The world was rocked this weekend when actor Paul Walker died in a car crash at the age of 40. As someone who has followed his career since the very beginning, and has seen every Fast and Furious movie opening night, the news hit me much harder than I expected. Walker was such a fun person to watch. His presence and energy always burst through the screen and to see him blossom with growing franchise was continually rewarding. He was just at the beginning of a career that could have went anywhere.
That said, I couldn’t make it 50 seconds into a video Universal Pictures created as a tribute to Walker without the tears starting. It’s a beautiful, emotional piece of work. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
As family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn Paul Walker‘s tragic death, the filmmakers behind Fast & Furious 7 are left with the unenviable task of figuring out how to proceed without one of their stars. One of the options being floated, according to a recent report, is to scrap the movie entirely and start over from the beginning.
In the meantime, the studio has hit upon one way to honor the star’s memory. A portion of the proceeds from home entertainment sales of Fast & Furious 6 will go toward Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide. Hit the jump for more on Universal’s plans for both movies.
Update: Universal issued a statement this morning saying that Fast & Furious 7 has been shut down for now. The future of the film in its current incarnation is unknown. Read the statement below.
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It’s no spoiler to say the end of 2013′s Fast and Furious 6 sets up 2014′s Fast and Furious 7 in a major way. The end credits tag introduces a brand new villain and ties the franchise back into its awesome black sheep entry, The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. We won’t see exactly how this new villain and setting plays out until director James Wan releases the sequel on July 11, but the soon-to-be-released Blu-ray for the sixth film does feature a full scene from the seventh. Read about it below, but beware of major spoilers for the previous films. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:
- Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
- James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
- Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
- Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
- Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
- Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
- Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters
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There’s a lot of controversy on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction as principal photography concludes. But that’s not all in today’s Sequel Bets. After the jump, read about the following:
- Michael Bay sets the record on the “extortion” rumors regarding Transformers: Age of Extinction.
- Check out a brief glimpse of what the new Bumblebee might look like.
- Harrison Ford said he’d love to be in Star Trek 3.
- Miles Teller believes Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, is aiming at an April start date.
- Vin Diesel tweeted two Behind the Scenes images from Fast and Furious 7.
- Ridley Scott confirms Prometheus 2 is indeed still in the works.
- Paramount has asked for a fourth Jackass sequel.
- Soul Surfer herself, Bethany Hamilton, will be in Dolphin Tale 2.
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A few months back when Fast and Furious 6 was kicking ass at the box office and a seventh film was fast-tracked, producers talked about the schedule of Dwayne Johnson being a bit of an issue. The action star had committed to filming Hercules: The Thracian Wars with Brett Ratner, which has a July 25, 2014 release date, and was expected to return for James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7, which is scheduled for July 11, 2014.
So what’s the answer? A lack of sleep for Johnson. The actor just tweeted an image of himself in both Hercules and Fast and Furious 7, marking the end of one shoot and beginning of the second. Read More »
The more that’s slowly revealed about James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7, the more excited I’m getting for the film. Last year we heard Jason Statham was going to be the main bad guy in the film, then Kurt Russell was cast, Djimon Hounsou joined up, and a few weeks ago fans went nuts when Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black joined tying the whole franchise together.
Wan has also been building anticipation through his Twitter feed, @CreepyPuppet, and the latest photo is the best yet. It’s an Aston Martin driven by the film’s villain. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:
- Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
- New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
- Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
- Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
- Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
- See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4
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