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The Fast and Furious Movies Apparently Make People Speed

The Fast and Furious Movies Apparently Make People Speed

It’s not a shock given the franchise’s glorification of reckless driving

In a surprise to absolutely no one, a recent study conducted by The New York Times revealed that moviegoers who have just come out of watching Fast and Furious movies are embracing the franchise’s glorification of reckless driving, resulting in a spike of speeding violations immediately after showings of the movies.

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Tyrese Gibson's Feud With The Rock Has Flipped A Page Into The Bizarre

Tyrese Gibson’s Feud With The Rock Has Flipped A Page Into The Bizarre

"Me or him" ultimatums against the most bankable actor in Hollywood is not a good idea

The Fast and the Furious franchise continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Just when you thought that the respective returns of Justin Lin and Jordana Brewster to the franchise would finally steer it to calmer waters, the storm known as Tyrese Gibson strikes again. Worse yet, he’s going for the jugular this time with the most ill-conceived ultimatum in the history of Hollywood. Apparently, Gibson’s (one-sided) beef with co-star Dwayne Johnson has reached a boiling point, and he’s making it known by threatening to quit the franchise if Johnson returns for Fast 9. Yeah, that just happened.

If you haven’t been caught up, Tyrese has been on a monumental tear on social media, alternating between criticizing and pleading with Johnson to table the latter’s F&F spin-off Hobbes just so Fast 9 wouldn’t get delayed. The pleas have largely fallen on deaf ears, so much so that Universal has actually pushed the release of Fast 9 to 2020 to make room for a 2019 release of the Hobbes spin-off starring Johnson and Jason Statham. That development didn’t sit well with Tyrese, who responded, in true wrestling heel fashion, by throwing just about every available insult at the Rock. Now Gibson’s throwing the ultimate gauntlet, or so he thinks it is. It’s one thing to make an ultimatum against someone like Ludacris, but the Rock? The same guy who was credited for reigniting interest in the franchise? The same guy who’s actually the most bankable star in Hollywood today? Yeah, good luck with that, Tyrese. Who knows, you might parlay your Fast and Furious exit with a starring role in The Tooth Fairy 2.

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The Last Two Fast And Furious Movies Will Be Directed By A Franchise Alum

The Last Two Fast And Furious Movies Will Be Directed By A Franchise Alum

Beloved franchise character will also make a comeback in Fast 9

It’s been a while since I last had some good news to write about the Fast and Furious franchise so this feels like a welcome pivot from all the feuds and blow-ups that have been going on inside the franchise. Mercifully, this has nothing to do with the Dwayne Johnson - Tyrese Gibson feud because I don’t want to talk about that anymore. I want to talk about positive developments for the franchise, and this definitely qualifies as one because Vin Diesel has just announced the man who will be taking the director’s chair for Fast 9 and Fast 10. Tip your hats, folks, because none other than Justin Lin will be returning to the franchise.

This is big news for a number of different reasons, though I will say that both James Wan and F. Gary Gray did phenomenal work on Fast 7 and Fast 8 respectively. It’s not an indictment on their work that the franchise ultimately went back with Lin. It’s simply about going back to the director that played the biggest role in shaping the Fast & Furious universe to what it is now. Remember, Lin is responsible for directing four of the eight movies in the franchise, including the three best ones in my mind: Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Furious 6. His return could bring the franchise back to the treatment that helped turn it into one of the biggest movie franchises in the history of cinema, or at least that’s the plan. More importantly, Lin could be the man that can help mend all the fences that have been broken because of all the nonsensical beefing among some of the movie’s biggest divas. Here’s to hoping then that Lin is up-to-the-task. It’s about time that some of the franchise’s stars fall back in line.

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Fast and Furious Just Can't Stay Away From The Drama

Fast and Furious Just Can’t Stay Away From The Drama

New feud boils over as Tyrese Gibson calls the Rock a "clown"

If there was ever a contest to determine the movie franchise that has claimed the mantle for most off-set drama, Fast and Furious is leaving everybody in the dust. Actually, there’s really no contest if you think about it. DC could make a run for it, but it still would fall short of all the happenings in the F&F universe. Remember the feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that made global headlines last year? Well, that appears to be a thing of the past now because another bald-headed beefcake feud is heating up between Johnson and Tyrese Gibson.

