22
Dec
2013

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel Fast and Furious 7

Vin Diesel has announced that Fast & Furious 7 will now hit theaters on April 10, 2015.

Following the untimely death of Paul Walker, the fate of Fast & Furious 7 has been up in the air. It was clear that the film was still going to be completed in some way, but there was no way it was going to meet its original release date of July 11, 2014. Vin Diesel took to his Facebook account on Sunday to announce the new release date and discuss the picture you see in this post.

The last scene we filmed together…

There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…

Fast and Furious 7 will be released…

April 10th 2015!

P.s. He’d want you to know first…

Vin Diesel has had a very busy Sunday with the news that he is officially the voice of Groot in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, and now an answer as to the fate of the next chapter in the Fast and the Furious series.  It’s a heck of a way to kick off the holidays.

[ Source Vin Diesel's Facebook page ]

22
Dec
2013

Vin Diesel and Groot

In the most unsurprising news of the year, Marvel has officially announced that Vin Diesel is playing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Director James Gunn fist hinted at the news on his Twitter feed.

And finally Marvel has made it official with a press release.

For those unfamiliar with Groot, he is a living tree who only ever says “I am Groot,” but with different inflections that give you a sense of what he means. So while he technically only has one line to say, Diesel will need to record it over and over again depending  on the scene and context.

Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters on Aug. 1, 2015.

OFFICIAL: Vin Diesel to Voice Groot in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

The action star will lend his booming voice to Marvel’s epic Guardians of the Galaxy film!

Vin Diesel is Groot!

The star of the Fast and the Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel’s live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy,” rounding out the team that includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista).

Featured in four of the six movies in the fan-favorite “Fast & Furious” franchise, Diesel has helped the series gross over $2 billion at the box office; and will reprise his role in “Fast & Furious 7.” Diesel’s most recent film, “Riddick,” the third film in the franchise that has so far earned a cumulative $267.3 million across the globe, debuted this year at the top of the box office. In addition to lending his voice to several video games, Diesel’s received great acclaim for his voice work in the celebrated animated film “The Iron Giant,” directed by Brad Bird.

In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014, but in the meantime stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more!

In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/movies_tv/2013/12/21/21680/official_vin_diesel_to_voice_groot_in_marvels_guardians_of_the_galaxy#ixzz2oE6JIxpj

28
Aug
2013

Riddick - 14

Riddick, the third film to star Vin Diesel as the title character, hits theaters in the coming weeks, and I have to say I’m not hating what I’m seeing.

I loved Pitch Black back in 2000, and I have to say it stands up. What I didn’t love was the sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick. Heavy handed writing, and a definite loss of direction as to what the movie wanted to be left viewers with a mess. From everything I’ve seen of Riddick, and knowing that Vin Diesel tried to keep things under control this time, it seems as though the series is going back to its roots of high tension and survival in an alien landscape.

I’ll just forget the second film happened and consider this the sequel to Pitch Black and be happy.

Riddick hits theaters on Sept. 6.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000?s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004?s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

13
Aug
2013

Guardians of the Galaxy - Groot

Who do you get to voice a character that is a living tree and changes size? Vin Diesel seems like a logical choice.

Vin Diesel has been teasing his involvement with the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a while now, and it appears that the cat is out of the bag as to what his role will be. He’ll be lending his voice to Groot, the living tree, in Guardians of the Galaxy.

While the announcement hasn’t been made official yet, Vin Diesel apparently just can’t keep his excitement to himself and has even started talking about it in interviews.

Speaking with The Los Angeles Times, the actor spilled more of the beans.

I’m an actor. I can do whatever the … I want. As an actor, not everything has to be the most obvious choice. And sometimes, the best thing you can do — as far as Steven Spielberg and his advice — is to defy expectations. So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring.

Marvel has still yet to make this news official, but seeing as Vin Diesel is posting pics of Groot on Facebook and talking about it in interviews, it looks like it’s a done deal.

