Opening in theaters on March 14th is the new comedic crime caper The Art of the Steal, which was written and directed by Jonathan Sobol (Citizen Duane). The film features an impressive cast that includes Kurt Russell (Escape from New York), Matt Dillon (There's Something About Mary), Jay Baruchel (Goon), Katheryn Winnick (Love & Other Drugs), Chris Diamantopoulos (The Three Stooges), and Terence Stamp (The Limey).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with writer/director Jonathan Sobol and Kurt Russell to talk about their work on The Art of the Steal. The filmmaker and veteran actor discussed their new movie, Russell's character's name, the importance of names, the film's terrific cast, working with the great Terence Stamp, and the film's short shooting schedule.
Synopsis: An art thief-turned-motorcycle daredevil pulls his old crew back together for one last heist.
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.