Vin Diesel Wants Ang Lee to Direct KOJAK Because of Course He Does

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Vin Diesel loves his fans, and he has no hesitation about teasing them regarding future projects.  His relentless self-promotion is kind of grating if you’re not a Diesel devotee, but hustling is part of Hollywood.  He’s supposedly voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, and has talked about “merging brands” with Marvel (whatever the hell that means).  Diesel may be content to be part of ensemble films, but since the most successful thing about Riddick is that it got made, he could be looking for another solo franchise.

About a year ago, Diesel signed on to play the lead in a film adaptation of the TV show Kojak.  The series ran from 1973-1978, and starred Telly Savalas as New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak.  The tough but good-hearted cop was a colorful character and returned to TV in 2005 as a short-lived series starting Ving Rhames.   So what are Diesel’s thoughts on the film adaptation?  When asked by a fan on Facebook “what director would you like to work soon?” he replied, “Kojak… New York… Ang Lee…”  Hit the jump for more.

New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Image Featuring Vin Diesel; First Image of Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone from Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Picture

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We’ve got a couple of new images from the following films:

  • Fast & Furious 7 – A new image from the James Wan-directed actioner featuring Vin Diesel and someone who appears to be the franchise’s new addition, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.  Fast & Furious 7 also stars Paul WalkerTony JaaTyrese Gibson,Kurt RussellMichelle RodriguezLudacrisNathalie EmmanuelDjimon HounsouLucas Black, and John Brotherton, and opens July 11, 2014.
  • Untitled Cameron Crowe Project – Courtesy of the director himself, the first image from his untitled picture starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone is now available.  The picture also stars John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray, and should open sometime in 2014.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Working with Bradley Cooper, Dances around Vin Diesel Playing Groot, and More

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It’s been said many times before and it will keep being said: Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s riskiest movie to date.  Judging by what we’ve seen so far, it’s not only going to be unlike any Marvel film, but also unlike many sci-fi space adventures in recent memory.  This kind of bold, daring movie needs a bold, daring, and twisted (in a good way) director, and it has one in James Gunn.

While walking the red carpet for Thor: The Dark World, he was candid about the movie, which is unusual for most Marvel directors.  However, because Guardians is so strange, Marvel may be trying to get audiences acclimated as soon as possible.  After the jump, Gunn talks about how we’ll see a teaser of some kind fairly soon, working with Bradley Cooper to get the right voice for Rocket Raccoon, the practical sets, and more.  He also dances around Vin Diesel‘s role in the film.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014. [Warning: Spoilers ahead]

Gerard Butler Circles Kane Role in KANE & LYNCH Adaptation; Offer out to Vin Diesel to Play Lynch

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The long-gestating adaptation of the 2007 Kane & Lynch video game may have found one of its two title roles in Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen).  Director F. Gary Gray has been on and off the project over the last few years, but is currently attached to helm the adaptation.  If a deal is made for Butler to play Kane, that would reunite the director and star of the 2009 film, Law Abiding Citizen.  Butler’s co-star in that film, Jamie Foxx, was once eyed to play a lead in this film opposite Bruce Willis with Simon Crane directing, but those plans have come and gone.  An offer is currently out to Vin Diesel to play Lynch.  Hit the jump for more.

Vin Diesel Shares New Set Photo from FAST & FURIOUS 7 Featuring Dwayne Johnson

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Vin Diesel continues to roll out photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7.  After yesterday’s photo featuring Jason Statham, Diesel has now provided an image with Dwayne Johnson, who plays the badass Hobbs.  I’m interested to see where Hobbes goes in the sequel considering his betrayal in Fast & Furious 6.  A friend of mine pointed out that Hobbs never would have done that, but he did and now the character will have to face those consequences.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John BrothertonFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014. [Warning: Photo contains minor spoilers.]

Two New Set Photos from FAST & FURIOUS 7 Starring Vin Diesel and Jason Statham

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Vin Diesel has been very open with sharing photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7.  It’s a nice way to connect with fans, and proof that just because a movie is highly anticipated, that doesn’t mean the set has to be locked down like Fort Knox.  Of course, there’s nothing in here that will spoil the movie, but it’s fun to see Diesel and Jason Statham, who plays the film’s heavy, looking over the script. It’s also funny to see a glass of wine between them even though it’s a prop.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, and Dwayne JohnsonFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.

Vin Diesel Shows off Fast & Furious 7 Fight Training Video with Tony Jaa

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Vin Diesel, in a celebration of his Facebook page getting 50 million likes (which he calls “Our Page” so really it should be “Vin Diesel n’ Friends”), he decided to reward his fans with some video of his Fast & Furious 7 fight training with Tony Jaa (Ong-bak).  If you can get past the unintentionally hilarious editing, there’s some pretty cool stuff here from Jaa, who proves that he could kick a ten-foot tall person in the face.  Also, if there’s a scene where Jaa and Diesel need to hold themselves up horizontally, they’re physically able to do that.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John BrothertonFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.

Vin Diesel Practices His Groot Walk for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on the Set of FAST & FURIOUS 7

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During some down time on the set of James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7, Vin Diesel took advantage of his free time to get in some training for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  Diesel may be pretty imposing on screen, but he needs a bit of help in the height department in order to play the tree-like Groot.  He posted a fun behind-the-scenes video featuring his training, along with a few words on both films.  As a special bonus, Diesel’s co-star Djimon Hounsou, who will appear in both films, also makes a special appearance in the short video.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Fast & Furious 7 is due out July 11, 2014, and Guardians of the Galaxy will follow less than a month later on August 1, 2014. 

