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Ice Cube Backpedals On Paul Walker MTV Movie Award Comments; Watch Vin Diesel's Unaired Acceptance Speech

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2014 12:41 PM
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Ice Cube, Paul Walker
Dude, it’s the MTV Movie Awards, what is there to get upset about? It’s about 1,000 rungs below the Oscars, so nothing to freak about if you don't win. But in case you missed it, this is what Ice Cube had to say about his comedy “Ride Along” not winning the Best Duo Award at Sunday’s prestigious MTV Movie Awards.

Watch: Bradley Cooper Speaks As Rocket Raccoon For The First Time In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 2:23 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
The first trailer for "Guardians Of Galaxy" dropped on Monday night, and for the most part, fans were hugely enthusiastic about James Gunn's film, vibing with the winking tone of the superhero flick. But there was one major thing missing from its first promo: voices. Outside of Chris Pratt's Star-Lord, we didn't really hear anything out of the rest of the (mostly CGI enhanced) cast. Well, that's about to change.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Assembles New Superhero Team

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 11:55 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
So, a superhero movie with a raccoon and talking tree among the team, many have said (including us) that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" represents the biggest roll of the dice Marvel has taken to date. Just don't tell that to director James Gunn. "I don't think it's the riskiest Marvel property," he told Total Film. "I think 'Iron Man' was by far the riskiest. It was a film company that didn't have much, raising money to make a film based on a property that wasn't that much more well known than 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' So I think it's not even close to the riskiest Marvel property." Of course, Tony Stark now has three standalone movies to his name and the question is, can 'Guardians' reach that level of success?

'Fast & Furious 7' Sets GPS For Spring 2015 Release; Vin Diesel & Paul Walker Still Leading The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 9:04 AM
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Fast & Furious 7
Given that they were already on a tight schedule to meet a 2014 release date prior to Paul Walker's death, it's not a surprise that Universal is now giving themselves a bit more breathing room to complete "Fast & Furious 7."

Video Game Adaptation 'Kane & Lynch' Kicked Back To Life With Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel Sought To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 5:23 PM
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Do people still play "Kane & Lynch"? We have no idea, but Hollywood has been hellbent on making a movie out of the franchise for years. Way, way back in 2010 "The Cooler" and "Running Scared" helmer Wayne Kramer was going to direct the movie that had Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx attached, but it never materialized. Then F. Gary Gray ("The Italian Job") slid into the director's chair but still nothing happened and the project sorta faded away. But Gray has hung onto the job and now there's fresh life as an old pal of his is coming on board to star.

Genredom: Vin Diesel, Marvel, Bad Robot Teaser, Benedict Cumberbatch Might Still Be In 'Star Wars' (Probably Not Though) & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 5:30 PM
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Nerds are an easily excitable bunch, especially if they're in the position of also being journalists (or maybe "journalists" with airquotes is a better distinction), where flights of fancy and endless speculation can easily usurp actual reporting. Such is the case with boundless theorizing about Benedict Cumberbatch being in "Star Wars: Episode VII," which seems to be more a case of collective wishful thinking than anything concrete or remotely plausible. Well, there's even more on that subject (prepare your eyes, as they're about to roll), as well as further details on that mysterious Bad Robot trailer from a few weeks ago and Vin Diesel running his mouth again about what he's doing with Marvel. Have the largest grain of salt you can find at the ready.

Review: 'Riddick' Starring Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, And Karl Urban

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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Riddick
"Pitch Black," released by Universal in 2000 to little fanfare, was a small-scale genre movie that took almost everyone who saw it by surprise. It featured a nifty conceit (space travelers are marooned on a hostile alien world inhabited by nocturnal predators days before a lengthy solar eclipse) and an agreeably asshole-ish antihero in Riddick (Vin Diesel), a gruff prisoner who escapes in the crash. The problem, of course, was that Universal mistakenly took a cult phenomenon for the stuff of big budget crossover material, and when "The Chronicles of Riddick" opened in 2004, it was clogged with "world building" nonsense and ornate production design that was halfway between "Dune" and "Dungeons & Dragons."

Watch: 3 Clips From 'Riddick,' Vin Diesel Nearly Played Marvel "Phase 3" Character, But Voicing A Talking Tree Instead

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 28, 2013 8:57 AM
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Even before his name became tangled in the web of associations and secrecy that is Marvel's upcoming film slate, Vin Diesel was an absolute master of suggestion — just one “Fast & Furious” tidbit or Riddick-related image was enough to draw speculation to his impressive Facebook page. But then excitement really peaked when the actor revealed in June that Marvel had reached out to him; we thought the matter then settled when his voice/motion-capture role as talking tree Groot in “Guardians Of The Galaxy” was announced, but now it appears the original meeting had different intentions after all.

Thanks Riddick: Vin Diesel Eyes Another Sci-Fi Franchise With 'Soldiers Of The Sun'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 5:00 PM
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So, is anyone actually anticipating "Riddick" next month or is Vin Diesel simply delusional about his cachet in the sci-fi realm? Either way, dude seems to love the genre and wants to keep blowing up aliens and mumbling or whatever it is he does.

Vin Diesel Plays To Strengths By Voicing Uncommunicative Lump Of Wood In Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 9:01 AM
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It's been one of the more intriguing movie-news related mysteries of the last few months. Concrete-voiced "Fast & Furious" star Vin Diesel has been hinting on his Facebook page for a little while that he was in discussions with Marvel about taking some kind of role in one of their upcoming projects. With "Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" already quite a way into production, it seemed that it was more likely to be either "Guardians Of The Galaxy" or "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron," and so speculation flew, with guesses ranging from the voice of Rocket Racoon or Thanos in the former to The Vision or Ultron in the latter.

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