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Ron Howard To Helm Drug Tale 'Mena,' 'Tabu' Director Miguel Gomes Lines Up 'Arabian Nights' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 9:40 AM
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Ron Howard, Rush
While the disappointing box office of Ron Howard's underrated "Rush" caused a shakeup at production house Exclusive Media, that doesn't mean no one is banking on the director. And Universal has stepped up, putting down $1 million on a spec script by Gary Spinelli (whose only credit is the Dolph Lundgren starring "Stash House") for Howard to helm.

Duncan Jones Exits 007 Creator Ian Fleming Biopic & 'Fast & Furious' Director Rob Cohen To Helm 'Road House' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 10:54 AM
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Sometimes, you just can't do it all. Duncan Jones is finding this out as the director has had to exit the brewing feature film on 007 creator Ian Fleming. First announced back in 2012, not much had been heard about the movie since, which would be based on Andrew Lycett's biography "Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond" and focus on the author's real life spy adventures that later informed his creation of James Bond. So why has he bounced?

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.

Rob Cohen Hated The First Two 'Fast & Furious' Sequels Because They Were Just Done For The Money

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2012 11:37 AM
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At least someone out there is thinking about the artistic integrity of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, and that man is the one who started it all, director Rob Cohen. With his first film "The Fast And The Furious" revving its way to over $200 million worldwide, it kicked off a franchise, but that doesn't mean he's always been happy with where it has been going.
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Bad Ideas: 'Guinness Book of World Records,' Isaac Newton Action Film & Labatt Beer Buddy Comedy Movie In The Works

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 8, 2012 1:36 PM
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On any average week, one can usually expect news on one or two sub-standard projects to surface into development and production, but as studios frantically look for big-budget pap to quickly fill next year’s summer calendar, three new films have quickly announced their journeys into bafflingly misguided being.

'Stealth' Director Rob Cohen Entrusted To Helm '1950,' Korea's Most Expensive Film To Date

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 29, 2011 1:58 AM
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Director Rob Cohen, whose last journey behind the camera was the abysmally unambitious “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” is hardly known for feminist cinematic screeds, unless you count all the bits where Jessica Biel opens her mouth in “Stealth.” Added to this his other, self-consciously none-more-macho films -- “xXx” and the first “Fast the Furious” picture -- while spawning a clutch of sequels between them, aren’t exactly heralded as action genre classics in the way, say, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Predator” are. So he’s probably not the first person you’d think of if you were a hot-shot producer looking for a director to helm a project about the Korean War. Enough people clearly felt differently, though, as THR notes that Cohen’s signed on to direct “1950,” a film based on the reportage of Marguerite Higgins – a Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune – who covered some of the conflict’s most important historical events, blazing a trail for females in her profession as she went. Her journey across the Korean peninsula with an American platoon, which culminated in the bulk evacuation of nearly 200,000 South Koreans from the advancing armies of the Chinese and North Koreans on Christmas Eve, is set to form the backbone of the film.
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Vroom! Rob Cohen To Direct Desert Car Racing Action Movie 'Bullet Run'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 10:44 AM
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With the "Fast & Furious" franchise slowly moving out of the gearhead game, and turning into a series of heist films, the field is wide open for another car based actioner and Rob Cohen, the man behind the movie that started it all -- "The Fast And The Furious" -- is ready to makes cars explode and stuff all over again.

Stringer Bell Out, Madea In For 'Cross'; Rob Cohen Will Take Over Directing Duties From David Twohy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 3:17 AM
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Tyler Perry Is Also The Real Black SwanDr. Alex Cross, the character created by James Patterson in his best-selling books, is no stranger to the big screen. In 1997 and 2001, Morgan Freeman played the role of the crime busting psychologist in "Kiss The Girls" and "Along Came A Spider" and now the franchise (of sorts) is getting a reboot and moving in some interesting directions.

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