More Vin Diesel Brooding in New Image from FAST & FURIOUS 7

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Earlier this week, Vin Diesel shared the first image from Fast & Furious 7 via his Facebook page.  It wasn’t an image of the fast cars and explosions fans want from the movie.  It was Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) lost in thought.  Those deep thoughts continue in another image Diesel has deemed fit to share with his fans.  Diesel, his Facebook comment weighted with the wisdom of man who has loved and lost, tells his millions of fans, “The first week of filming, has been both intense and surreal…P.s. One from set… a more somber moment in Our Saga…”  If I had to guess, I would say this is a funeral scene for Han (Sung Kang), who was killed at the end of Fast & Furious 6 by a new villain played by Jason Statham.

Hit the jump to check out the image, and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on the intense, emotional drama Diesel will share through these images.  The film also stars Lucas Black, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, and Kurt RussellFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.

Vin Diesel Broods in First Official Image from FAST & FURIOUS 7

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Though the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise only just hit theaters four months ago, production is already underway on Fast & Furious 7Insidious and The Conjuring director James Wan takes over from previous helmer Justin Lin this time around, and now the Facebook-friendly Vin Diesel has shared the first official image from the set of Fast 7.  The image doesn’t reveal any of the franchise newcomers like Kurt Russell or Djimon Hounsou, but we do see Diesel and Paul Walker in what looks to be a very American locale.  Diesel captioned the pic himself with “the unknown road ahead…”

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, and Ronda RouseyFast & Furious 7 opens on July 11, 2014.

Weekend Box Office: September Starts Soft with $18.6 Million RIDDICK Debut

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The September box office kicked off with a single major debut: Universal’s Riddick. After the crazy-crowded summer season, you might think that a break from the competition would guarantee Riddick a robust start. You’d be wrong. The sci-fi sequel wound up with a mediocre estimate of $18.6 million from 3,107 locations instead of the $20-$25 million that many expected. Surrounded by holdovers that are now weeks past their prime, Riddick’s poor showing also helped September’s inaugural frame qualify as 2013’s weakest to date.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Riddick $18,673,000 $18.6
2.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $8,900,000 $91.9
3.  Instructions Not Included $8,100,000 $21.3
4.  We’re the Millers $7,925,000 $123.8
5.  Planes $4,274,000 $79.2
6.  One Direction: This IS Us $4,100,000 $23.9
7.  Elysium $3,100,000 $85
8.  Blue Jasmine $2,688,000 $25.4
9.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $2,500,000 $59.8
10.  The World’s End $2,302,000 $21.7

Vin Diesel to “Merge Brands” with Marvel in 2016

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Vin Diesel is having a tough time keeping secrets from his millions of fans.  It’s only going to get tougher for him and more frustrating for Marvel as the two ever-so-slowly approach not just Guardians of the Galaxy, but their mysterious plans together for 2016.  Adding even more mystery to the mix is a new video interview in which Diesel further elaborates on his meetings with Marvel, re-paving over the old story that he originally met with the studio to discuss a “fresh property” in 2016 or 2017 before being offered the voice role of Groot in the James Gunn film, appeasing uproarious fan demand.

The interesting point this time around is that Diesel mentioned a cryptic “merging of brands” between himself and Marvel.  Does this mean the Iron Giant will join The Avengers?  Will Dom Toretto become Tony Stark’s new chauffeur?  Or perhaps Riddick and Xander Cage will get a comics run of their own?  Your guess is as good as mine at this point.  Hit the jump to see if you can read between the lines.

New Featurette for RIDDICK

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Universal has released new featurette for the sci-fi/action film, Riddick.  It opens with a slight contradiction between Vin Diesel and director David Twohy.  Diesel says “We always wanted it to be three films,” but then Twohy follows with “It was a question of where do we go next?”  The implication of a trilogy signals that they knew how it would be resolved, but clearly that wasn’t the case.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Just because a film is planned that doesn’t mean the final result will be good and vice versa.  This featurette contains new footage, and does a good job of laying out the story without giving too much away, although there is no alien-puppy-saving.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Katee SackhoffDavid BautistaJordi MollàMatt NableBokeem WoodbineRaoul TrujilloNolan Gerard Funk, and Karl UrbanRiddick opens September 6th.

Vin Diesel Talks RIDDICK, Balancing His Producer and Actor Roles, Making Good on Promises, HANNIBAL THE CONQUEROR, Future of Cinema, and More

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Making it as an independent production that allowed them to have the creative freedom to return to its R-rated roots, Riddick – the much-anticipated new chapter of the captivating sci-fi saga that includes Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick – is a dark thriller that sees the anti-hero wanted by every mercenary and bounty hunter in the known galaxy, and both Riddick (Vin Diesel) and the mercs are forced to fight for survival.  From writer/director David Twohy, the film also stars Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, Bokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk.

During a press conference to promote the film’s upcoming September 6th theatrical release, actor/producer Vin Diesel talked about his desire to do more sci-fi films, balancing being actor and producer while on set, whether this was how he always envisioned the story for the third installment, how fighting Dwayne Johnson compares to fighting Dave Bautista, and the possibility of doing two more films.  He also talked about his hope to deliver on this promise to still make Hannibal the Conqueror, and his thoughts on the statements Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have made about the future of cinema.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Vin Diesel Comments on His Marvel Meetings for Future Phase Three Movies and Voicing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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While doing press for his upcoming film Riddick, star Vin Diesel revealed a bit more about his secretive meetings with Marvel.  He didn’t outright confirm that he would be voicing the tree-like Groot in the studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but it sounds like he’s one all-important signature away from announcing the role.  What’s more interesting in this particular soundbite is the news that Diesel and Marvel originally met to talk about launching a fresh property in 2016 or 2017, but then talks turned to more immediate opportunities.

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, also starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou and Peter Serafinowicz, opens August 1, 2014.  Hit the jump to see what Diesel has revealed about his Marvel meetings.

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