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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.

'Wrath Of The Titans' Writer Dan Mazeau Takes On Tom Cruise Sci-Fi 'Yukikame' & Vin Diesel Actioner 'World's Most Wanted'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 29, 2013 10:44 AM
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Names like Michael Bacall or John August fall in that bracket of Hollywood screenwriters who seemingly emerge from nowhere onto high-profile projects, when really their professional clout is informed by the many years of hard work beforehand. Writer Dan Mazeau may not yet have as similar a laundry list of credits under his belt — he previously penned “Wrath of the Titans” and the “Bleach” manga adaptation — but a pair of new assignments with two of the biggest action stars around looks to change that fact.

Watch: New 3-Minute Red Band Trailer For 'Riddick' Is Vin-Tacular

  • By Broseph Dudeface
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  • July 19, 2013 4:54 PM
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Riddick
BROS! Gotta admit, this summer has been a bit of bummer. 'Fast 6' was like total sex, but that was like forever ago. My girl broke up with me, I've got that Mr. Sandusky for summer school English (that dude needs to get off my jock), so I've mostly been chillin' at my Moms. Nah, I didn't see any movies because, like, "Man Of Steel"? I ain't watchin' no Man In Tights. "Pacific Rim"? I'd prefer Pacific Trim, nah mean? But I got some fuckin' great news dudes -- VIN IS BACK.

Marvel Wants To Meet Vin Diesel For Some Reason & Armie Hammer Is Not Ant-Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 10:40 PM
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It seems rumors are flying fast and furious this week for nerd franchises, so let's get a handle on them, and kick off with one that is actually legit, followed by a couple others that are sort of ridiculous...

Interview: Justin Lin Talks Why Eva Mendes Didn't Come Back, And How Robert Altman Inspired 'Fast & Furious 6'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2013 11:59 AM
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This weekend the sixth "Fast and Furious" installment, "Fast and Furious 6" (or 'Furious 6,' if you want to be really cool), races into theaters nationwide. This new film sees much of the cast from the original movies returning, with some notable additions (like Gina Carano from "Haywire") and an even bigger scale – one action sequence involves a tank, the other a runaway plane. And a little while back, we got to chat with director Justin Lin, who has shepherded the franchise since the third movie, "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," transitioning it from a silly "Point Break" rip-off to one of the most consistently entertaining action franchises around. Lin told us how he has been mapping out the franchise since the beginning, what thoughts he has for James Wan (who will direct the next installment) and how Robert Altman was a big inspiration on this movie (yes really).

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.

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?

Watch: Vin Diesel Is Back In (Pitch) Black In Full Trailer For 'Riddick'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 1:57 PM
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Riddick
"Fast & Furious" is the franchise that keeps going from strength to strength, while "Riddick," Vin Diesel's other long-running series, is the one that just won't die. Diesel got his big break as the gravel-voiced, contact-lensed psychopath in David Twohy's "Pitch Black" in 2000, and after he became a star, Universal invested big in "The Chronicles of Riddick," and took a financial bath on a film that proved pretty incoherent and ugly (if occasionally intriguing).

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.

Tank Up With 9 Clips & Lots Of New Images From 'Fast & Furious 6'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 6, 2013 10:45 AM
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While some filmmakers and studios have done everything in their power to build a mystique around their tentpoles -- think “Star Trek Into Darkness” or “Man Of Steel” -- the team behind “Fast & Furious 6” are clearly of the mind that “more is more.” Though the film hits theaters at the end of the month, Universal Pictures has released nine new clips.

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