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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.

Ranking The 'Fast And Furious' Franchise Films From Best To Worst

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 21, 2013 12:59 PM
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Fast & Furious 6
This weekend sees the sixth (!) film in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, "Fast and Furious 6" (or, according to director Justin Lin, just "Furious Six") race into theaters. Once thought as a kind of also-ran franchise in the Universal canon, it has quickly become one of the studio's most important properties, with each subsequent film getting bigger and more bombastic (if not genuinely better). Sure, these movies might not be high art but they are consistently entertaining in a way that few Hollywood franchises are, full of muscle cars and beautiful women and tough guys who pummel each other just for the heck of it. In the spirit of "Fast and Furious," we thought we would run down every entry in the entire franchise, from best to worst. So put on your tiniest muscle shirt, grab that energy drink, and buckle up.

Michelle Rodriguez Returns For 'Fast & Furious 6' & Confirmed For 'Machete Kills'; Mel Gibson The Villain In 'Machete' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 5:31 PM
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Looks like "Fast & Furious 6" is getting fuel injected with some kick-ass estrosgen. With Gina Carano joining the pic last week and Rihanna being rumored to play the villain (while reps stay noticeably mum, though not denying anything), a familiar female face is returning to the gearhead series.

Michelle Rodriguez Was Apparently In A 'Resident Evil' Movie, Returning For 'Retribution'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2011 1:19 AM
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We're not sure that there's a single franchise out there that's cheaper and more joyless than "Resident Evil." The video-game adaptation is now a decade, and four entries, old, and has continued to add literally nothing to the zombie genre, the action movie genre and the cinematic artform in general. But with the last film, "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," proving by far the biggest entry in the series, taking nearly $300 million worldwide, there's no end in sight, and original helmer Paul W.S. Anderson, who also directed the fourth entry, is returning to the series for "Resident Evil: Retribution," on which shooting is imminent, ahead of a release a year from now.

Michelle Rodriguez Will Co-Star In Horror Pic 'The Home'; Aaron Eckhart Says Harvey Dent Is Dead

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 12, 2011 6:02 AM
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How Aaron Eckhart Going Method Irked His Co-Stars & More Learned From The Cast Of 'Battle: Los Angeles' This weekend sees the release of mega blockbuster “Battle: Los Angeles.” We sat down with the cast, including Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Ne-Yo to discuss exactly what it’s like to shoot an alien invasion picture in such an unconventional manner, utilizing documentary-like shooting techniques. And we learned, of course, that some took it more seriously than others.

Watch: Mayhem and Shakey-Cam In First Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2010 1:58 AM
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Alien invasion season is officially underway, with the release today of "Skyline," the first of a string of similarly-themed sci-fi pictures set to roll out over the next few years, from "Super 8" to "Battleship." To no one's great surprise, it turns out to be no good at all (seriously, it was a film starring Eric Balfour. What were you expecting? ERIC BALFOUR!), but a trailer's debuted at Apple for a film that, at one stage, was suing "Skyline" for suspicious similarities in its set-up and design.

Paul Schrader's 'The Jesuit' With Michelle Rodriguez, Willem Dafoe & Paz Vega Starts March 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2010 9:54 AM
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This one has been brewing for a while, and was even packaged and looking for buyers at Cannes, but it took another round at AFM for buyers to come onboard, and now Paul Schrader's next film "The Jesuit" is on the way.

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