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Fast & Furious 9 Brings Michael Rooker Into the Family

Fast & Furious 9 Brings Michael Rooker Into the Family
Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker is the latest star to join the Fast family, as he has boarded the cast of Fast & Furious 9. Filming is already well underway on the sequel. Cameras got rolling at the end of June, under the direction of Justin Lin, who returns to the franchise after taking a break from the last two installments. Now we have word that Rooker has signed on as something of a last-minute addition to the already impressive ensemble.

According to a new report, Michael Rooker is set to play a new character by the name of Buddy in Fast & Furious 9. There is no word on who exactly Buddy will be aligned with, be it Dom's crew, or if he might be an adversary. In any event, this is another big role for Rooker, who is best known for his role as Yondu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,
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'Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood' strong in wide international opening, 'Hobbs & Shaw' passes $400m at global box office

'Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood' strong in wide international opening, 'Hobbs & Shaw' passes $400m at global box office
Quentin Tarantino’s latest beats director’s previous films in international box office expansion.

Columbia PicturesOnce Upon A Time…In Hollywood took pole position at the international box office this weekend, opening in 46 markets and grossing an estimated $53.7m from 11,200-plus screens.

According to studio sources, it was the best start in that group of territories for any of Quentin Tarantino’s films, surpassing the writer-director’s Django Unchained by 30% for the same group of markets at current exchange rates.

Chinese animation smash Nezha, meanwhile, approached the $600m mark and Hobbs & Shaw crossed $400m globally.

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‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ strong in wide international opening, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ passes $400m globally

‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ strong in wide international opening, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ passes $400m globally
Quentin Tarantino’s latest beats director’s previous films in international box office expansion.

Columbia PicturesOnce Upon a Time…in Hollywood took pole position at the international box office this weekend, opening in 46 international markets and grossing an estimated $53.7m from 11,200-plus screens.

According to studio sources, it was the best start in that group of territories for any of Quentin Tarantino’s films, surpassing the writer-director’s Django Unchained by 30% for the same group of markets at current exchange rates.

Chinese animation smash Nezha, meanwhile, approached the $600m mark and Hobbs & Shaw crossed $400m globally.

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Does ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
For the “Fast and Furious” franchise it’s been a long and weird journey to “Hobbs & Shaw,” it’s first spinoff movie. What was once merely a marginal action series turned into a global juggernaut after its first decade — it’s not a path many franchises have ever taken to major success.

The films that make up the “Fast and Furious” franchise have generally not rolled with the standard franchise behavior of tossing in mid- or post-credits scenes that tease future installments. Out of the eight movies prior to “Hobbs & Shaw,” only three have included any kind of bonus scene during or after the credits.

The most notable example related to “Hobbs & Shaw” came when Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw, made his first appearance in the mid-credits scene on “Fast & Furious 6,” when it revealed that he was actually responsible for Han’s death in “Tokyo Drift.” There
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Fast, Furious, And Fun: Why Helen Mirren Loved ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

“Oscar-nominated” and “Oscar-winning” are not ordinarily phrases you hear used in conjunction with a Fast & Furious movie, so it was certainly a surprise to see Dame Helen Mirren when she showed up in The Fate of the Furious. But once she had that experience, she couldn’t get enough! Not only will she reprise her [...]

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ battles Quentin Tarantino, ‘Nezha’ for international box office crown

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ battles Quentin Tarantino, ‘Nezha’ for international box office crown
The Angry Birds Movie 2 flies into Russia, China.

Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw is expected to coast past $400m at the worldwide box office this weekend, although the action saga faces a battle royal for the international crown against current champion Nezha from China, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood via Sony.

All three films appeal to different demographics, and all three are expected to prosper in the coming days in a rare session when Disney does not have a release that threatens to dominate the competition. There could even be a challenge from Sony’s The
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Fast & Furious 9 Brings in Ufc Fighter Francis Ngannou

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The Fast franchise has added another heavy-hitter to the family. Ufc fighter, Francis Ngannou is set to join the cast of Universal's Fast & Furious 9. The details of the role are being kept quiet, but at 6'4'' and 258lbs, Ngannou will fit right in.

Also known as "The Predator," Ngannou currently holds the #2 spot in the heavyweight division. He also holds the the most Ufc finishes in the division. This includes a recent 71 second knockout against Junior dos Santos and a 26-second knockout against the former Ufc Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez. Born and raised in the village of Bati&#233, Cameroon, Ngannou had a long road to the film business and will be making his big-screen debut in Fast & Furious 9.

The Cameroonian-French professional mixed martial artist will be joining a cast of newcomers and original criminals-with-a-code family. Vin Diesel will of course be returning to his role as Dom Toretto.
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Ufc Fighter Francis Ngannou Joins Next Installment Of ‘Fast & Furious’

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Ufc Fighter Francis Ngannou Joins Next Installment Of ‘Fast & Furious’
Exclusive: The ninth installment of Fast & Furious is getting more muscle with Francis Ngannou. The Ufc fighter is joining Universal’s high-speed blockbuster franchise in a role that is being kept under wraps.

