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:

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  • 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
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  • 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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In a move that will surprise no one, former MMA fighter and Haywire star Gina Carano has just been cast in a still untitled film pitched as “The Female Expendables.” The project, which will be produced by Adi Shankar‘s company 1984 Private Defense Contrators (The GreyMachine Gun Preacher, Killing Them Softly) came together last month after the successful opening of The Expendables 2. Dutch Southern is writing.  Read More »

In Fast Six, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns as DSS agent Luke Hobbs. This time, his crew’s power is bolstered by the addition of Gina Carano, the former MMA fighter whose first film, Haywire, led to her gig in Fast Six.

The film is shooting now under the direction of Justin Lin, who returns to the director’s chair, and Johnson has tweeted a photo of he and Carano in costume on the set of the film. Read More »

Steven Soderbergh helped Gina Carano change careers from MMA star to actress when he and Lem Dobbs built the action film Haywire around her. In the wake of that film’s release, we’ve heard about possible next jobs for Carano, but now she’s set to join one of the biggest action franchises from any studio.

Carano is in talks to join Fast Six (or Fast & Furious 6, or Fast 6, or whatever the final title will be), where she’ll play alongside Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Vin Diesel. After beating the crap out of guys like Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender in Haywire, that should’t be much of a stretch. Read More »

Steven Soderbergh saw Gina Carano fight and decided to build a movie around her. The result was Haywire, released earlier this year. And now it seems that other filmmakers have seen Haywire, and want to make more movies around Carano. The former MMA fighter has been cast in a new action thriller called In the Blood, which sounds a bit like a gender-reversed riff on Taken. Read More »

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When we ran the first five minutes of Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire, starring Gina Carano, a few people mentioned something interesting in the comments. Those who’ve followed Carano’s MMA career said that her voice, as heard in the clip from the film, didn’t sound much at all like Carano.

Turns out there’s a reason. We know that Steven Soderbergh was taken enough with Carano’s physical presence to build a film around her. Some of that appeal may have been that she’s an unknown quantity on film. And it seems that Soderbergh wanted to emphasize every possible difference between Gina Carano and the character she plays on screen, so with Carano’s participation he did some work to alter her voice for the film. Read More »

Sadly, this one is for US residents only, because it uses a Hulu embed. Eventually I imagine this will end up on YouTube, but for now everyone outside the States will have to be patient.

One of Steven Soderbergh‘s last films (he’s planning to retire after shooting two more, The Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra), Haywire features MMA star Gina Carano and opens on January 20. You can see the first five minutes of the movie below.

The scene is one that you’ll see in much shorter form in various trailers for the film, but this full presentation of a confrontation between Gina Carano and Channing Tatum should really give you a good idea of what sort of fight scenes Haywire has to offer. This fight is serious. Read More »

Relativity Media unveiled Steven Soderbergh‘s action movie Haywire this past weekend at the AFI Fest, to mixed/positive reviews. The idea behind the movie is that Soderberg saw MMA fighter Gina Carano in action, and wanted to build a movie around her. He and screenwriter Lem Dobbs (The Limey) came up with a story about a betrayed covert ops specialist out for revenge, dropped Carano in the middle and surrounded her with actors like Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender.

The trailers we’ve seen so far tried to balance action, dialogue, tension and character, but this new trailer basically goes all out for action. Consequently it looks great. Read More »