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Archive for the ‘Fast and Furious’ Category

PostHeaderIcon The Fast and Furious Movies Apparently Make People Speed

In a surprise to absolutely no one, a recent study conducted by The New York Times revealed that moviegoers who have just come out of watching Fast and Furious movies are embracing the franchise’s glorification of reckless driving, resulting in a spike of speeding violations immediately after showings of the movies.


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“That analysis revealed a 20-percent increase in speeding tickets on the weekends after “Fast and Furious” releases.”

In reviewing the correlation between the consumption of the Fast and Furious movies and reckless driving, NYT reviewed detailed traffic violation data from Montgomery County, Maryland, specifically all 192,892 speeding tickets that were handed out from 2012 to 2017. With the data on hand, NYT analyzed the average miles per hour over the speed limit that drivers were charged with going on a specific day. That analysis revealed a 20-percent increase in speeding tickets on the weekends after “Fast and Furious” releases. Apparently, moviegoers got so amped up with the exploits of Dominic Toretto and Family that they wanted to experience the thrill of going fast and furious themselves.

The study also revealed that the rates of reckless speeding — drivers driving more than 40 mph above the speed limit — nearly doubled during the same period. Geographically, the study also showed that these incidents of reckless speeding were concentrated in areas close to movie theaters, specifically on Route 270, a major highway that runs next to a number of movie theaters in the area.


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“The study also revealed that the rates of reckless speeding — drivers driving more than 40 mph above the speed limit — nearly doubled during the same period”

The study also conducted a “falsification test” by comparing the dates of Fast and Furious releases to similar dates from other years where the franchise wasn’t in theaters. The results returned with no effect on speeding violations. The results are similar when NYT compared driver behavior after watching The Hunger Games movie franchise. Since the movie didn’t glorify reckless driving, speeding violations didn’t go up in the aftermath of watching those movies.

Granted, the Times did admit that it had a small sample size — one county in the U.S. — so the analysis itself was limited. But it still painted an accurate picture of our behavior after watching a Fast and Furious movie. We may not admit it, but we’ve all had that urge to push the pedal on our cars harder and longer than we’re used to after seeing Dom Toretto and his crew do it to maximum effect.

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PostHeaderIcon Tyrese Gibson’s Feud With The Rock Has Flipped A Page Into The Bizarre

The Fast and the Furious franchise continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Just when you thought that the respective returns of Justin Lin and Jordana Brewster to the franchise would finally steer it to calmer waters, the storm known as Tyrese Gibson strikes again. Worse yet, he’s going for the jugular this time with the most ill-conceived ultimatum in the history of Hollywood. Apparently, Gibson’s (one-sided) beef with co-star Dwayne Johnson has reached a boiling point, and he’s making it known by threatening to quit the franchise if Johnson returns for Fast 9. Yeah, that just happened.

If you haven’t been caught up, Tyrese has been on a monumental tear on social media, alternating between criticizing and pleading with Johnson to table the latter’s F&F spin-off Hobbes just so Fast 9 wouldn’t get delayed. The pleas have largely fallen on deaf ears, so much so that Universal has actually pushed the release of Fast 9 to 2020 to make room for a 2019 release of the Hobbes spin-off starring Johnson and Jason Statham. That development didn’t sit well with Tyrese, who responded, in true wrestling heel fashion, by throwing just about every available insult at the Rock. Now Gibson’s throwing the ultimate gauntlet, or so he thinks it is. It’s one thing to make an ultimatum against someone like Ludacris, but the Rock? The same guy who was credited for reigniting interest in the franchise? The same guy who’s actually the most bankable star in Hollywood today? Yeah, good luck with that, Tyrese. Who knows, you might parlay your Fast and Furious exit with a starring role in The Tooth Fairy 2.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

At least we now know the reason behind the tirades


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“He made it perfectly clear in his Instagram posts that he needs the paycheck from Fast 9 to help sustain his custody battle for his daughter Shayla”

If there was anything important we learned about Tyrese’s rants against the Rock, he made it perfectly clear in his Instagram posts that he needs the paycheck from Fast 9 to help sustain his custody battle for his daughter Shayla. I don’t personally know the details behind this court battle, but it is serious enough that I’m not going to make any snide marks about it. I do hope that this issue has a happy ending for all parties concerned.

