The "Fast & Furious" movies may not be Oscar-winning dramas, but 12 years ago the world was introduced to a cast of characters whose activities have been the center for six blockbuster films.
These six films feature adrenaline loving, hardheaded, thrill seeking characters who will reprise their roles in Friday's release of "Fast & Furious 6." They have survived car wrecks, international manhunts, prison time, massive explosions, and just as important as those catastrophes, broken hearts.
Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner, Letty Ortiz, and Mia Toretto have left lasting impressions on our auto-loving memories. Before you head to the theater for your newest dose of "FF" fun, check out these six clips of the best moments from the franchise.
6. This is Brazil, "Fast 5"
The fifth installment in the series wasn't the best, but there were a few moments that we appreciated, like when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson thought he could muscle Dom and Brian into handcuffs while in Brazil.
5. Brian drives a 1969 Yenko Camaro... onto a boat, "2 Fast 2 Furious"
We've seen some crazy car stunts in these flicks, but one in particular left us with our jaws dropped for a solid minute. In order to get undercover U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) back from drug kingpin Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) safely, Brian decides to drive a '69 Yenko Camaro off of a dock, go airborne, and land it on Verone's boat.
4. Dom re-emerges, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"
We spent the majority of the third "Fast & Furious" film yearning for the original cast of characters. Watching cars screech around corners at high rates of speed doesn't make up for the loss of Dom, so when he appeared in a completely unexpected finale scene, we threw our hands up in the air in praise.
"You know this ain't no 10 second race." - Sean
"I got nothing but time. You ready, kid?" - Dom
3. Ride or die, "Fast and Furious"
When Dom wasn't maneuvering a 1987 Grand National under rolling gas tanker trucks in "Fast & Furious" he was nursing a broken heart. His beloved Letty was killed by Ramon Campos' henchman, Fenix, and he spent the entire film avenging her death. Before she died, she professed her love to her beau and we swooned.
"I'm a walking target. I don't want you around when they catch up to me." - Dom
"Ride or die, remember? Dom, how long have we been doing this? And now, all of a sudden out of no where, it's too dangerous? Come on. We'll figure it out. We always do." - Letty
2. Brian's first street race, "The Fast and the Furious"
Who can forget Brian's first attempt at street racing? He definitely didn't have Dom. Not even close.
1. 10 seconds or less, "The Fast and the Furious"
We knew Dom was a bad mamma jamma minutes into the first film, but we didn't know why until he confessed to Brian that racing took his father's life and turned him into a hard-bodied rule breaker who lived his life piece by piece.
I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their [stuff]. For those 10 seconds or less, I'm free.
Don't forget to chime in on your favorite moment in the comments!
One of the most-quoted films of recent years -- Will Ferrell's 2004 "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- is finally getting a sequel. And its two teaser trailers are already providing plenty of one-liners of their own.
"The great ones always return. And when they do, one thing is for sure: Their hair will be perfect." So begins the just-released second teaser for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
The new clip follows the same format as the first teaser, which was released almost a year ago. It features the news team of Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and of course, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) walking out from a wall of lights to the music of the Alan Parson Project. And in classic "Anchorman" fashion, it allows each member of that team to take an in-character one-liner or as Burgundy calls it, "a little fun catchphrase." In both teasers, Carell's dimwitted weatherman derails things. Take a look below.FULL ENTRY
It’s been over two decades since Will Smith debuted on the big screen, playing a teenage runaway in the Indie film “Where the Day Takes You” (1991), and since then he has become one of the top box office draws in Hollywood, with big hits including the blockbuster “Men in Black” series. If anyone can give “After Earth” (opens May 31) a lift and put M. Night Shyamalan’s career back on track, it’s him,
and he’s costarring with his son Jaden for good measure. On the other hand, Smith also starred in “Wild Wild West” (1999) and played Tea Cake Harris alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson in “Made in America” (1993), so not all of his movies are winners. Which of his roles do you think is best? We’ll publish the results and some of your trenchant comments on June 2.
