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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....
Actress Honor Blackman has passed away. She was 94 years old. Blackman is arguably best-known for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, along with the judo chopping Cathy Gale on TV's The Avengers. She passed away peacefully on April 5th at her home in Lewes, Sussex, of natural causes, according to her family. Blackman's family released a statement, which you can read below.'She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive, and Toby. As well as being a much-adored mother and grandmother. Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent. With an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic, she achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all her endeavors she contributed to some of the great films and theater productions of our times.'
Honor Blackman's acting career spans six decades after starting off in the late 1940s. Her early movie roles included Diamond City and Come Die My Love, while early television shows include Probation Officer, The Vise, and Danger Man. However, it wasn't until she portrayed Elizabeth Taylor's friend in MGM's Conspirator that she started to get some real recognition. From there, her big break came in 1962 when she joined the cast of the British TV series The Avengers as Cathy Gale. This is not to be confused with the Marvel Comics characters. It's here where she learned judo and helped to bring women's self-defense to the entertainment industry.
Honor Blackman's martial arts proficiency was evident from the start, though she says she regretted doing some of her own stunts later in life due to some back issues. After two seasons on The Avengers TV series, Blackman made the controversial decision to leave and become a Bond Girl in Goldfinger. 'Everybody was quite startled when I decided to leave, especially since the program was about to go onto film and into color,' she reflected later. The actress portrayed the iconic villainous femme fatale Pussy Galore in the third Bond installment, which went on to become a global hit. It's during this time that she also scored a hit pop single titled 'Kinky Boots,' inspired by the knee-high boots she wore at the time.
Honor Blackman received acting lessons for her 15th birthday. Later that year, she began her training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following graduation, she was an understudy in the West End play The Guinea Pig and In 1947 she appeared in the Patrick Hastings play The Blind Goddess at the Apollo Theatre. When her career finally took off, Blackman was considered to be a real-life goddess by fans.
More recently, Honor Blackman appeared in Bridget Jones's Diary, Color Me Kubrick, I, Anna, By Any Means, and You, Me, and Them. Blackman starred as...
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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.”