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'Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance' Remake Gets A Director, 'Fast & Furious 7' Keeps Casting & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 11:18 AM
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With TIFF in full swing, letters are being frantically crossed and dotted on all manner of contracts, agreements and bar-room napkins. Here are a few that we managed to smuggle across the Canadian border, hidden inside a stuffed moose...

Casting: Kurt Russell Tanks Up 'Fast & Furious 7'; Olga Kurylenko Visits 'Yves Saint Laurent' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 9:43 AM
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We hope you're fully rested after the long Labor Day weekend because we're flying headlong into TIFF with more reviews and coverage to come. But first, a bit of catchup on some casting you might have missed over the past few days as you savored the last long weekend of summer.

Tony Jaa Kicks His Way Into 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 11:19 AM
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Oh man, remember when Tony Jaa was supposed to be the next big thing? That was nearly a decade ago with the release of 2003's "Ong-Bak," a slick action flick that showed the skills of young martial artist who had the killer combination of being quick, inventive and deadly. But the sequels to that film didn't quite land with the same impact, and whatever momentary wave the Thai actor made stateside seemed to evaporate. But now he's giving a roundhouse right kick to a franchise.

Denzel Washington Turned Down Small Role In 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 11:10 AM
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During a longwinded, occasionally entertaining rant about how studios can't seem to formulate new intellectual properties, Deadline's Mike Fleming, Jr. let some biggish news slip: Denzel Washington, who can be seen in this weekend's oddly satisfying shoot 'em up "2 Guns," turned down a "small role" in the next "Fast and Furious" movie (currently titled "Fast & Furious 7"), to be directed by James Wan ("The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2"). No details on who Denzel would have played or why he turned down the role, but Fleming is still hopeful that a major star can fill the void before Wan starts shooting. Considering Universal has already set a July 6th, 2014 date for "Fast & Furious 7," they'd better hurry up and find someone.

'The Conjuring' Director James Wan Says He's Approaching 'Fast & Furious 7' As A “Gritty, '70s Revenge Thriller”

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 15, 2013 4:02 PM
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When the news broke that director Justin Lin would be departing the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which he transformed from modest Universal hit into one of the studio's go-to tentpoles, the choice of James Wan as a replacement was quite a surprising one. Adept in low-budget horror with similarly massive returns, the “Insidious” director's work doesn't initially scream “high-octane exotic bombast” but a few recent comments from Wan tell how the series will fit his overall vision.

Vin Diesel Says 'Fast & Furious 7' Will Take Place In L.A, Tokyo & The Middle East

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 17, 2013 11:40 AM
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Who ever thought from its modest beginnings that the “Fast & Furious” franchise would ever reach the point where they have villains to face off against in each entry, with each requiring them to jet off to a variety of new and exotic locations. It was Rio for “Fast Five,” and in the most recent entry, “Furious 6,” the crew spent the majority of their time in London and Spain. Dominic Toretto’s practically James Bond by this point, right?

Michelle Rodriguez Confirms Jason Statham For 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 8:59 AM
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Going into "Fast & Furious 6" in a couple of weeks time, you'll already know that a sequel has the green light and is already in pre-production for release next summer, with James Wan directing. As far back as 2011, rumors have been swirling that the sixth and seventh chapters in the 'Furious' saga would be telling one massive, linked story. Then as "Fast & Furious 6" started gearing up in earnest, Jason Statham was heavily touted to join, only for him to reportedly turn down the movie. But the rumors persisted, and earlier this year a mega-spoiler arrived indicating that Statham would be in the franchise, but for "Fast & Furious 7." That's all we'll say (click the link to get the full dirt).

Rev Your Engines: 'Fast & Furious 7' Gets Summer 2014 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 3:15 PM
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The only question facing Universal right now is just how much of the $626 million worldwide that "Fast Five" made, will be matched or exceeded by "Fast & Furious 6." There is really no doubt it's going to be a monster hit at this point, because no matter where you stand on this series, or whether or not you're a film snob, Vin Diesel driving the car out of the front of a jetplane is fucking awesome. Universal knows this, and that's why they're already looking ahead to next year.

'Saw' & 'Insidious' Director James Wan To Direct 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 10:40 PM
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Well, Universal was expected to make an announcement this week and indeed, almost seven days to the news that Justin Lin wouldn't be directing "Fast & Furious 7," the studio has found their man. And it's none of the rumored Brad Furman, Harald Zwart or Jeff Wadlow.

Rumor: Brad Furman, Harald Zwart & Jeff Wadlow In The Mix To Direct 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 8, 2013 9:01 AM
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As every new trailer shows, the “Fast and Furious” franchise is slowly inching toward “Speed Racer” with tank tops, but that journey hit a bump last week when it was revealed that 'Furious 6' director Justin Lin would not return for the series' seventh installment. That didn't stop rumors from swirling about that film's villain, but it seems Universal have now made steps toward finding a new helmer, and quick.

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