Superman flies back into theaters on June 14, but select fans can get the ultimate bragging rights over their friends by seeing the new reboot "Man of Steel" a day early.
More than 3,700 Walmart stores, including branches in Quincy, Lynn, Framingham, and Salem, will be selling tickets to the nationwide advanced screening starting this Saturday, May 18, at 8 a.m. The screening will take place Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be limited to four per customer.
Each store will sell tickets to a different theater, but participating venues include Regal Fenway Stadium 13, Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere, and Liberty Tree Mall 20 in Danvers. Check the full list for participating stores and corresponding theaters.
"Man of Steel," which cost more than $200 million to produce, aims to duplicate the success of Christopher Nolan's recent Batman trilogy. Nolan is on hand as a producer of the film and a star-studded cast, including Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane, lends heft to the movie. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.
What do you expect from the film? Will you see "Man of Steel"? Are you planning to try to get early tickets?
Let the summer movie mania begin.
This week's release of "Star Trek Into Darkness" marks the beginning of blockbuster season -- and it's off to a fast start. The J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi epic received three-and-a-half stars from Globe film critic Ty Burr, who writes, "'Star Trek Into Darkness' simply has to convince us that 2009’s 'Star Trek' wasn’t a fluke, and that the rejuvenated crew of the USS Starship Enterprise has the iconic heft to go the distance. That the new movie does so — expertly, exhilaratingly — is a mark of director J.J. Abrams’s uncanny ease with modern Hollywood formulas."
So what's next on the horizon? There's plenty to be excited about, including Will Smith and his real-life child Jaden playing father and son in the futuristic sci-fi thriller "After Earth" (May 31), a new Superman in "Man of Steel" (June 14), and Johnny Depp caked in makeup as sidekick Tonto in "The Lone Ranger" (July 3). Check out our full summer movies preview and tell us which films you're excited about seeing.
It's happened to all of us: you wake up with no memory in a hotel room with a missing tooth, someone's baby, and Mike Tyson's tiger. Such is the appeal of the "Hangover" movies, the third of which opens on May 24 -- their excruciatingly apt and funny recreation of the universal experience of morning after amnesia and/or regrets.
There's a whole genre of such films-- which, excluding those in the "Hangover" series itself, do you think are the best?
You can submit your suggestions in the comments section or send them to me directly at email@example.com. We will pick the five most memorable choices and post them on line and in print next week.
According to the psychologist Carl Jung, we all have access to a vast reservoir of archetypal images called the Collective Unconscious. (And that was even before we had access to movie trivia on the Internet.) In this new weekly feature, we aim to tap your collective thoughts by proposing a theme that relates to a current event or movie. Submit your favorite film titles that fit the theme and we’ll publish a sampling here.
This week, to get the ball rolling, we took our cue from the action-packed sneak attack on London in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” That produced five sci-fi movies featuring cities under attack, listed here in chronological order.FULL ENTRY
Can you speak whale? Well, Dory can, and you may get to see even more of her famous dialect in the upcoming "Finding Dory," slated for a Nov. 25, 2015 release.
The bumbling, blue, forgetful tang fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres will be the focus of the "Finding Nemo" sequel according to a release from Disney Publicity Studios on April 2.FULL ENTRY
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Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx star in the upcoming presidential thriller, "White House Down," and we have an exclusive first look at the film's trailer.
Tatum plays John Cale, a Capitol police officer who is taking his daughter on a tour of the White House when it is struck by paramilitary invaders. Cale's mission: to protect the president (Foxx) and get his daughter, Emily (Joey King), to safety.
The movie premieres in theaters on June 28. IMDB has more info.
