Fast Six - Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Justin Lin

As family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn Paul Walker‘s tragic death, the filmmakers behind Fast & Furious 7 are left with the unenviable task of figuring out how to proceed without one of their stars. One of the options being floated, according to a recent report, is to scrap the movie entirely and start over from the beginning.

In the meantime, the studio has hit upon one way to honor the star’s memory. A portion of the proceeds from home entertainment sales of Fast & Furious 6 will go toward Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide. Hit the jump for more on Universal’s plans for both movies.

Update: Universal issued a statement this morning saying that Fast & Furious 7 has been shut down for now. The future of the film in its current incarnation is unknown. Read the statement below.

 

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Fast and Furious 7 - Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel

Prior to the car crash that claimed the life of Paul Walker this past weekend, production on Fast and the Furious 7 was set to resume this week in Atlanta after a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Now the production team faces not only the tremendous grief for their friend, but the fact that he was part of a huge undertaking that a giant corporation sees as a key element of its fiscal success for 2014.

There are conflicting details about the future of Fast 7 at this point, but the consensus at this point is at least this: the film must be significantly rewritten, and will likely be completed. Whether it will be finished in time for a July 11, 2014 release date — an ambitious plan even under prime circumstances — remains to be seen. Read More »

Paul Walker Has Died at Age 40

Paul Walker

Actor Paul Walker was killed Saturday afternoon in a car crash in Valencia, north of Los Angeles, according to TMZ. He was 40 years old. Walker was in a Porche that spun out of control and crashed, killing the actor in a fiery explosion. The actor’s representation confirmed that he had passed to Variety and other outlets.

Walker’s reps have since stated that he was a passenger in a friend’s car during a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide, and that both were killed in the crash. Read More »

Fast and Furious 7 - Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel

Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump:

  • Gareth Evans breaks down the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal
  • Michael Bay hints at a big theme from Transformers 4
  • Steven Spielberg gets a bit political while in Hawaii for Jurassic World
  • See more pics of Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 7
  • The 300: Rise of an Empire site offers new pics and footage

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Hours

We’re used to seeing Paul Walker drive really fast — across Brazil, across Europe, across South Africa — but Hours has him engaged in a very different kind of race. Against Hurricane Katrina. Yup.

Walker stars as Nolan, a new dad who finds himself trapped in the ultimate worst-case scenario. His wife (Genesis Rodriguez) goes into labor weeks early, dying while giving birth to a tiny baby girl who can’t even breathe without the aid of machines.

Then, as if that weren’t terrible enough, the levees break, New Orleans is evacuated, and the power goes off. Nolan is left alone in the hospital to keep his daughter alive via a hand-cranked generator, which can only provide power for three minutes at a time. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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First Look: Kurt Russell in ‘Fast & Furious 7′

Kurt Russell

It was only a few weeks ago that we first heard Kurt Russell could join Vin Diesel and company for Fast & Furious 7. Now, not only has that casting been 100% confirmed, we actually have our first look at the action star on set. Check it out after the jump.

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‘Fast & Furious 6′ – What Did You Think?

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Cast your mind back to the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious, a film that was derided from nearly all corners, and then look at this week’s release of Fast & Furious 6. It took a decade, but Universal’s car-racing franchise has evolved into “event” status. Whether you like the films or not, there’s no arguing that under the stewardship of Justin Lin, who took over as director with the third movie, this series of films has exploded as a fan favorite. Lin knows how to manage action, and he’s had a long-term plan to consistently up the ante on that front.

Much more importantly, Lin realized that consistent characters are what bring people back to the films. He talked Vin Diesel back into the fold and then developed a suite of characters to fill out four individual films that ultimately work as one interlocked narrative. It’s an action-movie soap opera, sure, but one featuring precisely the sort of reliance on character that very few other action series get right.

The sixth film pushes outward in every direction: there are more characters and amped-up drama, and the action setpieces are more improbable and ridiculous than ever. Fast & Furious 6 won’t ever be held up as a major moral statement, but there’s a lot to be said for the series’ general tendency to trumpet values in friendship and family. There’s a sense of values here that could also be present in, say, the Die Hard movies, if the last couple McClane sequels weren’t such botch jobs.

With Fast & Furious 6 in theaters now, we’re curious to know how you feel about the film. Does the action work, and do the interlinked stories and characters provide enough meat to flesh out all the time between setpieces? Let us know in the comments below, where spoilers are allowed and encouraged. Read More »

Fast and Furious 6 - flying from tank

The Fast and the Furious films have always done well, but 2011′s Fast Five really kicked the franchise up to a whole new level in terms of box office, critical praise, and gleefully over-the-top ridiculousness. With some luck, Fast & Furious 6 could raise the bar even higher. That shot of a car shooting out of  burning airplane, for example, seemed like a great start.

Helmed by returning director Justin Lin, the latest installment of the car-centric series sees Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) turning to Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the rest of the gang for help in catching a dangerous mastermind (Luke Evans). In exchange, our favorite thieves will get full pardons so they can return home. Complicating matters is the unexpected reappearance of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) whom they believed to be dead. Watch the last trailer after the jump.

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