fast and furious
Let’s face it, no one thought that the Fast and the Furious franchise would last as long as it has. It’s actually surprising that a movie made in 2001 about a bunch of car thieves would expand into an eight film franchise filled with (now) car-thief/international spies. The premise is ridiculous, and yet, it has grossed more than $5 billion worldwide, becoming Universal’s biggest film franchise. In the most recent film, The Fate of the Furious, they upped the ante and had Vin Diesel’s Dominic betray his “family” and team up with a cyber terrorist, forcing them to save both him and the free world. The film was pure popcorn fun, and based on the box office, there’s no slowing this down.
Over the last few weeks, social media has been ablaze about problems behind the scenes of the 8th installment of the Fast & Furious franchise between actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel. The two superstars are reported to not be getting along while filming the latest film. Johnson first posted a cryptic message on social media talking about certain “Candy Asses” on set that doesn’t conduct themselves as professionals. After Internet sleuths went to work, it was confirmed that the person who he was referencing was co-star Vin Diesel. After it was outed that he was the culprit, Vin Diesel also took to social media and even made the statement that veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones was originally supposed to have the role of Hobbs and not Johnson. The rest of the cast has been mum when asked about the feud between the two. However, this “feud” might not have any legs.
This week, Dwayne Johnson gets another chance to prove his magnetic star power in Central Intelligence, an action comedy co-starring Kevin Hart that sees Johnson as an intelligence operative that makes James Bond look like C-3PO. If the past is any indication, the combination of action-Johnson, and comedy-Johnson will lead to big dollars at the box office; another gold star for the man who started his career as the wrestler called The Rock 20 years ago.
In that, Johnson is a trailblazer. One of the rare veterans of the WWE that was able to parlay his star-power and experience in the ring into a big Hollywood career. More than that, Johnson has shown a dexterity and diversity of performances that put him in a unique Hollywood class: he can do action (obviously!), comedy, drama, kids films, and he doesn’t always have to even be on screen to do it. (See Moana later this year.) But with 15 years and so many performances, what constitutes the very best work of the man called “The Rock”? Let’s look at the Top Five performances – according to us – of Dwayne Johnson. (more…)
If you’ve been on any form of social media over the last few hours, you’ve surely noticed the flood of conflicting reports (and thoroughly classless jokes) regarding actor Paul Walker’s rumored death. (more…)
Every year, for three days at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, various companies get together to show off all their latest upcoming projects at the annual Las Vegas Licensing Expo. All the toys, games and television for the next few years will get previewed in some capacity, but one of the biggest highlights are Hollywood’s upcoming movies.
Between an opening keynote speech from Gwyneth Paltrow and an opening night party co-hosted by Flo Rida, the expo gives studios like Lionsgate and Warner Bros. their first chance promoting what could be a blockbuster film. Thankfully, the guys and gals of Coming Soon will be in attendance at the event providing those of us that forgot to reserve our tickets an exclusive look at films like Godzilla, Fast and Furious, its clone Need for Speed and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s a nice way to show us all what we’re going to be flaming message boards and spending money on in the next few months.
Check out all the posters in the gallery below.
A few of these are certainly coming out of left field, but seeing as all the kids love talking chipmunks and birds, it’s no surprise that Rio 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 are coming our way. One rather unpleasant surprise, however, is Ninja Turtles, which dropped the “teenage mutant” that has become so synonymous with the franchise. What’s the matter, Michael Bay, you couldn’t just continue to drive Transformers into the ground? You had to bring our pizza loving turtle friends down too?
Mild nerd rage aside, it’ll be interesting to see where some of these movies go; their release dates are up to two years away, and many of these are only just getting off the ground. Maybe we’ll happily embrace all of these in the months come… except Ninja Turtles.
Source: Coming Soon