Kurt Russell in Negotiations for James Wan’s FAST & FURIOUS 7, Kathleen Turner Gets DUMB AND DUMBER TO, Richard Gere Joins Indie Drama FANNY [Updated]

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Director James Wan Talks Joining the FAST & FURIOUS Franchise and FAST 7; Says He’s Currently Designing Action Sequences

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While it wasn’t a surprise that this May’s Fast & Furious 6 opened to enormous box office and has had strong legs in the ensuing weeks given how well Fast Five did, it was surprising to learn that Justin Lin, who has helmed every FF entry since Tokyo Drift, opted not to return for Fast & Furious 7.  With Furious 6 poised to bring in a hell of a lot of money, Universal put the franchise’s seventh entry on the fast track earlier this year with an eye towards rushing it out for release next summer.  Exhausted from already helming Fast Five and Furious Six nearly back-to-back and worried about the fast-paced production schedule needed for 7, Lin decided to bow out of the franchise.  The studio wasted no time finding a replacement, though, making an inspiring choice by tapping Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring helmer James Wan to direct the seventh pic.

While Wan is understandably knee-deep in pre-production on Fast & Furious 7 at the moment in order to start filming later this year, the director recently provided a bit of an update on the film, confirming the actor that will be playing the pic’s villain.  Hit the jump for more.

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.

46 New Hi-Res Images from FAST & FURIOUS 6 Featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano and More

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Opening later this month is director Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6.  The adrenaline-fueled high-octane action franchise continues in this installment that sees Dom Toretto’s crew teamed up with Agent Hobbs in order to bring down an international criminal with military training.  We’ve got over 40 hi-res images from the film to share with you after the jump!

Starring Vin DieselPaul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Joe TaslimSung Kang, Gina Carano and Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24th.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

New FAST AND FURIOUS 6 TV Spot Featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and a Badass Tank

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Tonight’s the night for high-adrenaline TV spots.  We just posted a new glimpse at footage from Iron Man 3 and now a new action-packed teaser for Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 is now available.  There are so many military vehicles and a jacked up Dwayne Johnson that I thought this was G.I. Joe: Retaliation for a second, but the presence of Vin Diesel (and a massive tank) set me back on course.

Also starring Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano,  Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24th.  Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.

New Set Video and Photos from FAST SIX [Updated with More Videos]

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Fast and Furious 6 is currently filming in Tenerife, Spain, and photos and video have leaked from the set .  There’s nothing too revelatory about these images other than a tank will be involved at some point.  Tanks are not known for being fast, so clearly, the title no longer makes sense.  This does not bode well for the tight, cohesive plots we’ve come to expect from the films.  As for the video, it shows a behemoth of a vehicle that I don’t even know how to begin to describe.  It would almost look futuristic if it weren’t in drab, military green.

Hit the jump to check out the photos and images.  The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Joe Taslim, and Luke EvansFast and Furious 6 opens May 24, 2013.

[Update: We've updated the article with a few more videos from the set.]

Universal Pictures to Push “Franchises and Animation” with Sequels to FAST AND THE FURIOUS, BOURNE and TED, While Aiming for Two Animated Films a Year

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It looks like Universal Pictures is planning to firm up its film slate by focusing on franchises and animation over the next few years.  One of the most successful franchises to date started with The Fast and the Furious, which continues to hold strong (Fast Six is due May 24th, 2013).  Universal also plans on going ahead with sequels to this summer’s The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, as well as a follow-up to Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. They’re also getting ambitious on the animated front by expecting to crank out two films a year, versus their current rate of two every three years.  Hit the jump for more.

FAST SIX Behind-the-Scenes Images Feature Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker

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In this unprecedented era of social media, we’re privy to behind-the-scenes looks of in-production movies like Fast Six thanks to fan-favorites like Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.  The two stars are known for always dishing a little extra media out to fans, whether they’re in costume, posing next to their hot rods or even inadvertently destroying movie sets, like this batch of images shows.

Director Justin Lin’s Fast Six, also starring Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Joe Taslim, and Luke Evans,  is slated to open May 24, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 Stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Director Justin Lin Pose as Production Begins

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Less than a week ago, we posted this photo of Dwayne Johnson and Gina Cararno posing like the badasses they are on the set of Fast and Furious 6.  Not to be outdone, stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker posed for another image, along with director Justin Lin.  All we really know so far is that production has started and the plot of the film appears to center around dueling heist teams.

The movie also stars Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Joe Taslim, and Luke Evans.  The film is slated to open May 24, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the new image.

