James Wan Says FAST & FURIOUS 7 Was the “Hardest” Film He’s Ever Made; Also the One He’s Most Proud Of

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This morning I headed down to Lionsgate to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Saw.  As a horror fan it blows my mind that it was ten years ago that writer Leigh Whannell and James Wan changed the genre forever with their tiny, original film.  People forget how innovative the original Saw was (and how comparatively non-violent it actually is when stacked up against the sequels – a few of which I like as well).  While the bulk of our conversation centered around that franchise (in addition to the two other successful horror franchises Wan has helped launch – Insidious and The Conjuring) we did briefly touch on Fast & Furious 7 and how working with that expanded budget compares to the relatively small amount of money Wan spent on Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring.  I found his answer to be refreshingly honest and hopeful, so I’ve decided to share it with you now.

The rest of the interview, which has a lot of really good stuff, will be hitting next week closer to the theatrical re-release of Saw on October 31st.  Wan personally oversaw a new transfer of that film for this release and it apparently looks better than ever.  Hit the jump for his thoughts on Fast & Furious 7.

Vin Diesel Shares New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Images, Describes the Trailer

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Vin Diesel continues to be the official public ambassador for Fast & Furious 7, and now he’s sharing a few new images from the film.  The tumultuous production faced innumerable hurdles following the tragic death of star Paul Walker in November, but now the finish line is in sight with director James Wan deep in post-production.  And there’s now a trailer, which Diesel recently saw and flipped for.  So hopefully we’ll see that soon.

Hit the jump to see the new Fast & Furious 7 images and read a brief trailer description.  The film also stars Dwayne JohnsonMichelle RodriguezJason Statham, LudacrisTyrese GibsonRonda RouseyTony JaaNathalie EmmanuelLucas BlackJohn BrothertonDjimon Hounsou, and Kurt Russell.  Fast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Wraps Production; Shares Heartfelt Note and New Image Commemorating Tough Shoot

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Shooting has just officially wrapped on Fast & Furious 7.  The tumultuous, to say the least, production faced innumerable hurdles following the tragic death of star Paul Walker in November.  I imagine those involved are glad they pushed on but relieved that the ordeal is drawing to a close.  I also imagine director James Wan has a bear of a post-production schedule ahead of him. Assembling the film in the proper manner to respectfully work around Walker’s death (and the various methods employed in replacing him) has to be a pretty intense juggling act.

Hit the jump to read a heartfelt note from the team and see a new Fast & Furious 7 image.  The film also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, Djimon Hounsou, and Kurt RussellFast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.

FAST & FURIOUS 7, JURASSIC WORLD, WARCRAFT, and More from Universal and Legendary Set for IMAX Release

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It’s also pro-forma at this point that a gigantic blockbuster will be released in IMAX, but new partners Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertaniment have recently signed a deal to make sure their movies keep getting the extra-large-format treatment.  IMAX has sent out a press release announcing that fifteen of the studios’ blockbuster titles will be released in IMAX through 2017.  Fast & Furious 7, Dracula Untold, Seventh Son, Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak, and Warcraft are among the movies that will be released in IMAX.  Keep in mind that most of the films Universal/Legendary will release in IMAX weren’t actually shot in IMAX, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look good.  They just won’t be true-IMAX.

Hit the jump for the press release.

Vin Diesel Shares New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Image from the Set

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Production is back underway on Fast & Furious 7 after a hiatus following the tragic passing of star Paul Walker, and franchise staple Vin Diesel has shared a somewhat emotional new image from the set.  Director James Wan (The Conjuring) and the producers have found a way to give Walker’s character a fitting sendoff with the help of his brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, who will act as stand-ins for scenes that were unfinished.  In this new image, we see a strong embrace between Diesel’s Dom Toretto and his sister Mia, played by Jordana Brewster.  Of course, Mia and Walker’s Brian O’Conner are the central couple at the heart of the Fast & Furious franchise, so it will be interesting to see how her character fits into the plan to conclude O’Conner’s storyline.

