Fast and Furious 6 - Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez

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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Fast and Furious 6 - Vin Diesel

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 »

Fast Five - Luke Hobbs

Dwayne Johnson‘s gone from franchise to franchise the past few years, but now he may finally be ready to lead an offshoot of his own. The actor reveals a Luke Hobbs spinoff could “possibly” arrive after Fast & Furious 6. Also after the jump:

  • Johnson also talks Bond and Expendables 3
  • The Transformers series will return to Chicago
  • Scary Movie 5 gets a slightly less crass poster
  • No, Meryl Streep will not be in Anchorman 2
  • See Bruce Willis‘ international G.I. Joe poster
  • Cobra Special Forces has a message for the Joes
  • Hatchet III teaser is all about Victor Crowley
  • Monsters University reacts to March Madness

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/Filmcast Ep. 218 – Side Effects

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Dave, Adam, and Devindra discuss why Flight is a failure, explain why Community is a shell of its former self, and list their most anticipated films of 2013.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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Ah, yes, the Fast and the Furious franchise: Where a man can fly from one fancy speeding car to another in the middle of the highway while a tank wreaks havoc in the background. See that photo and more after the jump. Also:

  • Jocelin Donahue is young Barbara Hershey in Insidious 2
  • Helen Mirren teases some of her big action scenes for Red 2
  • Yes, Rafe Spall will appear in Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End
  • Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Trek character is a very modern terrorist
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks Transformers 4
  • A Good Day to Die Hard unveils a Valentine’s Day-themed spot
  • The gang’s all here in a fresh batch of stills from Fast & Furious 6
  • See some colorful high-res images from The Muppets… Again

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We haven’t seen too much from Fast & Furious 6 yet, but Universal has apparently chosen Super Bowl weekend to get the marketing push started in earnest. A few days ago, they revealed the full synopsis, and earlier this weekend they unveiled the first poster. Now, in the middle of the big game, we’ve finally gotten our first look at some footage in the form of a 60-second TV spot. Check it out after the jump.

Watch other 2013 Super Bowl spots at these links: Iron Man 3World War ZStar Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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Fast Five wound up being one of 2011′s most unexpected pleasures, so hopefully we’re in for a treat when the first footage from Justin Lin‘s Fast and Furious 6 (or whatever it winds up being called) airs during the Super Bowl this weekend.

To prep fans for the unveiling, Universal has finally released an official synopsis explaining just what Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), and the rest of the gang will be up to in the new film — and how exactly Luke Evans‘ villain and the presumed-dead Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) factor in. Read it after the jump.

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How easy is it to walk away from a franchise after delivering its biggest-ever success, especially when the span of the series covers fifty years? Director Sam Mendes has waffled on the idea of doing another Bond, at first suggesting that he wouldn’t do a second Bond movie prior to the release of Skyfall, and slowly seeming more open to it. Now that the film is a monster success, is he rethinking?

We know that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on Bond films since The World is Not Enough, won’t be back for Bond 24, and that Skyfall writer John Logan has been hired to draft the 24th and 25th films in the series. But Wade also says that the story idea for Bond 24 comes from Logan and Mendes… so is there a chance that Mendes will returns after all? Probably too soon to say, but here’s what Wade had to say in a press release confirming his and Purvis’ departure from the series:

We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.

We probably won’t get any confirmation of the talent set for Bond 24 for a while, but at least we might have real info on that movie sooner than we do for the new Star Wars film.

More sequel news is after the break, including:

  • Star Trek Into Darkness will feature native IMAX film footage post-converted to 3D,
  • Zachary Quinto addresses rumors that the Trek sequel is his last,
  • Sylvester Stallone offers possible plots for The Expendables 3,
  • Vin Diesel delivers a couple new The Fast and the Furious 6 shots,
  • David Twohy debuts the Riddick logo and a look at Karl Urban in the film,
  • and new toys show off a couple new Monsters University characters.

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