For those who need a refresher, Gibson made news a month ago when he publicly called out Johnson, begging him to hold off on the Luke Hobbs spinoff project, at least until the completion of Fast 9. Apparently, neither Johnson nor Universal threw much chalk on Gibson’s pleading, announcing last week that Fast 9 would be pushed back to a 2020 release - it was initially scheduled for a 2019 release - in order to make room for the aforementioned spin-off that will star Johnson and fellow “Fast” alum Jason Statham. Predictably, Tyrese didn’t take too kindly to the schedule reshuffling, venting his frustrations on Instagram and directing most of it to the Rock. And, as fate would have it, another member of the so-called #FastFamily chimed in, except that he actually defended Johnson from all the vitriol Gibson was spewing. That man? None other than Diesel himself. So, Gibson is pissed at the Rock, who appears to not care, and Diesel is siding with his one-time nemesis. Really, we couldn’t make all of this stuff up even if we wanted to.

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It Looks Like We're Going To Have To Wait Longer For Fast And Furious 9

It Looks Like We’re Going To Have To Wait Longer For Fast And Furious 9

Is there more to this schedule change than meets the eye?

With only two movies left in the massive blockbuster franchise, The Fast and the Furious is nearing its conclusion. That doesn’t mean the anticipation is dissipating because as the returns from Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious has shown - it’s grossed over $1.2 billion - interest in the franchise is still at an all-time high. The next movie on the docket is Fast and Furious 9 and, while it was originally scheduled for release in 2019, it now looks like we’re all going to have to wait until 2020 to see it.

Yep. There’s been a delay in the production of Fast and Furious 9. There have been no explanations given on the reasons behind the delay, but the official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date - April 20, 2020 - of the ninth movie. The schedule reshuffling can be attributed to a number of reasons, one of which I’ll be talking about in the section below. Regardless of the reasons behind the delay, Variety added that the decision could also impact a number of other movies under the Universal Studios umbrella. That includes Trolls 2, which is now scheduled to be released on February 14, 2020, after previously occupying the April 2020 schedule that now belongs to Fast 9.

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"Fast And Furious Live" Brings The Action To Arenas Everywhere

"Fast And Furious Live" Brings The Action To Arenas Everywhere

Vin Diesel made the announcement, though details are still murky at this point

As if eight full-length movies, a series of video games, and a handful of short movies aren’t enough to satisfy our craving for anything Fast and Furious, we’ll now be treated to a series of live shows featuring Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto talking about, well, Fast and Furious. Yes, Fast and Furious Live is apparently a real thing now, and I don’t know exactly how I feel about it.

No less than Diesel himself confirmed the news in a Facebook post that straddled the line between revealing and confusing throughout its entirety. Diesel even donned his Dominic Toretto garb to briefly talk about the live show, something he said that hasn’t been done before, at least in the planned scale that he and his team are preparing for. That said, Diesel doesn’t seem to know the full schedule of the live show just yet, only revealing that he thinks the first show will be held at the 02 Arena in London before trekking the world for the succeeding installments. There’s a website – fastandfuriouslive.com – that’s also been created to find updates, but at the moment, there’s little else but Facebook and Instagram posts, as well generic teasers in it. Still, this Fast and Furious Live show appears to be something that’s happening soon, possibly at an arena near you.

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Fast And Furious Star Threatens To Leave Franchise

Fast And Furious Star Threatens To Leave Franchise

Michelle Rodriguez is none too happy about the perceived sexism in her work environment

The Fast and the Furious franchise may be one of Hollywood’s most successful movie franchises, but as “fast” and as “furious” as the franchise is, it can’t outrun controversy. And as the gods of timing would have it, the latest furor dropped right at the same time as the digital release of The Fate of the Furious. This time, the aggrieved party is no less than Michelle Rodriguez, who took to her Instagram account to air her grievances on what she believes to be a lack of equality between the male and female stars of the franchise. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one, she wrote. “Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”

Yep. From the looks of things, Michelle Rodriguez just threatened to leave the Fast and Furious franchise. Now, this isn’t the first time that Rodriguez has expressed misgivings about the overdose in testosterone the franchise has become quite famous for. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly back in May, the actress lamented the message the Fast and Furious movies are sending to women with a cast and stories that are dominated by men. Turns out, those things “weigh heavy” on her mind and if she doesn’t see any changes in the way the “women of the franchise” are treated, we might have to say goodbye to Letty for good.

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Fan-Made Poster Of Fast And Furious 9 Throws The Whole Franchise Upside Down

Fan-Made Poster Of Fast And Furious 9 Throws The Whole Franchise Upside Down

Don’t believe it unless Universal Studios says so

The success of Fast and Furious 8 is creating a lot of anticipation for the ninth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise. No less than Tyrese Gibson was up to his tricks again after posting a fan-made poster of Fast 9 on Facebook. The post has since been taken down, but enterprising sleuths from the world wide web have unearthed the thing and, well, it’s a very interesting poster that features…Matt Damon and a Ford Falcon GT?

