han in f9

The death of Han (Sung Kang) in the Fast and Furious franchise is one of the series’ single most important moments. It sparked the #JusticeForHan movement, has been depicted numerous times from several different angles across multiple movies, and Han’s impending doom cast a melancholy shadow over the films set before that event on the franchise’s complex timeline.

But somehow, Han is back in F9, and early reviews suggest that his return is handled in a satisfying way. So how exactly does that resurrection happen? Actor Sung Kang is not telling – in fact, he wanted to preserve the reveal so badly that he didn’t even share the secret with his wife. Read More »

Jurassic World Dominion Footage

The first official footage from Jurassic World: Dominion is here, and it offers a glimpse of plenty of prehistoric action. The just-released footage is part of a longer extended look at the film that will be playing exclusively in IMAX theaters before screenings of F9. The footage takes us back 65 million years ago to when real, non-cloned dinosaurs walked the Earth. You can watch a snippet of the footage below.

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History of Product Placement in Movies and TV

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, take a look at the surprisingly deep history of product placement in movies and TV over the decades. Plus, get a refresher on the entire Fast and Furious franchise before F9 speeds into theaters this coming weekend. And finally, check out a roundtable discussion with TV directors such as Zach Braff (Ted Lasso), Rick Famuyiwa (The Mandalorian), and Lena Dunham (Industry). Read More »

F9 Clip

Buckle up, y’all! Alamo On Demand is hosting a 24-hour online Fast and Furious marathon. You can relive the action 20 years in the making, featuring features friendships, rivalries, a little bit of romance, epic stuntwork, and a whole lot of fast cars, all from the comfort of your home. Here’s what you need to know.

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F9 behind the scenes videos

F9 explodes into theaters next week, and with more than a year of extra anticipation from fans, many of whom are eager to return to theaters for a big event movie, it feels like this could be one of the biggest box office hits of 2021. Director Justin Lin returns to the franchise for the first time since 2013, and his love of practical stunts and special effects is evident in this new batch of F9 behind-the-scenes videos, which showcase several of the film’s big action moments.
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Fast and Furious Franchise Ending

On the June 15, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editorial director Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman to talk about the latest film and TV news, including Vin Diesel possibly joining the Avatar sequels and in Our Feature Presentation, /Film writer Hoai-Tran Bui interviews F9 director Justin Lin.

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justin lin f9 interview

When Justin Lin was directing 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, the idea of bringing the action series to an end was a pipe dream. Lin was preparing to exit the Fast and Furious franchise, moving on to direct a Star Trek film and episodes of prestige TV like True Detective, and the concept of bringing the Fast and Furious movies to a satisfying close was something better suited to casual chatter with star Vin Diesel, not something that was actually on the table. Cut to nine years later, and Lin is preparing to bring the first part of Fast and Furious‘s closing trilogy to theaters. But the movie has been long in the works, with the story stemming back to those conversations that Lin had with Diesel and Paul Walker, before the latter’s death in 2013.

“Vin [Diesel] would come in and talk and Paul [Walker] was actually part of that conversation,” Lin told me in an interview ahead of the U.S. theatrical debut of F9. “And I’ve always thought it was just an exercise, I was thinking, ‘We’re never going to realize it.’ And then when I came back for this, Vin said, ‘Well, now that I got you back, you’re not leaving. We’re gonna finish this thing together.'”

In our interview, Lin talks about the idea that inspired him to return to direct F9, which he co-writes with Daniel Casey, being bullied into sticking around by Diesel, Justice for Han, and the scrapped practical stunt that he regrets not using his own money to pay for.

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f9 han return

When the #JusticeforHan campaign first sprung up in the wake of the eighth entry of the Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fate of the FuriousJustin Lin wasn’t even aware of the fervor that had kicked up around the fan-favorite character that he had introduced in Tokyo Drift. Lin had stepped away from the Fast and Furious franchise with 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, having left Sung Kang‘s Han Lue to his tragic, seemingly random doom in Tokyo. But after the seventh Fast and Furious film introduced Han’s apparent killer, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), only for the eighth installment to welcome Shaw into the family fold, fans began to call for justice.

When Lin came back to direct and co-write F9, those calls are what inspired him to bring Han back, he told /Film in an interview ahead of the U.S. theatrical release of the action sequel.

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f9 cut stunt

For the Fast and Furious franchise, the sky is the limit. Quite literally in F9, a spectacle-filled action sequel in which just one of the many wild action scenes involves sending a car up to space. But director and co-writer Justin Lin — returning to the franchise after eight years away — found that even the sky has limits.

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f9 playing at cannes

We did it, boys. Living life a quarter mile at a time has finally brought us to the finish line: the Cannes Film Festival. A film festival so prestigious that women are forced to wear heels at screenings, Cannes has always been upheld as the pinnacle of the festival circuit, awarding all-time classics like Parasite, Apocalypse Now, and more. So it’s always funny when a blockbuster manages to infiltrate the festival, like when Shrek competed for the Palme D’Or or Trolls did this.

Now the Fast and the Furious franchise joins their ranks, with F9 confirmed to be playing at Cannes.

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