Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Fast 8 has wrapped filming and promises a trailer this winter. One cast member who is still in flux is Jordana Brewster, who plays Mia Toretto. She has not been included in any of the photos released from the set, and Brewster herself was unsure whether or not she would appear in the film, or at least was playing up the doubt in the press. Brewster stars on the Fox TV series Lethal Weapon so I spoke to her at the Fox Television Critics Association party.
“I’m not really sure what’s happening with my role,” Brewster said when I asked if she’d wrapped Fast 8. A logical question as she was gearing up to do weekly episodes of Lethal Weapon. Read More »
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While Fast 8 has been in production over the past few months, we’ve been treated to plenty of cool glimpses behind the scenes featuring director F. Gary Gray and the ensemble cast hard at work, not to mention some of the awesome vehicles we’ll see racing around. However, all those updates will soon be far less abundant as production is close to finishing.
This past Friday was the last #FastFriday post from the official Facebook page for the Fast and Furious franchise. Surely that will disappoint some fans, but the good news is they delivered that new photo of the cast up top, and they told us when we can expect to see the first Fast 8 trailer arrive. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a while. Find out when you’ll get your tease of the 2017 sequel after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fresh off of one high-profile remake, Antoine Fuqua is already circling another. The Magnificent Seven director is reportedly in talks to direct a remake of Scarface. Like the 1960 Like the 1960 Magnificent Seven, the 1983 Scarface — the one everyone knows with Al Pacino — is itself a remake. The original original Scarface was a 1932 drama from Howard Hawks and Howard Hughes, and that, in turn, was an adaptation of a 1929 novel. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, a genuinely thrilling sci-fi actioner that made the most of Tom Cruise‘s charisma and turned Emily Blunt into a bonafide action star. So when we heard Liman and Cruise were reuniting for Mena, we were all in. But it looks like it’ll be a while before we find out how their new project actually turned out.
Universal has pushed back Mena by over eight months, from January 2017 to fall. And while they were at it, they slapped on a new title as well: Mena will now be titled American Made. Read More »
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- New images from Bad Santa 2.
- Dwayne Johnson once again teases a prison brawl from Fast 8.
- John Cho discusses a deleted scene from Star Trek Beyond.
- Michael Jordan has another star in mind for Space Jam 2.
- And J.K. Rowling discusses the last Harry Potter adventure.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
If there’s one thing everyone seems to agree on right now, it’s that 2016 has been the freaking worst. But even now, there are occasional reminders that this world isn’t a completely terrible place. Earlier this year, Helen Mirren‘s dearest wish came true when she was finally cast in a Fast and Furious movie — and today, she’s even got a photo to show for it. Click through to see Mirren cozying up to Vin Diesel on the set of Fast 8. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
One of the few unqualified success stories to emerge from the barren wasteland that was this summer’s box office was The Secret Life of Pets. The animated adventure by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment has earned over $400 worldwide, with several big markets still to go, and was even warmly received by critics to boot. (Well, our own Ethan Anderton excepted.)
Naturally, that means the companies want to cuddle up to Duke and Max and Gidget again. As we’ve basically assumed all along, Universal and Illumination are planning a Secret Life of Pets sequel, and now they’ve even set a date. Read More »
Jason Bourne is a heartbreaking movie. In a summer filled with sequels that have let audiences down, in a year where so many franchise films have failed to justify their existences beyond the margins of an accountant’s logs, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon were supposed to return to this series and remind everyone of how it’s done.
Jason Bourne is fine. It’s no disaster. It’s no debacle. Individual scenes and performances work. However, in its best moments, all it serves to do is remind you of just how good the original three movies were and how this one can’t quite capture that same energy. Instead, it falls back on familiarity and cliche, which is the most tragic thing you can say about a series that reinvented the espionage thriller well over a decade ago.
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This past weekend brought Jason Bourne to theaters after being away for nearly a decade. The sequel hasn’t fared too well with critics, earning a 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences turned out enough this weekend to take it to the top of the box office. Still, it’s hard to deny that Jason Bourne doesn’t exactly deliver as high of quality storytelling in the spy thriller arena as the three predecessors starring Matt Damon.
However, as you probably noticed, Jason Bourne definitely hit all the same notes as each of the chapters in the Bourne trilogy, which all involved Matt Damon learning a little more about his character, getting in a cool car chase, and finding out that the person in charge of finding him is just a puppet for something larger. At least, that’s how the Bourne trilogy Honest Trailer breaks it down, complete with an apt comparison to a Pixar favorite. Watch below! Read More »