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Over the course of seven (and soon to be eight) movies, the Fast and Furious series has built one of the strangest and most likable ensembles in Hollywood history. Once everyone settled into their roles (and it took some of them a few movies to get there), these movies stopped being all about wacky car action and started being about these characters bouncing off each other, trading barbs and blows, but also stares of deep, brotherly affection and whatnot.

At this point, it’s hard to imagine the series without Dwayne Johnson, whose permanently sweaty Luke Hobbs has become provides the crew with a macho moral compass. That means it’s awfully hard to imagine that the role was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones.

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Fast 8 Trailer

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 »

CBS Star Trek Series

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Movie Park Germany is getting a Star Trek ride.
  • The Muppets are supposedly getting a new show at Walt Disney World.
  • Construction on Universal’s new Fast and Furious ride is ongoing.
  • The Florida Tower of Terror gets a special event…
  • …while the California version prepared to get re-themed into Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Watch Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean stunt show.
  • Updates on new attractions coming to Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • And more!

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Helen Mirren Red 2

Helen Mirren has played queens and soldiers and monsters and Shakespeare heroines. She’s a household name and a fashion darling, not to mention one of the few performers ever to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (winning an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy). But there’s one goal that’s eluded her until now. After confessing her “great ambition” last year to be in a Fast and Furious movie, Mirren reveals she’s finally managed to get herself cast in the next one.  Read More »

The Fast and the Furious Re-Release

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years since The Fast and the Furious hit theaters. At one time, it felt like the franchise might run out of gas, but once Dwayne Johnson arrived on the scene to help beef up the action in Fast Five, the game changed. Since then, the franchise realizes its potential to become an over-the-top action franchise with just the right amount of heart, and we apparently have one whole trilogy left to go.

For those who are feeling a little nostalgic for the original 2001 movie’s 15th anniversary, we have good news. You’ll be able to see the movie in theaters again this summer on the exact day it hit theaters a decade and a half ago. Get the details on The Fast and the Furious in theaters after the jump. Read More »

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Universal doesn’t want their Fast & Furious franchise to end anytime soon. Fast & Furious 7 made over $1.5 billion dollars at the box office, and even aside from the money, this series shows no signs of slowing down. Director Justin Lin raised the bar with Fast Five, making these movies more popular than ever before. Understandably, Universal wants to keep the brand going outside of the main franchise, and they may plan on doing that with spinoffs.

A new rumor indicates Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) will return for Fast & Furious 8, following her brief post-credits cameo in Fast Five and possibly ahead of her own spinoff film. Learn more about the potential Fast and Furious spinoff after the jump.

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Furious 7 Honest Trailer

The Fast and Furious films are essentially superhero movies at this point, with Dominic Toretto and his family as the Avengers, if the Avengers’ one shared superpower was the ability to break the laws of physics in really expensive cars. So it was probably just a matter of time before they borrowed another page out of the superhero movie playbook. Specifically, the one titled “Marvel-style shared universes.”

Star Vin Diesel has revealed that the team behind the franchise is in the early stages of developing prequels and spinoffs. But the focus for now is on getting three more proper sequels out (including Furious 8, to be directed by F. Gary Gray). More on the Fast and Furious shared universe plans after the jump.  Read More »

fast and furious 8 new york

There is all kinds of drama stirring behind the scenes of Fast and Furious 8 right now. The eighth film in the increasingly insane action series, which will kick off a supposedly final trilogy of movies, finally found its director in F. Gary Gray, but only after Furious 7‘s James Wan fled the series like his life depended on it… literally. So fans could use some good news about this movie right now. Well, they could use any news that isn’t about how nothing is going right behind the scenes.

So how about confirmation that Fast and Furious 8 will take place in New York? That’s good, solid, interesting, drama-free news, right?

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final Fast and Furious trilogy

Just last week, a report detailing some trouble behind the scenes of Furious 8 revealed that Universal Pictures was having trouble locking down a director, and there was even some chatter about producer and franchise star Vin Diesel being difficult to work with on set in the recent sequels, being heavily involved in the writing process, almost to a frustrating level.

However, Diesel himself has taken to Facebook, seemingly in an attempt to clear up some of the gossip about the production of the next sequel in the franchise, to explain what the hold up is in development. In addition, he’s confirmed that Universal is planning Furious 9 and Furious 10 for one final Fast and Furious trilogy that will begin with Furious 8. Read More »