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Review: 'Fast & Furious 6' Makes Cars Go Boom In A Mostly Satisfactory Way

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2013 6:09 PM
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Has there ever been a franchise like the "Fast & Furious?" Begun over ten years ago with a film most notable for its '50s-style B-movie title, "The Fast & The Furious," it was a modest sleeper hit. Before long the series saw its biggest draw, the potato-headed growl-monster Vin Diesel, exit the series before it really got going, leading to the Paul Walker solo outing "2 Fast 2 Furious." Unsurprisingly, the box office for that one took a hit, a trend that continued with the Walker-free third outing "The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift." But ever since the series has been on a constant upswing, with "Fast Five" making nearly half-a-billion dollars worldwide, and even winning some critical plaudits, at least for series veteran Justin Lin.

'Fast & Furious 7' Won't Be Driven By Director Justin Lin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2013 1:19 PM
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Say what you will about Justin Lin, but he's come a long way since breaking out with his indie "Better Luck Tomorrow." Granted, most of his success has come from shooting fast cars do jumps and stuff, but he also helped revitalize and re-legitimatize the "Fast & Furious" franchise as a whole, thanks to the staggering success of "Fast Five." And there's no doubt that "Fast & Furious 6" is going to be another monster hit. But it looks like the director is done shifting gears.

'Fast & Furious 6' Director Justin Lin To Helm Special Ops Thriller For Warner Bros.

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 20, 2013 12:43 PM
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After making nothing but “Fast and Furious” movies for the last five years, Justin Lin may finally get a chance to venture off into new territory. Warner Bros has won a bidding war to acquire the rights to an upcoming novel by "The Breach" author Patrick Lee, with Lin attached to direct.

Justin Lin Goes Into 'Hibernation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 3:53 PM
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With Justin Lin currently in production on "Fast & Furious 6," the director has been carefully lining up options – lots of options – for what he'll take on once he's done with Vin and co. Since the spring his name has become attached to a smattering of projects including manga adaptation "Lone Wolf & Cub," an adaptation of the stage play "Chinglish," the long-developing inner city drama "L.A. Riots" and earlier this week, the sci-fi "Subdivision." Well, one more is being added to the pile.

Justin Lin Moves Into New Sci-Fi Comedy 'Subdivision'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 30, 2012 10:39 AM
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Fresh off helming perhaps the most gleefully anarchic and exuberant entry in the “Fast and Furious” series with “Fast Five,” the number of directions Justin Lin can explore next looks enviable to say the least. With that film's enormous box office bolstered by critical support, the director proved himself the obvious choice to lead the sixth installment, but along with a number of promising projects lining up on the side, it now seems he'll be treading into sci-fi waters in the near future.

'Fast Five' Helmer Justin Lin In Talks With Universal For Former Spike Lee Project 'L.A. Riots'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2012 10:20 AM
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A couple of years back, Justin Lin was a director who worked constantly, but was seen as a fairly mid-level guy: his debut "Better Luck Tomorrow" was well regarded critically, but follow-ups like "Annapolis" and his work on the third and fourth "Fast & Furious" movies were much more coolly received. But then came his third turn on the road-racing franchise "Fast Five," and the film was both a monster hit and surprisingly popular with critics -- and so it should have been; it's easily the best of the series, with excellently handled action and a playful spirit, suggesting Lin had finally found his groove.

Justin Lin To Direct Big-Screen Adaptation Of David Henry Hwang's Play 'Chinglish'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 25, 2012 10:41 AM
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Whether or not you're a fan of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, director Justin Lin has been becoming more and more steadied and confident since taking the keys to the franchise with 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Still, opportunities outside of said franchise have ultimately fallen apart due to Lin's commitment to the "Fast and the Furious" films, with Lin dropping out from "The Highlander" remake and basically stepping away from the next "Terminator" sequel (though Lin might be able to go back should the scheduling work out). Lin had to drop both projects because of "Fast Six," but Lin is setting up several possible projects to follow, one of which could be the big screen adaptation of David Henry Hwang's play "Chinglish."

Famed Manga 'Lone Wolf And Cub' Getting The Hollywood Treatment From 'Fast Five' Helmer Justin Lin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2012 5:44 PM
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Manga is all the rage in Hollywood at the moment. While "Akira" is on hold for the moment, fans were concerned when Warner Bros. announced that they were bringing "Bleach" to the big screen. And opinions are still split on Spike Lee's redo of "Oldboy," which is now aiming to shoot this fall. Well, we're sure this next project won't be scrutinized any less.

Jason Statham Reaches His Destiny, Sought For Two Future 'Fast & Furious' Sequels

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2011 1:20 AM
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'Fast Six' And 'Fast Seven' May Be Shot Back-To-Back In EuropeFranchises, generally speaking, are more like fruit than cheese (bear with us, we are going somewhere with this). They might need a film to ripen to their full potential -- sequels generally outgross their predecessors -- but in the main they run their course by the third or fourth film, as opposed to, say, maturing and finding greater audiences and creative highs with each new installment. So we were as surprised as you were that not only was "Fast Five" the the highest grossing (over $600 million now, nearly double the haul of its "Fast and Furious" predecessors) entry of the series so far, but it was also by far the most fun.

Scheduling Forces Justin Lin Out Of 'The Terminator' For Now; 2 Films Planned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 1:30 AM
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James Cameron Convinced To Join Brainstorming Sessions, But Not Officially InvolvedWhile it the success of "Fast Five" has put Justin Lin on the hot list for movie projects around town, things just haven't quite been going his way this summer. While he's been wishlisted/shortlisted for projects like "The Wolverine" and "Die Hard 5" he has turned down those opportunities, and last month he exited the "Highlander" remake he had been attached to for a couple of years. All of this was with his eye firmly on a new 'Terminator' movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but alas, it looks like the stars won't aligning for him to work on the project.

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