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There's Going To Be A 'Fast Six,' Obviously

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 10:31 AM
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While we may bemoan studios forever clinging to sequels and franchises, there is a very good reason why. They make shitloads of money. Thus far, "The Fast And The Furious" franchise has brought just under $1 billion worldwide at the box office, doing more than triple the budget for these films. That's in-freakin-sanity. And with "Fast Five" revving its engines to hit theaters next week, it's hardly surprising that Universal already have their eyes on a sixth installment.

'The Karate Kid' Director Harald Zwart To Direct Toy Franchise 'Bakugan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2010 3:36 AM
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We can just feel Universal Pictures execs Jeff Kirschenbaum and Anikah McLaren positively frothing as they get ready to bring the hugely popular strategic game and anime series "Bakugan Battle Brawlers" to the big screen. 'Bakugan' will be helmed by director Harald Zwart, whose reboot of “The Karate Kid” was the bona fide sleeper hit of 2010. But that’s not what they’re excited about. The Toy Industry Association named Bakugan Battle Brawlers “Toy of the Year" for the second year running and the propensity for a mega merchandise tie in with familiar Transformer-type characters, including special marbles that turn into monsters is, well, something to froth at the mouth about.

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