Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 by Angie Han
I’m not sure exactly why this is happening, but hey, I’m not about to complain. As part of something called IMAX Big Movie Week, AMC Theatres is bringing back three past blockbusters to IMAX screens for one week starting today: Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek, and Fast and the Furious five-quel Fast Five. And the best part is, tickets will cost just $7 each. That’s significantly cheaper than regular, non-IMAX tickets cost in many AMC theaters, so it’s a pretty sweet deal. More details after the jump.
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So there will be a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, possibly subtitled Cobra Strikes. That naturally led to supposition that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might return as Cobra Commander. Given that most of the characters from the first film are said to be no-shows this time (Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes and Duke are the returnees) his presence would be welcome.
But now Joseph Gordon-Levitt has put an end to the conversation, saying that he won’t be back, either. So Jon M. Chu will have a pretty clean slate for the sequel — whether that is good or bad I’ll leave up to you, ardent fans of the first. The director has insisted that “we’re really trying to break it down and take the shine off and show that my Joes were the ones in the mud, the sand and the trees and in the epic worldwide adventures” so that could be a good thing. [Collider]
After the break: we knew there would be a sixth film in the Fast and the Furious series, and now it appears that Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth and fifth movies, will be at the helm of #6, too. Read More »
I was pretty skeptical when I heard that director Justin Lin would be making another Fast/Furious film. While Tokyo Drift was solid, Fast and Furious was lifeless and dull (though that didn’t stop the latter film from making a boatload of cash upon its release). For Universal, a studio that’s had a pretty rough past few years, the Fast/Furious franchise is the closest thing it can get to a sure thing. Right?
In my opinion, Fast Five, which is out in theaters today, is a shot in the arm for a moribund franchise. Not only does it trade on the nostalgia of reuniting virtually every character from the previous films, it also has action set pieces so audacious and ridiculous that they demand to be seen on the big screen (as if to emphasize this, the film is opening in IMAX theaters too).
What did you think of the film? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Assume SPOILERS lie after the jump.
Universal is preemptively prepping the sixth entry in the [The] Fast and/or [the] Furious saga — having already hired on the series’ go-to writer to tackle the screenplay — and based on how well Fast Five is performing in the territories it’s already been released, their hubris will likely pay off. But that doesn’t mean they intend to just keep milking the franchise until it runs its course. Oh, they’ll keep milking it alright, but their strategy is to mix up the genre appeal of the films, hopefully generating interest among those who have previously written them off as being nothing more than dumb action films for car nuts. Read More »
This week will be saturated with press for Fast Five, Universal’s latest entry in the car racing action franchise that the studio plans to stretch into infinity. But the best thing you’re likely to see about the film is after the break: a video clip in which the hosts of Today Now! on the Onion News Network interview Fast Five (and Wanted) screenwriter Chris Morgan. He’s not quite as… mature… as I thought he’d be. Read More »
Yahoo Movies has just premiered the brand new trailer for Fast Five, the fifth film in the Fast and the Furious franchise, scheduled for release on April 29. Stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Ludacirs, Tyrese and Sung Kang all return from the previous films and face off against a specialized law officer played by Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Justin Lin, who also did the third and fourth films, it will play in both regular and IMAX formats. Check it out the new trailer after the jump. Read More »
We thought global warming was heating up the planet, but really it’s Hollywood. They’re making it summer all year long. The first weekend of May is generally considered the beginning of the summer movie season but, as those three months got more and more crowded, that date slowly crept into late April. Now, 2011 changes that like never before.
So many potential blockbusters staked their claim on prime May, June and July 2011 release dates, in some cases, years in advance, Hollywood was forced to change its thinking more than usual. For the next two months, each and every weekend has at least one or two films that, in the past, would have easily been considered summer blockbusters and it all begins this Friday, March 4. So, is it crazy to say that the summer of 2011 begins in March? We don’t think so. Look at the list of films opening between this week and Thor on May 6 and tell us that, in almost any other year, these movies would not be considered summer blockbusters. Read More »