What do you think of the trailer? Are you planning to see the movie? Let us know in the comments.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment released the trailer for "Despicable Me 2," the upcoming sequel to the 2010 animated super-villain flick by the same name. Funny guy Steve Carell reprises his role as evil mastermind with a heart of gold, Gru, while Miranda Cosgrove returns as the eldest of his three adopted daughters, Margo. Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand also rejoin the cast to reprise their roles, while Al Pacino pipes in as a villain.
What do you think of the trailer? Did you see the first film? Will you see the sequel? Comment here.
If you ever wanted to see Hermione Granger bask in the glory of bottle service, the upcoming Sofia Coppola flick might be the place to do. The teaser trailer for "The Bling Ring" was released and shows Emma Watson slathering on the lip gloss, getting down in the club, and of course, ransacking the closets of the rich and famous with her fellow label-loving L.A. friends. Watson plays a character inspired by "Bling Ring" member, Alexis Neiers, who goes by the name "Nicki" in the film.
The film is based on Vanity Fair's profile of the crimes of Hollywood's Bling Ring, a group of teens who robbed the homes of the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Lindsay Lohan, and Rachel Bilson in 2008-2009. According to the profile, they primarily stole designer goods and cash to the tune of more than $3 million and were tried for their various crimes in 2010.
Coppola's film faced scrutiny when it was revealed in December that members of the Ring and members of the LAPD who had assisted in the investigation were on payroll to consult for the movie.
The film will be in limited release June 14.
Will you see this film? Sound off here.
Halle Berry will be reprising her role as Marvel character Storm in the 2014 film, "X-Men: Day of Future Past," according to the film's producer Bryan Singer.
Singer tweeted the news to more than 44,000 followers on his personal Twitter account today.
The newest "X-Men" film will focus on chronicling the lives of the mutants who have to travel back in time to change an event that could have a global "impact on man and mutant kind," according to IMBD.
Original "X-Men" (2000) castmates Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Anna Paquin have already signed on for the project, as well as Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and her former beau Nicholas Hoult, who costarred in 2011's "X-Men: First Class."
Check out what Hoult thinks of the upcoming project in the video below.
Do you plan to see the newest "X-Men" film? Let us know in the comments.
Globe movie critic Ty Burr will be online Monday, Feb. 25, at noon to chat about all things Oscars, including the night's biggest wins, snubs, and other stand-out moments. Submit your questions or comments in the field below before or during the chat.
Class wins out: How about that? After the dust settled on the third annual Boston.com "Romance Rumble," Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" stands tall as the greatest leading man in movie history, besting contenders like Steve McQueen, Harrison Ford, and Jack Nicholson, not to mention such Johnny-come-latelies as Ryan Gosling and Robert Pattinson.
Now, see, Meredith's pretty annoyed at me, because when I suggested Bogie and "Casablanca" as part of my initial 16-man squad, she mentioned that the film had won the very first Rumble, for "Most Romantic Film," two years ago. No way he could win a second time, I said, clearly underestimating the eternal charisma that makes everybody come to Rick's sooner or later. So, yes, we're screening "Casablanca" at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 25th, at Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, with both Meredith and myself in attendance. And, yes, maybe I should have picked "The Maltese Falcon" or "To Have and Have Not" or "The African Queen."
But, still, how often do you get to see the single greatest product of the Hollywood studio era on a big screen? And it's not just Bogart, but the incandescent Ingrid Bergman and the heroic (and, admit it, kinda dull) Paul Henreid and all those marvelous Warner Brothers character actors, from slick Claude Rains to loyal Dooley Wilson to Peter Lorre going out in a screaming fit, his preferred mode of exit. "Casablanca" is classic Hollywood cinema firing on all cylinders, and at its center is a unique star: A prep-school drop-out who kicked around the film industry for years before he finally matured -- like a good scotch -- into the last honorable man in the movies. Come to Theatre 1 on Monday and bring a Bogart newbie. It'll be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
As we await Will Ferrell's "Anchorman" sequel (now co-starring another "Saturday Night Live" veteran, Kristen Wiig), the quirky funnyman is keeping his name in the headlines in Hollywood.
