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Some new pics, some casting, and some very interesting quotes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ethan Suplee is also back for Mallrats 2
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 books Bella Thorne
  • Sam Jones says he’s already set for Ted 3
  • Sharknado 3 will be “the worst,” says the Hoff
  • See Zoolander and Hansel model for Valentino
  • Vin Diesel predicts Best Picture for Furious 7
  • There will be a gay couple in Independence Day 2
  • James Wan is getting to work on The Conjuring 2
  • Simon Pegg is “terrified” to write Star Trek 3

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Paul Walker Fast Furious 6

Furious 7 is a little over a week away and fans of the franchise are going to flip. The action is bigger, the emotion is deeper, and the way the franchise pays tribute to the tragedy of Paul Walker‘s death is incredible. No spoilers, but watching the film, I cried more than I’ve cried in a movie in years. It’s a truly beautiful send-off that was put together using many different techniques. We’ve already reported that Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb were on set to help out. But producers also used unused footage from previous movies to complete some key shots.

Again, we won’t spoil any of the specifics but Weta Digital was reportedly employed to complete a process that used old footage digitally composted onto new shots. Director James Wan wouldn’t confirm that to us, but a new report does. Below, read his quotes about the Paul Walker Furious 7 magic and more. Read More »

Furious 7 Rock

Furious 7, directed by James Wan, opens in a couple weeks, and Universal has dropped a new clip. We saw the film last weekend at SXSW, and didn’t love it, but can’t argue with the fact that it gives some fans what they want, and acts as a respectful send-off to the late Paul Walker.

But this clip has nothing to do with the latter, and everything to do with the former. It shows off an encounter between Jason Statham, playing the film’s big bad, and The Rock, playing the film’s sweatiest law-enforcement machine. Read More »

Furious 7 early reactions

Universal Pictures held a surprise 12:07 premiere of James Wan‘s Furious 7 at South By South West (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin Texas on Sunday night. The seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, which will hit theaters on April 3rd, screened to a packed crowd at the historic Paramount theatre. What was the response? Hit the jump to check out the Furious 7 early reactions.

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Furious 7 car drop

A recent extended clip from Furious 7 showcased the film’s setpiece in which the main characters drive cars out of a C-130 military transport plane, deploying parachutes to ease themselves safely to ground. Now a new featurette shows how that Furious 7 car drop was done.

No, Vin Diesel wasn’t actually skydiving in a car, but there’s still a whole crew grabbing shots of the cars in-air. You’ll see skydivers with helmet-mounted cameras falling along with the cars, as a helicopter hovers around them spotting for everyone as camera crews on the ground aim their lenses at the sky to shoot cars as they approach. See the making-of footage below. Read More »

Furious 7 extended

I’d imagine you know everything you need to know about Furious 7 before hitting the theater in April. It’s the late Paul Walker’s last film, and it reunites much of the rest of the cast of the last few films and also brings in some new blood for a story about family (of course) and vengeance. Tonight a Furious 7 extended look went online, giving us a big excerpt of a scene that shows just how big and crazy this movie wants to go. Check it out below.

There’s also a new poster, and it’s a pretty great one-sheet — trouble is, we’ve only got a medium-sized version of it right now. Read More »

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The summer starts early this year when James Wan‘s Furious 7 hits theaters on April 3.

The seventh film in the Fast and Furious franchise picks up where part 6 (and part 3) left off, taking the franchise into the unknown for the first time in years. Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the rest of the team will once again join up with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and others to battle a new foe, played by Jason Statham. Kurt Russell joins the action, as do Djmon Hounsou and Ronda Rousey. Lucas Black returns, too. It promises to be the biggest Fast and Furious film yet, which is saying something if you’ve seen the last two.

This week, a few new clips have made their way online. One is a new international Furious 7 trailer that has a few new shots at Race Wars – a callback to the first film – and then there’s a new TV spot. Check them out below. Read More »

Furious 7 Super Bowl

When you think “movies” and “Super Bowl commercials,” in recent years that meant one thing: The Fast and the Furious. The sixth film had a huge Super Bowl spot in 2013 and in 2015, the gang is back.

The Furious 7 Super Bowl commercial is now online. And it’s EPIC. Directed by James Wan, the film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucase Black and Jason Statham. It opens April 3. Read More »

James Wan Insidious 2

Briefly: The team behind Saw and Insidious both had their new horror movies moved around on the schedule today. Insidious Chapter 3, written and directed by Leigh Whannell, has been moved back one week to June 5, 2015. One year after that his partner in crime, James Wan, will release The Conjuring 2. The new Conjuring 2 release date is set for June 10, 2016.

Whannell wrote the first two Insidious films with Wan directing, before moving on with the franchise solo. In the interm, Wan went on and made Furious 7. The pair also co-created the Saw franchise. [Box Office Mojo]

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