Hit the jump to check out the new Fast & Furious 7 image.  The film also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, Djimon Hounsou, and Kurt RussellFast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 10, 2015. 

First Look at Paul Walker’s Brothers Caleb and Cody on the Set of FAST & FURIOUS 7

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Last week, we reported that Fast & Furious 7 had brought on Paul Walker‘s brothers Caleb and Cody to help finish the production.  The specifics of how they’ll help the production haven’t been revealed, but presumably they’ll be working as body doubles.  There may be other ways the production tries to fill in Walker’s role whether it’s through CGI and/or re-writes, but at the very least, hiring Walker’s brothers is a sign of respect.  It also helps that they look a lot like him.  Vin Diesel posted a set photo on his Facebook page, and while I’m not sure which one is Caleb and which is Cody, the brother on the right bears such a strong resemblance that they might even be able to pull off close-ups.

It’s odd to think that a Fast & Furious movie will be so heavily scrutinized right down to how it’s trying to manage Paul Walker’s unfinished scenes.  We go to these movies for dumb fun, but there will be a pall over the finished film as it tries to find the balance between big, brash action and deep respect for its deceased star.  Check out the set photo after the jump.  Fast & Furious 7 opens April 10, 2015.

Paul Walker’s Brothers Caleb and Cody to Help the Production of FAST & FURIOUS 7

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Earlier this month, production resumed on Fast & Furious 7.  Filming had halted following the death of Paul Walker last November, and while it’s still not exactly clear how the production will handle the actor’s remaining scenes or even the overall story, they’ve announced that they’ve enlisted the help of Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody.  It was rumored that Cody might step in and work on some of Paul’s remaining scenes, and while the announcement doesn’t specify how Walker’s brothers will be assisting the production, I assume they’ll be working as body doubles and handling wide shots where they’ll resemble Paul at a distance.  While the production could have just hired anyone who matched Walker’s height and build, I think this is a more respectful route, and one that will probably result in a better film since there’s a personal connection as opposed to a stranger stepping in.

Hit the jump for the full announcement.  Fast & Furious 7 will open April 10, 2015.

CinemaCon Video Blog: TRANSFORMERS 4,TMNT, LUCY, FAST & FURIOUS 7, UNBROKEN, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD, and More

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With CinemaCon in full swing in Las Vegas, over the past 24 hours I’ve managed to see the first footage from a lot of upcoming movies from Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.  Yesterday, Paramount unveiled the first teaser trailers for Hercules and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a lot of footage from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Today, Universal showed attendees footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (which looks like it’s going to be an awards contender), Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & Furious 7, Minions, Dumb and Dumber To, a CGI-only trailer with voice over for Jurassic World, and a lot more.  Like previous years, Universal’s presentation really impressed me with the wide variety of great looking movies.  Hit the jump for more.

Dwayne Johnson Talks FAST AND FURIOUS 7, Paul Walker, and Brad Peyton’s SAN ANDREAS

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Steve is currently at CinemaCon, which is where studios peddle their upcoming films to theaters.  Part of this involves bringing the talent in to talk about those films, and Dwayne Johnson was on hand to promote his upcoming movie, Hercules.  During an extended group interview, Johnson also touched on some of his other projects.  Johnson talked about the pain he felt over the death of Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, the sorrow he felt for Walker’s family, and trying to honor his legacy in Fast & Furious 7.

Moving to a happier topic, Johnson also spoke about re-teaming with Brad Peyton for the earthquake movie San Andreas, learning about earthquakes, his excitement for the material, doing the movie in 3D, and more.  Hit the jump for Dwayne Johnson’s quotes on Fast & Furious 7, which has resumed filming, and San Andreas, which begins filming in two weeks in Australia.

Kurt Russell Talks THE ART OF THE STEAL, How Happy He Was with How the Film Turned out, FAST & FURIOUS 7, CLANG, BONE TOMAHAWK, and More

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From writer/director Jonathan Sobol, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved.  The film also stars Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos and Terence Stamp.