Decked out in a red jacket and donning a sizable mustache, Ferrell posed as a security guard at last night's basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, even ejecting former Lakers and Celtics center (and known comedy fan) Shaquille O'Neal.
During a break in the action between the Lakers and Phoenix Suns, Ferrell escorted Shaq from his seat. See the video below.FULL ENTRY
Kristen Wiig, former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and star of the silver screen comedy "Bridesmaids," signed on to the "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" sequel, "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," according to the film's director, Adam McKay.
McKay, who also directed "Step Brothers," tweeted the news yesterday.
Just found out Kristen Wiig officially on board for Anchorman 2.Cannonball!— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) February 5, 2013
One of the film's stars, Christina Applegate, tweeted her excitement about the addition to the cast.
So excited Kristen Wiig has joined our cast for anchorman2. Going 2 b best movie ever made. Besides the best movies ever made.— christina applegate (@1capplegate) February 5, 2013
Fans of characters Brick, Veronica, Ron, and Brian will have to wait a few more months for the much-anticipated release. The film is due out Dec. 20, just in time for the holiday movie rush, more than nine years after its predecessor.
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Babs is back -- at the Academy Awards.
Barbra Streisand will perform at the Feb. 24 award show for the first time in nearly four decades, the organizers announced today. In 1977, she sang the best song winning "Evergreen" from "A Star is Born," her only previous Oscars performance. While the tune she will belt out this year was not released, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron deemed it a "very special performance" in a statement.
"In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?" Zadan and Meron said.
On this year's Oscars bill, the 70-year-old Streisand will join two modern day sirens crooning best song nominees, Adele, singing her "Skyfall" theme, and Norah Jones, performing "Everybody Needs a Friend" from "Ted."
Streisand has been nominated for Oscars five times, including two best song nods, and won twice. In 1969, she shared best actress honors for "Funny Girl" with "The Lion in Winter" star Katharine Hepburn. While she hasn't even walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards since 2010, she hasn't been totally out of the spotlight. She recently appeared in 2012's "The Guilt Trip" alongside Seth Rogen.
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In fairness, he did warn us he'd be back.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hollywood leading man comeback tour kicked off last week with "The Last Stand" and it appears he's returning to several of his old franchises, including possibly "Terminator." The former governor of California reportedly told a journalist at a London press junket for "The Last Stand" that the fifth installment of the "Terminator" series is on his to-do list, along with the previously announced "Conan the Barbarian" follow-up and a "Twins" sequel entitled "Triplets."
Schwarzenegger starred in the first three "Terminator" films, starting with the debut in 1984, but he skipped 2009's "Terminator Salvation." In a video webchat with The Sun, Ahh-nold assured fans that a script for "Terminator 5" will be finished "soon."
What do you think of Schwarzenegger re-enlisting in "Terminator"? Are you excited to see the fifth movie? Twenty-nine years after the initial release, how do you think Schwarzenegger will fit the role?
In Ty Burr's review of the new Oscar-nominated film "Amour," the Globe critic gave the movie a full four stars. Which other films have gotten such a rare rating? Take a look below, and watch Burr and Wesley Morris discuss "Amour."
Ty Burr's recent four-star reviews:
Wesley Morris's four-star reviews:
Do you disagree with any of the films getting a four-star review? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Time to make your voice heard. Which of the nine nominees should take home a golden statue at the Oscars on Feb. 24?
Will it be Michael Haneke's touching "Amour," Ben Affleck's harrowing escape drama "Argo," the post-hurricane fairytale "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quentin Tarantino's bloody "Django Unchained," the re-imagined "Les Miserables," Ang Lee's visually-spectacular "Life of Pi," Steven Spielberg's talkative "Lincoln," David O. Russell's ensemble comedy "Silver Linings Playbook," or Kathryn Bigelow's hunt for bin Laden tale "Zero Dark Thirty"? Vote below.
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