Universal Announces Fantastic 25-Film 100th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection

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Universal Pictures has announced a 25-film Blu-ray collection to commemorate the studio’s 100th anniversary, and it’s a genuinely great box set.  The “Universal 100th Anniversary Collection” includes 25 of the studio’s finest films, a 15-track music CD chock full of iconic film scores, a “100 Years of Universal” 72-page collector’s book and more.  Though the inclusion of HD versions of films like Dracula, Jurassic Park, The Sting, Back to the Future, Jaws, Do the Right Thing, and To Kill a Mockingbird alone would have been worth the purchase, the box set includes a number of vintage cartoons and shorts as well as a collection of featurettes covering the studio’s entire history.

The 25-disc Blu-ray set and 26-disc DVD collection (Schindler’s List is included in the DVD set only) will be available for a limited time starting November 6th.  A price has yet to be announced, but I don’t expect it’ll be cheap.  Hit the jump to read the full rundown of films and special features.

Dwayne Johnson Tweets First Image from FAST SIX

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Dwayne Johnson loves tweeting information to his fans, like set photos from his movies or hinting that Osama Bin Laden is dead.  Today, he has tweeted the first image from his upcoming film, Fast Six.  The image doesn’t show anything major.  It’s just Johnson and co-star Gina Carano (Haywire) standing around and being bad-asses.  If you wanted to see a blend of friendliness and the ability to beat the life out of you, this is the picture for you.

Hit the jump to check out the full image.  The movie also stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Joe Taslim, and Luke Evans.  Not much is known about the film other than it involves dueling heist teams.  Fast Six opens May 24, 2013.

Peter Segal May Direct Vin Diesel in THE MACHINE

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Peter Segal (Get Smart) is reportedly in talks to direct Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious) in the action film, The Machine for MGM.  At the moment, Segal is currently attached to Warner Bros. pictures Grudge Match and the adaptation of the manga, Bleach, so this more than likely won’t be his next feature.  Segal is producing Bleach and may end up directing the picture, while he is attached to direct the Grudge Match, about a boxing rematch between aging fighters. Diesel, meanwhile, is currently in post-production on The Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel, which we can expect to see sometime early next year.  Hit the jump for more information on his involvement in The Machine, as well as the picture’s plot synopsis.

Luke Evans Offered Villain Role in FAST AND THE FURIOUS 6?

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After Jason Statham turned down a role in The Fast and the Furious 6, could the opportunity have fallen to fellow Brit, Luke Evans?  Recent reports suggest that Evans, who is currently filming for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, has been tapped as the villain in the sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise.  The role in Justin Lin’s follow up to the wildly successful Fast Five was previously turned down by Statham when he was surprisingly unable to reach a deal with Universal.  It’s also possible that Rihanna is still circling a villainous role in some capacity, though nothing has been clarified on that front.  It has been confirmed, however, that Michelle Rodriguez will be returning for the sixth run.  Hit the jump to sort out what else we know.

Justin Lin Confirms FAST AND FURIOUS 6 As His Next Project, Has Met with Schwarzenegger and Cameron for TERMINATOR

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Following the (surprising) critical and (not so surprising) commercial success of Fast Five, director Justin Lin has been mentioned among many director shortlists for some of Hollywood’s biggest projects, and recently found himself attached to the next film in the Terminator franchise. While one might surmise that Lin would strike while the iron’s hot and move on to another high profile franchise, looks as though the director’s follow-up to Fast Five will actually be the sixth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise (which just recently got a release date of May 2013).

Terminator fans need not fret though, as Lin is still working on Arnold Schwarzenegger-starred film. In fact, the director just recently met with  Schwarzenegger and James Cameron to talk a bit about the franchise. Hit the jump for more details, including why Lin turned down the directing job of Die Hard 5.

Will the FAST AND FURIOUS Franchise Ditch the Street Racing for a Series of Heist Movies?

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The Fast and the Furious series is one of the major gaps in my male cinematic knowledge.  I am too effeminate, too pretentious.  However, I have much respect for the continued success of the franchise after the 2009 surge to a series-best $353 million worldwide box office with Fast & FuriousFast Five opens this Friday, and the smart money is on “Major Hit.”  The producers wisely tapped into the core appeal of the films and secured virtually every major player in the series — including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker,  Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang — and upped the ante by casting potential action god Dwayne Johnson.

Pretend you’re a studio executive for a second.  At this point, you wouldn’t reinvent the market’s premier car movie brand to cater to someone like this silly writer, right?  And yet, Universal chairman Adam Fogelson is discussing just such a shift.

Chris Morgan — screenwriter on Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Fast Five — was previously hired to start work on a sixth film.  Deadline reports the sequel is set up to revolve around a robbery: “Universal’s intent is to transform this street racing franchise into a series of heist films.”  More after the jump.

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