Of course, the bombshell here is Damon’s involvement. It’s important, though, to not to expect anything to come to fruition until Universal Studios has something to say about it. But what really caught our eye was the inclusion of the Ford Falcon GT – or to be more specific, the Ford XA Falcon GT RPO83 that The Supercar Blogs points out – that Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is standing beside. The truth is, Toretto is a Dodge Charger guy. Has been from the very beginning of the franchise. The thought of seeing him in any other pony car other than a Charger is preposterous, kind of like seeing Dwayne Johnson play a toothy-fruity fairy… oh wait, that did happen. The point here is that Toretto has about as much of a chance to jump to a Ford pony car in the Fast franchise as Tyrese has in winning a Golden Globe in the “Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama” category. Not a chance. Good poster though, but still, take this one with a table full of salt.

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Cinco de Mayo; The Fiesta is Underground!

Cinco de Mayo; The Fiesta is Underground!

Trump’s beautiful wall won’t stop the furious!

On May 5th, 1862, Mexico’s army was fighting against all odds and somehow managed to gain a historic victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla. That’s what Cinco de Mayo is all about – commemorating an unlikely victory under the orders of none other than Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza. Here in the states, the day has become associated with Mexican-American culture and is a day we celebrate and give nod to our friends down south. And, with today being Cinco de Mayo, it got me thinking about all of the political drama surrounding Mexican-American relations and the whole idea of building a wall to separate the two countries.

There’s been a lot of crap flung around as a result of Trump’s wall, but now I’m thinking that wall might not even matter. See, we just have to look back at the Fast and Furious franchise to see that the answer to circumventing a wall – if it’s ever actually built – as already been presented. As you’ll see in the clip above, it’s actually quite simple – just take the Elon Musk approach and dig yourself a tunnel. It worked for the guys in Fast and Furious, and surely it could work for our friends over in Mexico as well. Of course, you’ll need to get yourself a fast car, some precise GPS, and maybe someone who can monitor border patrol from afar, but in theory, it could work. Not that I would encourage illegal immigration or anything, but figured I’d point out a solution.

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Five Stars Who Would Make For Great Additions To The Fast & Furious Franchise

Five Stars Who Would Make For Great Additions To The Fast & Furious Franchise

Anyone ever wonder if Dominic Toretto’s father is really dead?

Eight movies into what has become one of the biggest movie franchises in all of history, the Fast and the Furious has gone through a litany of Hollywood stars in its films. Really, if you think about it, a lot of stars have appeared in any of the eight movies, including debutantes Charlize Theron and Dame Hellen Mirren in The Fate of the Furious. But now that Fast 8 is over, we can start looking forward to the last two chapters of the franchise and think of who among Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars could make for great additions to the F&F family.

Below are a list of five names – okay, it’s really six, but two are put together. These names are Hollywood celebrities who I believe could make for great additions to either of the last two movies that can help the franchise end its incredible and improbable run on the highest of high notes. Granted, none of these names have been confirmed to join any of the two future Fast and Furious movies, but they are names that are famous enough to get people interested and more importantly, they are names that can play important roles in the two upcoming movies, provided of course that Universal Studios goes in any of these directions.

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Revisiting All The Relationships Of The Fast and Furious Universe

Revisiting All The Relationships Of The Fast and Furious Universe

From major characters to one-time appearances, all these relationships have shaped the Fast and Furious universe

From humble beginnings, the Fast and Furious franchise has exploded into one of the biggest in Hollywood. Naturally, the growth has introduced plenty of characters and all the relationships that come with them. Keeping track of all these relationships over the course of eight movies is an exercise in patience. Fortunately, Punched Clocks founder Sarah Landrum is a patient woman since she was able to connect all these relationships from all the major and semi-major players of each of the first seven movies, the Fate of the Furious not included.

Fans of the franchise – we know there are a lot of you – will get a good kick out of these infographics as they take deep dives into the world of the Fast and the Furious to remind us how these relationships formed the entire backbone of the franchise into what it is today. After all, the whole ethos of the franchise is “family,” and there are plenty of reminders throughout the course of all eight movies to remind us of all of that.

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Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

Have your fill of these interesting details that helped shaped the universe we know as the Fast and the Furious

When The Fast and the Furious opened in cinemas back in 2001, few people, if any at all, thought that it would turn into a global cinematic juggernaut. And yet here we are, 16 years and eight movies into becoming the most bankable movie franchise this side of super heroes and that galaxy far, far away.

The sheer might of the Fast and Furious franchise was on full display with the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise and the movie that just zoomed its way to a record-breaking, $532-million opening weekend. If you thought you’d never see the day a Fast movie would beat out a Star Wars movie in opening weekend returns, well, it just happened.

