The revenge-driven plot of Fast & Furious 7 had many fans worried that, after the tragic death of franchise star Paul Walker, heroic former lawman Brian O'Conner would meet his demise in the sequel.
Fans needn't worry, as Universal Pictures is planning to "retire" the character, providing Walker with a respectful sendoff.
The intractable war between the Joes and Cobra has claimed many lives on both sides over these long years of senseless warfare.
A fallen Joe needn't necessarily stay fallen, however. Director Jon M. Chu hints that the next chronicle of the bloody war may find Channing Tatum returning to the role of Duke.
In Furious 6, our heroes – once street-racers and small-time thieves – fulfill their destiny on the world-stage, taking down a Bond-villain-level bad guy and influencing global geopolitics in the process.
With Fast & Furious 6 arriving on Blu-ray this week, you can make a similar leap in your home-theater experience, jumping from penny-ante DVD shenanigans to having your living room rattled by the most spectacular installment in one of the biggest and best blockbuster franchises around.
Actor Kevin Sorbo has appeared in over 80 various films and TV projects, but he is still beloved by fans around the world for his work on the Gene Roddenberry series Andromeda and playing Hercules on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
His latest film is entitled Storm Rider, and is currently available on DVD. The movie revolves around Dani (Danielle Chuchran), a spoiled teenager who loves riding horses. When her father (C. Thomas Howell) is put in jail she is forced to live with her Uncle Sam (Sorbo) on a farm without horses and ends up taking care of a young mule that teaches her what is important in life. The film was written and directed by Craig Clyde, and also stars Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Sorbo about his work on Storm Rider, as well as what he think about Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming Hercules. The popular actor discussed his new movie, what he wished hadn’t been cut from the film, making a family movie, the relationship between Sam and Dani, the cowboy lifestyle, talking to his dog, working with Kristy Swanson, his thoughts on Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules, as well as the upcoming Hercules: The Legend Begins with Kellan Luntz, wanting to have a cameo in both of those films, and if he would ever consider making a Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Andromeda TV movie for Netflix.
The Fast and the Furious film series is the most successful franchise in Universal Studios history having grossed over $2 billion worldwide, and the most recent installment, Fast & Furious 6, is the highest-grossing of the films so far having earned $788 million at the box office. So it only makes sense that the studio would fast track a seventh installment that is currently filming and is entitled Fast & Furious 7, which is scheduled to drive into theaters on July 11th, 2014.
Due to the film's quick turnaround, director Justin Lin, who has helmed the series ever since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, had to step down, while Insidious: Chapter 2 director James Wan has taken over. Returning franchise stars include Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Lucas Black, who finally reprises his role from Tokyo Drift. They are joined by series newcomers Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey, and Jason Statham, who's villainous character was teased in the previous movie's end credit scene.
Earlier today I had the pleasure of speaking with actor Tyrese Gibson about his work on Fast & Furious 7, while he was promoting his upcoming holiday film Black Nativity, which hits theaters on November 27th. The talented hip-hop star turned actor discussed filming Fast & Furious 7, what the franchise means to him, new addition Jason Statham, Statham and Dwayne Johnson's fight scene, the quick production turnaround, and working with director James Wan.
One of several new peeks behind the scenes of Fast & Furious 7 is a little misleading.
The first official look at Fast & Furious 7 features no fastness and, at best, moderate furiousness.
But since it has Vin Diesel and Paul Walker looking pensive, it reminds us all just how far Brian and Dom have come. In fact, it reminds us how far we've all come since the halcyon days when Brian was an undercover cop pulling a Johnny Utah on Dom and his family of racing thieves.
One of the most distinctive and successful actors working today is Tony Shalhoub!
He first gained attention on the small screen for his role as Antonio Scarpacci on the popular sitcom Wings, and eventually went on to appear in a string of successful films like Barton Fink, Big Night, Men in Black, The Siege, A Civil Action, Primary Colors, Galaxy Quest, The Man Who Wasn’t There, and Spy Kids. But it was his breakout role as eccentric detective Adrian Monk on the long-running TV series Monk, which earned him three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and cemented him as a household name. After eight seasons on Monk, Shalhoub recently returned to the big screen with an impressive performance opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in director Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning August 27th.
Pain & Gain, which is actually based on a true story, follows a trio of Florida bodybuilders (Wahlberg, Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) who get caught up in an extortion and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Shalhoub plays Victor Kershaw, a despicable tycoon that Wahlberg’s character trains and then decides to abduct for ransom. Kershaw eventually escapes and turns to former private investigator Ed DuBois (Ed Harris) for help in order to bring the bodybuilders to justice. In addition to Wahlberg, Johnson, Mackie, Harris, and Shalhoub, the film also stars Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies), Rebel Wilson (Bachelorette), Ken Jeong (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), and Michael Rispoli (The Rum Diary).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Tony Shalhoub about his work on Pain & Gain, and his new TV series – We Are Men. The acclaimed veteran actor discussed Pain & Gain, the hard to believe true story it is based on, researching his character, the challenges of the role, working with Ed Harris, being on a Michael Bay set, Walhberg and Johnson’s impressive careers, what he looks for when choosing projects, and returning to TV with We Are Men.
Daniel Lugo, the musclebound hero of Pain & Gain, believes in fitness. He's all about maximizing his potential.
And Lugo would be proud of the totally ripped Pain & Gain Blu-ray arriving on shelves nationwide this Tuesday, August 27th. This disc will give your home entertainment system a workout that will leave it sore, blasting the sound system and making the HD television look more ripped than ever before.
If you've ever wanted to bring the world's fiercest modern warriors into your home, then prepare to yell, "Go Joe" and fight Cobra from your own couch.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation comes to Blu-ray in 2D and 3D this Tuesday, July 30th, bringing the war between the Joes and their nefarious enemies to multiple platforms in high definition.