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So, Ben Stiller isn't in F9? Over the weekend a very surprising rumor began to circulate regarding a casting addition to the ever-growing roster of the Fast and Furious franchise. That addition pertained to Zoolander himself, Ben Stiller, the man of Meet the Parents and Tropic Thunder fame. The rumor suggested that Stiller would be making his debut in the upcoming ninth installment, F9, with reports being unclear on the size of his role. Sadly, despite the generally positive response to the actor's inclusion, Stiller himself has now emerged to shoot down the rumors as untrue.'Reports of my Fast and Furiosness are greatly exaggerated. Meaning not at all true, sadly. Though I wish them well with the franchise. Fingers crossed it takes off.'
Well, that sounds like things have been cleared up rather bluntly. Not much room for interpretation there. Though no doubt there will be those out there, so delirious with excitement about Stiller joining the adrenaline-fueled Fast and Furious universe that they will assert that the actor is simply lying to keep his inclusion a surprise.
Ben Stiller concluded his social media declaration with the hashtags #FastAndFurious and #PageSixIsAmazing, which is surely a dig at the source of the rumor. Fans have responded to Stiller's denial with much disappointment, and are hoping that he might become part of the series eventually.Though Stiller will not be appearing in the movie, Fast & Furious 9 will see the debut of WWE star John Cena as the long-lost brother of Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto. The movie will also see the return of a number of characters from across the series, including the mysterious resurrection of Sung Kang's Han, a character who was seemingly killed in one of the earlier movies. Director Justin Lin has spoken about the character's return previously, naming the character as one of the reasons why he has returned to the franchise. 'You'll find out, but Han is a very special character for me. He's been kind of a special character throughout, and when I left in [Fast & Furious 6], we kind of left together. One of the reasons for me to come back was to bring him back. I was at a Q&A for a film and someone in the audience said they were confused about what happened. It really kind of got in my head and inspired me that if we're gonna continue, we should have justice for Han, for sure.'
F9 picks up after the events of 2017's The Fate of the Furious, Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic's younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic. The movie will star Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron.
F9 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 22, 2020. This disappointing news comes to us courtesy of Ben Stiller's official Twitter...
Looking for some good movies to keep you occupied while self-quarantining at home these days? How about watching some certified classics like Lawrence Of Arabia, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Miracle Worker, The Manchurian Candidate, Sweet Bird Of Youth, The Longest Day, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? , The Music Man, Birdman Of Alcatraz, Dr. No the first James Bond film, Days Of Wine And Roses, Jules And Jim, Divorce Italian Style, Lolita? I could go on and on with these films and several others which all have one thing in common. They were all released in 1962.
And now with so much time on your hands you can see for yourself why film critic Stephen Farber and veteran exhibition executive Michael McClellan are out to prove that 1962 is in hindsight – 58 years later – unquestionably the best year ever in the history of cinema. And with the publication of their new book “Cinema ’62: The Greatest Year At The Movies” they make a pretty convincing case. An amazing bunch of movies, domestically and internationally came out that year, a watershed moment in the history of cinema and perfect for streaming in dark times.Dr. No MGM/UA
Of course talk to other film historians and 90% of them might tell you that it was actually 1939 that remains now and forever the greatest year for movies. That has always been the main school of thought when it comes to this question. Gone With The Wind, The Wizard Of Oz, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Wuthering Heights and so many other timeless classics came out that year. So if you are more inclined to binge ’39 have at it. But in the compelling read that is their 252 page book, Farber and McClellan beg to differ. It’s no knock on ’39 , or any other year for that matter. They just think the proper answer to the question also posed in ads for American Graffiti : Where were you in ’62? would be, to quote the late great critic Pauline Kael who was at the beginning of her career then, “I lost it at the movies”.
1962 incidentally was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis that sent millions of people into their supermarkets hoarding toilet paper, canned goods, water and basically emptying shelves that October when it appeared we were on the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. But, unlike our current crisis, movie theatres didn’t close, a relief for filmmakers and audiences considering the high quality of cinema that defined that year and has stood the test of time, as Farber and McClellan argue.The Music Man Warner Bros.
Actually in a foreward he wrote for this book, Oscar winning writer/director and film maven Bill Condon agrees that for...