This isn’t the first Ufc fighter to join the franchise. Gina Carano appeared in Fast & Furious 6 while Ronda Rousey came in swinging in Furious 7. Details for the yet-to-be-titled Fast & Furious 9 have yet to be released — but do audiences really need a summary? Just give us a handful of crazy, gravity-defying chase scenes and a couple of moments where the Rock goes head-to-head with someone and everyone will be happy.

Also known as Francis “The Predator” Ngannou, the Ufc fighter #2 in the heavyweight division. Francis most recently beat Junior dos Santos with a 71 second knockout — making Francis have the most Ufc finishes in the heavyweight division. Francis won his previous fight
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Dwayne Johnson Fires Back At Tyrese Gibson Amid Fast And Furious Feud

For a franchise filled with testosterone-fuelled action and death-defying stunts, it’s a wonder Universal’s Fast and Furious series hasn’t encountered any internal drama – any speedbumps – throughout its saga.

But that all changed soon after the arrival of The Fate of the Furious, at which point Universal – and, more specifically, Dwayne Johnson – outlined plans to launch a bona fide spinoff, which we now know to be Hobbs & Shaw. That’s all well and good, but it quickly became apparent that Johnson’s standalone project irked Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson, two of the original stars of the Fast and Furious series.

Cue a Fast feud, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. And while it seemed as though things had died down post-Fate of the Furious, Gibson took to Instagram last week with some choice words about Hobbs & Shaw, its box office performance, and Dwayne Johnson
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"Hobbs and Shaw"

Take a look at more footage from the comedy action feature "Hobbs & Shaw", directed by David Leitch, showcasing 'Luke Hobbs' and 'Deckard Shaw', starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby and Helen Mirren:

"...two years after the events of 'The Fate of the Furious', federal agent 'Luke Hobbs' and former-British military turned mercenary 'Deckard Shaw'...

"...must join forces in order to stop a new threat emerging from the cyber-genetically enhanced international terrorist known as 'Brixton'..."

Cast also includes Eddie Marsan, Eiza Gonzalez and Cliff Curtis.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"...
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The Rock Declares Victory in Hobbs & Shaw Feud While Calling Out a Particular Clown

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The Rock Declares Victory in Hobbs & Shaw Feud While Calling Out a Particular Clown
The Rock has finally responded to Tyrese's latest tirade against his Hobbs & Shaw spin-off, albeit rather cryptically. Their Fast and Furious feud has been raging ever since Dwayne Johnson called out some of his co-stars as 'Candy Asses' on the set of The Fate of the Furious.

After Hobbs and Shaw had one of the smallest opening in the Fast and Furious franchise, Tyrese decided to reignite the feud all over again, calling the movie a failure. Now, following its second weekend in release, where it opened in more territories across the globe, The Rock is getting the last laugh and declaring his latest movie a box office victory. All the while, he is seemingly putting Tyrese in his place.

"Thank you everyone for makin' this an exciting first week of box office for our lil' spin-off @hobbsandshaw. #1 movie and $333M worldwide, ain't too shabby. And remember, the best way
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Pumps Up $333M Global; ‘Toy Story 4’ Nears $1B WW; Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Stars In Russia – International Box Office

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Pumps Up $333M Global; ‘Toy Story 4’ Nears $1B WW; Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Stars In Russia – International Box Office
Update, Writethru: Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw put another $60.8M in the tank during its second frame at the international box office. The Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-starrer pumped up its overseas cume to $224.1M in 66 markets through Sunday, and global to $332.6M. The drop in offshore markets that opened last session was 52% when comping standard weekends and excluding previews.

Overall, H&s is tracking in line with Fast & Furious 6 and about 40% lower than Furious 7 and The Fate Of The Furious. By way of comparison, although it was coming off a record opening during Easter 2017, the latter film dipped by 60% in its second offshore frame.

H&s added five new markets this session, which are tracking about 30% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Fallout combined. Despite a big holiday travel weekend, France was the best opener at $6.9M for No. 1. The UK is currently the lead H&s
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'Hobbs & Shaw' coasts past $240m at global box office heading into second weekend

Nehza, The Bravest from China to challenge for global box office crown.

Universal Pictures International’s Hobbs & Shaw has climbed to $160.9m internationally since last weekend’s first wave and stands at $240.8m worldwide heading into its second session.

It is unlikely to be troubled by any other Hollywood release, although Chinese animation smash Nezha – now the biggest animation release of all time in the territory – could give the Fast franchise spin-off a run for its money, as could Bona Film Group’s action film The Bravest produced by Andy Lau.

France and Italy are this week’s new markets
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‘Fast & Furious 9’ Stuntman Injured On UK Set Moved Out Of ICU

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‘Fast & Furious 9’ Stuntman Injured On UK Set Moved Out Of ICU
Joe Watts, who suffered a serious head injury in a fall during the production of Universal’s Fast & Furious 9 at Leavesden studios in London last month, is out of the intensive care unit and “doctors are pleased with his progress,” according to a statement Thursday.

