Year in Review: Top 15 Movie Moments of 2013

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Forgettable films are a waste of time because they leave us with nothing.  Being completely inoffensive is arguably worse than being terrible because at least terrible movies give us something to talk about.  We may be ragging on it, but at least it’s not something like After Earth, a film where the only thing I remember about it is how forgettable it is.  But to focus on the positive, the best movie moments move us in a positive way.  They provide more than a target for snarky putdowns or jaw-dropping examples of complete incompetence.  The best movie moments can inspire us, shock us, exhilarate us, and bring us absolute joy.

Adam, Dave, and Matt have written about five movie moments that jumped out at them in 2013.  They’re unranked and there could have been far more selections, but these 15 moments are as good as any that came out this year. [Spoilers ahead, obviously]

FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blu-ray Review

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It’s now nearly impossible to watch Fast & Furious 6, and not reflect on the passing of star Paul Walker.  Surely this big fun summer movie will now be tinged with a melancholy that it will be the last time Walker got to play Brian O’Conner in total.  But removed from the context of grief, Furious 6 (as it’s titled on screen) is a lot of fun, for the most part.  Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez co-star in this tale of underground racers turned crime-fighters.  My review of Fast and Furious 6 follows after the jump. 

New to Blu-ray: FAST & FURIOUS 6, DOCTOR WHO: DAY OF THE DOCTOR, MARY POPPINS, and More

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Here’s a brief overview of this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Might Start from Scratch; Percentage of FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Sales to Go to Walker’s Charity [UPDATED]

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Aside from the grief the folks behind Fast & Furious 7 are feeling due to Paul Walker‘s death, they’re also facing a conundrum.  As we reported earlier this week, production has been delayed as the studio, producers, and director James Wan figure out how to proceed.  According to The Wrap, one of the options they’re considering is to scrap the whole production and start over.  Filming was over halfway finished, but they hadn’t shot many of Walker’s key scenes.  While this may seem like a costly proposition for a blockbuster feature, the studio is insured and so Universal doesn’t have to worry on that front.  The larger concern is how to keep the franchise rolling while still respecting the fans and Walker’s legacy.

Hit the jump for more. [Update: Universal has released an official statement saying that production on Fast & Furious 7 has been shut down indefinitely.  Read the full statement after the jump.]

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Scene Revealed on FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blu-ray

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Although James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7 doesn’t open until July 11, 2014, you can get a sneak peek at a new scene by picking up Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 Extended Edition on Blu-ray.  The special features section offers a look at a scene in the upcoming film, but we’ve kept the details of it after the jump since they’re rather spoilery.  The ending of Fast & Furious 6 was revelatory for a couple of reasons: for one thing, it showed that the order of preceding movies in the franchise were not necessarily in chronological order, and for another, it revealed at least one villain who would be appearing in Fast & Furious 7.  An explanation behind all of this vague rambling can be found after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: THE PURGE Takes First with $36.4 Million; THE INTERNSHIP Opens in Fourth

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Between the record-breaking grosses of May and next week’s Man of Steel launch, this was supposed to be a quiet weekend at the box office. Universal’s The Purge had other plans. The low-budget horror film took first place and more than doubled its pre-release projections with an estimated $36.4 million from 2,536 locations. The box office bonanza did not extend to The Internship, however. The comedy opened in fourth with an estimated $18.1 million – half of what The Purge realized in 800 fewer theatres.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Purge $36,400,000 $36.4
2.  Fast & Furious 6 $19,800,000 $202.9
3.  Now You See Me $19,500,000 $61.3
4.  The Internship $18,100,000 $18.1
5.  Epic $12,100,000 $84.1
6.  Star Trek Into Darkness $11,700,000 $200.1
7.  After Earth $11,200,000 $46.5
8.  The Hangover III $7,380,000 $102.3
9.  Iron Man 3 $5,787,000 $394.3
10.  The Great Gatsby $4,230,000 $136.1

Weekend Box Office: FAST & FURIOUS 6 Still in the Lead; NOW YOU SEE ME Pulls Off Surprise Win Over AFTER EARTH

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After leading the biggest Memorial Day box office of all time, Fast & Furious 6 remained on top for a second weekend with an estimated $34.5 million. The film’s 65% drop left plenty of room for a new release to take over top honors – provided that new release wasn’t Sony’s After Earth. The sci-fi adventure was aiming for a $35-$40 million debut. Instead, the combined star-power of Will and Jaden Smith was only good enough for third place behind Now You See Me… a genuine upset for a film from the supposedly ‘cursed’ genre of magic.