Having said that, I don’t think criticizing Dwayne Johnson is going to help Tyrese Gibson. Not by a long shot. And he probably only made it worse for himself when he threatened to quit the franchise if Johnson continues to be a part of it for the last two movies. If he’s relying on the paycheck the franchise gives him for something as important as a custody battle, where else is he going to get the money if he decides to leave the cash cow? It’s just not a smart move though, by looking at his posts, it’s hard to imagine Tyrese not being in the right frame of mind during his rants. It looks more and more like somebody who’s on the verge of breaking down. I feel for the guy. I really do. I hope he gets his life sorted out and he can continue to be part of the franchise because as much as he’s been lambasted in the media for being a B-list actor, let it be said that I’m actually a big fan of his involvement in the Fast and Furious franchise.

“Tyrese’s role as the comic relief is always one of the most refreshing aspects of the Fast and Furious movies”

With so many muscle heads in the movie, Tyrese’s role as the comic relief is always one of the most refreshing aspects of the Fast and Furious movies. It’d be a shame if we don’t get to see his quick wits in the last two movies. I want this feud to be resolved just like everybody else. Nobody wins with issues like this anyway, especially when someone’s family somehow finds itself unwittingly involved in it.

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PostHeaderIcon The Last Two Fast And Furious Movies Will Be Directed By A Franchise Alum

It’s been a while since I last had some good news to write about the Fast and Furious franchise so this feels like a welcome pivot from all the feuds and blow-ups that have been going on inside the franchise. Mercifully, this has nothing to do with the Dwayne Johnson – Tyrese Gibson feud because I don’t want to talk about that anymore. I want to talk about positive developments for the franchise, and this definitely qualifies as one because Vin Diesel has just announced the man who will be taking the director’s chair for Fast 9 and Fast 10. Tip your hats, folks, because none other than Justin Lin will be returning to the franchise.

This is big news for a number of different reasons, though I will say that both James Wan and F. Gary Gray did phenomenal work on Fast 7 and Fast 8 respectively. It’s not an indictment on their work that the franchise ultimately went back with Lin. It’s simply about going back to the director that played the biggest role in shaping the Fast & Furious universe to what it is now. Remember, Lin is responsible for directing four of the eight movies in the franchise, including the three best ones in my mind: Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Furious 6. His return could bring the franchise back to the treatment that helped turn it into one of the biggest movie franchises in the history of cinema, or at least that’s the plan. More importantly, Lin could be the man that can help mend all the fences that have been broken because of all the nonsensical beefing among some of the movie’s biggest divas. Here’s to hoping then that Lin is up-to-the-task. It’s about time that some of the franchise’s stars fall back in line.

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Justin Lin isn’t the only one returning to the franchise


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“Justin Lin’s return as the director of the ninth and tenth installments in the Fast and Furious franchise was confirmed by Vin Diesel”

Justin Lin’s return as the director of the ninth and tenth installments in the Fast and Furious franchise was confirmed by Vin Diesel on a Facebook Live stream. But, it wasn’t Diesel’s only announcement regarding the future of the franchise. As important as Lin is, a case can be made that Jordana Brewster is as important to the franchise, maybe even more. Imagine my surprise then when Diesel also announced that Brewster will also be returning to the franchise to reprise her role as Mia Toretto.