At the film’s press day, actor Kurt Russell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him what to be a part of this film, what this group of actors was like to work with, how much fun he had bringing this guy to life, and that he’s happy with how the film ultimately turned out.  He also talked about the passion he has for making wine, how he’s got both a heavy film called Clang and a Western called Bone Tomahawk on his film schedule, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of actor Paul Walker.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Production on FAST & FURIOUS 7 to Resume in April

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After putting the production on hold last November following the death of Paul Walker, filming on Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April.  According to THR, production of the movie will resume “on or near April 1,” which is a little over a year until the movie’s release date.  Sources say there are about six to eight weeks left to film, and the production will move back to Atlanta, which is where filming was originally set to resume after Thanksgiving.  As we previously reported, Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, won’t be killed off, but retired ““in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the exciting footage of Walker.”

Fast & Furious 7 will open on April 10, 2015 and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John Brotherton.

Kurt Russell Talks Future Projects, Resuming Filming on FAST & FURIOUS 7 in April, Mourning Paul Walker, and More

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Currently available on VOD and in theaters on March 14th, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved.

Collider was invited to sit down with actor Kurt Russell to talk to him about that film and, during the interview (that we will run more of closer to the film’s theatrical release), conversation turned to what he’ll be doing next, the passion he has for making wine, and when he expects to return to finish his work on Fast & Furious 7.  He talked about how he’s got both a heavy film with director Mark Pellington, called Clang, and the Western Bone Tomahawk, that he’s hoping to get into production, how making wine is very similar to making a movie, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of Paul Walker.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Check Out the FAST & FURIOUS 7 Teaser Poster [Update: Yeah, It's a Fan Poster]

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We’re well over a year away from seeing the next installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, but star Vin Diesel recently tweeted out an early teaser poster for the film.  Most of the press for the film has been concerned with the death of co-star Paul Walker and how the film’s production would handle that moving forward.  In addition to today’s poster, Diesel recently shared an image from filming that featured him alongside Walker on set.

Fast & Furious 7 also stars Ronda Rousey, Tony JaaTyrese Gibson,Kurt RussellMichelle RodriguezLudacrisNathalie EmmanuelDjimon HounsouLucas Black, and John Brotherton, and opens April 10, 2015.  Hit the jump to check out the full teaser poster.

[Update: Not an official poster. You win this round, internet.]

Universal Will “Retire” Paul Walker’s Character in FAST & FURIOUS 7

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The seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise has been surrounded by an air of uncertainty for the past few weeks following the unfortunate passing of star Paul Walker.  Speculation has run rampant with regards to how Universal would move forward with Fast & Furious 7 after Walker’s death, given that the film was in the middle of production when the actor passed.  The studio officially pushed the James Wan-directed pic’s release date from this coming July to April 2015, and now it appears that all parties involved have settled on how to move forward with the pic: Walker’s character will be “retired” in Fast & Furious 7.  Hit the jump for more.

Vin Diesel Shares Image from Last Scene He Filmed with Paul Walker on FAST & FURIOUS 7; Release Date Moved to April 10, 2015

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We still don’t know how Universal and director James Wan will proceed with Fast & Furious 7 following Paul Walker‘s death.  There’s the possibility of a January restart date and a rumor about having Cody Walker step in to film his brother’s remaining scenes.  Whichever way the production chooses to move forward, Universal has officially given up its original July 11, 2014 release dateVin Diesel has announced on his Facebook page that the movie will now open on April 10, 2015.  While I’m sure Fast & Furious fans will be disappointed by the delay, I’m sure they’ll also understand that moving the date back is the wisest course of action.  It’s currently an easy weekend with Insidious 3 currently being the only competition (we’ll set aside that 2015 somehow became even crazier in terms of blockbusters).  There’s too much goodwill towards the Fast & Furious franchise, and fans want to see Walker’s final performance (assuming Universal will keep him in the movie).

In addition to announcing the release date, Diesel also posted a photo of the last scene he filmed with Walker along with a personal message.  You can check out the image after the jump.

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