I have to say, this casting actually works for me.

[ Source The Los Angeles Times ]

11
Jul
2013

Vin Diesel Marvel meeting

Just what could be going on with Vin Diesel and Marvel? Could the actor turn up in The Avengers 2?

A month ago Vin Diesel took to social media and stated that he had an upcoming meeting with Marvel, but there was no clue as to what it could be about. Apparently the meeting took place this week and he posted the picture you see above on his Facebook page with the following statement.

Marvel meeting today…

Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed…

P.s. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!

So, what could be going on? Well, he stood in front of a large poster of the cover to the second issue of The Avengers comic, but for all we know that’s all that’s hanging in the building. There is a lot of speculation surrounding his saying “tunnel  vision” in his statement and that it could potentially relate to the character of The Vision.

My personal speculation is that he may be up for the role of Thanos as Marvel has said they don’t know who will play the villain in a larger capacity.

There is also of course a chance that whatever he discussed with Marvel is not related to the Avengers films at all and could be one of the other numerous films the studio has in the pipeline.

Any way you look at it, it looks like Vin Diesel will be entering the Marvel cinematic universe.

[ Source Vin Diesel Facebook Page ]

22
Dec
2011

Fast Five to 6 movie posterBreak out the shiny cars, it appears the sixth and seventh The Fast & the Furious films are being scripted at the same time.

After Fast Five went on to be the highest grossing film in the franchise yet, it was no surprise that Fast Six was greenlit, and there was already talk of a seventh film to follow.  Now Vin Diesel has confirmed that the two films are being scripted at the same time.  Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the action star said, “With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space.” He went on to add, “We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages. The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’”

I’m sorry, but did I miss something when this series of movies became so deep that they didn’t have “enough space” for all of their plotlines?  This has nothing to do with servicing a story, this has to do with the fact that the fifth film in a series became the highest grossing one yet and brought in over $626 million worldwide off of a $125 million dollar budget.  Working on the next two at the same time lowers costs even further, potentially putting each installment possibly in the $110 million range.

Paul Walker, one of the stars of the series, added, “It’s not about the action and the cars, which initially appealed to me when I was 25-years-old,  Because if that’s all it was, it would have fallen off a long time ago.”  I hate to break it to him, but it’s been 10 years since the first film, that’s exactly what it’s still about.  You’ve got a new generation of kids coming to see these movies for the cars, and somehow I doubt they’re showing up for the “plot.”

25
Jun
2011

Fast Five to 6 movie posterFrom the realm of “absolutely no surprise”, Universal Pictures has announced a release date for the sixth film in The Fast and the Furious series, confirming that the film is indeed on the horizon.

Universal Pictures announced this weekend that we can expect a sixth film in the car-centric series to speed into theaters on May 24th, 2013.  A fascinating move when you consider that there is no word if a script has even been started yet.  Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson are al expected to return for the next film in the series, which isn’t surprising on the former two’s parts since you really don’t see them get work in other films as of late.

While Fast Five is the highest grossing film in the series at $207.2 million, it is technically not a success by usual Hollywood accounting which calls for a film to gross double its production budget domestically.  With a budget of $125 million, the fifth film would have had to hit $250 million to be considered in the black, but an additional $385 million in foreign reciepts for a global total of $592.2 million is sure to have influenced this decision to press forward with another installment.

Director Justin Lin, who helmed Fast Five and took it in a new direction for the series, is expected to return for whatever the sixth one ends up being named.

The suspicion is that this film is being rushed due to the fact that The Dark Tower is going to miss its original release date of May 17th, 2013 due to numerous delays with that production.  Universal needed a “tentpole” movie for the summer, and this one could get spun up pretty quickly, so there you go.

While I personally have no interest in the content of these movies, I do find the business side of them interesting, and right now I’ll be waiting to see if they dial back the production budget at all for the next installment.