Brewster last appeared in Fast 7, which ended with her seemingly leaving the franchise with the death of Paul Walker, her on-screen husband. From a storyline perspective, it wouldn’t have made sense for Brewster to appear in Fast 8 without Walker. But, her absence was definitely felt, largely because the franchise seems to have diverted away from putting focus on its female protagonists. Michelle Rodriguez had her moments but not what we’ve come to expect. Natalie Emmanuel was there too, but it’s still unclear to me what she was doing there, especially since her supposed expertise overlapped with that of Ludacris’ character. Brewster is different though because like Rodriguez, her character has been around literally from the very beginning of the franchise. Fans also have a lot of emotional attachment to Mia Toretto because of her ties to Brian O’Connor, Walker’s character. Seeing Brewster back won’t bring Walker back, but it’s probably the closest thing we’re going to get to having a piece of Walker’s character return to the franchise.

I’m loving these announcements for all the reasons that I mentioned. Most importantly though, I love it because it’s about time we have some positive news come out of the Fast & Furious household. The beefs and feuds among the stars make for good fodder for a short amount of time. But it gets annoying after that. So yes, welcome back, Justin Lin and Jordana Brewster. Both of you have been missed, and we’re all excited to see you return to the Fast and Furious family.

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PostHeaderIcon Fast and Furious Just Can’t Stay Away From The Drama

If there was ever a contest to determine the movie franchise that has claimed the mantle for most off-set drama, Fast and Furious is leaving everybody in the dust. Actually, there’s really no contest if you think about it. DC could make a run for it, but it still would fall short of all the happenings in the F&F universe. Remember the feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that made global headlines last year? Well, that appears to be a thing of the past now because another bald-headed beefcake feud is heating up between Johnson and Tyrese Gibson.

For those who need a refresher, Gibson made news a month ago when he publicly called out Johnson, begging him to hold off on the Luke Hobbs spinoff project, at least until the completion of Fast 9. Apparently, neither Johnson nor Universal threw much chalk on Gibson’s pleading, announcing last week that Fast 9 would be pushed back to a 2020 release – it was initially scheduled for a 2019 release – in order to make room for the aforementioned spin-off that will star Johnson and fellow “Fast” alum Jason Statham. Predictably, Tyrese didn’t take too kindly to the schedule reshuffling, venting his frustrations on Instagram and directing most of it to the Rock. And, as fate would have it, another member of the so-called #FastFamily chimed in, except that he actually defended Johnson from all the vitriol Gibson was spewing. That man? None other than Diesel himself. So, Gibson is pissed at the Rock, who appears to not care, and Diesel is siding with his one-time nemesis. Really, we couldn’t make all of this stuff up even if we wanted to.

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I feel like I’m not painting a clear enough picture on the issues between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson without quoting what both have said about the feud. To be fair, the Rock has been relatively quiet about it, but Gibson wasted little time spewing venom as soon as it was announced that Fast 9 would be released in 2020. Among other things, he called Johnson a “clown,” chastised him for accepting the Hobbs movie if he didn’t have to, and blamed him for “breaking up the #FastFamily.”

“Among other things, he called Johnson a “clown,” chastised him for accepting the Hobbs movie if he didn’t have to, and blamed him for “breaking up the #FastFamily.”

Basically, Gibson left very little to the imagination on the message behind his frustrations with Johnson. For his part, Johnson hasn’t directly replied to the strong words lobbied against him, but he did post a video of his own, hinting at the drama and saying that “real men work. Big dogs eat. Little crying puppies stay on the porch.” No need to translate who he was calling a crying puppy.

Here’s the kicker though: Vin Diesel, the guy who Johnson called out last year for being a “candy-ass,” actually defended him. In his own words, this is what Diesel wrote on his Instagram account addressing the issue.

“Vin Diesel, the guy who Johnson called out last year for being a “candy-ass,” actually defended him”

“Brotherhood… and all its complexities … A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, ‘who they would like to see me work with?’ She said would love to see me work with Dwayne. I listened to her request, and he became Hobbs … I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone’s fault.”

“As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success,” Diesel added. “However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe eight times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned.”


