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.
In the ever-expanding universe of the Fast & Furious films, the car you drive says virtually everything about you. A car isn't simply a car. It's more like a spirit animal.
So the fact that the heavy drives a slick Aston Martin tells us an awful lot about the villain in next year's Fast & Furious 7.
"Seven! Can you believe it?" So asks Vin Diesel in a video from the set of Fast & Furious 7.
The answer, dear Mr. Diesel, is yes. Yes, we can believe it. What we couldn't believe was the theory that something as miraculous as Kurt Russell appearing in a Fast & Furious movie could happen without tearing the very fabric of the universe as we know it.
But Diesel himself has made believers out of us on this count, too, sharing a behind the scenes image of himself, Paul Walker, and Kurt "Captain Ron" Russell in a universe that somehow hasn't been torn asunder.
In a move that looks very much like the Fast & Furious franchise pantsing the Expendables series right in front of the prettiest girl in class, Fast & Furious 7 is adding the one and only Kurt Russell to its ensemble.
Escape from New York is awesome.
The idea of remaking Escape from New York is distinctly less awesome. The idea of remaking Escape from New York with an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken is the opposite of awesome. The idea of remaking Escape from New York as an origin story and the first entry in a planned trilogy has absolutely nothing to do with awesomeness.
But that's nonetheless what producer Joel Silver and Studio Canal are planning to do.
Quentin Tarantino is currently shooting his next feature, Django Unchained, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and his Spaghetti Western-inspired tale of slavery, revenge and bounty-hunthing in the Antebellum South is on track for a Christmas Day release. While we'll all be rejoicing at the sight of a new Tarantino joint, that sight will contain two fewer familiar faces, as both Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen have both exited the project.
Take a look at this, folks: The first official stills from Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's next tale of bloody vengeance, bad language, and worse behavoir. So far, we've just seen a stylized poster and some meager spy photos from the Louisiana set, but today, on this most auspicious of days, we have for you two actual images straight out of Tarantino's Spaghetti Western-inspired Southern epic, including a first look at the two heroes and the big, bad villain.
Yesterday, The Weinstein Company started the hype-building process on Django Unchained by unveiling the first official poster for Quentin Tarantino's latest tale of – amongst other things – revenge, bad language, and violence. The poster was simple and stylized, evocative and cool, but didn't give much idea of what Django Unchained is actually about. So, to follow up on that poster, there's now an official synopsis to give an eager public the lowdown on the story.
Veteran actress Christine Lahti has done it all. She has one two Golden Globes, two Emmys, and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Swing Shift, as well as a nomination for Short Film, Live Action for Lieberman in Love, a movie that she directed. Lahti has appeared in such classic feature films as …And Justice for All, Running on Empty, and Gross Anatomy, as well as popular television series like Ally McBeal, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the short lived Jack & Bobby. But the actress is probably best known for her role as Dr. Kathryn Austin on the award winning medical series Chicago Hope. Now, Lahti can once again be seen on the big screen opposite her Swing Shift co-star Kurt Russell in the new football themed film Touchback, which opens in theaters on April 13th.
Touchback tells the story of Scott Murphy (Brian Presley), a very promising high school football player whose dreams of professional glory are derailed by a knee injury. Fifteen years later he has the unique opportunity to go back in time and change his own history, similar to Peggy Sue Got Married or Mr. Destiny. The movie marks the feature film debut for director Don Handfield, and in addition to Russell, Presley, and Lahti also stars Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air), Marc Blucas (Knight and Day), and Sarah Wright (The House Bunny).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the lovely Christine Lahti about her role in Touchback, and her overall career. The actress discussed the new film, its inspirational theme, what she looks for when choosing projects, working with a first time director, how becoming a director changed her acting process, her character’s relationship to her son, reuniting with Kurt Russell, low budget filmmaking, sports movies and which films she’s proudest to have on her resume.