  Title Weekend Total
1.   Fast & Furious 6 $34,540,000 $170.3
2.   Now You See Me $28,050,000 $28
3.   After Earth $27,000,000 $27
4.   Epic $16,400,000 $65.1
5.   Star Trek Into Darkness $16,400,000 $181.1
6.   The Hangover Part III $15,930,000 $88
7.   Iron Man 3 $8,006,000 $384.7
8.   The Great Gatsby $6,265,000 $128.2

THE COLLISION: Episode 46 – “Popcorn Movies” and FAST & FURIOUS 6 (Special Guest: Curt Holman)

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This week on The Collision, we are joined by freelance writer Curt Holman to talk about Fast & Furious 6.  In addition to talking about the movie, we discuss the appeal of “popcorn movies”, what defines a popcorn movie, turning your brain off, populism vs. elitism at the theater, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.  Also, be sure to click here to read Curt’s review of Fast & Furious 6.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Franchise Directors and Star Trek Into Darkness), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: FAST & FURIOUS 6 Leads Biggest Memorial Day Box Office of All Time

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So far, 2013 has been a little light on winning weekends – even the phenomenal success of Iron Man 3 represented a decline from 2012 when The Avengers reigned. But the ridiculous bounty of big-time releases this holiday weekend has delivered a win over last year’s frame and set a new record for the biggest Memorial Day box office of all time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Fast & Furious 6 $98,528,000 $98.5
2.  The Hangover III $42,400,000 $54.2
3.  Star Trek Into Darkness $38,000,000 $146.8
4.  Epic $34,200,000 $34.2
5.  Iron Man 3 $19,424,000 $367.5
6.  The Great Gatsby 3D $13,705,000 $114.4
7.  Mud $1,980,000 $14.5
8.  42 $1,245,000 $91
9.  The Croods $1,215,000 $179.2
10.  Oblivion $815,000 $87.2

Friday Box Office: FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blows by THE HANGOVER III to Start Crowded Memorial Day Weekend

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Today is like Christmas for box office nerds – giant franchises, an over-packed holiday schedule, all-time records on the line? In my world, it’s about as exciting as it gets. Three major new releases join an already saturated marketplace this weekend – The Hangover Part III, Fast & Furious 6 and the animated Epic. For weeks, box office watchers have wondered how the unusual decision to set two major studio sequels (targeting roughly the same audience) opposite each other would play out. Now its time to open our presents.

The Hangover III got an early start (opening Thursday with an estimated $11.7 million including Wednesday pm and midnight previews), but Fast & Furious 6 will be the undisputed Memorial Day winner. From 3,658 locations, the Universal release took in an estimated $38.2 million. That’s a new record for the 12 year-old franchise, topping the $34.4 million of 2011’s Fast Five. At this point, Fast 6 is expected to take in close to $100 million through Sunday and $119 million for the four-day holiday frame. In contrast, The Hangover III is struggling. Just two years after The Hangover Part II broke records with its $85.9 million opening weekend, its follow-up is expected to earn just $64 million over its first five days. Overall, the 2013 Memorial Day weekend is on track to become the most lucrative of all time, so check back tomorrow for more on this crazy-busy holiday box office.