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While we’re here, it is somewhat curious that Gibson didn’t trash Statham for “breaking up the family,” when he himself is starring opposite Johnson in the Hobbs spin-off that’s now scheduled for a 2019 release.

That’s as far as we know right now, but you can be sure that there’s going to be more messages written on social media to address this simmering feud. On the one hand, I think it’s hilarious that these men with big muscles and even bigger egos are bickering like little children on social media. On the other hand, I think it’s getting a little too old. All this drama is making the Fast and Furious franchise a little too insufferable. Here’s to hoping all this drama dies down sooner than later.

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PostHeaderIcon It Looks Like We’re Going To Have To Wait Longer For Fast And Furious 9

With only two movies left in the massive blockbuster franchise, The Fast and the Furious is nearing its conclusion. That doesn’t mean the anticipation is dissipating because as the returns from Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious has shown – it’s grossed over $1.2 billion – interest in the franchise is still at an all-time high. The next movie on the docket is Fast and Furious 9 and, while it was originally scheduled for release in 2019, it now looks like we’re all going to have to wait until 2020 to see it.

Yep. There’s been a delay in the production of Fast and Furious 9. There have been no explanations given on the reasons behind the delay, but the official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020 – of the ninth movie. The schedule reshuffling can be attributed to a number of reasons, one of which I’ll be talking about in the section below. Regardless of the reasons behind the delay, Variety added that the decision could also impact a number of other movies under the Universal Studios umbrella. That includes Trolls 2, which is now scheduled to be released on February 14, 2020, after previously occupying the April 2020 schedule that now belongs to Fast 9.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Drama, drama, and or more drama


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“The official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020”

Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9. One of these questions is the status of the cast, specifically Michelle Rodriguez. She was quoted a few months back saying that she might not return to the franchise unless the studio – that’d be you, Universal – “decides to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one.” Rodriguez’s stance isn’t new in the Hollywood scene as more and more prominent actresses have voiced their displeasure over the perceived gender inequality in the industry. That’s one issue the franchise is going to have to iron out.

Another issue is the beef between franchise cornerstones Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In a lot of ways, the real-life feud between the two Hollywood A-listers dominated the narrative of Fast 8, and there’s been no word yet on whether the two have officially buried the hatchet.


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“Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9”

Speaking of Johnson, little was reported about it, but there was a lot of chatter last month about a rumored spin-off movie starring Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, and another brewing beef between the People’s Champ and another one of his franchise familia, Tyrese. No reporting was needed for that one because Tyrese himself posted a now-deleted message on his Instagram account urging and begging Johnson not to proceed with the “#Hobbs Movie” because it would interfere with the launch date of Fast 9.

In his own words, this is what Tyrese wrote the following: “I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he’s my brother. I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie.
I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced, and we can’t let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date…….. Didn’t you see how HUGE #Fast8 was? It’s because we announced and KEPT our release date bro.”

Well, it seems that Gibson’s pleas didn’t amount to much because the Fast 9’s release date has been moved a full year. Coincidence? I don’t know, but you know what the saying goes. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Whatever was the reason behind the delay, expect more drama to come out of the franchise ahead of the start of Fast 9’s production. It seems that the only thing the franchise has done better than print money is to have so much drama behind it.

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PostHeaderIcon It Looks Like We’re Going To Have To Wait Longer For Fast And Furious 9

With only two movies left in the massive blockbuster franchise, The Fast and the Furious is nearing its conclusion. That doesn’t mean the anticipation is dissipating because as the returns from Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious has shown – it’s grossed over $1.2 billion – interest in the franchise is still at an all-time high. The next movie on the docket is Fast and Furious 9 and, while it was originally scheduled for release in 2019, it now looks like we’re all going to have to wait until 2020 to see it.

