substandard catch-phrase dialogue.
The title character and reluctant hero -- a ruthlessly efficient, prison-buffed mass-murderer with night-vision eyes played by thunder-voiced, chrome-domed Vin Diesel -- was first seen in Twohy's "Pitch Black," a seat-gripping, even more vivid and otherworldly alien-swarm horror flick from 2000 that helped launch the actor's tough-guy career.
Riddick saved a few crash-landed space-transport passengers from being eaten alive by spectacular CGI monsters in that movie, but when "Chronicles" picks up five years later, bounty hunters are still hot on the trail of the coldblooded escapee. The biggest reward isn't being offered for his capture, however. One of the "Pitch Black's" survivors (Keith David) is seeking Riddick's vicious muscle to help save his homeworld from an unstoppable evil.
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A Generation X cautionary tale about greed and impatience, "Boiler Room" is a sharp-edged, adrenaline-driven movie that takes place in the eat-or-be-eaten world of crooked stock trading.
Populated by 25-year-old, overnight millionaires who wear their testosterone on the sleeves of their tailored Armani suits, this is an imposing, vigorous and pulsating picture that could have been mighty and portentous if writer-director Ben Younger hadn't cribbed half the script from "Wall Street" and "Glengarry Glen Ross."
Giovanni Ribisi ("The Mod Squad") plays an unscrupulous college dropout looking to make a quick buck with an underground casino he runs from his rented row house. But he starts seeing much bigger dollar signs when a newly-rich (and Ferrari-driving) acquaintance recruits him to cold-call moneyed suckers and pitch them investments for his suspicious brokerage startup.
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More wow-worthy than an afternoon at the X-Games, more feebly-scripted than a gunfire-filled X-Box action game rated "M" for mature, "XXX" is cool, cool, cool until director Rob Cohen gets to the last act and has to make room between stunts to resolve the knuckleheaded plot.
Billed as a tattooed, testosterone-injected, street-smart, 21st Century usurper to James Bond's explosions-and-espionage glory, the flick is a custom-designed career vehicle for Vin Diesel, Hollywood's fastest-rising bald-and-bulging bad-ass. Considered a hot property after stealing all the thunder in "The Fast and the Furious," Diesel has re-teamed with Cohen, that film's director, for this picture about an extreme sports daredevil and social activist hoodlum recruited by the National Security Agency to go undercover where their Bond-ish, well-bred, erudite agents can't fit in.
The movie begins with Xander Cage (Diesel) -- known as Triple X because of a tattoo on the back of his neck -- swiping the new Corvette of a politician who wants to censor rock music and video games. He straps cameras to the car, then gives a live web-cast diatribe about the First Amendment while driving off a bridge into a gorge and parachuting to safety as the car blows up.
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In a reasonably fresh twist on the organized-crime genre, "Knockaround Guys" is a post-Tarantino-styled slick flick about a quartet of pampered gangsters' sons trying to prove their worth as wiseguys.
"To regular people we're stone f**ing goombahs," gripes sharp-dressed 20-something tough Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper), who has recently given up his dream of going legit as a sports agent because his last name scares the bejesus out of potential employers. "But to knockaround guys, to our fathers, we're nothing but errand boys."
Now Matty's plan for his crew to earn some respect within the mob has gone horribly haywire. Entrusted to deliver $500,000 cross-country, Matty enlists a paranoid, recovering cokehead buddy called Johnny Marbles (Seth Green) because he flies a small plane and can make the trip in a day or two. But while refueling at remote Wibaux, Montana airport, Marbles panics when eyed by the local law and lets the bag of money out of his sight.
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