Fast & Furious 9, otherwise known as F9 in most Nos circles, has been delayed almost an entire year. So what are all of us Fast and Furious fans supposed to do in the meantime? Rewatching the entire franchise in an afternoon is certainly a viable option in this time of social distancing and self-isolation. We also have Bloodshot new to Digital premium rental. We also have a new video message from Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel and his son, who claim that the problems facing the world at this current time aren't just hurting us, their actually helping us. You can hear them out in the Instagram post below.
Vin Diesel and his son, who just got finished with Mandarin classes, hope to inspire and lift anyone who is currently depressed over this entire situation. Many celebrates have been jumping on the PSA bandwagon, as they are locked in their homes like the rest of us. Though some have complained that these A-List stars have it way better than most people, with their hot tubs, private tennis courts and luxurious swimming pools, while many are isolated in a drab one bedroom apartment unable to afford a can of corn or a Netflix subscription.
Vin Diesel means well in his message, but it will surely be taken many different ways. And that's okay, a lot of people are just angry right now that their entire way of life has been upended for the foreseeable future.
As for Fast and Furious 9, the movie was originally going to open worldwide here in a couple of weeks. Universal made an early decision to delay the F9 release date by almost exactly one year, with the action thriller now set to open April 2, 2021 if all goes well. Vin Diesel most recently starred in the Valiant Comic Book adaptation Bloodshot. It had the unfortunate luck to open in theaters just as all major chains shut everything down across the States. Because of this, Bloodshot was released to Premium Rental on Digital for purchase this past week. And it has been beating the early digital release for Birds of Prey, though that DC Comics adaptation had a longer stay in theaters.
Along with the video of his son, Vin Diesel has also shared a video of his 'little angel Pauline', who can be singing 'He's Got the Whole World in his Hands.' Which is part of director and actor Tyler Perry's #HesGotTheWholeWorldChallenge, whom Vin Diesel refers to as Uncle Tyler, though as far as I can see, the two have yet to collaborate on a movie. Maybe Madea can show up in Fast and Furious 10?
Vin Diesel currently has a lot of down time on his hands. So perhaps we'll see some more inspiring videos in the days to come. The action icon was supposed to set off on a F9 promotional tour, but that is being postponed until next year. It has been confirmed that Fast and Furious 10 is happening, and will bring this chapter of the saga to a close. It has also been confirmed that Hobbs and Shaw 2 is happening with The Rock. So the franchise will live on no matter what....
One of the few good things about not reporting box office numbers at the moment is that we don’t have to see how audiences around America ignore the critically acclaimed, underseen fare in favor of the bad popcorn flick of the month. But it turns out that, even with movie theaters closed around the country, things don’t change much.
Last week, both Bloodshot and Birds of Prey, two comic book movies with wildly different critical receptions, hit digital platforms early amid coronavirus COVID-19 concerns. But despite the abysmal critical reception to Bloodshot which sits at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, and favorable reviews of Birds of Prey 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, Bloodshot came out on top in video-on-demand sales.
Sony’s Bloodshot and Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey were both made available for purchase on digital platforms on March 24, a big day of digital releases of theatrical films. It was an early digital release for the films, both of which had only recently debuted in theaters — Bloodshot on March 13 and Birds of Prey on February 7.
Bloodshot had seen low box office returns in the weekend it hit theaters, mostly owing to the fact that it was one of the last films to hit theaters before mass coronavirus-affected closures and shutdowns. But you’d hope that audiences were also staying away from the Vin Diesel-starring dud, which /Film reviewer Chris Evangelista called “a big snooze.” Meanwhile, Birds of Prey was considered a box office disappointment for Warner Bros. despite the film’s positive reviews over Cathy Yan’s stylish direction and star Margot Robbie’s gonzo performance, but some of us held out hope that more audiences would “discover” the film once it hit VOD. Unfortunately, it seems more people sought out Bloodshot, which was No. 3 on the list of top 10 best-selling digital releases on FandangoNOW, Fandango’s digital platform. Birds of Prey fell just behind it at No. 4.
However, great movies like The Invisible Man and Onward both did take the top spots, so there’s hope yet. But it seems in the time of self-quarantine, even people bored out of their minds would rather watch Vin Diesel sleepily punch people than watch the candy-colored fun time that is Birds of Prey.
Here is Fandango’s full list of 10 top VOD purchases this week:The Invisible Man Universal – $19.99 Onward Disney – $19.99 Bloodshot Sony – $19.99 Birds of Prey Warner Bros. – $19.99 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony – $4.99 1917 Universal – $5.99 I Still Believe Lionsgate – $19.99 The Way Back Warner Bros. – $19.99 Dolittle Universal – $19.99 The Hunt Universal – $19.99
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...