Yep. There’s been a delay in the production of Fast and Furious 9. There have been no explanations given on the reasons behind the delay, but the official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020 – of the ninth movie. The schedule reshuffling can be attributed to a number of reasons, one of which I’ll be talking about in the section below. Regardless of the reasons behind the delay, Variety added that the decision could also impact a number of other movies under the Universal Studios umbrella. That includes Trolls 2, which is now scheduled to be released on February 14, 2020, after previously occupying the April 2020 schedule that now belongs to Fast 9.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Drama, drama, and or more drama


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“The official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020”

Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9. One of these questions is the status of the cast, specifically Michelle Rodriguez. She was quoted a few months back saying that she might not return to the franchise unless the studio – that’d be you, Universal – “decides to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one.” Rodriguez’s stance isn’t new in the Hollywood scene as more and more prominent actresses have voiced their displeasure over the perceived gender inequality in the industry. That’s one issue the franchise is going to have to iron out.

Another issue is the beef between franchise cornerstones Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In a lot of ways, the real-life feud between the two Hollywood A-listers dominated the narrative of Fast 8, and there’s been no word yet on whether the two have officially buried the hatchet.


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“Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9”

Speaking of Johnson, little was reported about it, but there was a lot of chatter last month about a rumored spin-off movie starring Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, and another brewing beef between the People’s Champ and another one of his franchise familia, Tyrese. No reporting was needed for that one because Tyrese himself posted a now-deleted message on his Instagram account urging and begging Johnson not to proceed with the “#Hobbs Movie” because it would interfere with the launch date of Fast 9.

In his own words, this is what Tyrese wrote the following: “I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he’s my brother. I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie.
I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced, and we can’t let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date…….. Didn’t you see how HUGE #Fast8 was? It’s because we announced and KEPT our release date bro.”

Well, it seems that Gibson’s pleas didn’t amount to much because the Fast 9’s release date has been moved a full year. Coincidence? I don’t know, but you know what the saying goes. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Whatever was the reason behind the delay, expect more drama to come out of the franchise ahead of the start of Fast 9’s production. It seems that the only thing the franchise has done better than print money is to have so much drama behind it.

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PostHeaderIcon It Looks Like We’re Going To Have To Wait Longer For Fast And Furious 9

With only two movies left in the massive blockbuster franchise, The Fast and the Furious is nearing its conclusion. That doesn’t mean the anticipation is dissipating because as the returns from Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious has shown – it’s grossed over $1.2 billion – interest in the franchise is still at an all-time high. The next movie on the docket is Fast and Furious 9 and, while it was originally scheduled for release in 2019, it now looks like we’re all going to have to wait until 2020 to see it.

Yep. There’s been a delay in the production of Fast and Furious 9. There have been no explanations given on the reasons behind the delay, but the official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020 – of the ninth movie. The schedule reshuffling can be attributed to a number of reasons, one of which I’ll be talking about in the section below. Regardless of the reasons behind the delay, Variety added that the decision could also impact a number of other movies under the Universal Studios umbrella. That includes Trolls 2, which is now scheduled to be released on February 14, 2020, after previously occupying the April 2020 schedule that now belongs to Fast 9.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Drama, drama, and or more drama


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“The official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020”

Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9. One of these questions is the status of the cast, specifically Michelle Rodriguez. She was quoted a few months back saying that she might not return to the franchise unless the studio – that’d be you, Universal – “decides to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one.” Rodriguez’s stance isn’t new in the Hollywood scene as more and more prominent actresses have voiced their displeasure over the perceived gender inequality in the industry. That’s one issue the franchise is going to have to iron out.

Another issue is the beef between franchise cornerstones Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In a lot of ways, the real-life feud between the two Hollywood A-listers dominated the narrative of Fast 8, and there’s been no word yet on whether the two have officially buried the hatchet.


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“Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9”

Speaking of Johnson, little was reported about it, but there was a lot of chatter last month about a rumored spin-off movie starring Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, and another brewing beef between the People’s Champ and another one of his franchise familia, Tyrese. No reporting was needed for that one because Tyrese himself posted a now-deleted message on his Instagram account urging and begging Johnson not to proceed with the “#Hobbs Movie” because it would interfere with the launch date of Fast 9.

