On its opening weekend, Furious 7 grossed $392 million worldwide. That’s a jaw-dropping gross for a franchise that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Many figured an announcement of an eighth installment in the franchise would happen almost immediately. However, that was not the case. Star Vin Diesel seems confident in a sequel, even suggesting the franchise will go to New York. Another rumor says Eva Mendes‘ character, last scene as a cameo in Fast Five, could return. But don’t go buying your tickets just yet. Produce Neil Moritz says nothing has been settled about Fast and Furious 8, but it should be soon. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
On Easter Sunday, the Jurassic World Twitter account posted an image. Text read “The hunt is on. Happy Easter from Isla Nublar,” over a bunch of dinosaur eggs. The eggs had QR codes on them that linked to images from the upcoming film. Most of them we’d already seen, but another was incredibly interesting. This image featured a book called “God Creates Dinosaurs” by one Dr. Ian Malcolm, the character played by Jeff Goldblum in the original Jurassic Park films. See the Jeff Goldblum Jurassic World link and read more below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
The upcoming horror film Unfriended already has a unique look. From the first scene to the last, the entire thing takes place on a computer monitor as a bunch of friends interact on Skype and realize one of their dead friends may have returned, and is trying to kill them. However, what we learned at the WonderCon 2015 panel on the film is that director Levan Gabriadze took that concept to a whole new level. Each actor was in a separate room, actually on a computer, and they shot the entire movie in one take, in real time. Read More »
‘Furious 7:’ James Wan Talks Paul Walker’s Role, Plus Box Office Record, Tribute Video, Fast 8 Rumor
Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
It’s a Fast and Furious world, we’re just living in it. This past weekend Furious 7, the seventh film in the franchise, set the all-time April U.S. opening weekend box office record with a haul of $143.6 million. That also happens to be the 9th highest opening weekend of all time. Plus, the film grossed another $240 million overseas, for a grand total of $384 million worldwide on opening weekend. It looks to be on track to be the first $1 billion film in the franchise.
One of the many reasons for the large gross was a curiosity over how director James Wan handled the passing of his lead actor, Paul Walker. In our interview with the director, he talked about the decision in detail. Below, you can read that, and see a music video for the song used in the film. And if that’s not enough Fast and Furious for you, there’s even a brand new Fast and Furious 8 rumor. Read it all below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Why are you even reading a Furious 7 review? For most of the franchise’s enthusiastic audience there are only two questions to be answered about the latest sequel. One: does it do right by Paul Walker? Two: how does it continue the development of a film family while simultaneously expanding the scope of the increasingly insane action setpieces established by the previous two films?
Without spoiling specifics, the answer to the first question is that Furious 7 treats the late Paul Walker with more respect than it shows to anything other than cars and frantic punching. The answer to the second is more complicated. Furious 7 is more of a comic book movie than any other chapter in the series, with a few big setpieces and a lot of very repetitive action in between. It squeezes in one-liners, guest appearances and fluid camerawork wherever possible, but the returns are thin for anyone who isn’t already invested in this series. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Germain Lussier
James Wan is a big time director, but that wasn’t by design. Wan directed six movies before taking the wheel for this weekend’s Furious 7 and while many of them were huge hits, none of them compared to this. Furious 7 is a big budget blockbuster with six films preceding it. It’s also in a genre – action – that he’s never worked in. Films like Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring all connected with audiences, but they were set in small locations with moderate to small budgets. Furious 7 takes place all over the globe with some of the most insane stunts you’ve ever seen. It also had to cope with the terribly tragic death of one of its stars, Paul Walker. Which is all to say, James Wan really had to step it up.
We’ll leave the Walker discussion for after opening weekend but, with the film now in theaters, here’s the rest of our interview with James Wan. He talks about the challenge of Furious 7 acting as a sequel to two Fast and Furious movies simultaneously, changing his focus from horror to action, the size and difficulty of those massive action scenes, the fact The Rock does his signature WWE move in the film and the pressures of The Conjuring 2. Read our James Wan Furious 7 interview below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
As you might know, one of the many new additions Universal Studios Hollywood is an expansion of The Simpsons themed land. Previously The Simpsons Ride was just an overlay of the old Back To The Future Ride building, bringing a bit of Krustyland to the park. But now the ride is surrounded by an elaborate recreation of The Simpsons‘ hometown of Springfield.
Universal Studios Hollywood has now soft opened the new Springfield expansion. After the jump you can view a three and a half minute video walking tour of the newly completed The Simpsons expansion at Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes an interactive version of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and much more.
Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Furious 7 isn’t even in theaters yet but its star has begun teasing the follow up. Vin Diesel popped up on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week and said that Kurt Russell wasn’t cast in Furious 7 for Furious 7. He was cast for a story that happens afterward in New York, which is an obvious tease about Fast and Furious 8. Watch the video and read more about the Fast and Furious 8 setting below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
When Furious 7 opens this weekend, one big question fans will be asking is “How can the franchise possibly top the action in that?” Looking backwards, one of the ways Furious 7 ups the ante from Fast and Furious 6 is by casting bigger actors and better fighters. Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey and Tony Jaa are just a few of the new famous faces that join the cast for this latest installment in the mega action franchise. Adding marquee names is one way the Fast and Furious franchise can raise the bar again if and when an eighth film happens.
If that’s the case, the talent is already lining up. Oscar-winner Helen Mirren has said she’d love to be in Fast and Furious 8. Read the Helen Mirren Fast and Furious quotes below. Read More »