Beyond the rarefied air that the franchise has achieved, there are still a lot of things about it that most of its fans are unaware of. Consider this then as a guide to a lot of important facts about the movies franchise that should give its fans a new-found appreciation of the many things, events, and what-could-have-beens that shaped the world of the Fast and Furious universe.

I mean, did you know that Vin Diesel wasn’t even the first choice to play the role of Domenic Toretto?

Well then…

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Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

Get a freakin’ TV series already!

I like movies with cars, especially if they’re packed with chase scenes. Who wouldn’t, right? But I’m old enough to consider "Bullitt" and "Gone in 60 Seconds" (the 1974 film, not the cheesy remake from 2000) masterpieces and "The Fast and the Furious" franchise highly overrated. I admit that the original movie was interesting and the idea somewhat fresh, but it went downhill from there. And, the saddest part is that the producers don’t know where to stop. Things got pretty ridiculous with Tokyo Drift, but they just kept making movies. Paul Walker’s death didn’t change a thing, and even before Furious 7 was out, it was confirmed that an eighth installment is underway.

I watched it the other day and boy, a tutorial on how to change headlamps on an AMC Gremlin is far more entertaining. "The Fate of the Furious" has no logic, defies physics (and not in a fun way like Looney Tunes’ Road Runner character), and has awful CGI effects compared to recent releases like "Mad Max: Fury Road." I don’t know what the specific audience for this movie is, but based on some of the rave reviews, they settle for soooo little. And, you know what, I’m not even going to bother coming up with a proper review for this piece a crap. It’s not worth my time. FF8 stinks, and that’s that! If you want authentic car action, give "Bullitt," "The Italian Job," and "Gone in 60 Seconds" (again, I’m talking about the original 1974 movie) a go. Or, watch some drag racing. Heck, just rewatch all those teasers for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, they’re far more entertaining.

As for the Fast and Furious production team, get a freakin’ TV series already!

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Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

The movie was awesome, but it had its share of holes

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

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The 8 Great of Fate – the Cars of ‘The Fate of the Furious'

The 8 Great of Fate – the Cars of ‘The Fate of the Furious’

Okay, so technically these aren’t all “cars,” but the movie isn’t technically about “racing” anymore, so…

It was all going so well. The crew was settling into their own routines, finally finding a little refuge from the crazy life they lived before. Then she appeared, and suddenly, the quiet life got a whole lot louder… That’s right folks, the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has arrived. And what an arrival it’s been. The movie reportedly took in $532.5 million over the weekend, making it the biggest worldwide debut ever. And what’s not to like? Explosions? Ridiculous stunts? Enough corny dialogue to fill Iowa? Check, check, and oh yeah, that’s a check. But of course, if you’re reading this on TopSpeed, then I know what you’re looking for – cars, glorious, gas-burning, flame-spitting, tire-roasting cars.

Whether they’re racing through the streets, tearing up an ice sheet, or flying through the air, we know you’re in it for the cars. Thing is, at this point, we’re taking a broad approach to that term, happily including a wide assortment of vehicles, several of which don’t even have wheels. Translation – tanks and trucks are welcome.

So with that, here are the eight big ones to look for in ‘Fate of the Furious.’ Let us know your favorites in the comments.

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How Should the Fast and Furious Franchise Evolve from Here?

How Should the Fast and Furious Franchise Evolve from Here?

The family has to retire eventually, right?

Alright, let’s not beat around the bush. The first Fast and Furious movie wasn’t exactly well thought out. At the time, Vin Diesel was just getting to be known, and the most popular name in the whole film was arguably Ja Rule, who is still probably kicking himself in the nuts for turning down a role in the second film. How many gears did those cars have in the drag racing scenes? It was certainly more than the five or six that they should have had, that’s for sure. And, I still can’t get past that floor pan falling out of Brian’s Eclipse during the first big race. Then we had 2 Fast 2 Furious, which at least tied into Brain’s story, but was followed up by Tokyo Drift. Now, Tokyo Drift was a decent movie with plenty of action and some interesting race scenes, but it was completely void of the main character(s) in the franchise.

Finally, things turned around for the franchise with the fourth installment, bringing the group back together. Eventually, we ended up with movies that showcase a sense of family and never giving up on them – all the way up to the most recent film when Dom ends up turning his back on his family altogether. Foe have become friends, and friends have become foe. The family has wreaked havoc to the tune of an estimated $514 million over the course of eight films. What started out as a B-movie has turned into some pretty intense and highly successful films. With Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel reportedly feuding during the filming of Fate of the Furious, and Brian O’Conner officially out of the mix, where should the franchise go?

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You Won't Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

You Won’t Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

Fast 8 Set a global record over the weekend, beating our Star Wars: The Force Awakens

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

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