In his own words, this is what Tyrese wrote the following: “I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he’s my brother. I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie.
I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced, and we can’t let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date…….. Didn’t you see how HUGE #Fast8 was? It’s because we announced and KEPT our release date bro.”

Well, it seems that Gibson’s pleas didn’t amount to much because the Fast 9’s release date has been moved a full year. Coincidence? I don’t know, but you know what the saying goes. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Whatever was the reason behind the delay, expect more drama to come out of the franchise ahead of the start of Fast 9’s production. It seems that the only thing the franchise has done better than print money is to have so much drama behind it.

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PostHeaderIcon “Fast And Furious Live” Brings The Action To Arenas Everywhere

As if eight full-length movies, a series of video games, and a handful of short movies aren’t enough to satisfy our craving for anything Fast and Furious, we’ll now be treated to a series of live shows featuring Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto talking about, well, Fast and Furious. Yes, Fast and Furious Live is apparently a real thing now, and I don’t know exactly how I feel about it.

No less than Diesel himself confirmed the news in a Facebook post that straddled the line between revealing and confusing throughout its entirety. Diesel even donned his Dominic Toretto garb to briefly talk about the live show, something he said that hasn’t been done before, at least in the planned scale that he and his team are preparing for. That said, Diesel doesn’t seem to know the full schedule of the live show just yet, only revealing that he thinks the first show will be held at the 02 Arena in London before trekking the world for the succeeding installments. There’s a website – fastandfuriouslive.com – that’s also been created to find updates, but at the moment, there’s little else but Facebook and Instagram posts, as well generic teasers in it. Still, this Fast and Furious Live show appears to be something that’s happening soon, possibly at an arena near you.

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PostHeaderIcon Fast And Furious Star Threatens To Leave Franchise

The Fast and the Furious franchise may be one of Hollywood’s most successful movie franchises, but as “fast” and as “furious” as the franchise is, it can’t outrun controversy. And as the gods of timing would have it, the latest furor dropped right at the same time as the digital release of The Fate of the Furious. This time, the aggrieved party is no less than Michelle Rodriguez, who took to her Instagram account to air her grievances on what she believes to be a lack of equality between the male and female stars of the franchise. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one, she wrote. “Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”

Yep. From the looks of things, Michelle Rodriguez just threatened to leave the Fast and Furious franchise. Now, this isn’t the first time that Rodriguez has expressed misgivings about the overdose in testosterone the franchise has become quite famous for. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly back in May, the actress lamented the message the Fast and Furious movies are sending to women with a cast and stories that are dominated by men. Turns out, those things “weigh heavy” on her mind and if she doesn’t see any changes in the way the “women of the franchise” are treated, we might have to say goodbye to Letty for good.

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PostHeaderIcon Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

When The Fast and the Furious opened in cinemas back in 2001, few people, if any at all, thought that it would turn into a global cinematic juggernaut. And yet here we are, 16 years and eight movies into becoming the most bankable movie franchise this side of super heroes and that galaxy far, far away.

The sheer might of the Fast and Furious franchise was on full display with the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise and the movie that just zoomed its way to a record-breaking, $532-million opening weekend. If you thought you’d never see the day a Fast movie would beat out a Star Wars movie in opening weekend returns, well, it just happened.

Beyond the rarefied air that the franchise has achieved, there are still a lot of things about it that most of its fans are unaware of. Consider this then as a guide to a lot of important facts about the movies franchise that should give its fans a new-found appreciation of the many things, events, and what-could-have-beens that shaped the world of the Fast and Furious universe.

I mean, did you know that Vin Diesel wasn’t even the first choice to play the role of Domenic Toretto?