“While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress,” reads a statement from Watts, his fiancée Tilly Powell and their families. “We’d especially like to send an enormous thank you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe.”

Watts, whose stunt credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Game of Thrones and The Hitman’s Bodyguard and its upcoming sequel, was working with
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'Hobbs & Shaw' coasts past $240m at global box office heading into second weekend

Nehza, The Bravest from China to challenge for global box office crown.

Universal Pictures International’s Hobbs & Shaw has climbed to $160.9m internationally since last weekend’s first wave and stands at $240.8m worldwide heading into its second session.

It is unlikely to be troubled by any other Hollywood release, although Chinese animation smash Nezha – now the biggest animation release of all time in the territory – could give the Fast franchise spin-off a run for its money, as could Bona Film Group’s action film The Bravest produced by Andy Lau.

France and Italy are this week’s new markets
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Michelle Rodriguez Slams Fast & Furious Writer Chris Morgan on His Justice for Han Comments

Ya gotta love the drama surrounding the Fast & Furious franchise! Franchise writer Chris Morgan, who most recently wrote Hobbs & Shaw, recently made a comment regarding justice for Han, who ended up being killed by Deckard Shaw. He promised that justice was coming for the character, saying:

“I love ‘justice for Han,’ Sung Kang is a great friend, and Han is a character that I adore. I would say that the super-arc for Deckard Shaw is going to be one of the most interesting, cool, rewarding character arcs in the franchise. Justice for Han is owed. It’s something we have discussed for a very long time and want to give the right due to. I think the audience will be satisfied and should know it’s coming. There’s a line in Hobbs & Shaw that is right before the battle in Samoa where Shaw says to his sister, ‘there
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Universal’s Duncan Clark gives the inside story on the international campaign for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

’We’re building into that branded programme and… many of our IP are home-grown.’

Released at the end of a summer almost completely dominated by Disney family fare, the $179m worldwide opening of Universal’s Fast franchise spin-off Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw has shown how a well-timed release backed by a tightly-executed marketing campaign can cut through in a slot crying out for an adult action tentpole.

Even without the broad multicultural appeal of the broader Fast & Furious franchise, the escapades of two of the more memorable recent characters from the series portrayed by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham played well,
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‘Fast and Furious’ Star Michelle Rodriguez Rips ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Writer Over ‘Justice for Han’ Comment

‘Fast and Furious’ Star Michelle Rodriguez Rips ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Writer Over ‘Justice for Han’ Comment
Michelle Rodriguez did not mince words in a Monday night tweet about writer Chris Morgan, who is best known as the screenwriter for most of the “Fast and Furious” movies and the just-released “Hobbs & Shaw” spinoff — but not the upcoming “Fast & Furious 9.”

In the tweet, Rodriguez linked to an interview Morgan gave to Entertainment Weekly in which he promised fans that the franchise will eventually directly address #JusticeForHan, and she delivered some harsh words in response: “I’ve been around since the beginning way before Chris Morgan came along & he has absolutely nothing to do with where this narrative is or where it’s going Fyi.”

Fans began the #JusticeForHan refrain upon the release of “The Fate of the Furious” when Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw, became a protagonist character even though he had previously murdered Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), a fan favorite character who featured in four of the previous movies.
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Southeast Asia responds to ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ as Universal plots diverse course

Southeast Asia responds to ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ as Universal plots diverse course
’We’re building into that branded programme and… many of our IP are home-grown.’

Universal’s $179m global and $119m international bows for the studio’s Fast franchise spin-off Hobbs & Shaw was a respectable performance that, while never expected to rank alongside the best of the franchise debuts, reminded observers that well executed opportunism can reap rewards.

Without the broad multi-cultural appeal of the franchise proper, the escapades of two of the more memorable recent characters from the series portrayed by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham played well in a slot crying out for an adult action tentpole towards the
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Box Office: What ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Nails About Franchise Spinoffs

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Box Office: What ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Nails About Franchise Spinoffs
This summer has proved a stark reminder that Hollywood studios can’t always bank on recognizable brands. Despite hailing from well-known properties, audiences weren’t all that interested in seeing new chapters from franchises including “X-Men,” “Godzilla” and “The Secret Life of Pets.”

So it was still a bit of a gamble for Universal to see if moviegoers would turn out for “Hobbs & Shaw,” the first offshoot from the studio’s highly profitable and ultra-popular “Fast & Furious” universe. The spinoff, putting the spotlight on Dwayne Johnson’s character Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, debuted in North America with a solid $60 million, signaling it could end up a risk worth taking. While that’s a softer start among “Fast & Furious” entries, standalone chapters aren’t expected to be as strong as the main series.

The high-octane action adventure will still rely heavily on how much mileage
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