 Title Friday    Total
1.  Fast & Furious 6 $38,200,000    $38.2
2.  The Hangover III $14,530,000    $26.2
3.  Star Trek Into Darkness $10,200,000    $119
4.  Epic $9,350,000    $9.3
5.  Iron Man 3 $5,113,000    $353.1

FAST & FURIOUS 6 Review

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Fast & Furious 6 is a machine running close to peak performance.  The Fast & Furious franchise has been stripped down and rebuilt through six iterations.  It’s gone from racing to revenge to a heist and now it’s forced to find its own identity.    After finding a good group of characters and upping the stakes in the action scenes, there’s finally a level of confidence instead of simply watching fast cars drive around.  The new movie struts into the room and proudly proclaims, “If we’re going to be goofy and loud, we’re going to be the goofiest, loudest movie we can be!”  It’s almost admirable in its own twisted way.  After four films, Justin Lin‘s direction has finally matched the ambition of his set pieces, and aside from indulging in the “family is everything” treacle, Fast & Furious 6 is easily the best film in the franchise yet.

Gina Carano Talks FAST & FURIOUS 6, Fight Choreography, How Things Have Changed Since HAYWIRE and Her Upcoming Release IN THE BLOOD

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Co-starring alongside Dwayne Johnson in Justin Lin’s upcoming Fast & Furious 6 is the tough and talented Gina Carano (Haywire).  Carano plays Agent Hobbs’ partner Riley, who both team up with Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew in order to take down an elite group of militarily-trained specialists led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).  Carano took the time to talk to us about her experience working on her first big action franchise movie, fight choreography, and learning from director Lin.  She also talked about how her experience in Haywire has changed her life, her future goals in her movie career and her upcoming film, In the Blood.

Also starring Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang and Gal Gadot, Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24th.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

9 Clips from FAST & FURIOUS 6 Showcase Nearly 10 Minutes of Footage

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Universal Pictures has release nine clips from director Justin Lin’s upcoming sequel Fast & Furious 6, amounting to around nine minutes of footage from the pic.  The follow-up to 2011’s Fast Five moves the action to Europe, where Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is trying to stop a group of mercenary drivers led by an unnamed mastermind (Luke Evans) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).  Hobbs recruits Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew to help bring down the criminal outfit, and in exchange will provide pardons for the Rio heist.

Hit the jump to watch all of the clips, and click here to check out 46 high-resolution images.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris Bridges, Elsa Pataky, and Gina Carano.  Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24th.

Final Trailer for FAST & FURIOUS 6 Teases the Film’s Massive Amount of Action

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Universal Pictures has released a final trailer for Fast Five director Justin Lin’s sequel Fast & Furious 6, and it’s chock-full of summer blockbuster goodness. This trailer does a great job of showing off the film’s ginormous scale, as we get some extended looks at Lin’s many action sequences.  Car chases through the streets of Europe, brutal fistfights in which The Rock pulls some legit wrestling moves, and a car chase/fight sequence involving a tank are all things we can look forward to with Fast & Furious 6.  Producer Neal Moritz recently told us that the film features two or three of “the best action sequences you will ever see” and noted that Fast 6 is the best film of the series yet.  We’ll get a chance to judge for ourselves in a few short weeks, but this trailer definitely makes the film look like one hell of a ride.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Vin DieselPaul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Joe TaslimSung Kang, Gina Carano, and Luke EvansFast & Furious 6 opens on May 24th.

Exclusive: Producer Neal Moritz Talks FAST & FURIOUS 6, 7, and Beyond; Confirms James Wan Is Directing FAST 7 and Says The Rock Will Return

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As we approach the release of the sixth film in the Fast and Furious franchise, it’s a bit crazy to think that the series is actually at the top of its game this far in.  The worldwide box office total of 2011’s Fast Five doubled that of the second-highest grossing entry in the series, Fast & Furious, and now director Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 is poised to be one of the biggest films of a very crowded summer.

Steve recently spoke with producer Neal Moritz for an extended interview, and during their conversation he talked extensively about what fans can expect from Fast & Furious 6 as well as the progress on the very fast-moving Fast & Furious 7, which was recently announced for a summer 2014 release.  Moritz confirmed that James Wan will be directing the next installment and talked about why they chose the Saw director to step into the franchise, and he also assured us that Dwayne Johnson will indeed be returning.  Hit the jump for much, much more.

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