Well then…

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PostHeaderIcon Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

I like movies with cars, especially if they’re packed with chase scenes. Who wouldn’t, right? But I’m old enough to consider “Bullitt” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (the 1974 film, not the cheesy remake from 2000) masterpieces and “The Fast and the Furious” franchise highly overrated. I admit that the original movie was interesting and the idea somewhat fresh, but it went downhill from there. And, the saddest part is that the producers don’t know where to stop. Things got pretty ridiculous with Tokyo Drift, but they just kept making movies. Paul Walker’s death didn’t change a thing, and even before Furious 7 was out, it was confirmed that an eighth installment is underway.

I watched it the other day and boy, a tutorial on how to change headlamps on an AMC Gremlin is far more entertaining. “The Fate of the Furious” has no logic, defies physics (and not in a fun way like Looney Tunes’ Road Runner character), and has awful CGI effects compared to recent releases like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” I don’t know what the specific audience for this movie is, but based on some of the rave reviews, they settle for soooo little. And, you know what, I’m not even going to bother coming up with a proper review for this piece a crap. It’s not worth my time. FF8 stinks, and that’s that! If you want authentic car action, give “Bullitt,” “The Italian Job,” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (again, I’m talking about the original 1974 movie) a go. Or, watch some drag racing. Heck, just rewatch all those teasers for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, they’re far more entertaining.

As for the Fast and Furious production team, get a freakin’ TV series already!


PostHeaderIcon Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

I like movies with cars, especially if they’re packed with chase scenes. Who wouldn’t, right? But I’m old enough to consider “Bullitt” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (the 1974 film, not the cheesy remake from 2000) masterpieces and “The Fast and the Furious” franchise highly overrated. I admit that the original movie was interesting and the idea somewhat fresh, but it went downhill from there. And, the saddest part is that the producers don’t know where to stop. Things got pretty ridiculous with Tokyo Drift, but they just kept making movies. Paul Walker’s death didn’t change a thing, and even before Furious 7 was out, it was confirmed that an eighth installment is underway.

I watched it the other day and boy, a tutorial on how to change headlamps on an AMC Gremlin is far more entertaining. “The Fate of the Furious” has no logic, defies physics (and not in a fun way like Looney Tunes’ Road Runner character), and has awful CGI effects compared to recent releases like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” I don’t know what the specific audience for this movie is, but based on some of the rave reviews, they settle for soooo little. And, you know what, I’m not even going to bother coming up with a proper review for this piece a crap. It’s not worth my time. FF8 stinks, and that’s that! If you want authentic car action, give “Bullitt,” “The Italian Job,” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (again, I’m talking about the original 1974 movie) a go. Or, watch some drag racing. Heck, just rewatch all those teasers for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, they’re far more entertaining.

As for the Fast and Furious production team, get a freakin’ TV series already!


PostHeaderIcon Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon How Should the Fast and Furious Franchise Evolve from Here?

Alright, let’s not beat around the bush. The first Fast and Furious movie wasn’t exactly well thought out. At the time, Vin Diesel was just getting to be known, and the most popular name in the whole film was arguably Ja Rule, who is still probably kicking himself in the nuts for turning down a role in the second film. How many gears did those cars have in the drag racing scenes? It was certainly more than the five or six that they should have had, that’s for sure. And, I still can’t get past that floor pan falling out of Brian’s Eclipse during the first big race. Then we had 2 Fast 2 Furious, which at least tied into Brain’s story, but was followed up by Tokyo Drift. Now, Tokyo Drift was a decent movie with plenty of action and some interesting race scenes, but it was completely void of the main character(s) in the franchise.

Finally, things turned around for the franchise with the fourth installment, bringing the group back together. Eventually, we ended up with movies that showcase a sense of family and never giving up on them – all the way up to the most recent film when Dom ends up turning his back on his family altogether. Foe have become friends, and friends have become foe. The family has wreaked havoc to the tune of an estimated $514 million over the course of eight films. What started out as a B-movie has turned into some pretty intense and highly successful films. With Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel reportedly feuding during the filming of Fate of the Furious, and Brian O’Conner officially out of the mix, where should the franchise go?

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PostHeaderIcon You Won't Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon You Won't Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


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