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It’s difficult to place into words the impact Italian Neorealism has personally had on me. The genre speaks to me on a visceral level. The old Italian films, born out of desperation, still hold up against the blockbusters of today. In an age where authoritarianism is making a comeback, we are witnessing a subconscious reemergence of the formerly communist left-supported Italian Neorealism movement. A genre “reboot,” so-to-speak, passionately defiant of the Donald Trumps, the Boris Johnsons, the Kim Jong-Uns, the Rodrigo Dutertes, paralleling the recent wave of democratic socialism and a greater societal readiness to accept left politics.
In order to contextualize the circumstances surrounding its reemergence, one must revisit the circumstances out of which Italian Neorealism was born. By drawing modern parallels to classics of the genre with recent films such as Roma, The Florida Project, Tangerine, Support the Girls, Cold War, American Honey, and Winter’s Bone, the sociopolitical and stylistic similarities between Italian Neorealism’s “reboot” and its cinematic predecessor succinctly emerge.
In the early 1940s, the emergence of Italian cinema essentially represented the complete opposite of the glamorous dramatizations of American cinema in the form of Italian Neorealism. Italian citizens lived in fear under Benito Mussolini’s oppressive, fascist regime during World War II. Italy was a stomping ground during Hitler’s Third Reich. While American films became more propagated on escapism in the 1940s, Italian cinema carried the tradition of the Lumière Brothers’ actualités. Italian filmmakers that emerged during the war and post-war were not profit-driven, but rather, emerged from a humanist necessity to expose the harsh truths around them. The Italian Neorealism genre lasted until the early 1950s. Since its themes were specifically related to war-torn, poverty stricken Italy and the ill-effects of an authoritarian-leaning government during WWII, the genre dissolved after the war.
Italian Neorealism is regarded as the beginning of the Golden Era of Italian cinema. The film genre was inspired by the Verismo literally translating to “realism” literary movement a generation prior in the late 1800s and early 1900s, legitimatized by Giovanni Verga and Luigi Capuana. Capuana’s manifesto, “Giacinta,” is widely regarded as the fundamental structural integrity of the Neorealist movement. Other prominent voices of the Verismo movement included Federico de Roberto “I Viceré,” a novelistic “docudrama” exploring the blind pursuance of power at the expense of a just and equal society, Salvatore di Giacomo, and Grazia Deledda. Verismo would experience a...
The high octane street car franchise can now be viewed by kids as Dreamworks teams with Universal to bring the saga to the world of animation on Netflix.
Kids can now join the "fast" party as the high energy race car craze Fast & Furious debuted their animation series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers on Dec. 7 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. With a blue carpet rolled out, fans lined the plaza to steal a glimpse of their turbo-charged idol, Vin Diesel, who executive produced the Netflix original series along with Neal H. Moritz, Chris Morgan, Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland.
Based on Universal's multi-billion-dollar franchise, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers follows a diverse teenage pack of friends led by Tony Toretto, who ushers his team on the adventure of a lifetime as they are recruited by a secret government agency to infiltrate a notorious racing gang. The cast includes a herd of Hollywood newcomers — Tyler Posey, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Camille Ramsey, Luke Youngblood, Charlet Chung and Jorge Diaz. Diesel's daughter, Similce, also made her acting debut in the series. Diesel shared a "proud dad moment" with the audience as he gleamed with joy for her as a part of the cast. While introducing her he asked if she wanted to say something and with a smile, she eagerly snatched the mic "I am so excited, so let's just watch these two episodes."
Before the theater went dark, Diesel shared with the audience how the project was initiated. “When presented with the idea to do an animated series, I was like 'Huh?' Quickly I realized what a brilliant way to celebrate the core themes of the Fast & Furious saga and to do sothe youngest of our families because at the end of the day Fast & Furious is synonymous with family.” Diesel reflected on his relationship with Universal while the crowd went wild with applause as he said they are "pioneers who said it didn't matter where you were from, what nationality you were."
As Dream Works Animation marks its 25th year bringing the beloved fascination to screens, the genre continues to be a strong entity in theatres and homes. Spy Racers takes the kid viewer on an explosive ride that mirrors the adult franchise while maintaining the integrity minus the hardcore violence, nudity, sex, foul language, and bloody fight scenes. Hedrick told The Hollywood Reporter, "This is a chance for kids to experience Fast & Furious is a safe way because they're not necessarily going to go to the movie if they're R-Rated, but this is a lot like it. only it's safe. Haaland added “It's a new look at the franchise specifically for families to watch together. The Fast franchise is all about family. It's got all the action and comedy; great characters and I think people are going to love it.”