Michael Bay has never attempted a movie as complex as Pain and Gain. He’s made plenty of films that flaunt action, crime and sex, but Pain and Gain isn’t one of them, at all. Below its glossy surface, Pain and Gain is a dark, terrifying true story of one man’s twisted view of the American dream and how he strives to achieve it. That means the film’s main characters — played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie — are not good people. They have good traits, maybe even good hearts, but though they’re presented as muscle-bound super men, they’re not good people.
Making an entertaining and thought-provoking movie filled with despicable characters is not an easy task. It’s a tonal nightmare and Bay struggles with that balance from the very beginning of the film. Ultimately, he finds a groove and the film may win you over, but the journey to that point is as bumpy as a muscled arm. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Even among this summer’s crowded lineup of blockbuster sequels, Fast and Furious 6 manages to stand out as one of the most highly anticipated releases of early summer. The trailers and promos so far have been gloriously high-octane, highlighting the fancy automotive tricks that are the series’ claim to fame.
The newest featurette highlights still more explosive new footage, but also reveals a bit more about the story and characters. Vin Diesel, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, and more discuss what’s driving the players, and how they bounce off of each other. Watch it after the jump.
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The finale of the Dwayne Johnson Spring Movie Extravaganza comes May 24 with Fast and Furious 6. It’ll be The Rock’s third major film in three months and it features an expansion of his supporting role from Fast Five. Johnson returns as Luke Hobbs, a federal agent who puts aside his differences with Dom and Brian (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) to help bring down a much worse criminal, played by Luke Evans.
Though we haven’t seen Fast and Furious 6 yet, one would assume Hobbs survives for the series finale, Fast and Furious 7, likely directed by James Wan. However, in a new interview, Johnson admits if the Fast Seven shooting schedule lines up as rumored (Vin Diesel said it’s shooting in Los Angeles this summer) he won’t be able to be part of it as he’ll be overseas shooting Brett Ratner’s Hercules.
Check out Johnson’s brand new, character-centric poster and read some quotes, below. Read More »
The final poster for the final Justin Lin Fast and Furious movie has just been released. The tagline reads “All Roads Lead To This,” with a full hero shot of Fast and Furious 6 cast members including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Jordana Brewster. Noticeably absent are the bad guys, including Luke Evans and Gina Carano. I’m sure we’ll get more of them as we approach the film’s May 24 release. Check it out below. Read More »
Universal has turned the Fast & Furious franchise into a juggernaut that fans love — I’d wager that I see more anticipation expressed for Fast & Furious 6 on a daily basis than I do for any other summer tentpole slated for release this year. By crafting a series of tightly interconnected stories, the studio (and screenwriter Chris Morgan and director Justin Lin) have pinpointed exactly what audiences want: big action with entertaining actors, and a story throughline to match long-form television.
Seems so simple, but only Marvel is building the same sort of structure, and capturing fans the same way.
Fast & Furious 6 arrives on May 24, and in a note about an early screening of the film Vin Diesel says that the reaction to 6 is good enough that shooting on Fast & Furious 7 is already set for this summer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Harrison Ford doesn’t “even want to discuss” Star Wars, but plenty of other people do. Also after the jump:
- Fans petition the White House for National R2-D2 Day
- A Lucasfilm exec blogs about animation layoffs
- Carrie Fisher will be at Star Wars Celebration
- Ian McDiarmid wants to return as Palpatine
- The Rock is “very excited” for Episode VII
- Diane Kruger would also love to do Star Wars
- Darth Vader attacks Tokyo (Disneyland)
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Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie are about to get the full, Michael Bay Miami treatment in the action comedy Pain & Gain. A new red-band trailer for the April 26 film has just been released and it gives a great idea of the humor in the film, complete with language, violence and plenty of skin. Check it out below, along with a new TV spot and a few new stills. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
If action heroes are your thing, you’re covered this spring. G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s nine-month delay finally comes to an end this weekend, while Joseph Kosinski‘s gorgeous sci-fi adventure Oblivion opens a few weeks later. New spots for both have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.
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