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Vin Diesel’s ‘F9’ Is The “Planetary Blockbuster” Screening At The Cannes Film Festival

One of Universal Pictures‘ biggest franchises is “Fast & Furious,” once focused on a ragtag group of street racers dealing in stolen DVD players. However, the films have evolved into a slightly more digestible for parents. Vin Diesel‘s Dom and the gang have moved on to thwarting various criminals and terrorists with their super-human driving […]

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‘F9’ Is Cannes Film Festival’s Mystery Blockbuster (Exclusive)

“F9,” the latest installment of Universal’s action-packed “Fast & Furious” franchise, is the teased “planetary blockbuster” heading to the Cannes Film Festival, Variety has learned.Starring Vin Diesel, John Cena and Michelle Rodriguez, the highly anticipated movie is already a major international B.O. milestone, having grossed over $250 million worldwide, including $203 million in China (as […]

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Upi LatAm head Mauricio Duran to step down, Ernesto Espinosa promoted (exclusive)

New arrival reports to Niels Swinkels.Universal Pictures International (Upi) Latin American head Mauricio Duran will depart the company on August 5 and Ernesto Espinosa has been promoted to lead the region.Duran served for 15 years at the company and played an integral role in growing the business in the region. He established the operating company […]

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China Box Office: ‘F9’ Stays Ahead With Slower Second Lap, Outpaces ‘Quiet Place’

“F9” downshifted dramatically from a furious start in Chinese cinemas a week ago to a more pedestrian $20.5 million second weekend. But that was still good enough to take first place ahead of two significant foreign releases.The “Fast & Furious” franchise title lost 84% of its pace on its second lap, compared with a blistering […]

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‘F9’ Star John Cena Angers Fans in China for Calling Taiwan a Country, Despite Apology

“F9” star John Cena apologized to Chinese fans Tuesday after calling Taiwan a country in a promotional interview, but many viewers in the world’s largest film market have deemed his beseeching appeal for forgiveness insufficient.Speaking with the Taiwanese news channel Tvbs earlier this month, the professional wrestler — who has been learning Chinese for over […]

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‘F9’ Roars Toward an Estimated $52 Million Opening Day in China Despite Security ‘Threat’

“F9,” the latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, is already revving up for a box office takeover — though a notably less spectacular one than other franchise films in years past.Its release appears not to have been marred by what Universal Pictures called a security “threat” earlier this week that forced the studio […]

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‘F9’ poised to reignite box office with potential $150m-plus international bow

Tentpole looking to score biggest Hollywood launch outside North America since pandemic began.F9, the latest instalment in the $5bn Fast & Furious global franchise, could deliver more than $150m in its opening weekend as it heads into a handful of markets led by China on Friday (May 21), according to sources.‘F9’: ReviewThe action tentpole is […]

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‘F9’ Review: Justin Lin Gets ‘Fast & Furious’ Back on Track with the Saga’s Biggest and Most Ridiculous Movie Yet

The first time that the “Fast & Furious” franchise threatened to stall out, Justin Lin drifted into the picture and jump-started it with a simple philosophy that would transform these movies into a global juggernaut: “If you ain’t outta control, you ain’t in control.” Over the course of four films that ranged in quality from […]

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‘F9: The Fast Saga’ Trailer: Director Justin Lin on Paul Walker, Wild Stunts and ‘the Final Chapter’ of the Franchise

Debuting just over a year after “F9: The Fast Saga” was originally set to open in theaters, the new trailer for the latest installment in the 20-year-old film franchise showcases even more wild vehicular shenanigans deployed by Vin Diesel’s Dom, Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty, and the rest of the “Fast & Furious” family. (It’s embedded below.) […]

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