When Justin Lin joined the Fast & Furious series with 2006’s Tokyo Drift, the automotive action series appeared to be in decline. Over seven years and four movies, Lin presided over a critical and commercial ascension unparalleled in Hollywood blockbuster history. Each of the four Fasts directed by Lin earned more than the previous one; film critic Wesley Morris famously described 2011’s Fast Five as “the most progressive force in American cinema.” READ FULL STORY
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Vin Diesel officially joined the Marvel family in Guardians of the Galaxy. And you don’t turn your back on family…even if they already cast you as a talking tree in one of their multifarious film franchises. So Diesel posted a message on his Facebook page, which strongly hinted that he might have a key role in another strand of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Vin and Marvel… you all made it happen!” writes Diesel, before dropping the big bombshell. “I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman… Haha.” READ FULL STORY
In this weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel essays the role of Groot, a giant space tree. In addition to Groot’s other lovable traits, he only ever says three words: “I am Groot!”
But recording the part was no walk in the park for the Fast & Furious star. Marvel has released several videos showing how Diesel re-recorded the line in multiple languages: French, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese. And Jimmy Fallon even tested Diesel by asking him to say the line in Mandarin. READ FULL STORY
A lot of people think EW writers spend their days boozing it up with stars. In the case of this week’s cover profile of actor Chris Pratt, that’s 100 percent accurate. The Parks and Recreation star already has one box office hit under his belt this year thanks to The LEGO Movie, and he might well have another when the latest Marvel spectacular, Guardians of the Galaxy, arrives in theaters Aug. 1. On a break from shooting next summer’s dinosaur fourquel Jurassic World, Pratt hoisted some beers with EW’s Clark Collis in New Orleans while recounting his unlikely career trajectory. READ FULL STORY
Vin Diesel is in a good mood, guys. Riddick is number one on the DVD charts, and all he wants to do is dance. Such is the message of a new video just posted to Facebook, wherein Diesel sings and head-pumps along to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” before engaging in an impromptu Surfbort dance set to Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.” “It’s a win for all of us,” he tells his 63-million-strong Facebook fanbase. “Thank you so much.” He also says that Universal wants to develop Riddick 4, which lets just briefly pause to imagine will be about Riddick crashlanding on planet ruled by two warrior queens played by Katy Perry and Beyoncé, and it all ends in a dancefight between three armies of digital monsters. The Surfborting starts around 6:40, so watch below: READ FULL STORY
Vin Diesel has posted a video on his Facebook page in tribute to his late Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker. It’s a long video, running close to 20 minutes, and it mostly finds the two of them in off-the-cuff moments: On the set between takes, on the Furious 6 press junket. There’s a lot of genial back-slapping, and towards the end — if you really want to cry — the cast and crew of Fast & Furious 7 get together to wish Walker a happy birthday. Watch below:
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Social media pioneer and human bicep Vin Diesel just started filming the next Fast & Furious movie. We know this is true because he posted a picture from the set on his Facebook page. The photo shows Diesel as Dominic Toretto, towering over the camera; although he is wearing a leather jacket, we can surmise that he is wearing one of his trademark black tank tops. Paul Walker is there too, wearing Brian O’Conner’s trademark three-sizes-too-large T-Shirt.
There’s also a young lady who looks unconscious/drugged/dead, and a pretty pond; also, both Diesel and Walker are looking at someone offscreen. With these few bits of information, and because there’s nothing else to do today besides cry about Breaking Bad, let’s try to construct the scene they’re filming as written in the original screenplay: READ FULL STORY
Vin Diesel has been playfully hinting at a collaboration with Marvel Studios for the last few months, posting tantalizing images on his Facebook page and promising “big news” at a Comic-Con panel. Since the Fast & Furious star has a voice that sounds like deathscream of a cyborg Tyrannosaur echoing through the cosmos, rumors circulated that he was voicing pretty much every conceivable CGI character in Marvel’s Phase 2: Thanos, Ultron, Vision, even Rocket Raccoon. Lately, conventional wisdom held that Diesel would probably be voicing Groot — a noble galactic warrior/tree — in Guardians of the Galaxy. But that seemed to run counter to remarks Diesel told us at Comic-Con about working with Marvel on “a different kind of love story.” READ FULL STORY
Acronym mix-ups and stumbles over teleprompter intros were the comic relief of Tuesday’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon, where a host of bold-faced names from film and TV gathered to accept grants for various arts-related philanthropic organizations.
“If anything’s been made clear to me today, it’s definitely the fact that I don’t think a single actor in Hollywood can read,” Jonah Hill joked while accepting a grant for four Los Angeles film organizations, including American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hill — who was one of the few who didn’t stumble over his speech – saved the day after a slew of screw ups from the likes of Dermot Mulroney and Piper Perabo, Olivia Wilde, Julie Delpy, and Demian Bichir — who mispronounced the word Chicano while introducing a grant for various L.A. educational institutions. “How can you screw that up?” the event’s emcee Eva Longoria ribbed. “It’s Chicano Studies! You’re Mexican!”
But it was all in good fun. Longoria was quick to point out that at this event — unlike the famously bacchanalian bash the organization puts on in January each year, the Golden Globes — “Nobody’s drunk, there are typos in the teleprompter!”
Slurred words aside, the event brought together stars from all walks of Hollywood, from Vince Vaughn to Liam Hemsworth to 1950s star Marcia Hunt, at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate some of their favorite causes.
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UPDATE (DEC. 22, 2013): Vin Diesel officially cast as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy
ORIGINAL POST: Vin Diesel is going to play a tree. Specifically, Vin Diesel is going to play Groot, a giant alien tree-creature from Planet X.
At least that’s the latest rumor in this summer’s best-running cultural enigma, the Mystery of Vin Diesel and Marvel Studios. According to Deadline, Diesel is in negotiations to play Groot in next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s kookbat space-fantasy, which is currently scheduled for an August 2014 release. When reached by EW, Marvel had no comment on the rumor, but there is some vague evidence: Diesel posted a picture of Groot over on his Facebook page.
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