Fast and Furious

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Actor Paul Walker was killed this afternoon in a car accident in Santa Clarita, California. He was the passenger in a friend’s Porsche, which hit a light post and tree and then burst into flames, according to the L.A. County Police Department via the Associated Press/Los Angeles Times. Both victims were attending a charity event. Walker, who began in Hollywood at age 2 and just recently had turned 40, is best known for the recurring role of Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movies, having appeared in all except the third movie, Tokyo Drift. The seventh movie is currently in post-production and set for release next summer, though it’s unknown if he might have been needed for additional work or reshoots. Another film, Hours, which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival this year, opens posthumously on December 13th. His other movies include Joy Ride, Varsity Blues, Running Scared, Timeline, Takers and another 2013 release, Vehicle 19. He was a great lover of cars, which explains some of his role choices, and that makes the way he died especially tragic.

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One of the things I love about the latest Fast and Furious movie (whatever it’s called, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 6 or my own title, “Planes, Tanks and Automobiles”) is its casting. Not only is the ensemble made up mostly of hyphenate professionals who weren’t originally actors (including a wrestler, a bodybuilder, a former Miss Israel, a couple music artists, a couple martial artists), but a few of them are rather fresh faces to film, new to the franchise and surely on the rise in their movie careers. As much as I look forward to seeing what each does next, I’m also excited to have a new reason to spotlight the fairly recent breakthrough performances that likely got them this gig. In addition to using the opportunity to recommend those films, none of which has been seen by nearly as many people as will see a Fast and Furious movie, I’ve compiled a broader list of movies to now watch after seeing Fast & Furious 6. It’s partly a way to note some of its forebears and possible influences without going my usual negative route of criticizing this as a derivative work. It’s obviously imitative to a degree yet it’s also highly original in some of its stunts and their execution. Besides, just as in music we should accept and appreciate derivatives for their potential to lead fans backward to their (often better) predecessors. Of course, there are some reminiscent predecessors I’d rather not choose to recommend (Cars 2, […]

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Honestly, we’re not entirely sure just when it became okay to adore the Fast and Furious franchise – was it when The Rock and his beautiful, glistening head joined the series? when the term “Tokyo drift” entered the cultural lexicon? when the latest film, Fast & Furious 6, all but lit this year’s Super Bowl on fire with a TV spot that included a crashing plane basically vomiting a car? Tyrese? – but we don’t care, because we love this crazy goddamn cinematic wonder, and you should, too. Proof of that? The newest (long-form) trailer from the summer release, which sees the crew heading to Europe for whocaresgiveusmorecarplaneadventures, along with a hefty batch of new stills from the film, all the better for you to write your fan fiction from. Ride or die (or just hit that break)

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There’s been plenty of buzz about potential casting in the sixth Fast and Furious film (seriously, the sixth film), which we’re just going to refer to as Fast Six until someone tells us otherwise, but it’s been hard to quantify any of it without knowing the plot that these new characters would fit into. Fortunately, today we’re gifted with some confirmed casting (beyond, of course, the core crew who are all expected to return) and the first bit of real plot information for the film. As had been rumored last week, Luke Evans is in final negotiations to play the bad guy in Fast Six – not necessarily a villain (though that’s what been widely reported), but at least a dude audiences will likely be rooting against. The news comes from Variety, who detail his character by expounding a bit more on the film’s plot – it will “involve the crew heading overseas to work on a heist job. Evans would play the leader of another crew trying to pull the same job.” See! Not a bad guy! He’s just like Paul Walker! Or Vin Diesel! Maybe we’ll end up liking him! It’s happened before!

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s all about movies, and television, and comics, and literature, and photos of hot women. Such as Miss Piggy, yo. We begin tonight with perhaps the most interesting twist of the fall movie season. In recent interviews, the likes of Frank Oz and other original puppeteers and writers from the Jim Henson school are speaking out about how The Muppets might not respect the characters they helped create. “I wasn’t happy with the script,” Oz told Metro. “I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr gets in his car and hits the road with a can of NOS energy drink and his shaved head. Too bad his car is a 2006 Dodge minivan with collapsible seats and a back-seat DVD player for the kids to use. He didn’t stand a chance in the street racing against Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. After recovering from the cold, hard truth that The Rock stole his look for Fast Five, Kevin goes stag to Prom and suffers through the direct-to-DVD theatrical release of Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs. Evil.

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Let’s cut to the chase here shall we? Fast Five is a stupid, overly long, and poorly written movie with moronic dialogue, plot contrivances big enough to fit both of the bald giants above through, and a complete disregard for right, wrong, and the sanctity of human life. More on all of that in a minute, but the other half of this equation is that it also features some kick-ass, high energy, destructive-as-hell action scenes that rattle the walls of the theater and happily remind you that there are still filmmakers capable of crafting spectacular cinematic mayhem without relying on CGI to do all the heavy lifting. So you can see my dilemma…

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I would love nothing more than to simply print the title above and allow you all to giggle like little school girls who just saw a kid pee his pants in 3rd period English, but there’s more to the story.

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After delivering four fuel-filled installments in the Fast and Furious series, writer Chris Morgan appears to still have more in the tank. That’s a car joke, by the way.

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We keep an eye on remakes in development so you don’t have to, and there are a lot of them. You might be a major fan of this latest victim of the re-creation machine, but try not to lose your head over it.

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This weekend was billed as a battle between the boys and girls at the box office, as Hannah Montana threatened to take down last weekend’s box office champ Fast and Furious. And the girls won — or more likely, “the” girl won.

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forgive me for my utter lack of enthusiasm. As you know, Hannah Montana is the big new movie that is rolling out in theaters this weekend, and I am not a fan of Hannah Montana, and I don’t know any friends of mine who like Hannah Montana, and I don’t know any enemies of mine who like Hannah Montana, either.

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In honor of the release and subsequent box office domination of Fast & Furious, the fourth film in the Fast and Furious series, we’ve got a humorous treat for you.

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Are you as surprised as I am that Fast and Furious did as well as it did? It not only set the April record — it shattered it by a $30 million margin. Not only that, it looks like this flick also set the spring record, beating 300 by a couple of million.

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The folks at Universal Pictures have released two new featurettes for their newly release actioner Fast & Furious — and get this, they are faced pace rollercoaster rides of emotion.

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This weekend we have two new contenders for the box office crown rolling out in theaters, Adventureland and Fast and Furious. Back again for more is the holdover Monsters vs. Aliens, and the big question has to be whether this flick can hold on to first place for a second weekend in a row.

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Since we are all going to be drunk tomorrow afternoon, here are a few of the Superbowl movie trailers in advance, including first looks at The Year One, Land of the Lost, Fast and Furious and Pixar’s Up.

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What happens when you bring back Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) back together eight years after their first run together in The Fast and the Furious? You end up “Supermaning that hoe,” Souldja Boy style.

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Universal Studios has unleashed posters for two of their 2009 tentpoles, the Will Ferrell led adaptation of Land of the Lost and the fourquel known as Fast and Furious.

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The first trailer for the upcoming fourth film in the Fast and Furious franchise has hit the web. Our first reaction: Not bad. Check it out for yourself inside.

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